Gametime forecast: 72°, Dome
Streak: New York won the last meeting
All-Time Series: New York leads, 20-10
Line: New York by 2½
Lynx 30, Dinosaurs 27
Gametime forecast: 75°, Clear
Streak: South Bend won the last 3 meetings
All-Time Series: South Bend leads, 18-15
Line: South Bend by 1½
Scraps 27, Mafia 25
Gametime forecast: 35°, Wintry Mix
Streak: Chicago won the last meeting
All-Time Series: Chicago leads, 31-28-1
Line: Missouri by 1½
Peregrines 24, Ravens 23
Gametime forecast: 42°, Rain
Streak: Arkdale won the last 4 meetings
All-Time Series: Arkdale leads, 19-14-2
Line: Arkdale by 1½
Aardvarks 26, Wheelers 25
Gametime forecast: 42°, Rain
Streak: Pittsburgh won the last meeting
All-Time Series: Pittsburgh leads, 30-14-1
Line: Pittsburgh by 1½
Spears 18, Cougars 17
Gametime forecast: 80°, Mostly Cloudy
Streak: Ann Arbor won the last 4 meetings
All-Time Series: Ann Arbor leads, 16-13
Line: Orlando by 1½
Aces 24, Oracles 23
Current 2023 Regular Season MFL Statistics
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.
Mawhorter becomes MFL's winningest coach
In the midst of his 23rd season as head coach in the MFL, Dion Mawhorter has eclipsed Drew Kuespert as the winningest coach in MFL history. While it's certainly possible for Kuespert to reclaim the title later, it's certainly of note that Mawhorter was able to wrest the title away in two less seasons and in 30 fewer contests. Mawhorter's overall record now sits at 189-143-5, while Kuespert is at 188-175-4. With a 7-1 mark, two games better than any other MFL club, his Lynx are in prime position to go deep into the playoffs and possibly capture the Super Bowl XXVI title, which would be Mawhorter's 4th, should he be able to pull it off.
Kuespert relishes in new minor sponsor
Commissioner Drew Kuespert hastily called a press conference on Saturday morning to detail "a thrilling" and "exciting development that will bring the MFL into the present" in the financial universe. As puzzled cameramen fumbled to get their shot of this announcement, Kuespert could barely contain his excitement: "Folks, the MFL is partnering with FTX as a minority sponsor of our Super Bowl XXVI Halftime Show. We just couldn't believe it when we found out that we could get their name on our product for such a low initial investment." Kuespert went on to say that "Dion [Mawhorter] called me and said that he met this guy in a Miami-area hotel swimming pool...Trigg, I think he said his name was. Whatever. Anyway, Trigg told him that if the MFL just gave him 3 'coinbits?'...'bitscash'?...or something, we were in for the sponsorship. He actually set up my digital wallet for me, so that's a blessing since I had absolutely no idea what the hell I was doing." When questioned as to why the league would pay for sponsorship when sponsorships are supposed to pay the league, Kuespert stated the "it was Dion who actually closed the deal. He said we'd get a whole '.02 Etherium' back after he took his commission; totally understandable. Strange that Trigg sounded a lot like Dave Wills over the phone...so weird!"
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.
RB Chubb released after gruesome injury
For the second time in his career, RB Nick Chubb suffered a gruesome knee injury that will end his season. However, the D.C. Dinosaurs, realizing that Chubb may never return to football, decided to cut him now and open up a roster spot for a future signing. D.C. will still be on the hook for his $5.7 million salary in 2023, but that will come off the books immediately after the conclusion of the Super Bowl. He is currently a free agent.
Spears cut RB Dobbins, make MFL history
It wasn't how Pittsburgh envisioned utilizing RB J.K. Dobbins this year. But, after yet another season-ending injury, the Spears have elected to part ways with him rather than have him ride the pine. Pittsburgh will still be on the hook for Dobbins' $4.84 million salary in 2023, setting an MFL record for the highest-salaried player cut midseason. While Dobbins will enter auction because of his Top 100 ESPN ranking (pre-injury, of course), it is very possible that his career is over. The auction will begin on Wednesday at noon and end at 12:01pm on Friday.
ESPN8 pulls off 11th-hour miracle to remain MFL media king
After a protracted back-and-forth battle with babyfirst tv for media rights to the MFL, ESPN8 came out on top with a final offer that topped the upstart cable network and secured The Ocho for another 15 years. At press time, the deal with undisclosed, but unnamed sources close to the front office indicated that there was a "sweet 2014 Polaris UTV and a couple of neat-o comic books" may have been part of the compensation package to Commissioner Drew Kuespert.