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Popularized by Green Bay Packer legend Vince Lombardi, the mantra “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” has characterized the competitive athletic landscape for as long as I can remember. As an extension of real sports, the philosophy applies to fantasy basketball as well, where egos and intellects clash in daily combative matchups.

Not mentioned in this statement is the notion that winning in fantasy basketball also involves setting your lineup every day. While I may have forgotten to set my lineup on more than one occasion (in addition to forgetting about the waiver wire period as I tried to reclaim Harrison Barnes after accidentally dropping him), all the top teams in the RCL basketball league’s have one thing in common: they didn’t do either of those things! Congrats on being more functional humans than me!

While I can easily blame my incredibly busy social life for these fantasy lapses in judgement (I swear I have friends. Fine, I don’t believe me either), week 1 is an interesting pivot point for fantasy owners as the most least successful teams look for a clean slate to either reaffirm or redeem their previous performance.

As the season slowly unfolds, the first week tests the attentiveness and preparation of fantasy owners with the strongest rising to the top of the rankings.

That being said, you can check out how your teams stacked up in week 1 in the 2015-16 RCL Master Standings Table table.  Here’s how the action went down in the first regular season week across our 22 RCL Leagues:

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[Re-posting to the top!  Last time, I promise!  We still have spots open, and would love a few final leagues to come to the RCL battlefield.  Hop on in and start up a league today!  100% free, 1,000% fun, I’m going to eat 10,000% too much!]

Chug some Pepto-Bismol, down some glasses of milk, and be sure there’s a lot of toilet paper because we’re back with the Razzball Commenter Leagues!  That’s right, after embarrassingly not coming close to the RCL title last year, I burned out my insides beating a hot wings challenge for reigning champion Akron Lebrons.  At least it was only a day of pain, not a month-long shaming of having High as Greg Kite shaved in my head.  Well, now that I’m married, that latter one is definitely out…

And now it’s your turn to beat the best fantasy basketball community around in the RCL leagues, and immortalize your 2015-16 season with a spot in the RCL Hall of Fame!  Not only does your banner fly forever, but 1st place will win a $50 Amazon gift card, along with the JB YouTube shaming video.  I think the eating challenge went really well last year – after, well – the head shaving wasn’t too legible…  So this time I’ll do a volume eating challenge of the winner’s choice somewhere in the NC area, but nothing disgusting!  I’m not chugging a jar of mayonnaise, aight!  I’m thinking 5-pound burrito, 72-oz steak, 30 happy meals… whatever you’d like!  2nd place gets a prize this year as well, with a $20 Amazon gift card.

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rcl-basketball-logoThe regular season approaches — fewer than three weeks before our lives finally have meaning again! My RCL had a draft last weekend, and I wanted to share the results with all of you wonderful readers as a fascinating case study and (perhaps) cautionary tale! This was an excellent draft– I think all managers were drafting live, making some ballsy and brilliant picks. I’ve included a grade and a few words on each of their teams after my pick-by-pick blow-by-blow. Off we go!

[editor’s note – we still have leagues open to join the RCL fun, plus we need more leagues!  Hop over to the RCL sign-ups and start a league today!]

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rcl-basketball-logoThe NBA fantasy draft season is upon us! With plenty of terrible early projections going on, early drafts are always fun.  This is basically going to be a recap of my first RCL draft of the season, with a little of bit of sleeper info thrown in for good measure.  I really love the team I got in this league, even though I was sniped on a few picks.  Just FYI I’ll be setting up another RCL league in about a week or so – to draft in October – so I hope some more of you guys join me!  By then Yahoo’s rankings should be much closer to the ballpark of reason… At any rate, let’s dive in!

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I’m going to pull an Infinite Jest here…  Literary jokes!  2015-16 will now be known as “The Year of the Point Guard Hoarding”.

Man it was unreal finally drafting a real team, and not having an awful mock draft with uneducated click-happy idiots or autodrafting based off of Yahoo’s pre-ranks…  Shizz got intense!  The PG run got so hot-n-heavy that I had to go to my warm-and-fuzzy Rubio just to feel safe…

To feel the immense pressure of the PG run, or the frustration of sleepers two-to-three pages down from the top available slipping through your fingers right before your pick, start up a Razzball Commenter League today!  We need more commissioners, more leagues, we need more mmmmk!  Had a little Mr. Mackey happen right there…  If you’ve thought about starting a new league with good competition, or have a few friends trying to start a new league and need the best fantasy basketball community to fill it out, start an RCL league today and join the fun.  100% free, great competition, and solid prizes – mainly me making an ass of myself on Youtube…

Anyway, I feel pretty good about this first RCL team I drafted, mainly by scoring a randomized top-3 pick and netting an ideal PG/C combo to start my draft.  But that damn PG run got me caught up, and I don’t love my bigs…  Here’s how the draft went last night, and my pick-by-pick analysis below:

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Congratulations again to the Akron Lebrons, our 2014-15 RCL Champion!  As part of the winning bounty, Akron enforced an eating challenge of spicy wings as my video punishment for being unable to topple the field…  I blame Kevin Durant!  Hey, I might have looked ridiculous in the 2013-14 RCL Champion video, but at least that one wasn’t painful!  I finally know what it’s like to be the pilot at the end of Airplane! and covered in sweat…  Winter didn’t come fast enough!  Here’s the eating challenge video in honor of the 14-15 RCL Champ, Akron Lebrons:

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RCL LogoCongratulations to the juggernaut that was The Akron Lebrons!

For the second straight season, the best team in the regular season across all the RCL leagues also won their league title.  Dominance is dominance!  Is that on the 50 Shades of Grey movie poster?

As detailed when we opened the 14-15 RCLs, Akron will receive a champion jump suit and gets to choose an eating challenge for me to attempt (and hopefully conquer) in their honor.  Oh man, I didn’t even finish my Mexican food entree last night!  So hit me up in the comments Akron, or e-mail me jb at razzball.com (sometimes the links screw up those pesky e-mail clients!).

And an added bonus, you will forever be enshrined on our Hall of Fame page to show to your doubters in life.  “Why are you 15 minutes late to work?!”  “Why aren’t you good enough to be in the Hall of Fame, Mr. Boss!”

You can check out how your teams compared to the title-winners in the final 2014-15 RCL Master Standings table, with the league champions in bold and enlarged.  I’ve DEFINITELY seen that on the 50 Shades of Grey movie poster…  Here’s how the finals wrapped up across our 12 RCL Leagues:

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RCL LogoIt’s championship week baby!

144 teams entered, only 24 remain, and we’re less than a week away from crowning the 2014-15 RCL Champion.  And the champion will be a…  champion (?) of endurance!  Navigating these DNPs, injuries, and tanking teams have driven many-a-fantasy-player to neurosis!  So may the healthiest and strongest, and well – sanest team prevail!

Check out how your teams stacked up in the final 2014-15 RCL Master Standings table, and here’s how the finals will look across our 12 RCL Leagues:

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RCL LogoMoving into the semis!

Our top-flight bye week teams are now unleashed, which means we need some #1 and #2 seed upsets!  Nice work to the teams moving on through the playoffs, as my disappointing year in the RCLs is mercifully over.  No more reaches or drafting hurt guys!  Dead to me KD, dead!  Slim Reapered yourself!

Check out how your teams stacked up in the final 2014-15 RCL Master Standings table, and here’s how the action went down in first week of the playoffs across our 12 RCL Leagues:

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RCL LogoThe regular season is over!  Records are locked in, only 3 weeks remain, and it’s all up to the Akron Lebrons in the driver’s seat.  Shooting up into the #1 overall position on the RCL Leaderboard, we’re all relying on the 5 other playoff teams in the Razzball Snipers to bring him down!

One last reminder of the overall champion criteria – the RCL Overall Champ is the team that wins their league title with the best overall regular season record amongst the title winners.  So bring it Razzball Nation, it’s playoff time!

Check out how your teams stacked up in the final 2014-15 RCL Master Standings table, and here’s how the action went down in the final regular season week across our 12 RCL Leagues:

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