The 2016 State of the TCFFL Poll

Posted on August 26, 2016 by

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THE 2016 STATE OF THE TCFFL SHOWS A POLARIZED LEAGUE TRYING TO SURVIVE IN THE FACE OF CHANGE

The votes are in (10 of 12, anyway) and the 2016 State of the TCFFL results have been calculated. The poll, designed by New York University Polling, shows that the league is more divided than ever and that Commissioner JG Thorington remains a controversial figure who nonetheless maintains the support of a coalition of voters who are pushing for change within the TCFFL This year. Conversely, the poll reflects a growing discomfort by many in the TCFFL that their needs are being ignored by Thorington’s administration.

In observing these results, note that the margin of error may be high due to voter fear.

OPTIMISM (OR FEAR?) RULES THE DAY IN THE 2016 TCFFL

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First, the good news: 60% of TCFFL GMs feel “Great” about the league’s switch to an auction draft in 2016. Additionally, 40% of GMs feel “Great” about the current state of the league. This is surely a welcome surprise for embattled commissioner JG Thorington, even if his immovable coalition (Thor Bros + Will) automatically accounts for 40% of the vote results in whichever direction JG tells them to go. Lastly, 0 voters described the current state of the league as “everything is terrible” which has to be a relief for Thorington.

Now, the bad news. 40% of respondents feel either “Nervous” or “Cheated” by the move to auction draft – a result that potentially paves the way for a wide swath of the league to feel as though the administrative’s progressive efforts are leaving them behind.

Further, 30% of voters fear that they will be “shot walking down the street” (metaphorically) in the current league landscape. A clear sign that the administration’s league recovery efforts have been directly targeted to only a narrow section of the voting population while ignoring the needs of other groups completely.

JG THORINGTON HAS A 50% APPROVAL RATING, STILL DOGGED BY QUESTIONS OF CORRUPTION

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While 50% of the league labels the job JG Thorington is doing as Commissioner as “Great”, another 30% believe the league’s Chief Executive is “Corrupt” — yet another example of the extreme polarization that exists within 2016’s TCFFL.

THE MAJORITY AGREES THAT GAINS FROM PARTICIPATION REFORM WILL BE LIMITED

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60% of the league predicts an end to the recent uptick in participation by GMs Jason Anderson and Mike Lay, with most voters believing the two GMs will be sending less than 10 GroupMe messages a week after Week 3 of the regular season — a clear sign that many are still nervous about the long-term impact of recent participation recovery efforts made by JG Thorington and his newly crowned Participation Czar, Will Kerridge.

ONCE AGAIN, IT’S THE YEAR OF LAY

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70% of voters believe that GM Rob Lay will finally get over the hump and take home the Dusty in 2016. Lay, the perennial league bridesmaid has sniffed the trophy many times before and has displayed a new level of motivation this off-season to finally win it all this season. With a move to Ann Arbor that often leaves Lay bored and with complete free time during the day, voters clearly expect the JPTS GM to spend his time doing fantasy research this year.

THERE’S A NEW ROTY FRONTRUNNER, BUT YOU CAN’T COUNT OUT A LEGEND

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60% of voters expected GM Jeff Spencer to take home the ROTY title this year, no doubt owing to his recent resignation (and eventual return) to the TCFFL this off-season. But while voters often have a short memory, a significant amount of TCFFL members refuse to count out the best in the business, as GM Will Kerridge took home 30% of the vote for likely ROTY winner. In what is surely to be a contentious fight that rages all year long between liberal F2T activist San Fran Kerridge and homegrown values, beleaguered father Spencer, the result could go either way.

Also, Pinto scored a vote!

VOTERS ARE UNHAPPY WITH SPENCER’S RESIGNATION

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Only 20 % of voters believe GM Jeff Spencer’s recent resignation from the league was a positive step forward for the TCFFL. Even worse for Spencer, 40% of GMs believe the Wiseau Manager’s stunt was “the most indefensible move by a GM in league history”. It has become obvious that Spencer has done long term damage to his reputation and will have to work hard to improve his standing in the league this year.

THE STATE-RUN MEDIA HAS TAKEN OVER: THE TCFFL’s SLANDER PROBLEM IS A MAJOR ISSUE

Like any good study, the 2016 TCFFL State of the Union Poll contained two trap questions, designed to understand just how deeply ingrained slander is within the league.

Those questions succeeded beyond this pollster’s wildest dreams in exposing how powerful the lies told by the administration’s state-run media have become. Before examining the results of the two trap questions, let us go back to The 2015 Lay Report and its findings on league-wide jinxes.

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The Lay Report found that GMs Will Kerridge and Rob Lay were by far the biggest jinxers in the league, ranking #1 and #2 in the use of the phrase “Good Win” on GroupMe. Naturally, in an unbiased league with a free press, you would expect to see those two GMs win the vote for “Who will send the most jinxes this season?”

That, of course, did not happen. Instead, the negative opinions of the most unfairly attacked GM in the league won out – as they so often do.

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The second trap question proved just as damning.

When asked “Who do you trust least to execute fair trades?”, an unbiased league would consider the key word in the question: EXECUTE. The use of this word “execute” is clear: It is very consciously asking voters to decide which GM is most likely to actually carry out an unfair trade.

With that in mind, let us set up two hypothetical scenarios. GM X has executed at least one trade per year, with only three trade partners, every year since 2011. GM Y has not made a single league trade since 2012.

Now consider: Which of these GMs is most likely to EXECUTE an unfair trade this season. If you are an unbiased observer in a league with a free and open press, you will undoubtedly select GM X. But voters in the TCFFL are not unbiased. And they certainly don’t live in a world with a free press. Instead, they are subject to the constant administrative slander that has made it impossible for some GMs to even discuss trades.

Naturally, the TCFFL voted for GM Y as the most likely to execute an unfair trade, despite this GM having not actually executed a trade in almost five years. Thus proving just how severe the league’s slander problem truly is.

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In this pollster’s humble opinion, what these two trap questions really prove is that slander is running at a 100% approval rating in today’s TCFFL.

THORINGTON AND FELLOW COMPUTER-LED TEAMS ARE DEALT A STUNNING BLOW BY VOTERS

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Nearly 80% of voters believe that the computer-run teams deployed by the likes of GMs Thorington, Aprik, and Kerridge should be banned from TCFFL competition. The auto-free agency programs, long a source of controversy among league GMs, have always found staunch support from the Commissioner and members of his administrative team who use them to gain an unfair advantage on the FA wire throughout the year. However, the results of this vote will be impossible for Thorington to ignore any longer. The league is demanding action. And they’re demanding it now.

SUPPORT FOR THORINGTON ADMINISTRATION REMAINS HIGH, BUT CONTROVERSIES LINGER

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40% of voters feel that JG Thorington’s administration is not transparent enough, full of cronyism, and scary.

60% feel “good” about the Commissioner’s administration.

Seems cut and dry. But is it? When you take into account the fact that the Thorington Brothers and Will Kerridge make up 40% of league votes, the picture becomes slightly more muddled. In fact, removing the Commissioner’s coalition from the vote paints a far less rosy picture: Now, 66% of voters (4 of 6) have a negative view of the Thorington Administration while only 33% (2 of 6) still feel “good”. No doubt, a sign of troubled times within the TCFFL.

THE LEAGUE WANTS MORE CONTENT

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Other:

1 Vote: “The Lay Report (SIGH)”

2 Votes: “Dennis Lazar Power Rankings”

1 Vote: “Dennis Podcast”

 

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