BFIG History
and Records

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.

Title Belt History: NO DAMN TIES

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.

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The name: We started this in 2009 and we're NEVER CHANGING IT

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!!


Season recaps: Does your other pool do this? DIDN'T THINK SO

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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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2013: The boldest move in survivor history

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...

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Historical records: ESPN calls Commish and he hangs up

Pool size

  • 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

  • 2016: Nick Bossert, Divisional Rd (pickoff)
  • 2015: Phil Dorjath, Week 11
  • 2014: David Mikulka, Divisional Rd (pickoff)
  • 2013: Kevin Graves, Week 12
  • 2012: Alex Harris, Wildcard Wknd (pickoff)
  • 2011: Dave Zito, Week 10
  • 2010: Ken Sofer, Week 17 (pickoff)
  • 2009: Joshua Huff, Week 17

Unique picks win %

  • 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 %

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

Most BFIG wins

  • 48, Aaron Hawkey
  • 44, Jeff Wagner
  • 44, Rhett Bollinger
  • 43, John Zentgraf
  • 43, Ken Sofer
  • 43, Tyler Hannasch
  • 40, Harry Yoshino
  • 39, Alex Harris
  • 39, Kevin Graves
  • 37, Dave Zito
  • 37, Eric Radist
  • 37, Ryan Disraeli
  • ...
  • 20, The Commish (I'm bad at this)

Second Chance Pool champs

  • 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

  • 34, Brad Hartstein
  • 33, Chris Berberian
  • 32, Chris Bernal
  • 31, Jesse Lee
  • 31, Jonathan Levy
  • 29, Dan Lovi
  • 28, Kim Caldwell
  • 28, Will Townsend
  • 27, Michael Stewart
  • 26, Jonny Lee
  • 26, Keenan Ronan

"Moxie" pick records

  • 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: 40-37 (.519)

Most "Moxie" awards

  • 1: Rob Angarita, 2.5
  • T2: Allison Hong, 2
  • T2: Annie Meurs, 2
  • T2: Charles Qian, 2
  • T2: Colin Smith, 2
  • T2: Jesse Lee, 2
  • T2: Ken Sofer, 2
  • T2: Tobias Luong, 2

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

  • 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)
  • 274, Jon Enberg (2016)
  • 274, Thomas J Lloyd (2016)

Most Ryan Thurlow

Best Survival Team

  • 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

  • 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)

BFIG Hall of Fame: This could be you

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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Second Chance Pool trophies: Yes, this is how we roll

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

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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!