Everyone, check your emails and leaguesafe accounts, your winnings should be located there.
A list of Prize Winners -
1st - Mike Stewart
2nd - Mark Sullivan
3rd - Logan Koch
Non Playoff Winner - James Von Gillern
Highest Points Regular Season - Logan Koch
Royal Purple League
1st - Dave Taylor (Allocating a portion for Franchise Design)
2nd - Adam Bianchi
3rd - Josh Knust
Non Playoff Winner - Joe Crispin (Allocating a portion for Franchise Design)
Highest Points Regular Season - Josh Knust
1st - TJ Masker
2nd - Denton Patrick
3rd - John Ward
Non Playoff Winner - Jake Prieur
Highest Points Regular Season - Denton Patrick
1st - Nick Lincoln
2nd - Drew Pratt
3rd - Tyler Shannon (Allocating a portion for Franchise Design)
Highest Points Regular Season - Drew Pratt
You will also see a distribution to myself, this is the amount that the three owners allocated for franchise design that I will be paying out to the owner.
Congratulations to all for a great season. Taylor Zachar becomes our first official PB, and will be submitting an entry into the Gallery of Failure.
I will start getting together the payouts and have that done shortly. Those who are eligible for championship jerseys, since we have a couple champions still being designed, I'm just going to pay you out and then when we put the order together you can send me back what the actual price ends up being.
I will also have the Relegation Structure out later today, since we are filling in 8 people, everyone is most likely going to be bumped up to accommodate, since there will be 2 more slots in both the Purple and White Leagues.
Dirty Mike and the Boys had an absolutely dominating season, and looked to repeat that dominance in the championship. Owner Drew Pratt, however, in a series of decisions only described as self-sabotaging, sat two of his studs (Matt Forte and Julio Jones), overthinking this matchup. Their replacements put up pathetic numbers, and Here's To Lincoln sneaks by with 12 points from Peyton to win the Gold League.
Denton's Murder Boner/ Back Alley Bootleggers and TJ Masker's Swamp Donkeys managed to beat the odds of a brutal White League to get to the championship. Unfortunately for the Back Alley Bootleggers, a 0 from Hilton combined with no real great performances out of the majority of the team gives the win to the Swamp Donkeys.
Dave Taylor's Las Tortugas came into the season steamrolling his opposition. With a combination of luck at the draft, a couple of key pickups, and a weak schedule, he managed to run completely undefeated into the playoffs. He wins with a statement here, beating Bianchi's Beats By Ray by almost 100 points.
It's been a long road to get here. Stewart, owner of Upper Decker, had never finished higher than 6th in any previous D League year. In a matchup that literally came down to the last game, Stewart was saved by a miraculous performance by Russell Wilson that tied him to The Phuket Rippers going into tonight. Only by an intervention by the Fantasy Gods striking down AJ Green did Upper Decker pass the Rippers to take the Gavel, flying high on the legs of Connor Barth. Stewart does this with the second worst regular season points record in the President's League, almost 300 points less than the Phuket Rippers.
Although the Rippers broke off an incredible streak to get here, it ends in tears for one Cinderella story, and glory for the Upper Decker.
Mike Stewart will be handed the Gavel at the next years draft, will be eligible for his first number 14 Championship Jersey, and will be selecting 3 locations for the next draft voting.
Two more initial brandings have been completed. I'm still getting final logo files for everyone who is done, so your stores and pages will be updated soon. For those still waiting, the designer said that he will try to complete them all before Xmas, but might not get them done quite that fast - depends on time and amount of revisions.
First, The Cloud Walkers from Alex Benda, and Second is Arnie's Pizza Shop by former champion Logan, who will be getting a jersey of his new franchise to celebrate his 2013 victory.
It's been a long, new road for our little league this season. We've gone from a small, 12 man league with no draft, to a giant multilevel league with 40 teams (and expanding to 48), team and franchise branding, a giant Gavel trophy, championship jerseys, and the best in person draft that exists. Also, no one really tried to cheat (except once and not intentionally).
Many teams competed to get to this point, but only 8 still have a shot at being champions.
The Gold League-
There has only been one team to defeat Dirty Mike and the Boys this year, and it wasn't Lincoln. The closest matchup they've had previously (of two) was Week 6, where Lincoln was defeated 128.4 to 107.1. With all projections favoring the #1 seed, it's going to be a Christmas miracle in Gold League if Here's to Lincoln is going to pull out a victory.
The White League -
These two teams really shouldn't be here right now, and yet, here they are. The Bootleggers managed to win the slapfight in their semis last week, scoring under 90 points but facing the California Boat Rockers who were down a player since Julio didn't play. Looking more like a championship team, the Swamp Donkeys score almost 150. However, in their last two meetings this year, the Back Alley Bootleggers managed to grab the win.
The Royal Purple League -
This championship matchup looks to be the most one sided. 6th seeded and 6-7 regular season record is what the Beats By Ray team came into the championship with. However, a string of high scoring games manages to get him into the money, if not taking home the championship. The last time that Beats By Ray outscored Las Tortugas was week 8, but could this be the next?
Las Tortugas, however, has remained the only undefeated team in the entire D League, setting records for longest streak and best record along the way.
The President's League -
THIS ONE'S FOR ALL THE MARBLES.
The winner of this matchup will be your D League Champion for the year, get their name placed on the Gavel, and be choosing 3 locations for our draft next year.
The Phuket Rippers have been a fantasy league success story this year, coming out of a near-insurmountable hole to win out to where they are now. Upper Decker comes out as the luckiest manager of the year, managing to be the second worst scoring team in the regular season, but managing to be 8-5 coming into the championship.
Both of these teams have made incredible runs to be here, but which one will be the top out of 40 teams?
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