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:

JB’s Random Commenter League – What a ridiculous ending!  The Cinderella story that was Jooooooonnnnaassss tied, yes TIED Hayward Ginobili 4-4.  According to Yahoo rules, Hayward had a better H2H win % over Jonas, getting them the league title.  Nice work this year Hayward, as I’m sure Jonas will be the one losing his hair after this one!

EmasculatingHoopsLozengesRCL – Are you effing kidding me?  Two leagues, two ties in the finals!  #3 seed Cronos’s Team ends up tying #4 Hibbert Forever, but Hibbert had that tiebreaker and brings home the bacon.  Nice work Hibbert, a virtual trophy for your mantle!

Slim’s RCL – The 6th seed Hibbert Forever tried going back-to-back with RCL titles, but our own Slim – Razzball laid out his long dick of the law!  Slim proved his chutzpah with a 5-4 win in the finals, with really only the points cat close with Slim winning by 15 Pts.  Slim ended up as the #3 overall champ, very close to beating the whole field.  Dat some expert-ism!

Hoops fanatics only leagueMedley, a strong team all season and drawing my fandom with the consistency, put up a solid 5-4 win over #4 Super Splash Bros in the finals for the Fanatics league title.  Excellent work Medley!

Razzball League Awesome – So far through 5 finals, no team has put up better than a 5-4 win, and 3rd seed dan’s buzzer beaters followed suit with a 5-4 win over #5 02NBAChampsSacKings.  Tim Donaghy obviously hacked the Yahoo server!  Kudos to dan, who pulled a proverbial buzzer beater winning the title by one single steal!  One steal was the difference!

Take On The Jay(Wrong) – The RCL final of the year ended up being moot with Akron winning their league, but 1st place Pops’s Team beat the #2 seed My dog Lucy 5-4, as the #2 overall seed beat the #4 overall seed.  Too many good teams coming out of the JayWrong league!  I made fun of your crusty old vets all year Pops, and don’t see a lot of em on your team anymore!  Survived anyway, and came up with the #2 overall finish.  To think if you had pulled together two more wins through the season!

JB vs. Slim – In our first blowout of the championship matchups, razzball rookie trounced the 6th seed Hairbooze 7-2, winning the title over a great field including Slim…  Not me…  I wasn’t great…  rookie had a stellar season as the 5th ranked champion, and next year you’ll have to try and repeat without the beginner’s luck!

Take on SethDaSportsMan – Avenging the loss in the EmasculatingHoopsLozenges league (at least, I’m assuming it’s the same owner!), Cronos’s Team beat up on the Seth league racking up the #1 seed and beating the field by 10 games in the reg. season, then defeating GottaBasketballJones 5-3 for the league title.  Utter league dominance!  Unfortunately there was too much parity in the league for an overall title, but Cronos really put on a show!

Kap vs. Razzball – Oh no, my heart will no longer go on! My Heart will Goran came just short of 5th seed Connor’s Team, falling 5-4.  Excellent work, Connor’s Team!  I shall never slam your team name again!  That said, you were the last place of all the RCL champions…  Which of course just means you persevered in crunch time, and I can’t talk anyway, I didn’t win mine!  Nice work man!

Razzball Snipers – Your 2014-15 RCL grand champion, ladies and gentleman!  The Akron Lebrons didn’t even sweat it with a 7-2 win over #2 seed Prestige Worldwide to complete the best regular season and league title run.  Only a win of +3 Pts scored was a close cat, with Akron getting big performances from Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, and bootstraps’ bootstraps Evan Turner to bring home the title.  Fantastic work this season, and your name will live in infamy!

Jedball – Well, I was cheering for you micoolj79’s Team!  But the title went to #2 seed ReasoNoahble Doubt in a 6-3 win that was No Doubt!  Band name puns!  Whoa, neither of you guys streamed during the week?!  Were you distracted with fantasy baseball coming around?!  Hopefully there wasn’t some sort of errant league setting locking you guys in!  Great work this year ReasoNoahble Doubt, and I hope you’re back to go for another title next year!

Latecomers! – oops!  I love it!  Accidentally found their way into the title game as the 5 seed, then put away the #2 seed Brixton Guns 6-3.  It was so slapstick!  oops won the %s and TO by Sunday then waltzed into the promised land with an RCL league title.  I’m assuming you were Who’s Wondrous Team in the regular season, since I had to put your new title-winning team name in the spreadsheet!

 

Thanks again for playing in 14-15 RCLs and we look forward to seeing you all back for the Razzball Commenter Leagues in 2015-16!

  1. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Good job Akron LeBrons, couldn’t have been easy. Special thanks to JB and Slim too, great job this season guys.

    As for my team, heartbreaking. That’s about all I can say to that.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: I know I didn’t win it all JB, but ahh, it seems a little unfair that just cause I tied in the finals that my team’s now completely unranked in the master standings………the fix is in….ANARCHY!!!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans: Huhhhhhhh…. Dude I have no clue what happened, all the team names are pulled in through some spreadsheet magic I’m not master of and there’s 144 teams listed on there, so I guess one team name duplicated… My bad man! I’ll look into it some more tomorrow, I FIND THIS UNACCEPTABLE haha

        • A Hill O' Beans says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I agree, this is unacceptable! I demand we replay the season!

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @A Hill O’ Beans: Hahaha, yeah I found two dups in the spreadsheet somehow, I don’t know why they pulled in dups and erased other names, I blame GoogleDocs!

  2. Nick says:
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    I started following around Jan this year and I can not wait to be in some RCL competition next year. Great work guys, keep it up.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nick: Thanks so much man, we look forward to having ya! Really appreciate it & happy offseason!

  3. Akron says:
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    I sent you an email JB. It was a great year, thanks for all your work. I will look forward to defending next season. Here’s hoping Cavs can follow my lead.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Akron: Sorry about that man, I got ya back! Had a long afternoon outta town. Oh man, I hope whatever place we find doesn’t have wings too nuts for me haha…

  4. Sal says:
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    JB, just a few questions bout league playoff setup, I’m gonna be managing a league next season with friends.

    1) does playoffs really have to start at week 20?

    2) how many teams should qualify for playoffs? Let’s say it’s a 12 team league, does it have to be only the top 2 teams in each division?

    3) do playoff matches need to be in a 2-week span?

    We’re using ESPN, man. Anyway thanks in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sal: For RCL leagues, yes, we want them standard to Yahoo so there’s no mistakes setting up the leagues. But if you want to make a league just for your friends, definitely can change it, make it earlier, later, two weeks each, etc.

      2. No it doesn’t, standard in Yahoo was 6 made it. So 2 bye week teams and 3 rounds. You can certainly change that.

      3. Nope, Yahoo had them 1 week spans, and both ESPn and Yahoo are very customizable.

      When you launch next year, let me know and I can help set it up!

      • Sal says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yea man would def need your help! I wasnt able to bring home the trophy this season man, drafting KD was a big mistake. Anyway see u next season!! Thanks for everything man!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sal: Ugh yeah KD was a rough one, I thought he’d make it through as well… Thanks for stopping by man!

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            @JB Gilpin: one last question, sorry for my asking too many, hah. Does your league have divisions? I mean which would you prefer, a 1 division or 2 division league? Thanks man!!

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Sal: No such thing as too many!

              In almost all cases I like just the 1 division. Our 20 teamer is just all teams in one division and everyone plays each other once. I think it’s more fair to play every team (approximately) the same amount, rather than have a crappy 6 teams with one come out, and the best 6 teams stuck playing each other

              • Sal says:
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                @JB Gilpin: OK, got that JB! And also, I played in a league where the lineup locks the whole week, but I see in the settings the ‘Daily – lock individually at scheduled time’, and ‘Daily – lock at first game of the day’, what’s the difference between the two? And which one would u prefer? Thanks a lot man!!

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                  @Sal: Good question… It depends on how many of the owners will be very active. I am usually one of the more active owners (obviously, since I do so much fantasy haha) so I like the lock at scheduled time. The difference is your whole roster will lock at 7:00 PM most weeknights (and afternoon on the weekends) whenever the first game starts. It’s a nice feature so people can’t pick up guys during the late games (say Chris Paul got hurt, so like Austin Rivers wouldn’t be available to add until the next day).

                  I probably prefer the lock at scheduled time, because I hate not being able to drop someone on my bench who isn’t even playing for someone who emerged that night. But if the league is more casual, I might go to the lock at first game

                  Hope that helps!

  5. sam says:
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    I won’t ever forgive Gary Briggs.

    Who the F is Gary Briggs you ask? funny you should ask; he’s the Athletic Trainer of the Utah Jazz who’s incompetence & negligence led to D. Favs playing only 15 mins on Sunday of the last day of the championship round.

    Why is that key because I lost a championship by 1 block.

    What diff would D. Favs have made? well he’s avg >1.7 blks per night when he gets full run. So…

    Where would this mathcup have gone if I had not had to drop Jamal Crawford, Rudy Gay, Kenneth Farried, Paul Millsap & Ed Davis during the PLAYOFFS due to Tanking, Injury, Poor Asset Mgmnt, Rest, Tanking.

    props to the least creative name in fantasy & in real life; Connor 😉

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @sam: Damnnnnnnnn, ugh that sucks man! Yeah this year was relentlessly brutal down the stretch. I feel like all sports are babying these athletes like we’ve never seen before… Hopefully we are a little healthier next year.

      Hahaha, that Connor is an uncreative beast!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Connor: Haha well done sir! I think I’ll be pushing for “Connor” as the name of my first born son 🙂

  6. KO says:
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    How can I join RCL next year?

  7. Pops says:
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    Congrats to Akron, great job.
    Congrats to JB, great job.

    What were we talking about, 2 wins, 2 wins that’s what we’re talking about. we’re talking about 2 wins, that’s what we’re talking about.
    2 wins 2 wins 2 wins that’s what we’re talking about.

    I won the toughest league though, Congrats to my league mates.

    See Ya next year JB

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pops: Hahahaha, yeah man it was a close run. Not quite the runaway that High as Greg Kite had in 13-14. But you were def right there, better than me!

      Thanks for playing man, see ya next year!

  8. Max says:
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    JB did you miss my Ghostface Illya stream? I’m the ReasoNoahble Doubt owner from Jedball. It was weekly lineups so I could only pickup before the week couldn’t stream guys during the week.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Max: Ah no I just saw you guys didn’t make moves during the week, weekly lineups lock wasn’t supposed to be a setting, RCLs are supposed to be same settings across all leagues (max of 4 moves through the week with daily lineups)… Sorry about that, but nice title win!

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