Griffins repeat, submerge Muffdivers 78-37; Beach Dudes break all-time points record in loss to Mud

The Philadelphia Griffins became only the second team in league history to win back-to-back Fantasy Bowl championships this weekend, with a convincing 78-37 win over the Miami Muffdivers in Fantasy Bowl XVI. Only the Wisconsin Cheeseheads (now Frelinghuysen Froglickers) previously won Fantasy Bowls back-to-back: in 1994 over the Wildcats and in 1995 over the Griffins. The win marks the Griffins’ fourth Fantasy Bowl championship — also a new league record: the Griffins’ were previously tied with MassIll (formerly Graynbald Mud and LA Riot!) with three franchise titles, although the Mud/Riot franchise titles were under different owners.

The undercard game in the Fantasy Bowl playoffs goes to the MassIll Mud, who upset the Orange County Beach Dudes 78-65. But while the Dude’s 65 points was not enough to win this game, it did break a league record that has stood since 1998: OCD now has 1,237 points on the year, breaking the record league high previously held by the Griffins. And while the Dudes’ first trip to the playoffs ended in disappointment, they are also a virtual lock to win the league’s points championship, holding a 172-point lead over Philadelphia going into the final week of the season.

In the consolation bracket final, the Big Oregon Bang squeezed by the Keystone Longfellows 63-59. The Big Bang has clawed their way into third place overall in points, but at 180 points behind 2nd-place Philadelphia, it appears the top two teams in points is decided at this point.

The only drama going into the final week appears to be for the “coveted” award for “high points of teams that don’t give a shit at this point” award. Currently, the standings are Happy Valley at 765, Boston at 761, and New Chester at 741. Since the Violence and Wildcats pretty much benched their starters last week, it might indicate this “award” isn’t valued as highly as being in the draft lottery and getting the extra protection slot. Perhaps it’s time we eliminate this so-called award. Boston will surely nominate it as a rule change.

And last but not least, the Cellar Dweller final game found the Syracuse Blizzard buried by Mercer 62-24. Unfortunately, it’s the franchise’s third Cellar Dweller “title” — which surely means owner Doug Weaver ought to be showing up with a few kegs the next time we get a big group of owners together 😉 It seems to be feast or famine for the Blizzard owner — Doug is one of only three active owners to have multiple Fantasy Bowl titles, but the down years seem to hit rock bottom. Perhaps it signifies a 2008 resurgence for the Blizzard.

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