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Emil Steiner
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Emil Steiner

The author of NFL Crime Watch and Founding Editor of The League.

No Guts No Glory

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How many clich├ęs exist for the perils of such reasoning? Ultimately it comes down to this: If you are a GM who would rather have a decade of consistent playoff appearances than risk mediocrity to win it all once, then the first pick is not for you. Translation: No guts no glory.

The kind of front offices that prefer to draft fourth instead of first are run by pragmatists. These are businessmen. They see football as vehicle for revenue not as the greatest embodiment of competitive sport. In their defense they'll argue money in the bank will lead to success on the field. But such a top-down model is flawed because it neglects the consumers -- the fans. It treats them the way so many healthcare providers treat patients by placing a greater value on the perpetuation of a flawed system than on curing individuals for whom that system was originally created.

As a football addict I can ignore a lot of the moral and economic missteps that fandom creates. What I cannot abide by though is a system whereby a team, any team, should have to value profit over championship. Am I oversimplifying? Perhaps, but don't we watch sports because, unlike life, there is a right and a wrong, a black and a white, a winner and loser?

If you think Aaron Curry or Michael Crabtree is the best player in the draft, then trust your gut and don't pick Matthew Stafford. Sure you'll have to sleep in the bed should it backfire, but it is the coward who begs for his mind to be made up for him. Play like a champion today and ultimately you not only help your team, you better your sport.

By Emil Steiner  |  April 20, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  | Category:  Draft , Emil Steiner Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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