Jul 14, 2008
Checking in from L.A. at the tail end of my “Vacation,” the one I will definitely need another one to recover from (luckily it’s still quiet for 10-14 days after I return) with a few site upgrades we’ve recently implemented.
But first, a couple of interesting notes from the last two days of the vacation.
Saw my team the Dodgers spank the Marlins yesterday. Pitcher Chad Billingsly was dominant.
OF Andruw Jones may go down as the biggest free agent bust in sports history. His season may go down as the worst season by an MLB starter of all time. He’s pathetic.
My oldest kid convinced me to get Pete Rose’s autograph at a sports memorabilia store at the Forum Shops in Vegas. Long story short, he’s asking who to sign the picture to, my oldest or youngest, and I say my oldest because my youngest has no clue who Rose is and really doesn’t care, whereas my oldest is reading his book for school (required summer reading) and has probably 200+ baseball collectibles including 50+ autographs. I certainly wasn’t going to pay 2X for his autograph. Long story short, because I apparently dissed my youngest, Rose berated me in front of my kids, who were shocked. I should have told him to go F himself, but all I did was say very loudly “I can’t believe Pete Rose is lambasting me after I paid for his autograph” in the store. That was somewhat effective, and I think he felt bad because he did give my other son a signed picture free (which did little to make me feel better). I always talk about how I get vibes and can sum up a person based on a brief encounter, and with these athletes I’m usually right. Here’s my take on Rose: He’s definitely an as$hole. He’s trash. He deserves every bad thing that’s happened to him and if he does finally make it to the hall of fame it’ll be only because he’s basically on his death bed. As you can tell, the guy got me pretty pissed off. Walking away, I regretted not getting in his face and telling him that my youngest kid’s never heard of him and could care less, that he was, in fact, an a-hole, and that he should never be in the hall. I of course did the right thing not doing that, so the venting here will have to do.
On the softer side of things, going to see Coldplay tonight at the Staples center with my kids and that’ll basically wrap up this cross-country trip. We made it and literally drove from the Atlantic and Pacific. I yelled a few times at my kids, but overall the whole deal has been pretty smooth. Creating memories for my kids, that’s all I’m doing; creating memories.
On to some of the recent tweaks we’ve made, and these will be covered in the Site Help page shortly.
- We’ve added home/away criteria for most of our stat tools. Now, for example, if you’re looking at the points allowed tool you can see points allowed by position, in your scoring system (s) and for each team home and away. So if you’re looking at what the Bears for example are giving up to QBs (for the season or in their last X number of games) you can see exactly how many points they are giving up overall, in home games, and on the road. This makes the tools look deeper into the stats and be more revealing. Some teams definitely play better defense at home, so this is a nice upgrade.
- We’ve also upgraded some stuff in MyGuru and in the custom scoring systems. Now, you can tell the site how many points RBs, WRs, and TEs get per catch, which is important in some leagues because RBs getting ½ a point are prevalent. We’ve also differentiated sacks, tackles and assists by position, so you can tell the system how many points you get for those for each position now (we defaulted these items so you will have to go into your scoring systems and change them if need be).
- We’ve also added yardage allowed for defensive teams as a criteria in myguru but we’re not done integrating projecting it for our projections. They will be most effective during the season, when we will project the actual yardage each team will give up each week.
I believe that’s it, but I might have missed something right now.
These upgrades are in addition to the complete overall of MyGuru from earlier this year. Now, everything is organized by your fantasy team (s), which will make things much easier. Simply create a fantasy team and scoring system, add your players, and you’ll be able to see custom news, projections, other stats, and easily view our suggested starting lineups each week, plus the scoring systems have been upgraded with more flexibility.
We’ll have a few more subtle upgrades in the coming weeks and we will plan on adding a Player Matchup History tool, that should kick ass. We’ll also be putting up another revised homepage this week with a few new items. One of them will be a drop-down menu that will list and link to all articles recently posted, so it’ll be a place to check out quickly what we’ve posted and get quick links to the items.
That’s all for now.