Occassionally there will be suggestions from team owners (like Idea Man Matt Bentel) on ways to improve the league or tweak a rule. And there are rare occassions when, if we are extremely lucky, we are able to capture the improvements on video or digital imprint.
Thus it was back in 2012 when Tim Morkert (owner of Morkertzuma's Revenge) gave us an Innovation.
First a little history. Our league is an Around The Table Bidding League. As I've pointed out in earlier posts, that means a player is brought up and we go around the table, owner by owner, either increasing the bid or dropping out. If you drop out, you are out forever on the player - you cannot rejoin the bidding (unless we're bidding on Mitch Williams and then all rules are suspended http://cfclrebelcopperfield.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-mitch-williams-incident.html).
So back in the '90's to make it easier to determine who is in and who is out of the bidding, Commissioner Mahlan took some index cards, folded them in half and wrote the names of each team on the cards. When we dropped out of the bidding we would flip our index card down and everyone could visually understand our status in the bidding.
Those cards were upgraded to Fancy Corporate Tri-Fold Name Plates (also courtesy of Commissioner Mahlan) and for many years we would use them in the same fashion. Then came 2012. We drafted at my office in the conference room around a long conference table. With everyone's notes, laptops, snacks and the narrowness of the table, the sightlines provided a challenge for us to easily view the status of a team's bidding involvement.
That's where Tim leapt to action. He came up with a simple solution. But in its simplicity was its brilliance and so earned him the Innovation. Forever going forward (or at least until we go big-time and get electronic name boards ala Jeopardy!) the Morkert Innovation will be a staple of CFCL drafts. If your nameplate is standing, you are in the bidding. When you're out you knock over the nameplate (sometime's forcefully when you have to drop out on a player you really, really want).