Fantasy Basketball, sponsored by The Deseret News, concluded its second year as Jody A. Triptow beat incredible odds to emerge as first-place winner.
Jody got a little help from a friend, her husband, to win the $5,000 dream vacation to a destination of her choice as he was instrumental in helping her complete the 12-man roster.Awards were presented to Triptow and other top contestants on Saturday at Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers located at 232 S. Main Street. Wendy's was one of the Fantasy Basketball sponsors along with Coca Cola.
The contest ran throughout the regular NBA season that started in October with 28,000 rabid fans selecting 12-man dream teams of NBA stars. All told, nearly $13,000 in prizes was awarded as contestants competed for daily and weekly prizes along with the several grand prizes.
The second-place winner received a $2,000 dream vacation and the third-place winner a $1,000 dream vacation.
Contestants had to pick 12 actual NBA players to complete their roster and then hope they performed well in points, assists and rebounds. The teams were ranked according to how well each of their players performed during regular season play on a cumulative basis.
The big gun on Triptow's team this year was "The Mailman," Karl Malone, who was the highest point and rebound scorer on her team, which hovered around the top of the standings the entire length of the contest.
There were more than two million possible team combinations from which contestants could choose.
Fantasy Basketball has been a tremendous success with the number of contestants doubling over the first year. "Watch for us to definitely sponsor it again when the 1991-1992 NBA season gets under way," said Kyle Rasmussen of the Newspaper Agency Corporation circulation department that represents the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune and oversaw all aspects of the promotion.