No, you aren’t having a fever dream right now – this is Redleg Nation. But we also figured that since there’s no baseball right now, and most Cincinnati Reds fans are also Cincinnati Bengals fans, we’d open up the comments tonight for some NFL Draft discussion.
And yes, the Bengals are going to draft Joe Burrow tonight. If they don’t I will go ahead and be on the record that I will eat at least part of a Cincinnati Reds hat, live on camera this weekend if they don’t. Lock it up, it’s happening.
Getting teams ready for a remote draft has been the kind of experience that a 36-year-old techie simply can’t understand. The number of stories that have come out over the last two weeks where team front office employees couldn’t figure out how to do basic internet things. In one case, it’s been reported that THEY “RIPPED UP SOME WALLS” to get someone set up for the draft. What even is wifi? Who are these people who don’t know how to run some cat-5 or cat-6 cables from one room to another without”ripping up” walls? How is any of this a thing in the year 2020?
#Seahawks GM John Scheider says they’ve ripped up some walls to make the technology work in his house… he says working with crews in his house, in this time of social distancing, has been a challenge, but is confident they’ll be ready for Thursday.
— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) April 21, 2020
But we’ve also seen things like this, where teams are setting up multiple monitored, multiple deviced set ups for the draft.
Do NFL coaches and GMs know they can open up multiple tabs in a browser? pic.twitter.com/Ej28pFG7yL
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) April 23, 2020
There are a lot of things at play here. As someone who during a regular day during a regular baseball year will have 4 baseball games on at once across four devices on or around my desk – I get it. But I don’t think it’s necessary for the Bears or Chargers or Giants to have that going on. Are you still breaking down game footage of guys on draft night? If you are, what the heck are you doing?! And if you aren’t, why do you need seven different screens?
All of that said, look at the Chargers photo. That moose is ready to fight you, your dad, your drunk cousin Frank, and anyone else that is willing to step to him. That intimidation factor is real.
It feels almost guaranteed that the Bengals are taking Joe Burrow at the top spot – they’ve reportedly told the Miami Dolphins multiple times that they have no interest in trading the #1 pick away – but where they go and what they do beyond that is quite a bit more intriguing. Let’s all sit down, leave permanent indentations in our couch cushions, and watch this thing unfold. I can’t wait for the technology hiccups to play out in real time.