An Open Letter to Yahoo RE: StatTracker

Dear Yahoo,

Your CPU is shaking in fear at the sight of this Java abomination

Let me start by saying that I love your fantasy football system. I’ve tried ESPN, NFL.com, CBS Sportsline, and FleaFlicker, and none of them hold a candle to your simple, efficient interface. Way to go. I’m golf clapping right now. By myself. It’s kind of weird.

But StatTracker sucks worse than every Miami quarterback since Marino. For starters, it’s an unbelievable resource hog – it’s using around 20% of my CPU on my dual-core laptop, and it’s just as bad with every other computer I’ve used it on. When StatTracker’s running, computers tend to freeze up every ten seconds or so. It’s annoying. When I watch football on Sundays, I’m usually surfing the web at the same time (I don’t have the attention span to concentrate on just one game), and while I’d like to have StatTracker running at the same time, it’s just not worth it.

Second, here’s something you should know already but apparently don’t – many people are in more than one fantasy league. So, then, why does StatTracker make it such an enormous pain in the ass to monitor multiple teams at one time? Why do I have to sit through a twenty-second progress bar every time I check on a new league? There should be tabs across the top of the screen, one for each league you’re in, and the data for all of them should already be loaded, but hidden. There’s no reason I can think of that this would be impossible, or even difficult, to do. If it’s because it would increase the system resources the program takes up, then clearly you need to figure out a new way to pull stats down in real time. There’s no reason this should be a CPU-intensive task.

Really, it’s just a bad system, and obviously needs to be overhauled. Given that it’s likely the main way you make money off your fantasy football product (aside from advertising), it seems like it’d be worth the investment.

Sincerely,
Matt from ffgeekblog.com