September 2013

Cam Newton

The Carolina Panthers extended the woes of the New York Giants, defeating the G-Men 38-0 on Sunday behind an efficient day from their QB, Cam Newton. Newton made few mistakes and dissected the Giant defense with a 15 of 27 effort for 223 yards and 3 TD’s with one interception. In addition, Newton used his legs to gain 45 yards on 7 rushes.

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Kanata, ON — On a beautiful day for football at historic Entrust Cryptography Field, the powerful Irish Stout took on the Underdogs under a cloud of carnivorous insects bent on trying to disrupt the scintillating OFL action. Both teams were shorthanded as the Stout fielded Paul “Pad My Stats” McRae, Kirk “Porsche Spice” Ireland, James “You want me to cover who?” Muir, and rookie Kaushik “Don’t Eat The Chicken” Thirukonda. The Underdogs made a stunning pre-game trade for Bevan “Hands of Stone” Watkiss, while lining up with Brad “The Big Gun” O’Brien, Chris “Steve Largent” Yagi, and their first round draft choice, Dan “One Direction” Krywenky.

On paper, the contest should have been close, but on the field, the Underdogs could not overcome their own mistakes and had trouble with a nearly flawless Stout offence that scored on every possession. Things got off quickly as the Underdogs failed to score and the Stout took over. McRae lofted a TD throw to Ireland and followed up with a nice toss to Thirukonda for the PAT. “Despite my intestinal distress, I still feel I can contribute,” said the lithe receiver in the locker room after the game, “But if you will excuse me, I need to puke my guts out right now.” Thirukonda converted another TD, this one on a reception by Muir, on the Stout’s next drive. “This is almost as good as taking a wicket!” exclaimed Thirukonda.

Trying to come back from being down 14-0, the Underdogs attempted a short pass in the flat, but it was intercepted by Muir after being tipped by Watkiss and Muir raced down the sidelines for a score. A rankled Watkiss made a great play on the PAT throw by Ireland on a trick play and nearly ran it back for safety, but the score remained 20-0.

The young rookie Thirukonda got into the offense in a big way for the remainder of the game, scoring 3 touchdowns while also intercepting O’Brien in the back of the endzone to stunt an Underdog drive. Ireland also scored and converted a PAT on a reception. The score stood at 46-0 when, on the last drive of the game, the Underdogs went the length of the field on a long O’Brien reception from Watkiss and a Watkiss run to the pylon for a touchdown.

“How can you let those b*st*rds score at will?” thundered Underdog Head Coach O’Brien in the locker room, “You let that McRae complete passes all over the place! He’s not that good! I got us Bevan! What more do you want? Play like men, dammit!” O’Brien was only mollified when the team doctor gave him a shot while he was being distracted by highlights from the game. “See??!? He can’t throw a hard pass! We can stop….zzzzzzzz” O’Brien and the rest of the Underdogs should be well rested for the next game.

September 27, 2013
Irish Stout 46, Underdogs 6

McRae      6 TD, 4 PAT
O'Brien    2 INT 
Ireland    1 INT

Ireland    2 TD, 1 PAT
Muir       2 TD      
Thirukonda 3 TD, 3 PAT 

Watkiss    1 TD

Muir       1 INT (TD ret)
Thirukonda 1 INT 
Watkiss    1 INT

It was an epic showdown in College Station, TX, as the two-time defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide faced off against the Aggies of Texas A&M and the undisputed star of college football, Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel. The Aggies were to only team to defeat the Tide a year ago, staging a monumental upset in Tuscaloosa behind the heroics of Manziel. The rematch would prove to be a worthy sequel to last year’s thriller.

As was the case in the previous meeting, the Aggies raced out to an early lead, in this case 14-0 in the first quarter as Manziel looked to be his normal, unstoppable self. However, the Tide were completely unfazed by this and ran off 35 unanswered points to take a commanding 35-14 lead in the third quarter. The Tide resurgence was powered mostly by their senior quarterback, A.J. McCarron, who has now officially shed his “game manager” reputation and become a weapon in his own right. He threw for 3 TD’s during this span, including a beautiful 51-yard bomb to Kenny Bell off a perfectly executed flea-flicker.

No to be outdone, the Aggies came back with a touchdown of their own, but the Tide again responded with a TD. It was now 42-21 going into the fourth quarter with the game seemingly in the Tide’s pocket. Manziel and the Aggies had other ideas, scoring two TD’s to draw within 42-35, one of the scores on a 95-yard pass from Manziel to Mike Evans. Once again, the Tide and McCarron fought back as McCarron threw his fourth TD of the day to make the score 49-35. The Aggies scored again, but failed to recover the onside kick and the game ended in the Tide’s favor, 49-42.

For the game, McCarron was 20 of 29 for 334 yards and 4 TD’s without throwing an interception. Though not as flashy and exciting as “Johnny Football”, McCarron calmly and coolly led the Tide to victory and now they have the inside track to a third straight national title.

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The 2013 NFL season got started with a bang as the Denver Broncos hosted the defending Superbowl Champion Baltimore Ravens on the Thursday Night opener. Peyton Manning was in mid-season form as he tossed 7 touchdown passes, tying the all-time NFL record for a single game. With his new slot receiver, Wes Welker, and big catches from tight end Julius Adams, Manning shredded the Baltimore defense. The Ravens could not match the prolific offense and succumbed, 49-27, raising questions about the wisdom of letting Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin go in the offseason.

Manning was nearly flawless, going 27 of 42 for 462 yards and those 7 TD’s without throwing an interception. Next week, Peyton faces off against his little brother in the Big Apple. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos can maintain this kind of high-efficiency offence for a second week in a row.

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Kanata, ON — The OFL, after a year hiatus, kicked off the 2013 season with a titanic showdown between the defending champion Irish Stout against the expansion Underdogs. The Stout returned perennial All Stars Paul “The Mad Bomber” McRae, Kirk “Flash” Ireland, Bevan “Hominid” Watkiss, and James “Smooth” Muir. They were joined by veteran Louis “Tabernacle” Aubin and rookie Kaushik “Cricket” Thirukonda. The Dawgs featured Brad “Big Play” O’Brien, Neil “Wash” Tubb, Chris “Hands” Yagi, Kris “The Streak” Cieplak, and Sabtain “Wrath of” Khan.

As the teams lined up on legendary Entrust Cryptography Field, the Dawgs won the toss and took the ball, but ran into trouble as Muir picked off O’Brien. The Stout went to work as McRae found Watkiss for a TD and a quick 6-0 lead. Ireland, former defensive player of the year, intercepted Khan on the next series and an accurate McRae laser to Aubin followed by a PAT catch from the rookie Thirukonda made the score 13-0. “Hey, this ball is bigger than the one in cricket!”, exclaimed Thirukonda, “I play lots of cricket, you know.”

Striking back with a long drive, the Dawgs scored on a Yagi reception from O’Brien, but the Stout retaliated with a flurry of points on Ireland and Aubin touchdowns and a Watkiss conversion for a 26-6 lead. The speedy Cieplak put a little excitement back into the contest, scoring 2 TD’s and and a PAT, sandwiched around another Ireland Stout score on a long bomb from McRae.

As the 39-19 contest wound down, a desperation pass from O’Brien was returned for a TD by Muir to make the final 45-19. The ensuing PAT throw off the flea-flicker by Muir was batted away at the last instant from McRae by Tubb, giving the defeated Dawgs something to hang their hat on.

“This is bullsh*t!” exclaimed Dawg GM O’Brien, “We need to make some serious personnel changes around here!” The Dawgs are entertaining any and all trade options and scouring the waiver wire while continuing to refine their playbook. “I want everyone to watch the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night and take notes,” said O’Brien, “We are installing the Blur Offense for next week and everyone needs to be on the same page!” For the most part, blank stares greeted this proclamation, but O’Brien was defiant, “And we will have cool black uniforms like Oregon, too!”

September 6, 2013
Irish Stout 45, Underdogs 19

McRae      6 TD, 3 PAT
O'Brien    3 TD, 1 PAT, 2 INT
Khan       1 INT 

Ireland    3 TD, 2 PAT
Cieplak    2 TD, 1 PAT
Aubin      2 TD
Watkiss    1 TD, 2 PAT
Yagi       1 TD
Thirukonda 1 PAT 

Muir       2 INT (1 TD ret)
Ireland    1 INT