POSTED BY: BARRY MCBRIDE
ON MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010 AT 11:26:00
Peter King Dashes Non-Existent Story
Reading recent headlines about the NFL draft reminds me a bit of a brief moment in Isaac Asimov's brilliant Foundation trilogy, a work that attempts to document the downfall and rebirth of a galactic civilization.
Somewhere amidst the books, there is a brief episode where an archeologist discusses his findings, which are entirely based on the works of other archeologists. It's symptomatic of the downfall of the civilization - instead of digging in the dirt and discovering something new, the "archeologist" is merely riding on the back of earlier, real, accomplishments of those who were willing to work hard.
For some reason, that's stuck with me ever since I read it when I was fourteen or whatever as sort of a sign of decay. Now that I blog about what other people write, it comes back to me frequently.
Anyway, I can hear a distant crowd, well, one dude at least, hissing "Nerrrrrrrd", so I'll move on.
This whole episode reminded me a little bit of the fuss kicked up by Mike Mayock (NFL.com) and Mel Kiper (ESPN) when both stated that the Browns should/would take WR Dez Bryant with the seventh pick in the NFL draft. Mayock, at least, has been saying this since February, but Kiper was a more recent addition to the bandwagon.
Well, of course, these statements created a surge of media articles, blog posts, etc, etc, from folks who like writing about what big-name draft experts have to say. I guess I can't blame them, since Bryant's name was somewhat new to the mix.
But the picks never made any sense. Not then, not now.
Of course, it's always possible that the Browns are doing a great job of cranking up the fog machine. Perhaps they're interested in Bryant, but have just hidden that interest with an expertise befitting their new front office. Bryant is certainly the most talented player at a position of need.
But, as we've reported a number of times, there's just nothing to indicate the team is interested in Bryant.
After investing two second-round picks in wide receivers and dumping a similarly talented and similarly challenged Braylon Edwards on the Jets, Bryant is a pick that just doesn't fit into what the team appears to be doing.
Now, today, Peter King echoes our reporting, saying that the Browns don't intend to have Bryant visit , which would seem to be required for a player with Bryant's supposed issues.
In other words, this appears to have been much ado about absolutely nothing, with no basis other than a line drawn between a good player and a team's position of need.
Kind of disappointing coming from nationally-known draft experts, IMO.
POSTED BY: BARRY MCBRIDE
ON MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010 AT 10:37:00
Steelers Have a Situation On Their Hands
As has been reported everywhere this morning, the Steelers have dumped Santonio Holmes on the Jets for a fifth-round pick and a delicious toasted "Everything" bagel from Dunkin' Donuts. The Steelers were reportedly set to simply dump Holmes without compensation until the Jets stood up to take in another problematic wide receiver.
While the acquisition of Holmes will make the Jets even more fun to watch on the field - and even more cringe-inducing off of it - it shows exactly how far the Steelers are willing to go in order to maintain their organization's appearance of integrity.
But now they have a problem. What to do about Ben?
The Steelers' franchise QB has now been accused of sexual assault for the second time in eight months, and would be considered an embarrassment to the Raiders, much less the Steelers.
Unless Roethlisberger is dealt with in a severe manner, the Steelers open themselves up to suggestions that they have a double standard when it comes to their quarterback.
After all, they just dumped their 2007 Super Bowl MVP (although officials in that game may have been more deserving) without a second thought due to a substance infraction and a chucked-glass-he-didn't-even-throw-honest.
And carting the team and league into the mud thanks to a couple of sexual assault allegations?
What's that worth? A one-game suspension? Two?
Seems to me that the Steelers open themselves to all kinds of questions unless they come down on Roethlisberger... hard.