We have arrived.  That is correct, for six of us it is the most wonderful or stressful time of the year.  For the other six they will come up with reasons to blame the commissioner for why they did not make the league….I won’t name any names. (Dan yelled at me all Sunday night and told me he was taking over the league next season, so enjoy your new commissioner).

Sadly for six; Dan, Wells, Gross Sr., Mitt, Alex Smith and Ryan Smith the season is over and preparation for a better 2018 can begin.  For the other six; Ness, Stumpf, Tagye, Ryan Scott, Rohde and Gross Jr. playoff season is about to be in full swing.  Congratulations to Ness and Stumpf who get to kick their feet up and enjoy a stress free Sunday as they already have a ticket into the semifinals.  While we will break down the playoff matchups in a later post, let’s take a look at some postseason history first.

Our 12 man league has been afloat since 2009 with one previous year of a 10 man league of which we do not speak.  In the eight previous seasons we have crowned seven champions, with Ryan Smith becoming our first 2x champion last year.  This year we have three guys looking to join the club with Ryan Smith (Stumpf, Ryan Scott, Gross Jr.).  We also have three guys wanting to hold up the trophy for the first time (Ness, Tagye, Rohde).

Playoff Past

#1 Seed:  Ness

Year Joined:  2010

Original Team Name:  Morgan Jones’ Temple of Doom

Playoff Appearances:  5

Last Playoff Appearance:  2013

Final Four Appearances:   4

Championship Games:  1

Championships:  0

As you can see Al is pretty good at being a playoff contender.  Making the playoffs five times in nine seasons and making your way to the semifinals four times is hard to top.  What is even harder to top is what a fraud he turns out to be as he has turned that into one championship game, which of course he lost.  If history tells us anything, Al will not be our champion now and most likely never.

 

#2 Seed:  Stumpf

Year Joined:  2009

Original Team Name:  The Man

Playoff Appearances:  5

Last Playoff Appearance:  2015

Final Four Appearance:  2

Championship Games:  1

Championships:  1 (2009)

Stumpf comes in as the two seed this season.  While Stumpf has made the playoffs two of the past three years, counting this season, there was quite the drought dating back to 2011 that Stumpf was playoff relevant.  Even in 2015, Stumpf saw a first round exit.  It will be interesting to see what he does with his first round bye and an attempt to win a second championship.

 

#3 Seed:  Tagye

Year Joined:  2014

Original Team Name:  Maclin, yousonuvabitch

Playoff Appearances:  4

Last Playoff Appearance:  2016

Final Four Appearances:  1

Championship Games:  1

Championships:  0

The biggest surprise in my research is to find out that Tagye has made the playoffs every season he has been in the league, 4 for 4.  Not surprising in the sense that he does know what he is doing but surprising in the sense that making four out of four is not easy to accomplish.  I suppose it has been so forgettable due to only one final four appearance, must be a good sign for the six seed.

 

#4 Seed:  Ryan Scott

Year Joined:  2010

Original Team Name:  Champions R Us

Playoff Appearances:  4

Last Playoff Appearance:  2015

Final Four Appearances:  2

Championship Games:  1

Championships:  1 (2010)

Ryan Scott came into the league in 2010 and took the league by storm winning the championship.  Since then he has faced the Madden curse as poor player ratings have yet to lead him back to the promise land.  This year he comes in as the four seed and will be looking to make a deep run.

 

#5 Seed:  Rohde

Year Joined:  2009

Original Team Name:  Team Rohde (so embarrassing)

Playoff Appearances:  4

Last Playoff Appearances:  2016

Final Four Appearances:  3

Championship Games:  1

Championships:  0 (Still our longest tenured non-champion)

Get this, 2017 marks the fourth time Rohde will be in the playoffs.  The previous three times, Rohde came in as the 1 seed!  Three times as the 1 seed, zero championships.  Maybe the five seed will be a healthy change of pace for him?

 

#6 Seed:  Gross Jr.

Year Joined:  2009

Original Team Name:  Gross is Gross

Playoff Appearances:  5

Final Four Appearances:  3

Championship Games:  1

Championships:  1 (2015)

I want my title back!

Hopefully this will start to stir up some excitement for the 2017 playoffs considering the most important date in December is no longer December 25, it is December 7 since that is when the kickoff to these playoffs begins!