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Ron Darling has no time for jabronis and their NFL draft

Apr 26, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

I assume that football people would view this Ron Darling rant against the NFL draft — inspired by the fact that draft coverage was squeezing out baseball coverage on SNY yesterday — as something as ignorant as I view most baseball commentary by football people.

But he used the word “jabroni” and that more than makes up for it.

My problem with the draft isn’t that it’s not important for the sport (it clearly is) or that it’s not important to fans (it totally is).  It’s that it takes itself so damn seriously.

Really: when the revolution comes, these guys are gonna be the first ones up against the wall.

  1. El Bravo - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    All types of jabronis around these parts.

  2. realgone2 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Amen, Ron Darling!

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      KC spent how long telling you they had their guy only to change @ 4:00 pm

      show me the guy who had Montana and Brady, I would listen to him.

  3. Innocent Bystander - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Full disclosure: I hate the NFL.
    Darling is right. Though I was willing to give the media a pass this week and next to discuss the draft. But the 4 weeks leading up to the draft!!! It’s too much. This is baseball season and crunch time of the NBA (and NHL if you care about such things). Hey ESPN and sports radio, we don’t need a month of speculation…you were all wrong anyway.

    • scoocha - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      I used to love the NFL but hate it now because of all the rule changes. But it really is the most popular sport by far and as boring and mundane as the draft is, most fans really want to hear about it and anything NFL-related.
      made Yale look pretty bad today. I wish it wasn’t the case in today NFL > MLB. He needs to face facts.

  4. mybrunoblog - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I’m a huge NFL fan but I just can’t get excited about the draft. Especially in recent years as it has become this “event” with flashing lights and over analysis from everyone. They completely lost me a few years ago when other than just just shaking hands, the commissioner now bear hugs the draft picks like they just cured cancer or something.
    Call me in September when the games count.

    • jimw42 - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      don’t forget mel kipper’s mock drafts and insight

  5. chill1184 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Im a NFL fan (Steelers) and I agree, the draft as a whole annoys me, wake me in August when training camps starts.

  6. sportsdrenched - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Awesome, there are at least 2 other people who feel that same way I do. I love the NFL, can’t stand the draft. KC Sports Radio has been unlistenable the entire winter with breakdowns of the first pick for months.

    I spend all winter pining for warm weather & baseball. I’ll be damned if I’m gonna waste time in the spring on something that doesn’t need to be discussed till the fall.

  7. manute - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    It’s almost like all those guys huddled around the TV with their football jerseys and facepaint had never seen the #1 overall pick play a single minute of football. Almost…

  8. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I like football and agree to an extent that ESPn saturates the coverage of the NFl draft to ad nauseam levels. That being said MLB is getting in on the same piece of the action now that they promote and televise their draft as well.

  9. bougin89 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Huge NFL and Packer fan here and I agree the pre draft coverage(weeks and weeks of mock drafts that turn out wrong anyway) is just too much. Luckily, the Brewers had the day off so I could enjoy watching the draft.

  10. latchbeam - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Ron Darling is awesome!

    • dlf9 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      I can’t see Ron Darling’s name without thinking about the amazing article, “In the Web of the Game” the great Roger Angel wrote about a College World Series game pitting Darling’s Yale against Frank Viola’s St. John’s club. It was the summer of ’81 and MLB was stopped due to the mid-season strike. Darling and Viola were top pitching prospects who matched up in an early round CWS contest. Darling took a no-hitter into extra innings while Viola allowed a few base runners but shut out the Elis. Darling lost on a hit, a steal and an error. Angel watched the game while sitting with Smokey Joe Wood, the ace pitcher of the Red Sox in the 1910s and tied the treads of Darling / Viola together with Wood, Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker and the turn of the last century.

      • marionleam - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        See, that game sums up the problem with Darling. Incredibly low tWtW…

  11. indaburg - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    This is why Ron Darling was going to be my husband when I was 12 years old. He’s Yale educated (French lit) and knows how to use jabroni properly in a sentence. This football draft business is so overblown. That was all that was on the radio this morning. I don’t like football normally but I definitely don’t want to hear about it in April.

    • marionleam - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      I think if Ron Darling was going to be your husband when you were 12 it would have been less to do with a Yale education and more to do with covert paedophilia. Although perhaps there’s a connection between the two…

      • indaburg - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Well, I was a wise 12 year old. I knew back then that if Ron Darling was the man I wanted, he would also have to be utterly disgusted by the thought of a 12 year old. My plan was for him to wait until I was 20, but alas, my plan didn’t work out.

  12. hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Almost every 1st rounder will start day 1. Some teams will get players that will make immediate impacts on the franchise that will last for years, whether great or terrible. There are no minors, D league, or AHL. You can’t mess up the 1st round, or the 2nd. It’s a big deal for the sport and is completely unlike any draft in any other sport.

    And if you think the hats in a box are dumb, you should have seen the team-personalized M&M’s conveniently placed next to the guy who hands in the pick for their team. But, who cares, people do dumb things to capitalize on big events all the time.

  13. realgone2 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Isn’t it basically like Dungeons and Dragons for Jocks?

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      No, that’s fantasy football.

      • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        fantasy football —- activity invented by women who won’t let their husbands bet on the actual games.

  14. hushbrother - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Another reason not to watch ESPN. 24 hours of d-bags talking about the draft or Tim Tebow or Rex Ryan. Even in the middle of summer.

  15. Brian Donohue - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I happen to have better hopes for the revolution, CC. There will be no wall and no one lined up against it. But we may agree that Ron meant to quote from Othello:

    …and now, in madness,
    Being full of supper and distempering draughts,
    Upon malicious bravery, dost thou come
    To start my quiet.

  16. mulletcork - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    The Rock says “It doesn’t matter who you draft you jabroni!!”

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      “The Rock will take you down Know Your Role Boulevard which is on the corner of Jabroni Drive and check you directly into the Smackdown Hotel!”

  17. thebadguyswon - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I love the NFL as well, but Craig nails it about how serious they take it. They act as if they are the only thing to watch. And when you actually tune it, you are treated to Rich Eisen slobbering all over Manti Teo. Boring.

  18. yahmule - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I love the NFL (if not the people who run the sport). I’m fully aware more than half of the players drafted (even the top picks) will wash out, but I enjoy the draft anyway. It’s fun to imagine different scenarios and you get to know a little bit about the players entering the League. The Dolphins traded up to the third spot to select a linebacker from Oregon named Dion Jordan. This kid grew up without a dad and his mom was a drug addict. Seven years ago, he got caught in a gasoline explosion and suffered third degree burns over half his body. They interview the young man and you can’t help but find yourself rooting for him.

    • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      @yahmule
      The NFL coverage is designed for people like you. You want human interest stories and you don’t know anything about the players entering the league because you don’t follow college football. I’ve been watching sports since the late 60’s, and today’s Sportscenter fan reminds me of people who thought watching The Harlem Globetrotters was great sports entertainment.

      • apmn - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        The 1860’s?

      • natslady - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Can’t stand “human interest” stories, which also turn me off in the Olympics. Manti T’eo was a human interest story, and look how that turned out.

        If I want a “back” story, what I like to hear about is the different approaches, plans and strategies, and how well they work in actual, y’know, games. What are the weaknesses of players and how to exploit them. What makes a good coach. Innovations. That kinds of stuff. Mostly, though, I want to watch the games with a minimum of jawing. If there is an obscure play or ruling, I’d like that explained–correctly, thankyouverymuch.

      • yahmule - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Malbrecht4, first, congrats on some damn fine trolling.

        I’ve been watching sports since 1972 and probably understand them on a deeper level than you. My policy with ESPN is to not watch the network unless they’re actually broadcasting a game. I do watch the draft on the NFL Network every year without fail. I’ll admit I enjoy seeing some 320 pound 22-year-old, bursting out of a suit and trying not to cry while he hugs his mom. Come to think of it, I thought Meadowlark Lemon was pretty damn funny, too.

      • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        I’ve been watching sports since 1972 and probably understand them on a deeper level than you.

        I don’t think so. If you love the NFL, you’re only operating on 1 level.

  19. malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    It’s not just the draft, the whole season is like this. The fact that the pre-game for the super bowl lasts longer than the actual game itself proves it. The National Fake League is all about TV money. The owners and the corporate advertisers want some control. That’s why the rules have changed over the years. The players safety angle that the broadcasters jam down your throat is bs. The owners just want to protect their investments(QB’s, WR’s etc..). Almost every rule change they make has to do with giving more power and control to the refs, and less and less to the players. Ask yourself why?

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      “The National Fake League is all about TV money”

      Who isn’t?

      How would you describe the new MLB wild card play-in game? Anything but a TV money grab?

      • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        It’s 1 game, if it was about money they would have made it best out of 5.

        The idea behind it was to give the div winners more of an advantage. Too many wild card teams were winning the WS. Their thinking was that nobody will want to be a wild card if they can be eliminated in 1 game.
        I don’t agree with the idea, I think it’s stupid, but it wasn’t about money.

  20. gnyj85 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I have to completely disagree, the draft is exciting. Many of the first rounders are already NFL-ready studs who make very big impacts. Drafted players are equivilent to baseball players coming up through the system of your team, there’s something pure about them. You get to see who will be in your division too, for example if you are a Jets fan you now know that EJ Manuel will be throwing against you for a while, or Dion Jordan will be putting Sanchez on his ass. Hell, Milliner is taking the place of Revis Island! That’s scary, but interesting. Hopefully Jets get Manziel in 14’!

    • yahmule - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      This is exactly right. People like to use their imaginations and the draft provides countless scenarios and situations to speculate about. It’s also fun to see how many players you can predict correctly. Most importantly, if provides fans extra reasons to complain about the way their teams are being run.

      The people who bitch about draft ceerage remind me of the ones who complain about fantasy baseball. They want to tell everybody exactly how they’re supposed to watch and enjoy a particular sport. Presumptuous arrogance of the worst kind.

      • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        Fantasy baseball? That’s for guys who don’t have the stones to put their money up for real.

      • yahmule - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        Real money over here. Put some of yours where your mouth is.

        http://nfbc.stats.com/baseball/home/nfbc/index.asp?

  21. tigerfan22 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    The problem with the NFL is the constant throb of coverage, in particular the off-season minutiae given major coverage by the sports networks. Sure, other sports have off-season goings-on, and you can find out about it if you look for it, but they tend to quiet down for a few months. The NFL dominates the coverage year-round. While some folks might like this kind of coverage and want to applaud the NFL for their successful marketing, it makes me want to see less and less of pro football coverage. The draft is important to the teams, but why should it and its attendant foofaraw (the pre-draft workouts?) seep into sports coverage across the media?

    By the way, even to this Tigers fan, Ron Darling may have just become my favorite commentator.

    • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      My sentiments exactly, tigerfan22 is now my favorite commenter.

  22. ray1950 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Pretty simple. If you don’t like the NFL, ignore the coverage of it. I don’t enjoy the NHL so I skip over any mention of it. This isn’t rocket science, boys and girls.

    • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      I’m trying to. I thought this was Hardball Talk. Any sport where it’s a penalty to touch the QB in the helmet with your bare hand is a joke. Go away.

  23. bbk1000 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    haha, his Yale education shines here…I remember reading about him knocking off NY Times crossword puzzles in under 10 minutes…

  24. mrznyc - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    The NFL is not a sport. The NFL is a TV show and like all the other TV shows is becomes blander, more predictable and homogenous with every passing year.

  25. yahmule - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    It’s amusing that a small fraction of baseball fans can’t simply love their game, instead of suffering from inferiority complexes when it comes to the NFL.

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