- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Wow, has it really been nearly two weeks since I’ve blogged? I guess while everyone else was speeding on the information superhighway, I was riding a small burro on a dirt road.

Anyway, here are some draft-related odds and ends for you folks to chew on until I come up with something truly new and profound to say.

* The general consensus after ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft was that wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson worked out splendidly as a guest analyst. He was quick, thoughtful and — unlike many football talking heads — you could actually understand him when he talked. ESPN senior producer Jay Rothman said he had targeted Johnson for the broadcast and never had anyone else in mind. By most accounts, it was a good choice.

In fact, the Carolina Panthers were so proud of Johnson they said, “You’re so good at that, we don’t need you to play football for us anymore.”

Maybe those weren’t John Fox’s exact words, but the fact remains that the Panthers cut Johnson less than three days after the team drafted Dwayne Jarrett, a wideout from USC with a similar resume. The irony here is that after the Panthers made the pick, Johnson spoke very excitedly about serving as a mentor to the rookie. Ouch.

* ESPN’s draft coverage last weekend scored the second-most viewers in history, averaging 4.011 million households over the course of two days. Meanwhile, ESPN.com scored 175 million page views, an increase of 35 percent over last year. Users of the site’s Draftcast feature rose more than 140 percent.

Now, if you watched more than an hour of the NFL Draft over the weekend, I’m only going to say this once: PEOPLE! GO OUTSIDE! MOW YOUR LAWN! IF YOU DON’T HAVE A LAWN TO MOW, GO PLAY SOME GOLF. IF YOU DON’T PLAY GOLF, PLAY SOFTBALL, BOCCE, LAWN DARTS or ANYTHING THAT WILL GET YOU OUT OF THE DANG HOUSE INSTEAD OF WATCHING MEL KIPER TALK ABOUT THE FIFTH-BEST DEFENSIVE END WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN THE FOURTH ROUND.

That is all.

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