Saturday marked my first auction draft and now I know what many of you have known for years: There are no losers at the auction draft.
Of course, the season will start soon and there will be plenty of losers. Losers galore. But for one glowing day 12 people basically got what they wanted, or at the very least they didn't get what they didn't want.
What does that even mean? Am I starting to sound like Peter King? Perhaps.
It's really quite simple. In a standard draft someone goes first and takes whoever he wants. And on down the line quality players disappear from sight before you ever have a chance to get your mitts on them.
Obviously you can't have everyone you want, but you have a chance to spend your money to procure the players you find the most interesting. If you are dead set on owning Chris Johnson (as many people are) you have the opportunity to at least test your commitment to the cause. And as his price creeps (leaps?) ever northward your commitment is continually challenged until you or a more committed owner names a price that no one else is comfortable with.
This is infinitely better than just losing rights to another owner based primarily on luck of the draw or your prior season's record.
Why? Because even if you don't end up with Chris Johnson you know that he is not worth the final selling price (or you would have offered it) and you know that by chasing the player you helped drive up his price and cost your opponent a lot of money that he can no longer use to take the other players you have your eye on.
Not that this format is without downsides. The biggest in my mind was the total focus it involves. None of the running out to the garage for a beer break when you know you have 30 minutes before your next pick, that I'm used to. You have to stay involved because you never know who the next player on the block will be. Whether you are bidding or not you are constantly paying attention to how much other owners are spending to be able to gauge their future bidding power.
When the draft ends you may not have every player you wanted, but you definitely want every player you have or you would not have bid on them.
The season will separate the quick from the dead, but I know I left that draft knowing that I would win the SuperBowl, and I'd bet almost everyone else in the room felt the same way. Suckers.
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