Pictured: Chris Barker of the defending champion Caerbannog Killer Rabbits (Formerly: Yukon Gold) brings last season’s championship trophy onto the field during festivities before the season opener.
A crisp autumn breeze was in the air this weekend, and with it, our league has started another Fantastical season of Footballing. It seems wrong starting a season of football without either Peyton Manning or Tom Brady on the field. Especially Brady. I mean, how can we play football without Tom Terrific out there? Who will be crying to the refs for flags when nobody touches him. Or kicking safeties in the nuts while he slides with no penalty? It just seems… empty. It’s sort of a… deflated feeling (You had to know I’d get at least one in there) Wait a minute, no it isn’t. It’s WICKED AWESOME! Hopefully Brady can somehow violate the terms of his suspension and be kept out even longer, so we’re not subjected to any Jim Nantz slurp jobs for a few extra weeks.
As for our league, while the players on each team are all new, in many ways the season picked up where it left off last year. The Eagles and the newly renamed Killer Rabbits put up the top two scores of the week and both came away with wins. However, not everything is the same: Anand got his first win 5 weeks earlier than last year.
Fitzchize 210.02, pUSHing Chains 138.38
The chain gang got off to a rough start to their first year in the league. It was a bad sign when star TE Rob Gronkowski suddenly showed up on the injury list. But the pUSHers were ready with last year’s darling TE Gary Barnidge. They may as well have started Gronk because Barnidge put up the same score. Disappointing games from several top players put them even farther behind the curve. Dez Bryant was a no-show for Fitzchize, but they were able to ride a monster game from Andrew Luck and a nice output from Larry Fitzgerald to coast to the comfortable win.
Fly Eagles Fly 228.58, Mashed Potatoes 191.74
The Eagles and Potatoes played a tight, back and forth contests throughout the weekend and both had several players going Monday night. The Eagles had
Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams while the Taters countered with Todd Gurley, and DeSean Jackon and a slight lead. But what looked like it could be a down-to-the-wire affair turned into a lopsided win as Gurley was a non-factor while Brown and Williams each put up over 30 points to Mash the Potatoes, just as they mashed the Washington Football Team.
Game of the Week
Caerbannog Killer Rabbits 233.62, The Edgars 223.82
The Edgars pulled out to a huge early lead behind Cam Newton and CJ Anderson. But the Rabbits hopped back into contention early on Sunday behind huge games from Drew Brees, AJ Green, and Brandin Cooks. The Killer Rabbits built a sizeable lead late Sunday afternoon as Matthew Stafford found himself in a shootout, but the Edgars slowly started crawling back into contention during the prime time games. A quick start from Jordan Reed made it look like the comeback was a real possibility early on Monday, but the effort fell short as the Redskins’ ineptitude came to the forefront. The 233 points was enough to hold off the Eagles for the first weekly win of the season.
Player of the Week and Bad Move Benching of the Week
So this is where I would usually highlight a top player and a high scoring bench player, but now i see the site has some sponsored “Trophies” for the Top player (Andrew Luck), the Snickers Hungriest Bench player (Jamies Winston, languishing on Jason’s bench), and my favorite… the Bucket Trophy for leaving the most total points on your bench (Terry with Willie Snead, Theo Riddick, Big Ben, Ameer Abdullah….).
I’ll have to think about what I want to do here now that the site is stealing my thunder.
Oh, and it’s good to see the image of Tony Romo getting pummeled into the ground is just as appropriate this year as it was before!