Frank meets Mort – Delayed flight enables chance encounter with ESPN GreatBy Frank on August 07, 2012
So something really cool happened to me as I was traveling last weekend to see my sister in Wisconsin.
Of course, living on the East Coast it is always tough traveling west because to get there at a decent time you have to leave on a very early flight.
After leaving on a 7ish flight from Baltimore and landing in Detroit a little before 9 I was thinking of heading to my gate grabbing a seat and maybe a snack before my flight took off for Madison less than an hour later.
That seemed like a perfectly sane plan until I started getting calls from 800 numbers I didn’t recognize (turned out to be Delta) and texts from Orbitz explaining my flight to Madison was delayed.
At first it was just an hour delay (typical), then it was two hours (not typical but not great either), and finally it was three hours (not typical and now you have to find something to do).
So I head to the Delta Sky Lounge where I figured I would grab a few snacks and potentially jump on a wifi network and do a little work.
After finding a seat in the back of lounge I observe my surroundings and figure this will be ok for a few hours, I guess.
Then I heard a distinct voice that I recognized, although it wasn’t a voice that I had heard in person, like when you hear your mom calling you from outside to come eat dinner, but more like the voice that represents someone who when they are speaking you need to pay attention and listen immediately to what they are saying.
After looking to my left, I see Chris Mortensen. Then I started thinking man this is Chris Mortensen from ESPN and I could ask him questions about football and possibly tell him about my website, etc.
Then I also thought this is Chris Mortensen and do you really think he wants to talk about football with you and go to your website?
So then after Chris had finished a conversation with another gentleman and over hearing him speak of the five hour flight delay he was facing I took a chance.
He walked in front of me and I said hey I recognize you, are you Chris Mortensen? He said yes of course and asked me my name.
I guess I was too excited when I first said my name because he said nice to meet you Fred.
After clearly enunciating my name I began to hit Chris Mortensen with a barrage of questions ranging from how the Giants would fare in 2012 (in case you didn’t know that’s my team), Peyton’s future with Denver, RG3, Chad Johnson, and the upside of Bengals wideout A.J. Green.
After a while the conversation moved to fantasy football and that’s when it got even more intriguing.
Chris seems to be equally bullish as Evan (of 2 Guys Fantasy) on Cam being the #1 fantasy QB in 2012.
I argued that Rodgers is probably the safest bet to duplicate what he did last year as far as fantasy and he agreed with the caveat that Cam is not like anyone else he’s ever seen.
Chris also gave his preliminary Super Bowl picks which I won’t post here because I don’t want to put him on the record in case he changes his mind so I’ll just say they were both playoff teams last year.
Chris also shared some of his roster from his 16 team fantasy league he is in and I was quite impressed with the results. As you can see Chris has a good eye for both talent and value in the draft.
Chris Mortensen's Fantasy TeamHere's a snippet of Mort's team in a 16 man league.
|Larry Fitzgerald||Wide Receiver|
|Hakeem Nicks||Wide Receiver|
|Stevie Johnson||Wide Receiver|
|Marshawn Lynch||Running Back|
|Fred Jackson||Running Back|
Overall, the experience was awesome and I would just like to thank Chris for being so great about fielding all my questions and just making the experience so enjoyable.
I have this funny feeling we may meet again.
Maybe on a 2 Guys Fantasy Podcast?