With the NFL draft just completed last weekend and the NBA draft right around the corner, it's time to ponder "drafts" in and of themselves.
Not the logistics of them, but rather what they mean to fans of the sport and individual teams.
First of all, nobody cares about the baseball and NHL drafts.
The baseball draft isn't even televised (who would watch). The hockey draft has been televised in recent years, but competitive yo-yo contests get higher ratings.
Effectively, the only two drafts that anybody cares about are the NBA and NFL.
For starters, both events have turned into bigger galas than Cinderella's ball, with high-profile picks showing up in million dollar suits complete with parents, posse and a girl or two.
Realistically, though, both sports are among America's favorite, and there's interest for more than just one party involved.
The fan of the professional sport wants to see what could possibly be a future superstar, and the college football/basketball fan wants to see where his player will be drafted.
But it's certainly not for everyone. Recently, I've talked to quite a few sports fans about the draft.
Some hate it, some love it. I can see both sides. It's not exactly what you would call action-packed.
The before mentioned players enjoy delicious beverages at a table until their name is called. And believe me, it's few and far between.
Teams get 15 minutes to decide who to take, and more often than not they use every single second.
The commissioner stands at the podium, calls out a name and then returns to his cave for 15 minutes.
Those of us watching on TV are subjected to a few minutes of commentary and highlights on the current player, and then the commentators basically stall for the rest of the time.
It can be brutal, for sure. This goes on for hours. And hours. I have no idea how Chris Berman, Mel Kiper and his crew do it.
So yes, I can certainly see why some sports fans simply cannot stomach the event.
Others (like myself) live for the stuff. Alright, maybe that's a bit strong. Let's just say it's a pleasant diversion for an hour or two.
I enjoy seeing where the college superstars finally end up, and I have a particular interest in seeing where local college players (BYU, Utah and Utah State) get taken.
And with the NFL draft, you get to see hours of football highlights, both college and pro. This at a time when there's virtually no football coverage.
For a huge pigskin fan, it's fantastic.And it certainly was.
Is it real sports action? Absolutely not. And I can see why some would rather watch Oprah.
But as for me I'd rather get a taste of the real thing.
Even if it is artificially sweetened, and has absolutely no nutritional value.