October 2008


Kanata, ON — The ghosts of Vince Lombardi, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor and Ray Nitschke presided over the frozen tundra of historic Entrust Cryptography Field today as the Irish Stout routed the French Foreign Legion 31-6 in week 5 of the 2008 OFL season. At least the ghosts of Lombardi and Nitschke did. The other guys are still alive.

The Stout roster included the OFL’s leading passer, Paul McRae, its leading scorer, Kirk Ireland, the league’s softest mitten covered hands in James Muir, and the league’s most hirsute tight end in Bevan Watkiss. The Legion lined up with its usual multinational contingent of Peter Arseneau, Bogdan Nicolescu, Rami Al-Tayeche, and rookie Carlos Nahas.

The Legion won the toss and deferred. The last strains of the national anthem had barely finished by the time the Stout led 12-0 on McRae to Watkiss and McRae to Muir TD passes. This, however, was but a prelude to a spectacular performance by Ireland, who proceeded to intercept Arseneau and tightrope down the sidelines for touchdown. The PAT was good to Watkiss for a 19-0 lead. Ireland then returned an errant Nahas pass for another TD and the rout was on, 25-0. At this point, flustered Legion GM Larisa Christensen began to attempt to distract the Stout players with her feminine wiles, but the team maintained its laser focus on victory.

The day was not without its highlights for the Legion, however, as Rami Al-Tayeche and Bogdan Nicolescu both caught several passes, including a touchdown toss from Nahas to Nicolescu in the right corner of the enzone. “I learn your American futbol if it kills me,” Nicolescu exclaimed. Al-Tayeche also applied good pressure on the Stout QB while Nicolescu recorded his first interception.

The Stout wrapped up the day’s scoring with a thread-the-needle pass from McRae to Ireland to make the final 31-6 and Watkiss intercepted the Legion on the Stout goal line to end the game. The Stout ran their record to 5-0 while the Legion fell to 0-5. “At this rate, we might not make the playoffs,” said Christensen, “That would be pretty embarrassing for a league with only 2 teams!”

BOX SCORE
October 30, 2008
Irish Stout 31, French Foreign Legion 6

Passing
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McRae       3 TD, 1 PAT, 1 INT
Arseneau    2 INT
Nahas       1 TD, 1 INT

Receiving
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Watkiss     1 TD, 1 PAT
Ireland     1 TD
Muir        1 TD
Nicolescu   1 TD


Defense
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Ireland     2 INT (2 TD ret)
Nicolescu   1 INT
Watkiss     1 INT

Kanata, ON — The Irish Stout football team showed its tremendous heart today by besting a spunky French Foreign Legion squad 25-19 in a dramatic overtime thriller played at legendary Entrust Cryptography Field.

The Stout lined up Paul McRae at QB, James Muir and Bevan Watkiss at tight end, Chris Walker at wide receiver, Kirk Ireland at flanker with versatile Marie Cote playing both wingback and nose tackle. The Legion consisted of Peter Arseneau at QB, Louis Aubin, John O’Connor, and Bogdan Nicolescu at wide receiver and newcomer Carlos “The Jackal” Nahas at tight end.

After winning the toss, the Legion promptly took the ball down the field, scoring on an Aubin reception to take a 6-0 lead. Several scoreless possessions for both teams ensued until Walker responded for the Stout, hauling in a McRae pass to tie the contest at 6-6. Nahas wrapped the ball around the pylon on a disputed score to put the Legion back up 12-6 and Aubin caught a sliding conversion pass from Arseneau to push the lead to 13-6. “Doze bastards, we have dem now!”, exclaimed Aubin, “Dey can eat my merde!”

McRae, uncharacteristically inaccurate all day (including an interception by Nahas), managed to tie the score throwing to Ireland for the TD and Walker for the PAT. This lead was short lived as O’Connor ran back another McRae interception for a touchdown on the Stout’s next possession. Taking over at midfield trailing late in the game for the first time all year, McRae hit Walker for a touchdown to tie the game at 19-19 to send this titanic match into overtime. “Overtime?!?! Overtime?!?!?,” McRae was heard uttering, “We let these bozos take us into overtime?!?!”

On the first possession of overtime, Arseneau failed to connect with Aubin then missed Nahas on a corner route. Running their quick hitting no huddle attack, the Stout quickly lined up and McRae threw a perfect strike to Muir on the post pattern to end the game. After the game, the laconic Muir commented, “No problem.” Reporters struggled to keep up, as this is the most he has sounded off all year.

At the post-game press conference, Legion GM Christensen explained, “We’re very pleased with the cohesion and drive the team displayed in this tight contest. The goal is to make our team mature enough to handle the wins and the losses the same, with grace, skill, and focus on sportsmanship.  I think the really good teams in our sport, the teams that continually succeed, are examples of that.” When informed that, in fact, her team lost, she replied, “We lost?!? But I thought we had more goals than the other side! We will have to increase the intensity of our rehearsals!” 

BOX SCORE
October 23, 2008
Irish Stout 25, French Foreign Legion 19

Passing
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McRae       4 TD, 1 PAT, 2 INT
Arseneau    2 TD. 1 PAT, 1 INT

Receiving
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Walker      2 TD, 1 PAT
Aubin       1 TD, 1 PAT
Ireland     1 TD
Muir        1 TD
Nahas       1 TD


Defense
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O'Connor    1 INT (TD ret)
Nahas       1 INT
Walker      1 INT

Big Ben had another efficient game as the Pittsburgh Steelers throttled the Cincinnati Bengals 38-10. Ben is now 11-0 in the state of Ohio as the Steelers quarterback. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 216 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Steelers are now 5-1. Click on the image for a larger version.

Drawing Notes

Pencils were done on Strathmore bristol board, vellum finish.

Here are the inks, on Strathmore Bristol smooth finish:

Coloring was done using Photoshop.

McRae Drops Back To Pass — click on image for video.

Kanata, ON — Week 3 of the 2008 OFL season saw the Irish Stout defeat the French Foreign Legion 26-6 on a breezy day at historic Entrust Cryptography Field before a record standing-room only crowd.

The Stout lined up Paul “The Mad Bomber” McRae, Bevan “Hands” Watkiss, Kirk “The Flash” Ireland, Marie “Mad Dog” Cote, as well as returning veterans Dan “Danimal” Murdock and James “Smooth” Muir. During the week, wily GM Larisa “Jerry Jones” Christensen had retooled the Legion outfit, signing free agent wide receiver Ron “Randy Moss” Burman and springing Louis “Plus Vite” Aubin from his court-ordered exile. In addition, the Legion roster was stacked with Rami “Track Suit” Al-Tayeche, Peter “The Rabbit” Arseneau, Bogdan “Terrell Owens” Nicolescu, John “Pacman” O’Connor, and Vahid “The Animal” Aftahi. Missing from the lineup was diminutive wingback Jesusa Tran due to an unfortunate and possibly season ending practice injury to her wittle pinkie. Curiously, she was not replaced with another female player on the Legion roster as per league rules. Clearly, this team was ready to compete. “Tabernacle, we are going to get dem dis time!”, exclaimed Aubin, “I am sick of dis [expletive]!” His teammate, Nicolescu agreed, “[Expletive] [expletive], those [expletive] [expletive]!”

After a virtual coin toss, the Stout started on offense. After hitting Murdock on a short pattern to midfield, McRae threw a strike to Watkiss in the endzone for a quick 6-0 lead. The Stout followed this up with a pass to Muir for the conversion. The Legion then failed to score and McRae threw a long pass to Ireland against a bewildered Legion defense. On the next play, McRae again hit Watkiss for a TD. The conversion failed and the Stout led 13-0.

Finally mustering their considerable talent, Arseneau and the Legion drove the length of the field on a Nicolescu reception and scored on a spectacular catch by Burman. The conversion pass was batted down by Murdock, but the Legion trimmed the lead to 13-6.

The next Stout possession came down to a 4th down try from midfield and a McRae pass which was inexplicably intercepted by Aubin on the Legion 1 yard line. Operating deep in their own territory, the Legion were unable to drive out of their own end of the field and punted. McRae then hit a wide open Ireland on a long touchdown throw and followed this up with a conversion to Watkiss as the lead swelled to 20-6. “We don’t normally audible,” McRae commented after the game, “but I, I mean, the coach, gave me the option on that play and when I saw they didn’t have anyone on Kirk, I yelled out our secret code ‘Go, Kirk, Go!’, and it seemed to work.”

Ireland appeared to have an interception on the next Legion possession, but hard-charging Marie Cote had already sacked Arseneau back near the goal line. Cote applied pressure all day to Legion QB’s, forcing them into bad throws on several occasions. “I’m going to be seeing her in my nightmares,” said Arseneau, “Please don’t make me go back out there!”

The final Legion possessions ended in a flurry of Arseneau, Nicolescu, and Aubin incompletions while the Stout tacked on another score on a bomb from McRae to Muir to make the final 26-6. The Irish Stout ran their record to 3-0 while the Legion fell to 0-3. “We get them next time,” Christensen was quoted, “I cut these losers and sign more players for next week!”

BOX SCORE
October 16, 2008
Irish Stout 26, French Foreign Legion 6

Passing
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McRae       4 TD, 2 PAT, 1 INT
Arseneau    1 TD

Receiving
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Watkiss    2 TD, 1 PAT
Muir       1 TD, 1 PAT
Ireland    1 TD
Burman     1 TD

Defense
--------
Aubin      1 INT

Kurt Warner had another good game against the Dallas Cowboys as the Arizona Cardinals shocked the ‘Boyz 30-24 in overtime. Warner looked a bit like the 1999 version as he completed 22 of 30 passes for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns, with one interception.

Drawing Notes

As always, click on the image for a larger version. Here are the pencils on vellum finish bristol board:

Inks were done on smooth bristol.

Colors were done on Photoshop. Inking was also cleaned up.

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