Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Change

I heard recently that my high school football coach has decided to leave the program and take the head coaching job at a rival school. I am sure it wasn't an easy decision for him, and it's hard to fault him for it -- apparently they were offering a significant pay raise, and he has a young family to take care of. And yet I can't help but feel a bit sad about this. My two brothers and I, and all of our friends, were very close to him as both players and alumni. It is strange to think that he won't be there anymore, and even more strange to think that once a year he'll be on the opposing sideline.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Draft recap

Welp, the Browns got the guy I wanted, and then the guy I didn't want. But now that the guy I didn't want is going to be playing behind the guy I did want, it's a whole different ball of wax. I'm on board.

They also picked up a corner in the second round who is supposed to be super-talented, but has some character issues. I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt (the charges against him having been dropped, and with two years of honor-roll trouble-free college in Las Vegas under his belt), but he should be on a zero-tolerance policy.

One important comment. I was watching the coverage on ESPN, and also had the ESPN.com "DraftCast" up on my computer. Jeremy Green--he of Scouts Inc., son to Denny Green, former front-office employee of the Cleveland Browns--was chatting with fans, answering questions and offering opinions. I have not liked Jeremy Green for quite some time. He was useless as a scout for the Browns, and has often been seen offering opinions which are either demonstrably false or otherwise indefensible. (He was also quoted in a recent issue of ESPN The Magazine as saying that Butch Davis was "way too heavily involved" in the draft in Cleveland, but if the alternative is having Jeremy Green run the show, I'd take my chances with Davis.)

Anyway, here's the point. The Carolina Panthers drafted USC WR Dwayne Jarrett in the second round on Saturday. In the ESPN.com chat room, Jeremy Green was slamming the pick, saying that Panthers WR Keyshawn Johnson (a former USC star) would not be willing to help Jarrett along in his career, and that Johnson and Jarrett were not on speaking terms. Meanwhile, over on the television--at the exact same moment--Keyshawn Johnson was actually interviewing Dwayne Jarrett, telling him how excited he was to have Jarrett come to Carolina, and promising to show him the ropes.

Jeremy Green. Awesome.

UPDATE: And now Keyshawn has been released by the Panthers. My friend joked during the draft that Jarrett was essentially Keyshawn's replacement, and we all hoped that he'd get the call during the telecast that he'd been released. Of course, this doesn't make Green look any better, but even if he had been right about those two, today's events would make the pick look a lot more sensible.