I don't want to sound like Mike Wilbon here, but I find the NFL draft to be unbearably boring. There are brief periods of action sprinkled in among long stretches of people talking. Sort of like a baseball game.
I was struck today thinking about all the people who spend weeks getting amped up for the NFL draft (don't even get me started on the combine) and spend all day Saturday (and Sunday for the real degenerates) watching names be called by the commish. Many of these are the same people who refuse to watch baseball games because "there's not enough action."
The only way to dispute that claim is scientifically, so here goes.
According to mlb.com, in 2007 there were about 9 hits per team per game, or around 18 hits per game total. The average length of a baseball game is about 2:50. That means that on average, there is a hit every 9.4 minutes.
The first round of last year's NFL draft lasted a whopping 6 hours and 8 minutes. There were 32 picks, or an average of 11.5 minutes per pick.
That means that something exciting happens more often in a baseball game than in the first round of the NFL Draft. Bust out that statistic the next time one of your Mel Kiper wannabe friends tries to tell you that baseball is too slow.