Footballguys Staff Bio: Ryan Hester
Birthplace: Bethel Park, PA
Education: University of Central Florida (Business)
Occupation: Sales in the Power Generation Industry / Footballguy
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Family: Married nine years; son Evan (born March, 2014); dog named Baxter
Years playing fantasy football: 15
Favorite FF smack talk: "That's a nice pick for next round."
Years writing about fantasy football: 9
Favorite FBG feature: The AUDIBLE - Because I spend an hour a day commuting and love listening to good podcasts.
Organized football experience: Does intramural flag count? No? Not even some very respectable intramural in and after college with and against former Arena, D-1, and NFL guys?
Favorite NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite college team: UCF Knights (National Champions)
Favorite fan moment: February 1, 2009 - either James Harrison's 100-yard Pick-6 or Santonio Holmes' toe-tap (both looked great LIVE and in person).
Favorite player of all time: Antonio Brown
NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: This isn't so much a rule, but the TV coverage needs to change. Far too often, us fans have to deal with TD-Commercial-Kickoff-Commercial sequences. And if a touchdown is reviewed, do the commercial then. Otherwise it's TD-Review-Commercial-Kickoff-Commercial, and 15 minutes have gone by between plays from scrimmage. Is that rant long enough?
Favorite movie(s): The Usual Suspects, The Hangover, Old School, Caddyshack, Swingers, anything with action, spies, conspiracies
Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: Classic rock, acoustic rock, early-2000s hip-hop (you can always tell when someone went to high school by asking who their three favorite rappers are)
What I read: Fantasy Football/NFL articles and analysis, Golf Digest, Twitter (you thought I'd say books?)
Hobbies: Playing golf with my son; bourbon (favorite cocktail: Old Fashioned); single-malt scotch (favorite: anything with a "Glen"); grilling (Weber Charcoal); Golf (9 handicap), College Hoops; Twitter (@RyanHester13)
Favorite TV show(s): Breaking Bad, This Is Us, Mad Men, Justified, Seinfeld, Better Call Saul, Friday Night Lights, Modern Family, Archer, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy; wow, most of those are gone now -- I need to find some new TV.
Least favorite household chore: I have a great wife who asks very little of me, but if I had to pick, anything in the yard is my least favorite.
Dream job: Remove the first job title listed above, making me just a full-time "Footballguy." I'd love to own a Cigar Bar with big brown leather couches and huge HD TVs everywhere - not a sports bar, but a sports lounge.
Quote: "Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are." -- John Wooden
Parting thoughts: Use your eyes/mind first. Let your research confirm. Maintain that order, and you'll be fine.
You mentioned bourbon and scotch. What are your favorites?: If money were no object, Balvenie 21 would be like water to me. On the bourbon side, Angel's Envy is excellent. But since money is always an object, I end up with Bulleit far more often. It's very distinct - and not too sweet.