In 2002 a 10-man
collective of rugby chums, in search of a twist for their head-to-head league,
came up with the idea of drafting coaches in addition to players. Five
points--the equivalent of a passing TD--would be awarded for any coach whose
team beat the point spread. Bill Parcells was taken first. Bill Belichick went
last. (The rationale: The Patriots play too many close games.) In Week 3, after
the outcome of a league game was decided by coaching points, the idea was,
In 1998 one
ROTFFL team owner nearly had his draft day derailed when his employer, an
unidentified Big Six consulting firm, sent him to the U.K. on assignment.
Instead of folding, he placed an international call (to Texas) and drafted over
the phone, waiting as long as 20 minutes between picks. The call lasted 3 1/2
hours and cost several hundred dollars--which was ultimately expensed to his
company. Probably of no consolation to his employers: He won the league.