Fantasy Sports Analysts Can’t Agree On Anything
The Fantasy Pros Love Them Some Game of Thrones and Beatles!
When it comes to Fantasy sports advice, one thing most Fantasy writers will agree on is that you should read as much as possible from as many different Fantasy writers as you can and choose one (or a couple) that you trust. Chances are you’ll choose a writer that you agree with; someone who thinks the way you do and helps you to play the way you might think the Fantasy game should be played.
If there is something that can be said about all Fantasy sports writers it’s that they really can’t agree on anything – not completely anyway. If you were to poll a dozen Fantasy writers and ask them the same set of questions about anything, you will likely get different answers from every single one of them. This applies to the way the Fantasy game should be played, the types of players you should choose for your team and how you should manage your team during the season. But I have always suspected that it goes deeper than that and that you’d probably have a hard time finding two Fantasy analysts who agree about anything. And now there is proof.
Lawr Michaels, the brains behind Creative Sports and host of The Tout Wars Hour weekly and on demand on the FNTSY Sports Radio Network , has been polling the many Fantasy writers who’ve joined him on the program over the past year or so. Of course, there is nothing scientific here, he just asked each of his guests about things like their favorite album, movie, television show and athlete. There is an excellent cross-section of demographics here, as Lawr has asked his questions to a diverse group of Fantasy writers from all areas of the country and of all ages.
One would think that you’d find at least a few entries among the four categories in this poll that were the same. Oddly enough, I was only able to find a precious few repeats among the 1oo-odd entries. Mike Podhorzer of Fangraphs.com and Derek Carty of ESPN both chose Curb Your Enthusiasm as their favorite television show. And Sammy Reid of RotoGrinders.com agreed with Eno Sarris of Fangraphs.com that Game of Thrones is tops. Finally, Scott White of CBSSports.com and Jeff Boggis of fantasyfootballempire.com are fans of The Walking Dead. That’s it, folks. Nobody else agrees on anything.
Fantasy-sports leagues, but for @GameOfThrones characters:
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) July 22, 2017
Oh, I suppose you could make something of the trio of Beatles fans. Carty appears here again as a lover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He’s joined by Patrick Davitt of Baseball HQ (Abbey Road) and Lenny Melnick (Revolver) of Sirius XM as fellow Beatles lovers. They aren’t the only writers to reach back to the 60s for their favorite album, though. In fact, one of my favorite unique answers in this poll comes from Steve Gardner of USA Today. He cited Led Zeppelin II as his choice for favorite album. Kudos to Steve, who gets my vote for best pick.
Here's a list with some of the highlights from the poll:
|Fantasy Writers/Analysts||Favorite Recording|
|Eno Sarris||Taking Tiger Mountain (Brian Eno)|
|Scott Pianowski||The Bends (Radiohead)/Bloc Party (Silent Alarm)|
|Steve Gardner||Led Zeppelin II|
|Derek Carty||Sgt Pepper/Invisible Touch (Genesis)|
|Jeff Boggis||Toys in the Attic (Aerosmith)|
|Brent Hershey||Joshua Tree/War (U2)|
|Alex Chamberlain||Reach for the Sun (Dangerous Summer)|
|Ryan Bloomfield||Mellon Collie …(Smashing Pumpkins)|
|Mike Podhorzer||Smash (Offspring)|
|Gene McCaffrey||New York Dolls debut album|
|Doug Thorburn||And Justice for All (Metallica)|
|Sammy Reid||The Morning View (Incubus)|
|Patrick Davitt||Abbey Road/Dark Side of the Moon|
|Ron Shandler||Chaos & Creation ... (McCartney)|
|Tracy Hankin||Escape (Journey)|
|Andy Singleton||COD (Tres 7)|
|Scott White||Weird AL Yankovic (anything)|
|Adam Wexler||Stadium Arcadium (Chili Peppers)|
|Rick Wolf||The Stranger (Billy Joel)|
Let’s take a peek at some of the more…shall we say, eclectic, choices by our esteemed group of Fantasy writers and analysts.
Back To the 70s and 80s With Your Touts
Tim McLeod of Pattonandco.com lists M*A*S*H* as both his favorite movie and television show. He might have to adjust his rabbit ear antenna to get another channel when he's finished watching that!
I love Ron Shandler’s choice of Chaos & Creation in the Backyard by Paul McCartney.
Gene McCaffrey of wiseguybaseball.com has the New York Dolls debut album down as his top album choice. Granted, they are credited with influencing scores of bands, however, there is 50 years of music to choose from since then. You haven’t heard anything good since the NY Dolls?
It’s hard to find fault with Brent Hershey’s choice of The Joshua Tree by U2. Solid record there.
Eno Sarris chose an album by Brian Eno called Taking Tiger Mountain. This is either a twisted case of nepotism or Sarris trying to convince us that he’s a deep thinker.
Tracy Hankin of InsideInjuries.com lists Escape by the band Journey and Raiders of the Lost Ark as her personal favorites. Inside Injuries loves the 80s!
We even have some metal heads among the Fantasy brethren as Doug Thorburn chose Metallica’s And Justice for All. Rock on, Doug.
Is anyone surprised that Fred Zinkie chose Slap Shot as his favorite movie? As just about the only movie aside from The Mighty Ducks series that features hockey, I’d expect nothing less from a Canadian.
Scott White chose anything by Weird Al Yankovic as his favorite album. Long live Dr. Demento!
Whatever you do, don’t order fava beans or a nice Chianti while dining with Doug Thorburn. I’d be wary of anyone who chooses Silence of the Lambs for their favorite film.
Nothing could be stranger than Lenny Melnick’s choices for film and athlete. Did anyone actually see Tarzan Goes Ape? And he cites a guy famous for a surgical procedure as his favorite athlete. (Tommy John)
Kudos to Jeff Boggis for mentioning Toys in the Attic by Aerosmith as his favorite album.
So, as you can see, the Fantasy writer community gave truly diverse answers when asked about their favorite album and I could not help putting in a few quips of my own. We had a little fun with it here (all in good humor guys) but the takeaway from this is we're all so different, not just when predicting sleepers and busts.
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