I just realized that I reached a milestone last night in having rolled the 100th game of the project.
With 64 games per team and all 26 teams participating, that means rolling 832 games in total.
I remember as a kid trying to roll all 162 games for the 1987 Toronto Blue Jays with APBA using the master version and thinking I would never get it done.
Well, I didn’t. I managed to finish about 80 games, however. In hindsight, I had no excuse to not get that done. I didn’t have a job, wife or kids yet! Come on, young Chris, what’s wrong with you?!
I’m trying to get one “day” worth of games completed per week, which has been pretty manageable. Basically means rolling two games a day and usually getting to take a day or two off as well so I stay fresh.
I’ve been wanting to dive into an NBA project I was starting, using teams from the 1997-98 season. I do enjoy the Strat Basketball game and I was a fan of the NBA during “The Jordan Era”.
But so far I just haven’t been able to have enough open time to get cracking on that.
If I only have one project going at any given time I find that I can kind of lose my excitement for it.
Actually, let me amend that.
When I’m doing a 6-team, 30-game project that only requires me to roll 90 games in total, that is not something I have trouble just steam-rolling through.
But this? This here is a different animal.
The project is off to a good start.
Among the real division winners, only one of them is in 1st place so far, another one is in a virtual tie for 1st (although they are percentage points behind), another one is in 5th place and well below .500 despite having a positive run differential, and another one is in 6th place but has also won 3 straight games now so maybe things are picking up for them.
There have been slug-fests with over 25 combined runs.
And there have been pitcher’s duels.
There have been plenty of shutouts and a few near no-hitters, including a pair of near no-nos that I rolled up on the same day back-to-back! That was nuts.
There has been a player who hit 1 homer in about 500 plate appearances who improbably managed to have a two-homer game.
And there have been a few surprise teams who have gotten off to solid starts.
So it’s your usual early-season fare!
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the end.
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