This spreadsheet-wielding Scrooge was the logo of my fantasy football team (“Mighty Ebenezer”) circa 2001. Yes, I had this art custom commissioned for that purpose.
Yes, that is really, REALLY sick. And simultaneously PURE FREAKING AWESOME.
Let’s start here: Football Season is Spreadsheet Season. Yes, even more spreadsheets than usual, even for me. And football season starts tonight here in the US. So it’s high time I tell you this story.
Even if you don’t care about American Football, or sports in general, I suspect you may still find the story itself to be interesting.
Deep down, this story is actually about a trait shared by probably everyone reading this. And there is a TWIST in this story, a BIG one. So go get another cup of coffee. I will wait.
Scene: Rob Collie, 1996-1997. And Lots of Losing.
I started at Microsoft in July 1996, fresh out of college. I was raw, lazy, and unskilled. I had never really applied myself to anything. I had a computer science degree but had scrupulously avoided learning how to program. I got the job largely because I was decent at logic puzzles, which were the MS interview du jour.