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AJ Mass is a sports writer and frequent guest on Rob Has a Podcast. Though his interests lie mainly in the realm of fantasy sports, he also has a vested interest in reality television, and has appeared on many different podcasts over the years.

BioEdit

AJ is a writer for ESPN and SportsNation, focusing on fantasy sports. He is the author of the non-fiction novel How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookies and Wall Street and, Yes It’s Hot In Here, which is about his time as ‘Mr. Met’, the New York Mets’ mascot.

RHAP AppearancesEdit

First Appearance: November 4, 2011[1]Edit

AJ first appeared on RHAP on November 4, 2011 after the 8th episode of Survivor: South Pacific. He discussed with Rob the noteworthy moves of Ozzy Lusth asking his tribe to send him to Redemption Island and John Cochran's much-discussed flip on his former tribe members at the merge. AJ then compared the twelve players left in the game to the twelve character types in a fantasy league that is described in his book How Fantasy Sports Explains the World. He will go on to do this twelve-character analysis for nearly all of his future podcast appearances. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Benjamin "Coach"Wade
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Sophie Clarke
3. The Mad Scientist - Ozzy Lusth
4. The X Factor & 5. Captain Loophole - John Cochran
6. The Idiot Savant - Brandon Hantz
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Albert Destrade
8. Old Reliable - Rick Nelson
9. The Narcissist - Keith Tollefson
10. The Loose Cannon - Jim Rice
11. The Cheerleader - Dawn Meehan
12. The Ninja - Whitney Duncan
13. Fresh Meat - Edna Ma

Second Appearance: February 25, 2012[2]Edit

AJ talked to Rob on February 25, 2012 after the second episode of Survivor: One World and the first episode of The Celebrity Apprentice 5. Rob opened the discussion by comparing the struggles that the women were having on Survivor with the struggles that the women were having on Celebrity Apprentice. Rob asked AJ about some of his theories which include men have more experience working in groups of only men. Rob and AJ discuss the decision made by the women’s team to keep Kat Edorsson in the game over Nina Acosta, when it seemed like keeping Nina would be what was in the best interest of the team. AJ gave some examples taht this is something that happens in sports all the time. AJ discussed what he’s watching for during this new season of Celebrity Apprentice including how unfair it is for the celebrities to reach out to the big time donors. Rob also got AJ’s opinion on the film Moneyball heading into Oscars weekend. Plus, as a Star Wars fan, AJ Mass discussed what his thoughts were on the re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Third Appearance: March 26, 2012[3]Edit

AJ appeared once again to talk to Rob after the seventh episode of Survivor: One World. Before the Survivor talk, Rob asked AJ for his thoughts about Tim Tebow being traded to the Jets and what the fantasy impact of Tim Tebow might be. Rob then asked AJ for his thoughts on Colton Cumbie and how his game evolved over the course of the 5 weeks since AJ had last been on the show. AJ could not have imagined that Colton would become so powerful in such a short period of time. Rob and AJ then went through the 12 personality types outlined in AJ’s book to try to pick out which Survivor player best fit each type. They also discussed the latest happenings on the Celebrity Apprentice and AJ's thought that this is officially the year that Donald Trump lost his mind. AJ believes that Trump is simply firing the most boring people every week and finds a reason to do so whether its deserved or not. Rob and AJ run through the cast and both agree that Aubrey O’Day, Lisa Lampanelli, Arsenio Hall and Clay Aiken are looking to be in the best spots right now. Rob asks AJ about the film, The Hunger Games which opened that weekend. AJ says that the ranking provided to the tributes before the Hunger Games begins, such as the 11 given to Katniss Everdeen could effect the draft. Also, he recommended always betting on the player who volunteers for The Hunger Games. Finally, AJ dropped some fantasy baseball sleepers on us and some final predictions about the Mets. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Sabrina Thompson
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Kim Spradlin
3. The Mad Scientist - Alicia Rosa
4. The X Factor - Leif Manson
5. Captain Loophole - N/A
6. The Idiot Savant - Jonas Otsuji
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Chelsea Meissner
8. Old Reliable - Troyzan Robertson
9. The Narcissist - Michael Jefferson
10. The Loose Cannon - Tarzan Smith
11. The Cheerleader - Christina Cha
12. The Ninja - Jay Byars
13. Fresh Meat - Kat Edorsson

Fourth Appearance: July 13, 2012[4]Edit

AJ appeared on the first podcast after the premiere of Big Brother 14 to discuss the coaches' draft in the episode. Rob and AJ went through the entire draft pick by pick to determine who did the best job. AJ then provided each of the returning coaches: Mike Boogie Malin, Dan Gheesling, Britney Haynes and Janelle Pierzina with letter grades for their entire draft.

Fifth Appearance: August 31, 2012[5]Edit

AJ appeared a little over a month later on RHAP after the eviction episode on the seventh week of Big Brother 14, which saw Dan Gheesling's infamous "Funeral" and Britney Haynes' elimination from the game. Him and Rob started the podcast by reviewing the draft the coaches had made at the premiere. Rob and AJ both thought that Dan had a terrible draft and was off to a horrible start in the game. AJ thinks that Dan may have been throwing the game from the beginning in order to get himself in to this position. AJ also gave his thoughts on Jeff Kent appearing on the upcoming season of Survivor. Being a former mascot for the Mets, as Mr. Met, AJ has met Jeff Kent and thinks that he may struggle with the social game on Survivor. Finally, AJ went through the rosters of the 20-team RHAP Fantasy Football League to give us the winners and losers from this week's draft. AJ really liked the teams from Jonny Fairplay and Shane Powers while he thought that Primetime Alex Stein 99 and Charlie O’Connell will struggle this season.

Sixth Appearance: October 22, 2012[6]Edit

AJ came onto the podcast after the fifth episode of Survivor: Philippines to talk about the season and specifically contestant and major league baseball player Jeff Kent. Rob talks with AJ and asks him about Jeff's performance through five episodes of Survivor: Philippines. Rob was curious about the playing career of Jeff Kent and asked if AJ believed that Jeff Kent will someday be a major league Hall of Famer. AJ thinks that while Jeff Kent was a very good ballplayer, he was not ever dominant enough for a long period of time or compiled enough stats over his career. Rob and AJ then go through the remaining players in the Survivor Philippines game and attempt to match them up to his 12 archetypes. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Jonathan Penner
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Malcolm Freberg
3. The Mad Scientist - Pete Yurkowski
4. The X Factor & 5. Captain Loophole - Michael Skupin
6. The Idiot Savant - RC Saint-Amour
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Denise Stapley
8. Old Reliable - Artis Silvester
9. The Narcissist - Jeff Kent
10. The Loose Cannon - Abi-Maria Gomez
11. The Cheerleader - Lisa Whelchel
12. The Ninja - Katie Hanson
13. Fresh Meat - Carter Williams

Seventh Appearance: March 30, 2013[7]Edit

AJ discussed his thoughts on Survivor: Caramoan after its seventh episode, gave us the 12 archetypes in the form of power rankings, and gave his insights into Big Brother Canada 1. Later, AJ gave his thoughts about The Amazing Race and Survivor. AJ has enjoyed watching Peter so far this season on Big Brother: Canada. Finally, AJ shared his thought on some players to watch in Fantasy Baseball this year including his crazy man love for Mike Trout. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - John Cochran
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Malcolm Freberg
3. The Mad Scientist - Phillip Sheppard
4. The X Factor & 5. Captain Loophole - Andrea Boehlke
6. The Idiot Savant - Erik Reichenbach
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Reynold Toepfer
8. Old Reliable - Michael Snow
9. The Narcissist - Eddie Fox
10. The Loose Cannon - Corinne Kaplan
11. The Cheerleader - Dawn Meehan
12. The Ninja - Brenda Lowe
13. Fresh Meat - Sherri Biethman

Eighth Appearance: July 24, 2013[8]Edit

AJ brought his 12 archetype technique to another reality show for the first time, talking about the twelve remaining contestants on Big Brother: 15. After the archetypes were discussed, Rob and AJ engage in a Big Brother Fantasy draft and talk a little Fantasy Football before NFL training camp opens up this week.
Rob won the fantasy draft.

Ninth Appearance: November 9, 2013[9]Edit

AJ broke down the remaining 12 (technically 13) players left in Survivor: Blood vs. Water by power ranking of who will go far. Rob and AJ also participated in a Blood vs Water Fantasy Draft. Rob and AJ each drafted a team of 5 Survivors getting fantasy points each week the players last, plus 2 points for each jury vote received, 1 point for winning individual immunity and 1 point for playing a hidden immunity idol. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Vytas Baskauskas
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Tyson Apostol
3. The Mad Scientist - Hayden Moss
4. The X Factor & 5. Captain Loophole - Ciera Eastin
6. The Idiot Savant - Caleb Bankston
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Gervase Peterson
8. Old Reliable - Laura Morett
9. The Narcissist - Aras Baskauskas
10. The Loose Cannon - Monica Culpepper
11. The Cheerleader - Tina Wesson
12. The Ninja - Katie Collins
13. Fresh Meat - Laura Boneham

Rob had the winning team

Tenth Appearance: November 24, 2013[10]Edit

AJ took a step out of reality TV to review the seventh episode of the fourth season of Walking Dead in Rob's absence. Josh Wigler and AJ walked through the events of the episode, followed by answering viewer questions. To finish the show, Josh supplied his version of the 12 archetypes from The Walking Dead for AJ to critique.

Eleventh Appearance: March 25, 2014[11]Edit

AJ came on to break down the remaining 12 (technically 13) players left in Survivor: Cagayan by power ranking of who will go far. Rob and AJ then participated in their fantasy team draft. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Kass McQuillen
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Lindsay Ogle
3. The Mad Scientist - Tony Vlachos
4. The X Factor - Sarah Lacina
5. Captain Loophole - Spencer Bledsoe
6. The Idiot Savant - Morgan McLeod
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Woo Hwang
8. Old Reliable - LJ McKanas
9. The Narcissist - Jeremiah Wood
10. The Loose Cannon - Trish Hegarty
11. The Cheerleader - Tasha Fox
12. The Ninja - Alexis Maxwell
13. Fresh Meat - Jefra Bland

The final fantasy teams were:
AJ: Spencer, Kass, Tony, Woo, Morgan, Trish
Rob: LJ, Sarah, Tasha, Jeremiah, Alexis, Jefra
Not picked: Lindsey
AJ had the winning team.

Twelfth Appearance: July 25, 2014[12]Edit

AJ came on to break down the remaining 12 (technically 13) players left in Big Brother 16 by power ranking of who will go far. Rob and AJ then participated in their fantasy team draft. The final sorting results were:
1. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Amber Borzotra
2. The Mad Scientist - Derrick Levasseur
3. The X Factor - Christine Brecht
4. The Diplomat - Donny Thompson
5. The Loose Cannon - Zach Rance
6. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Cody Califiore
7. The Idiot Savant - Nicole Franzel
8. Old Reliable - Hayden Voss
9. The Narcissist - Caleb Reynolds
10. The Cheerleader - Frankie Grande
11. The Ninja - Victoria Rafaeli
12. Fresh Meat - Jocasta Odom

The final fantasy teams were:
Rob: Derrick, Frankie, Donny, Cody, Amber, Jocasta
AJ: Christine, Zach, Hayden, Nicole, Caleb, Victoria
Rob had the winning team.

Thirteenth Appearance: October 27, 2014[13]Edit

AJ came on to break down the remaining 12 (technically 13) players left in Survivor: San Juan Del Sur by power ranking of who will go far. Rob and AJ then participated in their fantasy team draft. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Jeremy Collins
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Jon Misch
3. The Mad Scientist - Josh Canfield
4. The X Factor - Julie McGee
5. Captain Loophole - Reed Kelly
6. The Idiot Savant - Baylor Wilson
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Missy Payne
8. Old Reliable - Keith Nale
9. The Narcissist - Wes Nale
10. The Loose Cannon - Natalie Anderson
11. The Cheerleader - Dale Wentworth
12. The Ninja - Jaclyn Schultz
13. Fresh Meat - Alec Christy

The final fantasy teams were:
AJ: Josh, Jeremy, Natalie, Jon, Julie, Dale
Rob: Reed, Wes, Keith, Baylor, Missy, Jaclyn
Not picked: Alec
Rob had the winning team.

Fourteenth Appearance: March 23, 2015[14]Edit

AJ came on to break down the remaining 12 (technically 13) players left in Survivor: Worlds Apart by power ranking of who will go far. Rob and AJ then participated in their fantasy team draft. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Carolyn Rivera
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Jenn Brown
3. The Mad Scientist - Tyler Fredrickson
4. The X Factor - Will Sims II
5. Captain Loophole - Shirin Oskooi
6. The Idiot Savant - Dan Foley
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Hali Ford
8. Old Reliable - Mike Holloway
9. The Narcissist - Joaquin Souberbielle
10. The Loose Cannon - Rodney Lavoie Jr.
11. The Cheerleader - Joe Anglim
12. The Ninja - Kelly Remington
13. Fresh Meat - Sierra Dawn Thomas

The final fantasy teams were:
AJ: Carolyn, Jenn, Joaquin, Dan, Rodney, Kelly
Rob: Tyler, Joe, Mike, Hali, Shirin, Sierra
Not picked: Will
Rob had the winning team.

Fifteenth Appearance: July 21, 2015[15]Edit

AJ came on to break down the remaining 12 (technically 13) players left in Big Brother 17 by power ranking of who will go far. Rob and AJ then participated in their fantasy team draft.
AJ had the winning team.

Sixteenth Appearance: November 1, 2015[16]Edit

AJ came on to break down the remaining 12 (technically 13) players left in Survivor: Cambodia by power ranking of who will go far. Rob and AJ then participated in their fantasy team draft. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Kelley Wentworth
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Tasha Fox
3. The Mad Scientist - Kass McQuillen
4. The X Factor - Kelly Wigglesworth
5. Captain Loophole - Stephen Fishbach
6. The Idiot Savant - Kimmi Kappenberg
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Andrew Savage
8. Old Reliable - Joe Anglim
9. The Narcissist - Jeremy Collins
10. The Loose Cannon - Abi-Maria Gomez
11. The Cheerleader - Spencer Bledsoe
12. The Ninja - Ciera Eastin
13. Fresh Meat - Keith Nale

The final fantasy teams were:
Rob: Jeremy, Tasha, Ciera, Andrew, Abi, Kelly Wigglesworth
AJ: Stephen, Kelley Wentworth, Spencer, Joe, Kass, Kimmi
Not picked: Keith
Rob had the winning team.

Seventeenth Appearance: March 14, 2016[17]Edit

AJ came on to break down the remaining 12 (technically 13) players left in Survivor: Kaoh Rong by power ranking of who will go far. Rob and AJ then participated in their fantasy team draft. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Anna Khait
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Aubry Bracco
3. The Mad Scientist - Debbie Wanner
4. The X Factor - Cydney Gillon
5. Captain Loophole - Nick Maiorano
6. The Idiot Savant - Scot Pollard
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Neal Gottlieb
8. Old Reliable - Joe Del Campo
9. The Narcissist - Peter Baggenstos
10. The Loose Cannon - Kyle Jason
11. The Cheerleader - Tai Trang
12. The Ninja - Julia Sokolowski
13. Fresh Meat - Michele Fitzgerald
AJ had the winning team.

Eighteenth Appearance: July 18, 2016[18]Edit

AJ and Rob gave their annual sort of the 13 players left in Big Brother 18, followed by a fantasy team draft. The final sorting results were:
1. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Paulie Calafiore
2. The Mad Scientist - Da'Vonne Rogers
3. The X Factor - The TBD "Battle Back" competition returnee
4. Captain Loophole - Michelle Meyer
5. The Diplomat - James Huling
6. The Loose Cannon - Tiffany Rousso
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Zakiyah Everette
8. The Idiot Savant - Nicole Franzel
9. Old Reliable - Frank Eudy
10. The Narcissist - Paul Abrahamian
11. The Cheerleader - Bridgette Dunning
12. The Ninja - Corey Brooks
13. Fresh Meat - Natalie Negrotti

The final fantasy teams were:
Rob: Nicole, Zakiyah, Paulie, James, Natalie, Bridgette
AJ: Paul, Michelle, Frank, Da'Vonne, Corey, Battle Back Returnee
Not picked: Tiffany
Rob had the winning team

Ninteenth Appearance: November 7, 2016[19]Edit

AJ and Rob talk about the Millennials vs. Gen X archetypes and they do their Survivor Fantasy Draft of the final 13 players. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Zeke Smith
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Jessica Lewis
3. The Mad Scientist - David Wright
4. The X Factor - Will Wahl
5. Captain Loophole - Adam Klein
6. The Idiot Savant - Taylor Lee Stocker
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Ken McNickle
8. Old Reliable - Chris Hammons
9. The Narcissist - Jay Starrett
10. The Loose Cannon - Michelle Schubert
11. The Cheerleader - Sunday Burquest
12. The Ninja - Bret LaBelle
13. Fresh Meat - Hannah Shapiro

The final fantasy teams were:
AJ: Zeke, Jay, Chris, Bret, Hannah, Taylor
Rob: David, Adam, Jessica, Ken, Sunday, Will
Not picked: Michelle
Rob had the winning team

Twentieth Appearance: April 17, 2017[20]Edit

AJ and Rob talk about the Game Changers archetypes and they do their Survivor Fantasy Draft of the final 13 players. The final sorting results were:
1. The Diplomat - Zeke Smith
2. The Marriage of Convenience #1 - Brad Culpepper
3. The Mad Scientist - Hali Ford
4. The X Factor - Cirie Fields
5. Captain Loophole - Aubry Bracco
6. The Idiot Savant - Tai Trang
7. The Marriage of Convenience #2 - Sierra Dawn Thomas
8. Old Reliable - Troyzan Robertson
9. The Narcissist - Ozzy Lusth
10. The Loose Cannon - Debbie Wanner
11. The Cheerleader - Andrea Boelhke
12. The Ninja - Sarah Lacina
13. Fresh Meat - Michaela Bradshaw

Post Show RecapsEdit

AJ was one of the hosts of Wayward Pines recaps on Post Show Recaps with Curt Clark and Mike Bloom. He has made several appearances on podcasts for The Walking Dead and The Leftovers. He was also one of the co-hosts of "LOST Lives", a LOST retrospective series, with Josh Wigler, Antonio Mazzaro, Jo Garfein, and Mike Bloom. AJ has appeared on "Most Shows Recapped" to talk about The Walking Dead and other zombie-themed TV shows[21], The Man in the High Castle[22], and the return of The X-Files.[23] In 2016, AJ covered the third season of Black Mirror with Mike Bloom.[24]

The 12 ArchetypesEdit

AJ's book How Fantasy Sports Explains the World outlines 12 archetypes of people in a typical fantasy sports league. The archetypes are:

  • The Loose Cannon – The person whom is always due to explode over the most minor incident.
  • The Diplomat – The person who can talk their way out of any trouble.
  • Old Reliable – The person who you can always count on, ready to give maximum effort.
  • The Ninja – The person that you don’t even know is there.
  • Fresh Meat – The person who is in over their heads.
  • The Idiot Savant – The person who seems to have success even though they shouldn’t
  • The Mad Scientist – The person with all the crazy plans.
  • The Cheerleader – The person who wants to all work together for the common good.
  • The XX Factor – The person who just is not like all the others.
  • Captain Loophole – The person who is trying to play all the angles.
  • The Marriage of Convenience – The two people who are unlikely partners to work together.
  • The Narcissist – The person who makes it all about themselves.

Other FactsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Author AJ Mass on How Fantasy Sports Explains Survivor
  2. ESPN’s AJ Mass on the Tough Week for the Women of Reality TV and Much More
  3. Profiling the Personality Types of the 12 Remaining Survivors with ESPN’s AJ Mass
  4. Does Jodi Foster Hard Feelings About Her Big Brother Visit & Grading the BB Draft with ESPN.com’s AJ MASS
  5. Britney’s Farewell, Funerals & Fantasy with AJ Mass from ESPN.com
  6. AJ Mass from ESPN.com on Jeff Kent & The 12 Survivor Archetypes
  7. Survivor Caramoan Final 12 Power Rankings from AJ Mass
  8. AJ Mass on the 12 Big Brother Archetypes & A Live Feed Update
  9. AJ Mass on the 12 Archetypes of Survivor & The Return of Primetime Alex Stein
  10. Walking Dead S4 Ep #7 Recap with Josh Wigler & AJ Mass
  11. AJ Mass on the 12 Survivor Cagayan Archetypes
  12. AJ Mass’ 12 Archetypes of BB16 + A Nomination Live Feed Update
  13. AJ Mass on the 12 San Juan Del Sur Archetypes
  14. AJ Mass on the 13 Survivor Worlds Apart Archetypes
  15. AJ Mass on the 13 Survivor Worlds Apart Archetypes
  16. AJ Mass on the 13 Survivor Second Chance Archetypes
  17. 13 Archetypes of Survivor Kaoh Rong with AJ Mass
  18. AJ Mass Reveals the 13 Archetypes of Big Brother 18
  19. 13 Archetypes of Survivor Millennials vs Gen X with AJ Mass
  20. AJ Mass on the 13 Survivor Game Changer Archetypes & Why ——- Lost
  21. The Walking Dead + Zombies Galore | Most Shows Recapped Ep 3
  22. The Man In The High Castle | Most Shows Recapped Ep 9
  23. The Return of The X-Files| Most Shows Recapped Ep 17
  24. Black Mirror on Post Show Recaps

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