"That’s why I love the roundtable, so people can get different opinions and discuss them and at the end of the show everyone can acknowlege that I’m right."
Last week’s Ask Your Fantasy Expert interviewee Andy Miley had me beat with 8000+ tweets. This week’s victim, Jim Day, has more than 18,000 tweets.
Let’s talk about Taz. Fantasytaz aka Jim Day aka the Pompatus of Love has been in the fantasy business for a decade. If you listened to him last year, and if you pay attention to fantasy football at all, you can’t miss him, you would have known about Hakeem Nicks. If you want to join an unusual fantasy league like his Udder Chaos and draft a tight end in the first round, talk to Jim. He’s taking his fantasy content creation to the next level with his work on goaheadscore.com. His weekly Twitter Roundtable podcast brings together a great group of fantasy experts every Saturday night.
I’ll let Taz speak for himself. As usual, I will link all referenced fantasy writers to their Twitter feed. If nothing else, through this series you are going to get a lot of "must read" fantasy writers.
To honor Mr. Day, I’ll post all questions in Titan blue and answers in the darker yet inferior Giant blue.
How did you get into fantasy football writing?
In 2001 I was spending a lot of time at Xpertsports.com and got to know many of the people that not only hung out there, but that also ran the site. One day they asked me if I wanted to help them by posting news. With 2 months I was also writing articles for them and I was hooked.
Tell me about your real-life NFL rooting interests. Is it possible to love and hate a man as much as you do Eli Manning?
I am definitely a diehard Giants fan and have been since I started watching and playing football. As far as Eli goes, he has had some very good moments for Giants fans, but more often is the pass that is thrown like a wounded duck. If you are an NFL QB you should be able to throw a consistent spiral.
Tell me about your Twitter Roundtable, which is every Saturday night (www.blogtalkradio.com) from 9-11 p.m., Eastern Time. How did it start, why did you go with the roundtable format, and what are some of your favorite memories with it so far?
Well the Roundtable started as written articles with a solid group of contributors from Twitter like Andrew Garda, Matt Schauf, and a few others. This was also right when I started doing podcasts on Blog Talk Radio, so I decided that I would turn into an hour show with 3 revolving panelists each week. Some of my favorite memories are from debating players with Greg Kellogg and William Del Pilar, two guys I followed very closely when I was first playing the game.
Did you retire yet? Either way, tell me about your day job, you know, when you were writing fantasy articles instead of working.
I am retired as of 2007, but before that I was the Global Service Director for a biotech company called Celsis. I did this for over 15 years.
Do you have long-term goals with your fantasy football writing?
Not really. Sure I would love to take my stuff to the next level, but with the proliferation of FF Experts, it is getting harder to be noticed by the right people. Basically I do this mainly for the love of the game and the fact that I love to debate football, if anything else ever comes of it, then so much the better.
How do you handle being in more leagues than Antonio Cromartie has kids without there being adverse consequences to your health/sanity?
It’s all about focus; all on football, none on anything else, lol. I love everything about fantasy football and by playing in as many leagues as I do, I get the chance to try every format of the game and also try to bring new formats to other people.
The spouse question: Does your wife have any issues with your obsession?
None. She has always been great about me doing Fantasy Football as much as I do. It beats the old days when I hung out at Go Go bars and got drunk… just kidding…
The Whiz is dead. Long live the Whiz. Tell me about your new site goaheadscore.com.
Well as you stated, I am no longer doing anything over at the Whiz, I just got tired of being a 1-man show. Simon Shepherd is the brains behind Go Ahead Score (GOAS) and we started talking back in February when I started the Draftmaster leagues. He is an excellent coder and the one thing I have been searching for. We started to look for ways to work together with both the Whiz and GOAS involved, but the more we talked, the more we realized that our talents seemed to be a perfect mesh. We started talking and soon after that, he asked me to join him over at GOAS full time. We have a lot of great things going on, including a Draft App that will be out shortly. Our site is a perfect platform for integrating with myfantasyleague.com. Once you register with GOAS you have complete access to any draft you are doing on MFL. It will also tweet your picks for you if you add your twitter account. We have a lot more tools and tricks coming that I think will really start to showcase just what Simon can do.
Football or sex: which do you think of more?
Between those 2 and beer, it is clearly a 3 way tie, but the absolute best is when you can combine all three.
Hey, Taz said 3 way. OK, I will move on.
Tell a story about a fantasy regret. Bad trade, bad draft pick, move you thought about making but didn’t, something on that realm.
I don’t think I have ever made a bad trade, except maybe when I traded you Peyton Manning in Z17. Once I let Peyton go, my team never recovered.
Quick digression: Taz and I were in Zealots 17, a dynasty league that started so long ago that I got Matt Schaub and Michael Turner in the initial rookie draft. After the 2006 season he traded me Peyton Manning for LaDainian Tomlinson. Manning led me to the next two league championships. We both left the league after the 2010 season.
Tell a story about a fantasy win. Great trade that worked out.
I took over a Zealots Dynasty team that was simply atrocious. It didn’t even have one starting running back, but the rest of the roster was just as bad. I went on a trading rampage before the season began and was able to turn that team around in a single season. The next year I took it to the playoffs. I love that feeling.
You’re a master home-brewer as well. Tell me about this hobby.
It is just another thing I love to do. Started out as a little hobby kit and quickly grew. I now make up to 11 different varieties for different occasions or time of the year. I have a Cherry Porter which is my favorite right now.
If you have a choice between 50-yard-line seats at the Super Bowl when it’s at whatever the new Jets/Giants stadium is called, would you rather be there or at home watching it in your man cave?
Absolutely home watching it. I have big party for the SB every year and we have a lot of fun. No waiting in line for warm, expensive beer, or the bathrooms afterwards, lol.
Which fantasy writers are on your must-read list?
Better fantasy experience: Long-term league with friends or fantasy "expert" league?
Easily a long term league with friends. Fantasy "experts" can be real prima donnas at time, lol.
Is it true that you left Zealots 17 because you were tired of losing to me?
Absolutely. It had nothing to do with the watering down of talent at Zealots as a whole.
Tell me about any plugs that you’d like (not hair plugs, dude). Podcasts, sites that you write for, expert leagues, anything.
Really the best way for anyone to follow me is on Twitter as @fantasytaz, but if you don’t use Twitter, you can now have the next best thing with www.Twitterfantasyfootball.com. It is another site that Simon and I have started. Basically it takes all the best tweets from lists that we have compiled and combines them all into one site. You can go there and search for any team or specific player and any tweet that is about them will show up. It is a great tool for keeping up with all the great information on Twitter without having to actually watch your timeline all day.
Thanks Taz for taking the time to chat with me. I’ll post another interview next Monday. Thanks for reading this week’s edition of Ask Your Fanatsy Expert. Keep your underwear-based tweets to yourself, please.