From its humble start in 2009, The SZN's flagship competition - BFIG Survivor - has grown from 46 pioneers to over 13,000 Bud Light Lime-smashing heroes.
BFIG is about far more than picking winners. It's about sustained excellence and sustained futility. It's about the Eli Face, the Romocoaster, and BORTLEMANIA!!! It's about Moxie. It's about team, family, heart... life. *Sniffle.* Let's get on with it.
A lot of survivor pools allow multiple champions. Commish laughs at this minor league tomfoolery. All SZN competitions have ONE champion. In BFIG, we have a title belt. Because no damn ties.
In 2009, Commish had just wrapped years of USC 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. Commish is also from Minnesota. 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. Ten years later, Commish is still hoping someone can get Brett in the damn pool.
Yeah, the 2016 season recap title? Scratch that. Despite moving to two picks per week in Week 10, the Browns still enabled three perfect BFIG seasons. It came down to the gutsiest pickoff pick ever...
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...
Title Belt wearers
Unique picks win %
Gross picks win %
Most BFIG wins
Second Chance Pool champs
Most Second Chance wins
"Moxie" pick records
Biggest referral tree branch
Margin of Victory, single season (pre-2017)
Margin of Victory, single season (2017-)
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 starts in Week 5, after the first four weeks of BFIG carnage. You start fresh. Winner gets $10K. Each year, Commish names the trophy after an NFL figure (or three) amid a redemption tour. Behold...
Rex Ryan Buffet Plate
Inflated Balls Cup
The Chomp Cup
The Walrus Cup
Colts Luck Trophy