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August 2, 2013 5:07 AM   Subscribe

From yearly tradition to annual ritual to dread rite, the Metafilter Fantasy Football Challenge lives again for another year. If you have played previously, just log back in to the game site and make your team. Have not played before? More players are always welcome - it's free to play and a great way to learn about the Premier League and the beautiful game most of the world calls football! Just log in, create a team, and join the league using the code 581006-142890. The new season starts in two weeks!
posted by robocop is bleeding to MetaFilter-Related at 5:07 AM (67 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

In before HAR HAR THIS AINT HAND EGG HAR HAR!

(Also, looking forward to defending Merseyside Ziggurat's title.)
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:09 AM on August 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


Well, this time FC Spek en Bonen will not be such a walkover, so be careful.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:52 AM on August 2, 2013


OH YEAH!!! EAT MY DUST JUV3NAL!!!

(This is my version of a derby)
posted by josher71 at 7:02 AM on August 2, 2013


Are we ready for some football?
posted by ColdChef at 7:15 AM on August 2, 2013


That time of year again, where I spend an hour on a clever team name, ugly kit design, and picking a mediocre team which I will forget about in two months after too many injuries.
posted by kendrak at 7:35 AM on August 2, 2013


Are we gonna do the pick-em league again this year? I enjoyed that last season, except for the completely getting my ass kicked part.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:02 AM on August 2, 2013


TSV 1976 Röck Steady is in.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:31 AM on August 2, 2013


For folks who also enjoy American football (or, as it's known internationally, hand egg), I just started an NFL Pick'Em Group.

Group #8039, name: Metafilter, password: hamburger
posted by box at 8:48 AM on August 2, 2013


Yesssl! Having mastered the art of NFL pick 'em (not really), I am giving Fantasy sports a try this year. Thanks for setting it up!
posted by juliplease at 9:14 AM on August 2, 2013


I would do this for real-football-that-isn't-soccer but I always end up drifting off and forgetting about it.

I have nothing against not-real-football-that-is-soccer. I just don't know anything about the teams and players.
posted by double block and bleed at 9:42 AM on August 2, 2013


Excellent. Here's to moving up from my mid-table finish last season...
posted by modernnomad at 10:44 AM on August 2, 2013


Actually, there are 6 games called football, all of which descend from a common game. Rugby Association Football, Rugby Union Football, Australian Rules Football, Canadian Football and American Football. Rugby and Soccer split from the same Football Association in which both games were . So the "rest of the world" doesn't call it football.
posted by Ironmouth at 10:56 AM on August 2, 2013


But will players sue us for unauthorized use of their "right of publicity"? (Yeah, it's the awful EA that got sued, but can't it be applied to every Fantasy Football League with a public premise?)
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:36 AM on August 2, 2013


I'm in the Pick'Em group as Clash City Rockers. Because, you know, that's the name of my fantasy teams.
posted by graymouser at 5:59 PM on August 2, 2013


Huzzah. I hear Arsene is working on a pretty sweet transfer deal for Luis Suarez, the Twelfth Doctor, and two Class 5 kaiju.
posted by Dr. Zira at 10:20 PM on August 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


I do wish there was a way to commiserate, kvetch, and trash-talk during the season. I finally started figuring out how to do this better halfway through last season, but I don't know how anyone could do really well without doing a lot of homework or just knowing a lot about all the players, the teams, the dynamics of the league, and the game. I would miss all kinds of things. Like I wouldn't think about the fact that oh, Swansea's got the Capital One Cup game so they're going to rest everyone.
posted by Red Loop at 5:48 AM on August 3, 2013


Maybe we could set up a google group or circle or whatever?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:32 AM on August 3, 2013


A Google group would be good. Maybe we could use the Google Hangout thingy for game day live chats and talking of trash.
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:06 AM on August 3, 2013


Guys, chat is right here.
posted by MartinWisse at 7:34 AM on August 3, 2013


There is a forum for our league.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:02 AM on August 3, 2013


I've never used chat here, is it a good format for something like this?
Okay, looking at it, I suppose so, except it may crowd out other conversations.
And there is a forum, but no one ever, ever used it for some reason. Maybe I'm the only one that wants to whine (whinge, whatever).
posted by Red Loop at 8:08 AM on August 3, 2013


Guys, the chat is INSIDE US ALL.
posted by Dr. Zira at 3:44 PM on August 3, 2013


Actually, there are 6 games called football

The paddies resent you leaving out gaelic football.
posted by jamesonandwater at 4:12 PM on August 3, 2013


I made a G+ private community called "MeFi Fantasy Premier League".
posted by Dr. Zira at 4:13 PM on August 3, 2013


Cool, I came in here expecting it to be a league for that other kind of football, but this is perfect. Last year I spent most of my Friday afternoons ignoring work to get my team ready, and that was in a league with me and a few other friends, I'm not sure I want to know what this is going to do to my productivity.
posted by Ned G at 1:49 PM on August 4, 2013


Alright, I'm in box's pick-em league as the Tragic City Cleromancers.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 5:53 PM on August 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

But will players sue us for unauthorized use of their "right of publicity"?
Sue us? I'd imagine their complaint would be with the Premier League, who is making all of this nonsense available to the public for little to no fees.
posted by Blue_Villain at 6:36 AM on August 5, 2013


In as The Cheeky Backheels. Come on Palace!
posted by Kafkaesque at 1:55 PM on August 5, 2013


I gotta admit, the Cheeky Backheels is probably the best team name.
posted by Red Loop at 3:00 PM on August 5, 2013


Looks like the pickem league is set up to be just a straight up game this year? Right? No confidence points, no spread?

I'm retnachort... I hope we do more messaging this year. Good luck all.
posted by Trochanter at 12:54 PM on August 6, 2013


FC Efficacy is in. Hopefully slightly more effectively than previous seasons...
posted by haveanicesummer at 10:32 AM on August 7, 2013


Would we like to create a head-to-head league as well as a classic league?
posted by Errant at 12:12 PM on August 7, 2013


Yes, let us bump the heads.
posted by Dr. Zira at 3:57 PM on August 7, 2013


Meet the new coach of the Tottenham Hotspur, Ted Lasso.
posted by Dr. Zira at 5:12 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Quick question as we head into the beginning of the run-up to kickoff: Can you change your Captain and Vice-Captain designations each week, or is it a season-long assignment?
posted by Rock Steady at 9:45 AM on August 12, 2013


Where is Juv3nal with the trash talk? :(
posted by josher71 at 11:18 AM on August 12, 2013


You can change your captain/vice-captain assignment every gameweek.
posted by Errant at 2:20 PM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Unless you captain Suarez, in which case we will laugh at you.
posted by Dr. Zira at 4:02 PM on August 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Dr. Zira: Unless you captain Suarez, in which case we will laugh at you.

Its ok guyze, everythings fine now. Friends again?
posted by Rock Steady at 8:03 AM on August 14, 2013


And a million Americans add Altidore to their EPL fantasy sides...
posted by Rock Steady at 6:16 PM on August 14, 2013


Anytime you see a performance like that, even in a marshmallow friendly, you'd have to at least think about it. One could make crazier additions.

And isn't Suarez just trying to rewrite the contract with a better escape clause?
posted by Red Loop at 7:43 PM on August 14, 2013


I think it's a safe bet his new contract will have much more bite.
posted by Dr. Zira at 5:43 PM on August 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


So is there a head-to-head league this year? Can't see it linked anywhere, would like to join if there's one.
posted by catchingsignals at 7:40 AM on August 16, 2013


25 points so far.

Got to say, I'm pulling for Moyes. He's got a lot to prove and seems a good guy. Despite not liking Man U. Sigh. Why must I feel so conflicted?

And, here's my made up transfer rumor: Begovic to Arsenal for 20 million.
posted by josher71 at 9:00 AM on August 17, 2013


It's a good thing for Suarez Liverpool didn't let him go to Arsenal. He probably would have been yellowcarded by this ref for six games into the future.
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:09 AM on August 17, 2013


I have no love for Man U but I hope David Moyes wins his first game. He's got a lot of pressure on him and seems a nice guy. However, I've got Michu on my team...
posted by josher71 at 9:13 AM on August 17, 2013


This should be an interestinig match. Moyes is a good guy. I'm pulling for him.
Also, I sprung for He Who Shall Not Be Named, and I need him to make up points I lost in the ARS-AVL debacle.
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:25 AM on August 17, 2013


Alright, Michu. Get a goal, please.
posted by josher71 at 10:24 AM on August 17, 2013


Uh, no on Michu. I took a gamble on having Michu and Bony against Man U, and (mostly) lost. I also swapped Benteke for Soldado at the last minute last night, and I'll probably regret that, unless Soldado has a majickal performance this week.
And yeah, that Arsenal-Villa game was a train wreck.
posted by Red Loop at 3:28 PM on August 17, 2013


Who-ho! Who's number one?

Thank you Benteke. As a Villa fan, this is a very satisfying start to the season...
posted by MartinWisse at 3:32 AM on August 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


It doesn't look like there's a Mefi head-to-head league set up this year (everyone was waiting for someone else to do it?) and there was some interest in MeMail, so I went ahead and set one up starting from week 2, join code 1568646-520686!
posted by catchingsignals at 4:51 PM on August 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thanks. I was just coming here to check before I did it myself.
posted by lost_cause at 7:10 PM on August 18, 2013


Love how the Arsenal Supporters Union or whoever just increased the cost of any buys by like another 20% by coming out and saying, "We have so much money and desperation! And not a lot of time to use it!"

Andy Carroll to break transfer records again!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:27 AM on August 19, 2013


If it's hair we need, we should put in an offer for Diego Forlán. Bonus: He makes ladybits tingle. Bonus bonus: He doesn't bite or use his hands.

We're pretty much an island of misfit toys at the Arsenal right now, so he'll fit right in.
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:46 PM on August 19, 2013


In other news, only one of my three Citeh players were benched. The weekly Mancini roulette of Aguero/Dzeko/Toure were always the highlight of my week, just waiting for Mancini to start a goat or something and bench Aguero thereby messing up my fantasy team spectacularly.How ever shall I fill the time now?
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:53 PM on August 19, 2013


Bonus: He makes ladybits tingle.

Graziano Pellè; has made quite a few hearts beat faster in Rotterdam last season, both for his goal scoring as for, well... this.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:46 AM on August 20, 2013


MartinWisse: "Graziano Pellè; has made quite a few hearts beat faster in Rotterdam last season, both for his goal scoring as for, well... this."

OOOH, yes, please GET ON IT, WENGER.
posted by Dr. Zira at 3:33 PM on August 20, 2013


If anyone missed it, here's the code for the head-to-head league. More should join!

1568646-520686
posted by haveanicesummer at 9:12 AM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Crap, I was banking on Norwich being really good this season and surprising everyone. After that loss to the 10 man Hull side I think I'm going to have to re-evaluate that, club loyalties be damned.

And I named my team after van Wolfswinkle, boo hoo.
posted by Ned G at 1:48 PM on August 27, 2013


Just completely ransacked my club. Sorry, Jozy, patriotism only goes so far. Sorry Berbatov, you appear to be not good. Sorry Steven Gerrard, you appear to be old. Remaining players, please join me in welcoming our new Bentekian overlords.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:13 PM on August 27, 2013


You may want to wait until after week 3 for Benteke, since he's not playing that week...
And come on to the Google group, maybe it'll take!
posted by Red Loop at 2:58 PM on August 27, 2013


That would have made sense, now that I see that I'm actually only fielding 10 this week, between him and my three Chelskivites. I busted out my free transfer wildcard, so I went basically all or nothing.
posted by Rock Steady at 4:24 PM on August 27, 2013


Oh, you've got all week to make free transfers under the Wildcard, not just one mad dash. See you next week, Benteke!
posted by Rock Steady at 4:35 PM on August 27, 2013


Yeah, I was hoping that the double fixture for Chelsea would have given me loads of points, but that didn't seem to work, and now I'm having to play a fairly shit squad.
posted by Ned G at 6:52 PM on August 27, 2013


Crap, I was banking on Norwich being really good this season and surprising everyone.

Always wanted Chris Hughton to do well after Newcastle.

In the head-to-head, of course my team had to play Hogtown Hotspur first game. I know how David Moyes feels.

Can I ask where this Google Group is? Sorry if it's already been linked, Ctrl-f not finding it.
posted by catchingsignals at 7:31 PM on August 27, 2013


Search G+ groups for "MeFi Fantasy Premier League" or MeMail your gmail address and I'll send you an invite.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:42 PM on August 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Found it, thanks, sent a request to join.
posted by catchingsignals at 6:18 PM on August 29, 2013


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