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Hard10 Whale Shark Interview

Congrats hard10 on becoming another one of our Whale Sharks, 1000 messages on the Msg Boards!!
Thanks. I can’t download the software to play any good games on my computer at work, so I can either talk to the sharks or play minesweeper. Or actually work, but that’s no fun.

I love that Avatar? One of my favorites.
When I picked it, it was the end of my work day and I was ready to go out and get a beer. It makes me feel a little better every time I look at it.

Your “moniker” is probably also my favorite (“If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” -Mike McD, Rounders). Great-Great movie.
Yeah, that’s one of my favorite movies ever. When I was in college, my roommates and I would turn it on at 3 in the morning, when we got back from whatever bar or party we were at, and play cards until dawn. I’ve got almost the entire thing memorized.

So, do you find yourself like me watching the World Series of Poker on ESPN over and over again. Even though you know Chris Moneymaker wins.
Actually I do. I haven’t watched the whole thing all the way through, and every time I turn it on it’s at a different spot and I think it’s a different tournament. I’m always surprised when Farha (the greasy guy that never smokes his cigarette) doesn’t beat him.

So, you say you’re from NW Indiana. So which are you a Bears fan or Colts fan?
BEARS!!! The Bears Superbowl is one of three sporting events I have on tape and have watched several times. The other two are game 6 of the ’98 NBA finals (Jordan’s last game, because as far as I’m concerned that whole Wizards debacle never happened) and the ’87 NCAA championship when IU beat Syracuse.

But the Colts can be tolerated, even appreciated because they’re in different conferences. Plus it’s getting hard to argue that the Bears are still a professional team.

The real problems arise around here when someone says they’re a Pacers fan. But I’m conflicted on that now, too, since Basketball Jesus (Larry Bird) is there and he almost cancels out the evil of the whiny Anti-Christ (Reggie Miller).

Well..being from Boston, Larry Bird will always be a god in my eye. So tell me, what are your thoughts on the Bears this year.
They’re just bad. I don’t think R.W. McQuarters could cover me, so he’s definitely getting smoked by Randy Moss or Donald Driver. And I don’t think the offensive linemen know they’re allowed to get in the other team’s way.

How about your favorite NFL Player, past and present?
Being a Bears fan, I loved Walter Payton. I liked Barry Sanders a lot, too, and Warren Moon and those Oilers teams from the early ’90’s were a lot of fun to watch. And Bo Jackson, I had all of his football and baseball cards.

Among today’s players, I’m a fan of Randy Moss, Ahman Green, Clinton Portis, Mike Vick, Deuce, A-Train, Andre Johnson, just to name a few.

Why don’t we move on to some questions about So, how did you come to find us?
I found FantasySharks when I was doing research for my draft. My league is on MyFantasyLeague, and this site was the best of the ones they had links to.

How about your favorite FantasySharks feature or article, or writer?
I like the Progno, and Diary of a Fantasy Virgin. Under the Microscope is good, too. And the contests and Ultimate QB are great, as well.

Ah…another fan of the Virgin! Let’s move on to Fantasy Football questions. So, how long have you been participating in Fantasy Football?
This is my first year with a real team. I played a couple seasons of fantasy basketball, and the last couple years, some friends and I had contests similar to Swim with the Sharks and Pick ‘Em, but we never formally set up a league and drafted. I’ve been listening to my brother and brothers-in-law talk trash about their teams the last couple years, so when a spot opened in their league this year I decided that they were a little too cocky and needed a beat-down.

And how many leagues are you involved in?
One and a half. The one with my brother and the “Uber-league” we set up a few weeks ago, that one only counts as half. I’m in second place in the real league and facing one of the teams tied for first this week.

What are your Team Name(s). Any meaning behind them?
It’s just Hard 10. I’m a big fan of craps, and last time I went to the casino (before setting up my team) the only bet I won all night was on a hard 10. I always seem to win on the hard ways.

Nice. So what do you think your best and worst pick of the year was?
My best pick was getting Ahman Green in the second round. My worst pick? That’s become a three-way tie. I took Koren Robinson in the fourth round; I got Peerless Price in the fifth, then traded him for Brian Westbrook the week before Westbrook got hurt; and I took Marcus Pollard in the sixth round, I don’t know what I was thinking there. If I could just wipe out those three rounds, I had a great draft.

Ok. Why don’t we finish up with the message boards. Still having fun out there?
Oh yeah. There are more newcomers everyday and a lot of them have some really good questions and insights, and I love talking about this stuff.

Cool. So, which posters do you think provide the best advice out there?
There are a lot of them. The doctor formerly know as PrimeMover always has statistical info; Matt and SuperSock, who might share the same brain, are amusing and know their stuff since they spend all their time here; Hemol, domaledonk, Agenda and Dynasty, and all the other uber-guys usually give good advice (except when they disagree with me! ); Stag is especially fun to mock; and I can’t leave out everyone’s favorite dominatrix, the Bomb. There are a lot of others, but I’ve decided to stop listing people now.

Great. Last question. Still going with us this time next year?
Unless I have a massive heart attack while screaming at the Bears to block someone, I’ll be here.

Thanks again for being such an active poster on the message boards! And congratulations!!

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