1st Place: Hollywood Hookers
2nd Place: Philadelphia Phreaks
3rd Place: Toronto Mookies
MVP: Larry Johnson (Hookers)
RoY: Cadillac Williams (Beavers)
CoY: Undefeated (Hookers)
The Philadelphia Phreaks and Columbus Capacitors were the odds on favorites heading into season 1, though it wasn't long until the Capacitors became an underdog, losing Deuce Mccallister, Priest Holmes, Brian Westbrook, and Javon Walker to season ending injuries, though the Capacitors did still squeeze into the playoffs. The Phreaks rode the back of LT and Tiki the whole season, but a late season collapse by the usually reliable LT was too much to overcome. The teams ended up finishing 2nd and 4th respectively.
The eventual league champion Hollywood Hookers looked as if they may not even make the playoffs about half way through the season, as they trailed the surprisingly competetive Mudslides (who lead the league in most weeks with the highest score, but had a late season collapse of their own on their way to a 1st round playoff exit) by two games. Then Priest Holmes went down bringing in the FF messiah formerly known as Larry Johnson, and the Hookers rode LJ along with Rudi Johnson and Carson Palmer to playoff glory and coach of the year honors.
Despite preseason talk of the United division being stacked, in the end everything worked out pretty evenly with two teams making the playoffs from each division (Hookers and Mudslides from the National division, a Mookies team that came on strong towards the end of the year to end up tops in points scored, and a surprisingly strong Strength team from the International division, and the Phreaks and Capacitors from the United division), and the United division posting the 2nd and 3rd to last place teams (though the Stranglers ended up 3rd to last largely due to the season ending injuries of Donovan Mcnabb and Ahman Green).
There weren't really many blockbuster trades after the draft in season 1, with most inolving swapping plug-in players for DD's, and only two are really worth mentioning. The first of these was Romulan sending Javon Walker packing for Deshaun Foster and 2 DD's, thus writing Javon Walker off to a season ending injury by sending him to the cursed Capacitors squad. The other noteworthy deal was basically a three way deal that sent Eli Manning and cash to the Lo-Riders, Cedric Benson and a mid-first round pick to the Razorbacks, and two first round picks to the Mudslides. By the skin of Larry Johnson's teeth, thanks to a 6 yard run by LJ with seconds left in the KC game in week 16, those 1st round picks sent over to the Mudslides ended up being the 1st and 2nd picks overall in the rookie draft.
1st Place: Toronto Mookies
2nd Place: Columbus Capacitors
3rd Place: Colombia Dealers
MVP: Ladainian Tomlinson (Hooligans)
RoY: Maurice Jones-Drew (Mookies)
CoY: Mookie4Ever (Mookies)
Season two brought us a couple of new franchises, and the former Philadelphia Phreaks were whored around from city to city and owner to owner as no one seemed to want them despite their 2nd place finish in the inaugural season and ownership of the dynasty king himself...Ladainian Tomlinson. The former Phreaks were first moved to the far off land of Strong Badia under new owner Strong Bad, who quickly decided to flip the team to the highest bidder. The team was then moved to County Hell under ownership of Plindsey88, who eventually found himself so entrenched in the business world that he had little time to run a major football franchise. From there the team was passed on to Napa who appeased the Hooligan fans, who he feared would live up to their name, by keeping the team in County Hell despite the new ownership and finally brought some stability to the then struggling franchise. The Austin Razorbacks also fell under new ownership and into a much more stable situation with owner Bmarks61 taking over the team we now know as the Dallas WarDawgs.
Season two was a perfect example of why we play the games as the two preseason favorites failed to make the playoffs despite a late run by both the Hooligans and Hookers to close out the regular season strongly. We knew early on that we would have a new champion this year.
The season really ended up being a tale of two halves for many teams. The Mudslides started out 6-0 with the most points scored and scored above the league average in each of their first 6 games only to drop their next 6 while scoring below the league average 5 times despite no major injuries (well there was Portis, but Betts didn't really miss a step filling in). A week 13 win squeezed them into the playoffs. The Beavers struggled early with a 2-4 start, only to catch fire on their way to winning the United Division. The Hooligans rolled out to a bad start of their own due partly to some negligence from ownership, but was able to finally hit their stride under new ownership and threaten as one of the top teams in the league the second half of the season, though it was not enough as they narrowly missed the playoffs. The Strength also fit their way into this category with a 2-4 start, and went 4-3 down the stretch to also just miss out on the postseason.
The Capacitors once again found themselves surprising the league, taking their low preseason ranking and coming away with the best regular season record and #1 overall seed in the playoffs, edging out division rival Boston Stranglers for that honor and knocking the Stranglers all the way down to the #4 seed. Meanwhile the International Division was quietly battling amongst themselves on their way to making some huge noise in the playoffs, eventually coming away with two teams finishing in the top 3 including the league champion Toronto Mookies (the Colombia Dealers were the other team..finishing 3rd). The Mookies were in rough shape early on with Edgerrin James having a rough year and Cedric Benson cutting into more and more of Thomas Jones' carries. But with their star-studded WR core and rookie phenom and RoY candidate Maurice Jones-Drew they marched through the playoffs easily without any really close games on their way to bringing the 2nd ever dyNASTY championship to the land up north.
For the 2nd consecutive year each division fielded two playoff teams, and for the 2nd consecutive year the preseason pick as the toughest division (the National division) failed to bring home a championship, now leaving what most feel to be the strongest division as the only one without a dyNASTY championship despite two 2nd place finishes. In the end the United Division let down and ended up with 4th and 6th place finishes, the National Division landed 2nd and 5th place finishes while the International Division held down 1st and 3rd place finishes.
There were far more trades to report since the end of season 1 than there were in the offseason/season prior, and while the jury is still out on some the jury has been strongly written on others. With everyone expected a several year dynasty from the Hookers Undftd sent his '07 and '08 draft picks to the WarDawgs for Joe Horn. Horn struggled to stay on the field all year and with the Hookers struggling those draft picks that were sent away quickly became more valuable with the '07 pick ending up 4th overall, already netting the WarDawgs a win on the trade with the '08 pick still left over to boot. The Mudslides then sent the Strength Willie Parker in exchange for Tom Brady, Ashley Lelie, and a 2007 1st round draft pick. Lelie was traded to the Falcons and faded into oblivion, while Brady had a sturdy but a bit below his averages year as Willie Parker took the featured back role in Pitt and ran with it literally and figuratively, also managing to find his way into the endzone quite a bit more often than previously leaving the Strength with a win on the deal.
1st Place: Micanopy Mudslides
2nd Place: Metuchen Lo-Riders
3rd Place: County Hell Hooligans
MVP: Tom Brady (Wangs)
RoY: Adrian Peterson (Mudslides)
CoY: FreeBaGeL (Mudslides)
Season 3 was a season of firsts. Just to name a few, this was the first year we saw three teams from the same division make the playoffs. It was the first time we had a sub .500 team in the playoffs. It was the first time we had a championship matchup between division rivals. We saw record setting fantasy point years at both quarterback and wide receiver, as well as record setting point totals and power rank by a fantasy team. Lastly, for the first time ever we saw a team score above the league average in every week of the season, with the previous high being 8 weeks above and 5 below. Oh yeah, and we also saw the first ever MVP vote given out on account of adorability.
The preseason rankings proved why we play the game yet again, as the International Division was supposed to set teh league on fire but instead failed to yield of .500 team. Instead, the National division saw itself with 3 of the final 4 teams. Two teams also swung big turnarounds, as the Hooligans appeared to be packing it in after the LT trade but ended up rolling off five straight wins to finish the season as the #1 team in the regular season. The Lo-Riders swung an equally large transition, turning two years of cellar dwelling into a trip to the dyNASTY championship game overnight. The real Cinderella story though was the Dealers, who looked all but dead while sitting at 2-7 with four games left to play. Miraculously, they managed to get back into things after rolling off 4-straight wins, but in the end the 1-7 out of division record was just too much as they were knocked out in the first round.
The International division still did manage to get interesting even with the lack of a .500 team though as the defending champs saw themselves missing the playoffs on the legs of a pair of late losses to their bitter rivals, the Colombia Dealers and Isidoros Strength. That should add some fuel to the already tempid fire, as the Dealers and Strength were quieted a bit in season 2.
We also saw one truly blockbuster trade this year, as the fantasy king himself was sent packing over to Colombia for a bevy of young talent. The WarDawgs had a rough year, but find themselves sitting with the top 2 draft picks to build around for the future to go along with some young talent at WR and QB.
And now we tread on to season 4 and the big MFL switch...
1st Place: Boston Stranglers
2nd Place: Micanopy Mudslides
3rd Place: Illinois Intimdators
MVP: DeAngello Williams (Intimidators)
RoY: Matt Forte (Bears)
CoY: Onnestabe (Bears)
Season 4 was our first on MFL, and it turned out to be a great success. Aside from one mid-season snaffu, everything went down quite smoothly as far the website went.
As far as the actual results of the league went, we saw another very competitive season with no teams able to pull away from the pack. 8-5 was all it took to grab the #1 seed in the playoffs, and a remarkable 7 teams finished 8-5 or 7-6, within just one game of each other. The bottom five teams all finished tied at 5-8. The National division once again fielded three playoff teams, still the only division to ever do so.
We once again saw a big turnaround, as the Hokkaido Bears transformed from a league cellar dweller to one of the strongest teams out there, making a run to the playoffs and only being knocked out in a 1-point loss in a high scoring affair.
On the trade front we saw a couple blockbuster deals, with the Capacitors going into rebuild mode by selling their present talent for future potential. The WarDawgs then took a big piece of that present talent (Brian Westbrook) and moved him to the Mudslides along with a bevy of other players for an equally sized bevy of young players. The Mudslides then took some of those players, paired them up with Ryan Grant, and paid a steep price to nab an early 2009 draft pick that turned into Beanie Wells.
The real story of season 4 though was the championship game, the likes of which may never again be matched in excitement, in spite of its low score, with the game coming down to overtime sessions in each of the last 2 NFL games. After picking up a nice chunk of extra points from Derrick Ward in overtime of the Sunday night game, the Stranglers took a narrow lead into the last NFL game of the year that counted...Monday night football. The Stranglers entered the game with Robbie Gould to go, with the Mudslides having the Chicago defense. With but a few seconds left in a tied MNF game and with the Packers lining up to kick a FG to end the game, the Stranglers led the Mudslides by a meager 1 point. Just when it looked like the Stranglers were going to walk away with their first dyNASTY championship, things swung quickly as the Bears blocked the Packers' potential game winning field goal attempt, giving the Mudslides a 1 point lead in the championship and sending the MNF game to overtime. In overtime, there were 5 possible outcomes. If the Bears kicked a field goal or the Packers scored a touchdown, the Stranglers would win. If the Packers kicked a field goal, the Bears scored a touchdown, or neither team scored and the game ended as a tie then the Mudslides would win the championship. In the end, an overtime field goal by Robbie Gould gave the Stranglers a well-earned, very exciting, and very stressful dyNASTY championship.