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.

The Mafia’s New Hitman

Entering their 3rd year in the LAEFL, Buffalo was in need of a shakeup. Their first season showed the power of Thurman Thomas, but they finished dead last. As sophomores, the defense came to play with Mark Kelso and Bruce Smith hitting hard, but they were shut out in the first round of playoffs. Something needed to be done to give new life to potential this team has.

With no hesitation, the Bills found another weapon in O. J. Simpson. Training hard, number 32 helped the offense with their run game creating new, fresh schemes that were put on display this past October at the Open Run. Despite a fumble in his first game against the new Steelers, he quickly bounced back and scored the go-ahead touchdown against Mira Mesa along with a 44-yard run in overtime that, if not for a scramble called by their rival Raiders, could have sealed a Top-4 spot in elimination.

Yes sir! Look for him to be slicing, dicing, slaying, and flat out murdering defenses this Spring and Summer. If you are looking to blame him for your defensive demise…he will be guilty as charged.

-Thomas Aldrich

Wild 2020 Season Ahead

With the LAEFL 20th season on the horizon, the coaches of the league are gearing up for what is expected to be a wild and memorable season.

The Browns (Coach John Berry) are busy learning each member of their team so they can raise the Dawg Pound a little higher than their inaugural season. After leaving their passing offense on the sideline for much of the year, they’re ready to bring a two pronged attack to the gridiron.

The Bills (Coach Mark Holquin) have been recruiting this offseason to open up their offense for a more diverse attack. Last season was all about Thurman #34. This season will be more run and gun like their heyday when they ruled the AFC for 4 consecutive years.

The Jets (Coach James Partipilo) are sticking to their old school jerseys and cranking up the defense so the offenses they face will become discouraged. The Jets offense is looking to rack up points this season so the opposing coach will also become discouraged.

The 49ers (Coach Cleon Tate) are giving their team a new look with the fierceness of the 9ers glory days. The passing game will be much improved and the defense will have more weapons than just #42 Lott.

The Texans (Coach Earl McMillan) are beginning a new chapter in the league as they brought Coach EMAC over from the Seahawks. The Texans are looking to stir up the league with a two pronged offense and swarming defense that has been their coach’s trademark for many seasons.

The Vikings (Coach Ajah Patterson) are busy in the laboratory cooking up offensive schemes and defensive stunts to shake up the league. After a league leading running attack and accurate passing attack, the Vikings defense is in for an upgrade to stop their oppositions offense.

The Raiders (Coach Eric Robinson) are putting the finishing touch on their  running game to match their league leading passing game. The defensive front is undergoing changes to total domination of the opposing team’s offense to rise to the top after finishing 2nd last season.

The Eagles (Coach Isaac Cash) look to break through this season as last season’s commitments kept them from raising the trophy they felt was theirs to raise. The offense is expected to be more diverse than just #12 Randall. And the defense, already stout, are expected to be even more dominant.

The Steelers (Coach Anthony Price) begin the LAEFL 20th season with the former 3 time champion Rams coach who could not turn down the opportunity to lead one of the NFL’s glorious franchises. They are expected to be just as fierce and dominating as the Rams but with more diversity than just #15 Ferragamo.

With new coaches expected to join for this momentous year, the LAEFL is looking forward to a very wild, exciting and memorable season.

reporting for the LAEFL Chronicle,            Steven Watts

 

LAEFL coaches prepping for 20th season

When the 19th LAEFL season ended, the Los Angeles Rams and Coach Anthony Price was raising the trophy for a record tying third time. During this off season, each of the LAEFL coaches are preparing for a milestone 20th LAEFL season.

The coaches are busy revamping their teams. Some are painting new teams, some are adding to their current teams, and some are giving a face lift to their current team, and new coaches are looking to crack plastic with the veterans that have been around since the league began 20 years ago.

All in all, the LAEFL is looking to make their 20th season their best season ever. New teams, new coaches, new enthusiasm and a new milestone season. Are you ready for some football???????????

reporting for the LAEFL Chronicle -Steven Watts

LAEFL Open Run crowns new champion

The 12th edition of Dave and Eric’s LAEFL Open Run was held Saturday, 10/12/2019, with 10 coaches vying for the rights to be crowned champion. After the round robins were played, 8 were left to see who would raise the hardware. The players fought tooth and nail to narrow the field to 2 former LAEFL champions to slug it out for the title. Coach Vince Peatros (nominated for LAEFL Hall of Fame) and Coach Marcelo (Celo) Troilo (a future Hall of Famer) and defending LAEFL Open Run champion,  left the LAEFL to form the CAEFL and still make time to compete against their former league brothers.  Vince went into battle with the 1969 Minnesota Vikings while Coach Celo commanded the pre-Super Bowl New Orleans Saints.  Prior to the game Coach Vince was heard to say  “This is going to be a high scoring affair”.

When play began, it had all the makings of a defensive battle as both teams were determined to keep the other one out of the endzone.  The 1st Qtr ended 0-0 with Coach Vince moving the ball.  With 11: 25 remaing in the first half, first blood was drawn by the Vikes for a 7-0 lead.  Coach Celo’s Saints quickly responded to tie it 7-7.  Coach Vince shot back to take a 14-7 lead.  Coach Celo says “not on my watch”  and puts up another 7 for a 14-14 tie. Coach Vince fires the last salvo of the half to take a 21-14 lead into the half.

The 2nd half began with the Saints fumbling the kick return and the Vikes are set up on the Saints 16 yard line.  Taking advantage of the turnover, the Vikes extend their lead to 28-14. Inspired by their special teams turnover, the Vikes defense stepped up their game forcing a Saints punt.  The Vikings offense, not wanting to be outdone, put up another 7 for a 35-14 lead.  Coach Celo’s Saints were not going easy into that “gentle night” and worked their way to another score to make it a 35-21 game with 6:09 remaining in the 3rd Qtr.  Coach Celo pulled of what the Super Bowl winning Saints pulled off by executing a successful onside kick totally surprising the Vikings.  But that was the last surprise of the day as the Vikes and Saints defenses dug in and traded punches the rest of the day and the Vikings prevailed for a 35-21 victory. Coach Vince Peatros was awarded his trophy by Dave and Eric’s Open Run co-founder Eric Robinson (whose Raiders were eliminated in the quarter final round).

reporting for the LAEFL Chronicle – Steven Watts