Thursday, October 30, 2008

Checks are in the Mail!

Hi Gang,
This morning (OCT 30), I wrote out and mailed the HARL prize checks. So your roto-baseball winnings are on their way!
Congratulations to everyone for another fine HARL season. 22 years in the books is hard to imagine. I sincerely hope to see everyone participating again in 2009. Sometime during the offseason, I'm going to ponder and propose some significant changes to the rules for next year with the aim of keeping things fresh after all these years of play. So it could be a very different league in 2009. Feel free to share any ideas that you have with me this winter. 
For all you life-long Phillies fans out there..... as the t-shirts say: PHINALLY!!!  Now I can die a happy man. 
PS: Dougie Fresh, I included your Hershey Bears hockey tickets in your envelope, so be on the lookout for those.
Talk to you guys later.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Champion Is Crowned!

The long wait is finally over. The HARL Champion for 2008 has been crowned. Who won?

Did the JOKERS hang on to their skinny lead? Or did the ASSASSINS sneak up from behind and give them the old shiv in the back? Or did the COBRAS strike from below? Or maybe just maybe, the GRILLERS turned up the heat? Or could it be that the RHINOS (gulp gulp) made a frantic last-week comeback to claim their 8th HARL title?

Well? Well?

Well... it was a very close points race, for everyone except the eventual winner. Three teams were separated by less than 1.5 points! But the champs won comfortably.

So who won? The suspense is killing me dammit!

Cue the medieval fanfare music and send in the clowns! The 2008 HARL Championship wears pointy shoes and a silly hat, and hails from the Great White North region of Pennsylvania.

Hail hail to the 2008 Champs... the JOKERS!

The Final Playoff Standings were as follows:
  1. 45.32 = Jokers
  2. 35.40 = Grillers
  3. 32.18 = Cobras
  4. 32.08 = Rhinos
  5. 30.88 = Assassins
You can check out more details by perusing the league reports. I'm uploading the PSR reports as we speak. I haven't edited the web-reports yet, but will try to squeeze that in soon when I've got some extra free time (perhaps tomorrow morning or night). So hang loose.

FOR NOW... Please join me in congratulating JACK SOLTIS and the JOKERS on their 1st ever HARL Championship!

Kudos to Joker Jack for a great season. It was well deserved.

Until we meet again.... Enjoy the MLB Playoffs... and GO PHILS!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Final 2008 Stats

This snippet (which I just posted on my business website) also applies to us. So I've posted it here to alert you guys as well.

The Final Stats for 2008 will not be posted until the AL Central winner has been determined. The outcome of the Tigers/W-Sox makeup game on 9/29 could determine a winner, or else a 1-game regular season playoff game between the Twins/W-Sox will be played on Tuesday 9/30 to determine the winner. Since the stats from these games count as Regular Season stats, we cannot publish the final stats until these games are complete. 
As a result, the final set of player stats for 2008 won't be published until Tuesday (1 PM) or Wednesday (1 PM), depending on the outcome of the AL games that are still to be played.
Note that the FINAL STATS will be dated 9/28/2008, although they WILL include those AL stats from 9/29 (and 9/30 game if applicable). Users of Rhino Baseball should use 9/28/2008 as the date of these final stats. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jokers Wild

Can the Jokers pull off their first-ever HARL Championship?

After 3 weeks of a crazy playoffs which have seen three lead-changes, Joker Jack's boys are currently holding down the top-spot. That will teach me to overlook anyone's 1st-place chances ever again! If you recall, at the halfway mark of the playoffs I predicted it would come down to a 2-horse race between the Assassins and Cobras. I was wrong.

At this point, anything could happen. In hot pursuit of the Jokers are the Assassins and Grillers, and even the Cobras are within striking distance if they can get red-hot this final week. This is exciting!

About the only thing I feel sure of is that my injury-riddled and pitching-poor Rhinos club has virtually no chance of bringing home an 8th HARL Championship. Yes, I realize that nobody but me is boo-hooing about that!
So good luck to all the contenders and have fun watching SportsCenter this week! There's really nothing to do at this point other than sit back, pop a cold one, and pray that your sluggers hit, steal, and field the ball cleanly, and that your hurlers record outs, rack up the K's, and snag some Wins and Saves. It sounds so simple doesn't it?

By the way... Stat reports (both web-stuff and PSR) are now available at HARL Central.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Week #3 Playoff Standings

HARL Playoff Standings thru Week #3 are available on the HARL stats site. I haven't posted any of the reports yet; just the Standings.
PS: Looks like we've got a NEW leader!  Hint: Think Worst to First!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Halfway to the Finish!

Two weeks are gone in the 2008 HARL playoff race. We're halfway to deciding a champ. Who's it gonna be this season? Here's the quickie point-score rundown at the SEP 14 checkpoint:
  1. Assassins = 43.2 pts
  2. Grillers = 37.6 pts
  3. Cobras = 35.4 pts
  4. Rhinos = 31.1 pts
  5. Jokers = 29.8 pts

Pretty amazing to see the Assassins holding down the top-spot eh? In the history of the HARL Playoffs, no 5th Seed playoff team has ever managed to win the playoffs and secure the league championship. Dougie Fresh is doing his best to make history, that's for sure.

I'm also surprised to see the Jokers languishing in the basement. What gives? Is this really the same club that took 1st Place in the Regular Season standings after 22 weeks?

The Grillers offense nosedived big-time this week, while the Spitting Cobras slithered their way up the standings and crawled out of the basement. The Rhinos sort of held steady. With the sudden spate of key injuries to the Rhinos and Grillers, those two teams will be very hard pressed to win another championship this season.

There are still lots of really close categories stats-wise, so it's too early to make any surefire predictions as to who will reign victorious. The upstart Assassins are in the driver's seat, but I'm expecting the Cobras to make a 2nd-half playoff run and battle them hard for the title.

So buckle your seatbelts baseball fans, it's gonna be a wild finish!

You can check out the full set of stats reports at HARL CENTRAL (

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

HARL -- Playoff Stats/Reports Posted

Both PSR and Web Reports have been posted for Week-1 of the HARL Playoffs. 
I don't really have too much to say about who's leading the playoff point-standings at this point, since experience shows us that in the immortal words of Kennesaw Mountain BigHorn, "1-week does not a playoff champion make."

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

PSR Reports Posted

PSR reports through Week-22 have been posted and are ready to download from the HARL CENTRAL website.  
I probably won't get to create the web reports until later tonight.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Who Made the HARL Playoffs?

Want to know who made the 2008 HARL Playoffs?
Check out HARL CENTRAL or go here to see the final, regular season standings thru Week-22.

Final FAD Results (AUG 31)

Results from the Final FAD of 2008: