Below are the NIBL Notes from the previous weeks of the NIBL season:
Week 21 ~ Week 20 ~ Week 19 ~ Week 18 ~ Week 17 ~ Week 16 ~ Week 15
Week 14 ~ Week 13 ~ Week 12 ~ Week 11 ~ Week 10 ~ Week 9 ~ Week 8
Week 7 ~ Week 6 ~ Week 5 ~ Week 4 ~ Week 3 ~ Week 2 ~ Week 1
Week 0 (original notes)
First thing's first... the NIBL site is honored to recieve its first award! For excellence in web site design and concept, the NIBL has received "The Michael Jordan Web Site of the Week" award. Luckily, I was able to attend a brief awards ceremony last week.... Check it out:
As I told Michael, this is an award that really belongs to all participants in the NIBL. Without all the little people, like Grama Shell of the Shorewood Sceptres, this award would not have been possible. Michael told me "Congratulations", that he "visited the NIBL site often", and he wished me "good luck beating those flippin' DogEaters in the playoffs." It was a magical night.
First off, give it up for the NIBL player with the most NIBL points (1,777) during the 1997-98 season...
Karl Malone of the West Chicago Women
Second, drum roll please... the 1997-98 All-NIBL Team:
|Position||Player||NIBL Points||NIBL Points/Game|
|F||K Malone (West Chicago)||1,777||42.3|
|F||T Duncan (West Chicago)||1,766||42.0|
|C||S ONeal (Glen Ellyn)||1,316||45.3|
|G||M Jordan (Aruba)||1,688||42.2|
|G||R Strickland (Ottawa)||1,434||35.8|
How do you make the All-NIBL team. The All-NIBL team consists of the players with the highest NIBL points/game at each position that have played in at least 18 NIBL games or scored at least 714 points.
If you're interested, based on total NIBL points rather than points/game the leaders at each position are: F - K Malone (1,777), F - A Walker (1,684), C - T Duncan (1,766), G - M Jordan (1,688) and G - G Payton (1,484).
Finally, I have added a bunch of whacky new stats and records to the NIBL Stats Page.
Catch all the exciting playoff action here:
The Flippin' NIBL Playoffs
After the playoffs (I assume), Johnny Rai and I will be emailing all NIBL owners to get your input for next season... you know, stuff like are you in for next season? what rules changes would you like to see? should we continue to allow girls in the league? etc...
Ahhh, the last week. Kick back and relax...
Bench Warmers - Thanks to everyone for playing your bench-warmers in this last week of the regular season. In the interest of full disclosure, here's how I handled our two incommunicados (non-communicados?), Harlem and Baghdad. Each team had players remaining that had not played, so I flipped a coin and replaced Damon Stoudamire of Harlem with Anthony Peeler, and Baghdad's Larry Johnson with AC Green. Just to let you know.
Whoop Ass - You know that the NIBL aims to please. The Manila DogEaters requested a check of the NIBL archives for a bigger ass-whooping than the 191 point beating they gave to the Santa Fe Salsa last week. Well, sure enough, that is a new record. The old record... in week 12, Glen Ellyn pounded Elk Grove 324-139, a 185 point margin. The most amazing thing about Manila's slaughter, Santa Fe had no zeros for the week... they did, however, have 5 games in single digits. Sorry, Steve.
Playoff Tunep? - In a playoff preview, Walla Walla broke down the Women 244-212. Walla Walla suggested a possible NIBL suspension for Karl Malone, but I doubt that will happen. Even though the Women lost, they still clinched the Western Conference championship... check out your obscure NIBL tiebreakers, if you're interested.
Cellar Climbing - At the other end of the spectrum, Shorewood climbed out of the Western Conference cellar with a victory over the missing Harlem Emerald. Matunuck is clawing its way out of the Eastern Conference dump, by beating Baghdad. Good luck to both Shorewood and Matunuck... the commissioner can root against teams that don't submit their lineups.
Wake up! - Next week we'll have a blockbuster Notes section...
I am proud to present this week's guest note writers... our two female NIBL owners: Shell Evans (Shorewood Sceptres) and Denise Raimondo (Manila DogEaters). Grama Shell got creative on my ass and composed a limerick expressing her feelings about this inaugural NIBL season. Mrs. Raimondo is busy preparing for the playoffs, but she took some time to describe her male-dominating NIBL strategies for the group.
So, I proudly present the works of our fairer sex en toto. I mention, for the sake of completeness... I am currently seeking medical help for the carpal tunnel that I am experiencing after all the punctuation edits required. Hmmm.
WAIT! I almost fogot. You are required by the NIBL to play every non-injured players on your roster at least once. Here the list of players that must be in your lineup's next week:
A really, really important list
|Ode to a NIBL Season|
|by Grama Shell Evans, owner Shorewood Sceptres|
|There was a Grama|
|Her NIBL season|
|went straight to Hell|
|Choosing a team|
|she thought slick|
|She built a dynasty|
|around three Knick|
|was to be her main man|
|His not returning till February|
|torpedoed that plan|
|The rest of her crew|
|fought a valiant fight|
|But could not overcome|
|the other team's might|
|So, as the NIBL season|
|winds down with a cheer|
|From the lips of Grama Shell comes|
|"Wait Till Next Year!"|
Hello fellow NIBL'rs
As we approach the end of the regular season, a season of intense nail biting, bitch slapping, and smack talking, I have to say job well done by all, team owners co-comissioner, and I guess Mr. Commisioner himself. Didn't we all have a great time? I'm sure we're all looking forward to next season.
Going into the playoffs I have to say Good Luck to Don Fenton's West Chicago Women (Imagine that women in the league) I bow to thee! Also best wishes to the Amazing, honorable and most Respectable, Bailey Boy's Walla Walla Green Giants (no need for smack) and to Bill Krieger's The almighty Aruba Thongs let me Spell it out for you all, Give me a "W", give me a "E", give me a "D", give me a "G", Give me a "I",Give me a "E" (How'd that feel? Not to good!) My heartfelt wishes to you! May the best of the East (may I Stress Playoff team?!) playoff team win.
Mr. Commisioner + Mr. Co-commissioner On a more serious and personal note, Where's my God Damn Victory Beers? Go New Jersey! Denise
He's baaack... sorry for the down time.
The playoff teams have clinched:
Eastern Conference - Aruba Thongs vs. Manila DogEaters
Western Conference - West Chicago Women vs. Walla Walla BoardBreakers
I know... duh. One is the magic number for the Thong to clinch the Eastern Conference championship. The road is a bit tougher for the Women as they play Walla Walla in a big playoff showdown next week.
Please folks, continue to submit your lineups in our final two weeks. It makes things a lot easier... Thanks!
PS - Don't forget the NIBL requirement that you play all non-injured players on your roster at least once. We only have three games left, so I have compiled a list of all the NIBL players that have not played yet. To see the list: click here.
Ah, spring is here and basketball is and the madness marches on without many of the teams I picked much like the NIBL. The Women, Boardbreakers, Thongs and Dog-Eaters will be in the first annual NIBL Final Four! The rest of us have already sat back and delivered the heavy sigh of defeat, except possibly a reality impaired spawn, and are already looking forward to next season. Harlem may be the exception here. Rumors are Harlem's front office is in disarray due to frustration and depression with the team's performance and Deon has cut off all communication with NIBL while he seeks guidance with Alonzo.
I would comment on the week's games but don't we all really just hope to be bumps in the road for the Fab Four and try to make a respectable showing for our fifty dollar donations.
Getting back to looking forward...There may be a couple of new faces at next year's draft but I think the return of most teams will demonstrate the "job well done" by Bill and John. I'll be back. Not as Santa Fe though. It seems my son, the fantasy football franchise holder in that town, is unhappy with my presence there. I've been evicted. It's all politics. I will be searching for a new home this off season.
OH BY THE WAY: I thought Matt's makeup was just fine. See you at next year's draft.
Well, well, well... Dare I take any credit for the Naperville bitch-slapping of the West Chicago Women? As you note-followers recall, last week's notes took a bit of a jab at the now-respected Alien-owner. Well, I guess I lit a bit of a fire under the young man, because the Aliens came out an pummelled the Women 322-272. Go Matt!
Johnny Rai took the helm of the unweildy NIBL software last week as I received extensive snow, sun and alcohol treatment in Lake Tahoe. Consider this a doctor's note, Johnny Rai:
Spring skiing in Tahoe? 5 stars... it's the absolute best.
A couple other games of note... other than the Alien's shocker:
Beast of the East - In the East, Aruba took a strap to the Dog-Eaters and solidified their Thong-hold on first place in the East. Aruba by 10, 304-294.
Bad luck in Vegas - Matunuck upset the Vermin, desperately clawing to get out of the league cellar. Vegas lost by 5. Check out the Vegas stat page... oh, I'll save you the trouble... this was Vegas' 4th loss by less than 10 points. If Vegas is the hard-luck team with close losses, Matunuck is the hard luck team with it's killer high-draft-pick injury list. Vegas won their first meeting... even Steven.
Impotent tools - The Tools blew their chance to close on Manila for second place in the East when the Salsa got Jiggy on them. Cap City is another one of these walking wounded teams with an incredible 8 out of 10 guys on their roster (Gugliotta, Rider, Gatling, Barry, Longley, Van Horn, Ceballos, Pack) having significant injuries or dope habits at one time or another.
C Web returns - The old Chris Webber came back with a vengeance for Elk Grove as they beat the devil out of the Spawn. Like Cap City, are hanging to playoff dreams by a thread.
The playoffs? West Chicago and Aruba are in. Walla Walla and Manila both have a magic number of 1 to clinch their spots with four games to go. Yow!
Of course, the NIBL is but a diversion from the harsh realities we all face in life. We all realize that. However, at times, reality breaks down the walls of even our little fantasy basketball league...
I site the front page of today's Chicago Tribune, below, which documents the sexual harassment of the Naperville Alien's owner Matt Cowles by the President of the United States, Bill Clinton.
I'm sure you will all join me in wishing Matt the best during these trying times for him, her, ah... Matt. Anyway, Matt... be strong, stand proud and I would lighten up on the makeup a bit.
If you would like to support Matt during these difficult days, click on the Tribune picture above and send him an email greeting.
The Diablo Spawn here to bring you these super exciting notes. We are nearing the ever so fragile last few weeks of regular season play & here is the skinny on the playoff hunt: Aruba and Manila practically have the two Eastern Conference berths wrapped up, unless Manila loses at least 4 games & Capitol City wins the rest of theirs and also has to beat Manila by at least ten points. Hey, It could happen.
The undefeated & just plain silly West Chicago Women are also a VERY safe bet of making the playoffs. But, there is a pretty interesting scenario for the second playoff spot. Walla only has a 2 game cushion over Diablo, and they still have to play West Chicago and Diablo. Plus they haven't played three people from their bench. And to round out the playoff contenders, Ottawa is only 1 game behind Diablo.
Last week's games were business as usual. Aruba squeeked by Baghdad by 4. Diablo celebrates the return of the Admiral by blowing out Shorewood by 108 and in the process ends their 2 game skid. West Chicago gets a combined 217 points out of Karl Malone & Tim Duncan (which would have beat two teams). Harlem, where are you??
My predictions for games of the week are West Chicago VS Diablo & Walla VS Ottawa. The last game between the Women & Diablo there was a combined total of 701 points scored & David Robinson scored 110 in the loss. Ottawa is in a must win mode against Walla & this game could really effect the playoff picture. Same with West Chi & Diablo.
Anyway, have fun & good luck in your NIBLing. And remember, if the Women score more than 400 in a week, free tacos!!
Thanks for the notes Danny. I would also like to thank the public school system here in Naperville for the extra time I had to put in correcting Danny's grammar and spelling... just kidding.
As commissioner I am, of course, compelled to be unbiased. However (how did you know that was coming), I think we can all maybe observe a moment of silent prayer for young Daniel in his attempt to slay those nasty Women from West Chicago. West Chicago has continued to make a mockery of this league and its participants with its 15th consecutive victory. Adding to their obvious disdain, two West Chicago players (Malone and Duncan) broke the 100 point barrier last week!
To this continued bitch-slapping, I shout (in utter desperation):
Beat those flipping Women!
Ugh. Has it come to this... Thanks, Bill
Business As Usual - the Mighty Thong cracked Naperville, the Women handled the Tools , The Dog-Eaters peed on the Strippers
Upset Specials - Matunuck Breakers bounced Walla Walla, the Sceptres conk Santa Fe right on the head, the CrossDressers kissed Diablo... right on the lips
Middle of the Pack - the Cyclones blew away Harlem, Vegas gambled away the life savings of Elk Grove
For those of you keeping score, this was the last week of inter-conference play... seven weeks of intense conference games left until the playoffs. How's that for a switch: Eastern Conference 6 wins, West 2 this week.
Taking a page from Forbes magazine, here's a restaurant review, a movie review and a book review:
Restaurant - Emilio's in Naperville, IL... 4 Stars... the baby eels are excellent
Movie - Dark City... 1 Star... Two clues that this is a bad movie. 1) Michael Wilmington of the Trib gave it four stars and 2) Jennifer Connely is in the movie and is completely clothed.
Book - Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz... 0 Stars... once again don't believe the busters at the Trib. I mean come on... alien rhesus monkeys! Good Lord!
Blah Blah Blah
I added a game history to each team's stats page. Check it out by clicking on your team in the stats page.
I would like to get some other NIBL owners to contribute to the NIBL Notes. Any volunteers? Comment on the games, the NIBL in general, life, religion, politics... All you have to do is email me your comments and I'll format them and add them to the Notes section. Let me know, Bill
Ohhh, that injury bug... another rash (pardon the pun) of injuries to first round picks:
Diablo is sunk by the Admiral's bad knee
Elk Grove up in smoke as Chris Webber medicates his bad shoulder
Shorewood stresses out along with the foot of Rony Siekaly
Cap City jumps into a victory over Glen Ellyn with both feet, but without Tom Gugliotta
Add Shaq, Hakeem, and Ewing to the list of wounded stars and nearly half of the first round picks have missed significant chunks of the NIBL season. Funny... the first round picks of the (as-we-speak) playoff teams, West Chicago (Malone), Walla Walla (Antoine Walker), Aruba (Jordan), and Manila (Garnett) are all healthy as a horse.
Dream or Nightmare?
I don't often dream about men (promise), but after (another) night of heavy drinkning, I traveled to the outer limits of my subconcious, to recall the following dream:
Scene: The lobby of the Admiral Theatre in downtown Chicago... I think I am wearing a flannel shirt. I'm looking around.
me: Don? Don Fenton... owner of the undefeated West Chicago Women... Is that you?
don: Oh, Hi Bill. Or should I say "commissioner".
me: Gosh, Don, you and the Women are on a serious roll! 13-0, what a record.
don: Yeah, I guess.
me: Wow. Pretty laid back for a guy who hasn't even lost a single game.
don: Yeah, I guess. Not unexpected though.
me: What do you mean "not unexpected"?
don: Well, you were at the draft. It wasn't exactly a conference of brain surgeons.
me: Um... jeez, Don, I don't know. Most people did a lot of research going into the draft, and team owners seemed pretty well prepared.
don: (laughing) Research... oh, you crack me up. (doubled over)
me: (not laughing) Well, ok smarty pants, what was your secret?
don: (really laughing now) My secret? (barely breathing) My big secret was just showing up. After that, it was all gravy... Mitch Richmond in the third round! I still crack up when I think of that one. Some rube even took that geek Shawn Bradley before Richmond.
me: Hey. Wait a minute... that was me. I didn't have a center yet. I - I - I (flushed and stuttering) didn't know... I - I figured... uh...
don: Bill, take a pill, you spaz. After going undefeated and on to my ultimate champoinship, I'll invite you all over to watch me throw my winnings on the ground and literally roll in my money. I think at next year's draft I'll sell swampland and heating oil futures as well.
me: You're too much, Don, I just hope you're not over-confident. By the way, who are you going to see at the Admiral tonight?
don: Me? I'm not going to see anyone. I'm performing... performing... performing (echo endlessly and fade into a spiraling swirl)
Dream or nightmare? Analysis anyone?
Harlem was victorious this week despite the first ever NIBL 25 point penalty for not submitting a lineup (ironic, eh). Deon is in-communicado... He was ill earlier in the year, so if you know what's up, then email me.
And I thought high school English was a waste of time... how about "A Tale of Two Cities":
The old scoring records had stood since week 2. In week 2, Aruba scored 376 points against (you guessed it) Elk Grove. Also in week 2, Baghdad only tallied 169 points in their loss to Walla Walla.
Oh yeah, Elk Grove can also be proud that they took the worst drubbing in NIBL history as well. They lost to Glen Ellyn by 185 points, a new record. Good job Glen Ellyn... you erased your record loss by 140 points to Diablo in week 8.
I didn't verify this, but I think this was the wost week for injuries and suspensions that we've ever had. Zeros were heartily collected by Laettner (flu), Webber (shoulder), Camby (pussy), Penny Hardaway (leg), Larry Johnson (fighting), Juwan Howard (ankle), Gugliotta (flu), Rider (idiot), and Eddie Jones (flu). Of course, the zen of life held true as Weeber and Howard were ringing up the zeros, Ottawa reaped the harvest of extra points for Rod Strickland... 102 points to be specific. Strickland led the league in points this week and also led Ottawa to a close victory over Baghdad. I told you Johnny Rai... Strippers are better than Cross-Dressers every time!
See ya, Bill
Big doing in the NIBL again... let's go:
Johnny Rai and I have filled some of the holes in the NIBL Bylaws. Here's a summary of the rules changes:
One reminder here at the halfway point of the season: You are required to play all your non-injured players at least one NIBL game of the season. You can see who you have and haven't played in the NIBL Stats page.
Rock on... keep paging down to read Johnny's comments and the announcement of the NIBL All-Star Team!
Well, here we are at the halfway point of the inaugural season for the NIBL. All in all things have gone pretty smooth considering Bill and I drew up the rules for the league a mere two weeks before we had our draft in the middle of scenic Kauai King Court. Speaking of which I think we all need to give Mr. William T. Krieger a big round of applause for doing such a great job maintaining the NIBL, writing the software for the league, keeping up with errors and mistakes on the part of NBA.com, ESPN.com and the occasional glitch in the NIBL software. Bill this warm can of Miller Lite is for you.
The games for week 11 did nothing but further seperate the men from the boys (no offense Manila and Shorewood), with the top five teams in the NIBL (West Chicago, Walla Walla, Aruba, Manila and Diablo) posting victories. Unless there are some drastic occurrences the eastern conference race appears to be all but over with Aruba and Manila holding onto four game and three game leads respectively. Capital City and Santa Fe are barely staying in the playoff picture, but in reality if youre below .500 are you really in the playoff picture? Glen Ellyn has shown some fight since the return of Shaquille ONeal, the NIBLs leader in points per game while Vegas and Baghdad are always right in the game right up to the end and then cant buy a victory. The freshly revitalized Matunuck Breakers appear ready to wreak some havoc on teams hoping for a playoff spot. With the return of Penny Hardaway and Hakeem Olajuwon the Breakers are probably licking their chops waiting to get a shot at some of the teams that stomped on them in their injury depleted state earlier in the season.
The Western Conference is a bit more interesting. While Don Fenton and his Women from West Chicago seem unstoppable at 11-0, there are four teams seperated by three games fighting for the second playoff spot. Diablo has won six straight to stay in the playoff race, and Walla Walla, after a 1-2 start, has won an impressive eight straight to rocket into second place. If Elk Grove could stop blowing games with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, they would have a closer view of the West Chicago Womens beautiful behinds, and the injury-depleted Strippers from Ottawa are sinking like a stone. It appeared Naperville was going to stay in the playoff picture, but with two straight losses dropping them to 5-6, they will need an extremely strong finish to catch those in front of them. At 3-8 Harlem and Shorewood would be tied for sixth and still have hope for the playoffs if they were in the eastern conference, but alas, in the obviously more competitive Western Conference the only way theyll see the playoffs is if they contact a ticket scalper pronto.
What makes you an all-star in the NIBL you say? Your points and your durability are all that matter today. Neither retarded fan voting nor biased coaches shall stand in your way.
Choosing the players for the NIBL all-star teams was a simple process. Simply choose the players who helped their teams the most by consistently scoring higher than the other players in the league. Durability is a factor because players who miss a game here and there (i.e. Tom Gugiotta of Capital City you flippin f***) hurt their team and themselves by getting zero points in games they were assigned to play in but for one hang-nail or another didnt participate. In the NBA if a player doesnt play it has no effect on his points per game, however, in the NIBL this player is given a zero in a game he was designated as playing by the team coach and therefore hurts his per game average. This drag down effect kept players such as Gugliotta and Chris Webber off the NIBL all-star teams. Now without further ado, here are your first annual NIBL all-stars!
|F||Hill, G||Santa Fe||39.5|
|C||O'Neil, S||Glen Ellyn||49.3|
|F||Malone, K||West Chicago||41.6|
|F||Walker, A||Walla Walla||40.2|
|G||Richmond, M||West Chicago||34.6|
It is interesting to note, and I suppose expected, that the top teams in each conference are the ones with two all-stars apiece. Don Fentons Women have Karl Malone and Mitch Richmond representing them while Bill Kriegers Thongs have Michael Jordan and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. I know some of you may be questioning Shaqs inclusion, but he has scored enough points to make his points per game average eligible for consideration (he needed 374 total points to be included). It is interesting to note that while the Western Conference is significantly more competitive than the east (we only have two teams over .500! Heavens to murgatroid!) a sum of each conference all-star teams average points per game shows the east edging out the west 202.9 to 190.6.
This brings us to the conclusion of our NIBL all-star weekend. Bill and I worked out a few additional rules and regulations to correct minor problems weve come across in the first half of our inaugural season. All NIBL owners will be notified of these additions prior to when they take effect on February 15th. Please remember to check your NIBL bylaws about playing all of your players. Just like little league, everyone who is healthy gets a chance to hit so make your decisions wisely coaches.
Im personally looking forward to the second half of the season and getting Capital City in the playoffs (ha-ha). Hope everyones having fun. Win or lose just NIBL it!
Two notes this week:
Hello there- I'm filling in for Commish this week. He's taken an Olbermann-esque leave of absence. So here's the breakdown of last week: It seems that there are a few trends among the teams in the NIBL. The best teams get better and the others just struggle to keep up.
That's the end of Week 9. The halfway point is here (sorta). Any ideas/ votes for All-Star candidates? Just wondering. Good luck everyone. -Mark
Last week we asked... which team is the best and which team is the worst? The answers: West Chicago and Matunuck. West Chicago slapped Aruba, but I think the game was over-hyped because both teams had season-low point totals in the 292-260 Women victory. Shorewood 255, Matunuck 202... as the Breakers continue to ask "When's Hakeem coming back?"
Some awesome blowouts this week too... Diablo by 140 over Glen Ellyn. By the way, of Glen Ellyn's 207 points, Shaq-Foo had 98 of them. Yow! Previously mentioned Shorewood by 53. The jammin Walla team by 74 over Baghdad... and Cap City spanked Elk Grove by 114 points!
I was fortunate enough to have lunch with the two co-owners of the mighty Elk Grove Cougars this weekend. Sadly, this 100-plus point defeat has started the inevitable finger-pointing and internal bickering that can really hurt a team's long-term outlook. Fellas, it's just Tyrone Hill... don't sweat it and... remember the love. By the way, Camby rocked last week. Sorry, Moz.
Screw last week... let's look ahead to two incredible games next week:
Aruba Thongs (6-1) at West Chicago Women (7-0)
First, our "Battle of the Week"... The leader of the East versus the undefeated monster in the West... Karl Malone (Women) head-to-head against Michael Jordan (Thong)... Young buck Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Thong) battling newbie Tim Duncan (Women)... Godzilla vs. King Kong! Good versus Evil! Enough already... The winner will lay claim to the title - best team in the NIBL... for now.
Shorewood Sceptres (2-5) at Matunuck Breakers (1-6)
Second, you guessed it... our "Battle of the Weak". The worst in the West versus the victory-lite East conference Matunuck. What do these cellar-dwellers have in common? Injuries! Shorewood has missed Scottie Pippen all year and Matunuck has schriveled without Hakeem and Penny. Well, this matchup of the last place teams in each conference will settle the nagging doubts that we all have... who is the worst team in the NIBL?
Put your money on the table.
This weeks highlights:
It was pointed out to this commissioner by the owners of Elk Grove that the Eastern Conference sucks. If last week is any indication, the elderly gentleman from Elk Grove is correct. The West killed the East this week 7-1, with Aruba bringing the East their only victory. As of this week, only two Eastern Conference teams are above .500.
Enjoy the first full week of the 1998 part of the NIBL season!
Yes, the most common occurences in the NIBL... West Chicago wins, Matunuck loses. The beat goes on.
According to the owner of the (fallen, this week) Spawn, the game of the week was the West Chicago victory over the Spawn by a tally of 366 to 335. Granted, Diablo's 335 points would have won most (oops, all) of the other games, and granted David Robinson set a new single week high of 110 for the Diablo, but those nagging Women remain undefeated. The Women now have a comfy two game cushion over the entire Western Conference.
One could argue, however, that the game of the week was Aruba's squeeker over Vegas. This matchup between the two top teams in the East came down to a double-overtime game in which Kendall Gill was playing. Even with the extra points, the Vermin lost by 3 points and fall to third in the Eastern Conference.
Kudos to Walla Walla for beating Krieger-owned teams two weeks in a row. First, Walla stunned the Thong and handed Bill Krieger's (young) Aruba their first defeat. Then this week, Walla bashes Bill Krieger's (old) Elk Grove Cougars out of second place with a convincing 302, 257 walloping. Congrats Walla.
Two things are becoming clear after week 4. The early favorite for league MVP is Chris Webber. The Cougar's star broke the 100 point barrier for the first time this week. In the first four weeks, Webber has scored 84, 96, 82, and 103 points for a total of 365 points. Awesome!
Second, the West Chicago Women are the only remaining undefeated team in the NIBL. Anchored by Karl Malone, the Women have never scored below 320 points in a week. Yow!
Injuries, suspensions, etc. continue to take their toll, especially at center: Olajuwan, Shaq, Ewing, Bradley... Get your scrubs warmed upand ready to go.
Woah... lots of nail-biters last week: Glen Ellyn by 2, Manila by 10, Naperville by 4. We're down to 2 undefeated teams. The Aruba Thongs are cracking the Eastern Conference and the 3-0 West Chicago Women are nagging the rest of the West.
Two new records in week #2 of the NIBL. Chris Webber scored 96 for Elk Grove to set the new high score for a player. Unfortunately, Elk Grove lost to the Aruba Thongs (your commissioner's favorite team) who scored 376 points to set a new team high. Check out the Aruba boxscore as all five Arubans scored between 70 and 80 points and Michael Jordan was the low point man for the week.
Weird... it's week 2 and we only have 4 undefeated teams.
The first week was fun... and painful. We had some good games (Spawn 2 point victory over Walla Walla), and everyone (eventually) got their 2nd week lineups in. Also, congrats to West Chicago, Manila, Ottawa, and Diablo for their over-300 scores... that's an average of over 30 points/player/game! Also, Karl Malone was the high scoring player for the week with 87 points. This was done without West Chicago (Don Fenton) playing Malone during his most productive game of the week when he scored almost 70 fantasy-points in that game alone.
Oh yeah, the painful part... Johnny Rai and I had to verify the stats by hand because we found some errors in the original data my program was using. I am now using the NBA's numbers, so hopefully everything will be automatic next week.
Wow! Lots of changes and NIBL work done over the past week:
Two commissioner issues have come up:
Last item... We're looking for a logo. Can you draw? If so, try a basketball with a nibble taken out of it and send it to me. Thanks, Bill
The NIBL is jogging if not running smoothly. Things, however, are definitely heating up:
Please, please, please let me know your comments and ideas about the NIBL, the NIBL's web page, the draft, whatever. We have had to build a lot of this "in the dark" to get things going, but we'd like to get input from the other owners to help keep the NIBL fresh and alive. Mail me, eh... email@example.com
Finally, a couple of notes to selected NIBL team owners: