Congratulations Osman!

Osman won the third overall pick in the 2014 Draft. Because the Dow closed on Wednesday at 16443.34, there was no winner because both 34 (last two digits) and 33 (second and third to last digits) were both in Tom’s range. So we moved on to Thursday. And today, the Dow closed at 16368.27. The last two digits were also in Tom’s range, but the second and third to last digits – 82 – fell in Osman’s range (73 – 84).

The 2014 Lottery is now complete and the final draft order is:

  1. Kennedy
  2. Dimond
  3. Abbasi
  4. Winerman
  5. Nussbaum
  6. Dunfee
  7. Weiss
  8. Paulson
  9. Saiz
  10. Cutchshaw
  11. Sampson
  12. Baxter

A full draft order, including traded picks, will be posted soon after the keeper deadline passes, which is Friday, August 15th.

Congratulations Commish!

With a 20% chance of winning, the Commissioner took second place in the 2014 BNB Lottery and will pick second in this year’s draft. The Dow closed at 16429.47, which fell in the Commissioner’s assigned ranged (45 – 59).

The third pick will be decided Wednesday, so stay tuned! See below (or here) for the lottery odds and number distribution for the remaining owners. If the last two digits of Wednesday’s number is between 25 and 59, then we will use the second- and third-to-last numbers of the Dow, and if that doesn’t work, the third pick will be decided Thursday.

Email me with any questions. Good luck!

Congratulations Tom!

With a 20% chance of winning, Tom has won the 2014 BNB Lottery and will pick first in this year’s draft. Congratulations! The Dow closed at 16569.28, which fell in Tom’s assigned ranged (25 – 44).

The second pick will be decided today, so stay tuned! See below (or here) for the lottery odds and number distribution for the remaining owners. If the last two digits of today’s number is between 25 and 44, then we will use the second- and third-to-last numbers of the Dow, and if that doesn’t work, the second pick will be decided Wednesday.

Email me with any questions. Good luck!

BNB2014 IS HERE!

Welcome to the 2014 Bad News Barristers fantasy football season!

Although the season is still a few months away, the excitement has already begun, so I wanted to pass along the important dates and deadlines that are coming up…


You may propose new or modified rules until Friday, July 18th.**

The voting period will remain open until Friday, August 1st.

The Lottery will be held Monday, August 4th through the 6th.

All Keepers must be selected no later than Friday, August 15th.

The Draft will be held between August 20th and September 3rd.***

The 2014 Season kicks off on Thursday, September 4th.


This information is always available on Schedule page, and it is also contained in a Google Calendar, so if you use that (or a compatible program) would like me to grant you access to the calendar or send you invitations to these events to help you remember them, just email me.

**Please email me directly with your proposals so that I can synthesize them into a single ballot to make voting on the proposals quick and easy for everyone. Of course, any change that affects strategy or player valuation cannot take effect until 2015.

***Specific date and time will be determined based on owner availability.

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.

Congratulations… Me!

I won the second installment of the 2013 Lottery with the winning number of 59 and Don’t Shit the Money Bed! will pick second in this season’s draft. I had the third highest chance of winning (15%), so sorry to Greg and Emilio. And congratulations to me.

The third pick will be decided at the close of the Dow today, so check the Journal’s homepage at about about 1:30 pacific to see who will pick third! Good luck to everyone left!

And, if one of Winerman’s, or my, numbers comes again (97–99, 45–59), the winning number will simply be the second- and third-to-last digits of the DJIA (i.e., the two digits on either side of the decimal), and so on as necessary.

Picks 4 – 12 will be determined by reverse order of last year’s standings in accordance with League rules.

Congratulations Winerman!

Justin has won the Lottery with the winning number 97 and Suckmy Winermans will have the number one overall pick in the 2013 Bad News Barristers Draft. Congratulations! With the lowest odds of winning (just 3%), Justin has pulled off the unthinkable. Although it must suck to be Greg right now, this is truly what the Lottery is all about.

The second pick will be decided at the close of the Dow today, so check the Journal’s homepage at about about 1:30 pacific to see who will pick second! Good luck to everyone left!

Although it’s unlikely, if one of Winerman’s numbers comes again (97 – 99), the winning number will simply be the second- and third-to-last digits of the DJIA (i.e., the two digits on either side of the decimal), and so on as necessary.

The third pick will be decided tomorrow. After that, picks four through 12 will be determined by reverse order of last year’s standings in accordance with League rules.

Lottery Today!

The 2013 Bad News Barristers Lottery is today!

Although it won’t be official until the print edition of the Wall Street Journal hits newsstands tomorrow morning, check the Journal’s homepage after the market closes this afternoon to find out which lucky owner will have the number one of all pick in this season’s draft!

Remember, it’s the last two digits of the Dow Jones, so if–hypothetically–the Lottery had been on Friday, the winning number would have been 83 and Weiss would have the first pick. So close, Dave!

The number two pick will be decided by the Dow’s closing number tomorrow.

Here are your number assignments:

Greg 00 – 24
Emilio 25 – 44
Brandon 45 – 59
Ben 60 – 72
Dave 73 – 84
Lane 85 – 92
Erik 93 – 96
Justin 97 – 99

 

Lottery Postponed – Sorry!

Gentlemen,

I am really sorry to say that I am not able to hold the Lottery today. [insert typical lawyer excuse here] Basically, I haven’t had time to paint my balls…

My ping-pong balls that is. And I’m traveling next week, so the earliest I could do the video draft is the week of August 5th. That sounds like a painfully long time to me, so we are going to revert back to the tried-n-true stock market lottery…

And so, the Lottery winner will be determined by the final two digits of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the market close on Monday, July 30th. The official number will be those reported on the front page of Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, July 31th. Here are your number assignments…

Greg 00 – 24
Emilio 25 – 44
Brandon 45 – 59
Ben 60 – 72
Dave 73 – 84
Lane 85 – 92
Erik 93 – 96
Justin 97 – 99

Good luck to everyone in the Lottery and again, I am really sorry I didn’t get my shit together in time to have the video lottery this weekend as planned.