Wednesday, November 16, 2005
And the people who needed to get it done--Matt (3-1), Yours Truly (3-1), Lori Smith (3-1), Drew Morris (3-1)--got it done.
These results are unofficial--will be authenticated by tomorrow afternoon.
1. Matt Latta
(North Division champion & 1st round bye. First playoff appearance since DFC III in 2002.)
2. Tommy McLeod
(MidCentral Division champion & 1st round bye. First playoff appearance since division title & MVP in DFC II)
3. Drew Morris
(West Division champ for 2nd consecutive year. Fourth playoff appearance in five seasons)
4. David Mark Osborne
(Wild Card. Second straight year in playoffs, third appearance overall)
5. Justin Glenn
(Wild Card. Second straight playoff appearance)
6. Jason Duren
(Wild Card. First playoff appearance in four year DFC career)
1. Mark Gainey
(Fourth straight East Division champ & 1st round bye. Fourth straight playoff appearance)
2. Scott Latta
(SouthCentral Division champ & 1st round bye. First postseason appearance in his five season DFC career)
3. Tim Wasyluka
(South Division champion. Third division title & playoff appearnce in four seasons)
4. Lori Smith
(Wild Card. Third straight postseason appearance)
5. Daniel Powell
(Wild Card. Only second playoff spot in career, the first playoff spot since DFC II)
6. Yours Truly
(Wild Card. Third straight playoff appearance, fourth in five seasons)
Matt Latta edges Mark Gainey for the College Title at 35-21.
Yours Truly's 11.18 edges Tyler Campbell's 11.36 for the TBA Title.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
This is it, ladies & gentlemen. Remember, once you submit your picks, they CANNOT be changed for any reason. I will submit my picks to a third party (probably Stephanie and/or Wookiee) so when I go 8-0 and fly into the postseason, no one can make any claims of impropriety.
All ranks from AP Poll, all times CST
Oklahoma Sooners (6-3) at #21 Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-2), 11am
Boomer Sooners become bowl eligible after their win over Coach Fran, and now take on the other Texas team, the high flying Red Raiders, who were put down in a mild upset by OK State. Attention... there has been an Adrian Peterson sighting.
#9 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-2) at #17 Michigan Wolverines (7-3), 12pm ABC
Penn State takes on Michigan State later on in the afternoon. You'd expect the Lions to dominate, but this is college football. Anyway, this OSU/Michigan winner will win the Big Ten IF Penn State loses... and if the Lions win, the winner of this one (especially OSU) takes a huge step towards that BCS at-large bid. (Also the TB Game)
#8 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1) at #11 Auburn Tigers (8-2), 230pm CBS
Uh........ um....... yeah.
Clemson Tigers (6-4) at #19 South Carolina Gamecocks (7-3), 6pm
Steve Superior taking on The Bowdoin Son Not Named Terry, fresh off a win in Bowdoin Bowl VII yesterday. Actually, it wasn't just a win, it was a domination over Florida State. And who doesnt love the Gamecocks right now? I mean, when Georgia loses to Kentucky, South Carolina will win the SEC West!
Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) at NYGiants (6-3), 12pm Fox
I gve you the announcers take anytime the Giants play ball: Eli Manning Eli Manning Eli Manning Eli Manning Amani Toomer Eli Manning Eli Manning Eli Manning Tiki Barber Eli Manning Eli Manning Eli Manning Peyton vs Eli Super Bowl Oh How We Dream Eli Manning Eli Manning Eli Manning...
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3) at Atlanta Falcons (6-2), 12pm Fox
When Tampa beat Washington on Sunday, I heard words I'd never heard before... "Chris Simms has led the team to a victory". Who knew?
Buffalo Bills (4-5) at San Diego Chargers (5-4), 315pm CBS
The Bills did a great job shutting down a Priest-less Chiefs team this weekend. However, they go to the coast to take on a LaDanian Tomlinson team... if you aren't watching this guy, you are missing it.
Indianapolis Colts (9-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-2), 315pm CBS
Can the Colts go undefeated? Probably not. But it will be fun watching them try. And don't you just love the Bungals, the NFL version of Vanderbilt (only the Bungels would be bowl eligible) and look out--Carson Palmer may be a QB decision that just might work out (Akili Smith, anyone? Anyone?)
Ohio State vs. Michigan--total points scored
This has been updated to reflect TB Drops from Matt Latta, Angie Pilgrim, James Hawbaker & Yours Truly, as well as standings that it affects.
Playoff Spots Clinched So Far: David Mark Osborne (at least wild card)
The Week That Was...
Big Tom Johnson, on a surge for a playoff spot, wins his second week of his career. He also won in 2003's DFC IV, Week Five, both with a 7-1 record.
The Vandy/Kentucky total score of 91 points wreaked havoc on TBAs all the way around, but made it easy to pick the top ten... whoever picked higher for their TB finished better. Second place goes to Big Eddy McBroom, at 6-2, while 3rd goes to Mark Gainey, also with a 6-2 record. Fourth through seventh all finished at 6-2, and they are Yours Truly, James Hawbaker, Tebe Shaw and Lori Smith. In 8th is Tim Wasyluka at 5-3, and in 9th and 10th are Jon Osborne and Jason Barnette, both at 5-3.
x=clinched postseason berth; z=clinched division;
Being the first to clinch a playoff spot, David Mark Osborne now shoots for the division title, still holding a three game lead over Matt Latta. Though winning the week, Tom Johnson looks to be all but out of it, barring a miracle finish.
X-DM Osborne, 56-32 (17.9) (32-20) (24-12)
Matt Latta, 53-35 (12.1) (32-20) (21-15)
Tom Johnson, 48-40 (15.09) (29-23) (19-17)
Angie Osborne, 44-44 (16.2) (27-15) (17-19)
Ty Coffey, 39-49 (22.8) (25-27) (14-22)
Its Tommy's division to lose now, with one week left and a game ahead of Justin. Both are almost certain of postseason appearances, with Jason Barnette several games back (and with very little hope of the playoffs)
Tommy McLeod 53-35 (16.7) (29-23) (24-12)
Justin Glenn, 52-36 (21.0) (28-24) (24-12)
Jason Barnette, 47-41 (14.5) (27-25) (20-16)
Tebe Shaw, 45-43 (16.8) (29-23) (16-20)
Jennifer Ernst, 45-43 (17.2) (25-27) (20-16)
While Jason Duren holds tight to his one game lead, Drew and Eddy volley back and forth for the 6th seed, and that TBA looking more important than ever. Again, this division looks as if there will be a division winner and a wild card, nothing else.
Jason Duren, 51-37 (20.0) (31-21) (20-16)
Eddy McBroom, 50-38 (13.3) (29-23) (21-15)
Drew Morris, 50-38 (15.5) (30-22) (20-16)
Jason Demastus, 46-42 (25.3) (26-26) (20-16)
Sarah Hasha, 43-45 (17.45) (27-25) (16-20)
The Fulaytar Conference Playoff Race
6 playoff spots--top two division winners get first round byes, 3rd division winner and three wild cards are in Wild Card Weekend
(1) DMOsborne, 56-32 (17.9) (would be North Div champ)
(2) Tommy McLeod, 53-35 (16.7) (would be MidCentral Div champ)
(3) Jason Duren, 51-37 (20.0) (would be West Div champ)
(4) Matt Latta, 53-35 (12.1) (wild card)
(5) Justin Glenn, 52-36 (21.0) (wild card)
(6) Eddy McBroom, 50-38 (13.3) (wild card)
(7) Drew Morris, 50-38 (15.5)
(8) Tom Johnson, 48-40 (15.09)
(9) Jason Barnette, 47-41 (14.5)
Though not officially, Mark has all but clinched not only his fourth straight playoff spot, but his fourth straight division title, and has moved up to potentially a first round bye. Though Tyler is ahead of Yours Truly, that will change once I put my TB Drop in.
Mark Gainey, 55-33 (15.4) (32-20) (23-13)
Yours Truly, 50-38 (11.7) (31-21) (19-17)
Tyler Campbell, 50-38 (12.2) (31-21) (19-17)
Garrett Cheney, 41-47 (17.9) (24-28) (17-19)
James Hawbaker, 34-30 (13.29) (20-20) (14-10)
Like Mark, Scott has pretty much sewn up his first playoff appearance, and the division is not his to lose (as is the first round bye). The real battle is shaping up for the wild card positions between Jon, Tad, Lori, Yours Truly, Tyler, Daniel and Tim. Eddy Jr is going to have come on strong to make it back to the playoffs.
Scott Latta, 55-33 (15.5) (31-21) (24-12)
Jon Osborne, 52-36 (12.8) (31-21) (21-15)
Tad Roose, 51-37 (14.7) (31-21) (20-16)
Lori Smith, 51-37 (15.4) (30-22) (21-15)
Eddy Jr, 49-39 (20.55) (32-20) (17-19)
Pretty much for Daniel and Tim, its like this... you win the division or you don't make the playoffs. There will be no wild card for either one, though whomever wins the division will be speding week one of the postseason in Wild Card Weekend.
Tim Wasyluka, 51-37 (14.4) (31-21) (20-16)
Daniel Powell, 51-37 (15.6) (33-19) (18-18)
Gina Williams, 46-42 (14.0) (29-23) (17-19)
Ryan Sherman, 43-45 (27-25) (16-20)
Michael Nipp, 34-54 (15.5) (24-28) (10-26)
McBroom Conference Playoff Race
(1) Mark Gainey, 55-33 (15.4) (would be East Division champ)
(2) Scott Latta, 55-33 (15.5) (would be SouthCentral Div champ)
(3) Tim Wasyluka, 51-37 (15.6) (would be South Div champ)
(4) Jon Osborne, 52-36 (12.8) (wild card)
(5) Tad Roose, 51-37 (14.7) (wild card)
(6) Lori Smith, 51-37 (15.4) (wild card)
(7) Daniel Powell, 51-37 (15.6)
(8) Yours Truly, 50-38 (11.7)
(9) Tyler Campbell, 50-38 (12.2)
(10) Eddy Jr, 49-39 (20.55)
DFC Power Poll
(rank) (rec) (tba) (last Week)
1. DM Osborne, 56-32 (17.9) (1)
2. Mark Gainey, 55-33 (15.4) (4)
3. Scott Latta, 55-33 (15.5) (2)
4. Matt Latta, 53-35 (12.1) (3)
5. Tommy McLeod, 53-35 (16.7) (5)
6. Jon Osborne, 52-36 (12.8) (7)
7. Justin Glenn, 52-36 (21.0) (6)
8. Tim Wasyluka, 51-37 (14.4) (NR)
9. Tad Roose, 51-37 (14.7) (9)
10. Lori Smith, 51-37 (15.4) (NR)
dropped out: Jason Duren (8th); Tyler Campbell (10th)
The MVP Race
Here's the most likely candidates for the DFC Most Valuable Player Award:
David Mark Osborne... Why he should win: An entire season in the Top Ten, plus six straight weeks at #1, and the best record in the league
Why he shouldn't win: Weak division, with really only Matt giving him competition. He's been #1, but that best record lead has been shrinking over the last few weeks
Mark Gainey... Why he should win: Two time MVP (including winning it last year), he's rebounded from a rough start to capture his fourth straight division title, plus seems on the verge of getting his fourth straight 60+ win season.
Why he shouldn't win: He's a victim of his own success, as even if he goes 5-3 this week to win 60 games, it will still be his worst season to date. True, he's rebounded from a rough start, but he shouldn't have started so rough to begin with.
Scott Latta... Why he should win: May not have had the strongest showings in the leauge, but week after week, he's been consistant in the South Central Division, a division that possibly will have four of the six conference playoff spots--and he's about to win it.
Why he shouldn't win: Don't reward him for simply having a good season. He spent two weeks out of the top ten, and has only been as high as 2nd this year.
Rookie of the Year
Angie Mark Osborne... Why she should win: Became the first rookie since Mark Gainey to win her very first week in the leauge, then won another week in Week Five. Respectable record in a tough year.
Why she shouldn't win: Got lucky. After her week five win, the second half of her season has been horrible, and will be lucky to finish .500 or better. Currently ranked 24th. Also, sometimes picks games based on mascots.
Jason Barnette... Why he should win: Consistancy. No, he hasnt won a week (yet) but has really been on fire the second half of the season, and is still in contention for a postseason berth.
Why he shouldn't win: The Rookie of the Year Award is for the whole season, not just for the last six weeks. Average ranking is 20.2 for season, and will need a miracle to make the playoffs.
In case you are wondering what's happened in years past--and I know you are--here's a refresher course on DFC Playoffs
First season, field of eleven players, top 4 make it to postseason
Michael Nipp and Jennifer Ernst are semi-finalists, while Shawn Sharp defeats Chris Fulaytar for Deuce Bowl I's championship
(first season with divisions, 8 spots ,head to head bracket)
First round: Drew Morris def. West Division Champ Tommy McLeod; Big Eddy McBroom def. North Division Champ DMOsborne; East Division Champ Tad Roose def. Vic Paschal; Yours Truly def. Central Division Champ Chris Fulaytar
Second Round: Drew Morris def. Eddy McBroom; Tad Roose def Yours Truly
Deuce Bowl II: Tad Roose def. Drew morris
Three wild cards in each conference, top two in Wild Card Weekend advanced to play division winners
First Round: Drew Morris and Jenn Hudson advance, as does Chris Fulaytar and Daniel Powell. Matt Latta and Michael Nipp eliminated.
Second Round: Jenn Hudson def. West Division Champ Eddy McBroom; Drew Morris def. North Division Champ Justin Glenn; Chris Fulaytar def. East Division Champ Mark Gainey (via TB); Daniel Powell def. Central Division Champion Tim Wasyluka
Final Four: Drew Morris def. Jenn Hudson; Chris Fulaytar def. Daniel Powell (again, via TB)
Deuce Bowl III: Chris Fulaytar def. Drew Morris
(same format as DFC III)
First Round: Justin Glenn and Eddy McBroom advance, as does Lori Smith and Tim Wasyluka. Yours Truly and Tom Johnson are eliminated.
Second Round: North Division Champ Jenn Ernst (formerly Hudson) def. Justin Glenn; Big Eddy def. West Division Champ Eddy Jr in McBroom Bowl I; East Division Champ Mark Gainey def. Lori Smith via TB; Tad Roose def. Central Div. Champ Tim Wasyluka
Final Four: Jennifer Ernst def. Eddy McBroom; Tad Roose def. Lori Smith
Deuce Bowl IV: Tad Roose def. Jennifer Ernst
Lies, Darn Lies & Statistics
- This playoff might be the first time that none of the original Deuce guys--Michael, Tom, Shawn or Yours Truly--will be in the postseason. In DFC I, it was Michael & Shawn representin', in DFC II it was Yours Truly, in DFC III it was Michael Nipp, in DFC IV it was Tom and Yours Truly, and last season, it was Tom, Michael and Yours Truly. For this year, Michael's already out, and Tom is on the verge, and I've got a decent shot, though I don't control my own destiny.
- We already know that DMO is in... given past years and trends, in the Fulaytar Conference, its safe to say that Matt, Tommy and Justin are in. The final two spots in that conference will come down to Jason Duren (who controls his own future--as in, he does what he's supposed to, there shouldnt be an issue), Drew Morris, Eddy McBroom and on the outside, Tom Johnson.
- In the McBroom Conference, Mark, Scott and Jonathan can pretty much make their playoff reservations. The other three spots (including a division title) will be decided this weekend between Yours Truly, Tyler Campbell, Tad Roose, Lori Smith, Eddy Jr, Tim Wasyluka and Daniel Powell. Thats four people sitting at home this December.
- Incidentally, the total points scored in this week's TB game (Vandy/UK) is the highest ever scored in a DFC Game. The 93 total by far blows out the previous high of 83 points scored in DFC II, when the NFL's Arizona got by Detroit 45-38 in Week 11.
- The rest of the top five highest scores ever: #3, DFC V, Week 9, Kansas City beats Indy 45-35 for 80 points. #4, DFC IV, Oklahoma blows out Texas in Week 7, 65-13 for 78 points. And Mikey's Oregon Ducks beats Mississippi State in DFC IV's Week 1 by the score of 42-34 for 76 total points.
- The lowest ever scored? Also this year... Alabama 6, Tennessee 3.
- Jennifer's lead atop the All Time Win List is narrowing, as Yours Truly has moved within 6 games of her, her smallest margin in at least two seasons. With a 336-224 record, compared to my 330-230 record, I hopefully can catch her by next year.
- Daniel needs just 2 more wins to hit 300, becoming the final active original DFC'er to do so. With a big week, Eddy McBroom can become the first non-original DFC'er to hit that mark, as his record is 293-179.
Mark Gainey passes Eddy Jr this week for 15th on the all time list.
- Though she had a rough start, Sarah's 4-4 record this week pushed her over 200 wins lifetime, the 20th person in the DFC to do so. Tyler Campbell's stellar season has helped him hit 100 this week as well.
As far as rookies go, Jason Barney's 47 wins puts him 1 win away from at least a .500 season, and 3 wins away from legendary Brook DeRamus for 28th on the all time list. However, he won't get to Vic Paschals 56 win mark until next season.
- Also up for a winning season their first year: Gina Williams (needs a 3-5 week), Tebe Shaw (needs a 4-4 week), Angie Mark Osborne (needs a 5-3) and a little farther back, Ryan Sherman (who needs a 6-2). With 96 games in the season, a 49 win season pushes you over .500.
- However, despite all the possible winning records from the rookies, it looks like the third season in a row that no rookies will make the playoffs---both Jason Duren & Sarah Hasha missed it in 2003, both Tyler and Garrett last season, and barring an unbelievable finish from Jason Barnette and a meltdown from some others, all will miss the postseason this year.
- With both Jonathan Osborne and Scott Latta likely breaking their five season playoff drought this year, that puts Sarah Hasha and Jason Demastus as the longest in the league without a playoff appearance. This will be their fourth full season that will end at Week 12.
- Tommy McLeod is also breaking a playoff drought... he made the playoffs in his MVP winning DFC II season, but hasn't been back until this year, four seasons later.
- At 196-123, Jennifer also has the chance of being the first to 200 college wins... though Yours Truly is in 2nd, again 6 games behind her. Obviously, I won't catch her this year, with only four games remaining. But I might not catch her at all, as Osborne's tremendous season has pushed him to 3rd on the All Time College list, one behind me.
- Big Eddy is 9th on the All Time College rankings at 173-104. Four games back, with one week left, with the chance to finish among the top ten all time college this season sits Drew Morris at 169-108. One game behind him is Jon Osborne, and two more games back is both Tad Roose & Scott Latta.
- Currently, the highest ranking retiree in the college list is Chris Fulaytar, with a 139-70 record, ranking 18th all time. Shawn Sharp is 22nd, with a 101-80 record. Then you have four active members, Ty, Jason Duren, Garrett Cheney and Tyler Campbell, followed by two more retirees in 27th and 28th, Vic Paschal (30-23) and Ryan Smith (30-26). I mention this only to say that tied for 29th is Gina Williams and Tebe Shaw, both with 29-23 records. This means that both can move up to at least 28th, possibly 27th on the all time list.
- Checking out Pro, Tom Johnson still prevails, with 142 wins, as compared to Yours Truly and Jennifer at 140.
- Justin Glenn needs but one pro win, or one loss by Tad Roose, or one game both picked the same for him to cement his status in the All TIme Pro Top Ten list. Currently 10th, he's actually only five games back from 9th (Daniel Powell, 120-102 wins) and 8th (Eddy McBroom, 120-75).
- As far as this season goes, Daniel Powell is the front runner for the DFC VI College Title, with a 33-19 record. Close behind him, though, is a three way tie between Mark Gainey, DMOsborne and Matt Latta at 32-20.
- For the Pro Title, Scott Latta, Tommy McLeod, Justin Glenn and DMOsborne are in contention for a piece of that one. If there is a tie, the tiebreaker used to determine who wins the Pro Title is simply taking the TBA from ONLY the pro games this year. Lowest one wins. Using this method, it stacks up like this: Justin, Scott, Tommy, DMO
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-3) at #23 Louisville Cardinals (6-2), Friday night, 7pm ESPN2
That's right, I said Rutgers. For the first time in DFC history, we are picking a Rutgers game. And do you know why? They are the Big East's Vanderbilt--and since the 'Dores aren't going bowling, Rutgers will do (going to a bowl game for the first time since 1834, I think...). Do you know that if Rutgers beats the Cards (which is very possible, considering how shaky Louisville has been all season) there is a chance that the Scarlet Knights could win the Big East and play in a BCS Bowl?
#25 Northwestern Wildcats (6-3) at #10 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2) , 11am ABC
The Cats are running wild! They put up, what, 1500 yards of offense every week? Of course, their defense totally blows... they can only hope to score more points than the Buckeyes (which I'm told would help them win the game). And of all things, Ohio State is trying to win the Big 10 by fending off not Michigan, not Wisconsin... but Penn State (!)
Kentucky Wildcats (2-6) at Vanderbilt Commodores (4-5), 1pm
Attention! Pillow Fight of the Week!
They started 4-0, and have lost five straight. I don't know if they would have beaten Florida on the two point conversion at the end of the game Saturday, but they were jobbed on the celebration call... as in, they really should have beaten the Gators. Now, this is the letdown game... can they bring the fire they showed and blow out the Wildcats? Or will they be on the "we should be bowl eligible by now" mentality, and let Kentucky creep closer to a great 3 win season?
#5 LSU Bengal Tigers (7-1) at #4 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0) , 230pm CBS
And here's where the train stops for the Tide, the BCS gets its two perfect teams, fans quit whining that (a better) Miami one-loss team jumped an undefeated Tide in the AP Poll and I get yelled at for picking LSU. I'll be rooting for the Tide (marrying into the family does something to you--you old DFC'ers know that back in the day, I'd never root for Alabama. But you will NEVER, EVER, NEVER see me wear Alabama gear or cheer "Roll Tide". I can only give so much.) but I'm picking LSU to win this.
#15 Auburn Tigers (7-2) at #9 Georgia Bulldogs (7-1), 645pm ESPN
If... and thats a big IF... Auburn beats a DJ Shockley led Bulldog team, on the road no less, and if... IF... Alabama loses to LSU... I call it here. Auburn beats Alabama. Send all your hate mail addressed to me, at avesNotConvincedAlabama@IsAsGoodAsTheirNumberFourRankingSays.com
Texas A&M Aggies (5-4) at Oklahoma Sooners (5-3), time TBA
This game is just for the Bama Fans. Is it sick to hope for a situation where, for Alabama to play in the Rose Bowl for the title, A&M has to beat Texas, thereby forcing the Tide faithful to root for Franchione? When posed this question to my father-in-law, a diehard Bama boy, he said "well... I guess they won't be playing for the title then". And in case you hadn't noticed (and judging by the attendance, you haven't), the Sooners have won a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.
Washington Redskins (5-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3), 315pm Fox
What a time to have a Buccaneers game. I watched the Skins come off one of the worst defeats in their history (36-0 shutout at the hands of Eli and the Tall Men), and the worst defeat of Joe Gibbs' career. They bounced back nicely... the question now is the Bucs, who got shelled last week against the sorry Niners, and then yesterday got drilled by Carolina in a beat-down fashion. Of course, with Tampa, they always play good at just the wrong time. DMO, this one is for you.
St Louis Rams (4-4) at Seattle Seahawks (6-2), 315pm Fox
Is Seattle really this good? And is St. Louis really this bad? I think they are both somewhere in the middle, which makes for a great NFC West Game.
Vandy/Kentucky, total points scored (I would have said the Bama or Auburn game, but with LSU and Georgia, fans have more to worry about than total points scored--but I also wanted to keep it in the SEC)
I knew one day he'd find DFC success... and this week, he did. Tyler Campbell, the self-proclaimed Sexy Beast of the DFC, wins the week, doing it in an undefeated fashion: 8-0, becoming the 14th person to do so in DFC history.
Mark Gainey makes huge strides towards his fourth straight division title, ending up in 2nd at 7-1, while Scott Latta--fresh off of 2 straight weekly wins--comes in 3rd with 7-1.
The rest of the top ten finished at 6-2, and they are Daniel Powell in 4th, Tim Wasyluka in 5th, Tad Roose in 6th, Ryan Sherman in 7th, Lori Smith in 8th, Big Eddy Mac in 9th and Tom Johnson in 10th, rounding out the top ten.
6-2: Jennifer Ernst
5-3: DMOsborne, Matt Latta, Angie Pilgrim, Justin Glenn, Tommy McLeod, Jason Barnette, Drew Morris, Sarah Hasha, Jason Duren, Yours Truly, Garrett Cheney, James Hawbaker, Eddy Mac Jr, Gina Williams
4-4: Tebe Shaw, Jon Osborne, Mikey Nipp
0-8: Ty Coffey
A three game lead is held by DMO, looking for his second division title and possibly his first MVP award. Matt Latta, despite having the 2nd best in the conference, may have to settle for a wild card spot. Defending division champ Tom is ranked 10th in the conference, and it seems he's going to have to be nearly perfect in the next two weeks to make up ground.
DM Osborne, 52-28 (13.56) (29-17) (23-11)
Matt Latta, 49-31 (12.10) (29-17) (20-14)
Tom Johnson, 41-39 (14.0) (24-22) (17-17)
Angie Pilgrim, 40-40 (16.2) (25-21) (15-19)
Ty Coffey, 35-45 (21.0) (22-24) (13-21)
Justin keeps pace with Tommy, though the first round bye he held tightly is turning into a 5th seed and a seat in Wild Card Weekend. Tommy is seeking his second division title of his career, while rookie Jason Barnette's flirtation with the postseason may become the rejection he's used to, though in 8th, he's not out of it yet.
Tommy McLeod, 49-31 (12.89) (26-20) (23-11)
Justin Glenn, 48-32 (18.56) (25-21) (23-11)
Jason Barnette, 42-38 (11.67) (23-23) (19-15)
Jennifer Ernst, 40-40 (14.33) (20-26) (20-14)
Tebe Shaw, 39-41 (12.78) (24-22) (15-19)
He's two weeks away from pulling an unprecedented start-to-finish divisional lead, but Jason Duren's got Drew right on him. Both Drew and Eddy are battling back and forth for that final playoff spot--I can almost guarantee only one will make it (if either do).
Jason Duren, 47-33 (16.78) (28-18) (19-15)
Drew Morris, 45-35 (12.11) (26-20) (19-15)
Eddy McBroom, 44-36 (10.89) (25-21) (19-15)
Jason Demastus, 42-38 (19.67) (24-22) (18-16)
Sarah Hasha, 38-41 (13.3) (25-21) (14-20)
The Mighty Gainey hits his stride late, still with the possibility of four straight 60+ win seasons. Tyler's 8-0 weekend was absolutely huge for him, vaulting him into the thick of the playoff race, while the chances that Yours Truly took (New England? Tampa?) didnt work, pushing me to the edge.
Mark Gainey, 49-31 (12.78) (27-19) (22-12)
Tyler Campbell, 46-34 (8.11) (28-18) (18-16)
Yours Truly, 44-36 (11.7) (26-20) (18-16)
Garrett Cheney, 38-42 (17.9) (21-25) (17-17)
James Hawbaker, 28-28 (13.29) (16-18) (12-10)
What was the most exciting division in the league has now become a runaway lead for Scott Latta, though Jon looks like barring a collapse, a playoff berth awaits. With Lori and Tad, and even Eddy Jr, this is now not a race for the division title, its a race for those wild card spots.
Scott Latta, 51-29 (11.67) (28-18) (23-11)
Jon Osborne, 47-33 (9.89) (28-18) (19-15)
Tad Roose, 47-33 (10.33) (28-18) (19-15)
Lori Smith, 45-35 (11.11) (26-20) (19-15)
Eddy McBroom Jr, 44-36 (18.0) (29-17) (15-19)
THIS is now the most exciting divisional race in the league, with Daniel & Tim once again tying for the lead. Daniel and Tim have both used their drops, so it is what it is. Farther back is Gina and Ryan, and of course, Mikey, who is now officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Daniel Powell, 46-34 (11.11) (30-16) (16-18)
Tim Wasyluka, 46-34 (11.78) (27-19) (19-15)
Gina Williams, 41-39 (10.0) (26-20) (15-19)
Ryan Sherman, 39-41 (21.7) (24-22) (15-19)
Michael Nipp, 29-51 (11.11) (20-26) (9-25)
The Playoff Race
Top Six in each conference get playoff spot.
Top two division winners (Seeds 1 & 2) get first round bye, third division winner, plus three next best records (Seeds 3-6) are in Wild Card Weekend
1. DMOsborne, 52-28 (13.56) (would be North Division champ)
2. Tommy McLeod, 49-31 (12.89) (would be Midcentral Division champ)
3. Jason Duren, 47-33 (16.78) (would be West Division champ)
4. Matt Latta, 49-31 (12.10) (wild card)
5. Justin Glenn, 48-32 (18.56) (wild card)
6. Drew Morris, 45-35 (12.11) (wild card)
7. Eddy McBroom, 44-36 (10.89)
8. Jason Barnette, 42.38 (11.67)
9. Jason Demastus, 42-38 (19.67)
10. Tom Johnson, 41-39 (14.0)
1. Scott Latta, 51-29 (11.67) (would be Southcentral Division champ)
2. Mark Gainey, 49-31 (12.78) (would be East Division champ)
3. Daniel Powell, 46-34 (11.11) (would be South Division champ)
4. Jon Osborne, 47-33 (9.89) (wild card)
5. Tad Roose, 47-33 (10.33) (wild card)
6. Tyler Campbell, 46-34 (8.11) (wild card)
7. Tim Wasyluka, 46-34 (11.78)
8. Lori Smith, 45-35 (11.11)
9. Yours Truly, 44-36 (11.7)
10. Eddy Mac Jr, 44-36 (18.0)
The DFC Power Poll
Rank, Record, (TBA) (Last Week)
1. DMOsborne, 52-28 (13.56) (1)
2. Scott Latta, 51-29 (11.67) (2)
3. Matt Latta, 49-31 (12.1) (3)
4. Mark Gainey, 49-31 (12.78) (7)
5. Tommy McLeod, 49-31 (12.89) (4)
6. Justin Glenn, 48-32 (18.56) (6)
7. Jon Osborne, 47-33 (9.89) (5)
8. Jason Duren, 47-33 (16.78) (8)
9. Tad Roose, 47-33 (10.33) (9)
10. Tyler Campbell, 46-34 (8.11) (NR)
dropped out: Drew Morris (10)
Game Bucket O'Wings
Picked to finish dead last by just about every newspaper in the country, Tyler Campbell has pretty much given them a big fat poo-burger for them to chew on. Whether he makes the playoffs or just comes darn close, this was his week. This bucket of hot wings is for you, Tyler.
The T.O. Decision
Shortly after it was announced that Terrell Owens had been suspended indefinately from the Eagles, a day before their game with the Redskins, I received two phone calls asking to change their pick from Philly to the Skins.
There has been a longstanding rule that in an "extraordinary circumstance", a game may be changed before the kickoff of that game. However, this rule is very seldom called upon, so therefore, most people in the league had either forgotten or didn't know it existed. I consulted with a retired member of the DFC to get his take, and he suggested that no changes should be allowed, because not everyone would know this rule.
However, since the situation had arisen a full 24 hours before kickoff (which was Sunday night at 7pm), I decided that via email, there was enough time for people to make this decision.
In hindsight, its a decision I would not make again. Furthermore, I call into question if this situation would even qualify as an extraordinary circumstance--certainly, it would different if the entire Eagle starting line were in a bus wreck and unable to play, as opposed to the suspension of a player that was already on the edge of having such action taken against him. Luckily, only three people were affected (one of which made the wrong decision).
Therefore, for this week (Week Eleven) the standard rule applies--a pick can be changed up until the slate of games start... as in, once kickoff of the first game on Saturday happens, ALL picks are locked. For Week Twelve, ALL picks are locked in once I recieve them. All picks will be locked in once recieved through out the duration of the DFC VI postseason, including Deuce Bowl VI games.
The "change picks due to extraordinary circumstances" rule will be looked at and adjusted in the off season for next year.
For the record, I picked Washington to begin with. =)
Lies, Darn Lies & Statistics
- Just so you know, the title of this section (my favorite in the email, by the way) is from the old Mark Twain line... "There are three kinds of lies. There are lies, damn lies and statistics". Some of you knew this, some didn't, but I thought I'd share.
- Yes, Michael Nipp is now officially eliminated from playoff contention. WIth two weeks remaining, even a 16-0 record would only give him a 45-51 record, good enough for 8th in the conference... and that would ONLY be if the current 1-7 went 0-16 in that same time.
- To add to Mikey's woes... James Hawbaker, who started midseason and has been a part of 7 weeks opposed to Mike's 10, has 28 wins. Michael has 29.
- As mentioned before, there were 13 60+ game winners last year. This year? There will probably be three to five, with DMOsborne, Scott Latta, Matt Latta, Tommy McLeod or Mark Gainey. With the final two weeks, Osborne needs only a combined 8-8 record to make it, Scott needs a 9-7 record, and Matt, Mark and Tommy all would need 11-5 in their last weeks, all very doable.
- Going 12-4 in the final two weeks would give 60 games to Justin, while 13-3 would be needed for Jonathan Osborne, Jason Duren and Tad Roose. 14-2 for Daniel, Tim and Tyler, while 15-1 would be needed for Drew and Lori.
- Yours Truly, Big Eddy and Little Eddy would need two consecutive 8-0 weeks. So, more than likely, we'll have about five.
- In the all-time standings, Wookiee will fall no further. Starting out at 10th all time this season, he has fallen to 17th, with Lori in 18th. Even with a 16-0 run, she can only get up to 234 wins... Chris has 236.
Still having an outside shot at reaching 300 career wins: Daniel (293) and Big Eddy (177).
Jason Barnette still has the best chance at being the first of the rookies to break into the Top 30 All Time... he's got 42, in 32nd, while retired Scott Burk has 34, in 30th.
- For College, who has the shot at 200 wins? Its never been reached... but Jennifer is 9 away at 191-122. With six this week, and probably 4 next week, it will be hard--but possible.
- Wookiee is also safe at 18th in college... 19th is Tim Wasyluka, 12 back at 127-91.
- After Monday night's game... the top of the Pro List is now a two way tie. Both Jennifer and Tom are at 140-99, marking the first time that Tom has lost the sole lead in many years... and the first time that one person (Jennifer Ernst) has owned at least a share of all three major catagories.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
The DFC rule is (and has always been) that all games are locked in as soon as the ball is kicked off for the first game of the weekend. However, if there is an extraordinary circumstance on Sunday's games, a pick may be changed. With the news of the Eagles losing a star player, this is such a circumstance.
I've had two phone calls on this, and after conferring with another member of the DFC Administration and contimplating what to do (this is why I run the DFC for you people), a decision has been made that since the game is tomorrow night, there is ample time for people to read their email and/or the website and determine:
If they picked Philly, do they want to go with Washington, because they lost a star
If they picked Washington, do they want to change to Philly because the loss of Owens might solidfy and unify the team.
Please email or call me with your decision IF you want to change.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Just wanted to let you know that there will soon be another "Ernst"to contend with in the DFC. Please give everyone my best and tell them that I'm 5 weeks pregnant!
Congrats Jennifer! We look forward to DFC Expansion!
Sunday, October 30, 2005
times are CST, rankings are AP
Tennessee Volunteers (3-4) at 8. Notre Dame Fightin' Catholics (5-2), 130pm NBC
Bama fans should root for the Vols if the Tide has any Rose Bolw hopes. Can they beat the Irish? In South Bend? Stranger things have happened.
14. Wisconsin Badgers (8-1) at 10. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-1), 230pm ABC
#2 versus #1 in the Big Ten Conference. This will be a HUGE game in Happy Valley.
23. California Bears (6-2) at 15. Oregon Ducks (7-1), 230pm ABC
The race to finish third in the Pac 10 (behind the Bruins and the Men of Troy) is on!
5. Miami Hurricanes (6-1) at 3. Virginia Tech Hokies (8-0), 645pm ESPN
Yes, they beat BC this week. But this will be the real test for the Hokies. (also the TB game)
Carolina Panthers (5-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2), 12pm Fox
The NFC South's title game, right here.
Tennessee Titans (2-6) at Cleveland Browns (2-5), 12pm CBS
Thats right, kiddies... the Titans make it to another Crap O'the Week Game!!
Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at Washington Redskins (4-3), 730pm ESPN
Philly got smoked by Denver, while the Redskins got demolished by the Giants... the NFC East third place losers bracket game.
Indianapolis Colts (7-0) at New England Patriots (3-3), 8pm Monday ABC
Yeah, most of you will want to pick the Colts... but remember, its Manning playing in Boston. And you know how that's turned out. (the Pats play on Monday night against the Bills)
Tiebreak Game: Miami vs. Va Tech -- total points scored
A mistake was made in calculating wins/losses for the week... the results are that Scott Latta wins his second week of the season, and Eddy Mc Jr comes in 2nd. Also, Scott moves up to 2nd in the DFC Power Poll, and leads the SouthCentral Division...
The Week That Was
Winning the second week in a row, and the fourth of his career, Scott Latta takes home the weekly win crown.
Finishing second was Eddy Mc Jr, also at 6-2 and vaulting himself into the thick of the McBroom Conference playoff hunt.
Third was Yours Truly, also at 6-2, and in fourth is Jason Duren, at 6-2. The rest of the top ten finishes at 5-3, with Tad Roose & Jon Osborne tying for 5th, Lori Smith in 7th, Drew Morris in 8th, the elder Eddy McBroom and James Hawbaker tying for 9th.
5-3: DM Osborne, Justin Glenn, Tebe Shaw, Jason Demastus, Mark Gainey, Gina Williams, Matt Latta and Tyler Campbell
4-4: Tommy McLeod, Jennifer Ernst, Garrett Cheney, Ryan Sherman
3-5: Jason Barnette, Daniel Powell, Tim Wasyluka
2-6: Tom Johnson, Angie Pilgrim, Ty Coffey
1-7: Sarah Hasha
0-8: Michael Nipp (more on this below)
Osborne opens up a 3 game lead over Matt, and a 12 game lead over defending division champ Tom, Angie and Ty. Looks like a two man foot race in this division, with 24 games to go. If Matt can catch David Mark, his TBA will almost assuredly put him ahead--Matt hasn't used this TB drop yet, while DMO used his several weeks ago. Matt is going for his first DFC division title, and only second playoff appearance in six seasons (he posted a 3-5 record in Wild Card Weekend, which knocked him out of DFC III postseason), while DMO is trying for his 2nd division title and third playoff appearance (won the division in DFC II, made the postseason again in DFC V)
DM Osborne, 47-25 (14.13) (26-16) (21-9)
Matt Latta, 44-28 (12.0) (27-15) (17-13)
Tom Johnson, 35-37 (14.33) (21-21) (14-16)
Angie Pilgrim, 35-37 (17.0) (22-20) (13-17)
Ty Coffey, 35-37 (19.38) (22-20) (13-17)
Also a two man footrace, seemingly, between Justin and Tommy. Justin gained a game on Tommy this week, but knows he's got to win more than he, because it would take a lot for this TB to get below Tommy's at this point. Both men have used their drop. Jason Barnette, poised to make a run for the playoffs last season, took a stumble this week, while Tebe Shaw gained two games on him. Jenn, all but eliminated from the playoffs barring a monsterous finish these last three weeks, should be shooting for a winning season. Justin is trying for his third division title (He won the North in DFC II, and the Central in DFC V) and third playoff appearance, while Tommy's only playoff appearance came in DFC II, when he won the West Division and MVP title that season.
Tommy McLeod, 44-28 (13.38) (24-18) (20-10)
Justin Glenn, 43-29 (15.75) (22-20) (21-9)
Jason Barnette, 37-35 (12.0) (20-22) (17-13)
Tebe Shaw, 35-37 (14.0) (21-21) (14-17)
Jennifer Ernst, 34-38 (14.38) (17-25) (17-13)
Jason Duren's divisional lead now stretched to its 10th week, possibly a record in the DFC, though Drew Morris is now surging towards the top. Eddy's streak of winning 59+ games per season is all but over at this point, and his streak of four straight playoff appearances seems to be in danger as well (see East Division recap for details). Demastus, on his honeymoon, and Sarah, once again, seem to leave expectations unfulfilled. Duren is trying for his first playoff spot in this, his third season, in the DFC. Drew Morris has been there three times before, twice as a Wild Card (DFC II and III) and once as a West Division champion (last season). He's also made it to Deuce Bowl II and III, as a runner up to first Tad Roose then Chris Fulaytar.
Jason Duren, 42-30 (17.63) (25-17) (17-13)
Drew Morris, 40-32 (12.25) (24-18) (16-14)
Eddy McBroom, 38-34 (11.0) (22-20) (16-14)
Json Demastus, 36-36 (20.0) (20-22) (16-14)
Sarah Hasha, 33-39 (14.56) (21-21) (12-18)
The Mighty Gainey is not only trying for his record fourth straight division title, but will tie Eddy McBroom for consecutive playoff appearances if Eddy doesn't make it. I'm only three games back, however, and for the first time, the TBA is on my side. Tyler falls a game behind me, though still in the lead for the TieBreak title this year, while Garrett's playoff hopes are gone. Hawbaker, starting upside down, is only 2 games from righting his ship as well. Yours Truly is seeking my third straight playoff appearance and fourth overall (made it in DFC II, IV and V), while Tyler has never seen the postseason--of course, its only his second season.
Mark Gainey, 42-30 (13.63) (24-18) (18-12)
Yours Truly, 39-33 (12.22) (23-19) (16-14)
Tyler Campbell, 38-34 (9.0) (24-18) (14-16)
Garrett Cheney, 33-39 (19.22) (19-23) (14-16)
James Hawbaker, 23-25 (14.17) (14-16) (9-9)
South Central Division
The guys who have played the longest without a postseason game to speak of looks like they might end that holdout this year. Now that correction has been made, Scott is in control by a game. More than likely, the winner of this division will have a first round bye. Tad Roose is not finished yet, though, as he's third playoff spot--he makes it in every other year, but when he does, he does it right, having won the DeRamus Plate in DFC II and DFC IV. Lori, the defending divisional champion, and Eddy Jr both are trying for their third straight playoff appearances. Hopes for a McBroom Bowl, though faint, are still alive. Hopes for an Osborne Bowl or a Latta Bowl seem more like it.
Scott Latta, 44-28 (11.25) (25-17) (19-11)
Jon Osborne, 43-29 (9.75) (26-16) (17-13)
Tad Roose, 41-31 (11.0) (25-17) (16-14)
Lori Smith, 39-33 (11.38) (23-19) (16-14)
Eddy Mc Jr, 39-33 (19.22) (26-16) (13-17)
The evil of the TieBreak Average is that Daniel Powell can feasibly win this division--his first title--tied with Tim in record, but by virtue of a lower TBA, leave Tim not only out of the divisional race, but possibly out of the postseason, depending on where Yours Truly, Lori, Tad and others fall. Though making some headway, Gina is in a "now or never" mode for the division, while Ryan's Hope is fading quickly. Daniel made it to the postseason once before, in DFC III, finishing one game behind Tim Wasyluka for the division. Tim also won DFC IV's Central Division, but missed the postseason in DFC V. The defending divisional champ, Michael Nipp, has already put a stamp on his season and is heading towards the post office.
Daniel Powell, 40-32 (12.38) (27-15) (13-17)
Tim Wasyluka, 40-32 (12.75) (24-18) (16-14)
Gina Williams, 36-36 (10.63) (23-19) (13-17)
Ryan Sherman, 33-39 (23.22) (21-21) (12-18)
Michael Nipp, 25-47 (11.13) (18-24) (7-23)
Top 2 division winners in each conference get 1st round bye, 3rd division winner and 4th, 5th, and 6th seeds in Wild Card Weekend.
1) DM Osborne, 47-25 (14.13) (would be North Division champ)
2) Tommy McLeod, 44-28 (13.38) (would be MidCentral champ)
3) Jason Duren, 42-30 (17.63) (would be West champ)
4) Matt Latta, 44-28 (12.0)
5) Justin Glenn, 43-29 (15.75)
6) Drew Morris, 40-32 (12.25)
7) Eddy McBroom, 38-34 (11.0)
8) Jason Barnette, 37-35 (12.0)
9) Jason Demastus, 36-36 (20.0)
1) Scott Latta, 44-28 (11.25) (would be South Central champ)
2) Mark Gainey, 42-30 (13.63) (would be East champ)
3) Daniel Powell, 40-32 (12.38) (South champ)
4) Jon Osborne, 43-29 (9.75)
5) Tad Roose, 41-31 (11.0)
6) Tim Wasyluka, 40-32 (12.75)
7) Lori Smith, 39-33 (11.38)
8) Yours Truly, 39-33 (12.22)
9) Eddy Mc Jr, 39-33 (19.22)
10) Tyler Campbell, 38-34 (9.0)
DFC Power Poll
1. DMOsborne, 47-25 (14.13) (1)
2. Scott Latta, 44-28 (11.25) (5)
3. Matt Latta, 44-28 (12.0) (3)
4. Tommy McLeod, 44-28 (13.38) (2)
5. Jon Osborne, 43-29 (9.75) (4)
6. Justin Glenn, 43-29 (15.75) (6)
7. Mark Gainey, 42-30 (13.63) (7)
8. Jason Duren, 42-30 (17.63) (NR)
9. Tad Roose, 41-31 (11.0) (10)
10. Drew Morris, 40-32 (12.25) (NR)
dropped out: Daneil Powell (8); Tim Wasyluka (9)
Game Bucket O'Wings
Thirteen times in DFC Regular season history has someone gone undefeated in a week. Its happened three times in the postseason. To go 0-8, however, mostly it takes not getting your picks in...
But twice, and only twice has someone turned in their picks and missed every single one of them. The first time was the legendary Ross Kingrey, who really should have had a solid career in the DFC. He went 0-8 in week three of DFC II.
And this week... our Michael Nipp, who turns in his picks first every week... missed every single one he turned in. This bucket of wings is for you, Mikey. Eat up.
Lies, Darn Lies & Statistics
- And while we're on the subject of Mikey, lets talk about horrendous records... the worst full season record in DFC History was in DFC III, with Jason Demastus only mustering up a 31-65 record, followed closely by Trey O'Neal's 34-62 debacle in DFC IV and Josh Crosby's 39-57 nightmare in DFC II. But what makes Michael's potential record setting year (he's at 25-47) a potential record setting year is the fact that Jason, Trey and Josh all had trouble getting picks in, each missing at least 16 games due to non-picking. Michael has turned in his picks every week.
- With 96 games in a season, it takes 48 wins to make it to .500, and 49 to have a .500+ record for the year. Last year was remarkable because Tyler Campbell was last in the league, and he was at 48-48 for the year.
- Those in the league who have never had a losing record for the season, with at least two full seasons behind them, regardless of playoff appearances: Yours Truly, Lori Smith, Jenn Ernst, Matt Latta, Big Eddy, Tommy McLeod, Sarah Hasha, Drew Morris, Mark Gainey, Jon Osborne, Scott Latta, Michael Nipp and Tim Wasyluka.
- Of those listed, Lori, Jennifer, Big Eddy, Tommy, Drew, Mark, Jennifer, Scott, and Michael have won at least 50 or more in every season they've been in the league--Jennifer holding the record with five consecutive seasons of 50 or more. Mark Gainey has had three straight 60+ win seasons.
- Taking a look at all time records, Michael falls a little further, as he's now 6th all time with a 305-239 record. Matt Latta moved into 5th this past weekend, while Mark Gainey and Little Eddy passed Chris Fulaytar for 16th and 15th, respectively, on the list.
- Sarah Hasha is 8 games away from 200 lifetime wins, Jason Duren is 9 from 150 wins and Garrett Cheney is 3 away from 100.
- All time College listings find Jennifer still on top, and at 188-121, she's 12 from 200. DMO is in 2nd, while Michael and Yours Truly have tied for third all time.
- The 10th spot on that list, and the race to finish in the top ten, heats up as Drew and Jonathan both are at 163-104, with #12 being owned by both Scott and Tad at 161-106.
- Big Eddy becomes the 10th and final person in the College Top Ten to lose 100 games--next up to hit the 100 college losses mark is Ty (95) and Sarah (94).
- In All Time Pro, Big Tom Johnson has held the #1 spot for over three years... but for the first time, he's got company at the top, as Jennifer and Yours Truly now share Tom's 137-98 record. I dont have the exact number, but I do know that Tom has been on top of this list for at least 36 consecutive regular season weeks... this is the first time he's been tied.
- As for the rookies, Jason Barnette becomes the first of the rookie crop to break the top 30 in any of the Top Catagories--he's now 30th all time in Pro, with a 17-13 record. He needs 9 more wins to pass Brooke DeRamus' 26-20 record and take over 27th in the league, becoming the first (and possibly only this season) to join the "active block", which is the block on the list of active DFC'ers.
- As many people as we've seen in the DFC, after five seasons, only six people have seen a Deuce Bowl. Tad Roose and Chris Fulaytar have each been their twice, having won both of theirs, while Drew Morris has come up a runner up twice. Jennifer Ernst made it once, Shawn Sharp won it once and Eddy McBroom made it last year (and lost).
- With Chris retiring last season, the top spot for All Time Playoff Wins is up for grabs... the top seven is 1) Chris, 55-24; 2) Big Eddy, 50-22; 3) Drew Morris, 47-20; 4) Jenn Ernst, 42-22; 5) Tad Roose, 35-13; 6) Mark Gainey, 23-17; 7) Yours Truly, 21-11.
- I mention this only because Chris is gone, there is a good chance that Big Eddy will miss the postseason, there is a decent chance that Drew will miss the postseason, and there is almost no chance Jenn will make it... meaning Tad and Mark--if they make it--have no where to go but up.
- Nineteen people have tasted postseason glory... Tommy, Matt and Vic Paschal all are on the bottom with a 3-5 record each.
- The best winning percentage, however, is Tad Roose, with a 72.9% playoff average, and Drew Morris in 2nd with 70.1%
Monday, October 24, 2005
...the division that Justin had all but won sees him in 2nd now...
...Daniel Powell is seeking his first division title in his six season career, having passed a once solid Tim Wasyluka
...the rookie to now watch is not Angie Pilgrim but Jason Barnette
...and Jason Duren's solid lead (and attempt at a wire-to-wire divisional lead) is in danger...
...all of this and immediate results on the website now... full results sent via email tomorrow...
All ranks from AP Poll, all times CST
#4 Georgia Bulldogs (7-0) vs. #18 Florida Gators (5-2) in Jacksonville, Florida, CBS
The Worlds Largest Cocktail Party commences again, this time with some intriguing storylines... it would be easy to take the fourth ranked Bulldogs over Urban Meyer's Gators, a young team that has not quite grasped the offense that Urban is trying to lay on them. However, the Georgia QB, DJ Shockley, went down hard with a knee injury on Saturday, and afterwards, they struggled to beat Arkansas (and the Hogs should have beaten them, honestly). From all accounts, Shockley will not play on Saturday against the Gators, but even if he does, play will be limited and he won't be 100%. So take the team with the backup QB, or the team with the shaky offense that you know will one day explode for 1,000 yards in a single quarter. Pick 'em.
#25 Michigan Wolverines (5-3) at #21 Northwestern Wildcats (5-2), 6pm
Yes, yes, Ryan Sherman said it best... NW picking Mich State is like picking two donkeys fighting over a turnip... but if you saw that game, you saw one donkey beat the crap out of the other. Seriously, imagine Ryan, the Lattas and the Osbornes, all armed with wooden planks against Philip Fulmer, armed with a feather duster, in a dark alley. Thats the kind of beating the Cats laid on the Spartans--and they looked almost flawless doing it. I dont care who the Wolvies are... I'm picking the Wildcats again, and their huge offense and their bad-A QB, Basenez (prounced bazz-ih-nay). Homeboy is a hoss, and I'd pick him over Michigan's Henne any day. ( ALSO TB GAME)
Oklahoma Sooners (4-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-2), 11am ABC
Imagine my surprise when I flip on ESPNews and see the Boomer Sooners are in their 2nd overtime... "Wow," I thought... "I didnt know they played Colorado." Or maybe Ithought it was Oklahoma State, who they always have problems with. Or maybe they are playing Nebraska, though I was almost positive it wasn't this past weekend. So I listen in to find out who could be taking the Sooners to 2 overtimes. I found out. It was Baylor. Yes, Baylor. BAYLOR!!!!!! You have to know that Oklahoma is a young team, and they lost, like, everyone last year, and Adrian Peterson is a shell of what he was last season when they took Auburn's place against USC. But Baylor? I like the Huskers.
Clemson Tigers (4-3) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-2), 11am, ESPN2
I'll be honest with you... there weren't many more games that sound appealing. I mean, I could have picked Auburn/Ole Miss, but you don't really think that the Runnin' Rebels will win? And there is a great game on Thursday night, but its Thursday, and I know you people better than that. Too late in the season to be missing games. And hey, its on TV. So, here you go. Pick 'em.
Washington Redskins (5-2) at the New York Football Giants (4-2), 12noon FOX
You know, even though the powers that be act like Eli is the second coming of Peyton (can I tell you how funny it would be if Eli won a Super Bowl before Peyton? We're talking Venus and Serena all over again, times 5,000), after yesterday's comeback win over the Broncos, I'm starting to think Eli is coming around. And with the Skins, who knew that Brunell was the deal? Joe Gibbs is proving that the "game is not passing him by". If only LaVar Arrington can get his thumb out of his naval, and act like a man, the Skins can be a contenda.
Chicago Bears (3-3) at Detroit Lions (3-3), 12pm FOX
A question. Is it possible that the NFC North can be won by a 6-10 team, while a 10-6 Philadelphia team or a 11-5 Dallas Cowboy team misses the playoffs? Anyone else think we should go back to 3 divisions?
Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) at San Diego Chargers (3-4), 305pm, CBS
Another question. If the Chargers go 7-9 this year (or even 6-10), would they be the best 7-11 or 6-10 ever?
Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Tennessee Titans (2-5), 12pm CBS
That's right, boys and girls... the Titans, for the first time ever, have stunk just enough to qualify for... The Crap of the Week! Steve McNair's right ankle fell off last week, and the duct tape on this throwing hand is frayed, so they are starting the legendary QB Billy Volek, who honestly sounds like he should be starting for the Pittsburgh Penguins (who also stink). And the Raiders? Randy Moss can only do so much... in fact, depending on the game, he only does so much. Crap of the Week! Be there!
Lets go for some offensive firepower after last week's 6-3 Ala/Tenn TB debacle (the game wasn't a debacle... the points were).
Northwestern vs. Michigan. Total points scored
Saturday, October 22, 2005
TB Drops for Scott, Tyler, Tad, Scott, Big Eddy, Tebe, Michael, Tim, Gina, Drew, Daniel and Barney have been factored into the stats below... also, Drew Morris' correction is done below...
Also... for anyone who thought they got the Chiefs game correct, if you sent your email in after the game started on Friday, then it was counted as a loss (some of you picked Miami, so it didnt matter). The Hurricane moved the start of the game up, and I tried to let everyone know to get picks in (and put it on the site here). Just trying to be fair. =)
The Week that Was
First Matt wins his third week of his career, and now younger brother Scott takes his third week, his first since his 8-0 win of Week 1 in DFC IV (his other win was 7-1 week in DFC II, Week 10 in 2002). This time he wins the week at 6-2.
Coming in 2nd for the week is Tommy McLeod, at 6-2, and also in 6-2 is Jenn Ernst, having a great week (finally!) for 3rd.
The rest of the top ten all finished at 5-3, starting with Yours Truly in 4th, a tie for 5th with James Hawbaker and Tebe Shaw, in 7th is Tad Roose, in 8th is Mark Gainey, 9th is Jason Barnette and 10th is Jon Osborne.
4-4: DM Osborne, Matt Latta, Drew Morris, Lori Smith, Eddy McBroom, Tyler Campbell, Daniel Powell, Ryan Sherman
3-5: Tom Johnson, Tim Wasyluka, Angie Pilgrim, Justin Glenn, Jason Demastus, Michael Nipp
2-6: Ty Coffey, Sarah Hasha, Gina Williams, Jason Duren, Eddy McBroom Jr
1-7: Garrett Cheney
North Division REC TBA College Pro
David Mark's mediocre week didnt' hurt him at all, since no one else in the North had a good week either. He holds a 3 game lead over Matt, who decided to be good in a DMO MVP type year. Tom, Angie and Ty are pretty much out of the divisional race, only gunning for a playoff seed now.
DM Osborne, 42-22 (13.86) (25-13) (17-9)
Matt Latta, 39-22 (12.5) (25-13) (14-12)
Tom Johnson, 33-28 (14.88) (20-18) (13-13)
Angie Pilgrim, 33-28 (16.0) (21-17) (12-14)
Ty Coffey, 33-28 (21.86) (21-17) (12-14)
Tommy is having a great year, only getting better now that he has knocked off Justin from the top spot. And though six games back, here comes Jason Barnette (a preseason top 10er) to take the conference's 6th seed, at least temporarily.
Tommy McLeod, 40-24 (13.71) (23-15) (17-9)
Justin Glenn, 38-26 (15.86) (20-18) (18-8)
Jason Barnette, 34-30 (12.71) (19-19) (15-11)
Tebe Shaw, 30-34 (13.86) (17-21) (13-13)
Jennifer Ernst, 30-34 (16.14) (16-22) (14-12)
Possibly the worst week for Duren to go 2-6, as defending division champ Drew Morris is now only 2 games back. Eddy seems to stay afloat, but is in danger of having his four straight playoff appearances streak broken.
Jason Duren, 36-28 (18.43) (23-15) (13-13)
Drew Morris, 35-29 (13.29) (22-16) (13-13)
Eddy McBroom, 33-31 (11.71) (20-18) (13-13)
Sarah Hasha, 32-32 (16.0) (21-17) (11-15)
Jason Demastus, 31-33 (20.0) (18-20) (13-13)
The Mighty Gainey is finally showing his usual form, taking a solid four game lead over Tyler and Yours Truly, and looking for his 4th straight division title. Garrett, mostly out of the divisional race, can now only hope to make it as a wild card (but needs to get going soon), while Hawbaker shows signs of life, making his first weekly top ten.
Mark Gainey, 37-27 (13.86) (21-17) (16-10)
Tyler Campbell, 33-31 (9.14) (22-16) (11-15)
Yours Truly, 33-31 (12.5) (21-17) (12-14)
Garrett Cheney, 29-35 (20.38) (18-20) (11-15)
James Hawbaker, 18-22 (15.8) (11-15) (7-7)
My my, what a race we have here... seperated by only 2 TB points, neither has used their drop yet, and the winner of this division will almost certainly have the first round bye... but here comes the Rooster. Lori now falls four games from first, and Eddy Jr falls 5.
Jonathan Osborne, 38-26 (11.0) (23-15) (15-11)
Scott Latta, 38-26 (12.43) (22-16) (16-10)
Tad Roose, 36-28 (12.43) (24-14) (12-14)
Lori Smith, 34-30 (14.38) (21-17) (13-13)
Eddy McBroom Jr, 33-31 (21.0) (22-16) (11-15)
By virtue of the TBA, Daniel now holds the top spot, looking for his first division title in six seasons. Neither Daniel nor Tim has used their TB Drop yet. This will be a two man race, as Gina goes 2 games under .500, Ryan is 8 games out of first, and not only is Michael 12 games out of first, he's 9 games from the playoffs 6th seed.
Daniel Powell, 37-27 (12.0) (26-12) (11-15)
Tim Wasyluka, 37-27 (12.0) (24-14) (13-13)
Gina Williams, 31-33 (13.0) (21-17) (10-16)
Ryan Sherman, 29-35 (24.25) (19-19) (10-16)
Michael Nipp, 25-39 (12.0) (18-20) (7-19)
DFC Power Poll
Rank Rec (TBA) (LW)
1. DM Osborne 42-22 (13.86) (1)
2. Tommy McLeod 40-24 (13.71) (4)
3. Matt Latta 39-25 (12.5) (2)
4. Jon Osborne 38-26 (11.0) (7)
5. Scott Latta 38-26 (12.43) (10)
6. Justin Glenn 38-26 (15.86) (3)
7. Daniel Powell 37-27 (12.0) (8)
8. Tim Wasyluka 37-27 (13.57) (5)
9. Mark Gainey 37-27 (13.86) (9)
10. Tad Roose 36-28 (12.43) (NR)
dropped out: Jason Duren (6th)
The Playoff Race:
ONLY top six records per conference get playoff berth.
Top two seeds get first round byes, 3rd seed thru 6th seed play in Wild Card Weekend
1) DM Osborne, 42-22 (13.86) (North Division Champion)
2) Tommy McLeod, 40-24 (13.71) (Midcentral Division Champion
3) Jason Duren, 36-28 (18.43) (West Division Champion)
4) Matt Latta, 39-25 (12.5)
5) Justin Glenn, 38-26 (15.86)
6) Drew Morris, 35-29 (13.29)
7) Jason Barnette, 34-30 (12.71)
8) Eddy McBroom, 33-31 (11.71)
9) Tom Johnson, 33-31 (14.88)
10) Angie Pilgrim, 33-31 (16.0)
11) Ty Coffey, 33-31 (21.86)
1) Jon Osborne, 38-26 (11.0) (SouthCentral Division Champ)
2) Daniel Powell, 37-27 (12.0) (South Division Champ)
3) Mark Gainey, 37-27 (13.86) (East Division Champ)
4) Scott Latta, 38-26 (12.43)
5) Tim Wasyluka, 37-27 (13.57)
6) Tad Roose, 36-28 (12.43)
7) Lori Smith, 34-30 (14.38)
8) Tyler Campbell, 33-31 (9.14)
9) Yours Truly, 33-31 (12.5)
Game Bucket O' Wings
I award this week's DFC version of a helmet sticker or a game ball to Sarah Hasha, Mikey Nipp, Daniel Powell, Tommy McLeod, Jenn Ernst and Yours Truly... may we all sit and enjoy a big bucket together for having faith in the Northwestern Wildcats. We believed. They delivered. Tip your waitress.
Lies, Darn Lies & Statistics
--Last season may be more of an anamoly than anything else. Consider this: we had 13 people in a 26 person league win 60 games or more. Thats compared to only 5 in DFC II, 3 in DFC III and 3 in DFC IV. No one got higher than 58 wins in DFC I (Shawn Sharp) but during the first year, there were only 88 games as opposed to the 96 we currently have.
--This season, we will have possibly one, maybe two. DMOsborne has 42 wins, Tommy McLeod has 40, with 32 games left. That winds down to both averaging a 5-3 mark every week during the final four weeks. Matt Latta (39) can do it, but has to have a 6-2 week in there somewhere, while all those at 38 wins need 2 of those 6-2 weeks.
--Think winning the division gives you the upperhand? Think again. Since divisions were started in DFC II, only Tad Roose has won a championship as a division title winner. He did it in DFC II. Since then, Tad won his second title and Chris Fulaytar won his two all as wild cards, all going through wild card weekend. Its all about momentum.
--Things are looking rosy for Daniel Powell, as he is charging towards a possible first division title. Out of the original DFC'ers who are still around, only three have never had a Division Title trophy on their shelf... Matt Latta, Yours Truly and Daniel.
--Strangely, this could be the first DFC postseason (since DFC I, when neither were involved) with nary a McBroom in it. Both Eddys, senior and junior, have had their troubles this year, and might both miss the playoffs.
--On the other hand, this will be the first postseason where both Lattas are involved. In fact, most playoffs have seen neither Scott nor Matt, with Matt's only playoff appearance coming in DFC III, where he was knocked out of the first round.
--The Rookie of the Year race has just gotten interesting... do you award Angie Pilgrim, who was hot early (according to her fiance, she's hot all the time) winning both Week One and Five? Or do you award Jason Barnette, who struggled early, but has been consistant enough to climb the division (facing juggernauts Justin and Tommy, no less) and currently pull himself into playoff contention. Perhaps if he misses the playoffs, the voting will swing for Angie, but if he makes the postseason--and what if he advances?--you have to consider that.
--Checking out the all time stats, Tommy, Matt and Tom all crossed the 300 win mark this weekend, leaving only Daniel as the last DFC I'er to not make it (granted, he started three weeks late)
--Tim Wasyluka, from around the world (mission trip to the Middle East) made 200 this weekend as well. Next up is Sarah Hasha, who is 9 wins away
--The Wookiee, Chris Fulaytar, falls a little further. Beginning the season in the All Time Top Ten, he has been passed by several DFC'ers this year, and he now sits in 15th with a 236-140 record. Eddy Jr is 16th, with 234 wins, while Mark has 233. After Wookiee goes to 17th, there he probably will remain, at least until next season, because Lori is 18th with 207 wins, which means she'd have to have a 29-3 record in the final weeks of the season to make it. Not going to happen.
--Perhaps it would be a great rookie goal to make the All Time Top 30... Scott Burks holds the 30th spot now with 44 wins. I think Barney and Angie will definately hit the top 30. Tebe and Gina... maybe. Ryan and James? Probably not.
--Jennifer now is 13 collegiate wins away from being the first person to break 200 in that catagory. Michael and DMO are 18 back, Yours Truly is 20 back (which means we wait until next season, with only 16, perhaps 20, college games coming up before season's end)
--Somehow, Tom still is atop the All Time Pro records, now two ahead of Jenn, three from me. Right back, however, is David Mark Osborne with 128 (tied with Tommy). I mention this only because only three people have ever spent anytime in the top three of ALL major catagories at the same time--Jennifer, Yours Truly, Michael.
--We're not all there now, but at one time or another, we were in the top three of All Time, Pro and College. Jennifer is there now (1 in All Time and College, 2 in Pro) and I was there for a while until DMO passed me to take third in College (tied actually with Michael for 2nd place). Anyway, he's five behind me in Pro... and he'd become the 4th person to ever be in the top three of all catagories.
Kansas City 30, Miami 20 (NFL on Friday night)
Northwestern 49, Michigan State 14 (I watched this game in its entirety... imagine Ryan Sherman, the Lattas and the Osbornes with bats in a dark alley against Philip Fulmer. Thats how badly NW beat MSU... total domination.)
Alabama 6, Tennessee 3
Texas 52, Texas Tech 17
LSU 20, Auburn 17 (I just invested three hours of my life in a thrilling game decided by a football bouncing off an upright. Thats just wrong. Just wrong.)
Also... interesting article about the feud and hatred between Alabama and Tennessee