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Off-Topic: Dear Midland T-Wolves

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

How are things going in Varna?  I understand that you’re playing for something big tonight, your second consecutive regional championship at the Granville Class 1A Regional tonight against Lowpoint-Washburn.  I also understand this has been a great series this year, with a victory on their home court in December, and a tough loss in the championship game at the Tri-County Conference Tournament last month.  So I just have a simple request as to go into this big game tonight… Read more…

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IFB Sign-ups: 6 Slots Left

February 24, 2011 1 comment

Normally, there would only be 2 slots left.  But due to overwhelming interest, the league max is at 20 teams, and it is quite possible that mark could be hit.  So if you want to sign-up, just click on the league’s website or click on Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball page.  Here’s the details needed to sign-up:

League ID#: 36932

Password: lincolnreagan

Happy playing!

Matthew Berry Tweeted Back

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

If you play fantasy sports, then you probably know who this guy is….

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IFB Rule Changes for 2/21

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

A small post to update on the progress of the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League’s second season.  Sign-ups are still on-going, with 13 teams now registered, as of 11:04 A.M.  There is also increased demand for sign-ups, and that will be addressed. Read more…

IFB Sign-ups Still Ongoing

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

To participate in Season 2 of the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League, go to Yahoo’s Fantasy Baseball page and enter the following information:

League ID#: 36932

Password: lincolnreagan

It’s that simple.  As of Thursday morning, 10 out of the 16 teams from last season are returning and looking to become the new IFB champion.  I say that because last year’s champion, Sparland Hilltoppers, has said he would not be returning this season, due to a busy schedule.  We wish him the best and hope for a return in the future.  Another team confirmed to not return this year is last season’s worst team, Bushwackers.  That means at least 2 slots will be open for newcomers, and if interest is overwhelming, the league could expand to 20 teams this year.

Also, if you are a NASCAR fan, the Illinois Fantasy Leagues is running a fantasy auto racing game on Yahoo! this year.  You pick a roster of 4 drivers and 4 backups each week, and watch them tear up the track.  The season begins with this Sunday’s Daytona 500.  The group ID# is 20888 and the password is ‘chicagoland2001’.

Good luck to all that sign up!

Off-Topic: Road Trip?

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I like to get out.  Sure, I like my moments where I’m just sitting in front of the laptop, conspiring on different plots for the wife’s webcomic, The Muse Academy (which also comes in handy when covering mind-numbing board meetings).  But I enjoy getting outside and going places too.

That’s why this idea popped in my head, inspired in part by Deadspin.  A summer road trip to a baseball game.

Just imagine…you’re with a group of friends/acquaintances.  The sun sets over the left field wall on a cool summer night.  Vendors shouting sales offers for overpriced beer, but you know it’s part of the experience.  And all in front of America’s past time…baseball.  Doesn’t that sound fun?

Why not make it happen?

I am proposing a road trip for league members to see a baseball game this summer.  The game can be as high as the majors to as low as Class A and independent league baseball.  We buy group tickets or rent out a luxury box, and partake in the game.

Mind you, this is still in the early stages, and thing could change.  Maybe the outing gets changed to a golf scramble.  The point of this post is just to gage interest.

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The 2011 IFB Season Primer

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The most glorious time of the year is upon us…pitchers and catchers report.  With those 4 magical words, baseball season is officially on the horizon.  And since baseball is on the horizon, so is fantasy baseball.

Season 1 of the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League was a huge success with 16 teams competing for a title.  Season 2 is starting to show promising signs of just as much fun, with 9 of the 16 teams returning for this year.  If you haven’t signed up yet, click here or go to the Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball home page.  To sign up, click on the ‘Join Custom’ button, enter the league ID # (36932) and enter the league password (lincolnreagan). It’s that easy.

So if you want to sign up for this season, here are some of the details that you need to know.  Items that are bold are new for 2011:

Basics

  • 16 team league, weekly head-to-head match-ups
  • 4 divisions (Reagan, Lincoln, Obama, Grant)
  • 22 week season, 3 week playoff
  • 8 teams make playoffs, division winners awarded seeds 1-4 and wild cards seeds 5-8
  • No ‘Can’t Cut’ list
  • Teams can trade anyone for anyone, league members have two days to review trades after they have been completed, teams can vote to veto a trade, draft picks for the next season can be traded for players, trade deadline is July 31st
  • Players are placed on waivers for 2 days and become free agents if not claimed after that, teams have $100 budget for claiming players on waivers, free agents are free
  • Teams may keep one positional player and one pitcher at most from the previous season, in exchange for losing a draft pick of equal value (subject to change)

Draft

  • Draft is scheduled for March 27th, 7:00 P.M. Central time
  • Draft is 25 rounds to fill out roster
  • Draft order is as follows, with teams who have already signed up in bold.  If team was known as different name last season, that name will follow in brackets:
  1. Bushwackers
  2. Quincy Dirtbags
  3. Bambinos
  4. Anabolic A Rods
  5. Triple Crown
  6. FernandoVinasGoatee {Bo Hart All Stars}
  7. Funky Cold Molina
  8. All Balls No Strikes
  9. Muse Academy Muses
  10. Quiet TheRiot {Ferris Indians}
  11. Most Daring
  12. BooBooCubs
  13. BJ Penn
  14. Bad News Bears {JSloan}
  15. PujolsalwaysCardinal {2010 Not a Holliday}
  16. Sparland Hilltoppers

List current as of 2/14/2011, 6:56 A.M.

Schedule

  • 22 week season
    • Division opponents will be played twice
    • Another division opponent will be played twice (Reagan vs. Obama/Lincoln vs. Grant)
    • All other teams will be played once
    • Custom schedule in Week 22 to help create thrilling match-ups, determined no later than Week 20 (scheduled to change)

Roster

  • Starting Lineup will be as follows:
    • 1 Catcher
    • 1 First Baseman
    • 1 Second Baseman
    • 1 Third Baseman
    • 1 Shortstop
    • 1 Corner Infielder (1B or 3B)
    • 1 Middle Infielder (2B or SS)
    • 4 Outfielders
    • 1 Utility Player
    • 2 Starting Pitchers
    • 2 Relief Pitchers
    • 4 Pitchers
  • 5 Bench slots
  • 3 DL slots

Stats

  • Statistics will be recorded in each of the following categories:
    • Batters
      • Runs, Hits, Home Runs, RBIs, Stolen Bases, Average
    • Pitchers
      • Wins, Losses, Saves, Walks, Strikeouts, ERA
  • The team with the best mark in each stat during the match-up each week will gain a win
  • The team with the worse mark in each stat during the match-up each week will gain a loss
  • If the stat is tied, a tie will be earned

Fantasy Baseball Draft Guides

  • Here is a list of links to fantasy baseball draft guides.  This will be updated as needed:

That is a basic run-down of the 2011 season of the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League.  More tidbits will be posted throughout the pre-season.  For what Yahoo! says they have new for their features for 2011, here is what they have listed.