I love the All Star break, the dunk contest specifically. I know that I’m in the minority – it’s a sham – but I was 22 when Vince Carter ripped down the rim in the slam dunk competition and I was hooked. But my All Star experience has been just like heroin: I’m told you get that first taste and then you wind up chasing the dragon for the rest of your days. Each year I get all excited that someone will surpass that original Carter rush, a player will bring some absolutely undeniably vicious funk to the rim, and make me regain my youth. I hope that the new format will help achieve that for me. But the truth is, even if it does, I know I’ll never get any younger. Which is why I have to live in the now, which as my philosophy prof would say, is Swedish for bullsh*t. My point? Those of you in RCL striking distance of making the playoffs, trade away the future for the now!! Let’s see who has a shot for glory, and who should settle for the glory hole. And you can see where you rank in world domination with  the master standings …

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I love the second half of the season, because, let’s face it, while the first half is enjoyable, it’s too damn long. The games mean something, we all know this, but the real drama, the anticipation, is building now. And in the NBA, the races start to really amp up the drama, like adding hot sauce to your wings. Much like the drama in the Random Commenter Leagues, it’s starting to get spicy. What remains to be seen, is whether your team is the Philly Sixers (waa-waaaanh) or the Indy Pacers (who-hooo!) in the relative landscape of fantasy. To see where you fit in the global landscape, check out the master standings . Shall we take a looksy right now?

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So, you may have heard, gentle readers, that Terrence Ross had a pretty good night on Saturday, dropping 51. Many would say that that would qualify as a career night, if you will. Well, I too had a career night, when I recommended that he should be dropped in my Friday article. Boy, did that make me some friends! What am I getting at? Redemption, first and foremost, but timing more specifically. Timing is key in life, and I have seemed to have misplaced mine.

But in the game of fantasy basketball, it is time to go for the gusto! Lets see who shall rise, and who shall fall in the Razzball Random Commenter Leagues! And to grasp the true glory of it all, why not check out the master standings to see where you rank in global domination:

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You guessed it. We are halfway through the Fantasy season. Week 12 of 23. The mid-point. 50% done. I gather you get it, so I won’t continue to belabour the point. If you’re in a keeper league, now’s the time to figure out if you’re going for it this year, and if so, you might think about the risk/reward trades a little more. Will Marc Gasol get back to form, is he a buy low(er) candidate? Or, if you find yourself hopelessly buried from a Felton/Nash/Kobe/Tyson early gut-punch, you may want to sell for draft picks. Decisions, decisions. Alas, the Razzball Commenter Leagues are of the redraft variety, so the only motivator is GLORY! And to see the most Glorious of them all, Check out the master standings.

Shall we take a look at how these Inglorious Bastards are fairing at the halfway point?

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This crazy winter weather man… We’ve got polar vortexes, then heat waves – I drove home last night in a thick fog that would make a pothead Coloradan’s living room proud.  And while the weather is fierce and unpredictable, our volatile standings also has yet another leader with the High Upsiders atop the Master Standings.  Tough to have more upside than first place!  How’s the weather up there?!  Man, if I have to shave “High Upsiders” in my head, I’m gonna look like a huge 6’7 tool.  Sigh… Here’s how the action went down in RCL land:

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RCL nation!  I’m stepping in for Dan this week, who is some sort of weather savant and knew to migrate south for a vacation while we get polar vortexed.   Dan could probably step in and be a weatherman anywhere right now.  The RCL season is halfway through, and the elite are getting separated from the should-be-ashamed.  Like my RCL 1 team!  A quick reminder of how we’re crowning the overall champ – it’ll be the league winner who had the best regular season record.  I know it’s not exactly the best metric for awarding the title belt, but I wanted it to be fun and have a lot of teams in it during the championship week.  And don’t forget the overall winner gets their team name shaved in my head!  Your Mom Says Hi… yeah that won’t go over too well…  You can track how your team is doing in our Master Standings and good luck to everyone in the second half of the season!

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So you took the red pill, and followed Morpheus down the rabbit hole. Or St. Nick up the Chimney hole. You know what I mean. We look back at week 9. What happened to week 8, you say? Red pill, son, it never happened. Or, if you’re a conspiracy theory/shut-in/don’t-trust-the-government type (my strongest demographic!), it was because of the illusion of Christmas. Whatever floats yer boat. And speaking of boat-floating, lets take a look at which teams are riding the waves, and which are floundering:

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It was a week to remember. We laughed, we cried, and I think we learned something new about ourselves, a la Full House weekly episode recap. God, I miss Danny Tanner, and his homespun wisdom. Where were you when I wanted to get a Wu-Tang tattoo when I was 18 years old, Mr Tanner? Speaking of emotions ranging from awesome to regret, let us consider the Razzball RCL: For the Random Commenter Fantasy League participators, week 7 was another step towards fantasy dominance, and in some cases, the rich got richer, and others delivered a “THIS IS SPARTA!” kick to their opponent. Let’s see how the debauchery unfolded, shall we?

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Ok Fight Fans, the white stuff is falling in many of the basketball cities: New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver, Toronto, Milwaukee, Denver, Cleveland, Minnesota… which I know isn’t a city, but never having been to that fine Fargo state, if the team refers itself to that moniker, it’s good enough for me. But good enough isn’t what you players in the Razzball Random Commenter Leagues should strive for?!! Greatness! Immortality! These are your goals. And some of you need to shake off the holiday distractions and focus on the prize:

**The master standings are now up!  Check out how you’re stacking up against all RCL teams here, or hover over “Leagues” to check in with the standings updated weekly**

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So, I can safely say that we all are feeling a little over indulged this week.

At times like theses, I simultaneously applaud the invention of jogging/sweat wear, and it’s practical comfort, while also making note of the most ironic departure from a genre of garment’s original intended use. Who ever sweats while joggging in this stuff anymore? Maybe everyone, but seeing as I’m not out jogging, in these garments, or anything else, I guess I can’t really be so smug about it. And this applies to some of our early leaders in the Razzball RCLs, you shouldn’t be so damn smug either, after last week 5. Are you true contenders, or sweat wear? Let’s take a look:

**The master standings are now up!  Check out how you’re stacking up against all RCL teams here, or hover over “Leagues” to check in with the standings updated weekly**

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