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SUNDAY ELITE HEAVYWEIGHT -- Crucial Wins Save Seasons for TDs, Dipset
By Prince Tatas, BMFL Senior Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND - A number of teams into this past weekend with do-or-die games on the schedule, but only Calm Your TDs and Dipset emerged victorious. Those wins essentially clinched playoff spots for both teams, and the overall playoff picture is now in view. Let’s break it all down right here.
Dipset Finding Its Stride
We wrote about them last week in this space too, but give this new squad credit -- they delivered a big win this weekend. Going up against a Ballz team that was fighting to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, they put forth an impressive effort on both sides of the ball. Their defense was aggressive and made plays, forcing three turnovers and giving the offense a chance to find its stride. Meanwhile on O, they proved they can score in multiple ways. They put the ball in the end zone with a male passing touchdown, a female passing touchdown, and a rushing touchdown. If Dipset wants to continue to win and, more importantly, to pull off the big upsets it’s going to have to pull off to come out with a championship, they need to use every asset they have, just as they did this week.
TDs Back in the Mix
We had been waiting all season for a signature win from TDs, and we finally got it this weekend. Going up against one of the potential top seeds in the west, Playmakers, TDs needed a win to place themselves firmly inside the playoff bracket. They got that and more, as they appeared to solve some of the problems they had been experiencing on both sides of the ball against a dynamic Playmakers squad. No one can question TDs’ talent, they have always had that. But their defense was still coming together over the course of the season, and this week was a breakout performance for them. They held a powerful offense to just three scores, and picked off a great quarterback three times en route to the win. On the flip side, the offense was balanced and dangerous. Three different wide receivers scored TDs, and nine different players recorded a reception. If TDs can play this style of ball the rest of the way, they’re going to be in play for one of the top playoff seeds in a couple weeks.
Decepticons on the Brink
It’s been a tough season thus far for Decepticons. They’ve struggled to the tune of a 1-4 record, and were effectively shut out this past weekend by A-utobots (EZA). But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about the fact that they still aren’t eliminated from the playoffs, and one big win could be the one that gets them in. This is a team that has a ton of talent on the roster, more than enough to compete in the heavyweight division. This is also a great lesson that talent is one thing, but organization and execution are everything at this level. Every team has athletes, every team has dynamite female players. Teams that can utilize those assets in the most efficient way are the ones that win consistently. That could still be the Decepticons! If they can bring a little more structure to both sides of the ball, get a big win this weekend, and enter the playoffs with some momentum, this is a team that could surprise everyone.
SUNDAY ELITE BANTAMWEIGHT - What Newcomers Have to Say
By Ash "The Counselor" Foote, BMFL Staff Writer
ROOSEVELT ISLAND - With the season winding down and so much to love about the league, I thought it would be a good opportunity to hear how rookie players feel about their experience playing in the Sunday Elite Bantamweight Division. Here’s what I asked:
1. Have you played social sports before?
2. If so, how does BMFL compare to those league?
3. How would you describe playing with BMFL?
4. How would you describe the environment/culture of the BMFL league?
5. What do you like most about BMFL?
6. Do you intend to play in future seasons?
Rookie: #4 Thomas Miller
1. I have. I've done a handful of Zog sports (football, dodgeball, volleyball, street hockey and 3-on-3 hoops),….I played in an all-male flag league that had its games Sundays in Dykeman Park.
2. It's potentially just that I'm getting slower and less competent as I get older but this league feels like it's more competitive than Zog. I think the fields are typically bigger for BMFL than Zog which seems to make big plays more likely and pulling flags seems to eliminate any of the "NO, I GOT YOU" complaints about two-hand touch, [but]Probably less competitive than the Dykeman league (they had down linemen, blocking, kick and punt returns... broken noses, torn ACLs...).
3. I've really enjoyed my BMFL experiences. There's always the occasional loudmouth or guy/girl who thinks the ref is out to get them personally, but I think I've had a very good experience with people who just want to run around and throw the football for 50 minutes. My team in particular may talk some good-natured trash at friends on another team but are otherwise just out there to have fun, get sweaty and win respectfully. While I probably don't think about the scouting report y'all send out after I glance at it, I appreciate that ya'll care about the players and the money they spend enough to do that. I also am guessing that putting numbers on shirts makes it easier to track stats and all that but it's a nice touch - same with tracking tackles, interceptions and TDs. Speaking of, when I was still actually good, it would have been nice to have a record of those - hah.
4. BMFL as a league has a great culture. By virtue that they document a bunch of it with film and video, you can tell that they are eager to cater to a millennial crowd who is very interested in posterity and social media. The paid refs are as good as I've seen in intramural-type sports. They are generally quick to apologize and set it right if they missed something and are even quicker to quash chippy attitudes. As mentioned above generally anything approaches trash talk (or gamesmanship) between competitors is between friends. If someone on an opposing team (particularly a female) makes a nice play, it typically receives praise or at least quiet respect.
5. I have a very busy and sometimes unpredictable schedule. It makes squeezing in exercise and socializing sometimes tricky. I love having the times for the entire season laid out well ahead of time.
6. This is a tough one. I love having scheduled exercise/fun on the books but it's been a pain to get to a bunch of the games this season, and it's slightly less fun being less fast/competitive than I used to be (that's on the deleterious effects of nature). It's likely a coin toss if I play again.
Rookie: # 7 William Blackshear
Team: Furious Ballz
2. The League is more serious than other leagues I have played in, such as the competition level. Other leagues I have joined did not provide footage and stats.
3. I would describe it as a fun, friendly, yet a competitive league.
4. The culture of the league is amazing for the simple fact that it brings people of all backgrounds.
5. I like the fact that you don’t have to have any experience from the past to play.
6. I do plan on coming back and I would like to thank my sister, Illiana, for bringing me in on this wonderful opportunity.
Rookie: # 9 Anthony Brock
Team: Henny Gang
2 THe level of competition is higher! People actually play
3. BMFL is competitive.
4. No one underestimates their opponent.
5. The challenge of coming out of my comfort zone.
6. Most definitely.
BADASS WOMEN'S LEAGUE
By Adriana “Doctor I” DeMartino, BMFL Staff Writer
RANDALL'S ISLAND - The Badass Women’s League enters the last week of the regular season this Friday, with playoffs a week away – come out and support our Badass teams! These talented ladies have racked up some stellar stats this season – let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
QBs Seeing Double
The Quarterback situation certainly was interesting this season, with every team having at least two QBs step up during the season. That’s gotta be a BMFL record! Kim Phifer and Julie Jefferson switched off for Friday Night Tights, Allegra Wilde and Nicole Chaplin for the Brews, Lydia Agopian and Diana Berkovits for the Matriarchy, Jen Tortora and Kara Joseph for Intentional Pounding, Ashley Comras and Courtney Prendergast for Deflaggers, and Megan Williams handed the reins to Denise Cruz for one of TBD’s games. The fact that each team had several players with the ability to step in and lead their team at a moment’s notice shows how truly versatile and talented the ladies of the BMFL are!
Tug on This
The 60 women of the Badass League can teach you a thing or two about flag-pulling - especially Brews’ Deb Chan, who leads the league with 23 tackles. Twelve players have 10 or more tackles each after 5 weeks! But what’s most impressive is that after just five games, nearly every single player in the league has at least 2 tackles. That is beyond impressive and again highlights the versatility of these athletes – whether it’s catching or tugging, these ladies don’t miss!
Catch Me if You Can
Speaking of catching, five weeks in and the ladies again see nearly every player having at least one reception. Badass QBs know how to spread the ball around! Deflaggers’ Brittany Anghel solidly leads with a record 35 receptions, followed by Matriarchy’s Lindsay Kent with 20, Brews’ Nicole Ramos with 19, and IP’s Kara Joseph with 18. Fifteen players have 10 or more receptions, proving how hard these ladies work to earn yards, first downs, and TDs for their squad. Playoffs no doubt will be a fight to the finish!
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- 4 THINGS YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO KNOW
By "Daring Deb", BMFL STAFF WRITER
RANDALL’S ISLAND - As we come down to the wire, FNL fans can see which teams want it more while other teams need to show more dedication. All teams need to understand playoffs are done differently this season so if you want to participate, it’s simple- WIN!
1. Marvelous After Dark gave a pounding of their own to Intentional Pounding
Marvelous After Dark started off rocky this season but pulled it together mid-season and showcased a better performance against last season’s champions. Intentional Pounding was undefeated and their performance on the field showed why they have been undefeated for so long. This game was a back and forth battle on offense and defense. MARV just played a smarter defensive game and got the stop that was needed on their opponent’s last drive. Thanks to Adriana “Rogue” DeMartino’s savviness, she noticed IP QB # 13 Tyler “Iceman” McGuire was missing a flag. On 3rd down, she rushed in and touched the Iceman before the ball was released, causing a sack and a loss of 5 yards on the play. That made it 4th down and goal from about 10 yards away for IP and their last chance to potentially win the game. Iceman called hike, scanned the field, and threw the ball to his right side, but WR/CB #11 Kaseem Hosley was there to pick it off solidifying a W for MARV!
2. Maine places a positive effect on any team!
WR/Safety #2 Jermaine “Maine Effect” Thompson has been making a huge impact on his team this season. Maine Effect is currently in the top 3 for the following categories: receptions, receiving touchdowns, and interceptions. It pretty safe to say if you hit 3 out of the 6 categories (tackles, receptions, receiving touchdowns, interceptions, sacks, and touchdown passes) you are a strong contender for MVP!
3. Punting are for suckers!
We Never Punt have just won their 1st game of the season and have also secured a spot to the big dance. WNP fought hard on that field that night especially QB #1 John Smith (4 TDPs, 3 XPPs, and 1 INT) and Rusher # 11 Gregory Wesh (4 Tackles and 2 Sacks). WNP wasted no time scoring on Tone House first and they kept that momentum going the whole 1st half of the game. WNP kept TH at 0 while they put up 20 points of their own. TH bounced back in the second half and scored on WNP who then answered back with a touchdown of their own. When the dust settled on the field, WNP came out triumphant and on behalf of FNL, congratulations on your win and making it into the playoffs!
4. Daring Deb’s List: I Dare You to Challenge Me…
· Potential MVP candidate: Jermaine Thompson (Gotham Rogues FNL)
· Potential Defensive Player of the Year: Matt Leon (Marvelous After Dark)
· Potential Offensive Player of the Year: Lindsay Kent (New Era)
· Potential person with the most Sacks by the end of the season: Gregory Wesh (We Never Punt)
· Potential team to lock the number 1 seed by the end of the season: Intentional Pounding