. . . TABLE OF CONTENTS [table="head;autonumtitle=rank;width=40em"]SECTION |TITLE I|Introduction II|Back Track: Week 16 III|General News IV|Playoff Forecast V|Breakdowns VI|Headliners VII|Official Tournament Brackets VIII|Top 2 Competitors IX|Predictions X|Beauty of the Week XI|Conclusion[/table] I | INTRODUCTION First and foremost I would like to extend my apologies to each and every participant of this league, whether it be past, present or future, that has taken part in season one of the new RSTL and has grown to expect my presence. I thoroughly regret my unfortunate and equally inevitable absense these past few weeks and I look forward to a great second season with you. Explanations and(or) excuses are unecessary. However, I would still enjoy the chance of pleading my case with you all. Being that I was the moderator of the year, I know that I have certain responsibilities that need to be upheld. Unfortunately, I have neglected those duties and have reflected lackodaisacol tendencies in these past few weeks since the ending of the regular season. But my reasons are not only understandable, but justifiable even. I am sure by now that you all know my current situation. I am in the middle of awaiting expungement. Also, I work fulltime at the UPS Store and attend Kennesaw State University as a full time student. Aside from this, my wife is 5 months pregnant and our schedules conflict resulting in less quality time. Therefore, the more time I spend online substantially reduces the amount of time that I have to share with my wife. But the majority of my free time has honestly been spent catching up in my courses. I am already behind in school, seeing as how my original graduation date was estimated for this year. Not only that, but I am also behind in my current courses due to the late arrival of my text books and therefore I been playing catch up in class for the past three weeks. Soon, I hope to be steady so that I can better pace myself and utilize my time. I will be here for season two, however I may not be an active participant as I was this past season. But nevertheless, I will be here and I will be moderating. With that said, I would like to acknowledge those that have been granted the privelege of participating in our first ever playoffs and good luck to the final four that will have the chance of being crowned the first RSTL Season Champion. This has been a topsy turvy tournament with many surprises and surprisingly enough a great turn out. There have been very few no shows and many decent to great verses. Obviously enough, the tournament has not panned out the way some might have predicted. Many underdogs have arguably deserved their acknowledgment of talent by battling it out and making it to the top 4 where the first and third ranked competitors have failed. Some wins I believe were undeserved but that's what happens with a lack of voting and Jook dropping his worthy opinions. Needless to say, some may be bitter about their losses but there is always another season. I, myself, am content with my talent and rank in the minds of my fellow participants. I was robbed the glory of being ranked second when Nah Son no showed in the last champ match of the season and I do feel that my verse against L Dogg was better than some may have gave credit for. However, I have greatly progressed as a writer and I also admit that Nah Son was more than capable of beating me in that match up and that I did produce a half assed verse against L Dogg, who's verse have yet to read completely. Therefore, all in all, I am proud of my growth and others should feel the same way about themselves. Season II will, for the most part, be no different than season I. Some slight adjustments in rules to allow for more definitive instruction and maybe a few other details that deserve to be upgraded, but aside from this the general objective is constant. Records will overlap seasons to disavoid confusion. Also, ranks will be determined mainly by the ending of season I with playoff records being discluded from the regular season. At this time, I would like to extend a warm invitation to those who disagree with the way I write my magazines, or to those who may disagree with my views or the way I express my opinions, or simply to those whom may just want to help out and have a sincere concern for the future of this league. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am always open to suggestions and help from those who are truly interested.