I think I've had my mind changed on the keeper league, as does Hastings. On Thursday's episode of the DBF, we'll talk about the merits of a keeper league in a more in-depth fashion.
The 2010 schedules have been saved to the Yahoo! page. Each member will play every other member once each. Cobb finally registered his team, so I did the scheduling this afternoon.
Finch finally sent in a photo for his page, as well. Life outside of the Guard hasn't been good for him.
It is too late to retroactively make last year's drafted players available to be kept this year, but, if the league would like to institute a keeper policy, we can do so starting this year.
Here are the parameters the league would use if a keeper policy was instituted (although they too could be negotiable):
1. OklahomIraqis team owners may only keep up to two players.
2. The only players eligible for "keep" would be players drafted by the team owner and kept throughout the season. Players that were drafted but released or traded later could not be kept the following season.
3. Team owners would have to give up a draft pick equal to the round just prior to the round the player was initially drafted in. For example, if last year's draft class was eligible for "keep," Pyle could keep Steve Smith (NYG) in exchange for his 11th round pick this year. Pyle drafted Smith in the 12th round of last year.
4. Every season that a player is kept, the compensation given up increases by one round. In the above example, if Pyle were to keep Smith again for the 2011 season, he would give up a 10th round pick. The following year, it would be a 9th round pick, and so on.
5. First round picks cannot be kept.
6. Once the compensation for a kept player reaches a first round pick, the player can be kept for only one season. For example, Leal selected Chris Johnson in the second round last season. Under this scenario, Leal could keep Johnson for this season, but Johnson would not be eligible to be kept any season thereafter.
DBF episode 2 will air tonight at 7:00 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio. In order to listen live, go to www.blogtalkradio.com/oklahomiraqis and click on the podcast player. It may be possible to listen live on our own site at www.oklahomiraqis.com/podcast.html, but we are not sure. Please give it a try and let us know if you were able to listen live on the OklahomIraqis site.
Okay, my math wiz friend who was going to configure our schedule for us has contacted to let me know that with a 14 team league playing a 13 week schedule, our scheduling preferences are a mathematical impossibility. That leaves us with two options:
1. Do the schedule by hand and get it as close as possible to how we want it, or
2. Have every team play every other team once.
I have made an executive decision and decided to go with option two for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is the more sound of the two options. It's either a bastardized version of what we wanted or a perfect version of something that is not that bad of an option anyway. We will still have our divisions and be able to talk trash about the strength of each division (ala the Big XII North and South, may they rest in peace), but it is an even schedule for everyone.
I have e-mailed a copy of the 2010 schedule to each member.
Members of OklahomIraqis.com now have email addresses ending with "@oklahomiraqis.com." You should have received an email by now with instructions on how to access it. Give it a couple days to verify all of our domain information. Each user has an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com." Both addresses will send mail to the same inbox.
You should be able to set it up to forward directly to your regular email as well.
We just finished the first episode of the Dead Ball Foul show. Go to the podcast, take a listen, and tell us what you think on the message board.
Hastings and I will be hosting the first episode of our league podcast in just about an hour. The call in number is 646 595 2122. Feel free to call in and talk about the upcoming season. You can listen live at www.blogtalkradio.com/oklahomiraqis or at the podcast page on our site (if it is working correctly.)