Manager Biographies - 2012 Fantasy Football Season

The Fantasy Football League has been a symbol of excellence and greatness in fantasy sports since 2007. The competition is tough. The press coverage can be intense. Not everyone has what it takes to succeed in this league.

Below are photos and a brief biography of all 16 managers and the four divisions they are in. -Steve :)

Old Forum Division
These four managers have been in this league since its inception in 2007. "Old forum" relates to the vibrant message forums that were part of from 2000-2008, in which all four of us participated and had a good ol' time.
Phil Ladden
Phoenix Slam
Among all managers, I have known Phil the longest since 2001. Over the years, I have pictures of his 1955 Chevrolet Truck (that he sold) and our hikes at Devil's Head Lookout Tower and Piestewa Peak. Phil even ran for Hair Consultant back in the day! Lastly, Phil and I hiked Mt. Sherman and Mt. Bierstadt in 2010. The Phoenix Slam have made the playoffs in all five years of the league, and he made it to the championship game in 2009 and 2011 before losing to the league winnner.


Victor Victorias
Lisa is an amazing blonde and mountain girl who lives at 9,871 feet in elevation. When she's not posting snarky and sarcastic updates on Facebook, she runs a historic hotel in Teller County, Colorado. Lisa once visited me on my birthday, toured Phantom Canyon Road and has twiced helped me determine the league's draft order with ping pong balls! :) As for Lisa's team, her Victor Victorias have been bottom dwellers for the past five years. Her team has finished with records of 6-7, 5-8, 4-9, 4-10 and 5-8. :(
Texas Dirt Storm
Glenda, owner of the Texas Dirt Storm, was the league's 2008 champion! With her husband and daughter, they live in small west Texas town and they often vacation in Colorado. (That's how we met; nice pic here) Her team's name is in honor of the nasty dirt storms that are formed from the strong winds on the plains. Glenda has played a supportive role in both of my bike across America rides; she hosted me each time that I rode through: First Time and Second Time.
Steve Garufi
Garbage Cans
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Iron Division
Iron is strong. Bang your head against an iron fence and it would hurt. In that light, the name "iron" is appropriate because the Iron division has the most championship winners.
I'm Gonna Git Ya!
Brandon is a lifelong Coloradan and IT guy who recently moved for a job in Dallas/Fort Worth. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle rider, Brandon is a self-proclaimed "sucker" for dive Mexican food joints. The Radiators have progressively improved since joining the league. They were 6-7 in 2009, 8-5 in 2010, and in 2011, they finished 11-2 en route to the league championship. Brandon is the only manager to win both the championship and Manager of the Year award in the same year.

Links: @brandonblaine

Peace Doves
Terrill is a lifelone New Engalnder who works as a newspaper journalist in New Hampshire. I first met him on the forums, particularly on the Poetry Forum, where he and others would share and critique each other's creative writing. Although this is Terrill's first year in the league, he is a seasoned fantasy football competitor. He loves the Green Bay Packers and enjoys posting photos of his cute 7-year-old daughter on Facebook.

Smash Division
Smash! Lots of interesting personalities in this division. They're not slouches. Nope.
Lil' Miss Mayhem
K.J. and I met on Twitter after having some wonderful discussions in which we encouraged each other with our hair care regimens for our similar long, naturally curly hair. K.J. lives in Baltimore, is a Ravens and Orioles fan and works in the corporate world. She also runs in marathons and runs crazy-long distances in her free time. Last year was Lil' Miss Mayhem's first experience ever in fantasy football, and she finished 5-8.

Links: @PhroYo

The Away Team
Rocky Mountain Succaneers
Steve Quilico
Peanut Butter Jelly Rampage
Steve has proudly lived in Buena Vista, Colorado for his entire life. The Peanut Butter Jelly Rampage's first year began in Week 4 of the 2011 season, when he replaced a phantom manager who was removed from the league. Steve once celebrated the 17th anniversary of me owning (and sometimes wearing) the same shirt, and he once drove his truck up the Grassy Gulch 4x4 road to Ptarmigan Lake. An avid fly fisherman, Steve is in college and studying education. He hopes to become an elementary school teacher someday.

Link: @bvtroutslayer

High On The Hog Division
Because my league is pro-Arkansas and pro-Razorbacks, this division is for Arkansans or people who lived there or live near there.
Yella Hammers!!!
Last year, Aimee got all the attention and limelight when she became the first Arkansas manager in the history of this league. Not only that, her Yella Hammers!!! finished 7-6 and made a playoff appearance. Aimee and I met on Twitter, and my second bike across America ride promoted Smile for a Lifetime, a charity she represented for many years. She also met me on the road outside of Memphis! An avid long-distance runner, Aimee grew up in Alabama and loves the Crimson Tide.

Links: @aimeespencer

Mighty Marmots of Mirror Lake
Mike lives in Gardiner, Kansas, and goes crazy for his Kansas State Wildcats. (He knew all about Jordy Nelson's greatness before anyone else in this league!) Mike and his family vacation regularly in Colorado, and his team name, the Mighty Marmots of Mirror Lake, is based on experience he had with aggressive marmots at the high elevation lake near Tincup Pass. This is his first season in the league.

Links: @kstate4me

Houston Honeys
Arnetta is a massage therapist in Houston who loves life, laughing and her Pittsburgh Steelers. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff and loves her family so much. Quite a honey herself (just look at her picture!), her catchy team name of the "Houston Honeys" is a fan favorite. In the past two years, the Houston Honeys have finished with identical 5-8 records. She is determined to reach the playoffs in 2012.

Links: @acmeek

Hit Squad
Dan lives with his wife in Little Rock and backs the North Carolina Tar Heels, Arkansas Razorbacks and Atlanta Braves baseball team. His team name, the Hit Squad, is based on the nickname his high school football kickoff off teams gave itself for playing hard and physical football. Not once did an opposing team ever return a kickoff for a touchdown.

Links: @tarheelblueinar

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