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Happy holidays everyone!
I hear it’s been a tad, um, blustery out on the east coast. Which sounds fun and all, but I ran in shorts and a t-shirt here this weekend…. so I’ll just go preemptively eff myself. Thanks.
Did anybody else think the punch Barret Jackman snuck in on Alex Burrows last night was a bigger deal than the commentators made of it? Judging by the lack of video of it online, I’m sure I’m over-reacting here, but I was hoping some Canucks or Blues fans saw the play and could shed some light on it.
Basically, it looked to me like Burrows crashed the Blues crease after the whistle, so Jackman snuck off his right glove to give him a solid suckerpunch to the lips. It all happened so fast it looked pretty inconspicuous, but if that’s really what happened, that’s some vicious intent right there. Maybe the league should give the play a quick once-over.
The Bourne’s Blog Hockey League has reached the halfway point. Mile 13.1 of this marathon (week 11 of the regular season), people, and it’s time for a little review.
This is my first year playing fantasy hockey, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m loving it.
I went with head-to-head as the format, because I figured that way it would stay interesting throughout the whole year. Even if you’re getting shellacked, you can still play (and bet) against your opponent from the week to salvage some joy from the torture (I was looking out for MY best interests going into the season). I’m sure some fantasy league are down to four or five players actually playing by the end of it, and nobody wants that (especially in our 20-team league).
The problems with the format are clear. Some people *ahem* do really well statistically *ahem*, but have some bad luck in their matchups *A-HEM!*
I’m sticking with my theory that the format becomes an elaborate game of “war” (the card game). You can win with a seven if your opponent has a six, which is no more valuable than winning with an ace if you’re opponent has a two. You just hope that eventually you get to play that ace you still hold at the right time. And while I’m not-so-subtley masking my bitterness, I hate you all.
I’ve guaranteed that I will finished the year in the top five (I’m currently in FOURTEENTH of 20), and I’m not wavering from that. My goalies are finally on the ball (I lost save percentage 2.23 to 2.22 last week thanks to Detroit pulling Howard against Dallas in the last couple minutes, apparently a few seconds too early), I’m close to getting healthy, and if I don’t start winning, I’ll just knock all the checkers off the board and declare that nobody won. I am commish, after all.
Twice I’ve lost weeks where I’ve bet a temporary team-name-change, only to not hear from my opponent again (what, like I’m gonna seek you out?), and the two bets I have won have brought me much joy.
For next year, the Bourne’s Blog Fantasy League will be a pay league, where I’ll fly the winner out to hit a Coyotes game or two with me or something like that. Whatever it is we decide, it’ll be a non-profit deal where you a-holes all have to pay attention to what your team is up to.
So that’s where I’m at. 14th. In a 20-team league. I have Datsyuk, Kopitar, Hossa, Stastny, Backes, J. Stall, Booth, Keith, Goligoski, and Kronwall, but can’t win. So much for the advice I spew on an XM radio fantasy hockey show
I will now brace myself for the comment section of abuse. Also, I will now prepare to deny the claims of the two teams who want to retroactively claim their “re-name Bourne’s team” prize.
Hope the holidays are going great for everyone, my family is all here as of today for our first warm Christmas. (unfortunately exluding my Dad and Aunt who were unable to make it – boo - but including my brother who recently pump-faked us all on the whole “dying” thing then decided to just go back to being well by his 30th birthday. So I’m pumped!)
See ya tomorrow!