Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Aces Casino Fantasy Football Addiction #5 - Looking At The DFFL's "Origin Of The Name"

Here at Aces Casino, Southern California's orange county casino party company leader, we strive to not only provide the best and most innovative ideas about how to maximize the efforts of your next casino party, but also to show our more irreverent (and some say mindless) side.  That's where fantasy football comes in.  Ask my wife: "There's nothing more mindless than fantasy football!"  This coming from a woman that thinks the definition of the word, "Benihana," is Japanese for "It's OK to eat off of someone else's plate."  But, as usual, I digress, but not before saying that Benihana is the BEST.  (She stole my Shrimp Tempura, but I'm not bitter.)

Where was I .... Oh, yes, Fantasy football.  Everyone knows that Aces Casino LOVES the Dunn-Edwards Fantasy Football League, our home for mindless fantasy football, but after playing in this fantastic league we call the "DFFL," there has always been one burning question that has befuddled us for some time - Where did the 12 league members ever come up with those interesting team names they have?  (I know... This orange county casino night guy has too much time on his hands.  Hey, they gave me this job to write the blog, so I'm writin' it.  Sue me.  Grin)

Pretty much what my wife thinks.

Well, since the DFFL was on a seven-month vacation, we thought that this might make an interesting topic.  So, without further adieu, here are the results of a pain-staking 20-minute in-depth article from the orange county casino night company known as Aces Casino on just how the teams came up with their names.  Some of the answers might just surprise you.....

Your Name Here — When he joined the DFFL in 2008, Ben Miller announced that he had named HIS team “Your Name Here” to pay homage to his friend’s 2007 DFFL team name at the time, which was “This Space For Rent.”  Before the ‘08 season began, Ben later found out that “TSFR” had changed THEIR name to “Full Tilt Poker,” but decided to keep the “Your Name Here” team name anyway, and has kept it to this day.

Home Field 45 — Robert Abundis’ NFL loyalties are tied to his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, so when he joined the league in 2009, he decided to pay homage to the Cowboys by naming his team “Home Field 45” after the actual site of Super bowl 45—which was also the actual home stadium of the Cowboys. Robert was obviously hoping that the Cowboys would be the first team to advance to the Super Bowl while also playing in their actual home stadium at the same time.  (The Cowboys subsequently finished the 2010 season out of the playoffs.  I’m guessing that a team name change is in our future.)

Baltimore Ravens — The NFL Ravens are Grant Herman’s “second favorite” NFL team besides the Chargers, most likely as a result of his love for the team’s current starting QB, Joe Flacco.  Grant liked the uniform colors and the success that the team had been recently enjoyed, and since Commissioner Francis already had the name, “Bolts,” Herman chose the Ravens as his franchise team name when he joined in 2009.

Full Tilt Poker — This team owner has a ritual for his fantasy football teams when it came to naming them — He would name the team after the very first sign or commercial he would see (either on TV or in person) when the time was chosen to name the team at some time during the league’s draft.  In 2008, when it was determined that the next thing seen on a nearby TV would be the 2008 name, a commercial for the poker site called “Full Tilt Poker” appeared on the screen at the National Sports Grille.  The Full Tilt guy isn’t superstitious at all, but has decided to keep the current team name while the team is successful.  

Norsemen — At first glance, assigning meaning to the team name Rob Mielke has given his DFFL franchise doesn’t seem too tough; yes, Rob’s a big Viking fan, but he comes by his NFL fandom naturally….Rob grew up in what he calls the “Northern Tundra of Minnesota.”  He’s used the term “Norseman” in many different online forums when discussing subjects like football, so it wasn’t a big leap to use the name for his DFFL team.

Mr. Go Lucky —It seems that with the DFFL team owners, the right nickname can strike at any time, in some of the craziest places.  Case in point: Anthony Pitassi, one of our two Buffalo Bills’ fans.  As the story is told, Anthony’s nick came about as a result of a membership to the social networking site, “MySpace.”  He created a page for himself by posting a picture of his nephew, and instead of using his own name, he posted the page under the nickname, “Lost Cause.”  Then one day, Anthony received a note from a girl that told him “Don’t be a ‘lost cause’ — He should be ‘Happy Go Lucky!”   He immediately changed the website name to “Mr. Go Lucky,” and now Anthony says he uses the nickname everywhere.

J-Squad — Sometimes, the humorous personalities of our DFFL brethren will make itself apparent during e-mail communications between the teams, and this question to Jesus Cortez triggered that personality.  After declaring that the origin of his team name was to remain a “secret,” Mister Cortez finally spilled the beans on January 5, 2011....  “The ‘J’ is for Jesus, Steve.”  Yeah, I kinda figured, my friend, but I had to ask…. We love taking on the tough topics and asking the tough questions here at the Dunn-Ed League….(Grin)

Run & Gun — Fantasy football is one of Ron Bolton’s passions, but it’s not his ONLY fantasy sports addiction—He’s also a big fantasy basketball fan (I want to say this is something I found out last year at a prior league meeting).  So, when Ron became one of the “original DFFL team members” in 2007, and the time came to submit the name of his DFFL team to the commissioner, he went with the same name that he’s used in his basketball league, one that he figured also fit the game of football.  He submitted “Run&Gun,” and the name stuck.

Burbank Thumpers — Alas, this is the only representative of the DFFL that did not respond to our numerous attempts at finding out just how Jose’s team got it’s name.  Hey, the guy gets 500 e-mails a day.  He probably has me on his SPAM list, anyway, after that playoff game.  I don’t blame him: My wife and kid already have me on that list, among others.

Grim Reaper — When pre-production for this article started taking shape, this was the one team name I had in mind when I thought, “what’s up with THIS name?  Where did it come from?”  The anticipation was killing me on this one, so when the January 2011 DFFL Owner’s meeting approached, this reporter saw his chance to finally find out what the deal was when it comes to Alan Sullivan’s team name.  The day of the meeting, we approached Alan, and asked him the $64 question—”Why “The Grim Reaper, Alan?”  His answer?  “Well, I always thought the name and the character was cool, it was really neat, so that’s what I named the team.  Plus, I found a really cool picture of the Grim Reaper, carrying that blade, and used that for the team logo.  It looks great!”   Can’t argue with that, Alan.  Who’d ever argue with “The Grim Reaper?”

Trojans — This one’s another one of those Jesus Cortez-like “Duh” situations.  I know that you’ll find this surprising, but, incredible as it may seem, team owner Andy Gillette is a BIG USC Trojan fan, so, when it came to DFFL team naming rights, “Trojans” seemed a natural fit.  There’s still one question that needed to be asked…”Andy, you’re a big New York Jets fan.  What not name the team the ‘Jets?’”  The answer?  Haven’t gotten it, yet...When I do, I’ll pass the answer along.

Bolts — In 1992, Commissioner Jim Francis decided to purchase season tickets to the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, a team whose fans have attached the catchy nickname, “The Bolts,” to the team.   Jim immediately decided that HIS DFFL team would wear the same nickname as a nod to his favorite NFL franchise.  

Well, there you have it, straight from the orange county casino night kingpins at Aces Casino.  During the off-season, the DFFL / Aces Casino Fantasy Football blog is updated once a month, a time frame which my wife says should be cut down to once every ten years.  Give me back my shrimp tempura and we'll talk, you thief.....

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