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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: September 2008

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ya Baby! Kickin' it in High School Fantasy Soccer!

Read it and weep!

I am currently in fifth place among more than 425 other Capital Region Boys Soccer Fantasy Leaguers! Wa Hoo!

Who needs NFL fantasy drafts when "Madman's Dream Team" only selects the top Adidas knockers in Saratoga County to earn him the title of Capital Region fantasy champion!

Everyone in the office thought I was off my rocker (no surprise) when I told them about the fantasy league. I spotted it last year and thought I would take a crack at it this season.

The brillance came from true soccer nuts, Jim and Ernie Klapper who have maintained the site throughout the years.

All gratis!

Each week you pick three players and a defense and like most fantasy leagues, it's about offense and one defense with points awarded for scoring prowess and stalwart defense.

Your selections aren't shown to the competitors and you are not limited from utilizing the same player week after week, but that's lame.

I won't be releasing my players, at least not until after the week is over when I can say thanks in a public manner and of course only those sphere smashers who have helped me rise to the top of the league.

Now remember, this is only for our own amusement, not a gambling site and players should not be pressured to perform just because I am on the sidelines and do a backflip when they score a goal! (You kidding, me backflip?)

Capital Region is the most comprehensive and free web-site I have ever seen dedicated to a local sport. It has polls, forums, rankings, standings and most importantly, stats.

What makes it work is the dedication of the Kalppers and the entire Section II boys soccer coaches. If they don't get the results from a contest, it probably just wasn't played.

As a newspaper we are constantly battling with coaches to call in games away, on the road, but I do have solice in the fact that at least they will get the score and I can utilize their information since it wasn't from a competing media entity.

Anyway, Madman's Dream Team is in fifth place in week one and that's all that matters!

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