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Fantasy Sophomores, Mothers’ Day and Playoff Beards…

Posted in Blogs, Fantasy Hockey, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by tangentman

My latest blog at “From The Point” is now up –

‘Sophomore Slump’. Two horrendous words. Having a player on your fantasy team who is going through a brutal second season can make things interesting during your quest for league supremacy.

Steven Stamkos proved this year that The Slump doesn’t hit everyone, more than doubling his rookie season output of 46 points. Of course, only one team in your league had his stats accumulate to their benefit, while the rest of the armchair GM’s were saying to themselves, “Damn, I wish I had that guy.”

It’s a bit early with the playoffs in full gear, but I’m going to look at some of this year’s rookies that ought to have better seasons the second time around (or, at the very least, should avoid taking a step backward). So, without further ado – and in no particular order – let’s get started with a few from the Eastern Conference…

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Someplace else to find me…

Posted in Blogs, Fantasy Hockey, NHL with tags , , , on April 14, 2010 by tangentman

An opportunity to blog for the hockey based website From the Point has come my way recently, and today is my first installment. I’d like to thank Brian Metzer for inviting me aboard, and, even though it’s basically a Penguins site, I’ll do my best not to ruffle any feathers with my Flyers talk.

Hopefully having a weekly gig will also find me writing more here…we shall see.

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Unless you take part in a Playoff Pool, the end of the NHL regular season also marked the end of your annual fantasy hockey campaign. If you’re anything like me, the sudden slamming of the fantasy door in your face has left a certain void. The saving grace for me is that I am involved in two leagues of the ‘keeper’ variety: one which allows 7 players to be held over, while the other is a “Dynasty League”, where (after the grueling 62-round inaugural draft we went through this season) the only changes to your squad year to year are the result of your own transactions and the annual Entry Draft.

Single-year leagues are over and done, but keeper leagues have merely gone on hiatus, at least through the post season. Thoughts of which players to hang on to for next season – and the possible return-in-trade for those who don’t make your personal cut – are probably already on your mind. I keep my hockey motor running all year, and I get my mental lists started as the NHL playoffs begin.

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A Rich Fantasy Life

Posted in Fantasy Hockey, NHL with tags , on February 19, 2010 by tangentman

Thank goodness the Winter Olympics only come around every four years. With NHL players’ participation, the League shuts down for the Games, which leads to withdrawal on a couple of levels – I miss the NHL games, but the Olympic tournament takes care of that in a way. What gets me is the lack of action for my fantasy teams.

They say admitting there is a problem is the first step toward a cure. Well, I’m a fantasy hockey junkie. Okay, I said it, but I don’t feel any better…no weight has been miraculously lifted from my shoulders.

I have an addictive personality. I work in Atlantic City, yet I don’t gamble; that would be trouble. I’ve had to modify my alcohol intake because I don’t know when to stop once I start. The one thing I give in to is the fantasy game – every night during the season is meaningful since my teams are made up of players from all around the League and someone always has a game. Until this stinkin’ Olympic hiatus.

The saving grace in fantasy is that, unlike the NHL, there is no trade embargo during the break. I can still discuss deals with other GMs; I can go over the rosters and stats to find target players to fill a void at a certain position; I can peruse the free agent list to find the guy that everyone else has missed that is ready to go on a scoring spree.

Writing that last paragraph just gave me the shakes. I need a fix, dammit. Gotta go open a new tab…

Assorted Nuts

Posted in Browsing, Fantasy Hockey, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by tangentman

Before we finally get around to taking down the Christmas tree today (and taking Geddy the Cat’s new fort away), I thought I’d throw a little something together and share a few things with everyone.

I’m a Firefox user, and I’m always looking for add-ons to make surfing more enjoyable.  There are a couple that I find extremely useful, and they are listed below, along with a fantasy hockey site that all players should find helpful.  If you have any favorites of your own, please feel free to share them in your comments.

I hope everyone’s New Year has started off on the right foot.  Enjoy what’s left of the weekend.

Firefox Add-ons:

RSS Ticker – Notifies you on-screen when your favorite sites are updated.  I don’t know what I did without this one (yes I do, but it wasn’t this easy).  Live Bookmarks now appear in a ticker that scrolls across the top (or bottom) of your screen while you surf.  Moving your mouse over a headline gives you a small pop up box preview.  Fully customizable.  Click the link for full details.

Morning Coffee – Simple app that opens your selected websites in tabs all at once.  You can add sites via the Bookmarks folder.

Fantasy Hockey:

Left Wing Lock – Starting goalie info, with updates throughout the day.  I added a link here on the blog also.  Most of you probably know about this one, but for those who don’t, this will help.

I won’t be sharing all of my favorite fantasy hockey sites here.  Some things are best kept to oneself.  😉

‘Til next time, thanks for reading.

Greetings!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , on September 20, 2009 by tangentman

For some unknown reason, you have stumbled across my little spot in the blogosphere.  I have no idea what will appear here (or when), but what the hell, right?

I may talk about my favorite music, hockey – actual teams or the goings-on with my fantasy squads, or anything that pops into my head that needs letting out, such as the strange things I see at work on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.  So stop back when you have some time and see what the latest topic is.

With any luck at all, you might just be entertained.