2012 FBL Individual Awards

Okay sports fans!  All the votes are in, and the points have been tallied.  Time to announce the winners of the Most Valuable Bishop and Rookie of the Year.

In the Most Valuable Bishop voting, coming in first place, with a total of 14 points (2-1st place and 4-2nd place) is Bishop Coyne of the Crusading Croziers.  Right behind, with 13 points (3-1st place, 1-2nd place and 2-3rd place) is Bishop Gracida of the Heresy Hunters.  Cardinal Dolan came in 3rd place with 9 points (1-1st place, 1-3nd place and 4-3rd place).  Until the final votes were cast, Coyne and Gracida were tied.

For Rookie of the Year, the winner is Bishop O’Connell of the Heresy Hunters, with 15 points (3-1st place & 3-2nd place), closely followed by Archbishop Lori (2-1st place, 3-2nd place and 1-3rd place) and in third came Bishop Sample with 8 points (1-1st place and 5-3rd place).  No other nominees received any votes.

I don’t have any plaques or trophies designed for these two awards – if anyone is willing to work on that, thanks in advance.

*UPDATE* Big shout-out to Hierarchs manager greggtheobscure for putting together a “whimsical” (as he put it) plaque for Rookie of the Year!

I want to conclude by saying thank you to everyone for playing this season.  I hope you had as much fun with Fantasy Bishball as I did.  I think the changes that were made this season from the previous one made a huge difference – especially the shorter schedule! – and the head-to-head competition gave the game some rivalry and competition.

I intend to bring Bishball back for the 2013 season, and I hope you all decide to re-up your teams.  It’s quite possible that 3-4 new teams will be added to the league next season – a couple teams that played last year but couldn’t participate this time around are hoping their schedules allow them to come back, and Rebecca Frech (Heresy Hunters) sparked interest amongst several people at the Catholic National Media Conference back in August.

You might be interested to know that a couple bishops were actively following along all season – Bishop Coyne and Bishop Gracida, in particular.  Next season I plan on “marketing” Fantasy Bishball more, and hopefully garner a wider following in the Catholic blogosphere.  Why?  Well, first of all, this is pretty unique.  It’s fun, funny and fresh.  Secondly, we’re positively promoting the bishops on our teams.  The internet needs more of that.  And finally, we’ve compiled quite the “library” of content and teaching here.  If you think about it, we’ve created a “one stop shop” resource – sure, it’s only 18-24 bishops’ worth, and only covers a 13-14 week timespan.  But a lot of what’s here are talks, speeches, columns and blog posts of bishops teaching, instructing and guiding the faithful.  Much of what they write is primarily intended for their dioceses, but it also applies to the Church at large as well. I think we have a strong core of solid bishops here in the US, and in a weird sorta way, Fantasy Bishball is a way of giving them support.

I hope to see you next May for the 2013 FBL Draft!


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