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Footballguys Staff Bio: Simon Shepherd

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Age: 29

Birthplace: England

Education: Computer Science, University of Bristol

Occupation: Footballguys App Developer

Hometown: Richmond, London

Family: I married my beautiful wife in the fall of 2013, and our incredible son Jacob joined us in the spring of 2015.

Years playing fantasy football: 6

Favorite FF smack talk: Wait, you're not using the Draft Dominator?

Years writing about fantasy football: 4

Favorite FBG feature: I love MyFBG, and the 10 second primer. That's my go-to Sunday morning page.

Organized football experience: I got a football to spiral once. I blame my country for thinking football should be played with your feet.

Favorite NFL team: Jimmy Graham. Ok, the Saints, but I'm hurting.

Favorite college team: Oregon

Favorite fan moment: So many moments from the Saints Super Bowl run, from lighting up those veteran QBs to the NFC Championship field goal to the Porter interception. I think though that the onside kick and recovery clinches it. I love plays that completely change the momentum of a game and that one did that and then some.

Favorite player of all time: Jimmy Graham

NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: The goal posts should be narrower and extra points should be done from the 15 yard line.

Favorite movie(s): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Wedding Crashers, The Theory of Everything, Notting Hill, The Lion King, every James Bond movie except for Die Another Day

Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: Gavin De Graw, Josh Doyle, Stars, Train, Bastille, Barcelona, Noah and the Whale, Shout Out Louds, Phoenix... when I'm working, often A State of Trance.

What I read: His Dark Materials Trilogy, anything by Alex Garland, anything arguing about religion, from Dawkins to Lennox. Nowhere near enough in the last 5 years or so.

Hobbies: Developing apps (or is that my job?), playing golf on a course with no cell reception, cooking, and planning to start carpentry soon

Favorite TV show(s): Game of Thrones, Person of Interest, Big Bang Theory, The Blacklist, The Office (US and UK versions), most comedies the BBC produced before political correctness took over (Fawlty Towers, Black Adder...)

Least favorite household chore: Tidying. I never do it "right".

Dream job: Developing apps with Footballguys. I am very lucky.

Quote: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...", Theodore Roosevelt