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.

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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 Ten – Scores & Standings

Trust me – this “update every two weeks” thing is temporary!

SCORES

Week 9

Dubuque Fighting Saints 31, Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

Crusading Croziers 22.25, Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)

Almighty Acolytes 10.5, Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 9.25

Week 10

Crusading Croziers 20, Dubuque Fighting Saints 18

Almighty Acolytes 5, Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 6, Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
z-CROZIERS
7 2 0 14 219
ACOLYTES
3 5 1 7 98.5
ZUCCHETTOS 1 7 1 3 72.75
WESTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
x-HIERARCHS
7 2 0 14 168.5
SAINTS
5 4 0 10 220
HUNTERS 3 6 0 6 76

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

WEEK ELEVEN SCHEDULE

Zealous Zucchettos v Heresy Hunters

Dubuque Fighting Saints v. Rocky Mountaint Hierarchs

Crusading Croziers v. Amazing Acolytes

Week Eight – Scores & Standings

Sorry for the two-week delay. Everything’s current up to this week’s matches.

SCORES

Week 7

Dubuque Fighting Saints 16, Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

Crusading Croziers 25.75, Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs & Almighty Acolytes – Bye Week

Week 8

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 14, Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

Almighty Acolytes 0 (DNP), Zealous Zucchettos 0 (DNP)

Dubuque Fighting Saints & Crusading Croziers – Bye week

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
CROZIERS
5 2 0 10 176.75
ACOLYTES
1 5 1 3 83
ZUCCHETTOS 1 5 1 3 72.75
WESTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
HIERARCHS
6 1 0 12 153.25
SAINTS
4 3 0 8 171
HUNTERS 3 4 0 6 76

DNP = Did Not Post

WEEK NINE SCHEDULE

Dubuque Fighting Saints v Heresy Hunters

Amazing Acolytes v. Rocky Mountaint Hierarchs

Crusading Croziers v. Zealous Zucchettos

Week Two – Scores & Standings

SCORES

Crusading Croziers 27, Dubuque Fighting Saints 23

Heresy Hunters 27, Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 24

Zealous Zucchettos 16.25, Almighty Acolytes 12

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
CROZIERS
2 0 0 4 54
ZUCCHETTOS
1 1 0 2 24
ACOLYTES 0 2 0 0 30.75
WESTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
SAINTS
1 1 0 2 49
HIERARCHS
1 1 0 2 43.25
HUNTERS 1 1 0 2 27

DNP = Did Not Post

WEEK THREE SCHEDULE

Heresy Hunters v. Zealous Zucchettos

Crusading Croziers v. Almighty Acolytes

Dubuque Fighting Saints v. Rocky Mountain Hierarchs

Week One – Scores & Standings

SCORES

Crusading Croziers 27, Zealous Zucchettos 7.75

Dubuque Fighting Saints 26, Heresy Hunters 0 (DNP)

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 19.25, Almighty Acolytes 18.75

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
CROZIERS
 1  0 0 2 27
ACOLYTES
 0 1 0  0  18.75
ZUCCHETTOS 0 1 0 0 7.75
WESTERN CONFERENCE
WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS SCORE
SAINTS
1 0  0 2 26
HIERARCHS
1 0  0 2 19.25
HUNTERS 0 1 0 0 0

DNP = Did Not Post

WEEK TWO SCHEDULE

Heresy Hunters v. Rocky Mountain Hierarchs

Zealous Zucchettos v. Almighty Acolytes

Dubuque Fighting Saints v. Crusading Croziers

p.s. – please keep Rebecca (Heresy Hunters) in your prayers, as one of her children had a serious accident last week, where her daughter lost a couple front teeth and has a cracked jaw (you can read about it at her blog Shoved To Them). She might be a bit AWOL for the early part of the season.