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The D.C. Dinosaurs are Super Bowl XXVI Champions! Their sixth straight win put them on stage postgame to collect their first Super Bowl Trophy after their fifteenth season in the MFL. Justin Fields was named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player with his two touchdown effort, which included one on the ground.

The Dinos (11-6) jumped out to an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter after kicker Brandon Aubrey scored all eight. His 51- and 43-yard field goals helped to jumpstart D.C.'s run toward winning the title on their home field, Nationals Park.

Things took off offensively for both teams in the second. Fields scored his first touchdown with a 7-yard strike early in the quarter to extend the Dinos lead to 11-0. Soon after, Jason Sanders kicked two field goals to give South Bend their first points of the game. As the half wrapped up, Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and Sanders tagged on a PAT to give the Scraps their first lead at 13-11.

Sam Bankman-Fried staggered onto the field with :18 seconds left before halftime and tripped over his overlong pant legs, which caused a short delay. He was led off the field and scolded by security. They quickly hushed when he stuffed something into their pockets. As the awkwardness became palpable, the technical crew launched the hologram program, which beamed images of Bill Jauss, Bill Gleason, and Ben Bentley onto the field. As Rick Telander ambled out, Jauss immediately launched into a tirade about how "Telander still thinks FSU deserved to be in the playoff". Chaos ensued when Gleason exclaimed that "Muhammad Ali would turn over in his grave if he saw just how far boxing has fallen", which led to a hologram of Ali showing up to offer his retort. All the while, Bentley tried to maintain some degree of decorum and Telander and Jauss elevated their conflict into a grapple, but Telander fell into one of the laser mechanisms and burned his cardigan. This led to a small fire starting and Bankman-Fried wandering toward that direction mumbling "Shiny!" over and over before he was tackled by DOJ agents. The fire was extinguished by Taylor Swift, who had gotten an incorrect memo from her agent that Travis Kelce was going to the Super Bowl. Her intentions were to hit her agent with a fire extinguisher that she had randomly grabbed, but she became the unknowing hero for her efforts. Feeling guilty, she offered up the option of singing a couple songs, which security quickly denied. As the halftime show was being taken down and Swift was being escorted off the field, she screamed that this incident would "become the theme of my next anger album...mark my words!"

It was all D.C. in the second half. Joe Mixon caught a touchdown pass on the opening drive of the second half, then Fields scored his second TD shortly thereafter to give the Dinosaurs the 20-13 lead after three.

Isiah Pacheco ran for 130 yards in this game, puzzling the Scraps defense all day, but it was his touchdown reception late in the fourth that sealed the deal for D.C. The clock hit zero, the crowd rushed the field, and the home team hoisted the trophy after their 23-13 victory. Coach James Bruney was carried across the field by a group of players, his wife, and his two young boys, who somehow amassed an uncanny strength after years of demanding workouts to prepare them to play for the Dinosaurs when they become adults.

New York

10- 4
8- 6
8- 6
5- 9
South Bend
Ann Arbor

7- 7
7- 7
6- 8
5- 9

8- 6
8- 6
6- 8
6- 8

Current 2023 Regular Season MFL Statistics

2023 MFL Primer - Most Recent Edition

Mawhorter, Allen, Stroud win MFL Awards
Dion Mawhorter has been named as MFL Coach of the Year after leading the New York Lynx to a league-best 10-4 mark and the East Division title. Mawhorter secured 6 votes out of 9 cast and takes the award home for the third time (2002, 2012). D.C.'s James Bruney finished second in the voting. For MFL Most Valuable Player, Missouri Peregrines QB Josh Allen earned the hardware after his league-leading 25 TD passes and 138 total points. He also finished tied for fourth in rushing touchdowns. Allen amassed 5 first-place votes and 22 points. New York's Jalen Hurts (2022 MVP) and Raheem Mostert finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Hurts had 17 total points and Mostert garnered 15. Finally, the commissioner's office named QB C.J. Stroud as MFL Rookie of the Year. The Miami Mafia signal caller was thrust into the starting role quickly after longtime QB Aaron Rodgers went down with a season-ending injury in Week One. Stroud tied for third in the MFL with 20 passing touchdowns and ran for 3 more. He was the only major qualifier for the award, but several players were named as Honorable Mentions, including Orlando RB Jahmyr Gibbs (6 rushing TDs), D.C. TE Sam LaPorta (6 receiving TDs), and Flint RB Bijan Robinson (7 total TDs).

Scraps commit to RB McCaffrey, but release RB Jacobs
The South Bend Scraps made it all the way to Super Bowl XXVI, losing in a tough battle, but the franchise had a tough battle in the board room deciding on how to make more than $3 million in cuts heading into the offseason. Despite a scheduled 2024 salary of $10.2 million, the Scraps elected to keep RB Christian McCaffrey and release RB Josh Jacobs. Jacobs, who was scheduled to make $7.4 million in 2024, scored 6 touchdowns and joins a crowded field of high-quality vets who will undoubtedly fetch big paydays in August. McCaffrey earned his keep with 16 total TDs, including 12 on the ground, tied for second in the MFL. While there is a chance that South Bend retains McCaffrey as trade bait to secure multiple draft picks during the offseason, but Dr. K says that "the chances are pretty low. The Scraps are very happy with [McCaffrey's] production and he will certainly be the centerpiece of their 2024 run to Super Bowl XXVII."

D.C.: QB Burrow has become expendable
QB Joe Burrow is no longer a D.C. Dinosaur after four years with the club. Burrow was drafted 6th overall in 2020 and quickly jumped to starter for the Dinos. He led them to Super Bowl XXV last season, but has been hampered by injuries throughout his career, becoming only a small contributor this sesaon despite D.C. winning Super Bowl XXVI. His release became an expected move after the Dinos pulled off a coup to acquire QB Patrick Mahomes via trade from Arkdale just days ago. Burrow joins a growing list of strong veterans who will make up the 2024 draft class, creating what should be a massive bidding war in the first and second rounds for the veteran QB and many others.

"Forever...grateful": Mafia grants release to QB Rodgers
After three stints, five Central Division titles, two Super Bowl championships, and 16 seasons with the Porpi/Gunslingers/Mafia franchise, QB Aaron Rodgers has been granted his release from the club. Rodgers will be known as one of the all-time greats in the MFL. He was a three time MFL Passing Champion, won the MFL Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, and took the Super Bowl MVP in 2012. Owner/head coach Dave Wills stated that "Aaron Rodgers was the face of this franchise who brought us 2 championships. We will forever be grateful to Aaron and wish him the best in his future endeavors." Wills added that Rodgers' recent controversial comments had nothing to do with his release. Despite his age and injury status, Rodgers is likely to be selected in the mid-to-later rounds of 2024 MFL Draft and could end up back in Miami at a reduced rate. In addition, the Mafia parted ways with QB Gardner Minshew and RB Zach Charbonnet.

End of an era: QB Mahomes, TE Kelce dealt to D.C., Missouri
The Arkdale Aardvarks are only three days into the offseason and after a disappointing 6-8 campaign and a desperate need for draft picks, Owner/head coach Cameron Davis decided to part ways with QB Patrick Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce. Both were part of the amazing 2018-2020 playoff runs of the Varks, which included a Super Bowl title in 2019, but the shine wore off this year. Mahomes is heading to D.C. for four 2024 draft picks, including the #12 and #15 selections. Kelce was dealt to Missouri in exchanve for QB Baker Mayfield and a 3rd rounder. The shakeup send the MFL social media world ablaze and will certainly have far-reaching ramifications for years to come. Mahomes was originally drafted by D.C. in 2017 and Kelce was signed as a mid-season free agent by the Gatlinburg Gunslingers in 2014 before bouncing around between D.C., Miami, and Arkdale before settling in as an Aardvark in 2018. spent

RB Barkley becomes yet another high-profile cap casualty
The Miami Mafia have released RB Saquon Barkley. The running back was scheduled to make $9.7 million in 2024, but the franchise decided that that was too much of a financial burden compared to the payoff. Barkley spent six seasons in South Florida, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2018 after finishing 4th in rushing. He scored 8 times on the ground in 2022 and 7 total TDs in 2023. Barkley is expected to be another prize in the 2024 Draft in August. spent

RB Henry cut by Chicago after 8 seasons
RB Derrick Henry has been released from his contract by the Chicago Ravens after 8 seasons with the organization. Owner/head coach Jeremy Bonk said "[Henry] will go into the Hall of Fame as a Raven" and one will be pressed to argue that point. Henry has been a dominant force on the ground in the MFL since his arrival as the 2nd pick overall in 2016 and will most likely be highly sought after in the MFL Draft in August since the running back position doesn't have many vertical runners in current days. He was a member of the Ravens championship team in his rookie year. Henry was scheduled to $13.5 million in 2024, leading to his release. Other players of note who were released on the opening night of the cut period: Missouri RB Najee Harris (No. 3 pick in '21, 3 years with the Peregrines) and D.C. RB Miles Sanders (No. 3 pick in '23, drafted 3 times in the last 5 seasons).

Mostert, Allen, Hill take statistical titles
Josh Allen won two of the MFL's four statistical titles in 2023. He took the Passing Title by throwing 25 touchdown passes as he led his Peregrines to an 8-6 record and a playoff berth. He also clinched the Points Title with 138, the league's highest total in 10 years. Raheem Mostert snagged the Rushing Title with 16 touchdowns for the Lynx, helping--along with teammate Jalen Hurts--to position New York in the top spot in the playoff race. Tyreek Hill's season ended in the regular season, but he was able to take the Receiving Title with 12 TDs on the year for Arkdale.

Lynx become second franchise to reach 200 wins
With Dion Mawhorter at the helm and Adam Stephens in the presidential suite, the New York Lynx became the second MFL member club to reach the 200-win plateau. Overall, the franchise is 200-175-11 in 26 seasons in the league. Next on the list is Missouri, which currently sits at 197 wins, followed by Chicago with 190. Pittsburgh hit the magic 200 mark nearly 3 years ago to the day and rests at 223 currently to lead all clubs.

WR Chase becomes the first Orlando receiver with 3 TDs
In 15 seasons of play, the Orlando Oracles have never had a receiver with 3 touchdown catches. That is, until this past Sunday, when WR Ja'Marr Chase snagged three touchdowns in their loss at Canton. Twenty-three times previously, Orlando had receivers with 2 receiving scores. Many date back to the early days of the franchise and include Tony Gonzalez ('13), Jacquizz Rodgers ('13), Marques Colston ('11), Roy Williams ('10), Derrick Mason ('09), and Chris Cooley ('09). No more. Now Chase reigns supreme at the top of the list.

Week 1
September 7-11
Canton 10, New York 34
Pittsburgh 27, D.C. 18
Orlando 27, Ann Arbor 34
Miami 14, South Bend 34
Flint 12, Arkdale 20
Chicago 19, Missouri 17

Week 8
October 26-30
Missouri 24, Canton 25
D.C. 29, Arkdale 12
Orlando 33, Pittsburgh 18
South Bend 43, Flint 39
Ann Arbor 20, New York 28
Chicago 9, Miami 20

Week 2
September 14-18
South Bend 19, D.C. 21
Canton 27, Miami 23
Flint 7, Chicago 29
Pittsburgh 29, Ann Arbor 23
New York 49, Orlando 21
Missouri 13, Arkdale 20

Week 9
November 2-6
Canton 19, South Bend 32
Pittsburgh 12, Missouri 31
D.C. 17, Flint 33
Miami 38, New York 37
Arkdale 9, Orlando 31
Ann Arbor 28, Chicago 13
Byes: Denver, Detroit,
San Francisco, Jacksonville
Week 3
September 21-25
D.C. 36, Missouri 17
South Bend 25, Orlando 18
Arkdale 23, New York 40
Flint 25, Pittsburgh 42
Chicago 25, Canton 15
Ann Arbor 20, Miami 11

Week 10
November 9-13
Missouri 29, Miami 27
South Bend 12, Pittsburgh 32
New York 21, Chicago 11
Ann Arbor 23, D.C. 29
Flint 37, Orlando 33
Canton 16, Arkdale 35
Byes: Kansas City, LA Rams,
Miami, Philadelphia
Week 4
September 28-October 2
Ann Arbor 43, South Bend 42 (OT)
Arkdale 17, Chicago 59
Orlando 33, D.C. 11
Canton 16, Pittsburgh 27
Miami 22, Flint 7
Missouri 22, New York 23 (OT)

Week 11
November 16-20
Chicago 29, D.C. 25
Missouri 21, Orlando 20
New York 24, South Bend 17
Miami 32, Pittsburgh 20
Flint 31, Canton 25
Arkdale 24, Ann Arbor 9
Byes: Atlanta, Indianapolis,
New England, New Orleans
Week 5
October 5-9
Ann Arbor 23, Missouri 22
New York 20, Flint 29
Pittsburgh 25, Arkdale 21
Orlando 19, Canton 21
D.C. 33, Miami 13
Chicago 19, South Bend 31

Week 12
November 23-27
Chicago 39, Flint 37
Arkdale 6, Missouri 31
Orlando 20, Miami 34
South Bend 25, Ann Arbor 22
D.C. 23, Pittsburgh 17
New York 49, Canton 17

Week 6
October 12-16
Orlando 16, Chicago 11
D.C. 8, Canton 23
South Bend 18, Missouri 25
Miami 13, Arkdale 19
Pittsburgh 17, New York 39
Flint 24, Ann Arbor 23 (OT)
Byes: Green Bay,
Week 13
November 30-December 4
Missouri 31, Chicago 27
Arkdale 26, Flint 27 (OT)
Ann Arbor 7, Orlando 26
Pittsburgh 37, Canton 19
South Bend 36, Miami 19
D.C. 39, New York 36
Byes: Buffalo, Las Vegas, Chicago,
Minnesota, NY Giants, Baltimore
Week 7
October 19-23
New York 19, D.C. 14
Canton 11, Ann Arbor 10
Pittsburgh 15, Chicago 21
Miami 52, Orlando 34
Arkdale 28, South Bend 24
Missouri 37, Flint 11
Byes: Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston
Tennessee, Carolina, NY Jets
Week 14
December 7-11
Chicago 45, Arkdale 13
Flint 21, Missouri 29
New York 24, Pittsburgh 31
Miami 24, Ann Arbor 13
Orlando 39, South Bend 13
Canton 14, D.C. 16
Byes: Arizona,
Week 15
December 14-18
MFL Play-In Game
Missouri Peregrines 17, D.C. Dinosaurs 25
Week 16
December 21-25
MFL Divisional Playoffs
South Bend Scraps 25, New York Lynx 24
D.C. Dinosaurs 36, Chicago Ravens 27
Week 17
December 28-January 1, 2024
at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
South Bend Scraps 13, D.C. Dinosaurs 23


Phase II of Player Releases
Owners may release players to make more cap room or to make roster spots, including players who retired.

2023 MFL Draft at Scoobies, Mishawaka, Indiana.
Start Time: 2:00pm

Salary & Roster Deadline (Cut Day)
Teams must keep payroll at or under $20 million and roster size at 19 players or under. Players cut after the deadline will still count against the cap.
Deadline: 9:59pm.

Regular and Post-Season

MFL Kickoff Weekend
Weekly starters must submitted via the MFL on ESPN before each respective player's kickoff time.

MFL Trade Deadline
No trades allowed after 9:59pm until the end of the season.

MFL Free Agent & Waiving Deadline
IR Reclamation Deadline
No further player movement after 9:59pm until the end of the season.
(Injury replacement signings not included)


Week Fourteen, the final week of the regular season.

at Washington, DC


Phase I of Player Releases begins immediately following conclusion of the Super Bowl.
Player salaries increase by 20% (30% for Super Bowl Champs) requiring clubs to commence player cuts during Phase I in order to keep team salaries under $20 million.
Deadline for all cuts is 9:59pm ET.