Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What Was I THINKING? (WWIT - DFFL) Week Six

  Week 6 – THAT’s the DFFL that I remember

We were wondering out loud last week to anyone that would listen (which turned out to be my dog, Honey, who looked bored, but hey, sue me), when we said that this 2018 DFFL season didn’t feel like almost ALL of the other seasons – Very close games, wild finishes, last-second heroics – It seemed like 2018 was going to be a different animal….

And then came Week Six.

Now, THIS is the DFFL that I remember!  Exhibit A – Full Tilt Poker needing just 3 points from Aaron Jones to lock out Anthony Pitassi’s 4-and-1 Mr. Go Lucky franchise, with flashbacks of Burbank’s 1-point loss in Week Four looming larger by the minute, then finally getting that third point, but not until the third quarter, in a 113-111 thriller.

Exhibit B – The Baltimore Ravens / Mob Squad game, that had a similar feel – The Dirty Birds, down two points with just the erratic Jimmy Graham to go with, got THAT deed done quickly, courtesy of Graham’s 54-yard catch from Aaron Rodgers during the Packers’ first drive, leading Baltimore to a 140-132 win.

And then, last, but not least, that wild Your Name Here / Trojans slugfest, a game that seemed like a sure Trojan victory going into the last night of play. Ryan Francis was down 20 points on Monday night with just Green Bay’s Davante Adams left to score, then got those 20 points and MORE, with a last-minute TD pass late in the 4th quarter from Aaron Rodgers to the inimitable Davante Adams, giving YNH / LGJ a thrilling, come-from-behind 133-128 win over Any Gillette’s Trojans.

Now, THAT’S more like it!  It’s good to see that the DFFL “flair for the dramatic” has returned for the second half of our Dunn-Edwards Fantasy Football League.  And, you KNOW that there are more games like these in store….

But… We all know that the members of the DFFL didn’t come here to talk about big wins in the regular season.  Oh, no… THEY come here for the OTHER side of the DFFL coin.  They want to know who goofed up their lineups so bad, that their PC was sitting outside in the trash last night.  It’s time to find out the answer to that now-12-year-old question….

“What Was I THINKING?”

We begin with the Genius Division, the heralded sons of all that is right and true in the Dunn-Ed League.  You know, if you watch how the standings in this division fluctuate, you’ll see which franchise owners are doing the best job at putting their individual teams in the best position to get that valued win, each and every week. 

This week’s gold-medal performance goes to a man that has scored highly in each of the last four weeks, now – Anthony Pitassi of Mr. Go Lucky. Anthony posted a perfect game for Week Six, and deserved a better fate than his two-point loss to Full tilt Poker.  Anthony’s still at 4-2, and a player in this league.  We’ll slide Anthony 7 Genius points for the perfecto, plus one bonus point ll those injuries. 

The silver medal for Week Six goes to The Commish, Jim Francis of the bolts, who only lost 3 points to his bench, good for 5 Genius points.  Bronze medal goes to Alan Sullivan of the Grim Reaper for just a 5-point loss to his bench, good for three Genius points.  We’ll give one Bonus point each to FTP, the Ravens, and the Killing Fields for also having a single-digit bench loss. 

OK, here’s how they stand after Week Six of the 2018 DFFL Genius Division….


1.   Your Name Here (28 points) – Two straight weeks of scoreless efforts, but still on top
2.   Mr. Go Lucky (24.5 points) – Make that FOUR great weeks in a row for Anthony
3.   Run & Gun (20 points) – Just one game v. the Norsemen can throw you out of whack!
4.   Burbank Thumpers (14 points) – Hanging on to fourth place, still a contender
5.   Trojans (11 points) – Another tough Monday Night loss for Andy Gillette’s Trojans
6.   Bolts (10 points) – Trubisky and Parkey the only holdouts to stop a perfecto
7.   The Killing Fields (9 points) – Single-digit bench loss scores another point for Roberto
8.   Baltimore Ravens (8 points) – Thank goodness for Jimmy Graham!
9.   Full Tilt Poker (6 points) – “I’m falling, and I can’t get up!”
9.  Grim Reaper (6 points) – Great bench work that didn’t translate into a winning formula
11. Mob Squad (3 points) – Remember, Jesus – It’s a marathon, not a sprint. (What???)

Yet to score –Norsemen (What’s the deal, Rob?)

With the Genius Division in the rear-view mirror, we hesitate to turn our attention to the windshield on our Week-Six trip… But, we must.  It’ what we come here for.  So, no more filler, let’s have that tough slab of fantasy football steak … It’s time to ask for the dessert… Time for…


OK, fasten your seat belts, here we go -- Ya gotta love Rob Mielke and the Norsemen.  He’s in a battle that, around here, we call the latest “family squabble” between Rob and his in-law, Ron Bolton of Run & Gun.  And, like most family members, Rob is kind to his relatives… So kind, mind you, that he left a whopping 24 points on his bench in the R.G. / Norse “battle.  Congrats, Rob!  That’ll get you 7 WWIT points.  No bonus points, because it looks like you tried to throw the game, to make Ron happy.  (Laugh) 

Fortunately for Rob, RON was in a similar “giving mood,” and decided to throw the game between them back to Rob, by losing 23 points to HIS bench.  Now, this had to hurt Ron, because he RARELY appears in WWIT.  Surprise!  Family DOES matter, Ron, so here’s 5 WWIT points for your ledger.  (I guarantee you that these two will most likely post perfectos when Full Tilt plays them.)

Oh, yeah, we still have vitriol to throw around.  We had a tie for the “tarnished silver” in WWIT.  Your Name Here made it’s first appearance in here, when Ryan lost 23 points to HIS bench (and still won.  No justice.)  -5 WWIT points for you, my friend.  Welcome to the party.  The WWIT bronze goes to Jose Cano of the Thumpers (another guy that rarely appears in WWIT).  He lost 13 points to his bench, good for 3 WWIT points.  

Any more WWIT bonus points? 

Let me look.  Oh, yeah, got some.  -2 more WWIT points to Andrew Gillette, for not playing Eric Ebron.  If you ain’t gonna use him, Andy, give him to me, or Grant, or Jim.  Let’s give Burbank a -1 WWIT point for goofing up the kicker thing.  (Didn’t cost him.)

Th-Th-That’s all, folks.  Week 6 is history.… Here are the full results for WWIT #6…


1.   Hoarse-Men (-17 points) – We have a new challenger!  Rob now tied for first (last?)
1.   Grim Reeker (-17 points) – Don’t wait for Ron to join you two, ain’t happening.
3.   Dead on the Field (-15 points) – Robert did the Genius thing this week.
4.   Worst Show on Paper (-14 points) – Jesus taking the weekend off.
5.   Dirty Birds (-13 points) – You better duck, Grant.  Jesus is throwing things at you.
6.   Beautiful Downtown Burbank (-12 points) – Doesn’t belong here, can’t win.
7.   Fully Tilted Poker (-10 points) – Hey, I’ll take it. No points, holding firm.  For now.
7.   Mr. Not-So-Lucky (-10 points) – Now second in Genius Division.  He’ll fade here.
9.   Tragic Trojans (-9 points) – Ebron.  Luck hasn’t got much more to throw to.  Ebron.
10.  Dolts (-7 points) – No chance.  I can’t see Jim goofing up his lineups enough.
10.  Pop-Gun Run (-7 points) – So much for removing points.  Let’s ADD some, instead!
12. Nameless Wonder (-6 points) – Welcome to the party, Ryan!  Dead last. (That’s good!)

Well, that’s all for this week, friends.  As always, I have all the e-mails to ship out the parakeet paper every week, on Tuesday, normally around Noon.  Some of you don’t have Microsoft Office / Word.  If that’s the case, just check out the weekly WWIT at www.theacescasinoblog.com.  Have a good week!

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