Week 8 Recap
"It's all fun and games until someone calls the cops. Then its a new game; hide and seek."
To whom it may concern,
Enter week #8. The races are in high gear. The fun is about to begin. Some teams have their season on the line and our fearless leader is on holiday when his team needs him most. The going is about to get good.............
OK lets pick some games...........
DNA +13 VS TOP LINE SOLUTIONS: DNA is having a good year while TLS is struggling mightily these days. Rumors are swirling that Chris Cole is on baby watch and there is a good chance he will be out this week. If this is the case DNA is in big trouble. TLS still has a solid stable of stars with a strong armed QB, decent WRS and a solid pass rush. These two teams always play each other tough but Chris Cole is usually the key to these games. So who is playing QB is it JMOHR, Mike Ford or Tommy Emerson Hughes? If Cole is out DNA's chances of winning go with him. TOP LINE SOLUTIONS BY 10
G FOR LIFE +10 VS RAFFERTY'S: So apparently this "super team sent from the past errr I mean the future" has not performed as expected to date. They have looked out of rhythm. Rafferty's to date have looked like a well oiled machine. Most of this can be attributed to an offense that has looked unstoppable most weeks. Shane and Matty Mohr seem to be playing in a different league than most players each Saturday. Does G4L finally get their whole team to the fields? Do they pull the upset? To be honest the way Raffs has been playing I don't think G4L could beat them even if they had everyone on deck this week. RAFFERTY'S BY 7
G TOX +17 VS 123 GAWRON: Cory Turner and Co lost a pivotal flag title against the man the myth and the legend (in his own mind) Mike Ford. Will they spin out of control and flame out like they did last year after getting shocked by G For Life in the first round of last sessions playoffs? Did I just hit a nerve with that statement? Don't worry boys and girls if you are the 1 or 2 fans of the 123 you already know that Bobby McConell has things well under control and his offense is clicking right now. GTOX is a hot mess on offense. Justin Martial Law Garbacz student of the game is trying everything but some of his crew just don't get it. I think 123 lays the smacketh downeth this week. 123 GAWRON BY 23
MOOSEKNUCKLES VS #XTC +8: MK is a hot mess right now with all their injuries. They are 5-2 but just as easily could be 2-5. The mere fact that they are 5-2 is true testament to the solid depth this squad has. #XTC has some horses. They have a slick armed QB, they have very mobile girls that can make plays they just lack the killer instinct that MK does. I expect a decent battle in this one. I fear that #XTC just doesn't have the killer attitude that MK does and this will ultimately cost them by games end. Pete for MVP kind of has a decent ring to it....... MOOSEKNUCKLES BY 4
SOUTH BEACH VS CATALINA WINE MIXERS +8: SB is the new flavor of the month in D2 and they are winning with offense. They upset the kings of the mountain a few weeks ago and continue to impress. CWM is having a typical season they score at will but struggle to stop people. If ever there was a time to take the over its this week. SB has beat VB and AB if they get over on CWM people might just begin to wonder if they can steal the D2 title from Varsity Blues. If CWM could pull the upset they might just get back into the title discussion. SOUTH BEACH BY 6
ANGRY BUFFALO VS RILEY ST STATION (WITH RAMEER GREEN ON DRUMS) +10: AB took a bad beat down last week while RSS finally got up off the mat. RSS is a better team than their record indicates. They are having big time attendance issues and that is killing their mojo. RSS needs Grizanti back week after week if they have a chance down the stretch. AB has the best QBin the division and an offense that can move the ball. RSS has a slight girl edge but the guys almost wash. I have no clue what happens this week if both are at 100% this is a dogfight but RSS needs to prove the early season attendance issues are behind them. ANGRY BUFFALO BY 13
TMT +20 VS VARSITY BLUES: When TMT gave up 51 points to RSS last week their season and hopes of competing in D2 went up in smoke. If they think last week was bad they haven't seen anything yet. VB is still mad after getting shocked by South Beach I see this game as a golden opportunity to send a message to D2 that VB is stil in charge. TMT should take this time to run some solid plays and work on their zone and man schemes. They are way out classed in D2 but should settle in nicely in D3 next session. VARSITY BLUES BY 27
EBENEEZER ALE HOUSE VS RESURRECTION +10 : Resurrection got a very nice win over a very over rated Dynasty last week while EAH continued to do what EAH does and that's win ball games. Resurrection has a very solid offense that can move the ball up and down the field. They lack deep speed and the high end girls other teams have but they play a very disciplined game. Resurrection has no answer for Jeremy Burr as most teams really don't either. He should run up and down the field on a every suspect secondary. EAH hasn't looked as dominant as last session but should still win. EBENEEZER ALE HOUSE BY 8
1 TODD TOO MANY VS COBBLESTONE FEATURING THE DARRYL METHOD PICK EM: Both teams have their seasons literally on the line this week. The winner might sneak into the playoffs while the loser might be in big trouble. CS was thought to be dead last week but in their afternoon game rose from the dead and are now back in the playoff hunt. They need to find a way to slow down Jeff Hardy and use their big tall possession WRS to beat on the smaller type defenders of their opponent. The vet battle between Jeff Hardy and the Peoples champion Darryl Carr is worth the price of admission all in itself. With their seasons on the line which one of these two teams answers the bell and comes up with an "effort for the ages" this week? BTW I am a tad surprised Topper will not be playing in this game....Co-incidence????? COBBLESTONE BY 1
BUFFALO ROADHOUSE GRILL VS WELLINGTON PUB: . The Pub might need a trip down to D4 ala The Bambs to clear their heads and get their game back in check. We all know they can play offense but watching them play defense hurts my eyes. BRG had another golden opportunity to get this writers and the leagues attention but once again dropped the ball after a big 25-8 lead over a very game Gordon's that ended in a heart breaking loss. I see BRG bouncing back this week as they face the divisions worst defense. BUFFALO ROADHOUSE GRILL BY 7
MERRILL LYNCH +13 VS GORDON'S: Is it me or does it seem like we haven't seen Merrill Lynch in a while? Maybe they were out selling all their stock portfolios or something. Gordon's under the leadership of one Johnny Dio had one of the better comebacks in recent memory when they beat BRG late last week. I know they were missing two of their biggest stars but the comeback was still impressive. ML has some size and some skill set but they will struggle big time with a team that is as balanced as Gordon. I know I keep saying this but I see a Gordon V EAH date happening sooner rather than later. GORDON'S BY 10
WELLINGTON PUB +4 VS 1 TODD TOO MANY: Team Turmoil has a long day this week. The sad part is when I said that sentence you didn't know what team I was referring to. 1T2M started with so much promise and got big wins over both GBH and Resurrection but they have ben bad nay awful lately. The loser of this game should do the right thing and follow the Bambs to D4. One fo these squads has a poor offense and the other has a poor defense. This game should be a very interesting match up. Its too bad Topper is MIA this week as he and the Pub have a famous history that would be an awesome story line but alas he's not. I expect a classic war in this one. Could this finally be the week 1T2M pulls one out. BTW if anyone wants Hardy to throw to his girls just slap the #23 on all of them and see how many passes that start to get. 1 TODD TOO MANY BY 3
MERRILL LYNCH +11 VS RESURRECTION: Resurrection is 3-3 but has a huge opportunity to move up the D3 ladder this week with 2 very winnable games. ML has a suspect secondary and Resurrection has an offense that can stretch the field. They can easily hit the 12-14 yard intermediate routes and cruise up and down the field on a very soft secondary. ML has some size they can use to their advantage but I see Resurrection getting back into the conversation this week. They are starting to get hot down the stretch. RESURRECTION BY 8
DYNASTY +13 VS GABBY'S BANANA HAMMOCKS: Dynasty started so nicely but has fizzled lately and it all begins and ends on offense. They have not looked good or in rhythm for that matter on either side of the ball. They started out 4-3 but could very easily be 4-4 by days end on Saturday. GBH was almost left for dead when they lost to Team Topper. How do you lose to Team Topper? Since the Topper disaster GBH has looked awesome and they are starting to creep back up in the upper echelon in D3. GBH could be your D3 dark horse folks....... GABBY'S BANANA HAMMOCKS BY 10
GRYFFINDOR VS COME FROM BEHIND +7: CFB after the first month of the season looked to be heading to D5 then they got hot all of a sudden. It appears their fate and the play of their QB go hand and hand. They have one of the better QBs in the game and a very underrated offense. Gryffindor is beating everyone but I would warn them not to get to cocky in this one. If ever there was an upset game on the schedule this is the game. Gryffindor has been cruising and they are getting confident but they better make sure that confidence does not quickly turn to arrogance. If it does CFB will make them pay. GRYFFINDOR BY 1
MULTIPLE SCORGASMS +4 VS COSA NOSTRA: Both teams are a roller coaster of inconsistency. CS started so hot but they have not looked good lately and their record has shown it. MS is the classic .500 team. One week they look like world beaters and the next they look like basement dwellers. With all things being equal I always look to the leaders and the QBS and if that is the case I will take DJ Philly Phil and Co. Dude can sling he will have the troops ready to go in this one. CS needs this win more than MS does. COSA NOSTRA BY 7
PROFROMA +17 VS SENECA GREENHOUSE: With all this talk of SASI, Gryffindor and CFB's winning ways SG has been lost in the shuffle. People seem to forget they are 4-2 and they are in good shape. Proforma is having a tough year and it all begins and ends on defense for them. Problem is one of the better offenses come to town next week and things could get ugly early and often. Proforma should have a long day at the office. The team they face has one of the better systems in the game. They will make plays and they should score at will this week. SENECA GREENHOUSE BY 14
NEW WORLD ORDER +8 VS THE BAMBS: It looks like the Bambs are in a group of 4 teams that will be fighting tooth and nail the next 2 weeks to see which teams get the final (2) playoff spots. They have won soem games after a dismal first month of the year. The Bambs gave SASI a nice battle before the wheels came of the vehicle late. Bambs have some weapons on both sides of the ball and face a struggling NWO that is having problems score points. THE BAMBS BY 10
THE S.H.I.T. VS NICE TDS +27 : I could definitely see 80 points scored in this contest. I could see The S.H.I.T. scoring 68 of said points. NTDS is a shell of the once proud franchise we have come to love and admire. They can't score and they can't play defense. TS is 3-3 but when they have a chance to run up the score they leave no stone unturned and do what they can to show up there inferior opponents. This game will be over by the 3rd series. NTDS will have a long day and I for one wish them good luck and God speed as they are in for trouble.THE SHIT BY 30
A&A +24 VS HUNG BUFFALO: .The circus known as A&A returns to the fold this week. And that means all our favorite friends: Coach Van, Matty Ice,Mustache Guy, Dad guy, girl that doesn't really talk much and the Gatorade bucket will all be in the house. Fun will be had by all off the field. On the field A&A is about to get beat by a team that has them outclassed at every position. HB is the class of D5 they are the creme of the crop. They are vet savy they are smart and they know what needs to be done each and every week. I am sure they will love the side show but by days end A&A is here for fun and Hung Buffalo knows Saturday is a business trip. HUNG BUFFALO BY 28
MOLLY'S LADIES VS ANY GIVEN SATURDAY +6 : Who plays QB this week for ML? I have heard rumors that Tommy Emerson Hughes has picked up Cole's dry cleaning, washed his car and also made him hot pockets to get him to let him QB the ladies this week. I also heard Cole said no and Jeff May will have the keys to the car. If Cole is in ML wins this game by 24 points so Ml better be careful as they can be upset if they don't play a disciplined and smart game. AGS has a very suspect secondary so ML just needs to play smart and not make stupid mistakes and they should be fine. MOLLY'S LADIES by 4
NICE TDS +20 VS PRIME TIME PLAYERS:. Poor NTDS are in store for a very long day. TS will crush them but this game will not be as bad. PTP are struggling on offense its almost like they need a new QB but who could they find in the spring that would play for them? NTDS cant score and they cant play defense that's the cure for what ails a 3-3 football team that has looked uninspired this session. PTP will score early and often on the slump buster known as FTDS. PRIME TIME PLAYERS BY 17
PRIME TIME PLAYERS +10 VS SNYDER PUB T REXERS: SPTR is right in the thick of the upper core of D5 teams. This is a big weekend for them. Are they for real? We should know by days end as they have a hug test VS HB and a decent test VS PTP. SPTR have one of the most stingy defenses in the division. PTP until Topper officially signs in the spring will have a tough time moving the ball against a very talented secondary. If your looking for an upset this might be your game though I have a funny feeling PTP is on the downward spiral.....until spring that is........ SPTR SNYDER PUB T REXERS BY 8
WALLY WORLD +9 VS THE TAMMY'S: The Tammy's took Hung Buffalo to the brink last week but could not finish them off. This week they draw Wally World who should pose a nice tune up before the playoffs start in a few weeks. The Tammy's are 4-2 and having a typical Tammy season. Solid offense stingy defense more wins than losses. WW need this win bad as they could use some breathing room for the #8 seed in D5. Unfortunately I don't see them shocking a vet savvy team that has their number. THE TAMMY'S BY 8
SNYDER PUB T REXERS +6 VS HUNG BUFFALO: This is one of the best games of the week if you like match ups of solid squads. HB has mowed down D5 and SPTR has been wicked hot lately. These two squads boast the two best defenses in the division points will not come easy. The team that wins this one could be the D5 champ...OK I am sure some ladies wearing red shirts just F bombed me there but that's OK they will have their chance to shut me up in a few weeks. HB has a better offense but this game could come down to breaks. HB might have taken this game lightly but I think after the Tammy scare last week HB will be ready for anything SPTR throws at them. HUNG BUFFALO BY 8
SPABAFITS +3 VS SANTORAS PARTY PACKAGE: Spabas are 2-5 and things could be worse. They still have vet savvy and many players who have won before in this league. They also have that girl who was unstoppable last week. I gotta find out who she is and if she's on Spabas or if she was a sub. If she is on Spabas roster she will rock and dismantle anyone that insults her by trying to run with her. SPP is struggling but more importantly their defense is killing them. They need to shore it up as a team with alot of speed and a very dominant female comes to town this week this might not be good. SPABAFITS BY 6
ACE +3 VS GO FUMBLE YOURSELF: I really don't know who will win this as both squads are evenly matched and solid on both sides of the ball. I picked GFY because right now Blase LaDuca is reading this and hes going nuts. To be honest I like when Blase LaDuca goes postal its good for business. These squads have few holes, solid personal and this game could easily just come down to what teams catches a break. Here's to a good game between two evenly matched teams and here's also to Blase LaDuca having one of his famous mid season meltdowns. If you ask me he's waaaaaaay over due. GO FUMBLE YOURSELF BY 1
HOPE N RUIN +7 VS TEAM SENECA: Another potential thriller in D6. HNR is 5-2 and TS is 5-1. HNR has improved greatly on offense and that has helped their cause big time this session. TS looks right at home in D6 they have the best defense in the division. This game should go back and forth as both teams boast solid defenses. I expect a low scoring game as the team that cashes in on more breaks should win this one late. TS seems ready for the trophy IMO I think they will give HNR all they can handle in this one. TEAM SENECA BY 4
CO LATERAL DAMAGE VS COLLEGIATE SOLAR +21: CLD is off to a 5-2 start and they are for real folks. They are doing it with solid smart football. They have an awesome offense and can sometimes be exploited on defense. Lucky for them the worst offense in the league comes to town. CS are rock stars off the field but they have a long way to go on the field before they start to get wins. In time they will get their wins but I see more suffering ahead especially this week. CO LATERAL DAMAGE BY 17
5 STAR PRODUCTIONS +8 VS RED ZONE MAFIA: There was a time I believed in both these squads but neither has taken the "next step to date." RZM is very inconsistent thought hey have won a few big games to date. 5SP has the same problem today they have had since their inception their offense needs to get better. RZM is a roller coaster you never know what team will show up. If its the good one they cruise if its the bad one we could have a dog fight on our hands ....Time will tell..... RED ZONE MAFIA BY 6
10 FINAL THOUGHTS FOR SATURDAY
1.The game I have my eye on this week is in D5 where the 5-0 Hung Buffalo juggernaut faces the 5-1 Snyder Pub T Rexers. HB got a scare last week from the Tammy's but still prevailed. SPTR are having a solid season but this is the week we get to see if they are for real and a team to be reckoned with. We should know by days end if the D5 title race is a 3 team or 4 team race.
2. The D6 title race is still a mess. ACE VS GFY should be an awesome battle. The winner of this one might just move to the top of the heap. Both squads are tough on both sides of the ball this could be a game of breaks.
3. Gryffindor is now 5-2 and they are crushing every team the TSL puts in their path. They are solid on offense and they are starting to tighten up the defense. One can only wonder if this is the team that can dethrone SASI. Gryffindor has won some games against some very good teams lately and is getting wicked hot at the right time as we get ready to head down the stretch.
4. Rafferty's is a team to keep your eyes on as they finally seem to be clicking. The kids are finally growing up and they are one team that could impress down the stretch. I am very interested to see how they fare with G For Life. Poor G4L has so much potential I am still waiting to see if they can circle the wagons and get things going. So far this experiment has not worked.......But there still is time. but if you listen closely you can hear the clock.....tick tock....tick tock....tick tock......
5. It seems to me that South Beach has finally taken the next step and has a legitimate chance of taking the D2 title. The continue to impress on offense and seem to have shored up a once suspect secondary. They have a big game this week with an offense that can score at will.
6. FAKE TDS started out with so much promise but has faded actually right after Boccio got suspended for being a meanie. FTDS should NOT be 2-5. They have two awesome safeties and one of the better middle targets in the game. With that being said why are they 2-5 then?
7. In time yours truly might formally start a grass roots campaign to attack Rafferty's management for their blatant and hurtful treatment of awesome defender and even more awesome guy Cousin Steve Kensy. Steve is an under rated player, a better team mate and a friend to all TSLers nation wide. But Rafferty's management continues to let him sit on the bench and wont even let him play when they are beating teams by like 40 points. I maintain that they are so jealous of Steve's skills that they don't want him on the field showing them all up. In time we will make our case and Rafferty's management will have no choice but to let him play. Last week he almost got on the field but Matty "hands off me" Mohr held him on the sidelines and he couldn't get in the game.... LET HIM PLAY LET HIM PLAY LET HIM PLAY LET HIM PLAY LET HIM PLAY LET HIM PLAY LET HIM PLAY
8. A team to keep your eye on right now might just be Resurrection. They have a very solid vertical passing game and they can score on most folks. I don't think their girls can run with the girls of some of the better squads but lately this team looks like they could be a sleeper come playoff time. They have a decent amount of size and speed which is what you need come playoff time. They are a tough team to match up with.
9. Come from Behind seems to have recovered nicely from an early season drought and are now 3-3. Everything in this game begins and ends with the QB andCFB has one of the better ones in the game on their roster. This could be one team that could surprise come playoff time.
10. I love when Cobblestone plays Team Topper. But how will this awesome rivalry be this round with The Topper not in attendance?This game could have the #8 playoff seed up for grabs.
11. I love when Wellington Pub plays Team Topper. But how will this awesome rivalry be this round with The Topper not in attendance?This game could have the #8 playoff seed up for grabs.
5 QUESTIONS FOR SATURDAY
1. Will she or won't she??? The question many players on Cobblestone will be asking after "the situation" happened last week. So does she return to the fold or is she done for the season?
2. So who is right......Rameer or Tommy Emerson Hughes??? The debate will continue this week of this I am sure.............
3. So how many points will The S.H.I.T. score this week? My gut tells me if they get the chance they will try to run it up against the very suspect defense of Nice TDS.
4. Will Collegiate Solar be on time for their game this week or will they once again be pulled away from their "tailgate party?"
5. I honestly wonder who would win in a game if Frizzy's played Collegiate Solar? If it was me I wouldn't even have a game clock I would just tell each squad we are playing until one team scores. 3 hr time limit.