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Draft

‘Ask Dr. A’ was the first column I posted on Rotoworld and the emails started rolling in. Soon after, I got a call from Rick Wolf, asking me if I could write an NBA Draft Guide for Rotoworld. Of course I said ‘yes’, even though I had no idea what I was doing or where to even start. To make a long story short, I started writing the column, working blurbs a couple nights a week, and wrote an NBA Draft Guide (with the help of John Grabhorn’s computer and data-entry skills), and I was eventually getting about $100 a week. At this point, I was employee No. 10 on the Rotoworld roster, which is still crazy for me to think about right now.

I was also still working at my real job as a customer service team leader in the mutual fund industry, which required me waking up at 6 a.m. after blurbing and chatting on Kamla’s show at 1:30 a.m. on most nights. My real boss at the time was not amused and didn’t seem to enjoy any of it. She pulled me into her office one day and said “I don’t know what fantasy sports are, nor do I care to know what they are, but you need to stop doing them at work. Oh, and your pants are a little too baggy.” Little did she know that the G.M. of the company (L.G.) was coming to my desk every single day to put in his golf, football and baseball picks, and he was also one of my closest confidantes and golfing buddies. I also wrote various draft guides for my own personal use when I was at work on Saturdays and ‘fantasy football’ would soon become an incredibly popular term. (Source:

Help

‘Ask Dr. A’ was the first column I posted on Rotoworld and the emails started rolling in. Soon after, I got a call from Rick Wolf, asking me if I could write an NBA Draft Guide for Rotoworld. Of course I said ‘yes’, even though I had no idea what I was doing or where to even start. To make a long story short, I started writing the column, working blurbs a couple nights a week, and wrote an NBA Draft Guide (with the help of John Grabhorn’s computer and data-entry skills), and I was eventually getting about $100 a week. At this point, I was employee No. 10 on the Rotoworld roster, which is still crazy for me to think about right now. And so here we are today, with Rotoworld in the rearview mirror and NBC Sports EDGE on the road ahead. The same Draft Guides, Season Tools, DFS Tools and Betting Tools are in place. The free blurbs aren’t going to change, as they’ll still be packed with information and a few typos here and there, and plenty of incredible information for sports fans, fantasy players and gamblers on our shiny new website. But we’ll also be more equipped to help you make bets, set lineups and make all of us some money as a result of the website name change and the incredible backing by NBC Sports. And honestly, I’m just honored to be a part of it. I turned my passion into a job with an incredible company and have never looked back. And never will.

And so here we are today, with Rotoworld in the rearview mirror and NBC Sports EDGE on the road ahead. The same Draft Guides, Season Tools, DFS Tools and Betting Tools are in place. The free blurbs aren’t going to change, as they’ll still be packed with information and a few typos here and there, and plenty of incredible information for sports fans, fantasy players and gamblers on our shiny new website. But we’ll also be more equipped to help you make bets, set lineups and make all of us some money as a result of the website name change and the incredible backing by NBC Sports. And honestly, I’m just honored to be a part of it. I turned my passion into a job with an incredible company and have never looked back. And never will. (Source: sports.yahoo.com)

Fantasy

As for saying goodbye to Rotoworld, where do I begin? My buddy, John Dishinger, told me one day in 1999 or so that he had found a fantasy sports website that I needed to check out. “Rotoworld.com, dude.” I immediately checked it out and became entranced. I started visiting Rotoworld every day and hitting the refresh button, just like so many of you have done over the years. It was all the work of Matthew Pouliot back then, as he was doing NFL, MLB and NBA news 24 hours a day all by himself. I still have no idea how he did it, but it was long before Twitter. Anyway, some guy named Matthew Berry was also writing a column for Rotoworld back then, as well. He was known as the “Talented Mr. Roto” and I loved reading his columns.

So I spoke to my best fantasy hoops buddy in Indy, Kelin Mark, and told him that I needed a nickname to write under for Rotoworld. I’m not sure if I threw it out or if he did, but we came up with ‘Dr. A’. An obvious tribute to Dr. J, the great Julius Erving, with a take on my last name of Alexander. And no, I was not a real doctor, by any stretch. I was also still working at my real job as a customer service team leader in the mutual fund industry, which required me waking up at 6 a.m. after blurbing and chatting on Kamla’s show at 1:30 a.m. on most nights. My real boss at the time was not amused and didn’t seem to enjoy any of it. She pulled me into her office one day and said “I don’t know what fantasy sports are, nor do I care to know what they are, but you need to stop doing them at work. Oh, and your pants are a little too baggy.” Little did she know that the G.M. of the company (L.G.) was coming to my desk every single day to put in his golf, football and baseball picks, and he was also one of my closest confidantes and golfing buddies. I also wrote various draft guides for my own personal use when I was at work on Saturdays and ‘fantasy football’ would soon become an incredibly popular term. (Source: sports.yahoo.com)

Roto

As for saying goodbye to Rotoworld, where do I begin? My buddy, John Dishinger, told me one day in 1999 or so that he had found a fantasy sports website that I needed to check out. “Rotoworld.com, dude.” I immediately checked it out and became entranced. I started visiting Rotoworld every day and hitting the refresh button, just like so many of you have done over the years. It was all the work of Matthew Pouliot back then, as he was doing NFL, MLB and NBA news 24 hours a day all by himself. I still have no idea how he did it, but it was long before Twitter. Anyway, some guy named Matthew Berry was also writing a column for Rotoworld back then, as well. He was known as the “Talented Mr. Roto” and I loved reading his columns.

As I continued to read Rotoworld and watch Rick Kamla host NBA TV’s nightly fantasy hoops show at 1 a.m. I suddenly had the insane idea that I might be able to make fantasy basketball my career, since it was already my passion. I emailed Pouliot incessantly and became a regular caller on Kamla’s TV show. And once Pouliot gave me the go ahead to start posting some fantasy news blurbs on Rotoworld (free of charge) and writing a column (also for free), I had to come up with a cool nickname, right? Berry was the ‘Talented Mr. Roto’ after all. (Source: sports.yahoo.com)

Year

As for saying goodbye to Rotoworld, where do I begin? My buddy, John Dishinger, told me one day in 1999 or so that he had found a fantasy sports website that I needed to check out. “Rotoworld.com, dude.” I immediately checked it out and became entranced. I started visiting Rotoworld every day and hitting the refresh button, just like so many of you have done over the years. It was all the work of Matthew Pouliot back then, as he was doing NFL, MLB and NBA news 24 hours a day all by himself. I still have no idea how he did it, but it was long before Twitter. Anyway, some guy named Matthew Berry was also writing a column for Rotoworld back then, as well. He was known as the “Talented Mr. Roto” and I loved reading his columns.

We had lived in Georgia for about a year and a half when I got a call in 2006 that Rotoworld had been bought by NBC Sports. I was told that I would have to meet on the phone with an NBC Sports executive to negotiate my new contract. And since I basically hadn’t really been paid before, I had no idea what I was doing. I remember giving a nerve wracking, emotional speech about my passion for sports writing and hoops, which must have worked. So here we are today. (Source: sports.yahoo.com)

 

 

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