Fourteen years have passed since we first sat at Snow Hall and learned that the 1st Battalion of the 158th Field Artillery regiment was being called up for service in Iraq. A lot has changed during that time, so let's take some time to catch up, this time with Hooligans manager and 2006 SECFOR mission commander Charlie Neely.
Are you still in the 158? If, not when did you get out?
NEELY: I assumed command of the 1st Battalion 158th FA in February 2019.
What did you do post-deployment?
NEELY: I took 30 days of leave and came back to work as the 158 training officer.
Where are your from and how did you make it into the 158?
NEELY: I am from Custer City. I commissioned Field Artillery from OCS and was assigned to C Battery of the 158 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Where do you live now?
NEELY: I now live in Moore, Oklahoma with my wife, Renee.
What are your hobbies outside of FF?
NEELY: Golf, beer. Beer, golf. And some Xbox.
What is your fantasy background? How long have you played FF? How many different leagues?
NEELY: I have been playing about five years, I think. This is my first league.
How many championships have you won? How many have you finished second in?
NEELY: Zero and zero. I finished fourth last year (If Elliott would have come back from suspension I would have won the 2017 championship and you know it).
What is your general strategy in FF?
NEELY: I try to get my RB, WR, TE first but, I will always pick my home boy Russell Wilson early.
How much preparation do you do before each season?
NEELY: A little, I'll read the online reviews but not much else.
Do you find you draft better at the cabin with the guys or at home online?
NEELY: About the same.
Will you be at the draft cabin next year?
NEELY: I should be able to attend.
What is the best move you've made in FF?
NEELY: Getting Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 (then the bastard was suspended).
What is your favorite FF memory? What is the pinnacle of your FF career?
NEELY: My favorite is how the guys played in Iraq, and it was able to take their minds off the dirty business of war. I am still looking for my pinnacle; I am going to win the league one of these days.