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Draft Days

It's draft weekend for the National Football League, so of course I have been glued to my television set. This year, for the first time in decades, they are holding the draft in Chicago instead of NYC, and it looks as though the whole city has gone crazy. Nothing can compare with the pulse-pounding excitement of a name being read out every ten minutes (five in later rounds).

Anyway, looks to me as if the Jets and Giants are both doing very well this year.

The Jets probably better. DT Leonard Williams, supposedly "the best player in the draft," fell all the way to Gang Green at pick #6, which should give us the best D-line in the NFL. And in the fourth round, the Jets finally found our Quarterback of the Future in Bryce Petty (who may well become the Quarterback of the Present if Geno Smith does not start playing better real soon).

But I liked the Giants' picks too. They picked up a promising pass rusher whose name I will never be able to pronounce, and made an aggressive trade to go up and get one of the top safeties in the draft... a definite need, given how many big plays the secondary gave up last year.

Round six is now in progress, and seven coming up. With luck, both of my teams will find a few diamonds in the rough with those late picks.



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Erik North
May. 3rd, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
Nice draft for the Jets. Kudos for not over-thinking it when Leonard Williams fell to them. Maudlin should beef up their edge rush as well.

As a Patriots fan (I said it), I was very pleased they didn't make the knee-jerk 'fill the hole' pick trying to replace Revis. It's not possible and instead they turned toward improving the line and (hopefully) reducing QB reaction time.
May. 5th, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Draft
As a Patriots fan I was pleased with how the draft went. The Jets defensive line does frighten me greatly. I'm just going to count on the disparity between Brady and Geno for a couple more years.
Stevie Gamble
May. 3rd, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
Culture clash
It's at times like this when I realise that the alien-human encounter, central to so much of SF/F, is a pale reflection of the bafflement felt by people, like myself, who are completely clueless about the passions generated by a game which we don't understand at all...
Jorge Garrido
May. 4th, 2015 04:51 am (UTC)
Did your love of football influence ASOIAF, Mr. Martin? I don't mean in terms of references to football names in the text like Belichek.

You've got 7 different "teams" from different areas fighting against each other. Each team has their own animal mascot, and like in CFB, each team has their own noble sounding slogan. And like in your books, when your team loses, it's heartbreaking, and it happens all the time, too. Well, at least if you're a Bills fan like me.

And leave us not forget when George Carlin pointed out how militaristic football is.
May. 4th, 2015 05:50 am (UTC)
No, not really.
May. 4th, 2015 09:22 am (UTC)
Anything is better than being a Seahawks fan. It is an embarrassment to keep the Seahawks app on my phone. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have scraped the bottom of the draft barrel in their latest go-round. Their draft pick includes Frank Clark who, according to many news reports, has a history of domestic violence, home invasion, theft, driving violations and missed court dates. The precise charges are two cases of domestic violence including the second that involved striking his girlfriend in a hotel room, leaving welts and bloody marks, (he pleaded to a guilty charge of disorderly conduct). He was also arrested and convicted of second-degree felony home invasion after stealing a laptop from a dorm room. Other charges against him were being pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the center line without proof of insurance or proper plates and having a bench warrant issued against him after he missed his court date. If you are thinking, “This is going to end badly,” I’ll affirm that sentiment with the phrase “train wreck.” It’s the sports horror movie fans have seen too often where they cover their eyes and peek out between their fingers in morbid fascination at how coaches and team owners can’t or won’t understand the principle of Just Don’t Go There when the draft pick is a criminal and financial ticking time bomb for himself, the coaches, the owners and the team. I can't look....
May. 6th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
Philip Rivers...
I was really surprised that SD didn't shop him around more. I wasn't sure why, but I thought he might be a prospect for the Jets. He isn't exactly a popular player in SD anymore, perhaps especially with teammates. He is a good QB when on his game, but his attitude might need some adjusting.

At least nobody made the mistake of taking Cutler. Happiest day of my life as a Broncos fan was seeing him take off to Chicago. That guy was trouble from the get-go.
Masha Mikhalovna Reinaud
May. 6th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hello Mr Martin,
Are you surprise about the Patriot's cheating?
May. 6th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Superbowl
No, this just confirms the stories that broke months ago.

Evil Little Bill will do anything to win.
David Sidebottom
May. 6th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
crappy draft for my bengals. why pick 2 OL? both who will be playing 2nd or 3rd string??? and 2 TE? really?
guess when your g men make it to the sbowl, we will have to share a pint over at the cowgirl with Barry.
May. 7th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
May. 7th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
Love it!
May. 7th, 2015 02:26 am (UTC)
Oakland raiders fan here, tough to admit it... I was shocked when the raiders passed up Williams, and equally as shocked that Washington passed him up as well. Would you have been happier with a different pick, one that was a definitive team need? Possibly a top notch running back- there were plenty at the 6th pick
Dave Keith
May. 9th, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
The Jets... Phhhttt
The Jets.. Where talent goes to die. Just ask Geno Smith, Sanchez, Tim Tebow...
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