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Not Your Ordinary Regular Season Finale
The dust finally settled on the 22nd regular season of the Woodhaven Fantasy Football League. Going into the week, there were only a few things known. We knew 7 of the 8 playoff teams, but that was about it. There were 3 divisions up for grabs, the #1 seed was still undecided, and the last playoff spot came down to a play-in-game. Starting at the top, Chicago beat San Francisco to take the #1 seed and the Red Division title. The Triumph were the highest scoring team for the week with 158 points, their second time in 3 weeks. The Rattlesnakes lost a 4th straight game and had to settle for the #4 seed. San Diego beat Anchorage to claim the Blue Division along with the #2 seed. The defending champs continued their 100 point streak which is now at 14 straight games. The Ice Knights set a new record for the most points scored in a regular season with 2015 points (nearly 144 points/game) yet somehow ended up with the #6 seed. Atlanta beat North Dakota to take the White Division and the #3 seed. The Jesters did not qualify for the playoffs last year but did make the finals 3 years in a row before that. The Nimrods look to triple their playoff win total from the #7 seed if they take home the championship. Detroit narrowly defeated Denver to move up into the #5 seed, a position that has never won a title, nor made the final. Sterling Heights defeated North Dakota by one point to clinch the last playoff spot, 86-85. The Hooligans benefited from garbage time to destroy the dreams of the Pistons. Lastly, Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles to end the miserable season that started between the two at the draft. The blockbuster trade doomed both teams.
What's on Tap?
Denver and Los Angeles will participate in a loser-take-all Toilet Bowl berth. The winner will fight the following week versus the loser between Tampa Bay and Fort Wayne.
Chicago and Sterling Heights will meet for the 4th time ever in the playoffs. Two of their meetings were in the finals. The Trim (pre-Triumph) won in 2001 and the Inbreds (pre-Hooligans) won in 2011 during the infamous Calvin benching game. Chicago leads the series 2-1.
San Francisco and Detroit will meet for the 3rd time ever. These original six teams have never met in a final. The Rattlesnakes have won both contests and would go on to eventually lose in the final. San Francisco leads the series 2-0.
San Diego and North Dakota will meet for the 2nd time ever. The Nimrods pulled off the #8 vs. #1 upset in 2016 to beat the Surge. North Dakota leads the series 1-0.
Atlanta and Anchorage will meet for the 3rd time ever. Two of their meetings were in the finals with both teams winning a championship. Atlanta won in 2004 and Anchorage won in 2015. The series is tied 1-1.