A Most Excellent Season
Apr 19, 2001... Young Bill Krieger
"Yo Yo... So, in honor of the brothers,
we thought we'd put out one of their jams and fuck it
Check this shit out."
- Rage Against the Machine, in
concert before rocking with Cypress Hill
A Most Excellent Season
I would rank the NIBL 2001 regular season as
"most excellent." Lots of close races... some crazy
shit...pretty fun time.
My highlights, in
order of stream of consciousness (I'm listening to Local H if that
Newbie of the Year
Newbie Rip City caught everyone's attention early
with a NIBL record 429 nibls in week 6. The Rippers almost doubled
up Walla's score of 218. We haven't seen thrashings like that since
Ole Rob Reed's days with the Bolingbrook Bighops. He He. Bighops...
what a dork. Alas, the Rippers quirky crew fell apart in the end,
but it was exciting. With Jamison, Hughes, Camby, the Houston
backcourt and the suddenly sullen Shareef Abdur-Rahim, no one had
more head cases that Ripper Rob Triol.
Stubbed toe award
Elk Grove went on a midseason tear as Shaq and
McDyess got angrier and angrier. The Cougars only had two problems.
First, every time Shaq or McDyess stubbed their toe (or some other
body part), Elk Grove lost. Second, Nantucket took care of bid-ness
by sweeping all three games with Elk Grove and snatching second
place in the West.
Against all odds, reigning NIBL champ Diablo
reached his lofty midseason goal of "double digit wins Bill...
really, I can do it... you'll see." At 11-14, you did it Danny.
Rub down the NIBL plaque while you can.
Over-achiever of the Year
I'll take that one, thank you. Post-draft
publications (sitting on my porch after the draft) had Aruba
finishing no better than .500 with my lot of boring has-beens and
all-alien backcourt (Cassell & Van Exel). Well, Tim Duncan
turned out to be the second best player in the league alongside four
30+ nibl starters, and I'm in the playoffs. Shit, even buster Tony
Kukoc participated for a few games in the end there.
Game of the Year
My personal favorite was Aruba's 386-368 comeback backbreaker
over my arch-nemesis Cap City. The game was a season high for both
teams. The total nibls racked up, 754, was the second highest total
in NIBL history. The win the Thongies second place, the
tiebreaker, and a ticket into the playoffs.
Hard Luck Case
Vegas lost a bone-crushing 4 games by 10 nibls or
less. Tommy continues his hard luck streak. The Vermin did snarf
victories out of 6 of their last 7 games, but it was too little too
late. 7 players scored more than 1,900 nibls this season, and Tommy
had two of them: KG and 'Toine.
The Cream of the NIBL
F Don Fenton. He won a NIBL record 19 games in a
row (week 3 - week 21) in that "weak sister" Western
Conference. He led the NIBL in scoring with 7,933 nibls, for a 317
nibl/game average. Awesome! He is the number one seed in the
playoffs and is bringing along his top three picks (Kobe, Mutombo,
The Dumbest/Smartest Transaction
Aruba released Jason Terry (Atl) to acquire buster
Chauncey Billups. Well, West Chicago promptly grabbed Terry off the ash heap
and Terry went on to be the Beaters 3rd leading scorer and average
31 nibl/game. Dop.
Getting Your Wish
"I want Keving Garnett next year."
Manila finished the season at a bruising 9-16 and should have no
problem fulfilling her wish.
Best/Worst Draft Picks
The best pick is pretty easy. Nantucket snarfed
Shawn Marion in the 8th round! Marion was a third wheel in the
NIBL's most potent scoring trio of Malone, Stackhous and Marion.
These guys totaled 5,207 nibls over the season and led 'Tucket to
its first playoff appearance. The Bucket's 8th round choice, Marion,
averaged better than 33 nibls a game. Wow!
"worst" may be a bit harsh, how about "toughest
luck" pick. Gotsa be Walla's 9th overall pick of Grant Hill.
Hill played one week and was done. Bad news for Walla, good news for
Napa Valley... Tracy McGrady scarfed up those low-hanging nibls with
Speaking of McGrady, if Vegas had the
NIBL's best frontcourt with KG and 'Toine, Napa Valley sported the
best backcourt of McGrady and Kidd.
In conclusion, I've said it before and I'll say it
again. If there's is one thing that holds the NIBL together like super
glue... no, not the fun or the spirited competition, or the pictures
of Rose McGowan... it's the communal dislike for Don Fenton and his
band of fruity thugs. A pox on West Chicago in his attempt to repeat
as NIBL champion.
Invitiation to Exercise
Aruba Thong owner and man about town Young Bill
Krieger and newbie Rob Ripper Triol invite you to join us at the
Naperville 10K Run to be held on Saturday May 5 at 8:00 am. It's only
$20, and you get a t-shirt. It's really fun too... last year Rob ran
shirtless, carrying a beer and in jogging shorts two sizes too
So, for god's sake... Be There!
By the way, for those metric-impaired, 10K meters is
about 6.2 miles.
"There's one thing that you
I can just kill a man"
Cypress Hill lyrics
Not much to say really. I don't remember past playoff
teams being this balanced and strong, I guess. Last year we had Diablow Danny with
the two-headed monster of Shaq and Kobe. This year is more balanced and
looks like a "gol dang battle out there". Check it out.
West Chicago CleavageBeaters
Ah, the rich get richer. Don follows up his sterling
regular season with a boffo playoff lineup:
- F - Dirk Nowitizki, Dal
- F - Mo Peterson, Tor
- C - Dikembe, Phi
- G - Kobe, Lal
- G - Baron Davis, Cha
With the mid-season Mutombo trade, Don is strong
strong strong. By the way, this is West Chicago's 3rd playoff
appearance in 4 nibl-years.
#2. Napa Valley Tasters
Again, Eric's playoff roster is loaded. ( Whatever
happened to the playoff guy versus winning in the regular season
tradeoff? ) Napa is weak at center, but carries the nibl's best
backcourt into the playoffs, guns a-blazin':
- F - T-Mac, Orl
- F - Stoyo, Sac
- C - Shawn Bradley, Dal
- G - Jason Kidd, Pho
- G - Alvin Wiliams, Tor
Alvin Wiliams and Bradley were key midseason pickups
for the Taster. This is Eric's first playoff shot... good thing he got
out of Baghdad, I guess.
#3. Aruba Thongs
The Thong are playoff-strong with five of my top 7
picks filling out an angry playoff roster:
- F - Jalen Rose, Ind
- F - Wally World, Min
- C - Tim Duncan, Sas
- G - S Cassell, Mil
- G - Derek Anderson, Sas
This is Aruba's 3rd playoff try. Will it be as
futile as the first two?
#4. Nantucket Buckets
Nantucket loses its second-leading scorer,
Stackhouse, going into the playoffs. Jack also needs to grab a center
in the playoff draft. Rotsa Ruck...
- F - Malone, Uth
- F - Marion, Pho
- C - ???
- G - Glenn Rice, Nyk
- G - Mark Jackson, Nyk
The midseason trade of Mark Jackson to the Knick
could hurt the Buckets. Jackson was putting up better numbers for
Toronto. Nantucket will need stellar playoff nibls from Malone and
Marion to survive...fer sure.
This is Nantucket Jack's first appearance in the playoffs.
Dotting the eyes
Finally, check out the All-NIBL team at the bottom of
the NIBL 2001 page. Aw hell, just click on this:
Let the games, playoff games that is, begin!
PS - Pockets anyone?