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A SuperChallenge/MTL Week 7 Royal Rumble Roundup!!!

Posted by Glen on October 28th, 2010 — 1:43pm

Sorry young team, been out of the loop a bit, being ‘between jobs’ is actually more hectic than anticipated. Job applications royally suck. What are my core skills? How about my two freaking degrees! Bite it.

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Anyway, Neil F has jumped to the head of the Superchallenge standings after our second ever 5-0 week, so congratulations to him.

Neil F- 12-7-1

Neil M- 11-8-1

Steve- 11-9

Glen- 10-9-1

Chan- 9-10-1

Hozz- 9-10-1

Nice to see that it’s all relatively close so far. It really is a hard league to get a handle on this year. 

Ok, fantasy time.

Dire Dismal Bullshit Game Of The Week

Slim pickins this week boys, not too much drama around the league. The crap game is an easy pick, but unfortunately it involves me again. At least I won.

Farrakhans 74-46 Baby Bulls

Ugh. Thankfully Michael Turner turned it on, so to speak, for me with 24 points or some shit. The only of Burr’s guys to hit double figures was Antonio Gates. We should both hang our head in shame.

And oh yeah. Week 7 of the NFL completely destroyed my fantasy season going forward, ruling me out of future success. Fuck you, Tony Romo…

…Fuck you.

HighScoring and Pretty Close Cool Enough Game of the Week

Box Turtles 141- 135 Hummingbirds.

Look again at those scores. Un-freaking-real. We’ll call this match up the battle of Kenny Britt and Darren McFadden. After Britt went batshit mental for 2.5 quarters against the hapless Eagles secondary (7 catches for 225 and 3 scores. wat.) I thought Neil was all but done for until Darren McFadden reminded us all that he is actually a freakish talent who has had just the worst luck with injuries. 16 for 165 and 3 scores (over 10 yards a clip jesus christ) and an extra 2 for 31 and a score in the air. 45 freaking points. Truly outstanding. 

Neil built on this with another great Hakeem Nicks outing, 9 for 108 +2, 14 from his kicker, 20 from Knowshon Moreno (who i’ve watched twice now, and am positive is actually not a good football player), and the happiest stat line of the day, for me at least, Mike Williams of the Seattle variety. BMFMW singlehandedly kept those pesky Cardinals down and out of the game with an outstanding second half performance, 11 for 87, with a touchdown earlier in the game. Great job Mike, the 12th Man is crazy for you right now.

BMW says ‘Fuck you, Tony Romo.’



Trossachs Tantrum 6 1 0 .857
Abandoned Baby Bulls 5 2 0 .714 1
Bristow Boilermakers 5 2 0 .714 1
Patapsco Basin Red-Tops 2 5 0 .286 4
Partick Hustle 4 2 1 .643
Green Oak Goblins 4 3 0 .571 0.5
West End Wranglers 3 3 1 .500 1
Holywood Hummingbirds 2 5 0 .286 2.5
Forfar Farrakhans 3 4 0 .429
Biloxi Box Turtles 3 4 0 .429
Prypiat Giant Rats 2 5 0 .286 1
Woodland Warriors 2 5 0 .286


The West continues to live up to its namesakes. Disgusting.

Both other divisions remain impressively competitive, but you gotta feel for Steve’s red tops, who again have been nothing short of unlucky. A strong looking team on paper, but just not performing. Really unfortunate.

And as much as we may hate it… gotta give it up for The Hozz, who is running away with things right now, his Tantrums only falling once so far this year. It’s a dark day for happiness.

Some Meaningless Trade Chat

The biggest trade in a while will go through tonight, after a hard negotiating session between myself and Neil McC. Losing my quarterback for the season, in a QB heavy league, well that was painful. I’m still pretty frustrated. First reaction was to grab Ryan Fitzpatrick (I know, I know, but look at the numbers…) of the wire, but it turns out McComb beat me to him. Which is a pain in the tits. 

But anyway, we worked out a deal to sort me out with someone. As much as I adore my team and how i’ve built it this year, it became quite clear I was going to have to give up one of my studs to get a fairly consistent QB. Neil wanted Calvin Johnson. Sob.

So I send Megatron, Fred Jackson and Michael Bush to Neil, and get back Kyle Orton, my new Fearless Leader, and Ryan Torain. Not bad, I guess. Still broken up with sadness though.

Meet my new Fearless Leader. How many drunk photos of Kyle can I get into this blog this year? Had two and counting so far…

And the Bulls and Hustle have swapped Matt Cassel and Dustin Keller. Ok. Chan clearly covets his pretty little Jet players (tbf Keller is having a pretty great year), and Burr sure doesn’t need him, some guy called Gates is his starting TE. Chris clearly needs a QB this week as both Wrangler man and McNabb are questionable for sunday. Smart move by both.

Ok, ’til next time guys. I have unemployed moping to do.

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Week 5 results! And a call for blogging…

Posted by Glen on October 12th, 2010 — 9:28pm

I’m not even close to a founding member, yet i’ve pretty much taken over the Mango in recent weeks, which makes me feel v. v. self conscious, and pretty guilty. So it would be cool if you dudes could do some blogging. I know that you’re all busy saving lives and being Future Businessmen of Tomorrow and all that, but, well you have to prioritise. 

Anyway, week five is in the books, and this is where we’re at.

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Superchallenge Standings

Our first weekly 5-0 goes to Steve Currie, holy mackerel! I felt like there was some great value in last week’s game lines, and was certain I was winning some money from my friends at Paddy Power. I was v. v. wrong, on many levels. But in a week of upsets, great job Scottish Steve, which takes him to top of the standings.

Scottish Steve 7-3

Neil Mc 6-4

Neil F 6-4

Chan 5-5

Glen 5-5

Hozz 5-5

MTL Week 5 News N’ Notes

Can’t be bothered doing the game by game recaps, because they get really repetitive and who gives a shit anyway. So i’ll just stick to a few observations from a competitive weekend’s fantasy action…

Game o’ the week

Tantrum 96- 93 Giant Rats

The Rats bad luck continues with a three point loss to the league leaders, even though he had to start David Garrard, who somehow scraped together a really great 21 point game. How Michael will wish he had started McGahee or Maclin, who held the potentially winning points but sat on the bench. How we all wish he had as well, because now stupid M-Hozzle is 4-1 and full on runnin’ shit with fellow division leader Chris ‘Burr’ Burrows, who himself had a comfy 20 victory over the Goblins. 

Amazingly, these two are joined only by … Michael ‘Johnty’ Johnston, wat, in having winning records so far this season. You may remember Johnston’s Bristow Boilermakers from being totally freaking awful for all of last season. There is clearly something in the water in the more murderous end of Didsbury.

Amusing Anecdote Highlighting Friendships and the Futility of Fantasy Football o’ the Week

Neil F’s Biloxi Box Turtles outgunned Scottish Steve’s Red Tops by 7 this week. That’s a tough enough loss. What makes this worse is that while Derrick Mason slopped away for 4 points for the ‘Tops, on the bench sat Buffalo’s Steve Johnson, Scottish Stevie’s most recent waiver-wire pick up. 5 catches for 46, and… TWO TOUCHDOWNS?! From Ryan Fitzpatrick?! Wat. I never saw that coming. But a certain Scottish Stevie did…

Sadly for Scottish Steve, his lovely weekend away in Stirling was marred by the usual return trip to St Andrews on a Stagecoach Fife bus. Needles to say, Steve ended up stuck in Glenrothes for an hour, at a time where he would have much rather been home, listening to football, and switching his new waiver wire pick up Steve Johnson into the Red Tops’ line up.


Standings after Week 5

Abandoned Baby Bulls 4 1 0 .800
Trossachs Tantrum 4 1 0 .800
Bristow Boilermakers 3 2 0 .600 1
Patapsco Basin Red-Tops 2 3 0 .400 2



West End Wranglers 2 2 1 .500
Partick Hustle 2 2 1 .500
Green Oak Goblins 2 3 0 .400 0.5
Holywood Hummingbirds 2 3 0 .400 0.5
Prypiat Giant Rats 2 3 0 .400
Woodland Warriors 2 3 0 .400
Biloxi Box Turtles 2 3 0 .400
Forfar Farrakhans 2 3 0 .400

Weekly Studs and Goats

This was going to be a bigger feature this week but i’m getting a headache due to two surrounding circumstances. 1) Watching Scotland and 2) listening to my mother rant about Scotland/universities/politicians/me. I could do with a long walk off a pretty short pier.

Stud of the week though, Matt Forte! 32 points! Unreal. Oh wait. He was on Chan’s bench. Singlehandedly costing the Hustle a win. Ouch.

Stud of the week on no one’s roster? Oakland special teams. 29 points. That could have won someone a match up, but then again, no one in their right mind would have started them. Right?

Goat of the week? Regardless of the fact he would never ever ever be on any of our rosters, but… Todd Collins. Great job, Todd Collins. How do you like this stat line… 6 of 16, 32 yards, 4INTS. That’s a -7 fantasy points on the day. 

I would do anything, I mean anything, for a Todd Collins Show next Sunday when the Bears host my flaky ‘hawks at Soldier Field. But instead we’ll get Cutler, and the Martz pass happy stuff which is just perfectly suited for picking away at the short and slow Seattle secondary. Also they have no one to take Cutler’s head off Umenyiora style. 

Bad week coming…

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WEEK 5 Superchallenge Picks

Posted by Glen on October 10th, 2010 — 3:57pm

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Saints (-6.5)

Texans (-3)

Packers (-2.5)

Falcons (-3)

Colts (-8)

Neil Mc

Lions (-3)

Jags (PICK)

Falcons (-3)

Chargers (-6)

Packers (-2.5)


Ravens (-7)

Colts (-8)

Falcons (-3)

Bears (-1.5)

Eagles (+3.5)


Packers (-2.5)

Saints (-6.5)

Jags (PICK)

Rams (+3)

Eagles (+3.5)


Packers (-2.5)

Saints (-6.5)

Falcons (-3)

Texans (-3)

Panthers (+1.5)

Neil F

Jags (PICK)

Bengals (-6.5)

Packers (-2.5)

Bears (-1.5)

Chargers (-6)


Happy hunting young team.

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Week 4: MTL and Superchallenge Results

Posted by Glen on October 6th, 2010 — 8:31pm

Word up, football fans. Week 4 is in the books, and it totally sucked ass.

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Mango SuperChallenge Standings

Finlayson: 4-1

Hollingworth: 4-1

Chan: 3-2

Christie: 3-2

McComb: 3-2

Currie: 2-3

A successful first week for the 6 men brave enough to put their money where their mouth is. No one embarrassed themselves and no one rushed out to a perfect start. Sadly this also means that no-one involved in any extracurricular spread betting made any money. Never mind. 

Competitors, I shall email you this week’s lines. There are a couple of gimmees but it’s a pretty tough list.

Mango Tour League Week 4 Results

Tantrum 112-95 Farrakhans 

I hate talking about this, I got screwed again. Totally screwed. Whiny cry baby Hollingworth was whining and crying about how his poor team was gonna get beat by a solid Forfar performance. Until Stupid Arian Foster went nuts, AGAIN, joined by 17 from Peyton Hillis and 19 from Zach Miller. My proud militant black men put up a v. respectable 95 points despite Andre Johnson sitting out, and being replaced by Louis Murphy, and his fantastic 1 catch for 5 yards. My season is over, just kill me. 

Get Well Soon Big Man

Giant Rats 63-79 Red Tops

Nasty little match up, and especially disappointing from the reigning champions who are clearly having some serious running back problems, having to start Willis McGahee and Jason Snelling this week. Ryan Grant hitting IR so early has to hurt. A big fat nothing from Santana Moss never helps. On the other side, impressive enough day from the Red Tops, especially an 18 from Reggie Wayne, who Steve predicted in the preseason would get injured and miss the year before week 1. Guess Steve is lucky his wishes don’t come true. Playing Lawrence Maroney though… yuck. 11 carries for 5 yards. Brillo!

Hummingbirds 60-68 Baby Bulls

Jesus, do I have to talk about this? Worst game. Despite DeAngelo Williams finding his feet with a 15, 3 from stupid stinking Matt Hasselbeck (3 more than he deserved, the cowardly useless hunk of useless Boston bullshit), 1 from beanie Wells and 0 from Lee Evans. Ugh. The Bulls grab an undeserved win thanks solely to Antonio Gates’ 27.

I don’t wanna be that guy, but… you’re pushing it, Matt.

Hustle 115-84 Box Turtles

Chan Man continues his strong season start with a week high 115 points, despite starting Mike Vick who didn’t last a half, and keeping Matt Schaub’s 19 on the bench. Studly stud performances from two washed up old dudes (28 from LDT, 30 from TO, and 2004 called, desperate for their fantasy studs back) sealed the deal. The Box Turtles had a decent enough week but still couldn’t come close, mainly due to a measly 1 from DeSean Jackson and only 12 from Aaron Rodgers. 12 from each of Shonn Greene, Darren McFadden (another hammy injury though, ugh) and Hakeem Nicks? Nice going forward…

Warriors 55-106 Goblins

55 Jonny Bailie? 55? Almost half of those points came from Phil Rivers running up the score on the worst team in the NFC West. Pierre Thomas sat the week out, as did Mario Manningham, and Steve Smith left hurt with an ankle. Poor. Show. The Goblins were fine, thanks to another 25+ Peyton Manning show, and 19 each from Addai and Rashard Mendenhall… tasty. He also might have a legit WR2 in Brandon Lloyd, with over 100 yards in the third week out of 4.

Boilermakers 104-92 Wranglers

Internet-less Michael Johnson, firing on all cylinders! 24 from MJD, 14 from Braylon Edwards! 12 from Big Slow Brandon Jacobs! 18 from the Sanchize! Sanchize! And Big Ben is on the bench for the ‘makers. That’s a tasty little QB situation there. The Wranglers can rightly feel hard done by again this week, and kept it close thanks to another shocker from Kyle Orton (currently our second leading fantasy scorer wat), 13 from Gore, 18 from Bradshaw (another injury fright though…) but 0! from Randy Moss. That’s Randy Moss, of the Minnesota Vikings. Neil better hope Brett Favre gets on as well as Brady did with him. Nice to have him avoid a bye week though! Could have had the win though, 13 from Torain and 17 for Tolbert, but both on the bench. Ouch.

Cap’n NeckBeard everybody!

Standings after Week 4

Abandoned Baby Bulls 3 1 0 .750
Trossachs Tantrum 3 1 0 .750
Bristow Boilermakers 2 2 0 .500 1
Patapsco Basin Red-Tops 2 2 0 .500 1
Woodland Warriors 2 2 0 .500
Prypiat Giant Rats 2 2 0 .500
Biloxi Box Turtles 1 3 0 .250 1
Forfar Farrakhans 1 3 0 .250



West End Wranglers 2 1 1 .625
Partick Hustle 2 1 1 .625
Green Oak Goblins 2 2 0 .500 0.5
Holywood Hummingbirds 1 3 0 .250 1.5



Still too early to say anything, but the 1-3 teams will be struggling to get there come the end of the year. The Tantrum look strong, but the Bulls are right there, despite their patchy scoring. How ’bout that East though, tough, titties. 

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Week 4 Modest Mango Superchallenge Picks

Posted by Glen on October 3rd, 2010 — 5:31pm

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Neil McComb

Chargers (-8), Eagles (-6), Bengals (-3), Jets (-5), Pats (-0.5)


Rams (+1), Jets (-5), Ravens (+1.5), Bengals (-3), Bears (+4)


Broncos (+6.5), Lions (+14.5), Bears (+4), Texans (-3.5), Jets (-5)

Stevie C

Saints (-13.5), Texans (-3.5), Colts (-8), Falcons (-6.5), Broncos (+6.5)

Neil F

Bengals (-3), Jets (-5), Texans (-3.5), Chargers (-8), Giants (-4)


Falcons (-6.5), Jets (-5), Texans (-3.5), Chargers (-8), Colts (-8)


Let’s get it on.


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