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14 Apr 2014

Mandatory Monday: NFL Cold Stove

There is a fine line between Tantric and tedious, folks.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 14 Apr 2014

10 comments, Last at 18 Apr 2014, 2:21am by Jerry

Comments

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by BlueStarDude :: Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:46am

I haven't payed this little attention to an upcoming draft in about 12 years. This off-season didn't start out that way, but every week I get a little farther away from caring.

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by nath :: Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:03pm

I've actually been heavily interested in this draft because it's so rich in talent. On the other hand, I am starting to feel the effects and annoyance of the draft being delayed until May for no apparent reason. It really should be next week.

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by andrew :: Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:21pm

WHen you see breaking news that some writer has made up a trade for his 14th mock draft you know its gone too far.

This "Draft Day" movie, I cannot imagine who thought heaping that on top of all this draft stuff was a good idea, I mostly thought it was a faux ad campaign by ESPN to try to drum up even more interest.

At this point I'm not gonna do more than get a recap monday morning. Experiencing serious draft revulsion. I sympathize with those whose job it is to have to keep covering it, and worse, who are directed to produce 3 mocks a week.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:36am

This might be tough on journalists, but the rest of us can go watch baseball and basketball -like Mike suggests- whenever and not worry about the draft until the time comes. The offseason is always slow anyway.

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by Theo :: Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:29pm

That's true, writers/journalists think "what do I write for these people! They need another 1000 words to read on Monday!"
while all the fans think, "what will I eat tonight, I wonder who's pitching"

Please write more about last season. I'd rather read stuff about the Draft AFTER he draft.

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by Sifter :: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:25pm

Oh man, I totally agree. NFL has one of the longest off-seasons in world sport, and the drip feed of news/analysis is pretty torturous.

It's also a sport where you get a lot of games happening simultaneously every Sunday. That means if the average fan watches 5 games a week (Thu night, 3 x Sun, 1 x Mon) then he's still only about 30% of the games each season. Surely an intrepid channel could replay games, add some talking heads to it adding hindsight analysis and showcase some of the better unseen games of the year.

That or move one of the seasons. Was thinking the other day how much more sense it would make to have college football start later and finish in March or April. Then the fans have football to watch for longer, and draft prospects play right up until the draft, instead of watching them run 40 yard dashes in shorts for 3 months.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:38pm

I was watching one of the soccer channels now available and they have this show called 90 in 30, where they compress a game into 30 minutes. It would be neat if the NFL did something similar. An hour timeslot is ~45 minutes. I think you could compress a football game into 45 minutes without losing too much. Show 3 games per day and you could theoretically watch every game this way each week.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:39am

They already do that, it's the condensed form where they take out all the time in-between plays.

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by tuluse :: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:28am

Heh, shows how much I watch NFL Network.

It seems like it's always top 10 lists or their poor version of sportscenter.

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by Jerry :: Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:21am

Both pro and college football are rooted in the fall. More importantly, their television "partners" count on it, so neither will move.

Noah's right. It's a good chance to take a break from football and do (or at least watch) other things. Teams are figuring out that their personnel can OD on prospect evaluation; it might be wise for media who think the world is waiting for their next mock draft to take heed.