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 PFC champion and Dirty Dogs manager Scott Buehre.
Are you still in the 158?
BUEHRE: I am still in and will be moving back to the 1-158 in February. After the SECFOR mission, I stayed with the 1-158 and deployed as a Platoon Sergeant again during the 2008-2009 Ramadi, Iraq mission. When that deployment was over, I was promoted and transferred over to the 120th FSC (still falls under 1-158) to be the First Sergeant. I stayed with them until July 2016, when I moved to the 271 BSB to take over as First Sergeant there. I am now going back over to the 120th FSC to deploy with them as First Sergeant.
Where do you live now?
BUEHRE: I live outside the big town of Cyril, Oklahoma.
Where are your from and how did you make it into the 158?
BUEHRE: I grew up in Brookings, South Dakota. After I turned down my commission in 1996, I attended another MOS-Q school at Fort Sill and moved to Lawton shortly after. I started in Alpha Battery 1-158 in Walters, moved to Bravo in Marlow, then to Duncan before moving to Charlie in Chickasha and then Anadarko. I also spent a short stint in the Lawton armory with Headquarters. I am lucky enough to be one of the few still around to have spent time in each of the old armories before they were shut down to bring in the Armed Forces Reserve Centers.
What do you do now?
BUEHRE: I work as a Certified Athletic Trainer, currently at Eisenhower High School in Lawton.
What are your hobbies outside of FF?
BUEHRE: Outside of work and the military I like to (try to) play golf and spend time outdoors hunting and fishing.
What's your fantasy background?
BUEHRE: I have played since 2015 when the PFC started, so 4 years and this is the only league I play in.
How many championships have you won? How many have you finished second in?
BUEHRE: I have won 2 championships and came in 2nd once.
You won the Patriot Bowl in 2018 (congrats, by the way). How did that come about? How did you feel about your draft?
BUEHRE: I felt pretty good about my draft even though the rate my draft guys didn't agree.
What was the key to your success?
BUEHRE: I'm not sure what the key to success was this year. I would probably have to say staying active on the waiver wire and trading. I wasn't sure how I was going to fare after my team started filling up the IR. I was lucky to have a first round bye or I would have lost that week.
Did you feel like a favorite?
BUEHRE: I didn't feel like the favorite, I thought I would end up losing to Pennington in the finals if we both made it. He was putting up points like nobody's business and looked like he would walk away with it.
What is your general strategy in FF?
BUEHRE: My general strategy is to go for the best player available in the first round and then try to end up with either 1 RB and 2 WR or the other way around. After the first three rounds I just try to get the best available player in a spot I have open. This year I was able to wait a little longer on QB and TE since we had someone monitoring the autodraft guys so they didn't get 3-4 QB's and 2-3 TE's early since they get ranked up there.
What was different about this year for you?
BUEHRE: This year I wasn't sure how my team was going to do after many of my top position players ended up on IR. I lucked out by having some of my later round guys step up and take their places and also by getting lucky on the waiver wire. I did work in a few trades also this year, but not all of them benefitted me that well.
How much preparation did you do?
BUEHRE: I didn't do that much prep, but I did download a cheatsheet to help me remember peoples value besides just the next up on the clicky draft board.
Do you find you draft better at the cabin with the guys or at home online?
BUEHRE: I've had luck both at home and at the cabin, but it is definitely more fun with everyone at the cabin!!
Will you be at the draft cabin next year?
BUEHRE: I will be at the cabin next year!
Who was your team MVP?
BUEHRE: My team MVP was probably my 15th round pick, James Conner, or my third round pick, Adam Thielen. They were close in points and both carried me for the bulk of the year.
What was the best move you made post-draft?
BUEHRE: My best move after the draft was probably grabbing Conner's back up a couple of weeks before I needed him. I also grabbed R. Wilson and D. Hamilton off the waiver wire after two more of my guys went on IR.
Do you know who you're going to pick at 1.01 next year?
BUEHRE: I'm not locked in on any player for sure yet for next year's first pick.
Where will you display the trophy?
BUEHRE: I will be displaying the trophy first at home on the mantle and then in my 1SG office at the unit.
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