2011 – Playoffs Week 2

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Even the strongest teams have their moments of weakness. The Saints had this miscue early in the game, but it did little to hurt their momentum as they CRUSHED the Purple this week. But…
the NFL’s strongest team finally fell for the first time this season to… the Chefs!??! With a new head coach and a new QB, the Chefs manhandled Rodgers and the Packers. The question is, did this game reveal the blueprint for beating the defending champs? With only 2 weeks left in the regular season, many teams will definitely be dissecting this film in advance of the playoffs. 
In the Hiawatha leagues, the Super Bowl matchups are set and two 6 seeds have fought their ways into the big dance! It’s going to be a long one. Here we go!

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The LoC playoff field looked strong coming in, but some top seeds have shown that a strong regular season isn’t as desirable as a hot streak at just the right time. What do I mean? Well…here are the scores: 
Marshmallow Mateys (Cory) – 111
JAWS (Dave) – 77
The Phantom Limbs (Peter) – 103
Fumblecopter (Andy) – 80
5th Place Game: 
The Cutlass Cieras (Chris W.) – 85
KRUG Kommandant (Denny) – 66
Toilet Bowl

Pacifists (John) – 97
Suck for Luck 2012 (Aaron) – 97
Mr T Fool! (Eric) – 63
Nana Nancy Unit (Tyler) – 119
11th Place Game:
The Almighty Muffins (Mike) – 101
Monday Night (Phil) – 114
So the LoC Super Bowl will be Marshmallow Mateys vs. The Phantom Limbs! The Mateys came off a playoff bye and demolished JAWS with 111 points (thanks in part to LeSean’s big game). On the other side of the bracket, the 6 seed Phantom Limbs beat up on the #2 seed Fumblecopter! The Limbs have now gone through the #2 and #3 seeds to reach the Super Bowl! What a run! In the 5th place game, where the stakes are high as the loser will be demoted to the Premier League next year, the Cieras were victorious over KRUG and will stay in the LoC! KRUG’s regular season success is a distant memory now as the wheels really came off in the playoffs.
The LoC Toilet Bowl was crazy this week. Pacifists and Suck for Luck battled hard and wound up with a tie score with the tie-breaker going to John as he had beaten Aaron in week 8. That’s a tough way to go down, Aaron. John now has a shot at the LoC next week as he battles the suddenly resurgent Nana Nancy! Nancy slipped out of playoff contention at the end of the season, but with 119 points this week it seems the team is really fighting for a return trip to the upper league! Eric’s magical run ends with a drubbing. And in the 11th place game, Mike’s rough season comes to a merciful end as Phil beats him in a shootout. 
Updated LoC Brackets:
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Who will climb out of the Toilet Bowl and punch their ticket back to the LoC? And who will hoist the championship trophy? Will the Limbs pull off an unprecedented repeat title run or will the Mateys win for the first time???

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I gave it away earlier when I said two 6 seeds reached title games this year, so we know that another top seed managed to fall short. Here’s how it went down:

Beer Boys (Hyatt) – 101
a couple 13 14 wins (Wayne) – 61
The Russell (Russ) – 112
The Alchemist (Chris T.) – 84
5th Place Game:
Waffle Housers (Nate) – 97
Blackhearts (Jon) – 57
Toilet Bowl: 

McChamps (Tom) – 115
diddy (Jim) – 89
Glass Joe (Bernt) – 107
sasquatches r real! (Darren) – 85
11th Place Game:
Henry David Thoreau (Chris A.) – 54
Nerd Herd (Bob) – 64
So the PL Super Bowl matchup will be Beer Boys vs. The Russell! Hyatt’s team didn’t look rusty after a week off and notched a 40 point win over Wayne’s squad. They’re going to need that kind of firepower again next week as they clash with the 6 seeded Russell. Russ has had a high flying offense all year and now he’s riding into the super bowl! Remember, the PL Super Bowl winner will be awarded the coveted PL traveling trophy for the year! The Alchemist was undone with a flurry of late-season injuries and couldn’t pull together enough points to get the win. So…
The 5th place game, again, would determine who would be stuck in the PL for another year. And despite a strong end to the regular season, the Blackhearts got destroyed by the Waffle Housers and finds himself in the PL for another year. The Waffle Housers earn the right to ball in the LoC next year!
The PL Toilet Bowl was very interesting this week. The McChamps had a stellar week as he scored a whopping 115 to put down diddy and reach the Toilet Super bowl. He will tangle with Glass Joe, who had a strong win over the sasquatches. The winner of their game will be rewarded with a ticket to the LoC next year!  The 11th place game was amazing. Chris Anderson, reeling from a long season of terrible misfortune, adjusted his roster back to the roster he had to start the season. It included such names as Peyton Manning (never played), Mark Ingram (out), Tim Hightower (IR), and Andre Johnson (out for weeks). Ouch indeed. His peaceful demonstration almost backfired, however, as Bob’s team only outscored him by 10! What a game!
Updated PL Brackets: 
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Will the trophy go to Beer Boys or The Russell?? And will it be the McChamps who ascend from the depths of the Toilet Bowl into the LoC? Or will Glass Joe fight his way through from the 9th seed to attain glory!??

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It was an EXTREMELY tough call this week with lots of teams getting big statement wins, but I’m giving it to the McChamps!! Tom started the season 4-2 and looking good, but the 2nd half of the season found him going 2-5 and dropping into the Toilet Bowl as the 7th seed. This week he outscored every team in both leagues and stormed into the PL Toilet Super Bowl. A win next week and all the late season disappointment will be forgotten!

Okay, deep breath. The most important week of the season is also the most confusingly scheduled week ever! We’ve got Thursday game, Saturday games, a Sunday game and a Monday game! On Thursday, the Texans and Colts will play. Then, all the games that would have been on Sunday afternoon have been moved to Saturday afternoon, so makes SURE that you’re lineups are set by Friday night if you want to be safe! Then we’ve got one Sunday night game (Bears v. Packers) and one Monday night game (Falcons v. Saints) to end the fantasy season! Don’t let goofy scheduling derail your title run! One week to go, men!
Until Next Week,
Commish Peter

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