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Quick announcement: in conjunction with SportsBlogs Nation, I'm helping launch a new fantasy sports blog called From my first post:

I started working for the Roto Times just before it officially launched in 2000. Back then, there were only a handful of sites devoted to fantasy sports. Now, there are dozens -- nay, hundreds.

Why create another one?

Because Fake Teams is going to be more than about just the latest player news, injuries or transactions. Fake Teams won't be just a blog about sports, it'll be a blog about fantasy sports. Sure, we'll spend a lot of time talking about players and games, but we'll also spend time talking about what stat services we use and what we like and dislike about them, which sites we like to go to for news, and what articles are worth checking out.

What's with the name, you ask? Well, if you haven't figured it out already, it's what fantasy sports is all about: real players, fake teams. But while they may be fake, we take them seriously, even if we give them silly names that would make your grandmother blush.

And mind you, when I say "we," I mean it -- this is going to be an actual conversation. Whether it's commenting on my posts or creating your own user diaries, Fake Teams is going to be a reader-driven experience.

OK, that's enough self-promotion for now, but I'm sure I'll be cross-linking between the two sites in the future -- like now with this post talking about Jermaine O'Neal being on the shelf for eight weeks.