May 25, 2007

SpoFi 2007 Grand Slam Fantasy Game : is on! See inside for rules and instructions for how to sign up. *** Play for the French Open starts the morning of 5/27 -- picks must be submitted prior to start of play ***

posted by lil_brown_bat to fantasy at 09:02 AM - 23 comments

The general idea: You select a team of singles players. As your players compete in Grand Slam events, they accumulate points for wins. Braggin' rights for winners of each Slam event and for the overall at the conclusion of the US Open (plus, of course, the Costanza). Rules: 1. Points will be accumulated for play in the singles brackets of the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. 2. Prior to the start of the French Open, each contestant must pick a starting team of four men and four women, and an "injury replacement pool" of three men and three women. These will be your players for all three tournaments. 3. Prior to the start of play in the first round of each tournament, you must rank your "starting team". This rank cannot changed during the tournament. Rank is from 1 to 4, with your best player being ranked 1. 4. Following each round, you will be allocated points as follows: * 4 points for a win by your #1 player * 3 points for a win by your #2 player * 2 points for a win by your #3 player * 1 point for a win by your #4 player 5. Injury substitutions a) At any point up to the start of play of a tournament, you may substitute one player from your injury replacement pool for a player on your team. You may also re-rank your team at this time. You may change your injury substitution selection(s) at any time up to the start of tournament play. b) You may substitute up to three players due to injury (the number in your injury reserve pool). c) Substitutions are only allowed for players who will not begin play in the tournament because of injury. Injury substitutions are not allowed during the course of a tournament, nor for players who are injured but who elect to begin tournament play anyway. d)If you replace an injured player, at the conclusion of the tournament, the replacement player is returned to the injury reserve pool and the original player is considered to be part of the slate for the next tournament. If the original player is still injured at the start of the next tournament, you may elect to replace the player with any player from the injury reserve pool. 6. Bragging rights will be awarded as follows: men's and women's champion for each tournament, men's and women's Grand Slam, Grand Slam champion, and (of course) costanza. Example entry Starting team: Roger Federer Serena Williams Rafael Nadal Venus Williams James Blake Amalie Mauresmo Tommy Haas Maria Sharapova Injury reserve pool: Marcos Bagdhatis Justine Henin Gael Monfils Shahar Peer Guillermo Canas Jelena Jankovic Rankings for French Open: 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Roger Federer 3. James Blake 4. Tommy Haas 1. Serena Williams 2. Amelie Mauresmo 3. Venus Williams 4. Maria Sharapova Make sense?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:31 AM on May 25, 2007

Some links that will help you pick and order your team: WTA rankings ATP rankings Men's singles draw for the French Open Women's singles draw for the French Open is also a good site to look for results in the "lead-up" tournaments to the Slams, so you can see who's doing well. Hint : you can pick the order of your team at any time leading up to the tournament, but you're better off if you wait until the draw is published and then look at the draw carefully, to see where your team members' brackets converge. Have fun!!!

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:40 AM on May 25, 2007

Thanks! - I will peruse and select later.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:51 AM on May 25, 2007

1. Henin 2. S. Williams 3. Sharapova 4. Mauresmo Alt. Jankovic Kuznetsova V. Williams 1. Federer 2. Nadal 3. Roddick 4. Davydenko Alt. Djokovic Blake Gonzales

posted by bperk at 10:07 AM on May 25, 2007

Womens: 1. Henin 2.Kuznetsova 3.S. Williams 4.Sharapova Injury Reserve Pool: Mauresmo Jankovic Hingis Mens: 1. Federer 2.Roddick 3.Nadal 4.Gonzales Injury Reserve Pool: Davydenko Djokovic Lijubicic

posted by TelamarketersBeware at 12:32 PM on May 25, 2007

Starters: Sharapova Mauresmo Henin Hingis Federer Nadal Roddick Gonzalez Reserves: Hewitt Baghdatis Nalbandian Dementieva S. Williams Mirza French Rankings: 1. Henin 2. Sharapova 3. S. Williams (injury replacement for Hingis) 4. Mauresmo 1. Federer 2. Nadal 3. Gonzalez 4. Roddick (This is awesome, by the way. Thanks, LBB.)

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 12:51 PM on May 25, 2007

Oops. Please replace Nalbandian with A. Murray in my reserves. Thanks.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 12:59 PM on May 25, 2007

Starters Federer Nadal Canas Djokovic Henin-Hardenne Sharapova Kuznetsova Mauresmo Reserves Hewitt Davydenko Gonzalez S. Williams Hingis Petrova French Open 1. Federer 2. Nadal 3. Djokovic 4. Canas 1. Henin-Hardenne 2. Kuznetsova 3. Sharapova 4. Mauresmo

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:23 PM on May 25, 2007

I probably should have put mine in as well: Starters (in French Open order) 1. S. Williams 2. Mauresmo 3. Sharapova 4. V. Williams 1. Nadal 2. Federer 3. Blake 4. Roddick Reserves Hingis Kuznetsova Henin Becker Youzhny Davydenko

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:02 AM on May 27, 2007

Ah shit fuck -I forgot about this. If it's not too late (and I'm not sure if it is): Starters: 1. Mauresmo 2. S. Williams 3. Sharapova 4. Henin-Harden 1. Nadal 2. Federererererererer 3. Gonzalez 4. Canas Reserves Kuznetsova V. Williams Hingis Roddick Davydenko Blake

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:02 PM on May 27, 2007

I'll have to put mine in for both the French and Wimbledon (surfaces - ha!), and set the placings on autopilot as I'll be away: Women Starters: 1. Mauresmo 2. Henin 3. Sharapova 4. Kuznetsova Reserves: Serena Hingis Venus Blokes Starters: 1. Federer 2. Nadal 3. Roddick 4. Hewitt (I don't like him, but...) Reserves: Nalbandian Murray Gonzales

posted by owlhouse at 05:28 PM on May 27, 2007

Naaah, not too late...I'll put both of y'all in. owlhouse, you can send your Wimbledon picks anytime up to the start of, presumably you're not gonna be gone that whole time? Filthy weather at Roland Garros, I'll post our first round results once they have their first round results.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:00 AM on May 28, 2007

Roddick owners got smacked today. Andreev was very impressive -- with the bracket he has ahead of him, he could really make some noise in the tourney. Logic would dictate that Weedy and Ufez have a big opportunity now to get early leads.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 12:17 PM on May 29, 2007

Gonzalez is one-and-done. If Nadal loses to Del Potro, I'm quitting this game in the best interest of the sport of tennis.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 01:06 PM on May 29, 2007

No quitting! Tape it and play on it! Freeze it and go back into the game! God, Andy Roddick...I had profound misgivings about selecting him, and guess what, I was right. And the first round's still not done, dammit. At this rate they'll finish in July.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:48 PM on May 29, 2007

...and there goes Blake. Stone the crows.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:18 PM on May 29, 2007

Dammit Roddick! Scew you!

posted by TelamarketersBeware at 03:32 PM on May 29, 2007

Only Ufez has a shot at getting all four men through the first round. Through the FIRST ROUND! This is crazy, this tennis. I didn't see Blake in the aftermath, but Roddick was pretty matter-of-fact about being taken out so early. Dude, you were the three seed. You're coached by Jimmy Connors. At least throw a sweatband. Slap your forehead. Do something...

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 03:46 PM on May 29, 2007

Yeah, that's Roddick -- tanks in the first round and no shame. I had a feeling things were going to get random in a hurry, but not this random. The French can yield some weird results because of the surface, but damn. But it does have implications for Wimbledon. Given that Wimbledon follows so fast after the French, if you're not gonna go deep, one and done is not necessarily a bad outcome. Or am I just being an apologist for those weaklings?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 04:04 PM on May 29, 2007

Only Ufez has a shot at getting all four men through the first round. Through the FIRST ROUND! If that happens, it's such a fluke. I generally don't pay much attention to Tennis until the quarterfinals of Wimbeldon (and then the entire U.S. Open). I actually based my non-Federer and Nadal picks on a little bit of gut instinct and a whole lotta looking at the odds listed on an internet betting site. I will admit to smiling a little bit when I heard this morning on the radio that Roddick had (again) been ousted in the first round.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:48 PM on May 29, 2007

Four days and the first round isn't over? Venus Williams is playing a second round match, where's Mauresmo? She's the only one we need to have our complete first-round results!

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:25 AM on May 30, 2007

This is gonna be one long hual. I used to be able to play a MATCH of tennis in less then one hour much less a week.

posted by TelamarketersBeware at 08:40 AM on May 30, 2007

Wow. Men's side is a total trainwreck. USA went 0-8 yesterday.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:51 AM on May 30, 2007

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