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Week 8 Review

Category: The Sentinel
Created: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:01
Published: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:01
Written by Patrick McGovern
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The final week of the regular season has come and gone. Some teams finished right where we thought they would (Public Enemy, Matty’s Angels); some are unexpectedly at the top of their division (GLBS, Slytherin that Endzone); some were a huge disappointment (Money Ball, Full Throttle). It turned out that some of the teams crying about moving up to the next division were right in doing so. For others, (ahem-Gryffindor-cough) they now look like huge assholes, especially when they talk shit during the games about how they’re so much better than their opponents. But I digress…Lenny Alba Appreciation Day was considered to be a huge success based on the reactions of those I spoke to throughout the day. Was it a little cold for ice cream? Maybe, but that didn’t stop us all from indulging on 1 or 4 novelty treats. The DJ was playing jams up at the bar. I even heard some people saying they got a dollar off on a drink once! Oh happy day! Speaking of happy days, not everyone was having the happiest of times on all the fields. Let’s take a look at what went down.

The Breakfast Club playoffs began this week with the bottom 4 teams fighting for a spot in the semi’s. Hot TaMolly’s beat Peanut Butter Kelly Time in a blowout game consisting of numerous picks and turnovers. PBKT looked ready to see this season come to an end as most everyone was moping around within the first 2 drives. HT were surprised to be in the position of having to play for a spot. They were overheard saying that they not only should have placed higher than 3rd, but they “should have been undefeated”. Strong words, I look forward to seeing if they hold merit in the weeks to come.

EmC HammerTime beat Natural Born Kellers, ending Topper’s odd year BC Championship run. Ricky was MIA so once again non-award winning Tommy Hughes filled in for ECHT. This was a close game that could have gone either way. Katie Keller played her heart out for her team and JZ gave it his usual 110%. Unfortunately for them, Glenn Bird and Drew showed up big as well as the girls of ECHT. I did not envy Karl the ref in this one as it seemed like there was someone bitching about something after every play. It came down to the wire and ECHT was able to run down the clock and advance to the semi’s next week.

A&A had a chance for co-ed football immortality by beating Public Enemy and breaking their undefeated streak. I am equal parts disappointed and relieved this did not come to fruition as, on one hand, it would have given me a chuckle to see a C1 juggernaut lose their streak to a C2 team who claimed they did not have the talent to move up to C1. One the other hand, we all would have had to hear not only Matty Ice but also JZ talk nonstop about it afterwards. But alas, PE got an early lead after Matty threw a pick on 6th down from the 10 yard line. The half ended with PE up by 3 scores. A&A was able to score coming out of the half but PE answered right back by a phenomenal catch by Greg Osika. As cool as that was, however, he totally ruined it by lateraling the ball right to Tony on the 1 yard line, which A&A obviously cashed in on. It was too little, too late though and PE took the win, 40-15.

All We Do Is Quinn played Slytherin That Endzone in a tight game that both teams were right in there for. AWDIQ has always been known to have speedy guys but the new faces on SITE have truly impressed this session. I saw Dawson make play after play gaining copious yards after the catch. Newman is thriving now that he has solid athletes to throw to, including Abby who has hands and speed. He was hurt during his BC game so it was probably in this team’s favor that he no longer has to throw at 9 as well. Vince Taverna is making his way up the QB Power Rankings thanks largely to his solid male and female receivers. Rawdog showed up big again in this game. The match came right down to the end but SITE was not able to punch it in for what would have been the game-winning TD and AWDIQ walked away with the win 33-30.

Frodo Swaggins demolished 3rd & Schlong. I have no idea what happened to our perennial favorites but to say they struggled would be a huge understatement. Scott Keller Sr threw multiple picks early in the game. Katie Keller tried to motivate her team to press on but they could not recover from the early hole they put themselves in. QB Scott D on FS was connecting with all his receivers, especially Tammy, who caught her fair share of TDs. Nick Buzcek and Josh Schneider played great defense, contributing largely to their stats this week. FS came away with 74, yes I said 74, points over 3&S’s 19.

Buffalo Solar Solutions squeaked by Cobblestone, 20-14. Cobblestone did have Daryl in attendance and finally seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Daryl was connecting with his nephews and utilizing Steph who he brought in as a sub. BSS struggled offensively but I must say, #1 on this team is always open. Also noticeable on BSS was the girl in the black headband who has great hands especially on contested catches.

Hope N Ruin thought they had the game against Overcompensators in the bag. OC had other ideas though and made a drastic come back after some early-game errors. These teams are very similar to each other in that both teams struggled making stops on defense but were able to produce by keeping to simple offensive plays. The QB of OC spread the ball around to all his players and they squeaked by with the win, 47-46.

Eyes Downtown played Gryffindor as both of these teams were ranked second in their respective divisions. ED was missing just about everyone, most notably Bobby, Jeff, and Matty Mohr. Chadwick stepped in at QB to try to improve his personal record, albeit with a short cast of characters. His depleted offense had trouble running the routes according to his specifications which he was none too happy about. They also had some in-hand drops, very uncharacteristic of this team. On the other side of the ball, Joey Batts is finally looking like his old self. He took control of this game, utilizing the weapons he has. Matt played an outstanding game both offense and defensively. ED could not figure out how to defend the plays Joey called, resulting in Gryffindor taking the upset win, 27-13.

Marketing Mayors played Bullet Club in the first of the latter’s double header this week. BC was outmatched and got down early in the game. They were able to get within a couple scores as the game progressed but had too many drops and could not get a stop on defense. They refused to change from their usual cover 2 defense which clearly isn’t working as they are giving up an average of 32 points a game, allowing for the most points scored in the division (and C1 in case you were wondering). Molly Morgan had a great game for MM and Kevin could run circles around the defenders of BC without being tagged, resulting in a MM win, 52-41. 

Bullet Club played Gryffindor later in the day in a game who’s winner would take the 1st place spot while the loser dropped down to 3rd place and have to fight for their lives next week. BC struggled on offense due to high winds. They couldn’t get anything going and their usual strategy of going deep backfired completely. Joey Batts was able to capitalize on this and used his teams’ speed to take advantage of the short field. They repeatedly ran the same plays, stretching the field to get guys open either in the middle or on the sidelines behind the flats. Once again, BC had no answer on defense and lost 8-49.

Ugandan Warriors played Come From Behind, who finally looked to have a full team together, minus Paul. CFB’s stand-in QB has seemed to come into his own at the right time now that the playoffs are among us. Helping his success, Sean made some huge plays on offense. Uganda played a solid game but need to work on their red zone defense. They would also benefit from a coach to draw up their plays. Blasé seems to be trying but he doesn’t have the experience to orchestrate an entire offense as opposed to the one person he is intending to throw to. Their females continued to play well and could be the determining factor in some of these close games. CFB took the win 28-24, bumping them right behind Uganda in the rankings.

The Jabronies beat the pAssless Chaps 42-28. Joe Miano is continuing to impress at QB, putting up a commendable 319 points on the season. Jeremy also caught some attention this week after a pick that would have been a TD if he hadn’t stepped out for the gender TD. He showed some seriously unexpected speed after the catch. PC had too many drops, especially in the end zone. Anyone who has been around for even part of a session can tell you, 2 or 3 drops on a drive is not going to win you any games. Coach Jay seemed to be working out the playbook in what could only be described as this “rebuilding” year.

Two teams mentioned in my introduction played against each other this week. Unfortunately for the disappointing Full Throttle team, their opponent, GLBS, fell into the pleasantly surprised category. FT has struggled offensively all session, resulting in their last place finish and 1 win. Perhaps not surprising as most of their losses have not even been close games, FT played as if they were already defeated this whole game. GLBS was on the other side of my expectations, mainly because I wasn’t sure who this team was going into the session. Their season started out all over the place, losing to End Game, shutting out Uncle Rico’s then losing to Puckett All Stars. If you’d have told me then this team would finish 2nd in the division, I’d have chuckled in your face. Josh played great for them until his season-ending injury. Glenn has stepped in at QB and quickly became a leader. With his leadership and defensive prowess, his team has the talent to make it far in this extremely competitive division. They marched over FT, 42,22.

Matty’s Angels held on to their undefeated record by beating Vandalay Industries, 52-43. Topper was off playing with his C1 team, so non-award winning Tommy Hughes filled in at QB. Clearly, the Angel’s continue to have difficulty on defense but they more than made up for it on offense. Even without subs, the Angels were able to outrun the defenders of VI. Tensions ran high by the end of the game as some players do not appreciate Matty Ice’s game time enthusiasm but if you go undefeated in a session, a little show boating is warranted. Looking at the rankings now, that win put the Angels in first place overall in the league, not that there’s a trophy for that…

TMA played BiPolar Express again, meaning BE was once again missing 3 of their usual females. TMA was without Ron for the second week in a row so Rich stepped up to try to fill his shoes and had a great game. TMA went with a 3 female offense to combat the scoring of a gender team. They gave them the short passes and did not allow for any long balls. This strategy seemed to work well and resulted in several turn over on downs or punts. Gordon went “red shirt” after Rameer slapped a ball out of Riley’s hand, preventing BE from getting a play off which would have resulted in an offense penalty on TMA. He did admit his infraction but still, for shame Rameer, for shame. TMA went on to win 12-9.

XTC pummeled a once again depleted Title Shot team, 37-8. Dubey was in attendance this time but played receiver. They also went iron man on defense again as they were missing just about everyone we have seen this session including award-winning Tommy Hughes and Devon. Nick Sooch played great for XTC. With the talent they have and a QB who knows how to use that talent to their advantage, it’s no surprise they ended up 4th in C1 and could even pull off a playoff win.

Peachy Platoon went against Sticky Bandits and came away with a 30-14 win. Dean Thompson played the game he has played all session that no one seems to want to adjust to. Of all teams, I thought SB would have the smarts to have an answer for his play calling. The pitch play continued to gain them 10-15 yards at a time. Marissa showed off her talents, making great plays and sharp route running. SB was without QB Alex so Ricky Recckio went in to throw. He didn’t have the magic they needed on offense but made a couple big picks for his team. Both teams have tough draws in the first round of playoffs but have shown they have the moxy to get it done.

Eyes Downtown had another game later in the day against Tight Ends In Motion. They had much more success in this game as Bobby McConnell returned as well as Jeff Farr. Bobby also brought in a 3rd girl to give Taylor and Beth a breather throughout the game. Rumors were swirling Chadwick was not present for the game as he was upset about the morning match up and left in a tizzy. ED looked much more like their usual selves with Bobby back calling the plays. TE had Seth throwing and Alex playing receiver. I, for one, thought this was a great idea as Seth is one of the top QBs available and if his attendance could be relied upon, there’s no way this man should be playing back up. The game seemed closer than it was and tensions ran high in this one as well due to some unnecessary roughness that went uncalled. To be fair, tensions always run high when these teams play each other so it was only a matter of time. ED held on to their 2nd place spot and secured a first round bye with a 27-18 win.

Lastly, Ultimate Warriors finally got their first win of the session over Morning Wood, 20-16. The Warriors tried out Josh at QB who has looked to be their best option to date (albeit Sam got an unfair draw by having to play against Quinn in her starting QB debut). If anything, UWs should consider this a moral victory as it did not affect them in the standings but it saved them from being the only defeated team in the league. Morning Wood looked like a team ready for the summer to start. They would benefit from some throwing and catches practicing prior to next session.

So that concludes the regular season weekly reviews. Man did that go by fast. With playoffs looming, it is literally anyone’s game. There are even more questions than answers now than before the session began; Who will step up and be the hero? Who will implode and forever wonder what could have been? Will Public Enemy retain their streak and take another title? Will the Angels’ perfect session end with a title or disappointment? Who will try to use an illegal sub and face the wrath of Rameer? Will Joey Batts and Jeremy Burr win a title and have to think of another excuse to not move up? Will all of Title Shot show up and shock the world by thumping teams now that it’s playoffs? All these questions will be answered in a few short weeks’ time.

Top 3 of the Week:

1.      Topper- he pulled off a truly wonderful Lenny Alba Appreciation Day and continues to provide us with the best co-ed sports league in the area

2.      End Game- quietly on top of their division with a 153 point differential, this is a team to watch in the playoffs.

3.      Frodo Swaggins- coming back from an abysmal start, they end the session with the most points for amongst all nongender teams

 

Next week begins round 1 of playoffs. This is where heroes are made people so bring your A game and remember I’ll be watching…

 

~The Sentinel

Week 7 Review

Category: The Sentinel
Created: Tuesday, 11 June 2019 12:41
Published: Tuesday, 11 June 2019 12:41
Written by Patrick McGovern
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Helllloooo TSL! Week 7 has come and gone, and what a week it was. Mother Nature appears to be fully on our side now as the weather was glorious. There were plenty of red shoulders and faces later in the day to attest to that. Coming up on our last week of the regular season, the results of Week 7 had little effect on the previous rankings. Sure, there are still some close races for the top spots but those on the top of each division have all earned their right to be there. Let’s talk about what went down this week:

In Breakfast Club this week, the schedule just so happened to work out that teams were supposed to play the same team they played last week so instead of doing that, it was decided that they would play the team they missed for the rainout. Hot TaMolly’s and Bern Them All played in a down-to-the-wire nail biter that could have gone either way. HT was missing captain Molly but Garrett led a strong offense by not being afraid to take the short passes when they were there or go for the long ball. Travis struggled at QB for BTA, missing his receivers on multiple occasions but made a game ending pick on defense and BTA was able to pull out a win 16-14.

EmC HammerTime and Natural Born Kellers also had a back and forth game. Non-award winning Tommy Hughes stepped in as QB for ECHT. Austin Weber had a huge game on defense for NBKs, adding a couple more picks to his BC stats. Katie Keller led her team to victory making big catches when they needed them and her team responded by playing a mechanically sound game. JZ even graced us with his presence and brought his usual level of high strung energy. ECHT had a chance to win it at the end by having Emily Curry throw but Scott Keller failed to make the catch (rumor has it some shady defense was involved). NBK walked away with a win 34-26.

Schilling Em Softly won a blow out game against Peanut Butter Kelly Time 38-6. PBKT was missing Jamy however, Sal was MIA for SES. At halftime the game was tied and within reach for either team but SES turned on the burners coming out of the half and ran away with it. SES’s Brandy led a drive at QB and PBKT had no answers on defense. Breakfast Club playoffs start next week!

In C1/C2 we had our preplanned cross divisional games this week. The results of these games were pretty much as expected but let’s talk about them anyway. Public Enemy and Bullet Club was a much anticipated match up to see if PE’s streak could be brought down by a lower division team. Alas, it was not to be. Early errors on BC’s part resulted in an early lead for PE. BC spent the rest of the game playing catch up but was not able to overcome the deficit they created.  PE showed early why they are a team to be reckoned with. After the game PE held a players only meeting to discuss their recent close calls, averaging a 4.75 point margin of victory in their last 4 games.

Marketing Mayors demolished Money Ball, 32-6. There was not much to be said for this game as this was pretty much the outcome everyone expected aside from a slight hope MB would make some unanticipated magic happen. Dalfonso systematically marched down the field. They had all their guys in attendance but MB also had a full roster aside from Glowacki. MB definitely has talent but they were outmatched, outgunned, and outplayed against MM. Marketing Mayors played Eyes Downtown later in the day for a game that was much more evenly matched. These teams know each other well although ED had some new faces mixed in. ED is coming into their own with Bobby back in the mix. The big names on both teams were doing their best to steal this game away from the other but ED came away with the win 33-32 due to a failed 2 point conversion.

1 Todd Too Many faced Energy Buff in what was anticipated as a high chance of a lower division upset. Topper and Co however, had other plans. They were short on guys so it was all hands on deck for defense but they stepped up their zone and held EB to 16 points, allowing no deep passes behind them. Topper continued his winning ways for the day and put up 37 points. EB continued their roller coaster of a session. Very similar to MB, they have talent all over the field but need that cohesion amongst themselves to get to the level of other teams in this division. They did not have QB1 and once again, appeared to be missing some key guys as well.

Tight Ends in Motion played A&A in one of the 2 upsets of these match ups. TE was without QB Alex so had Kyle Conniff throwing. There were some missed passes but way too many dropped balls on offense. A&A had most of their regulars (although to be completely honest I’m not sure who they all are). Maggie returned giving Matty Ice one of his favorite female targets back. TE’s could not figure out how to make stops on defense resulting in a 31-37 loss.

Slytherin that end zone versus Morning Wood turned out to be a back and forth, all out battle that resulted in a tie, 36-36. Newman was hitting his targets and the speedsters on SITE were making him look good. SITE’s new girl is beginning to stand out as well on both offense and defense. Dave Wilbern and MW played like there was no tomorrow. The receivers on this team were making highlight reel catches. I don’t know what got into them but if they had played like this all session, they wouldn’t be sitting at the bottom of the division.

Cunning Stunts/Matty’s Angels was given all the fanfare this game receives every session and alas, like most hyped up games this session, it did not live up to the hype. MA took an early lead and held it for the duration of the game. Both teams agreed to go all female on defense which absolutely worked to the Angels favor. The Stunts could not cover the deep balls and Matty Ice tore their zone apart, relentlessly sending Lindsey and Katie Salsbury on post routes. Emily Curry appeared to be leading the defense for the Angels and Joey Batts couldn’t keep up with their constant changing from zone to man. I’m told the Angels had some words for the Godfather last week after he ripped apart their D but allowing 42 points isn’t going to shut anyone up. Regardless, they came away with the win and bragging rights until next time, 61-42.

Over Compensators beat HomeTech 33-29. Short on guys, OC called in Rameer and Hearn to help them in this victory. HT had the edge early and was up until OC brought in Larry at QB. Larry took charge of the offense and things started to click for this team, giving them their 2nd win of the session. HT falls into last place in the division after this loss. Austin Weber used up all his magic early in the day and couldn’t make enough happen to hold it together for a win.

Come From Behind played a good game against Hope N Ruin. They kept up as best they could but the guys of HNR proved to be too much for CFB. Erica and Nicole played great games for HNR as did the females on CFB. The game was close fought with both teams making big plays and stops when they needed it. HNR pulled away by the end and came away with a 30-21 victory. As history has proven, this is when HNR begins to thrive.

Buffalo Solar Solutions bested Hung Buffalo, 44-27, albeit HB had none of their usual females. The ladies of CFB subbed for them and kept it close for most of the game. Jenn Stachura’s route running is among the best in the league and I don’t mean in terms of just other females. There were moments of greatness for both teams. The redhead on HB played great and I’m curious how I’ve never noticed him before. BSS’s QB remained poised all game, granted they did seem to have some trouble punching the ball in when they were in the red zone. The females of BSS are athletes and I wouldn’t be surprised if this team makes a big jump in the rankings just before playoffs.

Cobblestone picked up a win against Full Throttle, 27-22, even without Darryl to lead them. Garrett came back to his old stomping grounds to throw for them and they were able to capitalize on some big plays. Garrett used his teams’ height advantage where he could to pull out this win. FT struggled to adjust their defense and gave up significant yardage by playing too far off their opponents. They also had one of their best receivers in as QB. I guess when you’re sitting at the bottom of your division, now is the time to try out new things.

3rd & Schlong played Sticky Bandits, who have seemed to be quieter than usual this session. With Alex out of the line up, Raj stepped in to throw for the Bandits. It was a high scoring game with both teams not afraid to air out the ball. 3&S made some big defensive plays in the end zone while Nicole and Katie Keller feasted on offense. The game ended in a 38-38 tie. In a division as close as R1 is right now, either of these teams could be poised for an upset come playoffs.

The Ugandan Warriors beat Vandalay Industries, 32-26. VI was able to keep it close throughout the game but they could not get a stop on defense when they needed it. Blasé is really connecting with his receivers. They had Moe in the line up this week who is a good foot and a half taller than anyone on the field, however, his hands proved to be suspect. Get some gloves bro. Dorene and the ladies of UW are well seasoned vets and they had the VI females outmatched. VI played Five Star Generals later in the day. Once again, the ball was sailing for both teams and FSG came away with the win, 58-49. VI was missing Kyle in this game which significantly hurt them offensively and defensively.  FSG needed this game to have any chance at the playoffs and a win next week may just move them up into that final place in R3.

The Ugandan Warriors also had a double header this week. Next up was Pink Pteratacos. First and foremost, congratulations to Mark of PP on his recent engagement to his lovely girlfriend. Way to go! As for the game, UWs were revved up from their recent victory and carried that momentum on to this game. Frank made some remarkable catches and PP’s defense couldn’t find an answer. UW came away with the win, 33-20. PP missed too many passes on offense and their receivers were guilty of too many drops to win a game. From the outside looking in, it appears PP has too many voices in the huddle.

TMA’s season is all over the place yet somehow they still sit in 3rd place in their division, pretty impressive with a losing record. This week they played Jabronies who recently dropped out of the #1 spot. The Jabronies took full advantage of TMA being short on players and rolled past them winning, 52-14. Ferger and Rameer both tried their hand at QB but couldn’t bring the secret stuff the latter brought last week. Tensions ran high as they had difficulties on offense and defense and began turning on each other and the referees. The Jabronies offense continues to perform at a high level and pending any momentous upsets, we’ll be seeing them against Practice Squad in a couple week’s time.

It seems Week 1 was just yesterday but alas it was quite some time ago. Teams that started off hot have faded and started to fizzle out while others are finally coming into their own at the right time. Some teams fight for their playoffs lives as others are riding their new found momentum into the playoffs. And that brings us to the end of Week 7. Up next week, enter the final week of the regular season.  More cross divisional games in C1/C2 are looming, this week the match ups are based on standings. R1 and R4 are also playing in ranking games, giving us a glimpse of possible championship potential in 3 weeks time. Remember, this is Lenny Appreciation Week! Starting Friday night at Vue Rooftop Lounge, we will celebrate and remember our friend Lenny then continue the celebration into Saturday where plenty of fun shenanigans are planned. You don’t want to miss it! I’ll be watching…

Top 3 of the Week:

1.      Marketing Mayors- Currently in 3rd but sitting with the highest point differential in the division

2.      Matty’s Angels- These ladies continue to impress, boasting the second highest win streak and seemingly scoring at will

3.      Gryffindor- Coming in on playoffs with a 3 game win streak, Joey Batts and Co are finalizing utilizing their roster to capitalize on their strengths

-The Sentinel

THE SENTINEL:  WEEK 6

Category: The Sentinel
Created: Wednesday, 29 May 2019 12:53
Published: Wednesday, 29 May 2019 12:53
Written by Patrick McGovern
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THE SENTINEL:  WEEK 6

 

So Week 5 had an interesting, wet start. Everyone arrived at the fields bright-eyed and bushy tailed ready to play some Breakfast Club football when all of a sudden a bolt of lightning was spotted nearby. Mandatory safety measures were implemented so everyone went to the patio to wait it out. Not 2 minutes later the skies open up and it was torrential downpours for 45 minutes. Teammates of players who were not at the fields yet had their phones blowing up with inquires of “Are the games canceled?”. But we persevered and the co-ed football gods were gracious enough to let us proceed with our scheduled programming, minus Breakfast Club. After that it ended up being a beautiful day resulting in several sunburnt faces and shoulders. As mentioned by my colleagues, Memorial Day weekend always means double headers for those that were there, bye weeks for people who looked ahead at a calendar and short benches for those who did not. Public EnemyFrodo SwagginsUgandan Warriors and No Punt Intended all went 2-0 on the day while Morning Wood and The Bambs fared less well going 0-2. Let’s discuss…

Public Enemy took on #XTC@Angry Buffalo in a close battle that ended with PE on top by only 3 points. Nick Sooch was back in midseason form making all the difference for this team considering the scoring differential in their last match up with this team. PE may have been more concerned about Heather’s birthday and the Jello shots on the sideline. Their defense was less than spectacular, one more bounce XTC’s way and this game could have had a much different ending. PE beat Tight Ends in Motion later in the day, continuing their undefeated streak. They certainly didn’t do it with flying colors though, as this game was won by 1 point. PE dominated the first half coming into half time up 2 scores. Their defense picked up the pace getting 3 picks for the team. TEIM marched right back in the second half, picking off Cole on the first play of the drive which resulted in a gender TD to start them off. It came down to the final minutes when TEIM scored a TD to come within one point. Ricky Austin went for the win. The game (and PE’s win streak) was theirs for the taking but Ricky threw the ball high out of the back of the end zone and co-ed football immortality passed them by. Such a heartbreaker…

Come From Behind took on Matty’s Angels with Topper in at QB. Both teams were not afraid to throw the ball and both defenses could not make a stop. Topper clearly understands the way to beat a gender team is deep balls to the tall guys not covered by Matty Ice. However, this strategy appeared to work for the MA’s as well except Matty threw it to any and every female on his team. This was a close one for 50 minutes, ending with MA on top 45-40.

TMA and Practice Squad played what was a close game at the start but ended far from it, with PS besting TMA 34-6. By half time, both teams were right in it. The management of PS made some half time adjustments and starting using their speed, TMA’s kryptonite. TMA had Rob, who I learned this weekend is Drunk Meg’s brother, so they had offensive weapons. They were also able to limit the productivity of PS’s girls, not an easy task as Renee is no joke. PS is proving to be a formidable opponent in R4, next week’s match-up between them and Jabronies will be a must watch.

A&A played Bullet Club in what started out as a blow out with A&A up 22-0. Travis Clev was back at QB for BC, however it looked like they finally had enough guys to even have people on the sidelines! Girls were the attendance problem this week as they had Katie Keller in as a sub. Travis got off to a rough start and BC’s defense could not stop the deep throws despite the plays being called out from the sidelines. A&A was short their usual girls but had their usual height and speedy guys. In the second half, BC regrouped and came back to win 38-22. Travis had a huge game on defense and Matty Ice and his receivers could not get back to the rhythm they had in the first half. Katie Keller caught a great deep pass to finish off the game.

The Ugandan Warriors played a struggling Five Star Generals, beating them 61-6. FSG finally got a win last week but that high came to an abrupt stop against Blasé and Co. To add insult to injury for FSG, Blasé played in jorts. Bold move Blasé, but if you’re going to pull something like that, don’t half ass it and wear shorts underneath. Commit! Matt Keita is back with his former ACE teammates and made some big plays for the UWs. FSG did not have their usual QB and the new guy couldn’t feed his receivers accurately. On a positive note, the red headed female on this team is someone to look out for. UW also have solid females as well as Frank who goes out there every game trying to make highlight reel plays. Later in the day UW played Hope N Ruin beating them 27-6. Big day for Uganda, let’s hope they can keep up whatever offense they ran this week. 

Frodo Swaggins and Ultimate Warriors went at it with UW coming up 1 TD short. I know it probably doesn’t make it any easier, in fact it could make it worse, but UW’s last 3 losses were within 1 TD or less. When will this team put Sam in at permanent QB? You have the one female in the entire league that can consistently and accurately throw, why not utilize her all the time. You have the athletes for her to throw to, take the 8 points per TD and let the woman play! Frodo Swaggins appear to have found a new QB, allowing Garrett to go back to WR1. Between him and Nick Buzcek, this team will be sure to give AWDIQ a run for their money the second time around.

Morning Wood and Peachy Platoon played at noon once the weather made it to the hottest point of the day. Dean Thompson proved he can launch the ball and his receivers proved they can go get it. Morning Wood continued to struggle and their schedule this week was not their friend. After a 22-30 loss and a small bench against PP, MW went up against Division leader All We Do Is Quinn and hit a wall. AWDIQ won 28-6 despite the defensive efforts of Dave Wilbern and the guy with the beard. Dave and Rachel Parker did all they could on offense as well but it was not enough against the speedsters and girls of AWDIQ.

Energy Buff beat a once again Dubey-less Title Shot team. It was a close game but I must say I have been impressed with what I’ve seen from EB recently. They are finally utilizing the assets that they have and playing to their strengths. They were missing Ben Stack and Kate and had Mai subbing for an extra female. Title Shot was also short players and brought in Garbacz to show everyone that he’s still got it. Award winning Tommy Hughes does what he does best and called plays that EB had trouble defending, particularly when utilizing his females, Jill and Devon. These two have easily the best hands collectively of any female tandem in the league and their catches and TDs kept TS in this game. To EB’s credit, they started catching on to TS’s play calling and adjusting accordingly. The guy with the glasses did have about 4 drops though. Sorry man, I gave you props when I saw you do well, going to need you to pick it up out there.

The Jabronies played the Bambs handing them a 41-27 loss. QB Joe Miano looked to be on point, both throwing and scrambling around to gain his receivers time to get open. They also had TEIM’s Alex and Kleckler on the sidelines as managers. The Jabronies weren’t afraid to try some trick plays and it paid off. The Bambs had difficulty making stops on defense and connecting on offense. If this team wants to make it past Week 1 of the playoffs, they need to work on getting both sides of the game together.

Uncle Rico’s Time Travelers played a double header this week first against Puckett All-Stars then No Punt Intended. They were able to best PAS 39-20 but fell short against NPI immediately after. Fatigue may have been a factor but in this world sometimes that’s the hand you’re dealt. URTT and PAS know each other well. I would say that was the advantage for URTT but PAS has been struggling hard this season aside from an unexpected win over GLBS. Tim missed too many targets in the NPI game that he was making earlier in the day. Their females were their usual brand of awesome, Jackee grabbed everything that wasn’t overthrown to her and the girl rushing was making life hard for both QBs. Despite the missed targets, the game was won until Tim threw an unnecessary ball which was picked off by Kyle Conniff with under 2 minutes left in the game. You can throw the ball away Tim, come playoff time, that kind of mental lapse in judgment is going to make for some angry teammates and fans. Kyle looked dialed in for NPI against GLBS as well. He has females that can run and guys with some wiggle. Scoring a combined 83 points in their double header this team is creeping up the rankings. GLBS lost QB Josh to injury during the first half resulting in Glenn Bird being called up to play QB. NPI already had a significant lead by this point. GLBS fared much better in their first game against Hung Buffalo, pummeling them 26-8. HB appeared to be missing some of their guys but GLBS showed what had got them to this point in the season thus far.

The BiPolar Express also played a double header going 1-1 on the day. First team up was pAssless Chaps, headed by Coach Jay. BE could not get anything going on offense. Drop balls and a couple picks earned PC their first win of the season and a shutout to boot. Later in the day BE played The Bambs. If I were a betting man, I’d have been confident the reverse outcome of BE’s games would be the case but alas I’d have lost that bet. Fortunately I am not. They got their first win of the season with a shutout as well, putting up 18 points on the Bambs. Gordon is really starting to connect with his ladies. Renee and Sarah both had outstanding games and the whole team has come a long way defensively. The Bambs did have a short bench as they were missing many of their key players.

Top 3 of the Week:

1. pAssless Chaps and BiPolar Express for getting their first wins AND shutouts of the season.

2. Ugandan Warriors who, not only combined for 88 points in their double header week, but also rapidly climbed the charts making for another Blasé vs Angels rivalry matchup that was denied to us last time when ACE played in the league.

3. No Punt Intended with special emphasis on Kyle Conniff for leading his team to 2 victories and having the game winning pick in one of them.  

Let me conclude by saying my name is The Sentinel which comes from the word ‘sentry’ meaning one who watches. That said, watching is all I do so if you want to raise awareness for your team, yourself or your teammate, make something happen worth watching. There is talent all over this league and in every division. I can’t be at all the games but if I see from Field 2 someone making big plays over at Field 5 I’m going to head down in that direction. If I’m over at Field 5 and hear cheering and applauding from Field 1, I’m going there. Remember, my job is to watch so give me something worth seeing. See you next time…

 

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THE SENTINEL: WEEK 7

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Created: Thursday, 06 June 2019 12:37
Published: Thursday, 06 June 2019 12:37
Written by Patrick McGovern
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THE SENTINEL:  WEEK 7

 

Welllllll here we are post-Week 6 and it was a doozy. I feel like I should address the elephant in the room now and say that no I will not be discussing “the fight” which occurred this week The Build has his input and I’m sure the Godfather will have their say about it and I don’t feel like that sort of conduct deserves any other recognition than to say “Grow up”. I care more about the games and the people who can conduct themselves like adults. There were quite a few upsets this week and A LOT of points scored. Looking over the results of this past week, I see the majority of the combined scores for the game are in the 50-80 range. Looks like that QB Power Ranking has really motivated some of our QBs this season. Let’s see what went down.

In Breakfast Club, Natural Born Kellers were right in the game against Hot TaMollys. Topper looked to be in mid-season form and Garrett has proven to any early-on doubters that he is the real deal at QB, even in socks. The game was back and forth until the end when things took a turn for the worst for NBK. Josh had a great interception, not sure where this guy came from but he’s definitely one of the best never-talked-about players in the league. Boccio decided to have the game of his life, making every effort to get on ESPN’s highlight reel. Then Blasé decides he needs abandon NBKs to warm up for his 10:00 game with 20 minutes left to go in this game. Blasé- I get you made a commitment to your regular team but leaving this team in the trenches is not cool Bro. Then NBK had the chance to take the lead with under 2 minutes when Topper’s leg betrayed him and he failed to get the throw off on 6th down. HT ended up taking the game 42-39.

Schilling Em Softly remains in 1st place and the top contender for the BC title by beating Bern Them All36-27. They were missing Emily S and Brandy so had Elaina from No Punt Intended subbing. Matty Ice scrambled for a collective 47 minutes and BTAs defense could not keep up. Tensions on BTA began to rise as they struggled to defend trick plays. Some uncharacteristic drops and botched throws cost BTA the game.

Peanut Butter Kelly Time got their first win of the season besting EmC HammerTime 21-17. Newman had a big day all around and it all started here. Coach Jay’s patience and wisdom finally paid off. Captain Kelly was not present to finally claim the bra of an opponent. Ricky Austin was MIA for ECHT so Ferger took over as QB. Emily and Co will need to right the ship to avoid slipping into last place just before playoffs.

Bullet Club vs Title Shot turned out to have an ending no one expected. Title Shot went from the top, undisputed favorite of the C2 division down to 5th place. Their fall from grace could easily be attributed to Dubey’s lack of attendance but he was there for this game. Unfortunately, several other guys were not meaning Dubey also had to play defense. Being a veteran in this league for as long as he has been has its benefits but having to go iron man takes a huge toll when one is no longer 25. They were also missing their main offensive weapon, Devon, and Marissa was hurt during the game. Bullet Club now sits at the top of the C2 division and they continue to gel. I think it’s safe to say at this point Jeff Easton is not playing and Travis Clev is their QB for the season.

The Ugandan Warriors fell to Matty’s Angels despite Blasé’s extended warm up. The game was high scoring on both sides with the final being 43-51. MA continued to play their style of offense so many teams have trouble defending. Lindsey played lights out, catching the game winning TD over Matt Keita.

All We Do Is Quinn suffered their first defeat at the hands of Peachy Platoon. It was a close game that could have gone the other way had AWDIQ played smarter. First of all, and this is a message to all you R1 teams out there, you have to rush a speed threat against Dean Thompson. They love to run the same play and unless you have a rusher with some serious wheels he’s going to continuously pick up 10-15+ yards every time they do. Secondly, PP needs to utilize their females more as, from what I’ve seen, it’s all about the guys with this team. They could take a lesson from AWDIQ in this regard. Quinn’s females are more than capable of carrying a game for this team and their QB is willing to let them do so. Rawdog and Schwab have shown us that we should be talking about them more. Their QB seems to know the game and makes smart play calls. Neither of these teams were afraid to throw the ball but PP came out on top 35-24. Later in the day, things didn’t go as well for PP when they took on 3rd and Schlong. Once again the game was close but the Keller’s and Co were able to pull ahead, winning 36-34. The R1 playoff push is literally up for the taking as almost any team in this division could take over the top spots.

Public Enemy and Eyes Downtown went at it for the second time this session. PE got the ball rolling early while ED was missing Jeff Farr, taking a 19 point lead before the half. A botched pass deflecting into the hands of Jon McGrath didn’t help the situation. Jeff showed up in the second half and ED started to make a comeback. PE was missing Pauly J and Jake so fatigue may have played a part. ED got a stop on defense and came within a touchdown to tie the game but ran out of the time as PE used their impressive clock management abilities to run down the clock for the final 2 minutes, taking the win 34-25.

The Vandalay Industries vs Overcompensators match up was the quintessential co-ed touch football game. For those of you having trouble grasping what this league is truly about, these are the teams you should watch to demonstrate how it is possible to have fun playing this sport whether you win or lose. Topper had to play defense and padded his stats by getting a pick. That in and of itself would be enough to send some QBs hiding behind the Brall of Shame but OC’s QB persevered. OC had a unique plan on defense that they may want to rethink for next week. I’m not 100% sure what they were doing but when Paul Scinta catches a deep ball down field, it’s time to reassess your strategy.

XTC played 1 Todd Too Many in a close game that ended XTC on top 22-16. In the absence of Nick Sooch, Nick Wendt went in as QB. He actually played a pretty amazing game. Their females looked outstanding as well. Kelly Mazur may be one of the most underrated females in the entire league. 1TTM was missing all of their usual girls due to the RivAlz game so Topper had some difficulty adjusting to his unfamiliar targets.

TMA played a double header this week. First up was The Bambs who played down a female so only had 5 on the field. The Bambs pulled ahead to an early lead leading by 2 scores. Then TMA brought in secret weapon Rameer at QB and the tides turned. Rameer lead his team to bring the game to a tie. The Bambs had a chance to grab the win but with seconds left to go in the last drive their only female snapped her ankle and both teams agreed to end the game in a tie. We have not yet received word on how she is, but we hope she has a speedy recovery. TMA played The BiPolar Express later in the day, once again coming from behind. This time they pulled out a win once Rameer was asked to step in at QB. BE started strong but couldn’t score once TMA figured out how to defend against a gender team. Having Gordon hurt didn’t help their situation and they were missing some of their key players.

After losing 32-14 earlier in the day to GryffindorMoney Ball took on Title Shot for Part 2 of their double header week. Gryffindor used their speed and MB had no answer on defense. After Gryffindor’s abysmal start to the session, they seem to have come together as a team as they make the push for playoffs. MB was without Glowacki so Scotty Pinto threw for them again. Their offensive strategy with Scotty at the helm is simple: deep to Radon. Don’t get me wrong, it appears to be working. By the second game of their day, MB looked able to move the ball well, putting up 43 points to TS’s 27. Award-winning Tommy Hughes had to leave early so TS called in Joe K. Devon made it for this game but Jill Iacono also had to leave so Molly McDermid stepped in. TS needs to work out their attendance issues to have any chance of a playoff run. Even though MB is sitting at the bottom of the division I think this team could be ripe for an upset if they can maintain any type of consistency for the rest of the session.

Top 3 of the Week:

1. All the females who played in the RivAlz game. I was so impressed by the representation the TSL had at that game and we are so proud of you all for sacrificing your time and raising money for such an important cause.

2. End Game- They quietly sit atop the R2 division at 6-1, after a blow out win over Hung Buffalo this week. We see you.

3. Rameer- Was called upon to step in as QB for his team twice this week and answered the call, coming back to tie a game then win a game. Great work!

The weather is finally shaping up for us so let’s try to keep our shit together and have some fun. There’s a good deal of big games next week including all the crossover C1/C2 contests. Time to see where everyone matches up and if the bitching all the C2 teams about moving up was warranted. R1 is also going to get a taste of playoff matchups with their ladder match week. The results of these games could throw a huge wrench in the playoff picture we will be seeing in a few weeks’ time. The game I’ll most certainly have my eye on is 10:00 on Field 4 when Matty’s Angels and Cunning Stunts have at it. There’s always more than just a win at stake between these two teams and I predict a high scoring, high energy, highlight reel-esque game all around. Until then, keep your fingers crossed the weather report stays as it is now and remember, I’ll be watching…

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THE SENTINEL: WEEK 5

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Created: Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:34
Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:34
Written by Patrick McGovern
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THE SENTINEL:  WEEK 5

Seemed like yesterday we were talking about week 1 but here we are halfway through the regular season. Week 4 had its fair share of upsets, nail biters and blow outs. I highlighted the names of teams to make it easier for those of you who only care about whether your team was mentioned. To give credit where it’s due I did steal this idea from The Build, but he stole my colored signature line idea so now we’re square. Let’s get right into it.

Our first upset of the game was at 9am in Breakfast Club when Natural Born Kellers took on undefeated Schilling Em Softly. SES was missing QB Matty Ice so Kyle Conniff took the rock. Not a bad back up QB but now you’re missing WR1. History has shown us sometimes the best drafted teams in BC are the ones who show up and attendance won this game for NBK. Topper and Katie Keller’s crew put up 22 points to SES’s 0. Hopefully the cast and crew of SES will return for next week.

Peanut Butter Kelly Time and Bern Them All played a high scoring game with another bra and a bucket of mimosas on the line. Newman had some solid throws but canceled them out with a couple picks. Jamy played awesome but PBKT appeared to be missing quite a few players as well, including fan favorite 40 year plan guy. BTA also had some attendance issues among their guys. Travis Clev threw for most of the game then gave Rawdog a chance to show his stuff. Rumor around the locker room is the backup QB position for BTA is still up for grabs…

Hot TaMolly’s and EmC HammerTime came down to the wire and ended on a questionable missed call involving Boccio and a female receiver. This scenario sounds familiar. HTM had Garrett back and looking healthy after being placed on IR last week. Joe Schwab had an impressive deep catch that had ECHT asking themselves “Who was that guy?”. Ricky Austin wasn’t afraid to let it fly either and having Drew there to go get those jump balls made for an exciting match. After losing this game by 1 point, I’m sure ECHT is itching for a rematch. I know I am.

Word around the fields was Public Enemy was more worried about this game versus Marketing Mayors than last week’s big rivalry match up against Eyes Downtown. And for good reason. MM are an experienced team and know that it’s not over til it’s over. PE was up 2 scores when Cole threw a pick allowing MM to get within range. MM had a chance to win it but Bermel was ruled out of bounds ending the game in favor of PE 40-32. PE’s defense played outstanding and Carissa from MM looked to be in top form.

In C2, Money Ball took on a very short-handed Bullet Club. Jeff Easton has yet to make an appearance, however, Paul Nieman made his return to the fields. Travis Clev was back throwing for BC while MB went with backup QB Scotty Pinto in the absence of Glowacki. The game could easily be described as the Radon Show. Clearly Pinto’s favorite target, Radon was all over the field and received the vast majority of throws. BC didn’t have an answer for MB’s speed and Tim Dove drew up plays to capitalize. MB got its first win 34-23, despite a tension-filled ending to the game.

XTC and 1 Todd 2 Many played in what should have been a good game provided everyone had all their weapons. Unfortunately this was not the case for 1T2M. They were missing Pete, Sal, Nixon and Salvati meaning Topper had to play defense. To add insult to injury, Nick Sooch made his debut for XTC. Sooch picked up right where he left off, orchestrating his offense and dropping dimes on WRs who have been waiting ever so patiently for a QB who can get them the ball. No disrespect to 1T2M but I was rooting for XTC in this one as it was Coach Jay’s first win of the season and no one deserved a win more than him. 1T2M played Tight Ends in Motion later in the day with the same result. Walking around the sideline of this game, it just felt blah. Rough day to have a double header. Ricky Austin made his C1 debut for the season at QB while Alex is still on IR. Alex was watching intently from the sidelines. I don’t want to take anything away from TEIM as they played a good game and put up 39 points. Their play calling was spot on as we’ve come to expect and Lindsey showed off her shiftiness. Next week’s game against PE will be a big test to see where they belong in this division.

Hung Buffalo had a big day winning both of their back-to-back games. First up, they took it to Full Throttle allowing only 16 points while scoring 35. HB QB (Mark, I believe, correct me if I’m wrong) knows how to utilize all his players. This is a team that really has all the pieces together. A QB who knows the game, talented receivers and solid girls. Sounds like a winning formula to me. They played Cobblestone immediately following their win against FT and may have been a little gassed as the game was closer than expected. Cobblestone repeatedly left HB’s Kate wide open in the middle and she did what she does and caught the shit out of the ball. Cobblestone introduced some new girls, Taylor and Dyshawna (there was one more but I didn’t catch the name). Taylor is new to football but you’d never know it watching her play. Darryl definitely found some talent this time with his girls and he has his usual guys. My humble advice for CB: play to your strengths. Use Big Rig’s and Darryl’s nephews’ height and let them make plays.

Full Throttle and Buffalo Solar Solutions both went 0-2 on the day bumping the latter down from first to 5th place. BSS could not seem to get anything going during their game against GLBS and GLBS was rolling. QB Josh looked in control the whole game and made some clutch throws. There is no shortage of athleticism and speed on this team. Damico (#15) had a great pick and Jay Elphick was a nightmare for BSS’ defense. Glenn proved his worth on both sides of the ball, making great catches and huge stops on defense. I’ve never noticed Jenna with the pink headband before today but that girl has skill. She’s quick and has hands to boot. BSS needs to right the ship but this coming week will be no walk in the park with End Game coming to town.

Full Throttle came up against End Game this week in what was a back and forth battle up until the end of the game when EG went up 11 at the 2 minute warning. Lou has some athletes on his team but he’s got to recognize when players are open sooner. He spent way too much time scrambling around waiting for plays to develop. EG had a huge girl edge with Steph and Purdy; however, Dave waited until he had to go to a girl and got into multiple 3-2 and 4-2 situations. Come on Dave, if you want to make the QB Power Ranking you need to be smarter.

Pink Pteratacos played Hope N Ruin in a close game that came down to the wire. PP QB Joe and captain Mark have come a long way from a couple seasons ago. Mark’s scouting has seemingly paid off as he has talented girls and guys all over the field. He also seems to be keeping his composure more, although winning tends to have that effect. HNR on the other hand, need to take a step back and gain some composure before heading into next week. Losing by 1 point is never fun and HNR did everything they could to pull this out. Their guys were lying out to make the catch and break up plays on defense every time I turned around. Nicole had a great game and made some nice catches. But guys, yelling at your QB that he just needs to throw you the ball every play and pointing fingers at your teammates probably isn’t the best strategy. Also, it makes you look like an asshole. Just something to keep in mind next game.

I’d like to start by apologizing to Frodo SWAGGins for getting their name wrong in my write up Week 1. My bad guys. There were some familiar faces in the ranks for FS this week. Nick and Tammy made an appearance as well as Emily Schilling who left End Game at the roster submission deadline. Sources say she was unhappy with the amount of girls on EG’s roster so negotiated with a team that offered more playing time. FS got their first win of the season against 3rd and Schlong, who were missing 40 year plan guy. They looked cohesive in their offense, particularly at the end when they scored 3 girl TDs, and were able to make some key stops defensively. While predominantly new faces, it appears Garrett has scouted himself a solid team and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them rise in the rankings as the season progresses. Austin Weber had another big day on offense for 3&S as did Nicole Keller. 3&S currently sit second in the R1 division but looking at the standings and the way the games have been played, the division is wide open with 1 of several teams battling it out to face, most likely, All We Do Is Quinn in the finals.

The Cunning Stunts bested HomeTech 26-1 in what may be a league record for the first team to ever score just 1 point thanks to a returned 1-point conversion. HomeTech could not adjust to the methodical offense of CS. Jamy was consistently left wide open no matter where she was; side line, mid field, end zone, there she was with no one within an 8 foot radius. Austin tried his damnedest but could not seem to connect with his WRs despite the best efforts from Pick-1 guy. They also had a guy go off the field injured who did not return to the game.

Five Star Generals played Cunning Stunts at noon and reports were heard that Joey Batts was intimidated by the athletes on that team. Luckily for Batts, the Generals did not utilize their assets as they should. Guys, you have probably the best receiver in R3 in that tall guy with the white long sleeves on your team and you target him 3 times, why? Play smarter people. 5SG went on to play Come From Behind, who appeared to be missing some guys later in the day. QB Paul was not in attendance so one of the young guns stepped up to fill his shoes. He had some highlight worthy throws, particularly one to Jenn Stachura but defensively they could not keep up with the athletes of 5SG. “Gronk” looked unstoppable no matter who CFB lined up against him and intimidation was definitely a factor when he rushed. CFB’s girls are familiar faces to anyone who’s been around the league and they all had some notable plays during the game. 5SGs were able to pick apart CFB’s defense though and took the W 42-31.

Vandalay industries took on Hope N Ruin at 2:00 after HNR’s loss to Pink Pteratacos. HNR was able to regain composure enough to pull out a win but there was still bickering going on amongst the team. VI couldn’t do anything on defense. They have athletes but can’t seem to figure out how to put it together. Kyle made some decent plays for them but they are going to need to get some stops if they want to add to their win column. Being held off from scoring in the second half isn’t going to help the cause either.



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