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!
I don't write a lot of FanPosts anymore, but I wanted to write one tonight, because I think this situation calls for as much gravitas as this site can muster. Guru wrote a great front page story, speaking for MHR, and he is 100% correct. This will represent my own spin, but the same basic idea. Consider this to be akin to the best practices of political messaging, where if your constituents don't believe you the first time, you simply keep repeating yourself.
After missing a week due to vacation, we're back with another edition of ST&NO. As we're in a pretty slow season for football news, be glad I am not a paid reporter, or I might make up some trade rumors or something. Ready.... BEGIN.
We're back with more ST&NO, after taking a one-week sabbatical. Well, actually, my day job kept me too busy to write anything, so it wasn't really like a sabbatical. It was more like continuously cranking through re-forecast revenue plans and depreciation schedules, and simultaneously trying to figure out a bunch of new duties on top of that.
I deliberately didn't take my work computer home this weekend, and I plan to make up for my absence last Monday morning. Ready, BEGIN!!!!