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AL-E Playoff Brackets (8/19)
Final Three play on Thursday night
AUGUST 21, 2007 -- With the Heads out of town back on 8/19 and facing about 5-7 games on 8/26 in various leagues including dreamleague, the next slate of playoff games will occur this Thursday at OCHS. The last Losers Bracket game is at 8pm with the Heads vs Rayguns, then the winner gets a short break and faces MoneyTree for the championship. Should MoneyTree lose, we will probably play on Sunday if it's the Rayguns and Tuesday night somewhere if it's the Heads.
Margate's putback with 2 seconds left wins it
AUGUST 12, 2007 -- The CPA HEADS let a 3-point lead with 4.5 seconds remaining get away, as Keith Wang was fouled shooting a 28-foot three-pointer by a lunging Francis Machica. Wang then made the two first free throws before the HEADS called timeout. The timeout to try and ice Wang worked as the third and final throw was missed, but Sunny Margate got the rebound and put the game-winner back in with 2 seconds left... More info
Heads collide with 'Tree for bracket control
AUGUST 9, 2007 -- See Bird's Eye page. Some Heads will collide into a 'Tree this Sunday for control of the brackets. Will the Heads be cracked or will the MoneyTree get knocked over? Expect a shootout. Don't be surprised if we hit triple digits for both teams.
In the Losers Bracket, if Ross Lim shows up for Five Ten, we have a battle. Taraz Lee is still out for the Rayguns, but the Rayguns still played well in depleted fashion against MoneyTree last week. John Goya and OE stand in both teams' way to the Final Three.
Recaps from 8/5... More info
Toss it up on 8/5
AUGUST 2, 2007 -- Check the Bird's Eye link above for tipoffs. The #1 MoneyTree Prodigies and #2 OE finally head into playoff action this Sunday against the Rayguns and Heads, respectively. Meanwhile, Five Ten and the Rebels duke it out in the Losers Bracket.
MoneyTree is a bit depleted, but has its core of Keith Wang, Sunny Margate, and Barry Lee available. The Rayguns are also depleted, without the services of Taraz Lee and Mike Reding, who are both out of town, with Reding also nursing two hurt ankles. Meanwhile, OE and the Heads seem to be at full strength for their showdown. Sean Caiola was hot last week and could prove to be the difference, especially with OE without their star defender Chuck Leung available due to his AL-P commitments. Aside from John Goya, OE is smallish and the Heads have a more solid inside attack. Should be a barn-burner. Here are recaps from 7/29... More info
Tipoffs for 7/29 posted
JULY 26, 2007 (9:30AM) -- We are attempting to move the CPAH-RReb to PHRC at 4pm. See Bird's Eye page.
JULY 25, 2007 (10:00AM) -- Tipoffs now posted on the Bird's Eye page. If either Five Ten or the Rayguns should have any trouble getting back from Tahoe by 9pm, please have your captain call the Commish.
Meanwhile, let's do a quick preview. The Rayguns are as stacked as they get without the roster logistics problems of actually playing in the NL, while Five Ten used to be that way, but without a big gunner like Michael Kraus or Huy Nguyen this season, appear to be a little diluted. Their NL top guns are Andrew Lee and Yih-Wei Chien in the middle, and Ross Lim at the small forward. For the Rayguns, it's Mike Reding doing the scoring at small forward, Gary Chern filling in the blanks at power forward, and Taraz Lee at the point. That's the NL Wildcatz' top 3 players, with support from solid scorers in veteran Rob Rius and rookie sensation Nick Wong. So the Rayguns appear to have much more firepower, but we'll see who makes the game and what shakes out.
JULY 25, 2007 (8:00AM) -- The CPAH games might not be so spread out anymore, i.e, the CPAH-RReb game might be earlier on the in the day now. Click on the Bird's Eye link for more info.
JULY 24, 2007 -- Check the Bird's Eye page. Five Ten and the Rayguns will rush back from Tahoe and play a late game at Ira Jinkins. The Runnin' Rebels will play against the CPA HEADS in the early evening. The CPA HEADS' other game in the AAA-Slowbreak division is much earlier in the day, but this situation was unavoidable, therefore such overlapping CPAH players will need to kill time in between with a lunch or something. MoneyTree and OE await the winners on 8/5.
Playoffs delayed until 7/29
JULY 19, 2007 -- As it turns out, Five Ten has multiple players unable to attend on 7/22, so they along with the Rayguns will need to get pushed back to 7/29 as well. Because there are players on both teams coming back from either the Tahoe or Delano tournaments, we have tentatively targeted an 8pm tipoff, probably at Oakland in Ira Jinkins for freeway traffic purposes. As mentioned below, CPAH and the Runnin' Rebels will also occur on 7/29.
Btw, we're still working hard on the stats, even though it seems like we're not. We're pretty far behind, but remain committed to getting them all done by championships, when there are fewer games to input.
Matchups for 7/22 posted
JULY 17, 2007 (6:00PM) -- Check the Bird's Eye page and the AL-E Playoff Brackets links above. As you can see, #1 MTP and #2 OE get a first-round bye and await the winners of #4 Rayguns vs #5 Five Ten and #3 CPAH vs #6 Rebels. The CPA Heads are in Seattle for a tournament and the Runnin' Rebels also have a Chinese tournament this Sun 7/22, so we will move their game back to 7/29. Because Five Ten and Rayguns players will be in Tahoe on 7/29, Five vs Rayguns must occur this Sun 7/22. We will resume the next round of playoffs involving MTP and OE on 8/5.
FYI, the Payment Registry will be updated tomorrow, so if there are still any outstanding payments, out of common courtesy, please get them done and overwith. At least eight (8) roster slots must be paid for prior to the next game.
Recaps from 7/8
JULY 17, 2007 -- Recaps from 7/8 have been posted. Next up: scores from 7/15 later Tuesday, a stats update on where we are on Wednesday, and recaps from 7/15 on Thursday, at least that's the plan... More info
T-shirts being distributed
JULY 17, 2007 -- Over the past 3 weeks, we have been distributing the new t-shirts. Props go to Ky Truong of TheOcho in AAA-P for the design and Starfish, owned by the uncle of AAA-P Frosh Tryouts' Calvin Ma, for giving us the usual friendly prices. Thanks to those of you who submitted your designs. We had to pick something quick and didn't really have time to consider all the other ideas that came in. We're still looking for an Oaktown design for the future, btw... More info
If your team has not received their t-shirts yet, please let us know, just in case. We still have more t-shirts to distribute per gym logistics and where you happen to be this Sunday, but we don't want to keep missing you.
Anyone who wants a t-shirt and was not scheduled to get one due to late or non-Internet payments will have to wait until all of the t-shirts are distributed first, so we can see what we got left over. You will have to reimburse us $5 for the cost of the t-shirt. We don't plan to print more t-shirts of our previous designs until next season, which will start the 3rd week of September, after our Vegas tourneys.
Tipoffs for 7/15 posted
JULY 12, 2007 -- Check the Bird's Eye page for tipoffs. Three very good games, with MoneyTree perhaps the best shot for an AL-E team beating their NL opponent, Setai Cossa. This is because the Runnin' Rebels have been struggling and face still a talented team in Driven, as well as the Rayguns facing two-time defending NL champion, Game Time.
NL splits against AL-E comp
JULY 10, 2007 -- Matchups for 7/15 have been posted on the Bird's Eye page. The AL-Elite CPA HEADS outlasted NL's Driven, but NL's Setai Cossa managed to hold onto a narrow win over AL-Elite's Five Ten. Sugar Beats didn't show up to the game against the Rayguns and the Runnin' Rebels forfeited to Game Time. We'll go at it again this weekend between the NL and AL-Elite, with the exception of the CPA HEADS and Five Ten, which will be a repeat of a previous AL-E matchup. Check the season schedule article for previously posted details.
Btw, Sugar Beats, Driven, and the Runnin' Rebels are now officially behind on their roster slot payments.
Tipoffs for 7/8 posted
JULY 5, 2007 -- Hope everyone had a great July 4th. I'm still gonna try to do recaps from 7/1, but because I've meant to do this the past two weeks and haven't come through, I can't make any promises. Besides, we're getting a little even further behind on stats, so I might just spend all of Friday on stats and hope that nothing comes up the rest of today for recaps. In the meantime, let's take a look at this week's interesting matchups... More info
NL vs AL-E on 7/8
JULY 3, 2007 -- This Sunday is the first of 2 straight weeks where NL teams will face off against AL-Elite teams, except for one game for two AL-Elite teams, since there are 6 AL-E teams compared to only 4 NL. From the AL-E perspective, these are more like curiosity games, since all 6 AL-E teams make it to the playoffs and with double-elimination status (since there will be only 7 regular season games instead of the usual 8).
Tipoffs will be posted by Thu morning, as usual. Matchups and locations are currently on the Bird's Eye page. The Runnin' Rebels and MoneyTree Prodigies need to pay for at least 1 more slot to avoid an auto-forfeit before tipoff.
Also, congratulations to the MoneyTree Prodigies' Keith Wang and Five Ten's Ross Lim, whose NorCal Hoopaholics won the Cornerstone tournament last weekend.
Bye for AL-E (and NL) on 7/1
JUNE 26, 2007 -- A leaguewide bye has been issued this upcoming Sun 7/1 due to the Cornerstone tourney, which takes up a good chunk of time between 1:30pm-6:00pm, thereby not really giving me a lot of options on scheduling, since most of you are playing in the tournament... More info
Tipoffs for 6/24 posted
JUNE 21, 2007 -- First off, a reminder about payments. MoneyTree is not living up to its namesake and needs to catchup (2 spots paid, 5th game coming up). Runnin' Rebels have their 5th game coming up and 4 spots are paid. Also, next week 7/1 is the Cornerstone tournament, so let's see what happens when they send out the schedule early next week before I decide whether or not NL and AL-Elite (since there are cross-games going on then) will take a leaguewide bye. Send me an email if you feel strongly one way or another.
With 7 regular season games and all AL-Elite teams getting double-elim status for the playoffs, we're officially past the halfway point. With the single round-robin plus 2 interesting matchups against NL teams, teams are still feeling each other out, so it will really just boil down to the playoffs. That first week of playoffs will be crucial. MoneyTree is running away with it right now, but obviously can't feel complacent with our playoff format. The CPA Heads are trying to get a full squad together amongst the 2, 3, or 4 other leagues (if you count teams in multiple divisions) they play in. OE has been having chemistry issues and has not been playing up to their potential. The Runnin' Rebels are trying to get continuity with their roster, as are the Rayguns, and this is showing on the standings. The Rayguns, which you might remember were originally slated to play in AL-P, are going to add some firepower with Taraz Lee, Mike Reding, and Gary Chern, but their opponent this weekend, Five Ten, which has been without Michael Kraus (and we've officially considered him off that roster), has added its own in Ross Lim. This means most teams are maxing out on the no-more-than-three-NL-players rule.
Frontcourts lead the way for Five Ten, Heads
JUNE 20, 2007 -- Matchups for 6/24 have been posted (see Bird's Eye link above), but I'm working on tipoffs all day today. Here are some recaps from 6/20. Btw, remember I promised to do recaps from 6/3 and 6/10? Well, that ain't happenin' anymore, esp. after how long it took me to do 6/20 recaps... More info
OE needs to pay for 2 spots
JUNE 15, 2007 -- O.E.'s 4th game is coming and only 2 roster slots have been paid for. See Payment Registry link above.
Tipoffs for 6/17 posted
JUNE 14, 2007 (9:00AM) -- Click on the Bird's Eye View link above. Next up: update of Payment Registry page (it's currently only updated thru 6/9) and any necessary auto-forfeit warning notices, the long-overdue quickie recaps from 6/3 and quickies from 6/10 as well.
Thus far if you look at the STANDINGS page, MoneyTree (MTP) is running away with it and the Runnin' Rebels have been struggling without a starting five. However, both teams have a bye this Sun 6/17, which will hopefully stem their momentum if we're looking for some parity. The MTPs have a bye as a result of their previous matchup vs the Rayguns and the Rebels as of their previous matchup with the Heads -- the Heads and the Rayguns face each other this weekend. And not that it really matters since everyone makes the playoffs with double-elim status due to the 7-game regular season. Finally, the NL-AL Elite matchups are supposed to start on 7/1, only 2 weeks away, but I might postpone it and push back the season schedule (again) due to the several NL (and therefore AL-Elite) teams affected by the Cornerstone tournament.
Stacks-o-stats, Payments, T-shirts
JUNE 13, 2007 -- STATS UPDATE: This past weekend's stack of scoresheets is mighty THICK. Reminder: you guys have to have perfectly filled out lineups -- including guys who show up late who must report their number and full name to the table DURING A DEAD BALL SITUATION -- and all players must have already submitted an online waiver, otherwise your team's stats will be skipped and who knows when we'll get to it because of our cakes on a never-ending conveyor belt. I keep seeing such holes in scoresheets maybe once out of every 8. So if your stats aren't up, that could be a very good reason why.
Btw, I just finished hand-compiling the 6/3 stats and the remaining ones from 5/20. Those will get turned from paper into website by our statcrew pretty soon. Also, stats prior to that should be 100% complete (except for teams fitting the above description) by this Friday, according to our last remaining straggling statcrew teenager.
PAYMENT UPDATE: Unfortunately for you, the AL-E is sort of lagging behind the other 8 divisions in terms of season schedule, which means each week that passes, the player fees continue to go up. Since a lot of what I do has to be uniform across all leagues, I would simply advise you to pay before the fees go up too high. Players have already had plenty of time to make payments, so you won't find a lot of sympathy from my point of view.
T-SHIRT UPDATE: We currently have a handful of dreamleaguers submitting some ideas for t-shirts. We'll figure that out no later than next week. One thing I might have to do: it appears that costs have gone up and the only way to keep my estimates on par is to order all one design (the t-shirt business is weird). So we'll just go with the new design. Because we want this design to be right, maybe we'll put the handful of suggestions up for vote by the end of the week. That means t-shirts won't be ready until probably the 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, and 7/22 games (they can't all be distributed in one week...it's a drip process).
What refs rule on-the-spot holds
JUNE 12, 2007 -- Here's a chance for all divisions to learn from what transpired in the AAA-P recently. It's a reinforcement of whatever refs rule on-the-spot is pretty much what we have to go with... More info
SQHM game moved to CSMX for 6/10
JUNE 8, 2007 -- Runnin' Rebels and Rich's Rayguns Reborn, please check the Bird's Eye View link above for details.
T-shirts: we need new hoop fashion sense
JUNE 7, 2007 -- Click on the Bird's Eye link above, as tipoffs for 6/10 have been posted.
While I've got your attention, let me know if anybody wants to design our new t-shirt coming up. Which means, for those who have been asking, t-shirts won't be available for another 2 weeks (but remember, it's a long season). I'll try to get some of the old designs ordered right away, but of course I need to tally those up first -- which means no more stats entries for several days. Anyways, I digress...
For the first time in years, I took a stroll thru Niketown last week and noticed how not-in-fashion we might be w.r.t. our t-shirts. Things tend to get that way when you turn 36 and have a little 2-year-old to look after. This whole "retro 70's" thing and those colorful (read: ugly) Air Force Ones -- I don't get it. How I long for the days when hoops defined fashion, not the other way around. Ah, the Revolution, the original Haurache, Air Maestros, the Pippens that fit like a sock but weren't called Pippens, when people were too respectful of MJ and didn't wear Jordans unless they were clearly the best player on the court, blah blah blah...I oughtta write a blogpost about this on dreamblogue.
So if there's anybody out there who wants 10 free t-shirts for their whole team (as payment for your assistance and on top of any t-shirts you already get for on-time payments...or if you work yourself to the bone on this new t-shirt design, OK, maybe 20 t-shirts?!!), let me know. The catch: it's gotta have some rendition of our logo and, of course, the words "Dream League". Also, sure would be nice to appease the Oaktown folks this time around, since last time we already made "San Francisco" ones.
Matchups for 6/10 posted, tipoffs soon
JUNE 6, 2007 -- Click on the Bird's Eye link above for the latest and greatest. Don't forget to check the Payment Registry, although it hasn't been updated since 6/2, but at least you know what you owe if you didn't pay anything this past weekend. Meanwhile, we've updated the season schedule... More info
Next on the to-do list for this week: More stats inputting.
The long, arduous path of your stats
JUNE 5, 2007 -- (I've never been pestered by anyone in the AL-Elite, but...) Here are some frequently asked questions about stats. If you've seen this in a reply email to you, don't take it personal. We're just trying to educate everyone on how stats work... More info
And if you're on the list AL-E players without online waivers submitted, chances are your stats are not going up anytime soon, although we will try to get them done before the season is over.
Fair warning to MTP, OE on auto-forfeits
MAY 30, 2007 (12:00PM) -- There are no games this Sun 6/3, but on 6/10 MoneyTree needs to pay for at least 2 slots and O.E. 1 slot, otherwise we will forfeit those teams at tipoff. Unfortunately, the track record of the other 8 divisions does not allow me to offer any leeway on this. So if you snooze, you lose, simple as that.
Leaguewide bye issued for AL-E for 6/3
MAY 26, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Because there are some games originally scheduled on 6/3 affected by either the Drakes or Showtime tourney and the schedule for AL-E will intertwine with that of the heavily affected NL, we are going to call 6/3 a leaguewide bye and move the entire season back one week... (MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW)
The Golden State of Mind guys
MAY 26, 2007 (8:00AM) -- From Vinsanity. This is a maybe-weekly chat with one or more of the guys from Golden State of Mind, who have a team in dreamleague Bay Area. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy the chat... More info
Quickies from 5/20
MAY 24, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Here are some quick recaps from 5/20... OE defeated the depleted Runnin' Rebels 51-40...Jonny Corrao led the Rebels with 17 points...Rob Shintaku led OE with 18 points, but shot just 7-for-21... The MoneyTree Prodigies upended Five Ten 69-58...Sunny Margate led MoneyTree with 18 points, 14 of them in the first half...After trailing 37-30 in the first half, the Five Ten guards shot very poorly in the second half as they only made a combined 5 out of 24 attempts...The closest they got was 37-30 at halftime...Andrew Lee scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in defeat for Five Ten and did not have enough touches inside...Ditto for Yih-Wei Chien, who also had 11 rebounds plus 14 points.
Tipoffs for 5/20 posted
MAY 17, 2007 (3:00PM) -- The tipoffs for 5/20 were posted this morning. Check the Bird's Eye link above. OE travels to the Runnin' Rebels. OE will end up with 4 games in SF, 1 in RWC, and 2 in Oakland. The Rebels, who would have to drive quite far from their home in Fremont to SF, will have 1 in RWC and 6 in Oakland (i.e., no regular season games in SF).
Five Ten visits the Prodigies in SF, which works out well because Michael Kraus and Yih-Wei Chien both have NL Game Time tipoffs at the same location. Five Ten will end up with 4 games in home Oakland, 2 in SF, and 1 in RWC.
The matchup between the CPA HEADS and Rayguns will be postponed to 6/10, thus both of these teams have a bye 5/20, due to the HEADS' request for a bye 5/20. It turns out the Rayguns could use a bye on 5/20 as well, in the absence of captain Rob Rius.
Win Gatorade, donate 15 minutes this Saturday
MAY 16, 2007 (3:00PM) -- Join us this Saturday, May 19 from 10am onwards at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration. We will have our own booth (donated by AsianWeek) where you can shoot mini-hoops and win what will probably be coveted bottles of Gatorade, if the weather is hot.
If you want to drop by and help give Commish a little break from manning the booth, that would be greatly appreciated, too. Btw, we're there to promote our Beijing 2008 Olympics tour/tourney... More info
Suspensions levied for taunting
MAY 16, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Players and fans on AAA-Elite teams Hyphy and Second To None were levied suspensions by the league office for altercations stemming from taunting. Luckily, an outright fight was avoided. Meanwhile, the REC-Oak Spartans team is currently under investigation for taunting... More info
Now's also a good time to remind you that we have a Rasheed Wallace rule, too. The moment any player accrues 4 technical fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct, that player will automatically receive a one-game suspension.
Cut out the player-to-player chatter
MAY 15, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Scores from 5/13 are going up as we speak. We still plan to update the Season Schedules and do a midseason preview now that a few games are under our belt. Stats are going up slowly and 5/13 was finally a week where we had our regular staff and, thus, good scoresheets which will make 5/13 stats go up more smoothly.
While we wait for this content, please be remind that in dreamleague, you are strictly forbidden from instigating any sort of inflammatory chatter with an opposing player. Normally, we call this the "taunting" rule, but our experience tells us that many of you do not really know what "taunting" means. You may think that saying, "Shoot the ball" is trivial to your opponent, but your opponent might not because if he makes the shot, he's going to say something back at you. And yes, we think it's your fault for instigating it in the first place. As written in our RULES & REGULATIONS, taunting is an automatic ejection.
If you are caught as a recipient of instigation and the ref is not aware of the chatter going on, the protocol is to tell the ref about it and if you don't think he's handling it, burn a timeout and have your captain call me on cellphone immediately. Btw, this has obviously almost never been a problem in NL and AL-Elite, but I thought I would post it anyways, just in case.
Separate NL and AL-Elite league pages
MAY 10, 2007 (3:00PM) -- Dreamleague Deputy Commissioner Yih-Wei Chien made a profound discovery today while setting up some teams in the league page formerly known as NL+AL-E. He couldn't add Keith Wang's player card to both NL Game Time and AL-Elite MoneyTree.
So we have to split the league in order for the stats to work. Otherwise we have duplicate player cards and when the new website goes up sometime later this century, with duplicate player cards we can't track full career stats.
On the league schedule and standings side, in the NL you will notice that we will eventually have a dummy "AL-Elite" Conference which will allow us to schedule games between teams in the NL and AL-Elite as far as the database goes. In the AL-Elite, similar thing. When you click on the stats for the games between NL and AL-Elite teams, we will purposely leave the NL team's stats blank in the AL-Elite pages and vice-versa for the NL pages. That means all the stats go to right guy in the right division.
From now on, you will see the NL and AL-E league pages have its own flavor until the NL and AL-E teams finally comingle late in the season.
Tipoffs for 5/13 Posted
MAY 10, 2007 (8:00AM) -- See Bird's Eye link above. Here are some scheduling quirks for 5/13...
Meanwhile, you should see stats dating back to 4/15 start to trickle in in the next few days, as they are mostly in the hands of our teenage online statcrew after a grueling few weeks of setting up the teams with the right player names in the database.
- NL Setai is at 7pm. Perhaps unbeknownst to Setai, Junius Ho requested a 6pm+ game due to his personal schedule, which knocked out everything in between 3-6pm. We couldn't give the 6pm because we already had one team at 6pm 1 hour outside its usual timeframe, so Setai is also 1 hour past its usual timeframe.
- AL-E OE travels to SMHS to meet the Rayguns. The Season Schedule page will be updated with such details, but like most other teams in the AL-E, OE will end up with 4 of 7 regular season games at home (SF), 1 on the Peninsula, and 2 across the Bay (Oakland). Again, more on this by next week.
- Likewise, AL-E MTP travels to Oakland to meet the CPA HEADS.
We ask that you continue to provide team names and full names of players, including those who show up late, each week at your game. Make sure everyone on your team has submitted an ONLINE WAIVER at some point, especially if they are new to dreamleague. Any small omission can cause the greatest of delays in getting stats inputted.
Matchups for 5/13 Posted, Tipoffs Soon
MAY 9, 2007 (1:30PM) -- The matchups for 5/13 have been posted. Click on the Bird's Eye View link above. Specific tipoff times will be posted by tomorrow, but you can get a sense of where and what time your team will be playing by looking at the preferences of your team and your opponent's on the Bird's Eye page.
NL+AL-Elite Season Matchups Determined
MAY 8, 2007 (8:00AM) -- This season's NL and AL-Elite divisions will feature, for the first time, inter-mingling of NL and AL-Elite teams. There are 4 teams in the NL and 5 teams in the AL-Elite.
In the NL, the 4 teams will face each other twice for the first 6 of 8 regular season games. In the AL-Elite, the 6 teams will face each other once for the first 5 of 7 regular season games... More info
Stats: You do your part, we'll do ours
MAY 4, 2007 (8:00AM) -- The first few weeks might be the most crucial parts of the stats process. You see, we have to punch in your rosters correctly first. Then we can go robotic and feed scoresheets (assuming they are taken down correctly by the handful of people who will end up touching them) to our kids from the YMCA, etc., to punch in.
So you just simply, absolutely, unequivocally gotta do your part right. Otherwise we might have to hold off on your stats because we can't figure out who you are... More info
Season schedule almost done
MAY 3, 2007 (2:00PM) -- Almost done with the NL and AL-Elite (and meshed) schedules. I'll go into detail later when I post the full article, but the 4 NL teams will play each other twice for 6 games. The 6 AL-Elite teams will play each other once for 5 games. My plan is to have each NL team play 2 different, non-player-common-denominator teams. This results in 8 games total for NL teams and 7 total games for AL-Elite teams. For NL, double-elim playoff status will be attained only if you are .500 or better against NL teams. For AL-Elite, anytime I have had a 7-game regular season, I have given all teams double-elimination status, since the norm is to get 8 regular season games and you're only gonna have 7 this time.
Looking ahead to 5/6 and 5/13 (and 6/17)
APRIL 30, 2007 (5:00PM) -- Only planning to have teams with players not playing in the Japanese Sacramento tourney, like Sugar Beats and Driven, play this Sun 5/6. In the AL-Elite, I might go with Five Ten later in the day and/or the Runnin' Rebels and/or CPA HEADS.
This is because we've already had NL Game Time vs Setai Cossa and AL-Elite Rayguns vs MoneyTree games. So the season has started already and I'd like to keep it not too far behind the other 8 divisions, especially as we get out to July and August. It should be cool that we'll be ending this season's bevy of dreamleague divisions with NL and AL-Elite last, most likely.
I haven't figured out how to mesh the two divisions as mentioned below, but most likely I'll keep it with 4 NL and 6 AL-Elite, so as to avoid extraneous byes, which would prolong the season, if we had an odd number of teams in either division. Plan to be in full swing on 5/13, which brings us to...
MOTHER'S DAY 5/13: The feedback I'm getting from all 9 divisions is that most of you don't want to prolong the season too far -- if you look at the Season Schedule page in the List of Articles on the right (for all divisions except NL+AL-Elite), you'll see that we're into late July or, in some cases, early August.
To avoid stretching too far, we're planning to play on Mother's Day 5/13 (and Father's Day 6/17). SO NOW IS THE TIME TO SUBMIT PREFERENCES FOR THOSE DAYS, OR REQUEST/PRAY FOR A BYE ON 5/13 AND/OR 6/17.
Welcome to NL and AL-Elite
APRIL 26, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Because we only have 4 NL teams, what we will do is have some of the teams that don't overlap players in both leagues play against those teams with no overlaps in AL-Elite. This will only be for some regular season games -- NL and AL-Elite will obviously have separate playoffs... More info