John T. Georgopoulos

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John T. Georgopoulos
Born (1965-04-20) April 20, 1965 (age 49)
Bronx, NY
Residence New York
Nationality American
Education Bronx High School of Science
B.A. in Biology, B.S. in Computer Science
Fordham University
Employer Sports Grumblings LLC

John Tilemachos Georgopoulos is a fantasy sports writer, radio host and computer scientist of Greek ancestry, whose work involving fantasy football analytics has been prominent in the fantasy industry since 1994.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

Georgopoulos graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1982, where he was classmates with Terence Tolbert, the late political operative for Barack Obama and Christopher "Kid" Reid, the rap musician and actor.

After four years at Fordham University, Georgopoulos graduated in 1986 with degrees in Computer Science and Biology.[citation needed] While still in university, his interest in meshing fantasy sports with computer science became evident as he created a fantasy wrestling game—dubbed Sgt. Slaughter's Matwars[2]—which was a basis of the formation of the Silverline Games entertainment company.

While working as a programmer for an investment bank in 1994, Georgopoulos produced a simple website, with the goal of teaching himself HTML; he chose this forum to express his views on one of his favorite topics: professional football (the NFL).[3]

Business career[edit]

Georgopoulos's website received enough hits to encourage Georgopoulos to regularly update his commentary, as well as recruit former owners in his college roto leagues to provide additional content. By 1996, Gridiron Grumblings(R) was born, one of the first independent sites of sports commentary [4]

The site received several awards, including Netscape's "Cool Site of the Month" and "Cool Site of the Day",[5] a 'Top Site' recognition by Yahoo! Magazine [6] as well as a recommended site of FHM Magazine.[7]

In 1998, drawing on his experience in FOREX markets and as a programmer, Georgopoulos designed the "Fantasy Forecast Rating System" (FFRS). A ranking system to be used across all NFL positions, enabling the absolute valuation of players. The success of the FFRS as a tool for fantasy football owners led to the concept being applied to all the major fantasy sports: baseball, basketball and hockey.[citation needed]

Internet Audio Broadcasts as early as 1996, Georgopoulos was producing one-hour audio broadcasts, which were made available to its readers. Dubbed "WGRD Radio", there were 117 episodes recorded through September 11, 2001. His first-person account of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center marked the final broadcast of WGRD Radio.[citation needed]

In 2004, WGRD Radio was reincarnated as Gridiron Grumblings Live!, a two-hour live broadcast covering fantasy football,the NFL and other topical events.[8]

Individual Defensive Players (IDPs) in standard fantasy football leagues. While a staple of fantasy football drafts today, the inclusion of IDPs in 1996-97 was considered FFL heresy. Consistency Rankings was a metric designed to describe the degree to which a set of player performances varied—either over the course of a season or a careerm which was in essence, the application of a Coefficient of Variance to fantasy play. Age Variance was a metric to define the statistical effect of player age on performance, by position.[citation needed]

On Sept. 4, 2010, Georgopoulos premiered a new weekly show, Sports Grumblings Live!, on SiriusXM Satellite radio. The show was a three-hour broadcast focusing on all the major fantasy sports, concurrently entertaining and informing the listeners. The show had a time slot of 8-11 PM ET on Saturday nights, on Sirius 210| XM 87.[9] Sirius/XM decided not to renew the show for its second season.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Winner of the 2006 Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for best fantasy football series (for Fantasy Forecast - The Strategy Series)[10]
  • Following his 2012 Nomination, an eight-time finalist for various Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA) awards [11]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bleier, Thomas; Eric Steinert (2000). "Net.People: The Personalities and Passions Behind the Web Sites". Cyberage Books. p. 102. 
  2. ^ U.S. Copyright Office, Reg. TXu000227258
  3. ^ Bleier, Thomas; Eric Steinert (2000). "Net.People: The Personalities and Passions Behind the Web Sites". Cyberage Books. pp. 99–100. 
  4. ^ Bleier, Thomas; Eric Steinert (2000). "Net.People: The Personalities and Passions Behind the Web Sites". Cyberage Books. p. 101. 
  5. ^ Netscape Archives
  6. ^ "Yahoo! Magazine". Ziff-Davis. November 1999. 
  7. ^ "FHM Magazine (US)". 2000. 
  8. ^ Radio Grumblings
  9. ^ http://www.sirius.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Sirius/Page&c=WhatsOnHome&cid=1272762163108
  10. ^ FSWA Web Site
  11. ^ FSWA Web Site