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Intermission

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 by Jon

The extended intermission continues here at Overtime Central.  I have some off-line things to deal with that have taken away any time for this site.  There will be a lack of posts  and polls (which have tailed off the past couple years anyway) and no private contests this year.

Hopefully the break will allow me to regroup and return with the vision as to where I want this site to go.  Until then, I will still monitor the site and keep it safe from attackers and spammers, but otherwise things will be quiet.

Glitch Fixed; Site is Back

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 by Jon

Apologies to any visitors who were seeing a maintenance page and another site on this address in the past 96 hours.  We had a little domain name glitch.  It was corrected and everyone should be back to seeing the regular site.

New Focus

Monday, September 1st, 2008 by Jon

After some time off this summer to regroup and focus on other things, it is time to return to posting here at Overtime Central. I’ve worked out more of a plan for this site and the Overtime plugin. First, the goal for me is to get the plugin finished and ready for public consumption as a 1.0 release. I have been thinking and planning a lot over the summer as to what is required, now I need to find the cycles to finish the development required.

I’m also going to shift the focus of posts. Topics will include the Overtime plugin, the development process, different fantasy contests and the world of fantasy sports as it appeals to me. Posting on the progress of development and features of the plugin I hope will provide an opportunity for feedback from interested parties, although I don’t expect much until the plugin is officially released and publicized. I won’t commit to any post frequency, but hope to post on a regular basis.

Finally, Overtime Central will only host private contests from now on. I’ve decided the stress of managing public contests is not needed and interferes with my other focus. As time permits I will still hold the odd private contest for my usual group of associates.

Cancellation of Contests

Friday, June 27th, 2008 by Jon

I am disappointed to announce that with our sponsor, cfldb.ca, I have decided to cancel the 2008 CFL Pick ’em contest. All private contests have also been cancelled.

Entries received as of today for the public Pick ’em contest are short of the required 20 entries as specified in section 4, point 6 of the rules. All entries and new accounts will be deleted today.

After much deliberation and consideration of the options and a sleepless night, I have decided it is best to take this year off, regroup and prepare for next season. Due to other commitments, the preparation and launch of the contest was left later than desired, but I still tried to push through all the work necessary in a couple weeks. This resulted in the contest not receiving the exposure it should have, with only a quarter of the regulars signing up, and the contest not being fully ready for the new season.

The lack of participants was only a minor factor in the decision. Last night, after reviewing the entry count, I considered continuing on with the contest with perhaps an adjusted prize list. However, after getting into some of the contest setup remaining for automation of emails and updates, I realized I had forgot some major work that needed to be done. With an already busy schedule at work and lots of overtime the past six months, I wasn’t looking forward to putting time in to patch the system to the point it would work. Instead, I decided I should take a period off, get some things off my plate, then focus on getting the system ready for next year. Without any contests taking up my time, this will be the best option for me to get the code quality to where I want it to be.

So basically I jumped the gun here, pushing forward because I did not want another year to go by. My busy work schedule left me unaware of just exactly what tasks I had remaining for this year. I feel the final outcome will be better by taking a break and getting the code completed rather than in a good-enough state.

I hope everyone will understand this position. I would like to thank all participants that signed up and cfldb.ca for their sponsorship. Check back next year for what contests we have available.

We’re Back!

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 by Jon

Ready for another exciting CFL season, Overtime Central is back after a little hiatus through the hockey playoffs. The first week of the CFL season is completed already and the regular season gets underway in less than two weeks on June 26 with two games. Overtime Central is ready to launch a full slate of contests soon, with some interesting new developments this year. I have also finished a round of improvements on the site, improving response time by a factor ranging from 2 to 10 times for every page. I hope this will provide a better experience for you during your visits to the site.

Check back for the announcement of the full slate of Overtime Central 2008 CFL contests in the next week. There are some great prizes this year and I believe this will be Overtime Central’s best year yet. As always, if you have feedback, suggestions or something to get off your chest, leave a comment or use the contact address.

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    Bills Eye Toronto → I would be amiss if I did not link to this development. I will reserve comment until the story further runs its course. #
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