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Whale Shark Interview – Nutty

Congrats nutty on becoming another of our Whale Sharks, 1000 posts on the Msg Boards!!
Thanks Rob. And thanks to Tony for putting this awesome site together. I just hope that some of what I posted helped or (shock) entertained someone.

So tell us a little about yourself.
I’m married and have 3 sons. I was born and raised in Minnesota. I grew up as a farmer’s son and left it all to go to school (University of Minnesota) to become a software engineer and now work for a top MN medical company.

You’re a big Dilbert fan aren’t you?
Fan? I guess. It’s not like I check the strip every day; but, I do enjoy Dilbert. I just wanted to have an avatar that was unique here and Dilbert seemed appropriate since Dilbert and I are both computer nerds.

That quote of yours, “But what if the Guarantee Fairy’s a crazy glue sniffer? Next thing you know there’s change missing from your dresser and your daughter’s knocked up. I’ve seen it a hundred times.”, that’s from Tommy Boy…right?
Yes it is Rob. It’s an abbreviated quote though (there’s this problem of having a limit of 255 characters for your signature). The correct quote is…

“The point is, how do you know the Guarantee Fairy isn’t a crazy glue sniffer? “Building model airplanes” says the little fairy, but we’re not buying it. Next thing you know, there’s money missing off the dresser and your daughter’s knocked up, I seen it a hundred times.”

My signature has been in flux since I became a member. I’ve gone through a few quotes and fantasy teams since. I just saw Tommy Boy for the first time this last week (shameful…I know) and I had to give it some props. Funny movie. It cracked me up.

So, you’re from Minnesota. I’m not sure what it is…but FantasySharks is big in Minnesota. There’s a bunch of you from there.
I can’t explain it Rob…but I like it. Maybe it’s from being cooped up all winter? Or we just like football more? Or maybe we’re just more intelligent (hehehe)? Nah…just a coincidence.

Viking’s fan then?
Hanging by a thread. But I’m sure I’ll continue to root for them next year with the confidence that they only have 4 outdoor games on grass (I really HATE our dome…moving indoors was a stupid idea).

Did you notice the weather in New England this weekend! We could have used a dome! Right..back to the Vikings. So, what did you think of this past season?
All those Viking losses this year to losing teams really bothered me. Shameful…just shameful. On the plus side I got to see some pretty good NFL games. That comeback by the Colts against the Bucs had to be the best game of the year IMO.

How about your favorite NFL Player, past and present?
Even though he never led us to win a Super Bowl, I’d have to say Fran Tarkenton. He was exciting to watch (even though I was young at the time). I don’t really have a current favorite (but, I’d gladly take LT2 as my first player as a fantasy coach).

How about a Super Bowl prediction from you.
I would LIKE to see the Colts vs Panthers; but, it will PROBABLY be NE vs Philly (just to spite me) with NE winning.

Nice. So how long have you been participating in Fantasy Football?
About 7 years now.

And how many leagues are you involved in?
This year I was in 4 leagues.

And the Team Name(s). Any meaning behind them?
I like to be original each year. My personal favorite was my Mutated Muskies (a ferocious fish made stronger by toxins – a small take-off from the Simpsons there. Remember the 3-eyed fish?).

How did your FFL season go this past year?
Made all playoffs only to be ousted in the first round in ALL of them. (There’s always next year.)

And what was your best and worst pick of the year?
Best: Holt and Chad J in the 4th and 5th rounds
Worst: William Green in the 3rd round (ughh)

Let’s talk about FantasySharks.com a bit. So, how did you come to find us? Still remember from this past summer?
While looking for pre-season projections, I found the footballguys.com site (easy now) who had a pre-season rankings per position from numerous internet sites and the FantasySharks were part of it. I tried ’em all but FantasySharks obviously turned out to be the best.

And how about your favorite FantasySharks feature or article?
I always make it a point to read Tony’s prognosticator (and of course your interviews).

Ok. On to the message boards. People seem to be pretty fired up in there lately. What gives?
It’s chaos I tell you…chaos! Fired up? Nah…I call it not being bored. Apparently some sharks couldn’t wait for your interview of a certain shark and decided to start one themselves. It’s been on a roll since and I think we’ve learned more about each other as well (maybe a little too much at times). Everyone has been having a fun time since the season is winding down. Some pretty funny stuff can be found in those tanks.

Very true! And any particular poster that you respect the most?
Respect? Hmmm…I weigh each post pretty evenly. Everyone in the tank is pretty respectful. But if you asked me which one makes me laugh the most it would have to be Paddler (that mock interview was the best!).

Great. Last question. Still going to be with us through the off-season and next year?
Ya sure…you betcha…I’ll be here. Baseball will be gearing up soon (my #1 sport to watch – football is a close second) and there IS a MLB side tank which should be busy enough.

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

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