by John Gehan… I love football as much as any guy, probably more. Staying in on the first day of the NFL draft, ordering pizza and drinking a few beers, is my normal routine.
Why do we watch the draft? Is it an excuse to watch anything football-related? Is it an outside chance that your team drafts the next Tom Brady? No, most people watch the draft for the simple fact that it’s the “draft” and it’s been beaten in our heads with a big media mallet to do so.
Here are my top five reasons to skip the NFL draft:
The Detroit Lions
Arguably the best player in the draft is Michael Crabtree, a hobbled WR who will be an absolute stud in the NFL. We all know how the Lions lick their chops when wide receivers are available. If the Lions choose Michael Crabtree, Lions fans should drive to owner William Clay Ford’s house and burn it down (that is to say he actually lives in Detroit, which is doubtful).
It’s too long
The NFL draft is the most drawn-out event in the history of sports, period. Teams are given too much time to consider something that should have been decided in the six months that preceded it. If a team (*cough* Vikings) can’t make a choice in six months and fifteen minutes, that front office deserves a swift kick.
They’re too young
With 46 underclassmen entering this year’s draft, I have to ask what they are thinking. Get your degree, because if football ends up not working out, what are you going to do? Teach physical education? You have a long shot at starting within the next five years anyway; develop your game and your mind!
If I have to hear one more prediction gone wrong, I may go crazy. If I have to hear Cris Carter, Suzy Kolber, or Trent Dilfer give their expert analysis, I might need therapy. The only person that has any valid opinion is Mike Golic, as his insight is usually intelligent and relevant.
I absolutely hate the fact that the media pumps up the whole event. Combine results and top prospects mean nothing.
I’m not saying to totally boycott the NFL draft this year. What I’m saying is, while your watching and drinking that beer, read the label, it’s probably more intriguing.
by John Gehan… I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t watch a whole lot of college basketball. Being a student at Penn State, football is undoubtedly religion, but there is just something about the month of March.Maybe it’s the hour-long final minute of every game (or so it seems). Maybe it’s the thrill of the buzzer-beating shot, which turns no name college students into legends.Or maybe, just maybe, we actually enjoy watching college basketball when it, for a change, actually means something.
So far, through 14 weeks, I have watched the No. 1 spot in the AP poll change hands five times. I can honestly sit here and say that no team in college basketball is safe. We have a team, UConn, who could go into the tournament as a No. 1 seed and be easily knocked off by a No. 16 seed (my apologies to Huskies fans). Penn State could possibly sneak in, and if they play the way they did against Michigan State, we may be celebrating a Final Four in State College, PA.
So, here I sit, staring at my computer, trying to think just why we love the NCAA tournament so much. After much thought and consideration, I have come up with the top six reasons why we adore March Madness.
1. Office pools
I’m sure we have all done at least one office or family pool, where everyone fills out a bracket and usually Aunt Sandy or Melissa from the office ends up winning. You know, the perfect bracket, picked by the lady who made her selections by nothing more than which colors of uniforms she liked better. Sad but true, this is the main reason why most people follow the tournament.
2. School allegiance
It is almost certain that, even after you leave that university behind, you follow their sports teams for life. Now, if you’re from a school like Duke, UConn, or North Carolina, you love basketball as much as I love Penn State Football; it’s inevitably in your blood.
3. Dick Vitale
Love him or hate him, he’s the voice of college basketball BABY! Sort of like my love for Merrill Reese or Harry Kalas, Dick Vitale could make Ben Stein interesting.
4. Cinderella stories
Everyone loves a good Cinderella sports tale—when a team that isn’t even supposed to be in the tournament makes the whole country say, WHO?!
5. Stephen Curry
Okay, not Stephen Curry, but the player that takes the tournament by storm. The player that becomes the face of March. The player who literally carries his team to victory. The player who cries on the court after a heartbreaking loss because he gave it all he had and then some (sorry Gonzaga fans).
6. Last second victories/defeats
Of course, we watch sports to see who wins and loses. When a player drops to his knees in utter disbelief of the amazing shot he just made. When a rampant crowd storms the court. When a fingertip is all that separates winners from losers.