by Gerald Udowiczenko
Bahh, humbug, <fume> Unlucky number 13. I hate this stupid game.....
Due to be being away for the weekend in Eastbourne for a role-playing convention
for SLA Industries and to the fact that we got our arses well and truly slapped
last week, the newsletter is going to be a little briefer than I was planning.
Thanks to Graham, Brucey, Jon, Mike & Stuart for their contributions
this week. Remember without you (the people who write in), there is only me.
And I don't think you only want to read my rantings ...... ?
BB (10-3, W2)
@ NY (7-6, L1)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (23 - 13)
Gerald : Jets by 1.
Graham : BB by 7.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 2.
MD (7-6, L4)
@ NE (8-5, L2)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (42 - 29)
Gerald : No comment (but we had better get in the
endzone this week!!)
Graham : NE by 3.
SPLATT : Miami by 1.
CL (12-1, W8)
@ CI (1-12, L10)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (35 - 14)
Gerald : Bengals by 1.
Graham : CL by 24.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 9.
PS (9-4, W1)
@ TT (8-5, W3)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (3 - 20)
Gerald : Titans by 10.
Graham : TN by 1.
SPLATT : Pittsburgh by 7.
SD (9-4, W4)
@ SS (1-12, L3)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (31 - 6)
Gerald : Changers by 9.
Graham : SD by 17.
SPLATT : San Diego by 4.
KC (2-11, L5)
@ OR (4-9, W1)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (18 - 7)
Gerald : Chiefs by 3.
Graham : OA by 1.
SPLATT : Oakland by 7.
PE (8-5, W1)
@ DC (7-6, W2)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (23 - 20)
Gerald : Boyz by 3 (OT).
Graham : PE by 7.
SPLATT : Philadelphia by 4.
WR (8-5, L1)
@ AC (0-13, L42)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (41 - 10)
Gerald : Skins by 28.
Graham : WR by 24.
SPLATT : Washington by 11.
MV (8-5, W1)
@ CB (10-3, L1)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (24 - 13)
Gerald : Vikings by 3.
Graham : CH by 7.
SPLATT : Chicago by 1.
TB (1-12, L1)
@ DL (7-6, L1)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (14 - 21)
Gerald : Lions by 10.
Graham : DL by 13.
SPLATT : Detroit by 9.
SR (5-8, W1)
@ AF (6-7, W1)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (38 - 7)
Gerald : Rams by 2.
Graham : AF by 3.
SPLATT : Atlanta by 3.
SF (6-7, L1)
@ NS (12-1, W4)
Last time : wk 2, 2005 (3 - 41)
Gerald : Saints by 10.
Graham : NS by 10.
SPLATT : New Orleans by 13.
by Graham Canwell (Week 13)
||Way too good to ignore, in a week where AFC offences
were quite quiet by their own explosive standards. The Bills were explosive,
however, with excellent passing complementing 300+ rushing yards at 7.5
||Got to grips with one of the league's top offences,
that of new England, holding it to just 283 yards and keeping it out of
||Most AFC games went pretty much with the form. The
sheer comprehensiveness of Julian's win over a very good Patriots
team was enough to put him comfortably ahead of the competition here.
||This was a tough one. The two offensive performances
which instantly stood out (Vikes/Cowboys) turned out to be against the
Cards and Buccs. The Bears were next, but only 16 points and a loss counted
them out. The Eagles looked pretty good (and won!) but I'm not giving
an offensive award to a team which fails to score a single touchdown.
So I plumped for the Falcons - solid rather than spectacular, but
against a pretty strong D (Detroit's).
||Going against my instincts I'm going to givemy
D an award to compensate for having slagged them off so much this year.
Pass D was terrific and they held the Skins to just 12 yards (and forced
two interceptions) in the 4th quarter when the game was on the line.
||The two top teams in the NFC met and the winner was
always going to have an excellent chance of getting this award. And in
the absence of anyone else making a sufficiently strong case to persuade
me otherwise so it has proved.
||Contrived to lose the turnover battle 4-0 against
the Bengals (of all people). Since they had a negligible yardage advantage
that was easily enough to see them cruise to this week's Diddley.
Gerald to Julian : I hope this means I now win
in the play-offs? I still haven't fully read the results, just way too depressing.
Gerald to Stuart : Humm. I want revenge!!!!
Graham to Jon : I might have given you a lot of
playoff grief in the (long receded!) past but I sure have made up for it by
doing you plenty of favours over the past few years (beating the Skins regularly,
playing like the Bengals in our recent postseason meetings). Hope (which is
of course the operative word here) the pendulum starts swinging back my way
in week 15.
Jon to Mark G : Though I felt you were a bit
lucky to tie the game, my 62 yd FG to win the game as time expired was also
Jon to Apple : This could decide a playoff place.
Much though I'd like revenge I'm definitely going to have to hope my D has
an "on" day!
Jon to Graham : Why is your team finding form
just before I get to pay them? :-(!
Jon to The 'Siminator' : Welcome to AB. You've
managed to take over a team that has, in the past, been quite successful (the
Peter Seymour era). I hope you can do what you did in B and return them to
being playoff regulars. However I'm not going to hope you give the AFC success
in some future Superbowl! ;-)
| Mike Sim
I started Gameplan in 1987 and have played ever since, beginning with
Sloth, then SEP and with Danny. Pretty sure I've played all the versions
since 2.8 and have tried all flavours except College with varying degrees
of success. I've always considered myself more adept at offensive playcalling,
though another slant would be my offences tend to suck less than my
I think I went through something of an American football burnout when
it disappeared from Ch4 and I dropped down to one team, though getting
Sky this time last year has boosted my interest in the great game again
and now I'm up to 3 teams. Filled the gaming gap playing Gameplan Baseball
which if I'm honest I prefer slightly.
Looking at the Bengals, my goals are to win a game this season, to
add some training on pass defences (the previous coach had 0 on all
of these defences) and to get a feel for the league. The squad isn't
weak, lacking a little here and there but seems to be capable of holding
it's own with the right playcalling.
The Central looks tough but there are few easy games in strong leagues
and I hope to take the Bengals off the list of easy games as soon as
|by Stuart Guard
Well the Dolphins have really found new ways to lose over the last
few weeks, and the most recent defeat in overtime really did see us
reach a new pinnacle. From contending for the divisional crown 6 weeks
back we now find ourselves in a win or bust game this week against the
Pats to keep any wildcard hopes alive.
It's been a strange season in Miami, and 4 of our wins have been by
1 score or less, and the tide has swung recently with 4 defeats being
by 4 or less. It seems we are able to keep games close on most occasions,
although have been shown up by teams like the Jets.
The division has been a very tough one for all four coaches, and I
hope one of them can go on to do well in the playoffs, without the slog
of the regular season having dented their chances. The Dolphins will
have to start to look at rebuilding if they lose this week to the Pats,
and that is never an easy time. The match up against the Pats looks
a difficult one, made only worse by recent form. It's rare for one team
to dominate a series, and with the Dolphins winning back in Week 2,
the Pats with homefield should win.
Miami have nothing to lose though, and will be giving it their all with
a few key tweaks to the offence. Whether or not the Pats passing game
can be restrained though is another question.
All the best to everyone across the league as the regular season races
to a close. Never a dull moment it would seem.
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