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SoundBits: Fantasy Football Guru (and Dali Lama Fan) Louis Tranquilli

Though we devised the six questions that appear here each week in the name of offering you a peek into the lives and on-air offerings of BTR’s most dedicated hosts, even we never dreamed we’d be talking personal finance, Eastern theology and Mickey Mouse in the same column. But that’s precisely what happened in the case of Louis Tranquilli. As host of BFDFANTASYfootball.com on our Fantasy Sports Channel, the Clinton, N.J., resident regularly serves up winning fantasy football insights. As for his non-sports-related musings, proceed at your own risk.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

Because I’ve worked with professional football players, been to the NFL scouting combine and talked football with coaches, all of which has afforded me more than just a “fan’s view” of the game. Moreover, it makes me a fantasy football expert.

CAPTION: Louis: (Re)dressed for success.

Louis: (Re)dressed for success.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve been on fire twice, and almost been blown up once. If that doesn’t surprise them, I also – as a financial advisor with The Investment Center – I manage many millions dollars of my clients’ money.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner. During the ’70s, Ralph used to pour a can of beer and have it sitting right in front of him the entire time he was doing his Kiner’s Corner show on WOR-TV in New York, which aired before and after Mets’ games. He wasn’t a great broadcaster, but he was a great guy to listen talk baseball. Ralph, who’s now 86 and, between 1946 and 1955, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, was John Madden before there was a Madden. Way underrated, he was relaxed, enjoyed the game and said some really off-the-wall stuff. Lotta fun.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

I’d want a person of great controversy. Someone who’s at once adored and despised for his strong beliefs. I appreciate people who are willing to think differently and create a stir with their ability to deliver a message that isn’t pleasant, though is politically correct. Someone willing to place himself in harm’s way for others, and forsake personal glory for doing it. So that eliminates athletes, politicians, business people and scientists – leaving me with the Dali Lama or the Pope. Each has a name, but has given it up for the perpetuating “theory” of their religion. They represent something that’s based soley on belief, so there’s no science that can persude them. So it would be a gas trying to get some football opinions out of these guys.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

I’m still in my pajamas, just back from a Disney World vacation. (That little rat disguised as a mouse stole all my damn clothes, man!)

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

I cleaned up puke from one of my four kids while on the air. Top that.

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