Sometimes the gamesmanship goes a little too far. A few weeks ago I was leaving a high school game and on my way to another one. I was expecting to be in the car for at least an hour, so I planned to stop at the bathroom before leaving. With no indoor bathroom in site, the port-o-potty on the way to the parking lot was the only option.I dunno. Maybe it says more about the food available on the road than it does the desire for secrecy. Keith Law would be your scouting/culinary expert here, so I'll leave any further comments on that to him.
As I approached, I thought I heard a voice. It was only when I reached out my hand to grab the door handle that I heard the voice loud and clear. It was a scout, inside the port-o-potty, on his cell phone reporting what other teams were in attendance at the game. Out of respect for his effort (and sacrifice), I kept walking.
This may be a little more Austin Powers than 007, but it does illustrate the competitive nature of the draft. We all know what players we like, and none of us are telling. :-)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Cloak and Dagger
This is over a week old, but I just saw it. From DePodesta's blog, about the lengths scouts will go to in order to keep their activities secret: