The 1999 SFFL

1999: Stability at last...

Could it be?  A sense of some stability providing a calming effect over the league?  The same ten teams as last year?  What a concept.  Several rule changes have been made for 1999.  They are:

The idea to scrap the "Scab Player" concept was voted down.

The biggest changes were in the area of team movement.  The Fighting Lounge Chairs voluntarily relocated their league office in pursuit of greener pastures.  While the One-Eyed Meat and the Youn Guns (formerly N.F.O.) involuntarily relocated due to corporate downsizing.

So with a draft date of August 13, 1999, we - The SFFL - begin our fifth season!
 

The 1999 SFFL
North Division Owner South Division Owner
Eager Beavers Dave Daigle Fighting Lounge Chairs Len Swiat
Elephants Ander Babar Invaders Eric Palmer
Hackers Jim Honer N.F.O. Ron Mazur/Tom Kuenz
One-Eyed Meat Brian O'Connell Private's Parts Bob Sikorski
Rough Riders Chris Clark THRAK Kevin Papendick

(klp 07/16/99)

...or Revisionist History?

On Tuesday August 10 a mere four days before the 1999, the One-Eyed Meat abruptly withdrew from the SFFL for personal reasons.  In an effort to defuse this potential crisis situation, the league office began a frantic search for a replacement team.  This sounds much more overblown that it really was as several individuals had expressed at least a passing interest owning an SFFL franchise.  With a little arm twisting, Sam D'Angelo was convinced to join the fold.  So in a mad dash, the newly formed SQUONK replaced the One-Eyed Meat in the North Division.  Now with the draft a mere 56 hours away, history is revised to reveal the new and unimproved SFFL for 1999!
 

The 1999 SFFL
North Division Owner South Division Owner
Eager Beavers Dave Daigle Fighting Lounge Chairs Len Swiat
Elephants Ander Babar Invaders Eric Palmer
Hackers Jim Honer N.F.O. Ron Mazur/Tom Kuenz
SQUONK Sam D'Angelo Private's Parts Bob Sikorski
Rough Riders Chris Clark THRAK Kevin Papendick

(klp 08/11/99)

The mid-point of the season has come and gone with the usual soap opera happenings right on cue...

The Hackers lead the league in scoring with an 82ppg average, a 5-0 divisional record, and were one game up on Elephants in the North Division. Speaking of, the Elephants started off with a very poor 0-3 start, but claimed the red hot St. Louis QB - Kurt Warner off waivers and quickly stampeded to a four game winning streak. The Eager Beavers kissed their South Division cousin, the Invaders and wound up a 1/2 game back of the Elephants. Meanwhile the Rough Riders continued their losing tradition while basking in the glow of the wreckage known as SQUONK -the newest PUNK-ASS Rookie. At 0-7 they are assured a place in the record book, but time will tell whether they are destined to be the best of the worse!

Meanwhile in the South Division, the Fighting Lounge Chairs were enjoying the fruits of the "good year/bad year syndrome" with an impressive 6-1 record and a fresh victory over the Hackers. The Invaders were 1-1/2 games back courtesy of that kiss with the Beavers up north. The Parts and the Young Guns were deadlocked at 4-3 for third place, and THRAK was suffering through their most disappointing and injury prone season as they struggled to 3-4 midway through the season.

So the stage was set for the roll down the final stretch to the playoffs...

(klp 11/01/99)

The regular season ended with the Fighting Lounge Chairs finishing a 3 game slide that still allowed them to enjoy a bye week by virtue of sitting at the top of the South Division. The Young Guns ripped it up down the stretch and earned a wildcard birth against the Invaders who finished a half game ahead of the Guns. The Guns were a blazing, but it wasn't meant to be as the Invaders edged them out 67-62.

In the North Division the Hackers remained in control and received a first round playoff bye. The Elephants, who started out the season at 0-3 cleaned up their act and finished the regular season one game behind the Hackers. The South Division's SQUONK got their only win by doing their best Rae Carruth on the Eager Beavers and knocking them out of the playoffs. Controversy reared it's ugly head when the 4-9 Rough Riders made the playoffs while several teams with better records were left out due to the divisional alignments. Cool heads prevailed, and all agreed that the issue would be addressed in the off-season. As expected justice was serverd and the Elephants easily handled the Rough Riders 86-61 and advanced to the North Division championship against the Hackers.

(klp 12/16/99)

The Elephants continued their stampede by stomping on the Hackers 91-67 to win their second straight North Division title. In the South Division, the Invaders impaled the floundering Fighting Lounge Chairs 96-62 to win their second trip (1995) to the SFFL Championship game.

The Invaders claimed their first SFFL Cross-Dressed Championship 85-78, thus sending the Elephants to their second straight championship defeat. And finally, the quote of the year:

"First off, a league with a transvestite action figure as its prize doesn't have much integrity to spare."
- Len Swiat owner of the Fighting Lounge Chairs 12.10.99

This in response to Private's Parts suggestion to change the playoff team selection format. And so it goes in this year of madness...the fifth act of this soap opera comes to a close.

(klp 01/17/00)