By Redlegs manager Lance Zerger
Week One has come and gone; so has Dez Bryant’s ankle or Bob Costa’s ability to say anything football fans want to hear. Wow, what a week. The chat boards were going crazy with trash talk from Josh Lynn rivaling a fifth grader who can’t compete on the tether ball pole, but I bet his mom would be able to.
Week One Recap
The Holy Crap I Did Not See That Coming award goes to Steel Reign manager Mark Fitzgerald. He spanked Rebel Alliance up and down the field. Fitzgerald won that game like he wins Andy Dufresne look-a-like contests: easily and without irony.
The Comeback of the Week award goes to Walt Musselman's Mutinous Apes. They came back from over 40 points down to beat last year’s champion: War Pony. This bodes well for the Apes since this is only their second season of fantasy football. Congrats Walter.
The Close Game of the Week was between the Redlegs and Doughboys. This game came down to the wire, although the Redlegs picked up some garbage points towards the end in the late action of the Vikings and 49ers game. Prior to any game being kicked off on Monday, the Redlegs were trailing by a single point.
Week Two Preview
The Vultures who scored over 167 points last weekend take on undefeated Hillier FF. Vegas is currently weighing in with the Vultures predicted to be a 17 point favorite on the road. Will Gronkowski have another huge game or will Rex Ryan’s defense focus on the passing game and force the Patriots to attack via the ground? Matt Ryan is taking on the Giants and has a great win/loss record versus the NFC East. He also watched the Giants let Tony Romo cut through their defense at will. This matchup will be very interesting.
In week one, the Brewmasters, interestingly enough, randomly spouted off hateful words directed at the Rebel Alliance. This game is so close in predictions that Vegas have the Brewmasters favored by 0.4. The Rebel Alliance coach looks to get his team back on track this week, he was quoted in the Galaxy Newspaper in an article written by Chewbacca, Jr. that, “our guys just laid an egg, simply laid an egg and under-performed. We have to get better, I told them that if we win this game against that schmuck, I would perform a pole dance for the team.” It sounds like after the game it could be a closed closet . . . I mean a closed locker room.
The Cocks take on the Warm Bodies; both are coming off of week one losses. This game will prove to be a huge step in turning the page for both teams as they hope to put behind a bad week one and make the playoffs. Cocks QB Sam Bradford was given with the start last week and Demarco Murray did little to impress anyone. However the Cocks are expected to last longer than the Bodies and are a two-point favorite. It appears to the naked eye that the Warm Bodies will have to look to their bench for some help due to the fact that Reggie Bush is out again with an injury. The same can be said for T.Y. Hilton according to the Colts medical staff. It will be interesting as to who gets the nod from the bench.
The Mutinous Apes take on the Negligent Discharges who lived up (or down?) to their name in week one, who lost their season opener. But this game appears to be close. Eli Manning is facing the Falcons and Aaron Rodgers is facing a Seattle defense that was terrible against St. Louis Rams. The Apes are given a seven-point advantage, but, just like last week, anything is possible.
Next, the Doughboys take on the War Pony. Both of these teams are coming off disappointing losses. Both teams had a lead going into the final day and they both watched their lead dwindle down. The Doughboys are the heavy favorites in this game and it will be interesting to see what Venable do if his War Pony started 0-2. That would be a deep hole for anyone to dig out of, and the whole league seems to be rooting against a War Pony championship repeat. This game could pay big dividends in the playoff picture down the road.
The Sawtooths came up short last week (losing by eight points) while Steel Reign blew their opponent . . . out of the water. The Colts offense could struggle this week with the way the Jets played last week. Tight end Kelce had a monstrous game for the Chiefs when they played lights out in the first half against the Texans defense. Alex Smith rarely has performances like that, but could he finally be turning the corner? It is awful early for anyone to make that prediction. This matchup has Steel Reign winning at home by 18 points according to Vegas. This seems like it could be Fat Jack’s pick of the week.
Early Tuesday Afternoon Jim Traber had nothing nice to say about either coach in this matchup. He even went on to call them a bunch of yard birds. The Redlegs are coming into this matchup without two of their starters as Desean Jackson and Andre Ellington are both out this week. It's either brilliant or plain dumb that Coach Zerger is starting Lance Dunbar; maybe it's the first name connection. The Hooligans are bringing in an impressive squad and started off the year with a win. This matchup has the Redlegs favored on the road but the injury bug might slow them down. I would not bet on this game either way.
On a serious note, Vencent Vigus, a guy that we deployed in 2005 with, lost his wife due to cancer. If you would like to look him up on Facebook, you can find him there. If you would rather email him, reach out to Charles Neely and he will possibly get you in touch with him. Have a great week.