About my idea, so improved by tha_loony_one (I don't know your name yet, dear!):
Could we do the reverse of cheating? Perhaps whatever team is playing against Fred is going quite easy on him, so he'll be in a bit of a better mood? We could do it from Frd's POV and how he's sloely coming around to the fact they may be letting his team win.
Oh, and yes, Ash is fine, aside from the Pokemon refrences.
On a completely un-related note, this is Ashley's one-hundreth post. *throws confetti*