No FFL owner is happier this Christmas than Mercer Mustangs owner Jim Waugh, who captured his first FFL Championship with a 77-66 win over the Big Oregon Bang. Drew Brees tied his biggest game of the year with 29 points to lead the Mustangs, who finish 14-1-1. Mercer’s loss and tie were to Orange County, who won Third Place via a 51-48 win over Happy Valley this week.
This was Mercer’s first-ever trip to the Fantasy Bowl, and the team’s fourth overall playoff appearance. Mercer won 3rd place in 1996 (55-43 over Pachyderms) and 1999 (61-54 over the Mud), and the Mustangs lost the 3rd place game in 2000 75-18 to the Griffins. In it’s history the Mercer franchise is also holder of two consolation points wins (2003, 2006) and twice finished last place in points (1998, 2004).
In this year’s points race, we go into the final week neck and neck (and neck). Oregon’s at 1094, and Mercer is 9 points back at 1085. Orange County is within striking distance at 1061 — 33 points off the lead. Boston (1023) and Happy Valley (1006) also cracked the thousand threshold this week but would need a miraculous week 17 to contend for the points crown. Miami (997) leapt ahead of the pack for a shot at the points consolation prizes.