Gophers 90, Bison 76

November 30, 2008

Minnesota is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season. Tuesday’s game against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten challenge should be a lot of fun.

http://bigtennetwork.com/news/article.asp?story_id=3179625

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Stars 4, Wild 3

November 28, 2008

Talk about a weird game, this one had pretty much everything…

http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=nhl-game-centre&mid=84752

See previous posts for detailed explanation of scoring.

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Wild 4, Capitals 3

November 25, 2008

The Wild’s contest on Monday lived up to the team name, at least for the final six minutes. Washington scored three times before I could blink and suddenly it was a game after Minnesota jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

The play of the day by far was Alex Ovechkin’s goal to make the score 4-2. He skated with the puck over the blue line above the left circle and fired with a defenseman in front of him. The shot went through the defenseman’s legs before beating Niklas Backstrom short side. It looked amazing in real time, and on replay was even more ridiculous. That guy can play…

 

http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=nhl-game-centre&mid=84738

Canucks 3, Wild 2

November 21, 2008

I’m not winning any awards for this one…

 

http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=nhl-game-centre&mid=84709

See below posts for detailed explanation of scoring.

I also would add that I used this worksheet as a guide two weeks ago when deciding to pick up Neil Rackers based on the defenses he was going up against. He’s scored 25 points the last two weeks after netting just 58 points his previous eight games.

 

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It’s Been a Nice Run

November 14, 2008

I forgot to put the last few fantasy football stories I’ve written up here. This one’s the latest…

http://www.fantasyfootballchamps.com/index.cfm?page=topstory&id=2763

See previous posts for a detailed explanation of the scoring used.

 

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Here’s another breakdown of the scoring: 4 pts per passing TD, 6 pts per rushing and receiving TDs, 1 point per reception, .02 pts per passing yard, .05 pts per rushing/receiving yard, -1 for INTs.

The quarterback scoring is based on ALL QBs that play in a game. So if Damon Huard, Tyler Thigpen and Brodie Croyle all play, their yards, TDs and INTs are all added together. I do not count QB rushing scores because that is not something that helps owners because of how fluky those scores can be. By doing it this way, its a more accurate reflection of how defenses are doing against quarterbacks in the passing game.

No. 1 and No. 2 WRs are based on the depth chart and their scoring tallied as such. In-game injuries are not taken into account, but if a usual No. 2 or No. 1 receiver misses a game, everyone is bumped up accordingly.

No. 3 WRs includes ALL WRs who are not No. 1 or No. 2 receivers. So if five other receivers tally stats in a game, all five of them are added together to get the final numbers.

Primary running back is whichever running back tallies the most carries in that particular game. So for teams that go with two-back systems, the No. 1 back could change on a weekly basis. The secondary backs stats tally all the rest of the runners who put up statistics in that particular game.

Tight ends are like quarterbacks in that ALL tight end statistics accumulated in any game are considered in the scoring.

Kickers are simply three points per field goal and one point per extra point.

Note: I do not factor in lost fumbles in these numbers, so there is some slight deviation as a result. However, the difference is not enough to make any significant impact on the rankings.

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Gophers 88, Huskies 80

November 4, 2008

The new-look Gophers definitely have a lot of work to do, but the two freshmen big men – Colton Iverson and Ralph Sampson III – could be a fabulous duo in the years to come if they add some bulk. Minnesota has plenty of athletic ability this year so shouldn’t have much, if any, drop-off even with the departure of its three leading scorers from a year ago. It should be fun to watch this team develop, and if the recruiting classes like this one and the 2009 class keep coming this will be a squad that has no excuse for NOT bringing home a Big Ten title in the next two or three years.

How’s that for drawing conclusions after one preseason game?

http://wcco.com/localsportswire/22.0.html?type=local&state=MN&category=s&filename=BKC–StCloudSt-Minnes.xml