Zazzle gets ‘religion’…and pisses me off

For years I’ve used the online site ‘Zazzle’ to create the awards and other junk I make for myself and for the league champs. You may have received a mug or clock or some other item with the league’s shield on it in the past. For example here is a mug I ordered a few years ago.

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Zazzle usually does quality work inexpensively and I pay a yearly fee to get free shipping on all my orders.A couple of weeks back I thought I’d order a dozen or so keychains and send them out to the owners just for the hell of it. I created the item using our league shield and promptly received a notice that the order had been canceled:

This product contains a design with an image and/or text that is in violation of an individual’s rights of celebrity/publicity. Zazzle is note[sic] currently licensed to offer merchandise for this individual and/or group. If you are interested in purchasing officially licensed merchandise at Zazzle, please visit: http://www.zazzle.com/brands

In other words I don’t have permission to use Ed Hughes’ name. But I can use Zazzle to buy “officially licensed” Ed Hughes merchandise. I’d like to see that stuff. And they can’t even bother to check their own boilerplate bullshit for grammar errors while being dicks.

I checked with Dean, our graphics guy, and had him whip up what I hope is an acceptable replacement shield/logo:

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I’m going to give it a shot at Zazzle. Hopefully it’ll fly.

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Settlers Win Hughes Bowl 2015!

 

 

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Brooks Andrews’ San Marcos Settlers have won the 2015 Hughes Bowl over the favored Adirondack Holes 133-104. Inspired by what they perceived as a lack of respect (from draft day to title game build-up), the Settlers rode two bottom dollar waiver acquisitions to their first championship.

cousins)The newly crowned kings of the EHFL got off to a big start on Saturday night with Kirk Cousin’s ($16) 35 point performance and sealed the win via a 30 point game from Allen Hurns ($10) on Sunday. The Jag receiver’s total served to offset a big 32 point game from Julio Jones of the Holes.hurns

In addition Brooks had solid efforts from Jarvis Landry, Rob Gronkowski and Devonte “You Know He’s Not Their Starter” Freeman. Rashaad Jennings’ 14 point night on Sunday was just padding on the already decided contest.

There is no way to predict what difference an active Odell Beckham would have made for the Holes. But the 29 point margin of the San Marcos win makes it unlikely that even with Beckham, who averaged 22.5 points per start, Jimmy O’s club would have had enough.

As noted earlier this marks Brooks’ first title. 2015 was his first season as solo owner and his fourth overall. The last time we had a ‘first time winner’ was 2009 when Tom McLean went all the way with his S’Rats.

 

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The Hughes Bowl 2015!!

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Holes ‘Glide’ in while Settlers ‘Slide’ In

Our two 2015 Semi Final games could not have been more different. In one the Holes continued their bludgeoning ways with a 123-78 win over the Sticks. The Holes’ lead was insurmountable going into Monday night and even Golden Tate’s 22 point effort for Keith barely caused a ripple. The Holes had 20+ points from four players, 19 from another and the two slackers, Jason Tucker and Lamar Miller, weren’t able to drag Jimmy’s club down enough to allow the Sticks to make it close.

On the other side the Settlers had to sweat out a Sunday night game that looked like a Larry Fitzgerald-led lock for the S’menn. Brooks held a slim eight point lead going into the Cardinals-Eagles game Sunday night. Fitz had only scored less than nine once this season and when he had seven at halftime things looked bleak for the San Marcos crew. With Matt Stafford very likely to put the tie break in Padilla’s pocket (he did) it came down to the fact that Fitzgerald needed only one catch (ONE CATCH!!) that didn’t result in anything worse than a four yard loss to propel the S’menn to the Hughes Bowl.

And yet, even against the terrible Eagles secondary Carson Palmer failed to hit Fitz, and in fact he barely looked his way in the entire second half. He targeting him twice with one drawing a pass interference call. I didn’t see the play but I wonder if the Eagles player’s interference actually prevented an easy catch, one that would have changed the course of the Hughes League season. We’ll never know. Final score..Settlers 111 Strawmenn 110.

So now it’s on to the 2015 Hughes Bowl. Jimmy looks to win his third crown. He last took it four years ago in 2011. Brooks will be piloting his first Hughes Bowl club. It’ll be interesting to see if Odell Beckham can win his appeal of that one game suspension and be eligible for the Holes this weekend. My gut instinct says, based on the way the Holes are playing, it may not matter.

 

 

 

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Heading On

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And on we go!! The Sticks and Settlers advanced through the Wild Card round and that sets up a couple of interesting Semi Final games.

Sticks 106, Nationals 105

The Sticks came up with 10 points out of Danny Amendola on Sunday night to just edge out the Nationals. The game is close enough that I will have to keep an eye on the final and official stats that get posted Thursday morning. It would be unusual but possible that the score could swing by a point once the NFL releases the adjustments. It’s happened before.

But baring that the Sticks will take on the top seeded Holes in a fight to land a spot in Hughes Bowl 35.

Settlers 103, Flyers 96

San Marcos lapped the Flyers on Monday night as Jarvis Landry outscored Josh Brown to overcome a six point Flyer lead. The #2 seeded Strawmenn await.

 

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Handicapping the Contenders

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Thought I’d take a brief look at the playoff squads and toss out a few thoughts on each. Disclaimer: Remember fantasy football is for entertainment purposes only…please, No Wagering!

First, the field:

Sticks, Flyers, Settlers all go off at 4:1 odds.

Sticks: They lost their last game but won 3 of 4 to finish the season above .500 and averaged about 96 points over the final three weeks. They had only three weeks over 100 points and are the lowest scoring team in the playoffs. Capable of winning this week but the question is are they going to continue to put up 96 points a game and will that even be enough against the rest of this bunch?

Settlers: Early in the season they looked like they would be a shoo-in for a bye and a spot as co-favorites. Now, not nearly so much. Blame the Falcons who the Settlers rely upon. Brooks’ club looked really good and really bad recently as they sandwiched a pair of 60 something point weeks around a 130+ Week 12 so your guess is as good as mine as to what’s coming.

Flyers: On the one hand they were 6-2 and ended up 7-6. On the other hand they were fourth in points scored this season, finished with a huge effort in Week 13 and only had one week under 90 all season. Maybe I should reconsider lowering the 4:1 odds here.

Now, the Prime Contenders:

Nationals: An 8-5 team that had the misfortune to play in the same division as the Holes and they lost three of those five by a total of 6 points. They went out with a bang scoring 139, 126, 84, 116, and 119 in the last five weeks. Looking for a dark horse fantasy champ? You could do worse than the Nats. Odds 2:1

Strawmenn: They are 9-4 but have rolled up six straight wins. They haven’t scored less than a hundred points since Week One. Think about that. They’re the overall top scoring team to boot. The S’menn may not be the favorite to win the Hughes bowl but I sure can’t call them less than ‘damn near co-favorites’.  Odds 5:4

Holes: Truth be told the Holes may not be running as hot as the Strawmenn but I can’t NOT make an 11 win team the odds on favorite. They hit a lull late in the year as Brady’s performance wavered but the roster is solid and the potential to sweep through the playoffs is real. Just a tad better odds than the Strawmenn, just on a hunch. Odds 1:1, Even money.

If I have a chance I’ll return later this week with some additional previewing of the clubs and maybe some predictions for this week’s games.

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UPDATED!!! Here’s What I Know (Tuesday A.M. Edition)

I applied the tiebreaks and the Playoff Seedings are set. Check the bottom of this post.  We use the NFL’s tie break system and that is available on the home page in the Links section. 

 

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I haven’t had a chance to put a pencil to it but almost everything about the playoffs is set. This is what it looks like now (and I hope to finish this morning):

Playoffs 2015 are set to go! The info in red is the updated seeding and it’s now official!

#1 Seed w/Bye—Holes—Division winner and 11-1-1 is best record

#2 Seed w/Bye—Strawmenn—Division winner at 9-4 holds tiebreak over Settlers (head to head win)

#3 Seed—Settlers—Division winner at 9-4 lost tiebreak to Strawmenn (see above)

#4 Seed (Wild Card)—Nationals—8-5 is best among teams not winning division

#5 Seed—To Be determined—One of these 7-6 teams: Heroes, Flyers, Sticks. This is what I will figure out this morning

#5 Seed—SticksThree Way Tie Break for WC reads as follows:

1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the three Wild-Card participants.

Applying #1 above knocks the Heroes out of this seed due to their 2 losses to the Flyers who become the ‘highest ranked club’ in Lombardi. That leaves Sticks and Flyers and we revert to the two team tie break which is head-to-head. Sticks defeated the Flyers so they claim this spot.

#6 Seed—Based on most points among teams not already qualified: Flyers (1334 points) if they are not #5 Seed or Heroes (1258 points) if Flyers are #5 Seed.

#6 Seed—Flyers—Most points scored (1334) among teams not already qualified. 

So Round One will be:

Settlers versus Flyers and

Nationals versus Sticks

I will update the home page with the 2015 Bracket as soon as I can. The bracket might be adjusted after the first round due to the fact that the #1 Seed always faces the lowest remaining seed in the Semi-Finals.

But of course none of this matters because….Holes

 

Updated Update…..it’s worth noting that none of the seeds would have been changed under the old seed-by-record system.  The Flyers would have beaten out the Heroes either way (two wins over Heroes).   

 

 

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#2Tired2Care

No, not really. But I will admit that looking at the permutations of the final week’s games gave me a massive migraine. But as I thought of all of you guys looking like this……

…I knew I had to at least check out the possibilities.

So here is what I know from a tiny bit of investigation:

=>The Holes have the #1 Seed wrapped up.

=> the Giants, Attica, R’backs and Bombers are eliminated from the playoffs. That is unless one of them breaks the all time record for one weeks points….like doubling it. At least.

=> If the Heroes catch the Settlers I’m going to have to go pretty deep into the tie breakers to sort them out…they split the season series and would have the same division record.

=> The Strawmenn, Nats and Flyers have the best chances of grabbing the #6 seed which goes to the top scoring non-qualifier. That, first of all, presupposes that the Strawmenn don’t beat the Sticks. Win and they are in but lose and I’m into another two team tie with a split season series and identical division records. The Flyers would benefit greatly by having the S’menn win their division and have the Nats win and qualify on their record.

=>Every other scenario that is possible hinges on two other games and I can’t bear to launch into it tonite. My advice….win your game and hope for the best. I’ll sort it out next week.

Fantasy Football is like:

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