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This year we have a new trophy for the Grand Champion, and it’s not something you can wear or lose in the lobby of your building before you even get it. We want to add to your collection of stuff that your wife, girlfriend, mother, or cat will hate and want out of the house. But to your friends and peers, it’s like a gold chain to hang around your neck and an added strut to your walk like Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Without further ado here it is, and here’s also a link to Far Out Awards, were you can order your own for your home leagues.

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The RCL Top 10

Why the top-10? Because they’re the top-10 teams out of 1,000+? And that’s pretty amazing? I’m Brian Fantana giving you the news! Simply put, they’re the best of the best of the best, and I think they deserve a little bit recognition. BUT NOT TOO MUCH. Just a taste.

1 Goose Snausage Razzball 2014 114.6
2 The Dynasty Flatpoint High 113.9
3 Hannibal Montana Take On The Jay(Wrong) 112.1
4 Purple Mays Haze Take On The Jay(Wrong) Cinco! 109.7
5 Militant Vegans Loogy On Your Windshield 109.6
6 Colicky Fuddruckers GREYco Inc. 108.4
7 Hard Wood on Ball I Dream of RCL 105.9
8 Geefus and Junice Ash Tree Lanes 105.7
9 Big League Wood Smokey’s Humidor 105.7
10 Diamond Dragons Moobs Out 105.1

The 2014 Razzball Commenter League Master Standings (Click on it. Seriously. Do it.)

VinWins Is Always Watching… with six weeks to go Vin has shined a light on some of the tightest races in the RCL land. I’m in some of these leagues, and I have written about a few others over the last couple of weeks. This is good stuff people. There are 27 total tight races, which is really a testament to people stepping up the competition this season, and we love that so many are in a dogfight to the end. *Tips cap all around.* If you notice the top of the list, there’s a three-way tie in Jack’s Late to the Party RCL. That tie has been broken, but it is outstanding we have such a tight battle and not a blowout. Wouldn’t you rather be a warrior instead of a clown getting a beatdown? Am I right? The FCL, my home league, has got even tighter with frequent commenter SteveNZ (the Giant Moa) holding a one point lead over last years grand champion Mauled By Pandas (Traveling Riverside Blues). Now at 92.5 to 91.5, this one is getting tighter than a pair of yoga pants. Mmmhhhhhh Yoga Pants!!!! Lastly I want to highlight the ECFBL, one of the regular high index RCL leagues. Classic frequent commenter Matt Truss (The Hippos) is battling other old schooler Mauled By Pandas (Nine Pound Hammer) and El Macho Barracho for the title of this clout league. The lead has changed hands from when I looked at the league 20 minutes ago. Chingow! Good luck guys, I’m sure Simply Fred will remind all of us how awesome you guys are in the off-season. One title that you guys never lose are most moves, but when you have Nick @Nite with 1,084 moves on the year I can see how that will never be challenged.

The RCL #1

The RCL #1, which sounds like a RCL made for 2001: Space Odyssey (Grey notified me that RCL #1 isn’t related to a space shuttle, but is meant to be said like The Iron Sheik. RCL #1! RCL #1! RCL #1!), is the Friends & Family league that Grey created so we could all be his fantasy baseball punching bags. Actually, maybe not so much punching bags as mustache combs. Seems more Grey-ish to Jay. I wasn’t invited so I’m not sure if I would be Grey’s punching bag. What I do know is I can say whatever I want because I’m not in there. With that being said I say “Why you dodging me Bro?” 

Regardless, this league stars Jay, Rudy, Tehol the Elder God, Prospector Scott, Paul, the Sing(ing)man, Nick the Podcast Host, and Sky… err, the Blue? We need to find you a better title buddy. But that’s us, that’s the family, except me. Which, I can assure you, I’m already filing paperwork to gain emancipation. The friends are Dalton Del Don from Yahoo, Brad Johnson from FanGraphs, Ryan Carey of Mastersball, and Tim McLeod of RotoRob.

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– Grey has only trimmed a point and a half on Rudy since last week, and if he can keep that up then maybe he has a chance to win and be able to gloat all off-season. Grey likes to gloat like Sky likes to post weird random stuff he always has in his back pocket, like a Jedi with a link list. Let’s just say, it’s goin down to the wire and will be like back in the day when you played for $5 a game on Madden 95 on Sega! Ok, I have placed three links in this post to extend Hip-Hop Sunday into Hip-Hop Any Day on the Razz. We need some relief with all this end of season going on. Find them and let’s discuss. I’m expecting Nick and Ralph in here on that.

– Grey vs. Rudy part Deux, the smell of hot pastrami in the air! Grey needs to hit some dongs, steal some bases, win that RBI battle, and pass the guys ahead of him in K’s, then he can beat Rudy. Seems reasonable. Am I right?

– Sky has started to pull away from Tehol for the not the worst of the Razz crew title. Real thrilling stuff…

From Around The Web

  1. MattTruss223 says:
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    Hey now, take it easy on Fred, he’s entering fantasy baseball retirement. I’ve been known to be an ECFBL honk myself, tooting our horn on many an occasion. I do believe it’s 3 years running with top league index.

    VinWins used to crunch the numbers on a daily basis so we could see where each league was in relation to the others. I think he may be working on something similar as we speak, but I took all the data from back on 8/11 and ran it through EXCEL to see where each league stood. This year more than ever we have a real 3 way battle for highest LCI. ECFBL, Champions League and FCL are all tops in something and top 10 in just about everything. The Champions League is killing it in pitching. If you want to see the numbers, check out the forums, I just posted everything there as to not flood the comments here. Scroll down to “Everything Else” and click “Razzball Commentors League”. It’s worth checking out for any and all numbers nerds as VinWins is always posting little gems there. I’ll probably re-run the numbers next week and I’ll post the new totals there again.

    It should be noted that the top 3 leagues in LCI all have one thing in common and that’s MauledByPandas is in every single one. Talk about upping your game, Panda’s one of the best because he plays the best.

    Nice work JFOH and thanks for the snarky shout out

    • Grey

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      @MattTruss223: Few thoughts about your stats (also posted in forum)…

      Surprised our league placed that high in homers…

      The moves in your league is being buoyed by Fred, which is fine, but it’s not helping him to do well, so really not sure if moves directly correlates to a better team…

      If you had a bad draft, you can fix your team with lots of moves, but lots of moves to themselves does nothing…

      Us being lowest Games Started isn’t surprising…

      Rudy and I seem to buoying the moves in our league…

      If any league puts Nick into their league, it’s going to get dragged down in moves and innings and other counting stats since he hasn’t done anything in about 2 months… I’m convinced he has a mobile rotary phone that can’t access his fantasy teams on a phone…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: Haha, poor Nick. I was surprised by the HRs there too as you guys aren’t top 3 in any other category (though close in many). Fred absolutely raises our total number of moves, but I do my part as well. My other RCL (Magnificent Mustachioed Men) is up there in moves and it’s pretty much just me and 1 other manager chronically rosterbating. Interestingly, I’ve made almost the same number of moves in each league. For me, the moves have been rotating out the bottom 1/4 or so of my hitting Line-up based on match-ups, rotating Middle Relievers daily (if a guy has been used 2 straight days, he’s out of my LU for someone that may get an inning that night) and chasing vulture and speculative saves.

        I won’t speak for Fred as I’m sure he’ll check in, but he had some bad SP luck early drafting 3 high upside strikeout guys in J-Fer, Salazar and Wacha. That along with some poor streaming I guess put him in a hole in ERA/WHIP. Once he realized he was so far back there, he maxed out his GS to focus on Saves and RP innings. So, a lot of his moves went there and now he similarly rotates MRs on a daily basis. He also rotates 1/3 of his LU based on match-ups and has a habit of picking guys up as place holders and then adding the best available guy off waivers the next morning. We both can also be a bit indecisive…I’ve been known to add/drop the same player 3-4 times in an hour because I can’t make up my mind. Also, dropping a player right before LUs lock to add someone for that day’s games and then immediately adding the dropped player back is common place (especially with spec saves guys)

        I don’t think I had a terrible draft in either of my leagues, yet I’m top 2 in both in moves with good results.

        • Grey

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          Yup, it’s pretty much what I do too, I’ve rotated MRs a bit less recently because I’m banking on certain guys actually taking over closer jobs rather than chasing one inning here and there…

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @MattTruss223: I can’t compete with that kind of insanity!! Someone send the phone spiders to cut Truss’s internet!

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: It’s really fun watching you and Rudy duke it out though I am kinda rooting for him since he is in Austin (no offense!)

        • Grey

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          No offense taken! (Offense taken!)

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: is this turning into that pick a side twilight thing people talk about in pop culture.

      • Simply Fred

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        @Grey: Matt got overly enamored with my giving streaming a boost. I do take credit for recognizing that others were getting an advantage (but keeping the secret). All I did was let the cat out of the bag.

        Unfortunately, I don’t have the skill set to stream pitchers effectively. saaad…

        simply, I finally realized that I really can’t compete with the top minds.

        i will say that after i embraced streaming hitters, utilizing hitter-tron, my hitting stats improved.

        so, KUDOS to RUDY!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @simply fred: I pulled you out of captivity

          • Simply Fred

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            @J-FOH: thanks!

            btw: my extreme number of moves are not random…the method to the ‘madness’ is:

            1. grab the first available ‘good’ option BEFORE someone else scoops him.
            2. replace when a ‘better’ option found. this can happen back-to-backto-back.
            3. USE the waiver wire. I pick up lesser players who are available free agents, but back-up with a hopeful ww pick. i DON’T assume i will get a ww player.
            4. stream: pitchers (streamonator) and hitters (hittter-tron)
            5. check RCL#1 league moves frequently. grab a grey or rudy pick if available in my league (without question they are smarter than me!)
            yadda, yadda, yadda…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @simply fred: #5 is the best advice for anyone here. I should of had that saved in my favorites all year.

              • MattTruss223 says:
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                @J-FOH: Conquer, I have RCL #1 bookmarked for daily checking as well!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @MattTruss223: Playing against so much good competition sure has been a humbling experience. I hold out hope that I can get lucky and find some hot schmotatos or luck into some SAGNOF. It’s been fun competing against you all though.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattTruss223: The FCL has taken a hit with the disappearance of prezzi and Oaktown Steve, but even with that the competition is still fierce. I have to get snarky with you guys with how our leagues are comprised of some of the best in here. It’s like the AL vs the NL. Of course I’m trying to lure fred in here, I haven’t heard him preach and talk his G rated smack all year. What can I say, I like to help the elderly get around.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: I think we should send a search party out for OTS. I will do my best to take down the emu, for MURICA!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: call in nick to search on the road and call the milk carton people

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @J-FOH: No doubt losing OTS is a big hit, I posted in the comments awhile back about how I hadn’t seen him post in awhile. Grey said something about Ireland…

        OTS and Simply Fred though are two of the best in the biz if you ask me. Two of the truly great minds in this game. Fred informed us that he’s hanging up his fantasy baseball cleats after this season though, sadly. ECFBL will take yet another hit. We lost our champ from last year who is maybe the best player I’ve ever played with, though he’s said he may return for next season.

        Snark is the sincerest form of flattery, that’s how that saying goes, right?

        AL vs. NL, I like that comparison. Again, nice write-up, really enjoyed it.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @MattTruss223: thats too bad to lose good players but there is always a new player that brings something to the table. There are so many ways to play this game. I’m not a great drafter but good at fixing broken teams. Setting also plays a huge factor in determining a players skill level. Time and accessibility matters more in daily as opposed to games played limits, innings limits, FAAB dollars for adds. I would love to do a 20 team deep league razz regulars FAAB format

          • MattTruss223 says:
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            @J-FOH: Agreed, I daily plays to my strengths for sure. That said, FAAB is the shizz!

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Before we hand the championship over to Rudy, I should gain some points from teams that are going to max out on starts… Then again, Rudy could also gain some points there too… I’m kinda screwed…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: find your inner rugged man and fight to the death

  3. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Sky’s ‘random weird $hit for the day':

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: classic sky

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @MattTruss223: @Sky: This is hawesome my anus is prepared!

  4. Birdmann says:
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    Thanks for the shout out, this has been one of the tightest battles I have been in in years. It makes it so much more fun when you are battling everyday for first with more than one guy. Johnny Utah, in forth could also make this a four team race down the stretch as he is very close to us also. It is a shame that half our league isn’t playing keeping our index down, as I feel the top five have made this one of the toughest leagues I have been in.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: well it has me in it so of course it’s tough

  5. Ralph Lifshitz

    ralph lifshitz says:
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    I like the Drops DJ-J-FOH

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ralph lifshitz: thanks Ralph, we battle this sunday

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: good shizz you crafty son of a gun! Nicely done.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: two questions. Did you know any? And whats your favorite?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: yeah man i remeber Celly Cell, that ol west coast shizz! That soul khan was my favorite, it was really dope.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: he will be my RA contrubution for the rest of the year. Ralph and I are working on a Hip Hop Sunday battle thing where we take a theme and post our top three and then discuss.

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J-FOH: Nice I can’t wait! Ill go check out the remix, ive got a soft spot for the old west coast vibe

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: go look up the celly cel remix with the Click, better than original but i wanted one with a video. It’s the Chain is a hard song to drive to. and by hard I mean good.

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @mauledbypandas: Blackalicious is good stuff, always has a dope ass old school beat. I love this stuff.

                • MattTruss223 says:
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                  @mauledbypandas: Whoa, RCL update turned into a Blackalicious party? I bump Blackalicious quite a bit actually. Blackalicious and J-5 got a lot of love in my car speakers, still do actually. Damn, does that make me old too?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @MattTruss223: yes, I’ve ben to quite a few J-5 shows including in stores at record stores. I blazed it with Akil and my buddy went to school with Chali-Tuna. Best live act ever! Blackalicious is great I think dj shadow played drums on this track

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTBzDJyEG7s

                    • MattTruss223 says:
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                      @J-FOH: Nice, I’ve seen J-5 twice and Blackalicious once with Little Brother at a sweet little venue in Boston. Chali-Tuna’s great, sounds like you smoked up with quite a few hip-hop acts huh? Haha. Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist are sick, you ever seen the documentary “Scratch”? Check that out if you haven’t, so good.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @MattTruss223: own it and love it. Z-Trip is one of my favs too.

                    I went to a lot of in-store performances and being in LA these guys were always around. They would go to each others shows and I remember some of these LA based cats hustling cd’s on the street after shows. Gift is one of the nicest guys I have ever met.

                    • MattTruss223 says:
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                      @J-FOH: Thats awesome man, see, we might not see eye to eye on sports teams, but we can agree on something.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @MattTruss223: common ground….viva los FCL!

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @J-FOH: Scratch. ‘Nuff said.

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J-FOH: what kind of themes we talking? I could think of some stuff to go along with it…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @nick the dick: slow down there. You’ll get some nicks picks too

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: Brakes pumped….Nick’s Picks, nice ring to it.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @nick the dick: I do these kind of things.

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: doin it and doin it and doin it well

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: heiroglyphics is too good. Did a Del line for the line of the day last week from ‘i wish my brother george was here’

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @nick the dick: great song, too bad del had more misses than hits but at least he had the sack to take chances instead of standing scared in the corner

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: ya man i wish my brother george was here was a great album tho. Hes had a couple worthwhile

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @nick the dick: deltron was the best he ever did, but anytime you have dan the automater with you you’re golden

  6. mauledbypandas says:
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    This was my favorite update so far, good jorb JFOH!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @mauledbypandas: also, I caught that line about what happened to my prize last year, at least now I know not to get anything sent to my home address

    • J-FOH says:
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      @mauledbypandas: Thanks, good to see your reading and not just rosterbating

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: I rosterbate while having the site read to me via text to speech. Microsoft SAM is hilarious!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: sounds like some serious audiorotica

  7. Mike

    Mike says:
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    If I win writer’s league, do I get another column?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you get Saturday night’s roundup, you’re welcome!

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ha!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: yes, you get to do even more work at the same pay plus you have to move to LA and be Grey’s personal assistant. I’m sure your wife won’t mind.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        perfect. I’ll bring my dog. He has IBS and sheds a lot – just like me.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Mike: Ted will have to be in on this. A butt sniffing test for sure

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            ha!

  8. Big Magoo

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    Looks like a bunch of RCLs are gonna go down to the wire. It’s a damn good race between Steve and Pandas in the FCL. Looking at that trophy, I wish I was still in the running to be the overall champ. That thing looks delicious.

    You ever play the mid ’90s NHL games on the Genesis? Those might have been even better than the Maddens during that time period, and I’m not even much of a hockey guy.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: I was tbe king of the deke. The FCL championship belt is the best trophy of all.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: oh wow I forgot about that belt! Did we actually get it?

      • Big Magoo

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        @J-FOH: The deke was added a bit later on, wasn’t it? I don’t remember it being there at the beginning. Just had to move the puck around quickly so that you weren’t flattened into a pool of blood by a defender who built up a head of steam.

    • Birdmann says:
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      @J-FOH: @Big Magoo: the original NHL by EA is still my favorite

      • Big Magoo

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        @Birdmann: Yeah, that was a good one. NHL ’94 was my personal favorite. Just rock solid all the way around. I probably logged over a thousand hours on that thing.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Big Magoo: I think you absolutely deserve the overall title for your champions league team, you are crushing a competitive league!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Big Magoo: I was so good at Blades of Steel!

      • Big Magoo

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        @mauledbypandas: Blades of Steel was great too. I wore that and Tecmo Super Bowl out on the original Nintendo.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Big Magoo: Tecmo Bowl! Someone should tell football players all they have to do is zig zag to avoid being tackled

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: Tecmo Super Bowl was the best

          • de nachos says:
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            @J-FOH: Eric Metcalf, come get some.

      • Big Magoo

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        @mauledbypandas: And thanks for the Champions League comment. My lead has been cut to 11 points though, so it’s still up for grabs.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Big Magoo: same thing in the FCL, that could be a 4 horse race. At least I have my work league that I can win easily!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: I feel bad I have lost interest in champions league as i have had to prioritize myself between three write ups a week and leagues I had a chance in. probably my worst draft of any league

  9. MattH says:
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    Nice Write up, J-FOH.

    And thanks for the shout out.
    It’s been fun.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattH: thnks, no prob, where have you been all year?

  10. MattH says:
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    I’ve been around, but DFS distracted me to say the least, and I joined too many leagues. BUT finding a second wind for these last 5 weeks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattH: DFS is a grind….on my wallet

  11. de nachos says:
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    Good article H. On your end if you have a good HR week in FCL you’re up 3 points, plus a maybe a point on RBI and AVG. Hoo doggie excitin’ stuff! As you all know first prize is the belt. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is…well we can vote on that one.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @J-FOH: Ha! Are you serious!? How much does one of those run? League trophies are an amazing addition to a league. Love that

        • J-FOH says:
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          @MattTruss223: like a hundred or so. Nacho just straight bought it and we paid him back via paypal. Like ten bucks a head. Remember when I tried to recruit you into the FCL and said it was going to be amazing, well this is what we have over here on our side of the block.

          • MattTruss223 says:
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            @J-FOH: haha, well, had I known my other RCL was gonna end up the way it has, I woulda disbanded it and hopped in FCL. That said, I may disband it next season, there’s about 5 dead teams in that league, LCI is way down, it’s kinda a shame. If there’s a spot in FCL next season, let me know, i mean there’s a belt involved! Haha, I did pitch this to ECFBL:

            http://www.fantasytrophies.com/product/large-base/armchair-ace

            But it was kinda late and league dues had already been paid so a couple people were broke and a couple weren’t sure about committing to the league long term, so we passed this year…but next year, it may happen.

            I run a couple home leagues for baseball and football and all of them have trophies, it adds an extra element to the league. I handmade a pretty nice one for my home football league, good stuff.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @MattTruss223: we have Carnac’s spot on hold and will evaluate it in January. You are on the short list for sure. I will never abandon OTS or prezzi unless they give their blessing.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @de nachos: @J-FOH: I hope someone has investigated shipping to New Zealand.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @SteveNZ: I thought the fine print says the winner must be in the continental united states. You might have to pay for shipping of your own belt.

  12. Kid A says:
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    This post should really have 100 comments.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: it does now

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