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The Finale

December 24, 2012 in Off-Season, Recaps

Congrats to Shanahan Tans, the 2012 champs for the Fanspeak Football League. The No. 5 seeds defeated the No. 6 Hunt for Orange October, 92-68, to earn the Ernie Davis Trophy. The HFOO earns the Jim Kelly Award for coming in second. (ESPN hasn't finished the trophy awarding process so I can't publish the whole list, but league members can log onto the site at some point to see the final list.)

Consolation Scoreboard

  • No. 2 Number One Philly Fan 106, No. 1 Team Gibbs 93
  • No. 4 House of Griffindor 110, No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 98
  • No. 7 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 121, No. 8 I Need Andrews Luck 34
  • No. 10 Ravens Nest 119, No. 9 Elite Elephants 112

Final Thoughts

After about 25 years of fantasy football (and at least five league championships), I'm hanging up my virtual cleats once and for all. Admittedly, I've tried before, but this time I know it's for good. It's been a great run across numerous leagues, rules, commissioners and media. From starting in seventh grade doing stats for my mom's co-worker, to scoring games by hand based on the newspaper box scores, to the fully automated way it's done now on the Web, it's been a lot of fun. But I haven't enjoyed it the last few seasons and a labor of love became a pain in the behind.

Thanks to Steve and Meg and all the Fanspeak folks for including me! I look forward to lots of chatting on the site for many years to come. Meg, you'll make a great commish next year and I look forward to reading your recaps starting in September. And, Steve, you could learn from your sister! ;)

Hail Victory!

Playoffs: Semifinals Recap

December 18, 2012 in Recaps

The upsets continue…

Semifinal Results:

Winner's Bracket
    • No. 5 Shanahan Tans 107, No. 1 Team Gibbs 101
    • No. 6 Hunt for Orange October 122, No. 2 Number One Philly Fan 94
Consolation Games
    • No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 67, House of Griffindor 61
    • No. 10 Ravens Nest 82, No. 7 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 78
    • No. 9 Elite Elephants 76, No. 8 I Need Andrews Luck 66

This Week's Games:

Championship Match: No. 5 Shanahan Tans vs. No. 6 Hunt for Orange October
Everybody Else
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs vs. No. 2 Number One Philly Fan
    • No. 4 House of Griffindor vs. No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon
    • No. 7 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs vs. No. 8 I Need Andrews Luck
    •  No. 9 Elite Elephants No. 10 Ravens Nest

Next week, we'll award all the trophies and present a small recap of the season (and anything else that comes to mind).

Playoffs: Week 1 Recap

December 11, 2012 in Recaps

Quarterfinal Results:

Winner's Bracket
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs (122), No. 2 Number One Philly Fan (155): Bye (numbers indicate points scored by the teams had they played)
    • No. 6 Hunt for Orange October 96, No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 86 (upset city!)
    • No. 5 Shanahan Tans 121, No. 4 House of Griffindor 55 (major ouch!)
Consolation Bracket
    • No. 7 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 67, No. 8 I Need Andrews Luck 56 (only higher-seeded team to win this week)
    • No. 10 Ravens Nest 96, No. 9 Elite Elephants 74 (um… yeah)

Semifinals Schedule:

Winner's Bracket
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs vs. No. 5 Shanahan Tans (Eleven-game winning streak on the line for the league's most dominant team)
    • No. 2 Number One Philly Fan vs. No. 6 Hunt for Orange October (defending champ trying to get back to the title game)
Winner's Consolation Bracket (teams that made the playoffs but lost)
    • No. 4 House of Griffindor vs. No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon (I'm sure there's a reason for these two owners to care, but it's not coming to me right now)
Consolation Bracket (teams that didn't make the playoffs at all)
    • No. 7 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs vs. No. 10 Ravens Nest (The winners of the losers would be… wosers?)
    • No. 8 I Need Andrews Luck vs. No. 9 Elite Elephants (Somewhere out there…)

Week 13 Recap, Playoffs Begin

December 4, 2012 in Recaps

It's the end of the regular season as we know it, and Team Gibbs feels fine.

Week 13 Results:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 114, Hunt for Orange October 101
    • House of Griffindor 86, Ravens Nest 69
    • Team Gibbs 85, Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 79
    • Shanahan Tans 105, I Need Andrews Luck 79
    • Number One Philly Fan 106, Elite Elephants 95
Playoff Quarterfinal Schedule:
Winner's Bracket
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs, No. 2 Number One Philly Fan: Bye
    • No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon vs. No. 6 Hunt for Orange October
    • No. 4 House of Griffindor vs. No. 5 Shanahan Tans
Consolation Bracket
    • No. 7 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs vs. No. 8 I Need Andrews Luck
    • No. 9 Elite Elephants vs. No. 10 Ravens Nest
Streaks
    • Longest current winning streak: Team Gibbs, 10 games
    • Longest current losing streak: Ravens Nest, three games

Week 12 Recap

November 27, 2012 in Recaps

With two (!) one-point victories this week, the playoff field for the league is set, except for seeds (if my math is correct)…

Week 12 Results:
    • Team Gibbs 113, Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 112
    • Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 101, Shanahan Tans 90
    • Hunt for Orange October 113, Ravens Nest 73
    • Elite Elephants 75, House of Griffindor 74
    • I Need Andrews Luck 85, Number One Philly Fan 79
Week 13 Games (last week of the regular season):
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs (5-7) vs. Hunt for Orange October (6-5-1)
    • House of Griffindor (6-6) vs. Ravens Nest (3-8-1)
    • Team Gibbs (10-2) vs. Get on the RGIII Bandwagon (7-5)
    • Shanahan Tans (6-6) vs. I Need Andrews Luck (5-7)
    • Elite Elephants (4-8) vs. Number One Philly Fan (7-5)
Playoffs
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs, No. 2 Number One Philly Fan: Bye
    • No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon vs. No. 6 Shanahan Tans
    • No. 4 Hunt for Orange October vs. No. 5 House of Griffindor
Consolation Bracket
    • No. 7 I Need Andrews Luck vs. No. 8 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs
    • No. 9 Elite Elephants vs. No. 10 Ravens Nest
Playoff Scenarios (tiebreaker for playoff spots or seeds is head-to-head record; total points is second tiebreaker)
    • Team Gibbs: Clinched top seed and first round bye
    • Number One Philly Fan: One win to clinch No. 2 seed
    • Get on the RGIII Bandwagon, House of Griffindor, Shanahan Tans and Hunt for Orange October all have clinched playoff spots
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs, I Need Andrews Luck, Elite Elephants and Ravens Nest have been eliminated from playoff contention
Streaks
    • Longest current winning streak: Team Gibbs, nine games
    • Longest current losing streak: Shanahan Tans, three games (yet will make the playoffs)

Week 11 Recap

November 20, 2012 in Recaps

Week 11 Results:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 80, Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 74
    • Hunt for Orange October 111, Elite Elephants 67
    • Number One Philly Fan 93, Shanahan Tans 88
    • Team Gibbs 119, Ravens Nest 59
    • House of Griffindor 84, I Need Andrews Luck 78
Week 12 Games:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs (5-6) vs. Team Gibbs (9-2)
    • Shanahan Tans (6-5) vs. Get on the RGIII Bandwagon (6-5)
    • Hunt for Orange October (5-5-1) vs. Ravens Nest (3-7-1)
    • House of Griffindor (6-5) vs. Elite Elephants (3-8)
    • Number One Philly Fan (7-4) vs. I Need Andrews Luck (4-7)
Playoffs
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs, No. 2 Number One Philly Fan: Bye
    • No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon vs. No. 6 Hunt for Orange October
    • No. 5 Shanahan Tans vs. No. 4 House of Griffindor
Consolation Bracket
    • No. 8 I Need Andrews Luck vs. No. 7 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs
    • No. 10 Elite Elephants vs. No. 9 Ravens Nest
Playoff Scenarios (tiebreaker for playoff spots or seeds is head-to-head record; total points is second tiebreaker)
    • Team Gibbs: Clinched playoff spot; one more win to earn top seed and first round bye
    • Number One Philly Fan: One win to clinch playoff spot
    • Get on the RGIII Bandwagon, House of Griffindor, Shanahan Tans and Hunt for Orange October need two wins to clinch playoff spot (not including any other teams' losses)
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs need two wins and help to get into the playoffs
    • I Need Andrews Luck will be eliminated with one more loss
    • Elite Elephants and Ravens Nest have been eliminated from playoff contention
Streaks
    • Longest current winning streak: Team Gibbs, eight games
    • Longest current losing streak: I Need Andrews Luck, four games

Week 10 Recap

November 13, 2012 in Recaps

Week 10 Results:
    • Number One Philly Fan 80, Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 66 (It's beginning of the end for TWB, it seems)
    • Team Gibbs 129, Hunt for Orange October 76 (To paraphrase what was once said on SportsCenter, "you can't stop Team Gibbs, you can only hope to contain them!")
    • Elite Elephants 124, I Need Andrews Luck 67 (Everything went the right way for EE this week)
    • Ravens Nest 117, Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 93 (Upset of the week!)
    • House of Griffindor 101, Shanahan Tans 94 (The House wins, even with a bye-week player)
Week 11 Games:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs (4-6) vs. Get on the RGIII Bandwagon (6-4)
    • Team Gibbs (8-2) vs. Ravens Nest (3-6-1)
    • Elite Elephants (3-7) vs. Hunt for Orange October (4-5-1)
    • Number One Philly Fan (6-4) vs. Shanahan Tans (6-4)
    • I Need Andrews Luck (4-6) vs. House of Griffindor (5-5)
Playoff Picture (with three weeks left in the regular season)
Playoffs
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs, No. 2 Shanahan Tans: Bye
    • No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon vs. No. 6 Hunt for Orange October
    • No. 4 Number One Philly Fan vs. No. 5 House of Griffindor
Consolation Bracket
    • No. 7 I Need Andrews Luck vs. No. 8 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs
    • No. 9 Elite Elephants vs. No. 10 Ravens Nest
Notes (if I'm doing my math correctly)
    • Team Gibbs: One more win clinches the No. 1 seed in the playoffs
    • There was a late change in last week's scoring, giving Shanahan Tans a 98-97 victory over Elite Elephants (it was previously reported as a tie and the original post will be fixed)
    • Longest current winning streak: Team Gibbs, seven games
    • Longest current losing streak: I Need Andrews Luck, three games

Week Nine Recap

November 6, 2012 in Recaps

Week Nine Results:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 107, Ravens Nest 81
    • Team Gibbs 106, I Need Andrews Luck 69
    • Number One Philly Fan 96, House of Griffindor 75
    • Shanahan Tans 98, Elite Elephants 97
    • Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 165, Hunt for Orange October 99 (RGIII got 61 from Doug Martin, 26 from the Bears defense and 21 from Eric Decker)
Trophy Awarded This Week:
    • Jerry Glanville Award (awarded to the team with the highest total score for a single match-up this season): Get on the RGIII Bandwagon, 165 (second straight week this team has held the trophy, increasing the point total by 23)
Week 10 Games:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs (4-5) vs. Number One Philly Fan (5-4)
    • Team Gibbs (7-2) vs. Hunt for Orange October (4-4-1)
    • Elite Elephants (2-7) vs. I Need Andrews Luck (4-5)
    • Ravens Nest (2-6-1) vs. Get on the RGIII Bandwagon (6-3)
    • Shanahan Tans (6-3) vs. House of Griffindor (4-5)
Playoff Picture (with four weeks left in the regular season)
Playoffs
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs, No. 2 Shanahan Tans: Bye
    • No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon vs. No. 6 House of Griffindor
    • No. 4 Number One Philly Fan vs. No. 5 Hunt for Orange October
Consolation Bracket
    • No. 7 I Need Andrews Luck vs. No. 8 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs
    • No. 9 Elite Elephants vs. No. 10 Ravens Nest
Notes (if I'm doing my math correctly)
    • Team Gibbs: Up three games on the last playoff spot with four to play; two wins should earn at least a tie for a playoff spot.
    • With four teams now boasting a tie, that half-game difference will definitely come into play as the season progresses.
    • Longest current winning streak: Team Gibbs, six games
    • Longest current losing streak: House of Griffindor, three games

Week Eight Recap

October 30, 2012 in Recaps

Editor's Note: In all my years of fantasy football, I've never seen such a strange week with half of the league starting players on a bye. Additionally, as you'll see below, there were some scoring anomalies, including the fact that five players equaled or exceeding the scoring output by one entire team.
Results:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 122, Elite Elephants 85
    • Ravens Nest 30, I Need Andrews Luck 26 (Seven players on a bye started between these two teams… embarrassing… the lowest-scoring game I have ever seen!)
    • Team Gibbs 104, Number One Philly Fan 83
    • Hunt for Orange October 72, Shanahan Tans 60
    • Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 142, House of Griffindor 44 (I don't know if this is the biggest blowout I've ever seen, but it's pretty close. Consider this: the 98-point margin of victory would have outscored all but three teams this week. Ugh!)
Trophies Awarded This Week:
    • Ken Daneyko Award (largest margin of victory of the season): GetOnThe RGIII Bandwagon defeats House of Griffindor, 142-44 (Duh! I don't see this one being broken this season)
    • Keith Olbermann Award (for (not) scoring at home — or even if you're alone!): I Need Andrews Luck, 26 (ditto)
    • Cincinnati Bungles Award (for losing really badly!): House of Griffindor loses to GetOnThe RGIII Bandwagon, 44-142 (ditto)
    • Jerry Glanville Award (awarded to the team with the highest total score for a single match-up this season): GetOnThe RGIII Bandwagon, 142 (still waiting for a team to crack 150)
Week 9 Games:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs (3-5) vs. Ravens Nest (2-5-1)
    • I Need Andrews Luck (4-4) vs. Team Gibbs (6-2)
    • House of Griffindor (4-4) vs. Number One Philly Fan (4-4)
    • Get on the RGIII Bandwagon (5-3) vs. Hunt for Orange October (4-3-1)
    • Shanahan Tans (5-3) vs. Elite Elephants (2-6)
If the Season Ended Today…
Playoffs
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs, No. 2 Shanahan Tans: Bye
    • No. 3 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon vs. No. 6 House of Griffindor
    • No. 4 Hunt for Orange October vs. No. 5 Number One Philly Fan
Consolation Bracket
    • No. 7 I Need Andrews Luck vs. No. 8 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs
    • No. 10 Elite Elephants vs. No. 9 Ravens Nest

Week Seven Recap

October 23, 2012 in Recaps

Results:
    • Shanahan Tans 101, Tokyo Wasabi Bombs 86
    • I Need Andrews Luck 109, Get on the RGIII Bandwagon 66
    • Number One Philly Fan 75, Ravens Nest 38
    • Team Gibbs 117, Elite Elephants 73
    • Hunt for Orange October 116, House of Griffindor 51
Trophies Awarded This Week:
    • Ken Daneyko Award (largest margin of victory of the season): Hunt For Orange October defeats House of Griffindor, 116-51
    • Keith Olbermann Award (for (not) scoring at home — or even if you're alone!): Ravens Nest, 38 points
    • Cincinnati Bungles Award (for losing really badly!) House of Griffindor loses to Hunt For Orange October, 116-51
Week 8 Games:
    • Tokyo Wasabi Bombs (2-5) vs. Elite Elephants (2-5)
    • Ravens Nest (1-5-1) vs. I Need Andrews Luck (4-3)
    • Team Gibbs (5-2) vs. Number One Philly Fan (4-3)
    • Hunt for Orange October (3-3-1) vs. Shanahan Tans (5-2)
    • Get on the RGIII Bandwagon (4-3) vs. House of Griffindor (4-3)
If the Season Ended Today…
Playoffs
    • No. 1 Team Gibbs, No. 2 Shanahan Tans Bye
    • No. 3 I Need Andrews Luck vs. No. 6 Number One Philly Fan
    • No. 4 House of Griffindor vs. No. 5 Get on the RGIII Bandwagon
Consolation Bracket
    • No. 7 Hunt for Orange October vs. No. 8 Tokyo Wasabi Bombs
    • No. 9 Elite Elephants vs. No. 10 Ravens Nest