Fantasy Bishball Championship – The Newman Cup – Crusading Croziers

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Fantasy Bishball Championship – The Newman Cup vs The Dubuque Fighting Saints

Playing Bishop Coyne, Bishop Jenky and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Cardinal Wuerl)

Bishop Coyne – 12.75 points

8/19-8/25 : 31 tweets (7.75 pts)
8/19 – blogpost (1 pt)
8/20 – YouTube video “Why does the priest pour water into the wine?” (1 pt)
8/20 – gave a talk to archdiocesan vocation directors (3 pts)

(to read Bishop Coyne’s twitter feed – click here)

Bishop Jenky – 10.25 points

8/19-8/25 : 5 tweets (1.25 pts)
8/19 – blogpost (1 pts)
8/20 – 2 Facebook entries (2 pts)
8/24 – Mass for Peoria Diocese Pro-life Workshop (3 pts) [click on link for PDF of schedule of events]
8/25 – Mass for Peace and Justice at Peoria Irish Fest (3 pts)

(to read Bishop Jenky’s Twitter feed, click here)

Archbishop Kurtz – 14.25 points

8/19-8/25 : 17 tweets (4.25 pts)
8/19 – blogpost (1 pt)
8/21 – attended opening ceremonies for Sacred Heart Schools in Louisville Archdiocese (3 pts)
8/24 – 4th Degree Exemplification Knights of Columbus event (3 pts)
8/25 – Pastor installation Mass at Our Lady of Mercy (3 pts)

(to read Archbishop Kurtz’s Twitter feed, click here)

TOTAL: 37.25 points

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2013 Newman Cup: Crusading Croziers v. Dubuque Fighting Saints

The Crusading Croziers reached the Newman Cup for the second straight season, defeating the Amazing Acolytes 28.5 to 12.75, and are poised to defend their title against the insanely popular Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Fighting Saints knocked off the 2012 Western Conference champion Rocky Mountain Hierarchs in a 17-5 drubbing.

The showdown has all the makings of a classic: the high-powered offense of the Crusaders, led by Bishop Coyne, against the populist fan favorite Fighting Saints, led by a balanced attack featuring a combination of tweets, posts and radio broadcasts.

Crozier manager LarryD likes his chances, though, and is confident of a convincing victory and retention of the Newman Cup.

“We have a secret weapon – I call it our “nuclear option” – that all but guarantees the win,” he told AoftheA Sports. “Mind you, we’re going into the contest with eyes wide open. The Fighting Saints put up a lot of points. They actually had the highest score in the regular season, but only because I had one “DNP”. So they’re good, and we have to be ready and on top of our game.”

The Fighting Saints manager, Al Italia, couldn’t be reached for comment, as he was negotiating merchandise licensing deals with intelligent life he discovered on the Saturn moon, Titan.

Eastern Conference Championship Round – Crusading Croziers

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Eastern Conference Championship Round: The Amazing Acolytes

Playing Bishop Coyne, Bishop Jenky and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Cardinal Wuerl)

Bishop Coyne – 12.50 points

8/12-8/18 : 38 tweets (9.50 pts)
8/14 – Theology on Tap event (3 pts)

(to read Bishop Coyne’s twitter feed – click here)

Bishop Jenky – 7.75 points

8/12-8/18 : 7 tweets (1.75 pts)
8/12 – commissioned Diocese of Peoria Catholic school principals at annual retreat and dinner (3 pts)
8/16 – celebrated 125th anniversary Mass at ND basilica (3 pts)

(to read Bishop Jenky’s Twitter feed, click here)

Archbishop Kurtz – 8.25 points

8/12-8/18 : 5 tweets (1.25 pts)
8/12 – attended Archdiocesan Youth Ministry annual banquet (3 pts)
8/13 – article in The Record: Deacons – Heralds of the Gospel (1 pt)
8/17 – speaker at Incarnation parish ACTS for men retreat at Mt St Francis Center for Spirituality (3 pts)

(to read Archbishop Kurtz’s Twitter feed, click here)

TOTAL: 28.50 points

Next week’s opponent: ??? We’ll just have to wait and see if the Crusaders move on to the Newman Cup!!!

2013 Playoffs Are Underway!!

Good morning sports fans and Bishball afficiandos from across the expansive Innerwebz! Fantasy Bishball Playoffs are under way!!

Here are the match-ups:

Eastern Conference Championship: Crusading Croziers v. Amazing Acolytes

Western Conference Championship: Rocky Mountain Hierarchs v. Dubuque Fighting Saints

This year’s Eastern Conference Championship is a repeat match-up from 2012, while the Rocky Mountain Hierarchs earn their second appearance (winning the conference outright again, as well) and face the challenging Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Managers can field any three bishops from their team – the ‘3-week’ rule is not in effect.

Championship round winners will compete for the Fantasy Bishball League Championship – the John Henry Cardinal Newman Cup. The Newman Cup will be played for the week of Aug 18 – Aug 24 (one week from now).

Best wishes in the off-season for the Heresy Hunters and Zealous Zucchettos!

One more note – after the championship will be the Rookie of the Year and MVB (Most Valuable Bishop) selections, as voted by the league managers.

Good luck, teams! May the best bishers win!!

End Of Season Standings

See? The two-week update was temporary – it just morphed into a three week update!

SCORES

Week 11

Crusading Croziers 5.75, Almighty Acolytes 0 (DNP)

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 14, Dubuque Fighting Saints 14

Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP), Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

Week 12

Dubuque Fighting Saints 9, Almighty Acolytes 0 (DNP)

Crusading Croziers 12.5, Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 27.25, Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)

Week 13

Dubuque Fighting Saints 22, Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)

Crusading Croziers 19.75, Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 6.5

Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP), Almighty Acolytes 0 (DNP)

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
z-CROZIERS
10 2 0 20 257
x-ACOLYTES
3 7 2 8 98.5
ZUCCHETTOS 1 9 2 4 72.75
WESTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
z-HIERARCHS
8 3 1 17 170.5
x-SAINTS
7 4 1 15 265
HUNTERS 3 7 2 8 76

DNP = Did Not Post
z – clinched Conference
x – clinched playoff spot

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Eastern Conference Championship

Crusading Croziers v. Almighty Acolytes

Western Conference Championship

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs v. Dubuque Fighting Saints

Week Thirteen – Crusading Croziers

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Week Thirteen opponent: The Rocky Mountain Hierarchs

Playing Bishop Coyne, Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Bishop Jenky)

Bishop Coyne – 14.50 pts

7/29 – 8/4 – 58 tweets (14.50 pts)

(to read Bishop Coyne’s twitter feed – click here)

Cardinal Wuerl – 4.00 pnts

7/29 – blogpost – Is There A Right And A Wrong? (1 pt)
7/31 – blogpost – St Ignatius of Loyola and Pope Francis (1 pt)
8/1 – blogpost – Freedom From the Chains That Threaten the Church (1 pt)
8/4 – blogpost – St John Vianney and the Heart of a Priest (1 pt)

(to read Cardinal Wuerl’s Twitter feed, click here)

Archbishop Kurtz – 1.25 pts

7/29 – 8/4 – 1 tweet (1.25 pts)
7/31 – column in The Record Newspaper: Teaching Our Faith (1 pt)

(to read Archbishop Kurtz’s Twitter feed, click here)

TOTAL: 19.75 points

Next opponent, in the Eastern Conference playoffs: The Almighty Acolytes – playing Bishop Coyne, Bishop Jenky and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Cardinal Wuerl)

Week Twelve – The Crusading Croziers

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Week Twelve  opponent: The Heresy Hunters

Playing Bishop Coyne, Bishop Jenky and Cardinal Wuerl (sitting Archbishop Kurtz)

Bishop Coyne – 6.75 pts

7/22-7/28: 27 tweets (6.75 pts)

(to read Bishop Coyne’s twitter feed – click here)

Bishop Jenky – 2.75 pts

7/22-7/28 – 7 tweets (1.75 pts)
Wed 7/24 – blogpost (1 pt)

(to read Bishop Jenky’s Twitter feed, click here)

Cardinal Wuerl – 3.00 pts

Mon 7/22 – blogpost (1 pt)
Tue 7/23 – blogpost (1 pt)
Fri 7/26 – blogpost (1 pt)

(to read Cardinal Wuerl’s Twitter feed, click here)

TOTAL: 12.50 points

Next week’s opponent: The Rocky Mountain Hierarchs – playing Bishop Coyne, Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Bishop Jenky)