Fucking Ronald Reagan keeps finding ways to piss me off. Even when he dies, he pushes an MLS game off the air.
posted by taupe at 04:34 PM on June 05
I liked the two-leagues-both-in-EPL idea, precisely because people in the lower league could easily end up with higher scores than people in the higher league, and could thus give them no end of shit for it. That's fun in and of itself, and creates a de facto single league parallel to the two divisions, and, I think, would make everybody happy.
posted by taupe at 01:22 PM on May 20
(Like it did right there when I didn't repaste. Those were ' 's, by the way.)
posted by taupe at 04:57 PM on May 17
(After further review, it's just too ugly to try to post the code, so I guess the link above will have to do. It's a filter, wherein you save the HTML of the premierleague.com table page to a file like 'w38o' or 'w38m', and then just run it through as input with 'perl epl.pl w38o.txt' to get table code. You'll probably also need this as a template to put the table code into to preview. Also, when you're done building the table, you have to  remove all line breaks within the table itself before copy-pasting it to post, or else your table will be flanked with acres of blank space, and  repaste the whole table in again after preview, because previewing will turn all the ' 's in your code to spaces, leading to bad results.)
posted by taupe at 04:51 PM on May 17
And here's the final table:
posted by taupe at 04:41 PM on May 17
I got otherwise preoccupied in the last week or so and didn't get around to this last week, or anytime until now. It's easier just to build and post both weeks' tables, so I'll do that. Here's the table after Week 37:
posted by taupe at 04:21 PM on May 17
posted by taupe at 08:30 PM on May 06
Crap almighty, I've fudged that script enough times, and now I've got to unbreak the number links. At least the name links work.
posted by taupe at 06:06 PM on May 01
posted by taupe at 02:14 PM on April 27
(apparently premierleague.com has made changes to their own table code, forcing me to tweak the script I use to generate these)
posted by taupe at 01:39 PM on April 22
As in four. Also as in "Fuck, he had to score four goals".
posted by taupe at 01:24 AM on April 19
F........... I give up.
posted by taupe at 11:10 PM on April 16
Bring the table already:
posted by taupe at 03:10 PM on April 14
squealy's in first now, pending Everton-Spurs.
posted by taupe at 12:15 PM on April 09
In the Champions League thing, I've just done an AC Milan.
posted by taupe at 02:42 PM on April 07
Look at it this way, gspm: at least you won't have that problem with those players anymore this season.
posted by taupe at 02:45 PM on April 06
YEA BOYEE! Dead last!
posted by taupe at 02:42 PM on April 06
Keeping the color fade in the 17-20 range, just 'cos:
posted by taupe at 09:28 PM on April 05
I dig the description of my team as "balanced" -- for the last couple months, half my squad has been point guards. Next year, maybe I'll take shooting percentages into account.
posted by taupe at 01:32 PM on April 01
posted by taupe at 08:12 PM on March 28
I could still beat trox if Xavier won it all (if they faced pretty much anyone but Pittsburgh in the final). Xavier is, however, the only team I can get points from anymore -- yes, I have one surviving team, and my maximum possible score is 90. Fun fact: a bracket chosen entirely at random can expect an average of 31.5 points the way they've got this set up. All of us have surpassed that threshold but me.
posted by taupe at 12:37 AM on March 23
I've more or less run out of half-clever things to say and I'm tired, so I'll just post the table and comment later:
posted by taupe at 09:17 PM on March 22
...speaking of which, I'll be having a pacemaker fitted tomorrow:
posted by taupe at 08:59 PM on March 17
Argh. Somebody(s) else did the coin-flip thing and now I'm going to have to do something else. Scrabble it is. Go Xavier!
posted by taupe at 03:40 PM on March 15
My concession speech is in the editing stages. 0-0 between Tottenham and Newcastle?! I give up.
posted by taupe at 10:42 AM on March 14
posted by taupe at 08:10 PM on March 10
Yeah, you're right; I didn't go through and edit all the links. Have another:
posted by taupe at 12:15 AM on February 26
posted by taupe at 09:35 PM on February 25
Please note that this is the table as it stood immediately following the last results; it won't be current even by the time you read this, as I intend to soak an immediate four-point penalty for a double switch that I just can't pass up:
posted by taupe at 03:22 PM on February 22
Oh, and it would also help if I reposted the code to join. Our league name is "spofi"; the code is "1000650@_173064".
posted by taupe at 01:19 PM on February 19
Thanks, wc. I don't have a job doing this; I'm just some guy looking for meaning in relevant data. (The gameweek histories are the source, from which it took me about four minutes to make a manual histogram in a text editor: here's kWaCkY's, and here's mine.)
posted by taupe at 02:59 AM on February 13
Factoids: (1) I have 8 more transfer penalty points than kWaCkY, who leads me by 7 points. (2) kWaCkY's performance has been more consistent and more normally distributed around a higher median (his: 51; mine: 47), while I've just got more outliers: Kwitters Bayern 90+ X 85-89 80-84 X 75-79 X X 70-74 X XXX 65-69 XXX 60-64 XX XXXX 55-59 XXX XXXX 50-54 X XXX 45-49 XXXXX XX 40-44 XXX XX 35-39 XXXX XX 30-34 XX X 0-29 X
Kwitters Bayern 90+ X 85-89 80-84 X 75-79 X X 70-74 X XXX 65-69 XXX 60-64 XX XXXX 55-59 XXX XXXX 50-54 X XXX 45-49 XXXXX XX 40-44 XXX XX 35-39 XXXX XX 30-34 XX X 0-29 X
posted by taupe at 12:34 AM on February 13
Get used to this (see below):
posted by taupe at 07:46 PM on February 11
As for my own boys, it was clearly gut-check time after a mediocre February, and apparently my earlier pessimistic outburst about my fictional squad lit the desired fire under the players who couldn't hear me and don't even know who I am. That's how I'll explain it. Really I got insanely lucky -- you don't typically have two of your defenders score and your plan-B captain (chosen in belief that the injury to Laurent Robert would put Newcastle's attack off balance) nab a double and an assist. Speaking of Robbie Keane, of course I'll sound biased when I say this, but I'm appalled that he didn't earn a bonus for statistically outperforming both Saha and van Nistelrooy, both of whom got bonuses to match his point total. It seems there's plenty of love from the Press Association for the typical red-shirted goalhanger, but not for Irish forwards with unimaginative goal celebrations who play for deservedly unfashionable clubs. Or something. But mostly I'm just glad my fat's out of the fryer for a couple more weeks.
posted by taupe at 02:55 PM on February 08
Staying on the multicolor tip:
posted by taupe at 02:53 PM on February 08
Prediction: kWaCkY will be in first by Sunday evening. My midfield's decimated.
posted by taupe at 12:30 AM on February 07
Okay, "Tomorrow" was good.
posted by taupe at 07:36 PM on February 01
Pregame: Astronauts. What the shit? First half: No spectacular commercials that I caught. Loved the field position war -- it had become obvious that Carolina would not have a chance of scoring until they could receive a New England post-score kickoff -- but then New England did score, and everything went to hell. Come on, guys, what the shit. I want to see both quarterbacks and at least three receivers burst into several pieces like broken Micronauts next half. Halftime: WHAT THE SHIT????? Please, somebody, nerve-gas Houston before the third quarter. The players could seal off the locker rooms and be safe. Just kill Kid Rock.
posted by taupe at 07:34 PM on February 01
...and the table itself undergoes an experimental transformation -- let me know if this looks too distracting and weird:
posted by taupe at 07:23 PM on February 01
Don't get me wrong, here, because yes, I do like playing the wire. It's just the same-day grab-and-dump that I wonder about, where it's not even possible for the player in question to put up numbers for the team that selected and deselected him. The objection here is that, conceivably, someone intent upon paralysing everyone else's roster could just sit down and grab and dump free agent after free agent, throwing them all into waivers and engendering chaos for other managers also trying to play the wire. I can understand if it's been unintentional up to this point, and since it's just ever been one player at a time, it wouldn't really be something to take to the commissioner. Hell, I may even have done it once. I just hope that if people keep in mind how that kind of thing could look, they'll be a little more careful making these moves.
posted by taupe at 06:51 PM on January 24
Panthers: Panthers : 2003-4 :: Patriots : 2001-2. Rod Smart (!!!!). Why not. Under (as a differentiator).
posted by taupe at 01:21 PM on January 24
Suddenly I'm worried. dusted has caught me in total transactions with his latest double grab. Enjoy Ruben Patterson's bricks at the free-throw line, dusted. But...do I have a stable lineup now? Gasp! Actually, there's something in his pattern of moves over the last month or so that's padded that total, and that I'm not sure I entirely like -- namely the tendency to pick a player up as a free agent and then immediately dump that same player for another, rendering the grabbed-and-dumped player inaccessible to everyone for three days. This kind of thing has ripe potential for abuse, and may eventually be something worth taking up with the commissioner...if only the commissioner (catfish) hadn't apparently lost interest himself about a month ago (last activity: Dec 16). Don't get me wrong; I'm not trying to take all this too seriously. Just clearing the air.
posted by taupe at 12:02 PM on January 24
posted by taupe at 05:50 PM on January 21
I too have wanted to see Simon Simon Revolution. I'll also confirm that MAX2 kicks MAX(1)'s ass. I'll also take New England and Carolina, not that it matters.
posted by taupe at 04:49 PM on January 12
...but first the table:
posted by taupe at 06:00 PM on January 11
I was going to wait out the other picks and seize upon one of the lesser-chosen permutations (as it's the only way my overall record could be competitive again), but then, that's what I did last week, and look how well that worked. New England, Kansas City, St. Louis, Philadelphia.
posted by taupe at 05:58 PM on January 09
posted by taupe at 08:17 PM on January 07
Baltimore, Denver, Dallas, Green Bay.
posted by taupe at 07:47 PM on January 02
I WILL remember not to draft Wally Szczerbiak.
posted by taupe at 11:04 PM on December 30
Usually I just run the page code through a Perl script I wrote to generate these, but this time I had to mess with it by hand to get the extra gameweek score column in:
posted by taupe at 12:05 AM on December 30
The "for-amateurs" table:
posted by taupe at 08:37 PM on December 22
posted by taupe at 02:28 PM on December 14
We have more space! Thank you, Pantheon!
posted by taupe at 12:01 PM on December 13
Totally unrelated and not meant to hijack, but does Soccernet do this on purpose? (See also the big headline for the same story on the main page.)
posted by taupe at 03:36 PM on December 11
If my team's a "buy", it can only be a long-term buy, 'cos I'd do well just to tread water until Wally and Thud come back, if they ever do. It would have been wise to put a put option on my shooting percentages.
posted by taupe at 05:16 PM on December 08
Izzet was only supposed to be suspended for this week for accumulation of yellows, and I'm surprised the red insignia is still there. Henry is doubtful for the CL game against Lokomotiv Moscow, and that's all I know about him.
posted by taupe at 11:56 AM on December 08
And it's "hemorrhaging", not "hemmorhaging". My bad.
posted by taupe at 05:33 PM on December 07
For those who may miss the goddam interview that this post pushed off the page, there's the link to it.
posted by taupe at 05:31 PM on December 07
...it's Andy Griffiths's bluebears, vaulting the Fooker into second place:
posted by taupe at 05:30 PM on December 07
posted by taupe at 03:42 PM on November 30
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