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 Redlegs manager Lance Zerger.
Are you still in the 158? If, not when did you get out?
ZERGER: I am still in the 158. Right now, I'm in Alpha Battery, but I've served in every firing battery in the battalion.
What did you do post-deployment?
ZERGER: I came to Amarillo to work, got married, and started a career. I have had two daughters since that deployment, and I've gone on two other deployments.
Where are your from and how did you make it into the 158?
ZERGER: I am from Anadarko, Oklahoma. My father and my brother, Jon, both served at the Anadarko armory at some point in their lives. I wasn’t obligated to join, but I needed to find a way to go to college and there were definitely family ties there.
Where do you live now?
ZERGER: Amarillo, Texas.
What are your hobbies outside of FF?
ZERGER: I like to golf, watch OSU Cowboys football, spend time with my daughters, and hang out with friends.
What is your fantasy background? How long have you played FF? How many different leagues?
ZERGER: I am currently in three leagues. I don’t know how long I've played fantasy, but it’s been a while now.
How many championships have you won?
ZERGER: I've won two championships, both in the OIL.
What is your general strategy in FF?
ZERGER: I ascribe to the late-round QB strategy. Unless you get a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, most QBs generate comparable point totals, in my opinion.
How much preparation do you do before each season?
ZERGER: I do a little bit of reading, but I don't over-do it.
Do you find you draft better at the cabin with the guys or at home online?
ZERGER: I don't know where I draft better, but I like going to the cabin more.
Will you be at the draft cabin next year?
What is the best move you've made in FF?
ZERGER: Number one is picking up Tyreek Hill off waivers during my first championship run in 2016. I followed up the next year with getting Antonio Brown and Tyreek Hill back to back in the first two rounds. Now Tyreek will most likely never be available in the second round again. Regardless, it led to my second championship.
What is your favorite FF memory? What is the pinnacle of your FF career?
ZERGER: Winning the Killman Trophy on his birthday was pretty cool. Just winning this trophy and seeing the jersey come to you is pretty awesome.