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Tonka toys with MFL

Posted at 7:05 PM on May 21, 2007 by Bob Collins (10 Comments)

After hanging out in the weeds for most of the MFL season, the Minnetonka Redress emerged with the help of stalwart Sen. Ann Rest, to take a seemingly commanding lead in the MFL's Gold League. The final hurdle -- Bemidji Beavers -- was cleared when Gov. Pawlenty signed 21 bills, including the "Car Buyer's Bill of Rights."

Minnetonka, just a week ago, was 601 points behind then-leader, Sine Die Sadists. As the books were closed on the MFL this evening, Minnetonka held a 400 point lead over Bemidji, and a 550-point lead over Sine Die. By any measure, that's a massive turnaround, certainly the biggest ever seen in the long and storied history of the M..... ... oh, never mind.

There's still plenty of points left to garner. Gov. Pawlenty has three days to take action on bills once they are presented to him.

Comments (10)

Could it be that George's strategy to lay in the weeds until the final days will be go down in MFL history as the "Immaculate Deception"?...apologies to Franco Harris.

Posted by mike simpkins | May 21, 2007 7:26 PM

Let me just say this first...

You have been Redressed!

Obviously my perspective is different. Nearly every week for the last month or two I've made transactions, trying to come up with that 'magical' combination to move me closer to the leaders. I've been a frequent commenter, and have tried to say frequently that I wasn't out of the running yet. I wasn't exactly hiding in the weeds.

Though I will confess, about a week ago, I had resigned myself to third place. For so long I was 1000 points or so behind the leaders, and that if I hadn't changed that difference in two months, I would be fooling myself into thinking that I could make up the difference in the last week.

Then Monday or Tuesday, I gained some traction and cut the lead to 800 points. By Thursday I was within a few hundred points! I couldn't believe it! I spent some serious time Thursday night/Friday morning looking at my team, and free agents. I was surprised how nearly all my legislators had bills making points. So I made the one transaction of dropping Rep. Bly for Sen. Latz.

It was clear to me Saturday afternoon my momentum was real.

I will have more thoughts later, as I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch.

Posted by gml4 | May 21, 2007 10:25 PM

WHAAAA? This thing is still going on?

Posted by Nate Dybvig | May 21, 2007 10:51 PM

First, I'm shocked nobody's thrown any roses at that headline. Eh?

Second, George, you forgot to describe one critical element of your strategy: get the hell out of the way and let Ann Rest bring it home.

Posted by Bob Collins | May 21, 2007 10:54 PM

So, does the season end at midnight, or after the special session is complete and all bills are signed and put to bed?

This could provide another new wrinkle to the game (if Bob wants MORE headaches). After the regular session ends, the special session becomes a playoff, where the top five teams remain, and the players from the bottom 15 become free agents. Then a special draft where players are allowed to re-stock for special session from the remnants of the eliminated teams. Since it has become apparent that special sessions are here to stay, it is a nearly-bankable commodity.

But, then again, my team is plummeting in the rankings, and it is 11:24 and I am watching house floor debate, so an argument could be made that I am not thinking all that clearly right now.

Posted by Nate Dybvig | May 21, 2007 11:27 PM

The points will continue to accumulate through the publication of the Senate and House Journal on Tuesday. Additionally, the fate of any bills presented to the governor will be included.

The special session is dealt with in the MFL constitution, which is around here.... somewhere.

Posted by Bob Collins | May 22, 2007 12:06 AM

Hmmm... Sen. Rest was definitely the power player on the Redress, it cannot be denied, but didn't the Beavers and Sadists have power players of their own?

Who would be leading if we take the power players away from each team?

Redress 11384
Beavers 10808
Sadists 10193

I think the Redress are on top not because I got out of the way, but because I made a series of drop/picks the last couple weeks which brought serious fruit to the table. Remember when I picked Sen. Johnson for a cool 200 points that week? How about Sen. Sparks these last couple weeks? Or bringing back Sen. Ortman? There was the stretch when I had Rep. Hilstrom on my team, and she gave me 1900 points, she only scored 2200 for the entire season!

Posted by gml4 | May 22, 2007 12:33 AM

I guess it doesn't matter now, as the special session appears to be a long shot this year. All the legislators that kept me up this late seemed to believe that the session will end with a rash of line item vetoes and no more.

Posted by Nate Dybvig | May 22, 2007 5:17 AM

> The special session is dealt with in the MFL constitution, which is around here.... somewhere.

Here it is:


d. The determination of the commissioner will be final.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2007 11:53 AM

> The special session is dealt with in the MFL constitution, which is around here.... somewhere.


d. The determination of the Commissioner shall be final.

Posted by Doug Gray | May 22, 2007 11:59 AM