2016 Rezy Awards

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Click Here for the 2016 End of Season Resume Report 

2016 is in the books & just like that the FFSN is a full 5 years old.  It was a different world in which it had started but I still remember it like yesterday.  My shitty 125 year old victorian house in the east central hillside of Duluth, some bowls and beers & Matt “Spew” Stromquist and I laid down the stakes and created what would become the ADFL football league one fall day in 2011.  I believe at that time it was called instead the National Deep D Dynasty League or NDDDL.  I recruited a group of participants off of the ESPN message boards and a handful of other guys from leagues I was in and away it went.  I had a good team that season but Mike Miller had a better one and won the name sake of what would become the Miller Cup.  It was clear after that first season that some things needed improvement.  One the talent pool had no pre-selection to it and half the GM’s right off the bat were clearly not serious about running their teams for the long haul. Two, the 20 team size of the league spread the talent pool too thin considering the large, 40 man rosters.   A lot of what began is still there today however it was without hesitation that we went back to the drawing board the following season and created a second, more superior league – the NDFL.  This time we would take our time finding GM’s, place them through a qualifying interview process (they would complete applications and submit along with actual branding ideas for teams) and limit the number of teams to a modest 14.   It was a success.   11 of the 14 GM’s to complete the 2012 NDFL season still play in the FFSN football system today while only 4 GM’s (out of 20) who finished the ADFL’s 2011 season – myself, Stromquist, Trevor “Koop” Koopmeiners & Steve Pitoscia, are still active.  

Additionally in 2012, the NDBL baseball and NDHL hockey leagues began, each with disaster.    In the initial 33 round baseball draft, there had been a miscommunicated setting limiting the amount of starting pitchers at something semi low like 11 so when one or two GM’s went to implement their draft strategy of filling their benches with Keith Law’s favorite 19 year old arms and couldn’t, started going ape-shit.  Considering half of the people I’d recruited didn’t know 5 players who weren’t All Stars or Minnesota Twins, there was alot of “who the fuck is Gerrit Cole, who gives a fuck?”.    In hockey, an NHL lockout in the fall of 2012 meant there was a solid 4 month period of separation between when we drafted our initial rosters and when the abbreviated season actually started but the show went on and the following season the ADBA basketball league was started to round out all 4 corners of professional sports.  Today, the FFSN family covers 17 total leagues.  

In the year of 2016, a record 91 different participants competed in at least 1 FFSN sport.   The top 10 are celebrated with the “Rezy” Awards.  This season, the Rezy’s said goodbye to some very familiar faces with the absences of Jon Mertz and Matt Stromquist from the top 10, the first since the creation of the FFSN and Resume Report.  This season also saw the entry of some new and emerging talent making their way up the ladder with Farhon Smith, Steve Pitoscia & David MiCallef representing for their first time.  From a milestone standpoint, I became the first one with 1000 career resume points (Jim Debew will follow suit this year).   Each of us also won a record 5th premier league title (me in basketball and Debew in hockey.   It’s no surprise to see us at the top of chain again however, anyone who has been paying any attention at all is wondering how long it will take Next-Gen Chris Martin to get to the top once and for all.  

  

Togz  267.5

Jim Debew 260.5

Farhon Smith 196.5

Chris Martin 195

Tim Avery 164

Johnny Sampson 158.5

Shaun Lloyd 136

Steve Pitoscia 136

Carl Meck 130.5

David MiCallef 127

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2016 FFSN Bowl Series Preview

 

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Down to the last week o play for all 56 FFSN football franchises.  Across 4 leagues, there is not a single game out of the 448 to be played that doesn’t matter for something.  Either you are playing for a title or a better first draft pick.  To celebrate the unique and awesome level of competitiveness we have throughout each level of play, we present a comprehensive BOWL calendar.  Note: Career Points listed have not been updated to include 2016 stats.

Tier One: NDFL 

civil-war-bannerCivil War V: Windsor (Canada) Whiskey Pigs vs Pittsburgh Miners

Windsor GM: Matt “Spew” Stromquist  Career 290

Pittsburgh GM: Trevor “Koop” Koopmeiners Career 186

Significance: FFSN & NDFL Championship game, winner receives 1st place and the 14th pick in 2017, loser 2nd place and 13th pick next season. 

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Gravy Bowl V: Iowa Barnstormers vs Chicago Syndicate

Iowa GM: Carl Meck  Career 190

Chicago GM: James DeBew Career 190

Significance: Winner earns 3rd place and receives the 11th pick in the first round of 2017.  Loser gets 4th place and the 12th selection.

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Cannabis Cup V: North Minnesota Leaf Keepers vs. Idaho Snowdogs

North Minnesota GM: Tim Fischer   Career 385

Idaho GM: Jon Mertz  Career 180

Significance:  Winner of the two week, best total points series wins 5th place and gets the 9th overall pick in the 2017 draft.  The loser ends up with 6th and the 10th selection.

reconstruction-bowl-bannerReconstruction Bowl V: Appalachia Assassins vs. Springfield Butchers

Appalachia GM:  Clint Johnson  Career 131

Springfield GM: Josh Maynard  Career 147

Significance:  Winner takes the TIT championship, earning 7th place and lands the first overall selection in 2017.  The loser nets 8th places the 2nd overall pick in addition.

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Bourbon Bowl V: Kingston Duppies vs Atlanta Blazed

Kingston GM: Sam Salwei   Career 145

Atlanta GM: Brad Fung  Career 145

Significance: Winner is named 9th place and receives 3rd overall in 2017.  Loser is 10th place and picks 4th.

Burrito Bowl V: Buffalo Rout vs Denver Chem Dogs

Buffalo GM:  Drew Deecker  Career 140

Denver GM: Steve Pitoscia  Career 102

Significance: Winner is 11th place and receives the 5th overall pick in 2017.  Loser is 12th place and gets pick #6.

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Poop Bowl V: Anaheim Anarchist vs. New Orleans Voodoo

Anaheim GM: Simon Goddard  Career 121

New Orleans GM: Achille Fink III  Career 170

Significance: Winner gets 13th place and rights to pick #7 in 2017.  Loser is dead last in league and picks 8th in 2017.

On the Hot Seat:  1) Johnson (Appalachia, 14th in total season points)  2) Goddard (Anaheim, 13th in total season points)

Tier Two: ADFL

Miller Cup ’17: Silicon Valley Stormtroopers vs Des Moines Darkside

Silicon Valley GM: Tim Avery  Career 101

Des Moines GM: Trey Meyer  Career 118

Significance:  ADFL Championship Game.  Winner is 1st place, receives option for automatic promotion to NDFL, has the TIT consolation round championship cup named after them, team retains 14th pick in 2017.  Loser is 2nd place, may option to interview for NDFL promotion, team retains 13th overall pick next season

Fischer Cup ’17: Chicago Big Bear Balls Vs. Los Angeles Kiss

Chicago GM:  Sheldon “Thurman Murman” Turner  Career 40

LA GM: Manuel Tamayo  Career 40

Significance: Winner is 3rd place, has option to interview for NFL promotion, team retains pick 11 in 2017.  Loser is 4th place and ends up with pick #12.

Maynard Cup ’17: Bozeman Browns vs. New York Highlanders

Bozeman GM:  Tim Fischer  *

New York GM:  Shaun Lloyd  Career 92

Significance:  Winner of the two week, total points series earns 5th place and gets pick #9 in 2017.  Loser ends up 6th and gets the 10th pick next season.

Purgatory Cup ’17: Toronto Buchlickers vs. Boston Buzzard Beaches

Toronto GM: Johnny Sampson  Career 64

Boston GM: Kevin Uknows  Career 68

Significance: Winner receives 7th place and gets rights to the 1st overall pick in the 2017 draft. Loser gets 8th place and the second pick in 2017.

Pantheon Cup ’17: Hawaii Hawaiians vs. Scottsdale Hurricanes

Hawaii GM: Ryan Baikal  Career 39

Scottsdale GM: Farhon Smith 24

Significance: Winner is 9th place and gets pick #3 in 2017.  Loser is 10th place and gets pick #4 next season.

Coronado Cup ’17: Detroit Lions vs Minneapolis Mayhem

Detroit GM: Jeff Bergin Career 36

Minneapolis GM: Myke Connelly Career 120

Significance: Winner gets 11th place and is awarded pick #5 in 2017.  Loser is 12th place and picks 6th next season.

Jaden Johns Jon Austin Memorial Ass to Mouth Cup ’17: Alabama vs Sacramento

Alabama Purple Haze GM: Bob Crumpton  Career 100

Sacramento Bounty Hunters GM: Michael Rivera  Career 45

Significance: Winner is 13th, picks 7th.  Loser is 14th, picks 8th

 ADFL Hot Seat:  1. Sampson (Toronto dead last in total points).  Sacramento, 2nd to last is exempt as Rivera is a 1st year GM

Tier Three: NCAA Division 1

BCS Title Game: Washington State Cougars vs Florida State Seminoles

WSU GM: Chris Martin  Career 40

FSU GM: Mark Maimoni  Career 45

Significance:  Winner is D1 Champ, get option for automatic promotion to ADFL, lands 14th overall pick in 2017.  Loser is 2nd place, has option to interview with ADFL teams and team retains pick #13 in 2017.

Rose Bowl: Georgia Bulldogs vs Washington Huskies

Georgia GM: Tim Fischer

Washington GM: Mike Moore  Career 83

Significance: Winner is 3rd place, has option to interview for ADFL teams, lands 11th overall pick in 2017.  Loser gets 4th place and the 12th overall pick next season.

Fiesta Bowl: Florida Gators vs Stanford Cardinals

Florida GM: Zach Ingber  Career 12

Stanford GM: Terry Kilbourne  Career 12

Significance: Winner of the two week, total points series is 5th place and gets pick #9 in 2017.  Loser gets 6th place and takes pick #10 in 2017.

Cotton Bowl: UCLA Bruins vs Oregon Ducks

UCLA GM: Rob (?)  Career 12

Oregon: Josh Maynard (interim)

Significance:  Winner is 7th place and earns the 1st overall pick in the 2017 draft.  Loser is 8th and picks second in 2017.

Orange Bowl: South Carolina Gamecocks vs California Golden Bears

SC GM: Danny Turner  Career 25

Cal GM: Chris Jimenez  Career 54

Significance:  Winner is 9th place and gets the 3rd pick in the 2017  draft.  Loser is 10th place and picks 4th.

Peach Bowl: Michigan State Spartans vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

MSU GM: Jim DeBew  (interim)

VTU GM: Tony Gjerdahl Career 10

Significance: Winner is 11th place and gets the 5th pick in the 2017 draft.  Loser is 12th place and picks 6th.

Motor City Bowl: Colorado Buffalos vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights

CU GM: Jesse Susuras Career 27

Rutgers GM: Josh Potter  Career 21

Significance: Winner is 13th place and gets pick #7 in 2017.  Loser gets 14th place and picks 8th.

D1 Hotseat:  With MSU and Oregon each open for promotions from D2, no teams are at risk for demotion.

Tier Four: NCAA Division 2

Sugar Bowl: Boise State Broncos vs. Bowling Green Falcons

BSU GM: Casey Campbell  Rookie

BGSU GM: Jason Phillips  Rookie

Significant Winner is the Division 2 Champion, has option for automatic promotion to D1, teams retains pick #14 in 2017.  Loser is 2nd place, has option to interview for D1 teams and retains #13 overall pick next season.

Alamo Bowl: Youngstown State Penguins vs Hawaii Hawaiians

YSU GM: Alex Hubbell  Career 12

Hawaii GM: Miggy Martinez  Rookie

Significance: Winner gets 3rd place, option to interview for D1 teams and 11th pick in 2017.  Loser gets 4th place and the 12th pick next season.

Hula Bowl: North Dakota State Bison vs Navy Midshipmen

NDSU GM: Tim Fischer

Navy GM:  Michael Bolding  Rookie

Significance: Winner of the two week, most points series gets 5th place and pick #9 next season.  Loser is 6th place and picks #10 in 2017.

Citrus  Bowl: Air Force Falcons vs Brown Bears

Air Force GM: Jay Thompson Career 10

Brown GM: David MiCallef  Career 8

Significance: Winner is 7th place and gets the 1st overall pick in the 2017 draft.  Loser gets 8th place and the 2nd overall pick

Outback Bowl: Rhode Island Rams vs Eastern Washington Eagles

RIU GM: Bob Henderson  Career 40

EWU GM: Terry Kilbourne  (interim)

Significance:  Winner is 9th place and gets the 3rd overall pick in 2017.  Loser gets 10th and picks 4th.

Pinstripe Bowl: San Jose State Spartans vs Princeton Tigers

SJSU GM: Harold Miyamura  Rookie

Princeton GM: RS Majorczak  Rookie

Significance: Winner is 11th place and nets the 5th overall pick in 2017.  Loser is 12th and gets pick #6.

Yukon Territory Sleet Bowl: Duquesne Dukes vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves

DU GM: Sean Van Kirk  Rookie

AS GM: Matthew Legg  Rookie

Significance; Winner is 13th place, picks 7th.  Loser is last place, picking 8th.

Resume Report Update 9.22.2015

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Twins GM Terry Ryan, left, sits with Twins scout Mark Wilson, right, during the first inning as the Minnesota plays Illinois in the Big 10 baseball tournament at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Gophers won 3-2. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

Off the wings of an epic baseball season that saw Ace Feltman shake his playoff curse and Chris Martin dominate as he did on the rink, it’s only fair to update the Resume Report going into the finally sport season of 2015, football.   While Jimmy Debew failed to win his first adventure in baseball, he did amass enough points to more or less clinch his 2nd consecutive Rezy Award though the final results will not be back until January.    

A War Against Trees, My Dickhead Neighbors & The 2015 FFSN Dynasty Baseball Regular Season Wrap Up Podcast

 

 

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We are at the MLB All Star Break which means in FFSN play, we are at the tail end of the regular season.  For as much hype as there is for what teams will make the playoffs in any league, for the NDBL and AAA Dynasty League – the culmination of the reg’ season adds the equally interesting conclusion of “The Hot Seat” or the battle to see who finishes at the bottom and is possibly demoted to a lower league for the following season.  In the Bigs, 4 teams (Joliet, Rancho Cucamonga, Superior and New England) could still mathematically finish 13th or 14th.    On the more positive side of the candle, we have previews for the 3 teams looking to nail down a solified playoff lock in all 4 conferences as well as highlighting the only 2 remaining bubble situations.  

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Corporate Training: What exactly is the FFSN?

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5 years ago I started creating fantasy sports dynasty leagues.  Currently, we are in the process of launching our 10th and 11th leagues spanning all 4 major sports.   Besides the obvious contest involved with the single leagues, there are larger competitions in the form of annual multisport awards and career based achievements.  Additionally, each league in every sports exists a tier system in which winning GM’s earn promotions and struggling GM’s can be demoted, exemplifying the role of a real pro sports front office.  Considering the FFSN is entirely unique, I created a kind of training podcast to get folks up to speed with what it’s all about.

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The 2014 Resume Report & Rezy Awards 5.19.2015 FFSN Podcast

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Now that 2014 is long gone and 2015 is half over for FFSN play, it’s time to release the annual installment of the Resume Report and feature a podcast counting down all 10 Finalists for last year’s prestigious Rezy Awards.  Congrats to the Finalists; Jim Debew, Drew Decker, Tim Fischer, Clint Johnson, Shaun Lloyd, Carl Meck, Jon Mertz, Johnny Sampson, Matt Stromquist & Manuel Tamayo.  You will need to listen to the podcast to see who wins and read through the report to see the complete numbers as well as a sneak peek on how the 2015 Rezy’s are shaping up with hockey and hoops already played out.  

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