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Commish Notes – Week 16

And then there was one.

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Amidst the bloodied fields and crumpled bodies torn asunder, there stands but one remaining figure.  He is bruised and battered himself, fatigued from the struggle, but nevertheless invigorated and gleaming.  His chrome mask is dented but still shiny.  At his feet his minion rats scurry by in the thousands, overtaking everything in sight, nothing bars their path now.  His enemies have been vanquished.  They were fearless and strong, but in this moment, remain only as memories.  He stares at the soaring Cobra flag high above and revels in his power, soaking in the the mania of total control, the aura of total domination, and the euphoria of total victory .

He stands alone.

He is victorious.

He is Destro.

He is E-ron.

He is Crowned.

He is Champion.

Gentlemen, as Commish of Mick’s League O’ Micks, it is before you I present the Crown of Tin Foil, in all it’s glory, to the rightful champion, the winner of the 2008 season, and Tenth in a line of Champions.

ERYN ROSTON

The Rat Pack

WINNER: 2008 MLOM Crown of Tin Foil

For this honor you and your 2008 Rat Pack will be enshrined in the MLOM Hall of Champions, to be revered, envied, studied, copied, targeted, and remembered always.  For this you alone have achieved, and none can ever take away.

Commish

And there it is team.  Another season in the books.  A hearty congrats to the best of the best – the 2008 Rat Pack.  How Commish loves him some Mick’s League O’ Micks!

Let’s take a quick look at the Championship Game, for the archives.

The Rat Pack 97.71 over Los Pescaderos 58.47

Player of the Game: Jay Cutler 28.32 points

It’s crazy to think that Los Pescas put up 34 of their 58 points on the Thursday before the weekend had even arrived.  It’s even crazier to think that those 34 points were put up by just two players, and that those players were none other than Dominic Rhodes and Tashard Choice.  Not the line-up you envision taking you to a fantasy title, but of course with numbers like that neither one can be blamed.  We cannot forget that both of Los Pesca’s holdovers, Barber and Gore, were injured for this game, a tough situation indeed.  That said, the fill-ins remained the best part of the Los Pesca Crown effort.  Where were the trouble spots?  Well of course they started at the top with McNabb unable to lead his team to even a single touchdown agains the ho-hum Redskins.  Turns out McFlabb had just enough in him to beat his former team, the Crackheeds, the week prior and then he mentally checked out just in time for the biggest game of the season.  Sorry Gabe, you had turned the tide of public opinion on the Jacobs/McNabb trade a little bit, but now of course everyone is laughing uproariously again, even Commish from back here in some lesser place.  You could have used Jacobs 3 TD rushes that day, but still it wouldn’t have been enough.  All that said, Gabe had to gamble on a QB gambit of some sort.  Perhaps he could have stuck with Shaun Hill, though Hill didn’t do all that much either, compiling 3 picks on the day.

The Pescaderos receiving corp certainly didn’t help, compiling only 7.67 points as a group.  Houshmanzadeh’s goose egg stands by itself as a gleaming turd of what not to do in the big game.  Even poor Megatron, awesome as he is, just didn’t have enough to give this day.  And it just gets worse from there.  The Giant defense, despite their top 10 fantasy season, didn’t have an answer for the Carolina Panthers or DeAngelo Williams or the Rat Pack.  The irony of the fact that DeAngelo Williams, former Pescadero, himself ran wild for four touchdowns this day, hopefully was not lost on Gabe.

But though we poke fun Commish must offer credit where credit is due.  Who else could have made the Title game with gimpy holdovers?  Who else could compiled so many key victories in tough regular season games as well as in difficult playoff scenaris to have a chance?  Not many, Commish contends.  And though Gabe walks out of this game without a victory, Commish would advise him to study the 2001 and 2002 Over the Hill Gang teams and take some solace.  Because after two straight years of losing Title Games, Papa Roston put things in overdrive, amassing an 11-2 record in 2003 and snagging a Crown himself in 2004.  Gabe, in the words of Herman Edwards – you can build on this!
And on the other side there is the Rat Pack.  What demons were exorcised as they finally stood up to and put the hurt on Los Pescaderos, a team that had bested them twice in humiliating fashion in arguably their biggest games of the regular season?  For E-ron success this day started at the top, with 12th round pick Jay Cutler leading the Rat Pack charge.  Despite his inconsistencies at times, he ended up bringing home the gold in this, the biggest game of the year.  But why did the 2008 Rat Pack really win?  It was the team concept, actually, and not some lone superstar steering this ship.  The only true rock on this team was Larry Fitzgerald, who was on his way to a horrible day in the snows of New England when out of nowhere he busted off a 74 yard TD catch – thrown by Matt Leinart who probably held a beer bong in the other hand – in garbage time, a feat which took him to 101 yards on the day, and with the 100 yard bonus was a 14+ point play all by itself.  After Fitzgerald, some players were up, some players were down, but it seemed to be different ones each week.  Didn’t matter in the end, because the TEAM got the job done.  The TEAM, and their resilient coach, overcoming such obstacles as recurrent vaginits in Steven Jackson (who knew there was enough clotrimazole cream in the world?), the WR roulette wheel, the ‘why score when I can go down at the 1-foot line and let my QB do it on the next play’ mentality of Marshawn Lynch, and the ridiculous overcoaching that had the Houston Defense actually appearing in a fantasy championship game.  From the play of many comes of the concept of the Team, and none schooled it so well in 2008 as the Rat Pack.

And their it is.  The season is over.

Commish will throw up a post in the next few weeks looking back on the league a little and doing some more analysis.  Also I will update the website in time to reflect this year’s numbers and feats.

For now I offer this as we begin to close the door on 2008:

This league used to be a two-tiered league of the haves and the have-nots.  Well as of last weekend, it has officially morphed into a three-tiered league of the have multiples, have ones, and the have none’s.

Have Multiples:

-The Rat Pack

-Crazy Canucks

-Crackheeds

Have Ones:

-Birdmen

-The Gang

-Los Pescaderos

Have Nones:

-Defenders

-Cobra Kai

-The Poo Fish

-The GBP

Where do you stand?  Want to change it?

See you next season.

Commish

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Commish Notes – Week 15

And then there were two.

There may be nothing worse than having to pull oneself out of the abyss to write Commish’s notes on a league in which your number 1 seed team just lost it’s opening round playoff game to an upstart fifth seed.  But alas, it must be done.  For the good of the league, it must be done.  And it cannot be overstated, the good of the league trumps all.  And this is the playoffs – this is the championship!  This league…needs its Commish.  And this Commish, well he needs his league too.

So le’ts do this.  Week 16.  Four teams enter.  Two teams leave.  In one week, we will be extolling the virtues of a new MLOM champion.  One man will rise above all and claim the greatest prize in all eternity.  Eternal Life?  No.  A grasp on the meaning of life? Hell no.  Not these trivial things, but something far better.  The MLOM Crown of Tin Foil.  For the Crown – IS Life.

We will hash ou the match-up in full, but first let’s review.
State of the League

1)The One and Done’s…

Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the MLOM 2008 Playoff One-and-Done Superstars!

-LT’s Crackheeds

-Crazy Canucks

-Mormon Defenders

-The GBP

Since the inception of the Eryn Roston Rule (Only 6 Playoff teams) in 2005, there have never been four one-and-dones in a playoff season.  One of the top two seeds has ALWAYS made the Title Game.  Last Season both top seeds made it.  Let’s give all our 2008 playoff stars a hand.

2)The Seed is Strong

This year’s Title Game features seed 3 (Rat Pack) versus seed 5 (Los Pescaderos);  Let’s take a trip down memory lane and review the past Title Games, with seeds.

2007:  Crazy Canucks (Seed 1) over Los Pescaderos (Seed 2)

2006:  Fightin’ Birdmen (Seed 2) over the GBP (Seed 5)

2005: LT’s Crackheeds (Seed 2) over Fightin’ Birdmen (Seed 4)

2004: The Gang (Seed 1) over The Brown Trout (Seed 2)

2003: The Rat Pack (Seed 8 ) over 1.21 Jigiwatts (Seed 2)

2002: LT’s Crackheeds (Seed 2) over The Gang (Seed 4)

2001: LT’s Crackheeds (Seed 3) over The Gang (Seed 8 )

2000: Los Pescaderos (Seed ?) over Crazy Canucks (Seed ?)

1999:  Crazy Canucks (Seed ?) over LT’s Crackheeds (Seed 1 – unofficial)

Analysis:

-We’ve never seen a 3 versus 5 seed in the Title game before; Seed 3 has only made it to the Title game once before (a win);  Seed 5 has also only made it once before (a loss).

-This year breaks a six year streak of Seed number 2 reaching the Title Game (Sorry Jonny G!)

-Only two number one seeds have won the Title (food for thought)

3)Scoring Champ and the Title

This year’s Title Game features the Regular Season Scoring Champ (The Rat Pack);  How have previous scoring champs fared in the playoffs?  Let’s look:

2007:  The Brown Trout, 6-seed, won opening round game, lost in semis

2006: Fightin Birdmen, 2-seed, won the Title

2005: LT’s Crackheeds, 2-seed, won the Title

2004: The Brown Trout, 2-seed, lost in Title Game

2003: The Gang, 1-seed, lost in opening round

2002: Crazy Canucks, 3-seed: lost in opening orund

2001: The Brown Trout, 1-seed, lost in opening round

Overall Record of Scoring Leaders in Title Runs in Recorded History:  2-5

4)InterDivision Watch

The GI Joe team rallied valiantly to close the victory gap with Cobra for the regular season division title, only to fall short at the end.  In the playoffs, the Joes courageously mustered 3 playoff teams to match the 3 from the Cobra.  In the end?  Disaster.  The Joes folded quicker than a house of cards in a tornado, and any doubt about the legitamacy Cobra’s division victory was erased the second the Joes put up three one-and-done’s.  If it was iffy before, it isn’t now.  Cobra takes home the Crown.  Cobra regins supreme!

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This Week’s Games:  The 2008 Semifinals

Los Pescaderos 121.97 over LT’s Crackheeds 93.40

Player of the Game: Dominic Rhodes 23.17 points

If Gabe goes on to win the Crown, it might be the first Crown won on pure ‘tude in the history of  MLOM.  Oh what a psychological knife he wields, and he does so expertly.  A week after humiliating the Canucks, complete with taunting Iwan with nipple flashes in a  crowded  sports bar (does Iwan still see the TD flare pass from Shaun Hill to Frank Gore in his nightmares?) and forcing the degraded Canuck to wear a Coconut Bikini to next year’s draft, Gabe doesn’t even hesitate to keep on rollin’ the next week.  Los Pescaderos skipper, building off the degradation of his previous regular season contest with LT’s Crackheeds (the week 5 stink-fest otherwise known as the Greatest Toilet Bowl Ever Played), continued his psychological onslaught with a variety of Eagles, Cowboys, and even Giants, to bring the Commish’s beloved Crackheeds to their knees.  With Barber hurt, Gabe plugs in half-ass replacement, Cowboy Tashard Choice, who throws up a bonafied lucky 19 points (garbage time 40-yard TD run anyone?).  This, on top of uber-scrub Dominic Rhodes who drops 23 (hey, Reggie Wayne, feel free not to get tackled on the 1 yard line 3 more times) on the hapless Lions courtesy of a timely Joseph Addai injury.  All of a sudden the rigorous backfield of “Choice and Rhodes” have outplayed the suddenly meek by comparison Peterson and Jones (neither had a bad day, btw) by an easy 13 points combined.  Moreover, Gabe plugs in, once again, the Crackheed find Megatron (that’s right, I still claim Megatron, from my early and justified 2007 drafting of him) who drops yet another  slick TD.  But the final blow, of course, is the Monday night Eagle fest, complete with the Eagle Ringleader himself, former Crackheed Donavan Mcnabb, who plunged the final dagger into the Crackheed’s season.  (Wasn’t it only a week earlier we were all laughing at Gabe for the “horrific” trade?  Well, guess who’s laughing now.)  All of this, coupled with the continued descent of Ted Ginn and Owen Daniels into mediocrity (oh wait, Ted Ginn has always been there), and the Crackheeds join the infamous One-and-Done crew of 2008.  The blow was softened only slightly by the fact the Commish did not have to endure Gabe’s live in-the-flesh taunting, an advantage of being several thousand miles away across an ocean.

In the end, it’s Commish’s hats off to Gabe, who continues to win by the seat of his pants on his relentless quest for the Crown.  They say in order to be the best you have to beat the best, and Los Pescaderos, having knocked off in succession both the defending champs and the number 1 seed, are doing just that.  Hey Pescas  – nice work.  See you in the Title Game.

The Rat Pack 96.21 over the GBP 94.07

Player of the Game: Steve Smith 25.25 points

Commish isn’t sure how many times this season he has brougth up the now infamous close week 1 victory of the GBP over the Rat Pack, but let’s go ahead and add another occasion to the list.  In what can only be seen as a vengeance game, the Rat Pack secured victory through what must have been nerves of steel as they braced for the Monday Night onslaught of Brian Westbrook, which in the end never came.  Imagine the surprise of all those who looked at the score and/or watched as they saw the Rat Pack still held the top score of the game as the final whistle sounded on Monday night.  Westbrook, spared because of a clear Eagle win over a horrendous Browns team, was a non-factor.  And now the Rat Pack get to play for the Title.  For Jonny G this must be a heartbreaking loss.  A season of hard work and tough wins brushed aside by one so-so week.  This team had put of 100 points or more in its last four games and five of its last six, only to have a let-down week now.  And the Rat Pack, losers of two close games already this season (less than 1 point each), finally catch a break, and at no greater time.  They roll into the final match with a 4-game win streak including 2 playoff victories.  In this one, the Boldin (2 points) versus Fitz (6 points) battle never really materialized.  For Jonny G, the difference has to be the let down play of his RB’s, including Westbrook and Portis, who combined for just 14 points against Cleveland and Cincinnati, respectively.  On the flip side, the holdover tandem of Beast Mode and Steven Jackson supplied 34 points.  And if you’re looking for the difference in this game, look no further.  Now the Rat Pack continue on to pursue greatness while Jonny G must retreat with the other one-and-dones of 2008 to lick his wounds, prepare for next season, and contemplate what might have been.

Hey Rat Pack – nice work.  See you in the Title Game.

2008 Title Game Preview

Los Pescaderos (5th Seed) versus The Rat Pack (3rd Seed)

Once over the heartbreak of his own Crackheeds not making the Title Game, Commish realized he had to lick his chops over this one.

This game plays perfectly into a few themes of the whole season, which we’ll get to in a moment.  First let’s review the history of the rivalry between these two teams over the course of this year.  Early in the season Gabe shot out to an early division lead, earning the handle “Cobra Commander” while the powerful higher-scoring but lower-ranking Eryn lurked just behind the scenes, earning the equally if not more imposing name “Destro”.  When it came time for the two to clash, in week 6, both teams were 4-1 and jockeying for division position.  Gabe laid the smackdown and retained control, both of the Cobra Division and his symbolic title Cobra Commander.  They met again two weeks later and despite a better effort by the Rat Pack (who only put up 79 points in the week 6 match-up, his worst output of the year), Gabe still won the game and emerged as the clear dominator of Cobra and also of the league, at that time.  Both teams then struggled to some extent after the mid-point, as the Joes rallied back in the latter part of the season and Cobra in general, save Jonny G, began to feel the effects.  The Rat Pack dropped 4 straight from Week 8 thru Week 11, and almost didn’t make the playoffs despite dominating the league in scoring.  And Los Pescaderos floated into the playoffs on fumes, going just 1-4 in their final 5 regular season games.  And then, they both realized who they were, bucked up, and laid the smak down in two straight playoff games, each emerging victorious in two straight rounds.  Next up, nothing less than each other, for a third and final time.  And this one’s for all the marbles.  The stage is set.

It’s Los Pescaderos, Cobra Commander:

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Versus the Rat Pack,  Destro:

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In a battle for the Crown.

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In MLOM historical terms, this game is huge.  Let’s face it, the Rat Pack and Los Pescaderos, though both Crown Winners, are both fluke Crown winners.  Yes, they each have a Title, but both Titles are surrounded by question marks and murmurs.  The Los Pescaderos Title in 2000 is very uninspiring as a solo title.  Would it have been possible to lose with Marshall Faulk in 2000?  Commish thinks hardly.  Anything less than total victory that year would have been laughable. And Gabe and everyone else (especially Justin) know it.  And the Rat Pack?  The little eighth seed wonder that could in 2003?  A 5-8 record, 8th place in scoring, and they got lucky for 3 games, riding Priest Holmes like a thoroughbred, and then the next thing everyone knew the Rat Pack, and not the 11-2 Gang, were the Champs.  It was an awe-inspiring, Frodo-esque run, but despite the win, there have always been the murmurs.  Hell, the league adopted a 6-team playoff format for the rest of its days just so every other team wouldn’t have to have that bad taste in it’s mouth ever again.  So there have always been doubts – for both teams.


Well, after this week’s game, one team’s doubts go completely away.  No matter who wins, after this season, it cannot be said that EITHER team was undeserving (except maybe Gabe – OK that’s a joke).  All Eryn did was a have a stellar draft and win the scoring title.  When you do that, hey guess what, it’s not a fluke when you win.  And Gabe?  Well he had the best draft of all (according to the on the spot Commish Draft Grades, which were quite telling last season if you’ll recall), and despite some hard times he has clawed his way through the season and the playoffs to have a chance at the top prize.  Both of these managers have used skill (good drafts), timing (the playoff runs), and luck (Tashard Choice, Dominic Rhodes, and the absence of Brian Westbrook come to mind) to give themselves a shot in the big dance.  And any Crown winner (no matter how good or how legit) will tell you, it takes all three and nothing less to earn the Crown and be called Champion.

So this is what Commish loves.  It’s one game.  To the winner – EVERYTHING:  The 2008 MLOM Crown, a second one for the trophy case, a welcome to the multi-crowns club (Iwan get the jacket ready), respect, admiration, envy, hot chicks, the works, and most importatly, the erasure of ANY doubts regarding that team’s legitimacy as an MLOM Champion.  To the loser – absolutely nothing except a bad draft pick and a faded memory of what could have been. This is what it’s all about boys.  Let it all hang out, because there ain’t no tomorrow for this season.

To the Rat Pack, and to Los Pescaderos, Commish wishes you the best of luck.  In a week one of you will reign absolutely supreme. And the world will be yours.

See you in the Title Game,

Commish


Commish Notes – Week 14 – Playoff Edition!

And then there were four.

As of week 13 the MLOM herd had been culledto six, and as of last week we are now down to the final four.  It’s playoff time, and the road just gets tougher.

Last week in the “Wildcard Round” Los Pescaderos took down the Canucks and the Rat Pack dispatched with the Defenders.  Let’s take a quick look back and then focus on this week.

Los Pescaderos (5 seed) 110.57 over Crazy Canucks (4 seed) 84.11

Player of the Game: Shaun Hill 23.25 points

And just as quick as that ( a double-dip screen pass from Shaun Hill to Frank Gore and a Fitz ‘tackled at the one-yard line that’s OK we’ll just bring in Hightower to bang it in on the next play )the Defending Champs are done.  The Crown of Tin Foil has been lifted from Canadian hands and, as Iwan’s inert Yeti-like carcass lies bloodied and bashed in the distance, the newly freed Crown rolls precipitously down a nearby hill with four rabid warriors eagerly chasing it.  Not many people gave Gabe a chance in this game, including even Gabe himself (ten point cushion on a bet, anyone?), but in the end it is the fiery Pescas who prevail and swim on, not unlike the lead sperm in the race to the egg.   And yes, the victory came on the back of – wait for it – Shaun Hill.  Sometimes, it seems, it is better to be lucky than good.  Meanwhile for the Canucks nothing really happened – and that was the problem.  The Patriots’ Attack Force (all your eggs in one basket anyone?) was slowed, Warner went into mediocre-ville for a day, and the rest of the Canucks team was just, well, meh.  In general, there’s nothing “wrong” with an 84 point outing.  In the playoffs, however, it more often than not will simply not be enough, just like here.  For the Buhr camp (that’s Gabe not Justin – we’re talking playoffs here), things just clicked.  Seven players in double digits, nobody less than 8 points.  See you in round 2. For the Canucks, time to go shopping – but more on that in a second.

Fun Facts: Canucks move their post-season record to 9-6 (that includes all 10 seasons) and Los Pescas move to 6-6 in post-season play.  Prior to this game, Los Pescas were 1-2 against the Canucks in post-season play (and 3-6 in regular season).  This game is a rematch of both the 2000 Title Game (won by Los Pescas) and the 2007 Title Game (won by Canucks).  This is the fifth time in recorded history Los Pescas have moved into the “Final Four”.  This is the third first-round loss for the Canucks in their team history.

The Rat Pack (3 seed) 125.17 over the Mormon Defenders (6 seed) 87.30

Player of the Game: Indy Dee, 31 points

What a difference a “Dee” makes?  About 32 points difference in this game, that is, which featured Eron’s timely pick up of the Indy defense and its 31 points humiliation of the time-tested Tampa Bay Defense who went from being the vaunted “Tampa Two” to the less attractive “Tampa Minus One” by the end of the day.  And that’s pretty much the game.  Eron also got strong performances from Cutler and Steve Smith who combined for 46 points and not to mention an admirable 12 point outing from Peyton Hillis who only played half a game before he was taken out by a sniper on some random play in the third quarter. For the Defenders, it was at least an admirable effort to claw into the playoffs, and perhaps a small consolation after the disastrous 2007 finish.  In the end, however, it wasn’t enough.  Despite a good performance from the “Big 3” of Defender’s Football (Rodgers, MJD, and Light Blue Jesus), who combined for approximately 65 points, the Defenders are down, banished back to the Temple to lick their wounds, weather the harsh stares of the Elders, and plot next year’s revenge.  Oh wait, they dont’ do that – they only plot forgiveness!  In the end, in this league, that could be a problem.
Fun Facts: Coming into this season, these two teams had played the least amount of post-season games of any two MLOM teams.  The Rat Pack move to 5-3 in post-season play and the Defenders fall to 1-4.  Prior to this game, the Rat Pack had missed the playoffs for three straight seasons and had only been in ONE playoff game since their 2003 Title year.  They were beaten the very next season, in 2004, by these same Defenders in the first round.  Vengeance, it appears, is served.  The Defenders also had missed the playoffs for three straight years prior to this game, and obviously that very 2004 win against the Rat Pack was, and IS, their only playoff victory in MLOM.  (Norm, we really have to change that.)  They lost to the Brown Trout the very next week back in 2004.

Other Sequelae of Round One

1)Cobra has 3 teams left;  The Joes 1.  Cobra WILL be sending at least one team to the Title Game.  Nice work as they just about cement their victory this season.  Time to show their logo again.

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2)Well the biggest story might be the fact that the Canucks will not repeat as champs.  Actually, that’s not true.  The BIGGEST story this week in MLOM is that Iwan Marc Thomas, in all his glory, thanks to a certain – possibly drunken – bet, made on Saturday night at the Baditude Holiday Spectacular, will be drafting his 2009 Crazy Canucks team in…

…A Coconut Bikini Top.

Yes, that’s right.  As Commish I must say that I feel my biggest success of this season, barring a Crackheeds Crown, is the fact that I successfully fostered a bet in which SOMEONE is stuck drafting in a coconut bikini top.  We will, all of us, be entertained next year, not by Eron’s hideous thong, but by the much more uh, harmless, and therefore hilarious sight of Iwan Marc Thomas in a coconut bikini top.  I can picture it now.  And I’m smiling.

(For those not there, the bet was Iwan versus Gabe in their round 1 playoff game, loser wears a coconut bikini top to the draft.  Gabe actually bargained for a 10 point “spread” (also called a “pussy cushion”), but since he won outright it didn’t matter.)

Iwan, prepare to look like these guys:

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Anyone up for a luau theme at next year’s draft?

But before next year’s draft comes, we still have a brawl to do, and there’s still a Crown to be won.  Let’s take a quick look at the match-ups.

Here’s your four remaining teams:

Two battle-hardened first round victors:

1)Los Pescaderos – The preseason, post-draft favorite (best draft grade);   Remember last year’s best draft-grade won the whole thing.

2)The Rat Pack – The once dominant early-season favorite

and two salivating bye-weekers:

3)The GBP and 4)LT’s Crackheeds , both being the late season favorites and top seeds.

The match-ups (already started thank you fuckface Thursday games)

Los Pescas (5 seed) at LT’s Crackheeds (1 seed)

When considering this match-up, try not to recall the league’s foulest-smelling toilet bowl ever, namely the Week 5 match-up between these very same teams!  (It was a 75-48 win for Los Pescas which sent the Commish into a legendary shame spiral.  However it also turned out to be a damn fine rallying point.) With Thursday in the books, Commish has to call the mediocre output of 20 points for Brees and Moore combined a nice edge for Los Pescas going ahead.  Also, Los Pescas are clearly ahead in the psych out game, with two players on Monday night (including a QB – Commish never roots for injury, not even against an Eagle, but maybe this once…), two former Crackheeds (McNabb, Rhodes) and of course the NYG defense in Commish’s face.  With limited production from Brees and Moore, Commish will lean heavily on All Day and TJ to put up big numbers and will need to root heavily for all Los Pescas to tank (save Megatron who’s just too cool to root against – ever).  Meanwhile, Gabe appears poised to pull his Shaun Hill routine with Dominic Rhodes this week.  Sweet Jesus, that guy could go nuts against the godawful Lions.  All the receivers in this game (even Megatron) appear to be a crap shoot.  And Gabe apparently can’t decide on a kicker, having added and dropped about six of them since he won last week.  This week it seems to be the steady-as-she-goes Crackheeds versus the over-coaching of Los Pescaderos.  Or is it the hey-jackass-make-a-move to make your team better at the key time Crackheeds versus the savvy gamesman Pescaderos?  The scoreboard will tell us that answer on Monday night.

Preview Facts: The Crackheeds are 4-3 all-time in regular season play against Los Pescas, but are 0-1 this season.  The two teams have never met officially in post-season play according to the archives, however Commish is pretty sure that the Heeds lost to Los Pescas in 2000 (Faulk versus K-dub anyone?) on Gabe’s way to the Crown.  The Crackheeds are 11-5 all-time in post-season play and have played more post-season games than any team.  (For more on Pescas, see game recap above.)

The Rat Pack (3 seed) at The GBP (2 seed)

These two teams met only once this season, and it was only the second closest game in the history of MLOM.  It was all the way back in week 1, and the GBP edged out the Pack by a mere 0.11 points with a score of 97.64 to 97.53;  A few yards here or a few yards there and the game could have gone the other way.  Oddly enough, at this point, even if the game had gone the other way, it wouldn’t have mattered a bit.  The GBP would still be the number 2 seed and Cobra Champs, and the Rat Pack would still be the 3 seed.  The only thing that might have changed is that Eron would have gotten the three years on his life back that he lost due to stress over his tight playoff race, which was tighter than it would have been if he had won that game.   This week, the GBP will start the same exact line up except Coles starts over Harrison.  Steady as she goes indeed.  The Rat Pack will feature four different players.  Gone are Kitna, Mason, Gould, and Chicago Defense, and in are Cutler, Steve Smith (suspended week 1), Rackers and their latest hero the Indy Defense.  Neither QB has a great match-up this week with Cutler going to Carolina and Big Ben staring down Ray Lewis and the Ravens in Baltimore.  Eron has the clear edge in the WR department, as usual, with the caveat of the Boldin versus Fitzgerald match-up being amusing to all but these two managers this week.  On the RB side, Jonny G has the clear edge with Westbrook and Portis getting Cleveland and Cincy respectively this week.  Meanwhile Eron’s Beast Mode has to face down the Angry run-stuffing Jets and Steven Jackson, though only facing Seattle, could potentially come down once again with a last second case of raging vaginitis.  On the TE side one can’t overlook the fact that Tony Gonzalez has simply dominated all other TE’s this season, putting up 148 points whereas the next best (Witten) has a mere 107 and no one else is even over 91.  It’s not as bad as the Little Buhr Colston TE scenario from a few year’s back, but it’s close (only a hell of a lot more legit).  (Could Gonzo, too old to see a Super Bowl with the rebuilding Chiefs, take pride in a MLOM Crown on his way out the NFL door?)  The kicker game here is a wash.  And lastly, it comes to defense.  Indy has another sweet match-up.  Could Eron win the Crown simply because of the Indy Def?  Hard to fathom, but so are the words “Shaun Hill” to a certain Canuck I know.

Preview Facts: These two teams are 4-4 all-time in regular season play. They have never met in the playoffs. The GBP played in the Title Game in 2006, losing to the Birdmen.  They did not make the playoffs last season.  The GBP are 3-5 all time in recorded post-season play.  (For more on the Rat Pack, see game recap above.)

Good luck to all teams!

Commish


Commish (w/ Guest Commish) Notes – Week 13

Well another regular season is in the books for MLOM and this season, like those preceding it, has developed its own unique feel. Commish always enjoys watching the individual seasons take shape and coalesce, like a fighting Urukai bubbling up from primordial orc batter and rising, dripping with ooze, to become a fierce warrior somewhere in the depths of Saruman’s keep.

Yes, week 13 is over and it’s time to take a look back. Commish himself is unable to do the usual notes this week, but instead he offers a special treat: Guest Commish Notes from the hands of MLOM’s one and only Fwats!

These follow shortly. First, a couple of notes and thoughts on week 13 from this Commish. (With Commish in San Diego playing grown-up this week, it will be at least another week before the regular season is fully analyzed.)

-Your playoff teams, seeds, and brief notes:

1)LT’s Crackheeds

-second straight playoff appearance; 9th in 10 seasons

-first “official” number one seed in team history

-second official division crown

-first ever official 10-win season

2)GBP

-First franchise division title

-first playoff appearance since 2006; 6th in 8 recorded seasons

-first 10-win season

3)The Rat Pack

-First ever scoring title

-First playoff appearance since 2004; 5th in 8 recorded seasons

4)Crazy Canucks

-4th straight winning season

-4th straight playoff appearance: 8th in 10 seasons

5)Los Pescaderos

-6th straight playoff appearance; 8th in 9 known seasons

6)Mormon Defenders

-first playoff appearance since 2004; 4th in 8 recorded seasons

The Top 4 of next year’s Draft:

1)The Gang

2)The Poo Fish

3)Cobra Kai (aka Bittertown Bullies)

4)The Birdmen (aka Sad Pandas)

Inter-Division Battle

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Well, it’s settled. In the wake of a grudge match between Fwats and the Birdman, the tie is broken. Somewhere, Manhattan lies in flames, and dreams of freedom and the American way are scattered like so many ashes. Duke and Snake Eyes lie bloody and bashed, their bodies twisted into sickly heaps. And through the smoke, a giant Cobra flag waves over the Empire State Building, a beacon in the haze and the smoke, for all to gaze upon. Cobra reigns supreme!

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The final tally in the wake of the Cobra Kai’s triumph (and the Birdman’s failure) is 15-14 in favor of Cobra. The closest inter-division battle in MLOM history!

Now on to Fwat’s notes – sorry for the delay, it’s been a busy week.

Guest Commish Notes – Week 13

Here we are folks, Guest Commish Fwats is grabbing the mic and stealing the C-Notes show this week, or at least providing a little color commentary to pair with Commish’s surgical stat slicing and dicing. So don’t expect too much fun with numbers, just a lyrical flow across the last regular season games.

With so many “meaningless” games this week in light of the nearly set post-season seedings, I’m going to do capsule reviews of the “in the bag” contests and get right to the Game of the Week. It just so happens that this guest commish has intimate knowledge of this game, so expect a wholly biased and long winded account of how it went down. So I’m issuing a disclaimer preceding it.

On to the Games.

LT’s Crackheeds 129.83 over The Gang 126.87

Player of the Game: Thomas Jones, 28.90 points

This was The Official Worst vs. First Bowl, in which a ridiculously surging Crackheeds team and a sad, sad shell of The Gang squared off for one last match. At stake for the Crackheeds was a chance to extend their league and franchise leading win streak to an improbable 8 games. For the Gang, one last shot to tally a win and try to keep pace with the Cobra Kai for most wins in league history, although both team’s lackluster seasons will likely cede that claim to another team (the two were tied at season start, not counting the 2000 season.)

In the end this was a tale of the rich get richer while the poor struggle fruitlessly like a dying fish gasping for air in the gutter. The Gang’s gutsy and best performance of the year was made meaningless by the Crackheed’s narrow 3-point victory. A tough pill to swallow, made a little more palatable for the Gang by locking up first pick next year.

Playoff Prediction: The main question after this game for the Crackheeds – after winning 8 games, can they win out in the playoffs? Guest Commish isn’t sure, but if so this would mean the longest regular season/playoff win streak in league history – somebody fact check that shit for me.

The GBP 107.22 over Los Pescaderos 101.74

Player of the Game: Brian Westbrook, 39.00 points

The battle of two playoff bound Cobra teams did not disappoint, as both teams showed up to deliver 100+ points. Both teams are decidedly uneven and inconsistent, as both teams relied heavily this week on the decidedly uneven and inconsistent Filthy Eagles. McFlabb, fresh off a ugly minus point loss from week 12, gives Gabe some kind of return on his trade investment and busts out 38 points, ALMOST good for Player of the Game credentials had it not been for teammate Brian Westbrook’s 39 point performance. Heading into the playoffs, the GBP ride a 2 game win streak to the Pescas 2 game losing streak.

Playoff Prediction: Guest Commish predicts an early exit to the inconsistent Cobra Commander, while Major Bludd hangs on to at least the next round, perhaps even into the big dance.

The Rat Pack 128.27 over The Poo Fish 96.67

Player of the Game: Jay Cutler, 26.78 points

Of the remaining playoff bound Cobra team, The Rat Pack is clearly the most consistent, as evidenced by this even-handed drubbing of the toilet-swirling Poo Fish, whose point totals were as high as 32 points by Romo and as low as -3 from the Packers Dee. In the end, it was another meaningless game for each, aside for a potential battle for first Draft Pick with The Gang for the Poo Fish. For the Rat Pack, GM Eron needed one last strong outing to tighten his 20+ point grip on the Scoring Title from Bitter Fwats, who briefly carried that honor in Week 11. In the end, The Rat Pack returned to form with yet another consistently strong showing from his squad, with only two players failing to score double digits. Pack leader Jay Cutler also returned to form after some shaky play as of late.

For the Poo Fish (I feel dirtier and dirtier still every time I type this team name), the final page of the stinkiest chapter of the smelliest book detailing the squad’s potentially stench-iest season ever is now written, penned in smeared shit from Braylon Edward’ asstastic 3 point performance.

Playoff Prediction: This is the first legit playoff team in Rat Pack history, as the 2003 squad was clearly a fluke win on the back of uber game-changer Priest Holmes. In that sense, the Rat Pack is Guest Commish’s LOCK to win the crown.

That’s all I got for this one.

Mormon Defenders 107.30 over The Crazy Canucks 88.15

Player of the Game: Aaron Rodgers, 32.41 points

Special props to Norm for making the playoffs. This game will be featured somewhat in the Game of the Week below, but suffice it to say Norm saved his season with the acquisition of Aaron Rodgers, who took this Brady-less squad to nearly .500 and into the playoffs (for the first time in the new format?) with a strong 32 point blow-up.

For the Canucks, a somewhat underwhelming, but not piss poor showing from a team that was surging just a week ago – but not a huge issue since they’re in for a chance to defend their crown. Matt Forte continues to give this team legs, much to GM Fwats’ chagrin – but then again he’d expect nothing less from a Forte. Time (and more stat checking) will tell who got the better end of this trade, but one team is in the playoffs, and the other isn’t. And that fact alone may issue the final word.

Playoff Prediction: The Defenders, having served their main purpose in conspiring to knock the Birdmen out of the playoffs, will make a hasty exit from the post-season, but not without giving the Rat Pack a serious scare. The Canucks just MIGHT make it to the big dance for a shot to keep their crown, but will fall prey to the horde of rats.

And now, the Game of the Week.

Disclaimer – As a direct participant in the mayhem that was this game, I’m going to “cross the streams” a little bit here and pay a little more attention to this Commish-described Game of the Week than the other games. As Guest Commish, that’s just the way it is. (And Birdman, as you can imagine, it’s not going to be particularly pretty for you. Nothing personal here, but it could have been any team. This is mainly for entertainment purposes, and to exorcise a few demons in the process).

Cobra Kai (aka Bittertown Bullies) 120.02 over The Birdmen 41.56

Player of the Game: Steve “The Slayer” Slaton, 30.30 points

So here we are. The analysis the league has been waiting for. With the playoff picture basically gelled into place, the last remaining post-season mysteries would be unraveled on the outcome of this matchup. I find it interesting to slice this one up in three stages, Pre Game, Game, and Post Game. Pay attention – I’ve just switched out these Commish Notes with Folgers Crystals.

Let’s watch.

Pre Game:

Conventional wisdom is a fleeting thing in this here league. What may seem like a constant one week, may soon turnabout and stand on its head the next. But going in, there were a few truths Commish had found to be self evident.

It all started on the Monday night close of Week 12, with two games in the spotlight – Cobra Kai vs. Rat Pack, and Crackheeds vs. Birdmen. The Cobra Kai’s Fwats had just opened up his official dojo in Bittertown after the evident defeat by the Rat Pack , before the Rat Pack’s Greg Jennings would go on to heap on the pain that Monday night (a horrible pain Fwats wouldn’t soon forget and sought to pass onto his next victim – and we’ll be getting to that again later):

And I quote from around the league:

After the loss, Fwats maintained “there’s still something to play for … there’s the bittersweet vengeance of playing Spoiler – maybe, just maybe, against the Birdmen if they lose tonight.”

The Birdmen, at that time sitting pretty in the playoff hunt, was apparently taken off guard by this, the mere shred of possibility that his team wouldn’t make into the post season.

“Uh, what? All this hatred feels like it’s about to be directed precisely on my dome. And I don’t like it.
I just want a star by my name… Mick, help a brother out? maybe bench your players or something?”

And with those words, something dark and evil started to gather itself against the Birdman. It started first as rumors swirling about in a hushed and shadowy tongue. Could the Birdmen get knocked out? What would it take? Who could make it happen? The Fighting Birdmen, a Kennedy-esque beacon of hope for the Joes, wanted a star. The Cobra Kai, a hateful assemblage of dregs from the piss-soaked alleys of Bittertown, wanted nothing more than to snatch that star out of the Birdmen’s talons and smash it into a thousand pieces, like Sensei Kreese did with Johnny’s second-place trophy.

After the Monday Night Week 12 games, the writing began to appear on the wall, for those who wanted to look. Against the Birdmen’s plea, LT’s Crackheeds didn’t bench SHIT, and unleashed Brees & Co. to notch a convincing win in their bid to extend their franchise-record win streak. With this decisive blow to the Birdmen’s record, the Cobra Kai’s mission went from “yellow” to “green” and advanced to the next step.

Stormshadow’s hood slipped on, and in a shriek that split the Bittertown night, the katanas began sharpening. The B-men’s sassy bird-beaked smile began to twist, ever so slightly, to a nervous grin as they looked onto the challenge that awaited them in Week 13. Just one more week – if they could get through this with a win, they’d be IN.

And indeed, it was still a relative long shot for the Birdmen to miss the playoffs. A few days later, the Commish, called the Birdmen “one likely (would have to try real hard not to get in) playoff team.”

Not only would the Birdmen have to try real hard, but so would the Mormon Defenders, having to first beat a Crazy Canuckle on the rise, AND score enough points to break a tie with the Birdmen if they did in fact lose. Oh, and the floundering Cobra Kai would also have to win. Details.

But for Fwats, Commish knew exactly what was at stake, commenting “his only trace of hope left for the year remains the chance to make Cobra victorious in the Inter-Division war and possibly play spoiler to the Birdmen.”

It was the latter that truly motivated the team, as Stormshadow’s rather loose affiliation with Cobra made the interdivisional matchup a choice, but purely secondary goal for this rogue ninja of a team. Still, after buckling under the pressure of multiple “Game of the Weeks,” this was the team’s last shot to prove that somewhere somehow, the Cobra Kai are the real N.W.A. – Ninjas With Attitude.

And there was no better place to prove such a point than in Bittertown. For the Birdmen, the road to playoffs ran through its angry streets – a veritable gauntlet of alleyways, rooftops and desolate neighborhoods to be deftly flown through on the wings of victory, as Ashcroft’s “Let the Eagle Soar” poured down from the heavens and cast a divine path for Freedom to pass, unscathed. And on the other side, a gleaming playoff star to be seized.

For the Cobra Kai, Bittertown was a candy lane of murder and mayhem – a cross between Thunderdome and Vegas. Two teams enter, one team leaves. And what brutal, depraved violence happens there stays there. Indeed, it was the stage for which Fwats’ Most Dangerous Game would play out, stalking each and every last member of the Fighting Birdmen and feasting on their hollow bird bones. Stormshadow, in league with the Cobra Kai crew donned in their Skeleton unis, took their positions and waited for the oncoming Birdmen onslaught.

The rest of the league, Cobras and Joes, took their arena-like seats around the perimeter of Bittertown, each in attendance to cheer on their respective teams in a last gasp, winner-take-all battle for the Inter-Divisional Title. (Which Commish should detail later in these notes).

The Game

And how quickly the Birdmen onslaught grew quotes and became an “onslaught.” It was an extended beating that started on Thanksgiving (insert “tastes like chicken” and “feasting on bird” jokes here) and wouldn’t end until the following Monday.

Like Cesaer, the Birdmen were quickly surrounded by those he once trusted, his own men perhaps buckling under the pressure and flying away faster than Orlofsky out of his own endzone when the blackened Mordo-esque skyline of Bittertown came into view on the horizon. Or perhaps his players made backroom deals with the Mormon Defenders squad to throw in the towel in exchange for Mormon-backed draft picks next year. Whatever the case, the Birdman’s battle plans evaporate in a poof of feathers, and the Cobra Kai pounced.

From the first Titans vs. Detroit game, the key players in the Birdman Assassination conspiracy reared their heads, as follows:

There was the Titans D, who, not unlike the Cobra Kai, were bitter and angry on the heels of their defeat last week against the Jets. It was redemption time against a soft and delectable Lions offense who were seemingly bent over and waiting for the Titans to get hard again and erupt for big points.

There was Kevin Smith, the Birdmen’s first soldier thrust into battle to skirmish and scout out what dangers Bittertown lied in wait. The matchup was theoretically unfriendly against the Titans, but there was hope given Smith’s previous outings, and the statistical fact that the Titans actually give up a decent amount of redzone TDs. But it would take a special kind of QB to get K-Smiddy into position to score…

…that special person was none other than Daunte “Minus Points” Culpepper, once a hero of the MLOM in the glory days of 1.21 Jigawatts’ Season of Gold in 2000 and the architect of that team’s UNRIVALED 11- game win streak (which has cruelly been omitted by Yahoo’s archive). Now a shell of his former self with “small hands” and a Lions uniform, Minus Points had one last chance to aid his former master Fwats by swallowing his pride and letting the Titans D have their way with him, early and often.

And finally, there was Mormon Defender running back Chris Johnson, an upstart who would receive limited carries with Lendale “Face Padding” White. Could he make the most of those carries to rack up points AND get the win against the Canucks?

The answer was yes, yes, and more yes. This game was never close for a second, and the Titans D made Kevin Smith look more like this Kevin Smith:

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(on a side note – I find this picture to be a hilarious caricature of a football player, with oversized shoulder pads and stick legs. WTF is up with those “PANTS”??)

Minus Points delivered in spades, highlighted by a spectacular Pick 4 Six gimme pass deep in their own territory. And for the final blow in this triangulation of crossfire, Chris Johnson ran wild on the Kitty D for a titanic 27 points.

At the end of one game, the Bittertown bodycount lay at one broken and bloodied Kevin Smith carcass with the Titans D, and T.O. standing over him to deliver a 15-point kick in the stomach. Cobra Kai had already approached 40 points to the Birdmen’s 2.93.

At this point, GM Birdman was right to “have a bad feeling about this.” Like a high school girl getting a surprise Tequila Shooter crammed down their throat by those date-rape friendly Tijuana whistleblowers, GM Birdman got his first stiff taste of what was to come over the weekend – more stiff shots leading to a hazy unconsciousness, and ultimately waking up a few days later to discover they were the powerless victim to hours upon hours of debauchery. Except in the Birdmen’s case, the violence couldn’t be covered up by a memory blackout, Rather, it would be posted and exposed for all the league to see, like a brazen, heaving pair of “filthy dirty titties” that even John Ashcroft couldn’t cover up.

As Sunday’s games played out and the Bittertown brawl got into full swing, Stormshadow and Spirit darted in and out of the shadows, trading blows. While the Cobra Kai steadily gained the upper hand with solid attacks from the Atlanta “626 Wrecking Crew” Roddy White and The Burner, there were more misfires than each team would like to admit, with all but LT and Matt Bryant getting double digits from all remaining Sunday battles for BOTH teams.

Of particular note was the Birdmen’s benching of Rivers in favor of Peyton Manning. Guest Commish envisions Adman making this move at the last minute, only to look on in horror as Manning threw 2 picks against a suddenly staunch Cleveland D, and netting him only .10 points! Rivers wouldn’t have fared much better, but his 7 points would have still beat Cobra Kai’s Farve, who mustered only 6 points against softy Denver while Matt Ryan scored 20+ on the bench – the final insult to the Cobra Kai’s Quarterback Curse which plagued him all season.

Also of note was the battle of The Burner vs. LT – once allies, these two combatants would have nearly tied each other were it not for Turner’s fumble, which neutralized his 3-point 100+ yard rushing bonus. Otherwise, The Burner’s impressive performance, on the road, off the Atlanta fast track against his old team, was an impressive finish for the Cobra Kai and must have added a special sting for GM Birdman, who for years had stashed Turner on his bench, only to see Fwats grab him on draft day and ride to glory.

By games’ close on Sunday, the unthinkable had pretty much already happened. Cobra Kai had a 75 to 41 point win locked up, heading into Monday Night with two more combatants to enter Bittertown, gather the scattered Birdmen bodies, stuff them into oil drums and roll them off the docks. The Mormon Defenders had their win over the Canucks also locked up, with only MJD left to add more points to Norm’s final season points tally – which was already enough to break the tie with the Birdmen and launch them into the playoffs.

Indeed, everything could have stopped there and the league would move on into the playoffs as usual. The Cobras and Joes could have left the arena, the InterDivisional Battle already decided.

But the Cobra Kai had other things planned. With the game decided, nothing more to lose and only sweet vengeance to gain, Sensei Kreese’s embittered visage emerged and uttered a new smack message to goad his remaining fighters on:

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“No Mercy. Ever.”

And so the Bittertown Bullies of Week 13 were born. All discipline and martial arts technique, at least for this game, were thrown out the window and the remaining players were given lead pipes and a license to maim.

In drafting his battle plans, GM Fwats had been eyeing the Monday night Jaguars-Texans matchup with curiosity. Andre Johnson (another perennial Birdman warrior, now turned against him) was an automatic start, but Steve Slaton was coming off a horrendous stint from Week 12, and had a “severely bruised chest” to boot. With neither Willie “Fuckface” Parker nor “Moldy” Melwede Moore looking like attractive options against New England, Fwats went for broke and started Slaton. Suited up in Houston’s “Battle Red” unis, the two answered Kreese’s call for one shot at glory and went nuts – outscoring the entire Birdmen roster 44 to 41. Slaton’s money shot in the Birdmen’s passed-out face came near the end of the game on a dazzling 40 yard TD run which also vaulted the speedy back past 100 yards to nail the bonus points.

Post Game: The Aftermath

End score? 120 to 41, with the Cobra Kai just one point shy of tripling the Birdmen’s score. I’ll leave the statistical analysis to the Commish, but the gangland equivalent to a beatdown of these proportions would be death by curbing, while a more Gabe-friendly description might be “analized.” Many analogies exist, from Stormshadow dismembering Spirit limb from limb with his katana, to a gang of skeletal Cobra Kais beating the fuck out of a spindly, bird-boned Daniel. Either way, the Cobra Kai exit 2008 on a high note, and the Birdmen exit on a low note.

But, in the end, both notes merged to produce an off key, sour train wreck of a swan song. Neither team makes it to post-season play, a fact they can’t escape no matter how they slice this game.

All that’s left is to look ahead to next season, where draft position and holdovers count. For the Birdmen, they sit somewhat near the center of the draft in No Man’s Land – not close enough to grab the early pickings, and not late enough to take advantage of snake style double dipping. Holdovers pose another quandary, and Birdman will have to take a long look at his precious, aged warrior LT and Peyton “Damaged Goods” Manning and make some decisions. For the Cobra Kai, there’s the chance to take a horribly sour lemon of a season and make sweet 2009 lemonade. Drafting just behind the lowly Gang and Poo Fish and with a bevy of holdover options attained from the squad’s arguably best draft ever in 2008, the Cobra Kai could be hot and ready to pop for another run at the crown.

Now for the weekly awards:

Game of the Week

Cobra Kai over the Birdmen: If you don’t agree with this, reread the last section.

Team of the Week

Cobra Kai: In a meaningless week for the rest of the league, the Cobra Kai get their shit together for one last shot of glory, and with the league watching, they make good. Cobra Kai, NEVER die.

Coach of the Week

Norm: Excellent maneuvering to angle their way into the playoffs and make their first legitimate crown run.

Goat of the Week:

Peyton Manning, .10 points.

In a game he should have dominated, the former MVP lays a serious egg for the Birdmen, letting down his manager and sucking out the wind beneath their playoff wings. Peyton, come get your horns.

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That’s it for me. This is Guest Commish signing off. Back over to you, Commish, to hand out the Ronnie Brown Award and cover the Inter Divisional War.

END GUEST COMMISH NOTES!

Thanks Fwats!  Ronnie Brown Award to be decided at a later date!

Good luck to all playoff teams,

Commish