Saturday, March 24, 2007

Weekend Update

Smatterings for the weekend:

--Lots of great entries for this week's contest. The winner of a signed ARC of THE MARK will be announced Monday.

--Looks like the second Henry Parker novel is undergoing a title change, stay tuned.

--I'm currently prepping for my fantasy baseball draft, which begins tomorrow at 3:00. My desk is currently buried under a pile of rotisserie magazines and ESPN.com printouts, and I've bookmarked about a dozen websites. After a strong 2nd place finish in 2005, my team plummeted to 8th (out of 10) in 2006. I blame the poor finish on injuries (damn you Rich Harden), subpar performances (damn you Coco Crisp and Mark Buehrle) and the depressing nature of having to root for A-Rod.

--To get my mind right, I started reading Sam Walker's FANTASYLAND, a narrative of his entry into "Tout Wars," the most competitive fantasy baseball league in the world. It's wildly entertaining, with solid A+ writing. Anyone who's played fantasy baseball will identify with Walker's miracles (picking up a guy off waivers to fill in for an injured player and watching him flourish) as well as his blunders (bringing up a player at auction you don't want in the hopes of depleting your competitors funds, only to be stuck with him when nobody else bids).

--My team name is 'Shooter McGavin.' Major points to anyone who can guess where it comes from.

4 Comments:

Blogger SAND STORM said...

Happy Gilmore

12:46 PM  
Blogger Dave White said...

Happy Gilmore's mortal enemy indeed.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Fun Guy said...

Hey Jason, fantasy baseball is my life (well, until my family and job come into play). I haven't got around to Fantasyland yet but have been a subscriber to Shandler's BaseballHQ for six years now. Matt Holliday, Rollins, Cano, Gordon, Peavy, Kazmir, Bonderman -- some players I'm going to target this year. Post your team after your draft. I'd like to check it out.

-Paul Meadors

11:25 PM  
Blogger Tori Scott said...

Never played fantasy baseball, but I did recognize the Shooter McGavin moniker from Happy Gilmore.

11:05 PM  

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