Q. You have kind of developed a reputation for knowing a lot about other sports. Do you ever see yourself like in sports radio, talking about basketball, football, baseball?
PHIL MICKELSON: You mean be on the other side of the chair?
PHIL MICKELSON: What is interesting is that I always have to be a little careful of what I say because I always run into some of the guys that I talk about, and I don't necessarily want to be too negative. I am sure we have all experienced it, so to answer your question, no, I don't want to do that. I enjoyed it last year, being on the Dan Patrik show. It was fun. I love talking football. I thought this year's draft and free agency was interesting. It is every year. There's always some interesting turn. It seems like in the NFL everybody knows the two or three stars on each team. You can go right down the list. Everybody here does.
But to me, what makes the difference in the NFL is that 9, 10, 11 player on both sides of the ball. How much depth do you have? Those guys that are the low-salary guys, those guys are the guys nobody cares about or knows how much they make because it's typically minimum and that, to me, is the interesting part of football. There's too much depth that's required on both sides of the ball to be effective. That's why I feel like or I get enjoyment out of learning about the rookies or the second- or third-year players and what their strengths and weaknesses are and why the front linemen from Nebraska went in the second round as opposed to the first because they run-block and they are afraid the pass blocking might not be as effective, and if you start lunging guys, just would put your shoulder down and you are done and he gets to the quarterback. Learning about that stuff is interesting to me, that's all.
Q. So the NFL is your game more than any of the other leagues?
PHIL MICKELSON: Probably, yeah.
Q. Can you breakdown the Cowboys, please? (Laughter.)
PHIL MICKELSON: I thought they had a great draft. I did. I thought that it was Roy Williams that they picked up, was it not? Thought he was -- he's going to be a great acquisition for their secondary, but they need to have a couple more good drafts and couple more acquisitions. The thing to me is when you get a guy like -- when you get some good players like the two linebackers from Florida State who went to the Rams. When you get two guys like that that are rookies, you need somebody to come in and teach them a little bit like London Fletcher did, so I think losing him is going to hurt them because now they are second year players and they learned a lot but I don't think they quite know as much as they are going to eventually learn. You get a guy like Aneas Williams come in and all of a sudden Dray Bly (ph) is a stud again, Dexter McCleon (ph) is much better too. So they feed off of each other. Like in baseball when Andy Ashby and Kevin Brown pitched together in SanDiego, remember that, they pitched their best year together. Because they were good friends, they fed off each other, talked about pitching all the time. It was in their mind, worked on things together and all of a sudden they split up and Ashby goes to Philly and Brown goes to L.A. and they don't pitch as well. Ashby went to Atlanta, I think, and didn't pitch well. Now that they get together in L.A., I think they are starting to show up again. It's just interesting how it's not just your own game like in golf, it's having guys to talk about your sport and so forth.
Q. Who is your No. 1 pick, who do you pick?
PHIL MICKELSON: Julius Pepper.
PHIL MICKELSON: Because I think he can build a defense around him just like Jevron Curse (ph) He was drafted 12, 11 or 12th. That was ridiculous. The guy is a stud. Now all you have got to do is just stuff the middle a little bit and you don't know which way he's going, outside, inside, I think that type of speed, power is something that you just don't have very often. Personal opinion.
Q. Who is your idol Jack Nicklaus or Mel Kaper (ph)?
PHIL MICKELSON: I do enjoy that show. The other show I really enjoy is -- I guess it's -- the Edge NFL matchup with Ron Jaworski (ph), I love listening to him because he's X's and O.'S and talks a lot about the certain players and who is doing what, and so forth. So I really enjoy that show the most.
Q. Anyone else on Tour who matches your appetite for all of this information or conversation?
PHIL MICKELSON: Oh, probably not in sports, but in other areas, sure there are a lot of guys that know a lot of stuff out on Tour.
Q. Not like NFL?
PHIL MICKELSON: That's not really what I am into right now. I mean I haven't really -- I just read the sports page, that's it. That's where I get my information now. Not like last year, but it's not even the season. I am in other stuff right now.
Q. Who is the biggest sports junky on Tour? Are you right up there?
PHIL MICKELSON: I don't think I am a junky. That's kind of a negative word. Who is the biggest sports enthusiast?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yes, I would think I would be Top-10.
Q. What is --
PHIL MICKELSON: Guys like Dudley Hart love hockey. Big Panthers fans. It's been hard for me because I am a Charger fan, that's probably my favorite sporting team, I have been living in Arizona so it has been tough.
PHIL MICKELSON: I like -- I don't know much about hockey. I like watching it but I don't know much about it.
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