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Tony Romo and Dez Bryant complete their quest for a championship

Tony Romo and Dez Bryant

The Asian Orangutangs lost the Super Bowl on a Monday night last season. They made sure that wasn't going to happen again this year.

The Tangs built a 41-point lead heading into the MNF tilt thanks to another superb playoff performance from Super Bowl XXII MVP Tony Romo (24 points) and 2 TDs apiece from Antonio Gates and Torrey Smith; it was enough to end the Cinderella run by the Big Boys and deliver the franchise's first Super Bowl victory since 1999.

The championship completes a quest that started 4 years ago with the drafting of Dez Bryant #1 overall in 2010. Having missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons and coming off a 4-win season in 2009, the arrival of Bryant signaled a sea change for the Tangs franchise. A year later, they acquired Romo via trade, drafted Shane Vereen, Torrey Smith and Eric Decker, and began a string of playoff appearances, including back-to-back AFC Championships.

A 4-point loss in Super Bowl XXI only served to motivate them more. After holding off a late charge by the Cuban Refugees and Bear Poop for the AFC East title, the Tangs played their best football during the playoffs, tallying 51, 68 and finally 78 points on their run to the title. Leading the way once again was Romo, Bryant and kicker Dan Bailey, a trio of Cowboys that amassed 117 points during the three playoff games.

Congratulations to the Asian Orangutangs, your Super Bowl XXII champions!

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Peyton Manning

Manning

The Season That Was

2014 was another eventful season. Before we crown a new champion, Steve Dugas takes a team-by-team look back at the season that was and what might lay in store for 2015. Can the Chickens bounce back? What do the Brothers do in the off-season? Where will Peyton Manning finish his career? Steve tackles these questions and more as we close out another year.

GAME OF THE WEEK presented by Nick's Picks

  Orangutangs (-10) vs. Boys

Indy/Dallas game should be a shootout and that's only going to bode well for the Tangs' Boys. Chris' quarterback call will play a huge role in the outcome of this one. Tough decision considering Andy Dalton faces Denver on the Monday Night Football stage and Eli faces a tough test in St. Louis. I don't like either play, but he's got to use one and make the right choice. Eli has been known to play well in championship games. Us Pats fans know that all too well. Chris has been rumored to have had "Regular Season Don't Mean Shiznits" T-shirts made and are en-route to his place as we speak. Can Jon force Chris to send those t-shirts to the needy in Haiti by finishing on the winning end of the Super Bowl this year? I think so. Another upset here by the Boys and we'll have a 30-for-30 scandal on our hands as Chris must have been providing special benefits to someone...

Nick's Pick: Orangutangs  |  View Nick's WEEK 16 Picks...

2014 YFFL Award Winners

Andrew Luck

Luck

Most Valuable Player

Andrew Luck - Thugs (32 of 33 possible points)

Luck had the breakout season the Thugs had been waiting for. His 257 points were good for 5th most all-time and turned the 2013 Stupor Bowl winners into 2014 Super Bowl contenders.

Cody Parkey

Parkey

Kelvin Benjamin

Benjamin

Rookie of the Year

(TIE) Cody Parkey - Eaters, Kevin Benjamin - Refugees (21 of 33 possible points)

In a season where so many rookies became key contributors, it's only fitting that we had the first ever tie in RoY balloting. Benjamin made a splash from his very first game and never let up, while Parkey nearly single-handedly got the Eaters to the playoffs during the final two weeks of his Pro Bowl season.

Along with Mike Evans, Jordan Matthews, Jeremy Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Odell Beckham Jr. (who didn't even make the ballot!), the 2014 rookie class looks destined for great things.

Justin Forsett

Forsett

Macor Misa

Justin Forsett - Orangutangs (25 of 33 possible points)

A perennial hand-cuff in the mold of Mewelde Moore, Maurice Morris and others, Forsett finally got his opportunity in 2014 and took advantage of it. His 68 points helped the Tangs to a AFC East title and a shot at Super Bowl XXII.

Jon Kinsman

Kinsman

Owner of the Year

Jon Kinsman (33 of 33 possible points)

A combined 20 wins, 2 division titles and the first 12-win season since 2002 helped Kinsman to a unanimous selection as Owner of the Year for 2014. Can he add a Super Bowl title to it this weekend?

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