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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL - THE THUNDERKUNTS REVIEW
By Jim Duggin, BMFL Staff Writer
RANDALL'S ISLAND – We continue our MNF team profiles with #3 ranked- Erroneous, who are brand new to the BMFL but still have championship aspirations.
These guys have been together for 10 years and it shows in their elite level of organization. Their game plan is to go deep and use their girls for ball control underneath. A highly developed playbook, which I hear must be memorized and tested before you can set foot on the field, allows them to play fast and furious with no huddle. They want to run you off the field by the end of the game.
Manhar Versa, the GM and Captain of the team, holds down the QB position. They don’t employ any female or backup QBs. Versa has an accurate, strong arm and knows exactly how he wants to attack a defense. I imagine he obsesses about football, as evidenced by his own personal stat tracking over the last 10 years. That’s right, folks, he’s kept his own cumulative stats on a spreadsheet while playing in leagues that don’t keep stats. I’m told he just hit 1 million TDs. Either he was meant for the BMFL…or he’s crazy as hell, which probably still means it’s a perfect fit.
The ladies are led by #10 Amy Johnson and #11 Emily Weaver, classic ex-basketball players with great hands, who know how to use their bodies to shield defenders for tough catches in traffic. #2 Alexandra Dann looks to be a speedy, plus defender, registering 4 solo tackles last week.
I like what these guys have to offer as playmakers. An unassuming-looking bunch but potent nonetheless. #9 Eric Rumph leads the group with precise route-running and sure hands. His chemistry with Versa was evident from the start of last week’s game. # 7 Neil Blinder will deceive you with his deep speed and #6 Wayne Mordelle looks to be a focal point of the offense as well. #12 Timmy Johnson and #13 Ben Diaz showed themselves to take advantage of the opportunities thrown their way. I saw very few blatantly dropped balls from these guys as a unit.
Currently sitting at .500, they have every chance in the world to make some noise. Once their own conditioning catches up with their fast paced game plan, they will certainly be a problem.
SUNDAY ELITE HEAVYWEIGHT -- WILD WILD WEST: WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PICTURE IS PANDEMONIUM AFTER WEEK 3 ACTION
By Prince Tatas, BMFL Senior Writer
RANDALL’S ISLAND FIELD 10 - Sweet fancy Moses! The battle for playoff spots that’s brewing in the western conference is astonishing. At the season’s midway point every single team in the Western Conference is within a game of a playoff spot with a ton of huge matchups still to go. The East will get its due as well, of course, so let’s break it all down right now.
Dominant Defense Throws TDs For a LOUP
It was clear last season that LOUPville had a formula for winning games -- they just needed to stick with it. A dominant defense combined with an offense that avoids turnovers is a perfectly viable way to win a championship. This past week against Sweaty Summer TDs, we saw what that model can do when it reaches its full potential. The LOUPville defense forced a potent TDs offense into four turnovers, including two pick-sixes. They were organized, aggressive, and creative. Exactly the type of defense that gives good offenses fits. On the other side of the ball, the offense did what it had to do, putting up scores from multiple sources while committing just one turnover. There’s a lot of season left, but LOUPville just proved they need to be taken seriously as a contender in the crowded Western Conference playoff picture.
Air Mail Soars Over Marvelous
In a game with huge playoff tiebreaker implications, Air Mail showed exactly what they can do when they’re at full strength. Marvelous is a great and talented team in their own right, and this matchup was expected to be the best of the week. But Air Mail put forth a dominant performance, and were in control of this game from halftime onward. They deployed their athletic and lengthy defenders in ways that forced tight window throws, and got three picks as a result. It’s a great strategy when you have as many athletes as Air Mail can throw at you right now. Combine that with their usual methodical and lethal offense, and they could easily be the top team in the power rankings this week. As for Marvelous, they’ve looked like world beaters at times this season, and at others, they’ve looked almost hapless. The season is only halfway done, so there’s plenty of time to recover, but they need to find some consistency on both sides of the ball moving forward to make a deep run. Having said that, there’s no question they have all the pieces -- a great defense, playmakers, and a top tier QB, to do exactly that.
East is the Conference for Offense
Scoring is up already this summer, but what’s happening in the east right now on offense is something else. Five of fourteen teams are averaging 30.0+ points per game right now, but four of those five hail from the eastern conference. The Pink Panthers, MonStars, EZA, and Squeeze It are all on pace to put up elite offensive numbers. Yes, matchups are a part of that, as we’ve yet to see some of the top eastern playoff contenders square off this season. But we’re also seeing a high flying style of play that eastern conference defenses have struggled to adjust to thus far. The deep ball has featured heavily in the action so far, and many teams still running a cover two style defense have struggled to contain that type of attack. It will be interesting to see if teams can adjust their defensive game plan moving forward to better defend against the plethora of downfield threats in the eastern conference.
SUNDAY ELITE BANTAMWEIGHT - WEEK 3
By Dirty D, BMFL Staff Writer
RANDALL’S ISLAND FIELD 10 - With over half of Sunday’s games being decided on by a touchdown or less, Bantamweight continues to not disappoint, bringing talented playmakers out in droves. Proving that anything can happen in any given week, a few teams came out with their first victory of the season; it was quite an exciting weekend, especially for eager newcomers, D-Generation X.
D-Generation X Pulls out the D Versus Undefeated Veterans, Los Gringos Locos
Defense wins games and D-Generation X (D-GX) proved this in their 18-14 defeat of Los Gringos Locos (LGL). Three interceptions made by three different players on D-GX really made the difference in this largely defensive battle. This new team finally made some headway this past weekend, after suffering two early losses in the first half of this summer season. A flustered LGL scrambled to make it into the red-zone on numerous occasions, but were stopped in their tracks by their dynamic opponents. This win by D-GX boosted them up in the Legends standings, while simultaneously dropping LGL to third place with their first loss of the season.
Two Heroes on Top
At the midway point of the season, No Flexing in my Endzone and Savage Pandas of the Bantam Heroes division, are the only two teams to boast perfect 3-0 records. It’s easy to see why these two teams are as good as they are - both squads boast top 3 rankings in almost every major statistical category.
QBR - Shawn Best of No Flex comes in at #2 with a QBR of 123.33
Tackles - Lauren “Coop” Cooper of No Flex is tied for second place with 13
TDP - Best is #1 with 15, while Adam Donath of Savage Pandas is tied for third place with 8
TDR - James A. of No Flex and Craig D. of Savage Pandas tie for first place with 4
Interceptions - Andy B. of Savage Pandas leads the league with 4
Sacks - Musah Ousman of No Flex ties for second place with 3
Can’t wait to see what happens next week? See you on Randall’s Island Field 10 for what is sure to be another exciting and unpredictable day of football. Oh, and try to take an ice bath after the MetLife tournament to soothe your aching bodies. ;)
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- 4 THINGS YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO KNOW
By "Daring Deb", BMFL STAFF WRITER
RANDALL’S ISLAND - Clear Eyes & Full Hearts...are the two divisions within FNL this summer. It seems like the Clear Eyes division can’t seem to lose, while conversely, the Full Hearts division couldn’t seem to win last week. However, like the saying goes, the game of football is any given Sunday, or should I say Friday!
1. Preparing for total domination!
As Marvelous After Dark started the summer season, it was uncertain where their destiny would lie in FNL. Well, it’s safe to say that when you beat last season's champs and last season's runner-up, you are considered a top contender! FNL fans are in awe with MARV’s performance on the field and they are now the favorite to win it all! An inside source claims that the team hasn’t even gelled yet?!?! Can you imagine once this team does gel what will happen? MARV’s defense is dangerous but what is scarier is their offense. MARV only has 2 games under their belt and has collectively accumulated 36 Tackles, 5 Picks, 1 DefTD, and 4 Sacks. It seems that every time MARV creates turnovers, they turn them into TDs. This red hot team has amassed a total of 11 TDs and 7 XP conversions.
2. Die Tryin’
Every time this player steps onto the football field, he puts everything he has into his team and the game itself. WR/Safety #198 Jermaine “Die Tryin’” Thompson has lit up his stat sheet with 17 RECs, 5 TDRs, 3 XPRs, 8 Tackles, and 2 Picks AND he's only halfway done with the season. Enthusiasts have taken notes on 'Maine's subtle leadership, communication, productivity, and overall positive energy. It’s a guarantee that 'Maine will nearly die tryin' to get his team into the playoffs and to his first taco chip all together. Die Tryin’ is having an impressive summer season thus far and is a strong contender for MVP!
3. Pow! Bam! KaPow!
This team is comparable to Bruce Wayne or should I say, Batman. Batman is an unlikely superhero that no one in Gotham City expected. You can say the same thing about Gotham Rogues in FNL. FNL fans weren’t expecting much from a rookie team, but lately, rookie teams have been stealing the spotlight. GR has knocked out 2 veteran teams, 1 rookie team, and the biggest reason for those W’s is QB/Safety #21 Will “Joystick” Cuellar. Joystick has completed 18 TDPs, 11 XPPs, 1 Ru, 1 RuXP, 8 INTs, 10 Tackles, and 2 Picks and he has no plans on stopping. What’s noticeably different about Joystick is that he is throwing the rock a lot more, and trusting his teammates to make the big catch and score. If Joystick continues to play this type of football, he will surely shock the league in bringing a rookie team into the playoffs.
4. Daring Deb’s List: I Dare You to Challenge Me…
· Potential MVP candidate: Kermit Atkinson (Intentional Pounding FNL)
· Potential Defensive Player of the Year: Tom Chen (Gotham Rogues FNL)
· Potential Offensive Player of the Year: Kevin Lun (Marvelous After Dark)
· Potential person with the most Sacks by the end of the season: Edward Concepcion (Playmakers)
· Potential team to lock the number 1 seed by the end of the season: Marvelous After Dark,