Sunday Bird’s Eye View Schedule for 3/4

THU 3/1 (10:30PM) — I swapped the 530,630p games at BHPY so that Lay Up City got their paid request of >630p. Quite frankly we got lucky that this was possible. Look, I am a human being. Therefore, you need to help me out, too. Again, I’m not Superman. In this instance, a check/balance on me would have been Lay Up City looking at the pref1 column and noticing that their tipoff timeframe had not changed to >630p. After all, ding ding ding… that is what I go on! Columns pref1 and pref2 is quite simply THE WAY THAT I SCHEDULE GAMES. So yes, I f-ed up by not even changing their pref1 (or pref2) column accordingly, but this could’ve been avoided long ago if you had just checked and balanced me. AGAIN IN DREAMLEAGUE, IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO. EVERYTHING. REMEMBER THIS.

Aubergine and Run N Gun, you are hereby at 530p (not 630p). Lay Up City vs Team CB is at 630p.

THU 3/1 (9:00PM) — Tipoffs are now finalized below. BGCE director has responded and slightly tweaked the schedule, so I had to juggle some games in SF around. Here’s the immediate jump, or just keep scrolling down. Don’t forget about the discussion about what to do about sandbagging…

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THU 3/1 (7:00PM) — Still no word from the BGCE director. I can’t really set any tipoffs in stone because if it falls through, then there could be a domino effect, esp for those of you who are on OAK teams (you know who you are — maybe I need to institute a rule next season of nobody allowed to report an overlap of OAK-SF or vice-versa). If we don’t get those three BGCE games, then I have to figure out which division to delay in SF. I suppose PHHS in SJ is set to go. That gym starts at 4pm. I’ll let you know soon as I hear from the BGCE dir.

THU 3/1 (3:00PM) — Scroll down for the latest and greatest schedule, which is not quite ready. It’s 95% done, but I have to wait on the times for BGCE in SF from the gym director. Again, expect a publish time for this schedule of 7pm tonight. Meantime, let us address a known problem happening in nearly every division lower than AAA (and that’s a lot of divisions)…

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Protocol going forward for Handling Sandbagging: Self-Policing Prior to Playoffs

As you can see on the DIVISIONS/TEAMS page when you signed up, I have gone to great lengths to try and make sure each division is “fair” and teams can be built on a level playing field. Some of these include not allowing any NL players to play in REC, not allowing more than 3 impact players of a higher caliber on the same team, and the obvious height restrictions/guidelines. Apparently, that’s not enough.

I have concluded that there are 3-4 reasons why people sandbag:

  1. They are still in the phase of basketball maturity where getting hired help to win outweighs the process of improving and/or learning how to win on your own. [ASIDE: IMHO, this is what made Michael Jordan great. Can you imagine if he had had Pippen and Rodman in his 3rd year? I don’t think MJ becomes as great as he became.] Therefore, these “stacked teams” (as we’ve grown to know them) knowingly, whether consciously or sub-consciously, sign up for a weaker division in an effort to increase the odds of winning a championship. This is usually evidenced by going 5-1 or 6-0 in the regular season with a majority of the wins being blowouts. There may have been some close games, but those are evidenced by DNP’s for the impact players. There is usually a lack of previous experience in doing this in other smaller leagues where the topic of sandbagging has not reached a critical mass.
  2. The divisions available happen to be not fit perfectly. There are too many gray areas. Nothing we can really do about that. It’s like trying to make an NBA Draft class a certain guaranteed level of play. Impossible.
  3. They honestly signed up for the wrong division. When this happens, the team usually has no complaints being moved up to the next level of competition for the playoffs.
  4. A perfect storm of logistical quirks has occurred, not involving any of the above, that forces them to pickup players not particularly suited for the division in question. Crossing the line of winning vs playing for the experience/fun may or may not have occurred.
  5. A combination of the above.

At this point, I don’t think I can lay down anymore rules, put in anymore checks and balances prior to the season getting into full swing, or put anymore strain on my ability to schedule all of this stuff. Therefore, from this point forward, in addition to the foundation of competitive rules that I’ve already set forth on the aforementioned DIVISIONS/TEAMS page, we will embark on…

Voting Teams In Or Out Of Your Division’s Playoffs

From now on, prior to the playoffs, you have the right to email me and tell me that you do not want a certain team in your division’s playoffs. Obviously, a lot of this will occur now, as we rapidly approach the playoffs and you’ve gotten 5-6 weeks to experience what the teams at the top of the standings are bringing to the table.

You will need to explain thoroughly why, in your email. This may require you to have a season’s worth of anecdotes. But what this also does is, it makes you think whether or not it’s really worth the trouble. Because, on the flipside, a lot of you want me to play Superman. You want me to see everything and crack the whip everywhere, and quite frankly that is just not possible. On the other hand, I’m giving you the ability to speak up if you feel strongly about something. It may also spur you to focus on actually trying to beat the team that’s sandbagging, despite what innate advantages they may have had in assembling their team over yours.

Please note, if your email is the only one I get pertaining to your sandbagging situation, that’s not going to be enough. So go ahead and do some behind-the-scenes campaigning if you’d like.

I mean, think about it. If the NBA had this during the Celtics-Lakers old school reign, then maybe they would’ve had more diversity in talent and different champions. Like if the other 18 owners banded together and said, hey, we honestly cannot compete with the Celtics/Lakers and it’s getting embarrassing, can we have two playoffs? (Would’ve been preposterous, but point being, we can do this in rec league where there’s no salaries involved.)

Funny thing is, that’s what the NBA wants now, now that the NFL has proven parity to be a good thing. On the other hand, there are good arguments to say if you’re the old-school Celtics or Lakers, you have every right to keep your dynasty. After all, you built it.

And if I don’t get any emails, then I’ve done my job. I can only assume that everyone is has accepted the hands that have been dealt them.

The result of your emails telling me what’s going wrong about your division, competitive-wise, will yield the following:

  • I might move that sandbagging team up to the next level if hardly anyone in their division is having fun with them in the division.
  • I might split your division into more “fair” separate sub-divisions for the playoffs. Please note, as I offer this, it will cost me more to order more championship t-shirts. But hey, if it makes more people happy, then so be it. I can always raise fees a little bit if this process becomes a solid, agreeable solution across the board.
  • I might not make any changes due to whatever. But at least people will know what’s going on. It will be harder for blatant sandbaggers to hide.

The best thing is, I think now people will make a more concerted effort to put their team in the right division. I’m sure glad we went with a double-elimination playoff format for everyone. It has turned out to be one of the signature qualities of Dream League that sets it distinctly apart from other leagues.

So now, the topic of sandbagging is now ultimately in your hands.

THU 3/1 (8:15AM) — The schedule for this Sun 3/4 will post later this evening by 7pm, probably earlier. We are experiencing some delays related to the need to find 3 extra hours of gym time in SF. We are probably going to get lucky and book BGCE, but it’s complicated. Please stand by. Meanwhile, here’s a very early draft version. SF is NOT in chronological order and OAK/SJ are sort of…

SPECIAL REQ FOR 3/4 (see MSR page)
3/4 oak-am WWWD =10a-1p
3/4 a/r-sj GSCC >4p
3/4 aaa-osf Mar >5p
3/4 AL/NL Und =1p-3p
3/4 sf-pm LUC >630p
3/4 sf-pm Aub =bye N/A

BYES FOR 3/4 (*-natural, see roadmap)
AL/NL bye: (none)
aaa-osf bye: (none)
aaa-sj bye: F’n’F Warriors
6ft-osf bye: Below The Rim 6FT at Eagles
a/r-sj bye: Space Jamz (SJ)
a/r-sj bye: Pineapple Express
a/r-sj bye: Rudy Gay
a/r-sj bye: Basketballs Of Fury
a/r-sj bye: Marc Jackson Five
a/r-sj bye: GBP
a/r-sf bye: (none)
a/r-oak Main Event at Sole Supremacy
rec-o+ bye: (none)
sf-am bye: Rothstein Kass*
sf-pm bye: (none)
oak-am bye: (none)
oak-pm byes: all exc Lao-/Tone-/Ingl/StrG

AL/NL dh: Underdogs at Cobras
aaa-sj dh: Ukourt
a/r-oak dh: Colossal
rec-o+ dh: Team China
rec-o+ dh: Lao Ru (+) at Tone Team (+)

AL/NL AshF | aaa-osf Rack (M.Salamin)
AL/NL Und | a/r-oak Sole (T.Xiong) BYE
aaa-osf Prod | a/r-sf Next (D.Chen, Q.Wu)
aaa-osf Prod | a/r-sf Htnk (RT) SK
aaa-osf KurA | a/r-oak Sole (D.Lew) BYE
6ft-osf BstO | a/r-oak Grey (M.Chin)
a/r-sf Htnk | AL/NL AshF (RT)
a/r-sf Htnk | sf-am Lob (J.Wang)
a/r-sf WlvA | sf-pm WlvR (many)
a/r-sf DAR | sf-am DynR (many)
a/r-oak Mien | rec-o+ HBK (L.Saechin)
a/r-oak Mien | rec-o+ JS23 (S.Saelee)
a/r-oak Sole | rec-o+ Pure (R.Lam) BYE
a/r-oak Drm | rec-o+ TmCh (F.Kwong)
a/r-oak Drm | rec-o+ BlkC (P.Luu)
rec-o+ Frch | oak-am Hfty (R.Tran)
rec-o+ BlkC | oak-pm Trip (R.Khean) BYE
oak-am Hfty | oak-pm IngB (3 players)

NOTES: If you see blank rows in the table below, there are errors; if so, please disregard the table and email me immediately.
All games in bold cannot be moved/swapped.
Date Tipoff Gym Div Matchup pref1 pref2
3/4 9:00am ISAH sf-am Frisco Hawks at Illuminati 9a–1p 9a–2p
3/4 10:00am ISAH aaa-osf BTR (AAA) at Problems 9a–a- 10a-1p
3/4 11:00am ISAH a/r-sf The Fam at Blazers 9a–2p 11a-2p
3/4 12:00pm ISAH aaa-osf Zissou at Chaos 1p–1p 11a-4p
3/4 1:00pm ISAH AL/NL Underdogs at BluePrint* (1p-3p)
3/4 2:00pm ISAH a/r-sf Full Tilt at Who’s Next 12p-5p 3p–7p
3/4 3:00pm ISAH AL/NL Underdogs at Cobras (1p-3p)
3/4 4:00pm ISAH aaa-osf Falcons at Prodigies 11a-4p 1p–p-
3/4 5:00pm ISAH aaa-osf Stunners at HoopsQuad 9a–4p 5p–5p
3/4 6:00pm ISAH 6ft-osf Marin at Eagles (>5p) 12p-p-
3/4 7:00pm ISAH aaa-osf Rack City at Jumpmen 5p–p- 3p–p-
3/4 8:00pm ISAH AL/NL Ashton’s Finest at Trybe 3p–7p
3/4 9:00pm ISAH AL/NL Rangers at Cobras 3p–7p
3/4 9:30am BHPY sf-am Dynasty Rec at SFFD 9a–2p 9a–2p
3/4 10:30am BHPY sf-am Elite (SF) at Lob City 10a-4p 10a-4p
3/4 11:30am BHPY a/r-sf SF Warriors A/R at Dynasty A/R 10a-5p 10a-2p
3/4 12:30pm BHPY a/r-sf Heatonkees at Braves 11a-2p 11a-3p
3/4 1:30pm BHPY sf-am Boogie Down Eagles at Kuyabruddaz 9a–p- 10a-3p
3/4 2:30pm BHPY a/r-sf Motionz at ZNGA 2p–8p 11a-4p
3/4 3:30pm BHPY a/r-sf Wolverines A/R at Stun Guns 11a-5p 3p–p-
3/4 4:30pm BHPY sf-pm Wolverines Rec at Hapa 11a-4p 1p–6p
3/4 5:30pm BHPY sf-pm Aubergine at Run N Gun 4p–4p 1p–7p
3/4 6:30pm BHPY sf-pm Lay Up City at Team CB (>630p) 2p–7p
3/4 5:00pm BGCE sf-pm Handsome Devils at Ducks 3p–3p 12p-p-
3/4 6:00pm BGCE sf-pm All Show No Go at Heat 1p–p- 3p–p-
3/4 7:00pm BGCE 6ft-osf Misfits at Sonics 10a-p- 9a–a-
3/4 9:00am BCRC oak-am Throwing Up Bricks at Oakland Warriors-Rec 10a-3p 9a–2p
3/4 10:00am BCRC oak-am WWWD at All Ham No Turkey 10a-1p 9a–2p
3/4 11:00am BCRC oak-am Hefty at Town Biz 10a-1p 10a-3p
3/4 12:00pm BCRC a/r-oak Mien JS23 at Dream 12p-6p 10a-7p
3/4 1:00pm BCRC rec-o+ Dragon at JS23 REC 9a–3p 1p–6p
3/4 2:00pm BCRC rec-o+ Franchize at Team China 11a-2p 10a-5p
3/4 3:00pm BCRC rec-o+ LaoRu (+) at Team China 1p–6p 10a-5p
3/4 4:00pm BCRC aaa-osf Kurruption AAA at Members Only 12p-5p 10a-4p
3/4 5:00pm BCRC rec-o+ LaoRu (+) at Tone Team (+) 1p–6p 5p–p-
3/4 6:00pm BCRC rec-o+ Kurruption REC at Heartbreak Kids 1p–6p 4p–p-
3/4 7:00pm BCRC oak-pm Lao Ru (-) at Tone Team (-) 11a-3p 3p–p-
3/4 8:00pm BCRC rec-o+ Tone Team (+) at BlackCatz 5p–p- 3p–p-
3/4 9:00pm BCRC rec-o+ SpaceJams (OAK) at SQ 6p–p- 2p–7p
3/4 10:00am WKRC oak-am Top Flight REC at Kryptonite 10a-3p 10a-2p
3/4 11:00am WKRC oak-am Grim Reapers at Black Out 10a-3p 10a-3p
3/4 12:00pm WKRC a/r-oak Undrafted at Redhawks 11a-4p 10a-4p
3/4 1:00pm WKRC a/r-oak Grey Goose at Colossal 9a-2p 1p–7p
3/4 2:00pm WKRC rec-o+ Pure Supremacy at Cereal Killers 2p–7p 10a-1p
3/4 3:00pm WKRC a/r-oak Colossal at Main Event 1p–7p 1p–6p
3/4 4:00pm WKRC aaa-osf Rockit Scientist at O2M 4p–p- 11a-4p
3/4 5:00pm WKRC 6ft-osf Trainwreck at Beast (OAK) 12p-5p 12p-6p
3/4 6:00pm WKRC oak-pm Inglorious Baskets at Straight Gunnin 3p–3p 11a-4p
3/4 4:00pm PHHS sj-mix Bring Protection at Wii Not Fit 11a-4p 4p–p-
3/4 5:00pm PHHS sj-mix Ukourt at Monstars (SJ) (pm) 1p–6p
3/4 6:00pm PHHS sj-mix SJ Barons at SJ Hibachi AAA 2p–7p 1p–8p
3/4 7:00pm PHHS sj-mix Ukourt at River Of Life Christian Church (pm) 4p–p-
3/4 8:00pm PHHS sj-mix Anklebreakers at God Bless It 3p–8p 9a–p-
3/4 9:00pm PHHS a/r-sj Beast Mode (SJ) at Good Shepherd Christian Community 4p–p- (>4p)

ISAH = ISA High School, enter back pkg lot at 19th St and Carolina, SF (going to front of school no good)
BHPY = Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, 1601 Lane St, SF (arrive early in case rear parking lot gate is closed, closes at 1p)
BGCE = Boys & Girls Club Excelsior, 163 London: arrive early to find street parking.
SSFM/SSFX = South San Francisco HS Main and Aux gyms, 400 B St, South San Francisco: park in lot off El Camino and Ponderosa. Walk through school gate entrance and veer left, take sidewalk towards gym structure.
OCHS = O’Connell High School, 20th St betw Harrison & Folsom: enter side entrance on 20th St, if the parking lot gate is available, park away from the construction and nearest to soccer field, if the parking lot is closed then find street parking.
MDLS = Mission Dolores School, 455 Church Street (16th St), SF: enter black gated parking lot next to Children’s Council Building

PHHS = Piedmont Hills High School, 1377 Piedmont Rd, San Jose: use or walk to backlot by portables
AHHS = Andrew Hill High School, 3200 Senter Rd, SJ: park in large lot, gym is on left side towards the back, walk thru yellow pillars
WHSM = Wilcox High School (main gym), 3250 Monroe St, Santa Clara: main gym is on left side of campus, park in side spaces next to gym or large parking lot.
WHSX = Wilcox High School (aux gym), 3250 Monroe St, Santa Clara: park in lot, aux gym is accessible thru middle walkway between locker room and glass-window cafeteria, then a bit past swimming pool
JLHS = James Lick High School, 57 North White Rd, San Jose

BCRC = Bushrod Rec Center, 560 59th St. off Telegraph (not Shattuck!), Oakland (near Berkeley)
WKRC = Willie Keyes Community Rec Center (fka Poplar), 3131 Union Street, Emeryville, CA 94608
TFRC = Tassafaronga Rec Center, 975 85th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621
IJRC = Ira Jinkins Rec Center, 9175 Edes Ave, Oakland