Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mover and Shaker - Week 9

Two teams really stood out this week and commanded the moving and shaking, both of which gaining at least 20 points, which is quite impressive considering the highest mover behind them had only 8 points gained.  On the other end of the spectrum exactly half of the league lost points with the biggest loser being King Flameheads dropping 17.5 points during the week.

SharpClawedMoose gained a whopping 20 points this past week, but unfortunately still remains in the basement of the league.  What's even more unfortunate is that the other top mover and shaker gained only 0.5 points more (20.5 total) and with that the hopes and dreams of a free move for the bottom placed team was erased.  Instead, the champ from last year gained some momentum this week and for that, Greatness gets the win.  His transactions used drop from 10 to 9.

Congrats.  Stats below and as always click to enlarge.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mover n' Shaker Week 8 - Team of the Month Two

This week featured a massive drop for one particular team which helped 9 other teams to rise.  The inTIMidators dropped an incredible 31.5 points this week which is double that of the next highest loser of points.  Not a good week for this GM, but we're not here to talk about the loser of points but instead the gainer.  So, lets' do that.  The Mover and Shaker for week 8 is Sunnyvale Shithawks who gained 16.5 points during the week for this GM's first award of this type for this season.  With this win, his max moves drop from 10 to 9.

Also, with week 8 coming to an end, so does Month 2 of this season and we all know what that means; Another award for the Team of the Month.  As you know, this is based on each teams average weekly placement in the standings with the best averaged team getting a free move.  For month number two, this particular team is Figgy with an average placement of 1.25, missing the top spot only one week during the last 4.  With this achievment, his transactions also drop from 10 to 9.

Stats below.  As always, click to enlarge:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Goalie Opinion Survey Results

The results for the Goalie Opinion survey are in and right away it's apparent from the first two questions that change is desired in this league.  In the first question, only 31.3% of GM's stated that "Everything in the league is perfect right now." when asked about their overall thoughts on the league.

It's not surprising that these results come about as this survey was made available in the first place through conversation about 'The Goalie Situation'.  Before the first word was typed for the first question of this questionnaire, it was apparent that discontent was present.  Furthermore, all GM's came into this with knowledge that Goalies were likely what needs to change. The 2nd Question confirmed that.

When asked about their overall feelings on Goalies in particular, the consenses seems to be that 'Something needs to change' with 62.5% of the league selecting that option.

In anticipation of this result, the survey then attempted to resolve concerns that some of the GM's have voiced, and we may have come no closer to doing so after reviewing the results... 

As you know, all 16 GM's voted on 3 different scenarios in the survey. The scenarios (and I trust you remember the details) were as follows:

The Goalie Cap Scenario:
4 GM's said "Yes, if we had to change, this is one way to go.
12 GM's said "No, absolutely not. This is barbaric and dictatorial!"

The Playable Roster Spot Drop Scenario:
4 GM's said "Yeah, this could work."
12 said "This is retarded."

The Goalie Stat Removal Scenario:
10 GM's said "One stat less would not be the end of the world."
6 GM's said "I do NOT want to drop any goalie stats."

When asked to pick ONE of the above scenarios as a possible solution, here's how GM's voted.

As you can see a bare majority of GMs (56.3%) believe that "The removal of 1 goalie stat from the stats sheet." would be the best option of the three. This leaves 43.7% split between the other two.

What's interesting to note here is that unfortunately the removal of one goalie stat only serves to decrease the goalies value, which is only one of the concerns expressed.  There still remains the issue of 'Goalie Hoarding' (as it's affectionately referred to as) and the other two options (or perhaps another un-thought of one) could solve that issue.  It shouldn't be ignored that nearly half the league wanted that kind of change...

With that said, let's move on and discuss deeper topics discovered within the discussion of goalies in this survey.  It should be interesting to note know that 50% of the league voted out GS's (with some very strong opinion added in the spaces provided) when asked which could go if one had to.  The remaining half were spread over 4 other categories as seen below:

It is very likely that a vote will occur in the near future deciding  the fate of one goalie stat, according to these results.  It is also extremely likely that a complete overhaul of the Goalie philosophy could occur.  An astounding 81.3% of GM's voted for a switch from GA and SV to GAA and SV% stating that "It just makes sesnse".

This notion will also come to vote... obviously.

In the end we may have solved one concern with regards to the general opinion of over half the league, but there still remains and underlying issue that still needs to be addressed.  Or maybe the change in a goalies value is enough to solve the 'Hoarding' issue?  We'll have to wait and see.  The debate rolls on.

NOTE: The winner of the 2 free Transactions was the The Killbot Factory.


Mover and Shaker - Week 7

In the recent days we have seen one team make some massive changes to their team; a revamp of monster proportions made possible through the trading of big time players.  It appears in the early going of this revamp, things are paying off.  With a gain of 16.5 points over the past week (after losing 16 the week before), Ploughmans Posse could have turned things around.  We'll have to wait and see of course, but in the meantime he gets one free transaction for being the Mover and Shaker of the week, dropping him from 13 used to 12.

Stats below.  Click to enlarge.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mover and Shaker - Week 6

What a weeks it's been in the WTHL with 11 teams moving up in points during the 7 days.  It's a feat that seems unnatural with only 16 teams in the league but with No Homers! losing 29.5 points, Ploughmans Posse losing 16 and TeamSniperElite losing 14.5 points, it all becomes clear as to how so many teams were able to rise.  Apparently, 3 teams massive falls equates to many other teams rise, be it a little one or not.

With that said, 3 teams had an opposite journey this week gaining over 10 points and all 3 being within 2 points of each other in gains.  In the end though, one squeeked through with a gain of 13.5 points to capture the Mover and Shaker this week.  That team is Pussy Pounders who is having a great season thus far and with this win, his max moves drop from 2 to 1.

Stats below.  Click the pic to enlarge.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mover and Shaker - Week 5

While half the league gained points this past week, three teams truly dominated the movin' and shakin' this time around with the lowest of these 3 gaining 14.5 points and the highest gaining 29 points.  In fact, for the first time this season we have a tie with this particular award with 2 teams gainin' that lovely increase of 29 points.  Both The 20¢ inTIMidators and Porters Penquins made that huge jump this week and with that they both win the award.  The 20¢ inTIMidators drop from 8 moves used to 7 and Porters Penquins drop to 4 transactions used from 5.

Congrats.  Here are the stats.  Click the pic to enlarge: