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High School Football PBP Debut Tonight

September 23, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the reasons that I don’t update the blog as often as I do it due to my job and the restraints it can put on me.  That is especially true this week.  This week I have another title being added to my experience here.

Play-by-play broadcaster.

It is my debut doing such a thing.  Click and listen live at 7:30!

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Weekly Updates Delayed…Again

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Once again…real life has overtaken the blog.  Time and resources have to be focused on a job hunt right now.  Stay tuned.

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Liveblogging/Open Threads?

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The weekly update is being worked on, but I want to go semi-off-topic for a moment before I got that up.

There’s an idea that I’ve always wanted to toy around with, and that’s the idea of running a liveblog for an event.  If you’re not familiar with the concept, the moderator basically puts up a post, and everyone comes in to comment on said post for their thoughts and reactions to the event, while the moderator constantly updates the post to reflect what is going on.

I’ve signed up for an account at Cover It Live, which one of the standard bearers of covering live events, but haven’t had a chance to put it to use yet.  And the account was mine in March.  So I’m hoping to get some use out of this, especially during the football season.

So here’s some potential ideas for live blogs that we can shoot for:

  • Sunday Night/Monday Night Football – As much as it would be fun to go for the whole day, these two games would have the highest potential traffic without the chance of a burnout, and most everyone would be watching it.  You could chat about the games, and I’ll provide commentary and score updates on the week’s matchups.
  • College football/Illini games – Same concept.  We could all have a place to vent our frustrations about Ron Zook and why we can’t reach the Rose Bowl every year.  Other teams and games could be done too.
  • ‘The League’ – Pretty much everyone I know loves this show.  We could set up a liveblog and chat about the episode as we all watch it together.  This could have the highest potential of fun and hijinxs.
  • ‘My Little Pont: Friendship is Magic’ – Because…why not?  Bronies pretty much took over the blog.  I don’t get The Hub, so we’d all have to come together the next day and sync up a Youtube stream, and pretend it’s live.  I would play apologist for whatever evils Rainbow Dash does.

Any other ideas or suggestion, let me know.  But the basic idea is to gather interest and find out if you guys would want to do this.  So…

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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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Let Me Level With You

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve got personal stuff going on in my non-fantasy sports life that’s overtaking me and distracting me right now.  Not enough to take me away from the team I have, but enough to to take away from the attention that the blog needs to keep up its standards.  And quite honestly too, the lack of pageviews I’m getting is starting to get to me a little.  I’m not expecting 100 pageviews everyday.  But looking at the site stats of where the small amount of views come from, it seems obvious that only a few of you guys are checking it up.

I’m not getting much feedback either, if any, on the site and its content too.  The only people that give feedback are the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans, who read the IFL Theaters that involve them.  They like them or are confused by them, but those are the only ones who give feedback.  And it hasn’t helped the leagues any.  I’m not getting interest from them about joining up for a league to fill in gaps that I’m expecting to occur.

I’ll admit too that I’ve lacked and slagged on updating the blog.  But it gets to a point where I just have to step back and think to myself, ‘Is this still worth it?’.   I still want to run the leagues, those aren’t going away.  But the effort I put into the blog isn’t matching what I receive from it.  It’s the same reason my wife’s webcomic is fading away.

Maybe I’m lamenting too much.  Maybe I’m expecting too much.  Or maybe a hiatus for a week or two is needed until I can get my head clear.  Just tell me something, anything.

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Off-Topic: An IFL Outing

May 26, 2011 Leave a comment

This has been on my mind for the past couple months now.  A couple things have inspired this too.  For one, I will have a lot of free time during the summer, due to my family heading back to England and Cyprus for a month and a half.  And two, I don’t want to sit around and not do things during that timeframe.

So let’s organize and participate in a group outing of managers from all the leagues involved.  Some of us know some of the others in the leagues.  I’ve know Bad News Bears since I was in grade school.  I know a few of the league members from college.  But there’s others that some of us have not met.  So if we participate in a group outing, we can foster friendships in person, which can help with league dealings a lot more too.  Making trades and proposals would be easier if league members were not faceless screennames, but know as ‘Joe’ or ‘Pat’.

I’m totally game for this.  But the big question remains is what to do?  So here’s a few options that I’m proposing:

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Jack Buck’s 9/11 Poem

May 2, 2011 1 comment

I would have posted this earlier today, but I had to nap all afternoon after staying up practically all night last night.  Now that Usama bin Laden is dead, closure can be brought for families of the victims of 9/11.  It doesn’t bring them back, but vengeance was sought and achieved for those families.

When I look back on it, one of the most vivid memories for me was the week after 9/11, and sports started to come back again.  Major League Baseball was one of the first professional sports to return, and ceremonies were had at all major ballparks.  I remember watching the first game back in New York after that, Braves-Mets at Shea Stadium on Sept. 20th.  All the events they did to honor the firefighters, policemen, and emergency personnel, who bravely fought and sacrificed themselves, was spectacular at bare minimum.

But the one thing I’ll always remember, was the first St. Louis Cardinals game after 9/11.  They hosted the Milwaukee Brewers in a game televised on ESPN.  Before the game, they held the ceremonies necessary to reflect on the horrible events.  And then this…

Cardinals radio announcer Jack Buck reciting a poem he wrote after the events of 9/11.  At the time, Buck was in frail health, and his schedule had been greatly reduced to do home games.  He passed on the next year, in a week that Cardinals fans will never forget, because it was coupled with the tragic death of Darryl Kile.  God rest those souls.

So everytime I think of 9/11, and what that bastard Bin Laden did to us, I think of Jack Buck’s poem, that brought us back and motivated us as a country to stay strong and move on.

I miss Jack Buck.

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