By Jay Myers – Founder and CEO of DFW
I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to write for my article tomorrow, then all of a sudden it hit me. For awhile I’ve been wanting see inside the mind of a wife of a die hard fantasy football junkie. Who better to interview than my own wife since I don’t know anyone more obsessed than myself. You don’t want to know how many hours a day I spend on this silly hobby, but I always make sure to find time to be a great husband and father. When you’re this obsessed with your hobby it’s always a challenge to keep things in perspective as it’s a very fine line staying balanced. It always helps when you have a very understanding wife. Without my wife’s support, Dynasty Football Warehouse wouldn’t exist today.
With the season almost upon us we will have a ton of hardcore fantasy articles focusing on the season, games and players. I thought I would take a moment to share something personal with all of you before we get down to business this week. Hope you enjoy it but if not, don’t fret, as we will be following up with Start’em / Sit’em, Fantasy Matchups and Dynasty Stock Watch articles each and every week for the entire season.
Jay: So, why me? Why did you decide to marry a fantasy football junkie, and have I always been this crazy and obsessed about this silly hobby?
Katie: This is an interesting question Jay, considering that you always tell me that you “tricked” me into marrying you. Lol. I mean, lets be honest, who really knows everything about their partner before they get married…including crazy obsessions and hobbies. I believe I first started hearing about fantasy football when we were engaged…my first thought was, “fantasy football, sounds like a video game.” Little did I know there is an entire ESPN show dedicated to this hobby. I think it was when we were on our honeymoon and you bought a few fantasy football magazines for the airplane and read them on the beach in Mexico. That’s when I realized I didn’t just marry a man who loves football, I married a fantasy football fanatic! I would say, the longer we have been married, the more obsessed you have become…year 1 of our marriage you were doing 3 leagues and now, 5 years later, you are up to 18 leagues. However, I do believe you manage your time better than you use to, or maybe I’m just use to you being on your iPad, your phone, and your computer every night for your fantasy “research”….sometimes you are on all 3 of them at once! Either way, I love being married to crazy you!
Jay: What has been the best thing to come from being a part of Dynasty Football Warehouse and what has been the worst?
Katie: The best thing is seeing how excited and motivated you are. You have always told me that if you could make a living doing something you love, then how could life get any better. Starting Dynasty Football Warehouse is the beginning of seeing that dream come true for you. I also like hearing you talk to Dan and Jeff about future plans for DFW. The three of you seem to work so well together and I am 100% supportive of you and DFW.
Jay: Do you have any regrets about us starting DFW, and if you could do it all over again would you have let me?
Katie: There is no such thing as regrets when it comes to trying something that you’re passionate about. You starting DFW, if anything, has made me think about pursuing my passions and dreams more. So no, I have absolutely no regrets! I am so happy that you are channeling your passions in an exciting new venture. It’s also cool to see other football fans benefit from your passion and hard work. I am so proud of you guys. And I love spreading the word about DFW and telling people to check out the website!
Jay: Are you a big football fan?
Katie: I would say that I have always been a football fan, but it’s not until recently that I actually know the football players’ names and backgrounds. When I was in middle school and high school, I use to do my homework in the living room on Sundays with football on TV. I can’t say that I was listening to the entire game, but I always enjoyed having it on. Being the youngest of four girls I liked learning about football and golf from my dad. It was definitely a fun way for us to bond.
Jay: Describe your typical Sunday during football season and which team can we find you cheering for?
Katie: Now a days, a typical Sunday at our house is having the RedZone channel on so that we can see all the big plays from all of the teams playing. I would have to say that I like the RedZone channel better than watching 8 games at a time in tiny squares on the TV, like we use to do with the NFL Sunday Ticket. I often make you a nice egg and bacon brunch and we sit with our iPads and check in on our fantasy football scores. Last year, you decided to wait and check your teams’ scores until Sunday night, that way you could enjoy watching the games more without stressing out. We usually have friends over to watch the Bronco game and snack on crackers, cheese and summer sausage. During all of this our 3 year old daughter Addison is usually getting all of her toys out and our 2 huskies are trying to get any food from us that they can. I love Sundays at our house and I’m always bummed on the Sundays that I have to work at the hospital. So on those days, I sneak a peek at my fantasy football score throughout the day!
Jay: We live in Denver, but you’re from KC and I was raised in CO. Since we live in CO that means our kids will default to being Denver Bronco fans right?
Katie: This is a touchy subject around our house. What makes it even more difficult is that your parents love to buy Bronco gear for Addison. They already bought us a Bronco onesie for our son who is due in January. I will do my best to keep our kids cheering for the Chiefs, though I think its inevitable that they will be Bronco fans. It’s a sad truth that I have to face. I might be able to get Addison on my side when she is older by bribing her with new clothes and such, lol. But our son will likely follow in his father’s footsteps.
Jay: In the picture for this article you’re wearing a Bronco jersey, how does something like that happen for a die hard Chief’s fan?
Katie: I just knew you would bring this up! In my defense, I had no choice but to wear this jersey! We had the opportunity to be a part of the flag ceremony on the Bronco field last year. All who participated were required to wear Bronco gear. They were even passing out T-shirts for those who weren’t following the dress code. Though I probably look too much like a Bronco fan considering I am even wearing a Bronco beanie. Thanks to you, this picture was immediately posted on Facebook for all of my family to see, who are all Chiefs fans. Lets just say, I received a lot negative posts for the next couple of days. Overall, being on the field was a great experience and I would definitely do it again!
Jay: Do you play fantasy football? If so, who are your players this year? Who is your favorite player?
Katie: Yes, I started playing fantasy football 4 years ago as “Denver Diva”. My sister is the commissioner of a girls league and every year we have 12 to 14 girls who play. We have our own traveling trophy with a Barbie on top. I haven’t won yet, but maybe this will be my year. Our draft was last week and some of the players on my team are Arian Foster, DeMarco Murray, Percy Harvin, Greg Jennings, Phillip Rivers and Brent Celek. I don’t really have a favorite player, but I am excited to see what Peyton Manning is going to do for the Broncos. And since I love watching Hard Knocks, I will be keeping my eye on Ryan Tannehill.
Jay: Do you think you could hang with the guys playing fantasy football, why or why not?
Katie: I think if I spent a little more time researching and studying then, yes, I could hang with the guys in some of your redraft leagues… My weakness would definitely be trading players, which I know is a huge part of being successful. I don’t think I would do well in your dynasty leagues. That requires quite a lot of ongoing time and research. But maybe I should give it a try and see how I do.
Jay: Is there anything that we didn’t cover that you would like to share with our readers?
Katie: If you would have told me 6 years ago that I would be part of a fantasy football league and helping my husband with his dynasty football website, I would have had lots of questions. Now that I am immersed in this hobby with you, I would have to say that each season, I am enjoying it even more! I never realized how many people are a part of fantasy football. It’s really fun when I meet a girl who is part of a fantasy football league. I like hearing about how she got started and how her team is doing. Football is such a huge part of the American culture, so its great to be following it a little closer each year. I look forward to seeing how DFW is going to grow and change over the months to come!