Last weekend the weather really sucked for most of the games. I’m glad to see that every team showed up and didn’t forfeit because that would have really sucked for the team that did show up. I know that by the end of the day the field was really torn up in some places, no need to worry this week I will be setting up the fields a little differently so that we avoid those areas. This year we started using the field before it had recovered from last fall season, that won’t be the case next year. Jon and myself are planning on coming out a few weeks before the season is starting to fix up some of the holes and to plant grass, hopefully that will work and make the field looking great (ed’s note: and we may be getting a second field…)
Week 7 Recap
Henchmen vs Outlaws (13-20)
The Outlaws seem to have won the game against a depleted Henchmen team. It was a really close game that almost went to overtime. Shyanne came up with a big pick in the end zone on what was the last play of the game. Jon was missing his best player and Dahic was hungover (ed’s note: and Kris was more sick than I’ve ever seen a player on the field!), if both are there and at 100% I think they win this game.
Bitter Boys vs Trollers (32-20)
Let me say that the Trollers are a disaster this season and were lucky to have beaten Bitter Boys last time. I played in this game and at no point did I feel that we were going to pull off the comeback win. Bitter Boys out played us on every level. Yes, Ben wasn’t there for the Trollers, but that wouldn’t have made a difference.
Revolucion vs Henchmen (45-43)
I’m not sure how you blow a 10 point halftime lead when you have “slow the game down Jon” playing QB. Even after blowing the lead they had with just under 2 minutes left you score and go for 2 points to tie the game and you don’t get it. All you need is a quick stop and you get ball back and a chance to win. You can’t do that and end up losing another close game. It seems like Revolucion are out to prove they are the top dog in the division.
Outlaws vs 4Simbas (12-38)
There was no defense being played by Outlaws in this game. They allowed 2 big scores to start the game on plays that were short plays. They just weren’t able to do anything on either side of the ball. 4Simbas have been playing good football since they switched over to Louis playing QB. He might not look pretty when throwing the ball, but somehow he gets the job done. I would say that if Steve was there it might have been a different game except for the way the defense played it most likely would have been the same if not worse.
Raccoons vs Centurions (29-18)
This ended up being a 6vs5 game. When you know you are going to have guys missing and arrange a sub not through the league you need to let that person know that you play in the rain (ed’s note: they did arrange a sub through the league and he was a no show). I was hoping to see a closer game between two of the better defenses in the division. I will give Centurions credit for keeping it as close as it was. Raccoons should have been able to march up and down all day and score on every drive. (ed’s note: My understanding is that the Raccoons agreed to play 5 v 5 in a very sportsmanlike manner)
Petits Phoques vs Iron Wolves (38-40)
Who knew that this would happen before the game started? I was shocked when I was told the score. I assumed 40-38 the other way. I then started to look into the stats and see that Iron Wolves had Mathieu from Raccoons and Meissa subbing so that really helped them out. I know that a few of Petit Phoques were away as well so that might have help contribute to them not playing like they should. I want to know what is the plan for them moving forward will it be Vince or Dom playing QB.
Deep Threats vs Nice TDs (21-33)
So Nice TDs were without their QB this week so Kris filled in at his old spot and did what was needed to get the win. I see that he had more runs then completions. I wonder how that made the rest of the team feel. Nice TDs aren’t the same team with Kris under center. Demario charges the line to force defense up on him to dump it off over the top. I know the conditions weren’t perfect on Saturday, but you need to pass the ball more. I’m not sure what has happened to Deep Threats recently. How does Svetna your best player only get 1 ball for 4 yards and no stats on defense? He needs to step up on defense and on offense you need to find ways to get the ball in his hands.
Space Apes vs D#Nasty (21-18)
When you start the game without your QB you figure that it can’t be good for you, right? That didn’t seem to be the case for Space Apes. Louis stepped in and drove the ball down the field and scored. Any decent team facing a backup QB shouldn’t allow the guy to drive in and score on his first possession. Former QB Kevin had a big day for D#Nasty with 3 scores. I asked Kevin before the game about playing QB again and he said he will be back slinging it around in the spring again. I can’t wait to see them get back on track and start to dominate again. D#Nasty had a few seconds left in the game to try and score the winning TD, which ended up being stopped by Louis the same guy who marched and score on the opening drive. What a way for a guy to start and end the game.
Centurions vs Space Apes (19-14)
This was both teams second game of the day so both were cold and tired. It was nice to see that Centurions had 6 players for this game. In this game Charles really struggled to keep the ball out of the other teams hands. He threw 5 picks, one to each player on the Centurions defense except for Stu. Stu, my guess is that he was afraid to throw in your direction since you would have it on lock down. This game was played at the worst time of the day when the weather was rotten. That’s not an excuse both and teams should have been able to play better. Next time you play each other it will be in the playoffs and I expect it to be a better game.
Dawgs vs Joey’s Haters (18-19)
Yes, Joey’s Haters won but it wasn’t a good win for you guys, where should I start. Ok so first off Dawgs didn’t have their QB or their best player. Yes you are reading that correctly, they also had a bunch of new guys trying out the league for the first time. Josh is a decent teacher when he only needs to explain things to one person, but when you have three it gets all confusing. Joey’s Haters should have walked all over Dawgs but weren’t able to. Does this make Dawgs a good team? No, it makes Joey’s Haters a bad team. I was hoping to see Dawgs continue their winning streak.
Mustard Tigers vs Gold Rush (40-0)
This wasn’t really even a game. I’m not sure of exactly what happen to Gold Rush, they started the season off with so much promise. It looks like they hit the honey hole too early and couldn’t sustain it for the length of the season. Mustard Tigers are a very good team that might need to get bumped up next spring season. I personally don’t think they are that great of a team they just have so much more experience then the other teams that gives them a huge advantage. I think everyone on the team scored in this game.
Mustard Tigers vs Professional Punter (27-0)
This was by far the best game that I have seen Professional Punters play all season or at least the first half. They might not have been able to move the ball that well, but they only surrendered 7 points in the first half. In the second half you could tell that giving everything in the first half really drained them. That is when it started to fall apart for them. I also would have liked to see the whole team out there. They ended up playing with 4 subs. I know it’s hard to play with new people every week and that is why you need to get your team out to build chemistry with them.
Thunder Buddies vs Beautes (21-19)
This was a tight game that was going back and forth. I have to know what Brain was thinking going for a 1 point convert being up 4 points. Just a heads up for next time always go for 2 in that case being up 4 or 5 makes no difference, going for 2 and being up 6 is a score to tie not take the lead. You have been around long enough you should know this. So after the game I was told that my son Nick got the game winning TD. That’s good for him, but to me the game winning TD shouldn’t happen with 5:35 left on the clock (ed’s note: father of the year). Yes it was the score that put them up but there was still plenty of time to go and score. That is just how I feel about it.
Picks & Why
Henchmen vs 4Simbas
I just had to pick against 4Simbas since I think their luck will run out this week. 4Simbas have beaten teams the last few weeks that should never have happened and that is why Henchmen will win.
Revolucion vs Bitter Boys
Revolucion are too strong of a team this season and shouldn’t have much of a problem with Bitter Boys. I just wonder who complains first Mario about a BS call in his mind or Michael on a No Call. I will say that this will be a physical game and it will need to be kept in check or it will get out of hand.
Trollers vs Outlaws NA
These 2 teams always have close games that come down to a play here or there. That will be the case in this one as well. Both teams know each other and what they will do it becomes a case of who executes better and with fewer mistakes.
Space Apes vs Iron Wolves
Iron Wolves won last week and might feel they have some momentum. They shouldn’t, they had subs do most of the damage. As long as Charles plays like he did in the first game this past week they will win, if he plays like he did in the second your guess is as good as mine.
D#Nasty vs Nice TDs
I’m going with Nice TDs because they are the better team. I say that, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see D#Nasty go out and hand Nice TDs their first lost on the season. At the start of the year this would have been my pick for the title it could still end up that way. Lets see how this plays out.
Petits Phoques vs Old School
I just think that Old School up and down the roster are a better team. Petits Phoques are top heavy with a huge drop off after the top few players. Old School, as long as Dahic is there, have a chance in any game.
Deep Threats vs Raccoons
I think that after the last few games they will go back to being dominant again. This game will come down to JC, how he handles a very fast rusher and a defense that will make you pay for every mistake you make. Players to step up.
Centurions vs Dawgs
Centurions defense is better than Dawgs offense and should be able to generate a few turnovers. I also feel that their offense is better that the defense they will be facing. If they can eliminate Dave running around and Max finding open areas to get the ball in they should have no problems with Dawgs.
Mustard Tigers vs Thunder Buddies
I had to pick Mustard Tigers since I know that their team will show up. The last few games Thunder Buddies have missed a few player and I already know they will be down 1 this week. I want to see both teams at full strength to play a game.
Gold Rush vs Mustard Tigers
This is a rematch from this past week that will end the same way. Maybe not the score but Mustard Tigers will be victorious. Gold Rush needs players to step up if they want any chance at winning this game.
Professional Punters vs Gold Rush
I would love to see Professional Punters pull off the victory, I just cant see how they can. Travis is going to be the best player on the field and if someone can get him the ball he should have a field day.
#1- Nice TDs
#2- Old School
#1- Mustard Tigers
#2- Thunder Buddies
So my Rankings are pretty much the same as last week with only 1 switch happening. Out of all the divisions 1 was the hardest to pick as everyone beat up on each other. 4Simba is making a case that they should be added to the list. I will say that with 2 wins do you really deserve to be on my list, win this week and we can see if you make it. Division 2 could have a lot of movement if certain thing happen and division 3 is really a fight for that third spot at least right now.
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Now it is time for me to pick 1 player from each division who put up some great numbers and helped their team win.
- Marvin (Revolucion) Marvin has been playing hard all season and has wondered when he might make it as my player of the week. Well after weeks of trying has made it. Last week he caught 8 passes for 121 yards, 3 scores and a 1 point convert. He didn’t do anything on defense as teams try to avoid going his way.
- Louis (Space Apes) Louis did it all in this game. He had to start at QB since Charles was late. He ended up going 6 for 9 for 46 yards and 1 TD. Then he switched over to receiver and pulled in 7 balls for 78 yards, 2 TDs and a 1 point convert. Then on defense he had 2 tackles and a pick to seal the game on the last play.
- Nick (Thunder Buddies) Nick is by far the youngest player in the league and he might not get great stats every week and this week he had an average day, but was able to bring in the game winning TD. On the day he caught 3 passes for 18 yards, 1 TD and a 1 point convert. On defense he managed to make 1 tackle.
So after going over everyones stats and look at how their team did I have decided to give Les Spiritueux Iberville player of the week to Louis from Space Apes.
Q – I know you play multiple positions. What do you prefer playing? Why and which are you best at?
A – I’ve always played receiver at the Z position, so I’d say that’s my best position. I rarely have the chance to play QB, but I really enjoy it. When I subbed a few weeks ago with 4Simba it worked well so we decided to continue this way. It helps a lot to have great receivers to distribute the ball to like we have on this team. Hopefully we can continue to be successful.
Q – I know in past season you played with most of these guys on OG Panthers and when you guys split up you didn’t come back with the guys. What made you decide to come back and play with them now?
A – I really enjoyed playing with Charles and Terry when we had OG Panthers. When we split up, they kept playing and I knew I’d probably be playing with them again. Terry kept asking me each season if I wanted to come back, but I just had personal reasons for not being able to commit. Now that I’ve come back its really fun playing with them again.
Q – Who is the best player that you have lined up against in the division? And who is the hardest player in the division that you have had to guard?
A – I think Dahic really stands out this season defensively. He covers so much ground you feel like you lost him and he still makes a play.
Hardest player to cover is Smuda, no doubt. This guy is a mismatch for pretty much everybody.
Q – What is it going to take to make this a successful season? Is the team more important than personal stats?
A – We really want to come back and make a playoff run with 4Simba. So we need to win the next few games, that’s what’s important at the moment.
Q – If the league arranged a game between 4Simba and Space apes who would win? Would you have a better day throwing or receiving?
A – 4Simba would win, but there’s talented players on Space apes for sure. I’ve had a blast throwing for 4Simba the last few weeks so I’d definitely say I’d have a better day throwing.
Even after all these weeks you can still tell the difference between the divisions. In division 1 guys know what to do in most situations, division 2 guys are aware of some things but not all, in division 3 they have no real idea. I hope that the players in lower divisions are paying attention to situations and learning from them.
I will say even with all the football that I have played since I was 11, I’m still learning new things. For example if a team only has 5 players and decided not to rush the QB should charge the line every play to see if the defense steps up if not he should run every second play forcing the defense to rush a player. Then the QB needs to find the guy not being covered and exploit it for as long as he can. You also need to learn when and when not to use timeouts. Using timeouts in some case is a good thing and in others it’s a bad thing, using them too early can hurt you at the end of the game. Just try and be smart when you are on the field.
We are down to 3 weeks left in the season so remember the rule for subs they need to be approved from the league and no one that is not on the roster is able to throw the ball or your team will be giving up 6 points for every attempt. I want everyone to go out, have fun and be safe.