Since opening day of the NBA season is tomorrow, Jay and I decided we wanted to play fantasy basketball. The brilliant idea of the Bullets Blog Basketball League came about. Neither of us really knew anything about fantasy basketball going in, so we figured it would be relatively fair. Unfortunately, with only two people, the numbers just weren't there to form a league comprising of just Bullets Blog writers. We took matters into our own hands and joined an ESPN Public League, starzz02. Due to time of arrival into the league, we were paired in the same division, which means assuming an unbalanced schedule, a rivalry will be created. The draft wasn't particularly eventful, however the moments following were interesting to say the least.
Bullets Blog Jay's Roster - Deron Williams, James Harden, Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph, DeAndre Jordan, Ray Allen, Kris Humphries, Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups, David West, Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio.
Bullets Blog Malone's Roster - Monta Ellis, Eric Gordon, Corey Maggette, David Lee, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, Tim Duncan, Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, Danilo Gallinari, Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, Roy Hibbert.
Now to the drama. Upon joining, there was a team called Ecuador Jews, and another called Guatemalan Fruit. The first thought that ran through my mind was whether or not a requirement for the league was to name your team after a Central/South American country along with a one syllable nickname. We decided that was irrelevant and forgot about it. In the draft, the Fruit spent the vast majority of their money (auction draft) on Kobe, Rose, and Dwight. After laughing at his horrific draft considering everyone surrounding those three sucked, I got an email from ESPN. The Jews were going to trade the Fruit, Danny Granger, Blake Griffin, Joakim Noah, Gerald Wallace, Luol Deng, and Michael Beasley, to get Metta World Peace, Tyrus Thomas, Thaddeus Young, Greg Oden, Matt Bonner, and Rashard Lewis in return. If I knew the Wilpons were running the Jews (they would fit the name) I would have made sure to send a nasty email detailing why they need to give up ownership of the Mets. I mean, putting people making minimum wage on the unemployment line by shutting down your Gulf Coast League team to save costs is bad, but when you can't even keep people making decent money on your fantasy team? The line has been crossed. Needless to say, the manager of the Fruit is the same as the manager for the Jews, and is either eight years old or needs some serious mental help if he goes around telling all his friends his brilliant idea to stack a fantasy basketball team in his favor. Jay sent out an email telling people to pull a David Stern on this trade (except we were probably justified in doing so), and the trade was vetoed. In response to the trade, my boy Trey McGee of the Maumee Panthers posted on the league message board, "wtf is that @^%%? :smh:." Well said my friend, well said.
Week 1 Matchups:
Bullets Blog Jay (0-0) vs. Ecuador Jews (0-0)
Guatemalan Fruit (0-0) vs. Team Ayoub (0-0)
Bullets Blog Malone (0-0) vs. Team Mustangs (0-0)
Las Vegas Gamblers (0-0) vs. Team Players (0-0)
Team Eren (0-0) vs. Maumee Panthers (0-0)
And after going through it, those are some unoriginal team names.