2013 – Week 13

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Every week it’s something different in the NFL. This week, the Vikings just about got their 2nd tie in 2 weeks as they dueled the Bears in an overtime game that was over about 3 different times before it was truly over. Backup TE Rhett Ellison just about lost it for the Vikings TWICE, but the team was able to pull out a win and do further damage to their draft position next year. 
Going back to the Thanksgiving Day games, the Packers apparently forgot that they were scheduled to play the Lions on Thursday and got crushed. This is what happens when a team loses it’s franchise QB for a few weeks. 
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The Steelers played Thanksgiving Night and decided to unveil….this play???
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Some kind of bizarre botched flea flicker? I have no idea. It was weird. 
BUT, the big talker of the weekend may end up being the officiating debacle towards the end of the Redskins/Giants game on Sunday Night. The ‘Skins were furiously trying to get into position to tie the game and got, what appeared to be, a first down. The chains moved, the down marker showed 1st down, the ‘Skins were told they don’t need to ask for a measurement and they set up for a 1st and 10. HOWEVER, the lead ref had signaled that they were a yard short and gave the hand signal for 3rd down. The Redskins ran a down field throw that fell incomplete, which would be fine on 1st down. But after the play, the refs told the chain crew they had messed up and to move back and signal 4th down! Prompting this sassy response from the chain crew:
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Shanahan and the TV announcers were apoplectic that the correction came AFTER the ensuing play! The next 4th down desperation play ended with a Garcon fumble recovered by New York. Ballgame. Wild stuff, my friends. 
Okay, speaking of wild stuff, this was the last week of the HFFL regular season!! So much was on the line that I can hardly keep track of it all. But now that the dust has settled, we can see who made the playoffs and who is swirling in the Toilet Bowl brackets. Let’s ride!
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In the LoC, the final playoff spot wasn’t clinched until late Monday Night! Here are the scores: 
Week 13 – Final Results
When the Freemium Masons managed to beat Unstoppable by two, Tom’s only playoff hope was in a Bops loss and the Bops were down going into Monday night. They trotted out Russell Wilson, while Phil trotted out Marshawn Lynch. Which Seahawk would have a big game? That would be Wilson, who torched the Saints and pushed the Bops into the playoffs (with a losing record), leaving Tom out in the cold. 
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That loss for Phil also handed the #2 seed and a first round bye to the Muffins, who had already lost their game to the resurgent Limbs. Tom is joined in the Toilet Bowl bracket by the Assassins, who got wrung out by DiDDy and slipped to 8th place. Nancy and Russ look all tuned up for the playoffs, crushing their opponents this week. So after the regular season, here are the standings going into the playoffs!
Rank Team W-L-T Pts For Pts Agnst Streak Waiver Bdgt Waiver Moves
*1 avatar Rüssnôçérôse 11-2-0 1263 1019 W-3 $4 4 15
*2 avatar The Day Old Muffins 8-4-1 1306 1199 L-2 $21 9 23
*3 avatar Monday Night 8-4-1 1188 1144 L-1 $40 12 11
*4 avatar Nana Nancy 8-4-1 1169 1084 W-2 $63 7 19
*5 avatar DiDDy 8-5-0 1171 1115 W-4 $74 1 8
*6 avatar Blitzkrieg Bops 6-7-0 1238 1166 W-1 $3 10 29
7 avatar Unstoppable 6-7-0 1076 1122 L-2 $31 6 74
8 avatar Pacifist Assassins 5-7-1 1131 1238 L-2 $0 8 33
9 avatar KRUG Kaiser 5-8-0 1072 1172 L-1 $87 2 10
10 avatar The Phantom Limbs 4-9-0 1180 1217 W-2 $5 11 31
11 avatar Freemium Masons 4-9-0 1110 1251 W-1 $55 3 26
12 avatar Ray Rice’s Team 3-10-0 1013 1190 L-6 $0 5 23
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The PL also waited on the Seahawks/Saints game to determine the final playoff picture as most teams jockeyed their way into position, leaving only the final spot up for grabs on Monday night. Scores: 
Week 13 – Final Results
When Monday rolled around, the Cieras found themselves in need of a comeback win to make the playoffs and send Carl’s team packing. Wachter had Lynch primed to go and had to feel good about his chances, but (as we said earlier) Lynch was quiet and Wilson soared, meaning the Cieras came up 5 points short of what looked like an easy win.
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This dropped them into the Toilet Bowl and allowed Carl’s team to back into the playoffs in spite of a loss to the USFL this week. We were also watching the shootout between the Furballs and Big Hassle. Luke was a cinch for a playoff spot, but the 1st round bye was on the line as Hassle sent Brees out on Monday to win the game for him, but Brees was shut down all night and only managed 7 points. It wasn’t enough and Luke finishes the season in 2nd place. Wayne got the win to keep the #1 seed and the rest of the field settled into their places as well. With all this scoring, it sure looks like a fun playoff schedule is in store in the PL! Here are the final regular season standings: 
Rank Team W-L-T Pts For Pts Agnst Streak Waiver Bdgt Waiver Moves
*1 avatar Wayne Thompson 9-4-0 1184 1059 W-1 $20 12 17
*2 avatar St Paul Furballs 8-5-0 1378 1174 W-1 $3 11 15
*3 avatar The Eh Team 8-5-0 1220 1123 W-2 $78 10 24
*4 avatar Missing the USFL 8-5-0 1207 1096 W-4 $0 9 22
*5 avatar Double Dream Hands 8-5-0 1174 1170 L-1 $54 8 18
*6 avatar Carl’s Champion Team 7-6-0 1177 1164 L-1 $94 7 6
7 avatar The Cutlass Cieras 7-6-0 1113 1168 L-2 $19 6 17
8 avatar The Dominators 6-7-0 1057 1183 W-3 $97 5 6
9 avatar Notorious Outlaws 5-8-0 1179 1186 W-1 $60 4 25
10 avatar Big Hassle 4-9-0 1189 1344 L-1 $95 3 7
11 avatar ShidabisMoneyballers 4-9-0 1100 1252 L-2 $0 2 13
12 avatar Chobani Champions 4-9-0 1079 1138 L-3 $60 1 15

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Three teams finished the season 7-6, but only two of those teams could make the playoffs. Who is left to fight for their lives in the Toilet Bowl? Here are the scores: 
Week 13 – Final Results

Ihenachos Deluxe never gave up and never surrendered. They fought to the last man. They scored 131 and beat the top team, but alas, their cumulative point total was still lacking when the season ended and they finished in 7th place and landed in the Toilet Bowl, where they will certainly look a little out of place.
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The other teams with the same record also won and had more points on the season, meaning it was the ‘Finches and Pacino that ride into the playoffs. Brett’s team knocked off H-Ike’s Daddy handily and jumped to the #1 seed when Chad lost and slipped to #2. Harper and the Bulldogs also won in impressive fashion, striking fear into the rest of the playoff field. And the rest of these teams are dropped into the consolation bracket where who knows what can happen? Final regular season standings look like this: 
Rank Team W-L-T Pts For Pts Agnst Streak Waiver Moves
*1 avatar brett’s Team 9-4-0 1241 1118 W-2 12 3
*2 avatar Chad’s Sunday Shame 9-4-0 1226 1127 L-1 11 21
*3 avatar Harper’s Team 8-5-0 1281 1174 W-1 10 8
*4 avatar Longfellow Bulldogs 8-5-0 1276 1076 W-1 9 15
*5 avatar Hiawatha Goldfinches 7-6-0 1265 1154 W-1 8 48
*6 avatar Team Pacino 7-6-0 1254 1252 L-1 7 21
7 avatar Ihenachos Deluxe 7-6-0 1125 1160 W-2 6 14
8 avatar Nerd Herd 6-7-0 1158 1265 L-3 5 16
9 avatar Los Perdedores! 6-7-0 1030 1094 W-3 4 19
10 avatar Nudibranch 5-8-0 1036 1189 L-2 3 17
11 avatar Ivan Drago 4-9-0 1170 1275 L-2 2 12
12 avatar H-Ike’s Daddy 2-11-0 999 1177 L-1 1 15

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The Longfellow Bulldogs! If you had Eric Decker or Peyton Manning this week, you probably won. Well, the Lossow boys had BOTH and put up 139, the highest score in the HFFL this week! They took Manning as the 23rd overall pick in their draft and have ridden that horse all year. The Bulldogs have been a bit up and down this season, but they will be a major factor in the playoffs in the EL. Well done, Rodney and company!
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Well, here we are at the beginning of the playoffs! It’s win or go home. A single loss in either bracket at this point will take away ANY hope of reaching the LoC next year! So plan your rosters carefully! Thursday night, it’s Texans vs. Jags. 
Remember, to get promoted to the LoC next year, you must either finish the playoffs in the top three (both Super Bowl teams plus the winner of the 3rd place game) or WIN the Toilet Bowl. Only 4 teams from each league move up. Pretty simple. And it means that EVERY team is still capable of being promoted next season!
If you still have holes in your team, you’ll need to use the waiver wire to address them, so get out there and do what it takes to win!
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Until next week,
Commish Peter

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