How many times do you see it: a team with nothing much left to play for falling victim to the upset bug at the end of a long season.
That's how I'm explaining Adam's victory in Week 13, the final week in our season-long Big Ten fantasy league. It was a nailbiter, as his Trombone Shorties edged my Non-Gingervitis 132-129. He was helped by Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's huge 47-point day against Ohio State. Nebraska's Rex Burkhead also added 23 points with his record-breaking day versus Iowa.
My team had strong performances from Wisconsin's Montee Ball (40), the undisputed MVP of our fantasy season, along with Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham (24). But Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg (seven) proved to be a bad pickup, and Illinois receiver A.J. Jenkins (three) continued his fantasy swoon, along with the entire Illini offense.
Despite the weak finish, I still declare the fantasy season to be an unqualified success for Non-Gingervitis. We finished 11-2 against Rittenberg, often in dominating fashion. Add in my regular-season picks crown, and it's been an impressive showing overall for a guy who just started covering the Big Ten in June. (Don't feel too bad, Adam; first-year SEC blogger Edward Aschoff has upstaged veteran Chris Low this year, too).
I'm expecting Rittenberg to hand me my two trophies this weekend in Indianapolis.