We are at the halfway point for most teams and now is when teams start to battle it out for those last few playoffs and teams start to look at playoff seeds and who they might end up playing. For me I think this is way too early and a complete waste of time, maybe if you wait until the last week of the season and go over all the situations to see if you win you play them, but if you lose you play that team, and maybe you take the matchup that you like better.
I happen to have read some very interesting news today about the NFL and the Pro Bowl. Growing up the Pro Bowl was great as players played the game like football players and were given a trip to Hawaii for the week. There used to be a skills competition and it was always fun to watch. Over the past few years the game has become a joke, no one plays hard, the game is no longer in Hawaii, and there is no longer a skills competition. They even tried to hype the game up by bringing in special coaches and doing a draft of players, but nothing helped. It looks like they are bringing back the skills competition and the game will now be a game of flag instead. This should make it a little more fun for the players and the fans to watch and it will also help the NFL with their push to get flag football into the Olympics in 2026 in LA.
Week 6 Recap
Centurions vs Gros Coqs (48-33)
Early in this game it didn’t seem like either team was awake. Centurions dropped balls they normally wouldn’t and Gros Coqs weren’t running their routes fast and hard. On more than one occasion you could see Dom wasn’t happy. After both teams woke up, they started to move the ball and score some points. At half it was 20 all and Gros Coqs were starting with the ball in the second half. It didn’t take them long to march down and score to take a 7-point lead. Then on their next 2 possessions Dom threw 2 picks and with their defense not being able to get a stop it looked like the game was out of reach. Somehow Gros Coqs were only down 8 with 4:30 left all they needed was to stop centurions from scoring and they could tie it up. Gabriel was able to make a few good passes and in under 2 minutes put up another score. Dom having 2:30 left knew he needed to score quick, but on his first pass threw a pick which sealed the game.
Trollers vs Iron Wolves (42-41) OT
I like Iggy, but he made a few mistakes that really hurt his team this week. With 3 seconds left in the half was his first mistake and something you’d expect from a player in D4 or D5, instead of just taking a quick throw to Kris who had at least 15 yards of running room in front of him he tried to go for it all and ended up getting picked off leaving the Trollers with 1 shot at scoring, Marvin picked that pass off from Max to leave the score at 20-19 for Iron Wolves at half. Both teams started the second half with scores before what could have and should have been the play of the game. Kris had been playing off and soft most of the game and kept seeing the outs and hooks on the sideline and after seeing it a few times make a beautiful break on the ball and picked it off. Iggy took 2 plays to score from 7 yards out and being up 8 went for 1 and got it to make it a 9-point game and 2 scores. There was 11 minutes left so Max and Trollers had plenty of time, that was until Max was picked off by Meis a few minutes later. To reward Meis with his huge pick, Iggy threw one up to him down the sideline which was caught in stride and was walked into the endzone and after the convert Iron Wolves were up 16 points with under 8 minutes left. On their first play with the ball Max was lucky he was just out of the endzone when Carlos sacked him. Max was able to recover after that and go in for the score and get the 2-point convert. With the ball and looking to ice the game Iggy was driving the field and was on the other side of half closing in on the endzone when a pass got away from him and into the hands of JC. Trollers still had a sliver of hope. Max is being smart finding the open receiver and driving the ball. Josh hade a great catch along the sideline, but it was ruled an incomplete because his feet were not touching the ground when he controlled the ball (ed’s note: sorry, Josh, but it was the correct call). Instead of arguing and wasting time, Trollers ran back to the huddle got the play and Josh was able to make the catch on the next play. With no time left Max was able to find Lesniak for the score. On the convert to tie it Max found JC in the back of the endzone, and it seemed like a very easy catch to make with no defender around. We head to OT and Iron Wolves fail on their attempt. Now with the ball Max drops back to throw and lets it go and the ball falls incomplete, but Carlos had run into Max giving Trollers another shot at it from the 3-yard line. I will say as a defender and sometimes rusher, it was a weak call and I hated making it, but as a QB it was a call that needed to be made since Max couldn’t follow through. After the penalty Max finds Manuel for the win.
Marvels vs Tannantes (32-37)
I can’t remember much from this game, but what I can tell you Max didn’t make it easy on himself this weekend. With the game on the line Max was driving the field looking to take the lead late. Marvels were smart not to use their timeouts and Tannantes end up using 1 of theirs while Marvel had the ball to save time just in case. Max was able to find Jeremy for the 6-yard score followed by the 1 point convert to give Marvels the lead with 19 seconds left. Vincent had 2 timeouts left, so he didn’t need to rush all that much. First 2 plays were incomplete, and Marvels had to be thinking the game was all but over. Vincent ran on third down and was able to get enough yards for a first down. With no time left everyone knew that a chuck to the endzone was coming. With the defense guarding the goal line Vincent had to just throw it and he did and from where I was it didn’t even look like it was going to reach the endzone, but somehow it did and with Haney going up and spiking it to the ground or at least what he thought was the ground, but turned out to be the hands of Vincent and he was in for the score. The game wasn’t pretty, but it was excited at the end.
Master Chiefs vs Iron Wolves (12-41)
After picking Master Chiefs to lose their first game against Double Dippers a few of the players had said I shouldn’t pick against them and how it’s disrespectful. Then they went out and got completely dominated by a team that on paper they should walk all over of. I did notice that they switched from McSweeny to PO at QB and I have to wonder why. Of it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I was told that they didn’t have an answer for Josh who went off for 79 yards on 7 catches with 3 TDs and 3 1point converts. Alex also had a good day adding 3 catches for 67 yards and a TD and a convert as well. I really wonder how many dropped passes did Master Chiefs have or were there a lot of bad throws from PO. At the end of the day, you will have noticed that Master Chiefs were without key players to their team and maybe that’s why they lost or were they just over achieving before and now are coming back to reality? Guess we have to wait and see.
Randoms vs Phoenix (13-20)
I want to start by saying this might have been the fastest game played in MFL history. Both QBs had long drives and used most of the time on each play. In this game a few things I have to wonder about. Randoms won the toss at the start of the game, but elected to start on defense with only 5 players. I was fine with that it just made my job as a QB so much easier to find the open receiver. Second thing that made me wonder was why wouldn’t their defense not step up since I only threw 1 deep ball all game since they were playing so soft. I can tell you that we were able to do whatever we wanted on offense against Randoms. It took until the second half for Phoenix to have an incomplete pass, though in more than one case the receiver bailed me out with a spectacular catch. In this game it also helps that the Phoenix defense got big stops and turnovers when Randoms were driving the field. The play that sticks in my head is the TD pass to Nick who was wide open, it was such a great play call that I had been setting up all game that worked perfectly (ed’s note: he said humbly). We get to play this game again in a few weeks, so let’s see what happens then.
Airborne vs Revenants (12-19)
I’m not going to make this too long, like the game was. This game combined for 10 picks, 5 from each QB. I want to point out that stats are great, but at the end of the day who cares as long as you get the W, something Marvin needs to realize. I’m not talking garbanzo beans about Marvin, it’s just the inexperience of overseeing the game as a QB. Marvin puts his team up 19-12 with just under 6 minutes left, Benoit starts to drive the field looking for the tie and with 39 seconds left he throw a pick. Now most players would end the game since Airborne only had 1 timeout left, not Marvin he wanted to play. In my head I’m thinking if Marvin throws a pick and loses the game, he will never hear the end of it, at least from me. Marvin runs on first down then throws a pick on second down leaving 24 seconds on the clock. Can Benoit now pull it off and get Airborne their first win of the season. He throws two completions for 21 yards and now on the last play of the game sits inside the red zone. Luck for Revenants that Gavin was there to pick off his third pass because if not the receiver was open. This is why you end the game with a W whenever you can.
TD Hunters vs Heisenberg (31-20)
The Heisenberg's started strong with a 30-yard touchdown and it could have been a long game for the TD Hunters. And with 3 missed snaps in their first 8 plays, we could have thought that TD Hunters were simply going to give them the win. However, a Gabriel interception with 2 minutes left seemed to wake both teams up as 3 more touchdowns were scored before the end of the half. In the second half, the Heisenberg's came from behind to lead 20-19, but as seen before TD Hunter's found a way to regain the lead and close the door with their defense. Let's also take a moment for the good sportsmanship of Alex Morrison who took a moment after the game to offer advice to the opposing snapper. Way to go buddy!
Phoenix vs Cobra Kai (20-14)
This game was a lot closer than it should have been. Cobra Kai only had 1 player making plays and that was Stefano who had 13 catches for 116 yards and 2 TDs. The reason why this game was close is because Phoenix had too many dropped balls with a few bad throws sprinkled in. Everyone knows I don’t run and when I do, I only have 1 move but when it works it makes the defense look foolish. A pump fake 10 yards down field where you get one defender to stop completely and a second to jump three feet off the ground is classic.
That is all I have for this week in the way of recaps. Hope you all enjoyed and if you want me to mention something about your games send it on over just like TD Hunters have been. Thanks.
Players of the Week
Man, oh man, this week in certain divisions a lot of players balled out and made my picks very difficult and in other divisions the choice was easy since only a few players balled out. After looking over everyone’s stats in all the divisions these are the players I ended up picking.
Offense- JC played 2 games and caught 14 balls for 157 yards, 5 TDs and 1 2point convert.
Defense- Yvan Desjardins had 6 total tackles to go along with his 2 picks.
Offense- Vincent Anctil had 4 catches for 86 yards, 3 TDs and 1 1point convert.
Defense- Mario D’amico had 2 tackles and 1 pick which he ran back for 6 points.
Offense- Alex Belisle-Springer made 3 catches for 67 yards, 1 TD and 1 1point convert.
Defense- David Michaud had 3 tackles, 3 picks and ran one of them back for 6 points.
Offense- David Michaud caught 5 passes for 46 yards and 3 TDs.
Defense- Gavin Drohan had 4 total tackles and picked off 3 passes.
Offense- Stefano Scalzo grabbed 13 balls for 116 yards and 2 TDs.
Defense- Gabriel Hernandez made 3 tackles and had a pick they returned for a TD.
For the first time ever, if my memory serves me correctly, we had one player win in two different positions. So, a big shout out to David who made it look very easy this past weekend. Now everyone playing in multiple divisions has something to stride for. Will we have another player make it in two different divisions before the last 5 weeks are played out? Guess we will have to see. Congratulations to all of this week’s winners and better luck next week to all that missed out.