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The 2012 NFL season kicks off soon! Please join me and others from the Brutal Deluxe Football League on Yahoo’s Fantasy Football games!

Fantasy Football: The BDFL Experimental League
I reset all the scoring to defaults this year, no bonuses, and added just PPR to the scoring. Draft date and type will be set later, but will be on or before Tuesday, September 4th.
League ID: 688316
Password: brutal

Pro Football Pick ‘Em: BDFL and Friends
Straight-up picks, no spread, drop your worst week (or a week that you forget to pick). Pick through the playoffs.
Group ID: 33565
Password: brutal

Survival Football: BDFL and Friends
Pick one game per week; each team can only be picked once per season. Three strikes and you’re out. Pick through the playoffs.
Group ID: 15451
Password: brutal

The BDFL is gearing up for our draft and the 2012 season! Visit us at New podcasts coming soon!

Writing at NBC’s Pro Football Talk, Mike Florio (partially referencing points made by Tony Dungy) makes a great point:

On this topic, NBC’s Tony Dungy made an excellent point during Wednesday’s PFT Live.  The 11-5 Jets must play at the 10-6 Colts, and the 12-4 Ravens will be playing at the 10-6 Chiefs.  No one has complained about the inequity of those situations.

And given that the Packers and Eagles have the same record and that the Packers beat the Eagles in Week One, all four wild-card games feature a division winner hosting a team that, technically, had a better overall season.

Talking about playoff reseeding based solely on record is a slippery slope.  It weakens divisons, which I think are aligned about as well as can be expected given the NFL’s current makeup.

USA Today: Floyd Landis admits doping, accuses Lance Armstrong

In a bizarre twist to a long-running saga about doping in sports, cyclist Floyd Landis has finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.
He also has accused former teammate Lance Armstrong of using drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles.

And to think I defended this man:

Why would one dope and then perform at such a blistering pace as he did on Stage 17, knowing the attention that would draw?

Apparently he thought he would get away with it!

SI’s Peter King ranks the Bills as the 31st (yes, next-to-last) team in the NFL in today’s MMQB column:

Drafting C.J. Spiller is the one thing a terrible offense did this offseason to get better. Unfortunately, he can’t throw the football.

That’s just crazy.  The Bills have a decent defense, a new offensive-minded head coach, and three excellent running backs.  They’re going to make something happen.

I rank the NFL teams in thirds: the top third get to the playoffs, the middle third play tough but not well enough, and the bottom third suck.  The Bills are definitely in the middle third.  Peter, reconsider your ranking!

Cross-posted from the BDFL Forum:

Everyone is welcome to join!  Please tell your friends!  The password for all leagues/groups is “brutal“.

Yahoo! 2009 Fantasy Football: Brutal Deluxe Experimental League (BDXL)

  • 12 teams in two divisions; top 6 go to the playoffs (weeks 14-16)
  • Autodraft – you don’t need to be online at draft time to pick a team
  • Standard Yahoo! FF scoring plus 1 PPR, bonuses for passing/rushing/receiving thresholds
  • League ID: 514911
  • League URL:

Yahoo! 2009 Pro Football Pick’Em: BDFL and Friends Group

  • Pick the winner in all NFL games each week of the regular season
  • No confidence points
  • No spread
  • Lowest week dropped
  • Most correct picks at the end of the season wins (tiebreak is available)
  • Group ID#: 11406
  • Game URL:

Yahoo! 2009 College Football Pick’Em: BDFL and Friends Group

  • Pick the winner in select college football games during the college season
  • No confidence points
  • Pick against the spread (this is new for our group)
  • Lowest week dropped
  • Most correct picks at the end of the season wins (tiebreak is available)
  • Group ID#: 5522
  • Game URL:

Yahoo! 2009 Survival Football

  • Pick one winning team per week from each NFL regular season week
  • You can only pick each team one time per season
  • Three strikes and you’re out (this is new for this group)
  • Last one standing wins
  • Group ID#: 4265
  • Game URL:

Join today!

Nudged by a reader, here’s my predictions for the Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York TV market’s NFL games for the 2008 season.  Yes, I played the game last year; go back to that post for the background.  I’m starting with Week 3’s games, since Week 2 has been published.  I’m going out to Week 10 now.  I’ll do the remaining weeks later.  I’ll emphasize correct guesses and cross out wrong ones with a note.

Week 3, Sunday, Sep. 21:
CBS: Miami at New England, 1:00pm (I’d rather see Oakland at Buffalo!) Cincinnati at New York Giants, 1:00pm
CBS: Pittsburgh at Philadephia, 4:15pm
FOX: Arizona at Washington, 1:00pm

Week 4, Sunday, Sep. 28:
(Tough week!  Philly plays Sunday Night and Baltimore and Pittsburgh play on Monday)
CBS: Denver at Kansas City, 1:00pm Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1:00pm
FOX: Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1:00pm
FOX: Washington at Dallas, 4:15pm

Week 5, Sunday, Oct. 5:
CBS: Tennessee at Baltimore, 1:00pm
CBS: Cincinnati at Dallas, 4:15pm
FOX: Washington at Philadelphia, 1:00pm

Week 6, Sunday, Oct. 12:
CBS: Baltimore at Indianapolis, 1:00pm (luckily, Pittsburgh’s on a bye this week)
FOX: St. Louis at Washington, 1:00pm
FOX: Philadelphia at San Francisco, 4:15pm

Week 7, Sunday, Oct. 19:
CBS: Baltimore at Miami, 1:00pm (eclipses Pittsburgh at Cincinnati due to “must air away game” regional rule)
CBS: Cleveland at Washington, 4:15pm
FOX: Dallas at St. Louis, 1:00pm San Francisco at NY Giants, 1:00pm

Week 8, Sunday, Oct. 26:
CBS: Oakland at Baltimore, 1:00pm
FOX: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 1:00pm
FOX: NY Giants at Pittsburgh, 4:15pm

Week 9, Sunday, Nov. 2:
CBS: Baltimore at Cleveland, 1:00pm
FOX: Detroit at Chicago, 1:00pm Green Bay at Tennesee, 1:00pm
FOX: Philadelphia at Seattle, 4:15pm

Week 10, Sunday, Nov. 9:
CBS: Buffalo at New England, 1:00pm Baltimore at Houston, 1:00pm (must have missed this on the schedule originally)
CBS: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 4:15pm
FOX: Green Bay at Minnesota, 1:00pm

(Flexible scheduling starts in Week 11; predictions, when made, will be less accurate!)

Week 11, Sunday, Nov. 16:
CBS: Baltimore at NY Giants, 1:00pm
CBS: San Diego at Pittsburgh, 4:15pm
FOX: Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 1:00pm

Week 12, Sunday, Nov. 23:
CBS: NY Jets at Tennessee, 1:00pm (This one’s a toss-up since Baltimore’s on FOX and Pittsburgh plays on Thursday.)
FOX: Philadelphia at Baltimore, 1:00pm
FOX: Washington at Seattle, 4:15pm NY Giants at Arizona, 4:15pm

Week 13, Sunday, Nov. 30:
CBS: Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1:00pm
CBS: Pittsburgh at New England, 4:15pm
FOX: NY Giants at Washington, 1:00pm

Week 14, Sunday, Dec. 7:
CBS: Cleveland at Tennessee, 1:00pm Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1:00pm (WHAT?)
FOX: Philadelphia at NY Giants, 1:00pm
FOX: Dallas at Pittsburgh, 4:15pm

Week 15, Sunday, Dec. 14:
CBS: Buffalo at NY Jets, 1:00pm
CBS: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 4:15pm
FOX: Washington at Cincinnati, 1:00pm (here’s hoping for Tampa Bay at Atlanta)

Week 16, Sunday, Dec. 21:
CBS: Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 1:00pm
FOX: Philadelphia at Washington, 1:00pm (if this gets moved to 4:15pm, I pick Carolina at NY Giants)
FOX: Arizona at New England, 1:00pm (PHI/WAS was flexed to 4:15pm, and CAR/NYG was flexed to SNF)
FOX: Philadelphia at Washington, 4:15pm

Week 17, Sunday, Dec. 28:
CBS: Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1:00pm (if it gets flexed, I pick Jacksonville at Baltimore)
CBS: Denver at San Diego, 4:15pm (unless the Pittsburgh or Baltimore games get flexed to this slot) Jacksonville at Baltimore, 4:00pm (giving myself this one because it was flexed in)
FOX: Dallas at Philadelphia, 1:00pm NY Giants at Minnesota, 1:00pm
FOX: Washington at San Francisco, 4:15pm Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:15pm (another selection that was flexed)

Final tally for 2008:

  • Number of games predicted: 46
  • Number of correct predictions: 38
  • Accuracy: 38/46 = 83%

cygweb: What’s Next For The Bills?

The Bills finally break from my predictions, in a good way.  Thanks to a decent defensive performance, Rian Lindell’s leg, and Joe Gibbs’ overeagerness to freeze said leg, the Bills won 17-16 over the Redskins.

This is Ryan’s second season playing in the Capital Area Soccer Association, and my first time coaching.  We’ve just completed our third game of the season and are having a lot of fun.  I didn’t know whether I’d like this or not when I volunteered (under duress, I might add), but it’s been very rewarding.  Even when you think 7- and 8-year-olds aren’t listening to you, they are.  It shows on the field.  Go Red Rockets!

I’ve set up leagues/groups for us to play the various free Yahoo! football-related games together this fall.  Check out this post at the Nitevilla forums for details:

Official BDFL/Cygweb/Nitevilla Yahoo Fantasy Football 2007 Groups!

Please join us!

Fantasy baseball is heading in to the playoffs just as I’m ramping up for the fantasy football season. Cyg’s Bunters of the Money Ballz Experimental league have been #1 for a while and have a bye this week. Our franchise in the Brutal Deluxe Baseball League was in the #10 of 10 spot for most of the season, but in the last few weeks they scrapped their way into the 6th and last playoff spot. We’re playing the Bad News Bears in Round 1 this week.