First off, let me second what dasein said - Kal, you do a thankless job, where you have to not only deal with ranting managers like me, but probably a half-dozen other things that come up at any given moment. You've been a great commissioner so far, and I don't expect anything less from you going forward. Aside from one, maybe two others in the league (I know scully deserves props for putting together the salary spreadsheet on Google docs - anyone else who has contributed to the league, I apologize, sincerely, if I forgot who you are and left you out), Kal pretty much takes care of everything by himself, which I'm certain is a daunting task. And for that, I do thank you for a job well done!
As far as dropping Hump goes, the main reason why I mentioned that was simply because I had a plan in place to try
and give me a chance to win him. My idea was to drop him in the morning (morning here in the States), then a few minutes after, put my minimum bid in. That way, at least I would have the bid in place, and I could take my chances from there. As I said before, at the time, I didn't
complain (to you personally or here on the forum) simply because no harm was done - I was still able to put the first bid in for Hump. And I know it wasn't much
of a plan, but it's all I had to give me a shot at getting a guy who I SHOULD
have put a regular contract in for in the first place (THAT
was the wrong move on my part!).
But "what if" you had dropped him from my roster, and bidding started before
I could get in? I know it didn't happen that way
, but humor me. Sure, I know I don't stand a chance in a bidding war because I spent my MLE and I'm over the soft cap - but if that had happened, I would have had NO SHOT at him whatsoever. Then, I really
would have been pissed, because I didn't get a chance to put my initial bid on a player I fully intended to bid on. Again
, that didn't happen
- but like I've said before, I tend to think out logistics, and the "What if's". And I promise you, if it hasn't happened already, it will in the future - and if/when it does, someone's going to be upset, and it won't just be me.
But you going into my roster to do the drop was not what initially set me off - originally, I didn't even think twice about it - I just made my bid and went on as usual. And even Coffeeman's argument didn't get me all worked up. Like scully said, I made my case, and it seemed a majority of the league was in agreement with me. And even the debate with you about it wasn't the issue - although I'm sure to most it looked that way judging from how harsh I came in on you.
What set me off was the way the whole tie-break thing was handled, specifically with Ben Wallace. I don't know how many in the league have visited that thread yet (I noticed that it's had close to 50 page views so far), but for those of you who haven't seen it yet, visit that thread here
Now at first glance, it doesn't look like much. But here's what got me:
1. I placed a bid for Ben Wallace at minimum. Both you and scully matched. Ok, cool, a tie-breaker. No problems so far.
2. You post this:
Ok, I understand there's a process in place, and until I can go back through it to double-check, I'm pretty much screwed. Upset, yes, ranting, not yet.
scully will win easily on points if there are no new bids
scully: 13 points (3rd place finish in the regular season)
kalelen: 6 (10 regular season) + 2 (3 c's) = 8 points
3. Then I post this:Like I said, at this point, I was upset and making a comment on the outcome of the tie-breaker.
4. You respond with this:
** THAT'S what set me off! **
those are the rules. this is not draft, success matters here
5. So I come back with this:
So if THAT'S the case, then for next season, I vote a REBOOT! Give me a chance to build a team - within the rules - and see if I can't be "successful" enough!
See my post in the discussion thread regarding my other rants - including other manager's "SUCCESS"!
And the rest has been in the discussion thread ever since.
So, this whole argument was based on one simple catch-22 - how the HELL
am I supposed to have success, when I can't even make my team better because of "the rules"?
1. I'm over the soft cap, so I CAN'T
make any offer more than .25M.
2. I've spent my MLE, so I CAN'T
out bid anyone else if they outbid my .25M offer.
3. I get ZERO POINTS
in a tie-breaking scenario because apparently THIS
squad wasn't "successful" enough in the past.
4. Judging by how things are going so far, this squad won't be "successful" this year either - YET
, I'll be punished for not finishing in 12th place or higher. Sure, I know it's only by 1%, but still, it IS
a punishment for simply having a bad team. (We've visited THIS
So you see, like dasein said - I'm frustrated!
I could care less where I'm at in the standings if my players suck
- there's nothing I can do about that. I'm the one who took the chance on them, and they aren't panning out. It happens to EVERYONE
at one point or another. And I'm OK with that.
But in each league I'm in (even a couple where dasein is the commissioner), I have
the option or opportunity to try and make my team better. Rules ARE
in place - but even in a league where I only get 2 max moves per week
, that's still a fighting chance for me to make that squad better. In THIS
league, there could be a coup of 5 or 6 players on the WW who all of a sudden just blow up, and I could put bids in for all of them, and it wouldn't matter
because unless everyone else just IGNORES
those bids, I won't win those players in ANY
scenario, including a tie-breaker
So the only option left to me is through trades. But what, a manager is going to give me a really fantastic WW pickup for my bench-warming scrub, simply because the "numbers" add up? I know I wouldn't, and I'm in 15th place! Right now, the best players on my squad are Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Danial Gibson, and maybe Nocioni and Yao Ming (if he can stay healthy) - believe me, that's not saying much. So trading any of those guys for talent back isn't going to make my squad better. I'll be pretty much stuck in the same boat, but with different players. And I can't gut my roster and trade all my good players away cause it will be perceived as "tanking" or "mailing in the season". So what am I
to do? Like I said before, in Coffeeman's case, he HAS
options. He can trade one or two of his injured players for some kind of value in order to stay competitive. It won't change the fact that he's still winning. Hell, it'll probably make him that much better!
But even if I hadn't picked the worse squad possible to take on (because I still DO
relish the challenge), I'd still feel shackled due to the fact that things are so geared to teams staying competitive, yet nothing is geared to helping the bad teams get better. They just simply stay bad. So where's the fun in that?
And contrary to popular belief, I AM
trying to think up some new ways of addressing ALL
these issues. It's not just bitch and moan and wait for someone else to do the hard work and come up with an idea. What I can tell you right now
is that most of those ideas will probably have to include things like last place teams getting the best chance
at top draft picks.
Or teams with the current worst in-season records in bidding tie-breakers get a better chance
of winning the player.
teams, not just the bad ones
, should be allowed to drop at least ONE
bad contract off their books to free up cap space (nice idea, D, I for one like it!).
I think we're reaching a point in time where we now
have to consider how to make THIS
league better and more competitive - NOT
how can we make THIS
league MORE LIKE
the real NBA. I do like the structure that's in place. We just need to keep hammering out the process.
And don't worry - I'll bring my ideas to the table in due time. But like I said, some of them may require a rethinking of current attitudes towards things like "tanking"
or "mailing in the season"
. Cause the bottom line is, I've got nothing
to play for right now - I can only HOPE
that my team gets better as time goes on. I can only HOPE
it does well enough to win and get me out of the cellar. I can only HOPE
that I can speculate on a few FAs, weeks before
they go off (which in a deep league like this, is almost impossible).
So that's where I'm at.
Again, I apologize to the league, and to you Kal, if I sounded like a ranting whiner - that's definitely NOT
like me. Rest assured, I'll pay my dues and take my lumps as they come, and I'll have no one to blame but myself for what my squad does, or doesn't, do this season. But I WILL
bring up some ideas as I think them through, and we'll go forward from there.