Odd Solution To a Minor Problem
012 - One of my biggest problems with this fantasy curling addiction is my inability to keep up with all of the matches that are available to pick.
The formats of these events and the vast number of bonspiels make the weekends crazy. With pool play quickly processing to single-elimination tournaments, one really has to be dialed in in order to pick the maximum number of games. The sheer number of matches is intimidating, but the fact that that matches can be added to the site, quickly competed, and new matches added based on those results means there can be a short window to make picks before being locked out of the system. Unless you are obsessively mashing the refresh button on your browser, you are bound to miss matches over the course of the weekend.
To address this issue, I generated the Fantasy Curling Bot. It is a Twitter account designed to automatically send out updates when new matches are available to pick on the fantasy curling site.
In the back end, I have generated an account on Follow That Page and have asked it to track the picks page on the fantasy curling site. When additions, removals, or changes are made to the site, I get an email notification. I have then created a recipe on If This Then That which scans my incoming emails. When an email comes in from Follow That Page showing a change to the picks page, a tweet is generated showing that new picks may be available and what time the changes were detected. On the few occasions that Gerry at CurlingZone emails a confirmation that new picks are available, Fantasy Curling Bot sends that information along as well. Finally, Fantasy Curling Bot is designed to send out a tweet thanking any new followers to its account … because even robots should have manners.
You may be asking why I would share such a tool with my competitors. First and foremost, nobody reads this, so I am not so worried about it. Secondly, I had more fun doing this these past few days than I did with the actual fantasy curling. I just wanted to share this insight into my personality.
Fantasy Curling Bot went live this past Saturday, but it was really glitchy. There are various filters that can be set up in the automation process. At first, it was tweeting out intermittently with a pretty long lag time between a change being made on the site and a notification being sent out. In one instance, the tweet was sent out after the match began and the system closed it out. After taking the brakes off, Fantasy Curling Bot began tweeting like a maniac, even repeating notifications it has sent out earlier. I think the current version is a nice compromise. I have found that when Gerry is loading up the site for the following weekend, Fantasy Curling Bot can still be over enthusiastic about the notifications. I am hoping that once the weekend is up and running, the true value will be displayed.
I still think that there is some funky math, or more precisely a lack of math, going on at CurlingZone. Now that I have way over thought one problem, I will spend some time this week looking into this issue. In the meantime, enjoy fantasy Curling Bot!