The G.O.A.T.?

As I was putting together the League Annals page, I began to consider the League through a longer lens. And I wondered:  Which among us is the best owner in League history?  After trying long and hard to find a way to conclude it was me, I was lead to a different conclusion by counting down from seven to one…

The Bad News Barristers came together seven years ago. But since then, we have crowned just six league champions:  Weiss (‘06, ‘07), Nussbaum (‘08), Cutchshaw (‘09), me (’10), Sampson (’11), and Dunfee (‘12). Of course, the original five teams in the league (Abbasi, Dimond, Sampson, Weiss, and Winerman) have a significant advantage in a contest that rewards sustained success (so sorry Emilio, you didn’t have much chance of winning this one). But even among the first five, Weiss’s post-season dominance is unparalleled:  Weiss has played for the title four times in the League’s first seven seasons!

Weiss’s detractors will point out that his first championship came against a depleted talent pool; after all, the League had such fabled members as Ben “Who Wants My Best Player?” Pong Wang, Drew “My Girlfriend Goes to Another Middle School, I Swear” Bradylyons, and Maurice “Like Thick Molasses” Worsley. And those detractors will point out that his second title was won with a .500 record. Maybe the detractors have a point…

Okay, so if not Weiss, then who? Well, if we forget about rings and focus on W’s, there are only three teams have won 50+ games in League history:  Kennedy (52), Weiss (51), and me (54). But remember, Weiss and I were original members, so our averages aren’t very impressive. To be second all-time in wins in only six seasons, Kennedy sports a whopping .675 winning percentage! And he’s never had a losing season! Weiss, meanwhile, has managed just three winning seasons in seven years. It’s Montana-Marino. Brady-Manning. Weiss-Kennedy. How can we settle such eternal questions? Well, here’s what did it for me…

The Caminker Hair Mousse AllStars are one of only two teams who have never changed their name (see also, Suckmy Weinermans). I mean, my God, the Caminker Hair Mousse AllStars have outlasted the Dean himself! How it can ever be changed now? It’s practically in memoriam.

In all seriousness though, we all know that it came down to this:  Weiss is the only one who has won it all more than once. And while the five one-time winners will try to match Weiss this year as the six never-have’s vie for their first taste of sweet victory, we should all take a moment to consider how truly rare back-to-back fantasy championships really are. Even if they were half a decade ago.

Good luck at defending your Championship, Hank, and putting your own name in this conversation.

Decision 2013!

Okay, fellas, the time has come to make some decisions. I will keep this short and sweet…

The first order of business is the Draft. The Bad News Barristers have always had a high turnout on Draft Night, and we are aiming for perfect attendance this year. So please take a moment to select your available dates/times here:

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Remember, you’re not choosing only your favorite time, but rather selecting all the options that you could attend. Don’t worry, you don’t have to sign in/up to/for this website to vote.

Once everyone has participated, we can easily and quickly select the best date/time for everyone. Please vote as soon as possible, so we can schedule the Draft soon, because I’m sure everyone’s August/September is rapidly filling up.

Next, we need to decide the three changes that have been proposed. Please respond to each of the following questions:

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Add a 3rd Keeper
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Adopt the K-System
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Raise Entry Fee to $100

 

The voting will remain open through Wednesday, August 14th. A simply majority will decide each issue, which means 7 votes are needed for a proposal to pass (even if everyone does not vote). The K-System is outline here. If a third keeper is added and the K-System is adopted, the third keeper will be converted to a two-year contract extension (subject to tweaks by League vote). Regardless of whether the K-System is adopted, a third keeper will not be added until the 2014 season. If there is a fee increase, it will be effective immediately. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me.

And the 3rd Pick Goes to…

Paulson and the 1-Legged Deer! Congratulations, Erik–you had just a 4% chance of winning overall, yet you nabbed the third pick with the winning number of 95 (we had to utilize the ‘move one digit to the left’ tie-breaker).

Well done. You join myself and Winerman as your 2013 Lottery Winners.

That concludes the 2012 Bad News Barristers Lottery. The 2013 Official Draft Order is… Winerman (1), Dimond (2), Paulson (3), Sampson (4), Saiz (5), Cutchshaw (6), Weiss (7), Nussbaum (8), Baxter (9), Abassi (10), Kennedy (11), and Dunfee (12).

The first two rounds will be in this order, and then the draft will serpentine after that. Please refer to the Trade Picks page for more information on what picks were traded last season. After the keeper deadline passes, I will post the full draft order, pick-by-pick.