Beating the Spread ...
Mark Yoshikawa foregoes his referee
duties long enough to topple the annual Steeler fantasy of Andy
Lewis 35-28 in the opening round. Got to pack that Pittsburgh
jersey away for another year and wear the Delaware Mud Hen threads
Battle of the Flawds ... well two
of thm anyway. Jordan finished fourth this year, but his dad
again fell to his brother Devin for the fourth straight year.
One of them has won the event nine of the last ten years. Talk
about pulling a Coussis!
The 2008 tournament got underway Wednesday afternoon with
28 coaches trying to knock four-time defending champ Devin Flawd
from his throne (thereby saving his dad a lot of off-season aggravation!).
Mark Love pushed the Patriots bid up to 243 to take the AFC champs
and the low bid was Derek Landel taking the Dolphins at 209.
In a humorous incident, Dan Dolan Jr. came running down the hall
screaming wait for me! He had apparently felt the need to save
family honor vs his brother in volleyball, and in doing so almost
missed his team game event! Notable wins in the first round were
John Shaheen's Bills over Mike Dwyer's Browns in OT 34-31, Mark's
Pats holding off Derek's Dolphins 41-40 with a 34-point spread,
Dan Dolan using his Chargers to top Jordan Flawd's Raiders 22-19,
and Devin Flawd holding off the other Dolphins team of Chris
Bauch. 40-39. A notable upset was Mark "woodless" Yoshikawa's
Jets, after hearing that they had signed Brett Favre, topping
perennial Steelers coach Andy Lewis 35-28, much to the delight
of the crowd. The second round saw Devin, Mark, Harry, and John
advance, along with Jacob Hebner, Barry Shoults, and Joe Youre.
Devin had a bye in Round 3, and joining him in the AFC quarter-finals
would be Mark Love, a 38-25 winner over John's Bills, Joe's Bengals
defeating Harry's Titans 30-28, and Jacob's beloved Broncos team
beating Barry's Jaguars 24-10. Devin's Colts then pasted Mark's
top seeded Pats 28-0 and Jacob topped Joe 24-21 to set up the
AFC title game of Indy vs Denver. Devin used four turnovers in
overcoming a 13-point spread to defeat Jacob 37-20 and earn a
return trip to the Super Bowl.
The NFC round was Friday afternoon , and we welcomed a face
from the past, as Sue Ellsworth made her return to Paydirt
after a seven-year absence. The loudest round of applause came
when Devin lost his opening game, 24-20 to Mark Van Roekel 's
49er's. Jeremy Billones played and won the first of his two consecutive
OT thrillers, 37-34 over hard luck Mike Dwyer, who lost both
his first round games in OT. Both Ram teams advanced, with Derek
and Chris manning the controls. Other winners were chart designer
and participant Ron Pisarz, Dave Denton, Barry Shoults, Joe Youre
rebounding from his AFC late round loss, Jordan Flawd's Eagles,
Sue Ellsworth and her beloved Bears (Devin Hester had two returns
for TD's, Joe Betz, Daniel Long, and Alex Bove. Round 2 saw some
very tight games, with Harry's Cowboys defeating Mark's 49ers
39-36, Jordan topping Jason's Falcons 26-23, Alex over Ron 21-16,
Barry's Redskins over Derek's Rams 27-23, Sue leading her Bears
to a 25-23 win over Dave's Panthers, and of course Jeremy's second
consecutive OT win, this one over Joe Betz's Lions 33-30. Chris
Bauch's Rams were the big winner in this round, winning 31-14.
Jeremy's OT run ended in the next round with a 39-27 thumping
from Barry's Redskins, Harry took his Cowboys to a 38-27 win
over Alex's Falcons, and in the most exciting game of the heat,
Jordan came from behind, scoring with :30 left to top Sue's Bears
22-21. Jordan made it into the NFC Championship game with a convincing
25-7 win over Barry's Redskins, and in an offensive explosion,
Harry topped Chris' Rams 51-45 in OT after Chris' hard luck kicker
missed a 22 yard FG to win in regulation, then after forcing
a punt, missed another from the 17 in OT, with Harry scoring
two plays later! Sometimes life just ain't fair. So, the NFC
Championship was set between father-son for the right to play
Devin in the title game. Unfortunately for Jordan, Donovan McNabb
chose a very poor time to have a horrible game (five int's),
and Harry's Cowboys coasted, 44-24.
The Super Bowl was thus yet another of those Flawd family
affairs, and unfortunately for Harry, another heartbreaker. After
spotting the Colts a 5-point spread, the Colts led 14-0 midway
thru the 2nd quarter. The Cowboys came to life with two TD's
to tie the game at the half. The Cowboys took a 21-14 lead to
start the third period on a Romo-Owens TD, but the Colts responded
with an 82 yard punt return following a missed Colts FG, and
we once again were tied. Dallas scored to go up 28-21 with 11:20
left to play. Indy tied it again at 28 with 6:10 left, setting
up a nail-biting ending. Dallas' drive stalled at the Indy 47.
Devin returned the punt for another TD! A 35-28 Colt lead with
2:00 left was too much to overcome, and although Dallas got to
the Colt 45 on a Pass Interference call, the game ended with
Tony Romo's fifth pick of the game. Another LOOONNGGGG year is
a comin' at the Flawd house.