Friday, November 17, 2006

Pool update: '07 Blogger Invitational

It's time to both praise and shame the hockey pooling skills of various hockey bloggers around the 'net. Back in September, I setup the inaugural Yahoo! hockey pool tournament for hockey bloggers from around the land, and six weeks in, it's been a pretty competitive head-to-head circuit so far.

With 20 teams and rosters of 15 players plus four bench positions (C x 3, LW x 2, RW x 2, D x 4, Util x 2, G x 2, BN x 4, IR x 3), it's made roster improvement via the free-agent pool difficult. (The highest-ranked player available for pickup is currently Chicago's Martin Lapointe.)

Here's what the standings look like to this point:
  1. Spector, 50-26-8
  2. Covered in Oil (Chris), 47-26-11
  3. Earl Sleek, 47-28-9
  4. Cousin BJ, 43-28-13
  5. Mirtle, 45-31-8
  6. Covered in Oil (Dave), 42-31-11
  7. Kukla, 41-30-13
  8. Pevans, 40-31-13
  9. Battle of Alberta (Matt), 39-34-11
  10. mc79hockey, 36-38-10
  11. Battle of Alberta (Grabby), 36-38-10
  12. The Ice Block, 34-38-12
  13. Hockey Rants, 34-38-12
  14. Covered in Oil (Mike), 33-38-13
  15. Sabre Rattling, 31-39-14
  16. Canucks Hockey Blog, 32-41-11
  17. On the Wings, 29-40-15
  18. Off Wing Opinion, 23-48-13
  19. PuckUpdate, 23-50-11
  20. Abel to Yzerman, 20-52-12
Apologies to any bloggers out there that didn't receive an invite — with a team maximum of just 20 for head-to-head pools, this one filled up quickly. Not to worry, however, as there will be room next year given that we've got a few DOA teams in this one.

As for the two non-hockey bloggers listed, one is good old Cousin BJ and the other is my pal Pete Evans, who are the two best poolies I know and are taking part as 'Black Aces'.

The winner of this whole shindig will get some sort of an NHL-related prize, yet to be determined.

An early favourite? Earl's Duck-filled team, which includes Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, Andy McDonald, J-S Giguere and four other Anaheim players.


At 11:22 a.m., November 17, 2006, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

In all fairness, I was a .500 fantasy team two weeks ago, until I got lined up back-to-back against non-participants mudcrutch and Ice Block.

And all my Giguere good stats keep getting undermined by my Cloutier bad stats.

At 6:45 p.m., November 17, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Once the Vaunt arrives in full in E-town, it's all over.

At 10:17 p.m., November 18, 2006, Blogger Loxy said...

Hot-Oil to reprezent next year.


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