We’re back…….LAEFL 2022 Season kicks off

I for one can not tell you all how happy I am to be back writing game recaps and insider news of the Los Angeles Electric Football League (LAEFL).

There have been some changes in the league with coaches changing teams , new writers coming on board to help tell the story of the league. Welcome Mac Burns from the Chicago Sun. Here is what happened with Da Bears!

Bears at Oilers 3-5-2022

Kickoff day for 2022 season in the Los Angeles Electric Football League and Da’ Bears and Coach EMAC faced an old foe with a new team. Coach EMAC left the Texans after the troubles with their QB got tied up in the judicial system. Coach Erob left his Raiders post to roll with the Oilers, a team that had been rumored to be courting him for the last few seasons. As the teams got underway, it was a defensive struggle from the beginning. 

After Da’ Bears missed a 38 yd FG the Oilers’ Lorenzo White took the ball on a flare out of the backfield the other way to take a 7-0 lead. Coach EMAC, hampered by wrist problems, could only pass with his left hand until late in the third quarter. As the game entered the 4th, Da’ Bears struck with a pass to Sayers for the TD. Since their kicker was having an off day, they went for 2 and was snuffed. 7-6 Oilers. That’s how the game ended. A defensive struggle.

Da’ Bears at J-E-T-S 

After a 2 year layoff by the J-E-T-S and Coach Shabby J due to covid activities and being safe, it was time to crank up the volume of electric football as they met Da’ Bears coming off their loss to the Oilers. The J-E-T-S were flying high after their overtime victory over the Steelers. Both team had come off defensive battles and this game would be no different. 

After a few 3 and outs, Da’ Bears struck first with a pass (hand feeling good) to Willie Gault who outran the J-E-T-S DBs to take a 6-0 lead into halftime. 2 pt conversion failed.

As the rest of game continued into the 4th quarter with both defenses refusing to yield, the J-E-T-S got a huge break when Da’ Bears got a 21 yd punt from their own 11 yard line setting up the J-E-T-S at Da’ Bears 32 yd line. On the first play of that drive, Da’ Bears defense rose up and sacked Namath to force a fumble which Da’ Bears recovered and ran out the clock for a hard fought 6-0 victory.

In other LAEFL action the Bills took out the Browns 14-0 and the Steelers came back after losing their first game to the Jets 14-12, to take out the Niners 32-6. The game of the day was the Oilers come back win in the last few seconds over the Bills 16-14. Buffalo had a chance to pull out the win but missed a wide open receiver in the endzone as time expired.

Reporting for the Buzz, this is Rastahaze and this is the LAEFL according to me.

2021 Jamboree Recap

For the first time in a year, members of our great league met for our annual Jamboree. Among those present were LAEFL Commissioner and MFCA Hall of Famer ERob, defending champion Anthony, Cleon, Aja, and Mark Jr acting as moderator directing traffic especially with our Las Vegas members including the marvelous return of Perry Burke, Erick Thompson, and MFCA Hall of Famer Mike Turner. Also in attendance via satellite were Isaac Cash and Shabby J who were out on injuries. Unfortunately, we as a league lost two members in Leon (Cowboys) and Mark Sr (Rams) due to lack of participation. The meeting lasted approximately 2 hours discussing how we will move forward with the completion of the 2020 and 2021 season including a kickoff weekend at TWO locations in Bullhead/Laughlin and the Inland Empire the weekend of July 30th and Rule proposals and changes to our season. Here are the significant changes that were approved for league play starting at the end of the month.

  1. ITZ Round Bases
    • As ITZ released its new round base, it has been approved for league play but will only be limited to the quarterback
  2. Field Goals
    • The offense will now have control over how long the play will be ran for similar to a pass play. As soon as the board stops the coach will still have 5 seconds to place their kicker down and make the kick. Failure to do so will result in a blocked kick.
  3. The Box
    • A formal rule will now be written that the two coaches playing each other will discuss whether or not they will use the box for penalties. However, if one coach decides that they want to use the box, the box will be used throughout the game.
  4. Throw Away
    • To coincide with the purpose of the running clock, a coach will no longer have to physically throw away the football and can call a play incomplete.

An important Item that was clarified is the use of the running clock reminding coaches that the clock will only stop after a scoring play with exceptions in the 1-minute and 2-minute warnings. This rule was supposed to be re-voted on this year, but due to COVID, the rule will be revisited at next year’s Jamboree.

We have all been waiting for the re-start of our league and welcome in new sponsors, Dad’s Elixir and Hi-Def Brewing. Here are our official teams for the 2021 Season:

Ajah -Vikings

Anthony – Steelers

Cleon – 49ers

Craig – Chiefs

Earl – Texans

Eric R – Raiders

Eric T – Lions

Isaac – Eagles

John – Browns

Perry – Cowboys

Mike – Broncos

Mark – Bills

Shabby – Jets

Let’s try this again in other words!

-Thomas Aldrich

“What the hell is going on out there”???

The late great football coach Vince Lombardi made that statement long ago during a football game when his team wasn’t doing what they were trained to do. That statement also applies to what is happening in the world today.

15 months of pandemic house arrest and the world is taking pot shots (literally) at one another. News is filled with violence against people of color, police violence against black and brown folk, racism, anti-semitic attacks, Asian Pacific attacks, democrats vs republicans, Palestinians vs Jews, all gone insane. But here in the LAEFL the coaches are still waiting for the kickoff of a continuing season and the start of a new season, whenever that happens.

The chat line is getting heated. The boards are buzzing and the coaches are ready to break out of their lockdown locales and kick some plastic butt on the electric field. Here’s a shout out to all the coaches in the LAEFL who are ready to get this party started again. Here’s to your patience, your forebearing nature, and your tireless efforts to prepare for the battles ahead. Get ready!! Get ready!! Get ready!!

Steven Watts for LAEFL Chronicle