(ed's note: The fall season starts on August 17th and it really helps us put the schedule together if you get me your team confirmations and schedule requests before the end of the spring season! If your team is playing in the fall and/or if you have time requests, please let us know by July 28th. The closer to the season start you confirm the less likely we can accommodate time requests!
La saison d'automne commence le 17 août et cela nous aide vraiment à établir le calendrier si vous me recevez les confirmations de votre équipe et les demandes de calendrier avant la fin du printemps! Si votre équipe joue à l'automne et / ou si vous avez du temps, veuillez nous en informer au plus tard le 28 juillet. Plus le début de la saison approche, plus vous confirmez, moins vous serez en mesure de répondre aux demandes de temps!)
You have come back to see what the mouth has to say and I’m glad that you did. Last week the weather was great, maybe a little hotter than expected, it’s still better than the rain. I’m sitting here at the pool enjoying this beautiful weather that I have for my vacation. Like McDonalds “I’m loving it”.
Week 8 Recap
This past weekend we ended with only two games since a bunch of teams had byes. That is fine by me except the games we had were horrible games. So lets just jump right into it.
Trollers vs 4Simbas (45-6)
This game almost didn’t happen. 4Simbas showed up late and ended up being down 12 points before a snap was even taken. When the first snap happened 4Simbas were playing with only 5 players. You might be able to play a weak team with 5 players, you won’t be able to play the Trollers with 5. They did end up getting 6 players at some point, it was too late when they did have 6 guys. The truth of the matter is games like this suck. I didn’t play this week with the Trollers, I did speak to them after the game and they were just playing around trying new things. With that being said they still put up 33 points without really trying. That could mean trouble for other teams if they keep that up the rest of the way. For 4Simbas get your team together. Show up with at least 6 players and be ready to ball out. I knew nothing about you guys coming into the season, when I asked about you guys everyone was saying you are young, athletic, and should be a good team, potentially challenging for a playoff spot. At this point it doesn’t look that way, use the last few games to get ready for next season.
Bitter Boys vs Gros Coqs (14-43)
This game ended in a blowout and a blowup. This was a game that we all felt fireworks would be possible. Dom was almost perfect going 10 for 11 with 6 TDs (ed’s note: WAT?). Bitter Boys were missing JS at QB and that is never a good thing for them. There is no one on their roster that can step in and fill the void. At halftime the score was 37-8 for Gros Coqs, so they switched from Dom to Vince behind center. Vince who isn’t a QB was able to go 3 for 4 with a TD, his incomplete pass was picked off. Gros Coqs found a way to pick apart Bitter Boys defense like they were little children. This game didn’t make it to the end before it was called by both teams leaving 10 minutes on the clock when they did. We all know that Bitter Boys are physical and will get in your face. We also know that Gros Coqs aren’t going to back down from anyone. So there was an altercation between 2 players and it escalated to the point that both teams were willing to walk away and end the game before punches were thrown. Guess that was the smarter choice, since the game was so far out of hand.
GOTW (Game of the Week)
Revolucion vs Trollers
QB- In this one we have two guys that are at opposite ends of their career. Raph looks to be the downward side of his career, he no longer runs like he used to, he is no longer making the right decisions, he has stopped looking defenses off, and it is also taking a lot longer for him to make his reads. Max seems to have finally figured out how to play the position like a true game changing QB. No longer are the days of Max depending on 1 or 2 guys to make plays. He has found confidence with everyone on the roster, which wasn’t the case years ago. Max has almost all but eliminated throwing picks, so his decision making has sky rocketed. He will also take a sack rather than throw a bad pass, which shows maturity, better to take a sack than force a turnover with a bad pass. With all that said I'd have to be crazy not to give the Trollers the advantage, so that is what I am doing. (ed’s note: This is unclear. Are you indicating that you are in fact crazy and are therefore not giving the Trollers the advantage? If so, then I just won a bet!)
WR- Both teams boast solid units in this area when everyone shows up. That hasn’t been a problem for the Trollers this season, but it has been one for Revolucion as they never know who will show up. Revolucion have 5 players with at least 15 catches, 140 yards, and at least 2 TDs. Justin seems to be Raph’s favourite target close to the end zone, and he should be. He is very tall, fast, can jump, and has very good hands. Trollers have 6 guys with 18 catches, 150 yards, and at least 3 TDs. JC has been the guy on the Trollers this season. He has 100 more yards than the next closest guy on the roster and almost twice as many TDs. So when I was looking over both team stats they are close so I asked myself which five players would I want to have on the last drive of the game needing a score and I’d have to go and take the Trollers. I just think they have more speed and guys that are a little more dependable.
Defense- I have always said on defense you need a good rusher and everything else will fall in place. Right now Revolucion have the better rusher of the two teams. Eric has been doing a good job, just not like he has in the past. Revolucion are giving up just under 28 points a game. The problem is that they have only managed to get 7 sacks, pick off 8 balls, and bat 27 balls away. With the group that they have batting 27 balls away means they are close to the ball so the picks should be higher. Trollers have been struggling to get a solid rush all season long. Dave has done most of their rushing this year with Andre being a little banged up. Even with a so so rush the Trollers are only giving up 22 points a game. Trollers only have 4 sacks, but they have picked off 16 balls and batted 26 balls away. Trollers are around the ball just like Revolucion except the Trollers catch them. After seeing both teams stats I have to give the advantage to the Trollers. They have been playing with each other for so long that the experience alone puts them over the top.
Last week we had two games only. That is if you want to call those blowouts “games”. I was able to get the one game I picked right, so “yay” for me going 100% on the weekend. On the season I am 13 of 19. This week I have four games to pick from. A few game are rematches from earlier in the year, will we end up with the same outcome? Here are the games winners are in bold.
Henchmen vs 4Simbas
Revolucion vs Trollers NA
Gros Coqs vs 4Simbas
Bitter Boys vs Outlaws
That is who I have winning and are most likely going to happen if all the teams show up with full rosters and on time. No one wants to see Henchmen getting another free win by a technicality. (ed’s note: define “no one”)
So last week I only had two teams in my top three since no one really earned the third spot. With only two games last week did anyone play well enough to get in or did someone play badly making the choice to bump up a team to third. So with no more delaying here are my top 3.
#3) Gros Coqs
Yes Gros Coqs are my number 3 team and could be higher if their roster came out every week. I’m not completely sold on Gros Coqs this season, though I know I said season after season they always find a way to play once playoffs come. Outlaws and Trollers are secure in the top two spots and can be flipped and flopped anyway and no one could argue about it. (ed’s note: I bet you could)
We have made it to the final two weeks of the season. Right now we have the Outlaws secure in the playoffs. This weekend we could end up with a second one if the Trollers win. That would only leave two spots left for what looks like three teams. It could be a really good battle for those last two spots. Who is going to get in? Will it be Henchmen, Gros Coqs, or Revolucion. I would love to see Henchmen miss out especially with the free win they got two weeks ago. That is just my thoughts on the playoffs and in no way a guarantee. So with two weeks left remember play hard, be safe, and have fun.