I See Nothing!
031 - The inexplicable silence from CurlingZone continues to surprise. After finding a match where Federica Apollonio was paired up against herself …
… and Reid Carruthers was apparently scheduled to compete against two highly competitive teams simultaneously …
I used what I consider to be an appropriate amount of snark to notify CurlingZone of these glitches. Of course, there was no response. It seems to me that the fantasy curling section of the site has been put it in set-it and forget-it mode. Nobody appears to be concerned about any errors in the system, including many of the competitors. It is all very strange to me. I know I have put way too much thought and effort into this, but clearly, there are others spending just as much time doing this whole fantasy curling thing. The lack of response to my questions and concerns has been deafening.
Despite my enthusiasm last week, the pendulum has swung back. After having about 300 picks not counted for me during Week 14, it turns out that over 200 picks were eventually lost in the system during Week 15. 500 picks in two weeks … I honestly do not know how much time I wasted making those 500 picks before they evaporated within some server in Ontario. I know I completed over 500 picks last week alone, and that was just too many. I had to sneak away from my family during Thanksgiving dinner and spent the entire weekend checking in on the site to make picks. I actually started to feel dirty about ignoring my kids so I can follow the progress of an innumerable amount of events this weekend. After all of that, I did not get full credit for being a horrible parent and terrible family member.
So I am going to take a break from all of this. I am going to stop making new picks for a while, refrain from updating this blog, and shut down the Fantasy Curling Bot. I am not sure I can stay away for long, but I need to put this all aside for now.
I have muted many of the curling related accounts on my Twitter feed, but if you wish to get a hold of me, you can always @ mention me @TheBlankEnd. I will still follow the progress of Heath McCormick because I like the fact that I now have a favorite curler.
Today I learned that that actor who played Sergeant Schultz was named John Banner. He was born Johann Banner in Vienna to Jewish parents. He came to the US when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany and eventually became a supply sergeant in the Army Air Corps.
Sergeant Schultz image from Seeking Alpha. The image is under copyright, but I feel this is Fair Use, and am not particularly fearful of somebody shutting down this blog at this point.