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After a three week hiatus, the Xtreme season was finally able to finish it’s regular season.
Not the best of conditions still, but sometimes you just have to play to get it out of the way. To kick the weekend off, the Undefeated Purple Parrots went on the road to take on their Hidden Temple rivals, the Blue Barracudas. Both teams weren’t sure of what they were getting themselves into at the start as the field was covered in fresh powder and ice. Running was hard and planting your feet was even harder. There was one man that was able to rise above the rest early on before anyone could figure it out. MVP favorite Joe Medeiros reached his TD quota in the first two Parrot possessions. The Parrots took a comfortable 22-6 lead into the lockerroom. The second half was more Parrots but less Medeiros as QB Dave Martel spread the ball around to Mark Boulanger and Joe Grazewski who both pitched in for a pair of TDs each. The Barracudas despite not being able to get a stop on D, figured things out on the offensive side in the second half. Vinnie Frasco found a tunnel and miles of separation on drive after drive ending the game on an exhausting 60 yard trek to collapse in the endzone for his third TD of the game. Parrots remain undefeated and head into the tournament as the number one overall seed 36-24.
The next game saw the lowly basement dwellers of the season pitted up against each other as Pug Life went to take on the Toon Squad. This game featured the coming out party to the one known as “Capoots.” Pug Life’s Tim Caputo led the game with 3 TD’s on the day to go along with an outstanding 17 receptions. Pug Life looked to run away with this one early as they scored on their first three possessions of the day. It wasn’t until a costly INT by their QB right into the hands of Toon Squads’ Ben Glassman at the 5 yard line. Glassman was then able to punch it in in the back of the endzone to make it a one score game. However, on the next drive Caputo struck again with 3 more receptions. One of which was a big 4th and long conversion that set up his eventual third and final TD of the game. Pug Life wins their first game of the season, 32-19.
The third game of the day featured an epic comeback of the ages and highlight reel catches and controversy up the wahoo. The Red hot Red Rockets stayed at home to face off against the All City Crew. With the absence of both team QB’s the backups got their chance to shine and step up in the spotlight. Dylan Berry who before the game said that now that he has the QB job back, it’s his to lose and he won’t give it up that easy. Berry played like a man that was playing for contract next season as he spread the ball around successfully to his thin City Crew receiving core. Berry, on his first possession of the day threw a laser to the back of the endzone to find a leaping Joey Parzych to take a 7-0 lead. Rockets backup QB, Nate Forsaith responded. He rolled right on a QB waggle to find brother Tyson at the goalline to tie it up. The TD angered Berry as he ended up with a face full of snow and a cleat on his throwing shoulder. After the training and medical staff cleared him for contact, Berry picked right back up where he left off. Berry channeled his inner Steve Young circa ’94. He picked apart the Rockets D for another highlight reel TD. This time he hit receiver Kevin Langevin on a perfectly placed back shoulder fade to give them the lead once again going into the half 13-7. In the second half, the Rockets utilized their book of trick plays as Forsaith tossed a 60 yard bomb to Matt Arpin via Flea Flicker double reverse scallywag McTwist. The game was then tied up at 13. Berry on the back end of the super trick play received a dirty hit from a fan in the stands that forced his throwing arm into a sling. All City Crew was no longer able to move the ball as their QB was throwing right handed. The Red Rockets tried and tried again but they just could not punch it in. The game headed into OT and neither team was able to score once again, and the game ended in a 13 all tie. Berry on the violence after the game, “It was nice to show them who’s boss. I went out there and proved that I can win when we needed to. I will rest this shoulder up during the bye weeks and be ready for a playoff charge..I guarantee you that.”
In the day’s finale, the deshelled Ninja Turtles took on the shaved down Black Panthers in a 4 on 4 matchup. The Panthers Jerry Brown finished his rookie season at QB strong as he sliced and diced up the Turtles defense for 5 total TD’s on the day. Defensive specialist, Erik Johnson was his star of the day with 4 catches for 187 yards and three Touchdowns. For the Turtles, their bright spot was Shawn Morin. The league VP pitched in with 9 catches one of which went for a TD to go along with his 8 solo tackles. This game was a game at the half as both team were tied up at 12 a piece, but in the end the Panthers were just too much to handle for a fatigued Turtles squad. In a game that lacked style and lacked pizzazz, the Panthers got the job done to claim a share in homefield advantage for the playoffs. Panthers win 30-19.
Due to unforseen circumstances, there will be no playoffs for the Xtreme season, meaning there will be no championship. Sorry guys…
Okay, so that’s not true at all. In all seriousness, the playoffs will be put on hold for a few weeks due to league representatives having previous engagements. The 2-3 week hiatus gives us a chance to heal up and most importantly, let the fields melt down a little more. Playing in the snow has been a blast but in the grand scheme of things, each team hasn’t been able to show their true colors.
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What a week to play some football eh? When we said this was going to be an “Xtreme” season, we weren’t kidding. 36 inches of snow accumulated on the home fields and 50 inches accumulated on our away fields. We had to make a decision on one of them, so we chose the lesser of the evils.
After a 35 minute weather delay to start the day, the Red Rockets went into the doghouse to face off against Pug Life. These two teams drew the short straw, as they had zero footprints and zero grooves to find their way through the snow since they were scheduled the dreaded first game of the day. An incomplete pass or a pulled flag, needed to be dug out of its landing place. This game was quite comical for the crowd to watch at first. A completed pass would result in a measly 5-10 yard pickup as no one would be able to generate yards after the catch or have the stamina in their legs to cut through knee high snow. It wasn’t until Matt Arpin of the Rockets, caught a TD with just under 3 minutes to play in the first half to send them into the lockerroom with a 7 point lead. A lead they would extend on their first drive of the second half. They channeled the Pats with a wide receiver option as Mike Lamonday found Arpin for his second TD of the day. Pug Life found some rhythm, after a Tim Caputo interception got them moving. Nick Sapienza scored his second TD of the season to pull them within 6. After another Caputo interception, the Pugs were just not able convert in the red zone once again to close it out. Red Rockets hang on 13-7.
The next game saw a battle of undefeateds, as the Purple Parrots welcomed the Black Panthers to their Hidden Temple. The Parrots might have noticed exactly what the first two teams did wrong as they were able to sneak their way up the sideline trenches to matriculate the ball down the field. After a long 8 minute drive by the Panthers that led to a Kyle Gagnon TD, the Parrots Dave Martel took over. He started with an overthrow and then never looked back. Martel was surgical working the sidelines left and right in this one. Both Johnny Nadeau and Joe Medeiros were able to catch a pair of TD’s against an unsuspecting Panthers D. The Panthers tried to work their way back into this game but a Mark Boulanger pick deflated the hopes of remaining undefeated for the Panthers. The Parrots put up the high score of the day, as they win 33-20.
At noon, the sun was out and shining but….it did nothing to snow of course. The third game of the day pitted the Toon Squad against the All City Crew. This was by far the most exciting game of the day as it came down to the final seconds to determine the winner. The first half was what some might call a defensive battle as both teams went scoreless and only three first downs were managed between the two of them. After the break the All City Crew decided they wanted to score. Matt Thomas who was the stud of the day sacrificing his body all over the field was able to run up the sideline and make a leaping catch in the back of the endzone. The extra point was converted to give them a comfortable 7-0 lead. Toon Squad QB Scott French fought hard to get his team back in the game. After a well crafted drive, John Groff found the endzone to pull the Toon Squad within a point. Jovi Santos proved his worth on the next All City drive, as he picked off a Crew pass to set up the Toon Squad in the Red Zone. French found Santos up the sideline and the Toons took their first lead of the day. A lead that would not be held long, when Matt Thomas decided to show up again. He caught yet another leaping TD in the back of the endzone as time expired to give the All City Crew their first win of the season, 13-12.
The days’ finale matched up the two most powerful offenses in the league when the Ninja Turtles took on the Blue Barracudas. This game was much like the previous as the only score came on a Tyson Forsaith TD over the middle to give the Barracudas an 8-0 lead at the half. The Barracudas defense was unrelenting, thwarting every Ninja Turtle drive with a batted ball or diving tackle short of the sticks. This game was destined to end 8 to nil until the Barracudas decided to get a little 2 minute drill practice in versus a prevent Turtles D. Tyson Forsaith found the endzone for a second time as the clock expired. Barracudas shell shock the Turtles 14-0.
What a week for an opener huh? Aside from the shortened field due to ice, the terrible commute for most, the slippery and practically uncatchable and throwable balls, and the rain and snow mix that was coming down, it was just your average opening day. With all new rosters and all new chemistry being established, we learned…
Nothing. We learned literally nothing about anybody because the snow and ice effected every single play of every single game (perhaps). Despite all the things that happened, it sure was a blast right?
The season kicked off with a pair of teams that swapped picks at the draft. Pug Life went on the road to take on the Black Panthers who swapped the number one overall pick for the eighth in the war room. Secret strategy perhaps? We will see when the playoffs unfold. This game started off with the worst conditions of the day as the field was fresh and had no play on it prior to game time. Pug Life was able to cash in the first TD of the season with old faithful Nick Sapienza adding to his career total to give the Pugs a 6 nil lead. A lead that wouldn’t last long as the Black Panthers got things together and capitalized off of Pug Life’s nonchalance style of play. QB Jerry Brown thrived in a west coast offense spreading the ball to his plethora of weapons. Nico Couture and Kyle Gagnon led the way with three TD’s a piece. Black Panthers never looked back and sent Pug Life home with their tails’ between their legs, 43-6.
The next game was more of the same as one team was able to blossom in the snow while the other was late to the party. At 11, the Ninja Turtles left their confines of the sewer to take on the high powered hybrid corn-fed Red Rockets. The Ninja Turtles, led by reigning Fall MVP Dan Walkley, jumped out to a 32-9 lead at the half and seemed unstoppable. After the break, the Red Rockets decided to fire off the boosters and finally score some points. Thanks to a pair of overly ridiculous Odell Beckham like catches by Mike Lamonday, the Rockets gained great field position that led to an Anthony Williams TD in the corner followed by a Nate Forsaith score to make it a ball game. Unfortunately the ooze of the Turtles was just too much to overcome as the Rockets fall 56-31.
At noon we saw the Fan Fav..I mean, All City Crew take on the preseason Vegas Favorite, Blue Barracudas. It didn’t take long for the Blue Barracudas to live up to their hype, as early MVP candidate Alex Kahl caught the first of three TDs on the day to get the Barracudas an 8 point lead. A lead that was already, insurmountable. A Barracuda is a ferocious, opportunistic predator that relies on its element of surprise and short bursts of speed; just like their All-Pro center Tyson Forsaith. Before the game, one reporter wrote, “Tyson without a stiff arm is like a burrito without a tortilla.” Tyson’s short burst of speed led him to score two open field opportunistic TD’s and disrupt a usually stout City Crew defense. The Blue Barracudas win easily 46-6.
The days’ finale pitted a matchup of early 90’s pop culture as the Toon Squad stayed at home in Tune land to take on the Purple Parrots. After a few stagnant drives from each side, the Parrots Johnny Nadeau flew into the endzone to start the scoring. The Toon Squad didn’t wait long as they scored immediately after via John Groff endzone reception. The Parrots responded shortly after with a Joe Medeiros TD followed by a Joe Grazewski pick 6. It was then that the Toon Squad’s John Colon decided to take matters into his own hands. In the second half he disrupted the Parrots offense with a JJ Watt-like 8 QB pressures. The Toon Squad got a TD from big Steve Riley to make it a ballgame. It’s hard to catch up when the conditions don’t cooperate. The Toon Squad had receivers slipping and sliding left and right. It wasn’t until another Medeiros TD on the backline in the final minutes, clinched it for the Purple Parrots. Toon Squad goes down, 25-12.
Instead of the the winter tournament, the minds at the Blitz Flag offices have jammed together a radical new experimental idea. For the first time ever, we will hold a wintertime Mini-Season. Not the season you fellas are used to either. We are going gymclass style to form teams via fantasy draft!
That’s right folks; 8 teams, 9 players per team. 8 solidified Blitz Veteran QB’s will draft their teams on a selected date. The entry fee is $20 per person. Winning team triples their money while the runner-up gets their money back. Who’s in????