Wednesday, November 25, 2009

3FL Notes: S9: Week 12 Preview

Half of our eight playoff spots have been claimed. But with only two weeks remaining in the regular season, no 3FL team is mathematically eliminated. Looks like we're in for a wild finish!

Week 11 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 86 points

Player MVPs:
Ricky Williams (RB/Mia) - 23 points
Drew Brees (QB/NO) - 21 points
Ben Roethlisberger (QB/Pit) - 21 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 42/66 - 63.64%
League Voting: 36/66 - 54.55%
Yahoo! Projections: 36/66 - 54.55%

Remember, the voting deadline is THURSDAY @ 12:30pm this week. Go vote before you eat!

Week 12 Information

Thursday Early: Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
Thursday Late: Oakland Raiders @ Dallas Cowboys
Thursday Night: New York Giants @ Denver Broncos
Sunday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens
Monday Night: New England Patriots @ New Orleans Saints

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 12:

Predacons (-1/2) vs. The Comfy Chair
The Chair needs to win both remaining games and get a bunch of help from the rest of the league, so it's not the easiest road to the postseason. But we all know that anything can happen in the 3FL. The Preds have already clinched the 3FL West (thanks to the Chair's victory last week) and may be sleepwalking in this one.

Renegades (-1) vs. Yuengling Brewers
These two teams are going in opposite directions. The Brewers haven't been scoring much since earning a record weekly total and they have lost three straight games. And the Renegades are making a playoff push despite starting the season 0-4. Kurt Warner holds the key to victory (as long as his head holds up).

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
What a great division and family rivalry this has turned out to be. The trash talk has started already (although it sounds like a bunch of Dungeons and Dragons stuff) and these two will be ready to go for this week. The epic battle will extend through all the weekend's games and just might be the second 'Bums tie of the year.

Lightning (-1) vs. Marauders
Jay Cutler has been benched after last week's stunning last second loss. He pulled defeat from the jaws of victory and will now watch Alex Smith start for the Lightning. The Marauders broke out of a slump last week, but Big Ben won't be as prolific against the rival Ravens.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. ray ray haw
The Stompers have clinched a playoff berth and are coasting into the end of the regular season. They should be a little worried for Peyton Manning, though. If the Colts keep winning, he may not have to play at all during our playoffs. The haw chose starters for a good TV matchup last week. I doubt that will happen again.

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
This great matchup starts with a couple of players on Thanksgiving and ends with a flourish on Monday night. I can't agree with Yahoo! that the Saints will light up the scoreboard against the Patriots, but it may be enough to eek out a much needed Vipers victory. But FitzCorp sure does have a way of coming through in prime time...

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck this week!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

3FL Notes: S9: Week 11 Preview

Rivalry week was as exciting as advertised, complete with a Monday night comeback and a one-point game decided on the very last play. And Misfits, Inc. earned the league's first postseason berth. Who will join them?

Week 10 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Renegades - 81 points

Player MVPs:
Peyton Manning (QB/Ind) - 26 points
Tom Brady (QB/NE) - 23 points
Chris Johnson (RB/Ten) - 23 points
Baltimore Ravens Defense - 22 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 40/60 - 66.67%
League Voting: 34/60 - 56.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 34/60 - 56.67%

The League and the Predacons were both 6/6 in week 2 voting.

Remember, the voting deadline is THURSDAY NIGHT this week.
Go vote!

Week 11 Information

Thursday Night: Miami Dolphins @ Carolina Panthers
Sunday Night: Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears
Monday Night: Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Bye Weeks: Finished for the Season

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 11:

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Marauders
If it wasn't for Bill Belichick, the Preds would have just about clinched the 3FL West with the second set of divisional games still to go. As it stands they need to keep fighting and hoping for the Steelers to win this week without much production from Big Ben. The Marauders need a victory here to keep a thin sliver of postseason hopes alive.

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
In a great matchup that will play out in prime time, these two division foes will clash in what should be an epic battle. A combined six players are active under the lights (although with DST finished I realize it now gets dark at 5pm). It's a shame that the haw's cable plan doesn't include ESPN because Monday Night Football will decide it all!

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Where have all the RBs gone? The two starters for the 'Fitz are both out, with one injured and one really injured. That might be enough for the 'Morons to sneak out of this week with a victory. But after last week I wouldn't bet against the Corp's Sunday night magic.

Spiked Vipers (-1) vs. Yuengling Brewers
With soft matchups across the board, the Vipers are looking to leapfrog the Brewers in the standings with a win. The Brew Crew has lost two straight and is going to have to rely heavily on Tom Brady to have a chance here. We'll have a clearer picture after tonight's game. That no one can watch.

Renegades (-1) vs. The Comfy Chair
The Chair could be assured a seat as a spectator during the postseason with a loss. And if that's not enough pressure, Coach Val gets to start Kurt Warner vs. the Rams and Cincinnati's D vs. the Raiders. Sorry, Chair. At least the cushion is soft.

And the game of the week...

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
This could finally be the break the Bolts have been looking for - a head-to-head matchup that would vault them to the top of the 3FL North. If they win. Coach Bev and Peyton Manning have a different idea. SNF will be fun, with Jay Cutler (Lightning) up against the Eagles D (Stompers). It's like every point will be doubled.

Good luck this week!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

3FL Notes: S9: Week 10 Preview

It's Rivalry Week in the 3FL! This week's games include matchups with a history - like twin vs. twin and Brewers vs. haw. It's the first of what will be an annual event and an exciting week before the second set of divisional games wraps up the regular season.

Remember - there is a Thursday NFL game every week from now until 3FL SuperBowl week. Make sure to set your players in those games (and vote on the 3FL games) before kickoff (8:20pm).

Week 9 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Misfits, Inc. - 99 points

Player MVPs:
Kurt Warner (QB/Ari) - 35 points
Jay Cutler (QB/Chi) - 23 points
Greg Olsen (TE/Chi) - 21 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 35/54 - 64.81%
League Voting: 28/54 - 51.85%
Yahoo! Projections: 28/54 - 51.85%

Remember, the voting deadline is THURSDAY NIGHT this week.
Go vote!

Week 10 Information

Thursday Night: Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers
Sunday Night: New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts
Monday Night: Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
Bye Week: Houston, New York Giants

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 10:

ray ray haw (-2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Wow. This rivalry goes way back, but this game may not be much of a contest. More than half of the haw's players are projected to score in double figures. Not even Tom Brady can offset those kind of numbers.

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The Preds have been on the winning end of the "biggest blowout" for the last two weeks, but it doesn't look like that streak will be extended. The Fitz are back on top of the standings and are looking to stay there. And coach sinkerbeam has one too many players who can only score if McNabb does.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
After suffering a heartbreaking one point loss against the 'Bumbs last Monday night, the Stompers will again have to endure a game under the lights to decide the victor. The winner will also depend on which Kurt Warner shows up on Sunday - rejuvenated 5 TD throwing Kurt or the old, graying, shaking his head version.

Baltimorons (-1) vs. Marauders
The loser of this game will have some work to do in order to make the playoffs. These two former champions are both having an uncharacteristic year, but someone will take the first step toward the postseason. Can I wait and see who (if anyone) ends up in the final starting lineups before I choose the winner?

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
Rumor has it that the coach GooMoo will be driving to visit coach ThadTotti for the weekend. Even more fun! The Vipers games are over at 7:30pm on Sunday but the Lightning have players waiting for prime time. Actually they have two going tomorrow night, too, but who gets the NFL Network?

And the game of the week...

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. The Comfy Chair
The Chair can't buy a break this year. They were in the top three in scoring last week and ended up with another loss. Matt Schaub is on a bye for the defending champs, but it doesn't really matter. If the Chair scores one million points the 'Bums will end up with one million and three.

Good luck this week!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

3FL Notes: S9: Week 9 Preview

We had another MNF comeback and another three digit score last week. And with only five weeks remaining in the regular season, no team is more than one game out of a playoff spot. Things are heating up in the 3FL!

Week 8 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Predacons - 102 points

Player MVPs:
Brett Favre (QB/Min) - 28 points
Chicago Bears Defense - 24 points
Aaron Rodgers (QB/GB) - 23 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 31/48 - 64.58%
League Voting: 26/48 - 54.17%
Yahoo! Projections: 24/48 - 50%

Go vote!

Week 9 Information

Sunday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
Monday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos
Bye Week: Buffalo, Cleveland, Minnesota, NY Jets, Oakland, St. Louis

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 9:

Lightning (-1) vs. Baltimorons
Both of these teams would really like to gain some ground on the leaders of their divisions. One of them will get to add a W to their record. But Coach Thadtotti will have to suffer through a Monday night Steelers game against an opposing RB.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
The Brewers won last week despite having all of their stars on a bye. The Preds are in a similar situation this week, with the 3FL's top pick and two WRs enjoying their off week. These two teams have been unpredictable this year - the game could be the Toyota "biggest blowout" or a tie.

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Marauders
At 3-5, both of these teams are on the edge of the playoff picture. A win here could be a very important separator in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, Ben Roethlisberger and Skippy Reed control the fate of both teams.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Coach Bev's team has been outstanding so far this year. They have won their last three games and lead the league in points. The 'Bums are looking to regain some momentum after two straight losses. Prime time will rule this matchup, as a combined seven players start their games after 8pm.

Misfits, Inc. (-1) vs. The Comfy Chair
The Chair can't buy a break this season, but it's unlikely that the Corp will be very sympathetic. Still, it will be fun to watch McNabb and Romo go head to head on Sunday night.

And the game of the week...

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Renegades
More than half of the Vipers are playing in the same NFL game. They better hope it's a high scoring affair or the Renegades can definitely steal a win. Whatever happens will be late breaking news - SpiVi doesn't have a player on the field until after the 1pm games are over.

Good luck this week.