October 2013

Kanata, ON — The OFL season eventually staged its third game as the powerful Irish Stout hosted the Underdogs at legendary Entrust Cryptography Field. Both teams were a little shorthanded as the Stout lined up All-OFL QB Paul “The Mad Bomber” McRae, tight end James “Smooth” Muir, slotback Kirk “Flash” Ireland, and wide receiver Louis “Le Genou” Aubin. The Underdogs countered with Brad “Big Play” O’Brien, Chris “Stickum” Yagi, Bevan “Blues Brothers” Watkiss, and newly signed rookie free agent, Brian “The Big Pole” Niebrzydowski. The cool, overcast day did not portend the fireworks to come.

Starting with the ball, the Underdogs went right to work, with O’Brien hitting Watkiss with a long pass for a TD over a startled Ireland. “I thought he would drop it, it wasn’t aimed at his head,” said a confused Ireland, “Normally, he only grabs those kinds of passes when it means self-preservation.” Nevertheless, for the first time this season, the Stout trailed, 6-0.

Unfazed, McRae led the Stout back with TD toss to Aubin, followed by a PAT conversion to Ireland to take the lead 7-6. The Underdogs were not intimidated, coming right back at the Stout with another TD to Watkiss from O’Brien. Again, the Stout trailed, 12-7 and again, the Stout responded, this time with a TD from McRae to Aubin using their hurry-up “Tiger” package. Another PAT to Ireland made the score 14-12, Stout. “I thought maybe we were in for a long day, so I dialed up the ‘Blur’ to catch ’em off guard,” analyzed McRae after the game, “We haven’t unleashed the ‘Tiger’ in quite a while.” “I’ll unleash a forearm shiver if he ever does that again,” threatened O’Brien, “Maybe HE won’t be ready for THAT, either.”

Perhaps the Stout thought this might break the spirit of the Underdogs, but the Dawgs once again showed their fortitude as O’Brien drove them down the field, the payoff this time coming with a pass to Niebrzydowski. The Stout now trailed for the third time in the game, 18-14. “What the hell is going on out there?” screamed Coach McRae, “Just grabbing, no tackling!!! Grab, grab, grab!” Reminded that it was a game of touch football, McRae calmed down and returned to the sideline, then to the huddle as he remembered he is also his team’s QB.

The Stout scored on an Aubin TD with a Muir PAT to take a 21-18 lead and then, like breaking an opponent’s serve in tennis, the game’s complexion changed on a terrific defensive play by Ireland, who intercepted O’Brien, giving the ball back to the Stout. An avalanche of points ensued as the Stout outscored the Underdogs 27-0 the rest of the way, including a nifty reverse flea-flicker PAT from Aubin to McRae on the game’s last play.

“I think the important thing to take away from this game is that I intercepted McRae for the first time this season,” said O’Brien in the strangely jubilant Underdog locker room, “We’ve come a long way this season and we are going to get those arrogant bastards if it’s the last thing I do. I don’t care how many 6’5″ behemoths I have to recruit, I will prevail!”

October 25, 2013
Irish Stout 48, Underdogs 18

McRae         7 TD, 5 PAT, 1 INT
O'Brien       3 TD, 1 INT 
Aubin         1 PAT
Watkiss       1 INT

Ireland       3 TD, 2 PAT
Aubin         3 TD
Watkiss       2 TD
Muir          1 TD, 3 PAT
Niebrzydowski 1 TD
McRae         1 PAT

Aubin         1 INT
Ireland       1 INT 
O'Brien       1 INT

Jameis Winston, FSU watercolor
Saturday night featured a big ACC showdown with National Championship implications as the #5 ranked Florida State Seminoles visited Death Valley to take on the #3 ranked Clemson Tigers. The Tigers entered the stadium touching Howard’s Rock to a roaring crowd, a crowd that was quickly silenced by the ruthlessly efficient Seminoles, who took at 17-0 lead before the end of the 1st quarter.

The Tigers could not counter as the both the Nole offense and defense performed at an elite level in the 51-14 FSU victory.

At the controls of this scoring machine was freshmen Jameis Winston, who certainly did not shy away from the big spotlight in a primetime, nationally televised game. He played as he has all season, completing 22 of 34 passes for a whopping 444 yards and 3 TD’s. His name must be considered for the Heisman and, if the Oregon Ducks or Alabama Crimson Tide slip up, the Seminoles could easily be playing for the BCS Championship in January.

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Jameis Winston, FSU

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers eked out a tough win on the road in Baltimore, edging the Ravens 19-17. Aaron Rodgers was his usual efficient self, throwing for over 300 yards, but it was rookie Eddie Lacy that helped power the Pack to a win with 23 carries for 120 yards. Lacy at times appeared as he had at Alabama, rumbling downfield with defenders seemingly reluctant to take him on. The 5’11”, 230lb Lacy is a load once he gets a head of steam going and is tough to bring down. He brings a dimension to the Packer offense that has not been present for decades — a reliable running back with big-play capability.

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Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks continued their assault on college football as they visited the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday. Despite the uplifting presence of Ralphie and a scrappy Colorado team, the Ducks “Blur Offence” was as unstoppable as ever.

The Buffs inexplicably kicked field goals after 3 trips inside the Ducks’ 20-yard line. With the power of the Oregon offense, this is a recipe for defeat. In this case, after taking a brief 10-8 lead, the Ducks reeled off 21 unanswered points to finish with a first quarter lead of 29-10. Things did not improve in the second quarter as Colorado was outscored 14-5 and finished the half trailing 43-16.

At the controls of this scoring machine is sophomore QB Marcus Mariota. In his second year of running this offense, Mariota has become even more efficient and, in this game, completed 16 of 27 passes for 355 yards and 5 touchdowns while rushing for 43 yards and 2 more TD’s. The Oregon attack is as unstoppable as ever and the main reason is the spectacular play of Mariota. In this game, he worked without perhaps the most exciting player in college football, De’Anthony Thomas, and yet, he took a seat halfway through the 3rd quarter as the Ducks had an insurmountable lead, eventually vanquishing the Buffs, 57-16. He has yet to play a full game this year due to the blowouts.

Marcus looks to be a strong candidate for the Heisman Trophy and the Ducks continue to march toward a showdown with Stanford, and following that, a potential berth in the BCS Championship game.

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Aaron Murray, UGA QB

Another week, another big SEC clash. This time it was the hard charging #6 ranked LSU Tigers between the hedges against the #9 University of Georgia Bulldogs. A taut, exciting, back-and-forth affair, the game wasn’t decided until UGA QB Aaron Murray zipped a pass to Justin Scott-Wesley for a TD with 1:47 left in the fourth quarter. The Dawgs won 44-41 largely because Murray kept his cool and completed 20 of 38 throws for 298 yards and 4 TD’s with only a single interception. He was dueling with his former teammate, Zach Mettenberger, who transferred to LSU and has matured into a terrific passer. But on this day, Georgia was able to prevail, setting up an intriguing race in the SEC as the conference continues to look up at the undefeated #1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Aaron Murray, UGA QB