This was especially on display this year in what was a really bizarre draft because only one quarterback was taken, no running backs, and only two wide receivers I think. Those are the sexy positions in football, the real high-profile positions and yet most of the draft picks concentrated on offensive and defensive linemen. So if you actually sat there for four hours watching the coverage it was more boring than a Rand Paul filibuster on CSPAN.
To really emphasize the incompetence of so-called "draft experts" two of the supposed star players were not taken in the first round at all. For the last couple of months everyone was getting hot and bothered about West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, with some predicting he could go first overall. Yet all 32 teams passed on him. And then there was linebacker Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, infamously involved with an online girlfriend who turned out to be a guy playing him for a sap. Still, it was expected he would go at least in the last third of the first round. Nope. Again, all 32 teams passed on him.
As I Tweeted, this proves that a lot of "experts" don't know shit. If Kiper and McShay get anything right at all it's because A) It's so blindingly obvious anyone who watches 15 minutes of SportsCenter can figure it out or B) Because they make 10,000 mock drafts per year, right up until the afternoon of the draft, they're bound to get SOMETHING right along the way. I mean I probably couldn't sink a half-court 3-point shot in basketball but if you give me 10,000 tries the laws of probability favor me to get at least one to go in.
These people pretend to have inside knowledge, but as ESPN's DJ Gallo pointed out, if you're the front office of a football team, why would you tell someone on TV what you're really going to do? Why give 31 other teams (especially those higher up than you in draft order) a look at your cards? It makes much more sense to feed Kiper and McShay a steady stream of bullshit. Instead of saying, "Oh yeah we love that offensive lineman from CMU." you say you're really interested in Geno Smith. Then your competition gets worried they might have missed something in their scouting or if they've been after Smith, maybe they trade with you to make sure they can get him and so on. And let's face it, a lot of these "sources" they claim to have are probably interns or the guy who cleans the toilets at the team facility, not really privy to the actual high-end discussions.
That's something that was often noted in the Tuesday Morning Quarterback column I used to read on ESPN. Those who claim to have insider knowledge are usually full of crap. It's like all those infomercials you see on TV. I mean if there really was some wonderdrug that could instantly take inches from your belly or make you look 10 years younger, don't you think some huge conglomerate would have it locked up and not let some shyster hawk it on TV for $10 a bottle?
So yeah it annoys me these people get paid probably five times what I do to do their jobs badly. Really, if I'm a penny off something at my job I get reamed out by the Boss and yet these guys are wrong all the freaking time and they still get to go on the air to spout nonsense. It's ridiculous.
The other example that comes to mind are weathermen (and weatherwomen or weatherpeople). Every winter there's those days where they say, "Oh it'll be fine this week." And then a couple days later we have six inches of snow. Or conversely they say, "Batten down the hatches! It's the storm of the century!" And then we get a dusting. They're wrong all the fucking time and yet no one calls them on it, not really. Sometimes an anchor will jokingly give them the business and they just laugh and shrug it off.
But really it's one of those things that's wrong with America where people who do their jobs badly (draft "experts," weathermen, CEOs of bankrupt companies, presidents, Congress, etc.) get rewarded financially for it while other people have to work their butts off to high standards and get far far less.
Sigh, a lot of the time this world sucks. Like when some idiot decides they have to ruin a fun marathon by planting bombs at the finish line or that they want to go shoot up a school or a movie theater or otherwise ruin life for those around them.
The best way then to shake off those blues? It's not praying. It's not even family. (Actually family usually exacerbates the blues...) No, the best thing is to get out into nature. Away from all the stupid bullshit in the world. Most of the time I don't need to take a long hike or anything like that. Just getting in the car and seeing a lake or some fields or something will help restore my inner balance and remind me that it's not the world that sucks; it's the people in the world who suck.
A lot of problems could probably be solved if people just got up out of their houses, put down the phones and iPads and all that stuff and take a nice walk or a drive in the country--or my favorite, sit on a rock in Lake Huron--to fully appreciate what's around us and just how small we are compared to it. Maybe then we'd stop obsessing about this childish bullshit about whose Invisible Man in the Sky is better or who called dibs on what piece of dirt or what color someone's skin is or what someone does with their genitalia. You know, all this petty bullshit we like to make a big deal about that in the grand scheme of things isn't important at all. Maybe we could see how special this whole planet is and realize maybe we should stop trying to blow it up or sterilize it in a nuclear holocaust.
It's a worth a shot, right?
Here's your moment of Zen:
|More Grand Canyon|
|Grand Canyon in sepia|
|Also Grand Canyon in sepia|
|Yet More Grand Canyon|
|Still More Grand Canyon|
|Camelback Mt, Phoenix|
|Also Camelback Mt, Phoenix|
|The same Arizona sunset|
|Sunset Traverse Bay|
|Also used as a cover for my novel "Virgin Territory"|
|Baby raccoon on Muskegon pier|
|Fall colors in New Hudson, MI|
|Weird silhouette thing in New Hudson...|
|More fall colors (late fall colors so they aren't great)|
|Close up fall colors|
Or there's fat Becky:
Of course I'm not the first one to advocate this philosophy. There was Henry David Thoreau in Walden, Herman Hesse in Siddhartha, and Bill Shatner in "The Transformed Man" plus probably others. It's still something good to remember.