The George Blanda Rotisserie Football League (GBRFL) started out in 1993 with eight teams as the George Blanda League of the Armchair Sports Group (ASG). ASG ran our league until 1997 at which time we began to administer the league ourselves. For the 1997 and 1998 seasons we were simply known as the George Blanda League (GBL). During the ASG years, the league was run by phone, fax and snail mail. Those first two years we ran it, we did things primarily through e-mail, which was an improvement, but it was time we needed a web site. In 1999 with the launching of our web site, it became apparent that a name better describing our league needed to be created. Not wanting to abandon the "George Blanda" name, particularly after the publication of the 1998 Pro Football Weekly article naming good ole' "George" the number one all-time fantasy football player, we became the George Blanda Rotisserie Football League or GBRFL, emphasizing the roto-element of our unique fantasy system.
The GBRFL is a keeper league. Rosters are now comprised of 21 components, which include individual players of offensive skill positions and team defensive and special team units. We used to have 22-component rosters. We have typically protected twelve per team except during seasons where an owner was being replaced or added. These years we typically protected less, like six or nine. After expanding by one team in 1999 and cutting down to eight, we kept eleven players for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. At the Winter Meeting after the 2000 season, we decided to revert back to protecting 12 players starting in 2002. We also decided on a last-minute expansion for 2002 during the 2001 season. It is not our usual practice to vote on an issue like this so late in the going. As a result, we decided to maintain 12 protections. We have chosen to be a keeper league which protects a high amount of players, and not a turnover league or two- or three-player keeper league, as we want to have a true depiction of our fantasy football skills by assessing success over time. Yet, we are not a dynasty league, which protects every player, because it involves less strategy and we want maximize skill and minimize luck as best as possible. Also to this end, our weekly starting lineup is beefed up and rigid, requiring the fielding of two quarterbacks, three running backs and three receivers. There are no swing positions. In the GBRFL, research, the maximization of each and every roster spot and the development of a sophisticated approach to trading, picking up free-agents, cuts, decisions regarding protection spots, re-stocking draft tactics, analyzation and interpretation of competing owners' strategies, etc., via depth chart and game match-up analysis, rookie assessment, the discovery of trends, etc., are integral parts of continued success. An owner simply does not have the luxury of starting from scratch and drafting a new team every year. On the contrary, every owner has to make difficult decisions regarding cuts and how to deal with protection spots. In late years, for the 2006 season we added the flex lineup option, which allows GM's/Owners to field two different lineups during weeks when they have two games. Also, in 2006 we added extended play into the postseason. The GBRFL2, an official spin-off of the GBRFL, was disbanded in 2008 after five years of play.
We are now in our SEVENTEENTH year, and during these years we have gone through many changes. We have added, removed, modified and re-modified the rules of the game. In the GBRFL almost all issues are dealt with in a democratic manner. There also have been some issues regarding ownership in the GBRFL. Due to our high level of competition and apparent growing interest in the league, we have had to black-ball owners, suspend owners as well as had owners succumb to the pressure and quit. The current owners have 198 years of experience in fantasy football; of the original eight members five remain: Steve Stegeman having 24 years of experience, Frank Gonzalez - 23, Dave Bohrer - 22, Danny Feder - 21 and Mark Hahn - 20, Rob Pak, who came in as the 1999 expansion team owner, has been playing fantasy football for 14 years, and Travis Cooper, entering the league in 2006, has been playing for 10 years now. The other members are Dave Trout, a returning owner in 1997 who was one of the originals and brings 28 years of experience to the table, Joe Parsons - 18 and Steve Warner - 18, who took over teams in 2000. To view the GBRFL's current and former champions, go to the "Champions" page.
The George Blanda Rotisserie Football Leagues are not limited by region. We have and have had owners from all over, including: New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., California, Hawaii, Illinois, and, believe it or not, South Korea.
One last note of possible interest, in all these years that the GBRFL has been in existence, no one has ever won a dime. That's right! We all just play for the camaraderie and the love of the game, oh yea, and bragging rights, of course!
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