Written By: Josh Levin
This season was over before it started.
I was at the Philadelphia Sports Club, getting in a quick workout before the draft when I saw something even more horrifying than the naked 80 year old man bending over next to me. This was an email, and it forever changed the fortunes of the Season 5 Joes League. Max Blum had convinced Mike Rosenberg his 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks for the chance to move up 6 picks in the 2nd round (where he drafted the immortal Mike Zilly). With those picks, Max took Steve Promislo (we’ll get to him later), Alex “Splash Mountain” Kanoff, and potential MVP Brad Troyan.
You think that would have been enough for Blum, but he was just getting started. The bespectacled bomber knew that Duncan Lloyd was feeling pressure from his owner to pick up Steve Promislo, and Max jumped at the opportunity. For his next trick, Jewdini traded Promislo (the 19th pick) for Alex Kroupa (4). Without a doubt, this was the most lopsided draft night trade in PMBL history. For perspective, here were the past several 4th picks and 19th picks:
Pick 4: John Noonan
Pick 19: Zach Paul
Pick 4: Thomas Young
Pick 19: Pat Lockard
Pick 4: Corey White
Pick 19: Scott Schneider
It shouldn’t be any surprise to see, but there is a huge drop off in talent between 4 and 19 (with all due respect to mssrs. Paul, Lockard, and Schneider).
Yes my friends, by the time Kevin Batchelor and David Levetter were fighting over the last fish stick, this Joe season was already doomed. The Y-Pers are still one win away from lifting the Kenny Kup, but thanks to Blum’s draft day dealings, he purchased this prize a long time ago.