The JFF Madden NFL Online League recently concluded it’s tenth Regular Season last Tuesday. Now, twelve teams (6 in the AFC and 6 in the NFC) will compete with each other to see who will represent the AFC Conference and the NFC Conference in JFF Super Bowl X.

First, let’s take a look back at the past nine seasons:

Fall / Winter 2002-03 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2003
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: N/A (Power Rankings were not used during this season)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF Denver Broncos 12-4-0 (Eddie “The Dean” Yancy)
JFF Super Bowl I Champion: JFF San Francisco 49ers 10-6-0 (Beau “ShowBiz” Carney)

General Comments: During the inaugural season of The JFF Madden NFL Online League, there were only six teams in the league which started in mid-October of 2002 and ended in early February of 2003. San Francisco had as many as four different Owner / Coaches, and Denver had as many as three different Owner / Coaches. “The Dean” was the favorite to win the first Super Bowl, but the surprising JFF 49ers executed two “upset” victories on their way to a 24-21 victory over the JFF Broncos in JFF Super Bowl I

Spring 2003 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2003
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: JFF Denver Broncos (Justin “Wacavelli” Acton)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF Denver Broncos 15-0-1
JFF Super Bowl II Champion: JFF Denver Broncos

General Comments: During the second season of The JFF Madden NFL Online League, the league membership increased from six members to sixteen members, and the league had eight teams in the ‘Eastern’ Conference and the ‘Western’ Conference (the four divisions and two conferences were based on Time Zones). There were four teams in the West Division, four teams in the Midwest Division, four teams in the Mideast Division, and four teams in the East Division.

The two most dominant teams during the Regular Season were the JFF Denver Broncos (15-0-1) in the Western Conference (Midwest Division), and the JFF San Francisco 49ers (15-1-0) in the Eastern Conference (East Division). Neither of those two teams ever really experienced a close, competitive game. The JFF Broncos defeated the JFF 49ers 42-14 in their one Regular Season match-up.

During the playoffs, Wacavelli’s JFF Broncos earned a berth in JFF Super Bowl II by claiming the Western Conference Championship with a 35-24 victory over Jody M. a.k.a. “Musashi” and his JFF Minnesota Vikings. The surprise was over in the Eastern Conference where Alan C. a.k.a. “Air Attack” and his JFF St. Louis gained a measure of ‘revenge’ over two teams that had defeated him in the Regular Season (JFF Titans and JFF Seahawks), and then G.A. Regular, Owner / Coach of the JFF 49ers, went “AWOL” for a few days, so Air earned a 2-0 forfeit in the Eastern Conference Championship.

Air’s JFF Rams held Wacavelli’s JFF Broncos to 7 points at Halftime, but could not generate any offensive productivity and ended up losing 21-0 in JFF Super Bowl II. To this day, Air’s JFF Rams had the worst Regular Season record (8-8-0) of any team to advance to the Super Bowl.

Fall 2003 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2004
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Kedren “Top Dawg” Parsons)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-2-0 and JFF Kansas City Chiefs 14-2-0 (Mike “Mike B.” Bologna)
JFF Super Bowl III Champion: JFF New Orleans Saints 13-3-0 (Justin “Wacavelli” Acton)

General Comments: The third season of The JFF Madden NFL Online League was the first season to play competitive league games on the All-Pro level of difficulty instead of the All-Madden level of difficulty. The league membership increased from 16 members to 24 members, and there were six divisions of four teams each for the first time (the West Division, Southwest Division, Midwest Division, Mideast Division, Southeast Division, and East Division).

Even though Wacavelli was the defending JFF Super Bowl Champion, he was not considered the favorite to win the Super Bowl during this season, even though Wacavelli’s team was the highest scoring offense in the league. Wacavelli’s JFF Saints did not have as many “decisive” blowout type victories that his JFF Broncos had during the Spring 2003 season, but they still finished as the #2 Seed in the Western Conference.

In the Eastern Conference, Eddie “The Dean” Yancy and his JFF Tennessee Titans (12-4-0) had a league-record nine shut-out victories during the Regular Season, and they allowed the least points defensively of any team in the league, on their way to earning the #2 Seed in the Conference behind Mike B’s JFF Chiefs who finished 14-2-0.

The biggest upset of the playoffs was ShowBiz’s JFF Eagles knocking off Top Dawg’s #1 Seed JFF Buccaneers 31-20 in the Divisional Round of the Western Conference playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, The Dean’s JFF Titans knocked off Air Attack’s JFF Rams 34-3 and Mike B’s #1 Seeded JFF Chiefs 34-31 OT.

In the second appearance for both league members in the JFF Super Bowl, it was Wacavelli’s JFF Saints who were victorious over The Dean’s JFF Titans 35-14 in JFF Super Bowl III.

Spring 2004 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2004
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: JFF Tennessee Titans (Curtis K. a.k.a. “The Natural”)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF Tennessee Titans 16-0-0
JFF Super Bowl IV Champion: N/A (Super Bowl was canceled due to scheduling violations committed by the Super Bowl participants)

General Comments: During the fourth season of The JFF Madden NFL Online League, the league membership actually dropped for the first time (from 24 league members down to 20 league members). There were four divisions of five teams each (the West Division and Midwest Division in the Western Conference and the Mideast Division and East Division in the Eastern Conference).

If league members thought that Wacavelli’s JFF Broncos dominated the league during the Spring 2003 season, Curtis K. a.k.a. “The Natural” and his JFF Titans dominated his opponents in an even more decisive fashion than even Wacavelli had done. The lowest margin of victory The Natural’s JFF Titans ever had during the Spring 2004 Regular Season was 21 points, but he won some games by as much as 60 or more points.

The even bigger surprise happened in the Western Conference, where The Natural’s friend and classmate named Lonnie G., who went by the nickname, “The Roommate,” ended up surprising a lot of his opponents and finished with a 13-3-0 Regular Season record.

In the playoffs, The Natural dominated all of his opponents in the Eastern Conference (including a 100-10 victory over Air’s JFF Rams in the Eastern Conference Championship where St. Louis was intercepted 12 times during the game) and The Roommate ended Wacavelli’s 2-season reign as Champion with a 52-37 victory in the Western Conference Championship.

Unfortunately for both Conference Champions, the Super Bowl was first postponed, and then later canceled completely because of scheduling violations committed by the Super Bowl participants. To this day, this remains the only season where a Super Bowl Champion was not crowned.

Fall 2004 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2005
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: JFF New York Giants (Michael “Cadillac” Porterfield)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF Minnesota Vikings 15-1-0 (Justin “Wacavelli” Acton)
JFF Super Bowl V Champion: JFF New York Giants

General Comments: The fifth season of The JFF Madden NFL Online League was the first season that had as many as 32 human users at the beginning of the season that gave the league a real, authentic “NFL-like” feel to it. No longer was there a Western Conference and Eastern Conference (which was more like the NBA than the NFL), but instead there were eight divisions of four teams each just like the real NFL.

As many as five teams in the league finished with a 14-2-0 record or better: Wacavelli’s JFF Vikings finished 15-1-0, Cadillac’s JFF N.Y. Giants, Mike Harley’s JFF Browns, Air Attack’s JFF Falcons, and The Roommate’s JFF Texans all finished 14-2-0. Probably no less than one-third of the league membership was from the Chicago metropolitan area.

Also, this season, the JFF League Commissioner received his most generous stipend to date: $1,400.00 for running the league, which at the time, was the highest amount of compensation ever received by a Madden NFL Online League Commissioner in the country.

There was at least one major upset in the NFC Conference during the playoffs, and two upsets in the AFC Conference. In the NFC, Troy Perry a.k.a. “Chefshow2” and his JFF New Orleans Saints knocked off Air Attack’s JFF Atlanta Falcons, the second-best rushing team in the league, 38-35 in the NFC Wild-Card Round. The #3 Seeded JFF Falcons had defeated the #6 Seeded JFF Saints twice in the Regular Season.

Over in the AFC Conference, Claude Connor and his JFF Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6-0) pulled off two upsets: One, in the AFC Wild-Card Round when they had Anthony “Big Dose” Rhodes’ JFF Oakland Raiders 32-3 at Halftime, and Big Dose quit the contest within the first minute of the 3rd Quarter; Next, in the AFC Divisional Round, Claude’s JFF Steelers – the top rushing team in the league – knocked off The Roommate’s more heavily favored JFF Texans 23-20 in Overtime.

In the NFC Conference Championship, Cadillac’s JFF N.Y. Giants defeated Wacavelli’s JFF Vikings 30-13 and in the AFC Conference Championship, Mike Harley’s JFF Cleveland Browns defeated Claude’s JFF Steelers 27-7. In JFF Super Bowl V, Cadillac’s JFF N.Y. Giants got the best of Mike Harley’s JFF Browns 41-14. The JFF paid out approximately $1,500.00 in monetary rewards that season, which is the highest amount of cash rewards ever in the league to date.

Fall 2005 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2006
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: JFF Minnesota Vikings (Justin “Wacavelli” Acton)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF Minnesota Vikings 16-0-0
JFF Super Bowl VI Champion: JFF Minnesota Vikings

General Comments: The sixth season of The JFF Madden NFL Online League was the second season in a row to start the season with as many as 32 league members. The JFF League Commissioner earned another generous stipend for his services ($1,100.00) and the playoff payout was the second highest in league history to date.

In the NFC, everyone wanted to see the “rematch” between Cadillac’s JFF New York Giants and Wacavelli’s JFF Minnesota Vikings. During the Fall 2004 season, Cadillac’s JFF N.Y. Giants got the best of Wacavelli’s JFF Vikings in both their Regular Season match-up and during the playoffs. During the Fall 2005 season, Wacavelli’s JFF Vikings won their Regular Season match-up, but Cadillac had boldly predicted that he would win their rematch if the two teams met in the playoffs for the second year in a row.

In the AFC, the top teams were Harold “Clockkeeper” Leonard, Jr. and his JFF Jacksonville Jaguars (15-1-0), Daryl O’Neil’s JFF N.Y. Jets (13-2-1), and Mike Harley’s JFF New England Patriots (13-3-0).

In the playoffs, the much anticipated ‘rematch’ between Cadillac and Wacavelli did indeed take place in the NFC Divisional Round, and boy oh boy was it a good one. Cadillac’s JFF N.Y. Giants raced out to a 23-7 lead and a 30-10 lead over Wacavelli’s JFF Vikings, but then Minnesota slowly but surely stormed back and ended up knocking off the defending JFF Super Bowl Champions 38-30. In the NFC Conference Championship, Wacavelli’s JFF Vikings defeated his good friend Beau “ShowBiz” Carney and his JFF Eagles (14-2-0) 36-22.

Similar to Air Attack’s upset run in the playoffs during the Spring 2003 season and Claude Connor’s upset run during the Fall 2004 playoffs, Glenn “n9tmre” Gates and his JFF Buffalo Bills had a tremendous run that fell a few points short in the Super Bowl. First, n9tmre’s #6 Seeded JFF Bills knocked off the more favored #3 Seeded Big Tone’s JFF Cleveland Browns 45-43; then, in the next round, the JFF Bills upset the AFC favorite and #1 Seed JFF Jacksonville Jaguars 14-7; then finally, in the AFC Conference Championship, the JFF Bills pulled off their third upset victory in a row by getting the best of Mike Harley’s #5 Seeded JFF New England Patriots 37-14. It was the first time in league history that a #6 Seed played a #5 Seed in a Conference Championship game, and also the first time in league history that a #6 Seed made it all the way to the JFF Super Bowl.

In JFF Super Bowl VI, Wacavelli’s JFF Vikings defeated n9tmre’s JFF Bills 17-13 to earn Wacavelli his third JFF Super Bowl Championship in five seasons in the league.

Fall 2006 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2007
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: JFF San Francisco 49ers (Curtis a.k.a. “The Natural”)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF San Francisco 49ers 16-0-0
JFF Super Bowl VII Champion: JFF San Francisco 49ers

General Comments: The seventh season of The JFF Madden NFL Online League was the third season in a row to start Week One of the Regular Season with as many as 32 league members. The JFF League Commissioner’s stipend was reduced, but it still was more than most Online League Commissioners earned ($600.00).

The two top teams in the NFC Conference were The Natural’s undefeated JFF 49ers and Florida Boi’s JFF N.Y. Giants (13-2-1). Other teams that were highly competitive in the NFC were ShowBiz’s JFF Eagles (13-3-0), Top Dawg’s JFF Buccaneers (11-5-0), Ato a.k.a. “Da Kang” and his JFF Lions (11-5-0), and The Roommate’s JFF Packers (10-6-0).

In the AFC, the top teams were the JFF Cleveland Browns (15-1-0) led by the Owner / Coach “Banks,” and the JFF Indianapolis Colts (14-2-0) led by a league member named “Brandon.” Other teams in contention in the playoffs in the AFC were Wacavelli’s JFF San Diego Chargers (13-3-0), Cadillac’s JFF Baltimore Ravens (10-5-1), Shammond’s JFF N.Y. Jets (10-6-0), and Big Hub’s JFF Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-0).

During the playoffs, the JFF 49ers knocked off the JFF Packers and the JFF N.Y. Giants in the NFC on their way to JFF Super Bowl VII. In the AFC, the JFF Chargers defeated the JFF Steelers, the JFF Colts, and the JFF Browns en route to Wacavelli’s fourth appearance in the JFF Super Bowl. Wacavelli ended up experiencing his first loss ever in the Super Bowl, losing to The Natural’s JFF 49ers 62-48. The Natural’s JFF 49ers had also defeated Wacavelli’s JFF Chargers 30-24 in a Regular Season match-up in Week Sixteen.

Spring / Summer 2013 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2013
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: JFF Houston Texans (Victor Saucier a.k.a. “Pasadena Soldier”)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF Houston Texans 16-0-0 and JFF New York Giants 16-0-0 (Mike Ruiz)
JFF Super Bowl VIII Champion: JFF Houston Texans

General Comments: After a six-and-a-half year long span of inactivity, The JFF Madden NFL Online League was resurrected in March 2013 and lasted until late June 2013. The league played on the All-Pro level of difficulty for only the second time in eight seasons, and this was the first time since the Fall / Winter 2002-03 season where no entry fee was required of the league members. What was interesting about this season is that the League Commissioner allowed a number of league members to play with as many as two teams instead of one, but they were only allowed to participate in the Conference playoffs with one team. This was also the first season that the league allowed human user vs. CPU-controlled teams via the EA Sports Connected Franchise Mode. Week One started with 16 league members.

For the first time in league history, two teams completed the Regular Season with an undefeated record (JFF N.Y. Giants and JFF Texans). Each team only had one or two games that were close and competitive, while they defeated all of their other opponents in very decisive fashion.

Two teams in the NFC Conference finished 15-1-0 (JFF Buccaneers and JFF Lions), but both suffered a blowout defeat in their lone loss (the JFF N.Y. Giants defeated the JFF Bucs 75-20 in Week Two and the JFF Texans defeated the JFF Lions 70-35 in Week Twelve). Two other NFC teams that were competitive were Air Attack’s JFF 49ers (11-5-0) and Henry J’s JFF Packers (11-5-0).

In the AFC Conference, the second best team behind Pasadena Soldier’s JFF Texans was Anthony “Big Dose” Rhodes and his JFF Baltimore Ravens (12-4-0). During the Regular Season, Baltimore was one of two teams to give Houston a close, competitive game (the JFF Texans defeated the JFF Ravens 52-49 in Week Seven), but they lost decisively to the JFF N.Y. Giants (70-0 in Week Sixteen).

In the NFC Conference playoffs, Mike Ruiz’s JFF N.Y. Giants defeated Air Attack’s JFF 49ers 21-16 in the Divisional Round and then later defeated Top Dawg’s JFF Buccaneers 38-21 in the NFC Conference Championship. In the AFC Conference playoffs, the upstart JFF Bengals surprised Big Dose’s more favored JFF Ravens 34-31, and Big Dose quit the Divisional Round contest with less than a minute remaining in the game. Pasadena Soldier’s JFF Texans knocked off the JFF Bills 42-20 in the Divisional Round, and then defeated the JFF Bengals 51-7 in the AFC Conference Championship.

In JFF Super Bowl VIII, Pasadena Solder’s undefeated JFF Texans defeated the previously undefeated JFF N.Y. Giants 37-31 in Overtime. It was the first time in league history that two undefeated teams met in the JFF Super Bowl.

Fall 2013 Season

Edition of EA Sports Madden NFL used: Madden NFL 2014 (25th Anniversary Edition)
#1 Team in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings: JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Kedren “Top Dawg” Parsons)
Team(s) with the best Regular Season Record: JFF Baltimore Ravens 16-0-0 (Clifton “Cliff” Spencer) and JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-0-0
JFF Super Bowl IX Champion: JFF Baltimore Ravens

General Comments: The ninth season of The JFF Madden NFL Online League was filled with controversies, disputes, lighthearted as well as more serious-toned ‘trash talk,’ and a number of league members who left the league within the first three weeks of the season because they did not like a lot of the gameplay rules and trading guidelines. The league started off with 29 league members, but six members left by no later than Week Two, and another league member got booted for violating the trading guidelines leaving 22 active league members at the beginning of Week Four (13 in the NFC and 9 in the AFC). This was only the third season in the history of the league that did not require an entry fee.

In the AFC, the top teams were Cliff’s JFF Ravens (16-0-0), Air Attack’s JFF Colts (15-1-0), Damian Parsons’ JFF Patriots (13-3-0) and Cadillac’s JFF Titans (12-3-1). Another league member, Anthony Magee a.k.a. “Big Tone” was highly competitive in the first fifteen weeks of the season, but ended up being booted out of the league after repeatedly accusing Air Attack of “cheating” in the league’s GroupMe Chat Room (Big Tone accused Air of having someone else play his second of two AFC South division games because Big Tone’s JFF Texans won the first match-up with the JFF Colts 35-13, but in their much anticipated rematch, Air’s JFF Colts had Big Tone’s JFF Texans down 49-12 at the beginning of the 4th Quarter before Big Tone abruptly quit the game). Big Tone’s dismissal allowed Big Dose’s JFF Cincinnati Bengals to claim the #6 Seed in the AFC playoffs.

In the NFC, Pasadena Soldier was initially the favorite, but he ended up quitting after Week Five because he claimed he was “too busy” to continue with his own league and The JFF. Soldier and Big Tone had engaged in a lot of back-and-forth trash talk in the league’s GroupMe Chat Room leading up to their Week Six inter-conference match-up. After Soldier’s departure, the top teams in the NFC were Top Dawg’s JFF Buccaneers (16-0-0), Mike Ruiz’s JFF N.Y. Giants (15-1-0), Que’s JFF Bears (13-3-0), and James Jimmy’s JFF Cowboys (12-4-0).

In the AFC playoffs, Damian’s #3 Seeded JFF Patriots walloped the JFF Bengals 60-0 in the Wild-Card Round, then got the best of Air’s #2 Seeded JFF Colts 31-28 before losing in the AFC Conference Championship to Cliff’s JFF Ravens 17-7. In the NFC Playoffs, Que’s JFF Bears pulled off a huge upset over Mike Ruiz’s much more highly favored JFF N.Y. Giants 26-22 in the Divisional Round before losing to Top Dawg’s JFF Bucs 27-10 in the NFC Conference Championship.

For the second time in league history, two undefeated teams met in the JFF Super Bowl, with CLiff’s JFF Ravens edging Top Dawg’s JFF Bucs 21-18 in JFF Super Bowl IX.

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