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    • #2414
      Richard Robbins

      Intrigued by Andy’s question, I started poking through the archives.

      Here’s what I found.

      For seasons with 11 teams, the highest total is 102 (2006 Nukes) and the biggest margin is 16 (2004 Nukes).

      For seasons with 10 teams, the highest total is 90.5 (2002 Riptorns) and the biggest margin is 15 (1996 Berliners).

      For seasons with 9 teams (2000 and 2001) the highest total is 67 (2001 Nukes) and the biggest margin is 10.5 (2001 Nukes).

      Thinnest victory margins: 1991 Klein Nine (zero, win by tie break).  The 1995 Red-Hots and 2007 Berliners each won by one-half point.

      Longest gap between victories for teams with more than one win.  The Bombers at 16 years.  If the Red-Hots win this year this particular honor will be shared between the Bombers and Red-Hots.

      All that is interesting, but what really counts is the number of crowns:

      Berliners 6
      Riptorns 5
      Bombers 3
      Nukes 3
      Klein Nine 2
      AYM 1
      Daddies 1
      Red-Hots 1

      Longest winning run, the Riptorns, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and then 2002.

      What the hell happened in 2001 Brad?

      Other than that period, Jeff is the most consistent winner: 1990, 1992, 1996, 2003, 2007, and 2010.

      Jeff and Brad cover 11 of the league’s 22 seasons.  Wow.

      Click here for spreadsheet with the related data.

      — Rich

    • #2415
      Brad Jansen

      Thanks, Rich. This was a fun read!

      — Brad

    • #2416
      Richard Robbins

      Did you ever win without a co-pilot Brad?  Is it possible that some sort of performance enhancing drug was involved?  C’mon Brad, fess up, it’s just not natural.

       Looking at the log again, I realized this morning that except for your wild run, we have never seen any team go back to back.  Not even the vaunted Berliners.

      Here’s the log:

      Year       Winner
      2010      Berliners
      2009      Bombers
      2008      AYM
      2007      Berliners
      2006      Nukes
      2005      Daddies
      2004      Nukes
      2003      Berliners
      2002      Riptorns
      2001      Nukes
      2000      Riptorns
      1999      Riptorns
      1998      Riptorns
      1997      Riptorns
      1996      Berliners
      1995      Red-Hots
      1994      Klein Nine
      1993      Bombers
      1992      Berliners
      1991      Klein Nine
      1990      Berliners
      1989      Bombers

    • #2417
      Brad Jansen


      Mike, see what a disaster my roto career became when you left me?

      — Brad

    • #2418
      Brad Jansen

      I think this also confirms the long-held belief that Mike was always about the winning. He was the Rahm Emmanuel of our roto campaigns. I always preferred to play for the existential moment, whether it was the thrill of consummating a deal with Winick, acquiring a cheap keeper or retaining only pitchers. When Mike co-piloted the plane, we aimed for, and usually landed on, the special air strip reserved only for the winners. On my own, I can barely ascend above the trees, but boy what a ride before I crash…..

    • #2419
      Brad Jansen


      I think you are exaggerating my role. If I served any real purpose, it was only to be a filter for all of your ideas and an occasional check on your impulsiveness. All of the work, all of the creativity, and 95% of the credit for our run goes to you (although I will take credit for recognizing during the Yankees/Mariners ALDS in 1995 that Mariano Rivera was the future of the Yankees bullpen).

      Hope all is well at the USML and that you are enjoying an exciting pennant race.

      Riptorns forever!


    • #2420
      Mark Kerber

      Of course Brad needs a lot of filtering and checking.


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