November 2008


Brett Favre and the New York Jets ended the perfect season of the Tennessee Titans with a dominating road win, beating them 34-13. Favre was 25 of 32 for 224 yards with 2 TD’s and an interception. His steady hand helped the Jets keep the ball away from the Titans (over 40 minutes of possession for the Jets) and grind out the win.

The Favre trade might go down as one of the most beneficial trades in the history of the league as the Jets have obviously benefited, the Packers are doing well with Aaron Rodgers and the Dolphins are in playoff contention with Chad Pennington.

Drawing Notes

Pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum finish…

Inks on Strathmore Bristol smooth finish with some cleanup in PS…

Colors were done in PS.

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

Kanata, ON — On the snow covered frozen tundra of historic Entrust Cryptographic Field, the Irish Stout rode a hot start to a 26-6 victory over their bitter OFL rivals, the French Foreign Legion, in action far more watchable than the rival NFL’s Thanksgiving Day offering of Tennessee Titans 47, Detroit Lions 10.

After failing to field more than 3 players at kickoff time, the French Foreign Legion was in danger of forfeiting the game when magnanimous Stout owner Paul McRae allowed his big tight end, Dan Murdock, to play for the Legion until their complement of players could arrive. “It was the least I could do,” said McRae, “I mean, seriously, the least!”

The Stout offense started the game with an offensive explosion of three touchdowns from league leading QB McRae to his sure-handed receivers James Muir and Kirk Ireland. Muir tallied two TD’s, converted by Bevan Watkiss, who also contributed mightily by catching several passes in the first half. Ireland also snuffed out a Legion drive with an interception and the Stout led 20-0.

At this point, the Legion roster was bolstered by the arrival of QB/WR Carlos “The Jackal” Nahas and DT Rami “Watch Me Count Even Faster” Al-Tayeche. Murdock quickly rejoined his Stout teammates. Legion GM Larisa Christensen tried to file a motion with the league commissioner to “reset” the game to 0-0 at halftime, but, of course, neither the Detroit Lions nor the French Foreign Legion get a “do-over” when they fail to produce in the first half. “We heard of similar requests from Matt Millen,” the commissioner stated, “but we all know how that ended up, don’t we?”

To their credit, the Legion played much better in the second half, scoring a touchdown from Arseneau to Nahas (who also recorded an interception) and holding the Stout to a single McRae-Ireland score. However, the Legion’s playoff hopes have all but disappeared as they fell to 0-7 for the season while the Stout stand atop the league at 7-0.

“We were claiming a 6-6 tie,” commented Christensen after the contest had ended, “But I just got off the phone with Donovan McNabb, who assures me games cannot end that way.”

OFL Stalwarts, left to right, Ireland, Murdock, Muir, Al-Tayeche, McRae, Watkiss, Nahas, Arseneau, Gecius, Nicolescu.
BOX SCORE
November 27, 2008
Irish Stout 26, French Foreign Legion 6

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

Receiving
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Muir       2 TD
Ireland    2 TD
Nahas      1 TD
Watkiss    2 PAT

Defense
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Ireland    1 INT
Nahas      1 INT

Marion Barber ground out 24 carries for 114 yards and caught 6 passes for 39 yards for the Dallas Cowboys as they defeated the Washington Redskins 14-10 at FedEx Field. The win essentially kept Dallas’s wildcard playoff hopes alive. Barber was especially effective in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys held on to the ball and kept the clock moving.

Drawing Notes

Pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum finish…

Inks on Strathmore Bristol smooth finish with some cleanup in PS…

Colors were done in PS.

Adrian Peterson put the Minnesota Vikings on his broad shoulders and carried them to a 28-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers as he toted the ball 30 times for 192 yards, including the winning touchdown on a 29 yard run with 2:30 remaining in the game.

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Drawing Notes

Pencils on Strathmore Vellum finish bristol:

Inks on Strathmore smooth finish bristo with some fix ups in Photoshopl:

Kanata, ON — As the sun broke through the thick mist at historic Entrust Cryptography Field, a gridiron classic played out between the defending OFL Champion Irish Stout and the upstart French Foreign Legion football clubs. The Legion came prepared to play with a dazzling array of talent including Carlos “The Jackal” Nahas, Louis “Plus Vite” Aubin, Ron “Randy Moss” Burman, Peter “The Rabbit” Arseneau, John “Are You Sarah?” O’Connor, Bogdan “Just Throw Me The Damn Ball” Nicolescu, and Rami “Don’t Throw Me The Ball” Al-Tayeche. The Stout lined up with Paul “The Mad Bomber” McRae, Dan “Danimal” Murdock, Chris “The Ghost” Walker, James “Smooth” Muir, Bevan “Throw It At My Head” Watkiss, and Kirk “Noon Means 12:15PM” Ireland.

The Stout won the toss and deferred and the Legion wasted no time to score on a long pass from Nahas to Burman. The PAT failed and the Legion led 6-0. The Stout tied the game at 6-6 with a Walker score from McRae, but the PAT attempt was intercepted by Nahas. After a Watkiss interception of a Nahas throw, the Stout drove down to the goal line and crossed up Legion defenders with a pass by Muir off a reverse to a wide open McRae, who spiked the ball in classic Lynn Swann style. “They didn’t see that one coming,” commented McRae. “I don’t know how we didn’t catch him, you can time him with a calendar,” retorted Aubin. The Stout now led 12-6.

After another McRae interception (!) by O’Connor, the Stout defense stiffened and McRae moved the Stout into the lead with a touchdown to Ireland on a beautiful teardrop into the right corner. What turned out to be the key play in the game came next as McRae fired a successful conversion pass to big tight end Dan Murdock. The Stout now led 19-6. “It’s like my honeymoon never ended,” said the newly wed Murdock, “I can hardly wait to tell my beautiful bride about this!”

Perhaps it was the big lead, perhaps it was the ever more creative distractions of Legion GM Larisa Christensen, perhaps it was the sudden realization that there would be no more Michael Crichton novels, but the Stout defense uncharacteristically went on to allow two Legion touchdowns, one on a pass from Arseneau to Nahas and one on a pass from Nahas to Burman to make the score 19-18. The Legion lined up for what could be the play to tie the game and take it into overtime for the second time this season. The Stout deployed their famous “46″ defense, thus named for the number of beverages consumed post-game. The scene was set, the ball was snapped…Nahas dropped back, looked right and threw the ball. It fluttered through the cool autumn air, but it did not find the outstretched arms of Burman and the Legion went down to defeat, putting their slim playoff hopes in jeopardy.

At the post-game press conference, Christensen screamed at the assembled reporters, “Playoffs?!?!? Playoffs?!?!? Don’t talk to me about playoffs! I just hope we can win a game!”

BOX SCORE
November 6, 2008
Irish Stout 19, French Foreign Legion 18

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

Receiving
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Burman      2 TD
Murdock     1 TD, 1 PAT
Ireland     1 TD
McRae       1 TD
Nahas       1 TD


Defense
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O'Connor    1 INT
Nahas       1 INT
Watkiss     1 INT

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