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Postby Ko-oren » Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:23 am

We Conceded Points

The title is there just rile up those in other groups looking at a tremendous Dragonflies team continuing where it left off in WB39.

The Dragonflies continue the winning streak that extends all the way until that ill-fated knockout matchup versus Drawkland in World Bowl 39. Since then, the team has won the 4 group games at this edition, as well as a handful of knockout games in the double elimination format. Something else that has held through for all that time, is the sheer dominance of the defence: that said, Kohnhead have finally found a way to breach that. Not once, but twice. Two field goals in all, a 22-yarder and a 29-yarder. That still means that no team has made it into our endzone in 9 games: again, the four games so far at the current tournament as well as both finals versus the Free Republics, the Drawkish semifinal, and two shutouts versus Newmanistan and Cassadaigua earlier in those playoffs. Ironically it's that other iron-clad defensive team, Taeshan, who have last managed to score on our defence. So, on a 10-game win streak, the team is... not exactly riding the hot hand into the sunset. Not only was offensive coordinator Hardman forced to deal with the retirement of long-time starter Reeman, he even went so far as to bench Plasman after the quarterback couldn't lead the team to glory. The staff instead went for Plan B, which was already finalised in case something like this happpened, involving Arerira and a run-first offence.

Plasman started in the first two games and led his offence to one offensive score across two games, being outscored by both other units on the team. Ahead of the Nagore game - which was seen as a bit of an exhibition game ahead of the clashes with Kohnhead, and more importantly, the #1 offence of Saint Kanye, Hardman implemented a new look with Arerira running a lot of option plays: keep it yourself, hand it off to Thorebourne or Galway, or even hand it off to fullback Wilson, or an end around to either a tight end (typically Tharadhen, sometimes Suthmeer) or a wide receiver (Head and Whitlock). If all else fails, you should still have an open target further upfield: either one of the named recievers and tight ends, or one of the X-receivers - the real heavyweights in most offences - Junga, Welsh, or Junstarin. With Arerira, nearly every skill position player will get snaps, aiming to spread the ball around, on the ground, through the air, and getting tackled inbounds as much as possible to keep that clock running. Take a lead, rely on the defence, and get that game clock to triple zeroes.

Nagore turned out to be the perfect team to run this against: they had their defence kitted out perfectly for a Plasman-style West Coast look, but throughout the game subbed out their small, agile defenders for harder hitters. And it worked. Not only did the defence face just 9 drives througout the game (instead of 16 and 15 in the games prior), they gave up just 5 first downs all day. On the other hand, Arerira used his 10 drives perfectly for 22 points in total. That's two touchdowns and three field goals - with Bennett missing one conversion. The offence recorded 502 yards, 280 of those rushing. And it wasn't just the running backs feasting on the defence, either. Thorebourne had a 41-yard run for longest of the day to finish on 118, sure, and Galway added 49 yards by himself, but Arerira, Wilson, Tharadhen, and Whitlock all rushed for over 20 yards. Tharadhen did so on a single end-around, and Whitlock took two touches (adding no receptions today). The Aerellen Explosions quarterback was moderately successful through the air, attempting 29 throws, completing just 14 (one area where Plasman was certainly better), for 222 yards - exploiting a stacked box and a near-empty secondary almost every time. When in doubt, hand it off, basically. Welsh had a 70-yard catch, evading one tackle and simply outsprinting the other defenders for a touchdown as the highlight of the day.

Don't forget that Nagore prematurely ended three of their drives on turnovers, too. Guildeforde recovered a fumble at the opponent 48 to set up a short field. The other two came on Ko-orenite territory: an interception in the endzone to end the second quarter, and another pick at the 30 yard line (returned to Nagore's 46).

When it all couldn't go any better, the defence was finally breached by Kohnhead in the fourth game of the group stage. Arerira continues to lead the offence with some success, but throwing two interceptions certainly didn't help. It was to the secondary's credit that the opponents couldn't get into the endzone, though they came close. Key penalties set them back from 10 and goal to 20, 25 and goal, but otherwise it was all on the linebackers.

At 4-0, the Dragonflies now play the third-ranked team of the group, Saint Kanye. Just losing out to Abanhfleft relegates them to that spot on head to head, but don't ignore the fact that Saint Kanye are (by far) the most scoring team in this World Bowl so far. Where we put 22 on Nagore, they beat them by 20 scoring 37 points. They scored 20 in a 40-20 loss to Abanhfleft. Luckily they don't seem to be in the same form as at the start of this tournament, when they rolled Buffalostan off the field 44-0 days after destroying Kohnhead 40-10. Our defence is warned. Arerira is warned. This is the biggest test so far, and a win here should not only see our win-loss record go to an incredible 5-0, but also fights off two direct rivals for the knockouts on head to head records.
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Postby Sarzonia » Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:44 am

After getting thoroughly embarrassed by Main Nation Ministry in their previous match, it was important for Sarzonian national gridball coach Les Steckhall that his charges bounce back quickly. They were facing the 24th ranked team in the world in Greater Vakolicci Haven in another away match and a 1-3 start would make the climb into knockout round contention a difficult one.

Fortunately, the Stars bounced back, limiting GVH to one touchdown and earning a 17-7 away victory to improve their record to 2-2. They remain one match behind the world's fourth ranked team Main Nation Ministry and two matches behind No. 18 Banija.

"It was vital for us to get out there and get a result after the pasting Main Nation Ministry handed us last time out," Steckhall said. "We did what we needed to do."

GVH put emphasis on shutting down Sarzonia's running game and held running back Ty'Relle Clinton to 54 yards on 18 carries, but Sam Rosen made up for the lack of running production by completing 19-of-31 passes for 296 yards and both touchdowns, a 16-yard strike to tight end Al Langston and a 66-yard bomb to wide receiver Matt Largent. Kicker Matt Vargas hit a 35-yard field goal to give the Stars a 17-0 lead at the half.

"We all needed that bounce-back game," Rosen said. "It was embarrassing to lose 41-0 to a team, no matter how good it is."

Defensively, the Stars applied constant pressure on GVH quarterbacks, sacking them five times and hitting them a total of 30 times. They also forced four turnovers including three interceptions and a lost fumble. Only a late touchdown on a quarterback draw prevented GVH from getting shut out by the Stars defence.

The Stars close out the first half of qualifying against newcomers Laahana, who lost to Main Nation Ministry 3-0 at home.

"They''re struggling right now, especially offensively," Steckhall said. "They've only scored six points so far, but they also held Main Nation Ministry to just a field goal, so we can't take anything for granted."

The Stars will finish a stretch of four away matches out of five before returning to Joe Gibbs Stadium to start the second half of World Bowl XL qualifying against North Alezia. They'll go back through the gauntlet of ranked teams with an away match against Banija at the Stadium of the Restoration in Busukuma, but that will be the final match away from Woodstock for the Stars.

"It's going to be nice to get back home," Langston said. "I can't wait to sleep in my own bed again."
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NSFB: The Second Of The Triple Showed Jags Weaknesses

Postby TJUN-ia » Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:11 am

After another tight win, the Road Triple Header continued for TJUN-ia with the annual game against Cassadiagua, this time in Concord Heights for the 2nd time and a battle of the 3-0 teams in Group H. While they shared the same record heading into this match-up, their performances couldn't have been more different with Megan Schuster's Dagans preferring to blow the competition away and Gus McKerrin's Jaguars preferring tighter margins of victory so far. While this won't be the only game between these 2 sides in this tournament, early group domination was at stake and both sides really wanted to remain undefeated by the end of the night.

This game would, however, showcase a flaw in TJUN-ia's game plan - how to deal with a better offence than your defence can handle. Taylor Crimmins torched TJUN-ia's D for most of the game and she definitely found opportunities to score some points. She scored the only TDs of the entire first half, finding Alexa Schultz in Q1 and Brooke Talley in Q2, showing that the 3-point win over Saltstead was certainly behind her. The Dagans' first choice kicker, Kiersten Baker, was also having a good first half by kicking both FGs to make it Dagans 14-0 Jags heading into the half.

TJUN-ia did bring some life back into this game come Q3, as Jake Griffin found Jack Davidson to score some points (Ch On-Ma with a great kick as well), but not much else could be done against this Dagan D. Crimmins ended the 3rd with another TD, this time via Schultz again, before the Dagan 2nd team came on in the 4th. Lead by QB Tori Flannery, they scored another TD as she found Summer Cahil in the endzone. New Kicker Melissa Andrews may have missed the final FG of the game, but the damage had already been done and the message had been sent - The Dagans are very dangerous indeed.

TJUN-ia was simply no match for Cassadiagua on the night - it's as simple as that. Nothing could be done so Gus and his side will have to sit and think on this game before moving on to Game 5. With New England only behind us on head-to-head, it is critical that we end the first half strong by beating a 2-2 Northwest Kalactin. No more slips ups at this point. Go JAGS!


SCHEDULE (Group G)
MD1: @Saltstead (UR) W 17-0 (2nd)
MD2: vs The Transmondian Commonwealth of New England (17) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 13-9 (2nd)
MD3: @The Royal Kingdom of Quebec (30) W 13-3 (2nd)
MD4: @Cassadiagua (8) L 7-27 (2nd)
MD5: @Northwest Kalactin (49)
-----------------------OFF DAY-----------------------
MD6: vs Saltstead (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
MD7: @The Transmondian Commonwealth of New England (17) - Liberation Stadium, Framingham
MD8: vs The Royal Kingdom of Quebec (30) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
MD9: vs Cassadiagua (8) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
MD10: vs Northwest Kalactin (49) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
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Round of 32: CoH78
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Postby Squidroidia » Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:48 pm

With 4 games gone by in the World Bowl season, you might be interested in seeing how your group is panning out. Group A is a 3 way slugfight between the Northern Land, Newmanistan and playoff hosts Karditan for the top 2 playoff spots, with Shiratoru seemingly left behind. Group B sees our first undefeated team, Ranoria, with surprise of the tournament so far Space in the 2nd playoff spot in the group, ahead of Xanneria, Tikariot and Kriegiersien. Group D has Banija, a team at the fringes of the top 20, undefeated, ahead of group favorites Main Nation Ministry. Group E is a fight between 2 powers, Drawkland and Delaclava, Group F has not one, but 2 no win teams in its group (Which will be reduced to one when Nagore and Buffalostan face each other) and Ko-oren undefeated but surprisingly dropping points, and Group G, lucky Group G, sees Cassadaigua undefeated with TJUN-ia not far behind, in a deadlock with the Transmondian Commonwealth. But overlooking all of those in sheer chaos as the halfway point nears is Group C. The Allamunnic States are undefeated and are looking to get back to the playoffs, Emperor Boston's Bostopia team have been dormant and still haven't won, and in between them? Four teams with a 2 and 2 record.

I'm not joking. Group A has 3 teams have the same record, all in the top 3 of the group, most groups have at least 2 teams on the top two-thirds with the same record, but Group C takes the cake. 4 teams are all fighting for an automatic spot and a wild card berth in the World Bowl playoffs in Karditan. All of them are 2 and 2, and all of them, except one, having experience in the premier gridiron football competition in the multiverse, at least one season of it. The only exception? Savojarna, coming in at the 11th hour after Burghburgh burghed its application and thus couldn't come to be at least dreaming of this situation in Group C.

Inner AginanaUsordia are top of the pile of .500 teams with a +18 point difference, and are still favorites along with the Allamunnic States. However, Squidroidia are interesting in the 3rd place position because of how the played their games. Squidroidia have scored 90 points thanks to the fast offense of Sota Myamoto. In fact they have the 6th highest scoring offense so far (The top 5 being, from least points scored to most points scored, the Transmondian Commonwealth, Abanhfleft, Ranoria, Cassadaigua and Saint Kanye, all traditional powers), mostly helped by their 44-22 demolition of Lisander in match 2 of the World Bowl. But their defense? 6th worst, also at 90 points. The only teams with more holes than the Flyers are Bostopia, Nagore, Saltstead, Kriegiersien and Buffalostan. A great offense, a terrible defense. The only team at this stage of World Bowl XL to have 0 point difference.

Then there's Savojarna and Lisander. One of them hasn't touched a football as a nation until this tournament. And they're FOURTH. And finally, the amateurs, Lisander. They have a shot, yes, but will they sieze it? Only time will tell. And a lot of luck. Honestly expect Inner AginanaUsordia to come 2nd. For 3rd? It's anybody's game.

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Postby Saint Kanye » Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:52 pm

Not only did it feel good for the St. Kanye Surge to be back at home, it also felt good to be back to their winning ways. Nagore, despite fielding the 74th best gridiron team in the world, gave the 25th-ranked Kanyeans quite a scare during their World Bowl XL meeting, jumping to a 17-10 lead at halftime. But the latter still prevailed, scoring twenty-seven unanswered points in the second half to steal the W, 37-17.

"Yeah, we won, but sometimes it felt like the Abanhfleft game was still fresh in our minds, especially in the first half," said R.J. Linetti. "But I think we snapped out of it pretty quickly, which is good because we can't let one bad result spoil our campaign." The Surge's starting quarterback recovered from his subpar performance against the Fleftic team, notching a 109.03 passer rating this time around on 24 of 33 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also had eight carries for 89 yards and one rushing touchdown.




1Q - STK field goal Rasputin 26 STK 3-0
The Surge drew first blood, but their drive stalled and they can only put up three.

1Q - NAG WR2 32 pass from QB1 (K kick) NAG 7-3
The visitors, on the other hand, responded with a fantastic drive and quickly stole the lead.

2Q - NAG RB1 8 run (K kick) NAG 14-3
They then made it a two-score game with a short run up the middle by their running back.

2Q - STK O'Connor 82 interception return (Rasputin kick) NAG 14-10
Nagore's RB would try to do the same thing again, only for Yeezie linebacker Hansel Jones to tackle him for negative yardage. Faced with third and long, Nagore's QB would be forced to pass, and the ball sailed past the receiver's hands and into those of St. Kanye's cornerback Aidan O'Connor, who then went all the way for six.

2Q - NAG field goal K 28 NAG 17-10
Nagore then made this kick with a minute and change left in the half to bring themselves back up by a touchdown (and extra point, if we're being technical here).

3Q - STK Moore 39 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) Tie 17-17
A very different Surge team came out of the locker room. Linetti's slant to WR Patrick Moore for the score looked to be the spark for the Kanyeans' second half comeback.

3Q - STK Jeffers 13 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 24-17
After Moore, it was tight end Hussein Jeffers' time to contribute to the score. Jeffers' helmet catch gave the home squad the lead and their fans reason to shout.

4Q - STK field goal Rasputin 42 STK 27-17
James Rasputin continued to be his automatic self, giving St. Kanye a ten-point lead with the second of his three FGs for the day.

4Q - STK Linetti 14 run (Rasputin kick) STK 34-17
The Surge started this long drive at their own 12. Linetti had three carries throughout the whole thing - aside from the 14-yard TD run, he also had gains of 10 and 27, the latter coming from the shotgun.

4Q - STK field goal Rasputin 69 STK 37-17
There's only one word to describe the Yeezie kicker's sixty-nine-yard make (his career best) as time expires: Nice.




The Surge improved to 3-1. Up next for them are the defending champions, the defensive stalwarts, the Dragonflies of Ko-oren. The world's #3 side remained undefeated at 4-0, but conceded their first points of the tournament in the 10-6 victory over the Kohnhead Brains (2-2). Said Surge head coach Jeff Delphine, "This is gonna be tough, but we're not conceding defeat just yet. We'll have lots of Ko-oren's tape to study, including all of their championship appearances. We'll come up with a strategy. Cracking a supreme defense like that of Ko-oren may be hard, but it's not impossible. They're not perfect. No team is."

In the other Group F match, Abanhfleft (3-1) bested Buffalostan (0-4, same as Nagore) by a score of 49-16. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the WBXL schedule:

- The Newmanistan Rockets and the Karditan Ironworkers played a total snoozefest, with the former needing overtime to pull off the 6-nil win. Both go 3-1.
- Ranoria whipped Anthor 38-14 to remain at the top of their group at 4-0. Anthor tumble to 1-3.
- The Sarzonia Stars left their blowout loss to the Main Nation Ministry in the past, beating the Greater Vakolicci Haven 17-7. The Stars and GVH both go 2-2.
- Speaking of the MNM, they shut out their opponents from Laahana, but it was a snoozefest this time, 3-nil. The former improve to 3-1 and the latter remain winless in four tries.
- HUElavia finally win, upsetting Pridnestrovia 27-14. They go 1-3 and 2-2, respectively.
- Cassadaigua prevail over TJUN-ia in a battle of undefeated sides in Group G. The 27-7 win boosts the 'Dagans to 4-0 and drop the Jags to 3-1.




Record So Far: 3-1, 3rd in Group F

Matchday 1: W 40-10 vs. Kohnhead (37)
Matchday 2: W 44-0 vs. Buffalostan (UR)
Matchday 3: L 20-40 @ Abanhfleft (13)
Matchday 4: W 37-17 vs. Nagore (74)
Matchday 5: Purple/Purple vs. Ko-oren (3)
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Matchday 6: White/White @ Kohnhead (37)
Matchday 7: White/Purple @ Buffalostan (UR)
Matchday 8: Purple/Purple vs. Abanhfleft (13)
Matchday 9: White/White @ Nagore (74)
Matchday 10: White/Purple @ Ko-oren (3)
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Postby Terre Septentrionale » Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:11 pm

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Terre Septentrionale blanks Equestria


On game 4 in Shelburne, Terre Septentrionale beat Equestria 13-0. It's the 3rd shutout by our defense in 4 games. Terre Septentrionale started with the ball in the 1st quarter and, on their first drive, they made a 25 yards field goal. Midway in the 2nd quarter, the Nordiques had the ball at the 7 yards line in Equestrian territory on a 3rd and 4. Haylie Woo passes to Stanislaw Krzyzanowski in the endzone for a touchdown and the score was 10-0 at the halftime. The Reprezentacja Nordycki made 3 more points in the 4th quarter and won 13-0.

BOXSCORE

1ST QUARTER
11:09 - Field Goal by Nick DeLuca (25 yards)

2ND QUARTER
7:48 - Touchdown by Stanislaw Krzyzanowski (7 yards pass from Haylie Woo). Extra point by Nick DeLuca.

3RD QUARTER
No score

4TH QUARTER
9:23 - Field Goal by Nick DeLuca (41 yards)

Three way tie in first place

With this win and Newmanistan's overtime win against Karditan, there's now a 3 way tie for 1st place in group A with Equestria just one win behind. Terre Septentrionale's next game is once again at home, at Stadion Roksana Janikowska in Trzeszczyn against Shiatoru. Keyonte Roberts-Whitaker is probable and Eldrick McLeod has been upgraded to questionnable. He likely won't play since Shiatoru isn't a big threat. Tyquavious Wilderbralthwait is expected to be the starting quarterback, so Haylie Woo can rest. Catherine Desjardins-Fleury could see some action too.

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Postby Chromatika » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:14 pm

Pridnestrovia    3   3   3   3  |  12
Chromatika 0 3 3 0 | 6

Drawkland 7 14 7 10 | 38
Chromatika 0 0 7 0 | 7

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Chromatika in the World Bowl


Match 3, @ Pridnestrovia
Match 4, @ Drawkland


What has led to Chromatika falling to 2-2 after upsetting Hapilopper and Delaclava?

Here are three reasons why Chromatika has dropped the last two matches:

1. Kenner Jones Under Fire

After throwing for two touchdowns against Delaclava, Jones has been sacked eight times in the last two matches and thrown two interceptions in the game against Drawkland. Sure, The Grid Corps are a Top 5 Team, but one of the tenets of Chromatik Gridiron Football is to not turn the ball over, and it's disappointing to see him fall off a bit. Mikel Kingston, Jack Mance, Bernard Perry, Pomeroy Lockhart, and Cierra Oscar must simply do a better job.

2. Nikolai Dimitrov and Paul Mattieu Being Challenged

After two matches of holding down the fort, Nikolai Dimitriv and Paul Mattieu were seriously challenged by Pridnestrovia and Drawkland. They were burned for over 150 yards by Drawkland Quarterback Duestin Beck, as Daniel Madison caught two touchdowns.

3. Injuries

Cara Setri and Mi-Hyeon Park have missed parts of the last two matches due to a sore ankle and a sprained knee, respectively. Setri is slated to return back for the match vs. HUEleavia, but Park is still out. On the offensive side of things, Morris Isaacs has missed placed due to sore elbow, which is of minor concern.

Will Chromatika bounce back?
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Postby Kohnhead » Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:04 pm

We almost pulled it off

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Taking on the best defense in the tournament, the defending champions, the 3rd ranked team in the Multiverse, and the undefeated Ko-oren who had allowed no points in three games we were not expecting a good game. The thing with Ko-oren is they are a completely defensive team who heading into this game was scoring 13 points per game while allowing 0 as I said before. We were averaging just under 25 while allowing just under 19 but in this game our defense were the ones who stepped up while the offense was at least able to score on The Dragonflies.

The game would end 10-6 in favor of the visitors and ironically it's the same exact scoreline of the 39th World Bowl's second finale which gave Ko-oren the title. Our defense despite the injuries limited Ko-oren and forced Arerira into throwing two picks with Haney and Knox getting those two. Espinosa forced a fumble early in the third but it was dove on by Arerrira who went to the ground.

Our first drive would go pretty well with Watford going 6-7 passing for 62 yards as we drove into the redzone. Ultimately on a third and six, Watford failed to connect with Billy James for his first incompletion and we settled for a 29 yarder to break Ko-oren's tournament length shutout. Parkinson would make it from 29 to give us the 3-0 lead and there was hope considering how well we had played that we could break through the best defense in the Multiverse.

While our offense struggled for the entire day, our defense played well against the run heavy Ko-oren offense but continued to tire as the game wore on. We had a few lucky breaks and so by the time they rolled into the endzone on a quarterback draw with 7:47 remaining in the first half no one was surprised. Watford on the ensuing drive would throw his only interception on the day which was surprisingly our only turnover and we won the turnover battle. However our offense despite not turning the ball over just couldn't gain any ground and who can you fault for this.

On the first play of the second half it appeared our fortunes had turned as the Ko-oren quarterback Aolif Arerira through his second pick this time to Ariel Knox who took it to their 10 yard line to bring up 1st and goal. This is when our fortunes soured as on the next play Watford through an apparent touchdown to Marco Polisson and we celebrated, unfortunately Nicholas Love had held on the play meaning we had 1st and goal from their 20. A false start by Carter would send us further back and while we were able to get to their 4 it just wasn't enough and we had to settle for a 22 yard Wanda Parkinson field goal.

That would be the last time we scored as with 7:54 remaining Abner Bennett kicked a 37 yarder which although we didn't know it at the time would be the last points of the game. Our last stand would be on a 4th and 7 with 1:22 remaining, no timeouts, and the ball at our own 45. Ko-oren actually sent pressure which got in Watford's face and all he could do was chuck it sky high near Marco Polisson hoping for a miracle... we didn't get a mircale.

Despite the loss to drop us to 2-2 this was a great game and we were just 4 points away from beating one of the top teams in the Multiverse which would have been one of the greatest wins in Kohnheadian sports history. We will meet Ko-oren again later in the tournament although at their place but now our thoughts must turn to 13th ranked Abanhfleft who we will be hosting once again in Chicken King Stadium. Abanhfleft will be another challenger as they sit at 3-1 and present a very different type of test from Ko-oren. A win here would be monumental in our desperate quest for a round of 16 birth.

Group F                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Ko-oren 4 4 0 49 6 +43
2 Abanhfleft 4 3 1 92 46 +46
3 Saint Kanye 4 3 1 141 67 +74
4 Kohnhead 4 2 2 80 66 +14
5 Nagore 4 0 4 23 98 −75
6 Buffalostan 4 0 4 26 128 −102


As you can see from the standings it's a four team race for both spots that could quickly become a three team race for the second spot as Ko-pren look dominant.
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Soccer:
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Karditan
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Postby Karditan » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:02 pm

Group A
Newmanistan 20–7 The Orion Islands
Equestria 0–6 Karditan
Shiatoru 0–20 Terre Septentrionale

. Group A                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Terre Septentrionale 5 4 1 72 10 +62
2 Newmanistan 5 4 1 70 34 +36
3 Karditan 5 4 1 53 21 +32
4 Equestria 5 2 3 62 57 +5
5 The Orion Islands 5 1 4 17 81 −64
6 Shiatoru 5 0 5 13 84 −71


Group B
Xanneria 7–17 Ranoria
Kriegiersien 7–6 Tikariot
Anthor 23–17 Space

. Group B                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Ranoria 5 5 0 140 48 +92
2 Space 5 3 2 87 80 +7
3 Xanneria 5 3 2 73 50 +23
4 Anthor 5 2 3 85 82 +3
5 Kriegiersien 5 1 4 27 114 −87
6 Tikariot 5 1 4 47 85 −38


Group C
Allamunnic States 19–3 Lisander
Squidroidia 53–10 Savojarna
Inner AginanaUsordia 21–7 Bostopia

. Group C                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Allamunnic States 5 5 0 95 17 +78
2 Inner AginanaUsordia 5 3 2 78 46 +32
3 Squidroidia 5 3 2 143 100 +43
4 Savojarna 5 2 3 50 97 −47
5 Lisander 5 2 3 74 89 −15
6 Bostopia 5 0 5 27 118 −91


Group D
Banija 7–3 Greater Vakolicci Haven
Main Nation Ministry 61–3 North Alezia
Sarzonia 20–0 Laahana

. Group D                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Banija 5 5 0 63 21 +42
2 Main Nation Ministry 5 4 1 129 27 +102
3 Sarzonia 5 3 2 66 66 0
4 Greater Vakolicci Haven 5 2 3 62 52 +10
5 North Alezia 5 1 4 26 123 −97
6 Laahana 5 0 5 6 63 −57


Group E
Delaclava 13–10 Drawkland
Pridnestrovia 20–3 Hapilopper
Chromatika 10–9 HUElavia

. Group E                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Delaclava 5 4 1 86 57 +29
2 Pridnestrovia 5 3 2 70 63 +7
3 Drawkland 5 3 2 97 50 +47
4 Chromatika 5 3 2 63 82 −19
5 Hapilopper 5 1 4 37 70 −33
6 HUElavia 5 1 4 62 93 −31


Group F
Abanhfleft 29–33 Kohnhead
Nagore 19–13 Buffalostan
Ko-oren 17–10 Saint Kanye

. Group F                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Ko-oren 5 5 0 66 16 +50
2 Abanhfleft 5 3 2 121 79 +42
3 Saint Kanye 5 3 2 151 84 +67
4 Kohnhead 5 3 2 113 95 +18
5 Nagore 5 1 4 42 111 −69
6 Buffalostan 5 0 5 39 147 −108


Group H
Transmondian Commonwealth of New England 10–6 Cassadaigua
Quebec 20–0 Saltstead
TJUN-ia 27–0 Northwest Kalactin

. Group H                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Cassadaigua 5 4 1 136 65 +71
2 Transmondian Commonwealth of New England 5 4 1 102 39 +63
3 TJUN-ia 5 4 1 77 39 +38
4 Northwest Kalactin 5 2 3 44 102 −58
5 Quebec 5 1 4 36 68 −32
6 Saltstead 5 0 5 51 133 −82
Champions: -n/a-
Runner-up: BoF 46; WBXX
Qualified for WC63
Hosted: WBXX
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Squidroidia
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Postby Squidroidia » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:35 pm

The Inkopolis Times




SPORTS

WHAT?

Yes, it's true - Squidroidia 53, Savojarna 10





"Okay seriously, last season the Flyers played out of their depth, and the next season... They go and beat Savojarna by FOURTY THREE POINTS?"

"Pretty crazy jump. We looked like Ranoria out there."

"I remember a time when the Free Republics were the most feared team on the gridiron. That was before Main Nation Ministry won by 58 points against North Alezia."

"The WorldVision guys?"

"Of course they are."

"Don't even get me started on how we're the second best offense in thi-"

"SECOND BEST?"

"And we're only 3rd in the group."

"Inner AginanaUsordia must be tough as nails then."

"With all these beatdowns, Miamoto must be the second coming of Dania Sandberg."

"Republican quaterback? World Bowl XXXIX? Final season before they lost their sanity and left?"

"...Let's not talk about the Free Republics now."

"Fine. But still, fifty three points against god damn Savojarna."

"And we aren't even halfway done with the season! We haven't even done our 2nd game of the homestand!"

"With this luck we won't get any teams out of Inkopolis without 70 point beatdowns..."

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Postby Ranoria » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:25 am

Krauts Up to 5-0 Behind McNair's Arm, Quarterback's Scores Five Times in Outings vs Xanneria and Anthor


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McNair has been, as expected, untouchable this season, only throwing his first interceptions in week 5 against Xanneria

The game against Anthor was an unexpected blowout against a tough football team. With McNair in tow, the team racked up 38 points total behind his three touchdowns passing, and one rushing, while Vice Jackson III hammered a run in himself. And of course, the reinforcements finally arrived in the form of Julius Volt and Zach Skinner on the defensive line and Ross Monarch at linebacker a week later. They were needed.

Against Xanneria, Ranoria was held to just 17 points, and may have conceded more than that had they not had additional help. Volt and Skinner each rushed the passer effectively, but with their spelling guys like William Teller and Emmanuel Miller, both of those playmakers got to the quarterback as well. The defensive line was disruptive all game long, totaling 7 sacks in that contest. Monarch, on his end, was magnificent with twelve tackles. two for a loss, in his World Bowl debut.

With so much pressure up front, it was only natural that poor throws would result in turnovers. With three against Xanneria, Ranoria's secondary finally came to life, and we can expect that to continue throughout the tournament.

In these two outings, Derek McNair threw for well over 600 yards, combined, and his pass catchers took advantage. Johnny Farmer, who also notched his first sack of the season, reeled in 14 catches for 196 yards and a pair of scores between the two games, showing out after his poor play in week 3. Top wideout Ricardo Jackson also showed that he has some left in the tank, with a dozen receptions and 227 yards in that same stretch, securing a touchdown grab as well. Those two, along with top back Vice Jackson III, are providing this team with plenty of offensive juice.


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Ross Monarch (left) and Darnell Sleight (right) celebrating after the latter secured his second interception of the day

At this point, the Krauts are a strong 5-0. Space and Xanneria are each sitting at 3-2, within spitting distance but certainly not a concern right now, especially if the team manages to knock off Space a second time in week 6. Both of those squads are quality football teams, however, and we aren't out of the woods yet. This next game is critical to the Krauts' chances of securing a second straight 10-0 regular season, and a top spot in the group.


Player Stats: Week 5
QB Derek McNair:
-119/164, 1,521 yards, 13 TD, 2 INT
-32 carries, 195 yards, 2 TD

HB Vice Jackson III:
-90 carries, 475 yards, 5.28 yp/c, 2 TD
-15 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD

HB Elijah Sampson:
-25 carries, 120 yards, 4.8 yp/c
-7 receptions, 44 yards

TE Johnny Farmer:
-29 receptions, 408 yards, 5 TD
-Defense: 5 tackles, 1 sack

WR Ricardo Jackson:
-27 receptions, 459 yards, 4 TD

DE William Teller: 12 tackles, 3 TFL, 5 sack
DE Emmanuel Miller: 16 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 sacks
DT Kevin Gerhart: 6 tackles, 3 TFL, 1.5 sack
DE Zach Skinner: 3 tackles, 2 sacks (1 game)
DE/DT Julius Volt: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1.5 sack (1 game)
ILB Ross Monarch: 12 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack (1 game)
CB Darnell Sleight: 9 tackles, 3 INT, 4 Pdef
FS John Hiram: 16 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT


* * * * *

Derek McNair, A Short Story: The conclusion

A star quarterback slept, arms spread wide as his scorned lover reached for her purse. Tears ran freely, but she withdrew her weapon nonetheless, pointing it, quivering, toward the man who had betrayed her.

Ruined me, she reminded herself.

Derek never woke up. Really, he died, at peace, in his sleep.
* * * * *


"Yes officer, two gunshots, I promise they were gunshots," the woman paused for a moment, then met the officer's eyes again, "I served for four years in the army. I know what those sound like."

The policeman, nodding along, jotted down his notes and set the clipboard in his car, "Thank you for calling, ma'am. You said your apartment was adjacent to where you believe you heard the gunshots?"

"Yes sir," she replied, her voice firm, "I knocked on the door after I made the call, but no one answered. I have my husband watching the door, no one has left.

"Thank you, ma'am," the officer nodded to a pair of deputies, "You know the drill. Let's go. Ma'am, I'm going to have to ask you to stay here." He entered the building, flanked by three other officers by now, and turned around just before they disappeared from her sight, "And thank you for your service, by the way."
* * * * *


"Oh my god," the officer holstered his weapon and rubbed his eyes, waving off the other men, "I don't want more people to see this than have to, get out. I'll make sure the area is secure, just call a forensic team, hell. There's two bodies, make sure to tell them that."
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Sarzonia
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Postby Sarzonia » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:51 am

For a last-minute schedule change by World Bowl organisers to move Sarzonia's final match of the first half of qualifying to Joe Gibbs Stadium in Woodstock, a crowd just south of 70,000 was an impressive feat.

The supporters in attendance were rewarded. Sarzonia knocked off unranked Laahana 20-0 behind a monster performance by running back Ty'Relle Clinton. He rushed 28 times for 146 yards and both Sarzonia touchdowns. Kicker Matt Vargas added field goals from 36 and 48 yards out.

The victory improves the Stars to 3-2 heading into the mid-qualifying break, one game behind world No. 4 Main Nation Ministry and two games behind rivals Banija. Coach Les Steckhall said the Stars still had work to do.

"We've got a difficult road ahead of us if our goal is to qualify for the knockout rounds," he said. "Only the top two teams in each group are guaranteed to advance. After that, it's luck of the draw for the third placed sides."

Quarterback Sam Rosen agreed, saying he preferred to have Sarzonia control their own destiny.

"Scoreboard watching isn't something any of us want," he said. "If we're going to 'pull a Sarzonia' and qualify soon after our return, we want to make sure we're not hoping and praying for a miracle."

Rosen, who completed 11-of-18 passes for 162 yards, may not have eluded an error in metaphor as well as he eluded the non-existent Laahana pass rush. Rosen was knocked down once during the match, and that was on a 49-yard third quarter run by Clinton that set up first and goal at the Sarzonia 2. Clinton cashed in on the next play to extend the Stars lead to 17-0.
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Postby Terre Septentrionale » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:25 am

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Terre Septentrionale beats Shiatoru


Shiatoru - Terre Septentrionale's defense continues to dominate the World Bowl and on matchday 5, the Nordiques won 20-0. The defense even scored a touchdown. Shiatoru started the 1st quarter with the ball and they had to punt on their first drive. Terre Septentrionale made a 39 yards field goal on their first drive and took a 3-0 lead. Early in the 2nd quarter, Shiatoru had the ball at their own 28 yards and Quarterback #1 tried to pass to Wide Reciever #1 but the ball was intercepted by DeShawn Lewis-Harris and returned for a pick six. The score was 10-0 Terre Septentrionale. The Reprezentacja Nordycki added 3 more points before the end of the 2nd quarter and were leading 13-0 at the halftime.

Early in the 4th quarter, Terre Septentrionale had a 3rd and 6 at the 28 yards line in Shiatoru territory. Tyquavious Wilderbralthwait made a screen pass to Catherine Desjardins-Fleury who ran all the way to the endzone for a touchdown. It's Desjardins-Fleury's 1st international touchdown with the national team (excluding the ones she made in the NSCF with Catherine du Nord). The final score was 20-0 Terre Septentrionale.

BOXSCORE

1ST QUARTER
9:43 - Field Goal by Nick DeLuca (39 yards)

2ND QUARTER
12:35 - Touchdown by DeShawn Lewis-Harris (44 yards interception return). Extra point by Nick DeLuca.
5:48 - Field Goal by Nick DeLuca (46 yards)


3RD QUARTER
No score

4TH QUARTER
10:25 - Touchdown by Catherine Desjardins-Fleury (28 yards pass from Tyquavious Wilderbralthwait). Extra point by Nick DeLuca.

Group A

Terre Septentrionale, Newmanistan and Karditan all won and there's still a three way tie in group A. Equestria, with 2 losses in a row, seems to be out of the picture. Every teams in the World Bowl have a bye next week and competition will resume in two weeks with the Northmen travelling to The Orion Islands.The Orion Islands is a small archipelago located in Catholic. Eldrick McLeod didn't play against Shiatoru and has one more week to rest his ankle injury.

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Champions:
Runner Up: Cup of Harmony 76, International Baseball Slam XI
3rd Place: World Volleyball Expo X
4th Place: Arena Bowl VI
World Cup participations: WC 85 (3rd place in group), WC 86 (3rd place in group)

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Postby Cassadaigua » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:21 pm

At the midway point,
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We are midway through the campaign right now, and everything had seemed very good for us until our recent stinker against The Transmondian Commonwealth. That heart-wrenching loss dropped us to 4-1, and puts us in a suddenly precarious situation of being in a three way tie for the group lead. We never expected this to be easy, and it certainly has not been. Up until that loss, we had a lot of fun scoring points, and personally to have five TD receptions in the first four games is a great feat. Brooke Talley has four of them, and all seemed well. Then, we just kinda laid an egg in our last game.

This brought out a lot of questions about what went wrong, and if I had the answers for you, I would not post them in the blog.
As a team, we have been talking about it, trying to find out why we just were not crisp on offense. Credit has to be given to the opponent, first and foremost, they played a great game, and penetrated our offensive line a little more then we may have been anticipating that they would. Taylor Crimmins did a good job under pressure in protecting the football, but when a quarterback is rushed, then that changes everything. We never really got the running game going, either. Thankfully, we played well on defense to keep us in the game and gave us a chance to pull out a win all the way down to our final possession. It was not meant to be, as you saw.

You could say then, that the midway break comes at a good time for us. It is a chance for us to regroup while also realizing that there is no time for a let up. This group is tough, just like we expected to be. Let’s bring on the second half!
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NSFB: Deja Vu, I've Seen This Group Before

Postby TJUN-ia » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:52 am

After Cassadiagua took TJUN-ia's hopes of an undefeated first half and threw it in the bin, TJUN-ia and Gus McKerrin looked to move on in the mysterious lands of...New Washington?! Yeah, turns out the "Road Triple Header" was more of a doubleheader, so the first half of this group stage is ending in the Gardens instead. Sorry for the confusion, but the opponent remains the same - Northwest Kalactin, 2-2 entering the fixture and looking to add more misery to TJUN-ian football.

Fortunately, Gus McKerrin wasn't going to stand for that and decided to make a statement of intent and his scheme dominated the game. Fair play to NWK though, Fred Smith and QB Jack Nelson did have their moments, but the Jags were simply too hot to handle at times, which led to the remarkable situation of scoring a TD in all 4 quarters with no response. Here's how that looks like in boxscore format:
Q1
TD - Chris Davidson (22-yard pass by Jake Griffin). Extra Point by Chi On-Ma.

Q2
TD - Pedro Marquinios (75-yard Punt Return). Extra Point by Chi On-Ma.

Q3
TD - Jake Griffin (8-yard rush). Extra Point by Chi On-Ma.

Q4
TD - Hubert Valois (44-yard pass by Allister Ghoulson). Extra Point by Yu Suzuki.

Total domination, TJUN-ia style and the crowd loved it in The Gardens.

And so, part 1 of WB50 has come to an end on the Field of Dreams and it leaves us with a familiar situation: TJUN-ia, Cassadiagua and another team tied at 4-1 at the top of the group (with The Transmondian Commonwealth replacing Ko-oren this time around). In the last campaign, we were in this exact situation only to fall in 2 tough road games against the other 2 to finish 3rd with a 7-3 record. This time we get to host Cassie on MD9, but we still have to travel to New England on MD7 in what could be a crucial fixture in this group. Make no mistake, TCNE beating Cassie in Framingham has brought history back into motion. Will TJUN-ia succumb to the same error as 1 year ago. We'll see when the group stage continues after the break with winless Saltstead visiting The Gardens. GO JAGS!



SCHEDULE (Group G)
MD1: @Saltstead (UR) W 17-0 (2nd)
MD2: vs The Transmondian Commonwealth of New England (17) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 13-9 (2nd)
MD3: @The Royal Kingdom of Quebec (30) W 13-3 (2nd)
MD4: @Cassadiagua (8) L 7-27 (2nd)
MD5: vs Northwest Kalactin (49) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 27-0 (3rd/4-1)
-----------------------OFF DAY-----------------------
MD6: vs Saltstead (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
MD7: @The Transmondian Commonwealth of New England (17) - Liberation Stadium, Framingham
MD8: vs The Royal Kingdom of Quebec (30) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
MD9: vs Cassadiagua (8) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
MD10: @Northwest Kalactin (49)
Quarter-Finals: IAC9, ARWC1, RLWC19
Round of 16: BoF71, CoH77, WBC49, IACX
Round of 32: CoH78
Other Achievements: Bowl Winners (AVBF6)
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Postby Abanhfleft » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:35 am

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Gabbing on Gridiron
with Dara Keane


WORLD BOWL XL RECAP: PART ONE

Five games of the World Bowl have come and gone, and you all know what that means. Yes, it's time for the World Bowl Recap, where we go over all the games we have played so far, take a look at the areas where we were great and where we were, for lack of a better term, shit, and then examine the games ahead and what we need to do to achieve the best possible result. Since World Bowl XL has a double round robin group stage, this is going to be the first of two recaps and is going to cover the first five games we've played in this tournament. Well, enough talk. Let's take a look at the games.

Matchday One: Abanhfleft vs. Nagore
Abanhfleft    3  0  0  0  3
Nagore 0 0 0 0 0

If this was the kind of football match that my cousin Graham O'Doherty follows religiously then that score of Abanhfleft 3, Nagore 0 would have been probably a good game for us. But this isn't football actually involving the feet and a ball we're talking about; it's gridiron. And in gridiron, a score of 3-0 is the complete opposite of what a 3-0 game of football could have been. There's just no way of getting around it. What good is it to shut out your opponent when we can barely score at all as well? Everything of note that happened in this game happened in the first quarter, and that thing was Roland Bass scoring a 36-yard field goal after a stop-start drive that consumed ten minutes and probably wouldn't have gotten that close to the end zone were it not for some fortuitous penalties. Let's be completely honest though; this was the legit literal first time that this new look Armored Revolutionaries team had taken to the field in a competitive game. Yes, it probably would have been fair to have low expectations of this team, but judging by their opening performance, it's not really the kind of thing to give a fan the confidence that this is the team that will bring us back to the promised land, yeah?

Matchday Two: Ko-oren vs. Abanhfleft
Ko-oren       0  0  3  7  10
Abanhfleft 0 0 0 0 0

And it appears that we picked up right where we left off when it was time to face the defending champs Ko-oren. By that, I mean that we continued the pattern of making incomplete passes, gaining little yardage via runs, and letting our quarterbacks getting sacked thanks to an O-line that's more porous than a thousand wet sponges. Strangely though, Ko-oren appeared to be suffering similar problems, if not the exact same. Yes, I know their style is oriented more towards their defense than their offense, but that still doesn't explain how we managed to hold them scoreless for the better part of three quarters. Personally I thought everyone on that field looked a bit rusty, like they're still working out the kinks in their bodies and their gameplans. In any case, things didn't pick up until their kicker made a 45-yarder, but only after the ball had bounced off of an upright. In any other instance that ball would have bounced back to the field and the game would have still been scoreless. But no, the Dragonflies had the luck of the weather and physics and whatever and the ball went between the uprights anyway. And then the pick-six by Dieleman at the literal last seconds of the fourth quarter. Two hours and so of my life all gone to waste at the end. Let's move on now, shall we?

Matchday Three: Abanhfleft vs. Saint Kanye
Abanhfleft    13 13  0 14  40
Saint Kanye 3 0 14 3 20

And now onto the highlight show, the pick of the bunch, the cream of the crop, the moneymaker. Abanhfleft versus Saint Kanye. Armored Revolutionaries versus Surge. Blue, orange and green versus purple and lime. In years past this would have been an absolutely heated game. The locals and the visiting fans would have had to be separated by an actual line of armed security forces, more for the security of the Yeezies than anyone else because you know how our fans can be when they get riled up. Although, to be fair, that's more the fault of those terrorists-slash-conspiracy theorists calling themselves the "Real Fans of Abanhfleft" claiming that there's some international cabal out there working to deny Abanhfleft sporting trophies. Anyway, back on topic. I don't know what it is about this team, but the Armored Revolutionaries that stepped onto the Imponte Garden was not the same team than the ones that faced Nagore and Ko-oren the first time. Maybe it's because we're up against Saint Kanye, a storied rival. Maybe they've finally gelled together into a more cohesive and coherent team. I don't know. What I do know is that this team is apparently finally firing on all cylinders, scoring 40 points on the team that has scored 40-plus points twice already and keeping them to only 20 points. The offense are finally hitting their marks and the defense have finally learned how to stand and hold fast. About the only complaint I have about this game is that our special teams apparently needs a little work. I honestly cannot remember the last time I ever saw someone miss a conversion. Field goals, yes, but not a conversion. At least not while watching a game live. Sure, I see them a few times on the weekly fail competition but never in the flesh. But Roland Bass, what are you doing? You never missed a conversion while you were playing for the Lumberjacks, and you were never the type of guy to shy away from the big stage. So what the fuck has gotten into you, big man? As we'll see later on, it might just have cost him a spot in the roster.

Matchday Four: Buffalostan vs. Abanhfleft
Buffalostan    0  7  3  6  16
Abanhfleft 21 7 14 7 49

And now this. I wouldn't exactly call this our best performance, but it was certainly a dominant one. I don't really think we played a truly complete game in this one simply because we made a number of mistakes here. Some of them were costly, like the pick-six that put them on the scoreboard early on in the second quarter, but other mistakes we managed to get off lightly (that goal line stand deep in the third quarter comes to mind). People ignored those mistakes though because of the scoreline, which to be perfectly honest with you, I think has flattered us a good bit. I mean, three touchdowns in just the first quarter? There have been times when more points have been scored, and more touchdowns, but it's just not the thing to happen all the time. It takes a special kind to score 21 points, and it also takes a different kind of special to let three touchdowns through. And it just wouldn't stop. Toby Archambeault and Luther Dunleavy had career games this game, and while one hopes that these two would be able to achieve such numbers in the FNLAF, one also knows that this kind of thing is quite difficult to replicate, especially in a team running a different offense. These are one-in-a-million kinds of things, baby. And you can't force it. Any attempt at replicating such a game from such a player will only be met with tears.

Matchday Five: Abanhfleft vs. Kohnhead
Abanhfleft    6  0 10 13  29
Kohnhead 14 3 9 7 33

And thus the other shoe has dropped. This team was still prone to brainfarts despite the scores saying otherwise. We managed to get away with those mistakes before simply because the other teams didn't know how to capitalise on them just yet. Not Kohnhead. No, they've been studying us, poring over hours upon hours of tape to see how they could best use our mistakes to their advantage. And boy did that work. I also couldn't understand the decision to put Roland Bass back onto conversion duties when Adeodato Schiavo just nailed seven (seven!) past Buffalostan. And it did cost us in the end, because if Bass hadn't miss that conversion to Alonzo Stilwell's touchdown in the first quarter, and if everything else that happened still happened, we would have had only a 3-point gap to Kohnhead in the dying minutes and would have been more content with just going for the draw rather than attempting the winning touchdown that we did try to do in real life. Seriously though, if I ever see Bass anywhere near a 1-point conversion attempt in the next few games I will literally tear my hair out. And not the hair on my head, mind you. I'm bald, remember?

And that's it. World Bowl XL Recap Part One complete. On to the previews then, and it's painfully obvious that matchdays seven and eight are going to be the most important games of the World Bowl for us. Frankly, those are the games that will make or break our campaign. Those are the games where we will find out if we actually have a title-contending team or if it's going to be back to the drawing board for the next few years. Things at the moment could be better for Abanhfleft, but on the other hand things could also have been worse. Let's just take the positives, build on them, and hope not to make the same mistakes all over again. Wilfredo Geiger, Wilfredo Geiger, Wilfredo Geiger....
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Postby Saint Kanye » Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:34 pm

The St. Kanye Surge may have dropped their second of five games thus far in World Bowl XL, 10-17 against the defending champions the Ko-oren Dragonflies, but if Yeezie head coach Jeff Delphine was to be asked, it wasn't really that bad. "Yeah, we may have bent against Ko-oren, but we never did break. We put up a hell of a fight. No embarrassment in front of the home crowd. A little slow on the scoring, but it wasn't really a complete snoozefest. Maybe if we had fewer mistakes, we could have gone for the upset. Well, we have another shot at it, gotta increase our efforts if we wanna pull it off."




(Note: Not a detailed scoring info due to Ko-oren's preference regarding scoring events.)

St. Kanye had great field position at the start due Taylor Johns being able to return the kickoff past midfield before getting tackled. But the Ko-orenites tightened up their D, stalling the drive and forcing the Surge to settle for a 30-yard James Rasputin field goal. The visitors then snatched the lead with a couple of TDs, one each per quarter before halftime. A 62-yard pass from R.J. Linetti to tight end Hussein Jeffers cut the Dragonflies' lead to just four, 14-10 midway through the third quarter, but Ko-oren sealed their deal with a field goal in the fourth.




While the Surge finished the first half of the group stages at 3-2, the Dragonflies swept all their assignments and went 5-0, one of only four teams to do so (with Ranoria, Allamunic States, and the Banija SerpentEagles). Also in Group F, Nagore (1-4) outmatched Buffalostan (0-5) by a score of 19-13 in a battle of previously winless teams, while the Kohnhead Brains upset the Abanhfleft Armored Revolutionaries 33-29, catching up with their victims at 3-2. Elsewhere:

- Kriegiersien also notched their first victory, inching past Tikariot 7-6. Both go 1-4, still not eliminated from the playoffs, but surely having a tough hill to climb to get there.
- The Squidroidia Flyers (3-2) tear apart Savojarna (2-3), but surprisingly, the 53-10 win isn't the biggest beatdown of the day.
- That honor goes to the Main Nation Ministry (4-1) and their 61-3 genocide of North Alezia (1-4).
- New England (4-1) give Cassadaigua (also 4-1) their first defeat, 10-6.

The Kanyeans pay the Kohnheadians a visit for their next game; while the former dominated 40-10 in the tournament opener, the latter are looking dangerous, especially since they're fresh off an upset and playing at home. "This is not the same Brains team that got crushed on matchday one," said Coach Delphine. "They've shown improvement, but let's show them that so did we."




Record So Far: 3-2, 3rd in Group F

Matchday 1: W 40-10 vs. Kohnhead (37)
Matchday 2: W 44-0 vs. Buffalostan (UR)
Matchday 3: L 20-40 @ Abanhfleft (13)
Matchday 4: W 37-17 vs. Nagore (74)
Matchday 5: L 10-17 vs. Ko-oren (3)
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Matchday 6: White/White @ Kohnhead (37)
Matchday 7: White/Purple @ Buffalostan (UR)
Matchday 8: Purple/Purple vs. Abanhfleft (13)
Matchday 9: White/White @ Nagore (74)
Matchday 10: White/Purple @ Ko-oren (3)
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Postby Chromatika » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:50 pm

Chromatika    0   0   7   3  |  10
HUElavia 3 3 3 0 | 9

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Chromatika in the World Bowl


Matchday 5: vs. HUElavia

Special Teams matter.

It's an adage that has been going around gridiron circles for ages. You can have the stoutest defense or the most dynamic offense, but if you have a bad punter, you will lose out on the field position game. If you have a bad kick coverage or punt coverage team, you'll concede huge returns. If you have a bad kicker, you won't be able to score field goals or extra points. In a game where scoring is one in increments, every play matters, and therefore special teams matter.

In five games in the World Bowl, the Iron Legion have struggled at times on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Where they haven't had an issue, though, is special teams.

The game against HUElavia only proved to exaggerate the point, as Nellie Katt pinned the HUElavia offense inside their own ten three times and Sara McAllister kicked the game-winner with ten seconds left in the game. The game's only touchdown came off of a two yard run by Morris Isaacs in the fourth quarter after Ditron Mien caused HUElavian punt returner Luca Fernandez to fumble.

Kenner Jones continued to struggle, only completing 11 passes out of 25 attempts for 103 yards, while Morris Isaacs added 59 yards on 19 carries. It was a largely pedestrian day for the Iron Legions' offense as they were set back by 5 sacks and 10 penalties for 72 yards.

"We have to play far cleaner football on the offensive side of the ball," admitted Eustace Hampton, Jr., after the match, "We were lucky to get out of this one with a victory."

The Iron Legion did play a far better game on defense after being throttled by Drawkland, with HUElavia only being allowed to get within the Chromatik twenty twice, resulting in two of the three field goals. Marcos Perez was the key contributor for HUElavia, gaining 82 yards on 21 carries.

"We did a good job of bending but not breaking," admitted Hampton, Jr., "Setri played well after coming back from injury, and the corners (Dimitrov and Matthieu) held up well against the HUElavian offense."

Chromatika is in an unexpected position of having a record of 3-2, tied with Pridnestrovia and Drawkland though losing in Point Differential. Even if the Iron Legion are to not pick up a single win the rest of the way, it'd still be an unexpected record for the squad.

For now, though, The Iron Legion are moving onto the next.

"We don't think we've hit our ceiling," admitted Hampton Jr., "We can play better."
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Postby Kohnhead » Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:07 pm

This team is legit

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Taking on 13th ranked Abanhfleft at The Amado Isauro-Imponte Garden all the experts were predicting a loss because how could a team that lost 40-10 to Saint Kanye in the first match possibly beat a 12 rank higher Abanhfleft who had bested Saint Kanye 40-20 and sat at 3-1. Walker Sparks failed to get this memo and coached a perfect game that focused on staying mistake free and taking advantge of their mistakes.

Kohnhead won the toss and elected to receive which is different than normal, Sparks wanted to be aggressive early. It didn't take long to see Kenneth Bradson's impact on a football game as he was back from his injury and caught a 62 yard bomb to put us up early on 7-0. Kenneth Bradson when healthy has a huge impact on the team but he will be on a pitch count for the near future.

We dominated early and that's in big part due to the defense as Mooreville really put the team to study in the film room and we were very prepared for the Abanhfleft offense. They were only able to score 6 points in the first half which came on good field position due to a very good return from Ward Elgin. Wes Soderlund their quarterback threw a nice pass over the middle to Alonzo Stilwell but at this point we were already up 14-0 from a Georgette Butler 32 yard touchdown run set up in part by Watford's 15 yard scramble on 3rd and 12.

The second quarter saw both defenses play very well and they started to figure out our offensive attack coupled with a costly Jackson Watford interception in the red zone by Del Kendall. Wanda Parkinson's 47 yard field goal was the only points of the quarter and we would go into halftime up 17-6. However there is a reason Abanhfleft are the 13th best team in the Multiverse as at halftime the offense made some serious adjustments that Mooreville's defense just wasn't quite ready for.

The offense also started to slow down a bit with Watford missing some key throws, he had a very good game for sure especially in the first half but was by no means perfect. Our touchdown in the third quarter came on a 52 yard punt return from Sarah-Jayne Wilkerson, special teams baby! Parkinson missed the PAT but redeemed herself with a 56 yarder at the tail end of the quarter to give us a 26-16 lead heading into the fina 15 minutes. However a 10 point lead was not safe and we would need more.

Our opponents would start the quarter off with a touchdown which we would answer with a three and out, we needed just a little more from Watford and the offense although this wasn't on Watford as Marco Polisson dropped a wide open conversion. This would make it only a 3 point game and got us very nervous

We needed something more from Watford and the offense and boy did they deliver with one of the most crucial drives of the World Bowl with Watford going 7-7 for 79 yards and a score to Dillan Mccarthy. None of those throws went to Polisson who is having a very bad tournament, the 21 year old is our number 1 receiver and we need much more from him in the future. In addition this drive also took a lot of time off the clock meaning that at it's conclusion there was 2:25 remaining in the game.

Abanhfleft would go in their hurry up offense and score quickly with just 1:05 left on the clock and all three timeouts on a pass to Toby Archambeault but Roland Bass missed his second PAT of the match causing it to be a 4 point game and meaning Abanhfleft needed another touchdown. We would recover the ensuing onside kick but Butler couldn't get anything on the ground and with 57 seconds left we punted which they took at their own 23.

They would move quickly down the field but with 5 seconds left had the ball on our 34. Now had Roland Bass not missed 2 extra points they could go for the field goal and send it into OT but because he had missed those two they were forced into throwing a hail mary which we knocked down to get the 33-29 upset win.


Group F                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Ko-oren 5 5 0 66 16 +50
2 Abanhfleft 5 3 2 121 79 +42
3 Saint Kanye 5 3 2 151 84 +67
4 Kohnhead 5 3 2 113 95 +18
5 Nagore 5 1 4 42 111 −69
6 Buffalostan 5 0 5 39 147 −108


As I had said was a possibility us, Abanhfleft, and Saint Kanye are in an intense battle for second place and the final transfer spot all having beaten one of the three, lost to the other, and lost to Ko-oren. Our next match will be a tough one hosting Saint Kanye the team that beat us 40-10 in the first match. This is a much improved Kohnhead team that is hungry to avenge that tough loss and we are coming off of this big upset, no matter what this could be a make or break battle for both sides in their quest to advance.
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Postby Karditan » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:39 pm

Group A
The Orion Islands 3–26 Terre Septentrionale
Shiatoru 0–10 Karditan
Equestria 3–16 Newmanistan

. Group A                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Terre Septentrionale 6 5 1 98 13 +85
2 Newmanistan 6 5 1 86 37 +49
3 Karditan 6 5 1 63 21 +42
4 Equestria 6 2 4 65 73 −8
5 The Orion Islands 6 1 5 20 107 −87
6 Shiatoru 6 0 6 13 94 −81


Group B
Ranoria 10–0 Space
Anthor 20–7 Tikariot
Kriegiersien 13–9 Xanneria

. Group B                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Ranoria 6 6 0 150 48 +102
2 Anthor 6 3 3 105 89 +16
3 Space 6 3 3 87 90 −3
4 Xanneria 6 3 3 82 63 +19
5 Kriegiersien 6 2 4 40 123 −83
6 Tikariot 6 1 5 54 105 −51


Group C
Lisander 20–7 Bostopia
Inner AginanaUsordia 20–7 Savojarna
Squidroidia 10–13 Allamunnic States

. Group C                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Allamunnic States 6 6 0 108 27 +81
2 Inner AginanaUsordia 6 4 2 98 53 +45
3 Squidroidia 6 3 3 153 113 +40
4 Lisander 6 3 3 94 96 −2
5 Savojarna 6 2 4 57 117 −60
6 Bostopia 6 0 6 34 138 −104


Group D
Greater Vakolicci Haven 22–0 Laahana
Sarzonia 9–3 North Alezia
Main Nation Ministry 6–13 Banija

. Group D                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Banija 6 6 0 76 27 +49
2 Main Nation Ministry 6 4 2 135 40 +95
3 Sarzonia 6 4 2 75 69 +6
4 Greater Vakolicci Haven 6 3 3 84 52 +32
5 North Alezia 6 1 5 29 132 −103
6 Laahana 6 0 6 6 85 −79


Group E
Drawkland 29–6 HUElavia
Chromatika 7–0 Hapilopper
Pridnestrovia 21–21 Delaclava (28–21 OT)

. Group E                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Pridnestrovia 6 4 2 98 84 +14
2 Delaclava 6 4 2 107 85 +22
3 Drawkland 6 4 2 126 56 +70
4 Chromatika 6 4 2 70 82 −12
5 Hapilopper 6 1 5 37 77 −40
6 HUElavia 6 1 5 68 122 −54


Group F
Kohnhead 27–31 Saint Kanye
Ko-oren 33–0 Buffalostan
Nagore 3–34 Abanhfleft

. Group F                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Ko-oren 6 6 0 99 16 +83
2 Abanhfleft 6 4 2 155 82 +73
3 Saint Kanye 6 4 2 182 111 +71
4 Kohnhead 6 3 3 140 126 +14
5 Nagore 6 1 5 45 145 −100
6 Buffalostan 6 0 6 39 180 −141


Group H
Cassadaigua 48–20 Northwest Kalactin
TJUN-ia 30–0 Saltstead
Quebec 10–21 Transmondian Commonwealth of New England

. Group H                                   Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD 
1 Cassadaigua 6 5 1 184 85 +99
2 Transmondian Commonwealth of New England 6 5 1 123 49 +74
3 TJUN-ia 6 5 1 107 39 +68
4 Northwest Kalactin 6 2 4 64 150 −86
5 Quebec 6 1 5 46 89 −43
6 Saltstead 6 0 6 51 163 −112
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Postby Ranoria » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:26 pm

Krauts Pitch Shutout In Emotional Win After Star Quarterback’s Passing


It wasn’t always pretty, and the offense was stagnant but for a few drives, but a win is a win, and after this week’s shocking news, that was more than anyone could have expected. Ranoria’s quarterback, Derek mcNair, was found shot in his home on Sunday night a week ago now, in what has been ruled as a murder-suicide. The team had to scramble to adjust its game plan, with the completely immobile Baker Owens being thrust into the spotlight. Owens struggled, throwing an interception and finishing the game with 199 yards. That may not seem like an abysmal yardage total, but Owens was given 40 attempts, not counting four sacks, and thus averaged under five yards an attempt.

Worse yet, a good chunk of those yards came on two plays where Owens did nothing special. Johnny Farmer reeled in a drag route on a contested catch, covered far too tightly to throw, and somehow shedded the tackler and broke three more on a fifty yard catch and run. Ricardo Jackson would later burn defender Comet Jetson on a post route, with five yards of separation from any defender, resulting in a 44 yard pickup.

Without McNair, it was clear the offense was hampered. The play action game in particular wasn’t as open, with many plays requiring a passer to move with or out of the pocket. Those were unavailable, as were various screens that require similar athleticism, read option plays, etc.

And frankly, Owens wasn’t even an effective passer. The career backup will have to play better if he wants to keep winning. Fortunately, the Krauts defense was on fire tonight, as its new additions seemed to mesh with the rest of the squad. The defensive unit racked up an astounding eight sacks and two interceptions of its own along with four forced fumbles, two of which they recovered. What we saw yesterday in a shutout over very strong football team was what we will need with a hampered offense.

The bright spot? Vice Jackson III and Elijah Sampson. The two combined for 31 carries and 166 yards, with the former running in the team’s sole touchdown of the day. Raul Nieler was impressed with the two, saying that Sampson may have earned himself a larger role, having consistently produced with limited opportunities.

Jackson, in particular, was dominant. He finished with 132 rushing yards and a score, along with 6 catches. Those produced just 29 yards, but with Owens at quarterback, any yardage on receptions is impressive.

However, Nieler made it clear that Jeremiah Quill, a practice squad guy hasn’t played in a game since college, may get the start this week. This offense requires a mobile quarterback, and “If neither signal caller can throw effectively, we may as well have a guy who can run in there,” were his words on the matter.

Regardless, this team is in trouble without McNair, and the nation as a whole is mourning his loss. The quarterback position was the centerpiece of this unit, and that has now been ripped away in uncertain circumstances, as details are still being put together.


Player Stats: Week 6
QB Derek McNair: [5 games, deceased]
-119/164, 1,521 yards, 13 TD, 2 INT
-32 carries, 195 yards, 2 TD

QB Baker Owens (1 game)
22/40, 199 yards, 2 INT

HB Vice Jackson III:
-114 carries, 607 yards, 5.32 yp/c, 3 TD
-21 receptions, 175 yards, 1 TD

HB Elijah Sampson:
-32 carries, 154 yards, 4.81 yp/c
-10 receptions, 56 yards

TE Johnny Farmer:
-35 receptions, 478 yards, 5 TD
-Defense: 5 tackles, 1 sack

WR Ricardo Jackson:
-32 receptions, 534 yards, 4 TD

DE William Teller: 16 tackles, 5 TFL, 6 sacks
DE Emmanuel Miller: 19 tackles, 6 TFL, 5 sacks
DT Kevin Gerhart: 8 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.5 sacks
DE Zach Skinner: 7 tackles, 3 sacks (2 games)
DE/DT Julius Volt: 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 2.5 sacks (2 games)
ILB Ross Monarch: 21 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks (2 games)
CB Darnell Sleight: 12 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT, 4 Pdef
FS John Hiram: 18 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT
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Postby Sarzonia » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:38 pm

In Sarzonia's previous appearance at the World Bowl, the Stars were a team in disarray after three matches. They lost their head coach and their starting quarterback after an 0-3 start. They turned to an inexperienced head coach who had only recently become an offensive coordinator.

They rebounded to finish the group stage with a 4-6 record including a shock away upset of world No. 1 Free Republics and wrested the Golden Bowl, the lineal world championship from them.

In this World Bowl, the Stars stumbled out of the gate to a 1-2 record that included an embarrassing loss to No. 4 Main Nation Ministry, but they battled back to win three consecutive matches, including tonight's 9-3 victory over North Alezia that improved Sarzonia's record to 4-2 in spite of an offence that sputtered in the red zone.

Matt Vargas kicked field goals of 28, 27, and 19 yards to bail out Sam Rosen, Ty'Relle Clinton and company. The Stars generated 397 yards of total offence, but North Alezia stiffened in the red zone on a third quarter goalline stand that resulted in Vargas hitting from 19.

"We were able to move the ball between the 20s, but we just couldn't get anything going in the red zone," Sarzonia Coach Les Steckhall said. "They did a great job of shutting down the running lanes and putting pressure on Rosen." Clinton ran for 96 yards on 19 carries, but couldn't find holes in the North Alezia line inside the 20. Rosen completed 21 of 32 passes for 247 yards, but he was sacked four times and threw an interception.

Defensively, Sarzonia were also tough, limiting North Alezia to one field goal and 196 yards of total offence. The Stars sacked opposing quarterbacks six times, forced three lost fumbles and three interceptions. Defensive coordinator Kyle Hanley said he was pleased with his team's defence, in particular with how they bounced back from conceding 41 points to Main Nation Ministry.

"That was a gut-check moment for us," Hanley said. "You give up 41 points to any team, no matter how good they are, and it's an embarrassment. It was important for us to respond to adversity and we've done that well since then."

The Stars will get another major test of how they handle adversity with their next match being at The Stadium of The Restoration in Busukuma against group leaders and rivals Banija.

"That stadium is one of the most venerable of any venues a Sarzonian team have played in," Rosen said. "We're going where several Sarzonian teams have traveled, so we're definitely in touch with the football team to share some insights into Banijan culture." Even so, the match against the Serpent Eagles will be anything but a vacation.

"They're a strong team," Clinton said. "They're going to be a stern test for us."

The test doesn't end there. The Stars return to Joe Gibbs Stadium in Woodstock to face Main Nation Ministry, who have the edge in the head-to-head matchup for second place and the guaranteed berth in the knockout round that comes with it. The team conclude their home fixtures with No. 24 Greater Vakolicci Haven before traveling to Laahana for the group stage finale.
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Postby Main Nation Ministry » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:07 pm

OOC: IRL work is piling up, but I like to set up the scene a bit. Hope you enjoy.

The Problem

"Hello? Ok, the signal is up. -sigh- Look, whoever gets this, I'm about to do something horrible that might send some consquences to my own nation. The world or the whole multiverse is infinite than our expectations, but I intend to reach a certain point of it. If the calcutations are correct, since the rest of them were wrong...I might end up reaching a dimension or rather a different plane of reality that is impossible. I know what I'm trying to prove. It's heresy against many religions, but with the knowledge of science, I'm able to do the impossible. Now I need you to-"
BANG BANG BANG "-He's in here!"
"Damn! I want you to send this to Princess Keller Harrington, no matter who you are, if you receive this! I need you to tell her what I'm trying to do is for the right purposes of the greater good! Harrington, if you get this...I want you to know that some of the things I did for you were for a personal reason! Not out of hate, but for your sake!"





"This isn't good." Security chief Hogan Gibson said to General Emmanuel Jones and the Secretary of Foreign Relations Dorbi Truman. General Emmanuel Jones was struck in shock and awe, as he wanted answers. "How did you intercept this signal?"
"The signal was sent to the nation, General. It's possible that the Leader might have directly sent the message from the remote location. We're currently tracing the source of the transmission."
"We need to keep this a secret from the public. Some of the Leader's most devout followers in the nation are wondering where the Leader could be. If they figure out that he's in trouble, they are going to start a storm!" Truman said to Jones, as Jones was trying to be the voice of reason.

"We had times where the Leader had to go AWOL and things would go out of hand. However, I can tell this is different. Whatever threat the Leader is facing or is up against, it's far from home." Jones said, as Truman shrugged. "Whatever the reason, the Leader had to head there himself to get rid of it."
"I'm already planning on sending a covert task force on a mission to where the signal can be found. Might have to make the objective vague."
"A task force? How many amnestics do we even have?"
"Lots, Truman. Lots."

It wasn't until the source of the transmission was traced a while later was when something alarming was revealed. Several other higher ups in security had to confirm what was happening, where the northwest had to be called in to assert the situation. "Alright..What's the big deal, here? I was THIS close at managing to split open the molecular structure of some particules from Hadal sea salt to learn its secrets. Now, you want me to look at transmission numbers?" Scientist Pietro Japerwell yelled out, as he was called to the room to examine some activity.
"Mr. Japerwell. You were previously the head researcher for the Ministry of Science Multiverse Studies Division, before you were reassigned to other works at the northwest. We obtained a signal and traced the source, but the we're getting multiple sources in not just one single point, but in a rim of some sort in a distance that's would be theoretically impossible." Hogan Gibson explained to Japerwell, where both General Jones and Truman looked on with unease.
"Let me take a look at this. Show me the location!" Japerwell demanded, where the data on the screen and from the automatic GPS was going haywire. "At the center of it is the main source of the transmission, but why are there multiple?"
"This area of the multi-verse here? Has this been explored by any known nations?"
"I have been looking into records and asking politely towards some other nations, if they know of this area. It's unhabitated, due to it's extreme weather. Only expeditions are held for several reasons, but the land appears to be out of reach from almost time itself." Truman explained.

"Well, gentlemen. I think I know the reason."
"Go on?" Jones asked.

"You see the source is in the center area, yes? That's correct. However, the duplicates of all of the similar signal projected are from the same central signal. I have a theory for this, however it isn't pretty. The signal is in a space of some sorts that reaches out towards different streams of the multiverse. If my deductions are correct, these duplicate signals are all from parallel universes."
"Parallel universes?" Jones asked.
"I wouldn't say that things are different in our nation in another universe, but I have a suspicion that these signals are in universes where they are major paths. It's not like dimensions. Dimensions are on another plane of reality. Here, these universes might lead to paths to radically different universes, different from the nations that exist here in the multiverse."
"So...the signal is in a portal?"
"Not just a portal. The transmission is still in one spot. It's moving around little. It's possible that we have discovered a nexus. A nexus full of multiple gateways. However, I don't know what would happen if one would travel through whatever gateway. It's too easy to get lost. It would take weeks or months to form a beyond multiverse map."

"Yes.. Thank you for your time." Truman said, as Japerwall was escorted out of the room. When there was some privacy, Truman immediately spoke up to Jones, expressing his concerns. "What the hell is the Leader doing at a nexus!? It's going to take almost forever to retrieve him, if something happens that sends him through a portal!" Truman said, as Jones was nervous as well.
"We would still have to notify Princess Harrington. The Leader wanted her to listen to his message."
"No! What if he wants her to come find him?! What will he do?"
"I...I don't know."

Both Jones and Truman knew there was a problem. Whatever the Leader was, it would take a miracle or two to bring him back.
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NSFB: No Matter Where We Play, Jags Blank Saltstead!

Postby TJUN-ia » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:30 am

Welcome back to gridiron football and to the Field of Dreams at The Gardens in New Washington. For the 2nd tournament in a row, the Jaguars found themselves in a 3-way tie at the top of the group heading into the final 5 games. TJUN-ia, Cassadiagua and The Transmondian Commonwealth of New England were all tied at 4-1 with only point differential bearing any difference. TCNE lost to TJUN-ia, who then lost to Cassadiagua, who then lost to TCNE - simple as that and it was scarily familiar to many in the International Community.

Gus McKerrin knows this situation all too well, as it was TJUN-ia's defeats to Cassie and Ko-oren in the final half of games which cost his Jags a place in the playoffs by a narrow margin. While the playoffs in Karditan will also feature the 2 best 3rd-placed teams, he didn't want to leave his chances in the hands of the other 6 groups in this tournament so winning as many games as possible was of the utmost importance and that campaign began in The Gardens against winless Saltstead. We shut them out in MD1 so many were confident heading into the matchup, but always cautious of the potential for an upset.

As it turns out, there was no need to worry at all as Jake Griffin turned up in the first half. He scored 1 TD in Q1 and 2 TDs in Q2 with all 3 of TJUN-ia's wide-receiving core all finding the endzone. Chi On-Ma was great 2, hitting 3-from-3 conversion and hitting a 45-yard FG just before half time. With a 24-0 lead at the half, Gus allowed Allister Ghoulson to take over and he got some good offence in. He did manage to score another TD, this time to 19-year-old back-up La'Travius "Royale" Brown for 23-yards with Chi hitting another conversion. That would do for the scoring on the Jags' side of the ball, but Saltstead couldn't do anything against Mohammad Al-Khalifa's Defence.

The 2nd shut-out in a row and our 2nd shut-out against Saltstead keeps the momemtum going for the Jaguars heading into a crucial fixture on the road. With Cassadiagua and TCNE both winning, the 3-way tie remains but the first tiebreaker is coming up - and this one is a doozy. TJUN-ia will travel to the Liberation Stadium in Framingham to play the 2nd game against New England. TJUN-ia won the reverse fixture in a tight one in New Washington but Massachusetts has a history of hosting great wins for their team - it was here that TCNE beat Cassadiagua on MD5. If TJUN-ia is to gain a definite advantage heading into the final 3 games, Gus McKerrin must try his gosh darn best to beat the 17th ranked team in football on the road. It sounds crazy, but is it actually possible. We shall see in the Liberated Reich. GO JAGS!


SCHEDULE (Group G)
MD1: @Saltstead (UR) W 17-0 (2nd)
MD2: vs The Transmondian Commonwealth of New England (17) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 13-9 (2nd)
MD3: @The Royal Kingdom of Quebec (30) W 13-3 (2nd)
MD4: @Cassadiagua (8) L 7-27 (2nd)
MD5: vs Northwest Kalactin (49) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 27-0 (3rd/4-1)
-----------------------OFF DAY-----------------------
MD6: vs Saltstead (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 30-0 (3rd)
MD7: @The Transmondian Commonwealth of New England (17) - Liberation Stadium, Framingham
MD8: vs The Royal Kingdom of Quebec (30) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
MD9: vs Cassadiagua (8) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
MD10: @Northwest Kalactin (49)
Quarter-Finals: IAC9, ARWC1, RLWC19
Round of 16: BoF71, CoH77, WBC49, IACX
Round of 32: CoH78
Other Achievements: Bowl Winners (AVBF6)
NSSCRA - Jaguar Racing: #00 Micheal Stefan (1 Career Win)/#64 Alfonso Mercado (0 Career Wins)
WGP Driver: #11 Lane Carter
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TJUN-ia (Ta-Jun-ee-a) - The testing grounds of TJUN members, but operates as an independent nation. (U3)

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Postby Squidroidia » Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:38 am

The Allamunnic States. The Allamunnic flipping States. 6 time World Bowl champions and one of the best in the game. Only winning 3 points against Squidroidia away isn't a good sign for the team.

13-10. One week Squidroidia makes Savojarna score 10 points and the next week, in front of a now energetic home crowd, they only score 10 points. Sure, it was a tough battle, but that low of a scoreline was a far cry from where they dumped 27 in front of the Flyers. They're still undefeated, in fact they're one of only 4 teams left with that mark in the regular season, but the Allamunnic faithful should be worried.

Their next game is against Inner AginanaUsordia, and it's at home too. Last time they met they only won by 3 points. With what happened in Inkopolis echoing that, they could very well lose and jump IAU into a 5-2 record and a chance to clinch the top spot in Group C if they mess up more. As much as most people don't know any Allamunnic details this season, some worry for them. They're a traditional power in every sense of the word, a Seventh Heaven should be easy. But what they did against an emerging power? It should sound off alarms in the Allamunnic locker room.

As for Squidroidia, they have Lisander at home to end their homestand. 44-22 away was a shocking result for the Flyers... Until 53-10 happened. They are more than capable of demolishing opponents. Who cares if Lisander is an amateur team? Any win is a win, and a big win is a BIG win. And although the Flyers are 3rd in their group, they are a loooong way off from snatching a Wild Card berth in the Playoffs in Karditan. They need every win they can get and for Inner AginanaUsordia and (Regrettably) the Allamunnic States to drop wins. If that can't be done, they have to blow Lisander, Savojarna and Bostopia out of the water. Many times over.

Gridiron is hard man.
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