Sometimes it seems like I'm the only one, but I simply don't understand the appeal of the NFL Draft. Or the NBA Draft, for that matter. They're important, sure. So is congressional procedure, and I don't want to watch that (sorry, C-SPAN). There's nothing gripping me to watch young men, typically fresh from college, shaking hands with a commissioner for a few hours. The interviews with the draftees typically don't reveal anything. Sure, it's nice to see who the Pacers or Colts are getting, and it's nice to see where Purdue guys land, but I can see those just as easily on the web the next day and find something more interesting to watch. Like, I dunno, paint drying or Home Shopping.*
*If you have to watch a home shopping channel, I would recommend QVC overnight. Look up Mike Rowe's time there for reasons why.
To hear the past few days of sports talk (or at least national shows), you'd think the NFL draft is the only thing going. Nevermind baseball is playing real games, and hockey and basketball are in the playoffs. Oh, and there were a couple really, really good NHL games last night. I really thought the Canadiens were going to pull it out last night, and PK Subban further cemented himself as my favorite Eastern Conference player last night. Because Boston-Montreal was on last night, though, I didn't get to see all but the very tail end of Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay, where I was pulling for the Penguins, but had picked the Lightning. Too many injuries.
Basketball was pretty good, too. I, again, just saw the tail end of the games, but Memphis-San Antonio was an overtime thriller, and OKC-Denver was awfully close. Hard to see a hard-luck team like the post-Melo Nuggets go down, but I'll support a blossoming Kevin Durant. Even if he was a one-and-done. He didn't make the rule.
Would you know any of that listening to Mike & Mike? Nope, we just get all Mel Kiper all the time. How in the world has Mel Kiper become this media giant? Who really makes a full time living off doing mock drafts? MOCK Drafts? His word carries nothing! And now we have Todd McShay, because the only thing worse than one blow hard doing imaginary drafts is two blow hards doing fantasy drafts and yelling at each other about whose is better. Why on Earth is there a mock draft industry at all, let alone two guys who get paid handsomely to do nothing but rank their favorite players and match them up with teams? Why am I not employed at ESPN? I'm great at making stuff up!
Now, with that off my chest, I definitely wish Ryan Kerrigan well. He has been an absolute beast at Purdue and deserves a great NFL career. And despite my reservations about Mount Union, let me also wish Cecil Shorts well. I always like seeing D-III do well.