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THE JFF

JFF Fall 2013 Season

The JFF Website Manager & Story Editor’s

Special Edition Installment of “The Power Rankings”

 

 

 

DEFENDING CHAMPION “PASADENA SOLDIER” QUITS JFF

 

In my first installment of “The Power Rankings,” I mentioned that usually “league drama” is reserved for the second half of the season rather than the first half.  The last two seasons of The JFF Madden NFL Online League have destroyed that assertion.

 

Never before has The JFF had a defending league champion quit the league in the middle of the season, but this week, that is exactly what happened. 

 

Victor Saucier, otherwise known in the Madden NFL community as “Pasadena Soldier” or simply, “Soldier,” abruptly quit The JFF on Tuesday afternoon, October 1, 2013.  Soldier’s official reason for quitting was that “his schedule became too busy to complete his upcoming games in a timely manner,” but most of the current JFF league members are not buying that reason offered as a valid one.  Many believe the “real” reason for Soldier’s departure from the league was related to some “league drama” that began with an episode of trash talk between Soldier and current league member Anthony “Big Tone” Magee, the owner / coach of the JFF Houston Texans.

 

Starting with last season, Soldier was known as arguably the biggest trash talker in the league (although Anthony “Big Dose” Rhodes, who just this week re-joined the league on the same day that Soldier quit, was a very close second), but Big Tone was able to match if not exceed his trash talk jab-for-jab.  The two had an inter-conference league game scheduled for JFF Week Six.

 

Based on this Website Manager & Story Editor’s private, informal conversations with a handful of current league members, there are basically three speculative assumptions being offered as to the “real reason” why Soldier decided to quit.

 

Speculative Assumption #1:  “Soldier was scared of experiencing his first Regular Season loss in The JFF”

 

Comment:  Soldier is one of only three JFF league members to never experience a loss in The Regular Season of The JFF (the other two are Mike Ruiz, the current owner / coach of the JFF NY Giants, and former JFF Champion Curtis “The Natural” Knight).  Despite his impressive undefeated record, a number of current league members felt like he would lose at least one, if not two or three Regular Season games this season.  Big Tone, who’s JFF Texans were 3-2-0 heading into his match up with Soldier’s JFF Rams, was very confident he could give Soldier a highly competitive game.  “I was ready to play Soldier.  I am not afraid to play anyone, and I am not afraid to lose to anyone.  I will play anyone, anytime,” said Big Tone this week.

 

In addition to the JFF Texans, other scheduled Regular Season opponents who could have potentially defeated Soldier’s JFF Rams were the JFF Titans (Cadillac), JFF Colts (Air), JFF Bears (Que), and JFF Bucs (Top Dawg).

 

Speculative Assumption #2:  “More so than being afraid of losing, Soldier was dreadfully afraid of having his game videotaped by Big Tone, and then having his offensive and defensive play calling tendencies, and potential ‘glitch plays,’ exposed”

 

Comment:  This is the assumption that seems to be carrying the most weight among current league members, including Alan “Air Attack” Currie, owner / coach of The JFF Colts.

 

“Personally, I think Soldier was very, very afraid of having Big Tone videotape their league game, and then have Big Tone dissect his tendencies and favorite plays on offense and defense.  A lot of Madden Ballers I know hate having their games videotaped.  If you are a Madden Baller who either uses a lot of ‘glitch plays’ (i.e., plays that blatantly take advantage of the flaws and weaknesses in the game’s artificial intelligence) or uses the same four, five, or six (offensive) plays over and over and over again, video tape tends to expose that,” said Currie, who acknowledged that he videotapes many of his league games using a “HD PVR 2,” which is a device that allows someone to videotape streaming content from either a computer or a gaming system, such as a Sony PS3.

 

Big Tone had mentioned in the GroupMe Chat that he planned on videotaping his Week Six league game with Soldier.

 

Speculative Assumption #3:  “Soldier was used to being the ‘trash talking bully’ of the league, and Big Tone challenged and destroyed his ‘intimidation factor’ in the league’s chat room”

 

Comment:  One of the characteristics that Soldier was known for in the league’s chat room was his trash talking bravado.  Sometimes, Soldier would “psyche-out” an opponent even before he played him.  Just a week before Soldier quit, he had offered the bold statement, “No one in the league wants to see these JFF Rams.  No one.  My team and scheme are real strong right now.”

 

Not only did his trash talk have no negative effects on Big Tone, but Big Tone proved to be a more effective trash talker than Soldier, and many league members took notice of it.  Said one league member who did not want to be identified, “In the game of sh** talk, Big Tone crushed Soldier.  Big Tone was like, ‘not only will I play my league game against you, but I will even challenge you to a non-league game!’  Soldier I don’t think was used to guys talking trash back to him.  I think Big Tone trash talked Soldier right out of the league.”

 

No one will know for sure which one of these three speculative assumptions is the most valid one, but one thing remains as a “fact”:  No one believes that Soldier was genuinely ‘too busy’ to play his Week Six game against Big Tone.  Soldier had from late afternoon / early evening on Sunday, September 29th until early-to-mid afternoon on Thursday, October 3rd to play his Week Six game.  You are talking roughly FOUR DAYS.  Everyone has time in a four-day period to play a game that typically takes seventy-five minutes or so to complete.

 

What teams will potentially benefit from Soldier’s departure?

 

1)    DeMarrio “DMan” Gray and his JFF San Francisco 49ers

Comment:  With Soldier’s JFF Rams gone, DMan has the best chance of now earning the NFC West Division Crown.  Aside from Soldier, the two other human users in his division (Cali Changes’s JFF Arizona Cardinals and Jig’s JFF Seattle Seahawks) have been on Auto-Pilot off and on so far this season.

 

2)    Mike Ruiz and his JFF NY Giants

Comment:  With Soldier’s JFF Rams gone, Mike has to be considered the new “favorite” to win the NFC Conference Championship and even the Super Bowl.  As of Week Six, the only team that Mike has ever lost to in the past two seasons in The JFF is Soldier’s JFF Houston Texans in last season’s Super Bowl (37-31 in OT).

 

3)    Kedren “Top Dawg” Parsons and his JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Comment:  Before Soldier left the league, the number one prediction in the NFC would be that Solder and Mike would meet up in the NFC Conference Championship.  Now, most would probably predict that the NFC Conference Championship will be Mike versus Top Dawg, which would be a rematch of last season’s NFC Conference Championship (Last season, Top Dawg’s JFF Bucs lost 38-21 to Mike’s JFF NY Giants in the NFC Conference Championship game).  The JFF Bucs were scheduled to play Soldier’s JFF Rams in Week Sixteen.

 

4)    Marcus a.k.a. “Que” and his JFF Chicago Bears

Comment:  Que was scheduled to go up against Soldier in Week Twelve, and now, he won’t have to.  Good for him.  Same thing can be said for the JFF Panthers, the JFF Titans, the JFF Colts, and the JFF Saints.

 

‘BIG DOSE’ RE-JOINS THE JFF

 

Speaking of big-time trash talk . . .

 

One of The JFF’s most notorious ‘trash talkers,’ Anthony “Big Dose” Rhodes, has re-joined The JFF as owner / coach of the JFF Cincinnati Bengals.

 

Rhodes participated in the Fall 2004 season, the Fall 2005 season, and the Spring / Summer 2013 season prior to this season.  Rhodes has frequently had a lot of Regular Season success in The JFF, but he has yet to win a league playoff game.   Last season, his JFF Ravens lost 34-31 to former league member ShAdDmAcK’s JFF Bengals in the AFC Divisional Round.

 

Big Dose is very well-known for his lighthearted brand of trash talk and signature phrases.  He will surely give this Website Manager & Story Editor much content for future installments of the Power Rankings.

 

STATS, STATS, and MORE STATS . . .

 

TEAM STATS - OFFENSE

 

Top Five Highest Scoring Offenses in The JFF (points scored per game):

 

1.    The JFF NY Giants (54.8 points per game)

2.    The JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers (51.8 points per game)

3.    The JFF Dallas Cowboys (47.5 points per game)

4.    The JFF Indianapolis Colts (45.0 points per game)

5.    The JFF St. Louis Rams (43.2 points per game)

 

Top Five Offenses in The JFF in terms of Total Offensive Yardage per game:

 

1.    The JFF NY Giants (574.2 total yards of offense per game)

2.    The JFF Dallas Cowboys (524.8 total yards of offense per game)

3.    The JFF St. Louis Rams (460.5 total yards of offense per game)

4.    The JFF Indianapolis Colts (453.5 total yards of offense per game)

5.    The JFF Baltimore Ravens (438.5 total yards of offense per game)

 

Top Five Offenses in The JFF in terms of Most Passing Yards per game:

 

1.    The JFF Dallas Cowboys (483.3 passing yards per game)

2.    The JFF Indianapolis Colts (375.5 passing yards per game)

3.    The JFF NY Giants (335.8 passing yards per game)

4.    The JFF Baltimore Ravens (322.3 passing yards per game)

5.    The JFF Houston Texans (275.7 passing yards per game)

 

Top Five Offenses in The JFF in terms of Most Rushing Yards per game:

 

1.    The JFF NY Giants (238.3 rushing yards per game)

2.    The JFF Washington Redskins (236.6 rushing yards per game)

3.    The JFF Tennessee Titans (222.3 rushing yards per game)

4.    The JFF Carolina Panthers (216.0 rushing yards per game)

5.    The JFF St. Louis Rams (210.3 rushing yards per game)

 

TEAM STATS - DEFENSE

 

Top Five Hardest-to-score-on Defenses in The JFF (least points allowed per game):

 

1.    The JFF Indianapolis Colts (11.7 points allowed per game)

2.    The JFF Baltimore Ravens (16.8 points allowed per game)

3.   The JFF Cincinnati Bengals (19.0 points allowed per game)

4.    The JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19.2 points allowed per game)

5.   The JFF Tennessee Titans (19.7 points allowed per game)

 

Top Five Defenses in The JFF in terms of Total Yards of Offense allowed per game:

 

1.    The JFF Indianapolis Colts (255.3 total yards of offense allowed per game)

2.    The JFF Houston Texans (279.7 total yards of offense allowed per game)

3.    [tie] JFF Baltimore Ravens (287.2 total yards of offense allowed per game)

3.    [tie] JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers (287.2 total yards of offense allowed per game)

5.    The JFF Washington Redskins (294.8 total yards of offense allowed per game)

 

Top Five Defenses in The JFF in terms of Least Passing Yards allowed per game:

 

1.    The JFF Buffalo Bills (162.8 passing yards allowed per game)

2.    The JFF Indianapolis Colts (164.0 passing yards allowed per game)

3.    The JFF San Francisco 49ers (188.5 passing yards allowed per game)

4.    The JFF Houston Texans (197.7 passing yards allowed per game)

5.    The JFF Chicago Bears (198.2 passing yards allowed per game)

 

Top Five Defenses in The JFF in terms of Least Rushing Yards allowed per game:

 

1.    The JFF Washington Redskins (59.2 rushing yards per game)

2.    The JFF NY Giants (67.0 rushing yards allowed per game)

3.   The JFF St. Louis Rams (69.8 rushing yards allowed per game)

4.    The JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers (73.4 rushing yards allowed per game)

5.    The JFF New England Patriots (75.5 rushing yards allowed per game)

 

THREE MORE INSTALLMENTS OF

THE POWER RANKINGS

 

Initially, I said there would be four installments of “The Power Rankings” during this fall season, but now it looks like there will be at least five.

 

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Now, without delay, here is my “Special Edition” installment of the JFF Website Manager & Story Editor's "Power Rankings."

 

JFF Fall 2013 Season Power Rankings – Special Installment

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NY Giants (@ miker7031) 6-0-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Eagles 63-21 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Bears 42-24 (Week Two)

Next Up: VS. JFF Vikings (Week Seven); AT JFF Eagles (Week Eight); “BYE” Week (Week Nine)

Comment:  Knowing Mike, he probably has “mixed feelings” about the departure of Soldier from the league.  On the positive end, Mike is a competitor, and surely wanted some degree of “revenge” for losing to Soldier’s JFF Texans in last season’s Super Bowl.  On the other hand though, he has to recognize that he now has one less “tough” opponent to conquer on his way to a second potential Super Bowl appearance.  Can Mike’s JFF NY Giants go undefeated in the Regular Season for the second straight season?  We shall see!

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ UNCLE___SAM) 5-0-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Eagles 34-16 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF Falcons (Week Seven); VS. JFF Panthers (Week Eight); AT JFF Seahawks (Week Nine)

Comment:  Top Dawg made it clear in the league’s GroupMe chat room that he hates the fact that Soldier has quit the league.  “I wanted to play Soldier very, very badly,” said Top Dawg about the Week Sixteen game that was scheduled between his JFF Bucs and Soldier’s JFF Rams.  Now, Top Dawg must concentrate on two consecutive NFC South rivals that are coming up (JFF Falcons in Week Seven and JFF Panthers in Week Eight).

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Washington Redskins (@ thawood505) 5-0-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Cowboys 37-24 (Week Six)

Next Up: VS. JFF Bears (Week Seven); AT JFF Broncos (Week Eight); VS. JFF Chargers (Week Nine)

Comment: NFL coaching legend, Mike Ditka, once said that the number one key to having success in football is being able to run the ball on offense, and stop the run on defense.  Right now, there is no team in the league that is following that formula better than the JFF Redskins (Washington is #2 in rushing offense and #1 in rushing defense).  Haywood was like Top Dawg … he wanted to play Soldier very, very badly.

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Tennessee Titans (@ poefield109) 6-0-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Chiefs 35-10 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Seahawks 35-21 (Week Six)

Next Up: VS. JFF 49ers (Week Seven); “BYE” Week (Week Eight); AT JFF Rams (Week Nine)

Comment: Talk about “operating under the radar?”  Michael Porterfield a.k.a. “Cadillac” is proceeding through this season with no real fanfare or trash talk of any kind.  He is just playing his games quietly, and more importantly, he is WINNING his games.  Cadillac could probably care less that Soldier is gone, because Cadillac never really knew who he was in the first place.

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Indianapolis Colts (@ ModeOne4Ever) 6-0-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Seahawks 63-7 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Chargers 49-17 (Week Six)

Next Up: VS. JFF Broncos (Week Seven); “BYE” Week (Week Eight); AT JFF Texans (Week Nine)

Comment: Air (also known as “Da Commish”) did not mince words when asked about Soldier quitting the league.  “In my opinion?  Soldier was deeply afraid of having his game against Big Tone videotaped.  I truly believe that.  Soldier did not want this gameplay style and tendencies to be exposed publicly.  I wish him the best in his own league.”  Air’s next two opponents are both human opponents and AFC rivals, so he does not have the time or motivation to worry about Soldier at this point.

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Baltimore Ravens (@ TD33DORSETT) 6-0-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Dolphins 39-14 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Packers 35-0 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF Steelers (Week Seven); “BYE” Week (Week Eight); AT JFF Browns (Week Nine)

Comment: Similar to Cadillac, Cliff is a league member who doesn’t do much trash talking, nor does he participate in the league’s GroupMe chat room activities.  Cliff is just playing and WINNING.  Now that Anthony “Big Dose” Rhodes has re-joined the league as the JFF Bengals, the AFC North just went from boring to very, very interesting.  The two division rivals lock horns in Week Ten and Week Seventeen.  Can’t wait!

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Chicago Bears (@ Queesdoe812) 5-1-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Saints 52-28 (Week Five); Lost to the JFF NY Giants 42-24 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF Redskins (Week Seven); “BYE” Week (Week Eight); AT JFF Packers (Week Nine)

Comment: Que normally does not allow himself to lose very decisive games, but Mike’s JFF NY Giants really put the JFF Bears’ defense to the test.  No time to sulk though, because Que has to be ready for Haywood’s JFF Redskins in Week Seven.  Huge game.

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Atlanta Falcons (@ KINGRAW) 4-1-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF NY Jets 24-17 (Week Five)

Next Up: VS. JFF Buccaneers (Week Seven); AT JFF Cardinals (Week Eight); AT JFF Panthers (Week Nine)

Comment: Raw happened to be one of the few league members to play against Soldier’s JFF Rams, and his JFF Falcons lost that game very decisively (70-28).  Raw labeled Soldier as “fake,” and implied that he felt Soldier knew how to take advantage of the game’s artificial intelligence flaws and weaknesses.  Big game coming up for Raw’s JFF Falcons in Week Seven when he engages in the first of two meetings with his division rival, the JFF Bucs.  Just the fact that Raw refers to Top Dawg as “Tender” makes this match up interesting.

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Carolina Panthers (@ BallOnEm_19) 4-1-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Cardinals 59-55 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Vikings 26-15 (Week Six)

Next Up: VS. JFF Rams (Week Seven); AT JFF Buccaneers (Week Eight); VS. JFF Falcons (Week Nine)

Comment: DeVonte would have had a tough game coming up in Week Seven, but now he has to settle for playing the CPU version of the JFF Rams now that Soldier has quit the league.  After that though, he actually does have two very tough games:  the JFF Bucs in Week Eight and the JFF Falcons in Week Nine.  Is he up for the challenge?

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Houston Texans (@ BigTone313) 4-2-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF 49ers 38-17 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Rams 41-6 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF Chiefs (Week Seven); “BYE” Week (Week Eight); VS. JFF Colts (Week Nine)

Comment: All hail the new “King of League Trash Talk” … Anthony “Big Tone” Magee.  Many opponents of the former league member Soldier would do their best to avoid engaging in a ‘war of words’ with the ultra-cocky Madden Baller, but Big Tone went toe-to-toe with Soldier and THEN SOME.  One league member said, “Big Tone trashed talked Soldier right out of the league.”  OUCH!  I cannot wait until “Big Tone” and “Big Dose” go at it with each other.  Two men named Anthony with the word “Big” in their monikers.  Uh oh.

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Dallas Cowboys (@ jmjetson) 3-3-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Broncos 49-28 (Week Five); Lost to the JFF Redskins 37-24 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF Eagles (Week Seven); AT JFF Lions (Week Eight); VS. JFF Vikings (Week Nine)

Comment: The JFF Cowboys got the best of the JFF Broncos, but then they experienced an Auto Pilot loss to their division rival, the JFF Redskins.  Huh?  Now, James Jimmy’s Dallas team is three games behind New York and two-and-a-half games behind Washington.  They now have to play “catch up” in the division.

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Cincinnati Bengals (@ BigDose) 3-3-0

Most Recent Results: Lost to the JFF Patriots 30-20 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Bills 31-16 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF Lions (Week Seven); VS. JFF NY Jets (Week Eight); AT JFF Dolphins (Week Nine)

Comment: The “mouth that roars” is BACK!!  At first, Anthony “Big Dose” Rhodes was not going to participate in his fourth season of JFF League competition because he said he wanted Da Commish to offer some sort of “prize” earning a playoff berth and/or winning the Super Bowl.  Da Commish has promised to send Big Dose a package of Keebler’s Pecan Sandies if Big Dose earns a spot in this season’s playoffs.  Now you know ahead of time that if you were to ask a league member, “What do you want as a reward for winning games … a cookie?”  For Big Dose, the answer is, “Hell yeah!  A bunch of them!”

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Denver Broncos (@ dockwatcher) 3-3-0

Most Recent Results: Lost to the JFF Cowboys 49-28 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Jaguars 24-16 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF Colts (Week Seven); VS. JFF Redskins (Week Eight); “BYE” Week (Week Nine)

Comment: Henry a.k.a. dockwatcher has the least amount of worry or stress of any member of the league.  Why?  As mentioned in the last installment, dockwatcher is the only member who is in a division with no other human users.  All he has to do is beat Kansas City twice, Oakland twice, and San Diego twice, and he is guaranteed a playoff spot as the AFC West division champion.  All of his Regular Season games are essentially “practice” games.

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New England Patriots (@ dINGer8420) 4-2-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Bengals 30-20 (Week Five); Defeated the JFF Saints 26-7 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF NY Jets (Week Seven); VS. JFF Dolphins (Week Eight); VS. JFF Steelers (Week Nine)

Comment: Surprisingly, Nate’s JFF Patriots are one of the best teams in the league in terms of least passing yards allowed and least rushing yards allowed.  Some of his opponents though are complaining that Nate has the tendency to go “AWOL” for a period of days and/or weeks.  That is not good!

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San Francisco 49ers (@ dman_of_God) 3-3-0

Most Recent Results: Lost to the JFF Texans 38-17 (Week Five); Defeated JFF Cardinals 24-14 (Week Six)

Next Up: AT JFF Titans (Week Seven); AT JFF Jaguars (Week Eight); “BYE” Week (Week Nine)

Comment: I would bet money that no one … absolutely no one … is more excited about the departure of Pasadena Soldier than DeMarrio “DMan” Gray.  Why?  As mentioned above, DMan now can all but claim the NFC West as his own.  He does still have two human users in his division, but neither one of them have had the time and/or motivation to complete their games.  The NFC West division is either his to win, or his to lose.

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New Orleans Saints (@ BarNone12000) 2-4-0

Most Recent Results: Lost to the JFF Bears 52-28 (Week Five); Lost to the JFF Patriots 26-7 (Week Six)

Next Up: “BYE” Week (Week Seven); VS. JFF Bills (Week Eight); AT JFF NY Jets (Week Nine)

Comment: Poor Tim Dog.  He waited until the last minute to play his Week Six game, and then unfortunately, he suffered a simulated loss.  Lesson learned?  Play your games as soon as possible and do not wait until the last minute!!

 

 

Teams dropping out this week:

 

JFF St. Louis Rams