A bunch-a years of
fantasy sports at williamt.com
|Created: Sep 2010
Last update: Dec 2011
I've run fantasy leagues in 3 sports for a while now:
This (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!
I. A Brief History of (wasted) Time
The first fantasy league that I ran was 1998 fantasy baseketball: the Naperville Invitational Basketball League:
The NIBL was pretty unique in its day. It was a head-to-head fantasy basketball 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 last week".
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 more!
The fantasy seasons that I have run are:
II. Legacy Database and Stats
So, I have spreadsheets and websites and sometimes even paper notes from all these leagues. Yahoo is also starting to track some legacy information from season to season. I took a couple hours and compiled stats across all the season we have played... legacy stats. Enjoy:
You can peruse yourself, but here's a couple quick stats jumped out at me:
III. My Legacy
My fantasy teams are always from Naperville, except twice. Here's my team history:
Fun fun fun.
enjoy... yow, bill