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9/26/16

  • Week 25 Begins - Games 145-146 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on?
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine how many BWB games can be scored
      • All MLB teams have played at least 155 games, so right now, we're just waiting on....Jon.
      • Sorry - a little real-life busy stretch has put me behind schedule...look for Games 147-148 on Tuesday or Wednesday, then Games 149-150 on Thursday or Friday.
      • Note - this also means that any stats in MLB this week don't count for the BWB season (Game 156 would be used for a division tiebreaker, though)
    • Next score update expected by late Wednesday night
    • Around BWB
  • An update on the close races for division crowns throughout BWB.

9/25/16

  • With the unfortunate death of Jose Fernandez, by rule he will also be removed immediately from BWB rosters.  This will be effective Week 26, the first week of playoff games.  Within the next day or two, he will no longer appear on those rosters.
  • Week 24 Statistics and Players of the Week
  • 15 Division Champions from the September 23 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Rather Division: Swayze's Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 11th win in 2016) - Only team to win the league championship in the league's two previous seasons
    • Chevy Chase League - Ty Webb Division: Horseshoe High Rollers (owner Tom McGraw) - First division title in league's 10th season; best finish previously was 2nd in 2007
    • Cleveland Rocks - Boudreau Division: Paradise Theatre Styx (owner Phillip Dang - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat winner
    • Commissioners League - Ueberroth Division: Kenesaw Mountaineers (owner Sherman Wan - 8th win in 2016) - 5th title including last year
    • Deuces Wild League - Biggio Division: Sugarland Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 12th win in 2016) - 3rd straight title; 4th overall
    • Experts League - Web Division: Irish Alcohooligans (owner Jerry King - 2nd win in 2016) - 2nd playoff appearance - also won division in 2014
    • Federal League - St. Louis Terriers Division: Atlanta Kool Runnings (owner Ricardo Alexander - 5th win in 2016) - 3rd straight division title; won league championship in 2014
    • Geek Pride League - Dorsey Division: Swingset Erectors (owners Jeff Zick and Kevin Connors; each has a 2016 win individually) - 3rd division crown in the league's 3rd season
    • Hall of Fame League - Ruth Division: Seattle Survivors (owner Leif Jonson - 5th win in 2016) - 4th division title, first since winning the league in 2014
    • K Street League
      • Blyleven Division: Darwin Destroyers (owner Matt Strawbridge - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat division winner
      • Seaver Division: New Jersey Roid Ragers (owner Tom Twomey - 14th win in 2016) - 5th time in 1st place - first since 2012; League champ in 2012
      • Sutton Division: Aksarben Bugeaters (owner Don Kruse - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat winner - 7th overall; Also won conference those previous 6 seasons, but still looking for first league title
    • Moneyball League - Ron Washington Division: Crestone Current (owner Kevin Connors) - 3rd consecutive division win - looking for first trip to finals
    • Pacific Northwest League - Beavers Division: Torrance Longshots (owner Ken Degroot - 3rd win in 2016) - 1st division title after 3 straight 2nd-place finishes
    • Winners Circle League - Spahn Division: Uruguay Urusai (owner Tom Twomey - 15th win in 2016) - Back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013; 3rd title

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9/22/16

  • Week Twenty-five Transactions posted.  Week 26 deadline (lineups for playoffs, Week 1) is Saturday, October 1 at 11:59 PM EDT
  • 25 Division Champions from the September 20 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beer League - Malt Division: Sam Adams Love Schnack (owner Doug Schnack - 2nd win in 2016) - Defending league champ; 5th division title
    • Blame Canada League
      • Kyle Division: Camptown Racers (owner Jay Snyder - 6th win in 2016) - Defending league champ; 3rd division win
      • Kenny Division: Atchafalaya SwampDawgZ (owner James Harris) - First division win in the league's 6th season; Best finish had been 2nd in 2011-12
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Drysdale Division: Oklahoma Gushers (owner Tom Twomey - 10th win in 2016) - Defending league champion; 3rd division win
    • Blue and Gray League - Lee Division: Atlantis Mighty Mythtakes (owner David Henning - 11th win in 2016) - Repeat winner - 3rd overall; League champion in 2011
    • Chevy Chase League
      • Clark W. Griswold, Jr. Division: Bath County Black Sheep (owner Tom Twomey - 11th win in 2016) - This owner's 6th straight division win - 7th straight for the franchise; League champ in 2012
      • Fletch F. Fletch Division: Kamchatka Guardians (owner David Henning - 12th win in 2016) - 3rd title - first since 2013; 14 GB in 2015
    • Cleveland Rocks - Doby Division: Cuyahoga Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 9th win in 2016) - Repeat winner
    • Federal League - Baltimore Terrapins Division: Rough Ned's Odor-Eaters (owner Sherman Wan - 5th win in 2016) - 3rd division win, first since consecutive league championships in 2012-13
    • Fenway Fenatics - Boggs Division: Plymouth Panthers (owner Mark Aisenbrey) - Repeat division winner; 3rd overall; Made finals in 2015 & 2012
    • Firemen League - Smith Division: Mammoth Grizzlies (owner Michael Quinn - 10th win in 2016) - 10 games out last season - 3rd division win
    • Five Boroughs League - Brooklyn Division: Brooklyn Bridge Grand Slams (owner Danny Zaccaro - 5th win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
    • Four Star League
      • Bradley Division: NYC2ATL Jr Blackbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander - 3rd win in 2016) - 2-time defending league champ plus another in 2012; 5th consecutive division title
      • Patton Division: Miami County Mercenaries (owner David Henning - 13th win in 2016) - Repeat division win, 4th overall; League champ in 2011
    • Geek Pride League - Tomlinson Division: Loco Motion (owner David Henning - 14th win in 2016) - Sub-.500 in 2015 - returns for 3rd division title
    • The Kings of Queens League - McGraw Division: Woodside Dingos (owner Tom Twomey - 12th win in 2016) - Defending league champion and won in 2011 too; 7 division wins in the league's 7 seasons
    • Longball League - Mays Division: Mudville Nine (owner Rob Behymer) - Repeat division win and 6th overall; Looking for 1st league championship
    • North Siders League - Sutter Division: Mackay Moonshiners (owner Matt Strawbridge) - 21 GB in 2015; Team finished 3rd in each of the league's first 2 seasons
    • Pacific Northwest League - Huskies Division: Snoqualmie Owls (owner Sherman Wan - 6th win in 2016) - Also won division in 2014
    • Perfect World League
      • David Cone Division: Bates Motel Cabana Boys (owner Andrew Lehman - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat division winner
      • Randy Johnson Division: Malta Falcons (owner Sherman Wan - 7th win in 2016) - Defending league champ; 4th straight division win
    • Reality Bites - Fear Factor Division: Nashville Sounders (owner Jamison Reese - 2nd win in 2016) - 5th win in the last 6 seasons; League champ in 2014
    • Redbirds League - Brock Division: Manalapan Monchichis (owner Tom Twomey - 13th win in 2016) - Returns to playoffs after sub-.500 in 2015, 6th title; League champion in 2014
    • Shadowball League - Memphis Red Sox Division: Kingston Bob Marleys (owner Ricardo Alexander - 4th win in 2016) - 4th trip to the playoffs - League champ in 2013; 85 losses last year
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Stripes Division: Cincinnati Marching Cards (owner Michael Horvitz - 3rd win in 2016) - Inaugural Season

9/19/16

  • 23 Division Champions from the September 18 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Pittsburgh Alleghenys Division: Tulsa Twominators (owner Tom Twomey - 6th win in 2016) - Finished 3rd in last year's first season of the league
    • Anchorman League - Jennings Division: Brick Barometers (owner Tom Twomey - 7th win in 2016) - Only team to win the league championship in the league's two previous seasons
    • Batman League - Keaton Division: Infinity Island Shadows (owner Robert Elias - 4th win in 2016) - 4th consecutive division win - League champ in 2014 and 2013
    • Beer League - Hops Division: Kingfisher Ale Slammers (owner Tom Twomey - 8th win in 2016) - 7th straight division title - 9 overall; Won league 3 times
    • Blue and Gray League - Grant Division: Bradford Bluecoats (owner Jay Snyder - 5th win in 2016) - Missed by 1 game last year - after 2 straight 2nd-place finishes gets first division win
    • Federal League - Buffalo Buffeds Division: Buffalo Wings over America (owner Michael Lehman) - 5th straight divison title - only advanced to finals in 2013
    • Geek Pride League - Zuckerberg Division: Loco Motion (owner Michael Quinn - 4th win in 2016) - 3rd straight trip to the playoffs - won the league in 2014
    • Grand Slam League - Ventura Division: Stillwater Sluggers (owner Michael Quinn - 5th win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
    • The Kings of Queens League
      • Harrelson Division: Ralston Steelers (owner Mike Cerny) - First trip to playoffs since 2010 when they won the league title
      • Hernandez Division:  Little Neck Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 6th win in 2016) - Repeat champion, 4th overall - won the league in 2013
    • Longball League
      • McGuire Division: Tijuana Trojans (owner Doug Schnack) - Franchise wins first division crown in league's 12th season
      • Killebrew Division:  San Marcos Speed Sloths (owner Tom Twomey - 9th win in 2016) - Defending league champ - 6th division win
    • Murderers' Row
      • Big Poison Division: Palookaville Pugs (owner Sherman Wan - 4th win in 2016) - 7th division title in the league's 7 seasons: League champ in 2010 and 2012
      • Big Donkey Division: France 2016 UEFA Euros 2016 (owner Leif Jonson - 4th win in 2016) - Also won division in 2014
    • Pacific Northwest League - Ducks Division: Seattle Space Cadets (owner David Henning - 9th win in 2016) - After 2 straight 2nd-place finishes gets 1st division win
    • Phightin' Phils League - Roberts Division: Towson Gray Storm (owner Kenn Fritts) - First title; best finish had been 2nd in 2015 and 2012
    • Reality Bites
      • Bachelor Division: Memphis Bighitters (owner Michael Quinn - 7th win in 2016) - 6th straight title; 8th overall; League champ in 2011
      • American Idol Division:  Kingston Jamaicans (owner Ricardo Alexander - 2nd win in 2016) - Defending league champ; 3 straight division wins (7th overall)
    • Redbirds League - Dean Division: Orion's Solar Kings (owner David Henning - 10th win in 2016) - Repeat title - 5th overall
    • Scooby Doo League - Velma Division: Harlem Ghostbusters (owner John Hula) - Missed playoffs by 1 game last year
    • Superman League - Brandon Routh Division: Metropolis Ites (owner Jason Kiernan - 4th win in 2016) - 1st division win in league's 5th season; previous best was 2nd in 2013
    • They Might Be Giants League - Marichal Division: Imperial Point Mio's (owner Anthony Citarella) - Finished 2nd last year and follows up with first division title
    • Triple Crown League - Yastrzemski Division: Hornsby Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 8th win in 2016) - Previously won division in 2013

9/17/16

  • Week 23 Statistics and Players of the Week
  • 19 Division Champions from the September 15 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Reasoner Division: Chicago Mashers (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2016) - 1st title; turnaround from 4th place and 91 losses in 2015
    • B Movie Actor League - My Name is Bruce Division: Vatican City Van Dammes (owner Tom Twomey - 3rd win in 2016) - Inaugural season
    • Blame Canada League - Eric Division: North Stars (owner Roland Dupont - 2nd win in 2016) - Missed by 1 game in 2015; 3rd title; League champ in 2011
    • Bronx Bombers League
      • Gehrig Division: Standing Stone Subtle Tsunami (owner Jay Snyder - 4th win in 2016) - Won the division and conference last year
      • Rizzuto Division:  Reese's Pieces (owner Jamison Reese) - 4th place last year - Returns to the playoffs after a 2-year absence
    • Chevy Chase League - Emmit Fitz-Hume Division: Quahog Drunken Clams (owner Don Kruse) - Lost in tiebreaker last year - 4th division win
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division: Utopia Unibrows (owner Tom Twomey - 4th win in 2016) - 5th division win in 6 seasons - League champ in 2012 and 2014
    • Five Boroughs League - Staten Island Division: Midtown Millionaires (owner David Henning - 6th win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
    • Grand Slam League
      • Ramirez Division: Devil's Den Sharpshooters (owner Robert Elias - 3rd win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
      • Murray Division:  Grannies Salamies and Taters (owner Jason Kiernan - 3rd win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
    • Minnie & Paul League - Carew Division: Fabulous Fakers (owner Roland Dupont - 3rd win in 2016) - First division title - closest finish had been 6 GB in both 2015 and 2014
    • Moneyball League - David Justice Division: TINSTAAPP Leifs (owner Leif Jonson - 4th win in 2016) - Trying for 3rd straight league championship
    • Murderers' Row - Big Puma Division: Guttenberg Gandolfinis (owner Tom Twomey - 5th win in 2016) - 7th division title in the league's 7 seasons: League champ in 2010 and 2012
    • North Siders League - Williams Division: Hunter's Bunters (owner Jeff Zick) - Finished 3rd in both of the league's first 2 seasons
    • Shadowball League - Chicago American Giants Division: Las Vegas Billionaires (owner Jim Sowerby) - 2-time defending league champion (4 overall); 8th division crown
    • Silver Screen League - Angels in the Outfield Division: Oscar's Cast of Legends (owner David Henning - 7th win in 2016) - 3rd division win in the league's 3rd season; 2014 league champ
    • Steel City League - Traynor Division: Hershey Special O.P.S. (owner David Henning - 8th win in 2016) - Only team to win this division in the league's 3 seasons
    • They Might Be Giants League - Terry Division: Des Moines Hawkeyes (owner Tom Kohl) - 2nd division win - last was in 2012
    • Three of a Kind League - Wagner Division: Havana Lounge Lizards (owner Jerry King) - 3rd straight title, 6th overall; League champ in 2011

9/14/16

  • 10 Division Champions from the September 13 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beatleball - Starr Division:  Underground Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat winner - 5th overall; League champ in 2013
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League
      • Reese Division: Napa Valley REDS (owner Ken DeGroot - 2nd win in 2016) - 2nd time in 1st place - last time was 2009
      • Sutton Division: South Hills California Elite (owner Michael Quinn - 3rd win in 2016) - First trip to playoffs since 2013; 4th division win
    • Blue and Gray League - Sherman Division: Ft. Snelling Pioneers (owner Andrew Lehman) - League champion in 2012; 3rd division title
    • Bronx Bombers League - DiMaggio Division: Cincinnati Red Stockings 1 (owner Michael Horvitz - 2nd win in 2016) - League champion in 2014
    • Deuces Wild League - Cobb Division: Wet Hens (owner Roland Dupont) - 3rd title - won the league championship the other 2 times in 2013-14
    • Fenway Fenatics - Fisk Division: South City White Rats (owner Justin Juengel) - 1st division title - 4th place in 2015
    • Four Star League - MacArthur Division: Men Injecting Men 2 Still Roided Up (owner Christian Ingram) - 3rd win - first since 2013 when league champion
    • Geek Pride League - Berners-Lee Division: Dyad Institute Ledas (owner Sherman Wan - 3rd win in 2016) - Defending league champ
    • Royal Flush League - Patek Division: Bedrock Sonic Clubs (owner David Henning - 5th win in 2016) - Defending league champion

9/12/16

  • 15 Division Champions from the September 11 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Louisville Colonels Division: Throwback All-Stars (owner Jason Kiernan) - Finished 3rd in league's first season in 2015
    • Beatleball
      • Lennon Division: Rome Gladiators (owner Danny Zaccaro - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat winner - league champ in 2012
      • McCartney Division:  London Groove Armada (owner Sherman Wan) - 6th straight division title; 10th overall - 3 league championships
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Campanella Division: Wisconsin Dawgs (owner Greg Flees) - First trip to playoffs since 2013; 4th division win
    • Deuces Wild League - Brett Division: November Nine (owner Danny Zaccaro - 3rd win in 2016) - 4th division win; previous 3 were by only 1 game
    • Federal League - Brooklyn Tip-Tops Division: Sheshequin Shenanigans (owner Jay Snyder - 3rd win in 2016) - 3rd overall title
    • Firemen League - Franco Division: Smoke on the Water (owner Sherman Wan - 2nd win in 2016) - 3-time defending league champion
    • Five Boroughs League - Bronx Division: Riverdale Hipsters (owner Phillip Dang) - Inaugural Season
    • Minnie & Paul League - Blyleven Division: Tonga Tarantula Hawks (owner Tom Twomey - 2nd win in 2016) - 6th divison win in league's 6th season - looking for first trip to finals since 2011
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 4th win in 2016) - Trying for 3rd straight league championship
    • Pacific Northwest League - Cougars Division: North By Northwest Crop Dusters (owner Danny Zaccaro - 4th win in 2016) - Only team so far to win league championship in the league's 3 seasons
    • Redbirds League - Smith Division: Brazil 2014 Canarinho (owner Leif Jonson) - Repeat title - 5th overall
    • Royal Flush League - Splittorff Division: Miami Mermaids (owner John Stroba) - 3rd place last year in the league's first season
    • Shadowball League - Birmingham Black Barons Division: Bedrock Water Buffaloes (owner Leif Jonson - 2nd win in 2016) - 2-time defending division and conference champion
    • South Siders League - Faber Division: El Dorado Conquistadores (owner Robert Elias - 2nd win in 2016) - Inaugural Season

9/11/16

9/10/16

  • Three weeks left in the regular season - 18 games - all within your division as you play each team for two more series
  • A reminder of what's coming up of importance in the BWB calendar - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 24 - THIS WEEK! - deadline Wednesday 9/14 - final week to sign free agents for the 2016 season/post-season
    • Weeks 25 & 26 - Transactions allowed - but only cuts and IR moves
    • Week 26 - first week of playoff lineups set - deadline tentatively set for Saturday, October 10

9/9/16

  • 5 Division Champions from the September 8 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Grand Slam League - McCovey Division: Washington Lobbyists (owner Yuri Belova) - Inaugural Season
    • South Siders League - Minoso Division: Sonoma County Longshots (owner Ken DeGroot) - Inaugural Season
    • Steel City League - Mazeroski Division: Greenbelt Terrapins (owner Robert Elias) - 3rd straight division title
    • They Might Be Giants League - Hubbell Division: Herrickville Haberdashers (owner Jay Snyder - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat divison winner, 3rd overall; League champ in 2012
    • Triple Crown League - Medwick Division: World War Z (owner Danny Zaccaro) - 1st division win; best finish had been 2nd in 2015 and 2009

9/8/16

  • 8 Division Champions from the September 7 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Bronx Bombers League - Ford Division: Chicago Haymarket Bombers (owner Michael Quinn) - Defending league champ; 4th division title
    • Commissioners League - Frick Division: Midwest Reclamation Project (owner David Henning - 4th win in 2016) - Repeat division winner - won the conference also in 2015
    • Five Boroughs League - Queens Division: NYC2ATL Queens Yankees (owner Ricardo Alexander) - Inaugural Season
    • Motor City League - Newhouser Division: Windsor Wolverines (owner Tom Twomey) - Returns to the playoffs after league titles in 2013 and 2014
    • Murderers' Row - Big Ed Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 2nd win in 2016) - 5th division win in 7 seasons; 3-time league champ including 2015
    • Silver Screen League - Bang the Drum Slowly Division: Cincinnati Marvins Songs (owner Michael Horvitz) - First division title - close last year at 4 GB
    • Three of a Kind League - Beckley Division: Wyalusing Whiffers (owner Jay Snyder) - Franchise's 5th division crown - League champ in 2012
    • Winners Circle League - Galvin Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 3rd win in 2016) - Only team to win this divison in league's five seasons; Won league title 2012-2014

9/5/16

  • One Division Champion from the September 4 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beer League - Yeast Division: The Natty Lights (owner Jesse Roche) - 7th straight division title - 9 overall; Won league 3 times
  • A reminder of what's coming up of importance in the BWB calendar - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 23 - deadline Wednesday 9/7 - "roster expansion" - taxi squad and minor league players can fill in as an extended bench for the final three weeks of the season
    • Week 24 - deadline Wednesday 9/14 - final week to sign free agents for the 2016 season/post-season

9/3/16

  • One Division Champion from the September 1 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Golden Throat League - Ernie Harwell Division: Erebor Dragons (owner David Henning - 3rd win in 2016) - 2nd straight division title and 5th overall; League champ in 2011

8/30/16

8/27/16

  • With Game 120 posted, the regular season is 4/5 compete

8/23/16

  • I almost missed this since it was so early - Our first Division Champion:
    • Cleveland Rocks - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (owner David Henning) - 2-time defending league champion

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