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History of The Huddle & The Huddle Team

Founded in 1997 and going into its 18th year online, The Huddle was an outlet for a couple of obsessed football fans to supply their analysis and writings covering the greatest sport ever played. The site was intended to be a sort of gathering spot between the sidelines and actual game. A place for the fantasy football hobbyist to visit and exchange views, pick up some new tips and strategies or get a different slant on a particular player. The site was honored that first year by being voted the #2 fantasy football web site in the Annual Internet Sports Awards.

Following that first year, and for five years in a row The Huddle was voted the #1 fantasy football web site in the Annual Internet Sports Awards. In 2006 The Huddle was honored by winning the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) Award for Best Online Draft Kit. We've been a finalist for that award and for Best Online Fantasy Service five times. Through our writers, our content, our partnerships, and just as importantly the many "huddlers" that have been with us for years, we bring together a full team that helps our membrers make fantasy football a fun, successful and rewarding hobby.

The Huddle has experienced phenomenal growth since that initial season in 1997, growing to become the most popular free fantasy football destination on the Internet in 2000. Always the innovators and never the followers, The Huddle lead the fantasy football industry into the future by becoming the first and most successful subscription fantasy football site in 2001. Since that time thousands of new "huddlers" join our ranks every season.

The Huddle provides cheat sheets, articles, tools, analysis, news and player rankings for draft help each summer, but it does not stop there. For each week of the season, you will find insightful, helpful columns and articles to assist fantasy team owners in managing their team successfully. With player projections, game predictions, starting lineup advice, roster recommendations, breaking news and more there is something for everyone each week of the regular season. Before the game starts, The Huddle is the place to be.

The Huddle Founders
 

David Dorey
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Huddle Co-founder David Dorey has been involved in fantasy football since 1991 and along with Whit Walters has been bringing The Huddle to the Internet since 1997. David was the original creator of many of the types of fantasy football analysis now common throughout the industry which includes schedule strength by position, consistency rankings and numerous statistical measurements.

David has been offering game predictions and player projections since 1996. His game predictions are always among the best available anywhere every season and he’s consistently been among the top in the industry in evaluating players and putting together fantasy teams. David is the current leading expert in ranking players according to the Fantasy Index magazine and has won numerous leagues and awards including the national The Draft 2006 competition.

He has been published on numerous other web sites outside of The Huddle and is the author of Fantasy Football: The Next Level which was published by Warner Books in August of 2007. Former host of SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and a guest on over 30 radio stations, he is a member of both the Pro Football Writers of America and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

 

Whit Walters
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Huddle Co-founder Whit Walters has been active in the fantasy sports industry for fourteen years. His and David's vision in 1997 for fantasy football information on the Internet has played a key role in shaping how the industry delivers that information on the Web today.

Whit's primary roles at The Huddle focus on managing the business and designing and maintaining the web site. He also continues to produce a few other tidbits of content for The Huddle. Over his career he's been featured on FOX Sports and numerous other web sites and print publications, even finding some time to guest on a few sports radio shows across the country. He's a two year champion of the SOFA League, a collection of some of the top talent in the fantasy football industry.

Since establishing the Bithead Fantasy Football League in 1990 with 11 co-workers, Whit's been either a league commissioner or fantasy player for the past 25 years. He prides himself on always running his leagues with integrity and always being competitive as a team owner. He rarely has a losing season (only four ever) and has brought home a few championships along the way.

Whit has been a long-standing member of The Fantasy Sports Trade Association Board of Directors and the Pro Football Writers of America. Prior to obtaining the dream of creating The Huddle, Whit worked in the information processing industry as a Systems Engineer for Electronic Data Systems and as a Senior Programming Consultant for IBM IT Services and the State of California.

Senior NFL Analyst
 

John Tuvey
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Born and raised in Minnesota, John Tuvey was scarred for life at an early age by multiple Vikings Super Bowl losses. While the anguish that accompanies the purple kool-aid continues, John has found other football triumphs to call his own. He played sparingly during four seasons at St. John’s University under the legendary John Gagliardi, using his free time to discover fantasy football. Since forming his first league in 1988 John has played in countless leagues, won multiple championships, and developed a serious man-crush on Eddie George. For the past decade John has helped others win their leagues as well, sharing his fantasy football thoughts and opinions through a variety of outlets including Yahoo!, AOL Sports, and Fanball as well as a weekly radio show in Minneapolis and other assorted radio appearances. A 2007 finalist for the Fantasy Sports Writer Association’s Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award, John brings experience, passion, and a belief that “it all starts up front” to the Huddle’s team of analysts.

Staff Writers
 

Steve Gallo
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Steve is a veteran fantasy football player who focuses entirely on IDP and balks at playing in non-IDP leagues. When it comes to fantasy football, Steve has two passions: IDP & stats. He is the author of "Defensive Scheme Matters", a must-read for all IDP players. The IDP metric "TOP" (tackle opportunity production) can also be attributed to Steve and is used in much of his player analysis. He has won multiple Fantasy Bowl championships, including the Huddle's IDP Expert Mock league in 2005. Fantasy wise he roots for many different players, but when it comes to the NFL he is a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan.

 

Philip Gentles

Philip is the founder of ProFantasySports.com, co-founder of PFSCharityChallenge.com and FantasyVIPs.com. He worked as the the webmaster, editor and senior writer at ProFantasySports.com for 4 years and has had articles appear on over a dozen high profile sites such as Football.com, FFToday, Fantasy Asylum and Red Eye Sports. Philip also does on-air NFL news and injury reporting for two radio shows. Philip's been playing fantasy football for 9 years and has always had great success, winning 24 championships and missing the playoffs only 5 times in 95 leagues. He's played in a number of "expert" leagues and I'm currently a participating member in ffWebmasters, Hafa X and the PFSCC Experts League. Philip also holds a degree in Sports Medicine, Board Certification in Athletic Training, and has been working with athletes and sports injuries for over 8 years.

 

Kyle Holmes
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With over a decade of fantasy football experience, and seven years of IDP dynasty competition, Kyle has been living and breathing fantasy football since Tom Brady blatantly fumbled (and certainly did not tuck) the ball in the "Snow Bowl" against the Oakland Raiders. Despite using his first ever draft pick on Deuce McAllister, Kyle went on to have several successful tenures as his leagues' commissioner, numerous winning seasons in both redraft and dynasty leagues, and three consecutive appearances in his IDP dynasty league's championship game. Kyle is a graduate of UC Davis with a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Education, and currently teaches high school sports journalism in Granite Bay, CA. When he’s not teaching, writing or managing his fantasy teams, you can find him on the couch supporting Bay Area sports teams, especially the Silver & Black and Cal Golden Bears.

 

Alessandro Miglio
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Hailing from Northern California by way of Miami and New York, Alex has taken the scenic route to sports writing. His college degrees are in music engineering and technology, and he is a control systems programmer by trade. After years of amateur fantasy footballing, he responded to a tweet from Pro Football Focus calling for fantasy writers. The rest, as you say, is history. He quickly rose the ranks at PFF Fantasy, winning a nomination for fantasy writer of the year for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association after his rookie year. Along the way, Alex was also tapped to be a NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is now the Redraft Editor for PFF Fantasy, and he brings his writing talents over to the Huddle. Alex is forever grateful to his wife and her infinite patience considering he has a day job and two kids.

 

Kevin Ratterree

Kevin is a fantasy veteran of nearly two decades.  He is an enigma, a stigma, and some say a blight on humanity.  His weekly column Commentary from the Edge is an often blistering diatribe on all things NFL.  And his preseason musings, while often-times mocked and ridiculed, usually end up being far more prophetic than you would expect from a guy that thinks a spread-sheet has something to do with copulation.   Kevin's crowning acheivement came in 2008 when he was the regular season points leader in the WCOFF Super Satellite league, and came a couple of disasterous week 16 roster gaffes from taking the championship from the field of 144 of fantasy's best.  From the looks of his photo, it is a moment he has never lived down.  Either that, or he is in the witless protection program.

 

Paul Sandy

Paul is a native of Wisconsin and was baptized into the Green Bay Packer religion soon after leaving the womb. Although he has never personally worn a foam wedge of cheese on his head, he fully supports those who choose to do so. Since graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul (Min.) with a Journalism degree, Paul has written advertising copy for a variety of high-tech clients. In 1999, he penned fantasy football draft strategy articles for ffinformer.com and is excited to get back into fantasy football writing. Paul is commissioner of the Beer and Bratwurst League, which has been in existence since 1992. He hates domed stadiums, the stud running back theory and sticky toddlers. When it comes to life and fantasy football, he will try anything twice; this includes drafting Fred Taylor. Of all the writers at The Huddle, Paul is the smartest and best looking.

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