December 2008


Both Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers kept their cool in a showdown with their division rivals the Baltimore Ravens to determine the AFC North Division champion. Trailing virtually the entire game and facing the #2 defense in the NFL, Ben drove the Steelers 92 yards to the winning touchdown, throwing a TD pass to Santonio Holmes from the 4 yard line with less than a minute remaining. For the game, Ben completed 22 of 40 passes for 246 yards and the touchdown to Holmes. He also avoided throwing any interceptions.

The Steelers won 13-9 and wrapped up the AFC North and the #2 seed in the AFC playoffs.

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Brian Westbrook showed why he is one of the best running backs in the NFL as he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 20-14 win over the New York Giants, handing the defending champions only their second loss of the season. Westbrook led the Eagles both in rushing with 33 attempts for 131 yards and receiving with 6 catches for 72 yards. Scoring both on the ground and through the air, Westbrook demonstrated the versatility he is famous for. The win kept the Eagles slim playoff hopes alive.

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Pictured clockwise, Chris “The Ghost” Walker, Ron “Randy Moss” Burman,
James “Smooth” Muir, John “Are You Sarah” O’Connor, Jesusa “Pinkie” Tran,
Paul “The Mad Bomber” McRae, Kirk “I’m Just An Ordinary Superstar” Ireland,
Larisa “Jerry Jones” Christensen, Carlos “The Jackal” Nahas, Marie “Fair Weather” Cote, and Peter “The Rabbit” Arseneau.

Kanata, ON — The Obfuscated Football League (OFL) gathered at the Kanata Local Heroes to celebrate the 2008 season and hand out its individual awards in a lavish ceremony attended by many OFL players and front office personnel.

First off was the award for “Executive of the Year” which went to the hard working Larisa Christensen of the French Foreign Legion. Tirelessly retooling her lineup from week to week in an effort to combat the league champion Irish Stout, Christensen was gratified to be honored, quoted as saying, “How about I trade this award for Kirk? Is fair, no?”

John O’Connor was honored as “Foreigner of the Year” and gratefully accepted, saying, “Why is the only true Irish bloke playing on the French team? And, miss! Miss! I want the soup and sandwich! Miss! Over here!”

Marie Cote won as “Non-Guy Player of the Year”, though it will never be known for sure as she was the one who made out the certificates.

“Rookie of the Year” went to James Muir whose lengthy acceptance speech, “Thanks”, truly moved the entire crowd.

“Defensive Player of the Year” was a tie, going to both Kirk Ireland of the Irish Stout and Carlos Nahas of the French Foreign Legion. “But I am much better looking,” said Ireland and Nahas simultaneously.

Ireland also won for “Offensive Player of the Year” after leading the league in scoring by a wide margin. A visibly emotional Ireland stated, “I couldn’t have done it without my exceptionally accurate and gutsy quarterback.” Choking back the tears, he continued, “Really, I owe it all to Paul McRae. That’s my teammate…that’s my quarterback!”

There was barely a dry eye in the house as Paul McRae accepted the OFL MVP award for 2008. McRae was typically humble accepting his third MVP, saying, “If only these bozos had held on to a few more passes, my stats would have been even better!”

The OFL looks forward to the 2009 season as the three time champion Irish Stout look to defend their title against all comers.


James Harrison disrupted the New England offense, sacking Matt Cassell twice and causing two fumbles, both recovered by Pittsburgh. The Steelers assault on the Patriots, especially in the third quarter, led them to a 33-10 victory. Having only beat the Pats once in the last 7 tries, it was a gratifying day for Steelers fans. Personally, I am still not over the loss to the Patriots in the 2004 AFC Championship Game and the memory of Troy Brown returning that punt for a touchdown in the 2001 AFC Championship is seared in my mind.

The Steelers are in good position for a deep playoff run. Their defense is yet to give up more than 300 yards to any opponent and the offense has been less mistake prone in recent weeks. A brutal run of the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans awaits assuring that the Steelers will be well tested when the playoffs arrive.

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Kanata, ON — The Obfuscated Football League concluded the 2008 season today with a matchup of depleted teams as the 4 man Irish Stout squad faced off against an almost completely retooled French Foreign Legion outfit. The Stout lined up Paul “The Mad Bomber” McRae, Bevan “It Ain’t Cold” Watkiss, James “Let’s Run The Option” Muir, and Dan “I’m Open!” Murdock against a Legion team consisting of Carlos “The Jackal” Nahas, Peter “Snow Rabbit” Arseneau, Bogdan “Holy Merde!” Nicolescu, and newcomers Tao “Heart Of” Gold, and Jon “Mean Joe” Milne. Notably missing from the Stout lineup was the league’s leading scorer, Kirk “I’m Just An Ordinary Superstar” Ireland, who mistakenly booked his spa day during game time.

The Legion started with the ball, but failed to complete a pass and punted. The Stout got off to a flashy start on their first play from scrimmage as McRae hit big tight end Dan Murdock on a crossing route and he lumbered into the end zone for a quick 6-0 lead. The Legion’s offensive woes continued as Watkiss picked off an errant Arseneau toss and the Stout scored again on a McRae to Muir pass, followed up with a McRae to Watkiss conversion for a 13-0 lead. After shuffling QB’s, the Legion settled on Milne, who calmly marched them down the field to pull within 13-6 with a Nahas TD reception. “See? It’s easy to score on these guys!” Milne quipped, “Why have you been having so many problems?”

The Stout offense responded with a drive ending in a Murdock score to bulge the lead to 19-6. After this, the Legion defense asserted itself, with Nahas intercepting McRae on the Legion goal line and Milne putting pressure on the Stout passer. Late in the game, Arseneau intercepted Muir on the option play deep in Legion territory. Now it was Arseneau’s turn at the helm and he hit paydirt with a looping pass over the outstretched arms of Watkiss that settled into the waiting hands of Milne for the score. making the final 19-12. “We didn’t lose,” Arseneau said, “we just ran out of time!”

Back at league headquarters there was some question as to whether this contest should be counted as an “official” league game. When informed of the score and team rosters, Legion GM Larisa Christensen was confident that her team had come out on top and insisted that the game count in the final standings. Upon closer inspection, she realized that the Legion came out on the short end, however, she was certain of one thing. “Our team will drink your team under the table at the season-ending banquet!”

OFL Final Standings W L
Irish Stout 8 0
French Foreign Legion 0 8
BOX SCORE
December 4, 2008
Irish Stout 19, French Foreign Legion 12

Passing
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McRae       3 TD, 1 PAT, 1 INT
Arseneau    1 TD, 1 INT
Milne       1 TD
Muir        1 INT

Receiving
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Murdock     2 TD
Muir        1 TD
Nahas       1 TD
Milne       1 TD
Watkiss     1 PAT

Defense
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Watkiss    1 INT
Arseneau   1 INT
Nahas      1 INT