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Preparing Da Blog for football season

Football season is just moments away, and that means the busiest period on the site. I’ve finally belatedly updated the lineal titles and here’s what you need to know:

  • Despite the 2010 TCU title being merged with Princeton-Yale fairly early last season, we enter 2013 with one more linear title than we entered last year with, although it probably won’t stay that way for long. Texas A&M took the 2006 Boise State title from Alabama last year in the Tide’s one loss, so Alabama picks up a new 2012 BCS title, and while Ohio State were ineligible for bowls last year they did go undefeated and that at least gives them a claim to a linear title; call it the “Screw the NCAA” title. Unlike with 2009 Boise State in 2011-12, this one will never be “split” because its very existence hinges on bowl-ineligible teams being eligible for linear titles.
  • On the NFL front, the replacement officials led me to keep track of five different NFL lineal titles by the time I dropped off: the main version of both titles, versions of both titles where the replacement-ref games didn’t count, and the Packers’ Super Bowl XLVI title counterclaim. The main and no-replacement-refs Super Bowl XLVI titles were unified by a Dolphins-Colts game Week 9 the Colts won; the Packers counterclaim was unified two weeks later when the Patriots beat the Colts. All three remaining claims made the playoffs, so the Ravens enter the new season with the sole NFL lineal title.
  • Due to circumstances I will not be participating in the FantasySharks leagues this year, and I’m severely cutting back in the other leagues to 6 each for NFL.com, ESPN, Yahoo, and Fox, and one each for CBS and Fleaflicker, for 26 in all, though I reserve the right to add more ESPN/Yahoo/Fox teams as I see fit.
  • I’ll tweet when the first college football rankings of the last season of the rankings are due to come out at a later time, but to be honest I’m not looking forward to dealing with this year’s round of realignment and teams moving up to FBS to chase money and fill spots in depleted conferences.

A (very) belated post-apocalyptic blog-day.

So, how’d that Mayan apocalypse go, eh?

Funny story: The idea that the Mayan calendar “ended” last week was always wrong to begin with. I always felt that Y2K was an apt comparison for the whole “Mayan apocalypse” hysteria, since last week actually marked the end of the previous and the start of a new b’ak’tun, a period of about 394 years. The Mayans themselves don’t seem to have ever believed the world was going to end in 2012, referring to future events after that date, but they did have a creation myth that said that the previous world ended at the start of a 14th b’ak’tun, the same one that started a week ago. That previous world was scrapped as a failed experiment that never had humans placed in it, so people who believed the world was going to end last week were a) implicitly believing in the Mayan gods and b) implying this world was a failure despite c) the presence of humans (which should be a mark of success) in it.

Think about that for a second.

Another funny story: The last change in b’ak’tun was in 1618, just a few years after the Catholic Church forbade the teaching of the Copernican heliocentric model of the cosmos, which caused Galileo to stay away from the matter for the seven or so years following. Before that, 1224 was just the year before the Magna Carta became law. 830 saw the foundation of the House of Wisdom, which played a key role in preserving many Greek texts by translating them into Arabic, and roughly corresponds with the decline of the Mayans themselves, or at least their “classic” period; 435 is a couple centuries too late for their rise, but it is smack-dab in the middle of another, more well-known decline, that of the Roman empire, and just five years after the death of St. Augustine (and only nine after the completion of his City of God).

The year 41, less than a decade after the crucifixion of Jesus, saw the formation of the first Christian communities and Jews being given the freedom to worship following Caligula’s death. Alexander the Great was two years old in 354 BC, and it’s possible some of Plato’s later dialogues were being written around that time; as such, the entire b’ak’tun from 748 BC (four years after the traditional founding of Rome, and possibly the rough time Homer lived and Zoroastrianism, perhaps the first monotheistic religion, was founded) to 354 BC corresponds fairly well with the so-called “Axial Age”.

It’s probably engaging in the same sort of over-reading believers in a Mayan apocalypse do to actually claim any sort of correlation between the Mayan calendar and these developments, and even if so it’s hard to figure out what it means given the disparate nature of the milestones involved. It’s worth noting, though, that the last three milestones can be correlated with, respectively, the birth of modern science, the birth of modern notions of freedom and equality, and the birth of the modern intellectual tradition. Now consider that the exact date the Mayans placed the founding of our world at was 3114 BC. This is only 12 years before the start of the Hindu tradition’s Kali Yuga, and right in the middle of the period between the creation of Adam and the Flood in the Bible, suggesting a cross-cultural placing of importance on that time period, and both can be correlated with the unification of Egypt, the start of construction on Stonehenge, and the rise of the Minoans, as well as the earliest writing systems, which some scholars consider the start of “history” itself. It is, in short, the period when what we call “civilization” begins.

Given that history, what sort of period might we be entering now?

It’s possible, as I tweeted a while back, that this is essentially the point when global warming becomes unstoppable and inevitably plunges us back to the Stone Age if not worse. Personally, I prefer to look more optimistically at it, that this is the herald of a change that will make all the changes in human history since the agricultural revolution look like child’s play. Call me conceited, but as a philosopher, I always felt that at this point, I would introduce my own nominee for this change, by starting to increase humanity’s awareness of its own nature. As such, much of the entire history of Da Blog up to this point has been preparation for something to happen on December 21st. I initially planned to release the first of several treatises outlining my philosophy on that date. Later I planned to start my new webcomic then, and even felt, after failing to do much work on that comic over the summer, that I could use one of my classes as an impetus to work on it. When even that failed, leading to me flunking two classes when I hadn’t failed one in over a year, I was all set to settle for writing a rant on America’s reaction to the Newtown shootings and how completely wrong it was in every way.

The day came and went, and what did I do? Bupkis.

You might say I’m going through a personal apocalypse right now. I allowed my e-mail box to completely fill so I could focus with laser intensity on the comic, which of course, didn’t work. Then I planned to write an apology to my teacher, but haven’t been able to work myself up to do it, which also means I haven’t even registered for the new quarter; I’ve been thoroughly depressed throughout the winter break, especially after not doing anything for the 21st, and have wasted most of it on semi-random pursuits. I’m still five classes away from graduation, but that includes probably the two hardest, and I don’t know what’s motivating me to complete them anymore; I seriously considered taking winter quarter off entirely. Flunking two classes means that, for the next three months at least, Mom will cut me off from home Internet access for the entire quarter, reverting me to the state Da Blog was trapped in for much of its history.

Such is a fitting close to Year Six on Da Blog, a year which saw my attempt to recover my early posting frequency with the return of The Streak and a brief return to semi-regular webcomic reviews, yet the former took a far lamer form than it ever had before, with me repeatedly having to finesse and fudge my way to maintaining the streak to a significant extent (often with posts explicitly existing just to continue the streak), and most days posting less than an hour before midnight, leaving me wondering if something was wrong with me compared to the earlier streak, despite the Random Internet Discovery helping sustain the previous streak. Would I have been more able to pull off my goals just a few short years ago; has something damaged my decision-making ability beyond its already questionable levels? That may be unanswerable, and I don’t know whether I want to find it out. As if that wasn’t enough, I finally launched the long-awaited forum, which I saw as the birth of a community that would do much to boost Da Blog’s popularity, yet I might shutter it before it hits its one-year anniversary because it’s gotten to the point I simply assume any new thread was started by a spammer.

A year ago, I felt Da Blog was on its way up. Now, I feel like my future and that of Da Blog has never been cloudier. I still feel the need to do something with my ideas on human nature, if only because I fear the only people who have the clearest vision on human nature lack either the work ethic to share it with the world or the scruples to use it to benefit anyone other than themselves, and I still believe enough in my webcomic idea to do something with it, but it really does feel enough like work that I don’t know how willing or even able I am to do it. There’s something unreal about most of my plans, like they’re all fantasies of mine that I rationalize my way into relying on and which are all disconnected from one another, and they certainly don’t seem to be connected with an actual experience of doing them; I rarely have a clear, realistic path to a concrete goal. I’ve seen myself as a philosopher for years, yet I’ve always found it far easier to think about my philosophy than to actually put it down on virtual paper, and so long as it feels like a job I don’t know if it’s what I’m meant to do after all.

Perhaps my future is in numerical analysis of sports – the SNF Flex Schedule Watch has long been the most consistently popular aspect of the site, and I spent much of my post-failure funk working on several different mathematical formulae with different applications for sports. That’s certainly something I wouldn’t have thought even a month ago when I was thinking of shutting down the College Football Rankings and Flex Schedule Watch after next season. Or maybe not; I knew going in that the FF50 project was going to gobble up a massive amount of time at the worst possible time, but by the end I was finding it so tedious that I doubt I’m going to do much of anything on that front next year. This despite the fact I took 11 of my 42 teams to the championship game – something like double the rate I expected – and won all 11 (after losing my one championship game last year and despite screwing up my ESPN lineups last week knowing ESPN has two-week playoff rounds so I could make it up in Week 17), so let me take a moment to acknowledge my championship fantasy teams: Fox 2, Fox 8, ESPN 3, Fox 3, NFL 6, Split Backs, ESPN 8, Fox 1, ESPN 6, NFL 3, and ESPN 10. (Yeah, Fox leagues don’t seem to attract the strongest players…)

Perhaps that might be the inevitable fate of all my projects, for me to take them up, work on them obsessively for a time at the expense of my other obligations, and then abandon them as they become work and get too tedious. That may have already happened to those formulae I was working on, and it certainly would be consistent with some things I’ve read about Asperger’s Syndrome (including, of all things, an argument that Order of the Stick‘s Eugene Greenhilt has the same thing). Perhaps this site is always doomed to be a holding place for whatever project I take up for some period of time and eventually abandon, my own personal mezzacotta. If so, it doesn’t bode well for its ability to sustain itself, or my dreams of, whatever it is I end up doing in life, being one of the all-time greats at it.

Thanks in large part to The Streak, I’ve written 262 posts since my last Blog-Day post, which is in no way close to a record, as hard as that may be to believe when I couldn’t even hit 100 a couple years ago. I doubt I’ll fall short of 100 again. But I also doubt I’ll ever approach these heights again either. Here’s to Year Seven, a year I can’t even begin to predict.

Ugh.

So, I’m theoretically working on a project where my current stage of research involves hanging out on TV Tropes, in hopes of it feeling less like work.

Today, I spent so much time doing completely unrelated things on TV Tropes that I didn’t even submit waiver claims for any of my fantasy teams.

I have no idea what’s wrong with me or how to fix it, but whatever it is I have it bad.

FF50 Challenge Power Rankings – Week 9

I’ve been trying to refrain from abandoning teams until they fall below the Shark League team, and naturally it might be my single worst team. Of course, a lot of teams got really wonky this week because of the effect of Doug Martin’s big game, and the Shark team just so happened to go up against him, but it probably wouldn’t have won anyway. And now this week I have to bring in two new players to fill my running back spots because of byes and injury. Aargh.

On the plus side, I have two one-loss teams and my only one-win team has had two byes, and my median team is 5-4, so you could say I mostly have this fantasy thing beat. Well, not counting Fleaflicker, Yahoo, or the Shark leagues, and allowing for mediocrity on the NFL teams. My median ESPN team is actually better than my median Fox teams at this point, even though the only two 8-1 teams are Fox.

Rk 

LW 

Name 

Identity 

Rec 

Str 

Lg Rnk 

1 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 8 

8-1

W 7

1st of 10

2 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 2 

8-1

W 5

2nd of 10

3 

Team Wick

ESPN 2 

7-2

W 2

1st of 10

4 

Single Wing

Flea 1 

7-2

L 1

2nd of 12

5 

The Blue Eyes

CBS 2 

7-2

L 1

2nd of 12

6 

Team Wick

ESPN 5 

7-2

W 5

3rd of 12

7 

10 

Team Wick

ESPN 9 

7-2

W 3

3rd of 12

8 

15 

Team Wick

ESPN 10 

6-3

W 4

2nd of 12

9 

16 

Team Wick

ESPN 8 

6-3

W 5

2nd of 12

10 

12 

Team Wick

ESPN 6 

6-3

W 3

2nd of 10

11 

14 

morganwick

NFL 6 

6-3

W 2

2nd of 10

12 

11 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 6 

6-3

W 1

2nd of 10

13 

18 

The Experiment

NFL 2 

6-3

W 1

2nd of 10

14 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 5 

6-3

L 1

3rd of 10

15

Morgan’s Team

Fox 1 

6-3

L 1

3rd of 10

16

13 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 4

6-3

W 1

3rd of 10

17

Terrible Trios

Yahoo 3

6-3

L 1

3rd of 10

18

17 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 3 

6-3

W 3

3rd of 10

19 

20 

morganwick

NFL 1 

5-4

W 2

3rd of 10

20 

27 

Split Backs

Flea 2 

5-4

W 1

3rd of 6

21

22 

The Lucky Ones

Yahoo 7 

5-4

W 1

5th of 10

22

19 

Team Wick

ESPN 3 

5-4

L 1

5th of 10

23 

24 

The Green Eyes

CBS 3 

5-4

W 4

6th of 12

24 

25 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 7 

5-4

W 2

6th of 10

25 

26 

morganwick

NFL 5 

5-4

W 3

6th of 10

26 

28 

Team Wick

ESPN 1 

4-4-1

W 2

6th of 10

27 

23 

Team Wick

ESPN 7 

4-5

L 1

6th of 12

28 

21 

Single Bound

Yahoo 1 

4-5

L 2

7th of 10

29 

35 

morganwick

NFL 3 

4-5

W 1

7th of 10

30 

36 

The Red Eye

CBS 1 

4-5

W 3

9th of 12

31 

33 

Fantastic Fifteen

Yahoo 4 

4-5

W 2

8th of 10

32 

29 

Team Wick

ESPN 4 

3-5-1

L 1

8th of 10

33 

32 

Evil Twins

Yahoo 2 

3-6

L 3

8th of 10

34 

38 

Headed for the End Zone

Flea 6 

3-6

W 1

10th of 12

35 

30 

Quarters

Flea 4 

3-6

L 1

7th of 8

36 

34 

morganwick

NFL 4 

3-6

L 1

9th of 10

37 

31 

Nickel Package

Flea 5 

3-6

L 1

11th of 12

38 

37 

All-Star Squadron

Yahoo 5 

2-7

L 1

10th of 10

39 

42

Number of the Beast

Yahoo 6 

2-7

W 1

10th of 10

40

39 

The Infinite

Yahoo 8 

2-7

L 1

10th of 10

41

40

Green Lantern Corps

Shark 

2-7

L 1

12th of 12

42

41

Trips Wide

Flea 3 

1-6

W 1

5th of 5

FF50 Challenge Power Rankings – Week 8

Despite losing MJD, the Shark team finally picked up a second win this week… and naturally is still in the basement. But hey, at least that means the remaining one-win teams can finally be abandoned, especially since I managed to get all the lineups right except where Thursday Night was concerned, right? What’s that? Of the other three one-win teams, the only one that lost had Doug Martin on the bench (not that I would have necessarily started him anyway, or that it would have made a difference in the outcome)? Aargh.

Rk

LW

Name

Identity

Rec

Str

Lg Rnk

1

1

The Blue Eyes

CBS 2

7-1

W 4

1st of 12

2

2

Morgan’s Team

Fox 8

7-1

W 6

1st of 10

3

3

Single Wing

Flea 1

7-1

W 6

2nd of 12

4

4

Morgan’s Team

Fox 2

7-1

W 4

2nd of 10

5

12

Morgan’s Team

Fox 5

6-2

W 2

2nd of 10

6

10

Team Wick

ESPN 2

6-2

W 1

2nd of 10

7

7

Terrible Trios

Yahoo 3

6-2

W 1

2nd of 10

8

9

Morgan’s Team

Fox 1

6-2

W 3

2nd of 10

9

11

Team Wick

ESPN 5

6-2

W 4

3rd of 12

10

5

Team Wick

ESPN 9

6-2

W 2

3rd of 12

11

6

Morgan’s Team

Fox 6

5-3

L 1

1st of 10

12

14

Team Wick

ESPN 6

5-3

W 2

3rd of 10

13

8

Morgan’s Team

Fox 4

5-3

L 1

3rd of 10

14

17

morganwick

NFL 6

5-3

W 1

3rd of 10

15

15

Team Wick

ESPN 10

5-3

W 3

4th of 12

16

16

Team Wick

ESPN 8

5-3

W 4

4th of 12

17

23

Morgan’s Team

Fox 3

5-3

W 2

4th of 10

18

13

The Experiment

NFL 2

5-3

L 2

5th of 10

19

21

Team Wick

ESPN 3

5-3

W 1

5th of 10

20

24

morganwick

NFL 1

4-4

W 1

5th of 10

21

18

Single Bound

Yahoo 1

4-4

L 1

5th of 10

22

19

The Lucky Ones

Yahoo 7

4-4

L 1

5th of 10

23

28

Team Wick

ESPN 7

4-4

W 2

7th of 12

24

29

The Green Eyes

CBS 3

4-4

W 3

7th of 12

25

20

Morgan’s Team

Fox 7

4-4

W 1

6th of 10

26

26

morganwick

NFL 5

4-4

W 2

6th of 10

27

22

Split Backs

Flea 2

4-4

L 3

4th of 6

28

31

Team Wick

ESPN 1

3-4-1

W 1

7th of 10

29

30

Team Wick

ESPN 4

3-4-1

W 1

8th of 10

30

35

Quarters

Flea 4

3-5

W 1

6th of 8

31

33

Nickel Package

Flea 5

3-5

W 1

9th of 12

32

25

Evil Twins

Yahoo 2

3-5

L 2

8th of 10

33

32

Fantastic Fifteen

Yahoo 4

3-5

W 1

8th of 10

34

37

morganwick

NFL 4

3-5

W 1

8th of 10

35

27

morganwick

NFL 3

3-5

L 1

8th of 10

36

34

The Red Eye

CBS 1

3-5

W 2

10th of 12

37

38

All-Star Squadron

Yahoo 5

2-6

W 1

9th of 10

38

36

Headed for the End Zone

Flea 6

2-6

L 1

11th of 12

39

40

The Infinite

Yahoo 8

2-6

W 1

10th of 10

40

41

Green Lantern Corps

Shark

2-6

W 1

12th of 12

41

42

Trips Wide

Flea 3

1-6

W 1

5th of 5

42

39

Number of the Beast

Yahoo 6

1-7

L 6

10th of 10

FF50 Challenge Power Rankings – Week 7

Okay, so I ended up goofing things up enough this week that the one-win teams get a one-week reprieve; we’re down to three Yahoo teams in that category anyway and that’s it. Part of it was the chaos caused by the mega-bye, part of it was everything else I was dealing with last week. And naturally, the one one-win team that gets elevated priority in the pecking order, the Shark League team, was completely undermined by Maurice Jones-Drew’s injury. We also have a second ESPN team get a tie, and naturally, it was one where I wound up leaving Jimmy Graham in the starting lineup and Brandon Pettigrew on the bench.

I’m considering switching to sorting the rankings by an index number, determined by taking the winning percentage, adding the ratio of the rank from last place over the number of teams (so last place would be considered first), and subtracting the ratio of the overall rank over the number teams (so first place would be considered first).

Rk

LW

Name

Identity

Rec

Str

Lg Rnk

1

1

The Blue Eyes

CBS 2

6-1

W 3

1st of 12

2

3

Morgan’s Team

Fox 8

6-1

W 5

1st of 10

3

7

Single Wing

Flea 1

6-1

W 5

2nd of 12

4

6

Morgan’s Team

Fox 2

6-1

W 3

2nd of 10

5

10

Team Wick

ESPN 9

5-2

W 1

1st of 12

6

8

Morgan’s Team

Fox 6

5-2

W 1

1st of 10

7

2

Terrible Trios

Yahoo 3

5-2

L 1

1st of 10

8

9

Morgan’s Team

Fox 4

5-2

W 3

2nd of 10

9

11

Morgan’s Team

Fox 1

5-2

W 2

2nd of 10

10

5

Team Wick

ESPN 2

5-2

L 1

2nd of 10

11

16

Team Wick

ESPN 5

5-2

W 3

3rd of 12

12

12

Morgan’s Team

Fox 5

5-2

W 1

3rd of 10

13

4

The Experiment

NFL 2

5-2

L 1

3rd of 10

14

17

Team Wick

ESPN 6

4-3

W 1

3rd of 10

15

19

Team Wick

ESPN 10

4-3

W 2

4th of 12

16

23

Team Wick

ESPN 8

4-3

W 3

4th of 12

17

13

morganwick

NFL 6

4-3

L 2

4th of 10

18

25

Single Bound

Yahoo 1

4-3

W 2

4th of 10

19

24

The Lucky Ones

Yahoo 7

4-3

W 1

4th of 10

20

21

Morgan’s Team

Fox 7

4-3

W 1

5th of 10

21

14

Team Wick

ESPN 3

4-3

L 1

5th of 10

22

15

Split Backs

Flea 2

4-3

L 2

4th of 6

23

20

Morgan’s Team

Fox 3

3-4

L 2

6th of 10

24

18

morganwick

NFL 1

3-4

L 1

7th of 10

25

22

Evil Twins

Yahoo 2

3-4

L 1

7th of 10

26

28

morganwick

NFL 5

3-4

W 1

7th of 10

27

34

morganwick

NFL 3

3-4

W 2

7th of 10

28

31

Team Wick

ESPN 7

3-4

W 1

9th of 12

29

35

The Green Eyes

CBS 3

3-4

W 2

10th of 12

30

27

Team Wick

ESPN 4

2-4-1

T 1

8th of 10

31

29

Team Wick

ESPN 1

2-4-1

L 1

8th of 10

32

33

Fantastic Fifteen

Yahoo 4

2-5

L 1

8th of 10

33

30

Nickel Package

Flea 5

2-5

L 2

10th of 12

34

41

The Red Eye

CBS 1

2-5

W 1

10th of 12

35

32

Quarters

Flea 4

2-5

L 2

7th of 8

36

38

Headed for the End Zone

Flea 6

2-5

W 2

11th of 12

37

26

morganwick

NFL 4

2-5

L 2

10th of 10

38

36

All-Star Squadron

Yahoo 5

1-6

L 2

10th of 10

39

39

Number of the Beast

Yahoo 6

1-6

L 5

10th of 10

40

37

The Infinite

Yahoo 8

1-6

L 1

10th of 10

41

40

Green Lantern Corps

Shark

1-6

L 4

12th of 12

42

42

Trips Wide

Flea 3

0-6

L 6

5th of 5

FF50 Challenge Power Rankings – Week 6

So I eventually did decide to go the no-frills route in doing the power rankings, and only do that information that’s easy for me to collect in the process of resetting the rankings anyway.

I’m starting to reach the point of the season where I’m more comfortable with abandoning teams. So my one remaining winless team, Trips Wide, will be abandoned after this week. Incredibly, no matter how low it goes it’s still assured of a playoff spot, because Fleaflicker allows you to run half-full leagues even with horribly unbalanced divisions, including, in my case, a division with exactly one team – not even when it’s a two-division league that could just be consolidated into one. Seriously, Fleaflicker, WTF? With six remaining 1-5 teams, including the Shark League team, any of the other 1-5 teams who remain so after next week and are behind the Shark team in the power rankings will be abandoned.

Rk 

LW 

Name 

Identity 

Rec 

Str 

Lg Rnk 

1 

The Blue Eyes

CBS 2 

5-1 

W 2

1st of 12

2

Terrible Trios

Yahoo 3 

5-1 

W 2 

1st of 10

3

Morgan’s Team

Fox 8 

5-1 

W 4 

1st of 10

4

The Experiment

NFL 2 

5-1 

W 4 

1st of 10

5 

12 

Team Wick

ESPN 2 

5-1 

W 2

1st of 10

6 

11 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 2 

5-1 

W 2 

2nd of 10

7 

14 

Single Wing

Flea 1 

5-1 

W 4

3rd of 12

8

Morgan’s Team

Fox 6 

4-2 

L 1 

2nd of 10

9 

15 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 4 

4-2 

W 2 

2nd of 10

10 

Team Wick

ESPN 9 

4-2 

L 1 

3rd of 12

11 

18 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 1 

4-2 

W 1 

3rd of 10

12

Morgan’s Team

Fox 5 

4-2 

L 1 

3rd of 10

13

morganwick

NFL 6 

4-2 

L 1 

3rd of 10

14

19 

Team Wick

ESPN 3 

4-2

W 2

3rd of 10

15

Split Backs

Flea 2 

4-2 

L 1

2nd of 6

16 

21 

Team Wick

ESPN 5

4-2 

W 2

4th of 12

17 

16 

Team Wick

ESPN 6 

3-3 

L 1

3rd of 10

18 

24 

morganwick

NFL 1 

3-3 

W 1 

4th of 10

19 

20 

Team Wick

ESPN 10 

3-3 

W 1

5th of 12

20 

17 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 3 

3-3 

L 1 

5th of 10

21

10 

Morgan’s Team

Fox 7 

3-3 

L 1 

5th of 10

22 

23 

Evil Twins

Yahoo 2 

3-3 

W 1 

5th of 10

23 

29 

Team Wick

ESPN 8 

3-3

W 2

7th of 12

24

13 

The Lucky Ones

Yahoo 7 

3-3 

L 1

6th of 10

25 

30 

Single Bound

Yahoo 1 

3-3 

W 1 

6th of 10

26 

25 

morganwick

NFL 4 

2-4 

L 1 

6th of 10

27

31 

Team Wick

ESPN 4 

2-4 

W 1

7th of 10

28 

26 

morganwick

NFL 5 

2-4 

L 3 

7th of 10

29 

32 

Team Wick

ESPN 1 

2-3-1 

W 2 

8th of 10

30

22 

Nickel Package

Flea 5 

2-4

L 1

9th of 12

31

28 

Team Wick

ESPN 7 

2-4 

L 1

9th of 12

32

27 

Quarters

Flea 4 

2-4

L 1

6th of 8

33

34 

Fantastic Fifteen

Yahoo 4 

2-4

W 1

8th of 10

34

37 

morganwick

NFL 3 

2-4

W 1

9th of 10

35

39 

The Green Eyes

CBS 3 

2-4

W 1

11th of 12

36 

33 

All-Star Squadron

Yahoo 5 

1-5 

L 1 

9th of 10

37

41 

The Infinite

Yahoo 8 

1-5

W 1

9th of 10

38

42 

Headed for the End Zone

Flea 6 

1-5

W 1

11th of 12

39 

35 

Number of the Beast

Yahoo 6 

1-5 

L 4 

10th of 10

40

36 

Green Lantern Corps

Shark 

1-5 

L 3 

12th of 12

41 

38 

The Red Eye

CBS 1 

1-5 

L 3 

12th of 12

42 

40 

Trips Wide

Flea 3 

0-5 

L 5 

5th of 5

The FF50 Challenge Power Rankings, and why I’m not posting them

When I started the FF50 challenge, I was thinking I would perform weekly updates on the state of the 42 teams I was playing, finding a way to rank all of them. I decided against it, both because of time constraints and because I had no way to rank them that early in the season, especially given my draft strategy.

So why did I decide to do it now, as I posted on Monday? Because even without the power rankings and even with the number of teams downsized to 42 from my original intention of 50, I have never been able to set starting lineups or submit waiver claims for all teams without running out of time. I had said that I would abandon 0-4 teams after four weeks, but only four teams started the season 0-4, three of them towards the end of the order for me to set lineups and thus more likely to have malformed lineups, meaning I had next to no teams that were completely lost causes. (I may have better luck with the 1-5 checkpoint this week.) And if I’m going to leave some teams behind, I should be doing it with the teams with the least need for it anyway. So waiver claims will start moving from the bottom up, and lineup setting will occur from the top down. But I’m still not going to post the rankings, because this project is monopolizing too much of my time already, and putting together everything I’d want for a post would eat up way too much of my time. I may decide to post them in no-frills fashion later, though.

There were a few other things that I’ve noticed. For one, I often ended up with the same players on the same teams on the same site, and even when I didn’t, the running back/wide receiver balance was often out of whack in the same way on the same site. For example, nearly every single Yahoo team has Garrett Hartley on the roster, because Yahoo’s rankings absolutely buried him. Right now he’s only the 16th best kicker under Yahoo’s scoring system, but he’s remained high enough on most other week-to-week rankings I haven’t had reason to replace him, though that may change this week with him on bye. Also, most Yahoo teams ended up drafting entire benches of running backs with very few wide receivers, which may have something to do with Yahoo’s starting lineup of three wideouts, two running backs, and no flex. For another, there were some teams that, for one reason or another, were almost entirely autopicked instead of picked by me, and those teams have a strong tendency to be the strongest ones, especially after factoring out Fox teams. (I have eight Fox teams; every last one is in the top half, placing fourth or better in their 10-team league, with five in my top 12. The players there aren’t very good, is what I’m saying.)

This convinces me to make a few rule changes for drafts next year should I continue with this. For one, I had been considering limiting my options to the top 25 available players in ADP, but couldn’t find a universal list I was confident in; now I think I’m definitely going to limit myself to the top 25 ADP for that site (possibly top 20 for leagues with 10 or fewer teams). I’m also going to give a site’s native rankings an increased role in determining who I pick.

The median is right where you’d expect, in the middle of the pack for each league… but considering how much I’m dominating the Fox leagues, that just shows how far I have to go everywhere else.

Update on my school year

Okay, I’ve clearly completely failed at managing my projects vis-a-vis actual schoolwork, because I’m tired all day and I’m falling horribly behind on it, despite the fact that I was trying to make one of my projects into schoolwork.

Obviously the FF50 challenge is a major timesuck, but there’s one or two other projects as well, which are actually starting to crowd out one another, and I’m not sure how to weed them out. I can’t abandon leagues much faster than I’m already doing; if I’m in contention for a playoff spot, let alone the championship, for me to then abandon my team would cause utter chaos. Already down to 42 leagues before I even started, I was thinking of dropping to 32 next year, and now I’m thinking even lower, because I have never put in all the roster moves I would have liked to before deadline.

Thoughts on the new baseball contracts coming Wednesday.

Setting the stage for the next week

My laptop is on its way to HP. Under the circumstances, it looks like I’m probably going to be working off Mom’s computer for all of next week, and maybe into the week after that.

The FF50 challenge looks to be in good shape. I may have to either move Tuesday’s drafts later, or move at least the noon one to 9 AM PT, due to various commitments, but other than that everything should proceed swimmingly, aside from Mom’s attempts to get me to do other, more productive things.

Naturally, after my promises to keep webcomic posts to a minimum while my laptop is getting fixed, next week may prove to be a rather webcomic-heavy week. QC and Homestuck definitely, Gunnerkrigg Court maybe. The HS post will be rather general in nature; I’m going to hold off on posting on Act 6 Intermission 3 probably until it’s over, intentionally this time, partly because of the three daisy-chained exploration non-flashes that either start or consist the intermission that are probably intended to form one long non-flash, partly because of how buggy it is still; even in the preferred Chrome browser on Mom’s computer, sometimes the sound will spontaneously shut off for no reason, so I’m going to wait until my computer comes back to go through the other non-flashes.

Between webcomics and other things, I have plenty of ideas to fill out the next week of posts already.