The Thinking Chair
There used to be a time where I would have spent last weekend watching every last minute of the NFL Draft, even though my college football knowledge is and always has been sub-par. (When you go to UC-Santa Cruz, home of the Fighting Banana Slugs, who don't have a football team, this is somewhat par for the course.) Instead, I only caught a few hours of one of the best off-field sporting events in existence. I saw more than a few things that made me smile.
First, the Oakland Raiders have cemented themselves as a team run by a madman. This "news" is about as timely as the breaking information that the Earth rotates on its axis around the sun, of course, but it's always nice to get occasional validation. And there are more than a few fantasy lessons to learn about managing your own team by pulling an "anti-Al" move or two.
Take, of course, the selection of
So go anti-Al with your picks in your next draft. Sure, it's hard to do trades for draft picks, especially in the middle of a draft (though I'd love to play in a league where this wasn't the case) but reaching for a player who isn't proven is a surefire way to screw up your team. If you love a guy because you know he can help you, then you get him. For instance, what about their second-round pick of
Here's another lesson from Draft Day; get someone to interview a comedian, and that interviewer will instantly think that he or she has to be funny. Take
1. The impulse to "be funny" with a comedian is always,
2. The fact that I'm complaining at all about Erin Andrews being on my TV for too long is a sad statement about me.
3. Erin Andrews is a very good reporter. But the fact that ESPN let the interview run that long and then actually posted it on their website as one of the highlights of the draft is as much of a reflection on how unbelievably hot she is as anything else. Again, she's good at what she does -- but facts is facts.
Here's an even bigger fantasy realization from the draft: Almost no NFL teams now have a running back who is likely to get the majority of carries without risk of losing their job. Here's the list I currently have: Atlanta (
Hey, here's a question ... What do you get when you mix Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins, Fountains of Wayne and Hanson? You get a band called Tinted Windows, and no -- this isn't a joke. If you like power pop and can handle the fact that you're listening to one of the Hanson brothers sing, it's worth checking out. Other music that might have flown under your radar? Cymbals Eat Guitars, Heartless Bastards, Lavender Diamond and Bon Iver.
Some baseball notes now ... It's one thing to learn that one of the top pitchers in baseball,
On Monday night, Rockies outfielder
What's happening in Washington really is worth commenting on, however. The Nationals might just be more dysfunctional than the Lohan family. They've rehauled their entire bullpen, sent one of their most promising players (
On that happy note, I'm going to sign off. Until we meet again, remember to spay and neuter your pets.