It started out really as a joke to see who would pick up on the reference of it and now it’s the LAEFL’s most anticipated game. Smoke a Bowl, pits James “Shabby J” Portillo and his New York Jets against Cleon “Rastahaze” Tate Jr and his San Francisco 49ers.
Over the years this game has taken on a life of its own. At first it was played during the college years of the league as a rivalry game and was later carried over with a trophy for the winner to hold until the next game. Next season it will be the featured game for the LAEFL 420 games.
Early on the game wasn’t much of a rivalry (Shabby J) holds the series lead 5-3, but Cleon (Rastahaze) has won the last two. “I get geared up for this game I love playing EFL but this game is for the chalice”, stated coach Tate when asked about this game. Every game is important but when it’s your rival it means a little more.
Saturday June 15th in Irvine CA Smoke a Bowl 9 goes down.
The Niners sit at 1-2 and are up late on a Thursday night working on drills.
Sherman Oaks CA-
Anthony Price and his Los Angeles Rams never looked like they were in trouble as they cruised to a 20-3 win over Perry Burke and his Dallas Cowboys.
Leading up the SHOW XVI, it looked like the Cowboys were on a mission. They blow out the 49ers and Raiders to get to their second SHOW title game. On the other hand the Rams struggled with the Eagles before putting them away to reach their second SHOW final. The consensus was Cowboys in a landslide, but someone forgot to tell coach Price and his Rams.
From the opening series it was apparent the Cowboys had no answers for the Rams defense nor the offense. The Cowboys went 3 and out on their first series and the Rams went right down the field and scored. Eric Dickerson broke a run of 62yds and the Rams offense went into another gear and two plays later were in the endzone on a Todd Gurley 10yd reception. Extra point was good 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Cowboys ensuing drive started off promising. A run of 37yds followed by a Dak Prescott 3yd run had the Cowboys making some noise. That was short lived as Prescott and the offense who were hot coming into this game suddenly went cold throwing the ball. Their next three plays were incomplete passes and the Rams had the ball and wasted little time getting back into the endzone. Vince Ferragamo had two runs of 24 & 22 yds followed by a touchdown pass to Eric Dickerson for 30yds. The extra point was good and after the first quarter the Rams were up 14-0 over the Cowboys.
The second quarter wasn’t any better for the Cowboys and coach Perry Burke. Still missing passes and giving up on the running game way to early the Rams defense set their ears back and just kept coming in waves. In total they had seven sacks of Dak Prescott. During the regular season the Rams got to Dak 10 times. In two games the Rams recorded 17 sacks and held the Cowboys to 3 points in each contest. The Rams scored to close the scoring in the first half on 59yd pass play. They missed the extra point and lead at halftime 20-0.
The second half of the game was just a defensive struggle. The Cowboys scored to avoid the shutout on a 51yd field goal. When the final seconds ticked off the clock coach Anthony Price and his Rams were victorious 20-3 and now he joins the twice is nice club. Dave Campbell, Robert Jackson, Marcello Troilo and Eric Robinson and now Anthony Price belong to this club.
The final stats: The Rams rushed for 123yds on 12 carries with a long run of 62yds. The Cowboys rushed for 53yds on 5 carries long run of 37yds. Passing stats were Rams 117yds with three touchdowns on 5 of 8 passing. 59yds was the longest pass completion and that went for one of the three touchdown passes. The Cowboys went 3 of 10 for 98yds. They were sacked 7 times for -23yds. Neither team converted a third down the Rams were 0-2 and the Cowboys were 0-5. The Rams converted their lone fourth down try the Cowboys went 0-2. Two Ram players had two sacks each while one Cowboy lead his team with three tackles.
Reporting for the LAEFL this Rastahaze and this was the SHOW according to me. See you at the Open Run the second weekend of October.
Well the 49ers just broke camp and I can honestly say that I’m really looking forward to Saturday and the LAEFL playoffs. Yes playoffs!!
The offense did okay not great but okay. Will have to do much better come game time. The defense we tried to work on some holes we saw during the season but I’m afraid they are still there and we will have to use smoke and mirrors to hide our defects. Special teams was the bright part of camp. Found out Ray Wershing and Pat Leahy both have good distance in their leg and if need be we can attempt a 60+ yard field goal if it comes down to it. Haven’t beaten coach Mcmillian in the playoffs in 3 other tries. We are kicking in the door come Saturday, to quote the late Bum Phillips.
Reporting for the 49ers this is Rastahaze.
The 2018 season came to a close yesterday at the Sherman Oaks Galleria community room. The final game of the day determined who was one seed and who would be three seed. Eric Robinson and his Raiders took on his long time friend and rival Anthony Price and his Rams. From the early goings it didn’t look like the Raiders could do anything to stop the Rams. Coach Price built a good first half lead and sat in the lead scoring every time the raiders tried to mount some kind of kickback. Rams win the game and take the first seed in the upcoming playoffs in August.
Here is a breakdown of the seedings and possible matchups:
8-Jets (Shabby J)
Top three seeds get a bye
The playoffs get started with the following matchups
Opening kickoff Raiders v 49ers. Raiders won to setup showdown with Rams.