This past August, I was in Atlantic City to cover the inaugural Fantasy Football Festival, a one-of-a-kind fantasy football experience according to the organizers, ReedPOP. This was the first time any festival or convention was organized and catered around fantasy football.
ReedPOP, the production company behind New York Comic Con (the largest pop culture convention on the east coast), PAX, PAX East, UFC Fan Expo, & Star Wars Celebration organized the festival. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans, is organizing the festival.
It took a while to get the videos edited as my editor was finishing up college and graduating. I should be able to edit videos faster in the near future so everyone can experience the events closer to when they happened. When the NFL Draft comes around in a few months, you will not have to wait long to see and listen to the 2013 NFL Draft prospects.
We has to break the footage into two videos. The first video features NY Giants Super Bowl MVP and Super Bowl XXV Champion Otis Anderson as well as teammate Howard Cross from that Super Bowl. We get a few words from employees at Fathead, the makers of sports wall clings, some fans, the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, HGTV star of Man Caves & Baltimore Ravens Tony Siragusa, and so much more.
The second video features an interview with ESPN Fantasy guru Matthew Berry and former NY Giants and Jets player Billy Taylor. You can see a fantasy draft in progress and action from the passing and field goal interactive station. Plus as a bonus added extra, a joke shared with former New York Giants QB and CBS sportscaster Phil Simms.Fun was had by all that attended and if ReedPop has this event later this year, I am sure they will get a similar turnout.
Also on the second video is an interview with the head chef who drives and operates Johnsonville’s Big Taste Grill. This thing is the size of an 18 wheeler. The ideal item for that July the BBQ. Johnsonville was there as part of the tailgating section of the event.
Thank you to Dr. Bill Chackes, Managing Partner of Football Reporters Online for asking me to cover the event and to incorporate my own unique style of sports media coverage into this fun, humorous, and a little sarcastic video. Dr. Bill only asked for the first part.
Now keep in mind, these videos were shot in August of 2012 the weekend of the Jets vs. Giants preseason game. So the topics range from preseason form, the Jets acquisition of Tim Tebow, Chad Johnson, Eli Manning, and so much more.
So enjoy watching the Fantasy Football Fest. There was some footage not added, that could be used to create more videos in the next few months. Come back often to find out.
My article from August about the Fantasy Football Fest. More details about the event and pictures can be found there.