There was now a tradition invoked to have Draftdays on Labor Day weekend (Saturday, High Noon.) Fred Hight was next to host the event, and he thought that the back deck of his home (same as the inaugural draft) would suit everyone just fine.
Bill Morris (Doomsday) thought this was a great opportunity to bring in one of his friend's from Ilion, Rick Fureno, to fill out one of the three open slots in the league. Rick named his franchise the G-Men for his love of the NY Giants. He had some experience playing fantasy football and was distant from other owners on DraftDay.
During the summer session of college, Alan worked as a dental assistant in Canandaigua, NY. He talked the dentist he was working with into giving fantasy football a try because the man did enjoy NFL football. The DDS had no idea what to call his team so he left it up to Alan to grant his new franchise a name. Alan thought to add a funny bend to the league catalogue and deemed the expansion team the Ferocious Wombats.
While attending Monroe Community College in Rochester for dental hygiene school, Alan met an older classmate John Hanlon. John loved the Buffalo Bills, and Alan convinced him to give fantasy football a shot. John gave his franchise name a tremendous amount of thought and chose the Renegades after one of his favorite songs from the 70's band, STYX.
A statistician at heart, the Commissioner audited the numbers in the offseason scoring and saw that the Tightend position was severely lacking in point production. Alan called the owners together in the preseason for a mandatory vote on whether a point per catch should be added. All but one owner, (X-Men), loved that idea of invoking the change.
The playoff teams from the prior year, Nightshade, Slicks, Jo-T.B., Fornino's Jets, continued to roll along with success, showing that these franchises are grounded with intelligent front offices.
It was truly phenomenal how the Slicks kept shining. They had been the # 1 Power Rank for 85% of their existence. No team had ever been undefeated at midseason (7-0) and were posting a career 14-2 first-half record!
The Lycanthropes, Doomsday, and X-Men persist to be middling, and Frankfort Flash, and Rogues continue to underperform with Anthony racking off a whopping 10-game losing streak!
Early on, the rookies tried to get their footing by maintaining a respectable split record. The Renegade's draft strategy was lacking as he recruited players that were five years past their prime, namely Jerry Rice and Andre Reed. At mid-season, he said that he understood his error and was already looking forward to 2000.
Dave Lovic (X-Men) showed that he never fixed his flawed lineup submittals by not paying attention to late player injuries before the 1 PM deadline. OUTS/BYES/OPENS are simply inexcusable, and he doubled down this year (28.6% of cards.)
Bill Morris had no interest on improving his team and was the first nonquitter who posted zero transactions within a season.
In week # 6, the G-Men had missed the weekly deadline by submitting their lineup 1.5 hours past the 1 PM games (2:30 PM EST). Addressing the issue at 4 PM, Rick explained that he had forgotten about his submission and realized his mistake too late. The Commish always upheld league standards by not relenting on the strict deadline policy. Rick was angered at this declaration and refused to submit any more lineups for the remainder of the year. This was the first owner that quit (of three total) because of an objection to standard league rules of fair play.
Doomsday, who had brought Rick in originally, had nothing significant to say on the matter. In fact, he was now so uncommunicative with the league, that he failed to manage his own lineup the last month of the season. Bill owed the league $ 7 since DraftDay (pizza money) and ignored his commitment when the season wrapped up its second year. To this day, Bill has shrugged off this awful act, expecting the commish to forget his failure with honoring debts. The commissioner has publicly refused to do so.
An incredible thing had just unfolded in the league the likes which has never happened again ~ the same exact playoff teams from the prior year made the postseason! The odds of this occurring are 1 in 81 or 1.2% chance. The difference this particular time was that Nightshade was now the wildcard team, and the Slicks won their first division title. Jo-T.B., coming off a heart-breaking loss via 2nd tiebreaker last year, squared off against the Nightshade in the Divisionals. But Joe was again dismissed in the first round as Nightshade projected themselves into the FantasyBowl with a solid victory.
The Fornino's Jets, in a rematch of last year's FantasyBowl, could not stop being their amazing selves by thwarting the Slicks soundly. In fact, it is recorded as the 3rd Greatest Route in league history!
Despite Nightshade's stellar season, they had a lot to prove since the F-Jets had their number for the last two seasons. That continued to be the case as the Fred Hight/John Fornino duo did the impossible ~ they won back to back championships!
Going forward into 2000, Fred indicated that, despite the glory he was basking in with these trophies, he found the process of weekly concentration on team management taxing to his mind. It was difficult to generate the will to be competitive because he still could not read current player potential. He was lucky to have Marshal Faulk because the RB basically won the season for them. When pressed about the future of the franchise, Fred announced that he would manage the team until they missed the playoffs for the first time.
While the Fornino's Jets stayed at the top of the mountain, it was Nightshade who collected the awards. They received both Manager Of The Year and repeated with Comeback Owner Of The Year. Not only has a consecutive COY never happened again, Alan also scored SIX Best Games in the course of a season which still holds as a prominent record as well!
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