Friday, 7 December 2012

BAFA Uni Week Six Predictions


Edinburgh Napier Knights (0-3) at Edinburgh Predators (1-3)
Dancing on Ice might be a staple of Saturday night TV but with the Scottish pitches proving harder than nails in a water bed factory its touch and go if this game goes ahead. The mini-varsity game, the prequel to February’s spectacular Football festival between these teams, is played out like some sort of dirty secret. Last year’s fixture was a twice postponed, mid-week, under the lights, end of season affair that allowed the Predators to progress into the Playoffs.

This year’s fixture will be down to the groundstaff and pits two teams trying to find their mojo. The Predators feature a pass first but run well offense that is guaranteed to score.

The Knights run a fumble first option offense that has failed to defeat Edinburgh in the last two outings. Unless they have found a way to fix their failings even their tough Defense won’t keep them in it long enough.

Predators by 14

UWS Pyro’s (1-2) at Stirling Clansmen (4-0)
Stirling’s ground staff may be sleeping with a horse’s head if their 3G ‘All-weather’ field is called off again. The gnashing of Coach ‘Corleone’ Orr’s teeth could be heard all the way at DC Towers.

The first matchup of the season between these two teams could be a painful affair, whilst the Pyro’s have one win under their belt a mid-sized Defense will struggle to stop Stirlings speed. UWS do have some talent on offense however with a decent running game and in the electric Bud McFerrin they should notch up a score, maybe two, against the Clan. Stirling’s pass game and inside/outside run game are an offensive basketball quick break team and will score a barrow load. This will be Stirling’s final first semester game before they go into their enforced long winter shut down.

I could analyse this one in lots of clever yet unlikely ways but even the world’s cheeriest optimist tripping on Tramadol couldn’t envisage an upset here. This weekend UWS sleeps with the fishes….

Clansmen by 80

Birth of a Sport: Football in India

Evan Rosenfeld is a film producer who graduated from the University of Miami. He is most notable for his work for ESPN Films 30 for 30, producing the film ‘The U’ which documented the rise of the University of Miami during the 80s and 90s. It was viewed by 2.53 million people making it the most successful “30 for 30” film.

Currently Evan is working on a film, ‘Birth of a sport’ following the establishment of American football in India. Evan was not only involved with the filming of the project, but he has also been helping the league with its creative direction, including all their multimedia and advertising.

Evan spoke to us about the difficulties and challenges faced when setting up a league in India and tell us a few of his stories from his time out there.


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Birmingham Lions vs. Warwick Wolves - GOTW Preview

by Tom Snee

In a masterclass of social media manipulation, Birmingham Lions’ match-up with Warwick Wolves makes an appearance as our game of the week. A surge of voting from both teams took the MAC encounter (sounds like an X-Files episode) past the rest of the selections on our Facebook poll to earn the honour – if you don’t like it, vote differently next week...well, not next week as it’s nearly Christmas.  

Double Coverage's 'One to Watch' Update

by Tom Snee

It was another mixed week for our One To Watch hopefuls as we approach the end of 2012.
Brunel's Orion Modebe carried on his super form a with a 90 yard touchdown run against Solent, contributing on offence and Special Teams before being sidelined with an ankle injury in the third quarter.
Nottingham quarterback Luca Rossoni once again struggled, throwing for a touchdown but also giving up three turnovers as the Outlaws fell to a shock defeat against Northampton.
Hull's Will Hobbs is still struggling with an ankle injury picked up early in the season and missed the Sharks' impressive win over Leeds Carnegie, while Birmingham Lions' Tom Levick was rested for his side's destruction of Coventry. UCLAN Rams' game was postponed due to the icy conditions, meaning that we all miss our Sam Bloomfield fix for the week.

Leeds Carnegie vs. Hull Sharks - GOTW Reports

Penalties proved fatal for Leeds Carnegie as they went down to Hull Sharks 21-6 in a battle for supremacy in the North East conference.
Both teams entered the clash in Leeds undefeated, but it was Carnegie's lack of discipline that ultimately cost them a crucial and hard-fought game. Hull's dangerous quarterback Seb Gogerly scored three touchdown passes to knock the wind out of the game before Carnegie rallied for a late score.
Carnegie's coaching staff had warned the team about flags after their clash with Northumbria. But they fell into the trap as early as the first play. After a good kick by Matt Kinsey, the play was flagged for a personal foul on Hull’s kick returner as he went out of bounds. The Carnegie defence looked extremely strong against the run, and it was another penalty, this time for a facecage grab, that continued to move the Hull offense forward. Quarterback Seb Gogerly opened the scoring by finding rookie wide receiver Johnny Ley for the first touchdown of the afternoon. The 2PAT was not converted.

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