Feeling a draft? Well, not really
Somehow the entertainment value of the National Football League Scouting combine eludes this humble scribe.
Of course, that also goes for the NFL Draft, the NBA Draft, the NHL Draft and the Major League Baseball Draft and any other draft, other than a military draft and a cold draft beer.
But there are lots of folks out there who seem fascinated by what, in any other industry, would be a very basic administrative exercise.
Admittedly, the scouting combine does involve wataching athletes perform various physical feats. But once you’ve seen one wide receiver timed in the 40-yard dash you have pretty much seen them all. They are all quick and all finish about two tenths of a second within one another.
Fascinating. Wake me when a receiver breaks the 4-second mark in the 40.
WAITING AND WATCHING: Jimmy Garoppolo may hold the record for most widespread discussion of a backup quarterback. The debate over how his future unfolds is pretty simple:
“They’ve got to keep him around, Brady can’t go on forever.”
“Now is the time to trade him for some premium draft picks.”
Judging Jimmy G. off his six quarters of action in September, regardless it being done by friend or foe, is a bit silly. He did look like a man ready to start for one NFL team or another, but unusual things happen in the first games of any season. So, how much weight do those six quarters deserve?
It would be great to supplement that knowledge with how he looks at practice. Bill Belichick would steel himself against any form of torture before offering us his mindset on that.
At any rate, it says here that the Pats should keep Garoppolo around. Brady may want to play until he’s 45, and it is foolish to doubt the man after Super Bowl LI, but the end often comes swiftly for great players.
TIME TRAVEL: March 5, 1947 – “Brooklyn Dodgers voluble manager Leo ‘The Lip’ Durocher, was at a near loss of words when he caught his first glimpse of rookie Mike Nozinski a few days ago. The former Nashua Dodger, brought up to the parent club during the winter, was working out easily when Durocher first saw him. Red Smith, New York Herald Tribune columnist, discussing Flatbush prospects with Durocher, reoirts Leo’s reactions to Mike’s talents.
“According to Red, Durocher said, ‘Then we’ve got a Brooklyn kid named Nozinski, who pitched for Nashua, N.H., last year. Now you don’t bring a kid from Nashua all the way up to Brooklyn for nothing.”
Durcocher later said Nozinski’s fastball “is just like Dizzy Dean’s.”
Well, Nozinski was not on the Dodgers’ roster after spring training. He never pitched in the big leagues.
He did pitch for a barnstorming team over that winter, the Jackie Robinson All Stars, and faced a big leaguer or two. He was one of three white players on the roster.
This is offered only as a reminder: Looking great in training camp means virutally nothing.
Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood @nashuatelegraph.com or