FRI 3/30 (2:45PM) — Another major change. AAA-SJ God Bless It vs Winner-SJHA/Ukourt has been postponed to 4/8. Also, we will have to check and see if PHHS is even available on 4/15 for a Repeat Championship. If not, then the Repeat Championship might also occur on 4/8. See, this is simply what happens when I’m dealt a terrible hand. First off, GBI has a timeframe of 9a-2p or >7p (our spreadsheets are not defaulted to handle weird ones like this), which all season long we’ve misinterpreted as “9a-” which means anytime — we have gotten lucky. However, UKourt’s timeframe is 1p-6p and Hibachi’s is 1p+, so if I pin GBI at 2p, which is hard to do considering there’s other games going on but let’s assume I could do it, then I’d have to force UKourt vs Hibachi at 1p which results in a back-to-back, which we try to avoid as much as possible.
Since my hands are tied with these three teams giving me so little breathing space, then I have no choice but to postpone the GBI game until 4/8, whereby the game will probably need to be scheduled at 1p or 2p if you simply do the math. So that just goes to show, once again, that when you sign up for this league, often times you need to be cognizant of what other teams are having as their availability. Again, competitiveness is valued by me a lot so I’d rather go out of my way to schedule two good teams together, but at the same time it’s also a cooperative situation. So if you can do something about the schedule of the OTHER conflict that you have, then please do so.
The other example are the two guys (all-stars) on aaa-sf Who’s Next and aaa-oak Colossal. They are overlapped this week and with all the crazy timeframes, THE GOOD OF THE MANY OUTWEIGHS THE GOOD OF THE ONE. In other words, who cares what happens to players, I’ve got to make sure teams merely have their game set. I mean, that’s the risk you take.
And then I really can’t stand it when guys say they are playing in so-and-so tournament. Look, you made that choice. You chose to put that tournament ahead of your Dream League playoff game. Well, your opponent didn’t. So please, stop acting as if you get to play in every tournament as well as Dream League and Dream League is supposed to bend over backwards to allow you to do both. That is a ridiculous expectation of my time and energy.
At the end of the day, who really gives a rat’s ass about “customer service”? It’s all mathematics, people. Either you can make a timeframe or you can’t. If you want me to apologize (for having bad math?) and make you feel better about the results of the mathematics, here you go…
I APOLOGIZE TO ALL THE PEOPLE I PISS OFF WITH MY BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE IN THE FUTURE.
…but it does not change ONE IOTA of the mathematics involved. Only you can change that. Please pick up players that make sense. Get guys who don’t want to play in every tournament, on every team, and win every single championship in every single league under the sun. Find guys who are committed to YOUR DREAM LEAGUE TEAM. Signup for divisions that make sense and that add to the community of fair competitiveness and exciting games. And finally, please don’t act entitled.
There is one constant variable in all of this: ME.
I will always try to do whatever I can and make things fair and base my decisions on mathematics. Often times, I sacrifice my own teams or my own ability to play. But if it’s too complicated or too much work for me, forget it. Not worth my time and definitely don’t get paid enough to twist around backwards like that.
I hope you can understand my frustrations lately. We have literally changed the schedule 3 times since the tipoffs posted and were supposed to be set in stone. Then people are constantly texting me complaining about this or that. Show me a customer service agent on the Earth that can handle that stress. It’s not one or two guys and I’m not singling out any of the teams I mentioned, because there’s more that I didn’t even mention. It’s just a little bit too much sometimes and if I don’t write out all this crap, then you don’t feel my pain.
Also, this all needs to be said because lots of times my dealings are only with captains and not every captain is good at communicating these issues to their team, or their teammates are just not as cooperative in these situations. It’s good that some non-captain players will be reading this and gain a better appreciation of how everything fits together.
With that, let’s hope for another week of competitive games like we had last week (8 overtimes!).
FRI 3/30 (9:15AM) — The BHPY 430,530p games have been pushed back to 5,6p so that Pure can make it in a comfortable amount of time. Pure has actually paid for the extra gym time.
THU 3/29 (4:45PM) — WKRC tipoffs have been changed to 1230,130p to accommodate scorekeeping staff.
THU 3/29 (4:30PM) — Two major changes:
- We left off REC-SF- matchups. Last LB Game and Championship has been added at 9:30am and 12:30pm BHPY. There is no other way. Sorry to Hapa for the first game being outside of timeframe, but they are outweighed by gym availability and the other teams’ timeframes.
- Kurruption said they can’t field a team at 7p due to another league. I don’t know why they place this other league ahead of Dream League, but I’m making an exception this one time. Their game vs Colossal has been moved to 2pm WKRC and Kurruption will pay the extra $10 it costs to play the game at WKRC instead of BCRC.
The other thing is, when it is Thursday and your team notices a major structural change to the schedule, your captain should be texting me, not emailing me. The reason is that email is slow to respond and we would need to make changes on the fly asap.
THU 3/29 (2:30PM) — The final tipoffs are below, as well as the major issues listed. Read the previous posts and take a grain of salt… THU 3/29 (11:45AM) — Below is a rough draft. Everything is in chronological order. As veteran ref Tony Booker would say, “Let’s let it marinate for a bit.” The schedule with the most problems is at BCRC. Teams will just have to remember the Dream League mantra: In any other league, you’d be already eliminated from the playoffs, so you’ll have to suck it up and take one for the good of the community (i.e., not everyone can be pleased) and remember that in Dream League, overall competitiveness and parity trumps schedule. In City League XYZ first of all, you’re season probably is already done. But anyways in City League XYZ, you would have a random set of teams all playing in some morning. In Dream League, the set of teams is obviously NOT random; it is a culmination of 10 years of making sure teams are in the right division. The sacrifice? Having times that every single team agrees on. It all balances out and encourages teams to pickup guys who are ultra gung-ho about hoop and ready to play anytime.
THU 3/29 (10:45AM) — The many tipoff conflicts are creating a scheduling bottleneck. I’ll have to push back my estimation of tipoff publishing until 5pm today. Meanwhile, here are some MAJOR issues we are working through…
- a/r-sf+: #5 SF Warriors at #2 The Fam — totally opposite timeframes, 99% sure we’ll postpone to 4/8. This allows the Losers Bracket to avoid a doubleheader (4 teams dwindle to 1), which brings us to…
- a/r-sf+: Winner-Braves/Who’sNext at Winner-FullTilt/StunGuns — therefore this game gets postponed to 4/8. That means the Last LB Game and Championship gets pushed back to 4/15, with possible Repeat Champ on 4/22. I’m out of town 4/29, so let’s get this all done by 4/22, otherwise we string this along into next season, which is just kind of stupid quite frankly.
- a/r-sj-: #6 Wii Not Fit at #1 BBOF — same issue as the one for a/r-sf+,
but Wii is indicating they might be able to play in the morning, so I’ve left it on the docket.
- aaa-sf: Falcons are the only team out of 3 in the Losers Bracket that hasn’t asked for a late game. In these instances, I go with the majority. It is simple and straightforward: I would rather have 1 team mad at me than 3.
- 6ft-osf: Pure Supremacy plays in SF. Balance of home/away, looking at the whole season.
- AL/NL: Rangers play Trybe in Oakland. Trybe has traveled more this season.
- WKRC: There might be more games here depending on the tipoff conflicts, but we try to minimize the games there because this gym is more expensive.
Again, the two a/r-sf+ games have been removed from the schedule table. The rest of it, you can already see that we have major tipoff issues in the pref1/pref2 columns in red. We’ll try to work through these, but worst case, we could end up postponing more games. Also look at SF and the tons of requests for late games. How are we going to fit all those games into late slots? I have no idea at this point.
THU 3/29 (9:45AM) — As you can see from the Playoff Brackets post, we just spent a lot of time consolidating all the playoff brackets onto one page. Thank goodness for Google Spreadsheets. Right now we are figuring out matchups, then doing timeframes. Also, we’ll look at special requests, which are linked to the MSR page from every previous Bird’s Eye post. Sorry for the delay. I would estimate being done with tipoffs at 2pm today.
| SCHEDULING ISSUES FOR 4/1
930a Hapa: only slot left, majority rules
2p Heat: only slot left, higher seed gets better gym/time
230p LUC/SFFD: lower seed, worse logistics
4p LUC/SFFD/ASNG/Heat: be aware of dh
130p Who’s Next: only slot left
430p Pure: in SF home/away balance
9a Black Out: only slot left
11a Lao Ru: only slot left
2p Inglorious: only slot left
3p Main Event (if win): only slot left
4p SpaceJams Oak: 3p midpoint rule
5p Members Only: only slot left
7p Kurruption: only slot left
8p Members Only (if win): majority avail rules
9p Trybe: only slot left
SPECIAL REQ FOR 4/1 (see MSR page)
BYES FOR 4/1 (*-natural, see roadmap)
| DOUBLEHEADERS FOR 4/1
MANY TEAMS IN LOSERS BRACKET, CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR GAME HAS AN “A” OR “B”, e.g. “p3a-LB: X at Y”
AVOID THESE OVERLAPS FOR 4/1
|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.
|4/1||11:00am||ISAH||a/r-sf+||p3a-LB: #7 Full Tilt at #1 Stun Guns||12p-5p||(6p)|
|4/1||12:00pm||ISAH||a/r-sf-||p2-LB: #4 ZNGA at #3 Wolverines A/R||11a-4p||11a-5p|
|4/1||1:00pm||ISAH||6ft-osf||p3a-LB: #6 Sonics at #1 Eagles||9a–a-||12p-p-|
|4/1||2:00pm||ISAH||rec-sf+||p3a-LB: #3 All Show No Go at #1 Heat||1p–p-||3p–p-|
|4/1||3:00pm||ISAH||AL/NL||p2a-LB: #5 Cobras at #4 BluePrint||–||–|
|4/1||4:00pm||ISAH||rec-sf+||p3b-LB: Winner-LUC/SFFD at Winner-ASNG/Heat||[3p-430p]||[3p+]|
|4/1||5:00pm||ISAH||AL/NL||p2b-LB: Winner Cob/BlueP at #3 Ashton’s Finest||[ok]||(3p-6p)|
|4/1||6:00pm||ISAH||aaa-sf||p3a-LB: #5 Prodigies at #2 Rack City||1p–p-||10a,5p–p-|
|4/1||7:00pm||ISAH||aaa-sf||p3a-LB: #6 Stunners at #1 Falcons||(>7p)||11a-4p|
|4/1||8:00pm||ISAH||aaa-sf||p3-WB: #4 Jumpmen at #3 Problems||3p–p-||(>6p)|
|4/1||9:00pm||ISAH||aaa-sf||p3b-LB: Winner-Rack/Prdg at Stun/Falc||[5p+]||[???]|
|4/1||9:30am||BHPY||rec-sf-||Last LB Game: #5 Hapa at #2 Illuminati||1p–6p||9a–2p|
|4/1||10:30am||BHPY||a/r-sf-||p2-WB: #2 Heatonkees at #1 Blazers||11a-2p||11a-2p|
|4/1||11:30am||BHPY||rec-sf+||p3-WB: #7 Boogie Down Eagles at #4 Elite (SF)||9a–p-||(5p)|
|4/1||12:30pm||BHPY||rec-sf-||Championship: Winner-Hapa/Illum at #1 Rothstein Kass||[1p-2p]||9a–2p|
|4/1||1:30pm||BHPY||a/r-sf+||p3a-LB: #4 Braves at #3 Who’s Next||11a-3p||3p–7p|
|4/1||2:30pm||BHPY||rec-sf+||p3a-LB: #8 Lay Up City at #2 SFFD||3p–8p||(<430p ok)|
|4/1||3:30pm||BHPY||6ft-osf||p3a-LB: #9 Trainwreck at #3 Marin||12p-5p||4p–p-|
|4/1||5:00pm||BHPY||6ft-osf||p3-WB: #2 Pure Supremacy at #5 Below The Rim 6FT||2p–7p||(3p-6p)|
|4/1||6:00pm||BHPY||6ft-osf||p3b-LB: Winner-Snc/Eag at TrnW/Mrn||[12p-9p]||[4p-5p]|
|4/1||9:00am||BCRC||rec(-)||Repeat Champ: #5 Oakland Warriors-Rec at #1 Black Out||9a–2p||10a-3p|
|4/1||10:00am||BCRC||oak-am||Last LB Game: #6 Hefty at #3 WWWD||(<1230p)||10a-1p|
|4/1||11:00am||BCRC||rec-o+||Last LB Game: #9 LaoRu (+) at #5 Dragon||1p–6p||9a–3p|
|4/1||12:00pm||BCRC||oak-am||Championship: Winner-Hfty/WWWD at #1 Throwing Up Bricks||[10a-1230p]||10a-3p|
|4/1||1:00pm||BCRC||rec-o+||Championship: Winner-LaoR/Drg at #6 Cereal Killers||[1p-3p]||10a-1p|
|4/1||2:00pm||BCRC||oak-pm||Last LB Game: #5 Straight Gunnin at #2 Inglorious Baskets||11a-4p||3p–3p|
|4/1||3:00pm||BCRC||a/r-oak||Championship: Winner-MnEv/Sole at #1 Dream||[???]||10a-7p|
|4/1||4:00pm||BCRC||oak-pm||Championship: Winner-StrG/IngB at #8 SpaceJams (OAK)||[3p-4p]||6p–p-|
|4/1||5:00pm||BCRC||aaa-oak||p3a-LB: #6 Underdogs at #1 Members Only||2p–p-||10a-4p|
|4/1||6:00pm||BCRC||aaa-oak||p3a-LB: #5 Rockit Scientist at #2 HoopsQuad||4p–p-||5p–5p|
|4/1||7:00pm||BCRC||AL/NL||p2-WB: #2 Trybe at #1 Rangers||3p–7p||3p–7p|
|4/1||8:00pm||BCRC||aaa-oak||p3b-LB: Winner-Und/MemO at Rock/Hoop||[2p-4p]||[>5p]|
|4/1||12:30pm||WKRC||a/r-oak||Last LB Game: #6 Main Event at #2 Sole Supremacy||(<1p)||2p–7p|
|4/1||1:30pm||WKRC||aaa-oak||p3-WB: #7 Colossal at #4 Kurruption AAA||1p–7p||12p-5p|
|4/1||12:30pm||PHHS||a/r-sj-||p3a-LB: #4 GBP at #3 F’n’F Warriors||10a-3p||10a-3p|
|4/1||1:30pm||PHHS||a/r-sj-||p3a-LB: #7 Good Shepherd Christian Community at #2 Pineapple Express||2p–7p||11a-6p|
|4/1||2:30pm||PHHS||aaa-sj||Last LB Game: #3 SJ Hibachi AAA at #2 Ukourt||1p–8p||1p-6p|
|4/1||3:30pm||PHHS||a/r-sj-||p3b-LB: Winner-GSCC/PnEx at GBP/FnF||[2p-6p]||[10a-3p]|
|4/1||4:30pm||PHHS||a/r-sj+||Last LB Game: #3 Anklebreakers at #1 SJ Barons||3p–8p||2p–7p|
|4/1||5:45pm||PHHS||a/r-sj+||Championship: Winner-Ankl/SJB at #7 Beast Mode (SJ)||[3p-7p]||4p–p-|
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 as rear parking lot gate is closed)
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