Footballguys Staff Bio: Doug Drinen

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Pullman, WA

Education: Math degrees from Trinity University (undergrad) and Arizona State (grad)

Occupation: I teach math at a small liberal arts college

Hometown: The top of a mountain in southern middle Tennessee

Family: I have an 16-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter.

Years playing fantasy football: I played in the 1989 and 1990 seasons, then took a brief break and have been playing continuously since the 1994 season.

Years writing about fantasy football: I wrote my first fantasy football article in 1998.

Organized football experience: I played from 5th through 8th grades. Though I was fairly coordinated and reasonably athletic as a kid, I never had much success in football because I lacked aggressiveness. I definitely had more of a baseball personality.

Favorite NFL team: None. I grew up in a town with out a team and so never got attached to any particular team. I watch the season unfold from a more detached perspective than most fans.

Favorite college team: Oklahoma State Cowboys

Favorite fan moment: 1. John Lucas hitting a buzzer-beater against St. Joseph's to send OSU to the 2004 Final Four. 2. Boise State's hook-and-lateral in the final minute to tie the 2007 Fiesta Bowl game against OU.

Favorite player of all time: Barry Sanders.

NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: I would eliminate the kicked extra point, replacing it with a 1-point try from scrimmage. I would also decrease the value of a field goal from three points to two.

Favorite movie(s): I almost never watch movies.

Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: It changes pretty frequently. Right now, I'm listening primarily to alt-country (Drag the River, Chad Rex and the Victorstands), to folk/pop/country female vocalists (Brandi Carlile, Chris Pureka, Catie Curtis), and to what one of my friends calls "wuss rock" --- i.e. the stuff that would have been called "alternative" about 15 years ago (Better Than Ezra, Gin Blossoms, etc.)

What I read: My favorite author of all-time is P.G. Wodehouse. That guy is great. When I read now, it's mostly non-fiction: popular books on psychology, computer science, linguistics, etc.

Hobbies: Football, data, and football data. Also lifting heavy (for a 44-year-old professor) iron and otherwise generally trying to keep myself in decent shape.

Favorite TV show(s): Except for live sporting events, I almost never watch TV. I do enjoy an occasional Futurama re-run, though.

Least favorite household chore: Unloading the dishwasher.

Dream job: Not that every moment of it is sheer bliss, but I honestly can't think of a job I'd rather have than the one I do have.