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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????
For the second straight session, the Nashua Vikings have carved their names in history. They overcame the odds all season long. From losing their franchise QB for three weeks, to battling their way from the lowest seed in the playoffs up to the top. The Vikings once again proved that winning isn’t about one player or one play or one game, it’s about winning as a TEAM. Every player on the team is just as important as everyone else. Congratulations Vikings, 2014 was the year of you.