At the start of the season, Lewey’s Legends boss Larraldinho took a look at what the league table would look like if every manager had played their best possible Starting XI in every game. With more than half of the season now gone, I thought it would be a good idea to re-examine this piece of analysis.
Firstly, lets remind ourselves of what the league table looks like as it stands today, with 20 matches played:
|1||Chris Talling’s XI||40||745|
|3||The Groovy Penguins||39||714|
|5||Elm Grove Elite||32||692|
|6||Peperami Barmy Army||30||640|
Ok, so Talling good, Sala’s bad. Got it. Next we take a look at which results would have changed had we all actually been decent managers. Even though many of us are far from decent, on multiple levels. Not naming names but you know who you are. These results account for the manager changing to any valid formation if needed.
|Ozone Athletic||26||Leweys Legends||29||>>>||Ozone Athletic||37||Leweys Legends||35|
|Chris Talling’s XI||54||Ozone Athletic||42||>>>||Chris Talling’s XI||55||Ozone Athletic||58|
|Clem’s Lems||41||Elm Grove Elite||43||>>>||Clem’s Lems||48||Elm Grove Elite||47|
|Chris Talling’s XI||28||Gooch United||27||>>>||Chris Talling’s XI||28||Gooch United||29|
|The Hammerheads||33||Leweys Legends||29||>>>||The Hammerheads||36||Leweys Legends||38|
|Ozone Athletic||35||Elm Grove Elite||35||>>>||Ozone Athletic||35||Elm Grove Elite||39|
|Gooch United||28||Boz’s Pandas||30||>>>||Gooch United||33||Boz’s Pandas||30|
|Elm Grove Elite||26||Chris Talling’s XI||26||>>>||Elm Grove Elite||26||Chris Talling’s XI||27|
|Team fisher8080||39||Leweys Legends||38||>>>||Team fisher8080||40||Leweys Legends||41|
|Gooch United||29||Real Sosobad||29||>>>||Gooch United||41||Real Sosobad||30|
|Elm Grove Elite||31||Gooch United||23||>>>||Elm Grove Elite||36||Gooch United||38|
|Chris Talling’s XI||36||Salamanders||37||>>>||Chris Talling’s XI||41||Salamanders||38|
|Ozone Athletic||44||Chris Talling’s XI||41||>>>||Ozone Athletic||44||Chris Talling’s XI||49|
|Gooch United||34||Team fisher8080||24||>>>||Gooch United||36||Team fisher8080||36|
|Bobbond Allstars||40||Salamanders||50||>>>||Bobbond Allstars||56||Salamanders||51|
|Clem’s Lems||29||The Hammerheads||30||>>>||Clem’s Lems||32||The Hammerheads||31|
|Boz’s Pandas||33||Ozone Athletic||32||>>>||Boz’s Pandas||35||Ozone Athletic||37|
|Real Sosobad||34||Boz’s Pandas||35||>>>||Real Sosobad||35||Boz’s Pandas||35|
|Team fisher8080||39||Real Sosobad||33||>>>||Team fisher8080||46||Real Sosobad||46|
But what does this all mean? Well for one thing, the week Ozone beat Talling, Talling should have won and the week Talling beat Ozone, Ozone should have won. But apart from those cancelling each other out, there were lots of league-changing results. Will Penguins go top? Will Bobbond go bottom? Let’s look at the all important league table.
|1||Chris Talling’s XI||42||790||No Change|
|2||The Groovy Penguins||39||765||UP 1|
|3||Gooch United||34||656||UP 7|
|4||Ozone Athletic||33||792||UP 5|
|5||The Hammerheads||33||724||DOWN 1|
|6||Leweys Legends||33||663||UP 1|
|7||Boz’s Pandas||32||715||DOWN 5|
|8||Real Sosobad||30||799||No Change|
|9||Peperami Barmy Army||30||701||DOWN 3|
|10||Clem’s Lems||30||663||UP 1|
|11||Elm Grove Elite||27||757||DOWN 6|
|12||Bobbond Allstars||21||689||UP 1|
|13||Team fisher8080||20||633||DOWN 1|
So no change at the very top or the very bottom, but an absolutely huge leap for Gooch United. UTG (Up the Gooch). A 7-step climb for the Swordsmen (new nickname based on logo) into the money spots.
The big losers of the piece are Elm Grove Eggies who drop 6 places into shitsville. Where they belong some might say. And Salamanders go from bad to worse, a full 8 points behind their nearest competitor for the Arse Award, with an abysmal record of 4-16.
Finally lets look at the difference between the actual and dream leagues:
|6||Chris Talling’s XI||2||45|
|8||Peperami Barmy Army||0||61|
|9||The Groovy Penguins||0||51|
|11||Elm Grove Elite||-5||65|
What does this show us?
- Clemo has squandered the most points on his bench this season, the only team to hit 100 points wasted, which contributing to two wins disappearing. In the real league, only “Zero Logins” Fisher has scored less fantasy points. Snapping at his heels, however, is the perennial Sheikh of Shitness, Mr Rosh Jees on 95. Perhaps this shows that his reputation for bad benchings is fully deserved.
- Pandas have benefited the most from poor opposition management, 8 points better off than they should be. Proving once and for all that their current lofty league position is down to our collective shitness rather than Borrill’s managerial excellence.
- Salamanders’ bench is just as shit as its starters
Do you draw any other conclusions from this data? Let the group know, sharing is caring.
Your friendly Commish.