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    Commissioner
    Mon Jan 7 6:11pm ET

    FOR SOME REASON MY FIRST POST OF THIS DID NOT GO OUT TO THE LEAGUE, SO TRYING AGAIN HERE:

    Hey Fellas, I hope all had a great Holiday Season. Congrats to Warriors who not only won 3rd place in the league but also got married! Congrats David and Cheryl!

    Anyway, final tally on the season is this:

    1st Place CHAMPION 50% ($500) – The Hasselhoff Experiment / Andrew Hagood. Second Career Championship for Hoff! I'll deduct your entry fees of $136.25, for a balance of + $363.75*

    2nd Place 25% ($250) – Rat Bastards / John Jordan

    3rd Place 15% ($150) – Warriors / David Weberlein**

    NFL PICKS POOL 10% ($100)
    1st Place $75 – Wolverines / Todd Penner**
    2nd Place $25 – Rat Bastards / John Jordan

    *Andrew, please let me know either your address to mail you a check, OR easier if you have a PayPal or Venmo account I can transfer that way. Let me know. 

    •• David and Todd, I assume I will see you guys at poker game sometime soon and can pay you up then. 

    I'll pocket my $175 and be happy with that. 

    I hope all enjoyed the season. I think 8 teams worked great, but would also be fine going back to 10 next season if we can find good additions. Preferably some folks who live in Austin, and/or will hopefully show up for the draft. We'll see. 

    Also, I think the NFL picks pool was a ton of fun. Hopefully we keep that next year too. Let me know thoughts. I'd also be up for adding a small side pot for an Eliminator Pool. Basically you pick 1 winner each week, but you can only pick a team once per season. We did it in my other league and it was actually really fun. We did it where you had 2 strikes and still most teams were out 6 weeks in. And frankly takes a little more strategy then just guessing the winners of every game each week. If needed, I can set up that extra competition on a separate free sight my other league used. Thoughts?   

    Lastly, another crazy thought. Any interest in splitting the main pot, half like we currently have it (same format exactly), then half goes to simply highest scoring teams (Points For) in games. Or maybe not half, but a smaller percentage? We could pay out top 3 or 4 teams just like the other way. Basically take out the XFactor of who you are randomly drawn to play each week, and just rewards the best drafted teams for the whole season, and downplays unlucky weeks in the playoffs with low scores and/or good players on playoff teams sitting out of Week 15/16 games getting ready for NFL Playoffs, and/or unexpectedly scratched to keep healthy. Yes, Gurley definitely hurt me in the final, but Warriors were also the #1 seed with most points, then had one back week and missed out of the Championship game, even though they still had the most points on the season. It seems to happen to someone every year in every league I play. I think it could be an interesting experiment to see if the same could win both. If so, great! If not, then some solace to a good team, that just just has bad luck with timing and matchups.

    For example, this season in that hypothetical Points Competition, 1st Place would have gone to Warriors with 1845.75 pts, 2nd to Rats with 1819.30 pts, and 3rd to Hoff with 1796.85 pts. So Hoff still keeps 1st place $ in the Traditional Competition, and gets 3rd place in this one. Warriors still get 3rd place in the Traditional, but get a slight bonus compensation for winning 1st Place in the Points Competition.

    Thoughts? Long off-season, so plenty of time to discuss these and any other suggestions for rules/format changes. Feel free to email me and/or all to propose ideas and discuss. 

    cheers,
    Commish

    Commissioner
    Mon Jan 7 6:09pm ET

    Hey Fellas, I hope all had a great Holiday Season. Congrats to Warriors who not only won 3rd place in the league but also got married! Congrats David and Cheryl!

    Anyway, final tally on the season is this:

    1st Place CHAMPION 50% ($500) – The Hasselhoff Experiment / Andrew Hagood. Second Career Championship for Hoff! I'll deduct your entry fees of $136.25, for a balance of + $363.75*

    2nd Place 25% ($250) – Rat Bastards / John Jordan

    3rd Place 15% ($150) – Warriors / David Weberlein**

    NFL PICKS POOL 10% ($100)
    1st Place $75 – Wolverines / Todd Penner**
    2nd Place $25 – Rat Bastards / John Jordan

    *Andrew, please let me know either your address to mail you a check, OR easier if you have a PayPal or Venmo account I can transfer that way. Let me know. 

    •• David and Todd, I assume I will see you guys at poker game sometime soon and can pay you up then. 

    I'll pocket my $175 and be happy with that. 

    I hope all enjoyed the season. I think 8 teams worked great, but would also be fine going back to 10 next season if we can find good additions. Preferably some folks who live in Austin, and/or will hopefully show up for the draft. We'll see. 

    Also, I think the NFL picks pool was a ton of fun. Hopefully we keep that next year too. Let me know thoughts. I'd also be up for adding a small side pot for an Eliminator Pool. Basically you pick 1 winner each week, but you can only pick a team once per season. We did it in my other league and it was actually really fun. We did it where you had 2 strikes and still most teams were out 6 weeks in. And frankly takes a little more strategy then just guessing the winners of every game each week. If needed, I can set up that extra competition on a separate free sight my other league used. Thoughts?   

    Lastly, another crazy thought. Any interest in splitting the main pot, half like we currently have it (same format exactly), then half goes to simply highest scoring teams (Points For) in games. Or maybe not half, but a smaller percentage? We could pay out top 3 or 4 teams just like the other way. Basically take out the XFactor of who you are randomly drawn to play each week, and just rewards the best drafted teams for the whole season, and downplays unlucky weeks in the playoffs with low scores and/or good players on playoff teams sitting out of Week 15/16 games getting ready for NFL Playoffs, and/or unexpectedly scratched to keep healthy. Yes, Gurley definitely hurt me in the final, but Warriors were also the #1 seed with most points, then had one back week and missed out of the Championship game, even though they still had the most points on the season. It seems to happen to someone every year in every league I play. I think it could be an interesting experiment to see if the same could win both. If so, great! If not, then some solace to a good team, that just just has bad luck with timing and matchups.

    For example, this season in that hypothetical Points Competition, 1st Place would have gone to Warriors with 1845.75 pts, 2nd to Rats with 1819.30 pts, and 3rd to Hoff with 1796.85 pts. So Hoff still keeps 1st place $ in the Traditional Competition, and gets 3rd place in this one. Warriors still get 3rd place in the Traditional, but get a slight bonus compensation for winning 1st Place in the Points Competition.

    Thoughts? Long off-season, so plenty of time to discuss these and any other suggestions for rules/format changes. Feel free to email me and/or all to propose ideas and discuss. 

    cheers,
    Commish

     

    Rat Bastards
    Mon Dec 24 1:42pm ET

    Congrats to Hoff on kicking the shit out of my Todd Gurley-less time. Fantastic to learn he wasn't playing at 2pm yesterday. Oh well, I'll take 2nd and be happy there. Congrats to Hoff on his 2nd Career Championship (including 2013 Season)!

    3rd place decided tonight between Dung Beetles and Warriors.

    Hoff wins 1st – $500
    Rats win 2nd – $250
    TBD (Dung Beetles or Warriors) will win 3rd Tonight – $150

    NFL Picks
    Congrats to Wolverines who ran away with it by at least 13 games!Well done Todd!
    And since I obviously prefer 2nd place (see above), looks like Rats have that sewn up with a 4 game lead over Hoff and Warriors with only tonights game left. 
    $75 to Wolverines. $25 to Rats. 

    I am out traveling over the next week or so, so I'll summarize all later this week or next week. Everyone is paid up (Hoff will take what you owe out of your winnings), so I should be able to send out checks after I am back in town (post January 4th). 

    Good season. I hope all enjoyed. I really liked the NFL Picks Pool and think we should continue next season. Also, I'd like to maybe add in another survivor pool side pot too for a little more spice. 

    Merry Xmas/Happy Kwanza/Happy New Year to all,
    Commish

    PS – May favorite movie quote for this time of the year! Beef Jerky Time.  https://youtu.be/jxJFnv9yaVw

    Commissioner
    Tue Dec 18 11:23am ET

    FINALS ARE SET

    Hasselhoff v Rats for the CHAMPIONSHIP.

    Warriors v Dung Beetles for 3rd Place! (NOTE, Only winner of this game finishes in the money this year, so this game has added meaning from past years!)

    Reminder payouts are 1st (50%) $500, 2nd (25%) $250, 3rd (15%) $150. Total Pot $900.


    NFL PICKS POOL

    Wolverines look to have 1st place pretty much sewn up with a 13 game lead over 2nd place. Unless Todd wants to gamble and turn in zero picks and see if anyone can go 13-3 or better?! Doubt that will happen. Anyway, it's probably down to 3 teams vying for second place (Rats, Warriors and Hoff). $25 is better than no $25. Keep the picks coming!

    Payouts are 1st $75, 2nd $25. Total Pot $100 (Remaining 10% of entry fees).

    Wiseguys, I am still looking for a check from you for $136.25. Hoff, you are good. I will take out what you owe from your final winnings. 

    Good luck to all, except any team named after a guy who had a weirdly homo-erotic relationship with a car. 

    cheers,
    Commish

    Rat Bastards
    Tue Dec 11 10:03pm ET

    NFL PICKS

    Reminder the NFL picks continue for next 2 weeks, so if you are still close, please keep turning in picks. Or not, better for those of us looking for a miracle and trying to catch Todd. 

     

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    Charles Clay Feb 15 9:10pm ET

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    Nick Foles Feb 15 9:00pm ET

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    Le'Veon Bell Feb 15 8:40pm ET

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    Patrick Peterson Feb 15 9:03am ET

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    Mike Gillislee Feb 15 9:03am ET

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    Danny Amendola Feb 14 11:23pm ET

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    Emmanuel Sanders Feb 14 10:43pm ET

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    Fantasy Spin: After suffering an Achilles' injury late in the year, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Sanders miss time in 2019. He showed last year that he can be a WR2 as the top option in Denver's passing attack, but fantasy owners will need to be patient as he returns to form.

    Chad Williams Feb 14 10:13pm ET

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    Colin Kaepernick Feb 14 7:13pm ET

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    Antonio Brown Feb 14 6:53pm ET

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    Fantasy Spin: The Colts did just fine last year without the services of Brown or Bell. Brown seems like more of an immediate need, but general manager Chris Ballard wants a cohesive and cooperative locker room. While the fantasy marriage of Brown and/or Bell with the Colts might be ideal, don't get your hopes up.

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