Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's Baseball Time!

I haven't been keeping in touch and for that I apologize.  I'll see how I do this time around.

I just recently moved to Hong Kong after living and working in South Korea for over a year.  Fantasy Sports is different from this side of the world.  What makes it different?  Time for one.  I am 12 to 13 hours ahead of U.S. East Coast time.  Daylight Saving time isn't observed so the time varies depending on the time of year.  South Korea is 1 hour ahead of Hong Kong so last year I was even farther ahead time-wise.  That makes playing Fantasy Sports different in and of itself. You have to plan your draft times differently.  What is a "normal" draft time in the U.S. is not a normal time here.  While living in South Korea I typically planned all my drafts for Friday or Saturday since it would be Saturday or Sunday for me.

Now I am in Hong Kong, I will again have to plan my draft times carefully.  I work M-F from 2 pm until 8 pm and Saturday from 9 am until 6 pm.  So I can do weekday drafts so long as they will finish before noon or so my time.  So a Tuesday 9 PM draft in the USA will be a Wednesday 10 am draft for me.  Get it?

The other major difference is simply keeping up with the games.  Night games there are morning or even noon games here.  But it can also be an advantage working the wires since most games use 2 AM or so ET as the time for clearing waivers.  That in around 3 PM here so while players sleep in the US I can see who is a Free Agent or which waivers were won.

Now it's time for MLB and I'm using the net for information more than ever.  I use to buy Fantasy magazines but here they are hard to get and expensive to have shipped from  the States so one has to adjust to using mostly on-line services.  I did before but I always had the hard copy also.  Now it is mostly digital.

I'll try to get back into the habit of posting again.  Until then, ....