Monday, August 27, 2007

Assistant GM: Contracts Cheat Sheet

Its not uncommon to get into the heat of the FAB, realize you've lost out on the last three RB's you were bidding on, and panic. And more often then not, that panic leads to rash bidding which way overvalues the talent you're bidding on. How to avoid this dangerous overbidding, and sip from the knowledge of the collective? Checkout the Assistant GM: Contact Values report.

To find this report - and other handy information from your Assistant GM - click on the ASST GM tab, and look for the Contract Values report. (Note that this report is available from both your Football and Baseball Assistant GM's.) You can filter by team, position, and/or player name, find bargains and avoid overpaying for marginal talent.

If you're looking for the perfect Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet for gamedayritual, this is what you're looking for!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Football FABs Heat Up

With the Champion's League seasons well under way, the 2007 Football FAB period is heating up. The majority of leagues are scheduled to complete their FABs in the next two weeks ahead of Football's Opening Night game on Thursday, September 6th. If you're looking for a team for the 2007 season, there are a number of options available to you.

If you're looking for a team in a new league checkout the League Classifieds: Click Here

If you're looking for a team in a returning league checkout the Orphan Classifieds: Click Here

If you'd like to test the waters checkout our Forums for discussion about forming and returning leagues looking for teams: Click Here

Or if you'd like to jump in and join a Public League, purchase a team and then head to the My Account> Teams area of your account to join the Public League of your choice: Click Here

Building on our inaugural two season of success, we've launched a bundle of new features for 2007 and have added new membership and pricing options.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Referrals and Rewards, Launched!

gamedayritual is pleased to announce that we've established a referrals program which is aimed at spreading the word about gamedayritual and rewarding users their contribution.

By sending referrals, gamedayritual users will be credited with referrals points which can then be exchanged for rewards.

  • 1pt for every site visit
  • 2pts for every new user account created
  • 5pts for a new user that purchases a team
  • 10pts for a new user that purchases a membership
When you have enough points you can redeem them for gamedayritual products.
  • 15pts for a Lite Team
  • 25pts for a Standard Team
  • 60pts for a Gold Membership
  • 100pts for a Platinum Membership

To send a referral follow this link and start earning rewards today!

Friday, August 10, 2007

A Brush with Bonds, History

Whatever you think of Barry Bond's master stroke Tuesday evening, there are three things that are surely non-contentious:

  1. Barry Bonds is a contentious character.
  2. Barry Bonds is a great ball player.
  3. Barry Bonds hit is 756th Major League home run on Tuesday August 7th, 2007.

Let me add a forth non-continuous point: Scott (aka gamedayScott) and myself (aka gamedayGeorge) were at the game! While neither of us were fortunate enough to catch the home run ball, we did catch the spectacle live and in the flesh.

Our evening at the ballpark started with a trip on the CalTrain and a stop at the pre-game haunt - the 21st Amendment. Its worth noting that whether or not it can be attributed to Mark Twain, the quote "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" couldn't have been truer on this August evening. According to the game time temperature was 62 degrees, and I can assure you that it dropped from there - I've never seen so many coats, scarfs and hats in the summer south of the 49th. That said, the action in the ballpark was just warming up.

We were treated to two quick Bonds at bats early in the game, and the way he was hitting the ball it was clear that something was in the air (water?) on Tuesday evening. After tearing the cover off a double in his first at bat (which he scored on from second) he took another step towards the cycle with a single in his second at bat. But while the potential cycle will be just a footnote, the outcome of his third at bat in the fifth was - as they say - history.

A few things of note.

  • Each time Bonds came to the plate, you'd swear that all of America (and a quarter of Japan) was using flash photography at the ballpark. There were more strobes then Studio 54 each time the guy came to the plate - I'm amazed he could concentrate on anything. (Note to camera users - the flash is generally not effective outside the 10 foot range.)
  • The immediate post-home run celebration put on by the Giant's was classy, and in the midst of the melee, they deployed banners with the next 10 top home run hitters in Major League History under the facing of the upper deck and fired off streamers over the fans and fireworks over San Francisco Bay. All that was needed to complete the scene was Mardi Gras beads...
  • The cheering only really subsided for one moment during the whole post-home run ceremony and that's when Aaron spoke via the video scoreboard - then it was respectfully quiet. Other then that, Bonds was speaking to the roar of the crowd. It appeared as though Willie Mays wanted to get a couple of words in as well - based on his enthusiastic reaching for the mic - but the house seemed content to let the crowd roar on instead.
  • I watched the section where the ball landed in right center for a good half hour after the game resumed, and to me it looked like a mosh pit was raging well after the guy who caught the ball (Matt Murphy) was carried out by the cops. Not sure what they were raging about, but I was amazed to watch the post-game video and see that no one out there seemed to have a ball glove on. And it looked like somebody who had a clean shot at it bobbled it off their hands and into the scrum... better luck "next time"?!?
  • While Bonds' home run put the Giant's ahead 5-4, they did go onto lose the game 8-6 in case you didn't notice. That other Barry in SF - Zito - was on the mound, and was looking like an ace who was missing his 'out' pitch as his shaky season on the other side of the bay continues. He went through spurts of excellence, followed by floods of base runners, and I'm sure was left in quiet contemplation in the post-game clubhouse to wonder how me might re-capture some of his brilliance.

Perhaps the most remarkable element of the experience for me was that I was there at all. You see, like the guy who caught the ball, I was just in San Francisco for one night and that's the only Giant's game I'll see this season and possibly next for that matter. The next evening when I was at the airport on my way out of town, I had a chat with the TV camera people who had assembled at the airport to see if they could catch Matt Murphy on his way to Australia.

One of the assembled camera men joked that the only difference between me and my quiet passage through the airport, and Matt Murphy and his assembled media scrum was that one ball, that one lucky shot. That Murphy's was the next hand after Mike Bacsik's to get a firm grip on that baseball, and the cool half mil that might come with it. I never did see Murphy swing through the airport - but I wouldn't be able to pick the guy out of a police lineup.

Alas, I'm happy with my place in history. Time to start lining up a quick swing through the Bronx for the summer of 2013 to see if I can catch the next one...

Monday, August 06, 2007

FAB Strategy: FB Defensive Players

You can find an interesting article written by a gamedayritual GM on the topic of Auction Strategies for Individual Defensive Players here:

This may give you some insight and a leg-up in your coming Football FAB when it comes to the defensive side of the ball.


gamedayritual Football 2007 Pricing

gamedayritual is pleased to announce our pricing details for the 2007 Football season. As gamedayritual continues to evolve, so too will its offerings to users.

Lite and Standard Teams

For the first time in 2007, gamedayritual is offering two different types of teams: Lite and Standard. While there are no differences in game play capability, Lite teams offer a price break for users, at the exclusion of the Tools and Assistant GM functionality. An ideal option for someone looking to get in the game and cut costs. The Standard team offers the 'traditional' gamedayritual experience, including the full Tools and Assistant GM functionality.

2007 Lite* Football Team: $14.95 USD

2007 Standard Football Team: $24.95 USD

* Mid-season upgrades from Lite to Standard Teams will be available

Users Become Members

gamedayritual users are keen, loyal, and often don't settle for just one team. And so for the first time in 2007 we will be offering full Memberships. As in many places, membership has its privileges, and gamedayritual is no exception. The Gold Memberships will allow users to create and/or activate an unlimited* number of teams for the Football 2007 season. Members will also enjoy a greatly reduced number of in-game ads. In addition to a Gold Membership, gamedayritual users will also have the option of choosing a Platinum Membership, allowing users to create an unlimited* number of Football 2007 and Baseball 2008 teams.

2007 Gold Membership: $59.95 USD

2007 Platinum Membership: $99.95 USD

* gamedayritual reserves the right to cap the number of teams in cases of excess or abuse.

Leagues of Their Own

gamedayritual users will continue to be able to purchase Pre-Paid leagues in 2007. Leagues purchased Pre-Paid will be priced at about $20 USD a team. Naturally if purchased by a Gold or Platinum Member, the Member's team will be free. Pre-Paid leagues will be available for Standard Teams only.

Leagues starting at $159.95 USD.

gamedayritual is excited to offer its users more options for 2007, and looks forward to a successful and enjoyable year. Signup for the 2007 season is underway here: