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And then there were four. The semifinals pit the top four seeds against each other in a battle that will send the winners to the OIL Bowl. Three of the four have been to an OIL Bowl before, but only Bruesch has brought home the coveted Harrington Trophy (twice). And it was Bruesch who punched his ticket to the semifinals first, blowing out Pyle by roughly 40 points. Things were a bit more suspenseful for Henderson, as he beat Rogers by less than a point. But, unlike in most things, in fantasy football, it's not the journey; it's the destination.
First Round: DARC NARCS over AMMODOGS
Rogers was the favorite all season to win the NFC but his team tanked when it counted most. Of course, Henderson only won by less than a point, so Rogers still had a shot at it. But losing Tyler Eifert to injury in the first half doomed the AMMODOGS. Congrats to them for a heck of a season and to the NARCS for persevering after losing Jamaal Charles and Mark Ingram to IR this season (having Devonta Freeman and David Johnson helped cushion the blow).
First Round: SoonerJack over Lucky Enuf
Although Pyle got blown out by Bruesch, we should point out that he lost his QB on the very first series. Lucky Enuf QB Andy Dalton threw an interception and, while trying to make the tackle, broke his thumb. He finished with 0.95 points and it was clear Pyle was done for.
Pyle would have needed roughly 40 points from Dalton to beat Bruesch, but that's always a possibility. We'll never know if Dalton could have made the difference, but we do know that the rest of the Lucky Enuf roster let Pyle down big-time. It was a tough defeat after making the playoffs for the first time since 2010. But Pyle will be back. He's a two-time champion and constant threat to win this league. Week 14 just wasn't his week. Congratulations to Bruesch on the victory. SoonerJack has been on a tear lately and should not be discounted in the hunt for the Harrington.
This should be a fun week. We've got two original OILers in Finch and Leal. All four guys were on the 2006 SECFOR mission. They're all great guys to have in the league and as brothers-in-arms. But only one team can win it all. This week will narrow the field to two. Here's the Commissioner's take on week 15.
Semifinal Number One: