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RCL BasketballRazzball Hoops Nation!  It’s that time of year where you bring your smack to the table, your chips into the pot, your yelling at my ranks to the battleground.  It’s RCL time for Basketball and I’m excited for the best RCL season this side of Jeff Hornacek’s short-shorts.

 

Listen, I know RCL last year didn’t go very smoothly over here on hoops.  I took over as editor mid-season, had a lot of things not transition well, and I take responsibility for not shepherding through the final few months when I took over as well as I could have.  To make up for it, I went to Grey on my hands and knees and pleaded for the biggest prize pool we’ve ever given out with the sweetest Razz-pimp gear.  The top winner will get a 2013-2014 RCL Champion Jumpsuit (branded basketball of course) and their choice of a Razzball T-Shirt.  Second place won’t go empty-handed either, and will get a T-shirt of their own as well.  But it doesn’t stop there.  As an acknowledgement of shame and embarrassment from last year, I will shave (well – will have a professional barber somewhere – hopefully from Barbershop) the winning team’s name in my head and post on the Razzball YouTube channel.  That way when you see the back of my head like in my avatar pic, you’ll see in painstaking pale scalp skin the name of your winning team.  Wear your sunglasses!

We’ll be having our RCL Leagues on Yahoo this year – for a few reasons.  One – it’s where we have RCL Football and two – Yahoo offers fantastic player highlights that yours truly is part of the software team that creates.  We made them last year as well if you remember the experience, and my team at my real-life job is stoked to get back into the action.  So if you’ve never played fantasy hoops on Yahoo, you’ll really like the experience.  We’re making everything Yahoo default to save the headache and all the steps are laid out below to create your very own RCL Basketball League.

We’re going to do head-to-head 9-cats this year (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, ST, BLK, TO), 12-team leagues (Yahoo defaults), and a little easier way to track the overall winner.  The top prize will go to the team that a) won the playoffs and their league title and b) had the best overall W-L-T record (in the regular season).  So to topple the RCL field, you’ve got to weather the playoffs yet have a dominant record in the regular season.  I know this takes out Rudy’s usual League Competitive Index and will lead to some of the better regular season teams knocked out, but I think this will make a lot of teams suddenly in the running for the RCL title late in the year and for a much more entertaining final month.  We’ll have weekly updates throughout the season (I promise) and looking forward to a great 2013-14.

If you have any questions/comments for RCL Hoops this year, shoot your comments below or if you really need me via e-mail, hit me up at jb@razzball.com.  Thanks for coming back for RCL Hoops!

TO CREATE A LEAGUE 

  • Create a league with your desired team name in Yahoo
  • Set your Draft Time, but leave everything else default.  (NOTE – you must leave your original draft time the same or have unanimous agreement to change the date once your league is set to ensure everyone that has signed up for your league can make the draft.)
  • Make your league public (Commish Tools – Edit league Settings – the last option under “League Settings”)
  • Add the league info to the Spreadsheet (which you see below).  You can’t add into the spreadsheet directly in the post, you have to go through the above link.  To get your link to allow RCLers to join your league, go to Commish Tools – Invite Friends – (scroll to the bottom) – Or Send a Link.  Copy and Paste that link in Column G of the spreadsheet.
  • Update how many spots are filled when you can and enjoy your RCL League!

TO JOIN A LEAGUE

  • Click the link of the league you’d like to join and sign up.  That’s it!

I’ve already got my JB’s Random Commenter League ready to be joined and our resident Pete Nice will have one up shortly as well.  Good luck in RCL action this year and we’re looking forward to a big 2013-14!


From Around The Web

  1. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Bring it on JB, it’s gotta be better than last year, right? I mean it can’t end up much worse…

    Right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Yessir! Going to be the best RCL Hoops season. I’ll be here all year – plus I’m looking forward to getting some looks when I have “Your Mom Says Hi” shaved into my head! (haha let’s hope that guy in my league doesn’t win!)

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Glad to hear you’ll be in charge of it all year JB, it should be great!

        Oh, I was gonna just go with a basketball player themed team name, but then you went and said you’d be shaving it into your head, and I had to go a different route with it…

        Here’s hoping I do win!

        ~ Your Mom Says Hi

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @A Hill O’ Beans: Haha dammit I knew it was you!!! Man I’ll be getting some looks if you win…. Looking forward to the year too, I’m actually really excited to shoot a little vid with me walking around the mall with something preposterous in my head and someone filming people’s reactions…. Good luck this year!

  2. fitz says:
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    Does anybody know why ESPN doesn’t have a single multi positional player?

  3. sparky8 says:
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    Last year(first year playing hoops) I ended up with Curry/Thompson and picked up Jarret Jack off waivors in week 1. It worked out pretty well. Any guard combos I should target this year?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @sparky8: Man, nice combo! Except March I think it was when Klay went ice cold… Um, If you have a later first round pick, Kyrie/Waiters/Jack could pan out, Lillard/Matthews/Mo Williams is another. Deeper combo of three I like is Bledsoe/Dragic/Archie Goodwin. Love Goodwin as a deep, deep sleeper and both starting guards you should be able to get past round 5.

      • sparky8 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, Klay did definatly fade in March-its a roto league with games played limit, so it didnt hurt me that much. Thanks for the advice.

  4. BSub says:
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    Just started reading the site…love some of the bold predictions in the rankings.

    Let’s see how this league works out, good luck!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BSub: Thanks man! Have a few updates to make (KD has to be unquestioned #1 now) but I hope most of them pan out! Thanks – looking forward to hopefully holding my own!

  5. d2bnz says:
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    Well how interesting is that , part of the software team eh!
    Congrats on being able to make a living from your hobby I am truly jealous .
    Now if you could just encourage Yahoo to give us a link to click on to check out the boxscore I might be able to readily accept the changes …tough living in a pacific time zone.
    See you at the draft.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @d2bnz: Haha thanks man! Yea it’s wild, when I first interviewed I didn’t even know where the highlights I would be making would end up and it ended up being the Yahoo fantasy product. Small world! I thought Yahoo did have box scores to click on during games next to the players… But maybe you mean somewhere else… Looking forward to it man thanks for signing up!

      • d2bnz says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        JB its after the games are completed that is my issue regards the boxscores
        For example ….the Boston vs Tampa game completed 30 minutes ago as I type , a written report on the game is available yet nowhere on the page can I find a link to check out the boxscore……seems a basic oversight to me.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @d2bnz: Hmmmm, yeah I’m not sure. We don’t work on anything besides the video for Yahoo so I’m not sure exactly what you’re seeing, but in the old days before their re-design of everything you used to be able to click on a “Box Score” link if it took you to “Recap” after the game ended. But maybe that’s not the case anymore…

          • d2bnz says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            It is most definitely not the case anymore

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @d2bnz: Stupid Yahoo! Hopefully it’s a kink they fix. I haven’t really used their box scores much – I used them mostly for baseball but now I used the MLB At Bat APP for all-a-dat

  6. osouvi says:
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    Hey JB & P Nice, been reading up on your articles a lot. Great stuff. I just drafted in a 10 team yahoo 9 cat h2h 1 win league and I took a ton of big men. Should I make some trades for pg’s&sg’s or should I stick to “thinking” I’ll be dominant in at least 4 cat’s. My team btw is kyrie, ibaka, horford, sanders, ilyasova, millsap, McGee, Lowry, tyreke, w. chandler, e gordon, Henderson and last pick amare. I’d like to hear your thoughts. Thanks and keep up the excellent articles!

    • JB Gilpin

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      I like that team! I obviously have Ibaka in the first round (Westbrook injury only helps) and like how you filled your roster. I would let it roll a few weeks, then maybe a desperate team looking for a big will overpay for McGee if he starts hot or something like that. Thanks for reading!

  7. Whoadie says:
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    Whatup party people? I came late to the Razzball league party and noticed the lack of spots available in JB and Pete’s leagues. I’m hoping I can fill in for the rest of the Razzball populous looking for a league.

    I’ve been a commissioner before, and am confident a team from our ranks will rise to immortality on the palette that is JB’s scalp.

    Join for the only other league that (currently) matters for the glory that is the 2013-2014 Razzball champion.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Whoadie: You’re the man Whoadie! Thanks for starting one up!

    • Pops says:
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      @Whoadie: I’ve clicked on the link for your league, it doesn’t lead me to sign up.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pops: @Whoadie: Thanks Pops! Whoadie just sent ya an e-mail to fix that link, let me know if you have any questions!

  8. matt says:
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    Hey I joined a league, Ive always liked the website, I hope I keep up with you guys.
    Matt

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @matt: Thanks for joining man, looking forward to having you aboard! Good luck this year!

  9. royal flush says:
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    i’ve joined JB(2) link, how many teams would be the limit. Good Luck to us.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @royal flush: Thanks for joining! 12 teams are the RCL size. Looking forward to it!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @royal flush: As Whoadie let me know, if you meant how many teams you can make, the answer is unlimited! Have as many as you’d like to manage.

  10. Whoadie says:
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    Ey, just wanted to say I’m stoked about everybody that’s signed up for my league thus far. As soon as I fixed the link, y’all been on it. Just a few spots left, so join up soon.

    Also, I have a note for JB. I’m sad to say I”m going to have to drop out of your second league. I managed to convince myself your draft was Friday night, not Thursday(which is clearly not the case). Unfortunately I will be working on the actual draft datey… Basically you should probably just kick me because I will be working during the draft. I’ve tried to figure out how to leave the league, but I’ve failed to find exactly how I do that.

    Also, I think Royal Flush might have been asking about the number of teams a single person can have in the greater Razzball collective rather than the number of teams in each league. I joined yer second league (only kind of) assuming that multiple entries are ok, but that is probably something you should clarify! If multiple leagues is cool, and another with a draft date I can make opens up, I will certainly be joining!

    • Whoadie says:
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      @Whoadie: datey? sure dude.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Whoadie: Haha, I was like “datey”? Is this Steve the Pirate! Nah all good man, as a man who works night hours, no problem at all. And re Royal Flush, yeah as many teams/leagues as you can! Love to have as many RCL teams you’d like to manage.

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