Throughout much of the country, people are focused on fax machines as future college football players declare their intentions where they will play next season. National Signing Day has become a huge event, with round the clock television coverage and months of hype and online attention. At CSN, we have running blogs of players committing to the Terps, Hokies and Cavaliers.
Still, as much fun as signing day has become, in the Washington area college football is not as dominant as other areas of the country. With so much focus on the Redskins in this area, it seems the opening of NFL Free Agency ranks as the more important date in and around the Beltway.
But the days of Redskins One flying around the country to woo the biggest name free agents are over. GM Scot McCloughan has made clear his team won't be a big player in free agency, rather focusing on building through the draft. Still, the 'Skins will inevitably be part of free agency, and the first day of NFL free agency takes over Twitter and the online landscape.
So let's not debate what's bigger - let's debate what is more fun. NFL free agency offers what college doesn't: Odds are a big-time free agent will be expected to transform a team right away. Signing day, even for the best players, requires a freshman playing right away, which happens infrequently, especially outside of skill positions. If you need instant gratification, Signing Day probably isn't your thing.
But, if you like high drama, crazy outfits and picking hats out of bags? Signing Day is for you. 17 and 18-year-old men making tough decisions that drive adults crazy just has an aura of chaos to it, only amplified by the television cameras and endless online hype.
Signing Day or NFL Free Agency? Let us know what you prefer in the comments.