Sunday, August 9, 2009

UniDond League 09/10 Player Allocation



My cranial throb, on the other hand, is caused by trying to get my head around this player allocation thing on The Daily Murdoch's Fantasy Football.

From what I can gather, 12-14 teams is good. we currently have 12, but Gordon wants in and isn't home from his hols until late Tuesday. We can't all get together at the same time for a chatroom auction, so may have to go for a round-robin pick allocation. I may need to invent a team for Gordon (last year Carinthians, but as he's a City season ticket holder, maybe the class of 09 should be the Cashinthians? I'd do it too, but he'll kill me if he can't rename it!!)

I'm getting desperate here; my alarm goes off in under 7hrs for an 8am start south of Birmingham ...

... all suggestions appreciated.

Is there anybody out there??????

20 comments:

DarceysDad said...

OH I COULD SCREAM ... I'm too f@@kin' tired, and I just lost a whole set of instructions to you.

The short version:

We will not, repeat, NOT be doing an auction: the logistics are impossible in the remaining timeframe. So perceived player values are no longer an issue.

Preferably by Tuesday teatime, I want your preferred 20-man squads, RANKED BY DESIREABILITY, emailing to me (or text to the mobile will do, Gordon).

If I get enough of those, I'll create a spreadsheet from the player pool. Any unique picks will be guaranteed to you. Any player selected by 2 or 3 managers will be allocated on a ranking basis.

So for example, say three people had wanted Xabi Alonso: one manager ranked him 12th pick, one 4th pick, the latter gets him. Anyone who doesn't rank their twenty picks will find I arbitrarily rank them all equal fifteenth! I'm the League Chairman, OK?!?!? [Puffs up sheepskin collar and chews cigar around to other side of mouth]

I appreciate that you are all putting me on trust with your squads, and that I will leave myself open to later accusations that I gained an advantage, but I can't think of a better way with the time we have left.

For the remaining holes in our squads, we will be stealing the US draft pick system, and adapting it to our purposes on Thursday night.

Please feel free to leave comments here. I might be able to borrow some online time from my customer's system; I might not.

Alternately, I have emailed you all my mobile number. Use it with any qus, but signal at my work AND hotel is awful.
I will return any calls when I realise I've missed 'em.

I'm off to bed, with a chilled teatowel for my brow!

Goodnight, finally!

Abahachi said...

Sounds good to me, and you're definitely owed a couple of pints of 'Spill beer. Will certainly be able to get list to you by Tuesday. System does seem to be able to cope with changing the team name after you've created it...

snadfrod said...

Cheers Dsd. Over and above the call.

A squad list is on its way to you soon, full of cunning second guesses and crafty picks...

Abahachi said...

Oh, is that what I should have done? I did it largely by haircut.

snadfrod said...

Edit(Truth) - A squad list is on its way to you soon, full of amusingly named players and useless nags that I'll end up stuck with just because I want to try and choose players that no-one else will think of.

And haircuts too, yes. Haircuts.

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DarceysDad said...

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Anyhoo ...

it looks like I may finish work by as early as 2pm today, and won't be avle to access email once I've left.

I only have 5 squads so far, and one of them - Abahachi, are you reading this? - made me realise that my customer's system won't let me open attachments.

SO ANY EMAILED SQUADS, BY 2pm TODAY (TUES), NEED TO JUST BE TYPED IN, NOT ATTACHED ON A WORD DOC OR SPREADSHEET ATTACHMENT.

Right, time to earn some money . . .

DarceysDad said...

Had an email from Carole saying that she'd rather miss this year's UniDond and have a life, rather than spend a week consulting legal experts and staisticians trying to figure out how the hell The Daily Murdoch's Play The Game (hereafter acronymed to PTG) works.

However, RR's Dougal is in, and I'll state up front that he doesn't appear to be any relation of mine. New team St. Jesstone, however, IS me under DarceysMam's name. DarceysSis expressed a small interest in what we did last year, so I'll pick her a team, and see if she wants to play when she gets back from Granny's on Saturday eve.

If she doesn't I'll delete it again. Oh, and Carole? Can you remove yours if you're not playing, otherwise the system will apparently allocate you a squad.

Thanks all.

Abahachi said...

Yes, but if Carole's team stays in and isn't managed, we all have an improved chance of avoiding the relegation place. Of course, deeply devastating if it stays in and you still come last...

gremlinfc said...

sent my squad this evening by email

gordonimmel said...

OK so I've got a team name in the league but I really don't understand what's happening with squads, picks, thursday evening etc.

And how do you get your manager name to be your blog name? Did I miss a field somewhere or do you lie about your 'real' name when you initially sign up.

All this confusion is making my head hurt. Off to bed and hope to sort it out tomorrow.

gremlinfc said...

@gordonimmel : it's magic!

snadfrod said...

Right then Ladies and Gents. Its Thursday evening. How the Sun Jihai is all this going to work, then?

Abahachi said...

Personally I'm trusting that Darcey's Dad will simply do all the work and make our lives easier...

sane city said...

Once the kids are peaceful and a drink of choice is poured:

1 DsD tell us how many of the 20 we chose we have (greedy gets will have very few of our first choices.. so by the end of picking, we'll be left with ex Norwich players - we had some on loan - does that count!)

2 names out of hat picking order worked out.

3 in order - we pick a player until our 20 are allocated.. if you picked more obscure players in your original 20.. you get to finish your team quickest.

wait for snadfrod to win.

watch out for the odd statements of a frazzled DsD turning all Sepp Blatter on us.

!(no one can have a player from the team they support - it's only fair - I get lampard Ireland Barry and Gerrard in mid-field injury free all season)!*

*this may not be the real plan.

DarceysDad said...

Right then, got a ten minute window before the evening Darcey frenzy.

I have received squads from
gremlin, Abahachi, Snadfrod, cpez, Dougal, saneshane, ejaydee and barbryn. gordonimmel and mine make ten.

We have withdrawals from DarceysSis, CaroleBristol and ToffeeBoy.

That leaves SkippyIsACult and TonNL that I haven't heard from, I think.

I'll give those two another 90 mins whilst I get my 3yo whirlwind into bed. Then I'll try to make some sense of this mess ...

Laters.

snadfrod said...

@DsD - awesome. Cheers.

@shane - why wait? Just declare it now?...

sane city said...

have you purchased all of toffeeboys players?
just not right making him drop out like that!

snadfrod said...

No there was no service station meeting. No there was no brown envelope. The whole process was amicable and fair. I just want to put it behind me now and get on with managing the football club.

ejaydee said...

So when do do this?