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Agenda42 Whale Shark Interview

Congrats Agenda42 on becoming our 7th Whale Shark (1000 messages) on the Msg Boards!! Another newcomer this year to
Thanks for putting up such a great site. You guys have simply outdone everyone else I’ve visited, and you’re a free site too! I have no idea how you pull it off, but please keep doing it.

So, I had to look on the map. Hillsboro, Oregon. That’s near Portland right? You a Seahawks fan?
Yep, Hillsboro, home of Intel and…um…well, not much else really.

Actually, I’m a big Broncos fan. When I was little, my family went to see a Broncos-Seahawks game and Elway just tore them apart. I was hooked from then on, and have been suffering ever since he left the team.

Thus, I used to be a Seahawks non-fan, but now they’re in the NFC and I’m trending comfortably towards apathy. Any hate wasted on the Seahawks is now being redirected towards the Raiders, and will be doubled when Jerry leaves that squad.

So who’s going all the way this year then, Seahawks or Broncos?
The Seahawks aren’t a bad team, but I think they’re 2-3 years away from being a real contender. They need more consistent play from their WRs and a little time to mature on defense. All of their key players are pretty young though, so they’re looking good for the future.

The Broncos have Clinton Portis, the latest in a line of superb tailbacks. How they do this, I have no idea. The offense as a whole is pretty top notch as well, but injuries have decimated both the QB position and the LB position. I think they’ll make the playoffs, but it’ll take a Herculean effort from Portis to see them past Holmes, McNair, or Manning in a road playoff game.

Of course, as a Bronco fan I’m convinced they’ll lose in the Super Bowl every year!

As a Red Sox fan, I can completely understand. Ok how about your favorite NFL Player then?
My favorite player of all time has to be John Elway, who was good for 9 wins even when playing with a bunch of high schoolers in Denver, which was more or less what they had on offense for those first Super Bowl years. Honorable mention to Barry Sanders.

My favorite player currently in the league is LaDanian Tomlinson, and not just because of the name. He’s the complete package, and astonishingly polished for how young he is. Then he takes the handoff, and has a better combination of speed, power, and moves than anyone else in the league. I think he’s got a shot at being one of the best of all time…if he can ever get a team around him.

So tell us a bit about yourself. What’s Agenda42 mean?
Ah yes, the handle. It’s virtually my only online ID token, and was chosen mostly because it’s guaranteed to be available wherever I need it.

42 comes from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams; it’s the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Of course, no one actually knows what the question is…which brings us to the second part. An agenda is a plan of action.

Loosely translated, it then means “planning to know everything there is to know.”

Wow. Moving on…I’m going to guess from that picture of your that your a big South Park fan.
Of course! (There are people who don’t like South Park?) I’m a huge fan of comedy as social commentary, and the guys who write South Park are among the best at hiding smart points in what seems to be a trivial scene.

Predictably enough, my favorite characters on the show are Jesus and Satan. Paddler’s already Satan, so I just had to be his alter ego. One of these days, we should start posting conflicting opinions on “who to start” threads.

Let’s move onto Fantasy Football. So how long have you been participating in it?
I drafted my first team about 7 years ago, but only started getting really involved in the last couple.

And how many leagues are you involved in?
This year I’m playing in 3 leagues, 4 if you count the test run of the Uberleague.

And the Team Name(s). Any meaning behind them?
1) The Reikland Reavers, a noted team in an old game called Blood Bowl.

2) StAngerRoundMyNeck is destroying its competition, truly worthy of the Metallica moniker. My best friend is playing his first year of FF in this league, and that makes the crushing so much sweeter

3) The Seattle Knights are a live medieval combat troupe that comes around to events like RingCon in my area.

So what do you think your best and worst pick of the year was?
Best pick: In two leagues I picked up Marc Bulger in the 3rd-to-last round, because I didn’t believe the consensus opinion of Warner. Now he’s my starter every week. Ooooh, that feels good.

Worst pick: I got suckered by David Boston, who I thought was going to be huge when I picked him in the 5th round. Well, he *did* turn out to be huge. He’d be a great player if he wasn’t such a headcase.

Every year, I remind myself that all it takes to win is not to take a bust in the early rounds, and every year I beat myself down taking a guy with big red flags all over him because he’s got “upside.”

Indeed. Let’s talk about a bit. How did you come to find us?
Google rules all. Honestly, I have no idea exactly how it happened, I was just stumbling around the web looking for some solid projections for this season. You guys are on google’s third page for “fantasy football projections”, and there are so many sites that do a terrible job of it that I made it down to yours. Brilliant luck for me.

How about your favorite FantasySharks feature or article?
I’m a big fan of Doug Coutts’s “Week x in Review” article, which gets me all the information I need to know for all the games I missed over the weekend. I also enjoy Ron Anish’s “The Observation Deck” piece; there’s little more useful than the gut feelings of an expert.

Really though, all the featured articles are good reads. How does it feel to be beating down on the ESPN and Sportsline columnists?

We wish. Ok. On to the message boards. You’ve been part of the new group of big-time posters. The boards have picked up big-time haven’t they?
Well, I can’t really compare too much, since I’ve only been on for this season, but this board is up there with the very best I’ve participated in for any topic. There’s a core group of posters who really know what they’re talking about, and a friendly, casual atmosphere that I think is excellent for retaining new people.

Any particular poster that you respect the most?
There’s quite a few guys I respect on the board. Even the newbies (here’s looking at you, stag) have a pretty good head on their shoulders. I’m going to point out whale hemol and whales-to-be hard10 and Dr.GoogleMover as the guys that give the best reasoning behind their advice.

Great. Last question. Still going to be with us at 2000 posts?
Well, I don’t know if I’m ever going to catch MattheuOfVa (I’m planning to outlive him by 30 or so years, though that may or may not get it done ), but I’ll definitely be back for next year. Heck, I’ll probably hit 2000 well before then.

All I can say is to keep buying up the bandwidth and server space, because the word of mouth for this site will just keep increasing your hits. Think 5.1M pageloads/month is a lot? I think you’ll double that with no particular difficulty next year.

We can only hope! Thanks again for being such an active poster on the message boards! And congratulations on becoming a Whale Shark!!

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