It took five seasons, but your commissioner has finally broken through and won the OIL. I'd like to say that it was a banner day for ole Brick, but I was in God awful pain thanks to an abscessed tooth/jaw/mouth that ended up putting me in the hospital for a week. I got a toothache on Christmas Eve and no one was open and it got worse and worse. If anyone has ever had an abscess, you know what I'm talking about. If not, Google "Ludwig's angina" because that was my medical diagnosis. I was released today. Anyway, here's a rundown of my post-season thoughts:
1. I really liked the balanced schedule this season, as well switching to an only six team playoff field. With the balanced schedule, the six best teams per their record are usually going to be the best teams in the league.
2. I loved the live draft. We really need to work on doing that each year, but I know how hard it is to get 14 married or working (or both) men (many of whom raising children) together. I am planning on applying to law school for next Fall, so I wonder how difficult it will be for me as well, although I will do my best to continue my duties as commissioner.
3. I haven't forgotten about our league bylaws or our "BCS formula." I've just been busy and sick. I'm working three jobs now, on top of half-ass helping my fiancee plan a wedding. I'm still working for UPS as a part-time supervisor; Duffy is my boss. I go to work after that as a legal assistant for Ana Basora-Walker, and then I work as a news writer for The Lawton Constitution on the weekends, working the police beat (crime; fire; car accidents; obituaries.)
4. When I finish this post, I will get to work recalculating everyone's coaching profiles. Best and worst finishes and career winning percentages have changed.
5. Congratulations need to go out to a few men in particular. First of all, major props go to Hastings for making a return to the OiL Bowl. Only one person (Pyle) had made it to two OiL Bowls, but Hastings (and myself) is the first to make it back-to-back. Secondly, Morgan did a wonderful job of going from last place to a three seed in the playoffs. He lost steam in the playoffs, but it was a very good season for the former champion. Duffy's success deserves mention as well, as he made the playoffs for the first time. Speaking of playoffs, Pyle made the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons (including two OiL Bowls and one championship.)
6. That's all I have. I love this league and I apologize for not keeping this blog up for the final few weeks of the season, but my work schedule was killing me. Time will tell if I have the time to keep it up next season, but I will do my best. If you ever have any ideas or suggestions, let me know.