No Big Surprises - vignette17, congratulations!
We all expected vignette17, the leader by a good margin throughout the year, to maintain his top honors to the end. Urgent Mirth managed a bit of a Rays-like run, but fell short in the end. Other obvious standouts were nevermoor, danmerqury, and cuppingmaster. New GOGsters weenmAN, Athletix Man, and PDXAthleticsFan all broke the top ten.
Many thanks to the GOG-writers throughout the year: colin (who got this year's GOGging off the ground), nevermoor, cuppingmaster, PDXAthleticsfan, GoAs, streetfan, stranahanahan, and doctorK. A special shoutout for doctorK, whose own-GOGging was a monumental disaster. He came in last or nearly last on every GOG he authored! If there were a BABIP for own-GOGs, doctorK would have set a record low.
About halfway through the season we instituted a "proxy" system, whereby if any players missed posting answers, they would score as their chosen proxy scored. Since some folks were doing this anyway (e.g., "I'll copy nevermoor's answers!"), it seemed to make sense to formalize it. I have to wonder, though, if it didn't contribute to an "out with a whimper, not a bang" to this year's GOGging, since by September we typically had just over half the active players posting on any given series. Or, maybe they just wanted the draft position!
As a result - and much to my good fortune - I began keeping track of the points and leaderboard "old-style," that is, points only for playing. This seriously advantaged the more obsessive players among us, and detracted heavily from some players who had been near the top, but dropped out of sight in September. I took over the lead when the actual good GOGgers missed a few rounds (the high-scoring kind, too!), but then got caught by Urgent Mirth in the final series of the year - we tied!
A few interesting results follow. Let me know if anything stands out to you:
- Urgent Mirth had the highest GOG average;
- vignette17 won (or tied, tie counts for a win) 10 times, or 24% of the time he played; Jason James, this year's late joiner, won 21% of the time he played, and nevermoor with 8 wins also was at 21%.
- Compare this to danmerqury, who did not win a single time in 46 plays, but nevertheless stayed near the top of the leaderboard the entire season. A statistical oddity, given that his average is near the top, too!
- The collected statistics for GOG Authors shows a lower per-GOG average than any single player (except streetfan - but let it be known that streetfan played entirely in the first half of the season, when the scores, like the A's batting averages, were lower). Own-GOGging is proven hazardous, yet again, and frowned upon by 4 out of 5 major religions.
It hardly needs saying, but GOGging is my favorite fansport, and I hope that everyone from this year keeps coming back, and that we're joined by some fresh faces again in 2012.
|Name||Total Points ||W/Out Proxy ||GOG winz|
|Place ||Points||#Plays ||Avg.||Winz||Win%|
|6- Athletix Man||567||3||567||52||10.9||2||4%|
|11- twinkle toes||520||13||447||41||10.9||2||5%|
|12- King Richard
|16- SoCal As Fan||492||18||316||31||10.2||2||6%|
|17- Berry Jo||484||16||433||44||9.8||3||7%|
|22- Jason James||159||22||159||14||11.4||3||21%|
|xx- GOG Authors
Final Note - I am pretty much responsible for any and all errors, as this was all done by hand on an excel/numbers spreadsheet. I can post the season tally sheets to googledocs if requested. There are scores as well for folks who played fewer than 21 games, but at that point, we're at less than 40%, and I had to draw a line somewhere (I think that last year's cutoff for qualification was 50%).