22 April 2016

5 Minutes with 363dp

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site?
 
I found WIS in 2006 after hearing about on a sports radio show talking about their engine that allowed simulating historical teams against modern teams. From the sight I found SLB and tinkered around there for awhile and was eventually recruited to HBD by a friend in a progressive league I was in--and got hooked quickly. Real life hit hard in 2008. I was away until 2014. Was surprised my account was still here. My favorite team/experience would have to be my one WS championship in Walter Johnson. The Indianapolis Brutality has made 5 WS in last 6 seasons. Trying to bring some of that magic to The Wet Sox here.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture?
   I'm a military brat and have moved all over, but have always followed Chicago teams, from my father's influence. My favorite player growing up was Walter Payton. Also a Big fan of Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko. My favorite sports memories include the '85 Bears Super Bowl and '05 White Sox World Series and any of the recent Blackhawks' Stanley Cups. On a more personal level, coaching my son's 10 year-old little league team to a championship, and watching him start at SS and lead off, as a walk on freshman in his first college game.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen?
   Like others here have stated, I have an eclectic taste in music, from big band, again from my father, to classic rock and modern music, influenced by 2 teenagers. I spend a lot of time on Alt Nation on SiriusXM. Most recently, Vampire Weekend, Fallout Boy, Adele. All time favorite artist is John Lennon. First show ever was Bob Seeger on the Silver Bullet Tour in 1978, my junior year in high school. Best ever show was U2 Joshua Tree tour in '87 at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
   Photography, Big Movie fan. I watch just about everything, or at least give it a chance. Don't always make it through all of them though. I am interested in military history. I read a lot of biographies and autobiographies from military men and women, as well as military and political history. Growing up a military brat might have something to do with this. I still coach baseball. 16-19 year olds in our local Babe Ruth league. This will be the last year coaching my son.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do?
   After high school I was offered a baseball scholarship to Cal State Hayward,(now CS Eastbay), so I was gonna be a ballplayer (I was Catcher) . . . or so I thought. A month before reporting I tore my knee up(ACL) in a Legion game, first injury ever. Spent Fr. year rehabbing, at the beggining of So. Year tore the other one in practice(MCL and ACL), and I was done without ever playing a game. Finished  college and bopped around with a journalism/English degree until I hooked on with Kodak for 17 years as an OSHA compliance specialist. Ended up in HR in Chicago. Left there in '05 to start my own school picture business, took a hit in the economy crash and in '10 needing cash flow, took a part time job driving a taxi. After a couple of months of applying basic business principles I figured that you could make real money doing this. 6 years later I own 20 cabs with another on the way. If you'd have told me when I left Kodak I'd end up in the taxi business I would have looked at you screwy. Life takes some funny turns along the way. Pic is recent, me, with some of my cars.


01 April 2016

5 minutes with rls1

rls1 runs the Anaheim Anteaters in the NL West. He has been here since season 1.

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          Like many others, I discovered WIS around 2001 through the MLB website. Was long devoted to progressive leagues in SIM, and have tried a few rounds of Hoops Dynasty, but am really down to just two HBD teams now. I consider Capra my WIS home and the Anteaters my favorite experience on the site.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          Grew up in Orange County and loving the Angels, for better or worse. Was kind of a family religion--one that promised more suffering than any of us realized back in the day. In fact, we kind of developed a penchant for the lovable losers in the area, so the Clippers, too. Only other team or sport I currently watch closely is the Butler basketball team. 
          As for memories, there were so many heartbreaks with the Angels. Being up 2 games to none on Milwaukee in the '82 ALCS and then losing the next 3 games. The '95 season when the Angels coughed up a 10 1/2 game lead starting in mid-August, still one of the greatest collapses in MLB history. But nothing hurts more than that afternoon in '86, the ALCS, Angels one strike away from their first Series berth, Donnie Moore vs. Dave Henderson, the pitch that killed.
          Best memory? Finally getting to attend an Angels World Series game in 2002, and a victory at that, Game 2, an 11-10 run-scoring party that made everyone feel like maybe the team could do it. After that, maybe watching Butler's Final Four victory in 2010 on campus with my children and Butler students in Hinkle--and then everyone running out to party and dance in the street.  
  
3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          Last three things: Thunderbitch, new Brian Fallon album, Rage Against the Machine. Other than things like family and health, music has always meant the most to me, much more than sports or books. This is a passion I learned from my brother (sjstapleton) when we were younger, even though he now listens to too many Star Wars/noodle jam bands. Best big show I've seen? Easily Springsteen, maybe 5 times now. But smaller shows are better and have been lucky enough to see great bands like Tom Waits, the Replacements, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Lucero, Vic Chesnutt, and so on.
     
4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          With two kids and a wife with a busy career, there's not a whole lot of extra time for hobbies, but if there were, more indie films, more live music, more Cormac McCarthy books, more travel, more driving across the country (another love I developed with sjstapleton when we were younger). Not sure I have any surprises. Pretty typical.         

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
          33 years in Southern California, last 13 in Indianapolis. Teach writing and books at Butler University. There's not much money, but my wife and I have time instead of money. 

31 March 2016

5 Minutes with crickett13

crickett13 manages the Pawtucket Bobcats in the AL North. He is one of the Original Eight in Capra--and has been here since the beginning. His team won the World Series in season 9. 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          I got on through the MLB site in 2001 when they first got their MLB license. I always loved tabletop baseball games and baseball history so it was love at first byte. Right now HBD and HD are the only games I still play, but I used to love progressives in SLB. My favorite WIS memories are the original Beer League draft. This was the 1st progressive league on the site so it was kind of an ongoing experiment. Also meeting several owners from that league at a ballgame in Baltimore.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          I'm a huge Phillies fan and have been since I saw my first game in person in 1969. Before that I was almost a Tigers fan because in '68 I first started paying attention to Baseball and rooted for the Tigers in the WS. My favorite memories were that first game. Phils won 1-0, and I can still see Tony Taylor stealing 2B and then flying around 3rd on Deron Johnson's single with 2 outs in the 8th.Also, the final regular season series of the 1980 season vs the Expos and the post season. Hard to beat a 5 game playoff that features 4 extra inning games. And the entire 1993 season.
          Also a Colts fan because my dad bought me the Johnny Unitas story when I first started to like sports. He felt Unitas would be a good role model. Also like the Bucs because I lived in Tampa when the franchise first started. The Mike Curtis INT and Jim O'Brien's game winning FG rank as my favorite football moments. Imagine the star O'Brien would be today. A Rookie Kicker wins the Super bowl as time runs out and most fans never heard of him :) 
Favorite Players: John Kruk, Dick Allen, Jim Bunning, Johnny U, Marvin Harrison, Chase Utley, Peyton Manning, and Regie Wayne.


3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          I asked my daughter how I was going to answer this and she just laughed. My Music tastes are varied. At any given time you can find me listening to Frank Sinatra, Big Band, Elvis (both Presley and Costello) The Talking Heads, Alice Cooper, Velvet Revolver, The Monkeys, The Foo Fighters, Walk the Moon, The Outlaws, Finger Eleven, The Doors, Dylan. Just about anything. Not crazy about rap or classical. I will say this I'm not the guy who bitches there is no good music anymore and pulls the "in my day" crap. We had lots of good and bad music in every era.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          I love to cook. I went to culinary school when I was younger and worked in restaurants for a while before I realized I loved the work, but not the job. I also like growing vegetables and have a fairly large garden. I write poetry and some of it is even fairly good. I love fantasy books like the Elric Series and the Amber series. Right now I am re-reading Katherine Kurtz's Deryni series. In movies To Kill a Mockingbird, 1776, and the Birdcage are movies I can watch over and over. I am really enjoying all the superhero movies that are coming out right now. I also love the TV shows Gotham and Arrow. Yes I'm a nerd. I would still GM Dungeons and Dragons if I had players.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
          I grew up in North East Pa in the Wilkes-Barre Scranton area which some of you may know from the show The Office. Right now I live in Clifton Springs, NY, which is located in the Finger Lakes region. In between I have lived in Tampa, FL, Austin, TX, and Lancaster, PA.
          I work for an eyeglass lens company known as Shamir and I travel the country doing educational seminars for Opticians and Eye Doctors, as well as doing installations and troubleshooting of our technology. When I am not on the road I work from home answering questions from Opticians, Eye Doctors, and consumers. 

30 March 2016

Capra World Buzz Podcast: Season 39



The long-awaited return of the Capra World Buzz Podcast. tbrad321, khendrickson and anthonybenet break down the start of S39.

5 Minutes with evil_twin

evil_twin manages the Montreal Saracens in the AL North. He is on his fourth stint and team with Capra (surely a record for a returning owner!). evil_twin was also an original Capra owner when he founded the San Juan Rumrunners (currently the Nashville Sounds in the NL South). 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          On July 27th 2002, I clicked on an ad on mlb.com looking for something different than typical fantasy sports or games and have been hooked ever since.
          My favorite moment on the site would be my first progressive league championship, the 70/71 original Beer League, with a team highlighted by the postseason rotation of Catfish Hunter, Claude Osteen and Don Gullett.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          As a Minnesotan, my favorites are the Twins, Vikings, old North Stars, Wild and Timberwolves.
          My favorite sports memories are the 87 World Series, when the team I'd grown up with reached the pinnacle. That's followed closely by the 1991 Series, and the greatest Game 7 ever played.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 

          The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
          The Prodigy - Firestarter / Breathe
          Megadeth - Black Friday
          Favorite Artists? Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath
          Best Show? June 91, Clash of the Titans - Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          Non sports hobby? Poker
          Favorite movies : Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Godfather, Shutter Island
          Current read : The Icelandic Sagas

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
          Lifelong Minnesotan, aside from five years in the Navy. I pay my bills online. Mailing checks is so passe.