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Well the weather in no way cooperated for week 1 but we persisted and made it through the day. There was a lot of visible shivering occurring at the bar but eventually adrenaline from the start of the season and copious amounts of alcohol alleviated the cold and the day progressed, dare I say, without a hitch. Maybe not entirely unusual for week 1 but at least from my perspective things went smoothly throughout the day. There were no game-altering bad calls, no bickering amongst players and no broken property at the Rose Garden. Overall I absolutely call it a win. The downside is it makes for bad reporting. I admit, a part of me was hoping for a season opening bitch-fest among some of the leagues more colorful players. That would have made my life so much easier when thinking about what I should write this week. But, in lieu of any significant drama, I will discuss some key things I saw this past Saturday during the games I was able to see. 

First off, I made a point to visit the Eyes Downtown/Marketing Mayors game as this is always a “rivalry” match up that could go either way. Upon arriving at the field however, I did notice some key absences. Most notably, Bobby was not present to throw for and otherwise lead his team. Through some sideline inquiry I learned he is on IR for a couple weeks. Who will fill his shoes? Well this week that honor went to Chadwick who, despite it snowing in the morning and everyone else wearing as many layers as possible, showed up in his signature cut off t-shirt. Apparently the cold doesn’t bother him as ED pulled off a 21-7 win over MM. To put it mildly, MM had probably one of their worst games to date. Let’s hope it was just some off season rust they were dealing with. Also among the notable absences for ED were Joey Ruderman and Taylor Pagano, the newest female addition to ED. Is there team turmoil already?? Now the weather is no excuse since both teams were playing in it but it most certainly effected this, and many other, games I watched this week. There were drops and missed passes completely out of character for several people on both teams that one can only attribute to numb fingers and frozen extremities. 

Speaking of the weather having an adverse effect, I have to talk about 1 Todd Too Many/Tight Ends in Motion. No one really knew what to expect from Toppers team. Yes, he moved up to D1 since no other team was willing to do so. However, he also added some talent to an already athletic roster so I don’t think anyone completely doubted their ability to compete. I don’t believe a 7-6 win over a team with fast guys and diesel girls was what anyone was expecting. So what happened? From what I saw of the game and heard at the bar, it appears that Alex had a rough go of it in even rougher conditions. Four sacks and strong winds are detrimental to success any day. I must say I am happy for Topper as he was able to smirk his way around the bar all afternoon and I have no doubt TEIM will regroup and make whatever adjustments Dave Baker tells them to make to be fine moving forward on the season. 

We all know Garrett left Daryl in the trenches a couple seasons ago, now it appears he is trying out the captaincy by putting in his own team: enter Frodo Baggins. This team has got in some off season practice in other leagues, hopefully that will help them in their run in the big show. They went against All We Do Is Qwinn making their R1 (D3) debut and came out with a 26-26 tie. Apparently the “D3 College star” quarterback our Godfather informed us about either couldn’t keep up with the pace of the TSL or the weather got to him as well. He threw numerous picks throughout the game and missed a wide open Garrett doing jumping jacks in the end zone for the would-have-been win. Don’t worry QB, the season is young, plenty of time to redeem yourself. All We Do Is Qwinn played well; however, that one guy needs to remember that the rulebook states if you step out of bounds you cannot be the first person to touch the ball. Trust me, the refs aren’t there to “disrespect” any teams, the outcomes of the games don’t matter to them that much. 

Cunning Stunts and Matty’s Angels both pulled off victories this weekend, CS winning both games in their double header. Up first they played the Uganian Warriors who, it turns out, is the remnants of ACE minus Ronnie K to throw. It was close as the score suggests. UW have added Matt back to their roster along with girlfriend Jess. We will all be waiting to see if they continue the hot-headed reputation associated with some of their team. CS had a less nail-biting victory against Come From Behind. Blame the weather, early season rust or whatever, CFB just couldn’t seem to get anything going their way. Joey Batts ran his mechanical offense as is his usual MO and chopped up the field. CFB did not have an answer to stop them once they got a drive going. The Angels played Overcompensators (formerly Witters). Fortunately for me, these games were going on side by side so I was able to semi-watch both of them. From the start, I was worried for MA as their fearless leader appeared a little more than not that drunk. Despite that the game was close with MA pulling out the win at the end. Sources report that due to the aforementioned inebriation, Matty Ice almost blew the game, claiming he was unaware MA were only up by 2 points (not an exact quote as I left before the end of this game). 

The last game I was able to watch was A&A versus Energy Buff. It was straight curiosity that made me stay outside any longer as I wanted to know who would turn out to be on this new team, Energy Buff. I had heard that Ben Stack had put in the team but it was NOT the former Hootie and the Brofish, therefore they should NOT be in C1. Who I did see intrigued me. Most notable was Shane Moonan, a long time veteran of the league who has apparently returned from hiatus. I also recognized a few guys from Game On who appeared to have made the jump to the TSL. To them I say Welcome, we are glad to have you! Energy Buff has solid girls in Kate and Nicole, they will absolutely make a difference in games to come. As far as how this game went, I know Matty Ice came barreling over from his MA game and immediately took a sack on 6th down, somehow they ended up winning, and A&A gained Franco to add even more speed to their roster. Other than that, I have to admit I was cold and thirsty so I went to the bar. Both teams are going to be contenders throughout the season. 

I will sign off with my Top 3 Teams of the Week. This list is complied based on what impressed me during games or what I heard about. 

1. Hope N Ruin (shutout!)
2. 1 Topper Too Many (first D1 win!)
3. Slytherin that Endzone (dominated Peachy Platoon)


 ~ courtesy of...The Sentinel

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