Archive for April, 2011

Meet A Manager: The Chosen People

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The next installment in our ‘Meet A Manager’ series takes a look at one of the newest members of the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League, but still a familiar face to league members.  And he brought it in his answers, so you have a very good read ahead of you.  Today, meet the man behind ‘The Chosen People’….

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IFB Week 3 Review and Week 4 Preview

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Week 3 in the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League saw more dominating performances than in Week 2, with more blow-out victories.  Contenders for the title are starting to emerge, and division races are beginning to heat up.  Here’s a look at what happened in Week 3…

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IFL Theater: Franklin’s Therapy

April 24, 2011 1 comment

First off, Happy Easter to everybody who reads this!

Now, back to the (delayed) edition of IFL Theater.

Ryan Franklin, ex-closer for the St. Louis Cardinals, is not a happy camper lately.  His stats after another troubling time on the mound yesterday are a 0-2 record, 7.87 ERA, with 3K’s and 3 walks, and only 1 save.  He has 4 blown saves, which is more the double what he had for all of 2010.  Because he’s been so bad, the Cardinals are now in a closer-by-committee situation.

To make matters worse, the fans have seemingly turned on him.  He was booed yesterday after giving the Cincinnati Reds the lead, blowing any chance of a win for Chris Carpenter (which I needed this week, thank you very f***ing much), and booed after he gave up a home run in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday against the Washington Nationals.  How did he respond?  Quote:

“They’re supposed to be the best fans in baseball.  Yeah, right,” said Franklin, according to NBC Sports.

Franklin later apologized for his words, but his frustration can clearly be seen.

Yeah, that apology probably won’t help you now.  There’s already talk that he’s done in St. Louis after his contract this up this season.

So, with that in mind, this week’s edition of IFL Theater will deal with what could happen to Ryan Franklin going forward.  And yes, there will be animated characters….

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IFL Theater Delayed

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Busy week and the rush of yesterday has put off this week’s edition.  Plus, I didn’t get an idea popped into my until the shower this morning, so there’s a script to write out.  Hopefully something will be up by tonight or tomorrow.

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Ponies, Pageviews, and Praise

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I want to get this post out of the way before I move on to the other things that are important to the blog today, like the next edition of IFL Theater (and applying for a job in Jacksonville, IL).  Once again, this is not a post about the leagues itself, but just a recap of everything that happened on this blog yesterday.  Some background information will be revealed too.  If it seems like that I’m way too excited about everything that happened to the blog yesterday, in terms of traffic and visits, then you’re right.  But this should explain why I felt proud, and, in some cases, have to defend it.

Yesterday, the IFL blog received the most pageviews ever in a day.  Here’s a breakdown of the stats that I quickly found:

  • The final tally was 746 pageviews.  That’s 5 more than the entire history of the time the blog was on Blogspot (March-October 2010).  More technical, 75 more views since I added up all the views on Blogspot before November 2010.  That amount is also higher than the pageviews gained from October 2010 to March 2011 combined, and over half of the pageviews in April.  Granted, some of visits before yesterday came from spammers, but yesterday was all legit.
  • Taking away the views from today (151 as of 7:50 A.M., another impressive feat), the total number that the blog has gained on WordPress is 1880 views.  That means that yesterday’s views accounted for 39.6% of the entire history of the blog.
  • All of this was possible, thanks to the help of Equestria Daily, who posted last week’s IFL Theater on their blog.  All of that is explained here.  The clicks to the blog that came from that site, accounted for 545 of the pageviews.

So now that the statistical breakdown (which technically is the point of this blog) is complete, time to hand out praise and thanks for yesterday.

  • Background story; I was the one that submitted IFL Theater to ED.  For those that do not know what ED is, it’s a blog that gathers and displays fanworks from the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  As MLP:FiM is my new cartoon obsession, I submitted it to Sethisto at ED and see if it would qualify to be part of their blog.  They accepted it a few days later, and posted it yesterday morning.  I am grateful for the chance to have IFL Theater as part of the fandom.  Although ponies will not be featured on every future IFL Theater, last week was not their last appearance.
  • To the people who visited from Equestria Daily; I thank you so very much.  I enjoyed reading the 28 comments (numbers I can only dream of here); which ranged from how much you enjoyed it, to what the hell they just read, to explaining where the original inspiration for the story came from.  You even gave it 4 out of 5 stars on the site.  Though, no one suggested anything to changing my team name, so the Muse Academy Muses survive (now to just come back this week).  ED bronies are always welcome here.
  • To the people at 4chan that discovered the post and started a thread about the ‘bulls***’; thank you too for stopping by.  Your response to that edition of IFL Theater was better than I expected.  Stop by in the future and join a league or two.  Though, I’m surprised I haven’t seen a post about this yet on Ponychan.  Eh.

To summarize; yesterday nuked previous pageview records, your commissioner loves My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the ponies will be back in future IFL Theaters, everyone that come to visit the page is loved.  Thank you again to everyone who made yesterday at the Illinois Fantasy Leagues blog a historic one!

Today, We Are Bronies

April 21, 2011 1 comment

Thanks to Equestria Daily, who so kindly made a post on their extremely popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic blog about last week’s IFL Theater.

Why am I pumped for this?  Because of that post and linkage, the blog has hit 100+ pageviews in a day for the first time ever.  And in the first hour it was posted!  Hells to the yeah!

I am not concerned about what comments are left there, or if some leave them here.  I’ll take anything, because it helps develop me as a writer.

So welcome fellow bronies from ED!  Stay for a bit and search around, learning to love our leagues.  Hell, join one next year.  But just understand, love or hate, the visits are appreciated.

UPDATE (1:15 P.M.): 370 total pageviews for last week’s IFL Theater, 324 coming from ED.  419 total overall pageviews at this moment.  Dear God.  For comparison’s sake, today alone has accounted for over a fourth of the pageviews in the entire history of the blog (since moving to WordPress back in October).

UPDATE (2:40 P.M.): As I type this; 503 total pageviews today, 434 of them on the IFL Theater post, and 376 of those from ED.  This is all fascinating to me, because it’s setting marks that I’ve never seen before.  And props to the new visitors for checking out other stuff too.

I’m so impressed by the record-setting output, that I want to change my team name to something related to MLP:FiM.  Suggestions for team names can be e-mailed to me, or sent on Twitter by putting @ilfantasyleague in the tweet.  League members are not eligible for this, because that is crossing territories that probably should not be crossed.  I’ve seen too many episodes of ‘The League‘ to know what could happen.

I’m embracing them, and I do not care.

Thursday Tidbits

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

None of these really warrant posts on their own, so here’s some random musings (*points to team name* Get it?  Ha ha!) about the leagues:

  • After discussions with others, there is consideration to changing up some stats for the 2012 IFB season.  The consideration is to switch the BB category to WHIP.  Comment below to leave your thoughts.  This is for the 2012 season.  All stats for this year are locked in.
  • I am trying to get the social networking aspect of the leagues on a more proficient level.  You can follow the leagues on Twitter (@ilfantasyleague), and there’s a Facebook page that you can ‘like’.  I would post a link to try and like right from the blog, but Facebook was not being nice to me.  So, just search ‘Illinois Fantasy Leagues’ on Facebook and like us there.
  • Still looking for people to sign up for the ‘Meet A Manager’ series.  It’s been pretty successful so far.
  • The page is trying to grow its links with ‘Friends of the Leagues’.  Basically, it’s just people I know on a personal level, and sites that have been good to the blog.  If you have a blog or website you want me to add to the ‘friends’ list, e-mail me at
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