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Peter King: Fans indifferent to this year's NFL draft

Are you amped for this week’s NFL draft? Then you’re probably the exception among NFL fans, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.

“There’s a different feel to this draft. It’s somewhere between indifference and total confusion. Last week, co-hosting the Sirius NFL Radio “Opening Drive” show with Bob Papa, we had only two callers on hold midway through the show, at 9 a.m. ‘That’s how it’s been like almost every morning,” Papa told me off the air. ‘Last year before the draft, the lines were jammed every day. Now, not so much.’”

King says that the confusion about who will be drafted where — Carolina has the No. 1 pick, but no consensus has emerged, which is unusual at this stage of the game — is anathema to fans, who don’t see a lot of can’t-miss star wattage in this draft class, particularly at the skill positions. Add in the effects of the ongoing lockout, which doesn’t seem headed to a resolution anytime soon, and fans simply aren’t as keyed up for this year’s draft.

A reminder that the British media play by different rules

Imagine if Deadspin had run pictures of a married football player’s genitals alongside the name of the woman who had received those pictures – but didn’t print the player’s name because they were forbidden by law. It’s an odd scenario that seems impossible in the United States, but is somehow within the realm of possibility in Great Britain, where the latest soccer philandering scandal has resulted in the woman, Imogen Thomas, a model and TV personality, being identified while the married Premier League player she’s been having an affair with remains anonymous – and by court order.

The distraught former Miss Wales said she phoned the player last week after learning details of their affair had leaked out. Tearful Imogen told how she begged him to use his influence to suppress the story – in the hope they could keep their relationship alive. He told her: “I’ll look after you.” But she says they were the last words the footballer said to her. Instead the player, a married father, took action to protect his wholesome image. Within hours Imogen was served a draconian High Court gagging order, which threatened her with jail. Then a judge ruled her name could be made public – while her mega-rich lover’s identity must remain protected.

As the Daily Mail explains,

The High Court order bans the media from identifying the multi-millionaire star, meaning he joins a rogue’s gallery of footballers who have exploited the might of the law to hide their alleged marital misdemeanours. Mr Justice Eady’s draconian ruling prevents the media from revealing any identifying features of the footballer. In effect, it means fans whose sporting idols are raking in millions of pounds in sponsorship deals can never know if the star in the adverts they watch might be concealing a sordid secret.

Boston Victory Means Bill Simmons Is Tweeting Again

The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 9-6 Friday afternoon for their first win of the season, which means Bill Simmons is back on Twitter.

Nice curveball by Simmons with an American Idol tweet instead of talking about the Red Sox.

Madden NFL 12 To Emphasize Concussions

The days of returning from a concussion in Madden after only two quarters are over.

Madden NFL 12 will emphasize the seriousness of concussions.

“Concussions are such a big thing, it has to be a big thing in the video game,” John Madden told The New York Times in a telephone interview. “It starts with young kids — they start in video games. I think the osmosis is if you get a concussion, that’s a serious thing and you shouldn’t play. Or leading with the head that you want to eliminate. We want that message to be strong.” Read more

Sunday's NCAA Regional Finals Scores 8.5 Overnight Rating

Through the first two rounds of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, the ratings average-to-date in metered markets is a 6.8/14, up 15 percent from a 5.9/13 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage, according to Nielsen.

Sunday’s coverage of the regional finals on CBS delivered a overnight household rating/share of 8.5/17.

Let’s see how a VCU vs. Butler showdown on Saturday night will do in the ratings.

Gus Johnson Doing What Gus Johnson Does

“George Mason making the statement: We are back … and ready!”

Another Charlie Sheen-Related Sports And Twitter Update

Charlie Sheen: 1,556,961 Twitter followers.

LeBron James: 1,507,963 Twitter followers.

In the span of four days, actor Charlie Sheen has zoomed past LeBron James on Twitter.

And based on Miami’s meltdown last night against Orlando, James could learn a thing or two from Sheen about winning.

WEEI Broadcaster Unhappy About Losing Show

On Wednesday, WEEI announced the station was splitting up its Dale & Holley program, match Michael Holley with Glenn Ordway and relegating Dale Arnold to the bench.

According to Boston Sports Media Watch, the latter host was upset by the news. On Wednesday afternoon’s show, he said he wished he’d taken an offer that came his way back in 2007 or 2008.

“Dale then said that he very much regrets turning down NESN’s offer three years ago to do the Bruins games full time. He said that at the time, he turned down the offer out of loyalty to WEEI, where he had just signed a new five-year contract.”

Arnold is pleased that he’ll be doing more play-by-play, but he’s not at all happy with his new role as the “first guy off the bench.”

There Will Be a 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Season

You know how we know? Because they have a schedule.

The troubled Women’s Professional Soccer league kicks off the 2011 season when the Atlanta Beat hose the Boston Breakers on April 9 at Kennesaw State University.

“This will be a great year to celebrate women’s soccer,” WPS CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas said in a release. “WPS teams continue to bring the world’s best players to America for our fans to enjoy week-in-week-out. The World Cup will introduce new fans to women’s soccer and provide more exposure to the terrific stars and teams in our league.”

Fox Soccer Channel will show a game of the week with the Western New York Flash featured eight times. Boston and the Philadelphia Independence will be involved with seven of the televised matches.

The full schedule is after the jump. Read more

Is Isiah Thomas Returning to the New York Knicks?

Isiah Thomas sure sounds like he’s plotting a return to Madison Square Garden.

The former coach and team president spoke with Sid Rosenberg on Miami radio Tuesday night and he offered some thoughts about the direction of the team.

When asked if he was advising James Dolan, Thomas had this to say: “The conversations I have with any of my friends are always private and confidential. The conversations I have with friends and people that I know, those are private conversations.”

That sure sounds like someone who is working behind the scenes to get a job. Because, you know, it went so well last time.