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TURTLE POWER! TMNT UPSETS BLUE BALLERS, 25-20
TURTLE POWER! COMMISH LEADS THE CHARGE TO TAKE DOWN THE MIGHTY BALLERS
By KING DING, BMFL Editor-in-Chief
ROOSEVELT ISLAND - TMNT put themselves in prime position to lock up the final playoff spot with a huge, 25-20 upset win over the Blue Ballers. TMNT took control from the outset, taking advantage of mistake after mistake and jumping out to a 19-0 halftime lead behind precision passing and one of the strongest female WR corps in the entire league (Alexa Goldman- 6 REC, 1 TD; Liz Terezo- 12 REC, 3 TD; Ashley Matthews- 5 REC).
Ballers fought back in the 2nd half, actually taking a 20-19 lead on the strength of a stout, opportunistic defense. But when it’s ‘winning time’, the Commish is as clutch and competitive as any. Down 1 point with the ball and one drive to win it, TMNT completed crucial conversion after crucial conversion, finally winning the game on a 10 yard pass to FNL Female Player of the Week, Liz “She-Ra” Terezo. The Turtles are now one win away from the playoffs and conversely the Baller, who spent much of the season at #1, need a win in week 6 just to punch a ticket to the dance, themselves.
Next Up: Both teams face “win-and-get-in” games- Turtles (2-3) vs LIC Coyotes (0-5); Ballers (3-2) vs Crimson Tide (2-3). Addt’l Game Balls: TMNT- WR #27 Jay Martin (5 REC, 1 XPR, 1 Pick), WR #9 Anthony “Baby Vick” Robles (6 REC); BB- WR #22 Jamie “J-Bid” Biddle (6 REC, 1 TD, 1 Pick, 1 Def TD), #28 Cam Leon (2 REC, 2 Pick).
SUNDAY ELITE HEAVYWEIGHT -- ASSASSINS SILENCE SEXY COCO 26-13, FORCE REMATCH IN DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND
By Prince Tatas, BMFL Senior Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND - After spending a couple of weeks beating up on the bottom half of the western conference, the End Zone Assassins had a huge opportunity to make a statement against Sexy Coco (4-1-1) before heading into the playoffs. Well consider the message sent and received because they took it to Sexy Coco from moment one this past Sunday. Flashing the same unstoppable offense they did in the previous two weeks in extremely challenging conditions, they opened the game by scoring touchdowns on four consecutive drives. QB #12 Luis “Mangu” Acevedo (3 TDPs, 2 XPPs, 1 RuTD) was unstoppable yet again, evading sacks and dropping dimes -- proving he’s more than deserving of MVP consideration.
As for Sexy Coco, they’re left to wonder exactly what went wrong after playing by far their worst game of the season. QB #13 Tyler “Iceman” McGuire (2 TDPs, 1 XPP, 0 INTs) was uncharacteristically inaccurate, often failing to hit his receivers in the chest and forcing them to try to make catches with their hands on a day when the weather made doing so extremely difficult. This loss dropped Sexy Coco out of the #1 seed in the west, which means Coco will have an opportunity for redemption in two weeks when they’ll see these same End Zone Assassins in round 1 of the heavyweight playoffs.
Next Up: Playoffs! ROUND TWO -- FIGHT! Sexy Coco (#2 seed) and the End Zone Assassins (#3 seed) will go at it again. Addt’l Game Balls: EZA- WR #4 Cathy “Consigliere” Hagan (8 REC, 1 TD, 1 XPR), WR #21 Jevon “Primetime” Menendez (3 REC, 1 TD); COCO- WR #84 Ned “Albino Lightning” Marks (7 REC, 1 TD, 1 XPR), WR #80 VI “Deez Nuts” Wilson (3 REC, 1 TD).
SUNDAY ELITE HEAVYWEIGHT – RON BRADY & AIR MAIL SOAR INTO THE PLAYOFFS WITH HUGE WIN OVER PANTHERS, 19-18
By Baby Gronk, BMFL Senior Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND – The weather conditions were that of a frigid and slippery nature, but that didn’t stop these two teams from being locked in an epic playoff battle. These teams both fought tooth and nail as this game was for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Air Mail lost their starting QB #12 Ben “Cannon” Klein early in the week to injury so they called upon Superstar swiss army knife, #23 Leron “Brady” Barrino (3 TDP, 1 XPP, 2 INT), who was able to lead the way for Air Mail. Despite turning the ball over twice, Air Mail was able to come up with some big stops on defense to keep it close for one final game-winning drive.
Pink Panthers struck first with a strike from the arm of QB #18 Travis “TD” Doyle (3 TDP, 1 INT, 1 Pick), but were soon answered by Air Mail to tie the game. This game was a back and forth affair with each team either scoring, coming up with a big turnover or a huge stop on defense. Air Mail took the lead with the conversion of the only extra point of the day by WR #22 Lauren “Coop” Cooper (4 REC, 1 XPR). Pink Panthers, with time left on the clock, would have one final shot at a win, but Air Mail forced the only mistake made by Doyle all day. Nevertheless, this was a game that is up there with one of the greats with valiant and tireless effort on both sides!
Next Up: Air Mail looks to ride this momentum into the playoffs against #2 seed, Marvelous, while Pink Panthers will regroup in the offseason and come back hungry. Addt’l Game Balls: AIR- WR #0 Kermit “The Specialist” Atkinson (6 REC, 1 TD, 1 PICK), WR #33 Caitlin Colford (3 REC); PP- WR #21 Preston Roberts (5 REC, 1 TD, 1 PICK), WR #13 Stephanie Kwok (4 REC, 2 TD).
SUNDAY ELITE BANTAMWEIGHT – FRANK N’ BEANS SLIDE RIGHT ON TOP OF BANTAM PHANTOMS IN THE BMFL POWER RANKINGS, 20-12
By Dirty D, BMFL Staff Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND –. Frank N’ Beans started at a disadvantage on Sunday, picking up a sub and granting six free points to their opponents, Bantam Phantoms. Lucky for the hot dogs, QB #11 Ned “Albino Lightning” Marks (3 TDP, 1 XPP) was solid enough on offense to lead his team to victory in this close game.
Shutting down Bantam Phantoms in the second half on defense, Frank N’ Beans utilized weapons like underestimated star DB #4 EJ Otero (2 REC, 2 TD, 1 PIC), to intimidate and demoralize their opponents. Wintry conditions and abbreviated game times kept both teams from doing a lot of scoring this Sunday, but this game showed exciting defensive highlights.
Next Up: Frank N’ Beans (4-2) really succeeded in turning around their season and earning a solid spot in the playoffs, where they will take on faltering Fall champs, WTF (4-2) first; Bantam Phantoms (3-2-1) fall right behind Frank in the standings in sixth place - they will play the venerable White Walkers (4-2) in game one of the playoffs. Addt’l Game Balls: F&B - WR #39 Frank “No Nickname Necessary” Campbell (3 REC, 1 XPR), WR #9 Rebecca Scherer (3 REC); BP - WR #35 Chunjee Bell (3 REC, 1 TD), WR #13 Stephanie Kwok (3 REC).
SUNDAY ELITE BANTAMWEIGHT – YEEZY TAUGHT ME ORCHESTRATES HUGE COMEBACK IN THE SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT THE FLUSTERED WHITE WALKERS, 32-24
By Dirty D, BMFL Staff Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND – With three touchdowns and three successful 2-point conversion attempts in the shortened fifteen minute first half, White Walkers seemed prime to dominate on Sunday versus top-ranked Yeezy Taught Me. But what followed a 24-20 first half score was absolute shut-down defense by the league’s #1 team, Yeezy.
Yeezy QB #21 Will “Joystick” Cuellar (3 TDP, 2 XPP, 1 INT, 2 RuTD, 1 PIC) had a hell of a day, raking in five touchdowns, including two on the run. Utilizing his four female powerhouse players on offense, who accounted for 22/24 total game receptions and all three receiving touchdowns and extra points between them, Cuellar took over the second half, scoring twice to White Walkers zero. It was this dominance that made all the difference, truly demonstrating why Yeezy Taught Me sits, undefeated, atop the leaderboard.
Next Up: The only undefeated team in the league, Yeezy Taught Me (6-0), face #8 ranked, No Punt Intended (3-3) in the first round of the playoffs; White Walkers (4-2) see Bantam Phantoms (3-2-1); Addt’l Game Balls: YTM- DB #4 Christine Shen (4 REC, 1 SK), WR #25 Alexa Goldman (7 REC, 1 TD, 2 XPR); WW- WR #2 Mike Carroll (5 REC, 2 TD, 2 XPR), DB #13 Joelle Crabtree (4 REC, 1 TD, 1 SK).
SUNDAY ELITE BANTAMWEIGHT – NO PUNT INTENDED STUN WTF TO EARN FINAL SPOT IN THE PLAYOFFS, 31-7
By Baby Gronk, BMFL Senior Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND – No Punt Intended had one job this past Sunday and that was win and they are in the playoffs. This was not going to be an easy task as they were facing one of the best teams in the Bantam division in WTF. However, No Punt Intended jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, led by QB #26 Jesse Edelman (5 TDP, 1 XPP). This was an impressive showing for NPI as they head into the playoffs as heavy underdogs, but on any given Sunday…
WTF was without Superstar QB #5 Nick “The Godfather” Ritacco, which seemed to put their offense out of sync, as they were held to their lowest point total ever. While WTF showed flashes of their championship selves, NPI simply had their number this week. Lucky for WTF, they already earned a playoff spot and when at full strength will be a dangerous team to face.
Next Up: No Punt Intended face the undefeated, top ranked, Yeezy Taught Me (6-0) in the opening round while WTF faces Frank N’ Beans (4-2) Addt’l Game Balls: NPI- WR #25 Chris Marrone (4 REC, 2 TD), WR #38 Irene Truong (3 REC) WTF- WR #29 Felipe Montenegro (6 REC), WR #22 Sami Stern (1 PICK).
SUNDAY ELITE BANTAMWEIGHT – GRINGOS WIN BIG TO PUNCH TICKET TO THE DANCE OVER FISH FILLET, 32-18
By Baby Gronk, BMFL Senior Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND – Like many of the games on Sunday, this one had huge playoff implications as only one team would move forward. Los Gringos Locos scored on just about every drive they had the ball, keeping complete command of this game. The former champs looked to be in championship form as QB #32 Mike Leutz (4 TDP, 2 XPP, 1 INT) played some of his best football in the nasty weather. The question is with their return to the playoffs, can they compete for another ‘ship?
Fish Fillet matched the Gringos blow for blow in the first half of the game, only trailing by one. However, the second half was another story as they looked like a completely different team with the inability to get their offense going. This opened the door for the Gringos and therefore, led to their ultimate demise.
Next Up: Los Gringos Locos take on White Walkers (4-2) in round one while Fish Fillet head into the offseason hopeful for future seasons. Addt’l Game Balls: LOCOS- WR #22 Jesse “Skyline” Schulman (2 REC, 1 TD), WR #1 Jamie “Maleficent” Millward (4 REC, 1 TD, 1 RuTD, 1 PICK); FF- WR #22 Francis Joven (1 REC, 1 TD), WR #27 Angelica “Forever” Young (4 REC, 1 TD).
Around The League... FNL -- CRIMSON TIDE (2-3) 0 - LITTLE LEBOWSKI (4-1) 28
Game Balls: TIDE- WR #4 Cathy Hagan (8 REC, WR #80 VI Wilson (6 REC, 1 Pick); LEB- WR #9 Lindsay “Kiddo” Kent (4 REC, 1 TD, 1 XPR), WR #80 Ian Steinberg (3 REC, 1 XPR, 1 Pick), QB #8 Derek Sherman (4 TDP, 4 XPP, 1 INT)
What It Means: Tide’s roller coaster season now finds them in a must win week 6 game to make the playoffs. Lebowski has only seemed to get stronger as the season has progressed, this shutout victory has only reinforced that.
FNL -- LIC COYOTES (0-5) 20 - MARVELOUS (4-1) 53
Game Balls: LIC- WR #37 Asia Hayes (4 REC, 1 TD), WR #41 Jeff “The Mountie” Mizen(10 REC, 1 TD, 1 XPR); MARV- WR #42 Michelle Pelan (3 REC, 1 XPR), QB #1 Will “Joystick” Cuellar (6 TDP, 5 XPP, 1 INT, 1 RuTD)
What It Means: The big stars for Marvelous (Katie, Will, Michelle, Keahi, Kaseem, Keith) really shined in this one. After scoring 50+ points for the 2nd week in a row, Marvelous is clearly the #1 offense in the league. LIC can play spoiler next week by avenging their opening day loss to TMNT.
Next Up: LIC tries to stop TMNT (2-3) from punching their ticket to the playoffs. Marvelous will try to go 2-0 against the ultra-efficient Lebowski (4-1).
SE Heavyweight - Squeeze It (5-1) 38 - That Side Team (1-5) 12
Game Balls: SI - QB #12 ‘Slingin’ Dean Emma (5 TDPs, 2 XPPs, 1 INT), WR #21 Will “Joystick” Cuellar (3 REC, 1 TD), WR #99 Debora Chan (3 REC, 1 XPR), WR #24 Sydney “Savage” Harris (5 REC, 2 TDs), S #21 Phil Reece, Jr. (2 Picks), WR #46 Sarah “Cake” Lee (2 REC, 1 TD); TST - WR #13 Kara Joseph (1 TDP), WR #24 Frank Mongero (2 REC, 1 TD, 1 Pick, 1 DEF TD), WR #7 ‘Super’ Mario Perez (1 REC, 3 Sacks).
What It Means: Squeeze It secures the #1 seed in the west and a first round playoff bye. That Side Team will go back to the drawing board to try to improve for the spring season.
Next Up: Squeeze It (5-1) will be a spectator during the divisional matchup and will await either Sexy Coco or the End Zone Assassins.
SE Bantamweight – Spidermonkeys (2-3-1) 13 – Dragonz (2-3-1) 19
What It Means: Although the Dragonz were able claw out a win against Spidermonkeys, both teams will be watching the playoffs from the stands as they fell just a bit short.
Game Balls: SM- WR #3 Brad Faust (3 REC, 1 TD), WR #22 Jamie “Blackout” Biddle (4 REC); DRA- WR Chris “Fabio” Maurer (2 REC, 2 TD), QB #22 Diana “Dirty D” Berkovits (3 TDP, 1 XPP, 1 INT) Next Up: Both teams will gear up for the spring season that starts March 12th.