Sunday, April 30, 2006

My how times have changed

As a football geek, I watched parts of the NFL draft yesterday. The first 5 picks and the Dolphins pick were of particular interest.

What I found interesting was that the interplay between teams stayed the same as it has been for the last 20 years, the broadcast itself is relatively the same as it has been for the last 20 years, and the method of submitting a card with a players name, having it verified, and then having the commish read it has remained the same.

But, what has changed? Well, first of all, the draft used to be during the week. It happened on a Thursday, and didn't attract the widespread attention it does today. Sure, some homes had ESPN and kids used to cut out of school to watch the draft in the early days, but really, you heard about it that evening on the news, or read about it in the sports section the following day.

And more interesting is the changes to the technology. Just take a look at the pictures - the first is from the Dolphins draft center at Dolphins camp. What do I see? Laptops and cell phones. And in the second picture, taken at Radio City Music Hall, you see the guys who write down the picks. They also have laptops and cell phones, plus headsets to catch other information.

The laptops certainly make it easier to keep track of players. And the cellphones make for quick communication. Heck I heard an interview with Hagan moments after he was drafted. He was on his cellphone at his house, and he had to step outside to hear the call.

I'm astounded by how technology has evolved, and yet the nature of this stays the same.
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