I am not a very big Sum 41 fan, but they had a great album title a few years ago, in All Killer, No Filler, which our friends at Wikipedia inform me was borrowed from Jerry Lee Lewis, who was significantly cooler than them. I always thought of it as the Sum 41 rule, until I just looked it up, so that continues, I guess.
Anyway, I have adopted it as a rule of ST&NO, in the sense that if I can't think of enough interesting topics to fill a decent column, I won't post one, because I owe it to those who read my work not to waste their time with weak stuff. I started writing some content last week, and it didn't pass the test, so I didn't post anything on Monday. Here goes 2 weeks worth of material, on a Memorial Day Monday. As a veteran myself, I would remind our American community members to take a moment to reflect on the brave servicemen and women who lost their lives in the service of our nation.
Monday, MONDAY, MONNNNNNNNNNNNDAY!!!!!! Good morning, and welcome to another edition of Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations. For this week's official ST&NO picture, I chose Knowshon Moreno being coached by Bobby Turner. It kind of gave me a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing Bobby is still with us, and that he's devoting his considerable coaching talents to developing a future star. It's the time of the year where football news is slow. If I were a newsman, I might have to resort to making up some trade rumors. Since I am an avowed opinion-writer, though, here comes a portion of that instead for you to chew on. Bon appetit!
After going with focused and snark-free on Wednesday, I'm back with what everybody is more used-to from me. Meandering and snark... it must be ST&NO. Ready... BEGIN!!!!!
I'm not really a contrarian. In fact, I think people who are contrary just to be contrary are typically worthless to an intelligent discussion. Incessant devil's advocacy just gets in the way of progress. Actually, if you ask some people who've begun frequenting this site recently, I am a big homer, and all I do is write happy, sunshiny stuff about how the Broncos can do no wrong. Of course, that doesn't take into account the fact that I was the first person to criticize Josh McDaniels and Brian Xanders for misplaying the initial Cassel trade discussions, but that's neither here nor there, I suppose.
You know, this has been a great weekend for MHR. Our leader got to cover the draft as a credentialed member of the legitimate media, our staff kept the information flowing, and our community contributed thousands of comments and many outstanding Fanposts throughout the two days. It was a triumph for this site, and now I am exhausted. And, yes, it's back to the day job tomorrow, for another five days. Please forgive me if this is a shorter than usual ST&NO, but my eyes hurt and my fingers are tired. Ready..... BEGIN!!!
I had a good time being the comments editor on the live threads today, and I also agreed to write this Around The League Day 1 Wrap-Up. While I am not branding it as an edition of ST&NO, I'll try to keep it Shallow and Narrow, like always.
Welcome to a very special Draftivus Friday version of Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations, which I publish at the risk of over-saturating the market of those two commodities. Included is my Soup-To-Chocolate-Cake 7-Round Mock Draft, as promised. Ready..... BEGIN.
Welcome to the Draftivus Tuesday edition of ST&NO. As promised, my first ever 7-round soup-to-nuts mock draft will appear on Draftivus Friday, as an ST&NO special edition. (Did anybody else ever wonder why soup and nuts are the Alpha and Omega? Soup I can see, you eat that at the beginning of a multi-course meal, but nuts for dessert? Really? How about soup-to-chocolate cake? Yeah, that's the ticket.)
But I digest (something other than soup and nuts, incidentally.) Today's Donny Deutsch Big Idea will center on a brief pre-Draftivus evaluation of all 32 NFL teams, and what they may do this weekend. As usual, I have no interest in participating in an echo chamber, so prepare to read original thought and analysis. Ready.......... BEGIN
Happy Monday. That is a picture of a happy guy, right there. If I were Kyle Orton, I'd be happy too. To go from a talent-poor offensive team like Chicago, with a conservative approach, to a talent-rich offensive team like Denver, with what will almost certainly be an aggressive approach is a really good reason to be happy. On this Easter Sunday (as I write this,) because Kyle Orton is happy, and Chris Simms is happy, and Josh McDaniels is happy, I feel happy too. From all of us at the the department of ST&NO, we wish you a Happy Easter (plus one.) Ready....... BEGIN!!!
Welcome to another week's version of ST&NO. In this edition, we'll focus on the future, rather than dwelling on the past. Specifically, I decided to focus on Kyle Orton, and what he brings to the table. I, for one, get happier by the day with the drastically new direction of the team. I've had a healthy skepticism, but I am starting to find a lot of reason to believe in the new direction. Maybe I am a McDaniels guy now. Get your Monday coffee, close your office door, and let's get back to the business of being best subset of the best fan base in the NFL. Ready.... BEGIN!