Browns draft (thus far)

The Browns made two picks in the first round. Cleveland traded some later round picks to go from #4 to #3; given that we got Trent Richardson out of the deal and lost only a 4th, 5th, and 7th round pick, I’m totally okay with that. Given one of the categories for this post — RTFBS, or Run the Fuckin’ Ball, Stupid — I’m delighted that we received the only true every down back in the draft. There is a small part of me that says “Tony, you know the Browns needed a right tackle, and Matt Kalil would have been dynamite.” Still, running backs that touch the ball 25-30 times a game don’t grow on trees, and so I give the Browns a thumbs up on that pick.

I’m a little more concerned about the second pick, QB Brandon Weedon. He’s 28, or about two years younger than I am. He’s immensely talented from a drop back and pass standpoint, although he’s supposedly “meh” outside the pocket. That’s fine. So why aren’t I more excited? Simple: Colt McCoy.

I’ve defended McCoy a number of times on this blog. I think he’s a product of bad circumstances, not a bad QB, and there is a difference. McCoy isn’t Tom Brady or Peyton Manning; he is also not Charlie Frye or Derek Anderson (minus 2007). I think he can still be a very competent starter. He’s no “franchise QB”, but he is extremely competent, and it still kind of bothers me that the Browns have given up on him so quickly.

I also really wanted to see the Browns get an elite WR or OT in the first round. Riley Reiff would have been a tremendous choice. I like the guard that fell to Pittsburgh, too. A couple of picks earlier, Kendall Wright was available. I understand there are plenty of superb options for both in the second round, and maybe that’s true. I admit I’m not quite as knowledgeable about college ball as I was in the past, and apart from the first round, I’ve not examined many mock drafts.

Weedon may very easily defeat Colt McCoy in training camp. This may even end up good for Colt; he was forced to start before he was ready, and he’ll get a little bit of seasoning behind Weedon. Weedon may totally surprise me, start for 10 years, and give the Browns a Super Bowl. I’m just hesitant to sign off on the pick now (not that I need to, since I don’t work for the Browns.) I also think he would have been available in the second round

So, thus far: Richardson, A+ — Weedon, C+ (possibly as high as B+ depending on his performance).


Not Just TSA

The Department of Homeland Security in general is, shall we say, sometimes problematic, like in this case.  Do read the judge’s summary, because it’s a fun read.

Also think about the economic incentives relating to asset seizure.

The latest enemy: Don McLeroy

Here’s a clip of this idiot from the Colbert Report.

I love the Colbert Report. The only things I usually skip are his musical guests because I hate musical guests.  I want to be informed or entertained through comedy. Leave music for other shows. Anyway, this is the first time in a long time I couldn’t finish this interview. The tipping point? Stephen asks the moron if he thinks that dinosaurs and human beings coexisted. His idiot response:

“Well yes, that is my belief.”

There is nothing more intellectually cowardly than hiding behind “faith” or “belief” so that you can pretend you aren’t wrong. The coexistence of dinosaurs and humans is not a “belief”, it is a verifiable fact. Guess what? Didn’t happen.

See, human beings (i.e. Homo sapiens) originated roughly 200,000 years ago. The dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. Do the math. To put it another way, you are far, far less wrong, chronologically, if you insist that the Trojan War was over nuclear weapons or that woolly mammoths had laser cannons mounted on them. (I’ll give you a moment to savor the sheer awesomeness of the second example.)

Let’s pretend that you believe that Bible is 100% factually accurate and that the earth is less than 10,000 years old. Given how awesome dinosaurs are, there should be hundreds of verses of humans and dinosaurs frolicking together in meadows (or, you know, dinosaurs eating people.) So, here’s the results from a search for “lizard.” Do you want to argue “great lizard” might mean dinosaur? Knock yourself out. If that’s the case, here is the entirety of the Bible’s claim re: dinosaurs:

Dinosaurs are not good eatin’.

The Koran doesn’t mention dinosaurs either. Sorry.

We are left, therefore, with three possible alternatives. 1) Don McLeroy is a Highlander and personally witnessed dinosaurs eating people (or people eating dinosaurs). 2) Don McLeroy doesn’t actually understand English and is a poorly trained chimp. 3) Don McLeroy is taking advantage of a politically correct culture that discourages anybody from arguing with anybody that uses the word “belief” or “faith” to preface a statement.

If you think I’m being unfair to McLeroy, the man who almost singlehandedly determined what ended up in high school textbooks? It is my  belief that he’s a cowardly idiot.

Check and mate. QED, motherfucker.