The ongoing saga of srah vs. sports

I am a sports fiend!

As some of you may have followed and others of you may have waited with baited breath* to learn, if I had been involved in some kind of NCAA basketball pool (which I WASN'T) I would have come in last place among the other people NOT participating in said IMAGINARY pool and won back the five dollars that I DIDN'T illegally bet on the outcome of the tournament.

Victory! Sweet sweet breaking even!**

On the heels of this triumph comes my new foray into the world of sports wagering: Fantasy Baseball. Fantasy Baseball, unlike NCAA basketball pools, is completely legal and sanctioned by none other than Yahoo!. So this one, I'm actually doing instead of PRETENDING to do.

Here's a fun fact about fantasy baseball: It's a whole freaking lot more complicated than an (imaginary) NCAA basketball pool. With an NCAA basketball pool, I hypothesize that you would get a blank bracket with the names of the teams going in and just have to decide the outcome of each game. With fantasy baseball, you're down to the level of picking players. What the crap do I know about actual baseball players?

Luckily, Yahoo! is prepared for people like me and automates most of the process. You don't even have to pick any players if you don't want - the computer will draft your team for you if you don't put any preferences. I couldn't let that happen, so I ranked my top 25 choices. These include Roger Clemens and Ken Griffey, Jr. (because they're the only members of Mr Burns' dream team that are still playing), Derek Jeter (because of Derek Jeter's Taco Hole) and five people named Rodriguez (because I fantasized of having a team full of Rodriguezes, which would be a lot easier to keep track of, but there weren't enough to go around!)

I haven't yet checked to see how my team ended up after the draft. Cari tells me I have three Rodriguezes, which I suppose is enough for me.

Play ball!

* Have you been eating WORMS? Go brush your teeth!
** Well technically, I would have been breaking even anyway, because this pool doesn't exist. Remember?

srah - Monday, 4 April 2005 - 9:39 AM

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gravatar srah - April 4, 2005 - 4:59 PM -

I just looked at this from a computer where I'm not logged into Yahoo! and learned that you can't see my team! How sad! Here's the current lineup (it turns out I have FOUR Rodriguezes!):

C - R. Hernández (SD)
1B - R. Sexson (Sea)
2B - T. Womack (NYY)
3B - A. Boone (Cle)
SS - K. Matsui (NYM)
OF - J. Pierre (Fla)
OF - K. Griffey Jr. (Cin)
OF - M. Ordóñez (Det)
Util - D. DeJesús (KC)
Util - D. Roberts (SD)
BN - A. Kearns (Cin)
BN - G. Jenkins (Mil)
SP - R. Clemens (Hou)
SP - J. Benoit (Tex)
RP - Fr. Rodríguez (LAA)
RP - Fé. Rodríguez (NYY)
P - B. Zito (Oak)
P - B. Colón (LAA)
P - E. Rodriguez (Bal)
BN - J. Gobble (KC)
BN - R. Rodríguez (Tex)
BN - S. Linebrink (SD)

gravatar alfie - April 4, 2005 - 5:30 PM -

You actually have a Tiger? Haha.

gravatar srah - April 4, 2005 - 6:08 PM -

Yes. Because he has TWO accents in his name!

(And no hits in four at-bats. Jerk.)

gravatar katie - April 4, 2005 - 6:33 PM -

Every time you say basketball pool, I think of the little nerf basketball hoops they make for swimming pools.

Every. Time.

gravatar srah - April 4, 2005 - 6:37 PM -

I was in that kind of basketball pool.

Every time I've written basketball pool today, I've hit the space bar before typing the "l". (Every. Time.)

Basketball poo!

gravatar Cari - April 5, 2005 - 1:46 AM -

Basketball poo! hahaha. The Tiger you have is good. Your team is pretty decent :-p. You may just beat me! Rebecca's team is really good and Tony doesn't care about pitching.

gravatar srah - April 5, 2005 - 8:51 AM -

Ooh, now I can exploit him. Except I don't care about pitching either.

gravatar alfie - April 19, 2005 - 9:50 AM -

You have Aaron Boone? Megan thought he looked like Dominic Monaghan until we saw him up close two weeks ago.

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