There are competitions, and then there is BFIG Survivor Pool - the
Granddaddy Favrtanawaydy Of Them All. We keep records like Billy B and have history like Bey-Z.
You aren't just playing in a competition. You're writing legend as it happens.
A lot of survivor pools allow multiple champions. Commish enjoys laughing at this minor league tomfoolery. In BFIG, there are no ties. We have a title belt, because of course we do.
In 2009, Commish was fresh off graduation from USC and years of Daily Trojan work covering football games that technically never happened (f*** you, NCAA!); he wanted a way to keep writing about sports.
Commish is a giant Packers fan. Like, he swears rooting for Green Bay while growing up in Minnesota shaped his identity. 2009 was the year Brett Favre first played for the Vikings. Devastated, Commish knew there was only one way he could constructively harness his confusion and anger - naming his survivor pool in Brett Favre’s (dis)honor.
Thus, THE NFL (Brett Favre Isn’t Gonna) Survivor Pool was born. And since TNBFIGSP doesn’t really roll off the tongue, it soon became just BFIG.
BTW, does anyone know Brett? GET HIM IN THE POOL!!
One year after the most brutal survival season on record, the pendulum absolutely... well, it absolutely Brownsed. Riding a historic wave of Browns futility, the 2016 title came down to the largest tiebreaker in BFIG history...
Never again will we see the level of destruction we witnessed in 2015. Commish is a “never say never” guy, yet he’s comfortable breaking his own rule in this instance...
Remember Dez Bryant's
catch incompletion in the Cowboys-Packers playoff game? Yeah. That might have decided BFIG 2014. In a year marked by razor-thin margins and repeated escapes - never before had a season gone to the playoff Divisional Round - two brave souls battled a full 19 weeks to decide sports' most coveted amateur title...
Everything that is good about the NFL, about survivor, and about borderline-psychotic underdog bets combined to produce as perfect a survival season as you'll find. But we all knew 2013 would be remembered for one thing. One, singularly dumbfounding and astonishingly brilliant pick that re-defined what Moxie really meant...
Title Belt wearers
Unique picks win %
Gross picks win %
Most BFIG wins
Second Chance Pool champs
Most Second Chance wins
"Moxie" pick records
Most "Moxie" awards
Biggest BFIG Tree branch
Margin of Victory, single season
Most Ryan Thurlow
Best Survival Team
Worst Survival Team
Commish keeps a vice grip on Hall of Fame standards. Just how high are they? OBJ tried to dunk on them and promptly paid us $100K to hide the tape.
Inaugural champ, inducted 2010
2010 champ, inducted 2011
2011 champ, inducted 2012
2012 champ, inducted 2013
Boldest winning pick in BFIG history, inducted 2013
2013 champ, inducted 2014
Two-time Haynesworth Hustle winner, inducted 2014
2014 champ, inducted 2015
2015 champ, inducted 2016
2016 champ, inducted 2017
2016 runner-up (went 39-1), inducted 2017
2016 Second Chance champ (went 25-0), inducted 2017
2016 SC runner-up (went 24-1), inducted 2017
Second Chance is the Wild West of BFIG. A lot of carnage happens early, so everyone gets to start again in Week 5. Survive till Week 10 and you go two picks per week. Each year, Commish names the trophy after an NFL figure (or three) amid a redemption tour. Behold...
2016: Chris Berberian
Rex Ryan Buffet Plate
2015: Ryan Kartje
Inflated Balls Cup
2014: Brad Hartstein
The Chomp Cup
2013: Andrew Battaglini
The Walrus Cup
2012: Justin Nakamura
2011: Matthew Roslin
Colts Luck Trophy
2010: Ky Ryder
2009: Joe Preiner