Interrogate the Industry: Brandon Marianne Lee

Dec 27

Interrogate the Industry: Brandon Marianne Lee

It has felt like ages since my last Interrogate the Industry post. For that I apologize. I think due to the peak of the Fantasy Football season, the Holidays, illnesses things often get put on the back burner for everyone. I wasn’t ignoring the posts as much as not over concerning myself making sure folks responded, etc as I normally would. That being said, now that I am planning on bringing the series back in full force, especially for the Fantasy Baseball season, I wanted to come back strong. Why not snag one of the amazing sisters from the Her Fantasy Football podcast, and website herfantasyfootball.com? I had success, and not only that a kick ass response and I think built a friendly and future relationship with the ladies of this fantastic site/podcast. They are making waves in the industry and for good reason. They are women who really know their stuff. They research, they provide insight, they don’t rely on hunches, and most importantly, they actually interact with their followers. An extremely difficult and time-consuming task for anyone who continually develops a larger base of fans and followers. The Fantasy Football season may be over, but the questions are still fun and well answered. If anything it will give you a heads up onto a great follow and podcast for the next Fantasy Football season. Hope you enjoy the triumphant return, and continue to look forward to more great interrogation’s for the Fantasy Baseball season. Enjoy learning a tad more from one of the absolute best and sweetest in the industry! I also think we have plenty in common, besides Fantasy Sports. I hope most of you are basking in championship glory and winnings as you read this. Enjoy the Real NFL playoffs while I start getting lubed up for the MLB season to...

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Fantasy Basketball Surprises So Far This Season

Dec 15

Fantasy Basketball Surprises So Far This Season

The NBA is rarely a league that is easy to predict. Fantasy Sports in general are much the same, so when you combine the two for Fantasy Basketball, you better be able to handle some serious ups and downs. If you’re in it for the long haul in season long leagues, the roller coaster highs and lows are somewhat easier to deal with, as everything tends to even out in the end. Daily Fantasy Basketball gamers can attest to the true grind, however, as they feel the pain of every inconsistency from every player on a nightly basis. They also get a true taste of Fantasy Basketball’s nicest surprises, often before anyone else does. Of course, those surprises have been both good and bad and gamers in both realms should see them by now. Let’s break down the top surprises in Fantasy Basketball so far for the 2014-15 NBA season, for better or worse. 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Surprises So Far Here are a few of the more surprising storylines of the young Fantasy Basketball season. Tony Wroten, Mr. Usage With Michael Carter-Williams starting the year off on the sidelines thanks to knee surgery, Wroten finally got to freely run as Philly’s star point guard. It went swimmingly, as Wroten surged to averages of nearly 20 points and seven assists per game. More importantly, Wroten was near the top of the league in usage rating. He was so high, in fact, that even with his usage now down dramatically, he still ranks at 10th overall on the season. MCW has returned and knocked Wroten down a peg or two, but he is still holding onto a solid line over the year with over 17 points, six assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Everyone knew he could play, but it was surprising to see just how much the offense ran through him initially. He’s no longer the stud Fantasy point guard he was earlier in the year, but even with MCW back he’s still a solid option on a nightly basis when healthy. The Indiana Pacers The Pacers stinking up the joint to any degree isn’t what is surprising. Few could fault them when they were forced to start the year without Paul...

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ESPN Suspending Bill Simmons is Their Own Fault

Sep 25

ESPN Suspending Bill Simmons is Their Own Fault

There’s a very thin line between entertainment and news — and a major network got burned by their own decisions, as ESPN suspending Bill Simmons for three weeks really just proves they want him to be honest, but not that honest. Most news organizations have to figure out that balance to make sure they are staying within the lines of journalistic standards, while also being provocative enough to keep readers interest piqued. ESPN got what they deserved when writer, podcaster and TV personality Bill Simmons called out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar on Monday’s podcast. They suspended him for making those statements on Wednesday, but let’s understand just exactly what happened. ESPN suspended Simmons for three weeks after he ripped into Goodell, calling him a liar and challenging his role as the head of the NFL. “I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell, because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. Thank you.” – Bill Simmons said on his podcast Monday. The worldwide leader hired Simmons in 2001, after he made a name for himself as a writer for his own website, BostonSportsGuy.com. He then became a writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2002, along with his duties at ESPN and ESPN The Magazine. Three years later, he left Kimmel’s crew, which included comedian Adam Carolla. Understand that Simmons is an entertainer more than he is a newsman. He’s not breaking stories. He’s not beating the bushes for information on players and coaches. He’s discussing the sports, analyzing the teams and players, and making it funny and palatable for his readers and listeners. But when Simmons says something purely editorial, like that he thinks Goodell is a liar, the company had to take a stand. But really, this is what happens when you pay a person to entertain even though you are a news organization. “Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards. We have worked hard to ensure that our recent...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 11: Ryan Boser

Aug 19

Interrogate the Industry No. 11: Ryan Boser

Woooeee it has been a busy week, and as most of you likely know it will be a busy month, but never too busy for Interrogate the Industry. In fact, now is the best time to get some interviews out there. Between working on rankings over on FantasyPros, writing my Round by Round Draft Strategy series on Davidgonos.com, and contributing to Fakepigskin and SKYLLZONE I have never been more in the fantasy zone since I started writing in the industry. Oh, and I forgot to mention the actual Fantasy Drafts too. I know I am not alone, so to everyone out there working on fantasy contributions this month Godspeed to you all. To those who are drafting, best of luck, be sure to check out my Draft Strategy articles prior to your draft, and utilize fantasyrundown.com and fantasypros.com for all of your draft needs. This week was fun especially because Ryan shares a Minnesota connection with myself, and as most in the industry (especially in Minnesota) we both admire Paul Charchian. Ryan actually works with him! With that let’s get in to the interview shall we? Interrogate the Industry #11: Ryan Boser 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. If possible include ups and downs, others in the industry who helped? It was December of 2009. I was sitting in the waiting area at Midas in Burnsville, MN, munching on stale popcorn, when I got a Facebook message from Paul Charchian. Time stopped. This was before Twitter was a thing… before fantasy’s “Big Bang.” In December of 2009, being a fantasy football writer was still an extremely rare privilege. Charchian was a fellow Minnesotan, and a founding father of the fantasy industry. Ever heard of Fanball? That was his baby. Ever heard of LeagueSafe? That’s his other baby. Ever heard of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association? He’s the president. For the prior decade, I’d been gobbling up his Fantasy Football Weekly magazines, worshiping his radio program on KFAN, and attending his annual Fantasy Football Training Camps. I also routinely engaged in fantasy debates with fellow fanatics on his Facebook page, and apparently I had caught his eye.   He...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 7: Renee Miller

Jul 02

Interrogate the Industry No. 7: Renee Miller

I am not going to lie, this week besides Interrogate the Industry (of course), I didn’t focus much on baseball. I guess I did slightly, as my oldest started her first season in T-Ball, but other than that my mind was on other things. Besides the entertainment of watching a mob of kids charge at a ball, or someone slug a ball off the tee and then proceed to sprint with a bat down third base, baseball was in the back of my mind. Fantasy Football season approaches, and with that Fantasy Football articles and preparation. I am doing most of my Fantasy Football work at Fakepigskin this season, and the 2014 draft guide will be out soon. I’ve completed my Football tasks so far with no issues, so I am back on the Fantasy Baseball kick, and will remain true to my favorite Fantasy sport the rest of the way. It has been a rough 1st half of the Fantasy Baseball season for myself and most of my squads. Between injuries and under-performing highly drafted players (Chris Davis, Jason Kipnis, and Justin Verlander are just a few) my teams have been fair to middlin’, or worse all season long. As for the Fantasy writing part of this season it has been awesome however. Being asked to be on podcasts, write for this site, join Fake Pigskin and perhaps even another big site if things go well, has left this season not feeling like a complete waste. There is still hope for some teams too. Hope all of your seasons continue strong, or to improve and see you next week!  I was excited to not only reach out to Renee Miller for this weeks post, but to get an exuberant “Yes” and willingness to participate was just as awesome. Interrogate the Industry: Renee Miller 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. I had been playing fantasy football for years before I considered joining the industry. I realized I might have something unique to contribute to the field one day when I was teaching a lab class on cognitive biases. The idea that our brains are basically designed in such a way...

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The Day George Brett Pooped Himself (VIDEO)

Jun 06

The Day George Brett Pooped Himself (VIDEO)

A couple of years ago, this video of Kansas City Royals Hall-of-Famer George Brett telling a poop story came out. He tells a wonderful tale of the time he crapped himself while standing in the lobby of the Bellagio. I know what you’re thinking, “Hey, George. You are one dirty third baseman. Please don’t shake my hand.” Before you read on, I’m going to ask that you watch the video, then rejoin me after the video.     So here are some items that I gleaned from this thing: He tells a new poop story at least twice a year. He likes crab legs – but he is unable to distinguish ones that have turned bad before eating them. If he’s ever standing still in a hotel lobby, walk the other way. Don’t ever borrow his leather jacket, jeans or shoes. Larry is a great friend. He’s like The Wolf on Pulp Fiction. I imagine this conversation happened at one point after Brett called him. “That gives us exactly — 40 minutes to get the poop out of your pants. Which, if you do what I say when I say it, should be plenty. Now, you’ve got diarrhea in your pants and soiled shoes in a bathroom stall. Take me to it.” Don’t ever get behind George Brett on an escalator. Other Royals players generally move around a lot and try not to look too interested in anything George has to say. Now here are some afterthoughts. This is the same guy that missed part of Game 1 of the 1980 ALC because he was suffering from hemorrhoids. He still craps himself twice a year? You realize that’s an average, right? Like some years, he soils himself once – some years, thrice! The day George Brett pooped himself was a good day for everyone else. I’m not judging, heck, I have enough poop stories to fill a septic tank, including this one from a trip I took to Disney. I think most guys have had one or more of the following incidents happen to them in the past few years (months? weeks?): Sharting: Philip Seymour Hoffman made this fashionable in “Along Came Polly.” It’s when you think you’re about to fart,...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 4 : Jake Ciely

May 28

Interrogate the Industry No. 4 : Jake Ciely

Another week down the drain, and we’re back once again with another Interrogate the Industry. This week Jake Ciely joins us for some Fantasy Baseball questions and opinions on pop culture. I may disagree with him slightly on the Game of Thrones comment, but we will save that for another day.  Week 8 had another typical set of ups and downs primarily wrapping up with a No-Hitter being  thrown by Josh Beckett.  While players like Edwin Encarnacion, and Nelson Cruz kept their power surge going, some other players showed signs of life this week too, namely Chris Davis and Justin Upton. Now that the Holiday weekend is over, and some of the craziness of life settles down, I will be able to write more and continue on with my other series “3 up, 3 down” as well as some Fantasy Football over at fakepigskin.com so keep your eyes peeled, have a great week 9, and keep those questions coming! Remember you all are fueling these articles in many ways and thanks again for reading. Oh Yeah…if you missed it, or feel like listening to me on a podcast be sure to check it out here The Fantasy Forecaster.  Interrogate the Industry #4 Fantasy Contributor: Jake Ciely @allinkid Sr. Editor at football.com contributor at RotoExperts 1. Are there any Starting Pitchers you are on the edge about, or considering dropping even though they were initially ranked somewhat high. (Liriano or Masterson for example)? Jake Peavy should be long gone at this point. Most were higher on Peavy for 2014 than I was, and he was a serviceable back-end SP last year given the wins and WHIP. Those aren’t helping this year, and in fact, the WHIP is hurting. Peavy has an ERA well over four and a WHIP around 1.50. Give me the barf bag now. The main problem is his career worst SwStr% of 7.8, and there is no reason for optimism. At best, we’ll get a low-4.00 ERA with a 1.30-1.40 WHIP and a mediocre strikeout total. You can find better. 2. Would you pick up Oscar Taveras now if he is available on the waiver wire? Not to quantify it, but it depends on the league. In a 10-teamer, no. Let’s say...

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