I'm getting a lot of questions about the April draft magazine in the Official Bernie's Insiders Webmangler Mailbox™, so I figured I would drop out the answers here. I'll also attach the Table of Contents so you can see what's headed your way.
Here are the most commonly asked questions, with the typically evasive and barely-informed answers from yours truly.
Q: Hey HTML-boy! When's the magazine getting here?
A: Bernie's Insiders pre-draft issue and TI's Draft Guide are
being readied for printing as we speak. Well, as I write this, it's a Sunday morning,
and around 7AM on the West Coast where the printing facilities are, so I'm not
sure if the layout staff is doing that right now, but you get the idea.
Q: You didn't answer my question.
A: Alright, alright. It will probably arrive during the first week or two in April. Once the magazines are printed, addressed and bundled up, they're then put in the hands of something called the "US Postal Service". When yours shows up is hard to say, exactly, because it's dependent on your location, weather, random factors, how much you tipped the mailman last Christmas, and the level of surliness in the canine population in your neighborhood. But the first week or two of April is when you should expect things to arrive.
Q: I bought a subscription last year. Do I still get the Draft Preview, or is that just for the new people?
A: Yes, you will get the draft guide as well. Everyone who has TAP-PLUS - the annual subscription that includes the magazine - gets the draft guide.
Q: I bought an online subscription back in 2001 called "Bernie's Insiders Club" which costs less than you're charging folks now. Do I get the magazine?
A: Nope. It's just for the folks with the $79.95 annual sub with the magazine. To be honest, TAP+ costs more than what you have but it's a better deal. I've been telling everyone who will listen to upgrade to the Annual TAP+ because you get more stuff with it.
Q: I don't get the magazine, but would like to check it out. Will it be available on the newstand?
A: Yes, it will, but it won't be distributed widely as, say, TV Guide or something like that. Generally, stores which have carried Bernie's Insiders in the past will carry this one. We're working on getting details on stores which will be getting copies.
Q: You've been hinting about changes in the magazine. What's that about?
A: There are lots of changes, which we hope will make the magazine even better. There are new writers added to the team, the magazine is twice as long, has a different schedule, lots more color photographs, and all kinds of stuff. You'll find the details about the changes, and why we made them, on the first page of the magazine when it arrives.
Q: Website manglers are boring to listen to. Can you just let us look at the Table of Contents like you promised?
A: No, I'm going to natter on for a while. Oh, alright.
Bernie's Insiders April Issue
NFL DRAFT 2004: A CRUCIAL DECISION
|2||Letter from the Editor
Some guy claiming to be the new managing editor talks about changes to the magazine
NOTE: This will be the spot for Bernie's column in future issues
|4||A Crucial Decision
With the jury still out on Butch Davis' drafts, the 2004 off-season needs to demonstrate a clear step forward
|6||The Magnificent Seven
Draft Guru Greg Mastin provides a look at seven potential top draft choices for the Browns
|10||The Fast Lane: Back from the Future and Beyond?
Lane offers his view on why the Browns have struggled to emerge as a top team since their return in 1999
|12||The Test Before the Draft
Jeff walks through the NFL Combine with TE prospect Ben Hartsock to view the experience through his eyes
|16||Bernie's Insiders Top Ten
New feature! This week Roger offers his take on the Top Ten Browns draft "finds" of all time.
|19||Flashback: Browns 23, Jets 20
New feature! A look back a memorable game in Browns history, starting John's excellent recap of the Browns-Jets playoff game.
|22||Nick Maddox Gets His Shot
Swerb interviews Nick Maddox, a promising running back / kick returner who hopes to make the team in 2004
|26||Where Are They Now? Steve Holden
Chuck takes a look at a high draft choice who didn't live up to the Browns high hopes as his popular feature continues in the new magazine.
|28||Frankly Speaking: An Off-Season of Change
Frank's popular column continues with this look at the urgent needs of the team during the 2004 off-season
|30||2003: A Sobering Season
A thorough look back at the season just past, with comments and details on each game.
|36||2004 NFL Draft Order|
|37||Unit-by-Unit Team Analysis
Each unit of the current Browns team is examined, with potential draft selections and some thoughts on the team's personnel strategy.
|46||Dot Commentary: The Ravens Are Rivals - Admit It!
An insightful discussion of the inability of the Baltimore Ravens to simply go away and cease to exist.
He told you "What's Gonna Happen". Now he bares his soul, still scarred by Mad Dogs and Meat Markets.