Obviously this week was insane. There’s no getting around that. I’m not going to go on a replacement officials rant, but I do want to say that for the first time in the long and storied three-week history of TFX, they decided the weekly bonus.
Going into Thursday night, I knew I had a point secured. With just six points in the first two weeks, that was exciting. Everyone else got their first win before I went 1-UP on the crew again thanks completely to Tim Tebow‘s miraculous coin flip call. Robyn rode Smokin’ Jay Cutler over my Rams to give me my first defeat to someone other than me. I then went after Cumbee (last week’s co-winner with Robyn) by teasing him with Rob Beronas’ kickery before dropping the proverbial hammer on the Lions. I took one more shot at Cumbee with another kicker as Sebastian Janikowski (my favorite kicker of all time) stuck it to the Rusted Curtain.
Brian undefeated Cardinals beat Robyn‘s undefeated Chargers, but his winless Saints (can we call them the Aints again?) lost to Cumbee’s winless Chiefs. Brian bested his Week Two performance of two wins by gaining one more, but these all came at the hands of one opponent (Robyn) as opposed to one opponent last week (his ownself).
Poor Robyn was on such a high from the first two weeks that she even took a British vacation this week. Unfortunately, so did many of her teams. The leader and winner of both the first two weeks managed just three wins. One of those was against Brian and the Colts so that shouldn’t even count. The other was an important one with her Bengals over Cumbee’s Redskins. Of course, the third win came against me.
The Win Bonus
Heading into Sunday night, Cumbee and I each had four wins. The two most talked about officiating controversies of the week came in these games and impacted the results. When the Ravens won on a last-second field goal (sounds like a theme here), I got my fifth victory with a win over Brian (somehow I only got one game against Brashaw when Cumbee and Robyn got three and four respectively) and was rewarded with “Grab Gate.” (The NFL has devolved into naming every controversy “Something Gate” so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon.) It didn’t matter though. I got the win.
That set up Monday night for all the
marbles bonus points. I’m not going to criticize the officials for making a terrifically awful game-deciding call. What I will say is that they swung a couple hundred million dollars at the gambling table the other way and gave Cumbee a tie for the week win.
But I’m still happy. I got my first bonus points of the season!
The Fan Bonus
Every other week fans are asked to decide a winner to a random (No Coast) Biased contest. The winner of that contest gets an additional four bonus points. So even though a player may have a rough week, the fans can keep them in the hunt by appreciating their savvy. This week fans were asked to pick who had the best team name. There was also an added twist in homage to the officiating: the player with the fewest amount of votes would lose four points.
- Robyn: Where in the World are the San Diego Chargers? 45.5% Seriously!?! She strikes again? She wasn’t even on this continent this week? I came up with her write up! Actually, I came up with the NAME! At least I can take a small victory in this.
- Parker: Start Spreadin’ the News; I’m Leavin’ L.A. 27.25% Well, my Newsies took in on the chin like Matt Schaub.
- Brian: Romo is Manning the bar at Leif Erickson’s Lucky Brown Tea Party on Bourbon St. 27.25% Seriously, who voted for this? This was not a “longest team name” contest.
- Cumbee: Wild Wild West 0% Suck it, Cumbee. Suck it long. Suck it hard. Remember whose team name won us the free pitcher of beer on trivia night? It’s the guy who gained four points on you this week! Start the trending #CumbeeSucks
Check back next week to see what the new Fan Bonus question is.
With the win results and the two bonuses this week, a total of 24 points were at stake. Here are your leaders.
Point Totals Graph
|Wins||Win Bonus||Fan Bonus||Week Total||Season Total|
Week 1 Results
Every team is color coded: Brian, Parker, Robyn, Cumbee
Next Week’s Head-To-Heads