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 begin! Interrogate the Industry: Brandon Marianne Lee Brandon Marianne Lee (@BrandonHerFFB) is a co-founder of Her Fantasy Football (@herfantasyfb), recognized as the first all female fantasy football podcast. The podcast and site launched in August of 2013. She lives in New York but spent the majority of her life bopping between Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota. Brandon is a lifelong football fan, a four time...

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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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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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10 Reasons Why Watching NFL Games at Home is Better Than at the Stadium

Sep 09

10 Reasons Why Watching NFL Games at Home is Better Than at the Stadium

While NFL blackout rules can certainly ruin a football fan’s afternoon at home, it’s still tough to argue that a day in the hot sun with bad seats is better than staying on the couch, with your beer-fetching dog (not code for your wife, btw). So I decided to make a list of all the reasons why watching NFL games at home is much better than going to the stadium and spending a ton of money on tickets, parking and food. I’m trying to stay away from the “too obvious” items, like television or remote control, but here is my list of reasons why watching NFL games at home is WAAAY better than at the stadium:   1. NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Red Zone Channel If you have DirecTV and you don’t have the NFL Sunday Ticket, then you likely work all day on Sundays, or you love foreplay but hate sex. Our grandfathers would kill to have had the NFL Sunday Ticket and the NFL Red Zone Channel! Granted, they were busy fighting Nazis and hippies (I’m not a strong historian.)   2. DVR and Instant Replay Wife won’t stop yapping about some kitchen fire or a missing daughter? Pause the live TV, nod and feign interest, then return to the game without missing a snap.   3. The Yellow First-Down Line Graphic Ever get a seat in the corner of the end zone? And on every play, your diagonal view makes you think your team went eight yards past the first-down marker, only to find out they were three yards short? That never happens at home.   4. The Ottoman Anyone over six-feet tall knows that stadium seats are built for the Captain Dans of the world. So being able to stretch your legs horizontally, and use your belly button for a salsa bowl truly makes the ottoman a gift from god. And what an empire!   5. Handpicking the Jackasses That Sit Next to You Don’t want an opposing team’s fan near you? Don’t invite him. Want security to throw out the drunken bum that vomited next to you? Tell your wife her Dad has to go home now.   6. Crappy Stadium Food Some...

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10 Greatest Sports Rants of All-Time

May 09

10 Greatest Sports Rants of All-Time

Anyone that listens to Jim Rome on the radio knows that he gets about 25 percent of his drops from amazing and insane press conference blowups from athletes and coaches. For the most part, athletes aren’t used to speaking to the press, so they get a pass. But coaches are usually much older, and should definitely know better. Lucky for us, they don’t know better. In honor of the Allen Iverson rant’s 10-year anniversary, the fellas over at 5thPeriodLunch.com posted two handfuls of press conference insanity! via 10 Greatest Sports Rants of...

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