Congrats Hemol on becoming our 2nd Whale Shark (1000 messages) on the Msg Boards!! You’ve clearly been our longest and most dedicated member. FantasySharks.com went live August 1st of 2002. You became a member 6 days later on August 6th of 2002. It’s been great having you on board right from the beginning.
First, let me give a big thanks to Tony and the staff of FantasySharks.com. I know a lot of work goes into having to support the site and to keep it free. A lot of people don’t realize how much time and how little (none) pay the staff gets.
So tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? How old are you..etc..etc.. What’s a typical day for you like?
“A day In the Life (of Hemol)”, that was actually the Beatles original title. I’m 37, but despite growing up during the disco-punk-pop era, I’m really a Mod at heart. I own a computer consulting company so I get to work from home in sweats most days. That’s the good news. The bad news is I work a lot. Way more than is healthy. I do most of my posting while compiling programs or being on conference calls or just needing a break in trying to figure out what Microsoft had in mind with a particular API! Did I mention I’m dyslexic? Probably explains a lot about things I write in my posts.
Why don’t we start out with some questions about FantasySharks.com. Since you’ve been around from the beginning, you’ve seen a number of changes to the site. What’s an outsiders take on the site?
Outsider? I guess I’m not getting the Thanksgiving invite after all. The site is definitely progressing in the right direction. It’s hard to just plop down a site and have enough content to keep people interested. The number of articles and data you’re producing this year impresses me. The overhaul of the site design is very nice. Whoever did your website layout/design should get a lot of credit.
Would you say we’ve improved over time? Any particular areas more than others?
You have definitely improved. Content wise it’s much stronger. I mentioned the site design. The tools are coming along. Not ready to trust them completely, but they’re getting there. A personal favorite section is the players’ news (the web crawler). During preseason I lived there.
How about your favorite FantasySharks feature or article?
Here I must confess I don’t read articles regularly. Coutts’ articles are always entertaining. If I had to pick one thing, it is the “Under the Microscope” articles. My only problem with that series is only a few teams will be covered by mid-season! I just want more! The Observation Deck is another good read. I’m a big fan of predicting trends.
Let’s move on to Fantasy Football questions. So, how long have you been participating in Fantasy Football?
My fantasy football experience started way back in the late 70s. Back then it wasn’t called fantasy football, it was just a betting game (ah, those Junior High days). Pick 3 players (QB, RB, WR) each week and whoever scores the most points wins the weekly pot. This got me into simulations from the early 80s to the mid 80s. Of course, if you play enough simulations you start to realize trends (like running backs get hurt a lot). My main league is in its 9th year I believe.
And how many leagues are you involved in?
For personal reasons (that’s a nice way of saying “my wife”) I am only doing 2 leagues this year (last year I was in 4). The leagues are just an excuse to run trending analyses over data. I definitely have a problem.
So what do you think your best and worst pick of the year was?
Bad picks! Are you kidding me! Okay, so I didn’t know Artose Pinner was not able to run in late July when I drafted him (on July 27th). But I didn’t take him until the 11th round; the joys of drafting while on vacation. Worst pick, Eagles (6th round, July 26th). I have never taken a defense this early, but decided to try getting one of the two elite defenses. Little did I know the entire Eagles line would be out on IR by the end of August. This experiment failed. Back to late rounds next year for a defense for me.
My worst pick in the first 4 rounds was Hambrick (in the 4th). I don’t think anyone would say that’s a bad pick. Brady (in the 8th round) is my worst starter pick (he was only suppose to hold the fort until Vick returns).
Best pick, Moss in the 2nd round. All the RB heads and their RB ideas just let him slip on down to me in the middle of the 2nd round in two different leagues.
Cool. How about some NFL questions now. How about who’s your NFL team?
The Patriots are my hometown team, and by default, I have to route for them. I’ve always liked other teams though. Jim Zorn and the Hawks. Don’t ask me why, but I was all into them in the late 70s and early 80s. Currently I’m a big Steelers fan. Though, I confess to deep down being a Browns fan. However, my original spin with the Browns ended when the original Browns left town. I then defected over to the Steelers. The Browns have yet to win me back, though I seem to always hope they will do something to sway my mind.
And your favorite NFL Player?
Well, out of the retired guys, I loved Barry Sanders. The guy’s career was a highlight real. Also, I respect the guy for getting out of football when he did. He said he didn’t have the fire and he walked away; nothing wrong with knowing your limits. Walter Payton is a very close second.
For guys playing now, I really like Champ Bailey on the defensive side. His coverage skills are amazing. On the offensive side, it’s hard to not like Holmes, Portis, and LT. But Owens has always been a favorite. I’m disappointed with him this year, but I will fess up that he’s always has been a favorite of mine.
Any one particular player surprise you this year?
Dom Davis surprised me. I got on his bandwagon fairly early. But still, I had never heard of the guy before the NFL. Hey, he didn’t get drafted in the Tiger Shark League! That shows how much off the radar the guy was.
McNair is surprising me. I was starting to think the guy was on the road down. It’s hard not to route for the veteran having a great season and carrying his team.
Ok. On to the message boards. Why don’t we talk about the other members on the boards. Any you miss that have left? How’s the new blood doing?
The new blood is very good. The message board last year doesn’t compare to this year. Many more people making a lot more posts. Last year it was easy to read all the posts each week. This year I find it impossible to keep up. But the great thing is there are plenty of people around giving great advice this year. In a strange effect, I think I’m starting to post less often now because many of the posts are covered before I see them. I’m always willing to chime in with opinions, but now the burden of feeling like I should respond to someone’s post is lifted. After all, there’s only so many times you need to tell someone to start LT over Hambrick!
Anything else you like to say to all your fans out there?
Get a life!
Ok…we’ll move off of that then. Last question. Still going to be with us another year from now?
Did you talk with my doctor? Do you know something I don’t? What, you want a stock answer?
Now that’s true Hemol. Well, thanks again for being such an long-time active poster on the message boards! And congratulations!!