|Created: Sep 2010
Last update: Dec 2011
I've run fantasy leagues in 3 sports for a while now:
(fun) page sort of summarizes the history, or legacy, of all those
leagues. And of course, I will sprinkle in a few stats for your
entertainment (cough). Huzzah!
he he... yow, bill
I. A Brief History of (wasted) Time
The first fantasy league that I ran was 1998 fantasy baseketball: the Naperville Invitational Basketball League:
NIBL was pretty unique in its day. It was a head-to-head fantasy
league. You played a different team each week... picking two games
during the week for each player you had in your lineup: G, G, F, F, C.
The score was your tally of
points + rebounds + assists + blocks + steals. It didn't take long for
that scoring tally to be called "nibls"... as in, "I lost by 37 nilbs
before every website on the planet offered fantasy leagues. I wrote a
Java program that sucked the stats out of Yahoo boxscores, and I
finagled the web pages myself. Excellent.
Well, the NIBL died in 2003 (pretty much along with basketball in Chicago), but I've run fantasy
baseball and football leagues each year since then. These leagues have survived, in
some form, divorce, war, near-depression, global warming (not!) and
The fantasy seasons that I have run are:
Blah blah... on to the stats!
NIBL from 1998-2003
Jonesy Football from 2003-2005
- LetsPlay2 Baseball from 2004-2006
Payton34 Football from 2006-today
LetsPlay3 Baseball from 2007-today
II. Legacy Database and Stats
I have spreadsheets and websites and sometimes even paper notes from
leagues. Yahoo is also starting to track some legacy information from
season to season. I took a couple hours and compiled stats across all
we have played... legacy stats. Enjoy:
You can peruse yourself, but here's a couple quick stats jumped out at me:
60 different owners... I don't remember meeting 60 different people. He he.
is the easily the most prolific fantasy owner of all-time with a
better-then .700 winning percentage over 6 seasons. It's all NIBL work, but still pretty incredible.
Tommy and I are tied with 3 fantasy titles each. Of course, my record came in 20 seasons, and his in only 12.
greatest fantasy baseball team ever? Well, the 2007 Vatican City Pope
had a best-ever 0.684 winning percentage with his 144-63-13
record... and, of course, won the title that year.
ran the winningest ever football team... the 2008 Mellonville Larue
went 11-2-1 for an 0.821 winning percentage. Alas though, the Larue
lost the title that year to Jay's HOFFMAN HILLBILLY.
NIBL, good ole williamt (me) went 12-1 with the 1999 Aruba Thong...
only to lose in the finals to Don and the West Chicago WifeBeater.
worst fantasy team of all time? I have to give the nod to the 2000 Elk
Grove Cougar in the NIBL. The Cougar went 0-22 that year. Nice catch,
Moz. He he. The only other winless team: NIBL 1999 Bolingbrook Big
worst baseball team ever: Brian's sweet georgia brown squad garnered a
24-186-10 record for the 2007 season. That's nearly 160 games below 0.500 and a meager 0.132 winning
Finally, the first champion ever was... sigh... a girl. Denise's Manila DogEaters shocked the world with her 1998 NIBL crown.
III. My Legacy
My fantasy teams are always from Naperville, except twice. Here's my team history:
* League champion
Fun fun fun.
enjoy... yow, bill