2012 – Playoffs Week 1

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Now is the time when NFL teams are starting to really look around at the rest of the potential playoff teams and trying to figure out what they need to do to get into the playoffs themselves. For the Vikings, they pretty much need to win out, so beating the Bears was a good start. Seeing the Bucs lose to the beatable Eagles was a plus for the Purple as well. How about that Avant catch!?
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That could be the best catch of the season, even though this one was pretty good too – in the snow no less!
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And did you hear that the Seahawks won 58-0 on Sunday!! Oh, they were playing the Cardinals. 
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But while the NFL is jockeying for playoff spots, the fantasy leagues are IN THEM! And if the first week of playoffs is any indication, we’re in for a wild ride!
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In the LoC, we had a couple of nailbiters that went down to the wire and one team that really, really wishes he had made the playoffs. Scores: 
Playoffs: 
The Phantom Limbs (Peter) – 110
Cutlass Cieras (RIP) (Chris W.) – 101
Blitzkrieg Bops (Mark) – 99
Lightning in Bottle (Wayne) – 69
Toilet Bowl: 
Beer Boys (Hyatt) – 132

Rüssnôçérôse (Russ) – 66

Wyld Stallyns (Dave) – 65
The Alchemist III (Chris T.) – 60
In the playoffs, the Limbs held a sizable lead going into MNF, but they knew that Tom Brady wanted to stomp the Texans on national TV. Sure enough, Brady had the Cieras storming back as the game turned into a blowout. Then, Belichick actually put in the 2nd string late in the 4th quarter and the Cieras came up 9 points short of an upset! Besides Brady’s 27 and the Seattle Defense’s 41 (WHAT?!), the rest of the Cieras only scored 43. David Wilson’s 28 was on the bench. Ouch. The Bops had a much more comfortable margin in their win. After some major QB problems a few weeks ago, the Bops are pleased they landed Kaepernick off waivers, who gave them 18 this week. But the Martin/Rice backfield is really driving this squad right now and winning feels so good. 
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Lightning couldn’t get anything going and will now face the Cieras next week with the loser going to the PL next year! HUGE stakes!
In the Toilet Bowl, the Beer Boys exploded with 132 points thanks in large part to Cam Newton’s resurgence! Hyatt has to wonder what could have happened if he had managed to get this team into the playoffs! As it stands, he’ll have to win out to get back into the LoC next year. The Stallyns, woeful in the last half of the season, managed an ugly win over the Alchemist this week by 5 points. So the Stallyns move on in their quest, while the Alchemist and Russ have their hopes at returning to the LoC dashed. Both teams will play next week for 11th place and for pride. EXCEPT, that Russ currently holds the lead in the Pick’em game. It seems that his picking prowess will likely propel him back into the big league next year! Well done, Russ! Sorry, Chris. 
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Current LoC Playoff Bracket:
Week 14
(Dec 4 – Dec 10)
Week 15
(Dec 11 – Dec 17)
Week 16
(Dec 18 – Dec 24)
 
Quarterfinal
Bye

 

Quarterfinal
Bye

 

     
 
Current LoC Toilet Bowl Bracket:
Week 14
(Dec 4 – Dec 10)
Week 15
(Dec 11 – Dec 17)
Week 16
(Dec 18 – Dec 24)
 
Quarterfinal
Bye

 

Quarterfinal
(11) Beer Boys132

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Quarterfinal

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Quarterfinal
Bye

 

Semifinal
(11) Beer Boys0

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Semifinal
(8) Bye Week0

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11th Place Game

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So the playoff bracket has been chalk so far and the top four teams will go at it next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line!
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Now, the PL had some real drama all over the place this week. Upsets, slim margins, hatred. Everything. Scores: 
Playoffs: 
Pulp Extrapolation (Chris A.) – 100
The Dominators (Spencer) – 90
Nana Nancy (Tyler) – 104
KRUG Kommandant (Denny) – 102
Toilet Bowl: 
Gyro Gearloose (Bernt) – 79
The Matchless Muffins (Mike) – 74
Purple Pride (Carl) – 75
Blackhearts (Jon) – 73
We’ve been following the story all season long. Nana Nancy started 8-0 and looked unbeatable before philly broke the streak and then KRUG piled on. Nancy ended the season with 5 straight losses. Is it payback time?!
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Nancy’s first playoff opponent was KRUG, who looked pretty formidable, but the game quickly turned into a shootout and Denny had his kicker and Tyler had Brandon Lloyd left to go on MNF. Tyler was down 12 points going in. Lloyd had a good game, but it when Woodhead fumbled into the end zone, Lloyd jumped on the ball, giving him a fluky 6 points and giving Tyler a 2 point win! Unbelievable! In the other playoff game, the Dominators saw Cam Newton hand them 36 points, but the Martin/Rice combo did for Chris what it also did for Mark in the LoC, hand them a win. Even with RGIII’s under-performance, Chris moves on, but he has to be worried now about his nicked up QB. So the Dominators and KRUG will throw it down next week with the loser slated to stay in the PL!
In the Toilet Bowl, two games were decided by a total of 7 points! Early season doormat Gyro Gearloose snuck into the Toilet Bowl in the last week of the regular season and the Muffins had to be feeling good about the 95-79 point projection. But they call them projections for a reason, because the Muffins had a terrible week. Gyro saw an opening and nailed his projection thanks to Anquan Boldin’s big game. Gyro moves on! 
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Elsewhere, it was a classic low-scoring Toilet Bowl game between Purple Pride and Blackhearts with Purple coming out on top by 2 points! Carl overcame two zeros in his starting lineup to grab the victory and he is lucky he won because he left the Seattle Defense and their 41 points on his bench in favor of the Chargers D (12 points). He will move on an keep his hopes of winning a ticket to the LoC alive! The Blackhearts will play the Muffins next week for pride and 11th place. Neither team is near the top in the Pick’em game, so it looks like that’s the end of their quest for the LoC. 
Current PL Playoff Bracket: 
Week 14
(Dec 4 – Dec 10)
Week 15
(Dec 11 – Dec 17)
Week 16
(Dec 18 – Dec 24)
 
Quarterfinal
Bye

 

Quarterfinal
(5) Nana Nancy104

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Quarterfinal

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Quarterfinal
(2) diddy
Bye

 

Semifinal
(2) diddy0

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5th Place Game

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Current PL Toilet Bowl Bracket: 
Week 14
(Dec 4 – Dec 10)
Week 15
(Dec 11 – Dec 17)
Week 16
(Dec 18 – Dec 24)
 
Quarterfinal
Bye

 

Quarterfinal
(10) Purple Pride75
(11) Blackhearts73

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Quarterfinal

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Quarterfinal
(8) WHAT!?
Bye

 

Semifinal
(8) WHAT!?0

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11th Place Game

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Next week, Nancy continues her Tour of Vengence as she faces the team that put an end to her undefeated season in the first place: phillywindsurfin. And early projections give the edge to Nancy! Meanwhile, diddy gets back into business against Pulp!


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The Beer Boys! As Hyatt’s team rolled up a huge victory, he must have been ecstatic. And then he remembered the context: the first round of the Toilet Bowl. Still, it’s a big victory that could set the tone for a great run through the bracket and a ticket back to the LoC next year. After winning his way out of the PL last year (he’s even got the ballerina trophy to prove it), there’s no way Hyatt wants to go back there next year. So savor the Toilet Bowl victory, Hyatt, and keep moving. 
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Not much to say here other than the bye week teams return to action next week. So if you’re one of those teams and kinda forgot you were still in it, you might want to make sure you don’t have any Cardinals in your starting lineup. Unless you’re doing it ironically. Don’t get caught not paying attention. 
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Who will hoist the trophies when the dust, or snow, settles?! Only two more weeks remain in the season! 
Until Next Week, 
Commish Peter

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