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We had 12 people show up, but not at the same time. The 1:30 game finally got going at 2:15, but after a sputtering start, it finally turned into a surprisingly fun game. 5 on 5 for a while, and then when it seemed like we were going to have to quit, a new Dave asked if he could play, and then Tre showed at 3pm. Better late then never. We played until nearly 5pm. Everyone got in on the action. Lots of good plays, big plays, and fun plays. Nothing as memorable as last week's onside kick into Joe's face, but there was the Rubin and Rick G rodeo play on a near sack, and then Joeski and Rick G were caught square dancing, as Joe tried to avoid the rush and rick was blocking. Gardiner had a big TD off of a tipped ball. Esler did his best impression of Rubin, when he played QB, actually showing Rubin what route Rubin was supposed to run. All in all it was a great day of football. What a way to end the regular season. See ya all at a challenge game or the end-of-the-year party in early April.
The day began as a lackluster showing, pitting Team Dobro® of 5 against Rubin's team of 6. After a few series with an all-time QB, the football gods smiled upon us and delivered us Tre. Dobro's team swooped up Tre and the game quickly turned into a game.
Two hours of 6-6 football tired us out. We left the field with many memorable moments, as everyone seemed to be using their heads...except Willie. Rubin took on the role of Mean Coach™ with Willie driving him crazy; running the wrong routes, forgetting plays, missing blocks, and dropping the ball. Willie earned the prestigious honor of Lucky Pierre. But we will give the guy a break and not send him over to the Shockwaves training camp, since Willie is just learning the game. Rubin earned the Rubin award for taking multiple time outs to put on an instructional video for Willie after the mental breakdowns.
Gardiner took over the helm for Team Dobro®, passing for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Everyone took part in the team's success. Getting poked in the eye didn't stop Rick Garcia from scoring two TDs. Jobbo was the victim of a Chris Norris kung-fu knee to the noggin. Willie managed to smash his elbow into the Joe's cheek. Tre deflected a pass off of his head, right into the hands of his teammate, Robert, for an INT. And this interception was crucial, it occurred after what many would call the most telling play of the game, an onside kick. Jobbo was told by Esler to onside kick the ball on the ground, even though Joe's team had players at the 'two cone' markers. Jobbo's kick was perfect, it moved quickly, at an angle, bouncing end over end, just above the ground. Joe was there for the recovery, but hesitated to jump on it too early. He was waiting for the inevitable big bounce that never seemed to occur. Finally as the ball crossed two cones, with the kicking team far behind, Joe made his move on the ball. At the exact same moment, the ball decided to make it's move, finally making the big bounce. In an instant the ball collided with Joe's face, his head snapping back, the ball bouncing off of his head. As Joe tired to regain his composure and look for the loose ball, he only had time to see it bounce gracefully into Esler's arms. The field erupted in laughter, laughter that subsided three, maybe four plays later. Rick almost had to leave the game with a abdomen strain from laughing so hard.
It didn't matter that Joe caught three crucial passes on the final drive of the game that set up the winning touchdown, he still gets a Rubin Award. Or that he called "the play", max-protect, sending Chris downfield on fourth down as the only receiver. With only Sebastian rushing against four blockers, Gardiner had all day to find Chris streaking across the end zone, firing a 35 yard bullet to back right corner of the end zone, scoring the final TD of the game, that sealed the victory for Team Dobro®.
Too many good plays and good players to give a BRAT to any one person. Gardiner threw well, Esler had a bunch of fine routes and catches, Garcia with two TDs, Chris with the game winning TD, Sebastian with the gritty performance while injured, Robert with the pick off of Tre's head, Jobbo with the perfect onside kick, Tre with the big runs, etc., etc.
Roger's team made the late call to get a little challenge game going against the SF champions.... uh that's us, Hardcore Flag Football. But where was our "A" team. Not a lot of regulars showed up, lots of players were sick, injured, or scared of Roger. Rex had to be coaxed into playing even though he had strep throat.
Roger and his team "Skanlez", made a spectacular showing. Arrive a little late, they were a large group, dressed in fancy red uniforms, followed by a horde of fans. Hardcore began to worry, as we only had 8 players. The game eventually started and Hardcore showed some spunk putting together a multi-play drive that eventually stalled. Already tired, HC was not looking forward to chasing around these quick, little guys on defense. With Rex and Bradshaw on the line, it didn't take long to force the QB into some bad throws and then an INT to Rubin. The game was close for the first half, ending 6-6, but then Hardcore started to wear them down. Our size was too much for them, and their speed couldn't compensate. Brady caught two TDs and some PATs, then Bradshaw took advantage of the safety blitz and abused them up the middle for along TD run. Kyle also added two TDs. In the end, Hardcore was still the champion, 34-6. (it should be noted that last year they beat us, but in that game we played eligible linemen, so it doesn't really count ; )There were many controversies in this game. Did Roger cross the goal line, holding questions on every play, flag guarding confusion on every play. None was bigger than the E Rubin's mid-field tackle of "Black Man" on a kickoff return. What started as a beautiful runback, ended with Rubin reaching over the guys shoulder and around his body, then throwing him down to the ground. Rubin, says "I was going for the ball...and he was putting it around his back which is why I had to spin him around on the way down". Everyone else on the field, including our team and video replay say it was a tackle. Rubin, say "sorry", go back to the huddle and pickup your Rubin Award.
Maybe it was Valentine's Day, maybe it was the weatherman's threat of rain, maybe it was the 1:30 start time, but hardly anyone showed up. After a while a 5-5 game broke out, and finally made it to 6-6 for just over an hour of football. If you are reading this, the season is NOT over.
Derrin's team signed up for a challenge game and actually showed up this time. They are same guys who flaked on us back in December because there were big clouds in the sky. Their guys ended up being a lot on the small side, and even though a number of our "A" team starters were not there, we demolished them 61-19. Yep that Oklahoma-like score is correct. We played our game with blocking, full contact and stiff arms, and added 1 and 2 point conversions. We were pretty pathetic on the conversions, scoring on just a few of them, and yes we had many opportunities.This team was really small and wasn't able to make up for it with excellent speed, quickness or athleticism. Chris and Adam basically walked through their o-line on every play. Their QB was on the run the moment he got the ball. I have to give them credit for continuing to play when getting destroyed, but that doesn't change the fact that they should really be playing challenge games in Delores park. Adam earned another Rubin Award for another late hit. This time there was no controversy. He chased the QB all of the way to the sidelines, then dove at him putting his arms into the guys back. Not only was he obviously out of bound, both Rubin and Joe were standing there and yelling at Adam to let up. You are a punk.
On the weekend of the SuperBowl, who knew we would have such a great game? Teams were well matched, except that Rubin's picked Chris who is the best blocker, and well the best at everything including being a lonely drunk, but that is another story.
Lots of guys played well and made for quite the matchup. Rubin's team pulled ahead quickly to a 2-0 lead. Chris came to the sidelines, smiled for the camera and gloated, then gloated a little more. It didn't take long for Big Happy to become Big Frowny. EP showed up and joined Rubin's team and it went all downhill. Rex went on a tear scoring three TDs and possibly throwing another. No one was even close to this performance. Rex's peer have finally bestowed the coveted MVP Award, which he feels he deserves every week.
Rome, although it wasn't his fault, was part of two of Rubin's teams three fumbles. Rex ran one back for a TD. Rome was a serious candidate for the Rubin Award after diving for Joeski (who was already down for about a minute before that) and knocking the wind out of himself. He also managed to slam his face into the ground while diving for an extra yard. Here are hardcore football we are not sure if that merits a good or bad award. the rules committe will convene and discuss.
Joeski did have a decent day with two fumble recoveries and a sack. Yet it was his utterly pathetic peformance when his girlfriend's father was watching that took away what little glory he had. Not only did he drop a pass, but he tripped on his own feet while jumping for what would have been a sure TD, since he was being covered by Norris. At least he scored the final TD of the day on a long run to avoid being tatooed with the Lucky Pierre Award.
As for Chris, he was pissed, "....contain, who the F^#% has contain, G*d Dam&^%, what the fu@# are they doing, holy s^%$....". Chris was to be upstaged by the master, Esler used elbows, bump, shoves, as well as verbal taunts. I think he was foaming at the mouth at one point. Big Angry Award to both of you.
Football was awesome. If you weren't there you missed out on some of the best action all season.
Chris putting the big hit on Birch was definitely a highlight. Then there was this great catch by Chris. He and Jobbo were running side by side down the field (but can Jobbo really run with Chris?) as the ball was in the air. Chris made a spectacular grab as they hit a mud pie. Both players hit the ground like cartoon characters. Chris, being the rockstar that he is, held on to make an ESPN highlight-reel-worthy catch. Later on in the day, Chris made a def juke on Adam, then made a fabulous catch outside the end zone. Adam was so fazed by the juke that Chris just walked in for the TD. Should we even mention the monster blocks on the line and the great rush by Chris. How did Chris not get votes for the BRAT???
Oh yeah, and there were a bunch of punks who did stupid stuff. Rex tackled Gardiner, then says they both slipped. Yeah right, we'll watch the video. Adam screwed up the hike count all day-geesh, dumbass. They do get Rubin award thingy, but Mat gets his mug shot posted, since he always says that Saturday is his sacred day, but on the only day Carmela ever showed up, Mat left early. See Mat running away in the photo. Run Mat, run.
Jan 17th- Week 18
Guess what we did on Saturday? We played lots of football. It was fun. It was sunny. Lots of people were outside since it was sunny. Many guys came to play football. Football is fun. Football is more fun when people hit each other. It was fun seeing Jobbo hit Brady. Brady got his hard. Brady was sore. Someone else hit Brady too. Maybe Brady has a target on himself somewhere. That would not be smart for a skinny guy. Chris Norris is not a skinny guy. He makes lots of jokes. He is funny. He also runs funny. Sometime people who run funny can make plays. Chris beat a rookie for a TD. Did the rookie fall down Chris? At least he continues to show up and play anyway.
Rex is silly. He switched his tight-end and lineman just before snapping the ball. That is bad. It's not good. Rex is even sillier. He then said silly stuff to the other team after they called him for doing this silly thing. What silly thing could you have possibly been saying Rex. Rex gets a Rubin Award. Rex is also known as Turbo. Monty is also silly. He grabbed someone around the neck. That is not the right thing to do. He is supposed to block people who are in front of him. Sometimes this can happen. People make boo-boos sometimes. Monty is a lawyer. Lawyers like to argue. Monty argued about the call. Monty should have admitted fault on this one. Monty gets a Rubin Award. Monty also has a dog. His dog barks. It is loud. Dogs can be nice. His dog barks too much.
Roger is quick. He runs fast. He also can throw. He threw for 63 yards. He ran for 117 yards. We don't keep track of those statistics. Roger scored many TDs, running, passing, and catching. It may been 5. This is a stat that we accurately keep track of. Some said Rex was good. He threw an INT that Mat ran in for a TD. Good job Mat. No BRAT for you Rex. Jobbo nominated himself. Brady nominated himself. EP nominated himself. No BRATs for any of you. Vu was good. He played defense all day. He played well. Defensive players don't get awards, TDs and INTs get votes. Try again next week Vu. Chris got votes for best lineman. That is not an award. Show up next week and try again.
Gods of weather gave us rain on Friday, then bestowed upon us a warm and sunny Saturday. It was a slow day on the wet and sloppy field. The excitement of the nfl playoffs and two weeks off brought out lots players and some fresh faces. A few players had standout plays, but Brady rose to the occasion and ran for 3 TDs, threw 2, had an INT, and sealed the BRAT after receiving a fumble recovery pitch from Gardiner and running it back for a touchdown on the last play of the game.
Oh there was a rookie (Rookie A-not to be confused with the guy on Brady's team) who showed up and said he could play QB, he was really persistent about it. He should have been patient and waited a few weeks, because he performed very poorly. Don't get cocky about something you haven't done, or else it will earn you a Rubin Award. He wasn't bad enough overall to earn a Lucky Pierre, and he did show some potential as a receiver and DB. A different fella came out and stunk up the place. Seriously Rookie B, check out the shockwaves until you get back into playing condition.
Check out a couple of the highlights.
This was the real rain game. After a week of pouring rain, the Weather Gods gave us a break. But the saturday sprinkles were enough to scare off Darrin's "anytime, anywhere" challenge team. "Darrin, what happened, you didn't call, you didn't write?"
We slopped around in the mud in a 6 on 6 game for about 90 minutes until we really tore up the field. Rome put on a clinic for how not to hold onto a wet ball, as he muffed 3 kicks and fumbled 3 times. Sure helped the other team. In a low scoring game, Joeski earned the BRAT by scoring the first of his teams touchdowns on a run, catching 5 passes and running for a crucial first down. It was close since C. Norris believes he was catching balls all day long. On the final play, Joe kicked off the ball to Arcadio, who fumbled, and Joe covered the fumble to secure the victory.
We had a great day out there on the frozen turdra of Lil' Kimball field. Lots of big and exciting plays. The teams seemed a bit mismatched as Brady's team jumped out to a quick lead, then Rubin's team stormed back.It stayed competitive and we ended in a tie after a long day of football.
PlayMaker was consistent throughout the day and scored a few TDs as well. He made multiple leaping grabs in traffic. Roger was quick and dangerous in all situations and put together a superb performance. Eric and Dave devised a great end around pass that Joe caught 20 yards downfield, juked Rome, and scampered 20 yards for a TD. Brady scored a TD and threw for a few more. Jobbo made a spectacular Aussie-like catch in traffic for a TD.
It was the first rain game of the year, and as usually a bunch of guys hid out at home in their pajamas - including many who said they would play. We started with fives-a-side but it finally grew into a full 7 on 7 game, which lasted until it got dark and rainy. Both teams were playing well and the game ended in an 8-8 tie.
The big event of the day was collision that broke EPs rib. Check it out here.
In other news, Joe Russell tried to sneak a TD past the other team on a QB run. If it weren't for Tre's on field awareness, Joe R would have gotten away with an illegal QB run in a 6 on 6 game. It was important since Tre's team stopped Joe's team from scoring on that drive. Joe R gets the Rubin award for that play. remember the Rubin award award means you did something silly or dumb, the Lucky Pierre means you just are not good and should move down a division. On the MVP front, Rick G scored 4 touchdowns, that's right Army Rick scored 4 TDs. No seriously....he did, no joke. Mat also scored 4 TDs gaining a piece of the BRAT pie.
In a game that could have been great; a bowl game.... but it was just another game. Rex and Bradshaw abused Rubin at QB, walking through his smallish offensive line. Chris and Roger weren't enough to balance out the rookies on the team. Rex and Bradshaw's team trounced them.
A perfect football
day brought in a big crowd: 30 players from the get-go! From the
get-go it was death-match scenarios with Rubin's All-Stars vs. The
Rex and Marius Show vs. Joe Russell and his O-line.
The center snap rule is still causing some confusion among long-time
players and newbies, requiring more fiddling with the rule. We
started out with low scoring games. One game even one game ended
1/2 to 1/2, with safties providing the scoring highlights. Joe
Russell seemed to be the most affected by the center snap rule,
and he was playing behind a small offensive line: They had 3 straight
series without a pass, including 2 sacks in a row. He finished
the day with 4 sacks and a whole lot of swearing.
Despite some attendance concerns prior to Saturday, we had enough for 3 teams death match. Very balanced games with Adam, Eric, and Rex leading their respective teams to low scoring but intense games. The snap rule certainly changed the timing of the game and put some added pressures on the QB's. Good marks for some newbies on Adam's team (Juet and Dennis) who displayed some wheels and will. Roger's group, always very competitive, showed some good stuff. Roger dropped a few balls right on the numbers, but made the catch of the day, beating both EP and Brady for a long TD.
After the death matches, we continued on with new teams picked by Joe and Jobbo. It quickly turned into Rubes vs. Rex. Again a very balanced game but with plenty of ruling issues. The committee has a lot of work to do to review the rules. Rex's team tried to use the running game on most of the plays using a lone back and tight ends as blockers. Some good runs but also very good defense. Eric Perry displayed some aussie prowess by jumping far and above everyone to try to catch the ball in the air. He landed awkwardly but managed to stay in the game. Wu made a few good catches until he dropped an easy ball and score. Adam moved up from the Lucky Pierre, but settled right into the Rubin Award as he reverted to his old tactics and popped Rubin with a late hit on the sidelines. Rubin managed to get up, swear a lot, throw the ball at Adam, swear some more, head back to his huddle, and swear some more.
There was no
standout player this week, because so many people played well.
Rick G earned an honorable mention for the BRAT award - self proclaimed.
We'll see if we can tally up the stats and find a spot for him
on the wall of fame.
Winter weather wound it's way to where we play, but we were not there on saturday. Due to the Joe Russell's Drinking Olympics on Saturday, we moved the game to Sunday. The turnout was better than expected with a full squad a few spares.The rain barely soaked the field, but it only took Adam to three plays to find the mud puddle, hereby earning his new nickname, Pigpen.
This week we introduced the center snap to our game. Mainly due to the grumblings of Rex who can't sack Eric Rubin in the super-duper shot gun. After a bunch of fumbled snaps, Chris declared Adam incompetent and called off the center snap. Rubin went back to the 15 yard deep shotgun. We will try again next week.
Eric Perry earned his second first BRAT award (see Feb 1, 2003). He left early to watch his Vikes lose, but he piled up some impressive stats during 2 1/2 quarters of play: 3 INTs, 2 TDs passing (1 INT), 2 TDs rushing, 2 TDs receiving, and a fumble recover. Rome takes the co-BRAT award for all around solid play. Max, aka Rex, put in a vote for himself for MVP. Alas, there are only three slots available, and Adam proclaimed himself the Lucky Pierre after failiing miserably to deal with the center snap.
What a wonderful day of football followed by a lovely outing to The Pig and Whistle where we are got drunk and ate lots of fries. At the meeting of the "executive members of the postgame awards committee®", it was decided that Jobbo deserved a BRAT for his two defensive touchdowns and being such a swell guy. Monty just barely received enough votes to earn BRAT, based on big OT TD and 2 or 4 INTs (we are not sure how many it really was). Monty also gets a Rubin Award for dropping two INTs and a few other passes.
The big play of the day was at the end of the second challenge game in overtime. E Rubin drove his team all of the way down the field for a TD, forcing the other team to score on their four plays. After one short gain on the first three downs, it was 4th and long. Needing a TD and 50 yards to go, it was time for a hail mary. Adam scrambled and got time, then heaved a bomb down to the 5 yard line. Jobbo tried to knock the ball down to end the game, but mistimed his jump and tipped the ball. In traffic, Monty leaped up and grabbed the tip, then turned for the end zone, and ran smack into Rubin. Rubin went for the takedown but failed to either pull his flag or keep Monty out of the end zone. This exciting play ended the challenge game in a tie. What a game!
Two teams battling it out for three and half hours on a hot October day. This is the way Hardcore Football is supposed to be played. Eric Rubin's team took an early lead and looked unstoppable as they went up 5-1. Adam and his band of merry men were able to claw their way back to 5-6 just before half time. Brady's team went into half time with all of the momentum, but came out flat, scoring just 2 more TDs in the 2nd half while Rubes maintained his consistent performance and threw for 4 more TDs sealing the victory 10-7.
Rubin gets the MVP for a stellar QB performance, earning a QB rating of 171.4, as he threw for 420 yards, 10 TDs, and only 1 interception. Add in 25 yards rushing and that is pretty much the only way you can earn the BRAT Award as a QB.
Rome earned the Rubin Award for showing way too much skin below the belt on a late play, and then bragging about his team's victory in email. Note to Rome: get a belt for those shorts before next week!
Note: Thankfully Lucky Pierre did not make an appearance.
Beautiful weather and lots of players on a big empty field at Kimball Field. This week featured the return of joeski, from a broken hand. He successfully achieved his goal of not being Lucky Pierre, although he did drop an easy pass. (He was still sore on wednesday!)
We started with a lopsided 7-7 matchup before we went on to a 3 team challenge grudge match, and then back to a regular game. It was a long day of football.
Chris, aka left eye, lost a contact lens early but hauled in some great catches and played like an MVP all day. Braeden, when you are a number one pick and play like a last pick, you are Lucky Pierre. Mat gets the Rubin Award for sitting out all game after a little ankle injury.
Another beautiful day by the bay! Just enough for 7-on-7 with some rookies and some old "flames". (All of you Aussie Rules Foosballers: Quit that kid's game and come out to play with the big boys!)
Our old friend Jordan zoomed by to remind us how slow we all are...as he grabbed 4 TD's from Captain Rubin. Rubin even threw one from his back. One of the rookies earned a spot on the Lucky Pierre list. The other rookie was okay and had a couple of decent plays. Special mention to Jason "I'm not done yet" Bradshaw for his 30-yard TD run down the sideline, capped by an awesome spin move that sent Adam flying empty handed.
Rubin's team was up by 2 thanks to air-Jordan but Joe Russell's team fought back to tie the game, then winning on a "chance to win" play. Mat (3 td's and 3 int's) caught the game winning TD catch, after taking an INT back for a TD. Joe R had two drives with 10 plays or more. Credit to his play calling.
Rubin gets the Rubin Award for his quote after we ruled Bradshaw out of bounds on a catch. "I never throw the ball out of bounds."
Notes: We got new Flags and Sponsors came through with some after the game refreshments.
Brady is lobbying hard for MVP...again. [turns out this was a very controversial decision, many disagree with Brady getting the award] Brady lead his team to a decisive 6-2 victory like the Cowboys over the Cards, and Packers over Seattle. Ravi makes the news with his big collision with Rubin The Rock.The impact was heard throughout the field. Sadly, Ravi ended up breaking his collar bone.(He will be back in Dec) Tough game for Mat. A case of the dopsies and he got a taste of the infield dirt after a diving attempt. The dirt is still settling...oh, he did score a few TD's. Once again, we see Lucky Pierre with the Rubin Award.
Oct 4th - Week 5
Challenge Game...Not! We had to loan them players and they still lost. We were up 2-0 after just one offensive play. Roger returned a punt for a TD after Rubin drove down the field for a TD. Their best players was our guy, Ravi, who had a few great catches and an even greater int return for a TD. A big shout out to Tre for his 50-yard TD run on his first play. Brady scored 2 TDs and Mat picked of a pass and ran it back 50 yards for a TD. We expect a much better challenge game from this crew in the future.
It was a new day and new field and once again that confused many people. Only 14 showed, but that made for a great 7-7 game. Bradshaw is showing that he is not totally done. Providing entertainment on a great diving almost catch and many other receptions. Brady had an interesting effort at QB. Ravi followed up his BRAT Award day by dropping passes. While it is not often that a QB gets the MVP, Rubin was quite deserving of the award. He lead his team to a big lead and the victory. At one point he was 8 for 8 with 2 TDs. He had three interceptions on the day, but 8 touchdowns and total control over the game as any field general should. Good job Rubes, go and get yourself a tequila. Lucky Pierre is proof that not everyone has good "self-evaluation" skills!
This week marks the return of Brady Mass (we knew he couldn't stay away for long.) It didn't take long for Brady to claim to be the MVP. He did have competition, Ravi pulled down a beautiful touchdown while being defended by Brady and EP. Defensively Sebastian had a big day with 4 sacks and two big hits on rubin. (This is impressive considering that Rubin started 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage.)
This day marks the first showing of the MGD girls - our new sponsors - and of course the two cases of beer they brought to us. After a long day of football, it was a long day of sipping beer in the sun. (Thanks EP for setting that one up!)
Once again Adam claims to be the MVP after throwing 5 TD passes...that will stay until disputed.
The season opener was pretty weak, not a lot of people showed up. Adam claims to be the MVP after throwing 6 TD passes...but whose to say how many INT's there were?