When I was a kid, I had this really cool Dallas Cowboys team jacket that my mom got me from Sears. It didn't dawn on me for weeks that a kid living in the Philadelphia area wearing a nice Dallas Cowboys jacket should just wear a "Please call me a four-letter word" sign.
I got a little smarter regarding sports from that point.
I got into football and baseball around age 8 (Phillies! Eagles!), got good at betting on football around age 12, and then discovered video games (and fell head over heels in love). My first game system was a Mattel Intellivision. Anyone who knows anything about the history of videogames would understand why I bought a Mattel Intellivision - that system was all about sports!
I parlayed my love of sports games into a career in the videogame business. I've written about games for publications like Playboy, TV Guide, Electronic Gaming Monthly, and many more. In the early 90's I became the senior editor of the leading video game publication (GamePro), and adopted the nome de plume of "Fanatic Fan" (one of many names I wrote under - everyone at GamePro had at least three) and launched the first regular sports gaming section.
Today I run a gaming based public relations agency and have had the opportunity to work on a ton of great sports games (including High Heat Baseball, Bases Loaded, Ultimate Baseball Online, NFL Quarterback Club, NBA Jam, etc, etc) and with some fantastic athletes (Brett Favre, Derek Jeter, Curt Schiling, and a few others).
Don't get much chance to write any more - my agency sucks up most of my time - and what time I do have is dedicated to fantasy baseball and football. But I do blog occassionally, and comment on sports articles here and there.
Look for my fantasy teams on CBS Sports and Fanball - they tend to have the same names - Spam Weasels, Aussie Dawgs and Meyers Oscars. If you're interested in more about my PR agency, you can find us at www.mmpr.com
Check out my new article on the top 10 fantasy 1st basemen.