Rich55112 wrote:First of all, I have played fantasy football starting in the mid 1980s, about the time the books just started coming out regarding how to play. In the mid 80s, I was in high school and started running fantasy leagues back then. That was when we had to wait for the next day’s newspaper to come out and then do all the stats. Would any of you even remember how it was back then? How many of you weren’t even born yet? (I graduated in 1986). I loved being the commissioner and figuring out who won.
I commissioned leagues as I went through college and started to think about keeper leagues at that time. There wasn’t any books on how to run keeper league (or as I called them back then, Life Long Leagues). So, I wrote a book. A bad book. But at the time I didn’t think it was so bad (I attached a picture) but hindsight is 20/20. Self published it. Found a company to send them out to book stores. Then I started thinking about how I could promote the book. At this time I graduated from the University of Minnesota from Mortuary Science (yes, I am a funeral director) in 1991.
I heard about cable access and thought that was going to be a great way to promote my book. I found a couple of guys from High School that could talk the talk and walk the walk. The format was an hour long live call in show. I didn’t know how well it was going to go. The first show, we had callers take up about a half and hour. After that, each and every show had callers the whole hour. Blew our minds, especially once we started getting recognized out in public (which happened a few times, not like we were getting swarmed with fans). We also had local sports guys on the show, including the guy that started the craze, Cliff Sharpentier (I think I misspelled his name, but I know I am close). We also had a guy who started the very 1st weekly national magazine regarding fantasy football, Paul Charchian (Charch now owns and runs Leaguesafe and is on the local sports radio station)
Before the start of the show, I started a keeper league and used that league as an example in my book.
At the same time, I ended up marrying a woman who had 3 kids from a previous marriage and started my own business. In 3 years, my business started to take too much of my time (I was on call 24/7) and we added 2 more kids to our family. I had to quit the show after 3 years (The show continued 3 years after I left). It wasn’t long after that I couldn’t find time to run my keeper league any more. I ended up giving up the league to one of the owners and left.
That all happened in the early to mid 90s. Now speed up to 2010…..
Went through a divorce and it wasn’t long until I was looking to do the things in my life that made me happy in the past, and you guessed it, starting playing fantasy football again. I went to Facebook and posted a message that I was looking for a league. Someone contacted me and invited me to play in their keeper league. I agreed and at the following draft I discovered that the league I just joined is the keeper league I started in 1992. There was 2 guys there that played in this league since it’s very first season.
Soon I discovered a couple of dynasty league podcasts and started listening. I then joined a couple free leagues online. One thing I missed about playing was that I was not a commissioner. I loved running leagues back then and I thrilled that I am getting back into being a commissioner. I love talking to everyone and making decisions on the fly if I need too. In fact, I have used the forums on various websites to help start another dynasty league involving only people from the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. One thing we are doing there is putting money, as a league, to purchase a high end wrestling style belt for the Fantasy Bowl winner to wear at get togethers.
My name is Clark and I live in the North Metro Twin Cities Minnesota. Proud Viking fan, thick and thin.
I have two young crumbsnatchers with a third due shortly into 2015. They are the only thing I love more than FF. (Their mother is a distant 3rd)
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All about TD's wrote:I'm sure my bio will sound somewhat lackluster as a few of you have been playing ff longer than I've been alive lol. I was born and raised in a small town you've never heard of in Arkansas. Since we don't have any pro sports teams in Arkansas I grew up a die hard Razorbacks fan and still am. My dad was a Cowboy fan so on Sunday's we watched the Cowboys so naturally I followed in his footsteps and become a fan (love them or hate them I've heard all the jokes). Since I was born in '91, I don't really remember the glory days of the early 90's and have come accustomed to the 8-8 seasons and missing the playoffs so this year has been great and I'm hoping for a deep playoff run. I was introduced to ff in college by a friend 3 years ago and after coming in second in my first redraft league on ESPN I was hooked. Next year I was in 9 ESPN redraft leagues and couldn't get enough. Last year (this season) I was introduced to the dynasty aspect of ff taking over an orphan team that was in great shape. I ended up winning the league my first year in and now looking to build a true dynasty and win multiple championships in a row
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