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5 Minutes with erik0097

erik0097 has been running the Toronto Beavers in the NL North since Capra's first season. He is one of the Original Eight. 

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 was part of the wave that came aboard after Simmons mentioned it and one of my co-workers confirmed that yes it would be something I would like. Started with sim baseball, got involved in Hoops Replay, and joined Capra from there. Capra is the only game I am actively playing.
          My epic comeback in game 7 of the Capra S04 World Series is of course a great memory. Another one was winning game 6 of the Hoops Replay 1984 Finals -- the feeling of my underdog team pulling one out on the road and sticking around for game 7 made for an exilarating morning/lunchtime. Missing 11 straight shots from the fieldd in game 7 was disappointing, but I loved winning game 6 and going the distance.

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 was born in New Orleans so I have been a lifelong Saints fan. I grew up in Alabama and got absorbed by the Crimson Tide in elementary school. After I moved to Toronto, I was happy to have an MLB team I could jump onto the bandwagon for.
          Memories: the Teague Strip; the Porter interception; the Bautista bat flip.
          When sports are taken too seriously drives me a little crazy. It's supposed to be fun and enjoyable.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          New things I've been listening to are Tame Impala, Wye Oak, and the Hamilton soundtrack. My all-time favorites are OutKast, Sleater-Kinney and the White Stripes. My favorite show ever was seeing Sleater-Kinney last year.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          I read a lot - 50 books last year, a mix of fiction and a broad range of non-fiction; watch TV; hang out with my wife and our cats; occasionally cook - I make some very good soups.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
           My Saints-Crimson Tide-Blue Jays fandom traces the path of places I've lived. I have a government job, working on the support staff of a civil tribunal.
I'm on instagram @snoreway if you want to see a goofy mix of drinks, cats, amateurish drawings and landscape photos.

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