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Saturday, April 29, 2006

One More, Since it's Draft Day

Fact or Fiction: Mario Williams is the new Sam Bowie.

Fact, fact, a thousand times FACT! What fucking qualifications do you have to have in order to be a pro GM? Everyone--everyone--who's ever been within 20 feet of a USC game the past two years has agreed that Reggie Bush is one of the best college players of all time. He's like Barry Sanders and Sweetness' (God rest his soul) love child. If Real Life had a "Sort by Overall Rating" button like in Madden, he'd be the top selection.

Maybe Dominack Davis has pictures of somebody?

Jeff-- if you've become a Texans fan at all since moving to Galveston, I'd be curious to hear what you think.

Edit: Chuck Klosterman, predictably, puts it better than I did--

I think I know why the Texans have consciously overlooked a reality that seemed to be universally understood: the NFL draft has grown into such a self-obsessed, metacommunicative monoculture that it actively perpetuates counter-intuitive logic. Pro football teams (and the media entities which cover it, including this one) have invested so much time and effort into analysis that smart people can no longer see what's abundantly obvious. The culture of the NFL draft insists that nothing is ever easy; it suggests that what you see with your eyes is always meaningless. It is no longer acceptable to pick a player because he's the best guy available -- general managers need to justify their picks through theoretical means that are akin to corporate-speak. The Texans talked themselves into picking an inferior player; they created reasonable, intellectual reasons to make a terrible move. And I realize Houston needs help on defense, but remember -- they had the first overall pick because they were the worst team in the league. They need everything.


Blogger steve said...

This is fucking ridiculous. WTF is wrong with the Texans?

11:15 AM

Blogger steve said...

That's a *great* description of the NFL draft that you added in the edit, BTW.

12:38 PM

Blogger Jefe said...

I can't say I'm really a Texans fan, but if you have the #1 pick in the 2006 draft, Reggie Bush is the obvious choice. You definitely do not pick Williams. Maybe, just maybe, I could understand V. Young for the sake of sentimentality, but that's not really what they need right now. But ultimately you're absolutely right: Williams' potential comes nowhere near that of Bush.

6:29 PM


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