Welcome to the 4th installment of TPL Interviews... And this week we've tracked down everyone's favourite NFL.com and NFL Network analyst, Adam Rank! Member of the NFL Fantasy Live team, regular blogger on the NFL.com "Sidelines" blog, and constant foil to Dave Dameshek on the Dave Dameshek Football Programme Podcast, Rank shared his thoughts with us on the NFL in LA, how he'd improve the fan experience in the stadium, as well as telling us a little about how he got the opportunity to write and analyse and for the NFL!
Find out more, as well as some of Adam's fantasy tips for 2012, after the jump!
The Pulling Linemen: We know you best in the UK from the Dave Dameshek Football Podcast and from your columns on NFL.com, but before you joined the NFL family you were (and still are!) a successful comedian. How did you first get into comedy, was it something you always wanted to do during school/college?
TPL: Did you play much football growing up?
TPL: Was it through your comedy that you got your foot in the door at NFL.com? Of course, Dameshek also comes from a comedy background, is that why the two of you teamed up for the podcast?
|Rank, Dameshek, Handsome Hank and Elliot Harrison cracking wise on the DDFP|
TPL: You've had a number of different producers on the DDFP since it began back in May 2011, but in DDFP tradition, how would you rank them as podcast members? Has Black Tie got too big for his boots now with the Black List and his loaning out to Rich Eisen? Or does that pale in comparison to Neck Tie's determination to always play by the rules?
TPL: You and Dameshek both like to roast people from all walks of life for everything from their condiment choices to less obvious twitter handles, but what's the biggest thing you and Dave disagree on? Without fear of the Han Solo-edition blaster you can use this as a platform to right all that is wrong with Dameshek's World!
TPL: Speaking of righting wrongs, if you had commissioner powers for the day, what's the one rule change you'd make to improve the NFL?
TPL: You've had the chance to interview a lot of NFL stars, past and present, for the DDFP as well as Adam Rank's Football Podcast for Kids. Who's the best person you've interviewed in your time with the NFL? I'm guessing Jack Youngblood ranks pretty highly on your list?
TPL: Who would be the one person you'd love to interview in the future that you haven't had a chance to in the past?
TPL: Do you have any tips for writers looking to get involved with sports writing?
TPL: So growing up your team was the LA Rams, but since their move to St Louis you've effectively disowned the franchise. There's a lot of talk about them being the most likely candidate to return to LA with the new stadium deals. Would you welcome to Rams back and start to follow them again? What if the Chargers, Raiders, or someone from further afield like Jacksonville, were to move to LA, do you think the support would be there in LA to make them viable?
TPL: Another possible eventual destination for the Rams has been mentioned as London, particularly with team owners Like Bob Kraft saying he wants a UK-based franchise, and with the Rams pledging a home game to London in each of the next 3 seasons. As a proud American, how do you feel about the way the league is looking to expand globally, and do you think a franchise outside the mainland US would work?
TPL: Any chance that the DDFP or ARFPfK make their way over to our side of the pond for the International Game this year?
|Rank with Scott Hansen and Michael Fabiano talking fantasy|
TPL: One of your biggest roles with NFL.com is part of the NFL Fantasy Live team, and we've got a few fantasy based questions for you as we approach fantasy draft season.
If you had to name one player to each of these categories for the coming season, who would they be?
Bust Waiting to Happen
Can't Miss #1 Pick
The Adam Rank Top Tip
TPL: What is your favourite type of league to take part in? Do you prefer the standard type, or are you more of an IDP or PPR league kinda guy?
TPL: Do you think fantasy football is to blame for the falling attendance at stadiums in the NFL? Has it become so big that it's starting to take over from the actual game results?
TPL: Outside of the football world, you're also an LA Angels guy. Our writer Toby moonlights covering the MLB for various other blogs and podcasts, so he wanted to know what you think of Mike Trout? How good do you think he is, and how good do you think he can be?
TPL: Finally we just wanted to ask if there's anything you'd like to plug? And where can the lucky people of Orange County find out about your live shows?
You can follow Adam on twitter at @adamrank, find his work all over NFL.com (here) and the NFL Network, and can hear his thoughts with Dave Dameshek on the DDFP, available from iTunes. Subscribe, won't you?
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