R.E.M.’s Mike Mills welcomed into our little Masters’ pool

Mike Mills is a full-time fantasy sports player. I think he also used to be in a band.

Mike Mills (with music industry veteran Mark Williams) used to be in a band or something.

AUGUSTA — Good morning and welcome to the first round of the Masters. More importantly: Go Phil Mickelson!

This momentary lapse in journalistic objectivity (work with me) stems from the AJC’s annual pre-Masters fantasy draft and steak fry. (I drew the third pick in the lottery and, with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods gone, chose Mickelson with my first pick of, yes, the winning team.)

This year’s draft had an added celebrity presence. Long time musician and composer Mike Mills, a founding member of R.E.M., joined our disturbed little group. He and I became friends through musician Steve Wynn (”Dream Syndicate”), a pal of mine since high school days in Los Angeles. (I’ve written a few pieces on Wynn. Here’s a blog from when he brought his “Baseball Project” band to Atlanta in 2009. Here’s a longer one from Stomp and Stammer magazine.)

A peak into the war room of our annual Masters fantasy draft.

A peak into the war room of our annual Masters fantasy draft.

For those who don’t know, Mills is a big sports fan. He’s an even bigger fantasy league player.

“Some people say I have too much time on my hands,” he joked. “But I’m just doing what I’ve always done. I’m always on the Internet, anyway.”

Mills’ current fantasy sports resume:

• He won Mark Bradley’s Final Four contest one year.

• He is about to win an NHL fantasy contest on Yahoo.

• He has drafted baseball teams for four different fantasy leagues. Four. Comment: “I love it. The draft is like Christmas.”

• He was in four different NFL leagues last season.

• He is in one NBA league.

No roller derby.

For all of this experience, you would think Mills would have had a better first pick in our draft than Louis Oosthuizen. Hah!

(In his defense, he was picking seventh. But that didn’t limit the post-pick mocking in the room, even if R.E.M. is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

And with that, I’ll leave you with, “It’s The End of the World As We Know It,” which it most certainly will be if Mills wins our pool, setting up 12 months of torment.

Previous Masters Blogs

Billy Payne struggles to keep the focus on the Masters

A video Masters preview by Ron Burgundy (actually, just me)

Tiger Woods has that Masters champion look to him again

Hello from Masters, home of pimento cheese and monkey glands

Tiger Woods: Love him or hate him, he’s still the show

Will Augusta National finally be force to invite a woman?

By Jeff Schultz

32 comments Add your comment

Auburn Man

April 5th, 2012
9:52 am

Auburn Man

April 5th, 2012
9:52 am

Auburn Man

April 5th, 2012
9:53 am

“He is about to win an NHL fantasy contest on Yaho0.”

So who does he have winning the cup? BLACKHAWKS!!!!!!

ty webb

April 5th, 2012
9:57 am

looks like Schultz has taken a break from burning his bras…Thank God.

Everybody Hurts

April 5th, 2012
10:09 am

Is that Hummer I see in the draft? And could anyone in the room cross his legs like a real man? Seriously, from another fantasy baseball geek and a huge R.E.M. fan (the last 2 albums rocked!), this is pretty cool.

Toby Keith

April 5th, 2012
10:45 am

Are those red Solo cups I see there?


April 5th, 2012
10:47 am

Jeff, Hope you got Matt Kutcher on your team, This will be his year to win the Masters. Also watch out for K.J. Choi


April 5th, 2012
10:47 am

Side note: REM is awesome

[...] honor of Schultz’ name dropping today, here’s Dream Syndicate’s kickass cover of the old blues chestnut “See That My [...]

Dawg Haus

April 5th, 2012
11:47 am

I knew Mike Mills was a winner!

Herschel Talker

April 5th, 2012
11:54 am







April 5th, 2012
11:56 am

Tell Mike to say
20,000 miles to an oasis

Ye Yang

April 5th, 2012
12:10 pm

No one picked me. Mike needs some just for men. ha


April 5th, 2012
12:42 pm

mike mills huh? gee, after yesterday’s column, you are definitely playing the cool card to try and get out of your hole which i agreed you should not have been in. all you did was for that day at the masters and hearing the chairman talk (sorry to the members i dont do caps for anyone) was probably the most worldwide covered aspect of the masters. it was only in all the world news media from georgia to india, china, japan and europe but we here in atlanta just want news served up we can swallow. it would have been remiss to not have noted it and said something about it, no?

so be cool!

hah phil? loser with cool? heh heh


April 5th, 2012
1:00 pm

I went to UGA with Mike Mills back in the day (I still miss Malone’s). One word of advice…don’t get into a game of Trivial Pusuit with him either. He is something of an informational genius. Good luck, Mike!


April 5th, 2012
1:07 pm

Jeff, are you posting under the name doc now?


April 5th, 2012
1:16 pm


As I was born and raised in Augusta about two miles up from the Augusta National, my coworkers and I had a different pool in the mid to late 1980’s. We would all bet on what day and time during Masters week someone would try to cross Washington Road and get killed by a car. I won two times before I left and joined the military.


April 5th, 2012
1:45 pm

Wow! you actually got paid to write this? Can I get a job at the AJC PLEASE!


April 5th, 2012
2:07 pm

Meanwhile, the President of these United States has stuck his nose where it doesn’t belong again. He has gone from telling the US Supreme Court what to do to telling Augusta National (a private club, by the way) what to do. He says, of course, they should give the first woman a membership. Just like a privately owned company shouldn’t they be allowed to decide that?


April 5th, 2012
2:19 pm

Saw Steve Wynn play in the Elbow Room in Columbia SC back in 97. He was backed up by a temporary collection of interesting folks – the lead chick from the Bangles, 2 from the Cowsills, and an Athens guitar player whose name escapes me at the moment. I believe he and Mike Mills did a duet album a little while back. But anyway, Steve put on a great show. Golly everybody (except me) is getting old.


April 5th, 2012
3:36 pm

Went to highschool with Mike in Macon. I knew that musician/slacker would never amount to anything.


April 5th, 2012
3:37 pm

And THIRTY TWO years ago today April 5, 1980 (a magical year in Athens, GA), REM played their first concert at “the church”…. and here I sit, wastin’ time sittin’ still…


April 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

What is a REM?

Sid Vicious

April 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

Stomp & Stammer? Im impressed. Want to write a story on my band?


April 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

Ummm….check the leaderboard. As of this writing, Mike Mills is dead on. Genius!


April 5th, 2012
5:28 pm

I can’t believe that a big HAR could win any league. Why play?


April 5th, 2012
5:34 pm

I’m just sayin’….does Hardina work or just surf the net?

Mike Stipe

April 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

Louis looks like the pick…. wow

Dillon Fries

April 6th, 2012
8:54 am

Oosthuizen 2nd place…

Wasting time sitting still

April 6th, 2012
11:31 pm

This is really, really embarrassing. I love Mike Mills, but I can’t believe he agreed to be your boy toy so you could show us how cool you are. Please, please, please, Jeff Shultz, give more stories of your really, really cool life. Wow. I’m sitting on the edge of my seat.

Liked their "Superman" remake the best

April 7th, 2012
3:21 pm

When did he get so grey? “I am, I am, I am Superman and I can do anything…..”

guess a blind squirrel will find a nut eventually

April 7th, 2012
3:36 pm

The same people always take Tiger. And then they squeal as if they’re smarter when he actually does win. They don’t squeal about all the times they lost that bet.
Always take the field against Tiger in the Masters (and practically all tournaments). He’ll lose much more than he wins. He’s won 4, but that only means he’s 4-12 in 16 tries.
Don’t bet the same person every time no matter who it is in golf.