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Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby docjr03 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:25 pm

Wally mentioned starting one of these at the end of the draft, and those of us still left thought it would be cool, so I figured I would start.

My name is Lee, and I'm 45 y/o, married for 16 years with two adopted kids from Kazakhstan that are now 7 (girl) and 8 (boy). I was born and raised in the Richmond, VA area. I've lived here most of my life except for a stint in the USCG as a boatswain's mate (4 of the best years of my life). Gimme a beer or two and the seas stories will flow! I am now a dentist having recently bought out my father and uncle with my sister as a partner. I got into FF in dental school 12 years ago, and I still consider that my "home league," although this one has become my favorite and my "main." Outside of FF, I'm into saltwater fishing, and I race bicycles.

I'd love to get together for a live draft one day if possible, even if that means traveling to Rochester and having it in Jared's basement!

Good luck this year, and I hope I beat the crap out of everyone of you! :P
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2 RB Foster, Gio, R. Bush, Hyde, Blue
2 WR Dez, Cobb, Moncrief
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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby Hornsfan78 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:49 am

OK, I'm in.

My name is Bill and I am a fantasy football addict. Seriously, I am not in as many leagues as some on these boards, but I think about fantasy football 12 months out of the year.

I am 54. My wife and I have been married for over 50 years, just not to each other. :D We have been together for 9, married for 7. 4 "kids" between us, my two girls aged 34 and 29, her 2 boys aged 25 and 23. Also 2 grandaughters aged 9 and 11. I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, south of Houston and now reside outside of Austin in Round Rock (the "Ro Ro"). I am a real estate developer, developing large scale "master-planned" communities and have worked in Houston, San Diego and now Austin.

I don't remember what year I started FF, but I know it was Curtis Martin's rookie year. He was on my team and scored 14 or 15 TD's that year. Back in those days we faxed our lineups to our opponent on Friday before 5 pm. Then we had to go through the paper on Monday and Tuesday and manually score both squads. The winner was responsible for faxing the final results to the commish each Tuesday. Besides the DS league, I have the league in my sig that I commish and both boys now compete in. It started out as a work league, but most of the guys have stayed in it even after they left the company, so it is similar to the DS league in that folks are scattered all over. It is pretty competitive except one of my high school friends that is in it. He drafted Tony Gonzales last night. :roll: I don't know which is worse, him drafting Tony, or CBS having him in the draft!

Besides FF, I love live music and love "discovering" up and coming artists. That is one of my favorite things about Austin and even the 'burbs around here. You can go out almost any night of the week and see some very talented musicians. Bob Schneider is far and away my favorite local artist. He is about to make an east coast swing so I highly recommend you check him out if he is coming to a venue near you. You won't be disappointed no matter what your music tastes are. As you can tell from my forum name and avatar, I am also big into anything Texas Longhorns. I didn't attend school there (daughter #2 did) but have been a fan since the Darrell Royal wishbone days. I am really looking forward to a return to glory under Coach Strong. And for you SEC hacks, just a quick word. Texas A & M was at best the 5th or 6th best team in the Big 12 and moved to the SEC and immediately was competitive with the big boys there. Just sayin'...

I would LOVE to do a live draft with you guys anytime, anywhere. NYC would be fine, or we could go snuggle up with the Moose clan during their annual trip to Myrtle Beach. I would show you guys a good time in the ATX, but I know y'all coming here is probably a long shot.

Take care and good luck this season.
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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby slick3165 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:00 pm

Love this idea. I haven't been as active this year on this site due to everything that's going on, but I have found myself trying to piece together details of the guys that have trickled out over the years. Everclear comes to mind most.

I'm a 42 year old member of the Illinois Bar, but haven't practiced since moving out to Colorado in 2007. I own a small mail order baking business that specializes in a niche Eastern European dessert/pastry that I initially ran out of my house and then transitioned it to the kitchen of a local restaurant. It allowed me to be a stay at home dad (full time for the first 14 months of my daughter's life, and then transitioned to three of five weekdays plus weekend family time after that), and to make my soon to be ex and her legal career a priority. The plan was to open a small a small bakery/café in the mountains, raise my daughter, support my wife, and do something I love (cook). But as you know, with divorce comes transition. And as I was regrouping, and struggling with the thought processes that accompanies divorce (particularly, that I wasted over a decade of the prime of my life on my ex, who is ten years younger than me, and had nothing to show for it), I started to come to the conclusion that if I was going to be in a period of transition, then I should take the opportunity to completely transform (or molt). There’s a saying in politics: "never let a crisis go to waste". There’s some relevance to that mindset in the post-divorce transition.


So when I started to think about what my next move should be I thought about what I like, what I like to do, and what I’m good at. I've always been fascinated by personalities and solving the human puzzle, so I started thinking about Psychology. I have an interest in possibly going the clinical route. Although unlikely, there's a natural fit with my legal background to pursue forensic psychology. I've had some concussions, and that experience may also play into this, and could be an area of research and/or counseling that I could see myself pursuing. Basically, I'm not totally sure/decided how I would narrow it down yet. But I finished up a Child Development class over the summer that I took, in part, so that I can gauge whether or not I still have the juice (discipline/intensity) to make another academic run. I'm pretty sure I do, but I was only 30 when I started law school, and although I worked a full-time night shift job at a pharmaceutical printing company for the final two years of my undergrad and the first 2 1/2 years of law school, there are some challenges that are unique to this situation: I didn't have my daughter then, and, as I alluded to above, I also deal with some concussion issues due to a couple of accidents that resulted in two grade three concussions in 2010 (on top of however many I had playing 11 years of football). So things are a little different now. I figured worst case scenario, taking that class could only help me be a better, more educated, more aware Dad.

I registered for two more pre-requisite psychology classes this fall, and assuming everything goes as planned, I’ll apply to the University of Denver's School of Psychology's doctoral program by the December deadline so I could potentially start school next fall when my 4 year old daughter starts school. Parenthood is a very humbling privilege. By far the greatest experience of my life, and my most important achievement. An ongoing one. One of the motivating factors in continuing my education as a parent is the opportunity to be able to use my academic pursuits to make a life long impression on my daughter as she watches me continue to pursue school. When she's in her early 20's, and perhaps struggling with the monotony of school, or the decision of whether to continue to pursue law school or med school or whatever it is that she is facing, I hope that she will be able to draw upon the childhood memories of observing Dad continuing to push on in his mid 40's........

I first started playing fantasy in 1996, with all the manual calculations that came with it. I jumped onto ESPN in 1997 and played there until a bunch of college football buddies were starting a 14 team two player keeper league in 2001. That's where I really fell in love with the game but struggled with that league the first several years as I tried to juggle a full time nightshift job/law school/courting my future ex wife, etc. In 2004, I finally had some time to figure out the keeper dynamics and have done pretty well since (championships in 2005, 2010, and 2013, as well as other really good years/# 1 seeds where I s--t the bed in the playoffs). The interest in that league has waned, but it's hard to find a more favorable intersection of relatively high stakes ($400 buy in, $2,600 purse last year, with graduated payouts for playoff seeding,and $110 weekly high points payouts), apathy, and ignorance. So I stay. But the lack of activity/interest caused me to seek out the online leagues. I was in 12 leagues last year, and have 11 so far this year. About 2/3 end up being draft masters that start as early as May. The slow draft format gives me a slow drip of fantasy football fix from May through July until s--t gets hot and heavy. This league has been my throw away league. The combination of it only being $50, having limited complexity (no trading of future picks, not IDP, etc.), and not really knowing each other probably all plays into that. But I have found myself starting to invest a little more the last couple of years (the school distraction this year, notwithstanding).

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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby slick3165 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:06 pm

Yeah, a live draft would be cool, but probably not feasible.

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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby skiballs68 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:30 am

It's been interesting to read the posts so far. Although I can tell already Jared would never draft any of us- we're all too old.

I'm 46 years old, and I live in a near southwest suburb of Chicago with my wife and two kids. My wife & I have been together for 8 years and married for 6 - my stepson is 16, and my daughter is turning 7 soon. So basically I put this family together ass-backwards. But it works for us...

I've worked in the mortgage industry for 15 years, the last 10 with Wells Fargo. I started as an underwriter, but now I do risk/quality control for the company. I can't say its super exciting, but I'm compensated and treated well so I shouldn't complain. It pays the bills and lets me take care of my family, with money left over for fun stuff.

I started playing FF in 1995 in my home league, which is still the primary one I play in. When I joined, it was a 1 player Keeper, and I inherited a team with Steve Young. That was pretty much my exposure to keeper leagues. :) Prior to the DS Keeper league I'd only played PPR sparingly (I played a couple of the Masters Fantasy leagues) and never anything with these kind of deep lineups and rosters. It's been educational to day the least.

I'm open to the prospects of a live draft for this league, but it would obviously be a huge accomplishment just to get 50% of the guys in one room. It's been cool getting to know you guys through the boards and this league. The draft chats are fun as well, for as much as I'm able to be in "the room".

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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby tavo2311 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:11 am

Sorry for the delay guys, I haven’t checked this sub-forum a lot since the draft. Anyway, great idea by Wally. The ONLY thing I don’t like about this league (well other than sucking at it perennially) is that it is the one league I am in with strangers. Despite being maybe my most competitive it seems to lack some “importance” for me not knowing anyone, so I think this is a good idea. Well anyway….

My name is Matt Tavormina, I am 36 years old, married with two boys aged 5 and 3. Just three months ago the family and I relocated for my career to Singapore. I am originally from New Jersey living in various parts. Grew up in center of the state, lived just outside NYC after getting married, and most recently down in Swedesboro to take a job in Delaware. If you know Alabama, you know Swedesboro…

I am also a US Marine Veteran serving in the infantry from 1997-2003 and spending some time overseas at the start of the Iraq war. My team name is one used for most of my teams since the epic moment when Miss Teen South Carolina talked about “US Americans” and “everything like such as the Iraq and such as” Man, classic. If you didn’t see it or don’t remember it after all these years, its worth a quick watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

I started playing fantasy football in 1996. I had just finished high school and working in Pizza Hut still over the summer, and my manager started a league with mostly college mates and invited me to fill it up. I drafted Emmitt Smith 1st overall coming off the record 25 touchdowns, and Scott Mitchell in round 2 because, well, this was before Draft Sharks and I was dumb. Mitchell was a great first lesson on both waiting on a QB and not overrating last year’s stats. I somehow went 6-6-1 that year, missing the last playoff spot by half game…but I was hooked. Since then I’ve run at least one league every year, and participated in multiple. In the early days I did the whole box score thing on Monday mornings, etc….

I have a couple different “main” leagues. One is my keeper league which is in year 10, with mostly high school buddies. This is my longest running continuous league, and some of my best friends still. Secondly is this DS Keeper league as what I consider my most competitive. It has been humbling. Third is whatever happens to be my biggest buy-in that year. Few years ago might have been my $150 league, but the last couple I’ve dabbled in FFPC or NFFC contests. Only one main event thus far, usually the budget calls for a smaller version. This year it is their new Super Bracket contest with 96 teams.

I wish I remember when I first discovered Draft Sharks, but I’m gonna put it at very close to the beginning. Who was that Saints RB I was in love with all those years? :) Well they’ve helped to me multiple championships. Every single year I’ve won at least one. I’ve pulled a couple repeats (going for a 3-peat this season). And honestly I don’t ever remember finishing below .500 in any league…Ever. Outside of this damn league!! I don’t expect any of you to believe that track record with my performance in this one, but seriously I’ve done pretty well and I give all the credit for my success to having found this site so long ago.

If anyone is on facebook or linked in feel free to connect and we can continue to feel less like strangers over the coming years as hopefully this league lasts.
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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby mcghee3 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:39 pm

This is definitely better than Wally's idea to keep Dan Bailey.....

My name is Scott - I am 37 and I am married to the beautiful mother of my 3 boys aged 18, 7 and 20 months. I live in Cherry Hill, NJ which is just over the bridge from Philly.
I know Swedesboro, Matt. And it is Alabama. I work in the insurance industry handling high exposure commercial auto claims (dump trucks, buses, tractor trailers) for a pretty prominent insurance company. I grew up a little further north in Flemington, NJ which is about half way between NYC and Philly. Thus my allegiance to the NY teams in the form of the Jets, Yankees and Rangers.

I'm currently in 4 fantasy leagues. This one, a dynasty league and 2 home re-drafts.
My home re-drafts are with some friends and then with friends from work.
We've been playing my work league for 11 years (won once) and home is in it's 7th (won 3x total and had back to back in '09 and '10.
My first league disbanded several years ago but I started playing in that one in 1999 and won it my first year. I had the uncanny thought to pick up Kurt Warner off waivers when Trent Green's knee got fubar'd and never looked back.
My league that I'm in with a few guys from work and this are by far my most competitive. I really don't pay attention to my Dynasty League and am on the verge of dropping it altogether every off season. I recently started playing daily leagues and fear I may have woken a sleeping giant. :D

Other than fantasy football, I like to spend as much time as I can with my boys. I also play golf (some would call it playing golf), have been known to enjoy 'fancy' (craft) beers and fine Cuban Cigars.
I recently finished binge watching Breaking Bad (can't believe I didn't watch that show when it was on TV) and am currently in the process of giving Sons of Anarchy the same treatment (no spoilers please, only on Season 5, lol).
I'm also on Facebook should any of you guys wish to hook up there

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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby docjr03 » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:19 pm

I'm on FB as well- Lee Angus.
12 team, .75PPR, 1pp10 yd ru, 1pp 8yd rec
1 QB Fitzgerald
2 RB Foster, Gio, R. Bush, Hyde, Blue
2 WR Dez, Cobb, Moncrief
1 TE Rudolph, D. Allen, Cameron
1 WR/RB K. Allen
1 WR/TE K. Stills
K Bailey
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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby Wally82 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:04 am

Hello yes, this is Wally.

My name is Mike Wallach, but my friends all call me Wally. Even at work, the nickname has stuck/carries over. I am a 26 yeard-old (damn, you guys are old) freelancer living in New York City. I work in the Film/TV/Media industry (no, not porn, but I wish since I'd probably get paid more) as a writer, director, producer, and editor, but make my primary living as a Sound Recordist.

For example, this weekend I'm producing a music video in a stage in midtown. In past drafts, I have been on the set of an independent feature film and done so from my phone between takes.

You can check out my work, blog, and website here if you're bored: http://www.mikewallachfilm.com. My goal is to eventually become a full-time producer, which would give me more chances to do my passion of directing. Production is my life, and I live and breath it, which is why my schedule makes no sense and I have no sleep pattern or routine.

I live in East Harlem currently with my adopted Shiba Inu (an actual Doge, like the meme), Sheba. It's the closest I can relate to you guys with having children, and she is a big responability. It's worth the cuddles though: Image

I started Fantasy Football in HS. It was the year that Peyton Manning broke the TD record with Indy, and somehow I ended up also having Marvin Harrison AND Reggie Wayne. No idea how that happened.

I play in 4 leagues typically: this one, while high stakes, I do more as a learning experience for my other leagues. One league is a PPR that I'm in for 50$, and my "home" league with my closest friends (and we did our first live draft, it was amazing!) is only 10$ and .5 PPR. Then I have a gaming-buddies team that I don't take seriously, as evidence by the fact that I actually drafted Martin and Gerhart this year (lol).

I love playing with you guys, even though no one clearly appreciates the magic of Dan Bailey's leg, and the craptitude of the Dallas Cowboys scoring ability outside of Demarco Murray.

You can also add me on Facebook if you want: facebook.com/mikewally

You guys are all awesome, it's cool to get to know you better so I know WHO is kicking my ass all the time.

Live draft would be awesome: as long as it's somewhere I can get to FROM NYC via bus/train. I can't afford flights, starving artist/freelancer and all that...
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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby Wally82 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:08 am

Also, Scott, Cherry Hill is basically Philly. I wouldn't even consider it Jersey :P

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Re: Wally's "Who are you?" thread

Postby Mr Cowboy » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:49 pm

Just saw this lol...

My name is John Marino age 50 , I live in Binghamton , NY .. I have 5 kids ages 25,23,15, and 3 year old twins.. I am in my 15th year of remission from cancer..

I own my own gun shop/sports shop in Hancock, NY. This is a family business since 1923.

I am a college graduate of Niagara University where I was a two time captain of the baseball team. I still play softball two times a week and some weekly tourneys. Its in my blood what can I say ?

Being a journalism major in school and a former newspaper editor means I have a passion for writing. I worked for awhile for thefantasyfix.com and the bleacher report writing fantasy football and baseball articles. I had one that was featured on Fox Sports.com which was really cool.

Been playing fantasy football since 1987. We still have our home town league I started that year with me the only member left. I play in about 8 leagues mostly online. Mainly CBS leagues since I haven't really found another sites interface I actually like. Besides my home town league I definitely like the DS league the best.. I had the pleasure of meeting Lenny and Jared at one of the DS invite drafts a few years ago in Rochester, NY. Free beer and drafting with those guys was pretty cool..
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