Congrats Tony_Terminators on becoming a Whale Shark (1000 messages) on the Message Boards!! A belated congratulations is better than no congratulations at all, right?
Sure it is, Storm, and thanks for taking time out of you busy work schedule to do this interview. It’s only fitting since you were one of the first fellas I met in the tank.
So tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? How old are you, etc. What’s a typical day for you like?
Well, I’m from Maine, 35, I have a beautiful wife who I’ve been with for 17 years(married for 11), no kids unless you count the furry, four-legged canine who’s been here so long he’s part of the family now. I make my living as a Marine Engineer. I hold a US Coast Guard license that allows me to work in the engine room aboard any type ship from cruise vessels to tankers. I like the uniqueness of the industry and also the broad range of knowledge involved, besides the fact that it has taken me all over the world. Lately, I’ve been working on a casino vessel in Indiana, Hard10’s stomping ground. I do get a lot of down time, and like most Mainers, I like to camp, hunt/fish, and eat lobsta. Lately, I’ve been spending most my free time in the tank.
So you can work on a cruise ship and work in a tropical location. How does your wife handle that when you say “I’ll call you in between umbrella drinks…” Even more so, what/where is the coolest place you’ve ever worked?
Being a way from home is an occupational hazard that comes with the territory. I guess it takes a special type of woman to put up with that. Usually the paycheck is enough to persuade anybody. But, it helps to keep the trips short. I don’t do the month-long trips anymore. I’ve been to a lot of tropical ports, Bermuda, Barbados, but I think the best so far have been Russia and Poland. Not very exotic, but still cool.
So, how long have you been participating in Fantasy Football?
This will be my sophomore season. Last year my brother got me into a hometown league he’s been running for years. I’ve been an NFL fan all my life, but this FF stuff is a different breed-of-cat. Now, I can’t get enough.
And how many leagues are you involved in?
There’s the hometown league, one of the shark leagues, and the infamous Not Uber-Guber League commissioned by O-nut.
Do you have a maximum number of leagues you think is manageable? Does your wife play FF? Does she like sports or mind you playing in so many FF leagues?
It depends on the seriousness of the leagues, but I think 3 or 4 is pretty good. And as for the wife, she does not get into football at all. I’ve tried to teach her, but she just doesn’t get it. She’s into working out, at least 2 hours/day – a real fitness guru.
I usually stick with Tony’s Terminators. My bro game it to me and it sort of stuck, unless I’m in a mock with a theme.
So what do you think your best and worst pick of the year was?
Best pick was Culpepper, only because I already had Moss. Worst pick was McGahee. I thought for sure they’d use him when he became eligible to play after week 6, especially after Henry went down. But, it turned out to be a wasted pick.
Cool. So lets move on to some NFL questions. How about who’s your NFL team?
I don’t have one favorite, really. The Steelers of the 70’s got me into football. I grew up watching the Bears, and being from the Northeast, I’ll always have love for the Patriots.
Do you feel as strongly about Tom Brady as Action does?
Yeah, I think so. Tom Brady is a big reason the Pats are where they are today. Bledsoe had the same team Brady did and didn’t do half as well. Having said that, I don’t think Brady is the desirable ff QB.
And your favorite NFL Player?
Walter Payton. I loved watching him run while palming the football. He was bigger than a mountain to me. It was a sad moment when he passed away.
Any one particular player surprised you this year?
Jamal Lewis. In 2000 and 2002 he had 1300+yards, missed all of 2001, and then breaks 2000 yard in 2003. I didn’t expect that much.
So, about when did you first find Fanstasysharks.com and how?
Early last season, I used the site primarily for the line-up advice. Then one day, during the infamous JBG/Matt campaign, I started posting, and in the off season I just went freaky with it.
And now how often do you log on to FantasySharks.com?
Any chance I get when I’m not traveling to and from work.
It’s easily addicting. Do you miss us when you can’t log on? Do you ever wonder watch Sportscenter and say to yourself “Hey, I know a guy who works on that show…” How bad have you got it?
I’ve got it bad, baby. I’ve got a bunch of library cards all over just so I can log on where ever I am. I’m constantly spreading the word about the site. This is one of the better communities on the web and I’ve been to a lot of different forums. Kudos to the guys and gals in the tank and to Tony and his cronies. Whether you like it or not, I’m here for a while.
How about your favorite Fantasy Sharks feature or article?
I like the Blog. It has the latest NFL news and I like the fact that some members can participate, although the whale shark interviews are becoming a fast favorite.
Since you’re such avid fan, are there any other Sharks on the message boards that you respect the most?
I respect all the people in the tank for their opinions whether I agree or not. Of coarse, I have to mention CBSux here for starting the Ultimate Hottie Draft, what a genius he is. I’m really having a hard time with the rest. I don’t want to offend anyone by leaving them out, but I also don’t want it to read like the members list either. So, I’ll just say, ” I love you all”.
Anything else you like to say to all your fans out there?
Good luck with your leagues and I’ll see you in the tank. And if your in one of my leagues, sorry for the butt whooping.
Also, thank you Tony and everyone else who pitches in to make this the best fantasy football site on the web. Where else can you get the best advice, a great community of sports fans, and audience participation like we have here in the tank.
Will you ever catch MattheuofVA?
I don’t think anyone will. He’s like Lance Armstrong during the mountain stages, relentless. Unless Matt falls down or gets a flat he’s sure to be the first Megalodon, if there is such a thing.
Thanks again for being such an active poster on the message boards! And congratulations!!