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

2013 FBL Draft – The Results

The 2013 Fantasy Bishball Season has officially begun.  Twenty-four bishops have been selected by their respective teams, and each manager is confident that their team is the one that will emerge as the John Henry Cardinal Newman Memorial Cup winner.

Not if the defending champion Crusading Croziers have anything to say about it, though.  Manager LarryD is very excited with his team’s revamped line-up.  Anchoring the team is 2012 MVB winner Bishop Coyne, along with last year’s teammate Cardinal Wuerl.  Two new faces – rookies, in fact – join them: Bishop Jenky and Archbishop Kurtz.

“Both players are the complete package,” manager LarryD told AoftheA News. “They have all the tools. I think we have a very solid team, and will compete hard every week. I’m going to say right now that Archbishop Kurtz is the pre-season favorite to win Rookie of the Year. He’s that good.”

Archbishop Kurtz will have plenty of competition at the season’s end – a total of 10 rookies were selected this year, four more than last year. With that many rookies, that meant some veterans were left on the bench this time around, including Archbishop Carlson, Cardinal Burke and last year’s Rookie of the Year runner-up Archbishop Sample.

Some of the new players this season include Bishop Farrell, Cardinal O’Malley, Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Jackels.

Along with the rosters full of rookies, the 2013 season also features a new team – the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Although technically they’re not “new”, as they fielded a team in the ill-fated first season, and were unable to compete in 2012.  They take the place of the Mighty Mitres, who could not participate this season.

“I’m happy to be back this season,” said their manager Al007Italia, who blogs at Is Anybody There?  “There’s some unfinished business from that first season, and though I’m in a tough conference with the Hierarchs and the Hunters, I like my chances.”

The Fighting Saints had the first overall pick – as the other teams had each protected a player from last season – and they selected Archbishop Jackels of Dubuque.  “It would’ve been strange if some other team had taken Jackels, seeing as how my team is from Dubuque,” Al explained. “And given that the former president of the LCWR is in his archdiocese, there’s a possibility he could be issuing an excommunication soon.”

“Bishop Irrelevant” this draft  – the bishop chosen with the last pick in the 4th round – was Archbishop Listecki, by the Zealous Zucchettos.  “He was on my team last season, and was a consistent performer,” Manager Burmy told AoftheA Sports. “I was happy to see he was still available when my pick came around. Along with Gomez, Dolan, and last year’s Rookie of the Year O’Connell – I think it’s the right line-up to challenge the Croziers for first in the Eastern Conference.”

Below are the full rosters for all six teams:

Almighty Acolytes: Lori, DiNardo, Farrell, Sartain

Crusading Croziers: Coyne, Wuerl, Kurtz, Jenky

Dubuque Fighting Saints: Jackels, Morlino, Nickless, Malloy

Heresy Hunters: Gracida, Slattery, Etienne, Coakley

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs: Chaput, O’Malley, Aquila, Conley

Zealous Zucchettos: Gomez, Dolan, O’Connell, Listecki

The regular season will conclude August 4, with the playoffs immediately following.  The John Henry Cardinal Newman Memorial Cup will be presented to the championship team on August 18.

2013 Fantasy Bishball Schedule

Below is the schedule.  The season will last thirteen weeks, with 12 games being played.

Because there are only 6 teams, with 3 teams in each division, the scheduling was a little bit more convoluted than if there were eight teams, but no matter.  The way I broke it down is that each team will play their conference opponents three times each, and the three teams in the other conference twice.  That comes to 12 games.  The reason for it taking 13 weeks is that I included “bye” weeks in the middle of the season to accommodate the fact that there are six teams.

The season begins Monday May 6.  “Week One” is from May 6 – May 12.  Scoring posts have to be published before noon on the Tuesday following the week of play.  For instance, for Week One that ends May 12, the scoring post has to be up by noon May 14.  Noon is based on the timezone in which you live. 

Please note that the teams are given by their abbreviation.

Week One (5/6-5/12)            HH v. DFS             ZZ v. CC               RMH v. AA

Week Two (5/13-5/19)          HH v. RMH           ZZ v. AA              DFS v. CC

Week Three (5/20-5/26)          DFS v. RMH          CC v. AA              HH v. ZZ

Week Four (5/27-6/2)              HH v. CC                DFS v. AA           RMH v. ZZ

Week Five (6/3-6/9)             HH v. AA                DFS v. ZZ            RMH v. CC

Week Six (6/10-6/16)             DFS v. RMH         CC v. AA             HH & ZZ “bye” week

Week Seven  (6/17-6/23)      HH v. DFS             ZZ v. CC              AA & RHM “bye” week

Week Eight (6/24-6/30)          HH v. RMH          ZZ v. AA              CC & DFS “bye” week

Weeks Nine through Thirteen are a repeat of Weeks One-Five.

p.s.  As a reminder, here’s how the two conferences breakdown:  Eastern – Almighty Acolytes; Crusading Croziers; Zealous Zucchettos.  Western:  Dubuque Fighting Saints; Heresy Hunters; Rocky Mountain Hierarchs.

2012 FBL Draft – The Results

(from AoftheA Sports)

4 Rounds.  6 Teams.  24 Bishops.  1 Season to determine a champion.

The 2012 FBL season is officially underway, as the Season 2 FBL Draft concluded late last night, amid a flurry of high-profile picks, with a smattering of unexpected dark horse selections.

To the surprise of no one, Cardinal Dolan of New York was selected first overall by the Almighty Acolytes, quickly followed by the Rocky Mountain Hierarchs’ choice of Archbishop Chaput with the second pick.  (The returning four teams – Croziers, Mitres, Hunters and Zucchettos – had first-round byes as they each retained one player from the previous season:  respectively, Bishop Coyne; Bishop Cordileone; Archbishop Slattery; and Archbishop Listecki.)

The second round began immediately thereafter, as the Heresy Hunters snatched up Cardinal Burke, followed by Archbishop Gomez (Zealous Zucchettos), Bishop Vasa (Mighty Mitres). Archbishop Carlson (Crusading Croziers), Archbishop Lori (Almighty Acolytes) and taken as the sixth and final pick of the second round, Bishop Aquila (Rocky Mountain Hierarchs).

It didn’t take long for tempers to flare, as the Heresy Hunters’ manager, Rebecca @ Shoved To Them, shot an angry “mom stare” at Crusading Croziers manager LarryD for selecting Archbishop Carlson.  “Let her stew,” LarryD told AoftheA Sports.  “If she wanted him that bad, she should have taken him with her first pick.”

The third round saw another batch of heavy hitters get chosen:  Cardinal Wuerl (Croziers); Bishop Gracida (Hunters); Bishop Sartain (Hierarchs); Bishop Nienstadt (Mitres); Cardinal George (Acolytes); and Bishop Olmsted (Zucchettos).

Were the Acolytes taking a chance on Cardinal George, given that he had submitted his required letter of resignation back in January?  “If the Holy Father was going to accept his resignation, he would have done so long ago,” explained the Acolytes manager, archdeaconsmiter.  “It’s a calculated risk, but I’m confident the Chicago Kid is gonna be playing the full season for us.”

The fourth and final round saw several surprise picks.  The Acolytes started off by taking “the Cowboy bishop”, Bishop Etienne, followed by Bishop Garcia-Siller (Zucchettos); Bishop Morlino (Hierarchs); Bishop Sample (Croziers); Bishop Cary (Mitres) and this year’s “Bishop Irrelevant”, was Bishop O’Connell (Hunters).

“Oh, he’s not irrelevant at all,” Hunters manager Rebecca said.  “Sure, he’s the last bishop taken in the draft, but he’s a heavy-hitting, radio show bishop who preaches it like it’s meant to be preached.  He’s going to be the big surprise of the season.”

Several big-name players were left undrafted, including Cardinal O’Malley, Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop Aymond and Bishop Nickless.  Given the fewer teams playing this season (six rather than ten), despite the expanded rosters (from three players to four), it was inevitable that some players from the previous season would be sitting out this season.

“I’m a little disappointed, sure,” said Cardinal O’Malley.  “But I’ll use this experience to improve on my blogging and tweeting skills, and become even more vocal so that come next season, it’ll be more difficult for any of the managers to pass on me.”

Below are the final team rosters for the 2012 season:

Almighty Acolytes – Dolan, Lori, George, Etienne

Crusading Croziers – Coyne, Carlson, Wuerl, Sample

Heresy Hunters – Slattery, Burke, Gracida, O’Connell

Mighty Mitres – Cordileone, Vasa, Nienstedt, Cary

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs – Chaput, Aquila, Sartain, Morlino

Zealous Zucchettos – Listecki, Gomez, Olmsted, Garcia-Siller

Las Vegas oddsmakers peg the Crusading Croziers as 3-1 favorites to win the coveted John Cardinal Newmnn Cup this season.

The Schedule

I see that most of the managers have published some test posts – so far so good!  There was even some smack getting thrown down.  Excellent!

Below is the schedule.  The season will last thirteen weeks, with 12 games being played.

Because there are only 6 teams, with 3 teams in each division, the scheduling was a little bit more convoluted than if there were eight teams, but no matter.  The way I broke it down is that each team will play their conference opponents three times each, and the three teams in the other conference twice.  That comes to 12 games.  The reason for it taking 13 weeks is that I included “bye” weeks in the middle of the season to accommodate the fact that there are six teams.

The season begins Monday June 11.  “Week One” is from June 11- June 17.  Scoring posts have to be published before noon on the Tuesday following the week of play.  For instance, for Week One that ends June 17, the scoring post has to be up by noon June 19.  Noon is based on the timezone in which you live.  I think that makes it fair (and less confusing for Rebecca, too, by the way.  :-p)

Please note that the teams are given by their abbreviation.

Week One (6/11-6/17)            HH v. MM             ZZ v. CC               RMH v. AA

Week Two (6/18-6/24)          HH v. RMH           ZZ v. AA              MM v. CC

Week Three (6/25-7/1)          MM v. RMH          CC v. AA              HH v. ZZ

Week Four (7/2-7/8)              HH v. CC                MM v. AA           RMH v. ZZ

Week Five (7/9-7/15)             HH v. AA                MM v. ZZ            RMH v. CC

Week Six (7/16-7/22)             MM v. RMH         CC v. AA             HH & ZZ “bye” week

Week Seven  (7/23-7/29)      HH v. MM             ZZ v. CC              AA & RHM “bye” week

Week Eight (7/30-8/5)          HH v. RMH          ZZ v. AA              CC & MM “bye” week

Weeks Nine through Thirteen are a repeat of Weeks One-Five.

Then come the playoffs.  Top two teams in each conference play for the Conference Title during Week 14 (9/10-9/16).  This means that two teams will not be in the playoffs.  The FBL does not operate under the principle that everyone is a winner.  There will be only one winner.  The Conference Title winners play for Fantasy Bishball Championship in Week 15 (9/17-9/23).

Please do me a favor – when you publish your scoring post, indicate somewhere in the post who your opponent is for that week.  It’ll make it easier for the FBL Scoring and Standings Department to update standings and such.  Thank you!

The draft order will be published on Saturday.  If you will be unable to participate in the draft – so far, the Almighty Acolytes manager can’t attend – please ask one of the other managers to be your proxy.  The AA manager has asked me to draft for him, and he sent me his draft order.  Hopefully everyone else will be able to make it.  I’ve got the event set up to launch 11:00 PM Eastern on Sunday.  It shouldn’t take that long – no more than 30 minutes or so.

Good luck!

League Notes

The FBL Commissioner’s Office regretfully reports that two teams have notified the commissioner, that due to extenuating circumstances, they will be unable to participate in the upcoming season.  The teams – the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Vicious Vicars – will not be fielding teams, and their rosters are declared empty.

So, the FBL will be comprised of six teams, still in two conferences.  In the Eastern Conference are The Crusading Croziers, The Zealous Zucchettos and The Almighty Acolytes.  The Western Conference is comprised of The Heresy Hunters, The Mighty Mitres and The Rocky Mountain Hierarchs.

As of today, two teams – the Croziers and the Hunters – have declared their protected players from last year’s teams:  Bishop Coyne and Archbishop Slattery.  The Mighty Mitres and Zealous Zucchettos have yet to announce their protected players – please do so before Saturday.

In addition, the managers for the Hunters and the Acolytes have yet to accept the invitations to publish at the blog.  Please do so before Saturday.

The FBL Scheduling Office will publish the season’s schedule published on Friday June 8. Due to the fewer number of teams, the league will last twelve weeks (3 games against each team within the conference; 2 games against each team in the opposing conference).

That is all!

The New Teams

OK, the new guys have come up with their team names, and one has designed their logo.

We have The Rocky Mountain Hierarchs (great play on words!)

And we have The Almighty Acolytes – must be bishops in training (hah!)  No logo for the AA’s – not that one is necessary, cos the Des Moines Fighting Saints still don’t have one – but if he develops one, we’ll have it here!

Schedule will be posted before the end of the week!