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I was sitting in the bleachers of Wrigley Field in Chicago not too long ago during a rain delay. It was pouring and I wasn’t moving. It was the first time I had ever been in the Wrigley bleachers alone. Probably the first time I had been that wet in cargo shorts, so there’s that. Also, at one point the dugouts of both teams were filled with players and coaches staring out into the distance. Sitting there, drenched in rainwater and wondering where the hell my cotton candy had disappeared to and why my hand was so sticky, I imagined both dugouts were looking at me. They were probably staring at the lightning striking the Toyota sign 10 yards behind me, but they were also probably wondering how long it would be before that lightning struck the dude out in left field refusing to seek shelter from the storm. I was the entertainment. Dozens of million-dollar entertainers were watching me, hoping I’D provide some entertainment. And in a small way, I imagine I did.

Why am I talking about baseball on a fantasy basketball website? Because this is when I’d normally discuss the opened free agency that would have started today, or the start of the Summer League, or J.J. Hickson becoming a member of the Kings. None of those things matter or even exist because the league is officially under lockout. So we’re in our own little rain delay. And like most rain delays there’s no telling when it will end. Still, Razzball ain’t going nowhere. We’re like R.P. McMurphy imagining the World Series in front of a powerless television in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” You can block the sport from the fans, but you cannot block the fans from the sport.

Razzball will continue its 2011 preseason stuff – rankings, sleepers, team previews and so-on – in the assumption that both negotiating sides will get their shizz together in time for the season. However, if the season doesn’t start on time (or at all), we’re going to bring you back to a bygone era. ¬†What I want from you, dear readers – and you’ll have until October 1 to cast your vote – is to choose a season between 1956 and 2006 that you’d like to see Razzball write about daily. Drop your vote in the comments, along with your reasoning for the vote. We’ll tally ‘em up in a few months and go from there.

  1. d2bnz says:
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    the lock out is a really sad event , I can envisage agent zero having to give up his “pets” before too long as those cheques fail to roll in
    On a serious note though , having read a little bit about the details involved , if I were a player I would be hesitant to relinquish any of the benefits the current pay structure afforded me …..As an owner , and here is where the problem lies , the current agreement allows owners such as Mark Cuban to spend $71 mill per anum on players , some 15 mill over a projected hard cap figure and yet the majority of owners are posting losses ???? and these losses have occured in a season where both attendances to games and TV figures were up …..go figure, are they real losses or the fiction of creative accounting????
    The first people to suffer will be neither player or owner , but the stall/ shop owners in many an arena , they will still be expected to make their rentals and franchise payments .
    On a fantasy level , I know for sure that in my $$$ keeper league that my ownership of Steve Nash is not too bright , i wonder how others with the likes of Kidd , Garnett , and even Bryant feel .

  2. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @d2bnz: Yeah. Owners can exceed the salary cap under a penalty. A penalty that I understand to be fairly steep. So for most owners it works as a deterrent. With Cuban (and he’s really the only example that seems to qualify), he’s got enough excess cash and enough passion to ignore the penalty. Ironically, I don’t think any of that had anything to do with their Finals win this year. Also, from my understanding attendance was up, but not across the board. The select teams that were in trouble (Charlotte, Indiana, New Orleans, Atlanta, etc.) stayed in trouble and the successful teams like New York or Chicago didn’t help enough. Couldn’t help enough.

    And, yeah, from a fantasy perspective, if this lockout doesn’t end quickly (and it won’t), we’re going to see some shoddy, shoddy play in the first few months back.

  3. I’m going to go with the 1991-1992 NBA Season, because a) that led to a pretty good Finals and b) I was never more into the NBA than I was in the early 90s.

  4. I’d also go with the 93-94 Season, because that had an amazing (and to me) crushing Finals, but Jordan was busy stinking up minor league baseball, so that sort of deflates things (or perhaps makes it more interesting, *strokes chin*).

  5. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @ChrisV82: I like where your head is at. It never occurred to me to cover the part of the Jordan era where there was no Jordan. Lotta Hakeem. Lotta Hakeem.

  6. brad says:
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    90-91. Magic’s last real season, Stockton, Malone, Mullin, Hardaway, Clyde, Porter, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Pooh Richardson!, Bird, McHale, Parish, KJ, Majerle, Reggie, Barkley, Manute Bol!, Ewing, ‘Nique, Spud Webb, Bernard King, Pervis Ellison!, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Bill Laimbeer, Isaiah, Dumars, Rodman, The Admiral, Hakeem, Fat Lever!, oh and whoever was playing for the Bulls. . . .

  7. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @brad: Ha! I’m man enough to admit that I did not foresee Pervis being a deciding factor in this thing.

  8. JT says:
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    1984-85

    Showtime Lakers at height of prowess.

    Beta Dog Boston

    Tonnes of fun talent around league

    Tonnes of Judith Light & Facts of Life pop culture references to make. “Girls, girls, girls”!

  9. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @JT: Yeah, there’s no way I wouldn’t mention Knot’s Landing in every post or the epic Webster/Mr. Belvedere/Benson “how-the-hell-did-ONE-of-these-shows-exist-much-less-all-three-simultaneously” Friday night lineup.

    Nice call.

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