Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fantasy Nordic



So, you think you're a nordic skiing fan. I mean, you read FasterSkier, maybe even Team Today, so you're pretty much an expert, right? You know Tobias Angerer won the World Cup. You know Petter Northug isn't going to lose a relay finish for the next 20 years. You know that Andy Newell is the first American to lead the FIS sprint points ranking in... forever.

Sure. You read the headlines. But...

1) Who scored more World Cup points last year, Torin Koos or Toby Fredrickson?
2) Tobias Angerer scored (a) 30% (b) 60% (c) 90% more points than 2nd place overall.
3) Which of the following skiers didn't win a World Cup Race: (a) Renato Pasini (b) Ole Einar Bjorndalen (c) Ola Vigen Hattestad (d) Tor Arne Hetland

Answers below.

Ok. At this point the cyclocross crowd should have stopped reading. The casual nordic crowd, too. But you -- you sick freak -- you're probably wondering if I counted Bjorndalen's 15k skate victory at World Champs as a World Cup win for question 3.

I didn't. And it was Lars Berger... don't just lump all the biathletes together, jeez.

Anyway, you're a hardcore fan of nordic skiing. Me too. But it's the 2000's. Can you really call yourself a fan of something if you don't play the fantasy version of it? Come on now. At this point I'd bet your mom is playing Fantasy Football. I'm pretty sure I saw "Fantasy Tour de France" on Yahoo this year.

So you don't play Fantasy Nordic World Cup. You're not a fan -- hate to break it to you.

"But Colin," you say, "there is no such thing as Fantasy Nordic! I love the internet, I'd play it if it existed, I want Marit Bjoergen on my team soooo bad, but it Just. Doesn't. Exist."

That's where you're wrong, good buddy. Because it does now.

If you know me, then you might know that I have a programming problem. Fantasy nordic actually predates crossresults.com by three years -- I ran a single league with 5 players, then 9 players, then 12 players the last three years. But now, it's time to up the ante. This year, it's open to the world.

Actually, hang on a second. I'm a guy with a day job and a web host that costs $8/month. If the "world" did get a whiff of something this nerdtastic, I couldn't possibly handle it.

What I'm really going to do is a public beta. The website worked great last winter with 12 users and 1 league. This year I want to try with up to 40 users and up to 6 leagues -- enough that I can make sure everything works with multiple leagues running concurrently, and multiple users on the site at the same time. Problem is, I don't have 40 friends who are into nordic skiing. I might not even have 40 friends total.

But that's where you come in, blog-reader!

So if you're stoked to worry about things like "should I trade Seriana Mischol and Sara Renner for Jens Filbrich?" go make an account. That will get you on the mailing list, which will keep you informed on when things are getting started (probably about November 15). If you have a bunch of nordic nerds friends you want to play with, that's even better. You can make a league, give it a password and only they can join. There's a bunch of other information on site, like how it actually works -- if your reaction to the phrase "Fantasy Nordic" is "whoa, that might be fun" go check it out.

If you reaction is "Colin is an even bigger nerd than I thought, and all I do is ride bikes," well, I tried to make you stop reading earlier.

So join me, in the rapture that is talking smack to someone because they overpaid for Vassili Rotchev (overhyped), Matty Fredriksson (over the hill), or any Norweigan sprint specialist.

The only rule is that you have to take the word "Beta" seriously here. Stuff is going to break. You must keep your e-composure no matter how badly you get screwed by my poor programming.

Answers:
1)Torin Koos
2) (C)
3) (D)

17 comments:

josh 11/01/2007 7:44 PM  

what the heck, are you writing in flemmish or something now? none of that made any sense. 0. zilch. none.

Colin R 11/01/2007 7:48 PM  

just wait until I start posting about stuff like Cera F and HelX, josh.

LAV 11/01/2007 9:20 PM  

josh- of course it made sense. more sense than most of what colin writes.

colin- okay if I send my readers this way?

Colin R 11/01/2007 10:18 PM  

thanks laura, that would be great. feel free to pass it along to anyone you think might get a kick out of it.

especially anyone else who skis on the world cup :)

maybe i can make a special rule, "if you're a world cup skier you automatically get yourself on your team" or something. because if that doesn't motivate you to beat some euros, what will??

Jordan 11/01/2007 11:18 PM  

Today the inspiration for my first Nordic post hit me - oh the vanity, the pure tomfoolery to think that I would beat you to the subject change. Alas, I shouldn't be as excited about this as I am. Can we have a fantasy climate, where it snows?

Jess 11/02/2007 8:48 AM  

I've never gotten into the whole fantasy sports thing, but I'll do it for nordic.

Course I'd do anything for nordic =)

Alex 11/02/2007 10:00 AM  

Are fantasy nordic points a good thing or a bad thing? I mean, is it like race points where you want low points? I was a sheltered child who never played fantasy football, I don't know how this thing works.

Colin R 11/02/2007 10:21 AM  

Points are a good thing.

Each week you pit your fantasy team against someone else's. Whomever's skier scored the most points is the winner.

TomN 11/02/2007 10:44 AM  

Colin not to take away from XC skiing, but why not fantasy Cross? There's lots of World Cup and Superprestige races left. I'll trade you Wellens for Lars Boom.... Nys for Alberts and Page???

Christopher Tassava 11/02/2007 11:58 AM  

Oh, dear god, I thought I'd created some fall/winter free time by avoiding the fantasy-football bullet. I see now that I did not. I can't wait to play!

josh 11/02/2007 12:27 PM  

cera f no problem. I apline ski raced through high school (despite my decidedly un-alpine ski race build, I did ok). some of that nordy stuff isn't to different, esp some wax's. plus I lived with a nordy for a year. do you use toko or swix or something fancy?

tom's right, fantasy cross....taking your nerdtasticness to a new level. but i'd play, itd be awesome.

Christopher Tassava 11/02/2007 2:05 PM  

I forgot to ask about how I'll be rewarded for having pre-picked Dahlberg, Bjorgen, Matveeva, and Wenzl to place at Dusseldorf.

Colin R 11/02/2007 2:15 PM  

Re: Fantasy Cross

I will definitely consider it as my next web project.

Re: Dusseldorf Picks

Send me a link to where you publicly announced those strangely accurate picks and then we'll talk compensation :)

gewilli 11/05/2007 9:57 AM  

mmmm

i did fantasy cycling back in the mid 90s...

pick a team for the year...

all based on UCI points...

fun stuff - got good at making excel macros to set the scores direct from the UCI feed.

even had a Mavic rep toss in some prize winnings a couple years...

fantasy cross - well: You can have either Sven Nys, or the entire Fidea team. One or the other ... sven'd prolly still win :)

mike 11/05/2007 12:55 PM  

$20 says I could win this league. Just like I'm winning the football league.

Colin R 11/05/2007 1:01 PM  

see you in the playoffs, fatty.

mike 11/05/2007 1:08 PM  

Also, I found your blog, so I will probably be wasting your time, and everyone else's from now on.

kthx (Does that work here?)

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