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JayCee
04-19-2009, 03:54 AM
for the past few years i've watched the draft live nfl.com, however to my surprise this year ESPN international (which is what we get here in NZ) is televising the first 4 hours of the draft live.

I remember reading comments last year that ESPN doesn't compare to the NFL Networks coverage of the draft - which made me think that apart from the occasional streaming problems online - i wasn't missing out on much. I do enjoy Maycocks' commentary.

What do you guys reckon? Is it worth me claiming the TV for 4 hours to watch ESPN on tv?
Or should i continue to watch NFL network in my cave, sometimes referred to as a office, and put up with the occasional connection problems?

kiwitexansfan
04-19-2009, 04:39 AM
What time is that coverage on over here??

I might have to cash in my leave pass to watch.

JayCee
04-19-2009, 05:00 AM
First day starts @ 8am,...

2nd day starts @ 2am :)

pbat488
04-19-2009, 06:04 AM
NFL Network is inherently better because you don't have to listen to Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, or Keyshawn Johnson telling you how bad/good a pick is. Also, there are less commercials on NFLN. But more importantly, you don't have to listen to Keyshawn... have I gone over that part yet??

krocket
04-19-2009, 06:20 AM
Both have a lot of talking in between a little drafting, period. Sometimes they stay on the subject and sometimes they don't. So pays your money and take your choice. I don't believe there is a clear-cut winner, except for who you have to listen to all day.

I prefer NFL.com however.

Silver Oak
04-19-2009, 07:24 AM
First day starts @ 8am,...

2nd day starts @ 2am :)

for me, that would put a whole new wrinkle on my draft day hoopla. a hearty breakfast with bloody mary's instead of a good grilled/smoked meat spread...interesting...

ArlingtonTexan
04-19-2009, 09:24 AM
I watch NFLNetwork and turn to ESPN when there is a commercial or feature that I am not interested. If you think that your connection is going to be a serious problem, i would just watch ESPN.

bckey
04-19-2009, 09:44 AM
ESPN is fine for the draft. People love to hate on Mel Kiper but he made the NFL draft what it is today.

threetoedpete
04-19-2009, 09:50 AM
ESPN is fine for the draft. People love to hate on Mel Kiper but he made the NFL draft what it is today.

Well to each his own.....but Mel couldn't of cleaned the toe jam out of Bushbaum's toe nails....and that there thingy is the truth.

Thorn
04-19-2009, 10:05 AM
The only time I'm "watching" the draft is when the Texans are up. I don't pay a lot of attention draft day to other teams and what they do. That will all be analyzed to death later. I watch the Texans pick and the announcers reaction to it, then the TV gets muted until the Texans are up again.

bckey
04-19-2009, 10:45 AM
Well to each his own.....but Mel couldn't of cleaned the toe jam out of Bushbaum's toe nails....and that there thingy is the truth.


No doubt about that. I am in no way saying Mel is better at grading players out than Bushbaum did. Player evaluations are one thing but what Mel deserves some credit for is making the draft into the big event it is today.

The Pencil Neck
04-19-2009, 11:30 AM
I will have NFLN on. But most of my time will be spent on the threads here on TexansTalk.com.

Thorn
04-19-2009, 11:31 AM
I will have NFLN on. But most of my time will be spent on the threads here on TexansTalk.com.

that's my plan as well

steelbtexan
04-19-2009, 11:32 AM
Buschbaum helped create interest in the draft that is continuing to grow.

RIP Joel

nunusguy
04-19-2009, 11:39 AM
If I had to choose between the two I'd take Mayock and the NFL.Network, but I still also enjoy catching the take of the guys on ESPN.
I do feel for young McShay who gets abused and appears to be kinda intimidated by the overbearing Kiper which is why I enjoyed seeing Kiper having to go up against the equally opinioned and overbearing Merril Hoge the other day. Of course Hoge was in the NFL for several years and treated
Kiper like he was somebody who never took a snap in his life (which he probably hasn't) at any level of football. I enjoyed that.

kiwitexansfan
04-19-2009, 03:15 PM
First day starts @ 8am,...

2nd day starts @ 2am :)

Thanks for that.

It looks like I'll be missing it. Starting that late it clashes with church and I'm preaching this week so I can't really call in sick.

texasguy346
04-19-2009, 05:16 PM
I watch NFLNetwork and turn to ESPN when there is a commercial or feature that I am not interested. If you think that your connection is going to be a serious problem, i would just watch ESPN.

That's generally what I do too. I'll probably do the same this year with my laptop nearby so I can check out what's going on here as the Texans' picks come up.

JayCee
04-19-2009, 07:11 PM
I will have NFLN on. But most of my time will be spent on the threads here on TexansTalk.com.
yeah good point - i normally flick between nfl.com and TT to check out the reactions.

i've recently upgraded my internet to max available download and upload so that will probably make a difference however i'm pretty sure the connection problems i get are usually to do with the site rather than not having enough bandwidth as ive always had a decent connection.
Did anyone else get the same problem? Last year is started off great, but by the end of round 1, it started dropping off on a regular basis and became almost unwatchable.

Mr teX
04-19-2009, 07:19 PM
NFL Network is inherently better because you don't have to listen to Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, or Keyshawn Johnson telling you how bad/good a pick is. Also, there are less commercials on NFLN. But more importantly, you don't have to listen to Keyshawn... have I gone over that part yet??

Ehh..the talking gets annoying no matter the channel you're watching. I'm usually multi-tasking doing something else & My TV's on mute, especially in the 1st round. The only time i listen is when the texans are about to pick. between our picks, i'm mainly just watching the "best available" ticker & every teams drafted players so far.

rarazz00
04-19-2009, 08:27 PM
I would like it if they wouldn't go to commercial during the Texans pick:fans:

Ryan
04-19-2009, 08:34 PM
I usually watch ESPN for the first round, but then switch over to NFLN after because ESPN's gets pretty lackluster after the first round. Probably because they don't know ape sh*t about the people after the first.

edo783
04-19-2009, 08:38 PM
I would like it if they wouldn't go to commercial during the Texans pick:fans:

I would be wiling to bet they do. They have been pretty darn consistent in doing it in years past.

Hardcore Texan
04-19-2009, 08:41 PM
I am going to be stuck out in the country with no cable/satellite, and will be at a wedding for part of that. I need to find someone who can text me the picks every hour or so or at least the Texans picks.

HOU-TEX
04-20-2009, 11:59 AM
Does anybody know of a site that has a nice and clean looking 7 round draft list I can print? I want to be a little more organized this year rather than my spiral notebook with my crappy handwriting.

HoustonFrog
04-20-2009, 12:15 PM
Last year I liked watching BOTH. ESPN is like an old friend that I've watched the draft with for years and years now. I spend all weekend with it on. I don't like Kiper..I like making fun of Kiper so it is worth it. NFLN was good last year and I enjoyed the change of opinion but I also found it very "sterile" for watching purposes. Not sure but it was kind of boring at times. I'm a person who likes hearing opinions from everyone regarding picks so the more voices the better.

bah007
04-20-2009, 01:22 PM
Does anybody know of a site that has a nice and clean looking 7 round draft list I can print? I want to be a little more organized this year rather than my spiral notebook with my crappy handwriting.

NFL.com should have one in their draft section.

HOU-TEX
04-20-2009, 01:26 PM
NFL.com should have one in their draft section.

BTW, NFLN will be analyzing the Jaguars and Texans draft needs tonight on NFLTA. Billick and Mayock discuss teams needs in their war room.

Shaft75
04-20-2009, 01:30 PM
Buschbaum helped create interest in the draft that is continuing to grow.

RIP Joel

My dad used to listen to him all of the time on sports talk radio. All I remember was that I enjoyed hearing him talk and my dad making fun of his voice. But my dad would listen to him all of the time, so he must have been a pretty good football guy.

Dude had a funny voice though.