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JSYTL takes control of brackets
JANUARY 30, 2008 (8:30PM) -- Just Say Yes To Life sent the Wildcards down the Losers Bracket and took control of the playoffs. Five Ten eliminated a depleted (again) Bomb Squad which eliminated a depleted (again) Rich's Rayguns. More details to follow as we catch up on stats, scores, and recaps.
JSYTL asked for a bye on 2/3, then retracted it only a few hours ago, so the championship will indeed be decided on 2/3.
Matchups for 1/27 posted
JANUARY 23, 2008 (10:30AM) -- Looks like EJ still has my PHRC binder and the one with all the stats from last week, so I can't update the bulk of the scores from either 1/13 or 1/20 yet. Matchups for 1/27 have been posted on the Bird's Eye page.
Weak sauce running rampant (UPDATED)
JANUARY 23, 2008 (10:30AM) -- UPDATE: The Bay Function captain chimed in to say that he felt Greg Hom wasn't a ringer in the sense that he's played 3 regular season games, but my point was that Hom, who can hit treys and drive to the basket at will, probably shouldn't be playing in the REC. However, this is probably Hom's first season in the league, so he wouldn't have really cared which division he played in.
Incidentally, if anyone objects to being called "weak sauce", by all means email me and I'm happy to post your rebuttal... More info
Prodigies vs Bomb Squad in Losers Bracket
JANUARY 15, 2008 (8:00AM) -- Playoff brackets have been posted at the above link and you can tell who plays who next on 1/20. More to follow in the next couple days.
Prodigies score 101 points
JANUARY 12, 2008 (8:00AM) -- Here are quickie recaps from 1/6...
Prod d. Bomb: Prodigies scored over 100, but played 5-on-4. Gene Cleghorn 26 pts (18 in 1st half) 12 reb, Dan Matsumura 20 pts, Jon Lee 9 reb. Rome Olimpiada 24 pts, James Manalang 22 pts, Ruben Puno 14 pts. Bomb Squad without anyone from usual frontline: center Chris Tenoso and power forwards Anthony Hernandez, Derrel Young, and Rob Cuenca. Prodigies with a hobbled Sunny Margate and still without ultra-hobbled John Parsons. Prodigies got up 49-30 by halftime and that was it... Prod d. RReb: Gene Cleghorn 20 pts, Sean Caiola 13 pts, Barry Lee team-leading 10 reb (?!). Richard Wu 20 pts, Norman Wang 14 pts, "Bi Jianlian" the Chinese import forward Jason Bi 13 pts, Jonny Corrao 14 reb.
Delivery of remaining t-shirts
JANUARY 11, 2008 (2:30PM) -- Happy Friday! First off, my plan is still to do some recaps from last week's playoff games. Now, most of the t-shirts have already been distributed. If your team has not received your t-shirts, please email me to arrange my drop-off of them next Thursday. I plan to get in my car as early as someone will see me, go burn some ozone layer, and drop off your t-shirts to wherever you are, be it at home, at work, or eatin' lunch somewhere. Get this thing off my plate, you know.
So first thing you gotta do is make sure your team is supposed to get t-shirts by double-checking the Payment Registry. Players or roster slots listed in bold mean they have already received them (and then some, meaning some of the not-bolded ones have also received them already). Then email me your situation. I will make sure my records don't indicate that we already gave them to someone at your team before some game in the past several weeks. If everything checks out, then I will reply to get your address of where you will be and I'll see you Thursday. CAVEAT: I will not be able to drive to San Jose; only Oakland or SF.
Playoffs start this Sun 1/13
JANUARY 10, 2008 (8:00AM) -- Tipoffs for 1/13 have been posted. Click on the Bird's Eye link above.
JANUARY 8, 2008 (4:30PM) -- The playoff field has been set and you can find the seedings on the STANDINGS/TEAMS page (lefthand nav column) and the matchups on the Bird's Eye page. The games are basically structured as such: the Eastern #4 team travels to the Western #1 team, East #3 at West #2, West #3 at East #2 and West #4 at East #1. However, due to limited gym availability, despite the fact that the Wildcards prefer to cross the Bay Bridge and play on an NBA-sized court at PHRC, we are forced to put that game at BCRC.
As far as homecourt this week, it just turned out in favor of the high seeds this week. Normally, it's difficult as it is to ask the SJ teams to travel further than they already do to Sequoia. My goal this season is to make the mileage as fair as I can.
That means at any given point from here on out, while you may own the higher seed, you might still travel to the home of the lower seed. During playoffs in previous seasons, we did not pay any attention to mileage over the course of the whole season, but we do now. Overall, opening your travel outside a 15-mile radius of your home ensures a better chance to play against similar high-quality teams. That's the trade-off of dreamleague and what makes our league different. At the same time, you still should have ended up with more than 50% of all your games at your specified home.
Superbowl Sunday 2/3 scheduling
JANUARY 3, 2008 (8:00AM) -- Check your Season Schedule article. If your team gets far into the playoffs, chances are you will need to play on Superbowl Sunday 2/3. On that day, the Superbowl will kickoff around 6pm. That means our last tipoff would be at 4pm. Please do not schedule any festivities prior to Superbowl kickoff on 2/3 -- if you are going to party, plan to do so afterwards.
The only way I will avoid scheduling on 2/3 is if I can utilize 2/10 without any more games mathematically possible after 2/10, i.e., 2/10 is the drop-dead date to get everything done.
Essentially waiting on the Prodigies
JANUARY 1, 2008 (5:00PM) -- HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!! This past Sun 12/30, the Rayguns edged The Yay to capture double-elimination status. Unfortunately, The Yay will head into the playoffs will only single-elimination status as they shockingly lost their 4th straight game after winning 3 straight -- just goes to show you how tough the field is this season.
As you can see on the Season Schedule article, we actually have several matchups still on the docket, but the Runnin' Rebels are assured of single-elimination status, Five Ten will be out of town for quite some time but has mathematically clinched their conference with head-to-head wins over both the Wildcards and JSYTL, Bomb Squad and the Rayguns have clinched double-elimination status, and The Yay and Wildcards are done with their 8 regular season games. So, the only meaningful matchups are with the Prodigies (vs Bomb which I am trying to schedule on Sat 1/5, and RReb on 1/6 -- RReb must pay for at least 2 slots this Sun 1/6). The Prodigies can gain double-elimination status by winning out against both. As such, we may cancel the RReb/Rayg, RReb/Yes and Five/Rayg games and head into the playoffs next weekend 1/13.
Also, I haven't yet figured out if we will go with a straight 8-team seeding with #1 vs #8 and so forth, or go with more of a geographical approach with East #1 thru #4 going up against West #4 thru #1. I have to look at all the matchups. The more diverse matchups and fewer gym hassles we have is probably the path I take.
Teams need to be fully paid before playoffs
DECEMBER 13, 2007 (7:30PM) -- The Payment Registry (link is above) has been updated and the following AL-E teams need to be aware that they are not done with payments yet: Five Ten, Just Say Yes To Life, Prodigies, and Runnin' Rebels.
Playoffs aren't expected to start until 1/13, but I will not begin scheduling the playoffs if an unreasonable amount of teams are not fully paid (do not risk pushing back the league even further because Superbowl is 2/3 and I plan to skip 2/17 NBA All-Star Weekend). If you're the only team that hasn't paid, then we will proceed forward without you and have no choice but to count your game as a forfeit.
Playoffs pushed back to 1/13
DECEMBER 11, 2007 (6:30PM) -- Due to multiple makeup games and complications with teams out of town during the holidays, I have pushed back the start of the playoffs to 1/13. This means the Final Three will be played on 2/3, which is Superbowl Sunday, which is roughly 3pm-7pm, which means we would tipoff the Last Losers Bracket and Championship games either well before 3pm or well after 7pm... More info
Btw, JSYTL is still playing at Bomb this weekend 12/16 and since I didn't hear back from the Runnin' Rebels, I've pegged Five Ten to play against the Wildcards, which is a matchup previously scheduled for later in the season that has been moved up because Five Ten will have people out of town coming up soon and the Wildcards wanted to play this weekend. That means JSYTL will play against RReb in the other intra-conference repeat game, but as mentioned above in the Season Schedule updated article, that game could very well be cancelled by the time we get around to it.
Swishes & Bricks from 11/18
DECEMBER 11, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Just got done with the 3rd annual Gold Rush James E. Love Memorial Tournament this past weekend. Thanks to all the NL and AL players that played (too many to list here), plus the guys on AAA's Ballin', Poorcats, Ryusei, Bomb Squad, Lions, and Trybe. Bay Area Select, South Bay Shootout, Super Bad, the Warriors, and even the champion Delano Renegades had a player or two or three from dreamleague Bay Area leagues make at least a cameo appearance. About half the teams paid us a visit from out of town or outside the usual leagues.
The Payment Registry will be updated later this week and I sure hope all the teams approaching playoffs this Sunday 12/16 are paid up in full. While I get the scores from 12/2 and requests for 12/16 up, please enjoy Vinsanity's latest Swishes & Bricks from way back on 11/18. I don't know about you, but Thanksgiving was hardly the time to catch up with work (I tried and so did Vinsanity, but just couldn't get it done). That holiday was more like a time to catch up with family. Hopefully during the December holidays we'll have more easy-going days to catchup on dreamleague scores and stats. Without further adieu, here's Swishes & Bricks from 11/18... More info
No games this Sun 12/9 due to Gold Rush
DECEMBER 4, 2007 (8:00AM) -- There are no games this weekend due to our annual Gold Rush tournament (good luck to the former AL-E team Davis Dynasty, Bomb Squad and 6FT Prodigies). Payment registry will be updated again early next week and the schedule for Sun 12/16 will go up as usual by Thu 12/12. Any tipoff requests for 12/16 should be emailed in ASAP. Scores from 12/2 will be up soon as well as Vinsanity's Swishes & Bricks from 11/18.
UPDATE ON T-SHIRTS: Remember, t-shirts are given out to players who paid early and via online so as to save us the hassle of collection and going to the bank. Most of the t-shirts have now been passed out (at PHRC on 11/18 and IJRC on 12/2). If your team has not received its t-shirts, know that we will try to coordinate logistics for 12/16 and so forth until all t-shirts owed are passed out. If somehow you can pick them up at commish's garage too, that would be preferred, as I'll be out of town on 12/16 and logistics will be difficult (although I'll try my best to have my staff come through).
AL-E schedule pushed back due to Fairfield
NOVEMBER 28, 2007 (11:00AM) -- I just updated the Season Schedule article (see near bottom link on righthand table) and realized I made a mistake on originally making the playoffs 5 weeks + 1 more if repeat champ is needed. With 8 teams, it should be 4+1. So that's good, we have an extra week to play with. Still, 2 of the 3 games to be made up on 12/16 are still problematic. If we can't find a solution, we may just push back again and really have to get things done no later than 2/10.
NOVEMBER 28, 2007 (10:00AM) -- Due to many teams affected by either the Fairfield tourney or guys out of town, we will push back the AL-E one week, except for Wildcards vs The Yay which appears to be unaffected. With next week's Gold Rush tourney, that means the end of the regular season will occur on 12/30. Hopefully no one objects to playing on 12/30.
Meanwhile, both the Prodigies and Rayguns have players representing dreamleague in the New York tournament on 12/16 (wish them luck!). That means we are currently talking with the captains of their opponents on 12/2, the Rebels, Five Ten, The Yay, and Bomb Squad, to come up with some makeup dates before now and 1/6.
Swishes & Bricks from 11/11
NOVEMBER 24, 2007 (10:00AM) -- In this edition of Vinsanity's Swishes & Bricks, Jay Pattugalan probably (?) set a dreamleague record with 12, yes TWELVE, three-pointers made in a game, and this: "Among the dazzling performances of the weekend, some teams simply stunk it up shooting-wise. And I'm talking about not being able to buy a basket, period."... More info
Mullin, McHale and Ainge (and t-shirts)
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 (4:30PM) -- Today the Golden State Warriors take on the Boston Celtics -- what a way to enjoy our Thanksgiving break! Many, many years ago (twenty?) the Warriors visited the Celtics as they always have. Except on that night, there were three players who would eventually shape the very league that they play in from an executive level... More info
Btw, we started passing out t-shirts last Sunday at PHRC, SQHM, and SQHX. We will be at BCRC and IJRC on 12/2 and hopefully you'll get yours. Any issues, email me. And if you want to come by my house anytime to pick them up over here 2 blocks from PHRC, that would probably be the best way to ensure receipt of your t-shirts.
Happy Thanksgiving: no games on 11/25
NOVEMBER 20, 2007 (10:30AM) -- There are no games scheduled for 11/25. Have a happy Thanksgiving weekend. On 12/2, we're back at it (PLEASE SEND IN TIPOFF REQUESTS FOR 12/2 ASAP). Then on 12/9, there's another leaguewide bye due to the annual Gold Rush Tourney.
ALL ROSTER SLOTS MUST BE PAID BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS START. If not, then it makes no sense for me to schedule you in. Case in point for the Perpetrators of the AAA-Elite, who have not returned my phone call after 2 straight forfeits. They are on the hook for the remaining 3 roster slots, as well as the $50 forfeit fee unless their opponents in those forfeits are willing to waive the fee and shrug off the $25 each.
IF YOU GO INTO THE PLAYOFFS WITH 9 PLAYERS, ALL 9 PLAYERS MUST BE PAID. Only players who have played 3 regular season games are eligible for the playoffs and they must occupy a roster slot, of course. All players who play for you in the playoffs must occupy a paid roster slot, with a minimum of 8 roster slots paid per team. The rosters are set and cannot change once the playoffs start.
THE PAYMENT REGISTRY WILL BE UPDATED LATER THIS WEEK. I still do not which team to allocate the roster slot payment for...
The teams of these players are all at risk of becoming delinquent on their payments. 411, please. And for those of you who have not finalized your payments, please put your team name on the memo line of your personal check or put your team name somewhere in your order with Google Checkout.
- Inigo Palileo (RWC)
- Suryo Senduk (OAK/SF)
- Christopher Romero (OAK/SF)
Auto-forfeit warnings for 11/18
NOVEMBER 16, 2007 (5:30PM) -- Check the Payment Registry link. The following teams are at risk of auto-forfeiting this Sun 11/18...
Roster slot payments are now up to $90 for SF/OAK and $95 for RWC.
- Prodigies: 5 slots paid, 6th game on 11/18
- Runnin' Rebels: 4 slots paid, 6th game on 11/18
Tipoffs for 11/18 posted
NOVEMBER 15, 2007 (11:00AM) -- Well, tipoffs are almost posted. The Wildcatz won't know that time at or after 5:30pm they play until later today. I am trying to schedule the AL-E after that so as not to affect Mike Reding, but the whole thing relies on AL-E RReb (and to a small extent, REC-S RFOB) -- see Bird's eye page.
Payment registry has also been updated. Auto-forfeit warnings will be posted tomorrow.
Let's take a look at last Sunday's results...
Bomb 80, Yay 77: High-scoring Jerry Sims-versus-Rome Olmpiada fireworks display...Both players ended with 27 for their teams...Anthony Hernandez chipped in 18 and Chris Tenoso had 13-and-14 with 5 assists down low for Bomb...Rob Cuenca with 15 points, all in the 2nd half...Likewise, Yay's Deandre Smith had 19 points, all in the 2nd half...Jeremy Christal with 3 blocks...Bomb had 23-10 2nd quarter run...Rayguns 75, Prodigies 74: Even though Gene Cleghorn, who had 16 points, had just fouled under 2 minutes to put the Prodigies in the penalty, Torrent Lee forgot and fouled Mike Reding well outside the three-point arc on the ground...Reding knocked down both free throws and Sean Caiola missed a trey at the buzzer...Caiola led all scorers with 24...Mike Lee had 18 and Mark Scates 17-and-16 along with 3 blocks for the Rayguns...No scoresheets for the other two games at IJRC because the binder got stolen.
Matchups (but not tipoffs) for 11/18 posted
NOVEMBER 14, 2007 (8:00PM) -- Check the Bird's Eye link above. More info to follow on Thu and Fri about matchups. Payment Registry to be updated Thu night.
Swishes & Bricks from 11/4
NOVEMBER 13, 2007 (5:00PM) -- Matchups might not get posted until late Wednesday because it looks like we lost a scoresheet binder and the shotclock laptop got stolen (our 2nd laptop that has met the same fate). If anyone has a cheap old laptop we can use and maybe buy from you, please let me know. The laptop must have at least Windows 2000 and a USB port. Also, if anyone has an old laptop bag too. Meanwhile, enjoy Vinsanity's latest Swishes & Bricks from 11/4... More info
Tipoffs for 11/11 posted
NOVEMBER 9, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Payment Registry page has been fixed and updated. The following teams are at risk of auto-forfeiting this Sunday 11/11...
Roster slots are now up to $89 for SF/Oak and $94 for RWC. Refs and scorekeepers have been instructed to accept only a minimum of $89 or $94 per roster slot and they do not carry any change.
- Prodigies: 4 slots paid, 5th game on 11/11
- Runnin' Rebels: 4 slots paid, 5th game on 11/11
Looking at the standings, it's must-win time for the Runnin' Rebels, which will be relegated to single-elim status for the playoffs unless they can pull off their first win this Sunday vs Five Ten. A huge collision between the Wildcards and Just Say Yes To Life. If the Wildcards win, Five Ten would actually take over first place in the East due to their two head-to-head wins over the said teams. Those head-to-heads may prove critical as we approach playoff seedings. The Keith Wang- and Sunny Margate-less Prodigies travel to the Rayguns, whose two losses are by a combined three points. However, a loss even by one point to the Prodigies will put the Rayguns in last in the West and 2nd-to-last record amongst the 8 teams -- that's how tight this race is. Finally, Bomb Squad ripped the hearts out of Five Ten last week when Rob Cuenca tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer. Are they turning the corner or was that a band-aid over other problems? The test against the red-hot Yay should provide some sort of answer.
Swishes & Bricks from 10/28
NOVEMBER 7, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Check the Season Schedule article on the righthand table for matchups for 11/11. More to follow on that tomorrow should your division's schedule have quirks. Also, we're experiencing some problems with Google Docs, so the Payment Registry page will not be updated for a few days, but you'll know on Thursday night or Friday midday which teams are subject to auto-forfeits on 11/11.
Meanwhile, here's Vinsanity's latest installment regarding 10/28 stats (keep in mind AL-E had a leaguewide bye on 10/28)... More info
AL-E previews for 11/4
NOVEMBER 1, 2007 (5:00PM) -- A nice two-game set of AL-E games back to back at PHRC this Sunday night -- too bad I can't see those games. First, you got the Wildcards vs Prodigies. We've only played 3 games so far, but when was the last time you remember the Wildcards being under .500? How about 2 games under .500? That's what the Prodigies can do. Wow, what an AL-E season... More info
Tipoffs for 11/4 posted
NOVEMBER 1, 2007 (2:00PM) -- Check the Bird's Eye link above. I'm gonna go eat some lunch now, so I'll be back later with some more tidbits about the difficulties of scheduling the 11/4 tipoffs, as well as some other stuff.
Swishes & the BRICK: ONLINE WAIVERS!!!
OCTOBER 31, 2007 (4:30PM) -- Matchups (but not tipoffs) for 11/4 posted on Bird's Eye page and Payment Registry updated (see links above). Also, Inigo Palileo, Suryo Senduk, and Wayne Bendebel need to email me so I know where to allocate their roster slot payment to. Not only did they fail to specify on the Google Checkout payment, but also they did not submit an ONLINE WAIVER, so I am unable to look them up in our player registration database to find out which team they're on.
While personally doing some online stats the other day, I noticed that dozens of you still have not filled out our ONLINE WAIVER, which serves many purposes. Not having you in our database to email you about our upcoming leagues and tourneys? Hey, I'm in over my head as it is, so no big loss, I can live with that. Playing on one of our courts without waiving your rights? OK, you'd be a fool to sue dreamleague and shut everything down for everybody else, so that one doesn't bother me as much either.
But not being able to look up your name to input your friggin' stats?! Bugger.
Please note, this is mainly for our newer players with whom we literally have no clue your full name or team because someone on your team botched your scoresheet one week. If you've never seen our ONLINE WAIVER page, then yeah you probably haven't ever filled one out, so go do it now. You can ignore the auto-generated error message -- haven't had time to fix that. First name, last name, team name, phone, address, email, click Submit. Simple.
So we're just gonna skip you if we can't find your name in the database. And we have to enter a whole team at once, so if we skip you, we skip your whole team. And once we skip your team, hell no, we ain't going back.
On another note, please enjoy Vinsanity's Swishes & Bricks from 10/21... More info
Ballers needed for paid photo shoot
OCTOBER 25, 2007 (4:00PM) -- We just got this in from a casting agency. Please let us know if you're interested and we'll put you in touch. Dates are Mon Oct 29 and Tue Oct 30: "PAID PRINT PHOTO SHOOT ($500 & $750). The client is a well-known sportswear company (name to be announced once final talent are selected). We need athletic people who are TRIATHLETES, RUNNERS, & BASKETBALL PLAYERS between the AGES of 19-29 with specific sizes... More info
AL-E leaguewide bye 10/28
OCTOBER 24, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Due to an out-of-town tournament, we will take a league-wide bye this Sunday 10/28. Good luck to the East Bay Cardinals and Dream League All-Stars!
Code of conduct for spectators
OCTOBER 24, 2007 (8:00AM) -- In light of incidents involving spectators for at least the past two weeks, all spectators will now be expected to sign a waiver of liability form upon entry into any of our gyms. As has been dreamleague policy heretofore, spectators fall under the supervision of the teams they represent. Spectators will be ejected for any altercations they are involved in, whether they started it or not (like a double-technical). The teams they represent may be fined or suspended as well. You will be guilty by association. Therefore, eradicate your volatile spectators immediately, or else you are putting your own team at risk. You have been forewarned.
IF YOU ARE SPECTATOR, DO NOT TALK TO ANOTHER TEAM'S SPECTATORS. DO NOT TALK TO ANOTHER TEAM'S PLAYERS. DO NOT SAY ANYTHING DIRECTED AT THE OTHER TEAM'S PLAYERS OR THE OTHER TEAM IN GENERAL. DOING SO WILL PUT YOU AT RISK OF BEING EJECTED FROM THE GYM, AND YOUR TEAM OF BEING SUSPENDED.
Players banned for fighting
OCTOBER 24, 2007 (3:00PM) -- The paragraph below has been updated to reflect available information. There are claims that the Frosh Tryouts spectator may have instigated with a physical motion, which would suggest an element of self-defense on the part of Flores and Clayton. Also, the issues of suspensions are moving towards a reconciliatory path, which means all parties seem to understand what kind of environment dreamleague would like to promote. More informational updates will follow here if necessary.
OCTOBER 24, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Dexter Flores and Benjamin Clayton of the AAA-P SloJams have been banned indefinitely from dreamleague for entering the stands and fighting an opposing spectator. Flores's two sisters have also been banned indefinitely. The spectator representing SloJams' opponent, Frosh Tryouts, is suspended and cannot attend anymore dreamleague games for the rest of this season. SloJams may not replace Flores or Clayton on their roster for the remainder of this season.
I find it very disappointing that people still resort to violence to solve their problems, no matter how much verbal abuse you have taken. If you are one of these people who have even the remotest chance of crossing the line into physicality, who cannot walk away from a verbal attack, do us all a favor and don't play in dreamleague anymore. Don't come and watch our games. Don't visit this website. This is not the place for you.
For those of you who instigate with verbal attacks, it will not be tolerated AT ALL anymore. Anyone who instigates by verbal means will automatically be ejected, be it a player or spectator. The same goes for anyone who retaliates, even by verbal means. PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS WHO ARE EJECTED FROM THE PREMISES FOR THESE REASONS WILL RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC 1-GAME SUSPENSION, more if the league office deems necessary. If you don't like these rules, then please do not play in dreamleague.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE SITUATIONS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS. WE HAVE REFEREES AND GYM DIRECTORS WHO ARE FULLY QUALIFIED TO DIFFUSE CONFLICTS. OVERSTEPPING THIS AUTHORITY WILL LEAD TO EJECTION FROM DREAMLEAGUE.
"Uphold our safe haven for high-quality, high-caliber, high-class organized bball." -- dreamleague bullet point #1 on our RULES & REGULATIONS page.
Swishes & Bricks from 10/14
OCTOBER 22, 2007 (5:30PM) -- Dear Loyal Readers, yes, I'm talking to all of you, whoever you may be: captains, players, rabid fans, groupies (wait, do we even have groupies?). Please take the time to make sure roster lineups are filled in correctly. I can't stress how important this is to many of us here at Dream League HQ. To clarify -- by correctly, we mean a couple of things... More info
Tipoffs for 10/21, AL-E makes me happy
OCTOBER 19, 2007 (8:00AM) -- See Bird's Eye link for 10/21 tipoffs. Scores from 10/14 have been entered.
I'm really happy to report that, aside from my own team and Bomb Squad which is going to help secure a corporate donation, all AL-E teams are ahead of their payment schedules. I'm so happy, I think I'll do a writeup tomorrow about AL-E (boohoo, NL!).
But don't forget, it's now $91 for RWC teams and $86 for SF/OAK. Nothing more, nothing less (we have no change at the table). Next week, it goes up to $92 and $87.
Swishes & Bricks from 10/7
OCTOBER 16, 2007 (9:00PM) -- Going over the numbers from 9/30, I felt like I was in stathead heaven. Ballers dropping 30+ with ease, shooting ungodly percentages, ripping down boards like madmen and dropping dimes left and right...I guess you can say that this was a down week for the league. But that's not to say there weren't any bursts of brilliant play... More info
Late fees and auto-forfeits kick in soon
OCTOBER 15, 2007 (8:00PM) -- The payment registry (see link above) has been updated and now that most every team in the league has played two games and had a month to pay their roster slots ahead of time, the payment button will be updated within the next 24 hours with a $1 per roster slot per week late fee. Btw, t-shirts will then be ordered and any payments with late fees (or payments not made online) will obviously not get a free t-shirt. T-shirt orders are made to exact numbers from our payment registry.
Remember, any payments made by cash or check do not yield a free t-shirt because the whole point is to drive all payments online to minimize the work on my part after the fact. Also, if you are going to bring cash to a game, you must give it to a scorekeeper and have him/her write it down on your scoresheet. We do not give change at games, nor am I fond of keeping track of partial payments, so no payments except the exact amount will be accepted. Any partial payments will either be rejected or still incur late fees until paid in full.
All captains are expected to check the Payment Registry to see if their team is updated. Currently there are three players who have not stated what team they're on, nor have they submitted an ONLINE WAIVER (link is in the green part of the vertical navigation bar to the left) as we've instructed, so basically we do not know who these people are. Even though we are catching up on stats, we will NOT be publishing any stats for people who do not submit an up-to-date ONLINE WAIVER. Because of the risks posed to our gym directors, we reserve the right to kick any player out of the gym if they have not submitted an ONLINE WAIVER.
FAIR WARNING: from now on, if you don't have as many roster slots paid as the number of games played including the upcoming Sunday, your team will automatically forfeit unless the required payments are made before tipoff. This will be your only warning. I predict at least one or two teams will screw up in this regard. Prove me wrong.
Bay Area = mini-Milwaukee?
OCTOBER 13, 2007 (8:00AM) -- While Milwaukee introduces itself to Yi Jianlian, we ought to do the same here in the Bay, at Cal to be exact. Enter Max Zhang, who made a cameo appearance at an Asian tourney last year that we wrote about... More info
Update on suspensions
OCTOBER 11, 2007 (12:00PM) -- Just wanted to update everyone to basically say that I think a more positive spin should have come out initially below. Hopefully this update will make up for that. Although players will be suspended, Trybe and Kurruption are perhaps two of the senior teams in dreamleague who really "get" what we do. Unfortunately, they will have to sacrifice in this instance to make the league better. I thank them for that, although I still believe the suspensions are required... More info
Tipoffs for 10/14 posted
OCTOBER 11, 2007 (8:00AM) -- Click on the Bird's Eye link above. Quick note: Payment Registry will be updated soon. Late fees kick in next Monday.
24-Hour: $25/mo., no down, almost all clubs
OCTOBER 10, 2007 (12:00PM) -- While we finish up the scores (they're almost done, which means the STANDINGS pages are almost updated), Mark Scates of NL Up In Smoke and AL-E Rayguns would like to announce that 24-Hour Fitness has monthly memberships at only $25 per month, month-to-month, at any club except the big-ass one in San Ramon. This is a pretty good deal and signing up thru Scates helps him out too. His new job at 24 Hour is his second job. He just had a new baby recently.
Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll let you know when the scores and standings thru 10/7 are updated.
Poor Man's Commish on camera
OCTOBER 9, 2007 (8:00AM) -- While scores from 9/16 thru 10/7 get posted on into the night, and special requests for 10/14 get posted to the Bird's Eye page, let us pre-occupy your time with something else. This is a blogpost shown on the righthand table.
The folks at Bassett Productions (Tom, Sidney, and Andrew) recently made an incredible video about community basketball leagues. It was one of the most riveting pieces I have ever seen about basketball "for the rest of us"... More info
"Swishes & Bricks" from Vinsanity
OCTOBER 8, 2007 (3:30PM) -- Wow, is Vinsanity making a splash or what (see below)? Aside from providing you with some content to enjoy the day after 13 non-stop hours of dreamleague hoops at 4 different gyms, #1 on Poor Man's Commish's to-do list is getting all the scores from 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 and now 10/7 posted. Meanwhile...
Welcome to the first installment of my weekly column that takes a deeper, insightful and frequently irreverent look at the numbers the Dream League players put up every Sunday. Yes...it may seem daunting to pore through a copious stack of scoresheets from the 40 or so games that took place -- squinting hard to discern whether or not the scorekeeper’s hastily scrawled “R” (for Rebound) is actually a “B” (for Block) or in some cases, neither -— but it is something that I truly relish... More info
Please fill in your team names or else
OCTOBER 4, 2007 (11:30AM) -- Now that we got Vince Morales doing some stat-mongering, it's becoming a bigger and bigger pet peeve when you guys don't fill in your team names (and FIRST AND LAST names) on the scoresheet.
So when you fill in your scoresheets every 4th quarter of the game preceding yours when you arrive at the gym before your game, be sure to fill in your first AND LAST names, as well as your team name. Otherwise, we will skip your team when Vince comes across your scoresheet to write a little sumthin-sumthin about it.
AL-E season matchups set
OCTOBER 4, 2007 (8:00AM) -- The season matchups for the 8 registered AL-E teams has now been completed. I noticed that Just Say Yes To Life and Five Ten tend to have their impact players on other NL teams that are primarily based in SF, so when those guys are in SF, on any given weekend, I may just end up with Yes and Five in SF as well... More info
We're hiring! Play for free! Help wanted!
OCTOBER 4, 2007 (10:30AM) -- Yup, I've finally got way, way, way too much stuff on my plate. I really gotta hand this stuff off to some people. And I'm willing to pay for good service. Over the years, guys have asked if we have jobs available and I've told them we had nothing that would be substantial, but now we do. Here's what help we need... More info