Season 1 - Getting to know you.

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  1. Ian Moss

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    Hello all,

    Let me be the first to welcome everyone to Southern Fried. I am so excited to be co-commish of this dynasty and I am glad you have generated so much buzz about this dynasty in such a short time.

    Take some and introduce yourself to your fellow members of the dynasty. You know the usual stuff, kids, are you married, etc..

    I truly belief this dynasty will be entertaining and rewarding to each member.

    Good luck to everyone and remember to have fun and get that dream job.

    I would like to tell you more about myself. I am currently 40. I live in Sterling Heights, Michigan which is 35 minutes north of Detroit. I have pretty much lived in Michigan most of my entire life with the exception of myself being in the Air Force right after graduation from high school where I was stationed in California and was all over the world from South Korea, England, Kuwait and other places. I went to college at University of California Santa Barbara and no I did not go to school with Jim Rome.

    I am currently working at a sign company after being in the casino industry for 10 years as a poker/blackjack dealer in Michigan I decided to take a new direction in my life. I have dealt at the WSOP in Las Vegas in 2004 and 2005 and a WSOP circuit event in Indiana in October 2011. I am married to a beautiful woman named Amanda and we have been together for 7 years and also have a dog named Moosey. He looks like a Moose he weighs 100 pounds. I am also the proud of uncle of an 1 year old baby girl named Peyton Allie who was born in June 2012 to my sister and her husband. I get great joy by babysitting her from time to time watching her grow up and get big so fast. We are also in the process of adopting our first child together.

    I love all sports but my passion is college football. I grew up watching college football with my dad on Saturdays as he would yell at the TV while Michigan would either win or lose. Hence this is why I am a Michigan man and a Michigan fan. My mom was a MSU grad so lets just say this when the Michigan/MSU game was on TV i watched from a third room and while they were yelling at each other and at the TV. No wonder they got divorced. Anyhow I love the game and I love the pageantry. I hate the fact that teams are moving to different conferences all the time too. What a shame and better yet no one could have guessed Nebraska would be a big 10 member. I took my wife to her first Michigan game in 2011 and witnessed history as it was the first game in Michigan history to called off after the third quarter due to weather. She loves Middle Tennessee State and loves cheering them on. She was born in Michigan but spent most of her life in Tennessee.

    I am also a huge Tampa Bay Bucs and I can't stand the Lions no matter how good they may get I would never root for them. My dad took me to my first pro game in Tampa when the Bucs played the Lions when I was a kid and loved the old Bucs uniforms. I actually have a real Tampa Bay helmet for the orange and white days. I got to go the 30th anniversary game in Tampa and that was great to see Lee Roy Solomon and the other great Bucs that played there.

    I am a big time Detroit Red Wings fan and loved the game of hockey since I was a kid when you could go to Joe Louis Arena and sit anywhere you want and by the time the 3rd period rolled around I was sitting on the glass with my mom and my step dad. My how times have changed for the Red Wings.

    In life there will be tragedy too I lost my mom 4 years ago to cancer of the liver and gall bladder she was only 62 and my father and my grandparents when I was in my early 20's to cancer as well. Needless to say I lost most of entire family before I turn the age of 40. I am very involved with charity in dealing with cancer and donate a lot of time and money too American Cancer Research and too help people that have this disease and people that are affected by it.

    Again thank you so much for letting me be a big part of this league and letting me grow in this league. I will definitely do my best to keep with everything going on in the league and look forward to playing and meeting you guys and looking forward to the challenges ahead..

    Take care and GO AGGIES!!
     
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  2. Quattro

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    Michigan fan, eh? Gonna drop this off here...:D

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    Anyway, I'm 21 and a senior at CU-Boulder majoring in Economics. I'm from Denver, Colorado and have lived here my whole life and have always been brought up to be a CU fan. I love college football (CU, Bama, Michigan, and ISU) and college basketball (CU) and of course the Denver teams. NCAA is pretty much my only reason to keep my Xbox, otherwise I play most my games on my desktop.
     
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  3. Ian Moss

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    Gee didn't that coming from all the over here sir.

    How old were you when that game actually happened?

    Good luck this week my friend we have a date with destiny in week 2.
     
  4. BakerWildcat7

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    What's up gentleman? My name is Ray Davis, I'm 27 years old from the great City of Wichita, KS or what I like to call running back city (Joseph Randle, Bryce Brown as well as the greatest back to ever touch a football in Barry Sanders all hail from here). I went to Baker University (shout out to Packers coach Mike McCarthy lol) where I played CB. I'm married to my beautiful baby girl Camille we've been together since 07 and married for 2 going on 3, we also have a 2 year old son who loves and sleeps with his football every night lol.... Looking forward to meeting everybody else! Oh yeah Go K-State! emaw!
     
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  5. droid43

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    My name is Andrew Robbins. I graduated from LSU last December, and I am now an elementary pe teacher and high school head tennis coach (no football or baseball positions open :(). I am set to start my first full year of teaching this August, as well as getting married to my high school sweetheart of 9 years. It's a crazy time for us. We're closing on our house TOMORROW!, getting married , and both essentially starting our careers this year.

    Sports are amazing! I started very young with tee ball and eventually worked my way up to football in middle school. I always knew I wanted to stay around sports, hence the PE and Coaching job. I have loved video games since I was started playing sonic the hedgehog at five years old. I was first introduced to ncaa football in the 2004 version on the GameCube. I've never understood what the joy is in playing cheese football and was glad to have stumbled upon tradition sports two years ago. Putting together two of my favorite hobbies in life as well as a good group of guys to compete against is as good as it gets for me.
     
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  6. Flo308

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    My name is Alberto Flores aka "Flo", I am 34 and have spent the last 5 years in Arizona. I grew up in Los Angeles and that's what I still consider home. I have a beautiful wife who loves football and of course give me a hard time because I play this game online, but she really gives me a hard time after a loss. She usually gives me a stare and smiles. I also have two little guys (4 & 3) and a foster daughter of 14yrs. I am a PE/AVID teacher in High school, where I also coach football and baseball. I played baseball at Cal State Northridge. Damn I miss those days!
    Favorite place to visit is Vegas and love all sports except Golf, I'm Mexican so we are usually cutting the grass on a golf course.
    This should be fun and looking forward to getting to know everyone.
     
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  7. PIG BOMB

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    Hey I'm also a 40 something gamer with a wife and 2 kids living here in the burbs of Raleigh NC.
    I'm the family chef and almost a stay-at-homer dad with the way my schedule works.

    I grew up in Houston TX but went to NC State to play soccer and stuck around the area ever since.
    Living in Charlotte for a bit but now settled in Raleigh.
    I'm currently a director at a local youth soccer club called Wake FC and also own a franchise of HappyFeet soccer (for preschoolers) which I'm looking to sell so i can focus on the club soccer role.

    I'm an insane Manchester United fan (since '83) and even named my son after their stadium Old Trafford. We call Trafford, Traff, for short.
    My life is pretty much soccer 24/7. If I'm not watching some euro league I'm coaching kids 6 days a week.

    I also follow pro Carolina sports teams like the Panthers and Hurricanes. Even went to game 7 of the Stanley Cup final when the Canes won it a few years back. I still love the Cowboys from my days in TX and also like the Aggies. I also hit a few NC State football and hoops games every year for the atmosphere and tailgating.

    In my spare time I play sports games. (My wife works nights so I am free to play after the kids are in bed)
    I've been known to get addicted to gaming but I have that under control these days - I hope. (y)
    I love NCAA and FIFA and those are my main passion. I haven't been into Madden in years but at one time was a top 20 player in the country. I don't have time to get into NHL but have enjoyed it when I have played. I do play a shooter or two when I get the urge to blast people. Looking forward to the Xbox One this fall and playing some TITANFALL.

    That's me in a nutshell.
     
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  8. BakerWildcat7

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    Really glad the majority of us have kids and lives! Finally I've found a league with my people! Lol
     
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    Hello, my name is Dan, age 32 and i reside in the California. Born and raised in San Jose, CA and an alumni of San Jose State university. Graduated with a Finance degree back in 2005 so excited to be able to use San Jose State in an OD here on TSO.

    Out of college, i worked at Comerica Bank for about five years as an analyst and lender and i was miserable as a lender and sucked at it so i quit witho no back up plan. Went without a job for 9 months and it was awesome. During the time, i got my first dog named ChooChoo and i am raging that PIG BOMB stole my dogs name. Finally got a job as an analyst in a IT distribution company almost 2 years ago and i am still here, making less :(. Anyways, i am engaged and getting married next week, but having a ceremonial wedding in November and have NO KIDS. Dont plan on having any for years to come.

    I follow basketball, baseball and football, i play basketball on a regular basis to stay in shape. My favorite bball team is the GS warriors, baseball is Dodgers, and Football is raiders. I dont follow Ncaa football or bball or any ncaa at all so i have no clue about real life ncaa sports. This is actually first time i've bought ncaa since i heard it was good so this is my first OD ever and i am glad i get to use SJSU. I am typically a madden player all the way back to the original genesis version which my dad bought at the flea market, playing ever since. Currently in the longest yard as my raiders and just won the superbowl in our last season :) . Other games i play are shooters (getting bored of it) and rpgs. I love japanese rpgs since you actually get your moneys worth with a shitload of hours of gameplay. That is me!

    Game on!
     
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  10. GDip

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    Good to see I've got some company from Colorado representin'.

    Like Quattro I was born and raised in Denver, CO. And am a fan of all things Denver. While I grew up a CU fan in my adult life they have been nothing but a huge disaster (sorry, quattro) and would claim my favorite college program as Georgia.

    I am 31 years old now, so I am old enough to remember the hail mary play against Michigan. Ian Moss we could compare stories of watching it if you'd like ;). My family has had season tix to the Broncos since the 60's so when I'm in town I go. I was even lucky enough to go to Super Bowl XXXII, Green Bay vs. Denver (elways helicopter play). However, for 3 of the past 4 years I have been living overseas in South Korea. I'm currently in Denver now, but on Aug. 27th I take off on a new journey as I go to work in China. Worry not, this wont effect my league play, was in two leagues last year, just means early wake ups so that I can play my games.

    I love working overseas, as it gives me the opportunity to travel. In my travels I've picked up scuba diving as a hobby. My goal is to visit as many of the worlds top diving locations as I can. Next up is a trip to Indonesia in January.

    I'm looking forward to the league, and hope that we can get a great group established that can stick it out for much of the next year. Then when next year's release comes out we'll be a veteran group!
     
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  11. Ian Moss

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    Yes we could me going crazy seeing that actually happened or Michigan losing to Appalachin State at the Big House. Anyhow welcome to the dynasty and good luck to you this year.
     
  12. GrimReeferXXIV

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    Hey ladies. My name is Sunny and Ill be 25 in October. I have a two year old daughter that I raise by myself. I play DE, DT and Will LB for my local semi pro team the Eau Claire Crush. I made the team last year by squeaking on to practice squad and then made the special teams roster as I came in at only 185 and played DT, RG and RT in high school. I got up to 212 and started a few games this year. I ended the season with 5 tackles and 7 assists which wasn't too bad playing DT at 212 lbs and I played through a bruised spleen and two broken fingers. I don't think I faced a lineman under 300 lbs all year overall really proud of myself this season. Didn't get to play as much LB as I wanted but it is what it is.

    I have lived everywhere from FL to MN but I was born in and mainly lived in WI and I bleed green and gold. I went to college for physical therapy but that changed to speech pathology and then that swiftly changed to I need to just pick something and fucking graduate. :banghead: I have worked customer service for the last three years emails, phone calls etc. for everything from NFLshop.com to Petsmart to Belk. In august I will be approved to work from home so Ill be sitting there doing my best not to work probably recruiting and trolling the forums from my new home office. My lease is up so Im probably going to be moving and things are a little hectic at the moment but I should be more active on the forums once shit calms down.
     
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    Shoulder surgeries are the worst! I've had both shoulders done and my college career was cut short as well! I feel ur pain man!
     
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    Since everyone in here seems to be a PE teacher/coach I was wondering how that would work? Do they pretty much have to go hand in hand? I've always dreamed of doing some coaching in the future like a small town school. Hell I would take a middle school job or pewee level Im not thinking about doing it as a my career or thinking about money. Its just something I have a passion for. Did you guys just apply for the job or did you apply for the PE teacher job simultaneously? Flo308 droid43
     
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    There's really 3 options for you to coach. Keep in mind that the head coach or athletic director (I'm not sure, but it may be both) also has to give you the ok. You can't just show up and volunteer to coach (obviously). In order to be paid as a coach you must be a employee of the school district in which your team resides. I am actually an elementary PE teacher and coach at the high school that my school feeds into. I'm not sure if this is the same in every state, but in Louisiana you can get a CECP which is basically when you take a class and test about various coaching aspects. CECP coaches get a one time stipend at the end of the season. I believe it is $2,000 but this may vary based on school district.

    Finally, you can volunteer as a coach. You aren't paid this way no matter the position you hold. I know of a coach who owns his own business and volunteers as the DC at a nearby high school. You may also volunteer at other schools if you are working as a teacher. One of the guys that graduated a semester ahead of me is teaching at an elementary school and volunteering at a high school out of his school district, so he does not get paid.

    I really can't speak from experience about positives and negatives of coaching yet. Other than the brief 3 weeks of assistant coaching the JV team while student teaching I have yet to have any experience. I am looking forward to my first year though. Learning the skills and strategies of a new sport will definitely be a challenge, but that just makes it that much more fun.

    To answer your question about applying, I was approached 3 times by 3 different people and asked about coaching after I started teaching in January. If you get a pe job at any level, you're pretty much expected to coach.
     
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  16. Flo308

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    Just find a teaching position and the coaching will take care on its own. Both in California and Arizona the PE positions go hand and hand, it is expected you coach or Admin looks at you weird. Put it this way, you won't even get a job if you don't coach when you teach PE.
     
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    GrimReeferXXIV

    In GA anyone can coach they just have to go to a two night class to get certified. The stipend is about the same, but it is completely up to the school whether you get it or not. I know they used to hire teachers provisionally, meaning that they could begin teaching/coaching and earn their teaching certificate at the same time, but I wasn't able to find a principal that would do it even if my life depended on it, even though I had a few head coaches that really wanted me around. So if you want to be able to coach and do it the right way, meaning a lot of time put in, you probably need to get a certificate. I know you would have to if you were in Georgia.

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    My name is Chris and currently reside in Houston, Texas. I grew up in metro-Detroit suburban area (Livonia) and played soccer in the Olympic development program growing up. I got to travel a ton which was a lot fun. I ended up staying in state when I went to college attending State - no I am NOT a Michigan fan. I moved with my gf at the time to Houston upon graduating. We are now married and just recently celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. She is a project manager in the commercial construction industry for a company that specializes in building hospitals and major disease research centers for the government.

    I just completed Ironman Texas back in May. This is a triathlon for those who aren't aware. 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike followed by a 26.2 marathon all in the south Texas sun. Took me 12 hours 33 minutes which was good to place 501/2752. Heat index was right around 100 that whole day and lost 8 lbs through the course of the day.

    I currently work for a major Oil & Gas service company here who handles all emergency response planning and deliverables in the world both onshore & offshore. There may or may not have been a major Gulf incident we finally resolved for a company once the Feds and Steven Chu got out of the way. I am a contracts manager and enjoy my job.

    Currently training for US Championships (triathlon) in Des Moines over Labor Day weekend. I stay very busy doing so but am looking forward to so time off after Labor Day and recharging the batteries.

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