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  • ULTIMATE Fantasy Football

    The explosion of fantasy football has captured the imagination of fans and non-fans of professional football over the last decade or so. We all believe that we can be like Ozzie Newsome, Bill Polian, AJ Smith and all the other great team architects and put a team together that can compete for a world championship.

    Now, here's you chance, all you have to do is close you eyes, open your football mind and dream for a bit, while we set up the following fantasy:

    Ok, you've just invented an alternative energy source, saved the world, and are a newly minted trillionaire. But your first love has always been to own and manage (see Jerry Jones) an NFL team. The league has just awarded you the 33rd NFL franchise and it can be placed in the city of your choosing. If you thought saving the world was difficult, wait 'til you try to win a Super Bowl, starting from scratch!

    The league is also going you give you a head start in you quest for NFL domination by letting you pick, from all the other rosters, any quarterback you want, under 30 years old, to lead your new franchise. A sample list follows: Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Chad Henne, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub, Vince Young, Phillip Rivers, Jason Campbell, Kevin Kolb, Matthew Stafford, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford, Matt Ryan, Matt Leinart and Alex Smith.

    Which young NFL quarterback would you choose to build you new team around?

    If you're really into it, you can also choose a city to locate the new franchise and give it a nickname.

    If it were my decision, I'd take Aaron Rodgers as QB for my Sydney Koalas! Like I said, this is ULTIMATE fantasy football.

    Comments 67 Comments
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Since I am dorky enough to play Strat-O-Matic football, I will use my actual team name in that league, so the QB for my Annapolis Warbirds would also be Aaron Rodgers.

      I think my second guy would be Matt Ryan and third would be Kevin Kolb.

      Last on my list....the one who is last on the list.... Alex Smith. I really do not feel like constantly trying to get a guy to learn the snap from center. If I got stuck with Alex Smith, then I would become the first NFL team in 68 years to run the wing T. Or something like that.
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Polishguy00 View Post
      Since I am dorky enough to play Strat-O-Matic football, I will use my actual team name in that league, so the QB for my Annapolis Warbirds would also be Aaron Rodgers.

      I think my second guy would be Matt Ryan and third would be Kevin Kolb.

      Last on my list....the one who is last on the list.... Alex Smith. I really do not feel like constantly trying to get a guy to learn the snap from center. If I got stuck with Alex Smith, then I would become the first NFL team in 68 years to run the wing T. Or something like that.
      I like that you're locating your team in Annapolis, but how about calling them the Midshipmen!
    1. Wordsworth's Avatar
      I would take Willie Beamen as QB for my Amsterdam Spliffs. I saw his movie biography a few years ago and was blown away. Did you know he was coached by Al Pacino at one point? CRAZY.
    1. Alex's Avatar
      Give me Aaron Rodgers, that new stadium in LA, and for a name - let's go old school (for those who know their AFL history) with the Los Angeles Wildcats

      And throw the 'Cats in the NFC West so they have the best chance of getting to the playoffs in their first year :-D
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      With the first pick in the expansion draft the Honolulu Beach Bums select Aaron Rodgers, then immediately trade him back to the Packers for Bryan Bulaga and first round picks in '11 and '13.

      If I was taking a QB for my own use I would take Matt Ryan. But I don't want a QB this year, I want an offensive line, so I take Rodgers for trade value. I'll try to find a hidden gem, Eddie LaBaron type to play QB for a year or two until my offensive line is good enough that I don't David Carr the face of my franchise (points for using David Carr as a verb?).

      For the record, the Beach Bums will not have a stadium. All games played on the beach. Our mascot will be drink with a tiny umbrella.
    1. agetroi's Avatar
      Well, thanks. Count me in, Mr. Commisioner.

      Mexico is long overdue for more than an exhibition or a single reg-season game. Mexican NFL fans rock and are, let's say, more than a few, way more than in Europe.

      So... I give you: the Monterrey... um... let's go with Warriors, since all the cool birds and cats have been taken. Although I live in Mexico City, it certainly makes more sense to have a team closer to the border, hence the Monterrey choice.

      QB? That's easy. Mark Sánchez!
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Boy Andy, the trillion dollars just went to your head!
    1. Wordsworth's Avatar
      Andy totally gets bonus points for using David Carr as a verb.
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by agetroi View Post
      Well, thanks. Count me in, Mr. Commisioner.

      Mexico is long overdue for more than exhibition or a single reg-season game. Mexican NFL fans rock and are, let's say, more than a few, way more than in Europe.

      So... I give you: the Monterrey... um... let's go with Warriors, since all the cool birds and cats have been taken. Although I live in Mexico City, it certainly makes more sense to have a team closer to the border, hence the Monterrey choice.

      QB? That's easy. Mark Sánchez!
      I like it, except Sanchez will be so popular, you'll have to give him ownership in the team.
    1. ReaderM's Avatar
      With the First pick the London Bombers Select Phillip Rivers. And with my next couple of picks.. We are building in the trench and hoping too many of them don't get caught in the English WAG circuit.
    1. FootballFan's Avatar
      The Las Vegas Gamblers select @ QB - Tony Romo. Local hotel establishments will have a yearly auction to the highest bidder for the responsibility of hosting visiting team players and providing entertainment / companionship and disrupting curfew in any way possible.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Bad news. Mark Sanchez just called. He's stuck at Andy's beach. He is currently trying to "date" every girl there. Andy's team has the best cheerleaders in the league.

      Phil, I had to go with what I actually did. I was seventeen when I named them. I had a model of a Navy F-14 with the skull and crossbones on the tail. They have the helmets of the Ohio Glory. You will be proud to know we have been to the playoffs 9 of 12 years and won a championship behind Kurt Warner, David Boston and the two-headed giant backfield of Rickey Watters and Natrone Means.

      The Stadium for the Warbirds has an exact replica of the bottom ring of Soldier Field, but we have added an homage to every branch of the armed forces to each side. It may or may not be true that we used some of our money to secure an undisclosed location to um... take the McCaskey family to. Nothing harsh, just they no longer have the ability to mishandle a football team, a stadium lease, the handling of veteran players or tickets for long time season holders. Also, no PSLs at my stadium. I'm a trillionaire.
    1. DemCowboys's Avatar
      Offensive line is exactly where I would want to start as well. David Carr may have actually been a good quarterback had his confidence and body not been beaten like a heavy bag at the local gym. I think if you took any of the all time great QB's this league has ever seen and put them behind an O line like David Carr had, they may have turned out just like Carr did. Hard to throw the ball when you know you are going to get hit before you even take the snap.

      If I have to start with a QB though - Aaron Rodgers for the Fargo Woodchippers. Outdoor Stadium too.
    1. agetroi's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil McConkey View Post
      I like it, except Sanchez will be so popular, you'll have to give him ownership in the team.
      Done. He can also have the new $1-billion dollar stadium named after him (um, investors needed).
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by FootballFan View Post
      The Las Vegas Gamblers select @ QB - Tony Romo. Local hotel establishments will have a yearly auction to the highest bidder for the responsibility of hosting visiting team players and providing entertainment / companionship and disrupting curfew in any way possible.
      FootballFan...As commissioner, I'm afraid I have to void your pick of Tony Romo. He turned 30 this year and your pick has to be under 30. I know this seems like the PGA rules committee, penalizing Dustin Johnson 2 strokes for grounding his club in a sand trap yesterday at Whistling Straights, but the rules are the rules. You do get another choice.
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Polishguy00 View Post
      Bad news. Mark Sanchez just called. He's stuck at Andy's beach. He is currently trying to "date" every girl there. Andy's team has the best cheerleaders in the league.

      Phil, I had to go with what I actually did. I was seventeen when I named them. I had a model of a Navy F-14 with the skull and crossbones on the tail. They have the helmets of the Ohio Glory. You will be proud to know we have been to the playoffs 9 of 12 years and won a championship behind Kurt Warner, David Boston and the two-headed giant backfield of Rickey Watters and Natrone Means.

      The Stadium for the Warbirds has an exact replica of the bottom ring of Soldier Field, but we have added an homage to every branch of the armed forces to each side. It may or may not be true that we used some of our money to secure an undisclosed location to um... take the McCaskey family to. Nothing harsh, just they no longer have the ability to mishandle a football team, a stadium lease, the handling of veteran players or tickets for long time season holders. Also, no PSLs at my stadium. I'm a trillionaire.
      Nice job on the PSL front, your fans will love you.

      The F-14 is the sexiest aircraft ever built. I can't believe they been decommissioned.
    1. FootballFan's Avatar
      TOTALLY off topic - but warbirds is a term that's important to me. Phil - you were a military aviator....probably interested in this.

      A little military trivia - Warbird comes from the german WWII messerschmidt ME-262 - sturmvogel - which translates exactly to "warbird". That thing scared the sh*t out of american pilots 65 years ago - it was a fully functional jet fighter/bomber aircraft that was flying at DOUBLE the speed of anything a propeller driven aircraft was capable of. Had the german luftwaffe been able to secure the infrastructure to make that thing a reliable and mass produced machine - the world would be a lot different today. Pretty much every military jet aircraft developed traces back to the designs of that aircraft. If you're ever bored, and interested in this stuff - read about these American pilots and their story. Watson's Whizzers.

      http://www.stormbirds.com/squadron/index.htm
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by FootballFan View Post
      TOTALLY off topic - but warbirds is a term that's important to me. Phil - you were a military aviator....probably interested in this.

      A little military trivia - Warbird comes from the german WWII messerschmidt ME-262 - sturmvogel - which translates exactly to "warbird". That thing scared the sh*t out of american pilots 65 years ago - it was a fully functional jet fighter/bomber aircraft that was flying at DOUBLE the speed of anything a propeller driven aircraft was capable of. Had the german luftwaffe been able to secure the infrastructure to make that thing a reliable and mass produced machine - the world would be a lot different today. Pretty much every military jet aircraft developed traces back to the designs of that aircraft. If you're ever bored, and interested in this stuff - read about these American pilots and their story. Watson's Whizzers.

      http://www.stormbirds.com/squadron/index.htm
      Football and aviation, can't get enough of either. Thanks FootballFan!
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by FootballFan View Post
      TOTALLY off topic - but warbirds is a term that's important to me. Phil - you were a military aviator....probably interested in this.

      A little military trivia - Warbird comes from the german WWII messerschmidt ME-262 - sturmvogel - which translates exactly to "warbird". That thing scared the sh*t out of american pilots 65 years ago - it was a fully functional jet fighter/bomber aircraft that was flying at DOUBLE the speed of anything a propeller driven aircraft was capable of. Had the german luftwaffe been able to secure the infrastructure to make that thing a reliable and mass produced machine - the world would be a lot different today. Pretty much every military jet aircraft developed traces back to the designs of that aircraft. If you're ever bored, and interested in this stuff - read about these American pilots and their story. Watson's Whizzers.

      http://www.stormbirds.com/squadron/index.htm
      Also, Germany basically ran out of fuel. The jets, the fuel and having available pilots at the time were all things that, thankfully, could not be overcome. The Me-262 was truly a stepping stone into modern aviation.
    1. FootballFan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil McConkey View Post
      Football and aviation, can't get enough of either. Thanks FootballFan!
      YW! It literally gives me chills to think about what those guys were going through sitting into the cockpit of those german aircraft and flying them for the first time - must have been a hell of lot better than seeing one in flight from the cockpit of a P-47 or some bomber variant - the stories are incredible. BTW - the F-14's adjustable swept wing? One of the first things that freaked out those pilots was seeing the wings move.