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 Cocks manager J.P. Peacock.
Are you still in the 158? If, not when did you get out?
PEACOCK: No, I was put on stop loss for the deployment. So, shortly after we came home, I turned in my sand-covered supplies and got out.
What did you do post-deployment?
PEACOCK: I went to back work like the rest of the world, but it felt like coming home from a vacation!
Where are your from and how did you make it into the 158?
PEACOCK: From the capital of Stephens County: Comanche, Oklahoma. [Editor's note: The capital, or county seat, of Stephens County is Duncan.] I joined the guard in 2001 at the Duncan armory with a few other guys.
Where do you live now?
PEACOCK: I am just a few miles on the other side of town now.
What are your hobbies outside of FF?
PEACOCK: I feel like I have forgotten what hobbies are these days. Like most young guys with a family, I just work.
What is your fantasy background? How long have you played FF?
PEACOCK: I played the first year in the OIL, but then I didn't think I had enough time to keep up with it. A few years later, we started a league at the office so I jumped back in. I've played in four or five leagues a few years now, maybe eight years in total.
How many championships have you won? How many have you finished second in?
PEACOCK: I haven't won any at the moment, but I have a few second-place finishes at the office and a couple third-place finishes in the OIL.
What is your general strategy in FF?
PEACOCK: Make draft picks that blow your mind (Sam Bradford for example).
How much preparation do you do before each season?
PEACOCK: It depends on the year, but I usually start some research about a month out from draft day.
Do you find you draft better at the cabin with the guys or at home online?
PEACOCK: It's a great time at the cabin with the guys, but I feel like I might stay a little more focused somewhere else.
Will you be at the draft cabin next year?
What is the best move you've made in FF?
PEACOCK: I don't really know. I take fantasy football one day at a time, so every move I make is the greatest move I've ever made. [Editor's note: Peacock's best move is unquestionably adding Matt Ryan on waivers after the first week of the 2016 season. The move only cost him Dak Prescott, and Ryan finished as the number-two QB that season.]
What is your favorite FF memory? What is the pinnacle of your FF career?
PEACOCK: For less than a full year, I was tied for the longest winning streak I think at eight or nine. But I think that was beat this last year. Well, now that I think of it, it might have been the longest losing streak. Someone will have to check on that. [Editor's note: It was the longest losing streak; not the longest winning streak. But Mike Rogers's AMMODOGS "broke" that record in 2018, going a perfect 0-13.]
Cocks manager J.P. Peacock was an original member of the OIL at Camp Liberty in 2006, finishing third that season. He left the 158 after that mission and did not return to the OIL until expansion in 2014. His first two seasons back were abysmal, but he bounced back in 2016 with a first-round bye (thanks in part to Musselman dropping Matt Ryan early in the season), again finishing third.
Fun fact: Peacock owns a smoker trailer bigger than those tiny houses your wife likes on Pinterest (not that I'm complaining). Seriously, his smoker alone could solve our nation's homeless epidemic.