Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Liveblogging my fantasy draft

That's right. Imagine the excitement of reading about all of the exciting......things going on my fantasy draft. I can tell you're as excited about this as I am.

Actually, truth be told, this is one of the leagues I most likely won't give a shit about. I'm in four, I think, and there's only one that truly matters. I drafted what I think is a very strong team in that draft. It's with a group of people I've never met, save for one guy who was my Political Science T.A. my first year in college, and with whom I've kept in touch over the years. I took over a team four seasons ago, five seasons ago, and in that time I've improved every season, going from a .415 winning percentage my first year (it's head to head) to a .620 winning percentage and a first place finish in the division last year before losing in the championship round. Also, I think I had a pretty decent draft in the Halosphere fantasy league draft as well, so I'll probably pay attention to that one.

Anyway, this particular league is a NL only league, head to head for the first time this season. It's all guys that I went to law school with, and we've kept the league together for seven or eight seasons now. I don't really follow the NL, so I'll probably get worked. I have won this league once in the past, however. I have the fourth pick, and we're about 10 minutes away. You're going nuts with excitement, aren't you? It's all so.....exciting!!

First round: In typical ESPN cobaggery, the software is failing. We're finally underway, with Pujols, Lee, and Wright going 1-2-3, followed my selection of Chase Utley with the #4 pick. Gotta pick a Bruin. Damn, talk about exciting!! Now we wait for the guys who didn't show up to be forced to Autopilot, which should speed up the process.

Nothing pisses me off more than dudes who take the whole time to make their picks, especially their first round pick. I mean seriously, you have a goddamn week to map it out. It's not that hard. Total ratfuckery.

Second round: I take Adam Dunn. I have him on another team. My draft philosophy is that I like to take guys I have on another team, so that I have to follow fewer guys during the season. Usually by April 15th I can't remember who's on which team anyway.

Third round: Brad Lidge. I get shut out of closers every year, so I figured I'd start the run this year.

Fourth round: Right now we have four of ten guys on auto, so the draft is moving quickly. Which is good, because these get to be really boring after a few minutes. Wait, did I say boring? I mean EXCITING!! Anyway, Larry Wayne Jones is officially a Cobag.

Fifth round: Former Angel Derek Turnbow. That's two closers, and that should hold me over in the save department, unless he gets busted for roids.

Sixth round: Zach Duke. Needed a starter.

Seventh round: Brett Myers. Another good but not great starter, although he's in a hitters' park. Oh well.

Eighth round: Things are moving fairly quickly. That's eight rounds in roughly a half hour. Still, I'm probably going to miss the last purple line. Willy Taverez is the newest Cobag. Needed the steals.

Ninth round: Austin Kearns. Got him on more than one team.

Tenth Round: Mike Jacobs. Marlins. Never heard of him.

Alright, this boring. For all of us. I'm sorry, this was an idea destined to fail. Anyway, here's how the rest of it went. Bill Hall, Tony Clark, Tom Glavine, Paul LoDuca, Chris Burke, Aaron Heilman, JJ Hardy, Johnny Estrada, Ryan Klesko, man the NL really sucks, Stephen Drew (it's a keeper league), Yhency Brazoban, Orlando Hernandez, Tony Armas Jr., and finally, Ryan Langerhans.

That's it. Time to start losing.


AssParrot said...

No Willy Mo Pena? Oh yeah he's a Red Sock now. I like to pick all Giants on my fantasy teams. I also like to lose.

spkgb, jr. ... son of former major leaguer spkgb.

Seitz said...

I could have taken Arroyo, I guess, but I don't really like the Reds, or the Red Sox.

AssParrot said...

Or Red State, I'm assuming. Let me ask you, if you remember, how high did Matt Morris and Jason Schmidt (and any other Giant pitcher) go? I like seeing where the wisdom of crowds is on the Giants, to get my lame hopes up.

Oh, and if you do fantasy football, and I'm still kicking around the same eddies of the blogosphere as you, we should do a league.

Seitz said...

Oh no, I love Red State. I used to hate it, but man, it was the funniest site on the Intertrons last week!

I'm not a huge football fan, but I'll do a fantasy football league if asked. I've done a few before.

I wanna say Schmitt went in like the fourth round or so. I don't remember when Morris went.

Seitz said...

Schmitt was 46th overall, 5th round, and Morris was 100th. A lot of that has to do with where ESPN ranked them since so many guys were on autopilot, and others, like me, draft based greatly on their rankings.

Repoz said...

Mike Jacobs. Marlins. Never heard of him.

Well...I didn't make him up...:)

Robola said...

Former Angel Derek Turnbow. That's two closers, and that should hold me over in the save department, unless he gets busted for roids.

Turnbow will get busted for being ugly before roids ;)

Every save opportunity is intense when Turnbow's on the mound. Every time I saw him pitch the inning was drawn out and involved at least one hit/walk. Hopefully this year will be easier for him.

RevHalofan said...

Your Halosphere team will be drawing intense media scrutiny, so you might HAVE to pay attention to it.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of draft-round speed, I was once in a league with the front office staff of the Angels single-A affiliate (back when it was Lake Elsinore and I worked there as an intern, this is going back a ways), and our draft took upwards of 7 hours, but felt like 70. talk about an intense room and scrutiny over bad picks...

Seitz said...

I'm in one every year on CBSSportsline, and last year their software kept breaking, and our draft took about that long. The other problem is that there's 15 guys in the league, so it takes forever to get through everyone. This year I had the second to last pick based on last year's record, so I could make a couple of picks and kick back for 15 minutes. But long drafts can just be excrutiating.

Plus, since I did the one last night at work, I missed the last damn purple line and had to take the brown line home, which meant riding all the way around the loop. Bastards!

Keith said...

I feel your pain. I used to work downtown and hated it when I missed the last purple line.