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The NFL Draft and ESPN; not ready for Prime Time!
Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:56 AM
Growing up, every year this time of year was an exciting time... school was coming to a close, my birthday, baseball season starting and the NFL draft... I'd excitedly try to catch any Bear updates on the radio and TV. With the internet, it became a lot easier, more fun and more timely. Covering the draft live on TV, it couldn't get better than that, right?
Well, last night, I tuned in to watch some of it... I don't think ESPN could have made it any less exciting if they'd set out to bore the audience intentionall. Wait! Maybe that WAS the intent!
The number one pick was obviously no secret, nor was the number two pick. No suspense there.. The commentators - especially Chris Berman (he reminds me of Fred Flintstone) didn't add anything, though Mel Kiper certainly tried.
When the graphics at the bottom of the screen showed that the Colts were on the clock, and that Round 1 Pick 1 "Pick Is In", we had to watch Andrew Luck carry on a leisurely phone conversation - all grins and giggles, for several minutes. What's with that? Let's keep the show moving, geesh!
Every time, it took MANY minutes once a "pick was in" until Commissioner Goodell finally drug his butt to the podium and made the announcement. THEN, it took several more minutes for the selected player to hug everyone he has ever known, wave to those he doesn't know and get to the stage.
I couldn't stand watching the show... Admittedly, I checked back to keep an eye out for the #19 pick (the Bears pick). I estimated that the pick would be about 9:30 PM (ET), and actually THAT was with a large fudge factor expecting things to take longer than would would expect. Even THAT estimate was way off, with the Bears pick actually being announced about 10:15pm, if I remember correctly.
Nothing like taking a good idea, and driving it into the ground.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:02 PM
For me it's look at who the Bears pick and find out where some players from Iowa went after the thing is over. Never waste my weekend watching the thing.
As a side note I heard the NFL let about 250 fans watch the combine live this year. No talking allowed just sit there and watch guys with numbers on their chest jump and run. That's a whole new level of crazy IMO.
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