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 Team Tadlock manager Derrick Tadlock.
Are you still in the 158? If, not when did you get out?
TADLOCK: I am not still in the 158. I got out in 2013.
What did you do post-deployment?
TADLOCK: Post-deployment, I took some time off to drink, eat and get fat. Once I accomplished those goals, I went back to work.
Where are your from and how did you make it into the 158?
TADLOCK: I’m from Elmore City, Oklahoma (where the movie Footloose was based on). I was originally in the 171 starting in 1998 and eventually made my way to the mighty 158.
Where do you live now?
TADLOCK: I still reside in Elmore City.
What are your hobbies outside of FF?
TADLOCK: Travel, Music, Books, Podcasts, Hunting, Fishing, Outdoor Adventure are all things I’d like to do if I didn’t have a job. Come on, 100% VA disability!
What is your fantasy background? How long have you played FF? How many different leagues?
TADLOCK: I started playing fantasy baseball in the early 2000s and added fantasy football shortly after. Baseball wound up taking up way too much time, so I switched to FF only. I’ve probably played in at least a dozen different leagues.
How many championships have you won? How many have you finished second in?
TADLOCK: Not sure. I can remember winning six various titles (although none in theOIL), and I have no idea how many runner-ups I’ve had.
What is your general strategy in FF?
TADLOCK: I usually create a draft strategy based on how players performed the previous year. I tend to draft WR-heavy early but will pick up a sure-thing RB in the first if one is available. I like to get a solid QB in the mid to late rounds. I like to draft sleeper tight ends late when possible.
How much preparation do you do before each season?
TADLOCK: I usually start doing homework two to three weeks before the draft, and I keep up with all the offseason news.
Do you find you draft better at the cabin with the guys or at home online?
TADLOCK: Cabin. I've never drafted at home with the OIL.
Will you be at the draft cabin next year?
What is the best move you've made in FF?
TADLOCK: I’m not sure. I usually forget the season as soon as It’s over.
What is your favorite FF memory? What is the pinnacle of your FF career?
TADLOCK: My favorite memory is joining the OIL and all of our drafts. The pinnacle of my career hasn’t happened yet. That will happen when I win the Landrum Trophy for the first time.
Team Tadlock manager Derrick Tadlock is a perfect example of the consequences of slashing funding for the arts. Although Tadlock is a smart guy and good at fantasy football, his creative mind was never stimulated enough for him to develop a team name apart from the name he was born with. Sad!
Tadlock disappointed in his first season in the OIL in 2015, but he clinched the number-one seed in 2016 before being upset in the semifinals.
As the newest OIL conference grows, new franchises are being designed. PFC manager Derrick Tadlock was in the 158 on the 2008 Ramadi mission with Jessen, Zerger, Schuster, and Roe, among others. He's based his franchise's identity on the one thing no one can ever take from him: his name. The Tadlock franchise was designed by Michael Taylor and includes the Field Artillery's crossed cannons behind a single shield.