Archive for August, 2005

CFL Schedule Change Causes Havoc

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005 by Jon

The CFL published its 2005 schedule with two caveats stating 2 Toronto Argonaut games dates may move up by one day. Overtime Central entered the original schedule as published assuming there would be published notice if the schedule did change. We did not see any notice on CFL.ca and tonight Toronto played the first of these games on the new night.

Overtime Central did not catch this change, and as such the reminder email was incorrect and picks were open for the Toronto – Calgary game after the game concluded and we realized that it wasn’t Thursday. Therefore we reviewed the site logs and reverted one entry’s score to 20-21 for Toronto as they had submitted Week 10 picks after the game concluded, but we could not verify whether they had changed the score for this game. If they can produce a confirmation email dated before the game will update their picks to these values.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

Vent

Monday, August 22nd, 2005 by Jon

A lot of stuff in the sports news the past month has been in need of some attention.

  • Kenny Rogers appeals his suspension for attacking a TV cameraman without provocation and wins a suspension reduction (20 games to 13, which for a pitcher making a start every 4-5 games results in 2-3 starts missed).
  • Rafael Palmeiro is suspended 10 games as a first time offender (good thing they only started testing this season) for testing positive for steroids. Rafael, defending the person he portrayed (“I have never used steroids — period.”) in front of the US Congress in the off-season, declares that it was an accident and he did not knowingly take steroids, alluding that he was slipped an oral steroid against his will. This falls apart when it is leaked that the steroid he tested positive for was stanozolol, which is unlikely to have been ingested orally as it is normally injected.
  • Shortly after signing an agreement with the NHL Players Association to return hockey to the ice, the NHL announces that Todd Bertuzzi has been reinstated. This results in a 17 month suspension, of which 15 months the NHL did not operate. This amounts to a 20 game suspension, including all regular season and playoff (one round) games missed. Within two hours of the NHL’s announcement, Hockey Canada announced Bertuzzi was being added to the Team Canada Olympic roster for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

You may think you know where I am going with this. Here comes the vent against the lack of role models in sports and their lax punishment. I would like to take a different road instead.
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Overtime Central Announces Cessation of Site Development

Sunday, August 14th, 2005 by Jon

It is with much regret and disappointment that we announce the end of development on the Overtime Central site for the foreseeable future. We have been mulling over this decision since early this year when it became clear we could not produce the type of site we wanted with the amount of time we had to develop it.

Overtime Central will still remain however in its current form. The 2005 CFL Pool will run to completion. However the 2005 CFL Draft has been cancelled. Any entry fees paid for this contest will be refunded. There are no plans at this time to operate NHL contests this winter or CFL contests next year. The domain is not due for renewal for 2 years, so the site will remain until that time and possibly longer.

This may seem like a complete turnaround from the last post, where I seemed positive that a CFL Draft update was forthcoming. The fact is that was a brave face, and I certainly could have provided the Draft update and continued. However many factors resulted in the decision on Friday night to halt development.

After the decision, I felt a great relief as I was freed from the responsibility of managing the site. Much of my conflict has been over time pressures requiring me to implement the site in a partially finished state. The demands of coding to finish the site functionality cut into the time needed to implement the proper infrastructure as was the original goal. Providing the unfinished site where there has been no focus on the infrastructure, security, code management, issue/feature tracking, standards and best practices was eating at me since the goal of this hobby is to provide an opportunity to provide a web site while learning and employing these methods. Therefore I decided to halt live development on the site. I will be working on other projects, but expect to return to the Overtime Central concept and finish it properly before inviting others to use it sometime in the future.

I want to thank everyone for their patronage, patience and participation over the past 3-4 years as a web site and going back to 1996 when I operated my first hockey draft. Except for a couple years (one caused by a lockout) we operated a hockey draft each playoff and eventually regular season. CFL football contests followed. We hope to return, but if we don’t, thanks, it’s been great.

Site and Contest Update

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005 by Jon

We owe an update to all our loyal visitors wondering what is happening at Overtime Central.

2005 CFL Draft

We are working on the statistic and standings update for the first segment. It is taking a little longer than we thought, but we are working on the infrastructure to automate this process in the future instead of taking the time to perform the update manually just to get it done. We expect the results to be ready by the end of the weekend or early next week.

2005 CFL Pool Stats Page

Now on the back burner, the League/Team Record and Scoring stats page was implemented a week or so ago. It has not undergone final testing, so it is in an alpha state. However we are announcing it now so you may start using it to help improve your picks and help test it for us. Providing more statistical information will be a focus for us this fall as we continue to improve the site.

Missing Team Bug

The missing team bug was discovered and corrected this past weekend. It turned out to be a data bug and we believe we have corrected the issue that was causing the data issue. If it does occur again, please report it immediately and we will correct it promptly.

URL Redirection

A change was implemented this week to redirect all visitors to overtimecentral.ca. Previously the URLs www.overtimecentral.ca and overtimecentral.ca would both direct to the site. We have now just consolidated it down to the simple overtimecentral.ca. This would affect any visitor who normally visited www.overtimecentral.ca and had a persistent logon. Since this was cookie based, the redirect to overtimecentral.ca would appear as a new domain and the cookie would not be picked up, requiring you to logon again. This will not affect any bookmarks to the old address; the www address will continue to be redirected to the correct URL.

OC Jottings

No jottings in the last 7 days. Here is a random jotting.

  • March 1, 2007
    Burke Details Tade Talk → Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke detailed his activity in a diary for USA Today leading up to the NHL trade deadline. Interestingly he talked to GMs about every big name player available. In the end he added only toughness with the addition of Brad May when he could not provide the draft picks or young prospects required for the players available. #
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