BFL 2010: Week 4 Recap – Do You Believe in Miracles?

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WARNING: This is  fantasy football talk about my P&G Blogger Fantasy League 2010* team, What Would Revis Do and how we squeaked out an improbable win.  I’m a firm believer that talk about other’s fantasy teams is the least interesting thing on the planet, but I’ll make a general exception here since I think this is pretty amusing.

UPDATE: Read Dan Levy’s karmically aware league-wide recap here.

What can I say?  This morning I am stunned … I’ve just been granted a stay of execution.

What do I mean?  Much like our team’s Patron Saint will return this coming week against the Vikings, What Would Revis Do? came back from the great beyond and a potential 1-3 record to eke out a win over one of the BFL’s early juggernauts, Team Febreeze’s Fresh 2 Death (5th most points scored, 3rd least points against) ably captained by Diana K. from the intrepid NFP — by a mere six tenths of one point, squaring WWRD’s record at an improbable 2-2 on this Tuesday morning.

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Whoa, that was close.

Six tenths of a point?  That in and of itself is not news … it’s HOW those six tenths of one point weren’t achieved that I think is the divinely appointed sign.

Going into the Sunday night game, with all team WWRD’s bullet’s spent, it was up to RB Ahmad Bradshaw to help bridge the 19 point gap in the league’s final two games.  After doing little in the first half, Bradshaw came on strong in the second, accounting for 18.30 points for Fresh 2 Death, enough to freshen my team to death on Monday Night Football by way of one measly catch.

  1. Brian Bassett of TJB
    Brian_Bassett Monday & yet another #BFL2010 loss imminent for What Would Revis Do. Please no touches for Randy Moss tonight. #WISHFULTHINKING
  2. Diana Klochkova
    dinabanina Would be just my luck. RT @Brian_Bassett: Monday & yet another #BFL2010 loss imminent. Please no touches for Randy Moss tonight.

The mere six tenths of one point would seemingly come at the hands of Goliath.  One of the league’s best wide receivers in the last ten years.  A receiver who has had 50 touchdowns since 2007, and has averaged around 75 yards per game in that time, a receiver who has one of the league’s greatest QBs throwing darts at him week in & out.

Randy Freaking Moss.

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Oh the ignominy.

The man who twirled his evil moustache with his unused hand while defiling Saint Revis on this one handed catch, sending him into the Hamstring Wilderness just two weeks ago.

But someone, somwhere, smiled on WWRD and intervened on our behalf.  The man who hasn’t been held without a catch since 2006 would do just that on Monday night.

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So what separated our NFL.com game projection by one pixel?

Rasterize me, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

One of the significant aspects of the Monday night win, to me, was that Randy Moss went without a catch. That tells me that the team isn’t forcing him the ball and is taking what is there. Moss was cool with it afterwards, and his leadership on the sideline was evident to those watching him. He really rallied the team before the game.

As you can imagine, there was some reaction after the game amongst my fellow BFLers.

  1. Gunaxin
    Gunaxin Holy S—. @dinabanina needed 1pt from Moss against @Brian_Bassett tonight, didn’t get it. She had Pats D and T.O. on her bench #BFL2010
  2. Diana Klochkova
    dinabanina Um, yeah. Holy s—. RT @Gunaxin: Holy S—. @dinabanina needed 1pt from Moss, didn’t get it. She had Pats D and T.O. on her bench #BFL2010
  3. Josh Zerkle
    PUNTE @Brian_Bassett is That Guy Who Won His Fantasy League after Randy Moss caught zero balls tonight.


To be fair, this win didn’t come without a price to me.

For most of the second half, I sat in the fetal position on the floor of my home, staring blankly at the television, rocking & humming to myself whilst in abject fear of Randy Moss catching one pass for less than his yards per reception average, heart pounding in my ears.

But somehow, beyond all probability, I survived to live another day.  As Diana said to Dan Levy on the OnTheDLPodcast just a few weeks ago, “a W is a W, an L is an L, you can’t be arguing points here” and I’m not ashamed in taking this one.

My statement will be no different than Diana’s, a win is a win, but I also know who I need to thank for it, Saint Revis.

* – The P&G Blogger Fantasy League (BFL) is a group of 12 digital sports influencers competing on the NFL.com fantasy platform for the chance to win P&G product, a donation to a local charity, and a trip to Super Bowl XLV, all furnished by P&G. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in anyway.