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Postby Valanora » Fri Mar 01, 2024 8:50 am

First off, please let me apologize, as in the last edition of the Valanora Times where I was covering the Sabres, I incorrectly looked at the schedule and said that they were set to travel to TJUN-ia before then being at home against Fleftic opposition, when in fact the reverse is true. My dear readers were likely quite confused about this error in the publication and how both me as well as the editors managed to miss the it before it was sent to print and all this old elf can say is sorry and that I will strive to be more stringent in double checking and triple checking my work moving forward to hopefully avoid anymore of these publication disasters. Nonetheless all the blame should be left at my own feet, for it was I who misread the schedule that had been provided to me by a staff member of the VSC upon my request and failed to properly put forth the correct information for those games. Thankfully my error did not manage to fool those who managed to make it to the game between the Sabres and TJUN-ia nor cause confusion as to why the team was not in Mar Sara in the following week, for which I am quite grateful.

Unfortunately there was no such good tidings for the Sabres against TJUN-ia, as they were able to escape out of Mar Sara with a six point victory at the end of the game despite the teams being level at half time and the team playing in front of the home crowd. While the Celestial Stadium was not quite at full capacity, there was still a sizeable crowd in attendance that was hoping to push on the Sabres against the group's top team and team who was trying to rubber stamp the group from start to finish with a flawless record. As the third ranked team in the sport, TJUN-ia is expected to get out of the group and perhaps to even win all their games, with a perceived weak second seed and the relatively new to the competition of the Sabres as their third seed. For half the game though, the Sabres had put the fear into them that they were not as almighty and powerful as they had appeared in their previous few games, or in the three games since, but alas it would fall apart late as the side just lacked a little something to be able to keep up in the fourth quarter and saw them squander their home advantage and best chance of toppling the giants of the group.

Fortunately for the Sabres, their staff are some of the best staff in the game, at least as far as one might be able to find within the Empire, and know how to fix the mistakes that they see their squads making in relatively quick fashion and the team was then back to fighting form in the trip to Abahnfleft. It was a bit nervy at first with both teams failing to make the most of their early possessions but then the Sabres starting to string first downs together and then scores and eventually they would pull away for a thirteen point victory in quite hostile atmosphere, showing a resilience that belies their rank and perceived standing within the group as well as the game itself. Following it up with a solid if a bit of a pedestrian win over Devonta and then traveling to New Fernia this past week and having their best offensive output shows a lot of promise that the team is indeed growing into themselves and getting better week in and week out. Whether that is enough to defeat TJUN-ia in a few weeks time or hold the Fleftic attack in Valanora when they come seeking revenge is unknown, but they are in a prime place to make it out of the group and into their first playoff round since entering this tournament. If they do that, it will have been a long treck since initially sending a bunch of college kids to a regional tournament and running out a surprised winners to where they could potentially be contending in the World Bowl itself.
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Postby Ko-oren » Fri Mar 01, 2024 10:18 am

Current Prime Minister Dhunerin Laurderinthen has informed the National Congress that he will stand for re-appointment. The National Congress will appoint a new Prime Minister later this year.

With that, all frontrunners are accounted for. While the Congress is allowed to appoint someone who did not explicitly communicate their candidacy, this has not happened in over a century. Laurderinthen has a shot at another term, his campaign focusing on his achievements in his current term and stressing how most of the cabinet should return under stable leadership. That said, the most likely candidates are all senior ministers of the current cabinet, and the longlist features several junior ministers as well.

Several commentators expect Laurderinthen to receive an extra term, following his decisive actions in Koroa City, around the Ochre Islands, keeping up with his agenda even when external factors made the execution of his plans no simple matter, as well as keeping his massive 72-person cabinet together for close to six years. The incumbent has the best and easiest PR, internationally and nationally, by calmly addressing the most pressing issues ahead of his previous appointment as Prime Minister. Of course, that is expected of new cabinets: their pre-appointment interviews tend to focus on the immediate - feasible - plans for their department, as well as their broader views and abstract plans for the period beyond the six years. Laurderinthen entered as an ambitious and pragmatic yet politically colourless PM, geared towards executing his plans while keeping as many people on board as possible.

In a sense, Laurderinthen can count himself lucky to never get challenged on his viewpoints and political leaning during his term: beyond the immediate repairs between the mainland and Yoshima, showing himself in the middle between centralism and federalism, and further involvement of the parliament in auditing and evaluating policy, proving himself in the middle between democracy and meritocracy, issues in the region - the Ochre Islands, Koroa City, the war on Calania, cooperation with Huayramarca - changed his perspective from domestic to regional allowing him to do what he does best: brokering deals and keeping people across a wide range of ideologies on board. These issues were broader than him, his cabinet, or Ko-oren, and his personal opinions went untested.

That is the biggest sticking point for the National Congress: six more years of status quo - which so far has meant progress and partnerships - or a clear move towards a political ideology, going all-in on some divisions that have become wider or narrower in the last six years without proper investigation.

In the news perhaps as often as Laurderinthen, foreign minister Abodhiru Gelogathingun is also a good candidate for the position. Chosen for her current job for her undying loyalty to the Ko-orenite, meritocratic and green cause, she embodies our core values without nationalism or conservatism. Her ideals stand in the way of achieving goals, particularly in getting a unanimous decision from the cabinet and parliament for the signing of regional treaties, such as AORTA, AORTA+, and various (peace) treaties.

Gelogathingun and Laurderinthen both have the support of most fractions of parliament, which is still dominated by a large Meritocratic Party, as well as Labour and Liberal factions. Laurderinthen has a decent standing with the loud and influential, yet surprisingly small, Regions' Party, while Gelogathingun's job in foreign affairs never saw her near policies that affected them.

In the end, Congress is polled for an 'aye' or a 'nay' for each candidate - an official list to follow shortly before the interviews are held, which in turn are followed by the vote, with the entire process taking no more than two weeks - so candidates should pander to as broad an audience as possible instead of finding support with one political niche. Getting support from 51% of the Congress will not be enough: usually no candidate scores under 30% with various candidates polling as high as 75%, and the final decision hinges on post-election debates between Congress members and single votes.

Other ministries that traditionally send over their leaders for consideration: Minister of Environment Mau Veldgozen and his land management efforts, as well as commitment to sustainable tourism and protection of national parks, and the establishment of a multiverse-leading university department in Erpuhnur (Furune). Minister of Health Giljatusak Raupostinden, who luckily did not oversee large sweeping changes or problems, but steered the ship calmly to the safe harbour of his successor, though Raupostinden has gone public with several broad statements about how vital information - such as personal health data - should be communicated to the public, making a stand for the use of Gehrennan. That debate has raged on for years and caused several incidents on the mainland's periphery, but the concensus is indeed that Gehrennan should be the standard language of use. Raupostinden has done much for standardisation of data and information, but that is at the cost of political capital with the periphery.

The Minister of Education and Science, Mayoko Kishimoto, has a decidedly smaller chance of appointment than previous people in her position, a result of a clear long-term plan for her department that Kishimoto continued the tradition of - not to mention that she is a Meritocratic hardliner in a country that has moved slightly towards democracy in recent terms. In that sense, Gelogathingun is both more visible and more approachable despite similar politics. Minister of Revenue and Tax, Aelulu Aegepise, an outspoken financially liberal cabinet member, has also made a case for appointment at the cost of his senior Minister of Finance. Aegepise is supported by the economically liberal forces of the cabinet and parliament, which likely isn't enough for the PM position but he has put himself on the radar.

Some names from outside the cabinet are also floating around. The 'quiet' offices that keep the meritocracy in check are great for schmoozing and getting your name mentioned, but exist partially outside of the eye of the public. They would have to do quite a bit in PR but otherwise already have the political jargon and rhetoric down, as well as a high moral standard. Ombudsman Sithanu Ganjuluthen is politically very neutral and has a fantastic track record, for instance. Hetou Maddya's position as the Language Commissioner in the Gehrennan debates is also notable, carving out protection for regional languages and snuffing out many potential scandals by, say, calling out mayors and the like immediately after a poorly constructed argument.

For the first time, members of parliament are making appearances: the leader of the Meritocratic Party, Rajaulisend Sushorthinden, has perhaps the easiest route to the position as his party is already the largest faction and it's a fraction that already underpins core Ko-orenite values. Whether Congress is ready to appoint someone who came through the Democratic pipeline is another matter, and would be a huge break from previous tradition.

Governors of regions, especially the larger ones, are also under consideration. Yoshima's Videmichi Ogawa might be too old for the job but his colleagues, also key figures in keeping Yoshima part of Ko-oren, such as Sohlatal (Selesi)'s Kira Isayama or Shimako Tsuboi are on the list. The same goes for governors of larger regions (Mahrkioren, etc), but at that point we're far beyond the regular route for potential PM's: many senior cabinet members have been governors at some point in their careers and worked their way up from there first.

Lastly, if Congress is looking for an internationally recognised figure, Karausmolu Pejarerinthen, Ko-orenite representative to the WA's General Assembly, is an option, as a rare conservative candidate.
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Postby Sarzonia » Fri Mar 01, 2024 12:59 pm

It's gotten to be pretty clear that the Sarzonian national gridball team is not quite the dominant force in away matches as it is in the friendly confines of Joe Gibbs Stadium. Sarzonia's record in the first half of World Bowl 48 qualifying included a 3-0 mark at home and only a 1-1 tally in away contests.

Granted, one of the away matches was against the top ranked gridball team in the multiverse, namely Drawkland, but it also included a closer-than-expected battle with Juvencus in their most recent match. The question of how Sarzonia would do in their third away match thus far still loomed as they prepared to kick off against Sherpus, one of two unranked sides in Group B.

The Stars answered emphatically. They crushed Sherpus 47-14, just one match after that team had a closer-than-expected loss to the Grid Corps. Without having a chance to see accounts of that match, Stars players weren't sure if it was a matter of the Grid Corps using their depth players against a foe they expected to roll over or it was more Sherpus playing well and getting better as a team. However, it was a question Cameron Stallworth chose not to entertain.

"I wanted to focus on closing up any holes in my game from the previous contest against them," Stallworth said of the group stage opener against Sherpus, where he completed 21-of-30 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He was 14-of-17 this time for 138 yards and a touchdown through the air and rushed six times for 31 yards and another score before manager Gavin Davis sat Stallworth down in favour of third string quarterback Wendy Bartlett. Davis said he wasn't benching Stallworth for any reason other than to give Bartlett a chance to play.

"We were playing well and we had a big lead at halftime," he said. "Mike [Barnett] already had some playing time, so I wanted to give her a chance." Bartlett completed 10-of-15 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, with three drops by wide receiver Steve Swain preventing her from gaudier numbers.

"Steve doesn't usually drop passes like that," Bartlett said. "The first one I threw a little wide because their free safety was too close to where Steve broke off his pattern. The second one I threw a little behind him." For his part, Swain blamed himself on all three balls.

"i should have adjusted to the ball better on the first throw. The second one, I should have had. The third one [a ball that hit his hands] there was no excuse." Swain caught five passes for 48 yards and the touchdown pass from Stallworth. Meanwhile, wide receiver Matt Largent caught nine passes for 82 yards and one of Bartlett's touchdowns. Running back Paul Edgerton (12 carries for 62 yards, three catches for 31 yards] caught the other. Ty'Relle Clinton rushed 20 times for 158 yards and a score before sitting down in favour of Edgerton.

"Coach decided he didn't want us expending too much energy and take too many hits when there's no reason to," Clinton said. "Sure, I'd love to get 30, 40 carries a match and run for 200 yards or so, but if we have a match well in hand, we don't need to do that."

Sarzonia's defence also turned up in the match, forcing seven turnovers including five interceptions of Sherpus quarterbacks and two fumbles, including one on the free kick after Sherpus's centre was called for holding linebacker Calvin Jacks in the end zone for a safety. The Stars converted that opportunity into another score as Stallworth hit Swain for six. Davis then sent in Bartlett and Edgerton for the next series.

The win improved the Stars to 5-1, one game behind Drawkland in the group B table. The Stars will host Drawkland at Joe Gibbs Stadium in their next match. Stadium officials made 1,500 additional eats available for the match, but those sold out within two minutes.

''It's going to be a great environment," Davis said. He said he wasn't thinking about Drawkland's recent form, which saw them beat Sherpus by six and Juvencus by one touchdown, saying his team still needed to play its best match.

"There can be a number of reasons why a team doesn't play to its expected level against teams they can comfortably beat that have nothing to do with them not firing on all cylinders," he said. "They could see Juvencus or Sherpus as trap matches before facing us. They could be saving their proverbial bullets for the game in Woodstock. We expect to get their 'A' game."
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Postby TJUN-ia » Fri Mar 01, 2024 5:03 pm

After winning a big double-header in Mar Sara and at home, the Jaguars of TJUN-ia were 4-0 and were entering the halfway point of this group stage with consistency on their side as things stood. Sure, they haven't scored more than 38 points (heck, they haven't scored more than 26 since MD1) in a game yet, but this team was winning and that was all that mattered in times like these. Gus McKerrin knew that this team was certainly running like a well-oiled machine at this moment in time but he knew that things could fall apart in no time at all...so they had to press forward.

Oahu-Hawaii is a very nice place to go but in this contest, we are the invading forces against a luckless underdog on their turf. It felt like another one of those by-the-numbers sort of night but hey, at least our opponents managed to grab a FG before this one came to an end. Gareth Baldwin got 3 TDs, all of them to Fremont Whitehorse, while Clayton McGee went 2/3 on PATs...and that's all we needed to do to move to 5-0 in the end.

Then the rematches started, starting with the United States of Devonta. We knew that USD would've certainly learned lessons from our opening night contest and that would influence this one...and so that proved. The hosts managed a TD, a PAT and FG in a similar scoring performance to last time we met...but their defence certainly did improve and that became a problem we had to solve. We still ended up winning this one, but it was close with Baldwin finding Victor Que-et-Vous twice and Gilbert Nyamutsamba once while McGee went 2/3 on PATs but 1/1 on FGs. It finished 23-10...and we were 6-0.

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SCHEDULE (Group E)
MD1: vs United States of Devonta (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 38-10 (1-0)
MD2: vs Abanhfleft (14) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 23-17 (1st/2-0)
----------------------Double Header 1----------------------
MD3: @Valanora (22) - Lathalein Celestial Stadium, Mar Sara W 23-17 (1st/3-0)
MD4: vs New Fernia (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 26-0 (1st/4-0)
----------------------Double Header 2----------------------
MD5: @Oahu-Hawaii (UR) W 20-3 (1st/5-0)
MD6: @United States of Devonta (UR) W 23-13 (1st/6-0)
----------------------Double Header 3----------------------
MD7: @Abanhfleft (14)
MD8: vs Valanora (22) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
----------------------Double Header END----------------------
MD9: @New Fernia (UR)
MD10: vs Oahu-Hawaii (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
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Postby The Kytler Peninsulae » Fri Mar 01, 2024 6:07 pm

The Kytlerian national gridiron team have officially announced they will be referred to as the "Kytlerian Green Machine."

The nickname gained organic traction from fans following the team's impressive performances in their nascent international career. Shock quarter-finalists on debut at World Bowl 47, they swept the first half of the group phase of this 48th edition before falling 35-30 at Lisander to leave them 5-1, still ahead of Quebec and Shingoryeo - the host nation for the knockout stages - by virtue of their head-to-head victory.

Their success has been forged on the back of an unexpectedly productive offense. A relatively limited player pool compared to many other leading gridiron nations has caused the Green Machine to adopt a triple-option offensive scheme, often dismissed as the hallmark of a small team either metaphorically or, in some cases, literally. (Offensive linemen for some teams can weigh as much as 150kg or even more, but in a triple-option scheme they traditionally have more requirement for speed than strength. The Green Machine, however, have an offensive line only slightly smaller than other teams running today's typical pass-heavy schemes.) The rushing attack, led by the speedy Travis Taylor, has been so pivotal to the team's success that some fans actually coined the "Green Machine" term specifically for the offense, rather than the team as a whole. However, online fan groups have recently embraced to referring to the whole team by that name.

Some of them had suggested expanded versions of the nickname, like the "Mean Green Machine," or the "Margaret Green Machine" after the team's specific dark-green shade - now used by almost all Kytlerian national teams in some capacity - named after its RGB colour code of 10 parts red, 90 parts green, and 3 parts blue out of 255. However, the simple "Green Machine" was chosen because "that is the part everyone agreed on," accoridng to Kytlerian Gridiron marketing director Hahnea Gackbang. "Then fans can add their prefixes or not, and we have no problem with that." She added that these longer variants are indirectly covered in the terms of the "Green Machine" trademark "purely out of ensuring the best coverage of enforcement against counterfeit goods."

Green Machine head coach Michael Simpson said he'd "never thought about" the lack of official team nickname because "frankly, all of us had bigger things to think about with all the game planning, and we didn't need a nickname to galvanise us, we are the Kytlerian national team and that's all we needed." But he does appreciate the name that has been chosen. "We do this for the fans, so it makes complete sense that the name the fans were calling for and coined themselves is now officially ours."

He added, however, that he will continue the tradition of the team ending their pre-game huddles with the simple, generic cry of "Go Team!" Why? "It's quicker and it works. And that's the ethos of the team on the field too, being quicker and more effective."
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Postby Drawkland » Fri Mar 01, 2024 8:42 pm

"The Squat Rack"

Brooklyn got a rideshare home, at the dollar of Lane Proudfoot to boot. She waved goodbye to the boisterous Grid Corps guys as the car pulled out, in plenty of good spirits. There had been some awkward moments, but Jack Hoy was right. It was exactly what she needed.

When she got back to the dorm, she had more energy than she’d felt in weeks. Brooklyn spent the next few hours finally cracking open the couple boxes of decorations and knick knacks that she hadn’t the time or energy to take out during the week. She didn’t have the space to pack her little dorm bedroom with the same amount of memorabilia she had at her house (or was it her parent’s house now? A weird thought, when does that transition happen?). Still, she had a very nice assortment covering the walls and making it feel a little more homely.

The particular dorm that Brooklyn inhabited was meant for student-athletes. Sadeg State being a notorious juggernaut school with a nationally-renowned athletic department, they spared no expense for the living conditions of their amateurs. It was really a suite more than a dorm, with a nice open-concept kitchen and living room with furniture included. There was a bedroom on either side of the living room, complete with their own bathrooms and walk-in closets.

Even though her good friend and baseball teammate Grace Robbins wouldn’t be on campus for another couple weeks, Brooklyn knew what she was going to put in the living room. A big poster of Claire Kirkland, the ace pitcher of the Sadeg Knights, hung on the wall above the couch. On the opposite wall, Brooklyn hung something she stole from her dad’s basement stash: a banner stating “NSCF 18 Horizon Conference Champions.” Dustin Beck received that replica banner following his senior season, along with all the other members of the football Skyhawks that season. Brooklyn wanted to keep the banner close by so she could use it as motivation. Even if she was probably going to move to a different dorm or apartment before she’d be starting NSCF games, she vowed that wouldn’t be the last time a Beck would win the Horizon.

As Brooklyn kept herself busy with livening up the dorm, her mind wandered. Eventually it wandered to what Leo Cross had said earlier that evening. Play to your strengths. But what strengths did she have? In comparison to her teammates, all beefy men, many of them entering their physical primes, her strength looked puny in comparison. She supposed it made sense, though. What other options were there?

She had already decided that when they drilled running and agility that coming week, she’d need to show out. The issue arose that Brooklyn had spent a lot of the summer trying to build her muscle mass, and consequently left her agility drills on the wayside. Those would have to demand a higher level of concentration when it came around.

Half out of curiosity, half out of anxiety, and fully from a desire to be prepared, Brooklyn looked over the itinerary for the next week of camp. As her eyes scanned the hour-by-hour breakdown, it hit her. Monday was leg day, the first one of camp. That’s where she knew she’d have to make her mark.



The rest of the weekend melted away a little too fast, but at this point, Brooklyn was looking forward to camp resuming. There was still a fair amount of anxiety returning to the training center on Monday morning, but now Brooklyn had a sense of purpose. It was no longer about praying to tread water. It was about asserting dominance in the seas.

If there was one place Brooklyn could hold her own, it was her legs. Only the beefiest of the linemen at North Craggold High could hold a candle to Brooklyn when it came to the leg press, curls, extension. Her stability in the lower body is what made her such a fearsome force in the open field, being able to propel herself quickly in any direction.

Of course, the routine began with squats. Each rack had a crowd of guys surrounding it, with the coaching staff moving between them to evaluate how each player was handling. Among a gaggle of novatim, Brooklyn loomed. Her turn at the rack came up, and she couldn’t decide if it was too soon or not soon enough. As soon as she stepped up to the rack, the jawing began.

“Alriiiiight, somebody take those extra plates off. Beck’s up.”

“Hang on, she might need a spotter. Where’s the punter at?”

Brooklyn ignored the talk. She almost laughed as a couple guys immediately took off a couple plates, but she had to keep her concentration. This was the moment. She made sure the bar was at a proper height, slid into position, placing the bar over her shoulders smoothly. For a brief second, her brain had a flick of fear, but it was discarded immediately.

The goal was six reps at the first weight. Brooklyn did three almost effortlessly and stopped, re-racking the bar.

“Put those plates back on,” Brooklyn said simply. It was the most she’d spoken at camp to that point.

“Do your reps, Beck,” a senior in the group crossed his arms in annoyance. It was Lucien Macey in particular, the senior defensive end and likely to be captain of the defense.

“I’m trying to avoid wasting my time,” Brooklyn shot back. “And yours. Pile them on.”

Brooklyn grabbed a plate for one side, and another teammate grabbed one for the other side. Brooklyn got back into the spot in the rack, saddled up the bar, and brought it down with little issue. She put down ten reps, barely breaking a sweat.

“I said, let’s not waste any time.” Brooklyn huffed as she racked the bar again.

“Have it your way!” A couple upperclassmen scoffed. A pair of guys added over a hundred pounds to the bar in one shot, a direct challenge.

Brooklyn said nothing. There was another tinge of worry, but again she drove it into the ground. Once again, she got under the bar. It was obviously a lot tougher, and she didn't have the luxury of working up to it, but after a couple reps, she leaned into it. It was slower going than the last set, but Brooklyn still went down, excellent form on display, and ripped out 10 reps.

At this point the players around that particular rack were more invested. Brooklyn just squatted 400 pounds and didn’t seem bothered by it. Especially with six reps being the minimum for a set, she was even showing off a bit. Of course, it was still under the benchmark for the rostered QBs, but this was much more promising than her upper body lifting from the previous week.

“Okay, enough showing off.” Lucien Macey barked again. “If you’re gonna hotdog it, you better hit your benchmarks.” On cue, a couple upperclassmen threw another hundred pounds on the bar. Now it was right at 500, which was the exact mark the QBs had to hit.

Brooklyn took a deep breath, hopped a couple times on the balls of her feet, and locked back in. Back in the rack, back under the bar, and she knew that this was where it would be really tough. She knew this wasn’t the end of the line, though.

The weight hit hard as Brooklyn took it off the rack, but she kept her composure. She kept a nearly flawless form as she brought it down, rear end just inches off the ground, and all the way back up. Even with the 5-piece on the bar, Brooklyn threw down 10 reps and brought it back onto the rack smoothly. It wasn’t easy, and Brooklyn was heavily perspiring when she finished, but the job was done.

Now guys from elsewhere were starting to notice. For once, it was harder for Brooklyn to hear the chatter.

“Are my eyes seeing that right?”

“And she did ten. Looks like she wanted to do more.”

“Enough of this.” Lucien roared, trying to quell the mutterings around him. “Let’s see you take another couple plates.” Fifty more pounds were added to the bar. 550 was higher than any position group’s benchmark - this was purely for showing off. Lucien watched with a hardened gaze, though. He was not about to let this little novatim get off looking good.

“Fine by me,” Brooklyn sniffed. She got into position, trying her best to keep her cool as more guys crowded around the rack to catch a glimpse. Her mind raced, though she kept her expression neutral as it could be. 550 was the most Brooklyn had ever gotten on the squat rack without failing, and she’d only managed good reps a few times. With the clump of teammates surrounding the rack, Brooklyn almost felt like she was in a cage.

Oh well. This is the shot. She took another deep breath, and unracked the bar. The pressure of the bar dug into her shoulders and traps, but she gritted through it. Even with the added pressure of the situation itself, Brooklyn cooled it all down and just focused on her form. No point in doing any of this if she looked like garbage doing it.

It was just the standard six reps, but Brooklyn fought through them as smoothly as her body would allow. Right as she was about to rack the bar, her subconscious took over. One more. After a moment’s hesitation, Brooklyn went back down, and brought it up evenly. Seven reps, and she racked it. This earned a rather noticeable chorus of surprise from the Skyhawk footballers surrounding her.

Lucien Macey, of course, was pissed. He had the squat record on the current roster, at 575. He didn’t want anyone to get anywhere near his record, much less this borderline sentimentality recruit, and a woman at that.

“Alright, novatim thinks she’s hot shit. Fifty more!” Lucien growled, and the upperclassmen next to the pile of plates looked over in confusion? 600? Was he being serious?

“What are you looking at, ugly?” Lucien spat at one of the guys. “Did you hear me?” Reluctantly, and with a large helping of confusion, the upperclassmen added a 25 plate to each side.

Brooklyn was not looking forward to this at all. She barely fought through those seven reps of 550. She’d never even attempted a squat over 570. She would definitely fold at 600, but she couldn’t back down in front of the assembled group, which now featured almost half the roster.

The clump of men and noise caught the attention of Thad Hancock, the strength & conditioning coach for the Skyhawk football team. He turned away from the rack in use by a bunch of seniors, and furrowed his brow at the commotion on the other side of the floor.

“What the hell is going on here?” Hancock shoved his way through the crowd to see the scene transpiring around Brooklyn’s squat rack. He immediately surveyed the scenario. 600 pounds on the bar. Brooklyn, trying her best to not look like a deer in the headlights. Lucien, a hint of venom in his gaze. This was not how Hancock expected the morning to go.

“Coach, I was just testing a novatim who thinks they’re hot shit. She-”

“This is six hundred fucking pounds, Macey!” Hancock jabbed a finger at the bar. “This isn’t the goddamn Olympics, it’s leg day at summer football camp!”

“But coach-”

“Shut your ass up. We’re trying to get in shape here, not blow out knees on the second week of camp. Leave your ego at the fucking door next time, or I’m making you run laps all afternoon. As for the rest of you,” Hancock whipped around to survey each guy surrounding the rack. “Get working. If you’ve done your squats, work your way over to another station. We’re burning hours here. GO!”

Everybody dispersed very quickly. Lucien trudged away too, but not before he shot a glare in Brooklyn’s direction. As the crowd dissipated, coach Hancock leaned closer to eye Brooklyn with a curious glance.

“Why was he putting 600 on your bar?”

“I hit 550 for 7,” Brooklyn replied shortly. There was no need to add extra detail.

“That’ll do it.” Hancock nodded, allowing a small smirk to flit across his face. “Show me six at 500 and I’ll have you move on. Gotta make sure your form is good.”

“Yes sir,” Brooklyn replied, taking off a couple plates to take it back down to the benchmark weight. Without any fanfare, she put down six crisp reps. After the 550, the 500 felt like cardboard. She could’ve done a few more reps, but she wasn’t going to do a boneheaded move like that right in front of the coach.

“You’ve got good form, I’ll give you that,” Hancock nodded slowly, starting to turn away. “If you could hit all your benchmarks like that I’ll be a happy guy.”

“Coach, is it okay if I talk to you at some point this week?” Brooklyn said quickly before Hancock could leave. “I gotta bulk up this season. Can you help me come up with a plan for that?”

“Certainly.” Hancock smiled. “God knows you need it, Beck. Now get over the press.”

“Yes sir,” Brooklyn practically skipped over to the leg press where a group of fellow novatim were gathered. She wasn’t out of the woods yet, but she’d just taken a step towards the treeline.
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Postby Quebec and Shingoryeo » Fri Mar 01, 2024 9:46 pm

Ahead By A Century

PART 14 - Aerostar


For much of his teenage life, Alexandre Charles Jacques, who was conveniently named after his grandfathers, one living, one passed before his birth, had viewed his great-uncle Laurent with particular adoration. The six-feet-two behemoth, whose remarkable strength was evident with his muscular frame and grey hair that, with careful combing and care, displayed grace at age sixty-eight, rather than that of sheer, brown-haired force when still inactive service, wore his naval uniform proudly, with several medals and bars covering the breastplate as a matter of pride than anything else.

It was something that neither his parents, predeceased Henri VIII and just-widowed Queen Nathalie, would have expected when younger, with former viewing Laurent, whose mischievous demeanour combined with penchant to go into lengths to cause trouble, to be a particular headcase, at least relative to his elder siblings Jacques, a type-A individual who was a natural leader of like-minded men, and William, a well-mannered, exceptional individual. But the former First Sea Lord, once considered the troubled one out of four children, was also a natural in fighting for a cause and saw the life in sea and fighter jets an ideal path for his life early on, joining the Royal Naval Academy at age eighteen. It was not something that his mother, who was with then-just-crowned Jacques IX out in the Felixian battlefields, wanted, but a decision that would ultimately prove to be right.

Fifty years later, the history would come to repeat in some way, as Laurent would be the one welcoming his great-nephew at the age he once was at eighteen years of age. Having spent most of past half-decade to decade away from his uncle, who himself was occupied with increased duties as the seniormost royal with Queen Nathalie's passing in 2056, while also doubling as the Quebecois Cricket Board president and other duties, Alexandre had just noticed how similar they had ended up looking with Alexandre finally fulfilling the anticipation by his relatives in his resemblence to Laurent and in particular, late Jacques IX, while age would also bring Laurent to bear similar appearance to Jacques. An irony considering a decadelong dispute between Jacques and Laurent over his re-marriage question, which were still not solved twenty years into Christinian era under the late King-Emperor's order.

Right next to Laurent was Lieutenant Jang Joon-Gweon, whose adoration Alexandre held for him was at high degree. Lieutenant Jang, who was turning twenty-seven this year, have mostly shredded the cocoon of greeneries from his younger self, with it replaced by experience as an emerging naval aviator and cricket superstar. Jang, an orphan who was raised by his grandfather in Bel-Havre Island off the western shores of Inteachan, had the ability to make himself a quick darling among all circles he had been invited into.

At St. Croix, where he captained their cricket side to back-to-back Bannockburn Shields, his Soongdeok Society membership under his suprvisor, Dr. Heo Dong-Soo, paved his way into every invite imaginable. Then came his naval service, where his proficiency in cricket, while also being decent in a few other sports such as gridiron, had drawn positive remarks from the higher-ups, especially at Laurent's TOMCAT program. His abilities as a naval fighter pilot, combined with his marriage into the Clevenger-Moran household, a country royalty in name and discography, have no doubt put him in the right spot to welcome Alexandre, with the chance that he too join Jang in a decade's time.

It would be around five in the evening when Alexandre was notified by the headmaster that he had a couple of important guests, whom he didn't specify their name, waiting for him on a quick ceremony at one of the private rooms in the Levana Hall. With the dinner time so close, and Alexandre preferring to eat early before heading into a last-minute outdoors club meeting, followed by a water polo team trial scheduled later in evening, Alexandre wandered what was the event that could lead into sudden interruption of his original plans.

Please don't tell me somebody died, thought Alexandre, as he headed his way to the dining room. That was at least the initial impression the Prince of Abitibi had initially gotten, and with no shortage of incidents and near-misses he had gotten in the recent months, that would be the first thing coming into his mind. I don't need this, not when the decisions are so close to being made...

A presence of two bodyguards, familiar figures who were usually assigned to the more senior members of the royalty, would quickly dissipate that vision at the door, however, as he would enter into the dining room. As he entered, Alexandre would find the room empty other than two individuals, his great-uncle Laurent and his idol, Jang Joon-Gweon who were wearing a their respective Royal Quebecois Navy uniform. Upon seeing both of them, Alexandre couldn't help but to lift a slight grin on his face as he lent his left hand forward for handshake.

'Congratulations, my boy,' said Laurent in a slightly softer voice, perhaps affected by a couple of hours drive, as he gave only a slight hint to suggest that Alexandre had passed the application stage required for his entrance into the Royal Quebecois Naval Academy in autumn. Laurent appeared to be particularly happy about the news, especially after not being able to do the same for his nephews, Princes Philippe and Henri, due to Laurent's overseas service with second and third fleets in middle of Blood Sea at the time of their acceptance. 'How does it feel?'

'Well, it's surreal, though I admit not being as surprised as I really should be feeling,' said Alexandre, as he slowly let go of handshake, before proceeding to shake Joon-Gweon's hand. 'One step closer towards flying with you, Lieutenant Jang. A true boy's dream, if you are to ask,' Jang said.

'One step closer, that's for sure. Might be sooner than me on that,' answered Jang, as he shook Alexandre's hands with a softer grip. 'I started a few steps later than my colleagues, remember.'

'Good sir, who am I to judge as a young lad,' Alexandre said in a boyish joy, just happy to be able to join the Naval Academy. 'I ain't no world-class wicketkeeper myself, and my swings have always been too uncontrolled to be a proper batter in cricket, so I would never be the one to judge my idol on it all.'

'Now, now, you are starting to sound like good ole Jang here,' Laurent chuckled as he noticed Alexandre changing his vocal tone. Did they notice the change in ways Alexandre have behaved since the shooting, and more recently the near-crossfire at the nightclub over Christmas break? That's hard to say, for it's likelier they had not known. 'But the four years there, followed by a life of service, will set you up for the day when you will be leading the nation after your mother.'

'Thank you, uncle,' said Alexandre. 'Leaving the AGS grounds early, of course, will leave a minor gap or two in my heart, but I'm sure that whatever comes after will be able to substitute that gap.'

Jang smiled back at Alexandre, as he gave Alexandre a tap on his right shoulder. 'Don't say that just yet, we all know what kind of twist life, fate and love can bring, don't we?' Joon-Gweon said, giving Alexandre a quick wink. 'Let the coincidences come back, fate weave the way, and you will be back here welcoming the next Avonian deserving of a welcoming.'

Alexandre lifted his eyebrows. 'Are you implying that my dear great-nephew has a reason to contemplate staying, dear Lieutenant Jang?' He softened his voice in amusement, almost in a musical manner. 'He's a tuba mirum. He can find any woman he wishes to and will not surprise us.'

'No, not one bit, dear uncle,' Alexandre said, as he quickly responded in an effort to suggest otherwise. For all the feelings he has held in regards to Claire Lundrigan, this was not the time he wanted to communicate it forth to a family member. This, of course, included Addy. 'It's just that I will miss this place for a short while, but no more than that.'
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"Our opponents battled bravely today, they really gave us quite a shock at the start, a wake up call if you could call it that. But thankfully we were able to show them why exactly we work hard to prepare for every game. We beat them with our efforts, not to mention with experience. We found ways to get ahead and stop them from mounting a comeback, and this was the result."

Despite being down 16-3 on the road against unranked Crpostran with just under seven minutes left in the second quarter, the St. Kanye Surge, just as their head coach Jeff Delphine said in his statement above, managed to turn things around in the end. The 40-22 win was their fifth in as many outings, allowing them to complete a sweep of the first half of the World Bowl 48 group stages, joining the Drawkland Grid Corps, Chromatika Iron Legion, TJUN-ia Jaguars and Kytlerian Green Machine as the only teams to do so.

1Q CRN Leclerc 4 run (Kick failed) CRN 6-0
The home team had the ball to begin the game but ended up punting it away at the end of their drive; the Yeezies' possession was similarly fruitless as they went three and out. Finally Pierre Leclerc put Crpostran on the scoreboard first, finding a gap within the mass of bodies separating him from the end zone, only for the point after attempt to sail wide left.

1Q STK field goal Rasputin 47 CRN 6-3
Crpostran kept their lead upon forcing the Surge to go for the field goal instead of a touchdown. David Lambert dropped what would have been an interception, but it didn't matter as the incompletion brought up fourth down for the visitors.

1Q CRN field goal Boucher 35 CRN 9-3
Eric Boucher closed out the quarter by responding to James Rasputin's FG with three points of his own.

2Q CRN Moreau 66 pass from Dupont (Boucher kick) CRN 16-3
The St. Kanye defense looked rather shaky throughout the entirety of the first quarter, and it continued on until the start of the second. For instance, they allowed a touchdown catch by Luc Moreau off a long pass from Jean-Luc Dupont, burying them by a baker's dozen after the Boucher extra point.

2Q STK Schwartz 42 interception return (Rasputin kick) CRN 16-10
Coach Delphine, tired of seeing his squad continue to struggle, was forced to burn a timeout. Whatever happened during that timeout seemed to have turned things around for the Yeezies - well, not immediately, as they ended their drive with a punt. But once Crpostran got the ball back, they didn't have it for that long, Mason Schwartz perfectly reading a Dupont pass meant for Antoine Martin and instead returning it for the pick six.

2Q STK Fredericks 20 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 17-16
2Q CRN field goal Boucher 27 CRN 19-17
The Surge momentarily grabbed the lead when Rasputin's PAT after a Deshawn Fredericks catch put them up by one. But a Boucher field goal, his second of the day, ensured that the home team will be entering the locker room with the lead.

3Q STK Silk 39 run (Rasputin kick) STK 24-19
Running back Gregory Silk notched his first touchdown of the current Bowl for St. Kanye, and what a beautiful run it was. The Surge offensive line were able to make a gap for him in the middle to squeeze into, and from there it was just a matter of making defenders miss on their tackles and leaping on them while they were down.

3Q STK field goal Rasputin 32 STK 27-19
3Q STK Moore 22 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 34-19
From two possessions down, the boys in purple and lime (or more accurately their secondary away duds of white tops and pants) find themselves two possessions up after another perfect kick from Rasputin, and then a TD connection from Linetti to Patrick Moore a few sequences later.

4Q STK field goal Rasputin 48 STK 37-19
Yet another Rasputin FG made it twenty unanswered points for the Surge, as the fourth quarter was marked by both teams just utilizing their kickers.

4Q CRN field goal Boucher 30 STK 37-22
4Q STK field goal Rasputin 27 STK 40-22
Crpostran added three to their tally, and so did St. Kanye, so the latter's 18-point lead became the final margin of victory.




"Okay, so we survived the initial stretch of games against the other teams in our group. But now we enter the phase where we're gonna have to do it all over again. And simply doing what we did the first time around won't be enough, we need to be even better than that. We aren't even guaranteed a playoff position yet. This is far from over," Coach Delphine said to reporters after the game. The team will be travelling to Equestria, a team they beat 34-7 at home in the World Bowl opener, for Matchday 6, and despite the horses' 0-5 record, the Surge still believe that they aren't going down without a fight.

Indeed the Equestrian team fought harder than they did in their initial meeting, scoring 24 against their Yeezie (and human) counterparts. Unfortunately, Linetti, Fredericks and company scored 39, which if you know your basic math and gridiron rules, means that they are the winners, thus stretching their record to six and nought. The Corps, Legion and Jags likewise remained spotless, but the Machine suffered their first defeat at the hands of the Lisander Lynx in a 35-30 upset.




1Q STK Silk 17 run (Rasputin kick) STK 7-0
Silk opened up the scoring for the Surge, running up the middle like he did in the previous game and showing a bit of flair as he jogged the last three or so yards to the end zone with his back turned.

1Q STK Safety, Whitlock tackled QB1 in end zone STK 9-0
St. Kanye essentially got two points out of what was a fruitless drive - forced into a three and out, they were forced to send in the punting team, only for Chris Florence and his powerful leg to pin the horses all the way at their own five-yard line. They went even further backwards on that drive, their running back getting stuffed for minus three yards, and then with very little space to work with, their QB threw an incomplete pass, and then was unable to even get a pass off at all as Jerome Whitlock blanketed them in their own end zone for the safety.

1Q EQS field goal K 55 STK 9-3
They're horses. They can kick. And their, well, kicker showed that as they sank a long one from past midfield.

2Q STK field goal Rasputin 53 STK 12-3
Rasputin's try was a little shorter, but still went in, proving that humans can kick well too.... or at least some can, him included.

2Q STK Fredericks 60 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 19-3
Linetti got sacked twice to start the drive, putting him in a third and 21 situation. Fortunately, he was able to launch a deep bomb to Fredericks on the next play; the Yeezie star receiver not only got enough yards to move the chains, he didn't stop running and took the ball all the way to the house for the fifteen-point lead (sixteen with the extra).

2Q EQS RB1 26 run (K kick) STK 19-10
Perhaps it was also to be expected that the horses were also proficient in the running game - all three of their touchdowns came on the ground, this being the first of those.

3Q STK Linetti 21 run (Rasputin kick) STK 26-10
St. Kanye's drive once again started with a sack on Linetti, and once again he erased the additional distance to the first down by throwing 40 yards to an open Fredericks. The eight-yard Silk run that followed had them knocking on the red zone, but Linetti found lots of open space on the succeeding play and took the ball all the way instead.

3Q EQS RB2 14 run (K kick) STK 26-17
Equestria closed the gap to nine points on another TD run, this time courtesy of their secondary running back.

3Q STK field goal Rasputin 28 STK 29-17
Rasputin later increased the lead back to twelve with this kick. But wait - the whistle sounded, and it appears that one of the horses was penalized for roughing the kicker. No problem, the Yeezie kicker just did it again, with the same result.

4Q STK Jeffers 18 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 36-17
The Equestrian coaching staff challenged and tried to nullify this Hussein Jeffers touchdown, only for the refs to rule that both of his feet had been in bounds during the catch.

4Q EQS RB1 51 (K kick) STK 36-24
4Q STK field goal Rasputin 35 STK 39-24
The home team refused to give up in the final period, still making plays in hopes of mounting (heh) a comeback. A long run from the primary RB cut the deficit to twelve yet again, but the clock was not on their side. They even had the chance to make it a single-digit and possession game within the last two minutes, only for the Yeezie defense to step up when it mattered, Whitlock once again making a big play and forcing a fumble and a turnover on the RB. The Surge ate up the clock, and despite being iced, Rasputin made his third field goal of the contest with just five seconds on the clock to seal a 15-point victory for the visitors.




Up next is the rematch against undoubtedly the most formidable opponents in Group F, the Surge's own rivals, the Ko-oren Dragonflies who at 5-1 are breathing down their necks as far as the playoffs as involved. Coach Delphine's boys have already beaten Stij Batterink's players 27-20 in Ko-oren, but the Yeezies are well aware that it would be sweet revenge for the team in green and blue to take the dub on the road this time around. "Of course we'll try to not let that happen," spoke Linetti. "They may try their best, but so will we. That's what we've been doing during all of our previous matchups anyway, no wonder they've had a tendency to be so intense, despite one of the sides involved being known for putting their opponents and the audience to sleep. .... I'm joking."

After the rivalry clash, away games at Zantalio and then Delaclava are next on the Surge's group schedule, then they cap things off with a return to Surge Field to face Crpostran.

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| MD | Opponent | Rank | Score | Record | Place |
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| 1 | Equestria | UR | W 34- 7 | 1-0 | 1st |
| 2 | @Ko-oren | 4 | W 27-20 | 2-0 | 2nd |
| 3 | Zantalio | UR | W 43-10 | 3-0 | 1st |
| 4 | Delaclava | 29 | W 36- 6 | 4-0 | 1st |
| 5 | @Crpostran | UR | W 40-22 | 5-0 | 1st |
| 6 | @Equestria | UR | W 39-24 | 6-0 | 1st |
| 7 | Ko-oren | 4 | | | |
| 8 | @Zantalio | UR | | | |
| 9 | @Delaclava | 29 | | | |
| 10 | Crpostran | UR | | | |
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Gale Force Racing (NSSCRA Main Tier)
18 Jeremiah Brooke (S9 Champ, S13 Runner-up) | 27 Stacie Houston (S7 Champ, S12 Runner-up) | 46 Thea Alvarez (S10 Runner-up)

Skip Stiller Speedworks (NSSCRA Second Tier)
20 Sage Caldwell | 22 Pyotr Lavrentiev (S13 Champion) | 30 Lexi Patterson

Champion:
IBC 20, 22, 23, 24 (Basketball)
NSCAA 11 (College Basketball)
IC7 II, VI (7ball)
Arena Bowl VI (Arena Gridiron)
NSSCRA 9 (Stock Car Racing)

Runner-up:
World Bowl 42 (Gridiron)
NSSCRA 10, 12, 13

Bronze:
IBC 19

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Team Cardenao In Driver’s Seat With Four Games Left, Face Must Win Match Against World #2 Banija


Over halfway done with the 48th World Bowl and the boys in Blue and Gold find themselves sitting at the top of the table, above Banija (World #2), Terefuxe (World #13), and Utah (Mortal Rivals), with our fate in our hands heading into matchdays seven and eight. Everything is clicking for Team Cardenao, the Bobby Dials led offense was firing on all cylinders as they dropped 43 on the Fortem and an even 30 against Utah, who have the worst defense in the entire competition, while the Alabaster Red led a Cardenaoan defense had conceded the fewest points in the group after six games. That’s all fantastic, it really is. Marquis Ingram has shown why he’s the best receiver in Cardenao, the high schooler Badrick Cedella showed he’s a legitimately elite kicker, overall Team Nao showed that they were legit, that they were here to play. Which again, that is fantastic. But what does it mean going forward?

As good as the Blue and Golds have been thus far, there’s still a lot of ball left to be played, a lot of opportunity for things to go wrong, and that’s doubly true when Banija is breathing down your neck. Speaking of Banija, the second best team in the multiverse, guess who we travel to in two matches?? Before that though, it is a must win home matchup against the 14 Stars, an unranked team sitting in fifth place with a pair of wins. It should be a straightforward win for Cardenao considering how the team had been playing through the six games to this point, but that’s the thing about football. Any given match, any given sixty minutes could bring a shock result, so it was vital Team Cardenao did everything possible to secure a victory here, six wins from seven games, surely that would be enough to see them into the knockout stages.

Could they do it? That’s the big question, the ultimate question. Hopes are high in the Cardenaoan camp, with the BSU Broncos reaching the semifinals of NSCF competition, it’s clear that football in Cardenao was having a big moment. Now it was time to put up or shut up.




“Look man……it’s hard to put into words.

Losing like that, losing by one point in the NSCF semifinals…it’s just a little hard to find my passion. I put everything into that season, I poured every last bit of what I got and it just wasn’t enough, not even close.”

“Well Bobby you reached the semi-”

“The bigger issue, man I don’t even know what I’m going to do with all that, I’m not sure I want to say but I feel like I have to, I feel like I have to head back to BSU for my senior year, like I owe it to them. But…If we don’t reach that level again, if we don’t reach the championship game, if we don’t reach the semi…ah fuck, it’s just too much.

And now we’re killing it in the World Bowl. I could go pro, I should go pro, but things won’t be the same. The spotlight, I got it right now, everyone watching my moves, everyone tuning in, I love that but I hate it. I fucking hate it, it’s just too much, building all the way up to lose in the semis, building all the way up in the World Bowl, shit beating Utah twice and beating Banija, damn we got it done.

Butttt shit here I go again. I love these 60 minutes man, I love playing the game…

I just don’t know what to do."
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Postby Quebec and Shingoryeo » Fri Mar 01, 2024 10:21 pm

OOC: Have had issues finding third-party scorinators for this edition, with neither of previously-contacted options made available at the time of cutoff. Third-party viewer was sought out and secured.

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Group A -- Third-party viewing and verification of scorination conducted by Zenic

Matchday 7
Lisander (31) 20–44 Daharia (UR)
The Kytler Peninsulae (16)
55–3 Ekhistan (UR)
HUElavia (09) 27–16 Quebec and Shingoryeo (07)

# Group A                     Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD                                
1 The Kytler Peninsulae 7 6 1 245 90 +155 — 10–6 34–10 — 31–0 55–3
2 Quebec and Shingoryeo 7 5 2 149 46 +103 — — 21–0 52–3 19–6 —
3 Daharia 7 4 3 156 141 +15 — 0–13 — — 38–23 37–7
4 HUElavia 7 3 4 139 179 −40 7–41 27–16 23–27 — — 19–27
5 Lisander 7 2 5 124 223 −99 35–30 — 20–44 13–47 — 27–14
6 Ekhistan 7 1 6 83 217 −134 29–44 0–22 — 3–13 — —


Matchday 8
Daharia (UR) 10–20 HUElavia (09)
Quebec and Shingoryeo (07) 14–17 The Kytler Peninsulae (16)
Ekhistan (UR) 10–26 Lisander (31)

# Group A                     Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD                                
1 The Kytler Peninsulae 8 7 1 262 104 +158 — 10–6 — 34–10 31–0 55–3
2 Quebec and Shingoryeo 8 5 3 163 63 +100 14–17 — 52–3 21–0 19–6 —
3 HUElavia 8 4 4 159 189 −30 7–41 27–16 — 23–27 — 19–27
4 Daharia 8 4 4 166 161 +5 — 0–13 10–20 — 38–23 37–7
5 Lisander 8 3 5 150 233 −83 35–30 — 13–47 20–44 — 27–14
6 Ekhistan 8 1 7 93 243 −150 29–44 0–22 3–13 — 10–26 —


Note: The Kytler Peninsulae clinches group with H2H record (2-0) against Q&S and cannot finish lower than second place.

Group B

Matchday 7
Juvencus (38) 45–24 Untecna (UR)
South Americanastan (17) 40–3 Sherpus (UR)
Sarzonia (11) 16–20 Drawkland (01)

# Group B                   Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Drawkland (01) 7 7 0 226 128 +98 — 35–23 — 27–13 53–26 —
2 Sarzonia (11) 7 5 2 224 112 +112 16–20 — 24–9 — 53–0 31–14
3 South Americanastan (17) 7 5 2 156 104 +52 10–38 — — 31–17 43–6 40–3
4 Juvencus (38) 7 3 4 167 147 +20 — 20–30 3–7 — 45–24 35–6
5 Untecna (UR) 7 1 6 144 294 −150 20–27 — — 22–34 — 46–39
6 Sherpus (UR) 7 0 7 109 241 −132 20–26 14–47 13–16 — — —


Matchday 8
Untecna (UR) 19–49 Sarzonia (11)
Drawkland (01)
56–19 South Americanastan (17)
Sherpus (UR) 3–24 Juvencus (38)

# Group B                   Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD 
1 Drawkland (01) 8 8 0 282 147 +135 — 35–23 56–19 27–13 53–26 —
2 Sarzonia (11) 8 6 2 273 131 +142 16–20 — 24–9 — 53–0 31–14
3 South Americanastan (17) 8 5 3 175 160 +15 10–38 — — 31–17 43–6 40–3
4 Juvencus (38) 8 4 4 191 150 +41 — 20–30 3–7 — 45–24 35–6
5 Untecna (UR) 8 1 7 163 343 −180 20–27 19–49 — 22–34 — 46–39
6 Sherpus (UR) 8 0 8 112 265 −153 20–26 14–47 13–16 3–24 — —


Note: Drawkland clinches group with H2H record (2-0) against Sarzonia and cannot finish lower than second place.

Group C

Matchday 7
Utahn Theocratic Republic (35) 31–10 The Fortem (UR)
Cardenao (24) 43–16 The 14 Stars (UR)
Terefuxe (13) 19–30 Banija (02)

# Group C                         Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD
1 Cardenao (24) 7 6 1 220 121 +99 — 34–13 — 34–17 43–16 43–13
2 Banija (02) 7 6 1 222 144 +78 — — 41–12 59–21 — 40–28
3 Terefuxe (13) 7 4 3 200 150 +50 26–30 19–30 — — 56–16 18–7
4 Utahn Theocratic Republic (35) 7 3 4 157 225 −68 17–30 — 19–50 — 20–14 31–10
5 The 14 Stars (UR) 7 2 5 119 170 −51 19–6 13–20 7–19 — — —
6 The Fortem (UR) 7 0 7 109 217 −108 — 17–19 — 28–32 6–34 —


Matchday 8
The Fortem (UR) 3–13 Terefuxe (13)
Banija (02) 23–26 Cardenao (24)
The 14 Stars (UR) 7–20 Utahn Theocratic Republic (35)

# Group C                         Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                 
1 Cardenao (24) 8 7 1 246 144 +102 — 34–13 — 34–17 43–16 43–13
2 Banija (02) 8 6 2 245 170 +75 23–26 — 41–12 59–21 — 40–28
3 Terefuxe (13) 8 5 3 213 153 +60 26–30 19–30 — — 56–16 18–7
4 Utahn Theocratic Republic (35) 8 4 4 177 232 −55 17–30 — 19–50 — 20–14 31–10
5 The 14 Stars (UR) 8 2 6 126 190 −64 19–6 13–20 7–19 7–20 — —
6 The Fortem (UR) 8 0 8 112 230 −118 — 17–19 3–13 28–32 6–34 —


Group D

Matchday 7
Kinqueven (UR) 17–9 Lozho (UR)
Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31) 59–21 Ubernordwinds (UR)
Cassadaigua (12) 27–26 Chromatika (05)

# Group D                                      Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Chromatika (05) 7 6 1 242 136 +106 — 24–16 — 43–17 46–7 —
2 Cassadaigua (12) 7 5 2 201 124 +77 27–26 — 20–3 — 51–17 50–17
3 Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31) 7 5 2 250 140 +110 41–56 — — 41–17 49–3 59–21
4 Kinqueven (UR) 7 2 5 130 197 −67 — 17–12 13–37 — 17–9 20–21
5 Lozho (UR) 7 2 5 135 227 −92 21–28 — — 34–29 — 44–7
6 Ubernordwinds (UR) 7 1 6 103 237 −134 7–19 20–25 10–20 — — —


Matchday 8
Lozho (UR) 20–34 Cassadaigua (12)
Chromatika (05)
18–6 Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31)
Ubernordwinds (UR) 20–30 Kinqueven (UR)

# Group D                                      Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Chromatika (05) 8 7 1 260 142 +118 — 24–16 18–6 43–17 46–7 —
2 Cassadaigua (12) 8 6 2 235 144 +91 27–26 — 20–3 — 51–17 50–17
3 Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31) 8 5 3 256 158 +98 41–56 — — 41–17 49–3 59–21
4 Kinqueven (UR) 8 3 5 160 217 −57 — 17–12 13–37 — 17–9 20–21
5 Lozho (UR) 8 2 6 155 261 −106 21–28 20–34 — 34–29 — 44–7
6 Ubernordwinds (UR) 8 1 7 123 267 −144 7–19 20–25 10–20 20–30 — —


Note: Chromatika qualifies into Round of Sixteen by H2H record (2-0) against SJJ, and cannot finish lower than second place.

Group E

Matchday 7
New Fernia (UR) 28–0 United States of Devonta (UR)
Valanora (22) 44–23 Oahu-Hawaii (UR)
Abanhfleft (14) 34–33 TJUN-ia (03)

# Group E                        Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD  
1 TJUN-ia (03) 7 6 1 186 94 +92 — — 23–17 26–0 38–10 —
2 Valanora (22) 7 6 1 197 116 +81 17–23 — — 31–7 25–12 44–23
3 Abanhfleft (14) 7 5 2 224 170 +54 34–33 19–30 — — 56–34 13–6
4 New Fernia (UR) 7 2 5 122 182 −60 — 20–37 0–35 — 28–0 50–27
5 United States of Devonta (UR) 7 2 5 124 208 −84 13–23 — — 26–17 — 29–21
6 Oahu-Hawaii (UR) 7 0 7 136 219 −83 3–20 12–13 44–50 — — —


Matchday 8
United States of Devonta (UR) 10–13 Abanhfleft (14)
TJUN-ia (03)
34–19 Valanora (22)
Oahu-Hawaii (UR) 3–27 New Fernia (UR)

# Group E                        Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD  
1 TJUN-ia (03) 8 7 1 220 113 +107 — 34–19 23–17 26–0 38–10 —
2 Valanora (22) 8 6 2 216 150 +66 17–23 — — 31–7 25–12 44–23
3 Abanhfleft (14) 8 6 2 237 180 +57 34–33 19–30 — — 56–34 13–6
4 New Fernia (UR) 8 3 5 149 185 −36 — 20–37 0–35 — 28–0 50–27
5 United States of Devonta (UR) 8 2 6 134 221 −87 13–23 — 10–13 26–17 — 29–21
6 Oahu-Hawaii (UR) 8 0 8 139 246 −107 3–20 12–13 44–50 3–27 — —


Group F

Matchday 7
Crpostran (UR) 54–29 Zantalio (UR)
Delaclava (29) 43–0 Equestria (UR)
Saint Kanye (08) 13–16 Ko-oren (04)

# Group F               Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Saint Kanye (08) 7 6 1 232 105 +127 — 13–16 36–6 — 43–10 34–7
2 Ko-oren (04) 7 6 1 165 62 +103 20–27 — — 23–0 29–7 —
3 Delaclava (29) 7 5 2 185 71 +114 — 0–6 — 23–6 44–7 43–0
4 Crpostran (UR) 7 3 4 181 180 +1 22–40 — 16–49 — 54–29 43–7
5 Zantalio (UR) 7 1 6 108 257 −149 — 12–27 — 9–40 — 34–20
6 Equestria (UR) 7 0 7 61 257 −196 24–39 3–44 0–20 — — —


Matchday 8
Zantalio (UR) 27–24 Saint Kanye (08)
Ko-oren (04) 34–3 Delaclava (29)
Equestria (UR) 15–30 Crpostran (UR)

# Group F               Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                         
1 Ko-oren (04) 8 7 1 199 65 +134 — 20–27 34–3 23–0 29–7 —
2 Saint Kanye (08) 8 6 2 256 132 +124 13–16 — 36–6 — 43–10 34–7
3 Delaclava (29) 8 5 3 188 105 +83 0–6 — — 23–6 44–7 43–0
4 Crpostran (UR) 8 4 4 211 195 +16 — 22–40 16–49 — 54–29 43–7
5 Zantalio (UR) 8 2 6 135 281 −146 12–27 27–24 — 9–40 — 34–20
6 Equestria (UR) 8 0 8 76 287 −211 3–44 24–39 0–20 15–30 — —


Note: Ko-oren qualifies into Round of Sixteen by H2H record (2-0) against Delaclava and cannot finish lower than second place.
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Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove loses to Chromatika


Sacré-Coeur district, Saint-Jean-Jacques-sur-Mer - On week 7, Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove received Ubernordwinds at home and easily beat them. For those who doesn't know Ubernordwinds, they have a good college football program. Ubernordwinds won the coin toss and decided to start with the ball. On a 1st and 10 at the 20 yards line, Quarterback #1 throws in direction of Wide Receiver #2 but Rosalie McGowan intercepts the ball at the 34 yards line and returns it for a pick six. On the first play of the game! Ubernordwinds answered immediatly with a 19 yards passing touchdown and the game is tied at 7. On their next drive, the Tapirs increased their lead with a 9 yards passing touchdown from Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps to Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis and the score after 1 quarter is 14-7. The Jean-Jacquois and Burnhamese scored early in the 2nd quarter on a 13 yards run by François-Pierre Guirguis. Ubernordwinds couldn't do anything on their next drive and punted the ball. Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis catches the ball at the 23 yards line in Tapir territory and runs all the way for a 77 yards punt return touchdown. Saint-Jean-Jacques increased their lead late in the 2nd quarter with a 39 yards field goal. And they weren't done, with 12 seconds left, François-Xavier Malboeuf caught Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps' 33 yards pass in the endzone for a touchdown. The score was 38-7 at halftime.

The Tapirs started with the ball in the 3rd quarter and on a 7 minutes long drive, François-Pierre Guirguis scored a 4 yards rushing touchdown. Ubernordwinds followed with a 24 yards passing touchdown. The score after 3 quarters was 45-14. The Tapirs had another long drive which ended early in the 4th quarter with a 5 yards passing touchdown from Alexandra Van Voorhis to Rachel Lavigueur. Ubernordwinds' next drive ended with an interception and Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove followed with a 8 yards rushing tochdown by Guillaume Bibeau-Babeux. In the last minutes of the game, Ubernordwinds made a 16 yards passing touchdown and the final score was 59-21.

SAINT-JEAN-JACQUES et BoS   14  24   7  14  -  59
UBERNORDWINDS 7 0 7 7 - 21


GAME SUMMARY
1st quarter
14:49 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - 34 yards interception return by Rosalie McGowan. Extra point good
9:31 TOUCHDOWN UBERNORDWINDS - Quarterback #1 passes to Wide Receiver #1 for 19 yards - Extra point good
3:54 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps passes to Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis for 9 yards - Extra point good

2nd quarter
11:03 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BOS - François-Pierre Guirguis runs for 13 yards. Extra point good
8:26 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - 77 yards punt return by Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis. Extra point good
3:42 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 39 yards kick is good
0:12 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BOS - Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps passes to François-Xavier Malboeuf for 33 yards - Extra point good


3rd quarter
8:14 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BOS - François-Pierre Guirguis runs for 4 yards. Extra point good
4:44 TOUCHDOWN UBERNORDWINDS - Quarterback #1 passes to Wide Receiver #3 for 24 yards - Extra point good

4th quarter
13:15 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BOS - Alexandra Van Voorhis passes to Rachel Lavigueur for 5 yards - Extra point good
8:28 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - Guillaume Bibeau-Babeux runs for 8 yards. Extra point good

5:11 TOUCHDOWN UBERNORDWINDS - Quarterback #1 passes to Wide Receiver #1 for 16 yards - Extra point good


D'rea, Capital District, Chromatika - On week 8, Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove travelled up northeast to Chromatika. On week 3, it was a high scoring game between both Anaian nations, which gave headaches to both defensive coordinators. They did their job and yesterday it was a low scoring game with the Iron Legion winning 18-6. Maximilien Kowalczyk was back from his knee injury. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove started off with the ball and made a 40 yards field goal on their first drive. Chromatika answered with a 24 yards field goal. Neither teams scored again in the 1st quarter. Early in the 2nd quarter, Chromatika was stopped at the 48 yards line in Tapir territory. Nellie Katt punted the ball which was downed at the 1 yard line. On a 3rd and 9, Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps was sacked in the endzone by Jill Lia for a safety. The Iron Legion added 3 more points on a 29 yards field goal. With no time left on the clock, Ji-yoo Han attempted a 63 yards field goal but he missed it and the score at halftime was 8-3.

Chromatika started off the 3rd quarter with a 35 yards field goal. The Tapirs made a 31 yards field goal late in the 3rd quarter and the Iron Legion answered immediatly with a 6 minutes long drive that ended with a 21 yards passing touchdown from Sarai Gwenderyn to Alessandra Mio. The final score was 18-6.

Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove is 3rd in group D with 5 wins and 3 losses. Cassadaigua surprised Chromatika with a 27-26 win on week 7 with 22 years old Haylie Steadham playing at quarterback. The Cassadagans could have a quarterback controversy when Brittany Carrington will come back from her injury with Steadham being capable to do the job! Talking about them, the Tapirs will receive them at home on week 9 and to keep up with their quarterback status, we advise you to visit http://www.ConcordHeightsTimes. com for more information. The weather will also be in the equation with one weather report saying we have light rain in the first half and heavy rain in the 2nd half and another weather report saying it will be light rain for the full game and heavy rain will start around midnight once the game will be completed. Stay tuned on http://www.weathersaintjeanjacques. com for more weather reports. Ryleigh O'Shaughnessy (shoulder) is probable against Cassadaigua and she's the only one name on the Tapirs injury report. On week 10, the Tapirs will travel to Lozho and then we have to wait to see if we qualifies as a 3rd team.

CHROMATIKA                  3   5   3   7  -  18
SAINT-JEAN-JACQUES et BoS 3 0 3 0 - 6


GAME SUMMARY
1st quarter
11:54 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 40 yards kick is good
6:30 FIELD GOAL CHROMATIKA - Dwayne Markseon's 24 yards kick is good

2nd quarter
7:38 SAFETY CHROMATIKA - Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps sacked in her own endzone by Jill Lia
4:17 FIELD GOAL CHROMATIKA - Dwayne Markseon's 29 yards kick is good

3rd quarter
10:29 FIELD GOAL CHROMATIKA - Dwayne Markseon's 35 yards kick is good
1:36 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 31 yards kick is good

4th quarter
9:43 TOUCHDOWN CHROMATIKA - Sarai Gwenderyn passes to Alessandra Mio for 21 yards - Extra point good


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Postby Sarzonia » Sat Mar 02, 2024 6:25 pm

Most of the time, a team ranked 11th in the gridball multiverse getting off to a 5-1 start doesn't get many pointed questions after press conferences.

However, after Sarzonia lost 20-16 at Joe Gibbs Stadium to No. 1 ranked Drawkland in front of a stadium record 77,430, many of the questions facing manager Gavin Davis centred on one decision in particular.

The call came on fourth and one from the Drawkland 38-yard line with Sarzonia holding onto a 16-13 lead with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. Instead of sending kicker Matt Andersen on to try a 56-yard field goal, then taking their chances with a deep kickoff, Davis opted for a quarterback sneak with Cameron Stallworth.

The play lost four yards as Stallworth had trouble handling the snap. With new life and great field position, the Grid Corps covered the necessary yardage in six plays, taking a nice 69 seconds to force Sarzonia to drive the length of the pitch without a timeout.

Stallworth looked for wide receiver Steve Swain at the Drawkland 28 but was hit as he threw it. Instead, the ball fluttered into the hands of linebacker Amaro Hackett, who ran forward a couple of yards, then planted his backside on the turf at the 46-yard line when he saw left tackle Matt Frost coming at him hoping to strip the ball.

"We just had a holding penalty on third down," Dacia said, explaining his reason for eschewing the long field goal. "I didn't feel comfortable getting Matty out there from that distance in that direction with the wind in his face."

Stallworth shook his head when asked what happened with the snap.

"I just didn't get a good grasp on it," he said. "I was looking at their line at the A-gap and then the B-gap trying to figure out which one to hit." Running back Ty'Relle Clinton also took a step to the left instead of the right. Clinton admitted he was supposed to get the pitch out if both gaps were filled.

"That's on me, too," Clinton said. "I didn't catch Cam's audible on the play."

The loss dropped Sarzonia two games behind Drawkland and level with 17th ranked South Americanastan for second in the Group B table. Sarzonia currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over South Americanastan.

"We're going to have to bounce back," Stallworth (who went 18-for-38 for 176 yards and a 19-yard touchdown to Swain and two interceptions. "We don't want to be a third place side."
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Postby HUElavia » Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:11 pm

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Episode 6
New Millenium, New Troubles


The year is 2000. People celebrated as the new Millenium had arrived filled with much optimism for what both the new Millenium and Century had in store for the Universe. With this great optimism, people had desire to travel to new places, both domestically and internationally. HUElavian Airlines was seeking to capitalize on the possible increase of passengers and revenue. Early into the year, CEO Rodrigues Chanca had to resign due to illness and old age, where the Board of Directors ended up voting for Maximiliano Arboleda, a manager from San Rafael who rose up the ranks to eventually have a strong position in the airline before being voted as the CEO.

Over time, the airline had made cuts to the seats, cutting back on legroom, but still giving enough to offer decent comfort. Meals were still very good, offering the normal differences of dishes for every long flight, but also now offering specialty meals for passengers with dietary needs. One of the first things that CEO Arboleda had ordered was more amenity kits for passengers not just in First Class, but some of the Premium Economy classes and some sitting in the Main Cabin Extra seats in Coach as well. Overall, the airline was committed to enhance the experience for passengers.

While the 1990s saw the introductions of the 777s and revamping the 747-400s, HUElavian Airlines finally took the chance to order an Airbus aircraft, ordering a few of Airbus A319 and A321, looking to use them for travels throughout the Neumerica Continent. Much of these new Airbuses was seen with plenty of praise for the design and comfort the planes had. By this point, the Boeing 727 and DC-9s were retired from use by 2001, as the Airline was seeking to continue building their fleet and modernizing as soon as the latest aircraft would come out. Despite the purchases, there were more difficult times for the airline. HUElavia would have its first major tragedy in years when in March 2002, Flight 570 from Jinaqa to Curumba was bombed mid-flight by Northern Separatists, which served as a massive precursor to The Troubles, one of the darkest periods of HUElavian History. With the tragic event, there was much fear among passengers to take flights from any airline, causing profits to plummet not just for HUElavian Airlines, but for the entire Airline Industry in HUElavia.

The War known as The Troubles put HUElavia on a global Travel Notice for other countries where other nations had reduced or even cut ties with flying for the country in what was a very violent crushing of the separatist rebels in the north that shocked much of the world. From the Travel Notice other airlines had put on HUElavian Airliners, this caused airlines to hemorrhage money and passengers from taking their flights. CEO Arboleda ended up working with the HUElavian government, along with other airlines' CEOs to come up with strategies to increase safety, which eventually came with stricter screenings at airports, more air marshals on airplanes and tighter security around aircrafts along the terminals and hangars. While things were looking up entering 2008, the eventual economic crash that came continued to cause more financial issues for HUElavian carriers. where some mergers had to occur. The most notable one was Aerolineas ORO being bought out and merged with ATC to become the 3rd largest carrier in the country, while HUE Airways bought out and merged HUElavia Sky West.

Eventually, the HUElavian Government enacted in 2009 the Tourism Recovery Act, giving many industries plenty of government handouts to be able to recover from the financial difficulties the war caused for the country, with the airline industry getting a very good portion for the recovery. HUElavian Airlines opted to go for better comfort once again on their planes with better food options and more benefits for people to join their Frequent Flyer Program, Golden Skies, which helped entice people to purchase flights again. Going into the 2010s, HUElavian Airlines led the country in flights, as more and more airlines began to remove the Travel Notice to HUElavia, and tourism began going on the upswing once more. Alas, in the 2010s there as much work and ground for the airline to make up.
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Through 8 weeks of World Bowl play, Drawkland leads the competition with 8 wins and 0 losses. On top of that, the Grid Corps also has the best offense in the tournament with 282 points, an average of over 35 points per game. There's still two games left in the group stage and the entire playoffs to go, but right now it appears Drawkland is the biggest contender to defend their title this tournament. This isn't to say that the other groups don't have heavy hitters; every group besides Drawkland in Group B has a leader sitting at 7-1.

Most of the group leaders are pot one teams, two of which suffered one-point losses on the road to the pot two team (TJUN-ia 33-34 to Abanhfleft, Chromatika 26-27 to Cassadaigua). Ko-oren bucked this trend by losing to the pot two team at home by a whole touchdown (Saint Kanye, 27-20). The other two group leaders are a little more surprising. Pot three teams Cardenao and The Kytler Peninsulae also fell to teams ranked below them on the road by a score, The 14 Stars and Lisander respectively. What does this mean? Ultimately, the front-runners are playing hard and close. Drawkland is the only pot one group leader that has actually taken care of business against the biggest competition in the group, so far.

One ignores the second-place teams at their own peril. Even having lost both games against the Grid Corps, Sarzonia's Stars still have the second-best offense in the tournament. Banija, Cassadaigua, and Saint Kanye only trail their top teams by one game. Quebec and Shingoryeo is two behind Kytler Peninsulae with head-to-head disadvantage, so they can't win the group, but they're still set up to be a scary lower seed in a playoff matchup. Valanora and Abanhfleft are even for second place in Group E, also trailing the group leader by a single game with two to go.

Okay, the World Bowl is competitive, so what? The point is that in yet another tough World Bowl cycle, Drawkland is appearing to rise to the top. The Corps has been known to be a fearsome force in the World Bowl for years, but rarely the #1 seed going into the playoffs. There's still two games to ruin that standing, but with an away game against Juvencus and home against unranked Sherpus left on the schedule, things look up.

Changing of the Guard

This revelation may be surprising to some. Drawkland won their first World Bowl in over two decades last cycle, and some attribute it to a change in offensive tactics brought on by a big personnel swap. For the entirety of the Dustin Beck era, the Grid Corps was renowned for a fast-paced offensive attack combining a high-volume passing game with a mobile QB and speedy running back room. Even in his older years, Dustin Beck still provided a spark on the ground even though he relied much more on the air attack.

Once Beck retired, Lane Proudfoot took his place. The change in scheme was jarring. The Grid Corps went from having a mobile gunslinger under center to a statuesque game manager. Previously teams needed to prepare their defenses to be running around the secondary all game, defending the pass and open field ball carriers. Last cycle, all those plans had to be thrown out the window. Drawkland became a ground-and-pound unit which only passed the ball when necessary. Many Drawkian fans scoffed at this concept. That sort of thing worked for Lane Proudfoot playing in the RB-centric RFL, but it would never work on the international level.

Then Drawkland won the World Bowl.

So going into a second cycle with Proudfoot under center, you'd figure a slouch would be coming. You can trick opponents for one season, changing the precedent and pulling out stops you haven't dusted off in years, if ever. After that, though, you have a whole year of film for your rivals to study. This gets worse when your one trick is the same, and the primary driver of your offense has extremely limited versatility. Many expected this cycle would be a step back.

Instead, Drawkland has returned with an equal amount of offensive fervor. Even with the running back room remaining the same, and Proudfoot not changing anything about his offensive game, Drawkland has scored the most points in the tournament through eight games. This is arguably the most disgusting part about Proudfoot (on the field, that is): though he is a frustratingly one-dimensional player with a limited skillset and barely-competitive mindset, he's still liable to pop out an insane drive and put your team in the dirt when it counts.

With this is mind, let's visit the top three times so far this cycle that Lane Proudfoot actually turned off autopilot and showed why he's the starting QB on Drawkland's national team.

Top Three "Lane Proudfoot Actually Giving a Shit" Moments (thru Week 8)

  • 3. "Sending Them Back Over the Sea," MD4 vs Juvencus
    Any leg of the Revoda Sea Rivalry is a good one. The two Sonnelian nations, separated by a sea to the south of Drawkland and north of Juvencus, have enjoyed a friendly sporting rivalry for many years. Normally these two duke it out on the soccer pitch or basketball hardwood, so seeing a home-and-away series on the gridiron is a special sight. Of course, gridiron football may not even be a top five sport in Juvencus, and Drawkland is one of the strongest football nations in the multiverse. Despite this, you can never count out a rival. With La Nationale not expected to contend for a playoff spot, their biggest target becomes their big brothers to the north.

    As such, the opening clash between the two Sonnelians was a hotly-contested matchup. The packed crowd in Metro Arena featured an actually tangible amount of visiting fans, a rarity for World Bowl games in Drawkland. An impressive contingent of Juven faithful in the stands complimented an impressive showing by the Juven squad on the field. The offense put together a couple decent drives, but the biggest surprise was the tenacity of La Nationale's defense. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Drawkland had only put 20 points on the board, a pair of touchdowns and a pair of field goals. That was their lowest-scoring game to that point in the tournament. La Nationale had kept Drawkland out of the end zone since halftime, and scored their first touchdown of the game right after the fourth quarter began.

    Drawkland had held the lead for the entirety of the game, but now they only led by one touchdown. A careless drive, a couple bad breaks on defense, and the game could be tied. A touchdown could be the killing blow the Corps needed to secure the W. The running game had been handled beautifully by Juvencus in the second half, so it was time for Lane Proudfoot to begrudgingly take to the air. Sporting just a few minor tosses earlier, Proudfoot hadn't thrown the ball more than 10 yards in the air all game. He immediately caught the Juven defense on their heels with a 15-yard strike to Johnathan Kimbrough to begin the drive. Another two passes for more than ten yards, then a wicked draw play for Hadrian Taylor, and suddenly the Corps was right outside the red zone. The normally stone-footed Lane had to move on the next play to evade a blitz, taking a couple strides out of the pocket to throw yet another dart to Kimbrough, who plowed over a Juven corner and dove for the pylon to cap the drive with a touchdown.

    It felt almost instant. In the space of a few minutes of game time, Juvencus went from believing they had a chance to turn the tide to being pretty much out of it. A couple defensive stops and a non-scoring drive that sucked six minutes off the clock later, and the Corps sent La Nationale back over the Revoda empty-handed.

  • 2. "The One Play Dagger," MD2 vs Sarzonia
    The first game between #1 and #2 in Group B came early, with Metro Arena filled to the brim with Drawkians ready to see a win over Sarzonia in Week 2. Nobody expected it to come easily, of course. The Corps started hot, getting out to a 28-3 lead at halftime. The tides shifted entirely coming out of the break, with the Stars roaring back on offense and shutting down the Corps defensively. Sarzonia scored three unanswered touchdowns, culminating in an 18-yard touchdown to bring the score to 28-23. Facing a five-point deficit halfway through the fourth quarter, it was natural for the Stars to go for two. Fortunately for the home crowd, the goalline fade pass was denied, and Sarzonia was stuck five points down. Still, they had momentum, and the Drawkian running game had done nothing of note for the past 20+ minutes of game time.

    This one is the reason this is the top three "moments" and not top three "drives" for Proudfoot so far. Everybody expected that Lane Proudfoot would have to start giving a shit eventually, as this was the second-most important match of the group stage. A turnover or punt would be the break Sarzonia needed to take the lead. This drive had to end in points. It looked to begin innocuously. Proudfoot began under center as he usually did, with Mike Banks behind him in singleback, and a heavy line. Of course, another run up the gut to begin the drive! Except it wasn't. Proudfoot faked the handoff to Banks, paused just a moment, then launched the ball downfield. Jackie Morris, who hadn't run a straight go route all game, cooked Will Donnelly at the line and burned past him down the numbers. Proudfoot's pass caught Morris perfectly in stride, and the run-minded safeties were just a step behind. Morris cruised into the end zone, giving Drawkland a two-score lead they wouldn't relinquish.

  • 1. "Six Plays, Sixty-Nine Seconds," MD7 vs Sarzonia
    Sure, those other two fourth quarter drives were clutch and got the job done, but they were instances where Drawkland already had the lead. In those games, Proudfoot just needed to give the Corps a little extra breathing room to really solidify the wins. Week 7, the away leg against Sarzonia, was another story entirely. In front of a beautifully-sized crowd in Joe Gibbs Stadium (over 77k), Drawkland was trailing for the first time all tournament. A run-heavy, time-consuming offense like the one Proudfoot prefers is great when you have take and hold the lead. Coming from behind? Proudfoot may be great at that in one arena, but not necessarily on the gridiron.

    Sarzonia's defense had dominated the day. Mike Banks had punched in a rushing touchdown late in the second quarter, but Drawkland failed the two-pointer. The Corps put together another touchdown drive midway through the third, but the Stars had held the lead throughout. As time waned in the fourth, it looked like Sarzonia was primed to ice the game. They were working into Drawkian territory, on the edge of field goal range, with just over two minutes left. Facing a fourth and one, Sarzonian manager Gavin Davis made the ballsy decision (that most Drawkians would agree with) to try a QB sneak. Unfortunately for the home fans, QB Cameron Stallworth stalled the drive by muffing the snap and losing four yards on the play, turning the ball over on downs.

    Now Drawkland was 58 yards from paydirt, 2 minutes from the end of the game, and 3 points away from taking the lead, sitting at a 16-13 deficit. The run game, which had barely gotten the job done against Sarzonia the first time, was definitely not going to come away with the win in this scenario. It was Proudfoot or nothing. Drawkian head coach Glenn Romano put the trust in his QB. A couple first downs would put Drawkland in position to tie the game and force overtime. A couple more first downs, overtime wouldn't be necessary.

    Proudfoot woke up. First play was rather innocuous, an 8-yard slant to Jackie Morris. Second play was a dump down to Hadrian Taylor in the flat, but he shook his man and busted forward for ten yards. Now Drawkland had the ball at the 40, and Proudfoot was hustling the team to the line in hurry-up. Third play, an out route to Johnathan Kimbrough where he was able to step out of bounds just short of the line to gain. Fourth play, Proudfoot called his fellow Cavsar alum's number again, but Kimbrough was tightly covered in the flat and only gained a couple yards. It felt like Sarzonia was starting to push back, and with the crowd roaring in Woodstock, some wondered if Proudfoot was really up to the job. Fifth play, Prokopios Vortigern Rooijakkers lined up as fullback in an offset I formation, Proudfoot faked the handoff to Taylor, then paused a second before finding Proko on a zig-zaggy corner route. Proko snagged the ball in stride, and the defensive swiss army knife came up big offensively, bringing the ball just outside the ten yard line before being brought down. The mood in Sarzonia was shifting. Was this clown Proudfoot about to do it again? They'd get their answer a few seconds later. Sixth play of the drive, Proudfoot floated a ball to Griffin Saylor in the back left corner of the end zone. Saylor elevated way over the head of the defensive back covering him, and tapped his toes in paydirt before coming down with the catch.

    One PAT later, and Drawkland had the 20-16 lead. Proudfoot metaphorically handed the ball back to Stallworth with 50 seconds left, 4 points down, and 75 yards to go, as if to say "beat that, kid." To the incredible dismay of the record crowd at Joe Gibbs Stadium, Stallworth could not beat Proudfoot's feat. To his credit, he did drive the Stars back into Drawkland's territory, threatening the red zone, but the Drawkian defensive front got to him, forcing a duck pass that was hauled in by linebacker Amaro Hackett to seal the victory.

The Outlook

With two games left in the group stage against low or unranked opponents, Drawkland seems to be in good position to hold the #1 seed in the World Bowl playoffs. To be fair, the away match against Juvencus has "trap game" written all over it, but even if the Corps falls there, they have a seemingly innocuous home finale against unranked Sherpus to calm the nerves and secure a top seed. Drawkland has the group title clinched, and one more win would all but assure them the #1 seed, assuming they win in blowout fashion.

Then comes the playoffs. Beating up on unranked and low ranked teams in the group stage is one thing, and you can't discount that Drawkland performed when it mattered against their best opposition in Sarzonia. The more pessimistic could point out how Drawkland's objectively worst showings came against their toughest opponent, which doesn't exactly inspire confidence for a playoff run where every team will be approximately at Sarzonia's level or better.

The main advantage here is that Drawkland is now guaranteed to be a top seed, which will ideally give them an easier draw in the first round. With some of the teams lurking in the second and third place spots in some of these groups, though, that may not be the blessing you'd expect. Even with Drawkland winning the World Bowl last cycle, a lot of the same questions still remain. Can this ground-and-pound, clock-management-focused offense survive the tougher defenses and hotter offensives of World Bowl playoff teams? Can Lane Proudfoot continue to pull shit out of his ass when it matters? Is this just how Drawkland operates now, or is this merely a heater that could come to a close at any moment? These are intriguing times to be a Grid Corps fan.
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Postby Cassadaigua » Sun Mar 03, 2024 3:36 pm

Steadham steps up,
by Kenzie Sherman, Concord Heights Times


Haylie Steadham is used to pressure at a young age. The 22-year old quarterback starred at the University of Starksville, never being able to play in the NSCF, but she had watched it from a distance. After graduating from high school, Steadham said that she briefly entertained putting her name out there into the NSCF recruiting pool for the opportunity to play for some of the world’s top football programs, but decided against it. The level of competition excited her, but in the end, she did not want to get her education in another country and to be so far from home. Instead, she decided on the University of Starksville, which is among the better college programs in the Matriarchy, but would not be considered a blue blood. “I wanted to go to college down South on the coast. That area appealed to me. Naturally, I wanted to go to a top school, but I didn’t feel as though I needed to go to one of those established powerhouses.” Haylie said in an interview four years ago. Steadham was a five-star, blue chip prospect, but at the time was not the top rated quarterback.

With the University of Starksville, Haylie Steadham forced her way into a starting role midway into her freshman year. That was not going to be the plan initially, but Haylie was simply too good for the coaching staff to keep her on the sideline. After three years of playing in college, Steadham declared herself eligible for the CFL draft, and was drafted second overall by the Fairfax Fire. It hasn’t been easy for her in Fairfax, since teams pick second overall for a reason and it is not because they have an excellent supporting cast. In college, Haylie’s offensive line and receiving corps was good enough for her to shine. Fairfax doesn’t have that, but Steadham didn’t mind. “I have never had such little time to get rid of the ball in my entire career,” Haylie said after her rookie season, “but you can complain about that, or you can rise to the occasion, learn how to play the position at the highest level and do everything you can.” She’s now been at Fairfax for three years, and her presence has allowed the team to sign some better offensive lineman. Not stars, but decent enough players to give Haylie more time. The team has drafted a couple of receivers early, and Haylie is coming off a monster season that got Fairfax into the playoffs for the first time in thirteen years. Then, came their first playoff win in nineteen years before they bowed out in the second round. That was got the attention of the entire league that she was not only a top prospect, but she had the potential to be one of the best in the game. Her entry level contract is up after next season, but sources suggest that Steadham will indeed sign an extension. “I’m not going to be a charity for my career, but I like it here in Fairfax. This is my team, and I love it. I want to be here when things get real good.” For a player that wanted to play on the southern coast, Fairfax (located in the extreme northeast of the traditional pre-North Cassadaigua borders) fans have to be happy to hear that.

National team manager Jennifer Cole was obviously well aware of Steadham, and named her to the World Bowl team as the third stringer. Haylie was not expected to play much, if at all. Brittany Carrington was the clear starter, and Tori Grasso was the backup. Steadham would be groomed into the role, but like what happened at the University of Starksville, things did not go according to plan. Carrington got hurt, and Grasso was ineffective, leading Cole to give Steadham her first start. The opponent? Only fifth ranked and undefeated Chromatika. “Haylie is fearless, and I am fully confident in her.” Cole said. Steadham agreed, “I didn’t dream my debut to be against a back marker. I want to play the great teams, and the Iron Legion is one of them.”

Chromatika received to begin the game and managed a field goal, sending Haylie and company out on the field, and coach Cole was sure to call some plays that Haylie ran often in Fairfax. “Yeah, I figured that Chromatika would use that same material, but here I had to make sure Haylie executed plays that she is used to running, some of her favorites with the Fire. Marching down the field to get a game tying field goal was great in the moment, and from there we did some other things.” It was a close game most of the way, with Steadham’s first touchdown pass coming midway through the second quarter to Katelynn Ellis for 14 yards to make it 10-10, and it would be 13-13 at halftime.

The game continued to be close, and with 3:19 left in the fourth quarter, Lana Rhodes ran it in from five yards to, what seemed like would give the Iron Legion a 27-20 lead. However, what proved to be one of the biggest plays of the game came on the extra point attempt when Austin Fitzgerald got his hand up to block the attempt, keeping it at 26-20. Now, the Fillies would have the chance to take the lead with their next drive, but they would have to smartly work the clock. Chromatika had all three of their timeout remaining, so they would be able to try and keep enough time on the clock. Jennifer Cole advised Haylie Steadham to let her worry about the clock, and for Haylie to execute the plays. Cassadaigua moved down the field, and with 57 seconds left in the fourth, Lacey Bouchard ran it in from three, and the extra point was converted to make it 27-26. The Iron Legion’s effort to get into field goal range was thwarted by a Kristen Brooke interception near midfield to seal the deal. In the end, a massive win for the pink and black against one of the best teams in the world.

Steadham and company picked up a 34-20 win over Lozho as well, putting the team at 6-2 with a big game looming against Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove. There was talk that Brittany Carrington would be ready to return for the game, but Cole announced that Haylie would again get the start, mentioning the rainy weather forecast, which is not ideal for someone recovering from an ankle injury. A win in the game would mean the Fillies clinched their playoff spot.
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Postby TJUN-ia » Sun Mar 03, 2024 3:41 pm

After the 2nd Double-Header produced two more wins, the Jagaurs of TJUN-ia were a respectable 6-0 and still on course to make it to Quebec and Shingoryeo once all of this is over. This team, despite how close things could get out here, were still cooking and Gus McKerrin was happy about that...but he knew this final Double-Header would be the true test of where TJUN-ia stood in this World Bowl group...and maybe the competition as a whole.

The road trip to Abanhfleft was up first and oh boy, was this one a bit of a chaotic one out here. Considering everything we had been through so far, you would think 33 points would be enough as Gareth Baldwin scored 5 TDs on the day - 3 to Fremont Whitehorse and 1 each to Victor Que-et-Vous and Gilbert Nyamutsamba - while Clayton McGee went 3/5 on PATs. But the hosts did a brilliant job out here to match us, step by step, all the way until the very end. At that point, a walk-off FG by their kicker would seal the 34-33 win...and finally give us an L at the 7th attempt.

Then it was back home, to The Field of Dreams in The Gardens of New Washington, to our rematch with Valanora...and one everyone knew would be hotly contested. Håkon Schau had the Sabres ready to go but they would only score 19 as Nikolas Isaksen brought home 2 TDs and Edvard Söderberg managed 1/3 on PATs and 2/3 on FGs. We had a mission to complete and when Jessica Farron intercepted Schau in Q1, we knew things were going to be fun. Baldwin ended up with 3 TDs, 2 to Que-et-Vous and 1 to Whitehorse, while McGee got 3/4 on PATs. Leon Gallas found the 5th TD via Lucky Sithole-Sita while Xander Tiovannen hit the PAT to finish the 34-19 win. A bounce-back win that puts us at 7-1 and back on track.

That concludes the doubleheaders. New Fernia up next. GO JAGS!


SCHEDULE (Group E)
MD1: vs United States of Devonta (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 38-10 (1-0)
MD2: vs Abanhfleft (14) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 23-17 (1st/2-0)
----------------------Double Header 1----------------------
MD3: @Valanora (22) - Lathalein Celestial Stadium, Mar Sara W 23-17 (1st/3-0)
MD4: vs New Fernia (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 26-0 (1st/4-0)
----------------------Double Header 2----------------------
MD5: @Oahu-Hawaii (UR) W 20-3 (1st/5-0)
MD6: @United States of Devonta (UR) W 23-13 (1st/6-0)
----------------------Double Header 3----------------------
MD7: @Abanhfleft (14) L 33-34 (1st/6-1)
MD8: vs Valanora (22) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 34-19 (1st/7-1)
----------------------Double Header END----------------------
MD9: @New Fernia (UR)
MD10: vs Oahu-Hawaii (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
1st: ECC4/5, NSSCRA13, RLWC22, IBS20, EBT3, EIHT2
2nd: NSCF24/26, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, IBS17, RUWC33/35, ECC6
3rd: ARWC3, IBC32, ECC3/7, ARWC6, ET20IV
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T1: #07 Michael Stefan (S13 T1 Champ/9W)/#64 Alfonso Mercado (3W)/#03 Maddison Riley-Jones (S10 T2 Champ/2W-T1/3W-T2)
T2: #96 Alice Jepkosgei (3W)/#70 Gongming Gao [NCR] (5W)/#79 Axel Chase

WGPO: #11 Lane Carter (2W)/ #9 Batu Tüvshinbayar (WGP2 S5 Champion/1W)
NSTT: 4 S-Titles (3 RU)/2 D-Titles (6 RU)

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Postby Sarzonia » Sun Mar 03, 2024 5:20 pm

As troubling as it is for some Sarzonian media types to see the country's national gridball team lose both meetings to top ranked Drawkland, offensive coordinator Trent Beaucamp found one silver lining.

"We've shown that we can bounce back from tough losses," he said. "We can compete with the Drawks. We need to do a better job of holding leads against them."

They wouldn't get a third crack against the Drawks, but Sarzonia were facing the next worst thing: The infamous "trap match." Before the trip to Weststock to face South Americanastan in the Horseshoe, the team would play unranked, one-win Untecna away.

Beaucamp would be pleased with the result, as Sarzonia rumbled to a 49-19 victory that at the very least ensured a winning record during the group stage. Defensive coordinator Tyler Paige wasn't nearly as thrilled, seeing his defence allow 314 yards of total offence to an unranked side, even though 194 of it came in the last 10 minutes of the fourth quarter with backups playing for the Stars.

"We let our foot off the petrol," Paige said of his unit, which held Untecna to 120 yards and no points. Untecna scored their lone touchdown on a kickoff return after the Stars jumped out to a 35-0 lead. "We do this against the Bears at the Horseshoe and we're playing for third place."

Manager Gavin Davis did not attend the press conference, citing a virus that made it nearly impossible for him to speak. He opted to manage the team from the press box, texting adjustments and decisions on aspects of the match such as going for it on fourth down or going for two-point conversions to Beaucamp.

"I can't speak!" Davis rasped as cameras approached him. "I could barely hear him," one radio reporter said. ""Plat it back." The reporter did.

"Louder!"

"That's as loud as it goes. He's can't speak. I doubt the IGF [Incorporated Gridball Federation] will punish him for that."

"That would be a bigger story than this match!"

Quarterback Cameron Stallworth completed 15-of-20 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns, running back Ty'Relle Clinton ran 23 times for 156 yards and two scores, and wide receiver Matt Largent scored on a 64-yard run on a reverse. Largent said afterward he only ran because fellow wide receiver Steve Swain was covered.

"It was supposed to be a halfback option pass, but when I saw Steve covered, I spotted an opening and turned it upfield."

Sarzonia (6-2) play their final away match at South Americanastan before closing against Juvencus at Joe Gibbs Stadium.
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Postby The Kytler Peninsulae » Sun Mar 03, 2024 8:03 pm

There are two teams who have not only clinched their progress with two games to go, but done so as group winners thanks to sweeping the only team that can tie with their record. One of them, as you'd perhaps expect, is Drawkland, the world #1 and the only team who have yet to taste the agony of defeat.

The other? That would be the Kytlerian Green Machine.

In just their second cycle back from isolation, they have staked a claim for already being the top team in Rushmore, and are on a trajectory that may make them the best team in the multiverse in far less time than anyone could have possibly envisioned. Granted, they did lose one game, but thanks to the early struggles of HUElavia - whose high-flying offense has finally been cleared for takeoff after being decidedly grounded in their shocking 0-4 start - the Green Machine were still able to lock down the top spot with two wins out of two against knockout stage hosts Quebec and Shingoryeo, the second in Quebecois territory in a dramatic 17-14 slugfest that could prove the perfect preparation for a knockout run that still feels improbable even when it possibly shouldn't at this point.

Quarterback Wecoisus Mocks doesn't care what his Green Machine are meant to do; he'd rather focus on running it.

"I don't like to think about expectations, about what we should be doing or what our real level is," he told a KBT interviewer after his team's latest defeat of the Grim Reapers. "Every game is a new start, it's 60 minutes on the clock and it's 0-0 on the scoreboard. We're going to come with our gameplan and they're going to come with theirs, and I'm just grateful every time our plan works better."

Then that interviewer asked an intriguing question; does the triple-option approach - honed in the smashmouth Varnian heartland of the sport in, well, Pavola at least - potentially serve as a limiting factor in actually taking the step to the elite levels of competition, where pass-heavy attacks are the standard meta?

"I mean, we're still scoring plenty of points this way, right?" he replied. "Obviously as a quarterback I want to be making throws and running the show, but the best way to move the chains is honestly to just win your battles one rep at a time, and this ground game is where we're doing that, and it opens up passing lanes for me and honestly the key for us might be being unpredictable where we still have the option plays and also we throw maybe more than we do right now, but it's hard to quit what's working, and honestly you usually shouldn't. We don't need to throw that often, just enough to make it even harder to stop 22 (leading rusher Travis Taylor) and all the other ball-carriers."

If the Kytlerian gridiron evolution is to enter a new phase, it will almost certainly come from the diverse communities of the Eastern Corridor Expansion. Besides being the growth engine of the country from both population and economic standpoints, the sprinkling of "BFGs" in the area form a strong foundation (no pun intended) for development on both offensive and defensive lines. Already, much of the vaunted Green Machine defensive front consists of dual nationals whose families hail from the other side of the Alps. As someone who was born and raised in the ur-Expansion city of Carroll Lewiston before ultimately moving to Varn on a gridiron scholarship, Mocks is well-equipped to talk about the Varn-centric nature of Kytlerian gridiron.

"I do think we need to become a national sport, and I think we're closer than people think," he argued. "It's just that quite a few of the talented kids from the east, like myself, some of the kids coming through now as well like (Jón) Úlfursson who moved to Endor - I think he was actually doing other sports as a kid and only later got into gridiron, obviously like all of us he played Babbageball in school and I think that's still going to be a key part of the pipeline, but how do you get the competition at a good level in the east and in the north? That's what we're going to need to do to make this a national sport, obviously the youth club model (as opposed to high school teams) helps a bit but there just isn't the depth of playing pool yet even then. But one step at a time. I think this team is inspiring the nation and that'll filter through the young ranks over the next couple of decades as today's kids watching these games become tomorrow's players."
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Postby Quebec and Shingoryeo » Sun Mar 03, 2024 8:35 pm

Ahead By A Century

PART 16 - Ghoster


There goes the chase again, thought Claire Lundrigan, as she was lying on her dormitory bed around eleven in the night. Right now, her eyes were placed on top of The Counterfeit Commando, a 19th century bildungsroman written by Lucien Jacobelli, she was trying her best not to think about all that's going on outside. She had heard about some of the wild stories of shenanigans that would happen on the Closers Week, usually meaning the week that separated the official end of examinations and the announcement of results, thanks to her friends. Some of them, of course, had attended AGS for generations, while others, not at all, but had engaged in plenty of their antics anyway (thanks for being complicit to that, Addie) which had meant that young Claire Lundrigan, while not openly partaking in the gossips and the antics herself, had heard too much of the things that were going on.

Now, it was almost the end of her first year at the AGS as a sophomore, the end to a chaotic school year, and was looking forward to spend the summer back home. Most of the time she was going to spending with her family at Saint-John-Upon-Battersea, whether it be just resting at her Silverhills home or swimming at the bigger, but more unnavigable Coxwell Park, but would also see weeks away from it due to summer music camps such as Eastern Music Camps out in Inverness, or those occasionally run by the Conservatoires and the National Youth Symphony of Shingoryeo. Those camps, where like-minded high schoolers and teenagers driven by highly-competitive interest in music, were very much what she had needed after being in the environment where she, while easing into it at the end of it all, was still not able to find herself a full fit.

A minor promise this had brought to Claire was the possibility of forming a brass quintet, at some point during the summer. It was sometime back in February when Heo Seung-Geon, whose results at the Conservatoire were improving, entertained the possibility of working on a brass quintet with him at trombone, Claire at horn, his sister Seung-Yeon at trumpet, and a couple more instrumentalists they could perhaps find. In her mind, there was a solid promise that stood with this quintet, even if it's just going to be for fun. The logistics with flying or taking the train into major locations, that's if they were to arrive before the NSYS ones or the EMC (unlikely on latter, considering that those mostly involved those out in Inteachan or Acadie provinces anyway), finding the remaining two members was going to be a challenge nonetheless, and she gave an affirmative in her answer.

Of course, those camps or friendly ensembles weren't exactly on her mind right now. Can the gals please shut up? Claire thought inside her head, as she lifted her eyes off the book and then took a brief look at the night sky outside. She could see the sky dotted with many stars, and not a single electric light in the sight, outside. Adelaide and Madeline presumably were outside with the other seniors, possibly chasing other boys, or themselves organising an operation out in the woods. Claire knew that sometimes it's the best idea not to ask, and just let her friends or other girls in the dormitory do their own thing, so that maybe they would come back to tell a story or two later that week, and they could laugh it off.

Now, it was around this point that the Claire heard a knock in the door. Claire, who immediately flinched upon noticing the knock, asked who knocked the door. There was no reply.

'Alright, I'm coming,' said Claire, as she got out of her bed, grabbed her slippers and then walked to the front of the door, with the squeak heard as she opened the door.

In front of her stood Alexandre, with the darkness of the hallway adding certain effect to it. For most of the months since the very incident over the Christmas break, Claire Lundrigan and Prince Alexandre had tried their best to avoid each other for most part. She had noticed how he had changed, after all, the wandering man who had once born the reputation of a brute, or an ancient warrior with his own indulgences, but had it replaced with a rather Hamlet-esque reinterpretation of himself. The same man whose largely-true rumours of womanising ways, abnormal strength and tendencies to fly, had once again appeared before Claire Lundrigan's eyes - in his vulnerable self, the uniform jackets were wet, while and ties were half-unravelled, his eyes bearing the look she had not seen from him ever.

'Hello,' Alexandre said, as he looked back at Claire. His eyes were looking mostly at Claire, though there was a brief wandering it held, which attempted to indicate that he was looking for someone. 'Did you happen to notice if Gilles Cassier or Stephanie Dalkeith is nearby? Gilles Cassier, one of my junior boys on the floor, broke his curfew and is apparently away with one of your girls.'

'No, I haven't even seen Stephanie today. In fact, I was mostly away from all of the shenanigans you lot seem to be having today, and I'm not a prefect myself, so no way I would be able to know if one of the girls went away,' Claire answered. She once again noticed Alexandre's gaze shifting slightly, perhaps to the sign of . She had wondered if the occasional glow of the ring, which she kept inside the drawer of her desk, may have been why, but knew that she's not in a position to quietly remove it from the being. Not while Alexandre seemed to be in lost based on his own gaze.

'Oh,' answered Alexandre in a mellower voice that held a bit of hollowness in it. 'Okay, sorry about that. Mind if I ask if we have met, perhaps in another life?'
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Postby Cardenao » Sun Mar 03, 2024 8:58 pm

“Listen, we been kicking ass all tournament.

We beat the 13th best team in the world, we beat Utah those fuckers twice, we beat Banija, the second best team in the world twice. We got our fate in our hands, right now we’re in the driver’s seat, we got 60 minutes of football between us and getting to the knockouts. We’re right god damn there, too close to slip now.

I’ll tell you what man, I’m sick of losing these big games. I’ve lost one, just the other week against Richardson in college football.

Not today.”
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Postby Valanora » Sun Mar 03, 2024 9:38 pm

It comes down to a single game where the Sabres either find themselves into the playoffs of the World Bowl for the first time ever, in just their third attempt at doing so, or they will likely see themselves heading home early once more despite having a very good run of games outside the first seed in the group. The trip to TJUN-ia ended just about the way that one might have expected after our lads and lasses were unable to find victory at home in Mar Sara, despite having just come off their best offensive performance against at home against Oahu-Hawaii in the match before. The contrast in the way that the side was able to score nearly at will in all their other games and not against TJUN-ia quite stark and shows the depth of difference between the best in the game and everyone else who is chasing upwards. The Sabres are among those teams are chasing towards the top and have had it a bit rough to start their World Bowl career, having a near impossible to get out of in their first World Bowl with Ko-oren and Quebec in their group and now having a TJUN-ia team who seem almost unbeatable.

However none of that matters as the team returns home for the most important game in their short World Bowl career, as they welcome the second seed in Abahnfleft who sit tied with the Sabres but the Sabres have both the head to head tiebreaker as well as the point differential tiebreaker. A win away to the Fleftic side after their initial disappointment against TJUN-ia saw a well worked winning streak that has the team in a position where they stand a good chance of advancing out of the group, provided they can finish the job that they start. The team needs to work out their offensive kinks against the better teams as well as some of the sluggish performances away from the Eternal Empire, but they have looked excellent in nearly every game they have played in that is not against TJUN-ia. With a victory, the side secures up a second place in the group and make history for the team in getting out of the groups for the first time, but as it was in the NSCF when the Vanorian teams moved into the Zephyr, the Fleftic powerhouse waits to stymie the team and attempt to thwart that history. If the team continues to channel that NSCF momentum and atmosphere, they will earn that victory and set such a celebration that will be near unmatched when it comes to gridiron in the Empire.
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Chromatik Recruits for NSCF 31

Honorable Mention. QB Reece Santos
School: Urrhed High School
Conference Statistics: 3,291 yards, 29 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Second Round
Hometown: Urrheddiao, Urrhed Island
Specs: 6 ft 3 in, 210 lbs
Intended Major: Chemical Engineering
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.66
Description: An accurate pocket passer who excels within forty yards, Santos never did take that next step to add mobility or quickness to his game. He's a serviceable Quarterback with enough protection or a salvo of weapons behind him, but if he's not set up for success, he'll struggle at the next level. Still, there was enough brilliance in his four years at Urrhed High School to bear mention.

Honorable Mention. WR Stephen Marx
School: Vitoron School of Charge
Conference Statistics: 66 yards, 891 yards, 8 touchdowns
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Vitoron, Capital District
Specs: 5 ft 9 in, 180 lbs
Intended Major: Counseling
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.82
Description: Though physically unimposing, Marx has the ability to really stretch the field with pure speed and surprising elusiveness. Also doubling as a track athlete in high school, he is best used in combination with another receiver making him open or in designed screens to let him gain a head start on his pursuers. A tactician's favorite toy, his inability to muscle past anyone remains his biggest liability.

Honorable Mention. P Leonard Gusthaven
School: Myana Northwestern High School
Conference Statistics: 22 punts downed inside the 5 yard line; 49.8 yard average
Postseason: Lost National Championship
Hometown: Myana, Myana Island
Specs: 5 ft 10 in, 180 lbs
Intended Major: Marine Biology
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.96
Description: A brilliant mind, Gusthaven's specialty is coffin corners; he doesn't have the biggest leg otherwise. Calm under pressure with good hangtime and the ability to come up big in huge moments to turn over field position, he is the best punter of his class.

Honorable Mention. RB Park Min-Seol
School: East Rhoni High School
Conference Statistics: 215 carries, 1,018 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns; 728 yards receiving, 5 touchdowns
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Third Round
Hometown: Rhoni, Coastal District
Specs: 6 ft 2 in, 205 lbs
Intended Major: Physical Therapy
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.55
Description: A dual-purpose back who can both pound the rock between the tackles and catch it out of the backfield, Park is still someone who likes to invite contact instead of avoiding it. Her versatility is a plus - she can be used in single-back, dual-back, or even jumbo sets - and she possesses a smart football mind behind it all.

Honorable Mention. K Nix Drell
School: J. H. Yadasky High School
Conference Statistics: 24/28 Field Goals; 18/18 Field Goals inside 40
Postseason: National Quarterfinals
Hometown: Pria, Coastal District
Specs: 5 ft 10 in, 170 lbs
Intended Major: Sports Sciences
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.49
Description: Recognizable for a brilliant mane of red hair, Drell is the latest of Chromatik Kickers who are automatic under forty; his kicks do tend to drift bit more left as the kicks get longer, but he shows all the promise necessary to continue the Chromatik legacy of producing splendid Kickers.

30. SS Rick Pynd
School: Randan High school
Conference Statistics: 68 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 6 interceptions
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, First Round
Hometown: Randan, Mountain District
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 205 lbs
Intended Major: Theatre
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.88
Description: A hammer of a safety whose best trait is getting the receiver to the ground, Pynd also has a knack of reading hot routes to tight ends and running backs, leading to his six interceptions. He isn't the fastest guy, but if he can get in the way, not many people will get by him.

29. WR Draymond Sting
School: East Shantarr High School
Conference Statistics: 82 catches, 1,419 yards, 16 touchdowns
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Third Round
Hometown: Shantarr, Heartland District
Specs: 5 ft 11 in, 195 lbs
Intended Major: Music (Jazz)
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.72
Description: The favorite target of Daemon Argonaut, Sting is a well-rounded receiver who can do it all - beat someone with speed, run a great route, and, of course, catch the ball. He isn't the best after the catch, but throw something his way, and he will likely get to it. The reason why he's so much lower on this list compared to other players is twofold - first, he has a tendency to let the opposition get in his head if he struggles in the early going, and secondly, he's someone who's accustomed to seeing a few targets his way - something that not many Chromatik players tend to stress on about. Perhaps in a different environment than Chromatika, he'd shine even brighter.

28. MLB Andy Kim
School: Pelar High School
Conference Statistics: 109 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Third Round
Hometown: Pelar, Rainbow District
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 200 lbs
Intended Major: Physics
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.58
Description: A tackling middle linebacker whose best quality is stopping the ball carrier in their tracks, Kim's size and aggressiveness is a key part of his game. He isn't quick enough to contend with good tight ends or backs, but if any are unlucky to get in his way, he'll take care of them without much issue.

27. CB Kang Doon
School: Chromatik Army High School
Conference Statistics: 51 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 6 interceptions, 15 passes defensed
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Second Round
Hometown: Eyrods, Myana Island
Specs: 6 ft 5 in, 220 lbs
Intended Major: Law
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.93
Description: The stereotypical shutdown corner who likes to live on an island and shut down anyone that comes their way, Doon was a three-year starter in the Island Conference before transferring to Chromatik Army High School. He averaged 1.5 passes defensed a game, and was very good at getting a hand in there. With a very large wingspan, he fits the mold of the cornerback rather well. Sometimes, he lacks the physicality to bring down the ball carrier, but that can be taught, as he definitely has the size.

26. FS Swain Cadillac
School: Chromatik Army High School
Conference Statistics: 77 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Second Round
Hometown: Lanar, Rainbow District
Specs: 6 ft 6 in, 225 lbs
Intended Major: Biochemical Engineering
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.86
Description: A roaming star safety with a nose for the ball - whether it be in the passing game or supporting the run. He's not afraid to take on the biggest running back or the shiftiest receiver, though he can be a bit overaggressive at times. A true asset.

25. CB Vera Éloit
School: Staramara Tech High School
Conference Statistics: 44 tackles, 9 passes defensed, 6 interceptions
Postseason: National Champion
Hometown: Staramara, Urrhed Island
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 210 lbs
Intended Major: Philosophy
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.66
Description: A rangy, lockdown corner who was so good that not many offenses dared throw her way; she made the most of her opportunities, intercepting six of the passes. In the Battle Angels' defense, it's good to have a reliable corner who can take away a third of the field, and that is who Éloit was. Was she helped by Freya Odinsdóttir's presence? Yes, but there is no denying the fact that Freya also was helped by Vera's presence.

24. LG Harold Teller
School: Myana Northwestern High School
Conference Statistics: 3 sacks allowed; 81 pancakes
Postseason: Lost National Championship
Hometown: Myana, Myana Island
Specs: 6 ft 3 in, 280 lbs
Intended Major: Graphic Design
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.49
Description: A well-rounded left guard with surprising balance who played on the strong side of Nicole Estera for three years before being the blind side of Lina Goodson. Doing well in both pass protection and on the run blocking game, his agility allows him to be the pulling guard in drawn-out run plays as well. One of the better line prospects to come out of Chromatika in a while.

23. WR Draven Killjoy
School: West Shantarr High School
Conference Statistics:
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Shantarr, Heartland District
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 205 lbs
Intended Major: Interior Design
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.71
Description: A player whose stock rose and fell very quickly, Killjoy is a proven route runner with sure hands. With the Scorpions doing so poorly this past season, his stock has fallen quite a bit; he's still someone who can gain separation and get the balls thrown his way. Was his Junior year the outlier, or the Senior year?

22. WR Merrill Lyle
School: East Omnio High School
Conference Statistics: 59 catches, 1,039 yards, 9 touchdowns
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Second Round
Hometown: Omnio, Capital District
Specs: 5 ft 11 in, 195 lbs
Intended Major: Medicine
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.68
Description: Speed is Lyle's game, and though the opposing secondary knows it, they can't do much about that. Her first speed is one of the fastest in the country, she specializes in go routes, and she averages nearly twenty yards a catch. Not a #1, but a great #2 and one of the best #3 receivers in the country.

21. MLB Kiernan Jodunst
School: Wirr Tsi School for the Gifted
Conference Statistics: 89 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 5 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Second Round
Hometown: Chromia, Capital District
Specs: 6 ft 3 in, 210 lbs
Intended Major: Biochemistry
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.59
Description: A coverage-oriented middle linebacker who can really keep up with tight ends and running backs, Jodunst may struggle in the open field, but it's made up for his brains and his skills in coverage. He can be shaken by a stiff arm or a juke, but if the coordinator can scheme him correctly, he's a ridiculous chess piece on the board.

20. RB Miles Suyanghar
School: Wirr Tsi Capital School
Conference Statistics: 175 carries, 901 yards, 11 touchdowns; 52 catches, 491 yards, 6 touchdowns
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Wirr Tsi, capital District
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 205 lbs
Intended Major: Agricultural Sciences
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.94
Description: A dual-threat running back who can both run past tackles and run decent routes; Suyanghar was a bit buried in the mess that was Wirr Tsi Capital School, but the Bears did finish in second place in their division. Suyanghar is reliable with good speed and good hands, though not that flashy at times.

19. TE Reile Dostov
School: Cheonju Korean Institute
Conference Statistics: 68 catches, 801 yards, 7 touchdowns
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Cheonju, Heartland District
Specs: 6 ft 3 in, 210 lbs
Intended Major: Chromatik Languages
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.89
Description: A catch-first tight end with decent blocking ability, Dostov has great speed for his size. His physical nature and smart hands (he doesn't get called for holding very often) make him a good target.

18. OLB Cécile Duval
School: Waves High School
Conference Statistics: 61 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Urrheddiao, Urrhed Island
Specs: 6 ft 2 in, 200 lbs
Intended Major: Humanities
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.71
Description: A rushing edge linebacker whose biggest goal every play is to tackle the Quarterback or the ball carrier as fast as possible. Duval lacks the coverage skills to be an every down Linebacker, but she will wreak havoc if given the chance.
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Postby Quebec and Shingoryeo » Sun Mar 03, 2024 9:59 pm

MD9 Cutoff


Group A -- Third-party viewing observed and verified by Tikariot
Ekhistan (UR) 23–44 Daharia (UR)
Lisander (31) 22–23 Quebec and Shingoryeo (07)
The Kytler Peninsulae (16)
44–6 HUElavia (09)

# Group A                     Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD                                
1 The Kytler Peninsulae 9 8 1 306 110 +196 — 10–6 34–10 44–6 31–0 55–3
2 Quebec and Shingoryeo 9 6 3 186 85 +101 14–17 — 21–0 52–3 19–6 —
3 Daharia 9 5 4 210 184 +26 — 0–13 — 10–20 38–23 37–7
4 HUElavia 9 4 5 165 233 −68 7–41 27–16 23–27 — — 19–27
5 Lisander 9 3 6 172 256 −84 35–30 22–23 20–44 13–47 — 27–14
6 Ekhistan 9 1 8 116 287 −171 29–44 0–22 23–44 3–13 10–26 —


Group B
Sherpus (UR) 19–12 Untecna (UR)
Juvencus (38) 7–41 Drawkland (01)
South Americanastan (17)
21–10 Sarzonia (11)

# Group B                   Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Drawkland (01) 9 9 0 323 154 +169 — 35–23 56–19 27–13 — 53–26
2 Sarzonia (11) 9 6 3 283 152 +131 16–20 — 24–9 — 31–14 53–0
3 South Americanastan (17) 9 6 3 196 170 +26 10–38 21–10 — 31–17 40–3 43–6
4 Juvencus (38) 9 4 5 198 191 +7 7–41 20–30 3–7 — 35–6 45–24
5 Sherpus (UR) 9 1 8 131 277 −146 20–26 14–47 13–16 3–24 — 19–12
6 Untecna (UR) 9 1 8 175 362 −187 20–27 19–49 — 22–34 46–39 —


Group C
The 14 Stars (UR) 34–10 The Fortem (UR)
Utahn Theocratic Republic (35) 30–27 Banija (02)
Cardenao (24) 51–17 Terefuxe (13)

# Group C                         Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Cardenao (24) 9 8 1 297 161 +136 — 34–13 51–17 34–17 43–16 43–13
2 Banija (02) 9 6 3 272 200 +72 23–26 — 41–12 59–21 — 40–28
3 Terefuxe (13) 9 5 4 230 204 +26 26–30 19–30 — — 56–16 18–7
4 Utahn Theocratic Republic (35) 9 5 4 207 259 −52 17–30 30–27 19–50 — 20–14 31–10
5 The 14 Stars (UR) 9 3 6 160 200 −40 19–6 13–20 7–19 7–20 — 34–10
6 The Fortem (UR) 9 0 9 122 264 −142 — 17–19 3–13 28–32 6–34 —


Group D
Ubernordwinds (UR) 42–20 Lozho (UR)
Kinqueven (UR) 0–34 Chromatika (05)
Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31)
44–39 Cassadaigua (12)

# Group D                                      Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Chromatika (05) 9 8 1 294 142 +152 — 24–16 18–6 43–17 46–7 —
2 Cassadaigua (12) 9 6 3 274 188 +86 27–26 — 20–3 — 51–17 50–17
3 Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31) 9 6 3 300 197 +103 41–56 44–39 — 41–17 49–3 59–21
4 Kinqueven (UR) 9 3 6 160 251 −91 0–34 17–12 13–37 — 17–9 20–21
5 Lozho (UR) 9 2 7 175 303 −128 21–28 20–34 — 34–29 — 44–7
6 Ubernordwinds (UR) 9 2 7 165 287 −122 7–19 20–25 10–20 20–30 42–20 —


Group E
Oahu-Hawaii (UR) 37–23 United States of Devonta (UR)
New Fernia (UR) 9–34 TJUN-ia (03)
Valanora (22)
25–10 Abanhfleft (14)

# Group E                        Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 TJUN-ia (03) 9 8 1 254 122 +132 — 34–19 23–17 26–0 38–10 —
2 Valanora (22) 9 7 2 241 160 +81 17–23 — 25–10 31–7 25–12 44–23
3 Abanhfleft (14) 9 6 3 247 205 +42 34–33 19–30 — — 56–34 13–6
4 New Fernia (UR) 9 3 6 158 219 −61 9–34 20–37 0–35 — 28–0 50–27
5 United States of Devonta (UR) 9 2 7 157 258 −101 13–23 — 10–13 26–17 — 29–21
6 Oahu-Hawaii (UR) 9 1 8 176 269 −93 3–20 12–13 44–50 3–27 37–23 —


Group F
Equestria (UR) 16–54 Zantalio (UR)
Crpostran (UR) 3–17 Ko-oren (04)
Delaclava (29) 14–27 Saint Kanye (08)

# Group F               Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Ko-oren (04) 9 8 1 216 68 +148 — 20–27 34–3 23–0 29–7 —
2 Saint Kanye (08) 9 7 2 283 146 +137 13–16 — 36–6 — 43–10 34–7

3 Delaclava (29) 9 5 4 202 132 +70 0–6 14–27 — 23–6 44–7 43–0
4 Crpostran (UR) 9 4 5 214 212 +2 3–17 22–40 16–49 — 54–29 43–7
5 Zantalio (UR) 9 3 6 189 297 −108 12–27 27–24 — 9–40 — 34–20
6 Equestria (UR) 9 0 9 92 341 −249 3–44 24–39 0–20 15–30 16–54 —
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Postby Ko-oren » Mon Mar 04, 2024 2:54 am

Wake up babe, new history curriculum dropped. Welcome to parts 1 and 2 (out of 12).

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No history is complete without a discussion about the landscape, flora, and fauna that existed prior to our arrival. Especially in Ko-oren, where the things that grow here and the creatures we share the land with are so important to our culture, from our icons and logos to our proverbs, down to the most basic assumptions about places and the people from there. This section is about plate tectonics, biogeography, you name it. Why is Ko-oren where it is, why does it look like what it looks like? There might even be a field trip to nearby botanical gardens if your school is close to one of those. And if you're really lucky, the East Amewarrie (Katahamaurih) volcanic plugs are an even more visible way of how the world is formed, as are various other extreme microclimates, like the Aviansola (temperate) Rainforest, the Ferrovente desert, and icy formations up in Aerellen. Most national parks have exhibits on the origins of the landscape as well, and they're dotted across the country - it's hard to be more than an hour or three away from one. Again, the most notable ones are the Amandine, but what about the Amillon (marine) park, for instance?

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And then mankind appears. Early humans adapted to the land, made it their own, but what exactly they were up to is a guess - sometimes. There are some tangible remains - tools, stones that could have been part of a building, a grave, or maybe even a calendar? To be honest, this section isn't massive. It spans more time than the remaining ten sections combined, sure, but there are (obviously) no written records, so material findings are all we have. There are some digs along the bay - it looks like our ancestors did figure out that that was the best spot for survival, and there's even some overlap between the areas with important findings in this era and the sites of early cities in the next. That's hardly a surprise, of course. In this edition of the curriculum, there will be more focus on the settlements and findings on the eastern islands, which were perhaps the most populated parts of the country at this point.

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A map of important findings from this era


This map is quite different from a modern day population density map, and factors leading to that are also a part of the curriculum for this era. Students will also be asked to consider modern day political attitudes, as these findings and how they differ from place to place are used in regionalist or nationalist rhetoric. The cluster in the southwest, as well as the clusters on the eastern islands, are both locations of findings that do not always follow suit with small statues and sculptures found on the (rest of the) mainland.
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Job Done (WB - VI)

Postby TJUN-ia » Mon Mar 04, 2024 3:51 pm

After a tight first loss gave way to a huge bounce-back win, the Jagaurs of TJUN-ia were 7-1 and firmly in the driving seat to make it to Quebec in due course...just exactly what Gus McKerrin was hoping for entering that final double-header. Sure, finally losing a game did indeed suck, but how we bounced back against Valanora of all teams has all the hallmarks of a team that knows what it's doing...and that's a deadly proposition for everyone else to deal with.

This proposition was shown to its full effect against New Fernia in our final road game of this season...holy fuck, we killed them. Restricting a team to only 3 FGs for the entire game is always a sign you're doing the right thing and that was certainly the case tonight as we cooked...pure and simple. Gareth Baldwin managed 3 TDs, all to Gilbert Nyamutsamba, with Clayton McGee going 3/3 on PATs. Leon Gallas then took over and took things further, finding both Ivan and Peter Borosić for 2 more TDs while Xander Tiovannen kicked 1/2 on PATs. 34-9. Beautiful. And just like that, our progression to the Playoffs was confirmed...as group winners at that.

All going to plan. One final farewell to come in the Gardens against Oahu-Hawaii. GO JAGS!


SCHEDULE (Group E)
MD1: vs United States of Devonta (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 38-10 (1-0)
MD2: vs Abanhfleft (14) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 23-17 (1st/2-0)
----------------------Double Header 1----------------------
MD3: @Valanora (22) - Lathalein Celestial Stadium, Mar Sara W 23-17 (1st/3-0)
MD4: vs New Fernia (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 26-0 (1st/4-0)
----------------------Double Header 2----------------------
MD5: @Oahu-Hawaii (UR) W 20-3 (1st/5-0)
MD6: @United States of Devonta (UR) W 23-13 (1st/6-0)
----------------------Double Header 3----------------------
MD7: @Abanhfleft (14) L 33-34 (1st/6-1)
MD8: vs Valanora (22) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 34-19 (1st/7-1)
----------------------Double Header END----------------------
MD9: @New Fernia (UR) W 34-9 (1st/8-1/Group Winners)
MD10: vs Oahu-Hawaii (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington
1st: ECC4/5, NSSCRA13, RLWC22, IBS20, EBT3, EIHT2
2nd: NSCF24/26, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, IBS17, RUWC33/35, ECC6
3rd: ARWC3, IBC32, ECC3/7, ARWC6, ET20IV
NSSCRA - JR
T1: #07 Michael Stefan (S13 T1 Champ/9W)/#64 Alfonso Mercado (3W)/#03 Maddison Riley-Jones (S10 T2 Champ/2W-T1/3W-T2)
T2: #96 Alice Jepkosgei (3W)/#70 Gongming Gao [NCR] (5W)/#79 Axel Chase

WGPO: #11 Lane Carter (2W)/ #9 Batu Tüvshinbayar (WGP2 S5 Champion/1W)
NSTT: 4 S-Titles (3 RU)/2 D-Titles (6 RU)

UN - U1
TJUN (Ta-Jun) - An organ of the UN that focuses on "international role-play" (i.e. USA = Fang the Sniper) (U2)
TJUN-ia (Ta-Jun-ee-a) - The testing grounds of TJUN members, but operates as an independent nation. (U3)

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