Opening Day Recap

First and foremost, we want to thank all the coaches for making this one of the best Opening Days in league history. We know we had a few coaches missing due to serious illness and with everything going on in the world it was best for them to rest up and take care of themselves and hope they get better for next month.
Round One:
1. Rams (Ravens)….6
– Rookie, Coach Mark Sr., drove from the Inland Empire but left behind his Rams squad. Luckily, Coach Sire’s Ravens were ready to play despite their uniforms (and coach) stuck at the cleaners. Despite having a team that he had no experience with he was able to score one TD on last year’s number one seed. Coach Rev showed a great run game and his backs were patient to follow the leader for some great breakout plays.

2. Browns…12
– Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Coach John, has the power and the superstar to make waves. However, those come with hard lessons especially playing the commissioner himself. ERob dominated the game, but he was able to give respect to the ever-improving Dawg Pound who put up 12 points against the HOFer.

3. Vikings…22
– Coach Cleon and the new-look 49ers had the flash and flair to compete with Coach Ajah and his newest additions to the roster led by the their veteran Jim Kleinsasser. It all came down to 3 points and a missed 2-point conversion from the Purple People Eaters that gave Rasta the 1-0 start to the season.

4. Cowboys (Browns)…6
– The number one ranked team in the LAEFL had to show his teeth from the start. Although Coach Leon brought out his Browns squad while his Cowboys are still out in quarantine from COVID-19, he is not a true rookie playing long ago in Texas. While he was able to compete and score on one of the best defenses in the league, Coach Isaac pulled all the as the home field advantage was no match for visiting squad

5. Chiefs…0
– In the only shutout of the day Rookie Coach, Craig, did not make it easy for the Mafia. OJ was shut down early in his debut and Thurman Thomas did not play a factor in their run game. However, Coach Mark utilized Jim Kelly, who ran for 2 touchdowns and threw a TD pass to the improved Don Bebe. Coach Craig and the Chiefs Kingdom had plenty of opportunities in opposing territory including a 4th and long conversion that went to the Red Zone. However, with no kicking game, it was difficult to put points up for his squad.
Round Two
1. Texans…12
– In the second game of the day involving veteran coaches going head to head, Coach Isaac asserted his dominance over Coach Rev who went on a tear all of last season. Chris Carter and Hershel Walker played well enough to light up the scoreboard and those in attendance at the Vet reminded Houston, “There’s no place like the Dome.” Just be aware, the last person who played Rev and dominated his squad like that, woke up the beast and may all that is good have mercy on the soul that plays him next month.

2. Chiefs….7
– Coach Craig put up his first points in the LAEFL. However, Coach Ajah, who was coming off a loss in his first game at Candlestick, needed to go back to his game plan and create distance and avoid going 0-2 to start the season.

3. Cowboys (Browns)….14
– Easily the Game of the Day. One person was not only going to get their first win of the season but, they would be getting their first LAEFL win in general. Coach John stuck to his game plan to lead 21-6 going into the 2-minute warning. However, big plays from Coach Leon put him back in including avoiding a near sack that lead to a crucial touchdown and 2-point conversion that needed confirmation from the booth. Shortly thereafter, Leon recovered the onside kick exposing John’s unorthodox onside formation. With no timeouts, Leon did his best to march up the field but a game-ending sack cut the rally short giving John his first league win after going winless last season.

We look forward to next months games which will include the Annual Smoke-a-Bowl between Shabby J and Rasta and the Inaugural Hooligan Bowl between the Holguin Family.

-Thomas Aldrich

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

Jamboree Recap

Jamboree Recap

On Saturday February 15, 2020 we held our annual Jamboree. In years past we constantly argue about the same topic or we end up arguing for nearly an hour about one proposed topic. This year, we began our meeting at 10:00am and concluded at 11:50am leading us to have an extended lunch break and hold a rookie scrimmage between reigning Rookie of the Year John and his Browns vs newcomer Craig and his Chiefs. John showed his OTA progress as he hit his first three passes including a 20-yard TD pass from Baker to Chubb on his first possession after Craig turned it over on downs. Overall, this was our best and most productive meeting to date. Here are some of the notable topics and motions that were proposed:

  1. Quarterbacks and Kickers
    • Starting in the 2020 Season, QBs and Kickers ONLY from the following manufacturers are allowed
      • Gameday
      • 808
      • Next Level
      • Tudor TTQB
    • They are allowed to be modified using two-part epoxy and glue. However, other items such as braces, springs that are NOT attached to the figure by its respective manufacturer is prohibited.
  2. Open Run Teams
    • Starting in 2020, LAEFL members that have been in the league for more than 1 year must use a different team than their league team.
    • Current Rookie Coaches have until 2022 to have another team made for the Open Run.
  3. 4th Down Conversions
    • The Offense can try for a 4th down conversion at ANY POINT OF THE FIELD as long as they are TRAILING or TIED with their opponent
    • Previous Rule: You can try a 4th down conversion if trailing or tied and must be on your opponent’s side of the field
  4. Stats
    • We have eliminated individual stats and have switched to recording team stats.
    • This will be in a year trial and will be mentioned again at Jamboree 2021 if it will remain a permanent rule.
  5. The Show
    • No rule changes. However, it must be reiterated that the higher seed in the playoffs can pick which field they want AS LONG AS it is a neutral site to both teams involved.
  6. Field Goal
    • The five-second countdown starts ONCE THE KICKER IS PLACED ON THE BOARD
  7. Clock
    • Use of a 4 Quarter continuous running 20 Minute Clock
      • 4 Continuous 20-minute quarters. Stoppage Time will only be allowed in the following situations:
      • 1 Minute Warning in the 2nd Quarter
      • 2 Minute Warning in the 4th Quarter
      • When a Timeout is called
        • The coach that calls the timeout will be given the option of Two 35 second clocks or one 35 second play clock. The clock will continue at the snap of the ball
      • When a player goes out of bounds during the 2nd and 4th Quarter warnings
      • Incomplete pass during the 2nd and 4th Quarter warning with 8 second runoff
      • During a change of possession after a scoring play
        • Two 35 second play clocks will be in effect
        • Clock resumes after the first snap of the offense’s first possession
      • When a coach states SET or HUT during the 2nd and 4th quarter warning
        • Clock will continue when play resumes
    • This will be on a 1-year trial and will be brought up again to be voted to make it permanent on at 2021 Jamboree

Items mentioned that remain unchanged is our stacking rule, spacing on the offensive line, and motions and audibles with the amount of times the defense can counter.

The biggest rule change of them all for our league is the running clock and team stats. Too many times, we are having to stop play or momentum so we can mark individual stats. The extra five minutes added makes up for the time stoppage during change of possession after turnover on downs. This brings us to the possibility of finishing games faster and possibly adding a third game to our day if needed.

Points of emphasis that we brought up were becoming diligent on our countdown clocks and play clocks. With the new rule added, the point is to get our games done in an efficient manner so that when you are done with your game, you can help out where is needed so that all games can be concluded in a reasonable amount of time. With that said, when you go to help someone with their game, you are not coming in to be judge, jury, and executioner. You just got to make sure the, “trains are running on time,” inotherwords with the respective clocks.

I for one am excited about this upcoming season and with our newest additions with that said: Here are the official teams for 2020 LAEFL Season

  • Ajah -Vikings
  • Anthony – Steelers
  • Cleon – 49ers
  • ^Craig – Chiefs
  • Earl – Texans
  • Eric R – Raiders
  • Eric T – Lions
  • Isaac – Eagles
  • John – Browns
  • ^Leon – Cowboys
  • ^Mark Sr. – Rams
  • Mark Jr. – Bills
  • Shabby – Jets
  • *^Sire – Ravens

*Standby ^Rookie

Here is to our historic 20th year and good luck to all coaches!

-Thomas Aldrich