ESPN Pushes The Self-Destruct Fantasy Button

Not that we have much room to talk, considering how matters have been around these parts this morning (you do not want to know how many household items we have destroyed in the last two-and-a-half hours), but ESPN's fantasy games, with all the problems they've been having, finally hit the nuclear option today and blew up their fantasy game. From an email they sent to game players early this morning:

Late on Wednesday night the ESPN Fantasy team will:
1) Revert all teams to their opening day rosters (Sunday, April 1).
2) Set the starting lineup of each team's opening day roster as the active roster for all games played to date (April 1 - April 11).
3) Retroactively apply scoring for the entire season to date based on that roster.
4) Void all transactions to date (trades, waiver pickups, roster moves, etc.).

Through extensive testing, this solution - while extreme - has repeatedly shown to restore the game to full and normal operation. We are sorry to have to make such an aggressive change, and fully recognize the impact this will have. This action was our only option because of the nature of the issues and their potential to compound if not addressed on a fundamental level. Ensuring the integrity of the season ahead for ALL players is tremendously important to us and this solution ensures that all players will be treated equally.

In other words, we hope you enjoyed the first week of the fantasy season, because it either didn't count or is entirely corrupted. We don't understand why people didn't use Yahoo in the first place, but after this fiasco, we don't think many will make that mistake again.

ESPN Has Some Hamster Problems As Well [Deadspin]

(UPDATE: Looks like they're refunding some cash as well.)