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Old 04-24-2013   #1
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Received a call from a buddy couple hours ago inviting me to replace his teammate in a boat race in Biloxi, Miss. Last minute cancelation that would allow me all expense paid trip leaving noon tomorrow returning Sunday. As many of you know I am a high performance boat nut losing my own BADBOY1 in Hurricane Ike. Art has never lost a race in his 31 foot American Offshore CAT; although I incorrectly reported last year he lost in Lake Havasau last year. Found out recently that although he blew engine at 125 mph, no competitor beat him.
Hesitantly, I agreed to stand in but just got call from Art that his teammates was on again. Whew.

What are you willing to give up? What are your preparations? I do not like visits or telephone calls. I have meals completed or ready to go with TV, radio and lap top going. I hate knocks on door (last April) & will not even get up this year.

BTW, Art just bought a 41 foot luxury CAT he will refurbish for resale at a great price for someone. If you know anyone with interest, let me know. It is a great looking boat.
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I was a draft geek before it was popular to be one. I was a draftnik before the word was invented. The first draft I truly paid attention to was the one that brought us Mike Munchak. I believe it was 1982, and I was a big Oilers fan. I had just graduated HS, and was out of a job at the time. I had my portable radio and listened intently all day long for all the picks. This was in a time when it wasn't televised. My Dad was pissed that I wasn't out "pounding the pavement". I was more concerned about our 3rd rd pick.

The next year, 1983, was the time I bought my first "ourlads guide". I think by the following year, I was also subscribed to PFW, and some new guy by the name of Joel Buschbaum came out with an excellent draft guide and by then I was hooked. I was a fire breathing draftnik of the first order. If there was a Draftnik club at the time, I would have been the George Washington of my time.

The first time I watched on TV was 1987. That might have been the 2nd year it was televised. This is how geeky I was. My parents didn't have cable (yes I was still living at home..hold the comments!) so I drove over 100 miles to go to my Uncle's house in Madisonville because they had cable. I called in sick that day to work, and went to my Uncle's house and sat there alone most of the day with my handy dandy Joel Buschbaum draft guide at the ready and ESPN blaring with a young Mel Kiper leading the way. My parents thought I was crazy. I was. This was the day the Oilers drafted Alonzo Highsmith. Later that day my cousin got home from school. I guess she was a sophmore and she was livid because her favorite soap opera was on and I was an invader watching something extremely stupid and she missed her soap. Still remember that. We were close at that time, and I don't think she talked to me for months lol.

Age has softened me a bit. I'm still a big fan of the draft but it's not the end all be all event that it was for me back in the day. Nevertheless, my butt will be planted in my chair tomorrow and Friday night. I've already warned my girlfriend we aren't going out either night. It's the season within the off-season to me. This is where championships are built and there is just something about watching the process live as opposed to reading about it the next day. I learn so much more watching it all unfold and I like the chess match using the incoming talent and draft picks as the live pawns moving about.

I should add that in 1988 I moved out of the house for the first time and into an Apartment with cable. I've watched every single draft since without fail from the first pick to nearly the last since 1987. Even my wedding was planned to not miss it in 1990. I haven't missed a single first rd pick in that entire time. 25 years of drafts not missing a single high pick. There has to be an award for that doesn't there?

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Good stuff Porky! This is another time I sympathise with those who have wife or girlfriend that expect attention during the draft. "But I already told mother we would be there for supper." WAHAHA
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I'm pretty into it. I usually start watching the preview for it as soon as I can. The whole process is pretty damn cool, so I like to have the laptop out for rumors and trade details. I also like to know what people here on TexansTalk are saying.
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I'm pretty into it. I usually start watching the preview for it as soon as I can. The whole process is pretty damn cool, so I like to have the laptop out for rumors and trade details. I also like to know what people here on TexansTalk are saying.
there is always a thread for the draft that moves along very rapidly and hard for me to keep up and other threads + NFL/ESPN and radio. Hope they stick to not tipping the pick as comissioner agreed.
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I don't like getting onto the internet until after the first round is over. I like getting the picks from the TV and don't like getting them super early from the web...I like to be surprised by trades and such...

After the first round, the net becomes essential because I'm not going to sit in front of my tv for all 7 rounds...
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I'm pretty into it. I usually start watching the preview for it as soon as I can. The whole process is pretty damn cool, so I like to have the laptop out for rumors and trade details. I also like to know what people here on TexansTalk are saying.
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Where do you fish for these tidbits?
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Where do you fish for these tidbits?
Usually, ESPN insider has some rumor mill thing going. If the coverage doesn't go trough a trade specifically, sometimes I will just google search it until I get all the details.
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(ahem) Meh...

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Sorry...over the years there have been too MANY guys who were undrafted who went on to make HUGE differences. E.g. Arian Foster & Priest Holmes

There've been TOO MANY guys who were drafted late who weren't expected to do much and did GREAT Ben Roethlisburger & Tom Brady come to mind.

And WAY TOO MANY guys drafted high who didn't do ISHT when they got to the NFL e.g. Red Grange, Doug Flutie, Reggie Bush, Ryan Leaf, Ricky Williams, Vince Young, Tim Tebow and FAR too many chumps to name for me to get excited about the draft. Sorry being good in college is no indicator how good you're going to be in the NFL. One man's opinion.
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not really. there are a few guys every year that i know of, have seen enough of to feel confident about how they'll transition to the NFL. Then around this time of year i usually check out a few more. I don't do mock drafts b/c i feel they're just a waste of time considering you don't know how 32 teams have their boards set up and how they value what they already have...you may have an idea about 1 team but 32?
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not really. there are a few guys every year that i know of, have seen enough of to feel confident about how they'll transition to the NFL. Then around this time of year i usually check out a few more. I don't do mock drafts b/c i feel they're just a waste of time considering you don't know how 32 teams have their boards set up and how they value what they already have...you may have an idea about 1 team but 32?
I like to do mock drafts like the Texan's Talk 7 rounder where different guys are picking different for different teams. It makes you learn more about who's out there and gives you a feel for where they'll to in the draft. It also gives you some appreciation for the excitement of having your eye on a guy, hoping that he'll fall to you, or when you've got a list of guys you want and you see them flying off the board.

Now... with that said... it usually doesn't bear a lot of resemblance to what actually happens. There are always surprises and weirdnesses during the draft. But that's part of what makes it so awesome.
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