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PostHeaderIcon Welcome NFL Goddess Participants

In 2013 Survival Game Football is welcoming members from the very popular NFL Goddess Suicide Football pool. Let’s hope this boost in our membership makes this our 14th season our most exciting season so far!

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PostHeaderIcon BoxScore Football Goes 2-QB

In 2012, there were approximately 12 quarterbacks who scored more fantasy points than Adrian Peterson did. Yet in 2013, Adrian Peterson is projected to be drafted ahead of all of those quarterbacks. Why is this? Well, the main reason is because the gap between the highest drafted active running back and the lowest drafted active running back is much greater than the gap between the highest drafted active QB and the lowest drafted active QB.

There is one simple way to elevate the value of QBs to the level of RBs: allow teams to carry 2 active QBs. Suddenly, when a 12-team league has 24 active QBs, the gap between the best and worst active QBs becomes very similar the gap between the best and worst active RBs.

Initially, I was opposed to the idea of teams having 2 active QBs. Somehow it just seemed wrong to me since teams in real life football team’s only have 1 active QB on the field. But the arguments in favor of going to a 2-QB system started to make sense to me. After all, the object of fantasy football is not to mirror NFL football exactly. The object of fantasy football is to create a fun game. If the object were to mirror NFL football we wouldn’t award points for yardage and receptions and sacks and countless other categories that don’t result in points in an actual NFL game.

The one fear I had was that the league may run out of quarterbacks. In a 12-team league we would drafting 36 quarterbacks. Since there are only 32 NFL teams, some BoxScore teams would not even have 3 quarterbacks on their rosters with starting jobs. With bye weeks and injuries this could cause major problems.

To deal with this potential problem, BoxScore Football is creating a super flex position. A super flex player may be either a quarterback or a running back or a wide receiver. Teams will be forced to activate one super flex player each week. I’m sure that over 90% of the time the active super flex players teams will be utilizing to will be quarterbacks. However, in the rare instances when a team is either unable or unwilling to do so, it will also be legal for them to activate an additional running back or wide receiver.

I am expecting the super flex position to add a great deal of strategy to our contest in 2013, especially during the draft. There are several good articles about this topic all over the Internet I welcome you to read. 2-QB leagues appear to be the wave of the future and BoxScore Football is climbing onboard.

PostHeaderIcon Bizarro Baseball

BoxScore Baseball is preparing to launch a brand new fantasy baseball contest called Bizarro Baseball. In this league, up will be down, right will be wrong, and good will be bad. The object of this contest will be to draft and to maintain the absolute worst fantasy baseball team possible!

Imagine a league where Colorado pitchers such as Jonathan Sanchez are drafted in the first round. Imagine a league where Adam Dunn is highly rated not because of his 41 home runs, but rather because of his .205 batting average and his 200+ strikeouts.

The scoring categories for this proposed league are not yet set in stone, but we are leaning towards:

For Hitters: Batting Average, OPS, Outs, Strikeouts, Caught Stealing, & Errors

For Pitchers: ERA, Winning Percentage, Losses, Hits + Walks, & Earned Runs

To be clear, hitters scoring the highest would have the LOWEST batting average, the LOWEST OPS, the MOST outs made, etc. And pitchers scoring the highest would have the HIGHEST ERA, the LOWEST winning percentage, the MOST losses, etc. Other categeries such as GIDP (grounded into double plays) and Blown Saves are still under consideration.

We will use mostly counting categories rather than percentage categories in order to prevent the use of inactive players from becoming a viable strategy. The only way to compete in these counting categories will be to have players who play regularly. That will be the challenge–to find players who play poorly on a regular basis!

Looking at who some of the productive Bizzaro players have been in 2012, how about Nick Blackburn of the Twins with his 4-9 record combined with a 7.39 ERA and 1.71 Whip in 98.2 innings of work? He could be the Justin Verlander of Bizarro Baseball. Among the hitters, the Bizzaro Rookie Of The Year is probably Dee Gordon who is among the league leaders in CS and errors while possessing a woeful .228 BA and a pathetic .563 OPS in over 300 ABs.

Other Bizarro Baseball notables in 2012:
C: Saltalamacchia (.225 BA, 135 K), Buck, Martin, McCann, Olivo, Soto, Rosario
1b: C. Pena (.200 BA, 179 K), Hosmer, Smoak, Dunn, Kotchman, I. Davis, C. Davis, Howard
2b: Andino (.211 BA, 100 K), Espinoza, Ackley, K. Johnson, R. Weeks, J. Weeks, Uggla
3b: P. Alvarez (176 K, 26 E), Reynolds, Ransom, H. Ramirez, R. Roberts
ss: Castro (13 CS, 25 E), B. Ryan, Barmes, Cozart, Pennington, Peralta
OF: Bay (.158 BA, .527 OPS), Schafer, Francoeur, Granderson, BJ Upton, Stubbs, Rasmus
P: Romero, Jimenez, Aceves, Noesi, Wolf, Beckett, Hochevar, Liriano, Volstad, Humber, Tomlin, Francis

Our first inclination is to run this a “fun” league–at least for the first year–with maybe a $20 entry fee and $1 transaction fees. Or this could be run as a big money league if there was a group of owners wanting to do that instead. Anyone interested in participating in such a league should please contact BoxScore Baseball LLC.

PostHeaderIcon Fit To Be Tied

As we head into the final 2 weeks of the 2012 season, the only thing closer than some of the pennant races in the Major Leagues right now are some of the pennant races in BoxScore Baseball. In both Ultimate League 4 and the California Dreamers League we currently have 2 teams tied atop their league standings. But even closer still is the pennant race in Super Megabucks League 2 where not only are the Litigators and the World Wide Weasels tied for first place with 102 points apiece, but Air Force One and Gamels Gamble are also still right in the hunt with 99 and 97.5 points respectively.

Races are also very close for BoxScore Baseball’s two National Championships. In the non-Ultimate Nation, it’s newbie owner from the Stan Musial League Brett Casterline attempting to hold off Hall of Fame owner from the Bob Feller League Gregg Janoff. And in the Ultimate Nation two teams from Ultimate League 1 are battling for the top spot nationally as Lance Smith holds a slim 3.5-point lead over Tony Nosis.

With races this tight and with so much at stake, I am reminded of the great race for BoxScore Baseball’s first National Championship back in 1990. That season the Payne Street Piranhas and Lynn’s Lineup actually tied for first place nationally in total points. To break the tie we utilitized our tiebreaker rule of counting the total number of categories won. Each team won 5 categories and then tied in RBI’s with 1118 apiece and were thus declared CO-National Champions. It doesn’t get much closer than that.

That’s the kind of a tight race we are looking at right now especially in Super Megabucks League 2. As I examine the scoring categories in that league, while many are close, one way to best express the tightness of this particular race is to point out that right now the $2,500 league prize is being decided by one ten-thousandths of a point in batting average. Now, that’s close!

Good Luck The Rest Of The Way,

The Commish

PostHeaderIcon Hall Of Fame

BoxScore Baseball has created a Hall of Fame for its most accomplished owners. Initially, we will have 13 inductees. These 13 original members are Isackson/Nelson, Tim Grand, Tommy Goth, Thomas Bonds, Ron Bieganowski, Jim Becker, George Caballero, Ken Sommers, Todd Lammi, Bob Wilfore, Gregg Janoff, Gerry Scotto DiMarco, and Ken Patten. Congratulations to each of these Hall of Fame inductees. Let’s take a moment to examine their individual accomplishments.

Carl Isackson/Rick Nelson
Joined: 1993
League Pennants: 6
National Championship Season: 1995
Special: This pair of owners put together one of the most dominating offensive seasons in the history of BoxScore Baseball in 1999 when they set the all-time, single-season record for home runs and rbi’s.

Tim Grand
Joined: 1995
League Pennants: 7
National Championship Season: 2010
Special: Tim Grand who often partners with either Keith Taylor or Ken Patten, has triumphed in 2 Megabucks Leagues. He is also one of only two owners who is a three-time winner of the Super Megabucks Leagues.

Tommy Goth
Joined: 1992
League Pennants: 8
National Championship Season: 2002
Special: Tommy Goth dominated the Golden Gator private league winning the league championship 8 times between 1992 and 2007.

Thomas Bonds
Joined: 1994
League Pennants: 8
Special: Despite having never won a National Championship, Thomas Bonds is one of the few BoxScore Baseball owners to win multiple Ultimate Leagues (2000, 2002, & 2007), multiple Megabucks Leagues (two in 2003, & 2005), and multiple Super Megabucks Leagues (2002 & 2007).

Ron Bieganowski
Joined: 1999
League Pennants: 8
National Championship Seasons: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Ron Bieganowski dominated the Ernie Harwell private league, winning the pennant in his rookie season in 1999 and then knocking off 7 straight league championships between 2002 and 2008. During his run of success he also won 4 BoxScore Baseball National Championships.

Jim Becker
Joined: 1992
League Pennants: 9
National Championship Season: 2011
Special: Of Jim Becker’s 9 league pennants, 5 of them were in Megabucks Leagues. He was victorious in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, and then after a short hiatus he returned again to triumph in 2011.

George Caballero
Joined: 1992
National Championship Seasons: 1993, 1994, 1998
Special: Fittingly, George Caballero started his run of domination in BoxScore Baseball’s Babe Ruth League. Because in terms of his Hall of Fame credentials, you could call George “the Babe Ruth of BoxScore Baseball”. During the 90’s, no owner was more dominate. In addition to winning 3 National Championships and a Megabucks League pennant in 1998, he also won the League Of Champions (which was the 90’s version of the Super Megabucks League) in both 1993 and 1994.

Ken Sommers
Joined: 1992
League Pennants: 12
Special: Ken Sommers has not yet managed to win a National Championship; however, his 12 league pennants are certainly an impressive total. Among those championships he won Megabucks Leagues 1998 and 2001. He’s also won 9 league titles in Voicemail Draft Leagues where he has truly dominated.

Todd Lammi
Joined: 1995
League Pennants: 13
National Championship Seasons: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Special: Undeniably the gem of BoxScore Baseball’s Ultimate Leagues, Todd Lammi won 11 Ultimate League pennants and 5 consecutive National Championships. Todd Lammi’s teams also hold the all-time, single-season records for highest batting average, highest OPS, most runs scored, and most strikeouts.

Bob Wilfore
Joined: 1993
League Pennants: 15
National Championship Seasons: 2006 & 2010
Special: Bob Wilfore has done it all over the course of his 20+ years in BoxScore Baseball. He’s won Annual Leagues. He’s won Continuous Leagues. He’s won LIVE draft leagues and Voicemail Draft Leagues. He’s won a Megabucks League. He’s won a Super Megabucks League. And he’s won an amazing 7 Ultimate Leagues!

Gregg Janoff
Joined: 1993
League Pennants: 18
Despite having won no National Championships as of yet, Gregg Janoff has amassed an incredible 18 league pennants. Included in those 18 pennants are 2 Megabucks League Championships, 1 Super Megabucks Championship, and 6 Ultimate League Championships. He is also an impressive 5-time champion in the Bob Feller League since 2001.

Gerry Scotto DiMarco
Joined: 1993
League Pennants: 20
National Championship Season: 1997
The accomplishments of Gerry Scotto DiMarco are legendary, not the least of which is his winning a National Championship and a staggering 18 league pennants between 1997 and 2004. Included in those pennants were 8 Megabucks League Championships and 10 Ultimate League Championships.

Ken Patten
Joined: 1993
League Pennants: 27
National Championship Seasons: 2000 & 2010
Special: Arguably BoxScore Baseball’s most consistent owner over the course of the past 20 seasons, Ken Patten has captured a ridiculous 27 league pennants. Among those pennants are 1 Super Megabucks Championship, 8 Megabucks League Championships, and 10 Ultimate League Championships. 7 times he has won multiple pennants in one season. And no one was more dominate than Ken Patten during the 5-year period between 1999 and 2003 when he won an unimaginable 16 pennants!

Honorable Mention (currently retired)
Steve Bilodeau: Won the Al Kaline League 5 times between 1994 and 2007.
Scott Cacciatore: Won 4 Megabucks Leagues between 2007 and 2009.
Nick Chapman: Won 4 league pennants and a National Championship in 1996.
Bill Philp: Won 2 league pennants and a National Championship in 1990.
Mark Smith: Won 7 pennants between 1995 and 2003.
Charlie Weigert: Won 2 league pennants and a National Championship in 1991.

Honorable Mention (currently active)
Vernon Fong: Won 5 pennants including 1 Ultimate League in 1998.
Scott Nadler: Won 6 pennants since 1992 including 1 Megabucks League.
Keith Nosis: Won 3 pennants and a National Championship in 2003.
Tony Nosis: Won 3 Ultimate pennants and a National Championship in 2009.
Brian Oost: Won 5 pennants in the California Dreamers League since 1997.
Mike Powers: Won 5 pennants between 1994 and 2009.
David Przybylski: Won 7 pennants since 1995.
Les Travis: Won 7 pennants. Also engineered BoxScore Baseball’s most impressive single-season ever in 2011 when he won 5 pennants including 2 Ultimate Leagues and 2 Super Megabucks Leagues!

PostHeaderIcon Two-Decade Club

Allow me to thank the BoxScore Baseball membership for its incredible loyalty over the years. As we enter the 2012 season, most of our members have now been with us for at least 10 to 15 years. And we currently have an astounding 23 members who first joined our fantasy contest 20 YEARS AGO OR MORE! Those owners are as follows:

1. Randy Bartling, Alliance Rails, Feller League ’93
*2. Gerry Scotto DiMarco, Cyclones, Clemente League ’93
3. Robert Ellis, Growlers, Killebrew League ’93
4. Isackson/Nelson, Stud Bunnies, Drysdale League ’93
5. Gregg Janoff, Miami Metsmerizers, Robinson League ’93
6. Mike Partigianoni, D.B.’s, Ford League ’93
7. Ken Patten, Beatniks, DiMaggio League ’93
8. Ron Pennington, Brew Crue, McCovey League ’93
9. Dave Przybylski, Detroit Miracles, Spahn League ’93
10. Bob Wilfore, Troy Tornados, Berra League ’93
*11. Jim Becker, Jamesgang, Koufax League ’92
12. Bryan Doto, Purple Aces, Clemente ’92
13. Joe Mack, Dugout Destroyers, Ruth ’92
14. Scott Nadler, Heat III, Mathews League ’92
15. Mike Powers, Powers Hitters, Greenberg League ’92
16. Ken Sommers, Boys of Sommers, All Stater League ’92
*17. Lance Wetherholt, Best Reason, Kaline League ’92
*18. Steve Wochaski, WMU Broncos, Kaline League ’92
19. William Blais, Blazers, Aaron League ’91
20. Vernon Fong, V-Squad, Mays League ’91
*21. Lenny Gittleman, Boys of Summer, Cobb League ’91
*22. David Talberg, Capitol City Crushers, Cobb League ’91
23. Andy Bylski, Gretzky’s, Mays League ’90

*Has not entered every season consecutively since first joining.

Many thanks to all,

The Commish

PostHeaderIcon SURVIVAL GAME BASEBALL–SIGN UP TODAY!

We are pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Major League Baseball Survival Pool. The pool will begin on Monday, May 23 although registration begins immediately.

Simply select one team each week (Monday through Sunday). If your team wins AT LEAST half of their games, you will move on to the following week. If not, you are eliminated. You can only select each team once.

WINNING THE POOL
To join Survival Game Baseball you will first need to visit OfficeFootballPool.com. If you are not already registered on this site it is very easy to do so–takes less than one minute. Link = http://www.officefootballpool.com/pools.cfm?p=2&poolid=58401&pwd=4s2uc3 Poolid = 58401. Password = 4s2uc3.

ENTRY FEE
The entry fee is $50 for one entry or $90 for two. You may enter as many times as you wish. If you are a member of BoxScore Baseball or Survival Game Football with a valid credit card on file, you may pay that way. Or you may pay online by going through the signup process for Survival Game Baseball at http://www.boxscorebaseball.com.

PRIZES
Survival Game Baseball is a one-winner take-all competition. In our first season, Harlan Elhuis won $832.00. Tell your friends. Tell your co-workers. The more entries we receive the larger our payout will be.

RULES
Complete rules are posted on the website under the heading of Survival Game Baseball Rules.

PostHeaderIcon How The Mighty Have Fallen

As the 2011 BoxScore Baseball drafts have commenced, I have been struck more than ever by how many of the mighty have fallen. This year the lower rounds of the draft are being littered with former first-round fantasy selections and MVP candidates. Many star hitters from the not-so-distant past are slipping way down into the later rounds. Sluggers such as Manny Ramirez, Grady Sizemore, Magglio Ordonez, Chipper Jones, Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Beltran, Justin Morneau, Derek Lee, Brian Roberts, Lance Berkman, and Carlos Lee in some cases are not even getting drafted at all. Will any of these hitters return to their past glory? Well, judging by recent history, there is certainly a decent chance that one or more of these hitters will rebound to become this season’s Vladimir Guerrero. It will be interesting to watch.

PostHeaderIcon 2011 Rules

The BoxScore Baseball Rules and BoxScore Baseball Archives of Past Champions have been updated for the 2011 season and are now posted on our homepage.

PostHeaderIcon 2011 Scouting Report

The online version of the 2011 Scouting Report has been posted on the BoxScore Baseball homepage under downloads.  You may view it or print it from there.  Owners Manuals including the Scouting Report will be mailed out to owners in mid February.

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