Archive for July, 2011

IFL Road Trip #1: Busch Stadium

July 28, 2011 2 comments

Today on the blog we debut a new feature, the IFL Road Trip.  What this will basically be is a photo gallery of a trip to somewhere I go with a fellow league member.  And since my wife has the better camera in Europe, all these photos will be taken from my iPhone, which still has better quality than some of my older cameras/phones.

Road trip #1 occurred on June 26th, when I was joined by Bad News Bears (a.k.a. Joe Sloan) for a trip down to St. Louis and Busch Stadium to see the hometown Cardinals take on the Toronto Blue Jays.  On that day, the Redbirds were trying to avoid a sweep to the Canadian-based team.  It didn’t end well.  They were shut out on a two-hitter, losing the game 5-0.

It’s kinda ironic I post this a month late and on this day, considering the big trade the two teams pulled off yesterday, where Colby Rasmus was sent north for a bunch of pitchers.

So without further ado, here’s a photo summary of the trip:

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Weeks 12-16 Catchup and Standings Breakdown

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

This took quite the effort to backtrack and log all the stats from the past five weeks.  But it is done and ready for presentation.

Things will work a little differently now for the weekly summaries, and we’ll approach those parts when we get there.  But first, here’s a recap of all the award winners from the past 5 weeks:

  • Bugs Bunny Best Record
    • Week 12 – Muse Academy Muses/South Side Cubs Fan (9-2-1)
    • Week 13 – SouthSideSluggers (8-2-2)
    • Week 14 – Quincy Dirtbags (11-0-1)
    • Week 15 – All Balls No Strikes (9-1-2)
    • Week 16 – South Side Cubs Fan (10-0-2)
  • The Simpsons Runs Leader
    • Week 12 – South Side Cubs Fan (36)
    • Week 13 – Quincy Dirtbags (39)
    • Week 14 – The Chosen People (43)
    • Week 15 – Most Daring (21)
    • Week 16 – Quincy Dirtbags (38)
  • Josie and the Pussycats Hits Leader
    • Week 12 – South Side Cubs Fan (71)
    • Week 13 – South Side Cubs Fan (73)
    • Week 14 – SouthSideSluggers (76)
    • Week 15 – Muse Academy Muses (44)
    • Week 16 – Muse Academy Muses (70)
  • Homer Simpson Home Runs Leader
    • Week 12 – Most Daring (13)
    • Week 13 – Most Daring (14)
    • Week 14 – Funky Cold Molina/Good Wood Gang (11)
    • Week 15 – SouthSideSluggers (8)
    • Week 16 – Quincy Dirtbags/South Side Cubs Fan (12)
  • Fat Albert RBI Leader
    • Week 12 – South Side Cubs Fan (37)
    • Week 13 – SouthSideSluggers (37)
    • Week 14 – Quincy Dirtbags (40)
    • Week 15 – PujolsalwaysCardinal (25)
    • Week 16 – Quincy Dirtbags (44)
  • Speedy Gonzalez Stolen Bases Leader
    • Week 12 – Muse Academy Muses/All Balls No Strikes (7)
    • Week 13 – Quiet TheRiot/All Balls No Strikes (8)
    • Week 14 – The Chosen People (8)
    • Week 15 – Good Wood Gang (5)
    • Week 16 – Bad News Bears/Muse Academy Muses/Quincy Dirtbags/PujolsalwaysCardinal/Triple Crown (7)
  • Heather Average Leader
    • Week 12 – South Side Cubs Fan (.330)
    • Week 13 – PujolsalwaysCardinal (.314)
    • Week 14 – NIU Huskies (.343)
    • Week 15 – Muse Academy Muses (.352)
    • Week 16 – NIU Huskies (.313)
  • Rainbow Dash Wins Leader
    • Week 12 – BooBooCubs (6)
    • Week 13 – Muse Academy Muses (6)
    • Week 14 – Good Wood Gang/Most Daring/Muse Academy Muses/Quiet TheRiot/Quincy Dirtbags/PujolsalwaysCardinal/The Chosen People (5)
    • Week 15 – Muse Academy Muses (5)
    • Week 16 – PujolsalwaysCardinal (6)
  • Timmy Turner Losses Leader
    • Week 12 – NIU Huskies/Funky Cold Molina/Bad News Bears (0)
    • Week 13 – NIU Huskies/Most Daring (0)
    • Week 14 – Triple Crown (0)
    • Week 15 – FernandoVinas Goatee/Muse Academy Muses (0)
    • Week 16 – NIU Huskies (0)
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers Saves Leader
    • Week 12 – Triple Crown (7)
    • Week 13 – Triple Crown/All Balls No Strikes (6)
    • Week 14 – PujolsalwaysCardinal/NIU Huskies (6)
    • Week 15 – All Balls No Strikes (5)
    • Week 16 – BooBooCubs/All Balls No Strikes/NIU Huskies (5)
  • Herbert Walks Leader
    • Week 12 – NIU Huskies (2)
    • Week 13 – NIU Huskies (1)
    • Week 14 – All Balls No Strikes (11)
    • Week 15 – Triple Crown (3)
    • Week 16 – Quiet TheRiot/Triple Crown (6)
  • Wile E. Coyote Strikeout Leader
    • Week 12 – Quiet TheRiot (60)
    • Week 13 – Most Daring (65)
    • Week 14 – PujolsalwaysCardinal (70)
    • Week 15 – Most Daring/The Chosen People (39)
    • Week 16 – Bad News Bears (62)
  • Peppermint Patty ERA Leader
    • Week 12 – Bad News Bears (1.15)
    • Week 13 – Triple Crown (1.49)
    • Week 14 – South Side Cubs Fan (2.16)
    • Week 15 – All Balls No Strikes (1.60)
    • Week 16 – NIU Huskies (1.35)

And now a look at the standings.  These are going to look different from here on out, as I’ve decided to combine the various ones into one spreadsheet:

Doesn’t that look so much better?

Anyhoo, the standings list everyone together, and are ranked by overall record, without regard to divisions.  The first number column lists the team’s record, followed by their ‘Playoff Points’.  Playoff Points is what Yahoo! uses to rank teams and figure out their record, and how far back a team is.  It is composed by adding a team’s win total and half the amount of ties a team has. (i.e. Wins*1 + 1/2Ties).  Next is how far a team is back from the overall best record in the league.  That is followed by how far back a team is in their division, and color coded to match up similar teams in the division.  And finally, how far back a team is in the wild card standings.

So for a quick breakdown, you can see that South Side Cubs Fan is the class of the league so far this year, holding a 13.5 game lead over All Balls No Strikes.  PujolsalwaysCardinal is a distant third overall, 21.5 games back.  And the last of the division leaders, Most Daring, would be 6th overall.

Over in the wild card, 8 teams are either in the playoffs, or within 5 games of a wild card spot.  That race appears to be going down to the last week.

Another stat that will be thrown your way is how a team has done in the last 5 weeks, as an indicator of who is hot and who isn’t:

So that’s how the recap will work from here on out.  Match-up summaries will come back to.  Any questions or suggestions, feel free to e-mail me.

We’re Back

July 25, 2011 2 comments

We’re coming back this week.  The blog is coming back.  Here’s why I decided to come back now.

The playoff race in the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League is heating up, with five weeks left in the season.  A couple divisional races are pretty much wrapped up, and would need epic collapses to make them worth watching.  But there’s still some races to be decided along with who gets the four wild card spots.

So the weekly summary is going to change a little bit now.  The weekly awards will still be posted, and match-up previews will be too.  But I won’t be posting a screencap of the weekly standings anymore.  Instead, I’ll just list who has the top spot in each division, and by how many games.  Also, we’ll do a wild card standings update, and an overall standing will be compiled to begin composing the playoff clinching scenarios.

But there’s just one problem.  It won’t be posted until Monday nights now, due to restrictions that have prevented me from viewing the league’s page at the time I normally did (a.k.a. filters at work stopped this).  So expect the first update tomorrow while I backlog some other information.

Also, the NFL appears to be coming back for the full season, so that means it is time to sign up for the second season of the IFL!  So far, 6 out of the 16 slots have been taken, and there is at least 3 open slots for new teams to come in this season.  If you want to participate and you’re a newbie, e-mail me at and we’ll send you an invite.

And, I’m planning another edition of IFL Theater that will, yes, involve ponies.  Think of it as free advertising for the leagues, and maybe someone will fill up the slots and give me the desired 16-team league for 2011.  This edition will involve one of the colorful equines going through a season in the IFL.

Why am I keeping the blog going?  Well, occasionally I’ll get comments like this, which came to my Facebook from Quincy Dirtbags:

I just wanna say thanks for doing the blog posts, I try to read them when I can and enjoy them, lately I have been having laptop and internet problems which both have limited my net time. So anyways thanks again for doing them and go Dirtbags!

All I want to know is that it’s appreciated and read, that it feels like I’m providing a service for you guys to check out and keep you informed.  So I apologize for not getting back to you Dustin, but I can’t thank you enough for the kind words.

And one final note before I wrap up the post.  The IFB trade deadline is the same as MLB’s, this Sunday.  No more trades in the league after Sunday.  So if you want to make that deal that could make or break the stretch run, get ’em done.

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