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September 19, 2006

Attention Toque-Wearing Molson Drinkers*!: We have five spots left in Spofi's Yahoo NHL Fantasy League. I know fantasy leagues have kind of blowed up this year, but this one carries no shortage of history and goof-offitude. Come be a part of it!

*Beret-wearing Guinness drinkers and balaklava-brandishing Margaritavillians also welcome.

posted by chicobangs to fantasy at 02:50 PM - 58 comments

The draft happens a week from Friday (September 29, 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT/8:30pm GMT). League Name: Spofi NHL Follies (#21111) Password: rockthatmullet Don't ask why the league name. I was thinking about old-tymey Broadway stuff, and also I was drunk. On the upside, I'm apparently easy to beat. Come get me, you Armenian geniuses!

posted by chicobangs at 02:52 PM on September 19

I'm in. Somebody is going to regret this. Somebody. We're McSorley's Sawdust. We will be blown away by the draft.

posted by BullpenPro at 03:35 PM on September 19

Darn, I'm a baseball cap wearing Samuel Adams drinker.

posted by MrFrisby at 03:43 PM on September 19

When you talk about history, you're talking about my domination in SpoFi hockey pools, right? I mean, 1st, 1st, 2nd is a pretty good definition of a dynasty, right? This is the part when someone says "grum sucks".

posted by grum@work at 03:46 PM on September 19

I'm in if you don't mind an auto-drafter. Brass Bonanza

posted by YukonGold at 03:48 PM on September 19

I mean, 1st, 1st, 2nd is a pretty good definition of a dynasty, right? If it's dynastydom you want, then let's see a picture of you in Linda Evans shoulder pads before draft day. You don't have to get jiggy with Yanni or anything, but the rest of it? Show us what you got, Dyno. Purely for artistic and indicative purposes, naturally.

posted by chicobangs at 04:15 PM on September 19

Brass Bonanza hmmm, was someone reading uniwatchblog this morning? i will probably have to go to auto-draft mode as well. need to get up to the bronx that night so i can taunt vernon wells one last time this season.

posted by goddam at 04:22 PM on September 19

Ok, chico, I'll be your Huckleberry. I'm in with my tribute to Boston music, the Dropkick Lemons.

posted by MrFrisby at 05:12 PM on September 19

I'm in also, as always, as The Barrie Platypuses.

posted by wfrazerjr at 05:37 PM on September 19

From goddam's link: Peter Karmanos Jr. does still own the rights to the Hartford Whalers and refuses to give them up. No he doesn't. Some sort of Connecticutt Authority Something Or Other owns the rights to the Whaler name, logo, whatnot.

posted by NoMich at 06:04 PM on September 19

Cool! One spot left! Who wants?

posted by chicobangs at 06:18 PM on September 19

Can there be a preseason pool too? Kidding! Almost.

posted by Succa at 07:56 PM on September 19

I mean, 1st, 1st, 2nd is a pretty good definition of a dynasty, right? I'm at 2nd and 1st for my two first participations, so I guess dynasty status is just within my reach. You can't have 2 dynasties simultaneously, no? I just checked the league settings. A few comments: * Last year we removed the Can't Cut list, so that garfield could drop Mario. It worked out well, and allowed some true madness towards the end of the season. * I'm in favor of 1-day waiver period and trade reject time. It gets things moving along more quickly. * Positions... Last year we had: C, C, LW, LW, RW, RW, D, D, D, D, G, G, BN, BN, BN, IR Looks like we have one more Bench spot this year. I vote nay. * Stats categories... Last year we had: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, W, GAA, SV As of now, we're set to: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, W, GAA, SV, SV% I liked last year's stats, as is (was?). I know that some people wanted to get rid of SHP, but I haven't heard a case for a better choice as a 6th offensive stat.

posted by qbert72 at 08:14 AM on September 20

Looks like we have one more Bench spot this year. I vote nay. I agree. With this many teams in the league this year, three bench and one IR is too much. I know that some people wanted to get rid of SHP, but I haven't heard a case for a better choice as a 6th offensive stat. What are the other choices?

posted by Succa at 08:49 AM on September 20

I agree. With this many teams in the league this year, three bench and one IR is too much. We had 20 teams last year too, and 3 bench and 1 IR. As of now we're set for 4 bench and one IR. I vote for 3-1, like last year. What are the other choices? Scroll down a bit to see the statistical categories available in Yahoo! leagues.

posted by qbert72 at 09:03 AM on September 20

Whatever happens don't let grum have input into the stats used. He doesn't need the help.

posted by gspm at 09:03 AM on September 20

Friggin' schweet! The wonderful smell of hockey is wafting through the air. It was actually in the upper 30's in the far southwest suburbs of Chicago this morning!

posted by willthrill72 at 09:22 AM on September 20

We've had this discussion before, and while it worked out pretty well last year, I figured I'd add one extra category each to the goalie and the skater stats, just as a points enhancement device. If the consensus is that that's a bad idea, we can easily revert to the old set. I removed the can't-cut list, I'll cut the bench by one, and I can move the waiver time down to one day from two. (Not that it got used much after the first couple of months. Hopefully that'll help goose things along on that tip.)

posted by chicobangs at 09:56 AM on September 20

'kay ... I'm in now too. let's see if the Cherry Pickers can't make a run at the top. re: stats and such ... is this the league where there is a max. games played for each position?

posted by Spitztengle at 11:16 AM on September 20

Brass Bonanza is always on my mind. Man, I sure could use a new whalers jersey...too bad

posted by YukonGold at 03:05 PM on September 20

We had 20 teams last year too, and 3 bench and 1 IR. As of now we're set for 4 bench and one IR. I vote for 3-1, like last year. Er... yes. I'm fine with SHP as the sixth offensive stat (do we need a sixth offensive stat?). It's too bad Yahoo doesn't let you use hits as a stat now that the league is recording it as such. Ahh well.

posted by Succa at 04:05 PM on September 20

is this the league where there is a max. games played for each position? Yes. Last year saw this rule come into dramatic effect as the team that led the league for almost the entire season "ran out" of games for all of his positions (except goalie) and got passed by 2 teams in the final week of play.

posted by grum@work at 10:42 PM on September 20

Actually, Weedy got passed by 3 teams, and ended up fourth after dominating the field for 5 months. A lesson learned the hard way, as he'll tell you himself. The idea behind 6 offensive stats is to somewhat balance out the importance of the goalies. Two goalie slots account for 3 stats categories, and it's nice to know you can compete even if you don't dominate the goalie stats. My feeling is that the current 7/4 split is too much slanted towards the goalie stats. (And, less importantly, that SV and SV% are really close to each other. If we're to have 4 goalie stats, I'd prever SHO over SV%. But I'd prefer even more that we have only 3 goalie stats.)

posted by qbert72 at 08:15 AM on September 21

dominating the field for 5 months That's what happens when the Sens big three score 40% of their points in the first quarter of the season. I'd agree with lessening the import of goalie stats, considering that many contending teams will be rotating starters. The days of most teams giving one guy almost 60 starts is in the rear view. At least judging from current rosters. GMs seem to prefer depth (sabres, sharks, ducks) rather than leaning on a workhorse.

posted by garfield at 08:34 AM on September 21

FUCK It's full and I'm too late for it :(

posted by mkn at 01:31 PM on September 21

I'm already in the H2H league, so I'd be willing to drop out to make room for you mkn. I wasn't going to join at first, but chico with his big puppy dog eyes was begging.

posted by MrFrisby at 01:41 PM on September 21

I've consistently sucked for three consecutive years. I don't want to feel bad about someone else dropping their spot for me, only to see that spot replaced by year four of sucking.

posted by mkn at 01:57 PM on September 21

Well, I don't want to drop just one of the two stats (SV% and GWG), because I liked the balance last year. It was just an idea. So if anyone has a firm opinion, speak now: Are they in our out? I vote they stay in, but I'm truly fine about it either way.

posted by chicobangs at 02:15 PM on September 21

Ok, mkn, I will try my best not to suck. I don't want to feel bad for taking the place of a veteran and then stinking up the joint. If you change your mind though, shoot me an email. As far as the stats go, I've never played before, so I don't have an opinion yet.

posted by MrFrisby at 03:37 PM on September 21

mkn The Spofie H2H league is available if you'd like to join but we would need to add 2 players to keep it an even number. We'd love to have you join if you could find another player. Details a few links down.

posted by skydivedad at 04:22 PM on September 21

Don't have any other players to join with. I'm the only gay eskimo online league playing, hockey talking person I know outside of youse guys :(

posted by mkn at 08:13 PM on September 21

OK Come on someone join the H2H League with mkn....... Anyone?

posted by skydivedad at 08:23 PM on September 21

I know where you are coming from. When I moved to Kentucky the only conversation I could get about hockey was, "I tink thar is a team don thar in Nashville." So out of compassion I am dropping out of the roto league to let you in. Now get in there and kick some arse.

posted by MrFrisby at 08:25 PM on September 21

Boarding School here...

posted by wingnut4life at 08:40 PM on September 22

My draft test failed -- I was going to autodraft anyway, but does anyone know what one needs to do to enable livedraft? Go ClevelandRobberBaron! Damn 20-character team-name limits!

posted by ajaffe at 01:17 PM on September 26

javascript? i don't know of any requirements beyond that. the draft test failure message didn't say anything?

posted by gspm at 02:50 PM on September 26

Crap. Mine too. I guess I'll HAVE to duck out of here at 3 on Friday.

posted by garfield at 03:53 PM on September 26

actually, mine too. what to do, what to do.

posted by gspm at 05:34 PM on September 26

Actually, Weedy got passed by 3 teams, and ended up fourth after dominating the field for 5 months. A lesson learned the hard way, as he'll tell you himself. Yes, please by all means - watch the fucking number of max games played. It's a very fucking important fucking feature of the fucking pool. Ignore it at your fucking peril. Can't wait! I took the afternoon off Friday am studying all night Thursday, and bringing the thunda! (Too much Deadwood? Thank you History channel.) Oh, and I agree with Q, chico and Garf - three goalie stats is lots.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:17 PM on September 26

Yahoo suggests it's a workplace-firewall issue. I'll check at home.

posted by ajaffe at 11:23 AM on September 27

No dice at home, either... Autopick it is...

posted by ajaffe at 08:56 AM on September 28

It isn't working for me either. I tried IE and Firefox. Never had this problem in previous years. I hope the "test" is buggy because I'd rather not spend my whole afternoon ranking players... argh...

posted by Succa at 12:45 PM on September 29

I wish there was a Confidence Pool for this hockey pool. I think I'd probably give Weedy the most points.

posted by mkn at 01:09 PM on September 29

The draft test works for me. Suckers. I think I'd probably give Weedy the most points. I'm happy to still fly under the radar, after finishing 2nd and 1st in my two first years.

posted by qbert72 at 01:26 PM on September 29

the test works for me as well, but i don't think that's gonna help me much.

posted by goddam at 01:30 PM on September 29

Crap! The stupid thing doesn't let you pre-rank players within 45 minutes of the draft?? What's that all about? God damn it all. I managed to do some basic preranking earlier this week but I've still got a baaaad feeling about this... come on, stupid applet...

posted by Succa at 02:00 PM on September 29

you can quasi pre rank by just putting them in your player queue. they will be removed when others select them.

posted by gspm at 02:11 PM on September 29

The player queue thing doesn't seem to work for me. Or can I only do that once the draft starts?

posted by Succa at 02:15 PM on September 29

Ahh well. No dice. Good luck with the draft y'all. I'm just gonna sit here and pray I don't end up with F. Kaberle, A. Nittimaki, S. Ozolinsh, and S. Yzerman.

posted by Succa at 02:29 PM on September 29

Well, I ended up with T. Poti, so anyone's complaints are falling deaf ClevelandRobberBaron ears...

posted by ajaffe at 08:27 PM on September 29

I have got to start getting draft days off!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:34 PM on September 29

Yeah, you missed the free heroin and rcade dancing in a white leotard! what the fuck was THAT all about?

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:10 PM on September 29

...rcade dancing in a white leotard! That's hot... Good luck on the season, good buddies. Personally, I'm all or nothing. I'm shooting for either the championship or the Costanza. Anything else is just a tease.

posted by wingnut4life at 04:48 AM on September 30

Do we not have an IR slot?

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:41 AM on September 30

This is the best time to use the Trading Block feature. List the players (or positions or stats) you are willing to trade, and what you want back (positions or stats). Click on "Players" and then "Trading Block" to see what people have proposed and edit what you are offering/wanting in return.

posted by grum@work at 09:14 AM on September 30

Frazer, you made me check, but yeah, we do have an IR slot. [C, C, LW, LW, RW, RW, D, D, D, D, G, G, BN, BN, BN, IR] The design of the site is a little different this year. Maybe you only see the IR slot if you have someone who gets to be on it?

posted by chicobangs at 09:58 AM on September 30

I dunno, but Joe Corvo gets to be on it, I would think. I guess I can't designate him as such until the season starts and he's officially out.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:03 AM on September 30

what the fuck was THAT all about? It's an interpretive thing. I've learned it's best not to ask, he'll just go all to pieces trying to explain it.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:33 AM on October 01

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