Word from the Mouth: It's (not) Raining Touchdowns! edition

Word from the Mouth: It's (not) Raining Touchdowns! edition

Welcome back everyone. With all the rain on Saturday I hope no one got sick and I hope that everyone was good and survived the injury bug this week. I lost Yann for the season when he was running his route and slipped lands wrong and popped his shoulder out. It really sucks balls for Yann, but he is a tough guy and will recover and come back stronger next season.

Anyone who was there all day will tell you that playing earlier in the day the field was in decent shape, but by the time the last game finished at 5pm knows that it was completely mama’s homecooked jambalaya. We all better hope that it stays nice all week so that it dries out. I might not be the smartest person in the world (ed’s note: I refuse to believe this!), but I will tell you that buying cleats where I can change the spikes length and something to clean my cleats with was the smartest thing I’ve done or at least involving sports (ed’s note: I would say smartest thing you’ve ever done overall). I don’t think I slipped once on Saturday when I saw tons of people slip and fall.

This week will be the first time that we are playing a game at 5pm in the fall season. I will tell you that the lights come on, so no need to worry about playing in the dark. It will be a new experience for some players that haven’t played under the lights before. I have, and I will tell you keep your eyes open (ed’s note: playing with your eyes open is for wusses!) and stay focused or you’re going to get a ball in the face.

After getting back from Brossard Sunday I had some running around to do and only managed to watch a little bit of the NFL games, but I did see the highlights for the day. Two games went to OT and I ended up catching both of them. This was the first week in the season where games were played overseas in London and I will say Tua sucks and now the Dolphins are officially the worst football team in Florida. The Dolphins can’t beat Jacksonville, they sure as hell aren’t beating the Gators, Seminoles and worst off they couldn’t beat IMG Academy which is the number 2 high school team in the country. Cowboys fans just because you won in OT doesn’t mean you still don’t suck. Yes, you probably will win the division and make the playoffs, but who cares? Look at that division. I can grab 40 players from the MFL and win that division with ease. Let’s all remember that if you’re not a cheese head then you’re rooting for the wrong team. 

 

Weekly Recap

 

Division 1

 

Gros Coqs vs Henchmen (27-30)

 

I think I was the only one who picked Henchmen to win this game and yes, I was right, but the way Gros Coqs were able to march the field and score on their opening drive made me question my pick. That was how the game started, then it became a pick fest for the next few possessions for both teams. Both teams exchanged scores halfway through the first half, then picks started happening again. At half the score was 14-6 Gros Coqs. The Henchmen seemed to make a few adjustments and it showed in the second half. They scored on the first possession, but missed the convert. Gros Coqs answered that score with a big play from Alexandre. Both teams kept exchanging scores in the second half until with a minute or so left Henchmen forced a turnover on downs. After that stop Henchmen wasted no time scoring and leaving just 15 seconds for Gros Coqs. I thought that was still more than enough time for Dom to work his magic. Dom’s first pass fell incomplete and on his second attempt the ball seemed to slip out and float in the air where Will was able to pick it off. The play of the game that would have won it for Gros Coqs came on Henchmen’s first possession. Meissa picked the ball off and was running it in for a score, but decided to high step into the endzone with the defender right there. This was a penalty and brought back to the point of the taunting spot. Henchmen were able to make a stop on that drive and ended up winning the game by 3 points. It was really early in the game, but things like that can come back and ruin the entire game for you and your team. Everyone should learn from Barry Sanders and act like you’ve been there before and hand the ball to the official, or in this case the QB from the other team.

 

Holy Trollers vs Outlaws (30-42)

 

This was a battle to see who the best team in the division is.  Both teams came in pumped and ready to go. This game had no picks and only 1 punt to go along with 1 turnover on downs, so there was no defense whatsoever. The biggest defensive play of the game came when the Trollers were going for a 2-point convert and Ariel picked it off and ran it the length of the field for 2 points. If the field was another 5 yards, I think JC would have caught him as he flagged him a few yards into the end zone. The drive that sealed it for Trollers was with 10 minutes left Max threw 2 straight passes that were knocked away by the defense and then on third down took a sack and were forced to punt with the score being 34-30 Outlaws. Everyone knows that when it comes to killing clock you have Steve and Jon who are the best at it and Steve only used 5 minutes of that clock, but managed to score so it was essentially over at that point. Trollers did move the ball once they got it back, but they weren’t able to score and turned it over on downs.

 

Division 2

 

Les Tannantes vs Redzone (49-42)

 

Les Tannantes won this game, but I feel more along the lines that Redzone lost it. Phil for Tannantes was unstoppable, he had 9 catches for 194 yards and 3 TDs and would definitely be my player of the week except he plays in D1 as well. For a veteran team like Redzone, they shouldn’t allow one player to walk all over them the way Phil did. The score tells you it was a close game, but if you were watching it really wasn’t. Tannantes jumped up early and never looked back and it also helped that Redzone scored on the last play of the game to make the score seem closer than what it was. Early on in the game Redzone was not helping their QB at all, they were running routes short, dropping balls and just not focused. Mike yelled at them a few times to get them to wake up and it seemed to work, but by that point the game was too far gone. This will be a matchup that I hope will be played again in the playoffs and when it does, I expect RedZone to show up and play better than this.

 

Outlaws vs Vultures (40-47)

 

What a spaghetti show this was for Outlaws defense. They did nothing to show they could stop Ben and his explosive offense. Since Ben stepped in at QB for Vultures they are 2-0 and have scored a ton of points. Outlaws with all their experience should know how to stop a running QB and 1 receiver, but they proved this week that they can’t get it done. Outlaws need to figure out their defense if they want to repeat as champs and I doubt that will happen. This isn’t a quick fix problem, it has been a long term one, even going back to last season. When you score 40 plus points you shouldn’t lose games. Ben picked them apart with his running and then finding Anthony wide open. You say, ok they made big plays, but ben was 5 for 7 on converts which he couldn’t run on. Vultures made the right move switching to Ben at QB and with the win over Outlaws this week they now hold the tiebreaker over them and are only 1 game behind them.

 

Division 3

 

Chiefs vs Mustard Tigers (21-19)

 

This was an ugly game and the rain was coming down hard. I felt that Chiefs would have a huge advantage in this one because Avery is a decent runner, but then I remembered that Tyler is a very good rusher. Tyler only had 1 sack, but it was for a safety and their only points in the first half. Avery was able to get Chiefs into the end zone before the half, but it was in the last 2 minutes of the half. Second half started and the clouds started to part which meant no rain and Brian could throw the ball without any issues. Brian was able to get his team moving in the second half scoring on 3 of 4 drives, the defense kept Chiefs from doing much until their last drive of the day when the game was already in the bag. If I had been Avery I would have run as much as I could and have my receivers find a hole and just make easy throws. Avery and Chiefs are still learning and it will take them sometime to get it together.

 

Mustard Tigers vs Petits Phoques (47-25)

 

I picked Petits Phoques to win based on Jon allowing Dom to step in and play QB. This was talked about at the Als game and since I was the only one not drinking, I’m the only one that remembered this (ed’s note: I was relatively sober at this point and I said ‘no’ to Dom playing QB for them. Lesson here is, wait until the end of the night to make crazy requests!). At least for this one Phoques had Simon there this week, but it didn’t make much of a difference. Mustard Tigers were way too strong for them. Brian is a good QB and he knows who to avoid throwing near defenders. That is exactly what he did and was able to pick the Phoques defense apart. Tom was a beast scoring 4 times, I just don’t know how you stop him. He is so tall, smart and a very good route runner. Petits Phoques have a good roster, they just need Simon to step up his game. I know you look at their roster and you see 5 girls on the roster, and you think they can’t play (ed’s note: literally no one else thinks this, Kevin. You’re just sexist), that is not true. Every one of them can play you just have to use them and once you do the defense will be forced to cover everyone and not just the guys.

 

Division 4

 

Bines vs Sneaky Snakes (31-0)

 

This was supposed to be a battle for first place, and it wasn’t. Sneaky Snakes were short players, and you can use that as an excuse, but to put up no points looks bad for you guys. You might want to say the rain, but Bines played in the rain and were able to score. Both Simon and Dave are good runners and you needed to use that in weather like we had. Sneaky Snakes got out played in every aspect of the game and it wasn’t even close. I would have liked to see these teams play at full strength and in good conditions. This was such a disappointing game between the last two undefeated team that this has to happen again in the playoffs. Simon is a dog and maybe the best player in the division. Teams need to know not to throw the ball near him and on offense the rusher needs to contain him and not let him run.

 

Sneaky Snakes vs Phoenix (0-18)

 

I felt that this was going to be a tough game going it and it should have been, except I knew that Sneaky Snakes were going to be missing 2 of their better players. I also had extra incentive to win since Dave and Marilou were saying that they were going to beat us on Monday. Sneaky Snakes weren’t able to move the ball all game long and were only able to get 3 first downs all game. Dave only threw 1 pick, but it could have easily been 4 or 5. I was able to control the flow of the game and didn’t make any stupid mistakes. I ran or at least gave the illusion of running which opened up my receivers to get behind the defense and into empty space (ed’s note: you so good, Kousaie!). The receivers for Phoenix were able to make a few plays, but more importantly were able to catch the ball. It was really raining in this game and no one was able to get really good footing except for me with my long spikes which was a huge advantage avoiding whoever Sneaky Snakes sent at me rushing. This was a fun game, but I would have preferred it in good conditions and against their full roster.  

 

There you have it, my recap of week 7 and what will be known as the day the rain didn’t stop (ed’s note: it wasn’t raining for like more than half the games!) or the day Le Ber got jimmy jammed up for the remainder of the season.

 

Top Performances of the Week

 

With how bad the weather was this week, don’t be surprised to see players making my list with average stats. Not many players put up ridiculous stats this week and its no one’s fault when QBs can’t throw well or you can’t catch great or you’re slipping all over the place. What matters is you made it out alive and will be able to play the rest of the season.

 

Division 1

 

Offense

How is Yvan Desjardins allowed playing in D3? I don’t know how this is allowed, but it is. This week Yvan had 8 catches for 116 yards and 3 TDs. In a close game and was able to get the game winning TD with 21 seconds left in the game.

 

Defense

I hate to give it to someone on the same team, but Andrew Grant is getting it this week for his rushing. Andrew only rushed a little more than half the game and managed to make 4 tackles and had 2 sacks. Anyone that has rushed Dom knows 2 sacks are great especially in the conditions we were playing in.

 

Division 2

 

Offense

After weeks of being a receiver, Benjamin McMahon is now playing QB and helping his team win games. Ben went 19 of 29 for 242 yards, 6 TDs, 5 1point converts and threw a pick as well. With his legs Ben had 73 yards on 11 carries and 1 TD.

 

Defense

I went with a player that I don’t know much about but this week Kerano Johnson popped off the stat sheet and is making a name for himself. Kerano had 2 picks and made 4 tackles.

 

Division 3

 

Offense

I think that I might have already given Nick Egley, but he earned it this week. Nick had 100 yards on 9 catches to go along with 3 TDs.

 

Defense

I have decided to give this week’s award to a player that just happened to play 2 games this week. John Morris is one of the older players in the league, but he is a nice guy. In his 2 games this weekend John made a total of 4 tackles, 3 picks and was able to run 1 back for 6 points.

 

Division 4

 

Offense

There are 2 things I really hate doing and Simon Beaudoin managed to do both. I hate taking players who have played 2 games and putting players up here for a second or, in Simon’s case, third time this season. Simon went 32 of 55 for 283 yards, 7 TDs, 2 1point converts, 1 2point convert. Then on the ground he ran 19 times for 110 yards and 2 TDs.

 

Defense

I have no clue who this person is, but when you get 3 picks off Raph you automatically get my player of the week. Eric Christian Schiocchet is someone that not many know. Eric made 4 tackles, 3 picks and took 1 of his picks back for 6 points.

 

There you have it the top performances of the week. I know a lot of you put up decent numbers but nothing great. The numbers will pick up next week and give everyone another change at making my list. Remember to ball out and show me you deserve a spot on my list, but first things first, make sure you help your team win the game.

Predictions and Power Rankings Week 5

Predictions and Power Rankings Week 5

Predictions

 

All of a sudden, I’m tied with Terry for the lead. This week might be the first time since the entire Media team has been making picks where Terry won’t have the lead. We are half way through the season and by now we know the teams pretty well so picks should be close unless your name is Will or Jon. We all know with it being such a tight race that every now and then you go the opposite way of everyone else hoping to steal a game, but that doesn’t always work out. Here are the standings after 5 weeks and then you will get my picks in bold like always.

 

 

Division 1

 

Henchmen vs Gros Coqs

I just think that this roster is finally playing as a team and with Gros Coqs this season you don’t know who will be there.

 

Bitter Boys vs Centurions

Younger, faster, more athletic and they are a very good team as well.

 

Gros Coqs vs Honor Game

I can’t see Gros Coqs losing 2 games in 1 day especially against a team in such disarray.

 

Holy Trollers vs Outlaws

This is the Outlaws biggest challenge of the season that they will win because of the play calling from Steve, it will come down to clock management and who has the ball last. Expect no defense in this game.

 

Division 2

 

Les Tannantes vs Redzone

Mike keeps playing lights out with his team and they keep on winning.

 

Iron Wolves vs D#Nasty

This is a rematch from last week that never happened since D#Nasty couldn’t field a team, this time they do but still walk away with the L.

 

Redzone vs Joey’s Haters

This was a 1-point game last week and it might be this time as well, but this time Haters exact revenge and take the win.

 

OG Panthers vs KOLB

I think both teams are good, but I lean towards KOLB winning since they have the better QB.

 

Vultures vs Outlaws NA

I don’t pick my team’s games.

 

Division 3

 

Chiefs vs Mustard Tigers

They have the more complete team and loads more experience.

 

Average Joes vs RawSauce

This should be the game of the week and it will come down to how Jason handles the rush from Antoine.

 

Mustard Tiger vs Petits Phoques

I heard deals were being made on Monday at the ALs game and don’t be surprised when Petits Phoques score 40 in this one.

 

Chiefs vs Thunder Buddies

Even with half the roster missing, Thunder Buddies should be able to pull this one off, but it won’t be easy.

 

Panaches vs Flamboyant Flamingos

I like what I have seen from Panaches and the Flamingos have looked bad this season.

 

Jagerbomb vs Blackout

These are 2 teams loaded with talent, but Jagerbomb have a good QB and should be able to win.

 

Iron Wolves vs Flamboyant Flamingos

Jon has Marvin to throw to plus the rest of his team is pretty good as well.

 

Division 4

 

Airborne vs Drama Club

I took Drama Club because they seem to be able to put the ball in the endzone and Airborne seems to have a hard time doing that.

 

Spin Doctors vs Idaho Udapimps

I played Idaho last week and they are a decent team and Spin Doctors are in a transition phase.

 

Bines vs Sneaky Snakes

I’m not sure why, but I just think Bines pulls it off, plus Sneaky Snakes might be missing a player or two.

 

Gold Rush vs Manitoboys

Manatoboys win this one easily, they are the far superior team.

 

Phoenix vs Sneaky Snakes NA

I don’t pick my team’s games.

 

Bines vs Mimosa Crew

Bines are a top team and shouldn’t have any issues walking all over Mimosa this week.

 

There you have it, my picks for the week. I hope everyone keeps it up and goes along with my picks just so I can have bragging rights and keep on talking. Good luck to everyone playing this week, even if I didn’t pick you to win.

 

Power Rankings

 

After a week off and no changes in the rankings being made last week, I have made a few this week. I will show my rankings then try to explain why I made those changes.

 

Division 1

1) Outlaws

2) Holy Trollers

3) Henchmen

 

Division 2

1) Redzone

2) Joey’s Haters

3) Iron Wolves

 

Division 3

1) Average Joes

2) RawSauce

3) Jagerbomb

 

Division 4

1) Sneaky Snakes

2) Bines

3) Manitoboys

 

D1- I booted Centurions after losing to Gros Coqs and I was going to put Gros Coqs in my top 3, but they haven’t beaten anyone and Henchmen have, so they cracked the top 3 again.

 

D2- I flipped 1 and 2 from last week as it was a 1 point game. I have also kicked KOLB and added Iron Wolves who are 4-1 at this point of the season.

 

D3- Even though Panaches won last week I pushed them off my list to add Jagerbomb who have been killing

 

D4- 1 and 2 stay the same and with the beating Spin Doctors took they got the boot and I had to choose between two teams and went with the one that just dominated this past week.

 

There you have my top teams for this week. I can tell you now that next week this list can look completely different. There are so many big match ups that will affect this, that next week it won’t be recognizable.

 

Final Thoughts

 

We are gearing up for that final push for the playoffs which means a few things. Sub rules are going to start coming in to play so you might want to check that your players have played the 5 games required for playoff eligibility and for your final 2 games of the season your subs need to come through the league, which means low rated players and no more superstar subs. It also means that you are only allowed subs to bring your team up to 6 players, unless your QB doesn’t play defense, then you can be 7.

I know it’s kind of late, but what happened to the kickers this week in the NFL? They missed 11 converts and I’m not sure how many field goals. Not sure who had the worst weekend, the kickers or a guy named Jon Gruden. My pick would be Gruden as his career involved in the NFL is over.

There you have it for this week. Remember we are playing a game, so go out, have fun, and don’t kill anyone (Mario).

 

Word from the Mouth: I'm King of the World! edition

Word from the Mouth: I'm King of the World! edition

This was a really long weekend of football for me. Saturday I was out all day at the field and then for the first time this season I went out to Brossard on Sunday to work all morning. By Sunday night I needed to get some rest and ice my old ass knees. Everyone thinks that refereeing all day is easy (ed’s note: no one thinks this). This week I did 3 games on both Saturday and Sunday plus all the set up and take down and without even counting my 2 games I played I ended up walking 35173 steps or 27.51 KM. Now how many of you can say you did that in a weekend and it wasn’t for that stupid Pokémon GO fad that was going around a few years back?

On Monday a bunch of us from the MFL went to the Alouettes game against Ottawa. I think we were somewhere in the vicinity of 40 people and everyone that was there knows the weather was beautiful and of course we won.

I want to remind everyone that this week and moving forward we are adding another time slot to make up for the week we were off. Games now start at 8 am and 3:30pm is the last start time (ed’s note: we also have one week with 5 pm games!). Everyone should know that we are using 4 fields and that the fields go like this: field 1 is in the middle of the football field, 2 is on baseball field, 3 runs perpendicular to the field, and 4 is on soccer field.

Last week was the first time we did it like this and it seemed to go well. I know it’s a little extra walk for everyone, but its better than playing the way we were and not being able to get any traction.

Now with all that out of my system lets get to this week’s games.

 

Weekly Recap

 

Division 1

 

Bitter Boys vs Outlaws (30-45)

 

This was a game with very little defense. Outlaws couldn’t get many stops and had a few blown coverages that ended in big plays for Bitter Boys. It was pretty much the same for Bitter Boys, but at least they got an interception. One play that questions me was when Outlaws were up 9 after scoring and went for 2, if the 2-point converts gets picked it becomes a 1 score game. It paid off for them when they got the convert, but it was a call that could have backfired huge.  This game was all about big plays and none were bigger than the penalty on Guillaume. I think it was third and goal and Jafar ran his route, but grabbed Guillaume’s arm which no one saw, but then after the play Guillaume pushed Jafar and was given a penalty and Outlaws got a first down. The only reason why we all know about Jafar and the arm grab was because he was bragging about it to Mario. Later on in the game Mario got even with Jafar by tackling him. Before any of the refs could even throw a flag Mario went and took himself out of the game, which was going to happen anyways.

 

Bitter Boys vs Holy Trollers (12-41)

 

This was never a game. The Trollers took control right from the start and never looked back. The only thing consistent about this game was Bitter Boys giving up big plays and someone tackling a player on the other team. This time it wasn’t Mario it was Emile. JC had a good game with 3 TDs and Phil balled out getting close to 100 yards and 2 TDs. Holy Trollers have improved so much this off season that they might be able to compete with Outlaws for the title, but only if Max keeps playing this way for the remainder of the season and playoffs. As I was working this game standing behind the QB I noticed that JS is a really good QB and if he had a few more targets to go with Guillaume and Pat that their offense could be very dangerous. JS Gets rid of the ball fast and more often than not it is accurate, but throwing to a few weaker receivers there is way too much zip on the ball, if you can take some off and send it my way that would be greatly appreciated by me and my team.

 

Division 2

 

Outlaws vs KOLB (50-31)

I can’t believe how this game ended up. To start the game Outlaws were 8 players, but after a few plays Dave who was banged up from a previous game realized he wasn’t going to be able to play and took himself out of the game. That meant that I would need to play defense all game and it had been a long time since I had to do that. I hate to toot my own horn (ed’s note: that, kids, is the sound of a lie), but with the score 18-13 for KOLB and under 20 seconds left in the half I made what ended up being the play that turned the game in the Outlaws favor. I picked the ball off as KOLB looked like they were going to go into half with a two score lead. After the pick Steve had 17 seconds to show why people call him the goat. It took him 3 plays to take the lead. Second half Outlaws started with the ball and never looked back after that. Julien had a huge game with 4 TDs on 5 catches to go along with 2 sacks on defense. KOLB didn’t play bad, it was that the Outlaws defense stepped up by eliminating Jon from running around and staying in their zones.

 

Les Tannantes vs Vultures (26-37)

 

After weeks and weeks of questioning Vultures about when Ben was going to get behind center and we finally got the answer this week. Ben played great and was able to get Vultures in the win column. Tannantes seemed to be missing their QB, but this has been an ongoing issue for a while now. Last season he missed a few games and every time the team struggled. From what I saw of the game I did notice that Ben wasn’t able to run the way he did playing in D4 last season. D2 is much tougher to run around on everyone at will. With how fast Ben can read a defense and how good the rest of the team is, Vultures can become a very dangerous team quickly.

 

Division 3

 

Iron Wolves vs Thunder Buddies (26-32)

 

I was there live for this game and it baffles me how Terry outplayed Jon in this game. I know Jon had a few key drops but it is Terry we are talking about. There are a few things that made no sense in this game and I’m wondering why and how. First off Thunder Buddies have lost Moose for the season due to work, but replaced him with Jafar another D1/D2 player. I can agree with it being allowed on offense, but on defense that is a huge upgrade for them. That is the big question I have about Thunder Buddies, so now I can focus on Iron Wolves. Will all the experience that is on the Wolves roster how did you get beat by pretty much 2 plays? Terry running and 1-yard drags from Will and Dave. You know Terry can’t throw deep that well and you have Marvin playing safety. Play 4 across and no deeper than 3-5 yards and jump everything. Marvin can cover the entire back end. With the game tied at 26, 7 seconds left and fourth down just before half why not punt and go to OT. Jon went for it after throwing 3 incompletions before the play, and this time it was a dropped pick by Rob, which was a good thing because it gave Terry time for 2 plays. On their first play he hits Dave for 17 yards and on the last play of regulation Terry was able to find Will just cross the goal line for the winning score.

 

Flamboyant Flamingos vs Blackout (12-14)

 

After the way Flamingos lost last week this was another tough one for them to lose. Both teams were without their starting QB this week, but Flamingos did have Jacob there. This game turned into a defensive battle almost like watching Pittsburg vs Baltimore. I really felt that Blackout were the better team in this game, but from looking at the stats, how can you win the game with less than 90 yards of offense? I know that Blackout had a few subs, but realistically Flamingos should have been able to do more since last season they didn’t lose a game and most games were completely one sided. Slowly but surely, Blackout look like they could be a team to worry about, especially once their QB is back and gains more experience.

 

Division 4

 

Idaho Udapimps vs Phoenix (20-18)

 

Going into this game I felt like it was going to be an easy win for Phoenix. I had never seen Idaho play before, but seeing their stats, I wasn’t worried. Once the game started my opinion changed very quickly. These guys are all fast, tall, and pretty athletic. Phoenix started with the ball and every short pass I attempted they jumped and got a hand on. Once the game went along I kind of figured out what to do against them while we are on offense, but it was too many bad throws from me that didn’t end up where I wanted them or needed them to go. For Idaho they were lucky with a few good bounces that ended up going their way or the game would have been different. One of those plays was when Vince went up for a pick and misplayed the ball and knocked it into the receiver’s hands while he was on the ground out of position. With the score 20-18 Phoenix had a chance to steal the win, but I threw two bad passes and another one that was good, but well defended. On fourth down, with the defense playing deep, I threw a deep ball to my receiver who was open down the sideline, but the ball was a little too far inside and ended up being picked by Brady for his second interception of the day.

 

Spin Doctors vs Manitoboys (18-52)

 

Going into this game, Spin Doctors had to make a few changes to the roster as Steve and Meliza are off the team and there is talk that Raph might be leaving as well, which means the team is done and have very little hope of repeating this season. The game was close when it started and maybe the first half of the first half, but after that it was all Manitoboys. Richie Rich and his band of penny pinchers walked all over Raph and his depleted team and I was glad to see it happen (ed’s note: Kev, man, let it go. He can’t hurt you any more). Once again Raph and a teammate got into it over Raph being upset that his team is losing and not going to be very good moving forward. When you’re all about winning and you play like that, don’t get mad at your teammates, be the leader and take the responsibility and move on. This is a game for fun, so go out there and have some.

 

That was this week’s recap. Hope you enjoyed it.

 

Top Performances of the week

 

We have made it to the halfway point of the season and with that being said, you only have 5 more attempts to make it up on to my list. If you balled out this week there is a good chance you made my list and if you didn’t maybe next week you should try a little harder or pray that someone doesn’t outshine you. I would say it might be easier to work a little harder then ask for help from someone else, but that’s just me. Now here are my top performers of the week.

 

Division 1

 

Offense

I know some people hate to pick players from teams that obliterate the other team, but with the numbers Jason Rossie put up I had to give it to him. Jason went 20-25 for 236 yards, 5 TDs and 4 1-point converts.

 

Defense

I have no idea who this player is, but just from his stats this game I might have to learn. Felix Fourreau is this week’s pick for defense. Felix made 5 tackles, had 2 picks and returned one to the house for 6 points.

 

Division 2

 

Offense

In his first week behind center this season, Ben McMahon wins player of the week. Ben went 24 of 30 for 273 yards, 6 TDs and 1 1point convert. With his legs Ben gained 53 yards on 12 carries.

 

Defense

Some people might be mad at my pick here, but you will just have to get over it. I ended up giving the award to myself this week (ed’s note: the dark horse pulled it off!). I made 7 tackles and had 1 pick. I know those numbers aren’t great, but the pick came before the half as the other team was driving to take a two score lead and a bunch of my tackles were on third and fourth down preventing first downs.

 

Division 3

 

Offense

I had a few players to pick, but I went with someone that everyone might not know. I know I didn’t know who he was. I went with Maxime Marson from Jagerbomb for this week’s winner. Max had 6 catches for 99 yards and 2 TDs, not bad for a player we might have never heard of.

 

Defense

This might be the first time that this person has won it for his defense. Normally Felix Gerin-Lajoie would get it for his QB play, but not this week. Felix only had 1 tackle, but had 2 picks and was able to return one for a TD.

 

Division 4

 

Offense

I picked a player here that is still very new to the league, but if he keeps throwing like this it won’t be long before he makes it to higher divisions. Adam Gorzen is a very good QB right now, wait until he knows the game better. Adam was 16 of 27 for 181 yards, 5 TDs and 4 1point convert. Adam only ran once this week and it was only for 6 yards, but it was for a TD.

 

Defense

I needed to make a hard choice here between a corner and a rusher. I went with the corner this week because it is a lot harder to do what Marco Gavita did and has been done way less (ed’s note: fewer) times. Marco only made a single tackle this week, but he also picked off 2 balls and both were returned for scores.

 

There you have it my picks for the week. Some people will agree, some won’t, but all I can do it look at the stats and pick who I felt made the bigger impact for their tea, that week. Keep playing hard and putting up big numbers and just maybe you can make my list in the next few weeks.

Word from the Mouth: You Can Cancel the Games, but You Can't Cancel Me! edition

Word from the Mouth: You Can Cancel the Games, but You Can't Cancel Me! edition

As you must know by now, this past week we canceled games in the MFL for the first time ever (ed’s note: I mean, I hope you know by now and are not still waiting at the field!).

Here’s why this week was canceled and it’s not because of the rain. The last time we played at Le Ber as the day went along the fields got worse and worse. When I arrived at 7:45 this week to set up, I could see the field was in very bad shape down the middle of the fields. I contacted Jon after setting up 1 field and noticing that even walking on it with shoes the field was ripping up under my feet. I video called Jon (ed’s note: I thought I could avoid a shirtless Kevin this week if I wasn’t at the field, but it was not to be) as I walked the field and showed him all the really bad spots. It was deemed that it was going to be a big issue for the snapper, rusher and QB to get proper footing. Even if they did find their footing the more the field was used the worse it would get all over.

At the beginning of the season and throughout this season we have tried to fill in the holes along with the divots, but without giving it proper time to set and for the grass to grow this is what we have ended up with. As a committee we had talked about moving the games to another location for the day, but realizing it was going to be too late for everyone to make it to the new location and set up everything was going to be pushed back an hour or so, it was decided to cancel the day.

I stuck around until 9:30 to inform anyone that hadn’t been contacted by their captain about the week being cancelled. Once I left Le Ber, Jon and I went to check out a few other locations where we might be able to play. We came up with a few locations that were suitable and 2 of the 3 places would have been good for all 4 fields. All the locations we found have better conditions than Le Ber has right now. Jon emailed all the captains to get some feedback about moving to another location and some teams were not happy with that idea so it looks like we are staying at Le Ber until further notice.

I also want to let everyone know that you better pray for nice weather the rest of the season or you’re going to be screwed trying to play on Saturdays (ed’s note: it’s sunny all week this week and Saturday, so the field will be the best it can be this week). I’m smart enough to have a few tricks up my sleeves so that me and my teams aren’t sliding all over the place. (ed’s note: Kevin will turn anything into a way for his team to win!)

Since no games were played last week no recaps or Top Performances need to get done.

 

Predictions

 

All the picks the media team made last week are going to be thrown out the window since we didn’t play any games. Those games from last week will be made up, by being added to the weeks remaining in the season. No one needs to panic about missing games. Just in case you didn’t read last week’s article here are the standings after 4 weeks, followed by my picks in bold.

 

Kevin 13-4 last week (overall 42-21)

Terry 11-5 last week (overall 42-18)

Will 11-4 last week (overall 37-23)

Jon 8-9 last week (overall 38-26)

 

Division 1

 

Bitter Boys vs Outlaws

Outlaws are by far the superior team and should be able to win easily.

 

Centurions vs Gros Coqs

At this point of the season and this time of year I never bet against Dom, even though he doesn’t want to run, he can at any point and make the entire defense look like children.

 

Bitter Boys vs Holy Trollers

Bitter Boys are playing their second game they will be tired and Trollers should be able to walk all over them.

 

Henchmen vs Honor Game

I wanted to go Honor Game, but I couldn’t do it. There is going to be so much talking from Andrew, that if Dave is having a bad game, he won’t be able to block it out.

 

Division 2

 

D#Nasty vs OG Panthers

I went with OG as they have a better defense than D#Nasty has offense and should get as few short fields to work with.

 

Joey’s Haters vs Redzone

I feel that both these teams are really good, but I just can’t see how the Haters don’t figure out Redzone’s offense and force a few stops.

 

KOLB vs Outlaws NA

I don’t pick my teams games.

 

D#Nasty vs Iron Wolves

I feel Iron Wolves have the stronger roster and should be able to beat up a D#Nasty team that has already played a game.

 

Les Tannantes vs Vultures

They have the better team by far and the only chance Vultures have is if Ben goes QB which I know he doesn’t want to.

 

Division 3

 

Les Panaches vs Chiefs

Panaches is the stronger team and should be able to stop Avery from running which will lead to a few bad passes and end in picks.

 

RawSauce vs Chiefs

RawSauce is a dominate team and won’t have a hard time dealing with Chiefs who are still a new team trying to figure it out.

 

Mustard Tigers vs Average Joes

Average Joes will win this one, if they focus on the game and not overlook Mustard Tigers who have players that will make this game interesting.

 

Petits Phoques vs Jagerbomb

I can’t pick Petits Phoques when I have no clue who their QB is going to be or who will be playing for them. Jagerbomb is a very good team that should be able to pick Petits Phoques apart.

 

Iron Wolves vs Thunder Buddies

Terry is going to run and avoid throwing anywhere near Marvin and unless Iron Wolves can stop the run, they have no chance. Yes, Jon and Marvin I said no chance. Jon throws 2 picks to Will while trying to get it to Marvin. Will shall then hold the ball up while Marvin is on the ground and ask him if this is what he is trying to catch as he runs away from him for a pick 6. (ed’s note: is he dragging Marvin, who is on the ground apparently, with him as he holds the ball in his face?)

 

Flamboyant Flamingos vs Blackout

Blackout have the better players on their team and if Trevin can improve his game just a little this team will be dangerous.

 

Division 4

 

Sneaky Snakes vs Drama Club

They are by far the better team between these two teams at every position.

 

Airborne vs Bines

I’m saying it now that Simon could walk away with this week’s player of the week after this game, that is how good he is and will dominate this game.

 

Gold Rush vs Mimosa Crew

Mimosa Crew have gotten much better, but I don’t know if they have anyone that can slow Travis down when he runs.

 

Idaho Udapimps vs Phoenix NA

I don’t pick my team games.

 

Manitoboys vs Spin Doctors

I don’t know why, but I feel that Manitoboys pull off the victory this week.

 

There you have my picks for this week, let’s hope it happens and we don’t have to cancel again. We won’t. We are playing no matter what.

 

Power Rankings

 

With no games being played last week making changes to my Power Ranking just doesn’t seem to make sense. I might have if I heard any news about players getting hurt or quitting their team. I didn’t get any of that so we have the same rankings which should change over the next few weeks since we have a bunch of big games coming up.

 

Division 1

1) Outlaws

2) Holy Trollers

3) Centurions

 

Division 2

1) Joey’s Haters

2) Redzone

3) KOLB

 

Division 3

1) Average Joes

2) RawSauce

3) Panaches

 

Division 4

1) Sneaky Snakes

2) Bines

3) Spin Doctors

 

Final thoughts

Since I finally had a Saturday free, I was able to enjoy some College football and relax. I will tell you it wasn’t very relaxing being home all day with the family all wanting me to do things all day long. I would have rather been out playing. I really wish that the teams that didn’t want to move locations had agreed to it as the fields we looked at are way better and we might have been able to play all the final games on synthetic instead of grass.

I will also tell you from past experience that the longer we play on this grass field in these conditions, all we are doing is ruining it for next season which means a possible later start again, so grass can grow in.

 

Ed’s note: Next season we are making changes to make sure the field remains in good condition. This includes overseeding at the end of this season and before the beginning of the spring season as well as limiting the use of Le Ber to 3 fields per week, so no individual field is used more than 6 days in a season.

 

I know a bunch of you might not like that, but next season I hope that we have 2 locations so we can rotate the fields and give them a break. The one really good thing was that if we moved locations, we had so many different fields to use all within a 1 block radius.

Big shout out to all the Jets and Giants fans you finally won a game and it might be your last all season since both teams suck. How do all the Jets fan feel about Sam Darnold now that he looks good on another team?

That is it for this week’s article, see you all Saturday. Oh wait, before I go, remember we are playing a game, so go out, have fun, and be safe.

 

Predictions and Power Rankings Week 4

Predictions and Power Rankings Week 4

Predictions

Last week we all pretty much made the same picks so we should all be around the same. It sucks that we all picked the same teams because no one will be making up spots on Terry. It does help that Terry plays on 3 teams so he has less (ed’s note: fewer) picks to make, but we all keep picking his D3 team to win and they have sucked so far this season. I’ll give you the standings after 4 weeks followed by my picks which are always in bold.

 

 

Division 1

 

Centurions vs Holy Trollers

Max is playing some of his best football and should be able to pick them apart.

 

Outlaws vs Honor Game

They will be able to keep it together and Honor Game will lose it at least once in this game.

 

Henchmen vs Gros Coqs

After the way Henchmen played last week beating Outlaws I see them doing the same this week.

 

Division 2

Joey’s Haters vs Les Tannantes

Everyone loves to hate on the Haters including myself but when you are playing this good how can I pick against them.

 

KOLB vs OG Panthers

I think KOLB roster has dramatically improved this off season and they should be able to get by OG by at least 2 scores.

 

Redzone vs D#Nasty

Redzone is red hot at the moment and beating them will be tough especially when you are outmatched at most positions.

 

Iron Wolves vs Outlaws NA

I usually don’t pick my own games, but obviously the Iron Wolves will beat us handily by at least 2 scores. (ed’s note: that was in no way edited)

 

Division 3

 

RawSauce vs Iron Wolves

Overall, I think RawSauce is the more complete team, and they should be able to pull this one out.

 

Mustard Tigers vs Thunder Buddies

I think Thunder Buddies have better players, but I feel that Mustard Tigers are the more complete team.

 

Panaches vs Blackout

Panaches have more experience playing the game of flag and should be able to use that to their advantage.

 

Average Joes vs Flamboyant Flamingos

The train is just going to keep on going this week.

 

Chiefs vs Jagerbomb

They are the better team with an experienced QB.

 

Division 4

 

Airborne vs Mimosa Crew

This was tough, but after seeing how Mimosa played last week, I think they can pull this one off.

 

Drama Club vs Idaho Udapimps

Idaho puts it together this week and wins against a team that is struggling.

 

Bines vs Sneaky Snakes

I think this will be the game of the week for the division and Sneaky Snakes stop the run and force Simon to use his arm.

 

Gold Rush vs Sneaky Snakes

Even with this being their second game of the day Sneaky Snakes win, since they are the better team and are more complete.

 

Phoenix vs Manitoboys NA

I don’t pick my teams games.

 

Spin Doctors vs Gold Rush

Spin Doctors win because they have the better QB, but will keep being the friendly fellows they are by running up the score and playing dirty.

 

There you have it, my picks for the week. I have been getting better with my picks and that can only mean 1 of 2 things: either I’m getting to know the teams better or everyone is reading my article and figured they’d help me out. 

 

Power Rankings

 

From the looks of it I only have to make a few changes in my rankings this week. What that tells me is that as of right now I have the best teams in my top 3.

 

Division 1

1) Outlaws

2) Holy Trollers

3) Centurions

 

Division 2

1) Joey’s Haters

2) Redzone

3) KOLB

 

Division 3

1) Average Joes

2) RawSauce

3) Panaches

 

Division 4

1) Sneaky Snakes

2) Bines

3) Spin Doctors

 

For division 1, after 2 straight losses I moved Gros Coqs out of my top 3 and moved Centurions in. I was going to do a complete shuffle of D1, but right now it’s not necessary.

Division 2 will stay the same this week, but I can see things changing very quickly over the next week or two.

In Division 3, Iron Wolves lost and get kicked to the curb. I was going to put Mustard Tigers in at 3, but they haven’t won a game yet that didn’t go to OT, and to me OT is all about getting lucky. Panaches was in my top 3 to start the season and after a week off they somehow find themselves back in it.

D4 will stay like this for now, but with the top 2 teams playing each other something will have to change. I left Spin Doctors in the top 3 since they won, but if Raph is gone for any amount of time they might have to get bumped since their game was ugly and they got lucky.

 

These are my rankings after 4 weeks. Every team has plenty of time to make it to the top of my list, but the first thing you need to do is win some games and then your team might get some respect.

 

Final Thoughts

 

I know that everyone is hating how the field is holding up and this includes myself. We as a league are looking into using another field location just to give Le Ber a break. Nothing is set in stone, yet I just felt everyone should know we have heard all the complaints about field conditions and are looking for solutions. Who would have thought that the baseball field would end up being the best field this season? 

I said it a few weeks ago that if the baseball field got water it would be the best since it never gets used. On another note, players really need to know that the refs are no longer putting up with all the reverse-friendliness from you players yelling at us telling us how to do our jobs. One warning for a team and then the next time that player is gone, and it doesn’t matter who it is and, yes, that includes Jon.

We are doing a poll to see who get kicked out first. It’s $10 a player, but you can’t pick yourself or one of your teammates. We aren’t doing the betting pool because Jon wouldn’t allow it.

Now that you are all aware of what’s is going on here is my weekly reminder that you are here to have fun, get some exercise, and play a game. Key there is ‘a game’, so don’t take it too seriously. Go out have fun and stay safe, oh and don’t be an reverse-friend to your teammates, opponent, or the refs (ed’s note: or Jon).

 

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