I am The JFF Website Manager and Story Editor, and this is the FIRST installment of the Fall 2014 “Power Rankings.” Each installment will usually be posted on Tuesday morning, but on some weeks they will be posted as early as Monday morning or afternoon, and other weeks they may not be posted until as late as Wednesday morning or afternoon. There will be eight more installments after this one, with Installment #5 being my “Mid-Season Report Card” and Installment #9 being my “Regular Season Wrap-Up & Playoff Preview.”
The JFF Power Rankings have been around longer than arguably any other edition of Madden NFL Online League Power Rankings in the entire country. The first edition of the JFF Power Rankings was posted in March 2003 during the second season of The JFF Madden NFL (PS2) Online League. So this season will be the ninth consecutive season of the JFF Power Rankings.
In six of the last nine seasons, the team that finished ranked #1 in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings went on to win the JFF Super Bowl that season. The only three exceptions were the Fall 2003 season (The #1 team lost in the Divisional Round), the Spring 2004 season (The Super Bowl was canceled because of rules violations by the participants), and last season (during the Fall 2013 season, the #1 team in the Power Rankings lost in JFF Super Bowl IX to the #2 team in the Power Rankings).
The JFF Power Rankings have been so popular in the past, that even members of other leagues have paid attention to them (and even offered Yours Truly $money$ to create Power Rankings with detailed commentary for their respective leagues!).
So … what is new and interesting this season?
1) Three former champions participating in the league for the first time!
The Fall 2014 season will mark the very first time that the league will have three former JFF Super Bowl Champions in the league at the same time, and all three are in the NFC Conference! (We actually almost had as many as FOUR former champions, but Victor S. a.k.a. “Pasadena Soldier” passed on the invitation in order to concentrate on running his own Online Madden NFL league)
The former champions are:
Michael P. a.k.a. “Cadillac” (Fall 2004 JFF Super Bowl V Champion – JFF NY Giants)
Curtis K. a.k.a. “The Natural” (Fall 2006 JFF Super Bowl VII Champion – JFF San Francisco 49ers)
Clifton S. a.k.a. “Cliff” (Fall 2013 JFF Super Bowl IX Champion – JFF Baltimore Ravens)
This season, each of those former champions is the Owner / Coach of a team that is different than the one they won the league championship with. Cadillac is now the Owner / Coach of the JFF San Francisco 49ers, The Natural is now the Owner / Coach of the JFF Carolina Panthers, and Cliff is now the Owner / Coach of the JFF Dallas Cowboys.
2) The last two Super Champions came from the AFC, but the NFC is where the competition is!
Speaking of The Natural, he was the last JFF Super Bowl Champion to win the league title with an NFC team (Fall 2006 season). The last two Super Bowl Champions both came from the AFC Conference (Pasadena Soldier won with the JFF Houston Texans during the Spring / Summer 2013 season, and Cliff won with the JFF Baltimore Ravens during the Fall 2013 season).
In terms of overall competition, last season the quality teams were split between the AFC and NFC (9 of the Top 16 teams in the Final Power Rankings were from the NFC, and the remaining seven teams were from the AFC; Three of the Top 5 teams were from the AFC). This season, the two Owner / Coaches who competed in the AFC Conference Championship last season have now transferred over to the NFC (Damian P, formerly of the JFF New England Patriots who is now the Owner / Coach of the JFF Arizona Cardinals, and Cliff, formerly of the JFF Baltimore Ravens who is now the Owner / Coach of the JFF Dallas Cowboys).
3) “Always a Bridesmaid … but not yet the Bride”
There are at least two long-time JFF league members who have won at least one playoff contest at every level EXCEPT for the Super Bowl.
Alan C. a.k.a. “Air,” who has participated in the league more seasons than any other individual league member, has won at every level of the playoffs except for the Super Bowl. He was the Super Bowl Runner-Up during the second season of The JFF (Spring 2003), but he lost to Justin a.k.a. “Wacavelli” and his JFF Denver Broncos in JFF Super Bowl II.
Kedren P. a.k.a. “Top Dawg,” who has participated in seven of the nine previous seasons of The JFF, has also won at every level of the playoffs except for the Super Bowl. Twice, Top Dawg finished ranked as the #1 team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings, but unfortunately his team failed to win the Super Bowl (Fall 2003, his #1 ranked team lost in the Divisional Round and Fall 2013, his #1 ranked team lost in the Super Bowl).
Bottom line, for these two, nothing will satisfy their hunger other than their first Super Bowl victory.
4) Old faces in the league … and some new ones!
Of the twenty-one human users that are Owners / Coaches in The JFF this season, thirteen have participated in the league at least one season before, and eight are new members.
New League Members:
Andrew C. a.k.a. “Slim Dawg” – JFF New England Patriots
Daniel P. a.k.a. “Dee Pee” – JFF N.Y. Giants
Erick C a.k.a. “Kruz” – JFF Buffalo Bills
Joe S. a.k.a. “Joe” – JFF Pittsburgh Steelers
Joshua S. a.k.a. “Josh” – JFF Miami Dolphins
Kory G. a.k.a. “Kory” – JFF Cleveland Browns
Malo I. a.k.a. “EyeRome” – JFF Seattle Seahawks
Rob B. a.k.a. “Rob” – JFF Cincinnati Bengals
Returning / Former League Members:
Alan C. a.k.a. “Air” – JFF Indianapolis Colts
Anthony R. a.k.a. “Big Dose” – JFF Houston Texans
Ato M. a.k.a. “Da Kang” – JFF Detroit Lions
Brian R. a.k.a. “Biz” – JFF Minnesota Vikings
Clifton S. a.k.a. “Cliff” – JFF Dallas Cowboys
Curtis K. a.k.a. “The Natural” – JFF Chicago Bears
Damian P. a.k.a. “Damian” – JFF Arizona Cardinals
DeMarrio G. a.k.a. “DMan” – JFF Denver Broncos
Jody M. a.k.a. “Musashi” – JFF Baltimore Ravens
Kedren P. a.k.a. “Top Dawg” – JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Michael P. a.k.a. “Cadillac” – JFF San Francisco 49ers
Marques J. a.k.a. “Que” – JFF Philadelphia Eagles
Timothy D. a.k.a. “Tim Dog” – JFF Green Bay Packers
The following teams are still available to be purchased:
JFF Atlanta Falcons
JFF Chicago Bears
JFF Jacksonville Jaguars
JFF Kansas City Chiefs
JFF New Orleans Saints
JFF N.Y. Jets
JFF Oakland Raiders
JFF St. Louis Rams
JFF San Diego Chargers
JFF Tennessee Titans
JFF Washington Redskins
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