FanIQ Spotlight Fan of the Week 8/15/11

FanIQ Spotlight Fan of the Week: Nick_L

8/15/11 in FanIQ   |   Jess   |   34627 respect

 

Bringing forth FanIQ's greatest asset every week - you! This week, we bring you Nick (Nick_L). Nick has been here under his current account for just under a year, but he had another screen name before (ChiTownNick), created in April of 2009. We're glad to see Nick back with us, and hope he stays longer this time! Let's get to know him a bit better...

Name: Nick
Birthday:  December 11
Work: Product Specialist with Apple, Inc.
Hobbies: Softball, Cooking, Listening to Music
Favorite Quote:  "Actually, I don't remember being born. It must of been during one of my black outs." – Jim Morrison
 
 
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Tough question! I never really thought about it....On a whim, maybe a day game at Wrigley Field, followed by an outdoor concert at night or an all day/night date with Torrie Wilson (hubba hubba).
 
What’s the best job you’ve ever had, and why would you consider it better than your others?
Best job was probably my Client Relations job I had at Experian.  I loved the people I worked with, the pay was really good and the company was pretty good to me. Haven't really had that combination anywhere else. I really like my current job but the pay and standing all day really sucks!
 
If you could have any job in sports, what would it be and why?
I would love to be an owner or even a GM of the Blackhawks or Cubs. They are my 2 favorite teams and actually, I would love to do anything within the sports field with any NHL, MLB, NFL or NBA team!
 
You have a son – tell us about him; how old is he, what’s he into, and what’s your favorite way to spend your time together?
My son's name is Anthony. He just turned 14 on Aug 3rd. Anthony's into girls (takes after his old man) and skate board apparel. He's trying out for baseball this year (his freshman yr.) and wants to try out for football next year. When he visits me, I used to like to take him to sporting events a lot but since the loss of my job 2.5 yrs ago and an extreme decrease in pay, we don't that as much as we may see a movie every once in awhile. The key for me is just to spend time, even if it's on the couch watching TV. It's not what you do as much as it is just being together and creating memories. I just hope, someday soon, I can provide more and better than I can currently in other areas. It's not about money with me as much as it is about me being able to provide the best that I can.
 
What are your favorite types of games to attend, and what makes them more special or exciting to you than others?
My favorite games to attend are the Blackhawks and Bears followed by baseball, whether it's the Cubs or 
Sox...of course, the Cubs are my team of choice and Wrigley is much more fun to hang out at, before and after the game. The Hawks, because they are my #1 sports team and I am just a huge fan of Hockey, I even have a tattoo of the Blackhawks Indian Head on my right shoulder that I drew and had done back in 1993.  The Bears, because of the tailgating before-hand and because, as a kid, I used to go and stand on the field for the home games, due to my grandfather working there. I also played football for 8 years (ages 11-18). The way I see it, hockey & football ROCK, playing or watching, whereas, with baseball, I love and I'm passionate about playing more so than watching.

My favorite NFL player of all time is Walter Payton. Rumor has it that you had the unique opportunity to meet him. How did that come about, and what was he like?
It was his 2nd yr in the NFL. My grandfather worked at Soldier Field and used to take me to all the home games. I would get to the field before the players. I had a special pass I wore around my neck and one of my grandpa's co-workers used to take me into the locker room.  So, over the years, I got to meet him a few dozen times. This, of course, was before he became known as "Sweetness" - as I grew older, I was unable to attend the games and Walter became more famous. Although, I was at the game against Minnesota where he rushed for 275 yds. What was he like??  He was the most selfless, humble person I ever met. Now, as a 8, 9, 10 yr-old kid, I was extremely intimidated by meeting any athlete, but, when I met him, after 10 minutes those anxiety and intimidation feelings were gone. I remember his presence being so soothing and therapeutic to an extent.....very welcoming!
 
What was the defining moment in your life that turned you into a sports fan?
I don't think there is a defining moment. Sports are in my genes. From age 3, as you can see from my picture, I was all about sports. I guess my dad and grandfather raised me that way?  I am a true rarity when it comes to my experiences with sports. I remember starting and playing catch with my dad as early as age 4. My dad was huge into sports.....he coached football, played softball until age 56, and he used to be in a bowling league. My background is: Baseball - Been playing since age 4 (still play softball) - almost 40 yrs. Football, I played from ages 11-18. Hockey - recreational between the ages of 11 thru 25. Basketball, I played from age 12- 16. 
 
As a fan, are there any memorable moments, attended games, or experiences that stand above the rest? Tell us about them.
My game event experience with sports is very memorable. My first baseball game, age 6, my grandfather took me to the Cubs game. I got to go onto the field and into the dugout and met Ernie Banks, Don Kessinger and Glen Beckert and then got a tour of the inside of the Wrigley Field scoreboard.  He had connections with the Cubs ground crew through his working at Soldier Field and for the Chicago Park District. You already heard about my football experience with the Bears. My first Blackhawks game, I was 8 yrs old and had first row, 3 seats away from the Vancouver penalty box. Stan Makita scored a hat trick that night and his 3rd goal was his 500th career goal, which is a huge milestone in hockey. Although they lost 4-3 that night, I was hooked ever since.
 
Are you a superstitious fan? Care to tell us about some of your superstitions?
YES!  If I'm watching one of my Chicago teams play and they are not playing well, I will turn to something else for a good 20-30 minutes. When I turn back, if they made a comeback and then start sucking again while I'm watching, I will turn the channel again as I think that they are doing better when I don't watch. Also, there are times that I will wear a specific team shirt and believe that is good luck (lol)
 
You spend a lot of time in the Locker Room. Besides the Thong of the Day, what are your favorite kinds of polls?
HAHAHA!  Actually, Thong of the Day is not my favorite poll (no offense Mikey), I just usually have something witty to say and it comes easily.  I really enjoy the Filter of the Day, Jess’s Daily polls (no a$$ kissing here) and any of the music polls. I especially love Leigh’s drunk polls, which have been less and less as of late (whassup with that?!?!?)
 
What’s your favorite poll that you, yourself, created?
I really enjoyed the Don’t Forget the Lyrics polls, the Shuffle This, and whatever polls that got me to learn more about our Q'ers.......Unfortunately, the Lyrics polls became hard to do after a while and the participation dropped off.
 
If you inherited FanIQ, besides a mobile app (which is something we’d all add), what changes would you make to make it perfect?
1 – Make some way to embed things in polls and on your profile wall & activity page. I would like to have my music on all three pages of my Profile (Wall, Bio, & Activity) as well as embedding Youtube or music in my posts.
2 – Have a public calendar to show peoples’ birthdays and anniversaries
3 – Increase question limit on polls to more than six
4 – Fix the comment menu bar (bold, underline, italics, smiley, post pic, post link, etc.) so it stops disappearing once you get to a certain point in your post window
 
Your bold prediction: What do you see your Bears doing this NFL season?
If healthy, I will boldly predict a 10-6 record with a 2nd round loss in the playoffs to Philly.

Thank You FANIQ for the spotlight. I hope all of you have gotten to know me a little more than before.

Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to answer some questions and let us get to know you a bit more! Good luck to your Bears this season, and all of the rest of your teams!

If you have anybody you'd like to see in the Spotlight, please send me a message.

 

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8/17/11   |   Jess   |   34627 respect

janet011685 wrote:
It did that and even more annoying crap on IE.  That's why I started using Safari more.

 well that answers that then lol. I haven't used IE since I think 2003. I still keep it installed on my computer for testing purposes with the site (or checking bug reports) but that's about it.

8/17/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

Jess wrote:
 Oh - and a little note...I think that it only does that in certain browsers. I know it does it with Chrome and RockMelt (which are what I use) and quite probably Safari but I don't think it does it with Firefox, and I have no idea about IE.

It did that and even more annoying crap on IE.  That's why I started using Safari more.

8/16/11   |   ohwell_   |   16341 respect

Good to learn more about you Nick.  

8/16/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61531 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
Does this officially make Nick a member of the cliche?

that made me snort. i hate you.

8/16/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Nick is a pretty cool guy. You know, for a Bears fan.

8/16/11   |   Jess   |   34627 respect

 Oh - and a little note...I think that it only does that in certain browsers. I know it does it with Chrome and RockMelt (which are what I use) and quite probably Safari but I don't think it does it with Firefox, and I have no idea about IE.

8/16/11   |   Jess   |   34627 respect

wrote:
Yes, but, that don't quite do it.  If I only want to BOLD a certain word, I still wouldn't be able to. The hi-lighting all and scrolling up works, but, it's not 100% functional for certain things.  Thanks for that tip though, it did help a little.

 As a workaround until that gets fixed, you can highlight the word and make any change like that without using the menu bar - just highlight the word and click:

for Bold: Ctrl + B
for Italic: Ctrl + I 
for underline: Ctrl + U

Hope that helps :)

For adding links to words, the scrolling up should work as long as you don't use the "down" button to go back down the text; use the side of the touchpad or the mouse roller (if that makes sense). 

8/16/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17673 respect

Does this officially make Nick a member of the cliche?

8/16/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Great article!  Nick, even though I have to say "Haha" to the Hawks for 1992, that is a cool tattoo!

8/16/11   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   29961 respect

the picture of you with the bat is pretty damn cute, man. as for the drunken polls, they are kind of like astros wins - the less of them they are, the more they are appreciated.

8/16/11   |   cuddles127017   |   8133 respect

Nick you are awesome!  It has been a pleasure knowing you.

8/16/11   |   Kenne   |   15885 respect

Nice tat bro, that is total dedication

8/16/11   |   SusanVette   |   8703 respect

Nick, thanks for sharing. You are truly one-of-a-kind!  <3

8/16/11   |   HULL_17   |   2495 respect

That Merman...Hmmm He's Pretty HOT ;-)

8/16/11   |   WISAC1   |   6711 respect

bravo nick and jess  

8/16/11   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Great job Jess.  Nick, that Hawks tat is the sh*t.  Camp opens in about a month....

8/16/11   |   ankurnathmishra   |   3945 respect

 

8/15/11   |   coyotedances   |   23775 respect

(Edited by coyotedances)

great choice Jess, congrats to Nick

8/15/11   |   VIOLET   |   11320 respect

This is fantastic! Nick is such a nice person, all gentleman and it's so good to have him here

8/15/11   |   Cali_Kat   |   15542 respect

Great interview, it was good to learn more about you! 

8/15/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61531 respect

 Great read. I love that honest ass prediction. I'd have been all "Super Bowl, B*tch", but I enjoy living in the world alone sometimes.

8/15/11   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25123 respect

Fantastic article on a great Q member

8/15/11   |   maddhatter6691   |   7918 respect

It is Great to have Nick here on the Q

8/15/11   |   Sharp Square   |   11940 respect


8/15/11   |   marcus_nyce   |   27082 respect

Really good stuff.

8/15/11   |   Tiger_Pride2   |   3286 respect

Nick is awesome and interesting. Good Job!

8/15/11   |   stephenatBA   |   9 respect

Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!

8/15/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

kteacher wrote:
 Do you highlight and go up?  Like when it disappears, you go back up and select the first line and move up and it appears again. lol 

Pretty much, yeah.  lol  But I find that adding a few extra "enter"s at the end of your post helps you get the extra scroll room after you do the highlight thing.  

You catching all this, Nick?

8/15/11   |   kteacher   |   34350 respect

janet011685 wrote:
"4 – Fix the comment menu bar (bold, underline, italics, smiley, post pic, post link, etc.) so it stops disappearing once you get to a certain point in your post window"

Mine does that, too.  I've figured out a way around it, but I'm not sure I can explain it.  lol  If you want me to try, message me and I'll do my best.  Nothing's ever simple with me.  

 Do you highlight and go up?  Like when it disappears, you go back up and select the first line and move up and it appears again. lol 

8/15/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

"4 – Fix the comment menu bar (bold, underline, italics, smiley, post pic, post link, etc.) so it stops disappearing once you get to a certain point in your post window"

Mine does that, too.  I've figured out a way around it, but I'm not sure I can explain it.  lol  If you want me to try, message me and I'll do my best.  Nothing's ever simple with me.  

8/15/11   |   kteacher   |   34350 respect

  to both of you.


And Go Kings!!! 

8/15/11   |   JenX63   |   32634 respect

Seriously, if my head wasnt attached, good to meet u Nick, and thanks for the glimpse inside

8/15/11   |   JenX63   |   32634 respect

Another great job Jess