The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books. This year, in preparation, I followed several mock draft sites and did a bunch of my own via Fanspeak’s excellent On the Clock draft simulator site. Until about the beginning of April. That’s when I burned out and stopped paying attention. A month later, the draft finally happened for real, and outside of the first round or so it was completely different from all the mocks—my own included. Here’s how it went down for my favorite team, The Washington Redskins.
Here’s my best of the week from around the Blogosphere.
Best Bad Dream. “Dreaming of a Greyish-White Super Bowl” by David Roth at SB Nation.
(T)he Garden State contains loud multitudes. There is a great deal of natural beauty and there also are desolate cities whose nicer neighborhoods could still be mistaken for Bartertown from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome; the state produces delicious tomatoes and corn and blueberries, and also generates richer, beefier Heavy Industry-Related Butt Smells than you can possibly imagine.
Best Guest Post. “Love Showed Up and Watched My Kids” by Addie Zierman at Leannepenny.com.
(S)he said, “I’m taking your kid this Friday,” and when I protested she held up a hand and said, “I’m taking your kid. You need time to finish your book, and I’m taking your kid. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”
Most Vulnerable. “Of Embarrassing Prayers and Naked Talks with God” by Natalie Trust.
God, how am I supposed to pray? How am I supposed to express day to day desires when the cry of my heart is to have some hope for a miracle of healing? My prayers today feel so trivial. On the scale of urgency and necessity: a new job for my husband or the life of my best friend. When faced with what to pray for, this doesn’t actually feel like a choice. And I’m kind of angry with you for how confused I feel.
Funniest Video. “More NFL ” by Bad Lip-Reading (via YouTube).
Best Take on a Classic Book. “What Charlotte’s Web is Teaching Me About Longing” by Ashley Larkin, guest posting at Moments and Invitations.
It’s partly the ache of childhood gone, and going. Partly the bursting bounty of flowers and drink. Partly the wondrous miracle of life in secret places. Partly the joy of bearing witness, like Fern, as everyday sacred plays out before our watching eyes.
It is all this and something more that continues stirring this longing, seeking home.
Best Bad Search Technique. “Google Searching for the Next Great QB” by Hughtavious Hill at Fanspeak.
Instead of relying on simple measurables and game tape, evaluators have started to learn and utilize the nuances of advanced metrics and statistical analysis. Draftniks continue to push the envelope to get smarter and smarter.
Which is exactly why we’re about to do the opposite. Everyone’s going smart, so let’s go dumb.
Best Muse. “In Which Ms. Frizzle is My New Writing Muse” by Sarah Bessey.
(O)ne of Ms. Frizzle’s favourite ways to teach is to drop the kids into the middle of the experience and say “Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!”
I love that.
Best Cover of a Cover (That’s Also a Medley). “Space Oddity” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).
What a difference a year makes. All I had a year ago was hope. After twenty years of futility, it felt good to hope again, but no one knew what the season would bring. It feels different this year. There’s still hope, but with the Redskins coming off a 10-6 season and a division title, and 21 of 22 starters returning, the hope feels like it’s being fulfilled already.
Without a first round pick in the draft this year, there wasn’t a single player for the team to set it sights on. Instead they built up depth in places it was needed—the secondary in particular—and took risks, which is something you can do when you keep a division-winninh team together in spite of an $36 million salary-cap penalty split over two seasons.
It reminds me of the last time the Redskins built a team with an eye to the next decade instead of just the next season. A time when they were on the verge of a decade of dominance. That decade began with one of the greatest drafts ever.