It’s that time again, time to find out how your favorite Over 40 team fared this past Summer II season. One Touch were out to defend their Championship and put together another dominant regular season compiling an undefeated 8-0 record with a +69 goal differential, obviously good enough for 1st place and a spot in the Playoff Final. Their opponent was once again White Lightning as these two teams continue to build a good, healthy rivalry. Before we get to the recap here is a look at the final standings:
When Captain Carolyn decided to pass over the TDA Bulls reigns to someone, the mantle was taken over by Doug and it became apparent very early in the next season’s planning that he was born for the role as it gave him the chance to show off his expertise in the world of spreadsheets. Everything was laid out for all the members of the team, how many games you were playing, which games those were, the calculated individual fee based on a complex algorithm, etc. Organized chaos I like to call it 😏. So naturally the decision was made to make a team name change and Jorden I believe came up with the winner…Excel FC, just right on so many levels I think we can all agree. So how did the season go you ask? Well the summer is always a tough time for attendance with vacations so the lineup had a lot of flux and few, if any, subs at all the games, but Excel FC managed a solid 6-1-1 record, 70GF, 15GA which was good enough for 1st place and a spot in the playoff championship against Barcelona #1. Excel FC were without the injured trio of Doug, Kim and Carolyn so no subs once again, shocker! Here is the recap:
Manchester Utd were back in action on Saturday in the feature late start hosting Leicester at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were coming off of back to back 4-0 victories to start the season and found themselves atop the Premier League on goal differential. There was also more good news as Zlatan Ibrahimovic re-signed this week and should return from injury in a few months but then again this is Zlatan so expect the unexpected. No new injuries had José Mourinho seemingly with just one question to answer this week, stick with the eleven that has them 2-0-0 or reward Anthony Martial with a start after impressing offensively off the bench the first two matches. Without further ado here is the starting eleven for the home matchup with just that one change made, Martial in for Rashford:
Most people know quite a bit about Team Crown, but there is another lesser known group that plays in the Open age top division at BlueSky called, if you can believe it, wait for it…Crown II. There are a few crossover players on both squads, including yours truly on occasion this past Summer II season. I don’t usually blog this team due to the fact that, as I have said before, “I am but one man”, but on Thursday night I subbed for the final game of the season and it is a story worth telling.
With the Premier League Football season back in full swing we find ourselves back in that frustratingly glorious time of our lives that is Fantasy Football. While the Official FPL game is by far the most popular with well over 4 million entrants, there are various draft games that are emerging as popular choices as add-ons such as Draft Fantasy and Togga. I have had personal success in these formats the last couple of seasons but decided to attempt to take on the beast that is the FPL much more seriously this 2017/18 season. As we approach GW3 I have already learned a couple of lessons that I believe to be very important to early season success while the trends are forming.
Manchester Utd traveled to Wales to take on Swansea for the second game of their Premier League campaign. The first was a complete success as they dominated West Ham last weekend at Old Trafford to the tune of 4-0 with new summer signing Romelu Lukaku bagging a brace, along with singles from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. But it was the display of Nemanja Matic that drew a lot of the praise, and rightly so as he controlled the central midfield. José Mourinho was looking for more of the same as they took on a Swansea side that just saw their talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson finally sold to Everton, leaving a big creative hole. Here is the starting lineup for the Red Devils with no changes from that opening day victory:
Ok, bear with me as there were 3 games while I was away on vacation so there will be brief recaps for those plus a more in depth one for my long awaited return. Wait, you want to know what I was up to for two weeks, well let’s just summarize it with a pic:
Mountains, mountains and more mountains, well throw in there a bunch of large meals, a plethora of local beer and little to no activity other than Dominoes and you get a possible rough return to the indoor field, guess you will have to read on to the Game 8 Recap to find that out. Here are the games I missed with the resulting standings after each one.
Manchester United’s 2017/18 Premier League campaign began with a matchup against West Ham at the friendly confines of Old Trafford. It was a busy preseason of friendlies for Jose Mourinho as he tried to integrate his new signings and find the right mix for the start of the season. Utd’s summer transfer business has brought in three new players in Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof, and there is the possibility of further additions before the month is out. Speaking of new signings, West Ham came to town being led by their own new striker, a familiar face in the well-liked Chicharito. Mourinho has always been a fan of Hernandez and was hoping he would not derail the start of another potential title winning season as Jose has a history of doing in his second term with a new club. Here is the recap of the opening match for the Red Devils, starting with their first starting XI:
With the 2017/2018 Premier League season starting this Friday it was time for our annual tradition, the Draft Fantasy Football draft. Our group is on the smaller side with 4 competitors but it is that way due to the fact that we are doing a “Dynasty” or “Keeper” league and knew that this group was committed for the long term. This new feature certainly made for an even more interesting draft as two players will be able to be “kept” for next season so those first few picks were sure to be vital, and not just for this upcoming season. Historically, yours truly has dominated our Premier League pools, including in my personal silverware being the 2015/2016 Global Draft Fantasy Football champion. Last season was a success again as far as Global Ranking as another top 20 was achieved but in a shock upset Nathan also had a huge season and took the title, two guys in the top 20 in the world in one group is pretty impressive I think. A repeat will be tough this season as Draft Fantasy added some new features, like the “Kante Rule” and Bonus Points, all great additions but we chose to stick with our standard rules of previous seasons so will miss out on the possibility to max out on our potential point output.