It’s great to be back for another season and it’s about time. We just wrapped up the winter season and it was a good one. This season we have expanded to four divisions with 30 (ed’s note: 31!) total teams which is the largest the league has been so far.
It’s great that we have grown from the first season of 6 teams, and let’s hope we can keep growing. This is going to be a long article so I’m going to jump right to it, hope you enjoy.
I know at the beginning of the season everyone thinks that they are going to win the title, but let’s be realistic, only one team can win and the rest are disappointed. I’m going to tell you what I feel is going to happen with each team and what would make it a successful season for that team.
Division 1 (6 Teams)
Trollers - Like every year they feel that they are going to be fighting for the title at the end of the year. I think that they have a shot, but have a missing piece from really contending (ed’s note: maybe not anymore from what I’ve heard…). Playoffs
Red Raiders - After dominating the summer season last year in division 2 they are looking to do it again in D1. They won’t dominate, but will compete as long as Mike keeps his cool. They will either finish 4 or 5 this season and battling for that final playoff spot.
Gros Coqs - This team is tricky as they have all the talent in the world, but their attendance will be the key to their success. Playoffs
Henchmen - They are a solid team that will start off well and die down the stretch. They will either finish 4 or 5 this season and battling for that final playoff spot.
Outlaws - Really good team with one of the top players in the division always competing for the title and looking to win a third title in a row. I just wonder if the players they picked up are as good as the players they lost. Playoffs
FA 1 - This is a new team that will struggle at the beginning of the season and by the end will have it together. First few weeks I see them being blown out and by the end they will turn a few heads. If they win 3 games I’d say it was a good season for them.
Division 2 (12 Teams)
OG Panthers - This is a team that should do well with a really good roster. They will live and die by how Charles plays at QB. They should finish in the top half of the division.
Joey’s Haters - I’m going to show the Haters a little love this week. After winning the winter season they have made a few changes and are looking to repeat. Top four, if not I think it would be a failed season.
Old School - This is pretty much the same team as years past. They are a fun team to watch and be around and they normally hangout after their game having beers. This season they will struggle as the rest of the division got stronger and they stayed the same. They should finish in the bottom half of the division.
Petits Phoques - This is the best roster in the division and they should do well. They will have to deal with a few stipulations and that might be the most difficult thing for them to deal with.
Centurions - They have had a great defense in the past and I don’t see that changing. I hope that the offense got stronger since that was their weak point last season. They should be around a 500 team.
Honor Game - This team just won the winter season in division 2. This season they won’t have the same success as the teams they are playing are way stronger. They have tons of experience and should be just fine. I see them making the playoffs.
D#Nasty - I have always liked this team from day one. They have a good roster and will compete in most or their games. After seeing them struggle in the winter I can see the same thing happening this season. They will finish in the lower half of the division.
Deep Threats - They are going to struggle all season long. Svetna is their best player, but he isn’t there every week. JC took strides last season, but this year he will regress. I can’t see them winning more than three games this season.
FA 2 - This is a new team that is being put together by the league. To start the season they will really struggle, but by seasons end they will be able to compete. It would be a good season for them if they could win three games.
Nice TDs - When you have two of the better players in the division in Kris and Andrew you will always have a chance to win. In order for this team to win they will need the other players to step up and Kris to remain calm and not lose his shit. They should make the playoffs with ease.
Les Boys - It looks like it’s most of the same players as the winter season. They will be a good team and should be able to compete for the title. They just need to play their game and not worry about anything else.
Bitter Boys - They look like a team will be in every game, but have lost a few players from seasons past. I think they will be a team fighting for a playoff spot but will come up just a little short.
Division 3 (6 Teams)
Les Panaches - Last summer this team had ups and downs all season and I can see it being more of the same this season. I can see them finishing on the cusp of the playoffs either fourth or fifth.
Mustard Tigers - I was able to see these guys practicing over the weekend, that means they are ready to go and looking to win another title. They will be a 500 team that makes the playoffs.
Raccoons - They have always been a team with a good defense. I can’t see that changing. On offense they have always struggled with the most important position QB and I think this season it will improve since the teams they are playing might be a little weaker than they are used to. If they don’t make playoffs I’d be shocked.
Sriracha All Stars - This team will struggle and it will take them a while to gel as a team. I think it will take at least half a season before they start competing in games. I can’t see them winning four games this season.
Iron Wolves - They have lost a few players and have decided to drop down a division. Jon will keep this team in every game and give them a shot at winning a title. I can see this team finishing at 7-3 and making the playoffs anything less would be a waste.
Ninja Turtles - They will be the best team in the division with the best player. Even if Serge isn’t there they will still be able to dominate every game. At the end of the season I see them in the title game and holding up the trophy at the end.
Division 4 (7 Teams)
Thunder Buddies - With all the experience that the team has they should be the cream of the crop. This is the season that Thunder Buddies get their first title.
Citadins - I know nothing about this team so it could be hit or miss. If they have played before as a team they should be fine, if they haven’t then they might struggle that would depend on how athletic they are.
Les Beautes - They are almost the same team as Nice TDs from division 2, but with a different QB and a few other friends. They will be a respectable team that needs Brian to have a big year at QB.
Flamboyant Flamingos - This is a new team to the league that no one knows about. It looks like it’s a bunch of family members. That could make them very competitive or just here for fun.
Team Maynard - This team will be a decent team this season. Guillaume has improved. This season they might have the best rusher in the division in Matt. This team should make the playoffs barring a complete collapse.
FA 4 - This is a team put together by the league. The one good thing that they have going for them is Yann playing QB has played a few season and knows what he is doing. They might struggle on timing the first few weeks, but overall, they will be fine.
Sofa King Good- I like this team, they come out have fun and enjoy themselves. They were a few plays away from making the playoffs in the winter and this season they will make it in.
This part is difficult since it is week one and I know very little about most of the teams. I’m going to try anyways and Saturday night I’ll see how I did. My goal would be 75% for the season in each division. Since we have so many teams and games each week. I’ll make my picks short and right to the point and remember my picks are in bold.
Trollers vs Red Raiders NA
I won’t ever pick my team’s games as it’s just not cool.
Gros Coqs vs Red Raiders
I picked them because of their size difference. Gros Coqs have always had a hard time with bigger players.
Henchmen vs Outlaws
I can’t pick against the defending champs, at least not until I have seen them play.
Gros Coqs vs FA1
Gros Coqs are going to walk all over the new team this week just because of experience.
OG Panthers vs Joey’s Haters
I think that their roster is better and have more experience.
Old School vs Petits Phoques
If they can stop Dahic from dominating on both sides of the ball then they will win. Petits Phoques needs to find the mismatch and exploit it.
Centurions vs Honor Game
I think Centurions will struggle in this one as it’s their first game in a long time and Honor Game have been playing for the last few weeks.
D#Nasty vs Deep Threats
I had to flip flop on this one. At first I was going to go with Deep Threats with JC taking big strides last season then I decided that after the way winter went for D#Nasty they will be looking to rebound and it starts this week.
FA 2 vs Nice TDs
Just based on experience they will walk all over the new guys.
Les Boys vs Bitter Boys
In the first battle of the Boys matchup I have to go with Les Boys. Younger and more athletic.
Les Panaches vs Mustard Tigers
Both teams are making a jump up a division and after seeing them both play last season Mustard Tigers will win since they will have it together for week 1. Plus I saw them practicing this weekend.
Raccoons vs Sriracha All Stars
It won’t be pretty, but Raccoons and their great defense will win this one.
Iron Wolves vs Ninja Turtles
One reason and one reason only, is Serge. No one on Iron Wolves will be able to stop him, plus they have a few other good players as well.
Thunder Buddies vs Citadins
I know Thunder Buddies and what they are all about. I think Terry will be better this season as a passer and that is why they are going to win.
Les Beautes vs Flamboyant Flamingos
Last season I wasn’t impressed by Les Beautes and I don’t see that changing, at least not this week. My pick will change if Flamboyant Flamingos aren’t wearing pink shirts or eating shrimp when they show up.
Team Maynard vs FA 4
I’m picking Team Maynard for two reasons. One Guillaume grew a lot as a passer over the winter season and especially the last week. Second reason Guillaume always comes up with the best team names. (ed’s note: Kevin only delivers the harshest of sarcastic burns. Guillaume, apply cold water directly to where it hurts)
I want to start by saying thanks to everyone that has read my article. I’m glad to finally be back to playing, it has been far too long.
This season it looks like the division that will be the best is division 2 (ed’s note: define “best”) and it is also the largest division. I can’t wait to see all the new teams out there and I guess the rest of you guys as well.
Our games start at 9:30 Saturday morning and the fields will be set up and ready to go at 9 so everyone who has the first game can show up and warm up.
I want to remind everyone that we are playing a game so go out, have fun, and be safe.
See you all Saturday.