Fantasy Bishball Championship – The Newman Cup – Crusading Croziers


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


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.

Acolytes, Eastern Conference final vs. Crusading Croziers

I hope you all will allow me to post this a little late:

Playing DiNardo, Farrell, Sartain (strategically sitting Lori – he’ll sub for Sartain if the Acolytes get into the Final Final)

Total Score: 12.25

Cardinal DiNardo: 4 pts

1. spoke at Serra Club (photo is from 8/16) – 3 pts

2. blog post on 8/14 – 1 pt

Bishop Farrell: 5.25 pts

1. blog post on 8/14 – 1 pt

2. Twitter feed – 17 tweets, 4.25 pts


Archbishop Sartain: 3 pts

1. attended LCWR conference and preached homily – 3 pts


I see that I’m not close to challenging the power of the Croziers.  Great season, friends!  Here’s hoping someone can unseat the Croziers next week. 🙂


2013 Conference Championship Match v. Dubuque Fighting Saints

Cdl. O’Malley
Mega blog post one point;

Abp. Chaput
Speaker at Laity engaging Laity conference three points

Abp. Aquila
Twentieth Anniversary of WYD Mass one point.

Only five points. /sad trombone

I think the Hierarchs need a spiffy new logo to keep up with the competition. Congrats to the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Anyone interested in fantasy football let me know. I’m setting up the Hanseatic League and the Ghibellines will be a force! (hoping they won’t be a farce)

Eastern Conference Championship Round – Crusading Croziers


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!!!

Western Division Championship (v Hierarchs)

I’m playing Bishops Malloy, Morlino & NIckless.

Total points – 17

Bishop Malloy – 11 points

12 August – WROK radio program – 3 points

15 August – Installation  Mass for Fr. Parker as Pastor @ St. Mary’s, Batavia – 3 points

5 Top o the Morning videos – 5 points

Bishop Morlino – 6 points

15 August _ Mass for Bishop O’Connor Pastoral Center (not that it earns any extra points, but it was in the Extraordinary form) – 3 points

2 Facebook posts – 2 points

15 August – Bishop’s column – 1 point

Bishop Nickless – 0 points As Fighting Saints fever continues to grow across the solar system, I am happy to announce that Grumpy Cat has signed on as our official spokescat.

Here is his 1st poster supporting the team:


What a lot of people may not be aware of is that Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) has a brother named Pokey. He has agreed to help his brother promote the Fighting Saints.


It is a good feeling to have 2 of the coolest cats out there supporting the Fighting Saints.



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!!