Monday, August 24, 2015

Football God VIII Season Preview & Introductions

Welcome back to our latest season of Football God.  This is our 8th installment, which I have been eagerly anticipating.  Before we get to our particpant introductions.  Let's go over the main story lines of the off season?

Survivor Pool

For the first time in a long time, we have added a new way to score points.  Just to remember the rules, you pick one team a week that you think is a "lock" to win their game.  Once you've picked that team you cannot pick them again the rest of the season.

There is also a two strike policy in this league, meaning that if you lose one game you can still play until you lose again.  I'm really excited to see how this plays out.

Remember, this is a winner take all pool for points.

Can Joe 3Peat?

Joe became the 3rd two-time champion in league history last year, but the first to do it in back to back years.  I have to admit, I'm actively routing for anyone other than Joe to win this year.

Who will finish last?

John has had a strangehold over last place in Football God, finishing in dead fucking last every year from 2011-2014.  Who will step up...or step down and win the John McLane honorary last place trophy this year?  Only time will tell.

Now, onto this seasons players.

Two Time Defending Champion: Joe McLane

Football God History:

2009: 5th
2010: 5th
2011: 2nd
2012: 4th
2013: 1st
2014: 1st

That's a pretty stellar resume.  Joe has never fallen below the halfway point in 6 years of Football God.

2014 Runner Up: Rob Klingensmith

2010: 10th
2012: 7th
2013: 3rd
2014: 2nd

It took rob a couple of years to find his footing in this league, but he's finished in the money the last couple of years.

2014 finisher in the money: Gary Yingst

2014: 3rd place

Gary come out in his first year of Football God and showed us what it's like.  Very impressive debut for someone to come in without knowing the intricacies of the league and navigate their way into a money finish.

2008 & 2010 Champion: Anthony Folden

2008: 1st
2009: 3rd
2010: 1st
2011: 9th
2012: 3rd
2013 8th
2014: 11th

Folden has been mostly consistent throughout his Football God history.  Either consistenly in the money, or consistently terrible.  There hasn't been a whole lot of middle ground for this guy.  He's picking first in the draft this year, so maybe things will turn around for him.

2009 & 2012 Champion: Adam Johnson

2008: 4th
2009: 1st
2010: 2nd
2011: 8th
2012: 1st
2013: 7th
2014: 6th

I've won this thing a couple of times, and had a 2nd place finish, but other than that I've had a few not so good finishes.  After a 7th place and 6th place the last couple of years, I need to step it the fuck up.

2011 Champion: Shawn Voyten
There are only like 5 photos of Shawn on the internet, so I had to improvise

2009: 2nd
2010: 8th
2011: 1st
2012: 8th
2013: 6th
2014: 8th 

Shawn was a force to reckon with his first few years in Football God, but he's fallen off the last couple of years.  Maybe he gets back on track this year. 

Jim Rowing
2008: 3rd
2009: 6th
2010: 4th
2011: 3rd
2012: 9th
2013: 5th
2014: 5th

Other than a 9th place finish in 2012, Jim has been really consistent.  He's constantly finishing close to the money, or just in the money without getting over the top to the championship.  Jim is 1 of only 3 (myself and Folden being the others), to compete in Football God every year.  

Daniel Geissler
right before a brutal pancake block
2008: 2nd
2009: 7th
2010: 9th
2011: 6th
2014: 9th

Geiss is back for his 2nd year after a hiatus.  Geiss is the 4th of the originals, and other than a runner up his first year, he's had trouble getting to the top of the leaderboard.  If this picture says anything, Geiss has been training all year.

Chris Coldsmith (Munez)
2009: 4th
2011: 11th
2012: 6th
2013: 9th
2014: 4th

Munez had a few tough years in football god, but finished just outside of the money last year.  He was only 18 points from 3rd adn 32 points from 2nd, so he may be fending for the title this year.

Expansion Teams

David Eplin

Eplin is a recent transplant to Nashville, TN.  He spend some time in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, after growing up in downstate WV.  Many of us know him through a friendship he made with Joe at Pharmacy school.

Matt Cvitkovic (Civ)

Matt hails from Pittsburgh, born and raised in Pittsburgh.  Many of us in the league know him from Edinboro University.  He is recently wed, and a big drinker of Twisted Tea.

And, with no further adieu, my prediction for the 2015 Football God winner.

Colin Reilly
2009: 9th
2011: 10th
2012: 2nd
2013: 2nd
2014: 7th

Colin put together back to back 2nd place finishes, both times it coming down to the Super Bowl itself to decide the champion.  Colin took a step back last year, but with him constantly being competitive in the pick'em and fantasy portion of the league, I think this is the year he puts it all together and gets himself a championship

2015 Predictions:

#1 Colin Reilly
#2 Joe
#3 Folden
#4 Adam
#5 Voyten
#6 Geiss
#7 Jim
#8 Munez
#9 Rob
#10 Eplin
#11 Rob
#12 Civ

No reason to predict Civ for last other than he's the last one to sign up for the leagues.  So i'm just making a guess.

As far as my predictions last year.  I did pretty well near the top.  I had Joe, Gary, Munez, and Shawn in my top 4, 3 of which came true.  I also had John finishing in dead last.  But, come on.  That's the easiest bet you could make.  I'm going to miss bashing him in these.

Good luck to everyone this year.  Should be a crazy fun season.  Let's amp up the shit talk in the facebook group, you fucking pussies.