Beisbol been very, very good to me. Lemme collected baseball cards as a kid, kept some of them in mint condition, then traded them for the down payment on a farm in the early 1990’s. That cardboard held so much value then should have been a tip-off of the insanity … instead it started a long and winding road of adventure through the nothing is real Truman reality show.
Doc has been playing fantasy sports for the past two decades. He likes to crunch the numbers and collect hardware – olympic fantasy medals of gold, silver and bronze for placing in the top three. Basketball this year had a silver and a bronze – the latter in a winners league. I got caught in silly season.
Silly season is the last week of the NBA schedule. The stars don’t come out at night – i lost a half dozen games down the stretch because Damion Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Demarcus Cousins and Gordon Hayward played hookie. I was short 12 3-pointers from three places, 7 shot blocks from another place and within 4 places when 150 points of scoring would have done it. Of course, my opponents had to deal with the same thing.
Now it is baseball fantasy season – see how easy it is to take your eyes off anything real. Sports today has the power that science used to hold. Science has become silly – at least sports measurements measure something tangible – player performance. If schools used metrics like sports, then kids would not be so confused by the standards of measurement.
I have two baseball teams for this season, one in a standard draft, the other in an auction. The auction was a first – i had no idea that i was in an auction until seconds before the draft – shift happens. I spent a huge chunk in the first round of nominations – Arendo, Goldschmidt, Cruz and had no cash for filling out the roster. Lots of dollar bargains randomly assigned – i used the waiver wire to reconstruct the team.
Performance is everything on a daily basis. Pitching can rarely be predicted based on prior year records, whereas all hitters are studs until they get hurt. You gotta go with the flow and there is plenty of number crunching and data mining for a statistics buff.
The standard draft team was more gratifying – i got a real mixed line-up. I attempt to not get attached to my players, but if a dude is good in one league, i really gotta pick him up in the other league where my current player is struggling. I would have played in a head-to-head league, but time is limited and two is more than enough – this is just a fantasy right.
Everything you think is real is fantasy also, so indulge. Just remember – honest karma allows you to surf the flow on your cosmic surfboard. You may not lie, cheat, steal or deceive – that incurs a significant penalty. You can assume rules that are not stated do not exist and get creative with the rules that do exist. It means being there and paying attention.
For instance – in basketball, there are 82 games for each position. I managed to get an extra game at both center and utility because i went into the final day one game short and two day slots open. I added Noah Vonleh because Cousins was ‘injured’, a technicality where when a player misses three games in a row, He may be shifted off the active roster to a DL slot. Neat trick for an extra 19 boards.
While here – a shout to Blazersedge.com and the active group of commentators that back the Blazers. If the Nurk alert returns, the Blazers can cause enough disruption to make the series competitive. As such, southern Oregon is a nice place to lurk away from the big crowds in the city of Portland.
When i was younger, so much younger, younger than today, i was a Beaver and got to see the Drexler/Porter team play several times. If the games are truly games and there is no fix in, this Blazer team is set up to be very difficult for other teams to match up. There is not enough match-up to keep half the other team from standing around watching – only one player can guard Dame at any given time.
Of course, that being said, Durant and Steph and Klay don’t play very much defense anyway. Draymond does and Nurkic is big. In fact – Nurk might be your upper limit of human scale. It is nice to leave the arena of everything has to be for cash value and step into the world of sports where, uh oh. Everything is about cash value? How did that happen?
Maybe i’ll head off to science where … everything is about cash value. What if we don’t care about cash value? Oh – Paul Allen doesn’t like to hear that – his investment in the Blazers is pretty steep. Ask not what you can do with your team’s players, but how they affect your salary cap. Portland does not get Nurkic if Miles Plumblee wasn’t an expiring contract that the team could not afford to re-up.
At least in fantasy leagues, we don’t have to pay for players in real money. Can we design a game to simulate education in a way that can be followed for score, not cash value? Well, that is what Existence is. If you enjoyed this blog, because you linked here for the sports, please do check out the rest of the writings.
Namaste’ … doc … now @LennyThyme on Twitter