Footballguys Staff Bio: Mark Wimer
Birthplace: Holdrege, NE
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Hastings College, Hastings NE
Occupation: Dad, Husband, Footballguy, Writer
Hometown: Macon, GA
Family: I am fortunate to have married the red-headed Valkyrie of my dreams, and we have two beautiful little Vikings of our own to boast about.
Years playing fantasy football: 28
Favorite FF smack talk: Teasing the commissioner of the Heartland Football League about drafting Fred Lane (who was, unfortunately, deceased at the time of the draft) for his RB stable in August of 2000. Bad selections during the HFL draft are now known as a "Fred Lane Pick".
Years writing about fantasy football: 19
Favorite FBG feature: During the build-up to the NFL Draft (Post Super-Bowl to the last weekend in April), I download the Audible constantly and listen to Cecil Lammey, Sigmund Bloom, Matt Waldman and company break down all the prospects. During the NFL-preseason/Fantasy Football drafting season, my favorite FBG feature is the awesome Draft Dominator that Bruce Henderson has created - there is no substitute if you want to crush the competition in your league(s). Random Shots usually makes me laugh at least once a week in-season, so it is my favorite in-season feature at Footballguys.com.
Organized football experience: The highest level of football competition I reached was playing wide receiver/defensive back for the Eta Phi Lambda flag football team in college.
Favorite NFL team: I lived in Charlotte when the Panthers franchise was awarded to the Carolinas, so I tend to pull for them in the NFC. I also watch a lot of the Falcons since I live in Georgia these days. My daughter's favorite player is Peyton Manning, so she enjoys the commercials he appears in these days. My son cheers for Ben Roethlisberger.
Favorite college team: Nebraska Cornhuskers - if you were born there, you are part of the Husker Nation for life.
Favorite fan moment: Watching Tom Osborne finally win his first National Championship after years of frustration in the Miami Hurricanes' home stadium.
Favorite player of all time: Walter Payton. He was and remains the gold standard of what an NFL athlete can achieve, on and off the field - and he is the paragon that each current player should strive to equal.
NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: The league should start letting draftees practice with their new NFL squad from day 1. Times change - the rule about waiting for finals needs to go out the window.
Favorite movie(s): Once Upon a Time in the West; The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; Unforgiven; 3:10 to Yuma; Star Wars Episode IV (the original!); A Clockwork Orange; Blade Runner; The Godfather (I and II); Goodfellas; Reservoir Dogs; Patton; Cinderella Man; Rocky; The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Braveheart; Gettysburg; HBO's Band of Brothers; There Will Be Blood; Breakfast at Tiffany's; The Big Lebowski; The Hustler; Akira Kurosawa's Dreams; Chinatown; Cape Fear ('62 and '91); Angel Heart; Heat; Blow; From Hell; Gold Finger; Live and Let Die; Skyfall; The Thomas Crown Affair; Batman Begins; The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises; Watchmen; All Iron Man movies; All Avengers movies; All X-Men movies; All Thor Movies; The Green Hornet; Fists of Fury; Enter the Dragon; Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon; House of Flying Knives; Master and Commander; Red Dawn (original with Patrick Swayze and remake); OZ the Great and Powerful; Public Enemies; Boondock Saints; Trouble with the Curve; Modern Times; Benny and Joon; Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky Balboa, Creed;
Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, AC/DC, OZZY, IRON MAIDEN, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miranda Lambert, The Doors, Deep Purple, White Snake, Meatloaf, Beethoven Symphony #9, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Florida/Georgia Line, .38 Special, RUSH, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Church, Johnny Cash, REO Speedwagon, Journey, Bella Fleck, Cam, A Thousand Horses, Disturbed (Sounds of Silence), Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin.
What I read: History, Archaeology, Art theory/criticism, Economics (Smith, Hume, Hayek, Friedman), Biographies/Autobiographies, Journals (ie. Voyage of the Beagle, Captain James Cook's Journals) Historical Fiction, Alternate History Fiction (especially Poul Anderson (Manse Everard); S. M. Stirling; Harry Turtledove), Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Original & seminal texts of world religions (Asatru/Havamal, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, Buddhism, Hindu mythology/philosophy), Cookbooks, Homer's Illiad and Odyssey, Books on the Martial Arts, Jim Butcher's books, Patrick O'Brian's books, Bernard Cornwell's books, A. Conan Doyle's books, Nora Loft's books, Icelandic Sagas, Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy (at least once per year)
Hobbies: Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Matsubayashi Ryu Karate, reading, cooking, grilling, and solar cooking, furniture making, poker, fishing with my daughter and son, Cubscouting, tomato gardening,
Favorite TV show(s): NFL, NFL, NFL, NFL, Vikings, Chopped, Iron Chef America, Cut Throat Kitchen, Good Eats, Dark Shadows (I own the complete DVD collection with Barnabas Collins in his coffin on the box top), Daredevil
Least favorite household chore: Doing Dishes
Dream job: I have my dream jobs already (see above)
Quote: Thirty spokes meet in the hub. Where the wheel isn't is where it is useful. - Hollowed out, clay makes a pot. Where the pot's not, is where it is useful. - Cut doors and windows to make a room. Where the room isn't there's room for you. - So the profit in what is is in the use of what isn't. - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Parting thoughts: Don't give up, ever. Just keep going until you are going where you want to go and doing what you want to do.
Greatest Author of all Time? : Homer - Sing in Me, Muse, Of that man most skilled in all ways of contending...