BFIG History

From its humble start in 2009, BFIG Survivor Pool has grown from 46 pioneers to 6,000 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.

Rule #1: NO DAMN TIES

A lot of survivor pools allow multiple champions. Commish laughs at this minor league tomfoolery. In BFIG, we have a title belt, because no damn ties.

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THE NAME: We're never changing it

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.


SEASON RECAPS: How legends were born

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2017: They'll win at some point... right?

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...

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2016: We've reached peak Brownsy Browns

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...

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2015: We witnessed the survivorpocalypse

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...

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2014: HE CAUGHT IT!!! ... RIGHT?!

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...

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RECORDS: ESPN calls Commish and he hangs up

Pool size

  • 2017: 6,250 saucy soothsayers
  • 2016: 4,023 brave ballers
  • 2015: 2,272 Moxie marauders
  • 2014: 1,084 piquant pickers
  • 2013: 462 proud prognosticators
  • 2012: 247 frenzied footballers
  • 2011: 129 classy combatants
  • 2010: 86 sophomore survivors
  • 2009: 46 pigskin pioneers

Title Belt wearers

  • 2017: @footballnovice, Wildcard Wknd
  • 2016: @nbossert, Divisional Rd
  • 2015: @dphilly, Week 11
  • 2014: @davidmmikulka, Divisional Rd
  • 2013: @keving7685, Week 12
  • 2012: @Fral03, Wildcard Wknd
  • 2011: @dave, Week 10
  • 2010: @kensofer, Week 17 (pickoff)
  • 2009: @joshhuff, Week 17

Unique picks win %

  • 2017: 61.1%
  • 2016: 60.2%
  • 2015: 60.3%
  • 2014: 67.6%
  • 2013: 66.4%
  • 2012: 67.3%
  • 2011: 72.4%
  • 2010: 68.1%
  • 2009: 77.5%

Gross picks win %

  • 2017: 76%
  • 2016: 81%
  • 2015: 52% (#Survivorpocalypse)
  • 2014: 76%
  • 2013: 78%
  • 2012: 68%
  • 2011: 72%
  • 2010: 82%
  • 2009: 86% (dumpster fires everywhere)

Most BFIG wins

  • 49, Ryan Disraeli
  • 48, Aaron Hawkey
  • 48, Ken Sofer
  • 48, Rhett Bollinger
  • 48, Tyler Hannasch
  • 46, Jeff Wagner
  • 46, Joe Turner
  • 44, John Zentgraf
  • 22, The Commish (I'm bad at this)

Second Chance Pool champs

  • 2017: Jordan Sing (Case BEERKEGNUM)
  • 2016: Chris Berberian (Rex Ryan Buffet Plate)
  • 2015: Ryan Kartje (Inflated Balls Cup)
  • 2014: Brad Hartstein (Chomp Cup)
  • 2013: Andrew Battaglini (Walrus Cup)
  • 2012: Justin Nakamura (Tate Trophy)
  • 2011: Matthew Roslin (Colts Luck Trophy)
  • 2010: Clayton Ryder II (Moss Cup)
  • 2009: Joe Preiner (Blount Cup)

Most Second Chance wins

  • 42, Brad Hartstein
  • 41, Chris Berberian
  • 33, Chris Bernal
  • 33, Jerome Spunberg
  • 32, Brandon Barbour
  • 32, Joe Turner
  • 31, Jesse Lee
  • 31, Jonathan Levy
  • 31, Stephanie Hermoso

"Moxie" pick records

  • 2017: 6-6
  • 2016: 5-10
  • 2015: 4-2
  • 2014: 6-3
  • 2013: 5-4
  • 2012: 6-5
  • 2011: 1-4
  • 2010: 6-5
  • 2009: 7-4
  • ALL TIME: 46-43 (.517)

Biggest BFIG Tree branch

  • 1. Grant Tunkel-Jon Shapiro (486 members)
  • 2. JP Barcenas-Anthony Richardson (301)
  • 3. Jesse Lee (277)
  • 4. Nate Regan-Justin Kanter (255)
  • 5. Josh Pasch-Luke Pasch (219)

Margin of Victory, single season (pre-2017)

  • 294, James Choi (2016)
  • 292, Kye Luker (2016)
  • 290, Anthony Walker (2014)
  • 290, Alex Bridgeforth (2016)
  • 288, Josh Huff (2009)
  • 284, Vincent Brizzolara (2016)
  • 281, Alex Harris (2012)
  • 281, Todd Biedenfeld (2016)
  • 278, Tobias Luong (2009)
  • 277, Mike Preuss (2012)

Margin of Victory, single season (2017-)

  • 400, @Rwhoven (2017)
  • 361, @mbuzz93 (2017)
  • 340, @teachoutryan (2017)
  • 327, @jenniferham22 (2017)
  • 326, @Swami_Sez (2017)
  • 319, @footballnovice (2017)

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Best Survival Team

  • 2017: Cleveland Browns (is there much left to say?)
  • 2016: Cleveland Browns (responsible for an astonishing 4,448 successful picks - 27 percent of the full season total; 1-15 when picked against, which... yup)
  • 2015: New England Patriots (8-0 in games picked - best in BFIG history)
  • 2014: Arizona Cardinals (5-0 when picked; 0-2 when picked against)
  • 2013: Denver Broncos (7-0 record; 163 successful picks; title-clinching pick)
  • 2012: Cleveland Browns (lost all 6 times they were picked against)
  • 2011: Green Bay Packers (5 wins in 5 weeks; championship pick)
  • 2010: Green Bay Packers (4 wins in 4 weeks; 49 total picks)
  • 2009: Seattle Seahawks (2-0 when picked; 0-6 when picked against)

Worst Survival Team

  • 2017: Pittsburgh Steelers (their losses knocked out 10% in Week 3, then 38% in Week 5 during BORTLEMANIA!!! 2017's coming out party)
  • 2016: Arizona Cardinals (knocked out 720 people, including 100+ in three of the first four weeks; lost four times when picked, then won at Seattle in Week 16 to knock out several Title Belt hopefuls)
  • 2015: Tampa Bay Bucs (knocked out 1,000+ BFIGers in Week 2 by beating the Saints; knocked out 27% of the remaining pool in Week 8; beat Philly to cause one of the final week's two knock-outs)
  • 2014: Buffalo Bills (knocked out 286 people, including five in Week 16; huge upset win over CHI in Week 1)
  • 2013: Minnesota Vikings (winless in 3 weeks picked; cost 100 BFIGers their shot at glory)
  • 2012: Arizona Cardinals (responsible for 114 of the 244 title pool losses)
  • 2011: New York Giants (eliminated 78% of field with Week 5 home loss to Seattle)
  • 2010: San Diego Chargers (picked in 8 weeks, lost 4 of them)
  • 2009: Denver Broncos (lost all 3 title pool picks, including decisive Week 17 blowout loss at home; helped create the Curse of Leon Hall in Week 1)

HALL OF FAME: You next?!

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.

Joshua Huff

Inaugural champ, inducted 2010

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Ken Sofer

2010 champ, inducted 2011

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Dave Zito

2011 champ, inducted 2012

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Alex Harris

2012 champ, inducted 2013

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Ryan Thurlow

Boldest winning pick in BFIG history, inducted 2013

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Kevin Graves

2013 champ, inducted 2014

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Jesse Lee

Two-time Haynesworth Hustle winner, inducted 2014

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David Mikulka

2014 champ, inducted 2015

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Phil Dorjath

2015 champ, inducted 2016

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Nick Bossert

2016 champ, inducted 2017

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Jim Manfield

2016 runner-up (went 39-1), inducted 2017

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Chris Berberian

2016 Second Chance champ (went 25-0), inducted 2017

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Jim Burke

2016 SC runner-up (went 24-1), inducted 2017

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BFIG SECOND CHANCE TROPHIES: Yes, you can laugh

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...

2017: Jordan Sing

Case BEERKEGNUM

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2016: Chris Berberian

Rex Ryan Buffet Plate

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2015: Ryan Kartje

Inflated Balls Cup

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2014: Brad Hartstein

The Chomp Cup

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2013: Andrew Battaglini

The Walrus Cup

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2012: Justin Nakamura

Tate Trophy

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2011: Matthew Roslin

Colts Luck Trophy

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2010: Ky Ryder

Moss Cup

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2009: Joe Preiner

Blount Cup

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If you've read this far, then you reallllly gotta get in. Let's go!