The Stick'Em Pick'Em Draft Challenge
Okay, so now we know: We open the season at home on Monday night against the Chargers. Last time that happened, I was there, and it was akin to washing my eyes out with Clorox and garlic salt.
The season opener on Monday night against the Broncos two years later was equally scandalous and embarassing. Can we finally bring it on an opening Monday night against an AFC West rival? Well, we'll know sooner rather than later.
As for the rest of the schedule, when did the Texans join the AFC West? We play them every year now. I'm sure someone will bark at me about how this makes perfect sense according to the NFL's Pythagorean scheduling theorem. Thanks, but I don't want to hear it. Oh, and the Browns are back, too. At least we had a year off from them.
Meanwhile, when recently asked to compare John Marshall's defense to Rob Ryan's, Cable replied: "There will be a lot of similarity. Hopefully, we'll just be maybe a little more fundamentally sound, a little more structured."
Umm..."Similarity" isn't the word I'm looking for, Tom. We ranked 27th in total defense last year. Can we shoot for dissimilar? And what's with "little more" fundamentally sound? When we last saw your defense, it looked like toddler soccer, so a "little more structured" doesn't quite cut it. How about "a lot more structured?" Is that too much to ask? I didn't think so.
Anyhow, the draft is upon us, and I don't have a clue how it will shake out, which at least puts me on par with the experts in the mainstream media.
To be honest, I don't like college sports that much. March Madness is my annual nightmare, a place where sports talk goes to die for three weeks. In the fall, I'm too busy watching the Raiders during football season to care much about college football.
Then, before I know it, here comes April and the NFL draft and I'm supposed to watch YouTube videos of guys from Boston College and Texas Tech and start figuring out the draft order and predicting how it will unfold right up to the point that Mr. Davis grabs the phone.
Which brings me to my old pal Stick'Em, who sure knew how to Pick'Em. Back in 2006, he not only pegged Michael Huff as the seventh round pick going to the Raiders. He pegged the six picks leading up to the Raiders. I'm not kidding. He even had Mario Williams going to the Texans instead of Reggie Bush. His picks are immortalized in the comments section of this Take, three days before the 2006 draft.
So here we are, with the seventh pick in the draft again...Alas, Stick'Em is on an extended moratorium, so someone else will have to pick up the draft prognosticating slack.
Hence, the honorary Stick'Em Pick'Em draft challenge. Who will the Raiders pick, and how will it happen up to that point? Remember, whom you want the Raiders to pick may be immaterial to whom they will actually pick, as six preceding teams have some say in the matter.
Who will nail the first seven picks in the 2009 Draft? Will it be you? Let your picks rip and we shall see...