"I ain't turning my work over to a freakin' computer," said Otto when asked for comment during a cigarette break. "I'm like totally qualified to do this job. I spent many years playing baseball sims like Out of the Park Baseball. It ain't rocket science, dude."
Edmonton GM Dunn refused our request for an interview, instead issuing a terse statement: "We look forward to Pyck's picks. He's done well for us in the past and we have full confidence in his ability to make excellent selections this year."
Regarding the claim that Pyck has "done well for us in the past," we note that none of his selections last year are currently among the top 100 rated prospects in the BBA. We therefore openly wonder about Dunn's standards for 'doing well.'
The 2048 draft is particularly important for the Jackrabbits. Their farm system is among the lowest rated in the league, and this year the team has four selections in the first two rounds, two of them being compensation picks after losing 1B Carlomaria 'Short Circuit' Donadoni and 3B Steven 'Scooter' Collins III to free agency, an exodus that also upset fans. This year's draft pool is generally thought to be lacking in talent, so Pyck's ability to maximize those picks and begin the re-building the Rabbit farm is particularly crucial.
Meanwhile other fans speculate that the "Otto Ought To Auto" controversy was staged by the team itself, to create a viral diversion from the team's horrendous 8-17 start.