June 10, 2007

Grand Slam fantasy game French Open champions : and the winners are...

posted by lil_brown_bat to fantasy at 11:55 AM - 18 comments

For the women's title, telamarketersbeware and The Crafty Sousepaw, led an exceptionally competitive field to tie for the win with 53 points each. For the men's title, it wasn't even close as Ufez Jones won with 59 points and a huge 9-point margin. Your bragging-rights trophies will get photoshopped as soon as I have a spare moment, so you can use them to adorn your SpoFi user page. For those who played on actual instead of virtual clay, the champions were Justine Henin and Rafael Nadal -- in retrospect, no big surprise, so isn't it odd that none of us SpoFites picked both winners? Thanks for playing -- it was a ton of fun! Any thoughts about things to tweak for Wimbledon? Also, what do you think about allowing any interested people who didn't get in before the French to enter a team play in a "Wimbledon-only" category?

The Crafty Sousepaw10710797977747435345
Ufez Jones101010109109106947435259
lil brown bat10710767672707043446
Weedy McSmokey10810868683717143750

posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:02 PM on June 10, 2007

Congrats to Ufez for dominating the field. And it looks like me and Beware have that knack for picking women. Am I right? Seriously, this has been a lot of fun so far, and as bperk and others have mentioned, it's kept me more interested than I otherwise would have been (at least until the finals). Thanks, LBB, for thinking of it. I am all for gathering new members as we go along. If more people want to join for Wimbledon, bring 'em on. By December we should have a good set for our first full slam season.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 11:10 PM on June 10, 2007

Congrats to the winners and thanks to lbb. I agree with TCS that we should invite everyone else who is interested. I liked the game as it is, but you could ask bonus questions if you wanted.

posted by bperk at 08:56 AM on June 11, 2007

Any thoughts about things to tweak for Wimbledon? I don't think any tweaks are really necessary. I think if you wanted to give extra reward for picking the tourament winner you could double points for the final. That might backfire, though, since it would be an extra disincentive to picking upsets, and everybody's list might look a little too similar (especially on the men's side).

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 01:30 PM on June 11, 2007

*kisses trophy* 59/61 possible points isn't all that bad, although I'm still kind of kicking myself for not taking the obvious Davydenko instead of Canas. So it goes. I'm all for n00bs for Wimbledon and the US Open, but are we going to have an overall champ as well? My vote goes for waiting to tweak things until next year. By the end of the Open, we should have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. I'm definitely down for trying for the Grand Slam in '08, though.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:23 PM on June 11, 2007

*kisses trophy* You don't want to be like Nadal and bite the trophy instead?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:34 AM on June 12, 2007

We're absolutely going to have overall champs, men's and women's. And a lot can change between now and September, dammit! Us costanzas aren't out of it yet! I should point out that n00bs will have a slight advantage: now that the French is open, anyone picking a team from this point forward doesn't have any reason to include players who excel on clay but don't on grass or hardcourt. Something to consider...is it a big enough factor that we should create a "newbie division" and a "grand slam division" for Wimbledon and US Open results?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:45 AM on June 12, 2007

I hadn't thought of that. I probably wouldn't have picked that bum Mauresmo if the French wasn't included. I think we can just exclude the noobs from the overall, and that will be enough. We will know why we are stuck with the bunch we have!

posted by bperk at 09:04 AM on June 12, 2007

Those of you who participated in the French Open also have a large point advantage over potential n00bs though.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:10 AM on June 12, 2007

Yang, what I was thinking was that the n00bs would have an advantage in the individual tournament competitions for Wimbledon and the US Open. I wasn't thinking of putting them in for the Grand Slam since they'd be starting too far back. (does this mean you'll be fielding a team?)

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:14 AM on June 12, 2007

Is this the line for new fantasy tennis teams?

posted by BullpenPro at 10:24 AM on June 12, 2007

Very funny. What's wrong with your team? You already have a trophy!

posted by bperk at 10:40 AM on June 12, 2007

Eh. I don't want this trophy anymore. Beware cleaned the bottom of everybody's champagne flute at the awards banquet and threw up in it during the singing of "La Marseillaise." Plus, I'd love to be able to dump one or two unrepentant underachievers on Team Sousepaw.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 11:19 AM on June 12, 2007

Just when we thought we had rid ourselves of that pesky bullpenpro...

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:23 AM on June 12, 2007

Holy schnikes! BPP is back? Or is he two people? I'm imagining a highly effective crime-fighting team.

posted by hawkguy at 11:43 AM on June 12, 2007

Plus, I'd love to be able to dump one or two unrepentant underachievers on Team Sousepaw. I know the feeling, but bperk reminded me that when you get to the point that you're hoping an athlete will get hurt so you could dump him/her from your fantasy team, you're probably playing in too many fantasy leagues. (but I'd make an exception for Andy Roddick. In a heartbeat. What was I thinking???)

posted by lil_brown_bat at 11:48 AM on June 12, 2007

Roddick has always sucked on clay. We picked him for the grass and hard court, so possibly he could still pay dividends. Alright, you are right, it was a huge mistake. He is garbage.

posted by bperk at 12:06 PM on June 12, 2007

The table makes me look like a loser. Note I said 'look'. Mathematically I am not the most incompetent. Request a change in presentation, Ma'am. Carry on.

posted by owlhouse at 12:01 AM on June 13, 2007

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