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Even though we don’t have the ’13 Season website all created and ready to go -- we are still suffering the effects of our perpetual off-season bender -- you can submit your roster for the ’13 season by using this handy-dandy form. Do it between now and the first pitch on the full Opening Day, which will be Monday, April 1.

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Sunday Morning WTF!?!? MC Misspellar

We got a lot of welcome feedback on our notice yesterday that Hall-of-Famer Lee MacPhail had died, including:
  • “Lee McPhail sounds like he should have been the owner of the Padres in the 1980’s. You know where I’m going with dat.” ~Vince Livernois, Pesky Aphids
  • “Hey can you shoot me an email with my fees so I can kick out a check. Gracias!” ~Brandon Olivarri, Chupa mi Pena!
  • “So how does Ruby Livernois (who hit the day right on the head with her Magic Number, unless he actually died on the 8th) or me not receive any points even though we both had Lee McPhail on our HOF Death roster twice?” ~Kevin Klinkhamer, Dongwhipped
Vince, as followers of the Pads in the ’80’s, we do know where you’re going with dat. Unfortunately.

Brandon, we
love!, love!, love! that you want to pay your fees. And we hope all your fellow owners who have not paid will take the time to do so ASAP so that we can pay our season champs.

And, finally, Kevin, besides the snotty tone (
we hold the trademark on snotty tones, dontchyaknow), we really do appreciate you calling to our attention to the fact that we missed a whole bunch of folks who had Lee MacPhail on their Death Pool rosters. Turns out we searched our rosters on the misspelled name “McPhail” and not “MacPhail,” generated a way-too-short list of teams who spelled the name as incorrectly as we did, and only gave those teams points. Talk about phail! (There’s a reason I’m the league’s Vice President of All the Little Detals.) We have now fixed the problem (we think) and correctly allocated the points to all the teams (we think). The Howards owner Ruby Livernois now leads Hall-of-Fame Death Pool Standings with 200 points.

Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?!, us?! We can’t be more thorough before awarding HOF points?!?! We mean, seriously, WTF?!?!

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The Season *Never* Ends; Lee McPhail Face-Plants the Meringue

Just when you thought you could tie a ribbon around the season and go home for the winter, along comes a good, old-fashioned Hall-of-Fame death. Yep, the passing of Lee MacPhail, the oldest previously-living Hall-of-Famer, reminds all Santa Lechuga Power League owners that the sun never goes down on a SLPL season as long as there’s a chance that one of the old timers have a chance of taking the eternal dirt nap. Ever since the league extended the Hall-of-Fame Death Pool to last from the first pitch of one season to the first pitch of the next season -- and why not since HOFers never seem to want to die while a season’s in progress -- we have guaranteed that no Hall-of-Famer will ever have to die without someone in our league scoring points for it.

Beneficiaries of Lee McPhail’s timely demise include Washington Bullets owner
Jim Cummings and Moyer! The Musical owner Sue Klinkhamer, who both reserved two spots of their five spot HOF rosters for McPhail and who both now lead the HOF Death Pool standings with 100 points. Highlanders owner Rick Coppock only had McPhail once on his roster but scored extra points for having the closest Magic Number to the date of death, giving him 75 HOF points. Scoring 50 points apiece for the cadaverous McPhail were Pepino Monos owner Tony Livernois, Cameltowing, Inc. owner Dave Edison, and Chupacabras owner Tyler Shaddy.

If you didn’t score points for McPhail’s death, don’t fret. There are still plenty of Hall-of-Famers still breathing and incalculable number of ways they can still they can still face-plants the meringue before the first pitch of the ’13 season. Know hope!

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Quiet Dark Horse Kyle Harmon Crowned 2012 SLPL Overall Champ!!!

MLB World Series 2

Sophomore league owner Kyle Harmon of Kempin' It Real! was crowned the 2012 SLPL Overall Champion Sunday night after the San Francisco Giants finished their four-game sweep of the pitiful, anemic Detroit Tigers. "Who would have believed that Max Scherzer would have made the difference for me," Kyle said. "I was down, down, down during the Regular Season and all through the Playoffs ... I just couldn't punch through and take over first place from Strokes owner Aaron Pankoke until the very last moment. Because of Max Freakin' Scherzer. Unreal." Kyle traded for Scherzer on the last day of trading.

In addition to being crowned Overall Champ, with his win Kyle collects a cool five hundred clams from
The Pot.

Meanwhile, Deeger Dogs owner
D.Jay Andersen was crowned the Playoffs Champ after making six trades at the trade deadline and beating Kershawshank Redemption owner Joe Kelly by 41 points. For the win, D.Jay pulled $150 out of The Pot.

Here are all the official champs and final payouts for the 2012 season:

2012 Champs
End-of-Season Champs
Overall Champ: Kempin' It Real!, Kyle Harmon
Playoff Champ: Deeger's Dogs,
D.Jay Andersen

2012 Regular Season Champs
Regular Season Champ: The Strokes, Aaron Pankoke
Hitting Champ: Hostile Mobs of Minecraft,
Weston Livernois
Pitching Champ: Kershawshank Redemption,
Joe Kelly
Power-Hitting Pitchers Champ: Cain I Lincecum In Ur Posey,
Dave Adrian
All-Star Champ: Icepuente’s Sun Devils,
Alec Puente
Arugula Division Champ: Pepino Monos,
Tony Livernois
Cripshead Division Champ: Scoots Bigelow,
Scott Allen
Endive Division Champ: The Nicolas Cagers,
Brendan Butts
Frisee Division Champ: Hostile Mobs of Minecraft,
Weston Livernois
Radicchio Division Champ: Pesky’s Aphids,
Vince Livernois
Romaine Division Champ: Icepuente’s Sun Devils,
Alec Puente
Spinach Division Champ: The Strokes,
Aaron Pankoke
Swiss Chard Division Champ: Chupacabras,
Tyler Shaddy

2012 Payouts
$500 -
Kyle Harmon, Kempin' It Real! - Overall Champ
$500 -
Aaron Pankoke, The Strokes - Regular Season Champ

$275 -
Alec Puente, Icepuente’s Sun Devils - All-Star Champ + Romaine Division Champ
$275 -
Weston Livernois, Hostile Mobs of Minecraft - Hitting Champ + Frisee Division Champ

$150 -
D.Jay Andersen, Deeger's Dogs - Playoff Champ
$150 -
Joe Kelly, Kershawshank Redemption - Pitching Champ
$150 -
Dave Adrian, Cain I Lincecum In Ur Posey - Power-Hitting Pitchers Champ:

$125 -
Tony Livernois, Pepino Monos - Arugula Division Champ
$125 -
Scott Allen , Scoots Bigelow - Cripshead Division Champ
$125 -
Brendan Butts, The Nicolas Cagers - Endive Division Champ
$125 -
Vince Livernois, Pesky’s Aphids - Radicchio Division Champ
$125 -
Josh Bronson, The Bearded Dragons - Spinach Division Runner-Up (a.k.a., next most deserving Regular Season team)
$125 -
Tyler Shaddy, Chupacabras - Swiss Chard Division Champ

Don't forget, there's still one payout to be made for the 2012 season. If you'll scratch your synapses, the league decided at the beginning of last season to extend our
Hall-of-Fame Death Pool for each season until the beginning of the next season. This means that we will start next season by handing out a check to our final 2012 winner. No one currently leads 'cause no HOFers have expired this season, but we're hoping to catch a few quality HOF deaths between now and the beginning of next season.

Congrats to Kyle Harmon and his Kempin' It Real! and congrats to all our 2012 champs and money winners. And thanks to all of you for joining us for a most-excellent season! We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Pedregoso

P.S. If you haven't paid your ownership and trade fees, get on it already! We need to cut some championship checks! (Check Who Owes What to see what you owe. And if you've already paid and we haven't noted it, please let us know.) Send your check to:

Joe Livernois
459 Echo Valley Road
Salinas, CA 93907

If it's more convenient, you can pay your derelict debt using PayPal.

P.P.S. IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL WINNERS: Please respond with your preferred snail mail address so Rube can send your check.

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Sunday Morning WTF!?!? Tigers Swinging Toothpicks

MLB World Series 2

For the record, we’re not ready to call the season quits. Sure, the Detroit Tigers appear to be ready, but we’re not. Sure, The Stroke owner Aaron Pankoke wants the season to end ASAP so he can add an Overall Championship to his Regular Season Championship, but we’re not ready. Look, we like long World Serieseses, not this four-games-and-out crap. Despite how anemic the Tigers look, we really want them to step it up and win a few games already. But if they don’t, tonight the MLB will be crowning a new World Series Champ … and we’ll be crowning a new SLPL Overall Champ.

Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?!, Detroit Foxtrottin’ Tigers?! You left your bats in the Championship Series?!?! I mean, seriously, WTF?!?!

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Tigers Still Down By Two Games

MLB World Series 2

With a merciful day off, Friday the Detroit Tigers are still down by just two games in the World Series to the San Francisco Giants, who have had the Midas touch ever since going down 1-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Seriously, is there anything the Giants can’t do at this point?

Meanwhile, in the SLPL, The Strokes owner
Aaron Pankoke is just six points ahead in the Overall standings, though he has had that lead for a few days and he doesn’t look as though he wants to give it up easily. D.Jay Andersen’s Deeger’s Dogs are in 1st place in the Playoff standings, though Joe Kelly’s Kershawshank Redemption are hoping to retake the top spot before the Fall Classic ends.

Speaking of which:

Dear Detroit Tigers,

We can’t call it a fall “classic” unless you take it to at least six games.

Hugs and kisses, Pedregoso Rios

Official Arbiter of What We Call Things


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Game 2 A Snooze Generator

MLB World Series 2

Maybe this would all be more fun if the last, few SLPL players still playing in the World Series would score some points now and again. Triple Crown Miguel, anything? NL MVP Posey, you? Someone? Anyone? C’mon, let’s shake things up a bit.

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Game 1 In The Books

MLB World Series 2

Game 1 is in the books and Brother Joe Livernois holds the advantage over Brother Vince Livernois as Verlander choked on the pipe while Tim McCarver spends twice the number of innings praising Verlander than Verlander actually pitched while barely mentioning Zito until Zito was removed from the game but appeared to be on the line to actually win the game. Sometime I love the Fall Classic and other times I want to throw the television out my hotel window. The issue this year? There’s another TV in the other room -- hey, it’s an Embassy Suites! -- which means I’d get stuck watching ’til the end of the game anyway, so what’s the point?

Meanwhile in SLPL action,
D.Jay Andersen’s Deeger’s Dogs have taken over 1st place in the Playoff Standings.

I like it too much.

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Let The Fun Begin

MLB World Series 2

The World Series begins.

I like it too much.

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Giants Win Game 7; Livernois Family War Begins

MLB Postseason

The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals last night in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, setting up a monstrous showdown between brothers and SLPL owners Joe Livernois and Vince Livernois. Jay is a lifelong Giants fan and Vince is a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan. Because Jay has been alive longer, he has the slight edge to win, though that does not factor in Jim Leyland’s age.

Meanwhile, in the SLPL,
Aaron Pankoke’s The Strokes retain the Overall lead by just six points while Kershawshank Redemption’s Joe Kelly are ahead in the Playoffs standings. There are just four hittings and five pitchers left to play the World Series, which means that Fox Sports will have to dedicate at least 97 percent of its late-inning World Series coverage to Brian Wilson's antics in the Giants dugout, up from a mere 90 percent during the Championship Series.

I like it too much.

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Giants Force Game 7

MLB Postseason

Game 7. That is all.

I like it way too Foxtrottin’ much.

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Sunday Morning WTF!?!? Stupid Sign

MLB Postseason

While we wait to see if the San Francisco Giants can find their way to get to the World Series, today it’s time to celebrate the simple wonders of the world. Like this:

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You wonder what the sign ever did to this guy. I mean, the sign is just standing there, all sign-like, on the side of the brick street, not bothering anyone, maybe hoping to quietly pass along a nice message about keeping your lawn green or something, maybe inviting total strangers in for a nice cup of coffee or something, maybe announcing an upcoming children’s concert or something, who knows. The sign, it just sits there quietly. But this guy. This guy has it out for the sign. He’s not happy with the sign. He’s offended by the sign. He’s pissed by the sign. So he goes and decides to kick the sign, just to show it who’s boss. So this poor, helpless inanimate sign, incapable of defending itself, does the one last thing it can do to show defiance before it’s rendered useless, before it becomes a fallen hero, fallen from where it stood, by tripping the guy and making him look like the complete and total idiot he’s likely always been. Tomorrow, the sign will stand up straight, intact, and announce to the world that the idiot who knocked him down can be seen being an idiot on the Internet for all of time, a truly stunning payback for the abuse that was inflicted upon the sign.

Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?!, sign-hating dude? You couldn’t just let well enough alone? Seriously, WTF?!?!

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Giants Make Things More Interesting

MLB Postseason

The San Francisco Giants, on the unexpected brilliance of Barry Zito, made things a bit more interesting in the National League Championship Series last night by winning Game 5. Now they’re down two games to three.

I like it too much.

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Giants Down 1-3; Tigers Headed to World Series

MLB Postseason

Damn. The San Francisco Giants are down three games to one in the National League Championship Series.

I don’t like it very Foxtrottin’ much.

The Detroit Tigers are headed to the World Series. Awesome.

I like it very Foxtrottin’ much.

Meanwhile, in the SLPL Kempin' It Real! owner
Kyle Harmon has moved within six points of the Overall lead while Kershawshank Redemption owner Joe Kelly is up just 44 points over Deeger's Dogs owner D.Jay Andersen in the Playoffs standings.

I like that very Foxtrottin’ much, too.

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Giants Are Down 1-2

MLB Postseason

Wait. What? The San Francisco Giants are down two games to one in the National League Championship Series?

I don’t like it very Foxtrottin’ much.

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Yankees Are Down 0-3

MLB Postseason

Wait. What? The New York Yankees are down three games in the American League Championship Series?

I like it way too Foxtrottin’ much!

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I Got Nothin'

MLB Postseason

Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been holed up in Buffalo, NY, the last week, but I got nothin’.

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War Of Attrition

MLB Postseason

The war of attrition is on. With so few hitters and pitchers in the playoffs, it appears that the team that bleeds the fewest points while getting the occasional hitter home run is the team that will win the Playoffs and, possibly, the Overall standings.

By way of demonstration, while everyone else in the league can’t staunch the point bleeding, Kershawshank Redemption
Joe Kelley has jumped to a big lead in the Playoffs and is making moves in the Overall standings. Joe was 267 points back and in 12th place Overall when the Regular Season ended. He is now in 6th place and 165 points behind Aaron Pankoke’s The Strokes.

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Sunday Morning WTF!?!? Game One In New York

MLB Postseason

Game One of the American League Championship Series…

Leyland leaves Valverde in to pitch to Ibanez after already giving up a home run to Suzuki.

Suzuki


Ibanez goes all hero again and ties the score. Despite the TBS blowhards rooting hard for the Yankees during the extra innings, the Tigers find a way to pull it out. But before they win, the Tigers win even bigger when Jeter goes down for the rest of the playoffs with an ankle injury. Tigers have two reason to rejoice, but SLPL Cameltowing, Inc., owner
David Edison has a recommendation for Jimmy Leyland via Facebook as a show of sportsmanship after the Yanks lost Jeter:

Leyland


Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?!, Jim Leyland, are you
trying to lose Game 1?!?! Seriously, WTF?!?!

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After The Division Serieseses...

MLB Postseason

With the completely full-slate of Division Serieseses complete, Aaron Pankoke’s The Strokes still maintain the Overall lead while D.Jay Andersen’s Deeger's Dogs are ahead in the Playoffs standings. This will be an interesting final two rounds of playoffs given that only ten hitters and eight pitchers remain on playoff rosters.

Remember, points go up again for the League Championship Series to:
. Hitters earn 50 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 5 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 5 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 25 points for every homer surrendered

With three remaining hitters and two remaining pitchers, can Aaron maintain his Overall lead? With five hitters and three pitchers in the League Championship Series, can DJay overtake him or even retain his own Playoffs lead? Will some dark horse make a dark horse move and overtake both Aaron ad DJay. Strap ‘er in. We’re in for a fun ride.

I like it too much!

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Game Fives

MLB Postseason

How many games of the Divisional Series are going to Game 5?

I like it too much!

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Tigers and Red Fans Aren't Liking It Too Much

MLB Postseason

Tigers and Reds fans aren’t going to like this too much but I’m going to say it anyway: I love playoff baseball! C’mon, two five game series in one postseason?!?! It almost makes the impending dreaded Fox Sports coverage bearable ahead of time.

I like it too much!

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Bay Area Teams Live To See Another Day

MLB Postseason

They aren’t scoring a lot of runs or making the game look very easy, but the Giants and A’s both found ways to win last night, which means their series will go at least one more game apiece.

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Beware Deeger's Dogs

MLB Postseason

With a slew of last-minute trades, Deeger's Dogs owner D.Jay Andersen set himself up nicely for the postseason. In 6th place Overall at the end of the Regular Season, D.Jay made six trades before the playoffs deadline and has now propelled himself to the top of the Playoffs Standings and is now in 4th place Overall after Monday night’s playoff action. Beware of Deeger's Dogs the rest of the way!

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Seriously?

MLB Postseason

Really, Giants? This is the way the 2012 season is going to end for you? I suppose I should have saved yesterday’s Sunday Morning Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?! for your two home playoff losses.

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Sunday Morning WTF!?!? Regular Season Leaders Not Letting Up

MLB Postseason

The fun thing about the SLPL’s playoffs -- usually -- is that they offer a chance for teams who didn’t win much during the Regular Season to come storming back and make hay during the postseason. If the first few days of this season’s playoffs are an indication, however, this postseason may not be as fun as we would like.

Aaron Pankoke’s The Strokes and Alec Puente’s Icepuente’s Sun Devils, who finished 1st and 3rd in the Regular Season, have scored 42 points so far and lead in the Playoffs standings. They are now 1st and 2nd in the Overall standings. Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?!, Regular Season leaders, you can’t allow some of the season’s also-rans a chance at a little fantasy baseball glory?!?! Seriously, Aaron Pankoke and Alec Puente, WTF?!?!

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The "Wild" In Wild Card; Klinkhamer Not Wild About Blown Call

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I umpired a game in college where I had to call the infield fly rule. The ball was, like, 15 feet behind first base and easily catchable. I called it correctly, but the players went berserk. They were screaming, trying to tell me that the ball had to be in the infield, which is clearly wrong. I gave the ol’ “ordinary effort” line, told them to refer to their rule books when they got home, and predicted that they would apologize to me the next time I umpired one of their games. Oddly, and I never expected that would, they did apologize. I considered it a very small victory.

There are no victories to be had after a call like this:



Technically, I suppose the umpire was right here -- it didn’t take extraordinary effort to get to the ball --
but damn, it sure does seem to violate the spirit of the rule, which is to prevent teams from purposely dropping the ball in order to generate an easy double play. That wasn’t going to happen here, so the umpire’s call was just over-managing the game. Unfortunate.

Speaking of Unfortunate…
We made our own unfortunate call when we announced the Regular Season champs. It turns out we declared Dongwhipped owner Kevin Klinkhamer the champ of the Power-Hitting Pitchers standings. We didn’t hear boo about it until yesterday, when Cain I Lincecum In Ur Posey owner Dave Adrian asked for a recount. It appears that during the Regular Season we missed two home runs from Madison Bumgarner and one from Zack Greinke, which meant that we missed a lot of points that should have been used to generate the Power-Hitting Pitchers standings. After checking into Dave’s claim, we realized he was right and that he should have been crowned the Power-Hitting Pitchers champ. We have now made this correction, Kevin has been dethroned, and Dave is now the official champ. For now. Who knows, there may be a few more unknown pitchers home runs that we haven't discovered yet; if those surface, we’ll do another recalculation to see how it works out.

All of this nonsense does point to a need in future seasons: This is one of those stats we have to track manually. Since we obviously don’t catch ‘em all -- who has time to pay attention to such things when there’s tequila to be drunk -- we need to recruit our owners to tells us anytime they hear that a pitcher hits a home run so that we track it better than we did this season.

In Other News...
Our spreadsheet has been updated and Playoff standings and stats are now posted online. Besides the Playoffs standings, we have Overall Standings, Hitting Stats, and Pitching Stats. We are also updating team stats, so take a look at your playoff roster to make sure we got everything right. Stats for the entire playoffs are recorded manually in this league, so do us a favor and let us know ASAP if we got something wrong. Please don’t wait until after we crown the champs to let us know if we missed something, okay?

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Well, That's Wild; And Pankoke Reveals Winning Motivation

You can’t really say we were sleeping at the wheel. Instead, we were sleeping off a hangover in a gutter, down by the river, about as far from the wheel as possible.

Wild Card

It seems the MLB has created a one-game-per-league Wild Card playoff game, about which we were totally unawares. Had we been aware, we might have planned for it by creating another set of points especially for this new round of the playoffs. Instead, we are going to have to treat these games as though they are part of the Divisional Playoffs. So, today’s Wild Card playoff games -- along with the Divisional Playoffs -- will be awarded the following points:

  • Hitters earn 20 points for every home run hit
  • Hitters lose 2 points for every K
  • Pitchers earn 2 points for every K
  • Pitchers lose 10 points for every homer surrendered
And that’s the way it’s gotta be. Next season, someone remind us that we can treat this as its own special category, okay?

In Other News: Pankoke Reveals His Motivation
In a recent text exchange, our 2012 Regular Season Champ Aaron Pankoke, owner of The Strokes, revealed his motivation that lead him to victory:

”It’s really funny. That post you made about all the rookie owners doing well didn’t sit well with me and I decided to make some trades. I wasn’t going to let some punk rookier owner win -- I am sure they are not punks, but let’s go with it. Wings are on me next time we are at the bar!

So it appears that Aaron consciously just up and decided to smack the newcomers around just by flexing a little veteran muscle. Impressive. And while his motivation inspires us, it is his offer to buy a round of chicken wings that really warms our hearts. Good on ya’, Aaron.

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Aaron Pankoke Crowned SLPL's 2012 Regular Season Champ!

It came down to nine points. Nine measly points. That's how many points to which it came. Less than a single hitter's home run. But after the smoke cleared from a season that saw the Overall Standings dominated by Tyler Shaddy's Chupacabras and Alec Puente's Icepuente's Sun Devils, Aaron Pankoke's The Strokes -- a team that didn't hit the top of the standings until early September -- ultimately won the Regular Season Championship on Wednesday night. "Call me the Oakland A's of the SLPL," Pankoke said after Wednesday's action. "I hung back, I hung back, I hung back ... then I made my move and tried never to look back." Pankoke, who was crowned the Overall Champ of the SLPL in 2003, fended off Puente and Shaddy down the stretch to scrape a cool $500 out of The Pot.

Here’s the complete list of champs crowned at the end of last night’s action, which marked the official end of the 2012 Regular Season:
  • Arugula Division Champ: Pepino Monos (21), Tony Livernois
  • Cripshead Division: Scoots Bigelow (24), Scott Allen
  • Endive Division Champ: The Nicolas Cagers (28), Brendan Butts
  • Frisee Division Champ: Hostile Mobs of Minecraft (19), Weston Livernois
  • Radicchio Division Champ: Pesky’s Aphids (30), Vince Livernois
  • Romaine Division Champ: Icepuente’s Sun Devils (9), Alec Puente
  • Spinach Division Champ: The Strokes (12), Aaron Pankoke
  • Swiss Chard Division Champ: Chupacabras (16), Tyler Shaddy
  • Hitting Champ : Hostile Mobs of Minecraft (19), Weston Livernois
  • Pitching Champ: Kershawshank Redemption (16), Joe Kelly
  • Power-Hitting Pitchers Champ: 5E Cain I Lincecum In Ur Posey (13), Dave Adrian UPDATED
  • Regular Season Champ: The Strokes (12), Aaron Pankoke
Congratulations to Aaron Pankoke and to all our Regular Season champs!

In Other News
After a barrage of last-minute trading, owners can no longer make any trades for the 2012 season.

More In Other News
Have you paid for your ownership fees and trades? If not, get on it already. We need to pay our champs, after all.

Still Yet More In Other News
The playoffs are about to begin. Good luck to one and all!

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It's Almost Over

Unless there’s a one-game playoff, and unless there’s a wild, wild final day of the season, Aaron Pankoke’s The Strokes will be crowned as Regular Season Champ tonight.

Horse Race
It’s Almost Over

I like it too much!

Meanwhile, have you made your
final trades before the playoffs?

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