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Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

May 14, 2006.

I remember a lot of things about that day.

I watched the end of the Brewers game with my family, just hours after walking off the stage at the Kohl Center as a college graduate, climbing the Abe Lincoln statue atop Bascom Hill, and telling Honest Abe that I wasnít quite sure what I was going to do with my life.

At least in the pictures, I didnít look concerned about my future.

We were sitting on the futon and the old hand-me-down couch in the living room of the first apartment that my wife and I rented on the west side of Madison.

It was Motherís Day.

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