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 Mutinous Apes manager Walt Musselman.
Are you still in the 158?
MUSSELMAN: No, I retired from the military in 2011.
What did you do post-deployment?
MUSSELMAN: I worked in corrections for five years until I retired in 2011.
Where are your from and how did you make it into the 158?
MUSSELMAN: I was an MP in the Army Reserves MP and came to the 158 as a filler for HHC during the 2003 mobilization. Of course, we didn't end up deploying in 2003, but I stayed in the 158 and transferred to Alpha Battery in 2004. I stayed in the 158 until I retired as a member of Charlie Battery.
Where do you live now?
MUSSELMAN: I lived in Hawaii for six years while my daughter was going to school there. Now, I live in Bakersfield, California, where I have friends from college. The cost of living is much lower than Hawaii, and I've been able to live just fine on just my retirement.
What are your hobbies outside of FF?
MUSSELMAN: I enjoy building models, art, and reading.
What is your fantasy background?
MUSSELMAN: I had never played fantasy football until I joined the OIL in 2014. It is the only league I've played in. Sadly, I haven't made it to any championship games.
What is your general strategy in FF?
MUSSELMAN: I attempt to study up on the players, but then I end up shooting from the hip. I still have a lot to learn.
How much preparation do you do before each season?
MUSSELMAN: A little while before the draft, I start researching the various sites.
Will you be at the draft cabin next year?
MUSSELMAN: Unsure, but I hope to.
What is the best move you've made in FF?
MUSSELMAN: My 2014 draft netted me Le'Veon Bell in the second round, Ryan Tannehill during his one really good year, and a good WR group led by Larry Fitzgerald and Kenny Stills.
What is your favorite FF memory?
MUSSELMAN: The first year, just getting back in touch with the guys.
What is the pinnacle FF memory?
MUSSELMAN: Haven't made it there yet. Ask me next year.