Magill Report 2013 FFL is Set!
By Ken Magill
Here we go again! After receiving more requests for teams than could be accommodated, The Magill Report Fantasy Football 2013/14 season is set.
As is the case every year, Magill Report fantasy team managers will be vying for a beautiful crystal trophy and a regulation sized Lebanon bologna football from Dietrich’s Meats in Krumsville, PA. Mmmm. Mmm.
Last year’s team owners were each given notice and ample time to claim their teams. All but two did.
Two new team owners were given slots on a first-come first-served basis.
The two newbies are email marketing consultant Dylan Murphy and marketing-services giant Epsilon.
I would like to extend a hearty Magill Report welcome to both.
The rest of this year’s teams are:
Return Path, eWayDirect, LivingSocial, PL Marketing, eBay Enterprise, Responsys, Omeda Omail, TowerData, FreshAddress, Net Atlantic, Movable Ink and Message Systems.
Some might notice first-year champion e-Dialog is missing. Well, not really. Earlier this year, e-Dialog’s parent company GSI Commerce was renamed eBay Enterprise and the name e-Dialog was apparently dropped down the memory hole.
So e-Dialog is now eBay Enterprise and e-Dialog’s e-D’s TDs will now no-doubt be renamed something that hopefully won’t make us want to send them some Cialis.
And hey, maybe they can sell their Magill Report 2010 championship trophy on eBay.
Speaking of the first-year championship, the guy who managed that team for e-Dialog, Matt Hart, is managing Epsilon’s team this year.
Dollars to donuts he’s out to kick a little eBay Enterprise fanny.
Another team manager most assuredly out for blood this year will be Movable Ink’s Inkredibles manager Jordan Cohen, who lost last year’s championship to Jarett Lewis and eWayDirect by less than a point.
TowerData is also most likely coming in feeling a little vengeful after fielding powerhouses for the last two years only to suffer stunning playoff losses.
Another perennial powerhouse out to salvage his good name is Larry Karipides, who manages Return Path’s GOLIATHS. Every year he fields a serious contender and just falls short.
Hell, who am I kidding? Every returning team that didn’t win the championship last year is coming back out for blood.
FreshAddress had a horrible start last year, turned things around, and then came up short.
And then there was Net Atlantic, the team that couldn’t catch a break if it was lobbed to them.
In 2011 Net Atlantic played in the championship but lost to Pontiflex—a pretty respectable season. Then last year, every week with the exception week five, Net Atlantic put up a decent score. And every week, the team they were up against just happened to score higher.
It was painful to watch.
Which reminds me: Time for my annual note to supervisors and co-workers of Magill Report fantasy team managers:
A lot of how a team’s fantasy season goes is a result of pure luck.
In my 10-plus years of playing fantasy football in various leagues in which I’ve won five championships, I’ve determined that what is necessary to take it all in any given year is a good draft—luck—picking up two stellar players off free agency—foresight with a little luck—and how opposing teams do in the week you play them—luck.
Last year’s powerhouse can easily be this year’s doormat. Just ask Net Atlantic.
So if your company has a bad fantasy football season, don’t give the manager any crap. They’re frustrated enough already.
In any case, league invitations will be going out soon. Good luck!