Whoomp! Here it is! A dated reference to an overused hip-hop song from the ’90s? No, silly … well, I mean, yeah, but I was referring to the end of another fantasy basketball season. Or if this is your first fantasy basketball season, then just the end of your fantasy basketball season. Anyway, it’s over. Done. And the results are in: only 16 of the 48 Razzball Commenter Leagues teams had 10-or-fewer games remaining at the end of the season. Also, two-thirds of you played most of the season and then petered out after injuries grabbed hold and shook your soul loose. Frankly, I’m happy with 2/3 general participation after the All-Star Break. A lot of leagues don’t come close to that.
Now, despite my long monkey arms able to reach the dead center of my spin (the sweet spot when patting yourself on the back), that doesn’t mean that I’m unwilling to listen to criticism. Between now and August, any suggestions on how to improve the RCLs will be read, printed, made into a paper airlplane, thrown at my dog’s face and the ones he catches in his mouth and doesn’t tear apart in a violent fashion will be re-read and re-considered.
The top 12 players from this year (listed below) or in this spreadsheet have the option to be in the RCL Champs League next season (assuming there’s a season), everyone else will be placed into leagues on a first-come, first serve basis. For any of the dozen champs that politely (or with gut-wrenching impoliteness) decline to rejoin the league next year, we’ll move on to the 13th-place finisher, or 14th or 15th and so-on. Think of it as being wait-listed for a school you barely applied for.
Congratulations to Sky Valley, Team RBAej, Mayweather’s Baby Mamas and Charlemagne Barclay who each won their respective leagues and, incidentally, ended up in the top four overall.
Mayweather’s Baby Mamas from the Teen Wolf League. /Pops a party favor. Stands watching the paper streamer and glitter bits float to the floor, thinks about having to clean that up, wonders why he popped the streamer when he’s alone in his house and only wearing boxer briefs. Decides next year to congratulate the winner and leave it at that.\ It was a nail-biter between Mayweather and Team RBAej, who were ranked second and first at the halfway point of the season. Mayweather came up money. Congrats to you.
And congrats to the rest of you for playing. As some of you may notice, when all 48 teams were tossed into one big group, the rankings changed and some teams in the same league suddenly found themselves flip-flopping in the total ranks. Don’t take it personally, but do take it. There’s not enough room in my trunk for all of you to just leave it here. Speaking of “here,” here’s the Top 10:
1. (2) Mayweather’s Baby Mamas, Teen Wolf, 312 total points
2. (1) Team RBAej, White Shadow, 310 total points
3. (4) Charlemagne Barclay, Juwanna Mann, 295 total points
4. (6) Sky Valley, Blue Chips, 294 total points
5. (5) With a Bad Back, 287, White Shadow, 287 total points
6. (7) north kingstown ri (1), Teen Wolf, 282 total points
7. (11) jonluscaesar Pham, Juwanna Mann, 272 total points
8. (3) Team Richard, Blue Chips, 265 total points
8. (9) Team Stockton, Blue Chips, 265 total points
10. (8) Green Chile Stew, Blue Chips, 258 total points
Congratulations to the teams that did well. Generic words of encouragement about moral victories for the teams that did less-than-well. And zurberflipnoptic superkligg to those of you who gave up on your team before it was sweater weather outside.