Week 12 MVP Award Winner –
MJD Hogg (30 Points)
For the second time this season, MJD Hogg once again went hog wild with great picks and scored 30 Points to win the MVP Award. He thus became the third player this season to claim multiple MVP Awards. MJD Hogg did this by making a couple of key brilliant upset picks. First, he was 1 of only 3 players to correctly pick the Double Stakes of LA Chargers & Las Vegas (along with Young Tuna & NYC Sewer Rat). Second, he was 1 of only 4 players to correctly pick the Monday night game winner of Pittsburgh (along with The Sad Salmon, Bob Swerski & NYC Sewer Rat). As a result, he is driving his white 1970 Cadillac DeVille back up the standings and now stands only 16 Points away from getting back into the Top Ten. The MVP Award Runner-Up was Young Tuna for the second time in the last three weeks as he scored 27 Points. Young Tuna was 1 of only 2 players to correctly pick both Games of the Week with Cincinnati & Carolina (along with Roadrunner). Young Tuna was disappointed when yet again he lost out on the MVP Award when there was an upset in the Monday night game. However, he was happy once he found out he was named the November Player of the Month Award winner. Those of you club members who are on social media may have seen my post congratulating the club’s new #1 player Roadrunner. My post said: “Congrats to my dad Roadrunner on moving into 1st Place in The Football Club for the first time ever after playing off and on for 20 years.” Last week, Roadrunner scored 4 more Points than current #2 player Hoosier Daddy, thus allowing him to use NOS to speed ahead of him by a slim 2 Point margin. Rounding out the Top Five, we have the two biggest rivals in the club battling it out again as Double-Double and Stinkerbell are tied for 3rd Place (both 8 Points back). Which player is going to blink first and have an off week? And currently tied for 5th Place are My Wife Loves Jimmy G and Mr. T (both 9 Points back). My Wife Loves Jimmy G did indeed take notice of the photo of The Sad Salmon & Viking Blood at a recent football game (see last week’s column post for the photo). In the photo, Viking Blood is holding up a sign that she made for her husband that said: “My Husband is Hotter Than Jimmy Garoppolo“. In response to the sign, My Wife Loves Jimmy G stated that it was “all good. My wife might love Jimmy G, but she knows he’ll always be my backup.”
The Super Bowl Tournament gets underway this week with five First Round matches. Be sure to check out the newly added Super Bowl Tournament Page for more details. There you will notice that the top 11 seeds all received bye weeks and automatic entry into the Wild Card Round. The five matches this week include (21) Young Tuna at (12) Shaylene, (20) Slick Chick at (13) Viking Blood, (19) Captain Jack Sparrow at (14) Fearless Tuna, (18) Captain Insano at (15) Bob Swerski, and (17) MJD Hogg at (16) New York City Sewer Rat. The Pro Bowl Tournament wrapped up last week. Be sure to check out the Pro Bowl Tournament Page for all the details. Below, I will copy and paste the information from that page about the final result of the Pro Bowl championship game.
Rookie Pro Bowl Team Champs – Third-seeded Tuna Generations have defeated seventh-seeded (but more highly regarded) Daddy & His Boys to win their first team title during their first year of playing together. This is an absolutely stunning result that nobody in the club could see coming. With a final score that was very similar to the Pro Bowl final result from one year ago, Daddy & His Boys once again lost by one touchdown. Last season, they lost to Wild Animals 61-54 and this season they lost to Tuna Generations 64-57. That must be a frustrating result for Daddy & His Boys, but making it to the final is still a very respectable result. Five other teams wish they could have made it that far. So how did Tuna Generations pull off the impossible and suddenly become our 2022 Pro Bowl Team Champions? Let’s take a brief look back at how both teams performed during the championship game. As the match got started with the three Thursday games, Daddy & His Boys took a commanding 15-7 lead at the end of the 1st Quarter. That was because all three members of Daddy & His Boys picked perfectly on the Thursday games and they had all selected TJ as well. That was quite an impressive start. But things looked even better when the week ended with a win for Pittsburgh, helping MJD Hogg to claim the Week 12 MVP Award with 30 Points. Now that’s how you step up and try your best to carry your team to victory. Of course, with a team competition, you usually can’t win the match all by yourself. You need help from your other teammates. And Hoosier Daddy (14 Points) and Drummer Boy (13 Points) combined to contribute less Points than MJD Hogg had posted all by himself. Even so, 57 total Points is a fairly strong showing, and it would take an average score of 19.4 Points by the members of Tuna Generations in order to beat them. Taking over as quarterback, Young Tuna, the youngest player in Football Club history, stepped up and delivered a performance worthy of a seasoned veteran. Young Tuna posted 27 Points to claim the Week 12 MVP Award Runner-Up. Fearless Tuna added 19 Points and new club #1 Roadrunner added 18 Points in order to bring their team total to 64 Points. And that was enough to win the thrilling final by a touchdown and earn a permanent spot in the Hall of Fame as the 2022 team champs. At a press conference after the match, Fearless Tuna reflected back on the past three weeks. He said: “When I decided to put the team together of myself, Roadrunner & Young Tuna, my biggest concern was that we would likely lose in the First Round. I wasn’t sure if we were good enough to survive it. I thought if we could make it to the Final Four that would be a big accomplishment. But I also thought that it was more important to play together as a family than to worry about the end result of how well we would play and how far we could make it. So, in keeping it real, I am in total shock that our team actually won this tournament. As the weak link on our team, I’d like to thank Roadrunner & Young Tuna for carrying us to victory. And I’d like to thank Daddy & His Boys for making it a memorable final.”