Sunday, March 21, 2010


There is a sense of satisfaction when events work out without much effort on your part to let things develop naturally.  The refusal to abruptly react to an unexpected disturbance, but rather simply stepping back, observing calmly what has and is transpiring, and only deftly guiding circumstances with a gentle nudge-as opposed to a violent reaction-fits in well with an early training in non-confrontational existence.
It may be perceived as fear, being too paralyzed to act, but do not waver from the chosen course of (in)action.  It is often better to stand aside and all the tide to ebb and flow, since your acts will often have little effect on the transpiring events.
© Ivar G. Anderson 2010

Entrées I can make without a recipe

There are a number of dinners/lunches/breakfasts one can cook without having to look at a cookbook.  Here is my list:
1.  Spaghetti and meatball (or sausage, shrimp, etc.)
2.  Chicken saltimbucca
3.  Ribs
4.  Grilled Salmon
5.  Grilled Tuna steak
6.  Macaroni and cheese with crispy crust
7.  Sausages with peppers and onions
8.  Pork tenderloin
9.  Shredded Brussel Sprouts with mustard
10.  Roasted Aspargus
11.  Baked potato rubbed with salt
12.  Fajitas
13.  Fried Rice
14.  Risotto
15.  Sweet potato fries
16.  Moque Chou
17.  Mango Salsa
18.  Guacamole

Top Movies

Here is a list of my all-time favorite movies. 
  1. Streets of Fire
  2. Repo Man
  3. The Man Who Would Be King
  4. The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
  5. Caddyshack
  6. Rio Lobo
  7. Kelly's Heroes
  8. Blazing Saddles
  9. Young Frankenstein
  10. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  11. Army of Darkness
  12. Cousin, Cousine
  13. Where Eagles Dare
  14. Princess Bride
  15. Animal House
  16. Strictly Ballroom
  17. Phantasm
  18. The Natural
  19. All's Well That Ends Well
  20. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  21. Grosse Pointe Blank
  22. The Big Red One
  23. The Sandlot
  24. Casablanca

Monday, March 15, 2010

Auction Value spreadsheet

I've put together an auction value spreadsheet which incorporates my values for hitters and pitchers, too.  Since auctions are gaining in popularity with ESPN, Yahoo and CBS all offering the option, I thought it wise to offer some sort of guide post for the fantasy world.
I also managed to grab values from 3 sources and average the auction values.  Here's the link to Google Docs where my 2010 MLB Average Auction Values spreadsheet resides.  I am not entirely certain this is the best source of information for those of you in auction drafts, but consider it as another source.  My advice is to find a source of auction values that you trust and run with that.  Oh, and don't forget to adjust for inflation.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Target Rankings spreadsheet for fantasy baseball

Thanks to the efforts of Chris Spencer at Fantasy Baseball Trade Market, I have put together a Target Rankings spreadsheet based on my projections for the top 350 (actually, with the adjustments I made to the list, both are now 349) pitchers and batters in MLB for 2010.  The fun part about this tool is that it let's you rank your roster after a draft by selecting the players you drafted and with a simple SUM function, see how close you are to your leagues targets out of the gate.  You can then adjust your roster to adapt to the perceived deficiencies on your team.  Here is the link to a 10 team league and a 12 team league spreadsheet.  You can adjust the results by altering the values on the BB target worksheet, changing the number of  hitters and/or pitchers your league uses and of course, the target values you need to succeed.
Note: Both the 12 team and 10 team spreadsheets are available on Scribd, too.

Monday, March 08, 2010

2010 Fantasy Baseball Tiered Cheatsheet and Projections spreadsheets

After much number crunching, I have compiled the projections from 11 different sources and put together my spreadsheets for both pitchers and batters, as well as my first version of the tiered cheatsheet that I've produced the last couple of seasons.  This year I went with a ranking system for the spreadsheets, and ended up with a zTotal column for ranking purposes.  We'll see how it all shakes out, but it seems that the larger and more varied the source of my data, the deviation will be lessened and the risk of one set of projections skewing my results is reduced.  I will post these on FantasyGameday sometime during this week, depending on our publishing schedule.  In the meantime, here are the links to the 3 fantasy draft tools that I've posted to Google Docs:
Hitters rankings
Pitchers rankings
Tiered cheatsheet