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Did you set your rosters?

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

BECAUSE IT’S OPENING DAY!!!

Games start in under an hour.  The season is underway.

The 2011 IFB Weekly Awards

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

This year the weekly awards for best record and stat leaders will change up a little bit.  This year, they’re being named after someone.  It’s a common practice.  MLB awards the Hank Aaron Award for the top hitter in each league, the NFL’s Man of the Year Award is named after Walter Payton, and the NHL’s Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston.  So we’re doing the same this year….

….only with cartoon characters.  You saw this coming.

So without further delay, here’s what’s being awarded this year, and who each award is being named after…

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The 2011 IFB Schedule

March 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Now that the league has drafted, and divisions have been set up, there’s one thing left to go over.  That being the 2011 schedule for the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League.

There’s two ways you can view the schedule.  One way is to view it by team, and the other is by week.  If you’re looking at it on the team view, if you see a match-up in bold, that means it’s a divisional match-up for that week.

Here’s how the schedule broke down:

  • Teams in the same division will play each other twice (6 match-ups)
  • Teams will play one opponent from each of the other three divisions twice, depending on how the division drawn played out (6 match-ups)
  • Teams will play everyone else once (9 match-ups)
  • Week 22’s match-ups will be determined in the future, no later than Thursday of Week 21
  • Pairings for Week 22 will be made in terms of division and playoff races, to create the most exciting and competitive match-ups for the week

As for now, if you look at the week-by-week schedule for the league in Week 22, you will see that there are match-ups.  That’s because something had to be filled in for Yahoo! in order to complete the schedule.  If you look at the team schedules, then you’ll see the correct match-ups…TBA.

IFL Madness FINAL Standings

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I know what you’re thinking….’There’s still 3 games left to be played!  How can the IFL Madness standings be final?!?’

Well…there’s a reason it’s called March Madness.  The madness completely destroyed everyone’s brackets, to the point where no one else can gain any more points from any of the games.  In fact, the only brackets to get a correct Final Four pick was Robotulism (Butler), Blake’s Bracket (Connecticut), and Boiling down the bracket (Kentucky).  That’s only THREE out of a possible 32 Final Four picks that were correct.

Our animated friends did not fare any better.  Between the four, with a potential of sixteen Final Four picks, only ONE panned out.  1 out of 16.  That one came from Master Shake, who picked Connecticut.  Timmy, Rainbow Dash, and Duncan were shut out.

The lesson from this year…brackets can be a bitch.  Here’s the final standings.  Congratulations to Robotulism!  You have won bragging rights!

Division Setup and WEEK 1 PREVIEW!

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Doesn’t it feel good to see that phrase again?  Baseball is just around the corner.

Not only that, it’s earlier this year.  Instead of having Opening Day on a Monday, MLB changed it up this year to have it on a Thursday.  This Thursday to be exact.  What that means for the league is that Week 1 will have a few days tacked on it to, going from March 31st to April 10th.  Adjust accordingly.

With that, here’s a look at the first match-ups of 2011, with division battles in Italics:

  • FernandoVinasGoatee vs. Boo Boo Cubs
  • South Side Cubs Fan vs. Triple Crown
  • Good Wood Gang vs. Most Daring
  • Muse Academy Muses vs. NIU Huskies
  • Quiet TheRiot vs. Bad News Bears
  • Quincy Dirtbags vs. All Balls No Strikes
  • Funky Cold Molina vs. The Chosen People
  • PujolsalwaysCardinal vs. SouthSideSluggers

A few notables about the first match-ups of the season.  The highest finisher from last season and we will call the de-facto defending champion, PujolsalwaysCardinal, starts off with a Grant Division match-up against league newcomer SouthSideSluggers.  The other division match-up this week is also in the Grant, with Funky Cold Molina taking on The Chosen People.

Three other newcomers will get their first taste of IFB play against returning members in Week 1; SouthSideCubsFan will face off against Triple Crown, Good Wood Gang battles Most Daring, and NIU Huskies will take on the Muse Academy Muses.

Other match-ups feature a battle of two playoff teams from last year in Quiet TheRiot and Bad News Bears, Quincy Dirtbags faces off against All Balls No Strikes in a battle of one team who finished second-to-last and the team who lost out on a playoff spot last year due to a tiebreaker, and FernandoVinasGoatee against Boo Boo Cubs in a match-up of returning teams.

And finally, here’s how the divisions will look for 2011:

  • Reagan
    • Fernando Vina’s Goatee
    • South Side Cubs Fan
    • Good Wood Gang
    • Muse Academy Muses
  • Lincoln
    • Boo Boo Cubs
    • Quiet TheRiot
    • Most Daring
    • Quincy Dirtbags
  • Obama
    • Triple Crown
    • Bad News Bears
    • NIU Huskies
    • All Balls No Strikes
  • Grant
    • Funky Cold Molina
    • The Chosen People
    • PujolsalwaysCardinal
    • South Side Slugggers

Opening day and league play starts Thursday.  Full schedule and award details will come out tomorrow.

Who’s Being Kept?

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The deadline for returning managers to claim keeper players has past.  All in all, nine players (4 position and 5 pitchers) were claimed, and have been pre-selected into draft positions.  For a full rundown of the players who have been kept is listed in the ‘Draft Results‘ section on the league’s draft area, which sorts the picks by round and team.

Drawing for the schedule will take place today, and that should be posted early next week.  And, the main event, the draft, is Sunday night.

IFL Madness – Sweet 16 Standings

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The deeper you get in the dance, the more separation you see.

Upsets continue to ravage brackets and shake up the standings for the 2011 edition of IFL Madness.  A note from the scenario generator:

  • If the high seeds win out, then Still better than Carson! would win with 179 points.

Three rounds left and 7 games to go.  It’s still anyone’s pool to take!