2012 – Week 3

All is not well in the NFL today. After two weeks with little drama related to the replacement refs, everything came crashing down on Sunday and Monday. In the Vikings/49ers game, you had the refs allowing the Niners to take 5 total time outs by the end of the 2nd half! Thankfully, the Vikesalready had the game in hand and sealed the win anyway. 

The Ravens beat the Pats on a last second field goal that appeared to sail directly about the upright, causing Bill Belichick to make a grab for an official as he left the field. 
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A ref threw a banana at a Cowboys receiver in the end zone: 
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And finally, the Seahawks beat the Packers on what appeared to be a Russell Wilson interception in the end zone: 
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Simultaneous catch? Perhaps, but it sure looked like Jennings had the ball clutched to his chest while Tate had a couple hands on it only after pushing off another defender. The head referee looked a the replay, but had no choice but to uphold the call. And the Packers fall to 1-2 on the season while the Vikings sit atop the division! 
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Have the replacement refs questionable calls affected any fantasy games? Well, the Packers defense figured into the game of the week in the LoC, as two undefeated teams came down to the wire. Here are your scores: 

The Phantom Limbs (Peter) – 95
Fumblecopter (Andy) – 74

Blitzkrieg Bops (Mark) – 76
Beer Boys (Hyatt) – 69

Cutlass Cieras (RIP) (Chris W.) – 81
The Alchemist III (Chris T.) – 94

Marshmallow Mateys (Cory) – 77
Lightning in a Bottle (Wayne) – 87

I have Arian Foster (Tom) – 89
The Peacenik Hit-Men (John) – 87

Wyld Stallyns (Dave) – 85
Bye Week (Matt) – 74

Ready to Russell (Russ) – 70
Lucha Libra Horrible (Nate) – 97

Tom and John played each other tough all weekend, with John making a late charge, but Tom’s team held off the comeback and took the game by 2 points! AJ Green’s big game was the difference for Tom, who is now one of only 2 undefeated teams in the LoC. The other is the Limbs, who took advantage of an under-prepared Fumblecopter squad, who left the injured Aaron Hernandez in the lineup. It didn’t matter in the end as the defended champs swapped out Cutler for Big Ben and were rewarded with +22 points. In the battle of the Chris’, it was Mr. Thompson coming out ahead of Mr. Wachter. RG3 is carrying The Alchemist right now! Fresh off a loss to the Limbs, the Beer Boys got stung by the Bops this week while only managing 69 points. Kevin Smith’s surprise no-show killed them while the Bops’ MVP with their kicker (20 points for Tynes!). Lucha Libre got the scoring title this week along with their first win in beating Russ by 27! The Stallyns saw through the misdirection and won their “Bye Week” game by 11. And the Marshmallow Mateys can’t seem to get anything going yet this year. They are still winless after losing by 10 to Wayne and sit in dead last place as of today. Ouch. 

Current LoC Standings: 
Rank Team W-L-T Pct Pts For Pts Against Streak Waiver Budget Moves
1. The Phantom Limbs 3-0-0 1.000 296 240 W-3 $81 3
2. I have Arian Foster 3-0-0 1.000 296 204 W-3 $80 8
3. The Peacenik Hit-Men 2-1-0 .667 336 219 L-1 $100
4. The Alchemist III 2-1-0 .667 265 299 W-2 $100
5. Blitzkrieg Bops 2-1-0 .667 258 238 W-2 $83 8
6. Lightning in bottle 2-1-0 .667 246 283 W-1 $40 4
7. Wyld Stallyns 2-1-0 .667 240 227 W-1 $96 5
8. Beer Boys 1-2-0 .333 288 266 L-2 $100 2
9. Lucha Libre Horrible 1-2-0 .333 263 262 W-1 $99 3
10. Cutlass Cieras (RIP) 1-2-0 .333 251 319 L-1 $64 1
11. Bye Week 1-2-0 .333 221 264 L-2 $94 1
12. Ready To Russell 1-2-0 .333 200 269 L-1 $79 6
13. Fumblecopter 0-3-0 .000 257 292 L-3 $100
14. Marshmallow Mateys 0-3-0 .000 224 259 L-3 $100
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In the PL, we had our first trade of the year go through on Sunday morning! Would the new faces in new places give a jolt to their teams? Well…yes and no. Here are your scores: 

Pulp Extrapolation (Chris A.) – 115
The Matchless Muffins (Mike) – 86

Gyro Gearloose (Bernt) – 64
The Dominators (Spencer) – 77

Purple Pride (Carl) – 76
KRUG Kommandant (Denny) – 99

Nerd Herd (Bob) – 61
Nana Nancy (Tyler) – 70

What!? (Eric) – 78
El Tigre Chino (Darren) – 62

diddy (Jim) – 109
you want more juice? (Aaron) – 99

Blackhearts (Jon) – 62
phillywindsurfin (Phil) – 98

The story goes that Mike and Phil agreed on a trade for Mike to send Antonio Brown and Eric Decker to Phil in exchange for Damaryius Thomas. The Commish approved the trade Sunday morning, so the players swapped in time for their games. All players involved were in their starting lineups in time to play. Thomas scored 1 point for the Muffins, while Brown and Decker combined for 25 for Philly. Phil handily won his game over the Blackhearts to stay undefeated, while the Muffins suffered their 3rd loss in a row thanks to Pulp. Instant trade analysis: Phil wins. Another undefeated team is KRUG, who crushed Purple Pride by 23. The final undefeated team is Nana Nancy, but they are lucky to be there after only managing 70 points. Thankfully, they were playing the Nerd Herd, who are having some real trouble scoring so far this year. The lowest scoring team in the PL, however, is WHAT!?. The only difference is that Eric’s team now has a win after beating El Tigre this week! Then there’s Gyro Gearloose, who sits in dead last at the moment after another loss, this time to last week’s HFFUBTotW, The Dominators, in a low-scoring slug-fest. And finally, Jim and Aaron had a barn-burner on their hands this week! Jamaal Charles finally woke up for Jim’s team and powered them to 109 points! Aaron’s Lions (Calvin and kicker Hanson) did their best to keep it close, but Jim got the win. He did, however, lose part of his QB. Schaub got hit so hard that a part of his ear got ripped off. 

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Current PL Standings: 
Rank Team W-L-T Pct Pts For Pts Against Streak Waiver Budget Moves
1. KRUG Kommandant 3-0-0 1.000 294 213 W-3 $100
2. Nana Nancy 3-0-0 1.000 292 254 W-3 $100 1
3. phillywindsurfin 3-0-0 1.000 290 222 W-3 $100 2
4. Pulp Extrapolation 2-1-0 .667 314 301 W-1 $100 4
5. The Dominators 2-1-0 .667 285 246 W-2 $100
6. you want more juice? 2-1-0 .667 260 258 L-1 $53 3
7. Blackhearts 2-1-0 .667 231 223 L-1 $99 1
8. Purple Pride 1-2-0 .333 281 290 L-2 $98 2
9. diddy 1-2-0 .333 264 285 W-1 $100
10. El Tigre Chino 1-2-0 .333 249 256 L-1 $100 3
11. WHAT!? 1-2-0 .333 202 211 W-1 $87 7
12. The MatchlessMuffins 0-3-0 .000 251 337 L-3 $80 8
13. Nerd Herd 0-3-0 .000 222 265 L-3 $100 2
14. Gyro Gearloose 0-3-0 .000 203 277 L-3 $86 7

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It’s a tough call this week, but we’re giving it to diddy! Jim’s team only managed 64 points last week, but powered up to 109 and his first win this week! Looking at his roster, which includes Cruz, Bryant, McCoy, McFadden and Charles, who have to think this is just the beginning! 

Cleveland and Baltimore are your Thursday teams this week! Plan accordingly. The Ravens will have played Monday Night, Sunday Night and then Thursday night in consecutive weeks. Wow!

And now some BIG NEWS! I’m unveiling a brand new league resource today! 

This website is designed for all you stat geeks and league historians. On it you’ll find something called SuperStandings, which compiles all the standings from both leagues to see how we ALL compare to each other this season. You’ll also find stats going back all the way to 2007, the inception of Hiawatha Fantasy Football, and career numbers for all players! And finally, all the back issues of the Universal Blast. If you randomly miss and email some week, just click over to the website and you’ll find it there. It’s pretty cool. So check it out! 

Until Next Week!
Commish Peter

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