Tuesday, December 11, 2007

In Progress: Football ’07 – The Patriots of GameDayRitual?

Two Team Remain On Pace to Finish 16-0. Cyranoqc Named “Fantasy Belichek”.

As we head into the GameDayRitual playoffs, most teams are struggling just to make a playoff spot. But there are two teams left with loftier ambitions: running the table to go 16-0. But there are no ’72 Dolphins at GDR. No one waiting to pop the bubbly after the last team falls. Because no team has ever finished a season undefeated.

The Mad Rhinos of the SWEETNESS TRIBUTE league (2502 FP) managed by Cyranoqc and the WarHounds of the Deacon Jones Conference (2468 FP) managed by the eponymous WarHound have just completed the regular season at a perfect 14-0, a feat only accomplished once before by the Screaming Demons of the Pigeon Coup league in 2006. But their bids for a perfect season will only get harder with the reward of two more hard games against other playoff-caliber teams in the semis and finals. The Demons dropped their semi-final game in 2006 for that very reason.

Compounding the problem for the WarHounds is that the Deacon Jones Conference is a Champions League with seasoned veterans looking to knock them off. By the same token, they get extra props for managing to get this far without a blemish. They’ve gotten to this point on the backs of QB Drew Brees, HB Brian Westbrook, WRs T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Bobby Engram, and a very solid defensive corps.

Cyranoqc gets bonus marks, too, as he has piloted a second team to a 13-1 record with his Bad Bad Boys of the DIEHARD Football League, making him a combined 27-1 across those two leagues! (We should probably mention he is 12-2 in a third league, and 11-3 in a fourth making him a combined 50-6 across those four leagues! Holy Schnikies!)

To get to 14-0 the Rhinos have relied on QB Tony Romo, HB Brian Westbrook, WRs T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Bobby Engram, and the Dallas O-Line on offense, while LBs DeMeco Ryans and Kirk Morrison have lead his defense. And for the record there’s no misprint there – amazingly Westbrook, Houshmandzadeh and Engram are both of these squads.

Also of note, honorable mentions go out to the undefeated RedZone Psychos (13-0) of the CNL-TNG league managed by viktorious, and the California Quakes (11-0) of the LAST MIN LEAGUE! lead by mbaerwal, who still have a chance to run the table in their partial-schedule late-start leagues, but who will have to take a small asterisk next to any claims of a perfect season should they continue their winning ways for two more weeks.

While no team has ever gone undefeated, GameDayRitual does seem to produce a couple of one-loss teams each year, and here they are, for posterity:

Team League Owner Record FP Year
Bella and the Fellas Public League 21211 Mikehess1 15-1 3013 2005
Pale Riders GDL Dynasty overwhelming 15-1 2460 2005
Cralee-Kahn Snarplufs Thank God it's Football Season thebaddawg 14-1 2759 2005
Punters  Fantasy Scoundrels Tprabb 15-1 3080 2006
Screaming Demons Pigeon Coup lw4311 15-1 2631 2006

Whether or not the Mad Rhinos or WarHounds manage to join or surpass this pantheon remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

Filed by gamedayScott.

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