by Gerald Udowiczenko
Well NFL Europe started its 10th season, the weekend just gone (13/14 April)
and the Scottish Claymores had a great start to the season, as they whopped
FC Barcelona Dragons (who were at home) 45-17. That equalled the biggest score
in an NFLE opening weekend and the biggest margin of victory. So maybe, the
Claymores have a change of wining the World Bowl?
But in truth, since they kicked out the Bollocks, sorry Monarchs, I've
lost any real interest and enthusiasm for NFLE. Though I will probably try
and go to the final at Murryfield next season (2003).
Thanks as always to Brucey, Jon, Paul (Superbowl Champ) Richard (Superbowl
Chump) and Mark for this weeks contributions. Richard would have sent in a
lot more, but it seems the Yahoo! has been playing up of late. As always guys,
PE @ BB
Gerald : A tough one to call as I doubt either
coach will really care about a pre-season game after last weeks results? But
the Eagles look the slightly strong team. Eagles by 3.
CL @ MV
Gerald : Both teams are coming off wins from the
Con Bow, but the Vikes win looked a lot more convincing. Vikes by 10.
SR @ DB
Gerald : One of the newest coaches against one
of the leagues oldest. I don't think the Rams have lost that much, but their
QB does look a little vulnerable, but only time will tell. Rams by 10.
MD @ WR
Gerald : Does Paul even know he's playing yet?
As I doubt he's come off Cloud Nine. Another good test for the Fish, as they
play another tough 'D'. But this time I think the Skins 'D' will be too strong
(unlike the Lions last week) and should force even more turnovers. Skins by
TB @ PS
Gerald : It's a pre-season game so anything could
happen. Steelers by 3.
SF @ KC
Gerald : A good performance last week from the
Chiefs, but they will need to shore-up that 'D' if they're to get anywhere
this season and the 49ers should provide a good test. Chiefs by 3.
NJ @ DC
Gerald : The Jets have a good team and will be
hard to stop. The Boyz are still rebuilding. Jets by 10.
CI @ CB
Gerald : The Bengals squad is undersized and among
the smallest in the league and will struggle against the Bears, especially
after their solid performance last week. Bears by 10.
AF @ SS
Gerald : A good performance last week from both
teams should mean this will be a good test for each coach to see how their
team performs. Falcons by 3.
AC @ NE
Gerald : No comment, well it is Pre-Season after
TT @ DL
Gerald : Both teams will be experimenting and especially
the Lions, as they now have a decent QB. So maybe we'll see an 'O' this year
from Detroit? Titans by 3.
OR @ NO
Gerald : A massive squad in Oakland has a lot to
live up to. I still think they're a couple of games away from showing us something.
Saints by 10.
by Graham Canwell (2004 Season Summary)
|I have compiled the Rammys for last season (and even if Graham does
do a Rammy for week 20 it will not greatly effect the outcome. Other than
to move Paul Spence into joint equal for Coach). Which makes an interesting
read along with the End of Season Awards (ESA) towards the end of the
Newsletter. The only real difference is that Washington didn't vote
as highly in the ESA as the Rammys.
||Kansas City (6)
Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver & New Orleans (3).
New England, N.Y. Jets, Philadelphia, St. Louis & Tennessee (2).
Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay & Washington (1)
Chicago, Cleveland, New England, N.Y. Jets & Philadelphia (3).
Buffalo & Oakland (2).
Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh, San Francisco & St. Louis (1).
||Guard (MD), Heath (PE)
|Horne (CL), Purrington (NJ) & Spence (WR) (3).
Currie (KC), Daniels (SF), Dilworth (NS), Dixon (PS), Henderson(DL), Meskill
(AF) & Udowiczenko (NE) (2).
Carruthers (DB), Gamble (TN), D Jones (TB), Ogg (BB) & Parratt (CH) (1).
Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle & St.
Gerald to Richard : Looks like one of us had
better decide whom Antowain Smith is playing for?
Gerald to Richard : Hope the message to Paul
Spence is something like what you wanted to say?
Gerald to Paul S : Well done. Well I guess now
you'll never win another play-off game again? Now that you've used up all
you luck in one season ( I at least I'm doing it slowly.
Gerald to Brucey : A bit of a slappin last week
wasn't it? What happened to you 'D'?
Brucey to Paul S : Well done on your historic
victory. You realise of course that you are now rated as the strongest team
in the league. No that everyone will be out to get you or anything !
Brucey to NFC Central : Good luck, division rivals.
Hope you don't ALL beat me this year.
Brucey to SPLATT : Well done on predicting correctly
EVERY post-season result!! I guess those that got it wrong used their hearts
and not their heads :o)
Brucey to All : I think this season is going
to be quite fun.
Paul Spence to All : Thanks to everyone for the
well-wishes during the playoffs. I can't tell you how good it feels to finally
win a playoff game. But to win the whole thing was fantastic.
Paul Spence to Brucey : Come on then. It's your
turn now. Go SPLATT.
Paul Spence to Gerald : Having lost so many playoff
games in the past it'll take a while to even break even in post season play
so that's my next target.
Paul Spence to Mark : Dun 'im :o)
Paul Spence to All : Aint life grand?
Jon to Paul Spence : Congratulations! You've
done damn well to win it this year. I'll be even more impressed if you can
retain it though. At least your luck held out.
Jon to Julian : That was one hell of a messy
game. Same gameplan I used in the NFC Championship, by the way. 3-3 until
the last play of the game, and that opportunity from a turnover. Ugly.
Jon to All : This promises to be the most competitive
season on record. We also seem to have larger squads overall than ever before
Jon to Dean : Dean - if you're still there, what
are you doing? Why did you take the QB in the draft instead of an LB? I don't
Richard to Paul Spence : Congratulations! Well
done, if you hadn't been playing me, I would have been rooting for you myself.
Mark to Paul : Well done on the SB. Now the difficult
bit - Defending it :)
Mark to Gerald : I find it hard to really not
care about any game! Play to win or don't play at all...
Mark to All : Steelers ROCK! (until early in
the morning, which probably explains some of the dire performances we've turned
Mark to All : anyone want a RB? Hardly used,
only dropped once.
|Game Review - View from the
| by Paul Spence
The first quarter was a story of defenses asserting themselves. Both
sides forced fumbles but the offenses recovered and it was an interception,
which gave Buffalo the first good field position to launch an attack.
Up stepped the Redskins 'D' to force a couple of penalties but with
the first big Offensive play of the game Buffalo converted a 2nd and
22 to set up a 44 yd FG attempt which failed. The Redskins, starting
on their own 34, had a scare when Larry Bowie got nailed catching a
pass over the middle and fumbled. After recovering though, they drove
downfield having to go to the ground when the aerial threat seemed ineffective.
The second quarter began with the Redskins finishing their drive with
a 2 yard Bowie TD. Thwarting the Bills for 3 and out set up good field
position again leading to another score, a 6 yard pass. Feeling in control
at this point, 14-0 up against one of the best offenses in the league,
the Redskins dropped their guard and paid the price as the Bills passing
game kicked into high gear with an 80 yard drive culminating in a 4
yard run by Rob Johnson. Responding to this, the Redskins special teams
chipped in with a 31 yard kick return, setting up a 57 yard drive for
a 5 yard Bowie TD, his second of the night rounding out a great first
half for the 'skins.
The second half started somewhat similarly to the first with traded
possessions leading to the Bills this time receiving the better field
position and capitalising. The passing game doing the work to set up
a 2 yard Johnson TD run. Working downfield following the kick, the 'skins
found themselves facing 4th and 4 on the Bills 19 yard line. After kicking
the 36yarder the Bills made their own special teams big play with a
31 yard return. 6 plays later Johnson found a secondary receiver wide
open in the end zone for a 13 yard TD and closed to just 3 points behind.
Coach Spence was looking decidedly rattled going into the final quarter
as the nerves of his first Bowl game started to show and it took an
interception from his 'D' giving the ball back on the Bills 22 to calm
him, although the Bills held them to a FG. Another vital interception
at the 'skins 9 ended another long drive from the Bills. A 33 yard FG
rounded out the scoring for the 'skins 30-21.
|by Mark Dixon
We've taken the decision to let Chris Fuamata (RB) go. No one could
pronounce his surname so the assistants and I had to let him go. The
OC has moved all our WRs around and the DC has given 2nd year NCB Chad
Scott a lot of track time recently which has improved his 40 (yard dash)
time (and trained him in DPL!). He's going to start at RCB with 7 year
corner Dewayne Washington to spend more time on the bench.
We decide to kick their asses in PRESEASON? Bloody PRESEASON? WTF? Where
was this form in week 16? HUH? The team has been well and truly rollocked
following a comfortable win over the team that we lost to in week 16
to miss out on the playoffs...
|A Wild West Shoot-Out
(Or History of NFL Team Nicknames)
|The nickname refers to William F. Cody, who was known as
"Buffalo Bill." Buffalo had a football team called the Bisons,
but the city's minor league baseball and hockey teams had the same
name. The football team held a contest to select a new nickname following
the 1946 season. More than 4,500 entries were submitted and Bills beat
out Bullets, Nickels and Blue Devils.
||George Marshall headed a syndicate that purchased an NFL
team for Boston in 1933. The team would play at the home of baseball's
Boston Braves so it adopted the same name. The following year, the Braves
moved to Fenway Park and changed their name to the Redskins. The name
remained when the team moved to Washington in 1937.
Were there you have it, the History of why the Bills & Skins are
called what they are. I'll be doing two histories every week (one
from the AFC & NFC) for the coming season (2005). However if you
can't wait for it and need to know now, why your beloved team is
called what they are? Have a look at the following link :
|End of Season Awards - 2004
( as voted for by the coaches of NFLAB )
|Previous Seasons results in brackets.
|| Best Offence (Rams)
||Vikings : 4
Browns : 2
|Best Defence (Redskins)
||Lions : 3
Eagles : 2
Redskins : 1
|Best Team (Redskins)
||Vikings : 4
Eagles : 1
|Best Coach (Canwell - SR)
||Whitfield (MV) : 3
Purrington (NJ) &
Dilworth (NO) : 1
|Best Rookie Coach (Horne - CL)
||Dixon (PS) : 4
Dilworth (NO) : 2
|Most Improved Team (Browns)
Saints : 2
Jets : 1
|Most disappointing team (Jets)
||Patriots : 2
Titans : 1
Most Hated Coach (Graham Canwell)
|Graham Canwell : 3
Dean Garrod &
Mark Dixon : 1
|Worst Team (New)
||Cardinals : 3
Titans : 1
|by Jon Heath
Yet again the AFC East is extremely tough. The Jets did well last year
with a relatively weak squad and this season they've got the strongest
playing squad in the division. The reigning AFC champs, the Bills, are
at the opposite end of the scale. All the coaches deserve respect and
I feel this division could possibly produce both W/C teams again.
1st - Jets.
2nd - Dolphins (W/C).
3rd - Bills (W/C).
4th - Pats.
Coach Dixon proved to be an inspiration to the Steelers when he took
over last season and has the benefit of the best squad in the division.
We all know that coach Horne's Browns deserve respect and despite
a relatively weak defensive line, they'll challenge for the post
season. Of the other two coaches I don't know enough, so it's
1st - Steelers.
2nd - Browns (poss W/C).
3rd - Bengals.
4th - Titans.
It's been a big transition in coaching staff for this division,
though the Raiders have one of the biggest squads I can ever recall,
to their credit. Coach Stevens has a hard act to follow as his predecessor
(despite poor results last season) had one of the best records in the
league. I continually predict the Chiefs to return to past glories and
though they produce the yards they don't get the results, so I'm
not going to this season.
1st - Raiders.
2nd - Seahawks.
3rd - Broncos.
4th - Chiefs.
What can I say? We've got the reigning Champs, Cunningham in his
final season, an all pro coach with an excellent squad and a Cards team
lacking 2 LBs and an OL. The fight for the first 3 places is going to
be tough, but I fancy the 'Skins to have gained that extra bit
of confidence from their Superbowl win.
1st - Redskins.
2nd = - Eagles & Cowboys.
4th (by some way) - Cardinals.
The Central has gained an excellent coach in Paul Macguire, who will
certainly throw down the gauntlet to last year's 16-0 Vikings.
The Vikes still look very strong and the Lions have the skills on offence
to do some damage if Bruce can work out a decent strategy. I'm
sure their D will still be scary. This leaves the Buccs with a mountain
1st - Bears.
2nd - Vikes.
3rd - Lions.
4th - Buccs.
The Rams are, as ever, very strong. This year their squad looks good
as well. The Saints will be a serious threat to anybody, the Falcons
nearly rediscovered their old form last year and the 49ers are no pushover.
This is probably the toughest division in the NFC and possibly the toughest
in the league. A very hard one to call, but...
1st - Rams.
2nd - Saints.
3rd - Falcons.
4th - 49ers.
|You may have noticed that I haven't predicted the W/Cs
for the NFC. That's because I really don't have a clue, though
you may say that about my predictions as a whole!
|Last Season Predictions
At the start of last season three of us tried to predict the Divisional
Winners and Wild Cards, Championship Finalist and Superbowl Champion.
Below are those wild guesses and in some cases theyll werent
too far out, other than for the Patriots :o)
Patriots & Eagles.
Broncos & Rams.
Bengals and Bills & Redskins and Bears.
Browns v Patriots & Vikings v Rams.
Patriots & Eagles.
Broncos & Rams.
Browns v Patriots & Vikings v Eagles.
Browns to beat the Vikings by 10
Patriots & Skins.
Broncos & Falcons.
Bills / Fish / Titans / Chiefs
Eagles / Vikings / Rams / 49ers / Saints.
Browns v Patriots & Vikings v Skins.
Don't forget to visit the following sites :
(Though please note that you now need a Yahoo! ID to assess this, as it
is now in Groups and not Clubs)
Well that it for this week. Here's to a great new season and that we
all live up to our potential.