Matt Pitzer

{fantasy football columnist for USA Today, now Columbia resident}
Saturday, March 24, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:29 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

I am living here because ...

I’m originally from McLain, Va., but last year we moved to Columbia. My wife’s family is here.

I think fantasy football has become so big because ...

The Internet has made it more popular. It’s easier to keep track of stats, and you can get information on every player from every team.

My dream fantasy football player I’d keep forever is ...

LaDainian Tomlinson from the San Diego Chargers. He is the best overall running back in football right now. He will go down in history.

I’d advise someone just getting into fantasy football to ... First, don’t get too emotionally involved in “your team.” For example, if you’re a huge Rams fan, don’t pick all Rams players. It’s important to be objective. Next, you need to understand what positions are most important in your league. Don’t put too much stock in past seasons.

I can be considered a fantasy football expert because ...

I’ve been writing about it since 1999, and when it started becoming popular, experts like myself emerged. Other people try to be cute and funny, while others get so technical that you don’t understand what they mean. I can do both — keep it light and interesting, but there’s still meat to it.

If I could be someone else for a day, I would be ...

John Riggins (running back for the Washington Redskins) on the day that the Redskins won the 1983 Super Bowl. I was a big Redskins fan, and that was my first vivid sports memory.

My favorite quote I try to live by ...

It’s something along the lines of “don’t worry about the things that don’t matter and the things that do matter you won’t worry about.”

My most memorable sporting event ...

Well, either when the Redskins won the Super Bowl or a Baltimore Orioles game when Cal Ripken set the record for most consecutive games played. I grew up with him coming into the league and it was just his crowning moment.

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