Combine Observation

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It’s interesting, over the course of the last week, I’ve noticed something re the combine: the very same journalists and press people who were instrumental in building up the media hype surrounding the combine to what it is now, have turned on it by denouncing its value. I have heard several commentators, talk show hosts and journalists blast it as a mostly useless exercise that doesn’t really help evaluate draft prospects. They say that the combine shouldn’t change someone’s draft status much and that physical attributes don’t account for a player’s “football” understanding. They’re right to some extent (though I think it is at least interesting to know how fast people can run, how well they throw and how agile they may be) – but again, lots of the people saying this now were likely responsible for making the combine one of the most hyped events of the year in sports.

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2 Responses to “Combine Observation”

  1. RayMidge Says:

    sort of like how the media organs responsible for hyping the notion that a college football or basketball coach is THE reason why any particular team is successful also get outraged when those coaches leverage that oversized reputation into massive contracts at other schools? The Nick Saban saga is exhibit A of this phenomenon. I suppose it is the nature of the beast to be always craving the opposite of what it has established as conventional wisdom. The trick as an observor of any scene is to trust a few sources that have shown over time that they are sensible and mostly immune to “trends” (I use that word only in the perjorative sense).

  2. awhayes Says:

    Nice RayMidge. I agree. Nice analogy. It’s hard to find balanced reporting. In a way, it’s also like the media who for years adored Brittany Spears and essentially created her, only to be even more excited for the big Brittany breakdown (a breakdown due at least in part to a media that WANTED to see her crash – but of course also due to her being a moron).

    Sometimes I think the media is so focused on extremes, that it there is no middle ground – it likes to hate or it likes to love. Even look at Favre, arguably the NFL’s most important commodity. He is loved by most, but some are now starting to tire of the exhaustive media coverage of him, including many of the same media types responsible for touting his greatness over the years. It seems like it is always the most extreme opinion that rules the roost – perhaps this also explains why Sean Salisbury is even allowed near a TV set.

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