Superman Does Jumping Jacks. Okay, Now Stop Doing That. Thank You.
April 29, 2013
See, this is what a "superhuman" does. Jumping jacks at a Redskins rah-rah draft day "pep rally" just a few months after his multiple ligament reconstructive surgery. He says he'll be ready by Week 1. And I believe him. However, I hope he keeps stuff like this to a minimum for at least a while.
Because I remember Arizona kicker Bill Grammatica blowing out his knee just celebrating a made field goal.
After a stinging night of being passed over by everyone in the 1st round, the pundit-declared "best QB in the draft" Geno Smith politely declined an on-camera interview with Suzy Kolber while saying to her that this would only fuel him to play with an even "bigger chip on his shoulder" once a team finally drafts him.
He also took his nice suit and sunglasses, and went home.
Good for him. I sort of feel sorry that he got led astray by either the NFL, ESPN or both that he'd be taken in the first round. He wanted to have his special night. I get that. But perhaps more draft picks would be wise to refuse to be the NFL's human props on this absurdly overcooked TV show and go fishing instead, like Joe Thomas.
At least somebody should show up wearing just shorts and a t-shirt, with flip flops. Say "what's up bro" and casually high five the commissioner instead of hug him.
Because when you have the league proudly posting pictures like this below, you know that they have no idea that their "fanciness" has morphed into pure self-parody.
Yeah. Baseball hats in glass boxes, carried in by an army of suit-clad league clowns.
Czabe's 10 Simple Rules For Not Completely Screwing Up The NFL Draft
April 25, 2013
Springtime at Yohoonye Field. Pads installed on goalposts. Need to replace wind streamers which fell off.
Czabe's 10 Simple NFL Draft Rules
1. Calm Down. There's Another One of these Next Year
2. Forget Your "Needs". You Need Everything. Everybody does.
3. Never move up to get a specific player beyond 1st round. You aren't that smart.
4. Every great player in the NFL, was once a draft pick. Get more picks.
5. Never draft a punter.
6. WR's are toys. Caution.
7. Nobody every said: "Damn.. wish we didn't take that extra offensive lineman."
8. If you draft a QB in the first round, the days of bringing him along slowly are over.
9. It's okay to draft criminals/idiots, as long as they play defense.
10. SEC wins all tiebreakers
And lastly, remember this: if the pundits said you had a bad draft.. you probably had a GREAT draft. The pundits are idiots. If you got a good "grade" from them, chances are you'll be back at the top of this picking order again next spring.
I Hate To Break It To Black Sports Writers, But Black QB's Are the Most Coddled Players In Sports
April 24, 2013
Contrary to their strained columns of manufactured racism and outrage, there's no better life than being a black quarterback.
In essence, you can do no wrong.
If you end up being good, you can add a righteous veneer of "take THAT, you racists!" to your game. If you suck, you can always fall back on how the racist NFL didn't "give you a chance."
The latest handwringing comes over one Geno Smith, who nobody in their right mind was calling a first rounder back in October. Now.. NOW... if he slips into the second round, it's an outrage and racism?
Jarrett Bell of USA Today called it a "black tax" that QB's have been paying since the days of Warren Moon.
Nice try, but uh... no.
In fact since Moon, black QB's have been benefiting from their generally perceived "athleticism" for years, artificially boosting their draft position, not hurting it. The thinking, crude as it may be, was that at least a black QB can run around a bit if his passing isn't all that good.
Surely Akili Smith, Jamarcus Russell, Andre Ware didn't have to pay a "black tax." Cam Newton and RG3 had a few select negative scouting reports come out, but they not only were drafted 1/1 and 1/2 overall, they are currently endorsing the living shit out of everything that moves.
Hell, the only guy who paid a "black tax" as Bell suggests, is a half black guy named Russell Wilson, who was not adorned with any of the so-called code words of a black QB. He was smart, focused, driven, all of that. But he was too small.
So he fell to the 3rd round.
Poor guy. If only somebody had called him lazy and stupid, he's have been a high first rounder!
Nawrocki or other scouts write up reports on intel and film study from things that occurred while a player was IN college, not when he was running around trying to impress Jon Gruden for his TV show.
I mean, if some scout had just done some legwork on Ryan Leaf while in college, realized he was a festering douchebag, and been courageous enough to write what he thought was a giant red flag, well then it might have saved the Chargers a whole lot of grief.
However, there appears to be some minor nagging questions in the area of maturity and his mental approach to the game. He is perceived as not always an easy guy to work with, and he tends to beat to his own drummer...As good as he is, he can have some streaks on the field where he looks like he has forgotten everything he has been taught...There seems to be a nagging question here that something might be missing, but it may be hard to verbalize it...
Oh, Leaf ended up "verbalizing" that "nagging something" alright once he turned pro.
Why yes he did.
So yeah, back to Warren Moon. I'll grant you that he was likely the victim of stereotype discrimination, at least early on. Yes, he had to go to Canada to prove himself. But he STILL ended up playing 17 years in the NFL, making millions and millions of dollars, and ending up in the Hall of Fame.
Joe Theismann had to go to Canada too. So did Doug Flutie for a while.