Bringing forth FanIQ's greatest asset every week - you! This week we bring you Pat! Please join me in getting to know one of FanIQ's Editors a little better - Pat!
Name: Pat Gordon
General Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Job: Editor, FanIQ
Favorite Teams: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, Boston College
Least Favorite Teams: Yankees
Favorite Experts: Peter Gammons
Least Favorite Experts: Lou Holtz, Lee Corso, Chris Berman,
Favorite Movie: I have a ton of favorites, but the latest one that I really liked was Zombieland. It was quite hilarious, I highly recommend it.
Favorite TV Shows: Dexter, The Office, Psych
Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
I was a pitcher, so I was always a big Nolan Ryan fan. He threw 7 no hitters, and that was always my goal, every time I stepped on the mound. Unfortunately, once I turned 13, I needed more than one pitch, and I couldn't get away with being inaccurate. I was a pretty good pitcher until then, but after that I was pretty inconsistent. Like Nolan Ryan, I was a power pitcher. But also like Nolan Ryan, I had control issues. A lot worse than he did, though.
Some of us have a specific moment as a kid that turns us into sports fans. Did you? What was yours?
I think I started enjoying sports as soon as I started playing, which was when I was 4 or 5.
I'd like to attend a World Series game at Fenway Park.
You have been known in the past to make wagers on game with other members of FanIQ, tell me about a few of these, what did you wager and how did it turn out?
I'm probably under .500 on those, to be honest. I still owe a week of a profile picture in a Steelers jersey. I haven't forgotten.
Many sports fans have a moment in their teams career that makes them proud to be a fan. Is there a moment like this for you? if so which moment?
Nothing will ever compare to the 2004 ALCS, when the Red Sox came from behind to win, after falling behind 3 games to none against the Yankees.
As a follow-up, there are also moments that your team has let you down, do you have any moments like this? if so what?
The 2003 ALCS was painful. Grady Little had been taking Pedro Martinez out of games too early all year. But of course, once our bullpen finally showed some consistency with Mike Timlin, Alan Embree and Scott Williamson, Grady decided to leave Pedro in the game TOO long... and of course the Yankees tied the game, and then won it in extra innings on Aaron F***ing Boone's home run off Tim Wakefield... who also shouldn't have been in the game in that position, but that's an entirely different story.
Some people get tattoos, shave their head with a logo of their team, deck their car out in team gear. Have you do anything fanatical like this?
I would never get a sports-related tattoo. And now that I have a decently nice vehicle, I'm not going to be defacing it too badly any time soon. I display my fanaticism on the internet. At games, I actually find myself concentrating on the plays, and I tend to have the stoicism of a coach. Sometimes, like everyone, I go nuts, but generally I'm the calm one out of my group when I go to games.
Do you have any of your own sports superstitions/rituals for when your favorite teams play? If so, what are they?
No, I'm not really a superstitious guy like that.
Recently you went to the season opener for the Patriots, how was it? How do you think they will do this year?
It. Was. Awesome. It was my first trip to Gillette Stadium, and it was a great one. The Patriots looked pretty bad for a while, but they were dominant in the last 5 minutes or so, and got the win. I'm still a little nervous about them, and I'm still hoping that Tom Brady will really transform back into his old self. If that happens, I think they could definitely make some noise. If Jerod Mayo comes back strong late in the season, they could even win the Super Bowl again.
How did you find FanIQ?
Someone posted a link on Myspace, and I checked it out. I've been hooked ever since.
What is your position at FanIQ and how long have you been there?
I have been a FanIQ editor since November 1 of last year.
What’s your favorite poll that you, yourself, created?
I like the one I made about the mullet guy.
Where do you most like to spend your Q time?
I spend my time in the Best of the Web section, but I'm looking forward to working on the team pages. I think that once we get those rolling, it will give everyone a great way to follow their favorite teams, and personalize the site to emphasize their favorite teams and sports.
Have you made any good friends on the Q?
I've made a few good friends (probably just as many enemies, if not more).
What’s the boldest prediction you’ve ever made, and did it turn out?
Well... I predicted the Patriots would beat the spread BY the spread (i.e. they'd win by at least 28 points) in the Super Bowl against the Giants. Ummm... yeah... that didn't really work out so well.
Superhuman strength, invisibility, time travel, what superpower would you like to have?
Well... I already have superhuman strength, so I guess I'd want time travel.
Name 5 things that you can reach from where you are sitting.
My computer, my La-Z-Boy, my Blackberry, an energy drink and the remote control. That pretty much sums up my life.
You are granted 3 wishes, they all have to be sports related. What are they?
1) I wish the Patriots would actually go 19-0.
2) I wish the Red Sox would win 20 straight World Series, so Yankees fans can can shove their measly 26 championships where the sun doesn't shine.
3) I wish Boston College could be a legitimate National Championship contender... instead of being a mediocre ACC team every year.
Now leave us with a good one; where do you see the Patriots ending up this season?
I have some serious mixed feelings about this year. I think the Patriots have a good team, but I have no idea how they could expect to beat the Saints, for example. In hindsight, the Broncos game was encouraging, and I wouldn't be shocked to see the Pats win another Super Bowl, but I'm not banking on it.
Thanks Pat! It's been great getting to know you a little bit better.
If there is someone that you would like to see spotlighted in our weekly Spotlight Fan of the Week, shoot me a message and let me know.
Have a great weekend!