Sportsmanship

Here is another part in the series from back in the day of the LAEFL.  This is from 2002 of April 24 after game day 2 and the Commissioner David (SARS) Campbell thought some words about sportsmanship were needed.

Coaches,

Despite my two loses, I had a good time at our last Game Day Sunday.  I hope that everyone else had as much fun as I did.  We had good fellowship, good food, and good clean fun playing electric football, what a winning combination.  Speaking of winning, I know that some tempers flared during some of Sunday’s games and I believe that this is because of everyone’s competitive spirit.  We all want to have fun, but at the same time we all want to win.  I know I must have freaked all of ya’ll out when I did my little “dispey-do dance” across the room and knocked over the water.  I wasn’t actually trying to knock over the water, I just wanted to swing at the air and I accidentally hit the cup.  Ya’ll should have seen your faces, the whole room just stopped like, “What the heck is wrong with him?  Is that Dave?”

It was quite hilarious when I think about it.  Although my anger was not directed at an individual but at a situation, I’m sorry if I spooked any of you all and I’ll try my best not to do it again.  However, I’m not 100% sure that I won’t because I know that I’m nowhere near perfect.  As coaches we should never have the intent of getting angry or going off and we should always try not to.  But when someone does go off we, as refs, opponents, and other participants, should try to remember that this is neither the norm nor their intent, and that the situation just got the best of them.  In other words these types of things happen and we shouldn’t take them personally, even if we are their ref or opponent for that game.

As refs need to do our best to be impartial, both coaches need to feel that it doesn’t matter who wins to the ref, and that the calls are being made fairly on a consistent basis. At the same time we as coaches need to respect the refs call.  Trust me, there will be some botched calls!  We will ALL make some bad calls and we will ALL have some bad calls go against us, it’s inevitable.  It’s also realistic.  We should all try to keep this in mind when we play and we should all try to remain respectful towards one another.  Is this making sense, I feel like I’m rambling on and on so I’ll stop here.  I was just thinking about last Sunday and this is what came out.

I’m out to work on my squad, I’ve got ten games left to try to make the playoffs and the Browns, from the looks of their schedule, will be 9-1 by the time we meet them again when conference play resumes.  I’ve got work to do!  Coach DMC LAEFL – New York Electric Football Giants

Desert Apathy…?

Rasta Haze here, and while we are in this Covid-19 virus lockdown for a bit longer I thought I’d go through some of the old newsletters and see what was written in our leagues 20 years.  Not much has changed from 2002 to now.  After reading this article is there an apathy within the league towards tournaments?  Open Run and the new created Fault Line Rumble?

Desert Apathy was written by the one and only Scoopy T. NewsWorthy…beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News.  Here is his interview with then head coach of the Eagles..Eagle Al Clegg about the upcoming Dual in the Desert tournament.

The annual EFL classic “Dual in the Desert” is set to be played soon, but some of the main components will not be there, mainly? TEAMS!!!!!!!  This reporter being the Curious Cat that I am, decided to delve deep into this growing phenomenon pledging the LAEFL, called “Desert Apathy”…..  First I went into my own back yard and had a question and answer sit down with Coach Eagle Al ….

Scoopy: Why aren’t the Eagles going to participate in the tournament?  Eagle AL: Well it seems to me that having a tournament in the middle of a season just doesn’t make since, I know this type of contest generates money, but as the old Domino players use to say, “All Money Ain’t Good Money”….You see Scoopy, I like a Small league with Big values, not a Big league with small minds, but that’s another subject: But back to this tournament Crap!! that kind of thing (tournament) is for second rate pansy’s who don’t know their a@#$ from a mud hole, hell this ain’t College Basketball for goodness sake!!

Scoopy: I see you aren’t a big proponent of Tournaments period.  Eagle AL: Yah Think?  Scoopy: Coach do you think Mike Turner (coach of the high flying circus Denver Broncos) has a hidden agenda by staging his tournament during the season?  Eagle AL: Look Scoopy I love Mike Turner hell I’ve known old Mike longer then any coach in this league except for Peatros, but I’ll tell you one thing about Mike, his head is as hard as my….err…as penitentiary steel, and he is as stubborn as a mule, matter of fact he kind of reminds me of that Mule in Sherak..ha,ha,ha..

Scoopy: That was a Donkey….. Eagle AL: Potaaaaaatos, Potatos, man you know what I meant….Anyway my point was that Mike is Stubborn and for some reason he is stuck on some antiquated, ancient, relic, Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon, cave man crap ass rule called “RULES 2000”.

Scoopy: Rules 2000? We had to debate on the pros and cons of Rules 200 in my sports journalism class at Yale….I remember my Professor saying that those rules were the RUN AND SHOOT of league rules, our main argument was that it looked good on paper but in the long run it had to many flaws to maintain substance.  Eagle AL: Exactly my point to the 10th power squared….You know, I don’t get old Mike sometimes, Mike’s got a great squad, he wins plenty of games, hell he was in the SHOW last year albeit he got stomped, but hey, none of the other coaches were there; My point is why do’s he have to insist and persist on playing those flag football rules when our league wouldn’t dare stoop it such low’s.

Scoopy: Well since it’s so easy to pass in that style of play and Mike’s teams do a lot of passing, do you think that has something to do with it?  Eagle AL: Of course Scoopy, but like I said the Broncos made it to the SHOW the last two years so why would that be an issue? I don’t get it…..

Scoopy: Coach I also heard  that he is really putting this tournament on for Coaches in other leagues all over the country and that this is what the other coaches want….  Eagle AL:  That’s a bunch of Fat Bull Nuts; If that’s the case why isn’t there an invasion on Las Vegas during tournament week, heck I’ve been there and it is so quite at the hotel that you can hear a mouse piss on cotton…Nobody shows up….Besides I’ve talked to league officials in San Antonio, and in Dallas and they said that at least half of their teams would take the trip to Vegas if RULES 2000 were eighty sixes….Half of their league!!!!!! those guys have more teams then our league and they say half would come.  Everyone wants a big huge turnout; well change the rules and THEY WILL COME……..

Scoopy: Have you told this to Mike?  Eagle AL: Have you been listening to me?  Jesus man your head is as hard as Mike’s!!  Scoopy: Sorry, I forgot…  Eagle AL: Just kidding with yah kid…..But seriously maybe you can get into his brain, and make some since of this.

Scoopy: Coach thanks for your time I know you have to get to practice….  Eagle AL: Any time Scoopy, just don’t start asking stupid question…….

From the desk of Scoopy T. NewsWorthy

 

Side note to this piece this week marks 16th anniversary of the last “Dual in the Desert” game.  It was won by our very own Earl (RevE) McMillan over Al Clegg 21-20 bringing to a close the first tournament on the west side of the US.  The Open Run would bring a few folks west but has mainly been a LAEFL event.  The next time the EFL community would venture west wouldn’t be until 2018 when Marcello Trioli started up his Fault Line rumble tourney.  Reporting for the BUZZ the unofficial newsletter of the LAEFL I’m Rasta Haze and this has been a trip down memory lane according to me.

 

 

Opening day schedule

Eagles v Cowboys

Texans v Rams

Ravens v Steelers

Lions v Jets

Raiders v Browns

49ers v Vikings

Chiefs v Bills

9am games home team listed first

Ravens v 49ers

Vikings v Texans

Steelers v Raiders

Eagles v Chiefs

Lions v Bills

*Jets v Rams

Cowboys v Browns

Afternoon games home team listed first.

*=Rams / playing one game. This game can be made up prior to the April 4th game day.

Power rankings

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With the 20th season fast approaching I thought it would be fun to rank the 14 teams vining for the SHOW title at the end of the season. This is all in fun so don’t get your undies in a bind if you don’t like where you currently sit in the rankings. Inotherwords work on your squad!!

1. Eagles- primed to take the final step

2. Raiders- again second best

3. Steelers- new team for defending champ

4. Lions- old coach returns

5. Jets- sitting and lurking

6. Texans- new team what can they do

7. Vikings- skol

8. Forty Niners- changes everywhere

9. Bills- looking to make some noise

10. Rams- new but ready

11. Browns- new field more confidence

12. Chiefs- gonna be a long season

13. Cowboys- could be a long season

14. Ravens- rookie stand by coach

There you have it. The first power rankings of the season. Again you don’t like where you are ranked, work on your squad!! This is the LAEFL according to me…….Rasta Haze

Changing of the guard

You knew this day was coming but never wanted to give in to Father Time. Well yesterday that happened with the San Francisco 49ers, as longtime quarterback Joe Montana retired after 17 seasons as the teams signal caller. “This was a hard season and I just can’t put myself out there and hope to perform at the level I’m use too”. Joe Montana during his retirement. Montana leads the team in all passing categories. He is second in team rushing yards behind Rodger Craig.

Steve Young takes the keys to the car now. This will be his first action as a Forty Niner. He joined the team at the end of last season. The team has yet to decide on his backup. Longtime Forty Niner backup John Brodie has hung up his cleats as well. In other team news long time place kicker Ray Wershing has also retired from the team. Matt Cofer takes over the kicking duties now. The defense has added more depth at linebacker and hopefully have found another looper other than Keena Turner.

Matt Millen and Patrick Willis join the backer corp which has been in need of an upgrade for sometime. Dave Wilcox retired and Hacksaw Reynolds will come in for him. The d-line added some much needed depth. Kevin Fagan and Pierce Holt join a line looking to beef up. Word has it Fred Dean is think of retiring as well. The backfield will look the same with Ronnie Lott and Jeff Fuller manning the safety positions. Merton Hanks and Tom Holmone will back up. There is a real battle at corner Eric Davis and Tim Mckyer are battling for one spot and Williamson has the other.

Reporting for the BUZZ the unofficial newsletter of the LAEFL I’m Rastahaze.