Dubs: If a maniacal gnome learned your full name and yelled it out on a crowded subway, what name would he yell?
I would hope he'd call me by my name, Scott. But I'm thinking being a
maniacal gnome, and knowing I'm a DJ, it would probably be along the
lines of "Yo, the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla" or something stupid like
Dubs: So, what all jobs do you hide under your coat of many colors?
I'm a truck driver for my main occupation, but a DJ on the weekends in
a club on the Jersey Shore..otherwise known as "DJ Scottso"... #1 on
the charts, #1 in your hearts.
Dubs: What are the strangest requests that you have gotten for a song?
Scottso: Seeing you are referring to my DJ alter ego, I prefer to be
called by such...lol. Although you don't need to refer to me as trucker
Scottso for the remainder of the interview. :)
club I where I work plays more party and fun type music. Not so
much club music. So I
can really mix it up a little with my music selection. From oldies to
rock to popular dance stuff thats out now. I can't say I've ever gotten
any really strange requests, but its funny how I get people asking for
really off the wall music in the middle of a great set when I have the
dance floor packed. And then they don't understand when I tell them no,
as I know it would clear the floor if I played it. But most of the time
I'll just tell them I don't have the song, even though I do. This way
they just go away dissapointed, but not upset. Plus they'd hassle me to
play their crummy song all night if I said I had it.
Dubs: So, Trucker Scott, do you have a CB Handle?
No, nothing cool like that. I actually don't drive the big rigs. What I
mostly deliver doesn't require larger trucks. I deliver blinds for a
company called Blinds To Go, and Fisher and Paykel appliances.
But I don't need a CB to keep me occupied. I've got my loaded Ipod and a
Sirius radio, and I'm good to go. Lots of Howard Stern, then music.
Dubs: If you were to get a CB handle that contained an adjective and then an animal, what would yours be?
Cool Cat. I know it sounds a little gay, but I'm a cat lover and have 2
of them at home. So if I have to pick an animal, it may as well be a
cat, and I thought Cool Cat sounded cool. A little beatnik sounding
Dubs: Speaking of beatniks, how did someone as cool as Maynard G. Krebs become someone as lame as Willy Gilligan?
Thats funny. I think Dobie Gillis was a little before my time, but I
was a fan of Gilligan's Island growing up...mostly because of Mary Ann.
But most of those fond adolescent moments were lost with her recent mug
Dubs: They are both ahead of my time, but how cool is Nick at Nite?
Don't really watch alot of Nick at Night, but I am a fan of alot of
those old shows. At 49 years old, I remember many of those shows when
they were aired on primetime TV. Damn it sucks getting old. :(
Dubs: What are some positives and negatives of Gridiron Dynasty in relation to Goal Line Blitz?
I find both games to be fun, but they are really completley different
types of games altogether. Besides the obvious..NFL vs College ball, GD
is more of an individual game while GLB is totally a team game.
love GD, as I'm sure everyone is already aware of, but I have enjoyed
GLB as well. Those guys have done a nice job creating a fun and
addictive game over at GLB. And you can tell that they are totally
committed to making it even better with constant updates daily. It's
hard to compare the 2, so I'll just tell you what I like and dislike
about each game seperately.
- I love the team aspect.
- I like the leveling up part and getting skill points to distribute, to create a player exactly the way you want.
- It's fun watching your player(s) grow and build up stats
the play by play that you can watch. Something I'd love to see GD
create. I watch every one of my team's games from beginning to end, and
you can really get a good feel of who's doing what on every play.
- No prize structure
- Not enough gameplanning features (yet)
- Can get very expensive if you have a lot of players
- Very slow website
- I also like the every man for himself aspect of the game
- Lots of gameplanning features and game strategies available
- Better forums
- Better career opportunities available. Going from D3 to D1A.
- Recruiting is a great feature in the game.
Dubs: How often should there be updates to Gridiron Dynasty in your opinion?
- Not enough updates to the game
- Recruiting is fun, but way too long
Well seeing HD has had 13-14 new changes, and a dev chat all in the
last 2 weeks, it would be nice to see little additions to GD every so
often. GD gets totally neglected, and I'm not sure why. But if they
just threw us a bone with 1-2 minor changes a month, it would help to
keep the game interesting.
Dubs: What is your opinion of Hoops Dynasty?
Its OK. Not into it like GD though. Most likely because I don't
understand it as well. I currently have 2 teams...Virginia with
Scottso14 and Wayne State with Vendetta. I recruit well in HD, but my
gameplanning sucks and I just basically rely on my players' skills to
win whatever games I do. Not a good recipe for winning championships,
though, when you're basically relying on luck to win. But I did win a
Championship in HD a while back. Probably my last though. :(
Dubs: Do you actually follow the race between yourself and plague for most overall National Titles?
I did for a little while when he was catching up to me. But he has long
since passed me, and I really don't check much anymore. I'm excited about
getting 4,000 wins someday, and I sometimes check to see how close I am
to that. But maybe he'll slow down a little now that he left that D2
team he was at in Leahy forever, and let me catch up again so we can
actually call it a race. :)
Plague is one of the better coaches
around, and even though I may have more wins than many other coaches,
its only because I've played more games than them. I don't really put
myself on the elite coaches list. I feel there are quite a few better
than myself in this game. But I am a very good recruiter, and that
generally gives me the advantage that I need to win.
Dubs: What coaches would you rank as better than you?
I feel there are many who are better than me. Just off the top of
my head, ddingo and Jeff come to mind. I think ddingo is the best, hands
down. And Jeff, when he is around, does a fine job of winning NCs as
well. I'm not even sure how much these 2 guys gameplan, but whatever
settings they use when they set up their teams are different than
everyone else's. I played Jeff's UCLA team when I knew he wasn't even
around, and my team was very strong, and I still lost. It's like they
have figured out a loop hole in the game and they are the only 2 that
But just a quick few names of other coaches I think are elite coaches: You (Dubs), Buffalo_Rob, Treyomo, Carpediem,
Wlarson, Dwhit34, VHoward, Cravedogg, Plague. I've played alot
of games with all these guys, and have total respect for every one of
them. There are definately many good coaches I even left off this list,
but these are the ones that come to mind quickly.
Dubs: Who does the most with the least talent, who does the least with the most?
Scottso: You're making me think too much in this interview...lol.
a tough one. I'd say recently I've seen Kcden do a very nice job with
his Washington team in Bryant the past few seasons. My USC team had
owned the PAC-10 for the past 3-4 seasons, and he has come out of
nowhere and has won the past 2 CCs, and my team is about 50 pts higher
in rating than his.
Honestly, I'd have to say I'm one of the
biggest underachievers. I'm a very good recruiter, and have built up
some very strong D1A teams. Yet I only have 2 titles in D1A..hopefully
a 3rd by the time this is posted...lol. But having 8 elite teams, I have no excuses for not winning more NCs at the D1A level.
Dubs: Nice way to fall on your sword. Are you and kahleb still feuding?
Its a fair assesment to say there is no love lost between us. But as a
coach, I have nothing but repect for the guy. Not too sure whats going
on with him lately though. He seems to be letting his teams run on auto
pilot for entire seasons at a time...including during recruiting. He is
too good a coach to question, so it is what it is. Its a shame to see
good elites fall apart though in his absence. But when and if he
returns, he generally can turn them around again. You always know when
he is around and when he is not.
Dubs: Do you ever get bored with this game?
Definately. I think anyone who has as many teams as I do tends to get
bored occasionally. But it only takes the next big game, or landing
that stud recruit to get you right back into it. I'm sure the
time will come when I hang it up and find something else. But I think
if I left now, I'd miss it too much. And it really doesn't take up as
much of my time as some may think. All my teams aren't playing at the
same time..especially with alot of D1A teams, and a lot of down time
during the bowl seasons in each world. So if I spend a half hour a day
gameplanning, that would be alot.
I do feel having as many teams
as I do between my 3 user names (thepayback and vendetta), that my teams
don't get as much attention as they need. I rarely make changes when
players get injured in fear that I'll forget to change it back when
they're healthy, and little things like that. But I'm not sure I'd do
things any differently if I only had 1-2 teams. What I'm doing works,
so I don't change much.
Dubs: Of your teams, which ones do you enjoy most?
My hands-down favorite is Penn State in Leahy. It was the first D1A
team I won a championship with. Plus it's my favorite conference out of
all my teams. It's very competitive, and almost all of the coaches have
been with their teams for a while and we have all gotten to know each
other quite well. They have also become some of my closest friends here
on the site, and the ones I enjoy playing with the most. I've gotten
the majority of these guys to join our GLB team too. How could a
conference with Buffalo_Rob, Carpediem, Treyomo, Bludluciano, and
thenoodle not be fun and competitive?
runner ups are
Texas in Camp, and USC in Bryant: two other very good conferences with
plenty of tough competition. I compete against ddingo with my Texas
team in Camp, and that's all the challenge I need. He is at Nebraska
has an incredibly strong team. He had won 8 out of 12 CCs before I
arrived, but now I've won the last 4 (and the first ones for this
Texas team), and a NC this past season, so I think I have given him
some very good competition of which I'm proud. As I said earlier, I
consider him to be the best in the game. Hopefully he respects me as
much as I do him.
Dubs: If you had to give up one of your teams, which one would it be?
Well it wouldn't be any of my D1A teams. I plan on staying at all of
them till I'm done playing this game. So that leaves my two D1AA teams,
and one D2 team. I've been at Sam Houston State for something like
seasons. I like the team, but I look to move up every season. But I
hate rebuilds in D1A, so I'm just waiting for a good opportunity to
open. And I like Miles in D2 Dobie also, but will look to move up after
this season. So the only team I'm not attached to at all is Western
Illinois in D1AA Hayes. I'm trying to get up to D1A quickly in that
world. So hopefully my resume will allow me to move up after one more
I applied to three low-level D1A schools last season, and was denied by
After moving all over the place in all the worlds for a
long time, I'm actually very happy that I have started landing elites
that I can call home for the rest of my GD days. I have 3 University of
2 Penn State's, USC, and BC with my Scottso account. I like them all
will never leave, except possibly BC if another Penn State, USC, or
opens up. Then I have Michigan with thepayback, and Ohio State
with Vendetta. I'll probably keep them as well, and they will be the
only teams with my other accounts. Now I just need to find 3 more homes
with Scottso, and I'll be set for the rest of my GD playing days.
Dubs: Why did you decide to lateral to Miles during the race to the top of Dobie?
That's a good question. At the time I made that decision I wasn't in
such a big hurry to move up in the Dobie World. I had marginal success
in my first two seasons and felt I had already fallen behind too much in
the race to the top. So when Miles opened up, I changed my gameplan and
figured I'd stop rushing and instead enjoy success at each level on my way to
D1A. I have found that if you put yourself in the right situation, you
will eventually land an elite anyways. Even though I prefer D1A
over all the other levels, I still enjoy the playoff system. And I'm
certainly not lacking reward points, so that's not enough motive to
force me to move up too quickly.
Dubs: Why do you enjoy the IA level the most? Personally, the lack of playoffs makes it less interesting to me.
No one particular reason, but I do prefer the recruiting in D1A over
all the lower levels. And I also like the extra time off while waiting
to play my bowl games. I'm sure having 13 teams may have something to
do with that. Plus the competition is second to none in D1A. So that
helps to keep my interest. I think I've done all I can do in the lower
levels, so D1A is where the challenge is for me now.
Dubs: Do you think that the best team wins the title as often at DIA as it does at the lower levels?
Definately not. Alot of times in D1A, the best teams don't even make it
into the NC game. Your schedule and some luck have alot to do with it.
And with the high level of coaches in D1A, anybody can win any given NC
Dubs: Is there something inherently wrong with a game that
forces people to migrate to the one level where there is the least true
Scottso: I like that the playoffs give the best
teams and coaches a chance to prove themselves, but the bowl games are
true to life, so I like everything the way it is. Although, it would be
fun to see them create a world where D1A had playoffs too. I'd enjoy
that for a change.
don't look at it as if they are forcing
anybody to do anything. I think they were just looking out for their
best interest when they implemented the new rewards system. Any coach
can stay as long at a team as they want. As unhappy as I was with it,
they obviously felt they weren't making enough profit from the game,
and had to make some changes. I was very comfortable at many of my D1AA
teams when these changes came. But I couldn't afford all these teams if
I had to start paying for them. So it was then when I took the D1A
leap, and am actually much happier with the game now.
complain at all. I play the game for free and haven't spent a dime
on the WIS site except when I joined a new world. I currently have
over 100 credits on my teams, and reward points to spare. Plus over 100
bucks in site credits. So they have to make their money somehow. Thats
another reason I prefer D1A over the lower levels...lol. I actually
make about 100 dollars profit per year on each of my teams.
Dubs: What do you think is your strongest attribute as a coach?
It would have to be my ability to recruit well and build any team to
fit the way I prefer to run all my teams. If you took a look at almost
all my teams, they look very similar. I don't let programs run me, so to
speak. I change programs to fit with what I'm comfortable with.
Dubs: What do you think you are weakest at?
It would have to be my gameplanning. I don't invest enough time with
any of my teams to really focus as much as I should. And when I
gameplan each day, it's a process that I only spend about 5 mnutes on
each team with...and many times only 1-2 minutes. That's why you don't
winning many games against teams that are better than mine. So I always
need to get my team better than my opponents to gain any advantage at
Dubs: Has co-coaching with that moron in Wilkinson been any benefit to you whatsoever?
That moron does alot of things I look at as unorthodox. Yet the things
he does yield great results, so I'd have to say yes. I see many D1A
championships in my future co-coaching with the moron. On the
other side, I can't really see anything you could actually learn from
me. Wouldn't you agree? (editor's note - "the moron" is Dubs, in case you didn't know.)
I completely changed how I did IAA recruiting after one year doing it
at Colgate. I didn't have any National Titles before I started coaching
with you. What are your views on practice?
Scottso: And here I thought I was doing things the same as everyone else...lol.
Without giving out too many details, all I can say is I hate to practice things I can't see immediate results from.
Dubs: What sets do you enjoy the most?
Wishbone and Notre Dame all the way baby!!! I love to run the ball and
build all my teams around these 2 sets. The key to be successful
in this game in my opinion is to learn how to create a running game and
RUN with it.
Dubs: Do you have favorite players from your teams whose names you can remember?
Believe it or not...no. With so many teams and players, I find it hard
to get that attached where I remember names of past players. To be
honest, other than James Brown on our Colgate team, I can't name one
other current players name.
Dubs: You just need to recruit
better names. My starting QB at Holy Cross is Harvey Harvey. Have you
considered ignoring attributes and just recruiting the coolest
Scottso: I may have to consider that with future
recruiting efforts. Maybe if I ever see a Scott Scott, or possibly
someone fron Neptune, NJ where I went to school, I'd recruit someone
for a reason other than his attributes.
Dubs: I did recruit a
crappy player once just because he had my name. At what point in this
game did it really start to click for you?
probably wasn't until I reached D1AA when I really had a good grasp of
how to play this game real well. I had minimal success in D3, and then
decent success in D2, but the majority of my NCs all came from D1AA.
Thats when I really discovered the running game and how to build
monster running teams. But that also was way before D1A was as heavily
populated as it is now. It has become much harder to build those kind
of D1AA teams anymore.
That was around the time of the Pinnacle
fiasco. My Harvard team at the time was having great success, and had a
team rating of something like 760-770, and at the time was the highest
rated team in the world..even higher than all the D1A teams. That's when
he took it upon himself to bring Harvard back to earth. And well, you
know the story after that.
Dubs: What was the first team you ever had in GD and why did you pick them?
It all started way back when in season 4 at Coe in Rockne.
Parkav(sts2005) invited me to join his conference. We played
Strat-O-Matic Baseball together over at the Sporting News site, and he
had brought a few of those guys over here. I think I saw his post on
the forums over there and asked him about it. I believe I only won 5 or
6 games in each of my first few seasons. Once I was hooked, I started
inviting some of those guys over to this game as well. Buffalo_Rob was
one of them. We basically learned the game together even though I had a
couple season head start on him. But I have bounced ideas off of him
more than anyone else here on the site.
Dubs: Any chance you could get him to stop beating me every time we play?
Scottso: LOL. He's a good guy and another person I chat with often here. He also has a player on my GLB team, as you know.
Dubs: Who did you win your first National Title with?
After a few seasons at Coe, I expanded to a few more worlds and got
Utica in Bryant. After a few seasons there, JConte left Centre, so I
lateralled to them and won back to back championships right away.
Obviously not the best way to win a championship, but at least by my
3rd season, I knew enough about the game to at least keep the team
strong and go on to win a championship. Early in my career I did alot
of moving around. I didn't know back then that people got upset at
cherry pickers; I was still relatively new at the game and was just
moving to schools I felt gave me the best chance to win. After all, we
were paying to play, so why not get a team that gives you the best
chance to gain reward points? I also figured, if I didn't take them,
someone else would. So winning my first bunch of championships came at
a price of having the "honor" of being one of the biggest cherry
pickers in the
On the subject of cherry pickers: I'd like to give
my thoughts on the subject if I may. I personally don't feel someone
that moves up into a higher division who takes over a good team is
cherry picking. If you were successful at a lower level, and are now
qualified to take over a good team at a higher level, then you have
earned the right to a good team. It may be cherry picking in the sense
that you took a good team over a bad one, but it's not a move I frown upon.
Most of the coaches who play this game don't look to take over
rebuilding jobs. But my hat's off to those that do. However, someone
who laterals to a better team, to me, is the true sense of the term
"cherry picking". I have no problems with a coach who makes this kind
of a move and improves the team from what it was before he arrived. It's
the coaches that make these moves and destroy good teams because of
their inexperience thats bothers me.
around here feel ANY move to a good team is considered a cherry picker
whether its up, down, or laterally. I just don't agree with that. But
in any case, I've had my share of pretty much every kind of move
possible. I'm glad to finally get some teams I'm happy to say I will
Dubs: But tell the truth. Considering the shape
that Colgate was in when we got there, wasn't the championship there just a
Scottso: No doubt. But I've had my share of
these types of teams as well and went on to win championships with
them. Maybe not quite as bad as Colgate, but ones that certainly needed
alot of work to eventually win championships. I generally don't
have the patience to wait 8 or 9 seasons at a school to finally win a
championship or a CC, although I feel I could eventually do it with any
school if I wanted to. But yes, the NC this season was quite
gratifying. And I'm very proud of what we have finally accomplished
with Colgate getting into the NC in back-to-back seasons, and finally
taking down the mighty Dartmouth in the CC. Those were our goals, and
I'm glad we stayed long enough to achieve them.
Dubs: Why do you prefer the run to the pass, and do you feel you need quarterbacks?
I assume you're saying that because I prefer the running game over the
passing game. To have a strong team, you certainly need both, and I
recruit as if I will need them. But I prefer to run because I feel it's
easier to get down the field, and I like having more time on the field
with my offense than my defense. I feel like I have more control
the game when I'm running. I also feel its tougher to stop a
running team than a strong passing one.
Dubs: What do you look at when you are trying to take over teams?
Obviously how strong the teams RBs are, but also how strong the lines
are on both sides. These are the three most important things to look for in
a new team, in my opinion. Everything else I can work on after I'm
there. But if those three things are strong, I feel like I can compete
Dubs: Is there anything we haven't covered that you want to add?
I think I've taken up enough of everyone's time...lol. But thank you for
taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down with me and chat
for a while. I think I'm ready to shoot down to the local bar for a
drink...want to join me?
Dubs: OK let's shoot through these Trios then. Pick your favorite among the three.
TRIO #1: Superman, Batman or Spiderman
That one changes all the time with the releases of the latest
movie...lol. Superman as a child, then Batman, then Spiderman with all
his latest movies, and now Batman with his latest film. So Batman.
TRIO #2: Best joker -- Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger
Wow...they were all so good. But I'll have to give Heath Ledger the nod
in his latest performance. I thought he was amazing. But I did love
Cesar Romero as a child. He was pretty cool also.
TRIO #3: Biggest early talent loss -- James Dean, River Phoenix or Heath Ledger
Scottso: Don't know much about James Dean or River Phoenix, but from what I've seen of Heath Ledger, I'd have to go with him.
TRIO #4: 70's Music, 80's Music, 90's Music
70's. Being the old fart that I am, this is the era of music I grew up
with. I graduated high school in 1977. Its also the #1 setting in my
TRIO #5: Most annoying 1-hit wonder -- 'Macarena' by Los Del Rio, 'Rock Me Amadeus' by Falco or 'Mickey' by Toni Basil
Scottso: I do have 'Rock Me Amadeus' by Falco in my IPod, so I'll narrow it down to the other two and pick the Macarena.
TRIO #6: Best Adventure Movie Series -- Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Indiana Jones
Scottso: I'm honestly not a fan of any of them, so I'll pick Harry Potter. :)
TRIO #7: Worst Elite -- Miami, Tennessee or Nebraska
Nebraska based on the lack of local recruits. Tennessee's not great
because of all the elites surrounding them, but I think they do have
good recruits near them. Miami is tough as well, but they generally get
at least a handful of very good recruits locally to them that no one
can take away from them.
Dubs: Thanks for giving us your time Scott.