First Things First
Theme of the week: Gambling.
That, my friends, is the face of someone who gambled and lost. Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on forth down in his own territory ended up costing him the game. Sure, punting could have had the same results, but the fact remains that Peyton got the ball in Pats territory and set the field on fire(well, technically it was the indoor pyrotechnics). The Colts got the victory and the Pats got the vitriol.
On the other hand, MoJo Drew’s team was down by a point when he gambled by electing to take a knee on the one yard line instead of going in for the go-ahead TD. That gamble paid off because the Jets were out of timeouts and the Jags ran down the clock and made the game winning FG. Drew also had the good manners to apologize to Fantasy Football players everywhere for his decision! I’m still waiting on my apology from Brian Westbrook and it’s been two years!!
In the Hiawatha leagues, the season is winding down and owners everywhere seem willing to gamble in the hope of securing a playoff spot with 3 games to play! A flurry of trades went down this week in the League of Champions, including a blockbuster! And the top two teams met for a late season grudge match! Here are the scores:
The Phantom Limbs (Peter) – 89
The Bone Doctors (Chris W.) – 77
Pacifist Assassins (John) – 70
Russ’ Rowdy Rhinos (Russ) – 100
Grandma Nancy (Tyler) – 125
The Tortilla Chips (Darren) – 99
Mightiest Muffins (Mike) – 85
FAIL Team (Andy) – 101
Silver Fox (Aaron) – 119
The Alchemists (Chris T.) – 90
Calculated Risk (Eric) – 49
Taking Chances (Wayne) – 88
Nancy and the Chips played their hearts out in the LoC’s version of Colts/Pats. Early in the weekend, it looked like the Chips had a shot, but the Manning/Wayne combo on Sunday night was too much for the Chips to handle. Grandma wins and clinches a playoff spot! Can anyone stop Tyler?! The Limbs and the Assassins orchestrated a huge trade this week with the Limbs shipping out Tom Brady for Randy Moss and Carson Palmer. Moss led the Limbs to a victory over the Bone Docs while Brady’s big game wasn’t enough for the PAs against Russ’ Rhinos (who will have their shot at Grandma next week!). The PAs and the Docs are now further outside the playoff cut. Silver Fox is looking strong heading down the stretch and FAIL Team notched win #2 by beating the Muffins. Finally, living up to this week’s theme, Taking Chances was better than Calculated Risk. The playoff picture is starting to come into focus.
Current LoC Standings:
|2.||Russ’ Rowdy Rhinos||7-3-0||.700||962||W-2||$37||15|
|4.||The Tortilla Chips||6-4-0||.600||942||L-1||$60||8|
|5.||The Phantom Limbs||5-4-1||.550||848||W-2||$53||10|
|9.||The Bone Doctors||4-6-0||.400||781||L-1||$44||10|
The Premier League‘s playoff picture, on the other hand, is still a huge mess. Here are this week’s scores:
Monday Night (Phil) – 86
Mighty Nimrods (Tom) – 65
Marshmallow Mateys (Cory) – 86
Killer Canaries III (Bob) – 109
diddy (Jim) – 86
KRUG Kommanders (Denny & Isaac) – 82
Dead Heads (Nate) – 93
Wyld Stallyns CS (Dave) – 86
Egon’s Ego (Bernt) – 66
Kibbles & Vick (Frank) – 78
Stalins of Style (Chris A.) – 74
Beer Boys (Hyatt) – 103
And the streak is broken! The Mateys take a 23 point loss at the hands of the Killer Canaries! It’s Cory’s first loss since week 1! diddy quickly seized first place back by virtue of his 4 point win over the KRUGs (and his total points lead). The Canaries will by amped up from this win and will face diddy next week! Can they beat the top two teams in back to back weeks? The rest of the games were fairly chalk with no obvious upsets. The Dead Heads, fresh off a one point win over Kibbles, topped the Stallyns by 7 and extending the Stallyns losing streak to 4! Even so, the fight for the 6th spot is going to be crazy. Three teams are 5-5 and two are 4-6. Even the 3-7 teams have a chance to run the table and make the playoffs!
Current Premier League Standings: