Team Flight: Trotter League Champ

Week 16 Trotter League: Playoffs-Final Week

In an epic battle in the inaugural Trotter League Super Bowl, Flight Time Lang defeated Handles Franklin by a mere 2 points.

Here are the results of the final week of The Trotter League season (seeds in parentheses):

Trotter League Super Bowl

(4) Handles
Quarterback: Cam Newton
Wide Receivers: Dez Bryant, Marques Colston, Julio Jones
Running Backs: Cedric Benson, Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams
Tight End: Antonio Gates
Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
Defense: San Francisco

Vs.

(3) Team Flight
Quarterback: Tom Brady
Wide Receivers: Victor Cruz, Stevie Johnson, Hakeem Nicks
Running Backs: Reggie Bush, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, C.J. Spiller
Tight End: Tony Gonzalez
Kicker: Robbie Gould
Defense: Detroit

Final Score
Team Flight: 152 points
Handles: 150 points
The Trotter League’s first Super Bowl lived up to the billing, as Team Flight held off a furious rally by Handles to claim the title.  Team Flight led by 36 points going into Monday night’s Saints/Falcons game, with Team Flight still having Tony Gonzalez to play, while Handles had Marques Colston and Julio Jones going.  Jones had a huge game for Handles, tallying 8 catches for 128 yards and a score (23 points), while Colston hauled in 7 balls for 81 yards and a TD (18 points).  Gonzalez’s 5 catches for 41 yards do not really seem like much, but the 7 points it gave Team Flight ended up being the difference in the game.  It also didn’t help Handles that star back Adrian Peterson tore two ligaments in his knee on the opening play of the second half in the Vikings/Redskins game, or he very well could have piled up the necessary points to give Handles the victory.  Team Flight got another outstanding effort from the recently acquired C.J. Spiller (23 points) and was also helped by the recent goal line work of one Tom Brady.  After scoring just one rushing TD in his previous 39 regular season games, Brady has 3 rushing scores the last two weeks, including 2 in week 16.

Third Place

(8) Double A’s Boys
Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Roddy White, Mario Manningham
Running Backs: Rashard Mendenhall, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs
Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski
Kicker: Mason Crosby
Defense: New York Giants

Vs.

(2) Team Green
Quarterback: Drew Brees
Wide Receivers: DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Jordy Nelson
Running Backs: Marion Barber, Michael Bush, Chris Johnson
Tight End: Brent Celek
Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski
Defense: Pittsburgh

Final Score
Team Green: 156 points
Double A's Boys: 112 points
On the night where Drew Brees set the NFL single-season record for passing yardage, Team Green of Airport Greenup rode his performance (37 points) to a third place finish.  Jordy Nelson chipped in with 29 points, continuing his improbable career year.  Double A’s Boys were not helped by the fact that owner Ant Atkinson rolled the dice at QB with Ben Roethlisberger, who ended up not playing in week 16.  However, Ant would have needed 45 points out of the QB slot to take the victory, so it didn’t really matter much.

Fifth Place

(5) Flyboys
Quarterback: Eli Manning
Wide Receivers: Calvin Johnson, Mike Williams, Anquan Boldin, Miles Austin
Running Backs: Marshawn Lynch, Roy Helu
Tight End: Jermichael Finley
Kicker: Rob Bironas
Defense: Dallas

Vs.

(7) Melph Warriors
Quarterback: Matthew Stafford
Wide Receivers: Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney
Running Backs: Arian Foster, Willis McGahee, Shonn Greene, Frank Gore
Tight End: Vernon Davis
Kicker: John Kasay
Defense: New England
Final Score
Melph Warriors: 154 points
Flyboys: 102 points

Big Easy Lofton’s Melph Warriors finished the season strong, spurred on by big games from Matthew Stafford (39 points) and Arian Foster (31 points).  Also helping was the fact that Slick Willie Shaw had two players in his Flyboys lineup that did not see the field: Anquan Boldin and Roy Helu.  However, Slick did not have anyone on his bench whom he could have inserted that would have made a difference.

Seventh Place

(1) The Special Ks
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers
Wide Receivers: Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson, Laurent Robinson
Running Backs: Darren Sproles, LeSean McCoy, LeGarrette Blount
Tight End: Jason Witten
Kicker: Billy Cundiff
Defense: Chicago

Vs.

(6) Brutus
Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Wide Receivers: Percy Harvin, Santana Moss, Mike Wallace, A.J. Green
Running Backs: Michael Turner, Ryan Matthews
Tight End: Owen Daniels
Kicker: Dan Bailey
Defense: Baltimore

Final Score
The Special Ks: 96 points
Brutus: 79 points
After losing his first two postseason games, top-seed The Special Ks saved some face by taking seventh place.  The difference was at the QB position, as Special K Daley got 43 points from Aaron Rodgers and his 5 TD performance, while Coach Barry Hardy’s Brutus squad could muster only 10 from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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