These are random/interesting e-mails or Facebook posts I've received. The e-mails are italicized and left mostly unedited. My responses follow them.
11/28/09: Fat Coaches, Dumb Coaches, Fantasy Fails
From Jason P.:
You say you are a large man... I don't have any proof of this except your word, but I am 6'3 270 pounds, so I am a large man.
The Lions have a promotion going where they have $55 "all-you-can-eat" seats. I say that you, Mark Mangino and I go to a game and bankrupt the organization and force them to leave town. Hot Dogs are $6 at the stadium, and I'm sure that Mark could easily eat 250. That would cost him $1500.00 if he was in a normal seat, so I think he would be very interested in the all-you-can-eat seat.
Over the course of a game, I'm thinking I could put down 20 or so. You'd have to sit next to Mark though. Come to think of it, there's enough empty seats that he could have his own row.
--> Your plan seems like a solid one, and it could work in theory. However, it could easily backfire.
If you put that much meat in front of a large man like Mangino, he could go a bit overboard once all of the hot dogs are gone. And by a "bit overboard," I mean eating everyone in a mile radius of him.
From Joe L.:
Just a note on Jamal Charles; the only reason he got every carry except for one last week is because Kolby Smith went down with an injury, and Dantrell Savage was inactive. Charles was the only running back available, I don't think Todd Haley has taken your advice fully yet.
--> Yeah, I saw that. For Kansas City's sake, let's hope that Kolby Smith suffers minor injuries every week to force Todd Haley's hand. It's the only shot the Chiefs have.
From Vincent G.:
I know this isn't football related at all, but if I had a Jerk of the Week, I would give it to Elmo on Sesame Street.
It seems like every time I see something Sesame Street related nowadays, it has the little red elitist plastered prominently all over it. Even their online avatar isn't the Sesame Street logo, but rather a picture of Elmo smiling at me.
Why does Elmo have to hog all the attention? And why has he remained 3 1/2 years old for the last 20+ years? Has Sesame Street opened a hole in the fabric of space and time that enables Elmo to remain this age?
--> I'm pretty sure that's what the people behind Dick Clark, Al Davis and Roger Clemens have done, so I don't think your theory is that preposterous.
From a friend:
Why didnt u tell me to start donals driver??? im j/k. i just didnt do it bc of his weak performasncce from last week
--> You sure it was his weak "performasncce," and not your weak spelling?
Yo Walt, lurker here. Love your site, I check it everyday because I have no life except drinking and smoking the herb from time to time.
--> WalterFootball.com - Harboring alcoholics and weed addicts since 1999!
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.