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Off Tackle: Auction Recap
John Tuvey
August 31, 2011
 

I live for the auction.

This isn’t another breakdown of why the auction is unquestionably the best way to distribute players. This is a story of making a plan and then executing that plan like Joe Montana running a two-minute drill.

A little background on this league. Of the many leagues I play in (the working number is nine, though I’m not joking when I say I don’t know exactly how many leagues I’m in; Week 1 I’ll sit down with my spreadsheet of teams to set my lineup and figure out just what I’m in for this season), this is my biggests—both money-wise and profile-wise. It’s with guys from the industry, co-hosts from my radio show, the radio voice of the Minnesota Vikings, and it’s intense. In just over a decade in this league I’ve announced my presence with authority, making the Super Bowl four times and winning it once.

But what really makes this league, and specifically this auction, a challenge is that a) everybody knows who I like since they all listen to the radio show and/or read my stuff; and b) at this juncture everybody knows my basic auction strategy. In fact, the defending champion’s stated strategy this year was the “2V+1”: in essence, to bid a buck more on EVERY SINGLE PLAYER I BID ON.

That was the gauntlet thrown down in front of me. But with a sound plan, the ability to zig when others zagged, and plenty of patience I walked out with a team that looked remarkably similar to the one I planned to acquire.

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