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MorrisCaliborne
04-14-2012, 06:32 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that they should ban cell phones at the draft?

It is very annoying to see players talking on their cell phones knowing who the team will pick 5 minutes before Goodell announces the pick

Thoughts?

i_bleed_purple
04-14-2012, 06:38 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that they should ban cell phones at the draft?

It is very annoying to see players talking on their cell phones knowing who the team will pick 5 minutes before Goodell announces the pick

Thoughts?

Umm... you realize they're talking to the people about to draft them? GM's will call them and say "hey, we're thinking of picking you up if you're still on the board when we're up. you game?"

Believe it or not, the draft's purpose is for teams to get players, not for the viewer experience.

MorrisCaliborne
04-14-2012, 06:45 PM
Umm... you realize they're talking to the people about to draft them? GM's will call them and say "hey, we're thinking of picking you up if you're still on the board when we're up. you game?"

Believe it or not, the draft's purpose is for teams to get players, not for the viewer experience.

Yeah I know that but still, it is annoying and it ruins the suspense of who they are going to draft

Webby
04-14-2012, 11:07 PM
How did they do all the negotiations before cell phones i wonder?

NodakPaul
04-15-2012, 08:45 AM
How did they do all the negotiations before cell phones i wonder?

There was a time when phones used to be plugged directly into the wall. Crazy, I know... ;)

VKG4LFE
04-15-2012, 09:20 AM
The cell phone thing is a non issue to me. It's only a "problem" for the first fifteen guys in the draft who usually know where they are going anyways. There aren't typically a ton of big shockers in the first half of the first round.

jmcdon00
04-15-2012, 04:46 PM
I agree, just makes for bad TV.
I doubt anything meaningful ever happens in that last minute phone call.
Also they talk/text on the phone to their agent, family and friends too.
It all seems somewhat rude to me.

i_bleed_purple
04-15-2012, 04:49 PM
I agree, just makes for bad TV.
I doubt anything meaningful ever happens in that last minute phone call.
Also they talk/text on the phone to their agent, family and friends too.
It all seems somewhat rude to me.

the players aren't there to please you. They're there to get drafted and make a shit-ton of money.

They couldn't care less what the viewers at home think.

MorrisCaliborne
04-15-2012, 04:49 PM
I agree, just makes for bad TV.
I doubt anything meaningful ever happens in that last minute phone call.
Also they talk/text on the phone to their agent, family and friends too.
It all seems somewhat rude to me.

I am glad you agree! :)

jmcdon00
04-15-2012, 04:58 PM
the players aren't there to please you. They're there to get drafted and make a shit-ton of money.

They couldn't care less what the viewers at home think.
The players have no say, they are just pawns.
This is an NFL event. Goodell has done a good job of making the draft a television event, even rolling out the red carpet, and moving it to prime time.
Ever see anyone at the Oscars talking on their cell phone when their name is called?

Caine
04-15-2012, 05:22 PM
The players have no say, they are just pawns.
This is an NFL event. Goodell has done a good job of making the draft a television event, even rolling out the red carpet, and moving it to prime time.
Ever see anyone at the Oscars talking on their cell phone when their name is called?

Ever see a last minute trade happen at the Oscars?

Completely different type of event, my friend. Virtually no commonality. If players were talking on phones or texting during an award ceremony, I'd be right there with you....

But they aren't.

This is a draft. A smorgasbord of soon-to-be overpaid, over pampered prima-donnas who are waiting to see which of the 32 franchises are going to over pay for their dubious services, and thereby grant them, their friends, and their families a windfall of cash and prizes. Who cares if they are on the phone. They have agents, team GMs, family, and friends to keep up to date on their status. They have important questions to answer, like, "What is the square root of 16"...to which they will answer, "Guatemala".

This isn't a solemn occasion like a funeral or a religious event. This isn't an award ceremony. It's not even the previews to upcoming movies. It's just the draft. And if the phones bother you that much, turn around and just listen to the draft...that way you can feign surprise when the announcement is made.

As for me, I couldn't care less. There are far bigger issues to get upset about than the players cell phones.

Caine

singersp
04-16-2012, 07:25 AM
How did they do all the negotiations before cell phones i wonder?

Telegram for Mongo!

singersp
04-16-2012, 07:31 AM
Who cares if they are on the phone. They have agents, team GMs, family, and friends to keep up to date on their status. They have important questions to answer, like, "What is the square root of 16"...to which they will answer, "Guatemala".


Did they post Claiborne's Wonderlic answers somewhere that I missed?

singersp
04-16-2012, 07:39 AM
I just get the feeling we're going to have to wait the full 10 minutes before the Colts state they'll take Luck & another full 10 minutes before the Skins state they'll take RGIII.

NodakPaul
04-16-2012, 08:40 AM
I just get the feeling we're going to have to wait the full 10 minutes before the Colts state they'll take Luck & another full 10 minutes before the Skins state they'll take RGIII.

And then another full 10 minutes while the Vikings nations sweats it out, wondering what Spielman will do... :) I honestly don't know what will happen - makes it kind of exciting (terrifying)... ;)

bleedpurple
04-16-2012, 12:46 PM
And then another full 10 minutes while the Vikings nations sweats it out, wondering what Spielman will do... :) I honestly don't know what will happen - makes it kind of exciting (terrifying)... ;)

he'll wait till there is .02 left on the clock and announce we traded the pick with the new england patriots for a swap of this years and next year's #1... and then vikings nation will curse Spielman as we wait 5 hours to see the first pick... lol

VKG4LFE
04-16-2012, 04:23 PM
he'll wait till there is .02 left on the clock and announce we traded the pick with the new england patriots for a swap of this years and next year's #1... and then vikings nation will curse Spielman as we wait 5 hours to see the first pick... lol

At least if we trade out of the first round we won't have wasted all of Thursday night for our pick to not get one like we did with the whole Chris Cook trade!

MorrisCaliborne
04-18-2012, 07:38 PM
NFL, NFL Network, ESPN to clamp down on draft-day tip-offs | News | NFL.com (http://m.nfl.com/news/09000d5d82869a69/nfl-nfl-network-espn-to-reduce-draft-tipoffs/)

Let's fast forward to next Thursday, opening night of the NFL draft . With the Indianapolis Colts on the clock, time ticking away, the speakers crackle to life: "The pick ... is in."

Before we hear a peep from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the camera cuts to Andrew Luck, huddled over a phone, smiling from ear to ear.

In this case, nobody is surprised, but as we move through the first round, these tip-offs affect the drama of the event.

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch first reported Wednesday that the NFL, NFL Network and ESPN are discussing ways to avoid revealing top draft picks to viewers before they're announced.

The NFL subsequently confirmed it won't show draftees on the phone in the green room before the announced pick on the first night of the draft.

"It's also in effect for NFL Network and ESPN, which may broadcast from other locations such as a player's house or an agent's office," league spokesman Brian McCarthy told NFL.com on Wednesday.

It's a start, but problems extend to the draft's later rounds as well.

"Every team, scout, GM, etc. has access to the NFL draft's pick database, which is updated once a card is turned in. Much earlier than on TV," tweeted Rotoworld's Josh Norris , who also served time as a scouting intern for the St. Louis Rams . "As soon as you read, 'The pick is in,' (teams) already know who is selected. Amazing how far behind TV gets on the 2nd and especially 3rd days."

Issues remain, but it's a start.

I am glad to hear this!