Fantasy Football Friday - Oakland A's Edition

As a curator of sorts for this blog, I have the opportunity to see Funds For Learning's company culture in action. I see how it is maintained and strengthened through the FFL GuideMarks. I see how we strive to increase our E-rate knowledge. I see how our team-based approach serves a purpose much greater than a natural division for the Olympics. Even though the blog is a look at the lighter-side of FFL, the seriousness in the posts is often evident. We want to create, continually improve and fortify a positive and healthy company culture. We strive to maintain a work environment that produces positive results for our clients, and thus, the communities they serve.

Our Fantasy Football Fridays are fun. We take a tongue-in-cheek approach to a cultural phenomenon that has spread to our social media sites. Despite the approach, and seeming irrelevance, the blog serves other purposes. The fantasy football blogs highlight a very important team here at Funds For Learning. Our "experts", AKA the compliance specialists, are instrumental in getting E-rate funding to our clients.

The fantasy football blog also allows us to highlight other individuals in the office. For example, we have had a sick compliance specialist, so we employed Eric Jester to help us out this week. Eric is a big Oakland A's fan so we constructed the picks and teams around "Green". We thought this may help heal the wounds after the A's got knocked out of the ALDS by the Tigers.

But most importantly, the fantasy football blog points to what we are, by satirizing what we are not. We're not fantasy football experts - we are E-rate experts. We are an E-rate compliance firm. We are committed to the long-term success of the E-rate program. We aim to help all E-rate stakeholders understand and effectively utilize the Universal Service Funding Program for Schools and Libraries and to comply with all of its rules.

So, as you read on and get our "advice" for the coming week, may the obvious example of what we are not, remind you of what we are.

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Let’s look back at last week and check how our experts fared.

Ryan Mathews (start) – A great call. 19.9 pts.Martellus Bennett (start) – Nope. 3 pts.Brian Hartline (sit) – Good Call - 5.9 pts.Cam Newton (start) – Cam had a rough day. - 7.84 pts.Pierre Garcon (start) – Speaking of rough days... - 2.4 pts.Marquee match-ups: 2 of 3 for the week and 6 for 12 on the season.

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Week 6 Sit/Starts - Oakland A's Edition with guest expert, Eric Jester.

Alex Green – START

"His name starts with an 'A'." - Tiffany

BenJarvus Green-Ellis – START

“The guy basically has 4 names, he deserves it.” – Eric"He had never fumbled a football in his career until last month." - Nancy

Shonn Greene – SIT

“He misspelled both his names." – Eric

A.J. Green – START

“He will be looking to prove that his alma mater (Georgia) isn’t as overrated as they appeared last weekend. Big game coming from A.J. Green.” – Eric

Ladarius Green – START

“Who?" – Eric"Got to cheer for the Chargers " – Laura

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Now for picks of three marquee match-ups with expert commentary from Eric Jester:

Jets over Colts - "New York will need someone to come up big late in this game. Look for Raul Ibanez to step up."

Packers over Texans - "Green Bay, because they aren’t from Texas."

Lions over Eagles - "Lions, I hear they are starting Justin Verlander at QB this week."

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We received the following questions (really) via Twitter.

@FFL Ridley or Bradshaw? - "Well he’s a Hall of Famer, so without question you have to go with Terry Bradshaw." - Eric

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If this is your first experience with Funds For Learning's Fantasy Football Friday's you might be a bit confused, and rightfully so - our expertise is in E-rate (we're pretty good at alliteration too), but not Fantasy Football.

What is Funds For Learning?

Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm. We specialize in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process. We have more than 150 combined years of experience in providing professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program.

What is E-rate?

The E-rate program provides discounts on certain services and products that are essential for classrooms and libraries to receive voice, video, and data communications. You can see if your local school district is making the most of available technology funding and is utilizing the E-rate program by visiting Funds For Learning home page and click on "Is my school participating?" link under "Funding Data from E-rate Manager" , bottom right of your screen.