Footballguys Staff Bio: Matt Waldman
Birthplace: Westover AFB, home of the B-52 and the Hercules.
Education: University of Georgia, BA English '96
Occupation: NFL Draft Evaluator, Magazine Writer and Editor, and Internet Writer
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Family: Married October 16, 2009 and my family includes a wife who can guess the geographic location of an NFL prospect by their first name; 20-year-old engineering student who beats her boyfriend in fantasy football, and an 11-year-old cat that makes Stitch look injury-prone.
Years playing fantasy football: I'm legal to drive in Fantasy Football years and almost legal to vote.
Favorite FF smack talk: (Points to the scoreboard)
Years writing about fantasy football: I wrote a guest article for Footballguys in 2001, but I decided to take the plunge in 2004.
Favorite FBG feature: I can't mention just one: 1) Rate my Team application. Take one-part magic eight ball, three-parts Doug Drinen's brain and one-part FBGs fantasy expertise, and you have a five-star app that's versatile and fun. The Bloom 100 and Jene Bramel's Tiers are also excellent. 2)Jene Bramel's articles: I learn something valuable every time I read his work. 3)Game Recaps: I have a feeling that if Footballguys were invited to a bachelor party and told to bring a stag film, it would probably be coach's tape from a Steelers-Ravens game.
Organized football experience: I organized a lifetime of football games.
Favorite NFL team: The Cleveland Browns before the town and Art Modell lost their minds. Hopefully Mike Holmgren brings them back. I've been a Tennessee Titans fan since Modell took the team to Baltimore. But the Seahawks play the most like the Browns I grew up with so I'm cheering for Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.
Favorite college team: Not really a college fan, but I weill cheer for the Georgia Bulldogs and my first college team ('88-'91) the Miami Hurricanes.
Favorite fan moment: That split-second before Jeremiah Castille stripped Earnest Byner.
Favorite player of all time: Earnest Byner edges Steve McNair by a yard. Russell Wilson is coming on.
NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: Overtime - the one aspect of the game college football got right.
Favorite movie(s): Million Dollar Baby and Jaws.
Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Kenny Garrett, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Roy Hargrove, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Living Color, Cassandra Wilson, Melissa Etheridge, Bird, Basie, Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny, Sara Vaughn and the three elements (EWF).
What I read: The New York Times. The Georgia Review. Chase Stuart and Jene Bramel's blog. Fiction.
Hobbies: None right now.
Favorite TV show(s): The Wire. Dexter.
Least favorite household chore: My wife and I have agreed that I won't pick up a hammer as long as she doesn't try to boil water.
Dream job: Jazz saxophonist and novelist.
Quote: "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson
Parting thoughts: Stretch: physically, mentally, and emotionally.