|In a conversation with an NFL club executive the other day, we started talking about the draft and I casually mentioned where I had some prospect or another currently located on "my board." He laughed and asked where I kept "my board" during draft season? Did I stash it in a coat closet at home and drag it out every work day, or did I just keep it propped up on an easel or something near my desk?|
Deftly catching his drift, I was forced to admit I don't really have a "board," and if I did, my wife would make me keep it out of sight when company came over. In reality, all I have is my computer screen, and the assignment of doing multiple mock drafts every year for SI.com. He apologized a moment later, saying he and other NFL personnel evaluators at this time of year always get a kick out of how many Kiper-types talk endlessly about their "board," and who's either rising or sliding on it.
He's right, of course. The lingo is a little too easy to fall into, and it sounds more than a little silly coming out of one's mouth. I promised him that I would put "my board" away for good that very day. Then we continued talking about the doings around the league in free agency, and how they all were affecting my, ahem, computer screen?(Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.)