Monday, April 24, 2006

The NFL Draft is this weekend. Here are better options.

It’s my favorite time of year. It’s NFL Draft time. I can’t wait for this over hyped non event to begin and then in roughly six weeks, end. This may be the biggest scam that ESPN tries to get over on their audience each year. Even more so than poker, even more so than bass fishing, even more so than NCAA cheerleading.

By the by, those are all programs I would watch over the NFL Draft. Speaking of which, I thought maybe I would give you some options this weekend while this load of mule dung will be taking up space on ESPN for a couple of days or more.

The NFL Draft begins at 11 AM this Saturday and I don’t mind watching the first hour. As far as I am concerned that is the most you need to know. I want to know who the top five or ten picks are. I do not need to know the 58 pick of the 600th round. It does not matter to me. If the Cincinnati Bengals aren’t picking in the top 10 I don’t really care about anything.

So, you have watched the first hour or so, now I recommend finding a good baseball game to watch. If you are like me, you have some sort of dish package that allows you the ability to watch every game in the world. That will take up my daytime hours. I will watch any game, especially if I have some fantasy players in the game. Check your local listings. You could also check out a Busch race or an NBA playoff game at 2 PM, which will take up some time.

I would even go so far as to recommend doing yard work or building a tree house. I would recommend punching that hornet’s nest you found in that tree out in the woods. A good trip to the emergency room may take you deep into the second day of the draft.

For Saturday night I think you could find something to do. I know gas prices are so high it is cheaper to fly to Owensboro or Bowling Green than to drive, but you could take out a loan and go out to eat and/or see a movie. You could check out the number one movie this week, Silent Hill. I hear it is the feel good movie of the spring.

You could even go to Target and buy the first season of Veronica Mars and watch all 22 episodes. It’s on sale. That would definitely eat a chunk of your weekend up. Perhaps rent a few DVDs to watch. I would recommend Match Point starring Scarlett Johansson. Woo woo woo woo!

On Sunday, you could go to church and then go out to eat or sleep in until noon and then go out for lunch, which takes care of your morning. Then you settle in for more baseball, NBA playoff basketball or NASCAR racing. If you are looking for something different, you could try this new thing that I have heard about. It is really simple and there is a special place you can get what you need for free.

This crazy new fangled activity? Reading. Go to the library and get a book and spend the day reading. There are a lot of great sports books out there. I know for a fact that our local library has a great biography on the “Georgia Peach” Ty Cobb. I have read it and I highly recommend it. You think Barry Bonds is a bad guy? Bonds is a saint compared to Cobb.

There you go, I have given a few suggestions of things you could do instead of watching this overblown business transaction that is the NFL Draft. For those of you who truly love the draft I can only say, I wish you all the best and you need to get out a little more. Enjoy your time with Mel Kiper Jr., as for me; I have a date with Miss Veronica Mars.

1 comment:

Travis said...

Well surprise, surprise, ESPN is putting on crap on TV. Listen if the World Series of Poker, Billiards, Rodeo, and NBA Match-Up didn't convince you that ESPN is more interested in quantity of programs than quality, then this weekend should serve as a lesson.

Try watching an entire episode of Sportscenter. Between all the inside stories and specials and not to mention the Top 10 Plays, the Ultimate Highlights and "experts" like Andy Katz, Digger Phelps, and Dickie Vitale you might even catch a few baseball scores.
Oh and Bonds watch.

ESPN has stunk for sometime. The NFL draft is a great example of that.