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)
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Teams dropping out this week:
JFF St. Louis Rams