We all tip our caps to the Barking BassetHounds! Congratulations winning the 2014-15 Razzball Elite League, in one of the most nail-biting fantasy hoops championships I’ve ever seen. The Hounds win the second year of our deep dynasty, with titles for them and Slim last year. I feel so inadequate! At least I got further than Slim this year! Stupid Rubio… I’ll let our title contenders recap the tight matchup, which looked to go to runner-up Breaking Batum until the final games last night. Thanks again to everyone playing in the REL League, and we’re looking forward to another great season in 2015-16!
1st seed Barking BassetHounds DEF (5-4) 6th seed Breaking Batum
Barking BassetHounds: I don’t know what to say. I guess what the fantasy gods had taken away in injuries and stuff, they gave back in dumb luck.
When I checked the status of the matchup Sunday morning I figured it was (as us Mainers say) “ovuh”. Sure I was down only one in threes and blocks, but Batum had 10 games on Sunday while I had six. Then I checked in Sunday evening and unexpectedly it was tied 4-4 (with me holding the tiebreaker). What happened? Well my finals MVP CJ Miles had five threes and one totally unexpected block, and we had climbed ahead by one in threes and into a tie in blocks.
Then in a stroke of very unfortunate luck for Batum, I saw that Trey Burke was out at the very last minute for injury. So the matchup then came down to Elijah Millsap versus my trio of lakes (Lin, Boozer, and my recent waiver wire addition Tarik Black. Unfortunately for Batum, Millsap did nothing in his ten plus minutes while at the same time Black contributed one block. And it was over 5-4, taking blocks and steals by one, despite 19 games missed due to injury and resting players.
So congratulations to Breaking Batum for being the toughest opponent and my condolences for losing the matchup by the closest of margins. This has been a great year and I look forward to playing again next year.
Breaking Batum: Soooooooo close. We lost to the #1 seed, Barking Bassethounds 4-5, by the narrowest margins. ONE 3pm and ONE block. Injuries truly did decide this matchup. Had we won, it would have been at least in part due to all of the DNP’s Barking got. As it was, we missed games at the end of the week by Trey Burke and Al Jefferson, (either of whom probably would’ve won their respective categories for us). I know Barking had mentioned being frustrated by trading Sully for Marc Gasol, and then having Wes Matthews go down the next day. Feel better Barking, as Gasol won blocks for you, so it worked out. Had we made that big Mirotic trade, we probably would’ve won the title this year. Oh well, the better overall team won, and we have a $5 Mirotic to go along with that Silver trophy.
Congrats to our 2nd year REL champion, Barking Bassethounds!
Thanks again to everyone who played in the REL this year, and good luck in your deep dynasties in 15-16!