Well, we’re back. Once again we have set the record for early start-up of what is the best league in DelMarVa, Europe and the Middle East. Since there’s already been four posts about it and training camp officially starts for the Super Bowl bound Redskins today, I have created the league for the 2010 season.
As we all know, this will be a return to glory for the squad that has ruled the title game for years. Just as Ryzz had his fluke, the Shoe managed to get lucky and squeak by with the deciding player being a third string WR that I’d punch in the face if I ever saw him. So luckily for all of us, this season will be a return to normalcy for the league, and we can all rest easy with the things we know for certain: D$ will miss the start of the draft, Dirt will have the greatest draft of all-time yet not make a single roster move and end up out of the playoffs, Ryzz will talk and talk and talk, Clew will threaten to quit either before or after the season starts, Spree will draft some RB named Chris Johnson from the UFL in the 4th round, Spree Lew will start out hot and fade, Not Tim will retire (again), Strokker will have the team that we all envy, and I will… well you know how it will go.
This brings up our first big topic of the year. Who is in? I assume we have 8 entrants as of right now. Not Tim is out as mentioned above. Shoe claims he will not play again. That leaves at least 1 spot and possibly 2. My first nomination is for Mr. R, also known as the guy who forced us to create a rule to lock team names, also known as the guy who can’t understand how to work a computer in order to draft. We have a standing rule that if a person has played in our league before, he gets a spot before a newbie. So if he wants it, I don’t think we have any other candidates at the moment. We may have another spot, so I’ll wait to hear who else might be interested from the group.
Second decision of the year is when to hold the draft. Typically we hold it the last weekend in August, right in the middle of preseason games so that you have some ideas how people look but not all has been revealed yet. My vote, and the current placeholder, is for the weekend of August 27-29. I don’t care when we hold it, but I vote for either Friday night or Saturday late afternoon, so we can roll the draft into a social event. Unlike Spree Lew, I don’t particularly care to pound 15 Natty Bo’s on a Sunday afternoon. And I do want to be there to watch Clew three code blues deep so that he starts giggling as he reviews over and over each roster in the league. So right now it is set for August 28 at 5pm. That also works doubly-well for a WLC social event as that is the UFC Penn-Edgar rematch. In my opinion, that works perfectly. As for other weekends, I know Clew is out of town the weekend before, and D$ and I will be down in ATL watching the boys in blue hammer the LSU tigers the following weekend. So how does August 28 work for everybody?
I was hoping for an offseason meeting to vote on rule changes, but I suggest given the lack of time left that we either vote online or we do it at the draft. Here is the list of issues that have been brought up to the Commish:
1) Payout for the points leader at the end of the regular season (I think this is a decent idea)
2) Points leader is guaranteed a playoff spot (I like #1 better, plus this will be kind of screwy to implement. I’d have to go back and change records to make it work)
3) Reduce QB yardage for 1 point to 30 yards from 35. I would vote against this as our league once again was QB heavy with 8 of the top 10 players being QBs and 14/20. If anything I vote we drop it down 5 yards to 40 yards per point.
4) Add a roster spot for Injured Players. We’d have to come up with rules for this Not Tim suggestion, but I’m not a big fan. I think injuries and holding on to players is part of the game, plus it will be tough to monitor.
5) Trades switched from approved by Commish to approved by league vote. I whole-heartedly disagree with this. When we switched this a few years back, it was for 2 reasons: Nobody was responding to the trade approvals so it came down to one or two people, and the other reason is like last year’s uproar the trade that would have helped several people but hurt one would not have been prevented by league vote because it helped the majority. That is simply unfair, and I don’t think we should play in a league that allows that. Also, with a league vote you have to wait a set period so any trades that were on Friday or Saturday might not make it before the games on Sunday. With a Commish approval, you can get it done as soon as I look at it. Again, I would like to vote down this suggestion, but in the spirit of fair play I am opening it up to the league.
6) There has been a small movement for a PPR themed scoring category. I would actually like this, if we’re talking .25 or .50 points per catch. Nothing to completely skew the results, but a little bonus if your boy catches a ton of balls.
7) Draw the draft order from a hat instead of letting the computer do it randomly. Despite complaints, I’ve never touched it for fear of being blamed for the draft order, and despite this I still am every year. I’m fine with doing it in person if that’s what people want. Just remember that we have to draw something like an hour before the draft. I don’t want to do it too early because I like the unknown of not knowing where you’re going to pick.
That was all I had in my notes for this year. If anybody has additional suggestions, I will be glad to open them to vote. We will vote, but all issues must be resolved before the draft.
Time to talk dollars. I suggest we move back to $100 this year, with the following payouts: $100 points leader at the end of regular season, $100 for 3rd place game winner, $200 for the 2nd place, and $600 for the Champion. Let me know what you think. As always, if you don’t have your money paid by the draft, you will have no team to draft for. No excuses as usual. I won’t even think about it. If you don’t have $100 in, you won’t have a team.
I think that’s all I have for the moment. Once again, this is my favorite time of the year, and I really do appreciate how this annual competition keeps us close despite living all over the place. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. So let’s get going… get your teams in and I’ll see you at the draft.
– The Commish