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April 26, 2009

Is it over yet? NFL Draft overkill is jammin’ me

TERRE HAUTE — I don’t often channel Tom Petty, but on the grand, glorious uber-national holiday that is the NFL Draft, I can’t get him out of my head today.

Take back … the NFL combine. Take back your 40 time. Take back the ups and downs of your mock draft from April 8.

Take back … geeky draftniks. Take back Brian Orakpo (Sorry Brian, it was the closest I could get to “Joe Piscopo”, you’re otherwise innocent in this). Take back Mel Kiper.

Give ’em all some place to go.

Their jammin’ me. Quit jammin’ me.

I’ve finally said no to the NFL Draft … and it feels good. Aside from professional obligation, I did not watch one minute of the NFL Draft on Saturday and won’t today either.

No, I don’t have a death in the family or some other life-or-death emergency that ESPN and NFL Network would lead you to believe is the only excuse that would not require revocation of my man card.

I can no longer abide the hype around an “event” that basically boils down to a NFL flunky announcing names at a podium. Speaking of which, it floors me that people actually go in person to watch Roger Goodell sashay on stage to name names. It’s free to attend, but P.T. Barnum sends his shout-out from the great beyond nonetheless.

With pre-draft hype having driven me over the edge, anything is preferable to watching one minute of the actual event. I’d rather watch auto racing. I’d rather watch baseball. I’d rather go to Andy Amey’s house and watch the Capitals-Rangers game on his HDTV. I like games, I’m funny that way.

More important, I’d rather do whatever my son Niall wants to do on his birthday today.

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