USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-29/N1: Week Ending 10 October 2015: Beginning of USAFL Nationals Coverage

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Good morning, everyone…

As we near the end of the 2015 season, it is time to get set for our favorite time of the year…yes, everyone…the Road To Austin is nearing its close as we are just 2 weeks away from the Opening Ceremonies. But before all of that, we have to do a lot of writing to get prepared for the 18th USAFL Nationals. For one, this is the first full week that I have the new computer with me, so I am doing a massive update on what’s happened since the last time we were on the blog, but that’ll wait for another day. For the next 3 weeks, it is all about the Nationals.

So, let’s get underway…here’s what “On Tap” for this week’s edition:

  1. USAFL Nationals Coverage

     

    First thing everyone will ask is this…Will the USAFL Nationals Coverage for this year rival the last time we went to Austin? The answer is wholeheartly yes. Beginning with this Sunday, we will have a total of nearly 3 dozen shows and 31 hours of coverage, including everyone’s personal favorites like Breakfast @ the Nationals, Midday @ The Nationals, our evening recap and of course, Opening Ceremonies LIVE! And this year, it is massively different, unlike 2013. First of all, all of our USAFLWR family (outside of Troy Thompson and Carolyn Poulos) will join me at one point or another during the week. Our home base HQ for the week will be @ the Candlewood Suites in South Austin this year (like in 2013) and we will have times that we will have the computer on the road with us to the Wyndham Garden Hotel, the USAFL home base HQ for this year, like 2013, as well as the Onion Creek Soccer Fields as we will do nearly 31 hours of shows during the Nationals.

     

    Here’s the showtimes through the next 3 weeks: A- Approximate

    (Note: All shows on YouTube, look under USAFL Weekly Show)

     

Day 

Time (CDT)/

Length Show 

Show Title 

Description 

Sunday

11 October

2:00 pm

(3 hours) 

15-35/N2:

Releasing Of The Pools 

This is our annual Releasing of the Pools as we make our picks for all 6 divisions. 

Monday

12 October

7:00 pm

(1 hour) 

15-36/N3:

Preparation Show 

The final preparations for the departure for Austin. 

Tuesday

13 October

9:00 am

(30 minutes) 

15-37/N4:

Departure Show 

Our departure show as I depart for Austin. 

 

1:00 pm A

(15 minutes) 

15-38/N5: Lunch Stop

My first stop @ Iron Skillet-Pilot Truck Stop in West Memphis, AR

 

6:00 pm A

(15 minutes) 

15-39/N6: Dinner Stop

My second stop @ West Sizzlin in Caddo Valley, AR

 

9:00 pm A

(1 hour) 

15-40/N7:

Arrival @ Texarkana

My arrival @ Texarkana, AR/TX as I arrive @ Holiday Inn in Texarkana.

Wednesday

14 October 

9:00 am

(1 hour) 

15-41/N8:

Breakfast @ The Nationals- Day 1 

Our first of 6 days of Breakfast @ The Nationals as we prepare for Austin.

 

1:30 pm A

(15 minutes) 

15-42/N9:

Lunch Stop 

My first stop in Hillsboro, TX as I stop for lunch. Final leg to Austin will be previewed.

 

5:00 pm A

(1 hour) 

15-43/N10:

Arrival @ Austin 

My arrival @ Candlewood Suites in Austin as I set up shop for the next 5 days.

 

9:00 pm

(1 hour) 

15-44/N11:

Recap of Day 2 

Recap of the 2nd day of driving and preview of tomorrow’s shows.

Thursday

15 October 

9:00 am

(1 hour) 

15-45/N12:

Breakfast @ The Nationals- Day 2

Our Thursday morning show to preview the day ahead and our shows from Austin.

 

11:00 am

(30 minutes) 

15-46/N13:

Lunch @ The Nationals-Day 1 

From the USAFL HQ hotel @ Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin as we get set for Opening Ceremonies tomorrow.

 

1:00 pm

(30 minutes) 

15-47/N14:

On The Field 

Our first field report with Grilla as we talk on the field conditions.

 

7:00 pm

(90 minutes)

15-48/N15:

Preparation Show 

Our 2nd preparation show as we talk with Lisa Albergo and Stephen Kerbow as they make their final preparations.

Friday

16 October 

9:00 am

(1 hour) 

15-49/N16:

Breakfast @ The Nationals- Day 3 

Our Friday morning show with our arrivals from Stephen Kerbow and Lisa Albergo later in the day and our Opening Ceremonies later in the day.

 

11:00 am

(15 minutes)

15-50/N17:

Arrival of Stephen Kerbow 

Our arrival of co-host Stephen Kerbow and her wife, Lana, from San Antonio.

 

2:30 pm

(15 minutes) 

15-51/N18:

Arrival of Lisa Albergo 

Our arrival of co-host Lisa Albergo @ Austin International Airport.

 

5:00 pm

(2.5 hours) 

15-52/N19:

OPENING CEREMONIES 

Our Opening Ceremonies from Wyndham Garden Hotel Main Ballroom with our entire USAFLWR family.

 

10:00 pm

(30 minutes) 

15-53/N20:

Day Recap 

Recap of the day from Austin and get set for a very busy Saturday.

Saturday

17 October 

6:15 am

(30 minutes) 

15-54/N21:

Breakfast @ The Nationals- Day 4 

Our Saturday morning show with a first look at the weather and our day’s shows ahead.

 

Noon A

(45 minutes) 

15-55/N22:

On The Field- Lunch @ The Nationals- Saturday 

Our opening On The Field show with a recap of the Saturday games in the docket and a preview of the second half of the day.

 

7:30 pm

(1 hour) 

15-56/N23:

Dinner @ The Nationals- Saturday Recap 

Our recap of Day 1 of the Nationals from Candlewood Suites (USAFLWR HQ) with Lisa Albergo and Stephen Kerbow.

Sunday

18 October 

7 am

(30 minutes) 

15-57/N24:

Breakfast @ The Nationals- Day 5 

Our Sunday morning show with our look at Sunday’s weather and the field conditions.

 

Noon A

(45 minutes) 

15-58/N25:

On The Field- Lunch @ The Nationals- Sunday

Our final round robin to get set for the Grand Finals from Onion Creek Soccer Fields.

 

5:30 pm

(45 minutes) 

15-59/N26:

Closing Ceremonies LIVE! 

Our Closing Ceremonies with all of the awards given!

 

8:30 pm

(1 hour) 

15-60/N27:

Nationals Recap

Our Nationals Recap from the After Nationals Party site.

Monday

19 October 

9:00 am

(1 hour) 

15-61/N28:

Breakfast @ The Nationals- Day 6 

Our Final Show from Austin as we have our final thoughts of Austin 2015 and a look ahead to 2016.

 

2:00 pm A

(1 hour) 

15-62/N29:

Lunch Stop 

My lunch stop in Dallas as we recap leg 1 to Texarkana.

 

6:30 pm A

(30 minutes) 

15-63/N30:

Arrival @ Texarkana 

My arrival back @ Holiday Inn-Texarkana as I make the road home.

 

9:00 pm

(1 hour) 

15-64/N31:

Recap Road Home- Day 1

Recap of the trip to Texarkana, AR and preview of tomorrow’s final day on the road. 

Tuesday

20 October 

9:30 am

(1 hour) 

15-65/N32:

Breakfast @ The Nationals- Final Day 

Final Breakfast @ The Nationals from Texarkana as we get the final day road conditions as I head for home.

 

2 pm A

(15 minutes) 

15-66/N33:

Lunch Stop 

Final gas and lunch stop @ Iron Skillet in West Memphis, AR.

 

6:30 pm A

(30 minutes) 

15-67/N34:

Arrival @ Home 

Back @ Home in Lavergne with final stats and get set for final show of the 2015 season.

Sunday

25 October 

3:00 pm

(2 hours) 

15-68/N35:

Season in Review Show 

Our final show of the 2015 season with our thoughts ahead for 2016 in the AFL and USAFL.

       

 

 

  1. Final USAFLWR Regular Season Standings

     

    After a long 6 months of games, it’s time to do the final USAFLWR Regular Season Standings. What will be different this time out is where the teams will play in Nationals as well.

     

    Men

     

USAFL Standings

USAFLWR Standings 

Team 

W-L-T 

PF 

PA 

Pct. 

Pts.  

Nationals 

11

1 

Columbus

Jackaroos

10-2-0

713

300

237.67

28

Division 2: Top Overall Seed: Pool A

2

2 

New York

Magpies 

8-2-1

693

334

207.49

27

Division 1: 2nd Overall Seed: Top Seed: Pool B

1

3 

Austin

Crows 

11-3-0

595

295

201.69

26

Division 1: 1st Overall Seed: Pool A

5

4 

Denver

Bulldogs

9-5-0

805

527

152.75

23

Division 1: 6th Overall Seed: Pool B: 3rd Seed

6

5 

Dallas

Magpies 

10-2-0

607

349

173.92

22

Division 1: 8th Overall Seed: Pool B: 4th Seed

26t

6 

Atlanta

Kookaburras 

6-4-0

508

636

79.87

21

Division 4: 11th Overall Seed: Pool C: 3rd Seed

3

7 

Orange County Bombers

7-3-0

570

343

166.18

20

Division 2: 3rd Overall Seed: Pool B: 2nd Seed

24

8 

Cincinnati

Dockers 

7-5-0

664

406

163.55

20

Division 3: 8th Overall Seed: Pool A: 4th Seed

12

9 

Nashville

Kangaroos 

7-5-0

555

530

104.71

19

Division 3: 3rd Overall Seed: Pool B: 2nd Seed

8

10 

Minnesota

Freeze 

7-4-0

564

517

109.09

17

Division 2: 2nd Overall Seed: Pool B: Top Seed

22

11 

North Carolina

Tigers 

4-2-0

387

262

147.71

16

Division 3: 6th Overall Seed: Pool A: 3rd Seed

19

12 

Fort Lauderdale

Fighting Squids 

4-4-0

373

363

102.75

16

Division 2: 8th Overall Seed: Pool B: 4th Seed

4

13 

Los Angeles

Dragons 

4-2-1

339

205

165.37

15

Division 1: 4th Overall Seed: Pool A: 2nd Seed

9

14 

Golden Gate

Roos 

5-3-1

333

252

132.14

13

Division 1: 8th Overall Seed: Pool B: 4th Seed

20

15 

Tulsa

Buffaloes 

5-10-0

530

976

54.30

13

Division 3: 1st Overall Seed: Pool A

18

16 

Portland

Steelheads 

4-2-1

301

203

148.27

11

Division 2: 2nd Overall Seed: Pool B: Top Seed

10

17 

Houston

Lonestars 

3-9-1

483

474

101.90

11

Division 2: 3rd Overall Seed: Pool B: 2nd Seed

13

18 

Chicago

Swans 

2-5-1

328

373

87.94

9

Division 3: 6th Overall Seed: Pool B: 3rd Seed

14t

19 

Boston

Demons 

2-3-0

300

259

115.83

8

Division 2: 4th Overall Seed: Pool A: 2nd Seed

16t

20 

Philadelphia

Hawks 

2-5-0

234

476

49.16

8

Division 3: 4th Overall Seed: Pool B: 2nd Seed

 

21 

Seattle

Grizzlies 

2-6-0

209

489

42.74

8

Division 4: 4th Overall Seed: Pool D: 1st Seed

14t

22 

Sacramento

Suns 

3-3-1

209

249

83.94

7

Division 2: 5th Overall Seed: Pool A: 3rd Seed

21

23 

Baltimore/Washington

Eagles 

2-4-1

195

380

51.32

7

Division 4: 7th Overall Seed: Pool B: 2nd Seed

26t

24 

Des Moines

Roosters

2-6-1

363

437

83.06

6

Division 3: 6th Overall Seed: Pool B: 3rd Seed

26t

25 

Baton Rouge

Tigers 

1-6-0

428

545

78.53

4

Division 4: 12th Overall Seed: Pool D: 3rd Seed

 

26 

Kansas City

Power

2-4-0

327

383

85.82

3

Division 4: 9th Overall Seed: Pool A: 3rd Seed

 

27 

Cleveland

Cannons

1-2-0

158

358

44.13

2

Division 4: 9th Overall Seed: Pool A: 3rd Seed

 

28 

Milwaukee

Bombers

0-2-1

13

86

15.12

1

Division 4: 2nd Overall Seed: Pool B: Top Seed

 

29 

Tampa Bay

Larrikins

0-1-0

59

74

79.73

0

 
 

30 

Indianapolis

Giants

0-6-0

138

479

28.81

0

Division 4: 5th Overall Seed: Pool D: 2nd Seed

23

31 

San Diego

Lions

0-3-0

89

345

25.80

0

Division 4: 3rd Overall Seed: Pool C: Top Seed

                 

 

 

Women’s

 

USAFLWR Standings 

Team 

W-L-T 

PF 

PA 

Pct. 

Pts. 

Nationals 

1 

New York Lady Magpies 

6-2-0 

398 

174 

228.74 

20 

Division 1: 4th Seed

2 

San Francisco Iron Maiden

3-1-2

157

101

155.45

9

Division 1: 2nd Seed

3 

Sacramento Lady Suns

2-1-1

102

72

141.67

8

Division 1: 5th Seed

4 

Minnesota Lady Freeze

2-2-0

121

68

177.94

6

Division 1: 3rd Seed

5 

Denver Lady Bulldogs

2-1-0

78

74

105.41

4

Division 1: Top Seed

6 

Boston Lady Demons 

1-3-1 

48 

220 

21.83 

3 

Division 2: Top Seed 

7

Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles

1-1-0

34

50

68.00

2

Division 2: 2nd Seed

8

Columbus Lady Jillaroos

1-1-0

13

29

44.83

2

Division 2: 2nd Seed

9

Arizona Lady Hawks

0-2-0

35

80

43.75

0

Division 3: 3rd Seed

               

 

 

  1. Nationals Predictions

     

     

    This year’s Nationals Predictions are going to be more difficult because of the Division 4 being 12 teams and having 2 women’s divisions for the first time in its 10 year history. That being said, however, I will still be doing the predictions as usual. So, with that…here we go.

     

    Division One: (Note: Record for the season, USAFLWR points and the final regular season standings in USAFLWR)

     

Seed 

Pool A 

Pool B 

1 

Austin Crows (11-3-0, 26 pts., #3 )

New York Magpies (8-2-1, 27 pts., #2) 

2 

Los Angeles Dragons (4-2-1, 15 pts., #13) 

Orange County Bombers (7-3-0, 20 pts., #7)

3 

Calgary Kangaroos 

Denver Bulldogs (9-5-0, 23 pts., #4)

4 

Golden Gate Roos (5-3-1, 13 pts., #14) 

Dallas Magpies (10-2-0, 22 pts., #5)

 

Unlike the previous years where the teams in Division 1 would same pushovers and powerhouses, all of the teams this year are in the top 15 in the USAFLWR standings. Add Calgary to that mix and it becomes the toughest Division One tournament in the last 7 years.

 

Pool A Prediction: Pool A is the easier of the two pools this year, but don’t underestimate any of the 4 teams in the pool. Calgary has a strong contingent and with Golden Gate and LA both playing each other twice and tying once, it’s a tough sledding. Pool A Champion: Austin Crows

 

Pool B Prediction: Pool B is the toughest of all 12 pools in the men’s divisions and in Division 1. 4 of the top 7 teams in the USAFLWR standings will be fighting on this one and expect a battle. It will literally be decided on percentage and who has the firepower to do it in. Pool B Champion: Based on past experiences and since they are the defending Premiers, New York, but don’t be surprised if Dallas or Denver can sneak up to win the pool.

 

Grand Final: Austin vs. New York. A rematch of 2 years ago when Austin won the game by the tightest margin in USAFL history. New York hasn’t forgotten on that and they are going for 2 straight Premiers, a feat that hasn’t been done in nearly a decade. Expect a battle. Premiers: Austin Crows by 2.

 

Division Two:

 

Seed 

Pool A 

Pool B 

1 

Columbus Jackaroos (10-2-0, 28 pts., #1) 

Minnesota Freeze (7-4-0, 17 pts., #10) 

2 

Boston Demons (2-3-0, 8 pts., #19) 

Houston Lonestars (3-9-1, 11 pts., #17)

3 

Sacramento Suns (3-3-1, 7 pts., #22) 

Chicago Swans (2-5-1, 9 pts., #18) 

4 

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids (4-4-0, 16 pts., #12) 

Quebec Saints 

 

For the first time, an USAFLWR regular season points champion is in this division with Columbus taking that honor and also being the defending champions in Division 2. But, unlike Division 1 where the field was wide open, Division 2 is almost a cut and dry situation. That being said, expect the unexpected in this division as always.

 

Pool A Prediction: This pool is almost too cut and dry with Columbus on a roll and no other team in the Division with better than a break-even record. If any team outside of Columbus makes it in, it’s because of upsets. Columbus is just that good. Pool A Champion: Columbus Jackaroos

 

Pool B Prediction: This pool, like Pool A, is almost too cut and dry. Quebec has been the 4th seed before and yes have won a game in this pool, but Chicago and Houston are much tougher despite their records. Whoever wins between Minnesota and Chicago in their match (3 pm Saturday) will win the pool. Pool B Champion: Minnesota Freeze

 

Grand Final: Columbus vs. Minnesota. The last time these two teams played each other last year, Columbus won by nearly 3 goals. With a powerful team, expect a first in this Division…Back-to-back Premiers. Premiers: Columbus by 13.

 

Division Three:

 

Seed 

Pool A 

Pool B 

1 

Tulsa Buffaloes (5-10-0, 13 pts., #15) 

Portland Steelheads (4-2-1, 11 pts., #16) 

2 

Philadelphia Hawks (2-5-0, 8 pts., #20) 

Nashville Kangaroos (7-5-0, 19 pts., #9)

3 

North Carolina Tigers (4-2-0, 16 pts., #11) 

Des Moines Roosters (2-6-1, 6 pts., #24) 

4 

Ohio Valley River Rats (7-5-0, 20 pts., #8)

(Cincinnati Dockers) 

Austin Crows B 

 

Division 3 will unlike be on Division 2 as 2 of the top 10 and 6 out of the top 20 in the USAFLWR, expect a wide open field and surprises during the weekend.

 

Pool A Prediction: Tulsa got the top seed thanks to Sacramento moving up to Division 2 and North Carolina is moving up to their pool and Division 3 because of their win last year in Division 4. With those two, expect a lot of scoring as well as from Ohio Valley. Philadelphia has surprised a many of teams in the past 2 years, so expect a dogfight. Ironically enough, whoever wins the 9 am game on Saturday between Ohio Valley and Tulsa will win the pool. Pool A Champion: Tulsa Buffaloes

 

Pool B Prediction: This is the more interesting pool of the two as 3 of these teams have never faced each other (Nashville has faced Austin 3 times and won twice). Expect some interesting games to say the least. The game that will decide the pool will be the last game on Sunday @ 10 am between Portland and Nashville. Whoever wins that game wins the pool considering both of those teams have winning records. Pool B Champion: Nashville Kangaroos

 

Grand Final: Tulsa vs. Nashville. If this happens to be the final, it will be their first ever meeting against each other. Dustin Brasel’s team is a tough competition in the USAFL Southwest region, but the Kangaroos have had tough games with Chicago, Columbus and Atlanta, going 4-2 between the matches. Expect a major battle that will come to the final minute to decide. Premiers: Nashville by 3.

 

Division Four

 

Division 4 has 12 teams, however, only 3 teams will field a B side team while the others will be a split team on the divisions. Making no predictions here, unlike the last several years…it is too wide open.

 

Women’s Division:

 

This year, there will be two divisions here as 5 teams in Division 1 and 4 in Division 2 with Round Robin in all of them. With that, here’s the Divisions:

 

Division 1

 

Seed 

Team 

1 

Denver Lady Bulldogs (2-1-0, 4 pts., #5) 

2 

San Francisco Iron Maiden (3-1-2, 9 pts., #2) 

3 

Minnesota Lady Freeze (2-2-0, 6 pts., #4) 

4 

New York Lady Magpies (6-2-0, 20 pts., #1)

5 

Sacramento Lady Suns (2-1-1, 8 pts., #3) 

 

What an interesting year that the top 5 teams have had, especially the 5-time defending champion Denver Lady Bulldogs have had. Coming in with only 3 games in the docket, they have their work cut out for them as they face what could be their toughest competition to date. Expect quite a few battles. If Denver can beat New York (Saturday at 1 pm), then their rematch for the 3rd time will be set against San Francisco (Sunday @ 4 pm). Premiers: Denver will take their 6th straight.

 

Division 2

 

Division 2 will have split squads on all of their matches as some squads will have 5 different teams in that squad. Making no predictions here as well….it’s too wide open here too.

 

 

Okay…everyone…that’s it for the Nationals Preview. Remember…show time is Sunday @ 2 pm for Releasing of the Pools. See you then!

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-28a: For The AFL Preliminary Final Week, Part I: Week Ending 28 September 2015

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Good morning, everyone…. Welcome back!

I sincerely apologize for my being away from the blog for nearly 2 months, but it was because the old computer that I had was pretty much shot as it stands. There’s been quite a few changes that has happened since I’ve last penned a blog edition…but that will come up over the weekend. For now, I wanted to let everyone know I am back and our 15-28b blog this week will be jammed packed with news and getting set for the 2015 Nationals, which are now just under 3 weeks away. I will be updating everyone on the status of The Road To Austin and the new USAFL Top 25 and USAFLWR standings will be out as well. Just bear patience with me… That will all be out this weekend.

As far as our show on YouTube….We are a GO for Sunday! 3 pm USA Central Time. Edition 15-33….see you then!

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-27: For the Week Ending 19 July 2015

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Welcome to Mid-July, everyone…

As we get set for the back half of the 2015 season, the games become more important as we get closer to Austin, now just 3 months from this weekend. After the last weekend, which was the 2nd highest regular season games ever (21, record is 23 during the Western Regional 2 years ago), it dramatically slows down for the upcoming weekend, but the race for the USAFLWR regular season title has heated up drastically in one week as the top 5 is now just a win apart from each other. With that, let’s get to it with what’s “ON TAP”:

  • Last Weekend’s Games

     

    Last weekend was the final of the regional tournaments as 14 teams headed for Racine, WI for the Central Regional Tournament. Beyond that, there was also 2 full games that happened during the weekend. So, with that…we start in our Nation’s capital, Washington, DC:

     

    Stop One: @ West Potomac Park in Washington, DC: #27 Baltimore/Washington Eagles (0-1-0, 0 pts.) vs. #17 North Carolina Tigers (1-2-0, 4 pts.)

     

    Our first stop is the home grounds for the Baltimore/Washington Eagles, West Potomac, as they their EAFL brethren, the North Carolina Tigers. From the outset, the Tigers were putting the hammer down on the Eagles as they lead from the opening bounce and didn’t let up at all.

    Final score: North Carolina 9.9.63 Baltimore/Washington 6.7.43

    Results:

    With the win, North Carolina is 2-2-0, 8 pts and will be in 11th.

    With the loss, Baltimore/Washington is 0-2-0, 0 pts and will be in 29th.

     

    Stop Two: @ Hawkins Park in Saint Petersburg, FL: Tampa Bay Starfish vs. #6 Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids (2-2-0, 8 pts.)

     

    Second stop, St. Petersburg, FL as the Tampa Bay Starfish competed in their 1st USAFL game in the history against the in-state rival Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids. This game was a tight game throughout before the Squids pulled off with 2 goals in the final 5 minutes to win the game.

    Final score: Fort Lauderdale 10.14.74 Tampa Bay 7.17.59

    Results:

    With the win, Fort Lauderdale goes to 3-2-0, 12 pts and will be in 7th.

    With the loss, Tampa Bay goes to 0-1-0, 0 pts and will be in 28th.

     

    Stop Three: @ Score Soccer Fields in Franksville, WI: Central Regional Tournament

    Teams Involved:

    Men

    Division One:

    #2 Austin Crows (5-0-0, 12 pts.), #4 New York Magpies (3-1-0, 12 pts.), #7 Denver Bulldogs (4-2-0, 7 pts.),

    #8 Minnesota Freeze (4-1-0, 7 pts.), #10 Houston Lonestars (2-4-0. 6 pts.), #19 Chicago Swans (1-1-0, 4 pts.)

     

    Division Two:

    #3 Columbus Jackaroos (4-1-0, 12 pts.), #9 Dallas Magpies (2-2-0, 8 pts.), #12 Des Moines Roosters (2-3-0, 5 pts.)

    #14 Tulsa Buffaloes (2-4-0, 5 pts.), #16 Cincinnati Dockers (2-2-0, 4 pts.), Milwaukee Bombers

     

    Women:

    #1 New York Lady Magpies (3-0-0, 8 pts.) vs. #4 Minnesota Lady Freeze (1-1-0, 2 pts.)

     

    The final stop takes us to the Score Soccer Fields in Franksville as the Central Regional Tournament took place. Outside of the Western Regional Tournament (Edition 15-26, last week), this was the biggest tournament of the year. Games began at 9 am and went through to nearly 7 pm. At the beginning of the day, there was a minute silence and everyone gathered at the center of Field 1 in honor of slain Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh. The picture was shown at the beginning of Sunday’s USAFL Weekly Report show. Here are the scores of the weekend:

     

    Division One:

     

    10 am: Game 1: New York 4.9.33 Houston 2.2.14

    10 am: Game 2: Austin 7.10.52 Chicago 2.2.14

    1 pm: Game 3: Minnesota 8.3.51 Houston 2.4.16

    1 pm: Game 4: Denver 5.9.39 Chicago 2.1.13

    3 pm: Game 5: Austin 8.5.53 Denver 3.3.21

    3 pm: Game 6: New York 8.4.52 Minnesota 3.2.20

     

    Division Two:

     

    9 am: Game 1: Dallas 10.6.66 Des Moines 3.0.18

    9 am: Game 2: Columbus 4.10.34 Milwaukee 2.0.12

    11 am: Game 3: Cincinnati 12.4.76 Des Moines 3.2.20

    11 am: Game 4: Tulsa 8.6.54 Milwaukee 0.1.1

    2 pm: Game 5: Columbus 4.7.31 Tulsa 3.4.22

    2 pm: Game 6: Dallas 6.6.42 Cincinnati 1.2.8

     

    Women’s

    New York 8.9.57 Minnesota 6.6.42

     

    The fifth place games in the both divisions were decided because of injuries and limited umpires to be split…so the 5th and 6th place teams (Division 1: Chicago and Houston, Division 2: Des Moines and Milwaukee) were given as a tie, so both teams finished 0-2-1 for the weekend.

     

    Third Place

    Division One: Denver 7.9.51 Minnesota 1.1.7

    Division Two: Tulsa 3.5.23 Cincinnati 1.7.13

     

    Grand Final

    Division One: Austin 8.5.53 New York 5.2.32

    Division Two: Dallas 4.6.30 Columbus 2.2.14

     

    Results: Men:

    Austin’s 3 wins moves them to 8-0-0 with 18 pts and with the win over New York, puts them in 1st.

    Chicago’s tie in 5th place game moves them to 1-3-1 with 5 pts and will put them in 15th.

    Cincinnati’s 1 win moves them to 3-4-0 with 6 pts and will put them in 14th.

    Columbus’s 2 wins moves them to 6-2-0 with 16 pts and will put them in 2nd.

    Dallas’s 3 wins moves them to 5-2-0 with 12 pts and will put them in 5th.

    Denver’s 2 wins moves them to 6-3-0 with 11 pts and will put them in 6th.

    Des Moines’s tie in 5th place game moves them to 2-5-1 with 6 pts and will put them in 14th.

    Houston’s tie in 5th place game moves them to 2-6-1 with 7 pts and will put them in 12th.

    Milwaukee tie in 5th place games moves them to 0-2-1 with 1 pt and will put them in 27th.

    Minnesota’s 1 win will put them to 5-3-0 with 9 pts and will put them in 8th.

    New York 2 wins will put them to 5-2-0 with 16 pts and will put them in 3rd.

    Tulsa 2 wins will put them to 4-5-0 with 9 pts and will put them in 9th.

     

    Women:

    New York’s win put them to 4-0-0 with 12 pts and in 1st.

    Minnesota is at 1-2-0 with 2 pts and in 4th.

     

  • New Standings

     

    With all 21 games in the books from this weekend, here are the new standings along with the new USAFL Top 25 (Released last Wednesday):

     

    Men: Note: (1)- Seattle still has one game not reported: Vs. Vancouver

     

USAFL Top 25

USAFLWR Standings

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

3

1

Austin Crows

8-0-0

412

161

255.90

18

13

2

Columbus Jackaroos

6-2-0

333

158

210.76

16

2

3

New York Magpies

5-2-0

375

265

141.50

16

10

4

Nashville Kangaroos

5-3-0

365

314

116.24

15

7

5

Dallas Magpies

5-2-0

380

243

158.63

12

18

6

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids

3-2-0

176

219

80.37

12

4

7

Denver Bulldogs

6-3-0

590

352

167.61

11

1

8

Orange County Bombers

4-0-0

202

133

151.88

10

8

9

Minnesota Freeze

5-3-0

375

307

122.15

9

25

10

Tulsa Buffaloes

4-5-0

385

593

64.92

9

22

11

North Carolina Tigers

2-2-0

223

189

117.99

8

11

12

Houston Lonestars

2-6-1

297

318

93.40

7

21

13

Cincinnati Dockers

3-4-0

243

207

117.39

6

20

14

Des Moines Roosters

2-5-1

308

375

82.13

6

9

15

Golden Gate Roos

2-2-0

126

155

81.29

6

12

16

Chicago Swans

1-3-1

132

203

65.02

5

 

17

Atlanta Kookaburras

2-3-0

196

309

63.43

5

14

18

Sacramento Suns

2-1-0

128

70

182.86

4

15

19

Boston Demons

1-2-0

205

195

105.12

4

24

20

Baton Rouge Tigers

1-2-0

230

274

83.94

4

16

21

Philadelphia Hawks

1-1-0

75

145

51.72

4

 

22

Seattle Grizzlies (1)

1-3-0

142

278

51.08

4

23

23

Portland Steelheads

1-1-0

88

57

154.38

2

6

24

Los Angeles Dragons

1-2-0

128

107

119.62

2

 

25

Cleveland Cannons

1-1-0

58

115

50.44

2

 

26

Kansas City Power

1-4-0

274

379

72.30

1

 

27

Milwaukee Bombers

0-2-1

13

86

15.13

1

 

28

Tampa Bay Larrikins

0-1-0

59

74

79.73

0

19

29

Baltimore/Washington Eagles

0-1-0

48

72

66.67

0

 

30

Indianapolis Giants

0-4-0

65

186

34.95

0

 

Women

USAFLWR Standing

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

1

New York Lady Magpies

4-0-0

218

64

340.63

12

2

Sacramento Lady Suns

2-1-0

79

47

168.09

6

3

San Francisco Iron Maiden

2-1-0

104

60

173.33

4

4

Minnesota Lady Freeze

1-2-0

71

68

104.41

2

5

Columbus Jillaroos

1-1-0

13

29

44.83

2

6

Arizona Lady Hawks

0-2-0

35

80

43.75

0

7

Boston Lady Demons

0-1-0

0

106

0.00

0

 

 

  • This Weekend’s Games

     

    This weekend, the games get spread out as they are on the coasts. There are a total of 6 games this weekend:

     

    Stop One: @ Yonkers, NY

    Men: #3 New York Magpies vs. #29 Baltimore/Washington Eagles

    Women: #1 New York Lady Magpies, #7 Boston Lady Demons and Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles

     

    Our first stop will be the EAFL Women’s round along with the Magpies vs. Eagles match on the Men as well. Expect a tight games in the women’s battle and the Magpies should have a interesting match against the men’s battle.

     

    Stop Two: @ Bellingham, WA: #22 Seattle Grizzlies vs. Vancouver Giants

    The second game is in Bellingham as the Grizzlies have the I-5 battle against Vancouver continues.

     

    Stop Three: @ San Diego, CA: #8 Orange County Bombers vs. San Diego Lions

    The final game of the weekend is in San Diego as the Lions begin their 2015 season as they play against the current #1 in the USAFL Top 25 in Orange County Bombers. Expect the Bombers to win easily against the Lions.

     

     

  • This Week’s Show

     

    Our show this week will have the return of Stephen Kerbow as he returns from Australia. Segment Two will be a special recap of his trip. And with the picks this week, it may be a change in the top spot as the standings have tighten to 3 games between 1st and last. Our show is Sunday @ 4 pm CDT on YouTube. I will have the link on Twitter when we get ready for start. See you Sunday!

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-26: For Central Regional Tournament Week: 12 July 2015

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Good morning, everyone…Welcome to Central Regional Tournament Week.

Just 2 weeks after we finished with the Western Regional Tournament, we are off to Franksville, WI, just southwest of Milwaukee, where, after we just completed 19 games 2 weeks ago, we have another big weekend of at least 14 games and possibly 17 games. So, before we preview the Central, let’s get started on recapping the week leading to Independence Day:

  • 2 Weeks Ago: 28 June’s Games

     

    2 weeks ago, we had games going on in 4 cites: Austin, Baton Rouge, Boston and the Western Regional Tournament in Sacramento. So, with that, we will go in order and start first, where else, but the home of the home of the 2015 USAFL Nationals…Austin.

     

    Stop One: @ Onion Creek Soccer Field (USAFL Nationals Field) in Austin: Texas Cup: Round 1

    Teams Involved: #4 Austin, #8 Houston and #14 Dallas

     

    Our first stop takes place with the Texas Cup Round 1 @ Onion Creek where Austin, Dallas and Houston, who all 3 teams will be off to the Central Regional Tournament this week, got prepared for the Central Regional with their round robin matches. This was a tight battle throughout on Games 1 and 2, but a blowout on Game 3. Here are the game scores:

     

    Game 1: Austin 4.4.28 Houston 4.2.26

    Game 2: Dallas 8.4.52 Houston 3.6.24

    Game 3: Austin 8.3.51 Dallas 1.2.8

     

    With that:

    Austin’s 2 wins put them still undefeated at 5-0 with 12 points and is in 2nd.

    Dallas’s win against Houston will put them at 2-2 with 6 points and is in 8th.

    Houston stands at 2-4 with 6 points and is right behind Dallas in 9th.

     

    Stop Two: @ Clark Park in Baton Rouge, LA: #1 Nashville vs. #25 Baton Rouge

     

    Our second stop was at Clark Park in temperatures in the middle 90s with high humidity to boot. The Kangaroos had a decent team going down there, but was unprepared for the heat and it showed after the half as they pulled only 1 goal in the final 20 minutes and for the first time ever, the Baton Rouge Tigers upset the Kangaroos and pulled their 1st upset against a #1 team.

     

    Baton Rouge 17.12.114 Nashville 7.4.46

     

    With the win, Baton Rouge moves up to 1-2 with 4 points and will be 20th.

    Even with the loss, Nashville is at 5-3 with 15 points and will be in 1st, however, the team doesn’t have their next game until 8 August, ironically enough, the rematch against Baton Rouge @ home along with Cincinnati, the other loss that happened this season and by then will lose the #1 spot.

     

    Stop Three: @ MIT Park in Boston, MA: #24 Boston vs. #13 Philadelphia: Men and #1 New York vs. Boston: Women

     

    Our third stop is MIT Park as Boston took on Philadelphia. Philadelphia was coming off their season opening win against Baltimore/Washington while Boston was still was reeling after their opening loss against Quebec. However, it was the Demons that took it to the Hawks…as Demons took the hammer to the Hawks and never relented the lead.

     

    Boston 14.13.97 Philadelphia 0.3.3

     

    With the win, Boston goes to 1-1 with 4 points and will be in 19th.

    Philadelphia stays at 1-1 with 4 points and will be in 21st.

     

    As for the women, the New York Magpies took on the Boston Lady Demons. From the outset, this game was a full scale blowout.

     

    Final score: New York 16.10.106 Boston 0.0.0

     

    With the win, New York is 2-0 in the ladies and will be in 1st while Boston is 0-1 and will be in 6th.

     

     

    Stop Four: @ Motley Park in Davis (Sacramento), CA: Western Regional Tournament: Men and Women

    Teams Involved in the USAFL:

    Men: #12 Golden Gate, #17 Orange County, #19 Seattle, #22 Los Angeles, #26 Sacramento and Portland

    Women: #2 Sacramento, #5 San Francisco and Arizona

    Other Teams outside of USAFL: Men: Hong Kong

     

    Our final stop is the Western Regional Tournament @ Motley Park in Davis, CA where the Western Regional Tournament took place with 2 Divisions, which will also happen this coming weekend for the Central Region as well. Here are all of games in both the men and women. (Remember in tournament rounds in regular season, every game counts 2 points)

     

    Men’s Games:

     

    Game 1: Los Angeles 9.5.59 Hong Kong 3.5.23

    Game 2: Orange County 9.6.60 Golden Gate 4.3.27

    Game 3: Sacramento 11.12.76 Seattle 2.1.13

    Game 4: Portland 11.6.72 Seattle 3.3.21

    Game 5: Orange County 5.5.35 Los Angeles 3.3.21

    Game 6: Golden Gate 8.6.54 Hong Kong 3.4.22

     

    Division One Grand Final: Orange County 9.4.58 Golden Gate 6.1.37

    Division Two Grand Final: Sacramento 5.6.36 Portland 2.4.16

     

    Women’s Games:

     

    Game 1: San Francisco 7.7.49 Sacramento 2.4.16

    Game 2: Sacramento 5.11.41 Arizona 2.3.15

    Game 3: San Francisco 6.3.39 Arizona 2.8.20

     

    With the games in the books:

     

    Men:

    Orange County’s 3 wins puts them at 4-0 with 10 points and in 5th.

    Golden Gate 1 win puts them at 2-2 with 6 points and in 11th.

    Los Angeles 1 win puts them at 1-2 with 2 points and in 24th.

    Sacramento 2 wins puts them at 2-1 with 4 points and in 15th.

    Portland’s 1 win puts them at 1-1 with 2 points and in 23rd.

    Seattle will be at 1-3 with 4 points and in 22nd.

     

    Women’s:

    San Francisco’s 2 wins will put them at 2-1 with 4 points and in 3rd.

    Sacramento’s win against Arizona will put them at 2-1 with 6 points and in 2nd.

    Arizona is 0-2 and will be in 6th.

     

  • USAFL Standings

     

    With all of the games in the books from the WRT Week, here’s the standings coming into CRT Week (Note: USAFL Top 25 was released on 9 July 2015 after new standings, will be shown next week):

     

    Men

     

USAFL Top 25 

USAFLWR Ranking 

Team 

W-L-T 

PF 

PA 

Pct.  

Points 

10 

1 

Nashville Kangaroos 

5-3-0 

365 

314 

116.24 

15 

3 

2 

Austin Crows 

5-0-0 

257 

94 

273.40 

12

13 

3 

Columbus Jackaroos 

4-1-0 

254 

110 

230.91 

12 

2 

4 

New York Magpies 

3-1-0 

254 

178 

142.70 

12 

1 

5 

Orange County Bombers 

4-0-0 

202 

133 

151.88 

10 

19

6 

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids

2-2-0

102

160

63.75

8

4

7 

Denver Bulldogs

4-2-0

479

279

171.68

7

7 

8 

Minnesota Freeze 

4-1-0 

297 

188 

157.98 

7 

9

9

Dallas Magpies

2-2-0

242

204

118.63

6

11

10

Houston Lonestars

2-4-0

267

234

114.11

6

8

11

Golden Gate Roos

2-2-0

126

155

81.29

6

20

12

Des Moines Roosters

2-3-0

270

233

115.88

5

 

13

Atlanta Kookaburras

2-3-0

196

309

63.43

5

23

14

Tulsa Buffaloes

2-4-0

286

548

52.19

5

14

15

Sacramento Suns

2-1-0

128

70

182.86

4

22

16

Cincinnati Dockers

2-2-0

146

132

110.61

4

 

17

North Carolina Tigers

1-2-0

160

146

109.59

4

16

18

Boston Demons

1-2-0

205

195

105.12

4

12

19

Chicago Swans

1-1-0

105

112

93.75

4

 

20

Baton Rouge Tigers

1-2-0

230

274

83.94

4

15

21

Philadelphia Hawks

1-1-0

75

145

51.72

4

25t

22

Seattle Grizzlies (1)

1-3-0

142

278

51.08

4

25t

23

Portland Steelheads

1-1-0

88

57

154.38

2

6

24

Los Angeles Dragons

1-2-0

128

107

119.62

2

 

25

Cleveland Cannons

1-1-0

58

115

50.44

2

 

26

Kansas City Power

1-4-0

274

379

72.30

1

 

27

Baltimore/Washington Eagles

0-1-0

48

72

66.67

0

 

28 

Indianapolis Giants

0-4-0

65

186

34.95

0

 

Note: (1)- Seattle has game not reported: 3 weeks ago against Vancouver

 

Women

 

USAFLWR Ranking 

Team 

W-L-T 

PF 

PA 

Pct. 

Points 

1 

New York Lady Magpies 

3-0-0 

161 

22 

731.38 

8 

2 

Sacramento Lady Suns 

2-1-0 

79 

47 

168.07 

6 

3 

San Francisco Iron Maiden 

2-1-0 

104 

60 

173.33 

4 

4 

Minnesota Lady Freeze 

1-1-0

29 

13 

223.07 

2 

5 

Columbus Jillaroos 

1-1-0 

13 

29 

44.83 

2 

6 

Arizona Lady Hawks 

0-2-0 

35 

80 

43.75 

0 

7 

Boston Lady Demons 

0-1-0 

0 

106 

0.00 

0 

 

 

  • This Weekend’s Games: Central Regional Tournament Weekend

     

    Well, you thought that the Western Regional Tournament weekend was huge (19 games), hold that thought, because this weekend, we up that…try 21 games. Yes, everyone, 21! Welcome to Central Regional Tournament weekend. 19 games this weekend in Franksville (Racine), WI and 2 full games as well. So, let’s get started.

     

    Stop One: @ Tampa Bay: #6 Fort Lauderdale vs. Tampa Bay: 3 pm CDT

     

    Our first stop is in Tampa Bay as the Tampa Bay Starfish begin their 2015 inaugural season in earnest with their cross-state rival, the Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids, who haven’t played a game since mid-April in Houston. Expect an interesting game.

     

    Stop Two: @ Washington’s West Potomac Park: #27 Baltimore/Washington vs. #17 North Carolina: 1 pm CDT

     

    Our 2nd stop of the weekend is the other full game of the weekend as BWE takes on the Tigers from North Carolina. Expect a tight battle in this EAFL clash.

     

    Stop Three: Central Regional Tournament: Score Soccer Park: Franksville, WI: Weather Forecast: Partly Cloudy and 76f (+24c)

    Teams Involved:

    Division One: Austin, Denver, Chicago, Houston, New York, Minnesota

    Division Two: Dallas, Des Moines, Cincinnati, Columbus, Tulsa, Milwaukee

    Women: New York, Minnesota

     

    The final stop this weekend is the CRT @ Franksville, WI. How big is this weekend? Huge…14 teams, 19 games total.

     

    The Division 1 has 5 of the top 11 teams in the USAFLWR as they face each other, while Division 2 has a tough competition on their end as well. Here’s the scheduled going into Saturday: (Times CDT)

     

Time

Field 1

Field 2

Field 3

9 am-D2

Houston vs.

Des Moines

Columbus vs.

Milwaukee

 

10:15 am- D1

New York vs.

Dallas

Austin vs.

Chicago

 

11:30 am-D2

Cincinnati vs.

Des Moines

Tulsa vs.

Milwaukee

Women: Minnesota vs. New York

12:45 pm- D1

Minnesota vs.

Dallas

Denver vs.

Chicago

 

2 pm- D2

Columbus vs.

Tulsa

Houston vs. Cincinnati

 

3:15 pm

D1- Austin vs. Denver

D1- New York vs. Minnesota

D2- 5th Place Game (3rd Place in Pools)

4:15 pm

   

D1- 5th Place Game (3rd Place in Pools)

5:00 pm

D2 Grand Final

(Winner in Pools)

D2 3rd Place (2nd in Pools)

 

6:15 pm

D1 Grand Final (Winner in Pools)

D1 3rd Place (2nd in Pools)

 

 

 

 

  • This Week’s Show

     

    Our show this week is on the regular time @ 4 pm CDT on YouTube as Carolyn Poulos and Lisa Albergo will join me on the air. Those that missed our show last weekend, you missed a lot…3 hours 35 minutes including both interviews that Stephen Kerbow and Lisa Albergo had with SEN and Carlton Footy Club had. Look for us via USAFL Weekly Show. See you Sunday!

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-23/24/25: For The 3 Weeks Ending 28 June 2015

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Good morning, everyone…

This is an expanded blog on this week, but it is with good reason. This past week (week ending 14 June), I was in emergency family mode as my father was rushed to Stonecrest Medical Center here in Smyrna with major issues with his prostate. To know my dad, he’s battled espohaegical cancer, a cancer that would back in the day, would mean living at maximum of 5 years after surgery. The surgery happened in 1991, 24 years ago this September. The VA hospital here in Murfreesboro has declared him the longest Veteran to ever survive that surgery in the history of tracking it. So, to have a possibility of a second battle with cancer and at age 71 as of today (16 June), it was scary to have that prospect come up again. He was in the hospital until Sunday (14 June), but the good news is that it wasn’t cancerous and it was extremely inflamed and swollen. Being this month in the USA and around the World as Men’s Health Month, I can’t stress enough to have your checkups done yearly, as I do.

Ok…. enough on the reason for not being on last week…let’s get to what’s “ON TAP” as we got a lot to cover:

  • Last Three Weekends Games (June 6-20)

     

    The last 2 weekends there was a total of 9 games, 2 of them on back-to-back weekends by the Tulsa Buffaloes, along with the doubleheader between Minnesota Lady Freeze and the Columbus Jillaroos. We’ll recap them in order, starting with a week ago last Saturday and ending with the last weekend’s games. So, with that:

     

    Game One: Saturday, 6 June: Game of the Week: Week 9: @ Tibbetts Brook Park in Brooklyn, NY: #11 New York vs. #8 Dallas

     

    The first game of the weekend was in Tibbetts Brook Park in Brooklyn as the Battle of the Magpies took place between Dallas and New York. This game was a battle, to say the minimum. The game came down to the final minute of regulation as the New York team pulled a goal from 46 yards out to win the game in a barnburner.

    Final score: New York 11.11.77 Dallas 10.13.73

     

    Game Two: Saturday, 6 June: @ Tulsa Athletics Stadium in Tulsa, OK: #18 Tulsa vs. #17 Kansas City

     

    Next stop, Tulsa, as the Tulsa Buffaloes began their 2-game stretch of two tough oppositions. First game, the Kansas City Power came to Athletics stadium. The game was a tough one throughout before the Buffaloes pulled a dynamic fourth quarter to win going away.

    Final score: Tulsa 16.9.105 Kansas City 13.11.89

     

    Games Three/Four: Saturday, 6 June: @ Waveland Field in Chicago, IL: Women’s Games: Minnesota vs. Columbus

     

    Next stop and the only women’s stop of the last 2 weeks, Waveland Field in Chicago as Minnesota took on Columbus in the first Women’s 10s battle in USAFL history. Both games were tight throughout and in the end, it was a split.

    Final scores

    Game One: Minnesota 3.5.23 Columbus 0.1.1

    Game Two: Minnesota 0.6.6 Columbus 2.0.12

     

    Game Five: Saturday, 13 June: @ Raleigh Capitol Park in Raleigh, NC: #22 North Carolina vs. #6 Atlanta

     

    The first game of last weekend took us to Raleigh Capitol Park in Raleigh, where the temperature at kickoff was 96f (+36c) at kickoff as the Atlanta Kookaburras came to town against the North Carolina Tigers. From the outset, the Tigers came out with a passion as the game was over in the first 20 minutes. In the end, it was an upset no one expected.

    Final score: North Carolina 14.13.97 Atlanta 5.1.31

     

    Game Six: Saturday, 13 June @ Lake Nokomis Park in Minneapolis, MN: #14 Minnesota vs. #16 Des Moines

     

    Stop Two: A much cooler Minneapolis as the Minnesota Freeze, coming off an upset loss to the Chicago Swans, took on their I-35 archrival Des Moines Roosters, trying to put the Freeze down for a 2nd game in a row. Unlike Raleigh, the game time temperature was a much more comfortable 66f (+19c). This game was close in the first half before the Freeze took it up a notch and won going away.

    Final score: Minnesota 11.15.81 Des Moines 6.6.42

     

    Game Seven: Saturday, 13 June @ Dublin Soccer Fields in Dublin, OH: #2 Columbus vs. #15 Cincinnati

     

    Next stop, Dublin, as the Columbus Jackaroos, coming off an upset loss to the Nashville Kangaroos, went against the Cincinnati Dockers in a rematch of the Grand Final of the Harrell Cup just a month ago. This game was a much tighter game as it came down to the last 4 minutes before 2 quick goals by Columbus saved them from the 2nd upset of the weekend.

    Final score: Columbus 8.6.54 Cincinnati 6.8.44

     

    Game Eight: Saturday, 13 June @ Rainbow Park in Crested Butte, CO: Game of The Week, Week 10: Part One: #18 Tulsa vs. #13 Denver

     

    Next stop, the first of two games of the week, as the Tulsa Buffaloes took on the perennial powerhouse Denver Bulldogs in the highest elevation game of Australian Rules Football in history, at 8,885 feet (2708 meters) above sea level, which broke the old record of 6,817 feet (2078 meters) at the Air Force Academy Grounds in Colorado Springs during the 2008 USAFL Nationals. The game was definitely one-sided as the Bulldogs overpowered the Buffaloes and won going away.

    Denver 19.12.122 Tulsa 6.5.41

     

    Game Nine: Saturday, 13 June @ Elmington Field in Nashville, TN: Game of the Week, Week 10: Part Two: The SCHWASS CUP and Milestone Game 150: #1 Nashville vs. #10 Chicago (Extended Coverage)

     

    Our final stop of the last 2 weeks’ games takes us to the Game of The Week at the hallowed fields of Elmington Field as the two of the oldest teams in the USAFL, the Chicago Swans and the Nashville Kangaroos, renewed their rivalry for the Schwass Cup for the 2015 season. After Chicago winning the last 2 years, including a 46-point blowout @ Waveland Field last August. What made this edition of the Schwass Cup unlike most years, it was a big milestone game. This was Alex Benjamin’s 150th game as goal umpire. I know everyone is saying…” Ok, Alex, what makes this milestone important?” Well, unlike the AFL, the USAFL has been only around since 1997, just 18 years. In that time, only 5 umpires until last Saturday’s game that has made it to that milestone and only 1 goal umpire, Lisa Albergo, made that milestone. So, to make that milestone, it is a monumental milestone. Lisa Albergo, the dean of the goal umpires, will mark her 300th game later this year at the Nationals @ Onion Creek Soccer Fields in Austin in mid-October.

     

    As the game was set to begin, it was a picture perfect day with temperature at game time at 88f (+31c) with a light crosswind breeze as Chicago scores first, a goal, just under 100 seconds into the game. The next 8 minutes was a stalemate before the first of three injury stoppages occurred, this at 11:15 that caused the first “blood rule” full stoppage as one of the Swans players was severely injured, which lasted 15 minutes. After the game resumed, it took just 52 seconds (@ 12:07) before Chicago strikes again twice in 2:30 with goals on both to lead at 3.2.20 to 0.1.1. Finally, the Kangaroos responded 2 minutes later with a goal and 2 behinds to close to the cap at halftime to just 11. The Swans were outmarked in the first by a 11-5 margin, but lead the scoreboard 3.2.20 to 1.3.9.

     

    Quarter Two began with the more of the same defensive battle as the opening 10 minutes was a marking contest as only 2 marks (Chicago @ 2:31 in the quarter and Nashville @ 5:10) before Nashville hits it between the big posts at exactly 10 minutes to close the gap to 5. Two more goals for the Kangaroos in the following 4 minutes gave them the first lead by 7 with just 5 minutes to go before the Swans responded just 90 seconds with a behind and goal to tied it up at 4.4.28 each before the 2nd injury stoppage with 4:35 left. Two more behinds in the waning 2 minutes ended the scoring with the Kangaroos getting the last score as the siren sounded. The Swans outmarked the Kangaroos in the 2nd by a 21-11 margin to bring the margin to the Swans ahead at 26-22, but the score was tied at 4.5.29 each.

     

    The Premiership Quarter began with a bang with 3 goals in rapid succession in just 2:25 with 2 goals by the Swans (@ 1:02 and 2:16) and 1 by the Kangaroos (on a fast break just 9 seconds after Chicago’s 2nd goal @ 2:25) to give Chicago a 5-point lead before the first double yellow card was given to both the Swans and the Kangaroos for rough play followed by another stoppage for injury just 2 minutes later @ 4:30. After another behind by the Kangaroos @ 8:47, the Swans extended the lead to 11 from 55 yards out @ 10:15 in. Three behinds from the Kangaroos countered the goal to close the game to 8 with 4 minutes to go before a goal from 58 yards out by Chicago and a behind to extend the lead to 15 with 1:45 left. A final goal by the Kangaroos with just 26 seconds left ended the scoring as the Kangaroos brought the deficit back to 9. The third quarter saw the pressure of marking coming back to the Kangaroos favor as they outmarked the Swans 8-4 to tie the marks at 30 each, but the Swans lead after 3 by a score of 8.6.54 to 6.9.45.

     

    The final quarter saw the reversal of the third with the Kangaroos on the attack as they score back-to-back goals in the opening 3:18 to take the lead for the 2nd time in the goal, but this time the Swans couldn’t counter as they ran the final quarter with just 14 players and no bench after the 2 injuries that occurred earlier as they only scored a behind during the final 20 minutes (@ 14:39), but by then the Kangaroos put the game away as they score 2 more goals in the waning minutes as they outscore the Swans 4.4.28 to 0.1.1 to win the game. The final quarter showed the tightness of the marks as the teams tied at 12 each to tie the total at 42 each.

    Final score: Nashville 10.13.73 Chicago 8.7.55

     

    Game Ten: Saturday, 20 June @ San Pedro, CA: Game of the Week, Week 11: Los Angeles Dragons vs. Orange County Bombers

     

    The first game of the weekend in Week 11 was the Battle of I-10 West as the Los Angeles Dragons took on their neighbors to the east, the current #1 USAFL Top 25, the Orange County Bombers. From the beginning, this game was going to be a battle and it didn’t disappoint as the game wasn’t decided until the final 2 minutes with a goal by the Bombers to keep from being upset. The Dragons will have their revenge in Sacramento this weekend at the Western Regionals.

    Final score: Orange County 7.7.49 Los Angeles 7.6.48

     

    Game Eleven: Saturday, 20 June @ Des Moines: #16 Des Moines Roosters vs. #17 Kansas City Power

     

    The second game of the weekend took place @ Des Moines as the Roosters took on the Power in their first full match of the season for the Power. From the outset, the Roosters were bringing the speed and determination as the overpowered the Power to get them to their 2nd win of the season for them.

    Final score: Des Moines 13.13.91 Kansas City 9.8.62

     

    Game Twelve: Saturday, 20 June @ Tibbetts Park in the Bronx: #11 New York Magpies vs. #19 Boston Demons

     

    Game Three of the weekend took us to the hallowed grounds of Tibbetts Park as the battle of I-95 North resumed with the Magpies and the Demons took on each other. Once again, the defending Division 1 and the USAFLWR Premiers proved to the USAFL that they are bouncing back after the opening falter against Fort Lauderdale 2 months ago with a resounding victory over the Demons.

    Final score: New York 13.13.91 Boston 5.7.37

     

    Game Thirteen/Fourteen: @ Indianapolis World Park in South Indianapolis, IN: The Gaelic Festival Tournament @ Indianapolis. #24 Indianapolis vs. #25 Cleveland and #15 Cincinnati (Metro Matches)

     

    The final two games of the weekend took place @ Indianapolis World Park in South Indianapolis, the first time a home game has been played in this new venue and the 2nd time ever in USAFL history (last year’s Central Regional was played just 11 miles north on the other side of Indianapolis). The field conditions were decent, despite the heavy rain that plagued Indianapolis and the Midwest. The games were tight throughout, but in the end, Cleveland took their first ever USAFL victory and the Dockers rebounded from their loss against the Jackaroos the week before, leaving Indianapolis still seeking their 1st win of 2015.

    Final scores:

    Game 1: Cincinnati 4.8.32 Indianapolis 3.2.20

    Game 2: Cleveland 8.3.51 Indianapolis 5.1.31

     

    The 15th game we are still waiting on score from: Seattle vs. Vancouver in Issaquah, WA as of press time (23 June).

     

     

  • USAFLWR Standings

     

  • As we go into the next 2 weekends, including the Western Regionals in Davis, CA, outside of Sacramento next weekend, the USAFLWR is a jumbled mess as the top 3 teams are now separated by just 3 points. There was no shortage of teams moving up as well. With that, here are the new standings, including the new USAFL Top 25, released last Wednesday:

     

     

    Men

     

USAFL Top 25

USAFLWR Standings

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

10

1

Nashville Kangaroos

5-2-0

319

200

159.50

15

13

2

Columbus Jackaroos

4-1-0

254

110

230.91

12

2

3

New York Magpies

3-1-0

254

178

142.70

12

3

4

Austin Crows

3-0-0

178

60

296.67

8

19

5

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids

2-2-0

102

160

63.75

8

4

6

Denver Bulldogs

4-2-0

479

279

171.68

7

7

7

Minnesota Freeze

4-1-0

297

188

157.98

7

11

8

Houston Lonestars

2-2-0

217

154

140.91

6

20

9

Des Moines Roosters

2-3-0

270

233

115.88

5

 

10

Atlanta Kookaburras

2-3-0

196

309

63.43

5

23

11

Tulsa Buffaloes

2-4-0

286

548

52.19

5

8

12

Golden Gate Roos

1-0-0

41

15

273.33

4

15

13

Philadelphia Hawks

1-0-0

72

48

150.00

4

9

14

Dallas Magpies

1-1-0

182

129

141.09

4

22

15

Cincinnati Dockers

2-2-0

146

132

110.61

4

 

16

North Carolina Tigers

1-2-0

160

146

109.59

4

1

17

Orange County Bombers

1-0-0

49

48

102.08

4

12

18

Chicago Swans

1-1-0

105

112

93.75

4

25t

19

Seattle Grizzlies

1-1-0

108

130

83.08

4

 

20

Cleveland Cannons

1-1-0

58

115

50.44

2

 

21

Kansas City Power

1-4-0

274

379

72.30

1

6

22

Los Angeles Dragons

0-1-0

48

49

97.96

0

18

23

Baltimore/Washington Eagles

0-1-0

48

72

66.67

0

16

24

Boston Demons

0-2-0

106

192

55.21

0

 

25

Baton Rouge Tigers

0-2-0

116

228

50.88

0

14

26

Sacramento Suns

0-1-0

15

41

36.58

0

 

27

Indianapolis Giants

0-4-0

65

186

34.95

0

 

 

Women

 

USAFLWR Stading

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

1

New York Lady Magpies

2-0-0

55

22

250.00

4

2

Sacramento Lady Suns

1-0-0

22

16

137.50

4

3

Minnesota Lady Freeze

1-1-0

29

13

223.07

2

4

Columbus Jillaroos

1-1-0

13

29

44.83

2

5

San Francisco Iron Maiden

0-1-0

16

22

72.73

0

 

 

 

  • This Weekend’s Games

     

    If you thought the last 3 weekends was busy…you hadn’t seen nothing like this coming weekend. Ok, everyone is wondering…15 games in last 3 weekends…how big could this weekend be? TRY 18 GAMES! Yes, I said…18! Welcome to Western Regional/Texas Cup Round 1 Weekend. Most of the games are in 3 cities (Sacramento-Davis (12), Austin (3) and Boston (2), along with the only 4-quarter game in the whole weekend…and it involves the current leaders in the USAFLWR in Baton Rouge. So, let’s begin:

     

    First Stop: @ Nugget Fields in Davis (Sacramento), CA: Men and Women: Western Regional

    Teams in the Competition:

    Men: Golden Gate Roos, Hong Kong and Los Angeles Dragons, Orange County Bombers, Portland Steelheads, Sacramento Suns, San Diego Lions and Seattle Grizzlies

    Women: San Francisco Iron Maiden, Arizona Lady Hawks and the Sacramento Lady Suns

     

    Our first stop is the biggest one of the weekend as the Western Regionals take place with the majority of the teams in the men (outside of Las Vegas and Arizona) and all of the Western teams in the women to take place @ Nugget Fields in Davis. There is even a team coming from Hong Kong (no that wasn’t a misprint above) as they will play the teams and yes, the scores will count. All games in this regionals will count 2 points in the standings during this all-day event. There are 12 games in the competition, 9 in the men and 3 women, not including the Grand Finals.

     

    Second Stop: @ USAFL Nationals Fields- Onion Creek Soccer Fields in Austin, TX: Texas Cup Round 1

    Teams Involved: Austin Crows, Dallas Magpies and Houston Lonestars

     

    Stop Two takes us to USAFL Nationals Fields @ Onion Creek Soccer Fields in Austin as finally the first round of the Texas Cup finally will take place nearly a month after the original matches were postponed due to nearly 5 feet of water on the fields. Expect another battle with all 3 teams in the top 15. As in Sacramento, these games count 2 points as well.

     

    Stop Three: @ MIT Fields in Boston: Women: EAFL Women’s Round 1

    Teams Involved: Boston Lady Demons, New York Lady Magpies and the Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles

     

    The third stop takes us to MIT Fields in Boston for the EAFL Women’s 1st round as the Boston Lady Demons take on New York and Baltimore/Washington. Expect a good battle from the perennial powerhouses in the Women’s division. These are 2 point games as well in this round robin too.

     

    Stop Four: @ LSU Parade Grounds in Baton Rouge, LA: #1 Nashville Kangaroos vs. #25 Baton Rouge Tigers

     

    The final stop of the week takes us to the only 4 point, 4 quarter game of the weekend as the USAFLWR leading Nashville Kangaroos resume their rivalry with the Baton Rouge Tigers after a 3-year hiatus. This will be the first of the home-and-home series with Baton Rouge coming to Nashville on 8 August. Expect a good game as Baton Rouge has improved from the last time they faced the Kangaroos, which was a 167-point blowout three years ago.

     

     

  • Our Next Show

     

    Due to the family emergencies that took place on the last 2 weeks, we had to cancel last Sunday’s show, so we will be back on the air in 2 weeks on 5 July 2015 @ 4 pm CDT with a special 2.5 hour show to get everyone up-to-speed on what’s happened with the USAFL and we will have recaps from all 18 games this weekend and the new USAFLWR standings will be out then, since there’s no games on the Independence Day USA weekend. We will be of course, on YouTube…just look under USAFL Weekly Show and send us a Question via World Footy News in the comments section, via Twitter @USAFLWR, via Facebook via USAFL Weekly Report and on chat during the show.

     

     


 

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-22: For The Week Ending 6 June 2015

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Good evening, everyone…

After a quiet week last week because of Memorial Day, it is time to get back into the battle as last week, there was 4 games on the docket. But before we get to what’s “ON TAP”, please keep your prayers for our teams in Texas due to the recent flooding as more than a foot of rain in the last few days have put the rivers in Dallas, Houston and Austin, home of this year’s Nationals, under water. It was so bad, the Austin vs. Houston game was rescheduled…TWICE! So, with that…

  • This Past Weekend’s Games

     

    This past weekend, we had 4 games on the docket, including an additional game that was added at the last minute. The games were in Austin, Columbus, Madison and Philadelphia. So, let’s recap all 4:

     

    Stop One: @ Austin State Capitol Park: #6 Austin vs. #4 Houston

     

    Our first stop is, of course, Austin…but not where it was supposed to be. The original game that was scheduled was supposed to be @ USAFL Nationals field @ Onion Creek…but that was out…Onion Creek was 4 feet underwater, so it was off to Northeast Metro Park in Pflugerville…but that was out, too…Metro Park was 2.5 feet underwater as well. So, it was off to State Capitol Park in downtown Austin. The game w: as to be close….it wasn’t. The Crows put it to the Lonestars in the first 2 quarters and took a 51-15 at the half enroute to a blowout.

    Final score: Austin 13.4.82 to Houston 5.10.40

     

    With the win, Austin goes to 3-0-0, 8 points and will be #3 while Houston falls to 2-2-0, 6 points and will be #5 in the USAFLWR standings.

     

    Stop Two: @ University of Wisconsin Intramural Fields in Madison, WI: #11 Minnesota vs. Chicago

     

    Next Stop: Madison, WI as the Chicago Swans had their opening game of the 2015 season as they went to Madison to face the Minnesota Freeze. From the outset, this was going to be a battle and it didn’t disappoint. The halftime was 29-26 in favored of Minnesota. It was tight through the third and fourth before a turnover and free kick awarded to Chicago with 2:25 left and 2 straight goals in 70 seconds pulled the first of two upsets and Chicago’s first win against Minnesota in 3.5 years (7 games).

    Final score: Chicago 7.8.50 to Minnesota 5.9.39

     

    With the win, Chicago is 1-0-0, 4 points and will be #10 while Minnesota falls to 3-1-0, 3 points and will be #13.

     

    Stop Three: @ Ben Franklin Park in Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia vs. Baltimore/Washington

     

    Our 3rd stop takes us to Ben Franklin Park in downtown Philadelphia as the Hawks welcomed the Eagles in the season opener in the EAFL for both teams. From the outset, the Hawks had the Eagles number once again as they did in the 2014 season, in which they swept them in the home-and-home series. The Eagles did get the game close in the 2nd quarter as they got to 13 points, but was no closer.

    Final score: Philadelphia 10.12.72 to Baltimore/Washington 7.6.48

     

    With the win, Philadelphia is 1-0-0, 4 points and will be #9 while Baltimore/Washington falls to 0-1-0, 0 points and will be #18.

     

    Stop Four: @ Rhodes Park on the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus, OH: Game of the Week: #1 Columbus vs. #3 Nashville

     

    We saved the best for last…and it happened to be the Game of the Week as the rivalry that is Columbus vs. Nashville was renewed for the 2015 season. This rivalry has been a classic as the teams in their 10 matches have split their rivalry with both teams winning at home in each time. Saturday’s game was played in a moderate rain with thunderstorms coming through that stopped the game during the first quarter for a total of nearly 20 minutes. It was 19-9 at the first with Columbus leading. The 2nd quarter were a defensive battle as the Kangaroos stiffen their defensive might and practically stopped the Jackaroos cold. At halftime, it was 23-21 Columbus. The remaining 2 quarters saw the Kangaroos defense in a classic as they held the Jackaroos to 0.3 in the final 40 minutes to pull their first ever win with a goal in the 3rd and 4th quarters to pull the second upset of the weekend as they won their first match in Columbus in 6 tries.

    Final score: Nashville 5.4.34 to Columbus 3.8.26

     

    With the win, the Kangaroos go to 4-2-0 and 11 points, which puts them the new leaders in the USAFLWR while Columbus falls to 3-1-0, 8 points and will drop to 2nd.

    Next time these two teams will play will be the home season finale on 12 September in Nashville.

     

  • USAFLWR Standings

     

    With all of the games, here’s the new standings as we go to Week 11:

     

    Men: Please Note: USAFL Poll was just revealed last Wednesday before the matches.

     

USAFL Poll

USAFLWR Ranking

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

12

1

Nashville Kangaroos

4-2-0

245

146

147.94

11

9

2

Columbus Jackaroos

3-1-0

202

66

306.06

8

3

3

Austin Crows

3-0-0

178

60

296.67

8

19

4

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids

2-2-0

102

160

63.75

8

11

5

Houston Lonestars

2-2-0

217

154

140.91

6

22

6

Atlanta Kookaburras

2-2-0

165

212

77.83

5

8

7

Golden Gate Roos

1-0-0

41

15

273.33

4

10

8

Dallas Magpies

1-0-0

109

52

209.62

4

17

9

Philadelphia Hawks

1-0-0

72

48

150.00

4

13

10

Chicago Swans

1-0-0

50

39

128.20

4

2

11

New York Magpies

1-1-0

86

68

126.47

4

24t

12

Seattle Grizzlies

1-1-0

108

130

83.08

4

4

13

Denver Bulldogs

3-3-0

357

238

150.00

3

5

14

Minnesota Freeze

3-1-0

216

146

147.94

3

21

15

Cincinnati Dockers

1-1-0

70

58

120.69

2

20

16

Des Moines Roosters

1-2-0

137

90

152.22

1

 

17

Kansas City Power

1-2-0

123

183

67.21

1

 

18

Tulsa Buffaloes

1-3-0

140

337

41.54

1

16

19

Boston Demons

0-1-0

69

101

68.31

0

 

20

Baltimore/Washington Eagles

0-1-0

48

72

66.67

0

 

21

Baton Rouge Tigers

0-2-0

116

228

50.88

0

 

22

North Carolina Tigers

0-2-0

50

115

43.48

0

15

23

Sacramento Suns

0-1-0

15

41

36.58

0

 

24

Indianapolis Giants

0-2-0

14

103

13.59

0

 

25

Cleveland Cannons

0-1-0

7

84

8.33

0

 

Women

 

USAFLWR Ranking

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

1

New York Lady Magpies

2-0-0

55

22

250.00

4

2

San Francisco Iron Maiden

1-0-0

22

16

137.50

4

3

Sacramento Lady Suns

0-1-0

16

22

72.73

0

 

 

  • This Week’s Games

     

    This week, there is only 3 games in the USAFL this week, but they are big games in every way. Two men’s games and one women’s game. The cities that have games this week: Bronx, NY, Tulsa, OK and Chicago. So, with that, here’s the games:

     

    Stop One: @ Waveland Field in Chicago: 7 pm CT: WOMEN’S Game: Minnesota Lady Freeze vs. Columbus Jillaroos

    Weather Forecast: Mostly Cloudy: 63f (+18c)

     

    Our first game takes us to the hallowed grounds of Waveland Field, home of the Chicago Swans, as the Minnesota Lady Freeze and Columbus Jillaroos will face each other in a full game for the first time ever. Most of the games that the Jillaroos have played has been with a joint team, mostly with the Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles or with the Boston Lady Demons. However, with this year’s changes and possible Division 2 in the Women’s division for the first time, this game has become a highlight game. Expect a good game, despite the late start.

     

    Stop Two: Game of The Week: 3 pm CT: Men: @ Tibbetts Park in the Bronx: #11 New York vs. #8 Dallas

    Weather Forecast: Rain expected: 66f (+19c)

     

    Our second stop of the weekend takes us to Tibbetts Park for the battle of the Magpies…New York vs. Dallas. This marks the first time since the 2012 Division One Grand Final that these teams have faced each other. Needless to say, expect fireworks in this battle.

     

    Stop Three: @ Tulsa Athletics Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma: 2 pm CT: #18 Tulsa vs. #17 Kansas City

    Weather Forecast: Sunny: 88f (+31c)

     

    Final stop takes us to Tulsa’s Athletics Park for the first of home-and-home series between archrivals Kansas City Power and Tulsa Buffaloes. Expect a very good game between these Division 4 foes. This also marks the first of two games in a row for Tulsa as they will head to Crested Butte, CO next Saturday to face the powerhouse Denver Bulldogs.

     

  • Our Show This Week

     

    This week’s show is on a special time, 5 pm CDT on Sunday, as we recap the weekend in the USAFL as well as AFL’s Queen’s Birthday weekend as well. We will preview Week 11 of the AFL as well as a very big week in the USAFL with several big matches on the docket, including the Wayne Schwass Cup match between Chicago and Nashville, which will mark my 150th games as a goal umpire, only the 6th umpire and 2nd goal umpire to reach that feat. We will be on Youtube as always. You can pose questions on our Facebook page as well as Twitter, during the show on Chat and here on WFN as well. See you Sunday!

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-21: Week Ending 31 May 2015

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Good evening, everyone…

Before we begin, please keep our teams in Texas (Dallas, Houston and Austin) in your prayers. As you know, there’s been massive flooding in the state, especially in Houston, where on Monday, there was 13.77″ of rain in 6 hours and have received during the month of May a total of nearly 30″ of rain and is still raining there as I am doing this week’s edition. The rain is so deep that they had to move this week’s game between Austin and Houston because of flooding @ Onion Creek to Pflugerville.

Here’s what we got this week “ON TAP”:

  • This Week’s Games

     

    Since there were no games this past weekend, due to Memorial Day weekend, let’s get to the games for this week. This week, there are 4 games on the docket, all 4 quarter games, so we can see a possible change in the standings at the top.

     

    Stop One: #4 Houston (2-1-0, 6 pts.) @ #6 Austin (2-0-0, 4 pts.) @ Northeast Metro Fields: Pflugerville

    Weather Forecast: 50% Chance of Thunderstorms: High: 85f (29c)

     

    Our first stop on this week’s matches takes us to Pflugerville, outside of Austin, for a rare 4-point game in Texas as Houston will take on Austin. Normally, this game will be @ Onion Creek Soccer Fields, but they are underwater at the present. This will be a major battle. Depending on the winner, they will be looking at no worse than 3rd.

     

    Stop Two: Chicago @ #11 Minnesota (3-0-0, 3 pts.) @ University of Wisconsin Fields, Madison, WI

    Weather Forecast: Cloudy: High: 57f (14c)

     

    The second stop of the week takes us to University of Wisconsin Fields in Madison for the first of home-and-home series between the Freeze and the Swans. The last time these two teams played last year, Minnesota won by nearly 90 points. Depending on what the weather conditions hold, expect a blowout by Minnesota.

     

    Stop Three: Baltimore @ Philadelphia @ Ben Franklin Park, Philadelphia

    Weather Forecast: Partly Sunny and Very Humid High: 89f (31c)

     

    The third stop this week takes us to Ben Franklin Park for an EAFL match between Baltimore/Washington Eagles and the Philadelphia Eagles. The teams played each other in a home-and-home last year with Philadelphia sweeping the series. Expect a tight battle in Philadelphia.

     

    Stop Four: Game of The Week: #3 Nashville (3-2-0, 7 pts.) @ #1 Columbus (3-0-0, 8 pts.) @ Rhodes Park, Columbus, OH

    Weather Forecast: 50% Chance of Thunderstorms: High: 82f (28c)

     

    The final stop of the week takes us to Rhodes Park for the Game of the Week as long-time rivals Nashville and Columbus renew their rivalry for 2015. This game will decide who will lead after Week 9 of the season. In all of the games played @ Columbus, Nashville has never won a game @ Columbus. Expect another battle and maybe an upset.

     

  • Panelists Picks

     

    This past week, the panelists did somewhat better on the picks as all of the panelists except Stephen Kerbow had a winning record. Stephen had gone 4-5. Lisa Albergo and the director had gone 5-4 while Carolyn Poulos won the week with a 6-3 record. Here are the new standings, going into Week 9:

     

Position

Panelist

W-L

Points

1

Carolyn Poulos

47-25

409

2

Stephen Kerbow

46-26

302

3

Lisa Albergo

45-27

463

4

Alex Benjamin

44-28

361

 

  • The Road To Austin

     

    Here’s this week’s The Road To Austin:

     

    The Road To Austin Update:

    This past week, being under the weather due to upper respiratory infection, was just a very slow week. Here are the stats:

     

    Weight: 254.8

     

    Distance this week: 11.38 mi.

    Distance overall: 372.44 mi..

    Pace: 360.99 mi.

    +/-: +11.45 mi. (Days ahead: 5)

    Distance to go: 542.56 mi.

    Days to go: 221

     

    As of Sunday:

    I have made it to Little Rock, AR…and made it to Clinton International Airport on I-440 (Exit 3) and will be making it to I-30 later this week. Next stop: Texarkana, AR/TX. Expected time to get there: 7 weeks.

    More next Sunday…

     

  • This Week’s Show

     

    This week’s show will recap our week in the USAFL and the AFL along with updates in the VFL as well. Please remember, this and next week, the shows are on @ 1 pm CDT on Sunday. We will be on YouTube as well. As always, you can always send your questions via WFN, Facebook, Twitter and on the blog as well. We will see you on Sunday.