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Notes From The Combine: Big In Japan

Posted by Matt Terl on March 2, 2011 – 9:30 am

Redskins Blog NFL Combine correspondent Jordan Beane brought home a few more notes and conversations from the Combine, about some of the things you don’t always get to see. This is one such piece. Beane?

For what amounts to a parade of guys lifting heavy things and running very fast, the coverage of the NFL Combine has grown to near ludicrous levels. Anyone who covers the NFL in any sort of capacity, be it a beat writer for the Green Bay Press Gazette or Peter King from SI, seems to have made their way to Indianapolis. In my time at Lucas Oil Field I saw Todd McShay doing a live hit for ESPN, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated searching for a soda and Rich Gannon half ignoring the callers on his SiriusXM radio show. That doesn’t even count the seemingly endless number of NFL Network employees scurrying around the stadium (there were so many of them that if they all moved full-time to Indianapolis I’m fairly sure Indiana would get one more rep for the House of Representatives). Yet to me, no one summed up the insanity that is Combine coverage like Ikuma Isaac.

Isaac works for Nippon TV Japan, one of the island nation’s biggest television stations, and NFL Japan.com. Based out of New York, Isaac hosts a weekly one-hour television show for NFL fans in Japan, which is now entering its 4th season. He and his camera guy worked feverishly while I was there, interviewing scores of players. While it may seem foolish to believe that a mother of two in Osaka would be interested in hearing how Greg McElroy picks apart a Tampa Two defense, Isaac says the NFL actually has a pretty big following in Japan.
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