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30 12 2010


Fantasy Jose Canseco League

18 06 2009

Jose Canseco simply cannot stay out of the news.  Anyone interested in a pool to bet on the next time Jose Canseco makes himself newsworthy?

Fantasy TV Network

18 03 2009

I remember Bill Simmons linking to a draft where four guys from ESPN drafted all the TV Networks.  I’d be interested in setting up a draft where each participant, acting as a TV Network, drafts individual series, special events, etc.  It would have to be continuous, with a new draft each time another batch of shows gets released.  Categories would include comedy, episodic drama, serial drama, and reality TV series and scoring could include total viewership, prime-time viewership, key demographics, and number of montages (hint: pick CSI:Miami and Cold Case)

I know that hollywood stock exchange already exists, but it occurs to me that fantasy leagues really are quite like TV networks.  Most shows pitch to all the networks, and there’s essentially an auction to see who gets which shows.  Each season, networks cut the shows that are underperforming to speculate on new ones.  The only difference is that shows almost never get canceled and then picked up by another network, or canceled and then uncanceled.

From my perspective, NBC’s decision to give Jay Leno 5 hours a week of prime time looks like they realized they weren’t getting anywhere by speculating (compare to CBS, ABC, FOX) and just plugged in a whole lot of Jon Barry.

You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose…

11 03 2009

…and now you can draft your facebook friends.

My friend Joe and I, having previously drafted fantasy civil war teams, have been talking for over a month about holding a draft of our 80 mutual facebook friends.  Last weekend, we had a bunch of beers and starting making picks.  The criteria we used was awesomeness.  Whoever drafted more awesome people won, and we’d be left to argue afterwards about who’d won.  This is pretty similar to our civil war draft.

After the draft, I evaluated our teams along seven variables: business, science, artist, academic, sports, hot girls and bro factor.  I have myself winning 5 of 7 categories–everything except science and academic–but Joe is contesting bro factor.  I’m allowing him to propose new categories of evaluation, but for now it looks like he got all the nerdy and I got all the awesome.

Fantasy Civil War

25 09 2008
Best state flag?

This is someone's state flag... really.

A while back, a friend and I started drafting American states, with the idea that our two teams would then engage in some sort of warfare–military, economic, athletic, whatever.  Really, we were just deciding which states were more awesome.  The draft went something like this:

  • He took California
  • I took Texas and New York
  • He took Florida and New Jersey
  • I took Illinois and Massachusetts, and also declared myself winner on the basis that I didn’t have New Jersey on my team

I also picked up a bunch of nice sleepers like Hawaii, Lousiana and Nevada, while dodging places like Ohio and Mississippi, and Delaware.  By the end, I was pretty sure I’d win or draw in every category, including military power, civilian weaponry, economic power, sports teams, universities, fewest states named New Jersey, and general awesomeness.

Need Advice for Upcoming Fantasy Draft

12 09 2008

My co-blogger isn’t writing any posts right now, because he’s planning his wedding, so I figured it’s a good time to ask him for some advice for my upcoming fantasy wedding draft.  I’m targeting certain people for some positions, but others I have no idea.  Here’s a breakdown:

Groom: Me (obviously)

Bride: It’s a 16-team league, and I’m the only guy, so usually I can wait till the end to fill this spot.  Last year, however, the one bisexual girl beat me to Natalie Portman, so I had to settle for Claire Danes.  Doh!  Hopefully this year Portman will slip to me late…it’s just not worth wasting a pick on a bride when everyone else is locking in key players in the other positions.

Groom’s parents: Last year I had Tommy Lee Jones and Nancy Pelosi, which was pretty decent, but I’m looking to upgrade in this position.  If Bill Cosby is still around in the second round, I’m probably picking him, though I might use him as father of the bride also.  I’m also intriged by the idea, recently pitched by the Stupendous Mr. Roto, about using Bono in this spot.

Bride’s parents: My top choices would be Obama and Meryl Streep, but chances are they’ll both be gone by my frist pick. (I pick 16th and then 25th)  I really like Bo Jackson as a sleeper.  Bo knows lots of cool people, so I’ll pick up a lot of guest list points here, although my media buzz may be down a little compared to some other choices.

Best Man: I’d be really happy with Matt Damon, except that he probably gets picked as a groom early on.  I remember back in 1998, a year after Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck went in the second round, but Damon became my best man in the seventh!  Since then, Affleck’s been falling (Funston’s Big Board has him on the bubble) while Damon’s gone straight to the top (13 on the Big Board).  It’s fair to say I won’t be picking Affleck–I’d sooner take his brother Casey–but I’m not really sure who to target.  Is Will Smith still a good choice?

Entertainment: This pick is already deciced.  Every year I pick Jimmie Moore, my entire league derides me, other teams draft crappy DJs, and I do just fine.  Let me ask one simple question: Can your DJ move like this?

Drunken Relative/Black Sheep: Our league requires you to play at least one, but you can rack up major bonus points for playing extras in your utility spots.  I’m toying with the idea of inviting the disaster trio of Hilton, Spears and Lohan.  I’ve never heard of anyone trying an idea this crazy, but really…what’s the worst that can happen?

Photographer: No idea…I always just pick by the highest rating, but I lose a lot of points here.  I’m completely lost as to how to match a photographer to a guest list.

Menu option: Okay, this one always kills me.  Assuming that beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian go early, what do I do?  Seafood seems really risky.  What comes next?  Lamb stew?  Pork Tenderloin?  Meatloaf?  Vegan?  Assuming I don’t get one of my top four, I’d be tempted to just skip dinner and draft two desserts.

Any advice would be really appreciated.  Last year I finished 15th out of 16.