If you've ever wondered how your city's mayor would perform against other mayors in a fantasy football league, then … well, then you have unimaginable civic pride. And we've designed a contest that should settle the issue beyond any doubt.
Yahoo! Sports recently invited 11 mayors from across the country to compete in the Fantasy Football '09 Mayoral Face-off and, incredibly, they agreed. The winner receives a $15,000 donation to a local non-profit sports charity. A second $15,000 will be awarded to the city receiving the most fan votes. (These prizes are much better than the incentives offered during the Fantasy Football '08 Gubernatorial Face-off™, where all non-winners were required to resign amid scandal).
Let's meet the competitors and check their first-round picks:
1. Jim Schmitt, Green Bay, "Green Machine" - RB Adrian Peterson
2. Pam Iorio, Tampa Bay, "Tampa Con Leches" - RB Matt Forte(notes)
3. Buddy Dyer, Orlando, "Orlando Scorchers" - RB Maurice Jones-Drew(notes)
4. Kevin Johnson, Sacramento, "Sack-town's Finest" - RB Michael Turner(notes)
5. Mark Funkhouser, Kansas City, "Funk's Footballers" - RB Brian Westbrook(notes)
6. R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, "Results Minneapolis" - WR Larry Fitzgerald(notes)
7. Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City, "OMG it's OKC" - WR Andre Johnson(notes)
8. Ron Dellums, Oakland, "Dellums Dynamites" - RB DeAngelo Williams(notes)
9. Byron Brown, Buffalo, "Buffalo's Best" - RB LaDainian Tomlinson(notes)
10. Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh, "Pittsburgh Proud" - RB Chris Johnson
11. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco, "BarbaryCoast Bombers" - RB Frank Gore(notes)
12. The Commish, unknown and unaffiliated - RB Steven Jackson
You'll find full draft results here. Any questions about the competitiveness of the league should have been answered when Mayor Schmitt (no fool) selected Peterson first overall.
Vote early, gamers, and vote often.
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