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SUNDAY ELITE BANTAMWEIGHT - WEEK 4
By Dirty D, BMFL Staff Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND – Some Bantam teams spent this weekend asserting themselves as top dogs and blowing out the competition, while some struggled to keep up with what is shaping up to be an extremely competitive league. After week 4, playoff teams are still very much in the air in both the Heroes and Legends divisions, giving many teams a shot to win playoff glory if they peak at just the right time. Let’s take a look at some of the happenings across the league.
Heroes and Villains
Cash me Ousside just held onto their undefeated record after Sunday’s game, beating White Walkers 2.0 by one measly point (28-27). In a similarly close game, two other Heroes teams that have consistently lived below the playoff entry line, Blood, Sweat & Beers and Paul’s Impending Ejection faced off in a match that resulted in victory for the former, 20-19. This Spring season, teams must proceed with caution as any misstep this close to the postseason could cost them a playoff berth.
Can’t Lose, Won’t Lose
Unsurprisingly, two of the four teams to win by point margins greater than 20 belong to the currently undefeated clubs. Savage Pandas and No Flexing in My Endzone hold #1 rankings in their respective divisions - the former, in Heroes and the latter, in Legends. At least for Savage Pandas, they may face a harsh reality come playoffs when they’re simply not in Kansas anymore - this squad has faced rookie teams all season long; the question is, can they compete with the big fish when push comes to shove playoff time?
Spotlight on The Untouchables
The Untouchables is looking good this season, not only touting an undefeated 3-0 record midway into the season, but taking over the top 3 rankings in three of the major stat categories; this, after playing one less game than most of the other Bantamweight teams due to a first week bye. Mike B. is in a tight race for Sacks leader, coming in third place with 7.
JP E. is tied for first in tackles with 15 and is in a many-way tie for second place in interceptions with 3. QB Tim Klein is dominating the leaderboard for QBR with a whopping 136.36 rating, crushing many of his nearest competitors. If these veterans keep up the good work, they will easily score a ticket to the big dance and gain many award nominations (and hopefully award wins) along the way.
Everything could change this coming Sunday, as Bantamweight teams battle it out for BMFL glory. With so many squads clustered in the middle of the pack, one win could catapult a team to the top of the rankings. A message to all this weekend: “play hard or go home.”
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- 4 THINGS YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO KNOW
By "Daring Deb", BMFL STAFF WRITER
RANDALL'S ISLAND – Week 4 wrapped up and every single team has a tally in the L-column. It is still uncertain as to which team will lock up the number 1 seed, but what is guaranteed is that the teams that do make playoffs will put on a hell of a performance.
1. Let’s have that “BIRDS and the BEEZ” talk
The Birds and the BEEZ haven’t been viewed as a threatening team this FNL season. They have never been placed in the top 3 BMFL power rankings. However, this past week B&B made their presence known by beating an undefeated team, The U. B&B defense stepped up in a major way by creating 4 turnovers including 2 Pick-6’s thanks to WR/MLB #34 Bonawyn Eison (2 RECs, 1 TDR, 6 Tackles, 1 Pick, and 1 Def TD) and WR/Safety #22 Brandon Evans (6 Tackles, 1 Pick, and 1 DefTD). What’s astounding about this team is that they have a little bit of everything when it comes to the element of football. B&B have a 3-time MVP QB, multiple players that are contenders for DPOY and OPOY, and a new member to BMFL altogether. This team has been meshing well together and if they continue with this momentum, they might be the favorite to win it all.
2. MVP on the field and in our hearts
This player makes any Quarterback that she plays for fall in love with her. She is well known for her dynamic routes, clutch catches, and above anything else, being an amazing team player. WR #7 Ariel “Shaken not Stirred” Baily has accumulated 23 RECs, 3 TDR, and 1 XPR. She has earned many people’s respect with just her skills alone, but when you get to know Baily personally, you can’t help but love her. On behalf of the BMFL staff, we wish you a speedy recovery and your presence will be missed on the field.
3. #A DRAW???
#Majorkey#AnotherOne and TuneSQUAD both have a huge weight on their shoulders but for different reasons. #MK#AO is the most talked about team due to GM #23 LeRon “Stats” Barrino and the team he has assembled. FNL fans have been curious from day one if #MK#AO have what it takes to be champs this season. They started out strong earning 3 W’s in a row, but their momentum has slowed down a bit as they lost to reigning champions, Pink Panthers, and now earned a draw with TuneSQUAD. If they don’t get their offense to gel better, it will be a tough uphill battle for them in the playoffs. #MK#AO has one game left and if they come up with a win, they will prove why they are worth talking about all season. TS, on the other hand, struggled early on this season earning 2 L’s, then finally getting a W, but ended up with a tie this past week. TS has a lot of heavy hitters on the roster, but it seems like their offense is having some difficulties. This looks all too familiar from recent memory for them. Two seasons ago, TS was in a very similar position and they were able to sneak into the playoffs. It’s predicted that they will sneak into playoffs again if they make the necessary changes.
4. Daring Deb’s List: I Dare You to Challenge Me…
· Potential MVP candidate: Patrick Jaraique (Playmakers)
· Potential Defensive Player of the Year: Bonawyn Eison (BIRDS and the BEEZ)
· Potential Offensive Player of the Year: Ariel Baily (The U)
· Potential person with the most Sacks by the end of the season: Ryan Marchese (Hurricane SZN)
· Potential team to lock the #1 seed by the end of the season: Pink Panthers FNL
SUNDAY ELITE HEAVYWEIGHT -- Playoff Field Coming Into View at Season’s Midpoint
By Prince Tatas, BMFL Senior Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND - The playoff hunt is heating up as we head into the back half of the schedule. The favorites have been clearly established -- Harper’s Heroes, Marvelous, the Pink Panthers, Air Mail, and MonStars have all effectively punched their tickets to the big dance. Let’s check out what happened this week to get us here.
Air Mail is the Complete Package
With their fourth straight win over Squeeze It this weekend, Air Mail has taken command of the western conference. They have the west’s top offense, and are just three points allowed from also having its top defense. As they showed this weekend, they are dominant enough to jump all over even playoff caliber competition. They were up 20-0 at halftime against Squeeze It, and were effectively in control of the game until the final whistle. Their glacial offense makes a comeback incredibly difficult, as Air Mail typically dominates the time of possession battle as well. The bottom line? Don’t fall behind early against Air Mail or the odds of winning drop dramatically.
Harper’s Heroes Flying High
It’s not easy to make the Pink Panthers look unprepared, but that’s exactly what Harper’s Heroes did this week. They pounced on the Panthers, shutting out the East’s #1 offense in the first half, and ultimately securing a three touchdown victory over one of their biggest rivals. The offense was efficient and relentless, never taking their foot off the gas even when they jumped out to a big first half lead. Meanwhile the defense was exceptional, locking down the Panthers’ wideouts in the first half before forcing long drives to prevent a comeback in the second half. This is a statement game for Harper’s -- all that’s left between them and the top spot in the Eastern conference is a date with Marvelous this coming weekend.
Playmakers Vault Themselves Back Into the Playoff Picture
Playmakers needed to catch a break this week, and coming up against an understrength Bear Fights team was just what the doctor ordered. Not only did they get a win they desperately needed, but they got to build some confidence by absolutely shellacking a heavyweight opponent for the first time in their team’s history. The question that remains is whether or not they can use this win as a springboard to launch a winning streak. They have a huge matchup this week against Ballz -- a matchup that could ultimately decide who claims the East’s final playoff spot. If they can build on what they did this weekend and take that energy into next week’s matchup, we could look back on this week as a turning point in Playmakers’ season.