The League- Basketball- Week 5 Recap

If you haven’t read Week 4 yet, read it here: (http://criticsfromthecouch.com/?p=147). After another intense week, the playoff race is getting tighter. Ever player battling their hearts out for the “we still haven’t named it yet” trophy. Let’s take a look at last weeks standings, in case you’ve forgotten.

1. Kipling Ronald           30-6-0
2. Gonzo                         25-11-0
3. Vernon Smells           24-12-0
4. Soulless Sensation   17-19-0
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5. McFultz                       17-19-0
6. other A                         16-20-0
7. other B                         14-22-0
8. other C                         13-23-0
9. zookeeper                  13-23-0
10. other D                       11-25-0    

Those were from last week, and YES, there were changes this week, first we’ll take a look at the scores from the week.

Vernon Smells               7
Gonzo                             2

McFultz                           4
Other A                            5

Kipling Ronald               6
Other C                            3

Soulless Sensation       5
zookeeper                      4

Other B                            3
Other D                            6

With Soulless Sensation, Mcfultz and Other A all neck and neck for that final playoff spot, all of those games were extra important. As you can see Other A was able to beat Mcfultz and Soulless Sensation able to stand tough against zookeeper to keep up his strong play.Another important game was between Me(Vernon Smells) and Gonzo. It was clear one of us was going to take over second place, and it was me with a great 7-2 victory, but don’t let the score fool you, it was much closer than it would seem. So, after these great matchups, let’s take a look at the new Standings.

1. Kipling Ronald           36-9-0
2. Vernon Smells           31-14-0
3. Gonzo                         27-18-0
4. Soulless Sensation   22-23-0
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5. other A                          21-24-0
6. McFultz                       21-24-0
7. other D                         17-28-0 
8. zookeeper                  17-28-0
9. other B                         17-28-0
10. other C                       16-29-0

Some of the big changes include: me taking over second place, Other A passing McFultz and how everything below that switched around as well. Among the things that stay the same: Kipling Ronald still doesn’t have double digit losses, Soulless Sensation continues to barely hold on to that final playoff spot, and he’s getting a little bit closer to Gonzo of the Big 3. Let’s take a quick look at what matches will be happening this week.

McFultz
Gonzo

Soulless Sensation
Other C

zookeeper
Other D

Kipling Ronald
Vernon Smells

Other A
Other B

This week is huge, as Soulless Sensation tries to hold on to his playoff spot, while McFultz and Other A try to catch him for it. I have a chance to cut into Kipling Ronald for first place, and zookeeper wants to try and dig himself out of this big hole he’s dug himself into, to quote Troy Aikman on Madden 12. Here are the rosters, anything in Bold indicates the player was newly added.

Vernon Smells
 Kyrie Irving, PG
Jason Terry PG, SG
Mo Williams PG
Russell Westbrook, PG
Danilo Gallinari, SF
Richard Jefferson, SF
Paul George, SF, SG
Paul Pierce, SF, SG
Carlos Boozer, PF, C
Kevin Love, PF, C
Serge Ibaka, PF, C
Joakim Noah, PF, C
Mo Williams, PG

Kipling Ronald
Kyle Lowry, PG
Marcus Thornton, SG
Louis Williams, PG, SG
Gerald Wallace, SF, PF
Paul Millsap, PF
David Lee, PF, C
Samuel Dalembert, C
Pau Gasol, PF, C
Mario Chalmers, PG
Al Jefferson, PF, C
Luol Deng, SF
Ryan Anderson, PF, C
Elton Brand, PF, C

Gonzo
Deron Williams, PG
Iman Shumpert, PG, SG
Jrue Holiday, PG
Antawn Jamison, SF, PF
Deandre Jordan, PF, C
Joe Johnson, SG, SF
Chris Bosh, PF, C
Tim Duncan, PF, C
Tony Parker, PG
Brandon Jennings, PG
Anthony Morrow, SG, SF
Dwight Howard, C
Andre Miller, PG

Soulless Sensation
Monta Ellis, PG, SG
Ray Allen, SG
Devin Harris, PG
LeBron James, SF, PF
Josh Smith, SF, PF
Kevin Garnett, PF, C
Nene Hilario. PF, C
Tyson Chandler, C
Byron Mullens, C
Tony Allen, SG, SF
Andy Rautins, PG
Taylor Griffin, SF, PF
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C

McFultz
Darren Collison, PG
Nicolas Batum, SG, SF
Jason Kidd, PG
Shawn Marion, SF, PF
David West, PF
C.J. Miles, SG, SF
Marc Gasol, C
Andray Blatche, PF, C
Ricky Rubio, PG
Stephen Curry, PG
Steve Nash, PG
Jason Richardson, SG, SF
Dirk Nowitzki, PF

zookeeper
John Wall, PG
DeMar Derozan, SG, SF
D.J. Augistin, PG
Danny Granger, SF, PF
Thaddeus Young, SF, PF
Carl Landry, SF, PF
Blake Griffin, PF, C
Andrea Bargnani, PF, C
Anderson Varejao, PF, C
Leonardo Barbosa, PG, SG
Ben Gordon, PG, SG
James Harden, SG, SF
Al Harrington, PF, C

 

-Vernon Smells

                  

The League- Basketball- Week 4 Recap

Every year, at the beginning of the four major sports seasons (Hockey, Basketball, Football and Baseball) the staff here at Critics From The Couch, along with other various other friends partake in some friendly Fantasy action. At the moment we are in the middle of the NHL and NBA seasons. We play on Yahoo Sports(wouldn’t recommend it however) therefor Yahoo rules are applied. Our NHL league is kind of messed up, because rather than head-to-head we used rotisserie , which in my opinion is much less fun, but for the record, I’m in second place. Anyways, our Basketball league is in full swing, and it is head-to-head, so as the commissioner of The League, I feel it is my duty to keep the public informed about our league. How the league works is there are nine major stat categories(FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, BLK, STL, TO) and you change opponents every week, and each stat category counts as one game, for example if after the week is over you are beating your opponent in seven of the nine stat categories, and he’s beating you in 2, your record for the week would be 7-2. There are also trades free agents, and waivers. So let’s start with the standings

1. Kipling Ronald           30-6-0
2. Gonzo                         25-11-0
3. Vernon Smells (me)   24-12-0
4. Soulless Sensation   17-19-0
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5. McFultz                       17-19-0
6. other A                         16-20-0
7. other B                         14-22-0
8. other C                         13-23-0
9. zookeeper                  13-23-0
10. other D                       11-25-0                    

As you can tell, the race for that fourth playoff spot is up for the grabs, where as Kipling Ronald is already all but assured a playoff spot early in the year. Gonzo and myself were tied every week until this one, as he won 1 more game than I did, but through the first 4 weeks of the season the top 3(Kipling Ronald, Gonzo and myself) have yet to face each other, but that’s all about to change, as I face off against Gonzo this week, followed by Kipling Ronald, and then 3 weeks later Gonzo and Kipling Ronald face off themselves. Even though it’s still early in the year, these 3 games will be key in determining the true identities of our teams. Let’s check out last weeks scores.

Vernon Smells 6
Other A              3

McFultz 5
Other B  4

Other C 2
Gonzo  7

Kipling Ronald 9
zookeeper        0

Soulless Sensation 7
Other D                      2

This was a pretty important week, as you can see. Just a couple weeks after being dead last in the league, the soulless sensation took home a solid 7-2 victory to boost himself up all the way to a playoff spot. Kipling Ronald came up with the first clean sweep of the season to secure his lead even more, and Gonzo had a nice 7-2 victory to claim sole possession of second place. Let’s take a look at the games this week.

Vernon Smells
Gonzo

McFultz
Other A

Kipling Ronald
Other C

Soulless Sensation
zookeeper

Other B
Other D

We have a big week, as Gonzo and myself fight for second place, McFultz and Soulless Sensation each fight in their own battles for that 4th playoff spot, and Kipling Ronald goes for another sweep.

I will be doing these posts weekly, as one will be released every week, sometime Monday-Wednesday. Follow the action week by week as the chase for the “we haven’t decided on a name yet” Trophy heats up. In case you’re interested, here are our rosters. In no particular order, but lineups are set every night with 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 G, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 F, 2 C, 2 Utility, 3 Bench

Vernon Smells
 Kyrie Irving, PG
Jason Terry PG, SG
Mo Williams PG
Russell Westbrook, PG
Danilo Gallinari, SF
Richard Jefferson, SF
Paul George, SF, SG
Paul Pierce, SF, SG
Carlos Boozer, PF, C
Kevin Love, PF, C
Serge Ibaka, PF, C
Joakim Noah, PF, C
Spencer Hawes, C

Kipling Ronald
Kyle Lowry, PG
Marcus Thornton, SG
Louis Williams, PG, SG
Gerald Wallace, SF, PF
Paul Millsap, PF
David Lee, PF, C
Samuel Dalembert, C
Pau Gasol, PF, C
Mario Chalmers, PG
Al Jefferson, PF, C
Luol Deng, SF
Ryan Anderson, PF, C
Elton Brand, PF, C

Gonzo
Deron Williams, PG
Iman Shumpert, PG, SG
Jrue Holiday, PG
Antawn Jamison, SF, PF
Deandre Jordan, PF, C
Joe Johnson, SG, SF
Chris Bosh, PF, C
Tim Duncan, PF, C
Tony Parker, PG
Brandon Jennings, PG
Marshon Brooks, SG, SF
Dwight Howard, C
Andre Miller, PG

Soulless Sensation
Monta Ellis, PG, SG
Ray Allen, SG
Devin Harris, PG
LeBron James, SF, PF
Josh Smith, SF, PF
Kevin Garnett, PF, C
Nene Hilario. PF, C
Tyson Chandler, C
Byron Mullens, C
Tony Allen, SG, SF
Andy Rautins, PG
Taylor Griffin, SF, PF
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C

McFultz
Darren Collison, PG
Nicolas Batum, SG, SF
Jason Kidd, PG
Shawn Marion, SF, PF
David West, PF
C.J. Miles, SG, SF
Marc Gasol, C
Andray Blatche, PF, C
Ricky Rubio, PG
Stephen Curry, PG
Steve Nash, PG
Jason Richardson, SG, SF
Dirk Nowitzki, PF

zookeeper
John Wall, PG
DeMar Derozan, SG, SF
D.J. Augistin, PG
Danny Granger, SF, PF
Thaddeus Young, SF, PF
Carl Landry, SF, PF
Blake Griffin, PF, C
Andrea Bargnani, PF, C
Tristan Thompson, PF
Leonardo Barbosa, PG, SG
Ben Gordon, PG, SG
James Harden, SG, SF
Al Harrington, PF, C

 

-Vernon Smells

 

 

NBA All Star Game Fantasy Draft? Make It Happen Stern.

Last year the NHL adopted a new format for their All Star Game, they would have two captains(voted by the all stars) and pick players for their team out of the 30 selected players. This resembled pickup hockey and gave us the opportunity to view different star combos. The one problem for this is that the NHL All Star Game means absolutely nothing and really the most exciting part about it was the fantasy draft itself.

The best All Star Games in my mind are the MLB All Star Game because it actually means something, followed by the NBA All Star Game because of the fact that it’s like street basketball and is just highlight after highlight, then  the NHL All Star Game and finally, last and very least the NFL Pro Bowl. The NBA could take full advantage of the “Fantasy Draft” it’s already a pickup game when it comes to the rules and it means nothing, unlike the MLB All Star Game. So why not have it be a fantasy draft. There would be two captains one of the captains would be the “star” player for the hosting city and to make things interesting have the opposing captain be the “star” player from the rival city. Then we’d have the top 30 players voted on by the fans to get drafted by the two captains. Imagine a team that consisted of Blake Griffin AND Lebron James. That’s a highlight factory waiting to happen not to mention having Steve Nash giving them behind the back alley oop passes. The NBA All Star Game could easily become the most exciting all star game and one of the more entertaining sporting events of the year.

-McFultz