2013 Summer Sunday Weekly Schedule

THU 8/22 (11:15AM) — Just took down the tipoffs because we might move the SJ game to SF. Please standby… THU 8/22 (8:00AM) — With the exception of the one SJ game remaining, the schedule for this Sun 8/25 has been posted below. All remaining OAK champions were crowned this past Sun 8/18, but we have a “friendship” game involving BlackCatz (and Dynasty) for being low-maintenance teams this season — both of these teams were sent home after two immediate losses in the playoffs and I’ve offered to scorekeep this game for free (they must still bring $25 each for refs).

In SJ, I have to ensure that I can book AYRC because JLHS and AHHS are not available for just one game. If ARYC is available, I will have to pay for an extra hour of usage for the minimum two-hour rental at AYRC, even though we don’t need it — and it costs twice the price of gyms in SF and about 1.5x of that in OAK. Add the friendship game in SF, and I hope you guys realize that sometimes I sacrifice real money to try and make people happy in this league.

WED 8/21 (8:00PM) — The schedule can’t be published until we hear back from teams FNS and Wolverines. Are you guys out there? We’ve been trying to reach you. Please call us back. That would be nice. The rest of the teams would appreciate that, too… WED 8/21 (8:45AM) — Here are the remaining games we are about to schedule for this Sun 8/25…

sfdl/c Repeat Championship: #6 B-Boyz at #2 Hapa
sfdl/b Championship: #1 All Lin at #4 Hyperdrunks
sf-nc Last LB: #6 Kuyabraddz at #3 Wolverines
sfdl/s Repeat Championship: #2 Putties at #1 Prodigies
sfdl/b Repeat Championship: #4 Hyperdrunks at #1 All Lin (if needed)
sf-nc Championship: Winner Kuyabrad/Wolvers at #5 Ice Men

sj-ta Repeat Championship: #3 B-Team at #2 FNS

Click here to goto the Playoff Brackets page
Click here to jump down to the top of the schedule

Click here to goto the Rankings page
Jump down to previously posted scheduling issues

Gym Locations


ISAH = ISA High School, enter back pkg lot at 19th St and Carolina, SF (going to front of school no good)
MDLS = Mission Dolores Academy, pkg lot thru black gate next to Children’s Council Bldg, Church St b/w 16th & 17th
BHPY = Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, 1601 Lane St, SF (arrive early as rear parking lot gate is closed)


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
IJRC = Ira Jinkins Rec Center, 9175 Edes Ave, Oakland (near Coliseum)
RBRC = Rainbow Rec Center, 5800 International Blvd, Oakland (arrive early, new gym)


AHHS = Andrew Hill HS, 3200 Senter Road, SJ (park in covered lot, walk to gyms thru pillars to rear left side)
JLHS = James Lick HS, 50 North White Road, San Jose (arrive early due to Sunday flea market)
ARYC = Alum Rock Youth Center, 137 North White Road, SJ (down block from JLHS, still arrive early!)


NOTE: IF YOUR TIPOFF BELOW IS BLANK OR SAYS “TBD”, THAT MEANS IT IS STILL SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
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YOU SHOULD NOT BE ASSUMING YOUR TIPOFF IS ANY PARTICULAR TIME UNLESS THERE IS ACTUALLY A TIME STATED.
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IF THERE IS A TIME STATED, THEN THAT TIME IS FINAL AND ANY CHANGES NEED APPROVAL FROM LEAGUE OFFICE.

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Sun 8/18 – Playoffs Round 5 (or 4)

THU 8/15 (1:00PM) — The schedule for this Sun 8/18 is final. See below. Here are some recent issues that came up…

  • The server on which our website resides was recently blocked by AT&T. Apparently some other account on our host was involved in a Denial of Service attack and we were victimized by AT&T’s policies. That means if you had Uverse broadband or were on an iPhone, you couldn’t see this site, even though the rest of the world could. This issue has since been resolved.
  • We originally posted 5 Oakland games at BCRC and 1 at WKRC, but now we have the reverse: 5 games at WKRC and 1 at BCRC. The reason was with referee staffing. I had to ensure you had the best possible refs for a majority of the games. Dennis has texted every Oakland captain to ensure you arrive at the right gym.
  • In SF, we had to postpone Hyperdrunks. Really, no other way. There were 14 games to schedule in 13 time slots. MDLS is closed for resurfacing.
  • In SJ, we had to schedule B-Team and Gunners outside of their timeframe. Again, no other way. As you already know, the gym situation in San Jose is dire. We are lucky just to have a gym. Most gyms are just too expensive, which is why we don’t play in many gyms other than the one we have.

WED 8/14 (12:30PM) — The brackets are now updated and you can see the next round of games. In SF, MDLS is undergoing gym resurfacing and we have 14 games to fit into 13 slots at ISAH. This will be resolved by (1) trying to find an alternate gym, or (2) in lieu of an alternate gym, forcing one bracket, probably the Winners Bracket of some SF bracket, into a bye. This also means that we are on an air-tight schedule at ISAH and, at this juncture, you get what you get and you don’t get upset.

Sun 8/11 – Playoffs Round 4 (or 3)

THU 8/6 (2:30AM) — The schedule for this Sun 8/11 is now final.

WED 8/6 (4:15PM) — A more updated draft version of the schedule, now in chronological order, has been posted. We are really close to publishing the tipoffs… WED 8/6 (12:30PM) — Matchups have been posted below, but obviously we still need to iron out some things as SF has a hole in the schedule and OAK has some nomenclature issues as well as the Championship involving Franchize and possibly one other championship has conflicting tipoffs. In those cases, we would just postpone the Winners Bracket team since we have no choice and they are, basically, out-voted 2-to-1 in the available tipoff timeframes of the remaining three teams in the overall bracket (2 Losers Bracket team, 1 Winners Bracket team). I mean, again, that’s what you get when you have such a picky timeframe that doesn’t fit with the majority of other teams. And when that happens, we may or may not have the Repeat Championship on the same day next Sunday, if the Winners Bracket team happens to lose. It just depends on the particular gym situation that day. In SJ, it looks like we are safe with the exact same schedule that got pushed back last week, as we have reached out to all captains and not received any objections.

TUE 8/6 (5:45PM) — The playoff brackets have been updated. Next up: draft version of the schedule for this Sun 8/11. Remember, the deadline to submit a special request is tonight at midnight.

Sun 8/4 – Playoffs Round 3 (or 2)

FRI 8/2 (2:45PM)We have postponed all SJ games and changed the schedule at MDLS in SF from 4p+, due to ISAH once again being unavailable during resurfacing (they actually didn’t start work until today). WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. On the flipside (and there is always a flipside!), the floors at ISAH *should* finally be in “playable” shape. In case you didn’t notice, that’s why we have so many games at MDLS this season!

Here are the games, crossed out, that we decided to postpone in addition to the byes already listed…

12:30 PM ISAH sf-nc p2-WB: #5 Ice Men at #1 Bird Man Bird Man 12p-5p 10a-3p
1:30 PM ISAH sf-nc p2-LB: #9 Sir Miss-A-Lot at #4 Alkoholix 12p-5p 9a-2p
2:30 PM ISAH sfdl/s p3-WB: #5 All Out (SF) at #2 Putties 9a-3p 2p-7p
3:30 PM ISAH sf-nc p2-WB: #3 Wolverines at #2 SF Warriors DL 9a-3p (4p-9p)
7:30 PM ISAH sfdl/s p3a-LB: #4 Ballin’ at #3 Xia Yu 3p-9p 3p-9p
8:30 PM ISAH sf-nc p2-LB: #7 Disgustingly Modest at #6 Kuyabraddaz (9p) (ok)
5:00 PM MDLS sfdl/s p3b-LB: Winner-Blln/Xia at #1 Prodigies [3p-9p] (1p-2p,6p)

…In short, SF-NC and SF-DL/Silver have byes this Sun 8/4. That’s two straight byes for SF-NC. I tried, but there were still two tipoff conflicts I had to deal with. So, you know how it goes, majority rules. The division with the least tipoff conflicts got to play.

As far as the doubleheader for TEC SF vs Sole Legit, I decided on that because of a couple things: P2W has an upper bound of 8p and due to the gym issue, I had to push them back to 6p so I didn’t want them or Benchwarmers to wait 2 hours in between games. At the same time, I’ve given a favor or two to TEC SF and Sole Legit in regards to either roster or scheduling this season, so I figured they owe me one. And the flipside to this is, playing back-to-back isn’t always a bad thing (the winner plays back-to-back against the winner of P2W vs Benchwarmers).

Finally, I have a backup gym at SSF High School for Curse vs Dynasty. Dennis will give directions to each captain.

And of course, all of the JLHS games are not happening. For San Jose, that’s probably it for JLHS. We might need to go to Alum Rock next Sunday, we’ll see. PLEASE CHECK THE MDLS SCHEDULE TO SEE THE NEW TIMES. Dennis will be texting every captain affected by these schedule changes and awaiting confirmation reply as well.

THU 8/1 (4:30PM)OAK tipoffs are now finalized, but not SJ yet. Again, still waiting on final word at JLHS. Worst-case scenario, we would have to postpone all SJ games to next Sun 8/11. We will try to have an answer by tomorrow at noon… THU 8/1 (2:15PM) — Still waiting on one last issue for OAK before we publish. Gonna have to move that ETA to 5pm publish time today, I think. For SJ, still no word back from principal. Not looking good, but let’s wait until tomorrow morning drop-dead time for San JoseTHU 8/1 (10:45AM) — SF tipoffs are done for this Sun 8/4, see below. My staff should have OAK tipoffs finalized by 2pm today, although we are reasonably certain the matchups will be mostly in the same order as you see them now.

As for SJ, we have a problem. JLHS might not be available. We are trying to contact the principal right now. We do not have a backup gym for this, as ARYC is also unavailable. Stay tuned.

WED 7/31 (10:15PM) — Everything is now in chronological order, almost ready for finalization. Please note, we had to postpone most of the SF-TA and the OAK-DL/Silver brackets due to tipoff request conflicts… WED 7/31 (1:45PM) — Another rough draft of MDLS and ISAH has been updated below, as one SF-NC team has accommodated another’s special request. But now we have a 3-hour gap at one of the gyms, which luckily we can afford to do in the city of SF… WED 7/31 (1:30PM) — Below are the matchups, although you should still check the Playoff Brackets (linked below). We had to postpone some SF-TA games again, due to teams requesting a bye as well as scorekeeping staff playing on one of those teams. Luckily, as indicated on the Playoff Brackets page, we will still end with the possible Repeat Championship on 8/25, which gets us done before the drop-dead demarcation point of Labor Day. NOTE: SF matchups below are in probable chronological order, but OAK and SJ are not. All matchups in all cities are still subject to being juggled around.

TUE 7/30 (11:45AM)Check the Playoff Brackets (link below this paragraph). In SF, you can see that a lot of Repeat Championships could fall on 8/25. After that is Labor Day Weekend. After that, we’re starting our 2013 Fall season. So we basically have a hard stop coming up. Again, if there is a tipoff request impasse, the league will schedule the game at whatever time best suits the good of the many, and both teams will be expected to show. If they don’t, then it’s a forfeit and the team that’s a no-show would have to pay the refs and scorekeepers for both teams ($70 total). That’s just how it goes.

Sun 7/28 – Playoffs Round 2

THU 7/25 (11:59PM) — Tipoffs have now been posted, with SJ and SF resolved (OAK tipoffs posted hours ago). We postponed a lot of SF games. Scroll down past this list of SF and also note that we will fix the playoff brackets accordingly early next week…

sf-nc p2-WB: #3 Wolverines at #2 SF Warriors DL
sf-nc p2-WB: #5 Ice Men at #1 Bird Man Bird Man — BIRD MAN HAD A CONSTRAINED TIPOFF REQUEST
sf-nc p2b-LB: Winner-SirM/SFFA at #4 Alkoholix — NO MORE DOUBLEHEADER FOR WINNER OF SIR MISS VS SFFA
sf-nc p2-LB: #7 Disgustingly Modest at #6 Kuyabruddaz — THIS IS A TIPOFF CONFLICT SET FOR 3PM 8/4
sfdl/c p2-WB: #7 Lay-Up City at #6 B-Boyz
sfdl/c p2-LB: #3 Aubergine at #2 Hapa
sfdl/c p2-LB: #4 Curse Of Chris Kaman at #1 Dynasty — THIS WAS A TIPOFF CONFLICT IMPASSE
sfdl/c p2-WB: #8 Lob City (SF) at #5 GPC
sfdl/b p2-WB: #3 Grizzlies at #2 Heatonkees — GRIZZLIES WOULD’VE FORCED HEATONKEES AT 9AM
sfdl/b p2-LB: #7 All Show No Go at #6 Manimals — THIS WAS A TIPOFF CONFLICT IMPASSE
sfdl/g-a p2b-LB: Winner-SFK/FCC at #4 Blazers
sfdl/g-a p2-LB: #7 SF Kings at #6 Flight Club Cobras
sfdl/g-a p2-WB: #3 Braddaz at #2 Frisco’s Finest — FRISCO’S WANTED A BYE ANYWAYS
sfdl/g-a p2-WB: #5 Beefy at #1 Dream Team
sf-ta p2-LB: #6 Vikings at #4 Rich’s Rayguns
sfdl/g-p p2-LB: #5 P2W at #3 Benchwarmers (SF) — P2W WANTED A BYE ANYWAYS

So, nearly the entire SF-NC bracket, save for one game, is now postponed. All of the SFDL/Gold-AM get a bye for this weekend. In SFDL/Gold-PM, there are 6 teams and we can group the Losers Bracket such that there are 4 teams left to become 1. More details on that next week.

THU 7/25 (5:15PM) — I hope to have a resolution on SF and SJ by midnight tonight. Sorry for the delay, but again these are issues (read below) that are out of my control… THU 7/25 (4:45PM) — Oakland tipoffs are ready. For SF, I might have to postpone a bunch of games due to ISAH resurfacing, which the principal is in the midst of confirming. So hold onto your hats there, but fair warning. In SJ, we are waiting for certain teams to tell us if they can play outside of their timeframe. We have major bogeys there due to everyone wanting late games and JLHS not be available after 730p last tipoff.

THU 7/25 (3:15PM) — I’m not sure when I’ll get the SJ tipoffs done because everyone wants later tipoffs, therefore, I have to contact every captain to see if they can play earlier. Therefore, you guys are delaying yourselves. It is what it is… THU 7/25 (3:00PM) — Made another revision, but tipoffs still cannot be finalized. Please note, in Oakland there are a lot of tipoff conflicts. There’s also major problems in San Jose. So, we are doing the best we can.

THU 7/25 (2:00PM) — We are experiencing delays. Probable completion time today of the tipoffs for this Sun 7/28: 5pm today… THU 7/25 (11:30AM) — Again, the matchups below are in DRAFT mode when you don’t see tipoffs. We can still move you from gym to gym or whatever, depending on the $h!* that we have to deal with last-minute (from you guys — well, a handful of you). So if you want to think your game is at a certain time based on a draft version, then we change it for whatever reason, and you get surprised, THAT’S ON YOU.

THU 7/25 (9:15AM) — First draft (DRAFT! DRAFT! DRAFT!) for the Sun 7/28 schedule has been posted below. Most matchups are in chronological order, although nothing has been vetted for scorekeeping staff, overlaps, etc. So please be patient. We expect to be done by 2pm today.

WED 7/24 (10:30AM) — The next round of matchups can be deduced by looking at the Playoff Brackets. Next steps: my staff will create a tipoff schedule from these matchups, also looking at the Special Requests tab of the embedded spreadsheet below.

WED 7/24 (9:45AM) — Super Splash Bros (Oakland), are you guys out there? Repeated calls and texts to your captain Ryan Chao remain unanswered. You guys are 2 roster slots short in payment. BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT PAID, YOU HAVE BEEN FORFEITED FOR THIS SUNDAY 7/28. SOMEBODY ON YOUR TEAM SHOULD CONTACT ME ASAP.

TUE 7/23 (9:30PM) — I just took a peek at the aforementioned Special Requests tab below and it appears we have a GREAT MANY requests going on. This is always the case during playoffs, since you guys obviously want to have more of your players available. So, in theory, that’s great, but in reality, when so many teams make special requests, it just creates a more constrained environment. Conclusion: it is harder for us to schedule playoffs.

So just know this: If push comes to shove and Dream League is presented with an impasse as far as requested tipoff timeframes between two teams, we reserve the right to schedule the game at whatever time best suits the league, be it a splitting of the difference in the requests or whatever might make the gym schedule easier for us. In those cases, if your team forfeits, the refs and scorekeepers still need to be compensated. These are the playoffs, and even the team that wins by forfeit will be expected to pay the refs and scorekeepers their $35. Because if you win by forfeit, it wasn’t entirely a game that you “lost”. You actually won and advanced, and let’s be clear: it was not the league’s fault that the other team forfeited.

If your team is at risk of forfeiting because players aren’t available at a certain time, please let us know so that we can avoid scheduling the game. You won’t lose any money that way, but you would if we scheduled it and your team didn’t show up.

TUE 7/23 (9:15PM) — It may be counter-intuitive for you to know this, but sending us an email for a special tipoff request for Sundays is actually not a good way to request it. The reason is Chauntelle is usually unavailable except for a small window in the mornings and evenings, Freddie is now working two jobs, and my inbox has over 16,000 unread messages (accumulated over a decade, but still).

THE BEST WAY TO ENSURE THAT WE GET YOUR SPECIAL REQUEST IS FOR YOU TO CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE RIGHT HAND PANEL. The link is called “Make Special Request”.

Then, you click on the Special Requests link in the embedded spreadsheet below (i.e., the tab entitled Payments) to make sure that your request was captured correctly by our system. Then when we do the scheduling, all we have to do is look on that list. No text, email, or call, especially when made in passing, to remember. Easy, right? Thanks.

Sun 7/21 – Playoffs Round 1

SAT 7/20 (5:15PM) — We are now texting all captains of teams that are delinquent in their payment of at least 8 roster slots this season. By the start of playoffs, your 7th game, you’re supposed to be all paid up so we don’t have to have this issue on our plate anymore.

Any teams not paid up 8 roster slots by tipoff tomorrow will be forfeited on the spot. We will make exceptions for teams that actually pay SOMETHING and demonstrate a commitment to NOT CONTINUE TO BE DELINQUENT. Sorry, but you had all season to pay.

SEE THE SCHEDULE BELOW FOR THE TEAMS DELINQUENT. THEIR MATCHUPS WILL BE LISTED IN RED.

LINK TO PAY: http://www.drmlg.org/bay/leagues/sundays/pay/ (late fees are now up to $8, will be implemented on PayPal as soon as the first round of texts are done)

OAKLAND DELINQUENTS
All Ham (6)
Face Jam (6)
BlackCatz (7)
Main Event (6)
Kurrup Rec (7)
Prime Time (7)
FamBam (6)
Super Splash (6)
OIIM (4)
All Out (7)

SAN FRANCISCO DELINQUENTS
Disgust (7)
Bird Man (6)
Friscos (6)
Dream Team (6)
All Out (5)
Putties (5)
SF Kings (5)
Ballin (5)
Auberg. (5)
Vikings (6)
Tec SF (4)

SAN JOSE DELINQUENTS
BBOF. (7)
Afternoon (7)
Gunners (6)

FRI 7/19 (9:15PM) — Had a miscommunication where I talked to Chieftains two nights ago and we figured out they have a different timeframe, but that information never made it to my Oakland scheduling crew. So they were having a hard time fielding five guys for their 7p game. The rabbit I had to pull out of the hat was this…

  • #7 Fam vs #2 Chieftains becomes #7 Fam vs #1 High Flyers — still at 7pm Bushrod
  • #8 Oaks vs #1 High Flyers becomes #8 Oaks vs #2 Chieftains — still at 330pm WKRC

Huge thanks goes out to the captain of High Flyers who green-lighted this solution. Took one for the community. Kudos. I owe High Flyers a special request.

FRI 7/19 (1:15PM) — One more time about refs: July is a huge month for AAU tourneys, so you have to accept that. Many of our top refs are gone for Vegas or other national tournaments. So, again for the millionth time, we are in this together. You, me, the ref, the scorekeeper, AND YOUR OPPONENT. That means your opponent is going to have to deal with the same non-top-tier referees. The game of basketball is about adjustments. The ones who whine and complain rarely win. And when they don’t, it’s somewhat disrespectful to not give your opponent full credit for the win (by complaining about the same refs they just had). So adjust to your ref. Develop rapport with him/her. Share your disagreement in a calm and respectful manner. Get to know their tendencies, what they’re good at and what they’re bad at. Let little things go. You have to exactly the same with your teammates, whether they dribble too much, don’t make the right play, or shoot when there’s someone in their face. Figure these human beings out and accept what you can and cannot control. It is literally not any different in life.

Now, the flipside to that is if you think a ref doesn’t care or is purposely making calls for the other team — that would need to be escalated to me by your captain by text immediately.

FRI 7/19 (12:30PM) — Tipoffs for Sun 7/21 have been finalized. Hit the jump or scroll way way down…

FRI 7/19 (12:00PM) — Here’s the list of overlaps we have in SF. We don’t need to worry about this in SJ because we only have one gym there. If more should be on this list, have your captain text me…

OVERLAPS (NO MORE THAN 2 PER TEAM, 2 TEAMS) 7/21 status
SF Rangers & Putties BYE
SF Squadron & Xia Yu BYE
SF Prodigies & Heatonkees BYE
SF Prodigies & Hyperdrunks BYE
SF Frisco’s Finest & SF Warriors DL OK
SF Dream Team & Dynasty BYE
SF Flight Club Cobras & Ballin’ OK
SF Xia Yu & Hyperdrunks BYE
SF Heatonkees & Lob City OK
SF Heatonkees & SF Free Agents OK
SF SF Kings & B-Boyz OK
SF All Show No Go & SF Free Agents OK
SF/OAK Dream Team & Heartbreak Kids BYE

FRI 7/19 (12:00PM) — Apparently there are ELEVEN players playing on multiple teams in Oakland. Waiting for the list. This is gonna take some time, folks. Welp, it is what it is… FRI 7/19 (12:00PM) — I have deemed it too difficult to move Troubleshooting up. Oh well. At least everybody knows. That means Spartans and Flashback still have a bye… FRI 7/19 (11:45AM) — Now I’ve been told that Troubleshooting should be moved up. That would mean Spartans and Flashback are actually playing. But I need to see. Standby… FRI 7/19 (11:45AM) — I’ve decided to keep all ten seeds in the Oakland Non-Competitive. And there will indeed be byes for the top Oakland DL-Bronze seeds, see last post and schedule below. I’m going to finalize shortly, but BCRC will be all day starting early morning (as usual) and WKRC will start late morning/midday-ish. Need to ask my OAK staff about players playing on multiple teams.

FRI 7/19 (11:15AM) — NOTE: The next thing I will do is look at any bracket that requires a first-round doubleheader for a winner (due to having an odd number of teams and not a multiple of 8 teams, but first, here’s the immediate raging fire. Let’s reconstruct OAK-DL/Bronze. Here’s the list of teams, straight from the Rankings page…

#1 10a-4p Spartans
#2 9a-2p Troubleshooting
#3 3p-9p Heem Team
#4 2p-8p Lao Ru
#5 9a-2p Flashback
#6 1p-7p BlackCatz
#7 3p-8p Face Jam
#8 4p-9p Rawkats
#9 9a-2p Check
#10 3p-8p Lights Out
#11 10a-4p WWWD

Now let’s split this up into AM and PM. I’m highly considering (like I did in SF) giving the higher seeds a bye. In a 5-team set, that’d be #1, #2, and #3. In a 6-team set, that’d be #1 and #2 with a bye. We kind of have to do it because there is so much strain on the schedule right now and I kinda don’t wanna penalize the lower seeds just for being lower seeds, as they could’ve been higher seeds in a differently stratified Rankings…

OAKLAND DL-BRONZE/AM
#1 (#1) 10a-4p Spartans
#2 (#2) 9a-2p Troubleshooting
#3 (#5) 9a-2p Flashback
#4 (#9) 9a-2p Check
#5 (#11) 10a-4p WWWD
OAKLAND DL-BRONZE/PM
#1 (#3) 3p-9p Heem Team
#2 (#4) 2p-8p Lao Ru
#3 (#6) 1p-7p BlackCatz
#4 (#7) 3p-8p Face Jam
#5 (#8) 4p-9p Rawkats
#6 (#10) 3p-8p Lights Out

FRI 7/19 (11:00AM) — I just combed through the OAK matchups and talked to my scheduling staff. They’ve been ultra-busy so it’s been complicated. I think I am going to have to split ODL-Bronze into AM and PM, to ease the stress of the red and orange in the V & H columns (the tipoff timeframes). This will take me some time.

Meanwhile, I’ve posted the tipoffs for SF and SJ.

FRI 7/19 (10:30AM) — So this is the list of matchups for OAK. The one big problem I see (and you can see) is that there are a lot of tipoff discrepancies (in red and orange). Let me work with Freddie and Peter on that…

OAKLAND “THE ASSOCIATION”
oak-ta playoffs1: #8 Oaks at #1 High Flyers
oak-ta playoffs1: #7 Fam at #2 Chieftains
oak-ta playoffs1: #6 All Out (OAK) at #3 FamBam
oak-ta playoffs1: #5 Dragon at #4 Heartbreak Kids
OAKLAND “D-LEAGUE/GOLD”
odl-g playoffs1: #8 Bucketz at #1 Splash City (OAK)
odl-g playoffs1: #7 Main Event at #2 Franchize
odl-g playoffs1: #6 49ers at #3 Sole Supremacy DL
odl-g playoffs1: #5 Super Splash Bros (OAK) at #4 OIIM
OAKLAND “D-LEAGUE/SILVER”
odl-s playoffs1: #8 Sole Supremacy NC at #1 Hawks
odl-s playoffs1: #7 Oakland Sonics at #2 BlackOut
odl-s playoffs1: #6 Kurruption Rec at #3 Team China
odl-s playoffs1: #5 DCU at #4 Prime Time
OAKLAND “D-LEAGUE/BRONZE”
odl-b playoffs1a: #11 WWWD at #6 Blackcatz
odl-b playoffs1a: #10 Lights Out at #7 Face Jam
odl-b playoffs1a: #9 Check at #8 Rawkats
odl-b playoffs1: #5 Flashback at #4 Lao Ru
odl-b playoffs1b: Winner-Chk/Rawk at #1 Spartans
odl-b playoffs1b: Winner-LgtO/Face at #2 Troubleshooting
odl-b playoffs1b: Winner-WWWD/Blkc at #3 Heem Team
OAKLAND “NON-COMPETITIVE”
o-nc playoffs1a: #10 All Ham No Turkey at #7 Jumbo Shrimp
o-nc playoffs1a: #9 Olympians at #8 Stephen’s Curry
o-nc playoffs1b: Winner-Olym/StphC at #1 JS23
o-nc playoffs1b: Winner-AHNT/JumbS at #2 Benchwarmers (OAK)
o-nc playoffs1: #6 Warriors-Rec at #3 Last Minute
o-nc playoffs1: #5 Redhawks at #4 Kryptonite

FRI 7/19 (10:15AM) — SF has been vetted for overlaps and is ready to go. Both MDLS and ISAH will start early morning. I’ll finalize tipoffs once the OAK schedule is vetted, which begins now. As such, you should expect final tipoffs up soon… FRI 7/19 (10:00AM) — See SJ schedule below. Teams are just unable to play earlier so I’ve had to postpone the higher-seeded SJ-DL teams, meaning #1 BNH, #2 Gunners, and #3 BBOF will get a bye. #4 and #5 will play and that becomes “Playoffs Round 1” instead of having to play a doubleheader (we had previously listed it as “Playoffs Round 1a” then “1b”). Next week, when #3 and #2 play and it’s Winner of #4/#5 vs #1, that becomes “Playoffs Round 2”. Furthermore, the loser of #5 vs #4 this Sun 7/21 will have to take a bye, as there will be no other Losers Bracket team determined for Sun 7/28… FRI 7/19 (9:45AM) — SJ schedule is nearly complete. Last tipoff is 730p as usual, due to school district regulations. You can extrapolate below around what time your team is playing in SJ. However, we have two teams out of their timeframes, TSA and Splash City SJ. If they can’t play late morning midday, then what I will do is postpone the games listed in red, which are higher-seeded SJ-DL games, since they only have five teams.

Next step: vet SF for overlaps and one final look at OAK, which I believe Freddie completed late last night. Scroll down to the schedule (not quite ready yet) or hit the jump…

FRI 7/19 (2:30AM) — First draft posted below. Here are some notes…

  • SJ gym is no longer AHHS. It is JLHS. See legend/directions below.
  • There’s a makeup game on Sat 7/20. WE ALSO HAVE OPEN GYM SATURDAY 10A-12P — LET US KNOW!
  • SF is almost close to being done. Just need to vet for scorekeepers and overlaps.
  • OAK is listed, but might change a bit. See all the red and orange bogeys?
  • SJ is listed and problematic at the early games. I’ll text captains involved later this morning.

FRI 7/19 (12:45AM) — Going thru SF one more time. Here are some notes…

  • SF-TA: #1 Gamble and #2 Rangers will most likely get a bye. There are 6 teams here. Vikings are also here based on preference and height.
  • SFDL/Gold(PM): 6 teams now including TEC SF, mostly based on the fact that they’re all PM teams and highly skewed towards the nighttime. Normally I’d have #5 vs #4 and then winner vs #1 (and #3 vs #6 then vs #2), but I’m only going to have #5 vs #4 and #6 vs #3. That means #1 Splash Brothers and #2 Squadron get a bye. It also works out perfectly because #5 P2W’s star player, Eldridge Henderson is out of town this Sun 7/21, so they should be back at full strength next Sun 7/28 and we’ll have tremendous parity in this bracket.
  • SFDL/Gold(AM): 7 teams. Dream Team gets #1 seed based on Ranking (not W-L record). This’d be akin to the NCAA where a higher-ranked team gets a higher seed even though another team from a weaker conference had a beter record (e.g., Braddaz at 5-1). Dream Team as the #1 seed gets the first-round bye. I should also say that, in a perfect world, I’d rather have Dream Team among the SFDL/G-PM group in terms of competitiveness. I think that bracket is slightly better than this AM group.
  • SFDL/Silver: 5 teams, now that TEC SF is with SFDL/G(PM). The next teams down would be the likes of All Lin, Heatonkees, and Grizzlies and those teams wouldn’t be able to hang with #1 Prodigies, so we have to draw the line at just 5 teams. That means #5 All Out vs #4 Ballin and #1, #2, and #3 take a bye, which works out because all three top seeds have players on other teams.
  • SFDL/Bronze: As mentioned before, pretty straightforward with 8 teams.
  • SFDL/Copper: Also as mentioned before, pretty straightforward with 8 teams.
  • SF-NC: As mentioned before, 9 teams. Very probably that we’d have #8 SFFA vs #9 Sir Miss A Lot, then winner vs #1 BirdMan. All other teams play too.

THU 7/18 (11:00PM) — Again, the last few posts need to be thought through one more time, and we will start scheduling and matching up teams, figuring out timeframes throughout the late night. By 8am Friday I want to have a near-final version of the tipoffs ready to go. If your team has any issues your captain better text me now! No guarantees.

Anyways, we have 9 teams remaining for the Non-Competitive. The point differentials on the Rankings page support this…

10a-3p Bird Man Bird Man
10a-9p SF Warriors DL
9a-3p Wolverines
9a-2p Alkoholix
12p-5p Ice Men
9a-2p Kuyabruddaz
4p-9p Disgustingly Modest
10a-9p SF Free Agents
12p-5p Sir Miss-A-Lot

Unfortunately that probably means #8 SFFA and #9 Sir Miss (the winner of their matchup) will have to play a doubleheader.

THU 7/18 (11:00PM) — Next eight teams are a nice group, esp timeframe-wise…

9a-1p Dynasty
10a-4p Hapa
10a-3p Aubergine
9a-2p Curse Of Chris Kaman
9a-3p GPC
9a-3p B-Boyz
10a-3p Lay-Up City
10a-3p Lob City (SF)

THU 7/18 (11:00PM) — The next tier in SF, let’s call it D-League Bronze for now, is the following. There are a lot of “overlaps” here and below this, i.e., the top team probably won’t blow out the 12th team on the list. However, I cut the list to 8 just to make it easier so that no one is doing a doubleheader. The next group after that is pretty similar too. So here, just had to make a judgment call where I weighed the doubleheader issue more, due to the parity…

12p-5p All Lin
10a-9p Heatonkees
9a-3p Grizzlies
10a-3p Hyperdrunks
12p-5p SFD
9a-2p Manimals
2p-9p All Show No Go
4p-9p Redeemed (SF)

Please note, should Redeemed be matched up against a morning team, the rule is we try our best for a 3pm midpoint tipoff, although I would try to contact both teams to see if an agreeable solution can be made.

THU 7/18 (10:45PM) — I have posted the OAK and SJ matchups on the embedded sheet below. The only problem is, it’s a first draft. I haven’t double-checked for the following…

  • Spartans wanted to play in a lower division and have reported star guard Adrian Garcia will not play anymore.
  • Hot Cheetos want to play up in SJ.
  • We have determined Lob City (SJ) to be too strong for Non-Competitive there.
  • Any team that is a low seed in any D-League division, we will make a judgment call as to whether or not they should play a doubleheader. For example if there are five teams, we will probably go with #5 vs #4 then winner vs #1. It just really depends.

THU 7/18 (10:45PM) — Here’s the next lowest tier in D-League. I’d call this D-League Silver, with Gold PM and Gold AM already reported below…

1p-7p Prodigies
3p-9p TEC SF (moved up due to close games with teams above)
2p-7p Putties
3p-9p Xia Yu
3p-9p Ballin’
9a-3p All Out (SF)

I think All Out can really compete in this division despite being smaller. Their guards are really strong. Being fair to all the teams here, I should note that any 6-team bracket, we will give the top two seeds a bye because it’s kind of unfair to impose a doubleheader off the bat for this stratifying procedure we are going through.

THU 7/18 (10:30PM) — Here’s the next bracket, the D-League PM in SF…

4p-9p Splash Brothers (SF)
3p-9p Squadron
4p-9p Benchwarmers (SF)
[6p-9p] Sole Legit
2p-8p P2W
3p-9p TEC SF (moved up from one below due to close games with teams here)

The logic is this: Sole Legit has to play at night anyways, and that makes them a scheduling nightmare, so they pretty much *must* be in this group. Finally, with the barometer being whether or not the top team blows out the bottom team (e.g., I would put the Lakers in the 2nd tier esp without Kobe — maybe even WITH Kobe — now that we know the Spurs swept them convincingly and probably still would’ve won 4-1 with Kobe there).

The next team after that is the Prodigies. I am presently assuming star pg Sean Caiola will be out for the playoffs as he has been the past few weeks. If the Prodigies remain outside of this top tier, Caiola will not be allowed to return to the team (they beat P2W by 3 earlier in the season *with* Caiola). I know most people will think I am playing homerism because I used to play with the Prodigies, but I am treating this as I would any other team. Plus, like any other team, any captain that would vehemently oppose a bracket with good reasoning (e.g., Caiola’s injury), I’ll listen to, consider, and either agree with or not. Plus, I have placed Prodigies in tougher brackets many times in the past. You can comb through our website here for proof. I will post the next tier shortly.

THU 7/18 (7:45PM) — Per my previous post, here’s what I’m thinking for the D-League AM…

10a-3p Dream Team
10a-3p Frisco’s Finest
9a-2p Braddaz
[10a-12p] Blazers
9a-3p Beefy
11a-4p Flight Club Cobras
10a-3p SF Kings

Any other AM teams would get blown out by this group. The next AM team, All Out, is way too small comparatively. It’s a tightly-contested group of 7 we have here. Again, this is because of the complications with scheduling, as we’ve directly experienced the last few regular season weeks… THU 7/18 (4:00PM) — I have decided to split the next tier in SF by time of day. There are just too many issues with certain teams not being able to play other teams. Maybe we’ll do a “superbowl” where the AM and PM champions meet in that particular next tier. We’ll see, as it depends on the number of teams. More on this later… THU 7/18 (3:45PM) — So the SF brackets are somewhat more complicated. Some teams are ranked higher than other teams in higher brackets because I am aware of certain height/athleticism issues. Therefore, here is the first brackets…

THE ASSOCIATION
1. Gamble Team
2. Rangers
3. Smooth Ballers
4. Rich’s Rayguns
5. Cream Of The Crop
6. Vikings

The next bracket is extremely complicated and will be posted soon. The complication arises from where to draw the line to the next tier down from the top level of D-League.

THU 7/18 (2:30PM) — Speaking of SJ, it appears that the Lob City +19 win vs Redeemed was recorded erroneous on the Rankings. We believe Lob City should probably NOT be in the Non-Competitive bracket there. This change has now also been made… THU 7/18 (2:30PM) — Hot Cheetos requested to be in a higher division in SJ, so I’ve fixed that list below. I’ll update it on the Rankings by the end of the week… THU 7/18 (2:15PM) — I just saw the Special Requests tab below in the embedded spreadsheet where some teams have actually asked for a bye. Really? Are you kidding? There is a reason why, when you registered, I put on the CALENDAR/FORMAT page that you should not take vacation until Labor Day and 7/21 would be Playoffs Round 1, a hard date. Without looking further into each of your issues, I’m afraid these teams are simply going to have to forfeit their first-round games. Because it is simply not fair to ask your opponent to take a bye, or force the entire bracket to wait for you to come back next week.

THU 7/18 (2:00PM) — Here are the matchups for OAK. Let us know if you don’t want to be in any particular bracket, but remember you will have to make a strong case for doing so. Again, the top bracket is hereby renamed “The Association”, the bottom “Non-Competitive”, and you have various iterations of D-League in between…

o-dl-g playoffs1: #8 Bucketz at #1 Splash City (OAK)
o-dl-g playoffs1: #7 Main Event at #2 Franchize
o-dl-g playoffs1: #6 49ers at #3 Sole Supremacy DL
o-dl-g playoffs1: #5 Super Splash Bros. (OAK) at #4 OIIM
o-dl-s playoffs1a: #9 Spartans at #8 Sole Supremacy NC
o-dl-s playoffs1b: Winner-Sprtns/SSNC at #1 Hawks
o-dl-s playoffs1: #7 Oakland Sonics at #2 BlackOut
o-dl-s playoffs1: #6 Kurruption Rec at #3 Team China
o-dl-s playoffs1: #5 DCU at #4 Prime Time
o-dl-b playoffs1a: #9 Lights Out at #8 Check
o-dl-b playoffs1b: Winner-LgtO/Chck at #1 Troubleshooting
o-dl-b playoffs1a: #10 WWWD at #7 Rawkats
o-dl-b playoffs1b: Winner-WWWD/Rwkts at #2 Heem Team

o-dl-b playoffs1: #5 Blackcatz at #4 Flashback
o-dl-b playoffs1: #6 Face Time at #3 Lao Ru
o-nc playoffs1a: #9 Olympians at #8 Stephen’s Curry
o-nc playoffs1b: Winner-Olym/StphC at #1 JS23
o-nc playoffs1a: #10 All Ham No Turkey at #7 Jumbo Shrimp
o-nc playoffs1b: Winner-AHNT/JumbS at #2 Benchwarmers (OAK)
o-nc playoffs1: #5 Redhawks at #4 Kryptonite
o-nc playoffs1: #6 Warriors-Rec at Last Minute
oak-ta playoffs1: #8 Oaks at #1 High Flyers
oak-ta playoffs1: #7 Fam at #2 Chieftains
oak-ta playoffs1: #6 All Out (OAK) at #3 FamBam
oak-ta playoffs1: #5 Dragon at #4 Heartbreak Kids

Next one we’ll work on is SF.

WED 7/17 (10:45PM) — I’ve been told that OAK has been ranked on the Rankings page. I hope that’s the case because I don’t have time to double check. I’ll be working on SF rankings tomorrow morning and SJ rankings are in the paragraph below, not yet reflected on the Rankings page. Remember, this is very complicated. So at this point in time, I will have to estimate that we’ll get done with the schedules for this Sun 7/21, by Friday midday. It’s just really that difficult, plus we are shortstaffed — believe me, I have asked a lot of people to help.

WED 7/17 (10:00PM) — The following was supposed to post at 7:15PM, but our website was down at the time. I have been busy picking up equipment and scoresheets etc during this time. So here we go… I don’t quite have time to move rows around on the Rankings right this moment, but here’s what we’re thinking for SJ. And remember, this is how we should have named the so-called “divisions”, had we been able to look into the future…

FIRST TIER (we shall call this “The Association”
TSA Santa Clara
FNS
B-Team
SJ Barons
Anklebreakers
Soul Vikes
Bad News
Hot Cheetos
SECOND TIER (we shall call this “D-League”
BNH
Gunners
Hot Cheetos
BBOF
Splash City
Lob City
THIRD TIER (we shall call this “Non-Competitive”
Lob City
Redeemed
Kababayans
SJ Jollybees
Afternoon Delights

You see where I’m going with the nomenclature? Now hopefully next season, people will signup more correctly. It will never be perfect, but it will make captains make better decisions which will help other captains, as we make the league more and more transparent.

Now, if a captain in SJ does *not* like the above, they need to contact me ASAP, before we schedule it.

The same process above will now be done with OAK and SF. It’s very hard to draw the lines, as I mentioned with the Lakers example before. So just be ready to speak up if you feel like something doesn’t seem right. I think the metric I will most use is, would the #1 seed in the “group” blowout the worst seed in the same group? Even that is not perfect, but it’s better than what we had before.

WED 7/17 (1:30PM) — Playoffs couldn’t have come at a worse time for our staff in terms of availability and work, but we are hacking through it. One thing that came up: Let’s say you have a team that has an impact player who sometimes shows and sometimes doesn’t. Well, we have no choice but to put your team as if it *has* that impact player. Therefore, if you had an impact player who isn’t going to play in the playoffs, we need to know about it. If we put you in a lower playoff bracket because of that, obviously that player cannot play in the playoffs.

TUE 7/16 (3:30PM)If you choose not to read the paragraph below this, then you snooze, you lose. In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been shortstaffed on refs (and scorekeepers). We are doing our best. Saying that you lost because of the refs is disrespectful to the team that beat you and insensitive to how hard we work to try and fully staff it. If you follow the initials on the ref schedule, you can figure out who’s been missing. So we’re no different than when you lose your top players and start to dip a little bit in the standings/rankings. Deal with it. Don’t whine about it like a baby. That gets tired. You are grown men. Now, if you feel that there is a ref that doesn’t care or is purposely rigging the game against your favor, then obviously that should be reported in a calm and reasonable manner to us, probably by email. But realize that complaining about refs happens at every level including the NBA, so your case should be better than that of an NBA team’s. It’s just common sense.

TUE 7/16 (3:15PM) — The Rankings page has been updated with the results from this past Sun 7/14. Here’s where we are at…

  • We have just completed the 6 regular season games as of last Sun 7/14.
  • We are about to embark on playoff scheduling starting this Sun 7/21.
  • To do playoff scheduling, we must have playoff brackets.
  • To do playoff brackets, we must know how teams are ranked.
  • On the Rankings page, we must know if they are correct, or know of reasons why teams won or lost, if they did not have their usual team there. This obviously would affect a Ranking. For example, let’s say Team A lost by 20 to Team B. We would, based on that information, rank Team B higher than Team A. However, what if the reason why Team A lost was because they only had 4 players instead of 5 that day? We would need to know that, then discount the fact that they had lost that day (not count it, basically).

So I currently have Chauntelle contacting every team in the league to let us know if there’s any special circumstances arising from their wins or losses. Let us know!

Sun 7/14

THU 7/11 (9:15PM) — All tipoffs for Sun 7/14 have now been posted. As previously discussed, I had to change the SJ matchups to be able to fit the times at AHHS. So if you got a repeat matchup, well, c’est la vie.

THU 7/11 (12:00PM) — Normally, we get SJ done first, but this time, we are done with SF and OAK first. The reason we are not done with SJ is because we having trouble finding teams that can play when the gym opens in the morning. So, we will have no choice but to rematch the teams, and that will take some time. You may need to wait until late night tonight for a resolution. We are waiting for teams to call us back.

THU 7/11 (10:45AM) — WKRC has been confirmed by the director to start in the mid-morning rather than the early morning, so I’m sure you guys are happy about that. As for AHHS, we are trying to figure out what to do because the gym situation and remaining games to be played require us to start in the morning, yet in how they are matched up right now, hardly any of the teams can play early. We may need to rematch the teams to make that happen, which will result in repeat matchups, but oh well, that’s what you’re giving me so that’s what you get.

WED 7/10 (4:45PM) — Matchups have been determined and we have a first draft below, but it is FAR from being done. You might even still be moved from one gym to another in the same city. Very rough draft form right now… WED 7/10 (3:45PM) — Made a blunt, insensitive, arrogant, dictator-like update to the Rankings page. Well, I’m busy, and to me that’s the most efficient way to get my point across, so apologies to those who need everything sugar-coated…

TUE 7/9 (6:45PM) — We’re doing the Rankings right now and some things didn’t pass the smell test. Here’s an example: I haven’t seen SF-NC Sir Miss-A-Lot play yet, but I do know that B-Boyz is more of a D-League (read: plays competitively) than a Non-Competitive team. Yet the matchup between them had B-Boyz with a loss by 9 points. Just didn’t make sense. Sure enough when I went to check the scoresheet if B-Boyz was missing a bunch of starters or something, I find that the score was reversed. We traced the error to the scorekeeper texting the score to me reversed. Look, there are chances of human error all over the place. Therefore, it is best if we all police ourselves. Everything is transparent, the Rankings, the Schedule, the Special Requests. So let me know if you see any discrepancies. The good news is, now the Rankings are further justified and there’s no way we will be placing B-Boyz in the “true” Non-Competitive playoffs that are right around the corner.

Btw, the scheduling is difficult to do sometimes. Some of you guys are asking for special requests that prevent us from scheduling you against someone ranked close to you (or asking for a bye at the most inopportune times). You might say, oh that’s fine, we’ll play against a higher-ranked team, but then that doesn’t solve the problem for your opponent. Again, the recurring theme: We are in this together and I am just the shepherd, so I do what I can to make sure two teams, two refs, and a scorekeeper show up to a certain time. Beyond that, please do not hold me to some gigantically higher standard. It’s hard enough just to get the scorekeepers to stop clock on made basket under a minute and what have you. So please bear that in mind when you complain about the scheduling. Sometimes some of you act all entitled and that is really annoying. For the rest of you who are rolling with the punches, I appreciate that. Remember, almost nothing in Dream League is done intentionally.

MON 7/8 (9:45AM)We are looking for some more scorekeepers in Oakland, since we have a lot of guys that work Sunday evenings now. Please email us if you’re interested. As you know from the game fees, it pays $10 per game.

The results from yesterday 7/7 are now, as usual, in the Comments column of the schedule itself, below. Dennis will be updating the Rankings page with the results, as well as following up with teams regarding staying on their payment schedule. If you have any issues with our Rankings, please first realize that it is not an easy job, but you can just email us.

Finally, with playoffs approaching, every team should not only approach being fully paid, but also solidify their rosters. So that things are fair, we require that every player play 3 regular season games to be eligible in the playoffs. However, now with our Rankings, we can make a few reasonable exceptions (due to injuries, etc.), as long as you contact us and we of course announce it to the whole league — which would obviously/probably simply move you up in the Rankings. Your rosters and stats are pretty much all there to see at dreamleague.org. Email us with any roster issues as we approach playoffs.

Sun 7/7

SAT 7/6 (12:15PM) — Just got informed by Hot Cheetos that they didn’t know they had a game this Sun 7/7 and their whole team is gone, even though I posted that we would have games this past Monday. Well, anyways, regardless of how we got here, we are here, so a solution needs to be constructed from the mishap. We will have no choice but to move the 1130am game at AHHS to 1230pm and postpone the FNS vs Hot Cheetos matchup, which results in a doubleheader for both teams on 7/14. Again, this is a case where we are all in this together. When one of the three entities involved — myself the Commish, you the team, and your opponent — doesn’t come through for whatever reason, then we all fall through. This is the same pretty much with every single issue faced in the league. So the three entities, as a team, will win or lose or tie or whatever, but all together. Something to keep in mind when you make special requests or complain about this or that.

FRI 7/5 (10:30AM) — Forgot to list SF-NC Sir Miss-A-Lot as a bye for this Sun 7/7; it’s listed now. Reason was, on the Rankings, we have them penciled in for a particular matchup on 7/14, so the red bye for 7/7 was not evident… THU 7/4 (5:00PM) — All tipoffs are now done. I hope I didn’t overlap anybody in SF. Tried my best.

THU 7/4 (11:30AM) — SF games are now about 90% in the right order. Still need to double-check it later for overlap and scorekeeping issues… THU 7/4 (11:15AM) — Found out what my staff did wrong. Gave the wrong special request to the wrong Redeemed team. There’s one in SF and one in SJ. As previously posted, the SJ one is now fixed. As for SF, that still means extra work fixing it, but good thing I haven’t posted any tipoffs yet. The list of matchups below is probably only 60% ready… THU 7/4 (10:45AM) — For SJ, due to an error by my staff when setting up the matchups and tipoff timeframes, Redeemed was not listed with their special request ($8 paid). Therefore I have to move the following games accordingly, but they all still fit within every teams’ timeframes and does not dislodge anyone by more than one hour (except that Redeemed vs Splash City itself is moved up by 2 hours, from 330p to 130p)…

  • 130p: Redeemed (SJ) at Splash City (SJ) — this was originally at 330p
  • 230p: B-Team at TSA Santa Clara — this was originally at 130p
  • 330p: Soul Vikes at BNH — this was originally at 230p

I will now contact all captains of teams mentioned above.

THU 7/4 (10:30AM) — OAK tipoffs are now done. In SF, we have a problem. The triumvirate of games involving Frisco, TEC, and Squadron has teams that have opposite timeframes. So because there is an impasse, I might need to rematch a bunch of games, which would greatly alter the landscape of ISAH and MDLS for this Sun 7/7. Therefore, I’ll need until tomorrow morning to fix this. Meantime, I’m hoping for an escape hatch, but waiting on one of the captains to get back to me… THU 7/4 (9:30AM) — The matchups for this Sun 7/7 are now in chronological order, but SF still needs some major tweaking (maybe only 60% right so far). OAK is 95% done and SJ is 100% final, as you can see AHHS has tipoffs. I expect to have SF and OAK 100% final by 2pm today.

WED 7/3 (3:15PM) — Had to make a couple adjustments to matchups as seen on the Rankings, as well as some slight Rankings changes, due to tipoff conflicts. Byes and doubleheaders have not been listed but you can see them on the Rankings page. So the matchups only have been posted below and the only one in chronological order is the SJ block of games at AHHS. We are slowly working on SF then OAK. After that, we still have to check for overlapping players and doubleheaders, as well as scorekeeping staff. All in all, we’re ahead of the pace of posting the schedule we’ve been on in the past, so things are going well. Thanks to Dennis for the big assist in that department. My guess is, tipoffs should be up by tomorrow morning.

TUE 7/2 (9:00PM) — Whoops, I forgot to look at the Special Requests sheet before doing the SF matchups, so I’ll have some tweaks… TUE 7/2 (8:00PM) — We’re sort of hitting the stretch run here and matchups for 7/7 are almost complete, if you look at the Rankings page. Now one thing that’s happening is we are forging through 7/7. However, based on the complexities of odd numbers of teams (e.g., SJ has 17 teams) and making sure everyone finishes with 6 regular season games, we may very well need to extend the regular season a week for certain divisions. If and when we have to do this, please do not be upset and go, “Oh we should’ve taken 7/7 off then” — no, it’s a lot more complicated than that and, of course, we did not do so intentionally and if we could go back in time to make the matchups work out perfectly, we would. It is just very hard to plan for contingencies, but on the flip side, there is a more likely chance that you’ll be in a playoff bracket where there’s a lot of parity.

TUE 7/2 (7:15PM) — SF rankings still aren’t done, but I want to address the issue of incomplete scoresheets. Don’t know if you noticed, but aside from Oakland — which is behind because we have our statcrew there busy ranking and scheduling every week — we have SF and SJ stats starting to populate on dreamleague.org. We’ll post direct links later.

We are pretty anal about stats and take great pains in inputting them. And while there’s always a chance we might have a scorekeeper not 100% as skilled, one thing that absolutely needs to be controlled is complete scoresheets. Therefore, be forewarned: We reserve the right to skip your team when entering stats on the website for teams that do not complete their statsheets completely in terms of team name, first names, and last names.

TUE 7/2 (12:30AM) — Oakland rankings now done. Next up: SF and SJ, probably by 2pm today… MON 7/1 (9:15PM) — We are planning to play games this Sun 7/7. Please plan accordingly. As is usually the case, if you have any issues with the scheduling of the next round of games, you need to submit a Make Special Request… See link in the righthand panel. Here are some more things to talk about for now…

  • Again, the deadline for submitting a special request is Tuesday at 11:59pm every week.
  • The Rankings page has been updated with results, but we haven’t re-ranked the teams yet based on those results. Again, we simply schedule matchups based on Rankings. We do not have season roadmaps anymore.
  • When we schedule teams for Sunday, it is not only based on Rankings, but also what teams you have played already (we do our best to avoid repeat matchups during the regular season) and both teams’ tipoff timeframes. This can get complicated and result in your team playing another team that might not be ranked that close to you — but our intention is for you to play a team that’s ranked close to you, each and every week.
  • More stats are being entered as we speak. I still have to get the exact numbers, but I believe our online stats crew has accumulated at least 40 hours of work so far. This is above and beyond our commitment to providing the best oncourt experience possible.
  • I try to be as fair a Commish as possible. We now have Chauntelle to be the frontline of any questions you might have, Dennis dealing with teams that are behind on payments, and a full stat crew. So just know that if something comes up, I’ll obviously always try to find a solution that’s fair.

Sun 6/30

THU 6/27 (6:30PM) — I should also reiterate that when we have doubleheaders, we try not to schedule them back-to-back. When they are indeed back-to-back, that means we had no choice. Keep in mind that we are dealing with not only our preferred timeframes (some of which aren’t the 6 hours that we asked for), but also guys playing on multiple teams. So, it is what it is. It’s like a bad call by a ref. It’s part of the game. Everyone is trying their hardest and so will you, even though you will inevitably make turnovers and miss shots… THU 6/27 (6:15PM) — Tipoffs for OAK are now done, so we are all done with the schedule for this Sun 6/30. Chieftains have a DH and have 30 mins to get from one gym to the other, but we’ll make sure BCRC waits for them if necessary… THU 6/27 (5:00PM) — Tipoffs for SF are now final. Please note, this Sun 6/30, ISAH is listed on top of MDLS. This is more for me, because I’ll be opening ISA before I open MD…

THU 6/27 (4:15PM)Tipoffs for SJ only for this Sun 6/30 are now final. SF is pretty much 99% complete, but I’ll let it marinate before setting it in stone, maybe be ready by 6p tonight. Meanwhile, I’m waiting for one last lookover by our OAK crew for the OAK matchups/tipoffs (maybe done by 9p tonight). The chronology of the matchups below is pretty much set, though. Thanks for your ongoing patience. Btw, at the bottom of the schedule are some known SF overlaps. My OAK crew will list OAK by tomorrow, but he’s already good about not overlapping most of you. I’ve already checked the SF schedule for overlaps. Here are some color codes…

  • red — tipoff timeframes cause a narrow 1- or 2-hr window, or team is outside timeframe
  • orange — when tipoff timeframe cause a 3-hour window to schedule the game
  • purple — the game involves at least one team that has a doubleheader
  • green — game involves at least one team that has player(s) on other team(s)
  • blue — the game involves a player who is scorekeeping before or after

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THU 6/27 (2:30PM) — AHHS gym director nixed the last tipoff in SJ, so I have removed the Lob City SJ vs Kababayans matchup. Both teams are still playing though, just obviously one game now instead of two. AHHS matchups are in chronological order and I don’t see the order changing much, so you can already guesstimate your tipoff at AHHS if you assume the first game starts in the morning… THU 6/27 (2:15PM) — SJ matchups are now in chronological order, but I might have to cancel once of the “dh both” games (doubleheader for both teams), depending on what the gym director says, because of the 9pm upper bound restriction at AHHS. Next to-do’s: get SF tipoffs close to 100% within the next hour, wait for Oakland crew to get OAK tipoffs close to 100% by 4pm today, and wait for AHHS gym director to confirm tipoffs there… THU 6/27 (11:45AM) — SF games are now in chronological order. Still far from final. Need to step out for a little bit but next to-do is SJ… THU 6/27 (11:15AM) — My Oakland scheduling crew is not available until 4pm today so I don’t think we’ll get the BCRC/WKRC up until after 5pm tonight. Still hope to get SF and SJ done by 2pm, but that’s also a bit ambitious… THU 6/27 (11:00AM) — Sometimes your special requests and constrained tipoffs leave us no choice but to match you against certain teams. Example: In SF I had TEC SF vs Squadron and Vikings vs Frisco’s Finest coming up, but now have no choice but to rematch the games because you guys can’t play during certain times. So just like I tell my 8-year daughter: You get what you get and you don’t get upset.

THU 6/27 (10:45AM) — It looks like the schedule below is only chronological for OAK. Sorry about that, I thought my scheduling crew had put most of SF and SJ in order as well, but not the case. Should’ve taken a closer look this morning… THU 6/27 (7:15AM) — The first draft of the schedule for this Sun 6/30 is below, but is not final. It’s obviously listed in chronological order, but subject to change here and there as we vet it one last time for payments (please pay!), scorekeeping staff and overlaps of players on multiple teams (which btw is marked by the green so far — SF and SJ have not been vetted yet). I expect the final version of tipoffs to be up by 2pm today. Thanks for your patience again.

WED 6/26 (4:30PM) — Rankings page has been updated. The matchups for Sun 6/30 are now listed below. Every week, we can only schedule 1 extra doubleheader in SF if every other team plays. We don’t have that many available tipoffs in OAK, either. Finally, this Sunday in SJ we will be doing quite a few doubleheaders to catch up.

WED 6/26 (2:45PM) — Even some of my staff is still not understanding this Rankings thing. People in general are still thinking of the old world of divisions. That’s a futile process because everybody has their own perspective of what division they should be in. It’s like saying this is the Year 2013 to a bunch of interstellar aliens who see the universe differently than you. The only people who really can gauge the so-called “divisions” are the ones who see the most games (that’d be me and my crew). So when I ask my staff, “How good is this one team in the OAK-NC” and he tells me, “Well, they picked up so-and-so”, I know my Rankings system is going to work. Why? Because if you’re in NC, you weren’t supposed to PICKUP anybody halfway decent ANYWAYS. By ranking your team, you can go ahead and pickup whomever you want. By the time playoffs roll around and we lock down rosters and confirm eligibility with minimum 3 games played for all playoff-eligible players, we’ll have you pinned in the right division. I’ve got the Kryptonite to sandbagging.

WED 6/26 (2:00PM) — Matchups for SF and SJ are on the Rankings page (link is in the righthand panel). Teams with doubleheaders have their two games in purple cells. A couple of these doubleheaders might be taken off the schedule due to gym availability. I am currently vetting the OAK matchups right now.

WED 6/26 (1:45PM) — We have updated the Payments sheet of the embedded spreadsheet below and have contacted the teams that are behind on payments. We will check Payments again tomorrow morning. If your team isn’t up to speed, then we reserve the right to leave you off the schedule. Meanwhile, we’ve matched up the teams on the Rankings page and are beginning to embark on the arduous weekly task of creating the schedule for this Sun 6/30. If you haven’t already submitted your Special Request (see the tab on the embedded spreadsheet), it’s too late by now — you know how the saying goes: you snooze, you lose.

TUE 6/25 (12:30PM) — We have updated the Comments column of the embedded schedule below with the results from each game, plus updated the Rankings page with the results information. The next step is to rank all of the teams again, so that we may start creating matchups for this Sun 6/30. Again, if you started on 6/9 and haven’t had a doubleheader yet, or are in a catch-up situation even more dire than that, you should expect a doubleheader for this Sun 6/30. This will be reflected on the Rankings page as we did last week.

Finally, we have quite a few people working on the stats. They’re not ready yet, so I’m not even going to link them, but if you’re a pro at navigating our old site, you’ll be able to see a handful of boxscores up already and a lot of the results already up. Now that I have staff, my goal is to have the following up each week…

  1. Sunday: games occur, obviously, but also the Comments column gets updated near-real-time
  2. Monday: Rankings page gets updated with +/- results
  3. Tuesday: teams on the Rankings page get re-ranked
  4. Wednesday: matchups are created based on the Rankings page
  5. Thursday: schedule for Sunday is released

I’d actually like to get the schedule out by Wednesday, which means teams need to get re-ranked by Monday night. Hopefully we can get to that point. I’d also like to thank the following individuals for stepping up with joining our stats crew staff. We will also be publishing the hours that they work, which will prove to you how hard Dream League staff is working, as well as how costly it is to do something like this, because there is a myth out there that I make a $h!tl0ad of money from Dream League when the truth is that there is really someone as dumb as me who will keep dealing with all the pains/complaints running a gigantic league for over a decade like this, plus accepting that there are haters out there. But there are also people who think that our oncourt experience is really awesome and I appreciate the kudos for that…

  • Chauntelle M. — you all can email her per the righthand panel for ANYTHING
  • Peter Luu — schedule apprentice, holding up the Oakland fort while Freddie works two jobs
  • Freddie Kwong — schedule master
  • Tony Xiong — veteran stats inputter
  • Dennis Flannery — future team lead of operations outside of scheduling
  • Fernando Ramos — plays in Oakland, but currently doing SJ stats, will do OAK soon
  • Baya Baterdene — stats data entry
  • Joey Sim — cousin will join staff soon
  • Wayland Li — CS student will join staff soon, referred by Allen Chen

Hope I didn’t miss anybody!

Sun 6/23

THU 6/20 (5:45PM) — OAK tipoffs are now posted. We had to make an adjustment for a bye from Dragon and gave a doubleheader to OAK-DL Fam vs High Flyers (was Dragon vs High Flyers). So, again, check your lists of doubleheaders, byes, and check the Rankings page as well, for a backup.

THU 6/20 (3:00PM) — SF (and SJ) tipoffs are now set for this Sun 6/23. Please note: I have now listed the MDLS tipoffs first, since we will open the gym earlier than at ISAH. Now all that’s left is OAK tipoffs, which as I said earlier, should be done by late tonight.

THU 6/20 (2:30PM) — Added a bye for OAK: OAK-NC 49ers vs Last Minute. Remember to check the list of doubleheaders and byes at the bottom of the schedule. Now, we wait for the SF evening team to get back to me, and for my OAK scheduling crew to take a look because they know more about the overlaps and scorekeeping staff needed there. There’s not much else I can do right now.

THU 6/20 (2:00PM) — SF games at ISAH and MDLS are now in chronological order. Due to scheduling conflicts I had to swap out a doubleheader for SF-TA Cream vs Rangers and implement a doubleheader for SF-NC Wolverines vs Bird Man. Again, check the Rankings page (link in the righthand panel). Teams are behind and we need to catch them up before the 6th game so that we can start playoffs on 7/21 and end by the end of August. Fall season starts the weekend after Labor Day. SF matchups are waiting on final word from tipoff timeframe for one team in the evening. It’s complicated, so please bear with us. Next to-do and ETA: OAK in chronological order hopefully by 5p, but tipoffs for OAK might not be until tonight 9p due to OAK scheduling crew absence.

THU 6/20 (1:00PM) — Tipoffs for AHHS have been confirmed. We *must* be on time there. The last two times I went to setup the first games at AHHS, teams were running late. We cannot continue this, because AHHS *must* be vacated no later than 845pm every Sunday night, due to recent security concerns there, which was the basis of one cancellation of a 9:00PM tipoff. Next to-do: Order SF, then order OAK games chronologically. Estimated time to finish SF: 2pm today. Estimated time to finish OAK: either 5pm or later today, depending on my staff.

This would be an opportune time for me to remind all Dream Leaguers of a rule we have: If we are behind schedule at any gym, we reserve the right to run clock without stopping to 1:00 in Q1 thru Q3 and 2:00 in Q4. As you know, we follow NBA rules in stopping clock on all whistles *and* made baskets with 1:00 remaining in Q1-Q3, 2:00 for Q4 — if your scorekeeper is not doing this, please let me know.

On the flipside, I’ve always instructed my scorekeepers to stop clock when we are ahead. If you’ve had me as a scorekeeper, I’m sure you don’t know this, but at times I have actually implemented stopped clock THE ENTIRE 4TH QUARTER FOR YOU (I’ll betcha we’re the only non-pro-am rec league in the world that does this! — and again, if your scorekeeper is not doing *some* stopped clock in the 4th quarter when you’re ahead, i.e., your game finishes at 12:45PM when the next tipoff is 1:00PM, please tell me), because we happened to be on time or it was a smoothly played and officiated game. That being said, sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don’t. So when you’re unlucky and we have no choice but to run the clock on you until 1:00, 1:00, 1:00, 2:00, to catch up when the gym schedule is behind, just remember it all balances out if you play in the league enough times.

THU 6/20 (12:45PM) — Byes have been added in red at the bottom of the schedule for Sun 6/23. I’ve also ordered all SJ games chronologically but am waiting on the AHHS gym director to confirm latest possible tipoff. Plan on the first game there starting mid-morning and you’ll see all the timeframes lineup pretty well. The doubleheaders are “locked” and cannot be moved because they all fit timeframes and provide one hour of rest for the teams playing doubleheaders. Next to-do: Order SF games chronologically.

THU 6/20 (12:30PM) — I have added matchups on the Rankings sheet (link in the righthand panel). I have also added matchups to the schedule for this Sun 6/23 below, but we still need to reorder them for tipoffs, based on tipoff timeframes and special requests for 6/23. Next to-do’s are: (1) Add byes, although you can see the byes in red on the Rankings sheet, (2) Schedule tipoffs for SJ since that’s the easiest, (3) Schedule tipoffs for SF, and (4) Schedule tipoffs for OAK, as our OAK scheduling crew might be available in a couple hours.

THU 6/20 (9:15AM) — Rankings page (link is in righthand panel) has been updated with matchups for OAK and SJ. The only thing left is to determine the SF doubleheaders for this Sun 6/23 (likely if you’ve only played one game so far), and then figuring out the tipoffs. SF and SJ tipoffs should be up by 2pm today. OAK, I’m not sure, as I haven’t heard from my OAK scheduling crew, but if I have to handle it myself, I would say 5pm.

WED 6/19 (8:15PM) — Let me be clear, and I’m not picking on one or two of you because a lot of you are doing this and it has got to stop. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING SPECIAL REQUESTS BY TEXTS, EMAILS, OR PHONE CALLS. There is only one way to do it. The Make Special Request link in the right-hand panel.

We are a transparent league. Any special requests, everybody knows about it. Anytime you submit the Make Special Request form, it will automatically populate the Special Requests sheet in the embedded schedule spreadsheet below, so EVERYBODY can see it.

Furthermore, we use that to schedule our games. So it properly documents ALL requests. We can’t have random texts and my crew saying they forgot to check their texts or forgot to tell me. No. There is only one way.

That’s it. Simple. And remember, these Special Request you make, they really are that: Special. Because you are requiring us to go out of our way to meet your special needs for that particular week. We would rather be robotic each and every week and not have to deal with exception cases. So that’s why we charge $8 per request that constrains our ability to schedule (i.e., the 6-hour timeframe).

So please honor that. Thanks for your understanding. And please don’t make me repeat the above. Again, it’s simple and straightforward. Really can’t think of anything easier.

WED 6/19 (3:30PM) — I’ve created the SF matchups, but haven’t determined which teams should play a doubleheader yet. See the Rankings page (see link, righthand panel)… WED 6/19 (2:45PM) — You can actually see our progress with determining matchups. If you goto the Rankings page (see link right-hand panel), you’ll see the first column indicating if we gave you a game this Sunday, plus various issues in red (bye, or not paid). Right now, you can see that I’ve matched up most of the SF teams. My crew will be doing OAK and I’ll be doing SJ shortly… WED 6/19 (2:30PM) — As we’re building the matchups for this Sun 6/23 based on the Rankings (see link right-hand panel), a few issues have come up…

  1. If you only have 1 game played thus far, it is likely we will try to incorporate a doubleheader for you between this Sun 6/23 and the last regular season Sunday target of 7/14.
  2. If you are ahead of schedule and we haven’t heard from you as to what future bye you want (see Special Requests sheet below), we will probably give you a bye on Sun 7/7 since it’s the closest Sunday to July 4th holiday.
  3. That being said, and I’ve said this before: We are playing on Sun 7/7. July 4th is, obviously, the Thursday before that. If you want a special tipoff for 7/7, you need to submit it (see Make Special Request link in right-hand panel).
  4. If you registered with only a couple tipoffs like “2p-3p”, by rule we are extending that out to the mandatory minimum of 6 hours. Therefore if you only registered with 2p-3p, it’s going to show up on the schedule as 2p-7p. You must submit a special request if that does not work for you, or contact the league office if it is an ongoing issue.

TUE 6/18 (2:00PM) — The first rev of the Rankings is now done. Check it out: http://www.drmlg.org/bay/2013-summer-sunday-rankings/ …Next step will be to check payments, as discussed below, and start scheduling matchups for this Sun 6/23 very soon. For the teams that have already played 3 or 4 games, Chauntelle should’ve already contacted you about specifying a bye week coming up.

TUE 6/18 (10:00AM) — I have asked Chauntelle to send not one but two reminders for teams that are currently delinquent (see Payments sheet below, in red). Teams that are not paid by tonight at 11:59PM will be skipped on the scheduling for Sun 6/23. I’m actually quite happy with my “executive decision” to go with Rankings and then scheduling on-the-fly based on the Rankings (a parity/anti-sandbagging move), because it allows us to not spend the time creating roadmaps for teams that seem to keep not paying. Doesn’t seem fair to put in the work for teams that don’t seem to want to pay on time.

These teams will get skipped for 6/23 and then the problem becomes, can my scheduling crew and I effectively schedule you in for 6 games, with doubleheaders obviously, before the playoffs start date of 7/21? Well, we are not mathematicians, but we’ll try. And if we mess up and your team ends up with less than 6 regular season games — hey, I’m not saying it will happen, and we don’t want that to happen, but if it does — don’t say I didn’t warn you. All that’s required is for your team to pay on time. Again, IMHO we’re much better than other leagues that ask you for all the money upfront.

That being said, all roster slots will go up by $1 at some point today, when I have time.

TUE 6/18 (9:30AM) — Belated Happy Fathers Day!! So here’s what we are working on: (1) Finish the Rankings so we can start scheduling matchups for this Sun 6/23, and we’re actually halfway done with OAK with SF and SJ left to do, (2) Add a couple teams that joined last-minute (one in OAK, one or two in SJ), (3) Keep tracking your payments, and (4) Inputting stats on our stats website, dreamleague.org (more on this later, and thanks to those of you who responded to our previous post for data entry help!). Here’s what YOU should be working on…

  1. Making sure the number of roster slots paid exceeds by one the number of games you will have played by the end-of-day this Sun 6/23.
  2. Checking the Payments sheet below (click on “Payments” in the spreadsheet) to make sure about your team payments (delinquent teams are in red).
  3. Submitting a Special Request (today is the deadline) on the Make Special Request page in case your team is looking to have a bye or change in tipoff timeframe for this Sun 6/23 ($8 fee for any tipoff requests that make our lives as schedulers more difficult than the usual 6-hour window you give us).

Sun 6/16

THU 6/13 (1:30PM) — Dream League is looking to hire someone to help enter stats and other online data entry. Please contact chauntelle(at)dreamleague(dot)org for more information. Thanks!

TUE 6/11 (2:30PM) — We will be implementing “dynamic scheduling” from here on out. In other words, no roadmaps this season. We will be ranking the teams (as evidenced by the new Rankings tab in the embedded schedule spreadsheet below) and determining matchups on each weekly Ranking. After six regular season games, split up playoffs based on our best estimates of where to draw the line. This also helps the teams that are in the “wrong” division. In fact, you could even go so far as to request which team to play against each week. More details coming up.

MON 6/10 (10:15PM) — Because it’s Fathers Day, there are no games this Sun 6/16. We will resume games on 6/23, of course. Also, looking ahead, per the CALENDAR page, we are planning to play on July 7th. Please plan accordingly. If you absolutely need a bye coming up, then we will try to do our best, but you need to report it on the Make Special Request form, as well as pay the $8. By 6/23 you should be playing your 3rd game. If not, expect a doubleheader or two to catch up. Remember, everyone was supposed to have started on 6/2.

Sun 6/9

THU 6/6 (4:45PM) — SF portion is done, Sun 9/6 schedule is final. Scroll down or hit the jump…

THU 6/6 (3:30PM) — As I’m finalizing the tipoffs, it appears that the SF gyms might be interchanged, so basically do not assume you’re in ISAH vs MDLS. There is no way to know for sure right now. They are close enough to each other anyways… THU 6/6 (3:15PM) — Took me awhile, but I finally figured out that the “odd team out” bye in SF should goto the SF Kings since they already played 2 games, plus they are a little bit behind in payments. So below is the draft of the ISAH and MDLS schedules, in “sort of” chronological order. Still working on it… THU 6/6 (2:30PM) — I was wrong about Grizzlies having 2 games played already, so scratch the previous discussion on them… THU 6/6 (1:00PM) — Since I have listed specific OAK and SJ issues in the previous post, I thought I’d list the specific SF issues here…

  • 6 of 8 teams in The Association in SF need to matched up and scheduled — DONE
  • SF-DL Braddaz at Ballin’: Braddaz are Silver, Ballin’s Bronze — SWAPPED, DONE
  • SF-DL All Lin at FCC: All Lin is Bronze, FCC is Silver — SWAPPED, DONE
  • SF-DL/NC Grizzlies at Lob City: Grizzlies are DL-Silver, Lob City is NC — DONE, SF KINGS GET THE BYE
  • SF-DL Sole Legit at Prodigies: this is Silver vs Gold, not sure how to fix — DONE, REMATCHED
  • SF-NC SF Free Agents: odd team out, but might get paired vs Lob City (?) — REMATCHED, SF KINGS GET THE BYE
  • SF-DL SF Warriors DL vs Hapa: need to rematch, wrong divisions — KEPT BOTH IN SAME DIVISION

I need to re-count the number of teams, but it looks like the Grizzlies might be an odd team out. Then again, I could go with Prodigies or Sole Legit, but I’d rather not since they haven’t played a game yet. While that’s certainly probably disappointing for the Grizzlies since it’s already Thursday, the good news is at the league-wide level, they’ve already played 2 games. So this is what I’ll be working on until 5pm today, hopefully sooner.

THU 6/6 (12:45PM) — Btw I might be able to add a 630p game at WKRC in OAK for two of the following teams: BlackOut vs SULD or Main Event vs Eastbay Gators. I am waiting on payment from SULD and EBG. Same sort of thing is happening for 9p at AHHS. In light of that, here are the byes for OAK and SJ, which are shown in red at the bottom of the schedule…

  • odl-g Splash City (OAK) — odd team out and they’ve already played 2 games
  • odl-b Main Event — odd team out, but could play at 630p if Eastbay Gators pay
  • odl-b Eastbay Gators — haven’t paid yet, should know by end-of-day Fri (tomorrow)
  • o-nc SULD — haven’t paid yet, unknown status
  • o-nc BlackOut — said they could wait til after 6/9 to start (which would be 6/23 due to 6/16 Fathers Day)
  • sj-nc SJ Free Agents/Scorekeepers vs Kababayans — awaiting Kaba capt on if 9p is good or not
  • sj-dl B-Team vs H.Pham’s team — awaiting payment from H.Pham’s team

THU 6/6 (12:30PM) — Below is the final OAK and SJ schedule for Sun 6/9. SF is not ready yet and is kind of in shambles due to missing payments and our scheduling crew following protocol. I can’t really say SF (at ISAH and MDLS) is in chronological order yet, because of the following things in red that I have to do…

  • There are some DL-Gold/Silver/Bronze cross matchups that I have to reconsider, because we moved teams up and down.
  • I have SF Free Agents without a game, but there’s an even number of NC teams, so that doesn’t make sense right now. Need to investigate.
  • I need to figure out all of The Association matchups for SF and put them in the right place on the schedule.

I hope to be done with SF by 5pm today. The rest of the schedule is final with the exception of the 9p game at AHHS which is still up in the air, as of this writing.

THU 6/6 (12:00PM) — Btw, next Sun 6/16 is Fathers Day and based on past experience running games on Fathers Day, we are NOT planning to have any games. Just wanted to get that out there before I post the draft of this Sun 6/9 in the next couple hours.

THU 6/6 (11:15AM) — Still experiencing delays even getting a draft version of this Sun 6/9 up because there are still teams that are not paid. PLEASE FOLLOW PROTOCOL!!!…

  1. You paid 2 slots before we scheduled your first game,
  2. Therefore have 3 slots paid before we schedule your 2nd game,
  3. Therefore have 4 slots paid before we schedule your 3rd game,
  4. Therefore have 5 slots paid before we schedule your 4th game,
  5. Therefore have 6 slots paid before we schedule your 5th game,
  6. Therefore have 7 slots paid before we schedule your 6th game,
  7. Therefore have 8 slots paid before we schedule your 7th game,
  8. and do all of the above before TUESDAY of each week

Any questions? I mean, really, it’s not hard. It’s only $55 or $62 per slot (well, increased by $1 per week as a deterrent to delinquency) so even if you have a bye, shouldn’t be the end of the world. And try to recruit players who can afford it. Remember when years ago I got tired of doing this every week and went to full team payments? Well, last season because of this Recession, I went back to doing this every week. To help you guys. Now you do your part and simply pay on time. BE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT!!!

Very, very frustrating because it affects the ability to get the schedule out on time. It really does. Get your ducks in a row, please or else everyone in the league suffers. That’s why we are all in this together.

WED 6/5 (3:15PM) — The latest and greatest Rumor Mill is now up, which brings me to my next issue: making sure teams are in the right division. Here are some issues…

  1. We might not do roadmaps for D-League. NOTE: The following discussions about D-League divisions do not apply for SJ, which is still in its infancy. As far as SF and OAK is concerned, I’m finding that there’s a lot of “overlap” between Gold to Silver and Silver to Bronze. There’s also teams that signed up with actual “overlaps” (i.e., players playing on multiple teams that are similar).
  2. Dream League does not divide based on your overlaps, it divides based on true competitive level. This is also in regards to overlaps. As you know, this season I am very adamant about protecting the Non-Competitive division as truly “non-competitive”. Then that leaves us with the D-League division. There’s teams trying to justify being in a different subdivision (i.e., Gold/Silver/Bronze) due to players playing on other D-League teams. The problem is, these teams are already similar. So in those cases, I’m still putting you in the same division and our scheduling crew will do our best to avoid your teams playing each other. But I am not going to move your team down just because you have a player on another similar-caliber team.
  3. There are still teams that haven’t paid enough slots. This was addressed in the previous post. You can see the payments on the Payments tab. Read below.
  4. I believe some D-League Gold teams are actually The Association-caliber. We had one team signup for Oakland TA: Chieftains. They have told me they’re a little worse than last season, so we’re going to move them into D-League Gold. Also, I think people avoided The Association because of fear of playing champion Pure Foods, which isn’t returning this season. All in all, I believe at least some of the Oakland D-League Gold teams (there’s 10 teams) are equivalent to San Francisco The Association teams. As such, we will see how the season plays out and reclassify the Oakland teams in D-League Gold to The Association when playoffs hit. I’ll have a much better sense of this after I watch more Oakland games this season.
  5. We will probably go with a ranking system for D-League. Based on the above issues, I think we will end up taking the whole big D-League pot and ranking them for the post-season brackets. I think that’s the best way to go and the best way to combat all of this “maneuvering” (or let’s call it “unintentional sandbagging”). There will be difficulties just as if the NBA had separate playoffs brackets (where would you put the Lakers and the Bucks?), but at least we’ll have more exciting playoffs.

I don’t know how all of the above will affect our ability to schedule 6/9, given it’s already Wednesday afternoon. We’ll still be working our butts off. If your team has any issues with the above, please have your captain text Rich. Thanks.

WED 6/5 (12:45PM) — I’m going through the Payments tab and there’s a lot of teams that haven’t paid their 3rd slot yet, although their 2nd game is coming up. Remember, you paid 2 slots to get started, prior to Game 1. You must always have X+1 slots paid with your Xth game coming up this Sunday. So if your 2nd game is coming up this Sunday, then you need THREE (3) slots paid. This right here, this is one of the things that causes delays in scheduling. So instead of scheduling games right now, I have to text all the delinquent captains. Terrible waste of time, guys. PLEASE STEP UP AND ENSURE YOUR TEAM HAS BEEN PAID ON TIME.

WED 6/5 (11:45AM) — Also just realized we haven’t updated the Rumor Mill list of teams in awhile. I will endeavor to do that next, as we are tallying up the last few registrations anyways. You can sort of see the list of teams anyways on the aforementioned Payments tab below… WED 6/5 (9:45AM) — I forgot to mention that we have begun tracking payments. Click on the Payments tab on the embedded schedule spreadsheet below… WED 6/5 (9:30AM) — So now we are in the midst of, for some divisions, determining the season schedule (a very difficult process) and, for other divisions, continuing to make sure teams have paid their minimum amount of slots and sort of creating matchups based on the list of registered and paid teams. Therefore we are still on track to publish the schedule every Thursday before every Sunday. However, again during this hectic signup period where once we determine the season schedule there’s really no going back, we might be slightly delayed. Expect the Sun 6/9 schedule to go up by tomorrow evening. In the meantime remember your weekly links are on the righthand side panel, for example, making special requests. Finally, as for stats, we are about to enter them soon and meanwhile you’ll have to just rely on the stat recaps we post on Twitter (see righthand panel).

Sun 6/2

FRI 5/31 (2:15PM) — Added a 6p San Jose game… FRI 5/31 (10:30AM) — The schedule for this Sun 6/2 is now final. You can read in the Comments column why some teams are like 1 hour outside their timeframe. We appreciate all the teams that had to do that in helping out the community. Hopefully we got the difficult matchups in terms of timeframes out of the way, as one less scheduling conflict to worry about as we head into final registrations and coming up with mathematically determined schedules. Please scroll down or hit the jump, and below it I will continue discussion about season scheduling…

What we call “roadmapping” is next week for most: So what will happen now is, for the divisions that are heavily populated (e.g., OAK-NC, OAK-DL, SF-DL, *not* The Association), by Monday we will close registrations for those divisions and go about setting up a mathematically based schedule, then fit the games that were already played on 5/5, 5/19 and 6/2 into said math. Then you will know whom you are playing each week up until the playoffs (see CALENDAR/FORMAT page for approximate scheduling). So at that point you will no longer be “flying blind”.

Schedule goes up each Thursday morning: So then you already know whom you’re playing, you just need to know what time the tipoff is. Well, each week things come up, so you can Make A Special Request (permanent link is in the righthand panel) but you would have to make it before Tuesday midnight and if you make a request which makes our scheduling lives more difficult — in other words, less than the six-hour timeframe we asked for during registrations — then we would expect you to pay an $8 scheduling fee on the Pay page (using drop down menu, the last option). So then that gives us Wednesday to do all the scheduling based on everyone’s requests thrown in with the regular 6-hour timeframes.

Payments: If you’re paying roster slot by roster slot, remember you had to pay 2 slots just to play your first game. So then it continues each week, by Tuesday midnight, same thing: pay your 3rd slot before your 2nd game. But there’s a catch: To discourage laggers, we raise roster slot fees by $1 each, each week. And if you aren’t paid up in terms of X+1 roster slots paid when your Xth game is coming up this Sunday, we won’t schedule your team. So if one of your teammates keeps lagging, he could end up paying around $8-10 more than the original price of $55 for SF or $62 for OAK/SJ.

Thanks!: And with that, I wanted to say thanks for joining our league once again. I know sometimes it gets a little robotic and lacking in the human touch for customer service, but we do have Chauntelle chauntelle(at)dreamleague(dot)org now working for us who can take the load off. This summer should be great because we have a good influx of new teams. San Jose needs some work, but we’ll keep chipping at it and I’ll be in touch with captains there about that. And finally, for the Early-Bird payers, I need to do that raffle hopefully by MOnday for the free 8 top jerseys.

Saturdays and Weeknights: I’m also happy to announce we’re going to have a Saturday league in SF and OAK, as well as a Monday and a Wednesday night league in SF, and a TBD-weeknight in Oakland. These will be “mini-leagues”. Details forthcoming!

FRI 5/31 (1:00AM) — We have a Draft version now in chronological order. Please check the V and H columns which represent the respective tipoff timeframes as registered by the Visiting team and the Home team. Please also note, we do not require the home team to have white jerseys; it is all just based on what colors each team brings, because we are realistic in that we know people always forget to bring both a light and dark jersey with a number on it. We will finalize these tipoffs hopefully by 11:00AM and no later! You can see the very difficult matchups to schedule whereby both timeframes in the V and H column for a particular matchup are in red. We usually consult with the captains about being outside their normal timeframe due to a quirky matchup — it takes time for them to respond.

THU 5/30 (8:15PM) — Below is a draft of the matchups for this Sun 6/2. We are still working on tipoff timeframes and what not. None of it is in chronological order. If you don’t see your team listed and you think you should be playing, please have your captain text Rich asap. Freddie will be working on the scheduling tonight. Sorry for the delays, but that’s how it goes in the hectic first few weeks when things are not settled…

THU 5/30 (6:15PM) — New update on the Rumor Mill! We now know where teams belong, whether or not they paid, and whether or not they want to play this Sun 6/2 assuming they paid. Check the team names that are in green and not in a pink-colored row, on the Rumor Mill page… THU 5/30 (12:15PM) — What we are doing right now is, on the Rumor Mill sheet, after we update the latest registrations from last Thu 5/23…

  1. Figuring out if your team belongs in NC or DL.
  2. If you’re in DL, figure out if you’re “Gold”, “Silver”, or “Bronze”.
  3. If there aren’t enough DL-Silver teams, rename to just Gold and Silver.

That’s it. That’s the whole purpose of clearing NC out. No more competitively driven teams in there. You see how it makes the process smoother and is designed to protect the “real” Non-Competitive teams? Again, if you read the DIVISIONS page, a bell curve: few teams in The Association, few teams in Non-Competitive, and everybody else who has an ounce of competitive juice in the blood goes into D-League.

AGAIN, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH A ROSTER AND PAID A MINIMUM OF (2) ROSTER SLOTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULING FOR THIS SUN 6/2. And once again, we expect the schedule to be done late night tonight, due to all of this prep work we are doing.

THU 5/30 (11:00AM) — As mentioned earlier, we will probably post the schedule for this Sun 6/2 by late tonight. This first week is just really hectic setting everything up. Basically we are correcting 40% of the registrations and making sure everyone has paid the minimum 2 roster slots. TBH, a pain in the a–, so bear with us. Chauntelle should have texted all of you yesterday as a heads up to be ready to play, but of course, there’s no guarantee as we need to make sure your roster, payment, and that of your opponent is good-to-go.

WED 5/29 (12:15PM) — Rumor Mill has had an update (SF-related). Every team that has registered and paid at least the minimum 2 roster slots should expect to play this Sun 6/2. ETA on the schedule is probably Thu night (things are hectic!)… TUE 5/28 (12:30PM) — First rev of the Rumor Mill is now up… MON 5/27 (11:30PM) — I am currently done with uploading registrations from up until last Thu 5/23 at 3:00PM PDT. I have also carefully vetted the 3 divisions in Oakland only. Remaining work needs to be done on SJ and SF. I would’ve posted this to the Rumor Mill page, but am running into some problems with online spreadsheets. Therefore, you’re going to have to wait until tomorrow Tue morning 5/28 after 11:00AM PDT for the first version, which you will be able to sort on all 3 cities and see the nearly 100 team registrations for 2013 Summer that we have so far (although some teams might still be in the wrong division, as explained below).

I have also moved all of the Sunday season “common links” to the right side panel (ugly right now, fix it later) ———>

MON 5/27 (2:45PM) — A mini-revelation just occurred to me w.r.t. the Non-Competitive (NC) division, esp for Oakland. I don’t mean to play favorites and hate to put teams on the spot — also this does not mean I don’t appreciate you if you’re not them — but IMHO the best benchmarks for what I’m trying to do here with NC are the teams Oakland Warriors and What Would Wat Do (aka WWWD). When they’re at full strength and playing their best, these are the teams that should be sitting at the top of the NC division.

They’ve been playing in Dream League forever and have rarely made any roster changes. If they did, they didn’t add anybody who put them “over the top”. They got better and better just by playing in the league so many times, and they’ve played many YEARS. Without going into more detail, they just play to play and quite frankly are “low-maintenance” teams who present zero headaches. I’m not saying everyone needs to give me zero headaches — I know the game of basketball is competitive, I welcome it, and I have the resources to deal with things that come up, but I want the guys who are presenting me diff…

Sun 5/26, 5/19, 5/12, 5/5

THU 5/30 (8:15PM) — Previous posts from these weeks were accidentally lost. Sorry about that.