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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL -- KING DING’S 5-POINT STANCE
By KING DING, BMFL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
RANDALL’S ISLAND – MNF is off for the winter. It will return in the spring -- we'll see if anyone can unseat 2x champion Wolfpack in March!
SUNDAY ELITE HEAVYWEIGHT -- SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE AS PLAYOFFS LOOM ON THE HORIZON
By Prince Tatas, BMFL Senior Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND - It’s a well known axiom that every ending is, by its nature, also a beginning. Never is that more true that at the close of the regular season in the heavyweight division. For some, it’s the end of the marathon that is the two-month long regular season, and the beginning of the one week sprint to the Big Bowl championship. For others, the long journey transitions directly into the offseason, and the preparation to make the long chase for a championship begins anew. And before this waxes overly poetic, let me get to the point -- football has to be about more than wins or losses. We can’t judge our seasons on whether or not we won a championship. Only one team gets to go home with the Mac B. Lynche trophy every season and if we define success by that metric, then we’ve forgotten why we come out here every Sunday. That’s why this week I’m going to write a couple of lines on why every team found at least some level of success this season, whether they win the championship or are out of the playoffs entirely.
Catch a Fade
Well uhh...this one is pretty easy. All they did was put together one of the league’s top defenses and not only make the playoffs, but enter them as the #2 seed. All in their first season playing together. No big deal, happens all the time. Congrats to Catch a Fade on a good season.
After starting the season 0-2 and fighting for their playoff lives, Air Mail ripped off four straight victories. That includes a week 7 win over playoff rivals, the MonStars, with their backup quarterback under center. They made the playoffs and have a ton of confidence going into the first round. Congrats to Air Mail on a good season.
Yes, they finished the season in somewhat disappointing fashion with a forfeit. But much more importantly, they identified the two most important things a team needs to have success in the heavyweight division: a quarterback and great female players. Big Balls proved throughout the season that they have the building blocks to make a run in this league. Congrats to Big Balls on a good season.
The reigning champs won every game but one and are the #1 seed in the west. Not much more to say here. Congrats to Sexy Coco on a good season.
This was probably the most turbulent season the Pink Panthers have ever had in the BMFL. They’ve dealt with injuries, absences, and everything in between. Yet despite that, they remained one of the toughest teams in the eastern conference to play against, and made the playoffs for what feels like the five hundredth straight season. Congrats to the Pink Panthers on a good season.
They beat the reigning champions with their season still on the line. They were literally two points away from going 4-2 instead of 2-4. This is a team that is on the cusp of something special going into next season, they just need to build on it through free agency. Congrats to the Black Mambas on a good season.
End Zone Assassins
EZA hung with the best the eastern conference had to offer all season. No one was more innovative on offense, combining pitchbacks with play action to create a look that teams hadn’t seen before. More than that, every time I watch this team, they seem to be having fun. Congrats to EZA on a good season.
The Demons proved they have the perseverance to play in the heavyweight division. They started the season with an absolutely brutal schedule, and they hung with every team they played early on. They just never got the break they needed. But they kept fighting, and finished the year strong with two straight wins. When you can walk off the field for the last time feeling good, you better believe it was a successful season. Congrats to the Speed Demons on a good season.
The reigning eastern conference champions made the controversial move of swapping the reigning MVP out at QB and replacing him with a new signal caller. But hey, all they did was go out and have the #1 offense in the entire league and make the playoffs, so I guess some things just don’t work out. Congrats to Marvelous on a good season.
They may not have won a game, but I can tell you personally from playing them in the final week of the season that even at 0-5, they were still out there fighting to get a win. In the rain. Against the reigning champs. They opened the game with a 12 minute 30 second drive that stalled on the one yard line. I challenge anyone to say that a team willing to do that wasn’t out there for the right reasons. Congrats to the Savages on a good season.
The Chiefs also had a disappointing finish to their season by ending with a forfeit of what could have been a winnable game for them against the Endzone Assassins. Having said that, when they did take the field they showed a lot of heart. They battled the Pink Panthers to a tie in their opening week, and were one play away from beating the eventual number two seed, Catch a Fade, in week 6. We’ve said this before but it remains true- once the Chiefs get the offense going, they’re going to be a championship contender. Congrats to the Chiefs on a good season.
Though their season was bookended by tough losses, they played by far the best football they have ever played for the four games in between. They seemed to really expand their playbook, hitting routes with timing and deception as opposed to relying on their innate athleticism to carry them, a huge step for this team. Most importantly, they made the playoffs for the second straight season and jumped up to the #2 seed. Congrats to the MonStars on a good season.
Squeeze It 2.0
Squeeze It was a team that needed to bounce back from last season, and they did. They rebuilt their defense during the offseason, going from the 11th ranked unit to the 3rd this season. Most importantly, they added two wins to their record and made the playoffs. Congrats to Squeeze It 2.0 on a good season.
TDs Are Beautiful
They finished the regular season with the league’s #1 defense and #2 offense in a season in which they lost their starting quarterback after one week. They’re the top seed in the eastern conference, and the only team to remain undefeated heading into the playoffs. They uhh...they did fine this year. Congrats to TDs Are Beautiful on a good season.
SUNDAY ELITE BANTAMWEIGHT -- THE SEASON HAS DRAWN TO A CLOSE, WHAT DOES THE POST SEASON LOOK LIKE?
FIREFIGHTER’S FIELD - The final week of the regular season is in the books and the playoff picture is set, with a few teams making some surprise appearances. Before taking a look ahead to this weekend's postseason action, let's review what went down in Week 7.
Deez Dragonz gave their opponents a harsh wake up call in the 9 AM game, and ended up pummeling Junior Varsity Blues 45-12. It wasn't pretty, and their season hasn't been either, but a win is a win, and this one snuck Dragonz into the playoffs as the six seed. Getting the short end of the stick in the Heroes Division were The Starks, finishing the season with the same record as Deez Dragonz (2-3-1), but a narrow loss to The Untouchables and an unfavorable point differential left them just on the outskirts. Dragonz showed their firepower on Sunday getting into the end zone numerous times, and aren't a team to be taken lightly. Cash Me Ousside should prepare for a team who'll come out swinging or they'll be upset early... 9 AM to be exact.
Ballz of Fury will face the winner of Deez Dragonz vs. Cash Me Ousside, after topping the formerly undefeated CMO squad 55-20. CMO will be seeking revenge against Ballz of Fury after they tainted their perfect record, but stopping Will Cuellar is easier said than done. Cuellar has led this new squad to the two seed in the Heroes Division and leads the league in Rushing TDs, is tied for second in Fantasy PPG, and is just behind league leader LeRon Barrino in QBR. Nearly perfect, Cuellar is clearly on a mission to bring home another Bantamweight championship and is doing it with a squad he has limited experience with. Easily a candidate for MVP, and a player to watch Sunday if he continues to play like he did last weekend.
On the other side of the bracket in the Legends Division sit two undefeateds, and beneath them chaos. #MajorKey wrapped up its undefeated regular season with a win that kept their point differential in favor, securing the overall top seed in the Legends playoffs. Just behind them is No Flexing in My Endzone, who narrowly escaped the conundrum that is Spidermonkeys in Week 7. Neither team will be an easy opponent for whoever advances to the next round, as they are easily two of the best offensive teams in the league. The winner of the Heroes Division should just hope that if these two undefeateds face each other, they at least tire each other out.
And speaking of the Spidermonkeys, while they did lose to No Flexing by a score and ended the regular season 2-4, their point differential and craziness within the division edged them into the playoffs as the six seed. They've had an up-and-down season, the league knows by now never to count out team whose roster features the elite players that Spidermonkeys does. It's A Wrap finished the season strong getting by WTF this weekend, a team who'd been fighting for a playoffs berth, but will have its hands full come Sunday morning depending on which Spidermonkeys team shows up at the field.
Notable shoutouts need to be made for teams that did not make the playoffs, too. While a loss last week eliminated The Starks, this team showed tremendous grit after a slow start, but made several teams work for their wins. First Down With The Patriarchy narrowly missed the postseason, but showed the league when you put eight killer women on the field at one time, they can hang with anyone. Dillon Panthers were more like the Panthers of FNL season 4 in terms of record, but wow Jefferson has a cannon. This writer would love to see women-led teams continue to compete in BMFL. Finally, WTF when healthy can ball. It's a shame they missed the playoffs, because they'd be a force.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- 4 THINGS YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO KNOW
By "Daring Deb", BMFL STAFF WRITER
RANDALL'S ISLAND – FNL will return on Saturdays during the winter! Congratulations to our Fall champions, the Pink Panthers!