2002 Podunk Pirates
2002 Pirate Keepers
Daunte Culpepper QB
2001 Points: 218
'01 QB Ranking: 14
'01 Overall Ranking: 27
'01 Keeper
2001 Pirate Starts: 13
Marshall Faulk RB
2001 Points: 324
'01 RB Ranking: 1
'01 Overall Ranking: 3
'01 Keeper
2001 Pirate Starts: 11
Deuce McAllister RB
2001 Points: 37
'01 RB Ranking: 62
'01 Overall Ranking: 250 +
'01 Draft Round 3.4
2001 Pirate Starts: 0
Keyshawn Johnson WR
2001 Points: 124
'01 WR Ranking: 28
'01 Overall Ranking: 119
1st Round '98 Draft
2001 Pirate Starts: 13
2002 Pirate MVP
2002 Podunk Pirate's Roster
Tim Couch QB
2002 Points: 182
'02 QB Ranking: 23
'02 Overall Ranking: 52
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 1
2002 CFFL Champion
Daunte Culpepper QB
2002 Points: 304
'02 QB Ranking: 3
'02 Overall Ranking: 5
'02 Keeper
2002 Pirate Starts: 14
2002 CFFL Champion
Mike Anderson FB
2002 Points: 65
'02 RB Ranking: 44
'02 Overall Ranking: 212
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 0
2002 CFFL Champion
Marshall Faulk RB
2002 Points: 188
'02 RB Ranking: 15
'02 Overall Ranking: 47
'02 Keeper
2002 Pirate Starts: 11
2002 CFFL Champion
Deuce McAllister RB
2002 Points: 252
'02 RB Ranking: 5
'02 Overall Ranking: 18
'02 Keeper
2002 Pirate Starts: 15
2002 CFFL Champion
Deion Branch WR
2002 Points: 57
'02 WR Ranking: 69
'02 Overall Ranking: 232
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 3
Plaxico Burress WR
2002 Points: 167
'02 WR Ranking: 9
'02 Overall Ranking: 65
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 13
2002 CFFL Champion
Keyshawn Johnson WR
2002 Points: 136
'02 WR Ranking: 20
'02 Overall Ranking: 104
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 14
2002 CFFL Champion
Donte' Stallworth WR
2002 Points: 101
'02 WR Ranking: 35
'02 Overall Ranking: 155
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 4
2002 CFFL Champion
James Thrash WR
2002 Points: 110
'02 WR Ranking: 31
'02 Overall Ranking: 142
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 6
2002 CFFL Champion
Jeremy Shockey TE
2002 Points: 90
'02 TE Ranking: 3
'02 Overall Ranking: 177
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 15
2002 CFFL Champion
Jason Elam K
2002 Points: 154
'02 K Ranking: 5
'02 Overall Ranking: 83
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 8
2002 CFFL Champion
Martin Gramatica K
2002 Points: 170
'02 K Ranking: 1
'02 Overall Ranking: 59
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 9
2002 CFFL Champion
DT
San Francisco 49ers DT
2002 Points: 127
'02 DT Ranking: 24
'02 Overall Ranking: 113
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 11
2002 CFFL Champion
Oakland Raiders DT
2002 Points: 204
'02 DT Ranking: 5
'02 Overall Ranking: 36
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 6
2002 CFFL Champion
2002 Podunk Pirate's Schedule
Week 1  vs. Molly McGuires
Lost: {133-80}
Current '02 Record: {0-1}

Week 2 vs. Broncos    
Won: {115-87}
Current '02 Record: {1-1}

Week 3 vs. Brimfield Rebels  
Won: {74-48}
Current '02 Record: {2-1}

Week 4 vs. Raiders   
Won: {107-69}
Current '02 Record: {3-1}

Week 5 vs. Witches Woods Greyhawks   
Lost: {79-88}
Current '02 Record: {3-2}

Week 6 vs. Giants
Won: {122-119}
Current '02 Record: {4-2}

Week 7 vs. Namco Eagles   
Won: {103-85}
Current '02 Record: {5-2}

Week 8  vs. Hogan's Heroes 
Won: {96-73}
Current '02 Record: {6-2}
Week 9 vs. Dogpound   
Won: {76-43}
Current '02 Record: {7-2}

Week 10 vs.Woodstock Warheads  
Lost: {88-89}
Current '02 Record: {7-3}

Week 11 vs. Broncos  
Won: {82-52}
Current '02 Record: {8-3}

Week 12 vs. Namco Eagles 
Lost: {55-56}
Current '02 Record: {8-4}

Week 13 vs. MASSacre
Lost: {72-102}
Current '02 Record: {8-5}

Week 14 vs. Witches Woods Greyhawks 
Won: {86-79}
Current '02 Record: {9-5}

Week 15 vs. Namco Eagles " CFFL Playoffs"
Won: {105-73}
Current '02 Record: {10-5}

Week 16 vs. MaSSacre "CFFL Semi Finals"
Won: {72-70}
Current '02 Record: {11-5}

Week 17 vs. Warheads "CFFL Championship"
Won: {103-76}
Final '02 Record: {12-5}
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Notable Player Transactions
Rodney Peete QB
2002 Points: 148
'02 QB Ranking: 26
'02 Overall Ranking: 90
'02 Free Agent
2002 Pirate Starts: 1
Ken Dilger TE
2002 Points: 39
'02 TE Ranking: 21
'02 Overall Ranking: 250+
'02 Free Agent
2002 Pirate Starts: 1
John Davis TE
2002 Points: 34
'02 TE Ranking: 25
'02 Overall Ranking: 250+
'02 Free Agent
2002 Pirate Starts: 1
Alge Crumpler TE
2002 Points: 68
'02 TE Ranking: 8
'02 Overall Ranking: 208
'02 Draft
2002 Pirate Starts: 0
2002 CFFL Champion
Chicago Bears DT
2002 Points: 123
'02 DT Ranking: 25
'02 Overall Ranking: 117
'02 Trade with Rebels
2002 Pirate Starts: 0
2002 CFFL Champion
James Fenderson FB
2002 Points: 14
'02 RB Ranking: 96
'02 Overall Ranking: 250+
'02 Free Agent
2002 Pirate Starts: 1
Jamie Martin QB
2002 Points: 64
'02 QB Ranking: 41
'02 Overall Ranking: 219
'02 Free Agent
2002 Pirate Starts: 1
Mike Cloud RB
2002 Points: 22
'02 RB Ranking: 76
'02 Overall Ranking: 250+
'02 Free Agent
2002 Pirate Starts: 1
2002 CFFL Champion
Ladell Betts RB
2002 Points: 42
'02 RB Ranking: 54
'02 Overall Ranking: 250+
'02 Free Agent
2002 Pirate Starts: 0
2002 CFFL Champion
Daunte Culpepper QB
2002 Points: 304
'02 QB Ranking: 3
'02 Overall Ranking: 5
'02 Keeper
2002 Pirate Starts: 14
2002 CFFL Champion
     Record  Win  Division  Non-Div    Pts     Avg     Pts      Avg
2002 Central Division
  W L T     Pct   W L T    W L T      For    PF     Agnst     PA
Pirates               12 5 0     .706    5 2 0      7 3 0     1508    88.7    1342     78.9
Eagles                 8 7 0      .533    3 4 0      5 3 0     1311    77.1    1203     80.2
Greyhawks          6 8 0      .429    3 3 0      3 5 0     1530    90.0    1323     94.5
Broncos               6 8 0      .429    2 4 0      4 4 0     1395    82.1    1174     83.9
The Pirate

The Podunk Pirates, the latest unlikely CFFL champions, are the perfect representatives of the modern fantasy football franchise - down last year, up this year and ... who knows about next season? How unforeseen was the success of the 2002 Podunk Pirates?  Well, let’s just say it took seven years for the Podunk Pirates to taste their first championship.  Anyone attempting now to pick next season’s champion might as well close their eyes and point at a team.  Vegas had an early prediction that the Namco Eagles would be the team to beat in 2003 under the legs of Charger’s star LaDainian Tomlinson.

The Pirates, who stunned the 5.4-point favorite Woodstock Warheads this weekend, are the second franchise to remove the trophy from the banks of the Cove.  Dunn’s MaSSacre was the first to accomplish this task in 2000 by defeating the Hogan Heroes.  The road to the championship game was not an easy one for the Pirates.  They finished last season with a dismal 6-8 record and failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year.  They began the 2002 season with a devastating loss to the Molly McGuires 133-80.  To add insult to injury, they were faced with two one point demoralizing regular season losses at the hands of the Woodstock Warheads and Namco Eagles.  These crucial losses destroyed any hope of the Pirates receiving a first round playoff bye.  They went on to defeat the Namco Eagles and the MaSSacre to earn the right to play in the big dance.

The championship weekend started with the Pirates jumping ahead {15 - -2} with the early lead over the Warheads.  New York Giant’s tight end, Jeremy Shockey, tied the game on a 7-yard fourth-quarter TD catch against the Philadelphia Eagles which by games end added fifteen points to the Pirates cause. 

The Pirates success continued into Sundays NFL games where Daunte Culpepper threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Vikings held on to beat the Lions 38-36.  Jason Elam, a free agent who has said he will not return to Denver next season, hit three crucial field goals of 44, 54 and 21 yards for Denver’s only points in the first half. Elam finished the weekend with twenty-one important fantasy points.

The Warheads, who already won a CFFL championship and returning to the big dance from last year, did not go down with out a valiant effort from Todd Heap and Shaun Alexander.  Heap had an incredible game with seven catches for 146 yards and a score.  Alexander finished the regular season by adding thirteen fantasy points to the Warheads arsenal .

In the end, the Podunk Pirates were too much for the first seed, Woodstock Warheads, and defeated them in the 2002 CFFL Championship game.
Podunk Pirates 2002 CFFL Champions!!
12/31/02
Associated Press
2002 CFFL Championship Game
Podunk Pirates vs. Woodstock Warheads
Manning, Peyton IND QB
6 points for 1 Passing TDs
5 points for 146 Passing Yardage
1 point for 19 Rushing Yards

Alexander, Shaun SEA RB
6 points for 1 Rushing TDs
6 points for 67 Rushing Yards
1 point for 14 Receiving Yards

Coles, Laveranues NYJ WR
2 points for 21 Rushing Yards
9 points for 93 Receiving Yards

Moss, Randy MIN WR
10 points for 109 Receiving Yards

Price, Peerless BUF WR
5 points for 57 Receiving Yards

Heap, Todd BAL TE
6 points for 1 Receiving TDs
14 points for 146 Receiving Yards

Akers, David PHI PK
-3 points for 35 Missed Field Goal
1 point for 1 Extra Points

Steelers, Pittsburgh PIT DT
3 points for 144 Kick Return Yardage
4 points for 2 Fumble Recoveries
4 points for 2 Interceptions Caught
3 points for 3 Sacks
-4 points for 31 Opponent Offensive Points Only
-3 points for 422 Total
Culpepper, Daunte MIN QB
12 points for 2 Passing TDs
12 points for 312 Passing Yardage
-2 points for 1 Pass Interceptions
6 points for 1 Rushing TDs
3 points for 34 Rushing Yards
-2 points for 1 Fumbles Lost

McAllister, Deuce NOS RB
11 points for 117 Rushing Yards
1 point for 10 Receiving Yards

Burress, Plaxico PIT WR
5 points for 52 Receiving Yards
2 points for 1 Receiving 2 pointers

Johnson, Keyshawn TBB WR
4 points for 41 Receiving Yards

Stallworth, Donte' NOS WR
6 points for 60 Receiving Yards

Shockey, Jeremy NYG TE
6 points for 1 Receiving TDs
9 points for 98 Receiving Yards

Elam, Jason DEN PK
3 points for 21 Field Goal
5 points for 44 Field Goal
9 points for 54 Field Goal
4 points for 4 Extra Points

49ers, San Francisco SFO DT
1 point for 33 Punt Return Yardage
1 point for 74 Kick Return Yardage
4 points for 2 Interceptions Caught
3 points for 3 Sacks
0 points for 24 Opponent Offensive Points Only
0 points for 263 Total Net Yards Allowed
103-76
2002 CFFL Semi Finals Game
Podunk Pirates vs. MaSSacre
72-70
Old Friends Go-Head-To-Head
Associated Press
The semi final game between the second seed, MaSSacre, and the Podunk Pirates was a nail biter to say the least.  These two “old friends” from Tantasqua Regional High School used to battle together on the soccer field, but now they found themselves battling for a spot in the championship game.  The MaSSacre built an astonishing thirty point lead going into Monday Night Football.  The Pirates had three significant players left Plaxico Burress, Keyshawn Johnson and Martin Gramatica.  The game was going the MaSSacre’s way, especially after Tampa Bay elected to remove a fifty-one yard field goal by Gramatica, until the final minutes of regulation.  The Pirates were soon filled with a glimmer of hope right after the Pirate’s management was thinking of their concession speech.  Johnson caught an important pass in the fourth quarter which added to his one hundred and seventeen-yards.  With less than two minutes remaining the Pirates were down by eight points with one Buccaneer’s drive left.  Keyshawn caught a seventeen-yard touchdown with a minute to go, which gave the Pirates a 72-70 victory over their good friend.
Culpepper, Daunte MIN QB
9 points for 244 Passing Yardage
-4 points for 2 Pass Interceptions
6 points for 67 Rushing Yards
-2 points for 1 Fumbles Lost

Cloud, Mike KCC RB
1 point for 19 Rushing Yards
2 points for 28 Receiving Yards

McAllister, Deuce NOS RB
2 points for 26 Rushing Yards

Burress, Plaxico PIT WR
12 points for 127 Receiving Yards

Johnson, Keyshawn TBB WR
6 points for 1 Receiving TDs
13 points for 132 Receiving Yards

Shockey, Jeremy NYG TE
11 points for 116 Receiving Yards
-2 points for 1 Fumbles Lost

Gramatica, Martin TBB PK
1 point for 1 Extra Points

49ers, San Francisco SFO DT
1 point for 79 Kick Return Yardage
2 points for 1 Fumble Recoveries
2 points for 1 Interceptions Caught
5 points for 5 Sacks
0 points for 14 Opponent Offensive Points Only
7 points for 184 Total Net Yards Allowed
Scoring Breakdown..
Favre, Brett GBP QB
6 points for 1 Passing TDs
4 points for 114 Passing Yardage
-4 points for 2 Pass Interceptions

Martin, Curtis NYJ RB
10 points for 106 Rushing Yards

Williams, Ricky MIA RB
6 points for 67 Rushing Yards
1 point for 16 Receiving Yards

Holt, Torry STL WR
6 points for 1 Receiving TDs
9 points for 92 Receiving Yards

Smith, Rod DEN WR
6 points for 64 Receiving Yards

Gonzalez, Tony KCC TE
6 points for 65 Receiving Yards

Carney, John NOS PK
3 points for 38 Field Goal
5 points for 43 Field Goal
-3 points for 33 Missed Field Goal
1 point for 1 Extra Points

Falcons, Atlanta ATL DT
6 points for 3 Interceptions Caught
3 points for 3 Sacks
0 points for 15 Opponent Offensive Points Only
5 points for 208 Total Net Yards Allowed
2002 CFFL Playoffs First Round
Victory was Bitter Sweet
Podunk Pirates vs. Namco Eagles
The Podunk Pirates had the unfortunate first round match-up between their father’s team the Namco Eagles.  It was the sixth seed vs. the third seed and the Pirate’s management was disappointed about the match-up.

“It’s a let down when you have to face your father in the playoffs. You’ve been pulling for him all season, except for the head-to-head games during the regular season, and now one of you are going to be eliminated.” Podunk Pirate’s Owner & General Manager Jeremy Miller.
The Namco Eagles broke a five-year draught from not making post-season play.  The Eagles drafted very well in the last two drafts and have an outstanding franchise player in LaDainian Tomlinson.
The Podunk Pirates were lucky against their father because Culpepper had a season best forty-five-point game.  The Pirates went on to win 105-73.
Associated Press
Associated Press
105-73
Scoring Breakdown..
Culpepper, Daunte MIN QB
12 points for 2 Passing TDs
12 points for 312 Passing Yardage
12 points for 2 Rushing TDs
7 points for 73 Rushing Yards
2 points for 1 Rushing 2 pointers

McAllister, Deuce NOS RB
6 points for 69 Rushing Yards
6 points for 1 Receiving TDs
2 points for 27 Receiving Yards

Burress, Plaxico PIT WR
6 points for 1 Receiving TDs
12 points for 120 Receiving Yards

Johnson, Keyshawn TBB WR
9 points for 90 Receiving Yards

Stallworth, Donte' NOS WR
4 points for 42 Receiving Yards

Shockey, Jeremy NYG TE
2 points for 28 Receiving Yards

Gramatica, Martin TBB PK
3 points for 20 Field Goal
3 points for 28 Field Goal
3 points for 38 Field Goal
2 points for 2 Extra Points

49ers, San Francisco SFO DT
1 point for 72 Kick Return Yardage
1 point for 1 Sacks
0 points for 20 Opponent Offensive Points Only
0 points for 302 Total Net Yards Allowed
McNair, Steve TEN QB
5 points for 136 Passing Yardage
-2 points for 1 Pass Interceptions
12 points for 2 Rushing TDs
4 points for 49 Rushing Yards

Smith, Antowain NEP RB
3 points for 31 Rushing Yards
4 points for 41 Receiving Yards

Tomlinson, Ladainian SDC RB
6 points for 1 Rushing TDs
11 points for 110 Rushing Yards
1 point for 13 Receiving Yards

Rice, Jerry OAK WR
3 points for 30 Receiving Yards

Smith, Jimmy JAC WR
6 points for 1 Receiving TDs
9 points for 98 Receiving Yards

Conwell, Ernie STL TE
5 points for 54 Receiving Yards

Wilkins, Jeff STL PK
3 points for 26 Field Goal
3 points for 37 Field Goal
3 points for 26 Field Goal
3 points for 3 Extra Points

Broncos, Denver DEN DT
1 point for 24 Punt Return Yardage
2 points for 97 Kick Return Yardage
1 point for 1 Sacks
0 points for 24 Opponent Offensive Points Only
-10 points for 494 Total Net Yards Allowed
The Pirate’s Season was Nearly Faulk’
The Pirate’s 2002 season was moving along very well until the team’s MVP, Marshall Faulk, went down with a high ankle sprain only a few weeks before the regular season concluded.   Teams can go down as quickly as they can go up.  With twelve teams in the league nobody's very deep these days, and one injury, like the one that sidelined and hampered Faulk for the season, can send a potential champion right back into the pack.

"It's a fact of life these days," Podunk Pirate’s Director of Football Operations David Miller said Monday. "Every team loses players to injury from season to season.  Every team is forced to lose players it doesn't want to lose. I'd be happy to start next season with a health Faulk, but we all know that losing players to injury is just part of the game."

New Orleans running back, Deuce McAllister, emergence into a NFL “Stud” was a blessing in disguise for the CFFL champions. 

“I’d have to say if it wasn’t for McAllister, I don’t know if we would’ve defeated the Greyhawks in week fourteen, or make the playoffs for that matter.  The CFFL, similar to the NFL, has become very competitive across the board.  In today’s game you don’t find the depth at the running back position as you did in the past.” Podunk Pirate’s Owner & General Manager Jeremy Miller said Monday.
Jeremy M. Miller
What Now?
The Podunk Pirates put together an unbelievable season.  At the beginning they were optimistic that they would be competitive, but in the end they exceeded all expectations by winning it all.

What will management look forward to in the preseason?

"We will first sit back and enjoy this championship. You never know if you will be able get back to the big game.  It took us six long seasons to get back.  I would look for the Pirates to have a busy summer moving a few players and draft picks.  We think Shockey is a legitimate keeper and we will continue to monitor Faulk’s ankle in the off-season.” Podunk Pirate’s Director of Football Operations David Miller said Tuesday.

What will be the Pirate’s goal in 2003?

“Every team wants the chance to repeat, which is very unlikely in today’s game.  With that said, we would like to see a franchise that has not won a championship to taste it.  Everyone in our league deserves the opportunity.” Podunk Pirate’s Owner & General Manager Jeremy Miller said Tuesday.
Associated Press
This Month’s Events For The Championship Team

12/31/02
8:00, Woodstock, CT
New Years Eve
Pirate’s Owner & General Manager, Jeremy Miller, will be celebrating New Years Eve and their first championship at the Cove headquarters in Woodstock, Conn.   In attendance, “Caveman”, CFFL Giants’ owner, Diane Meyer, Greyhawks’ owner, Michael Miller, Namco Eagles’ owner, Sheila Miller, Brimfield Rebels’ owner. Possible appearances from Andrew Dunn, MaSSacre Owner.

Invite only. For more information call 508.341.9408.

1/02/03
9:00, Shrewsbury, MA
Championship Celebration
Podunk Pirate’s Director of Football Operations, David Miller, returns from vacationing in Florida and celebrates for the first time with the Pirate’s Owner & General Manager, Jeremy Miller.

Open to the public. For more information call 508.320.7327.

1/03/02
8:00, Nashua, NH
Championship Celebration II
Pirate’s Owner & General Manager, Jeremy Miller, celebrates his first championship with Deanna and Amy Dygan.

Open to the public. For more information call 508.341.9408.
Special Thanks…..
The Podunk Pirates’ management would like to send a special thanks to Dad, Sheila and Deanna for rooting for us during our postseason run. It was a lot of fun!!
2003 Podunk Pirates
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