Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The wrong kind of perfect.

Sorry we’ve missed our weekly wrap on the Indoor/Europe leagues, as some of our favorite ‘Cats battle on. Works has been busy and I need to pay the mortgage on time. However, let’s catch up with our boys and see what is going on.

TFJ is only one man.

Former Linfield All-NWC Running Back, Thomas Ford Jr. (2004) is doing everything he can to help keep his Alaska Wild from having the wrong kind of perfect season. As of right now, the Intense Football League’s Wild are 0-8 in their inaugural season and TFJ isn’t too thrilled about it. He recently was featured in the Anchorage Daily News and while being the man is great, but being the man on a 0-8 team isn’t as great.

"It's hard for me to talk about me individually just because we're not winning," Ford told the Anchorage Daily News. "But it kind of is (a breakout season) for me."

TFJ leads the Wild in just about every receiving category (447 yds, 6 td’s) and also has three rushing TD’s to his credit.

The most recent trip up was a loss last Thursday (June 7th) at home vs. Corpus Christi 62-32. The Wild are back on the road the next two weeks vs. the Odessa Roughnecks on the 16th and in San Angelo on the 23rd. Please send TFJ a little karma because a person of TFJ’s caliber should not have to suffer like this.

Our Burn is looking to push the pilot light.

The season started out great for our AF2 Boise Burn as they jumped out to a 4-1 record. But a hard 52-32 loss to cellar dweller Everett had to be a hard one to take. As of right now, Boise is 4-5 and looking up at 5 teams in their division with 7 weeks left. The Burn really needs to kick it high gear if they want to sneak into the playoffs.

Former Linfield All-American’s Brandon Hazenberg and Casey Allen have been stellar for the Burn this season but an inconsistent offense has been a killer over the 4 game skid. Allen is by far the Burn’s greatest offensive asset as The Beast has racked up 19 TD catches on the year to go along with his team leading 632 yards. Haze has been his typical jack of all trades in filling the defensive stat sheet from his safety spot with 23.5 tackles on the year, 7 pass break ups, 2 picks, and 2 fumble recoveries. Haze has also pulled double duty with 4 catches on the year.

If the Burn is going to turn it around it’s going to have to start this Saturday vs. the 8-1 Rio Grand Valley Dorados at Boise’s Qwest Arena.

The Butcher's Europe shop is about closed.

Former 2x 1st team All-American Linfield Quarterback, Brett Elliott is probably itching to get back to San Diego for Training Camp. The 4-5 Rhein Fire of the NFL Europa league wraps up this Saturday but don’t expect Elliott to take a big part. The Fire staff has put the Cowboy behind center 100% of the snaps the past two games leaving BE out of the rotation. Part of me doesn’t blame the Fire staff because that is one of the worse offensive lines I’ve ever seen and Pickett is much more mobile that BE.

However, I don’t think all is lost for Elliott. When he was provided the chance and the protection he looked good to great for the Fire. The problem was the rest of the time Brett was getting slapped around more than Tina Turner by Ike.

I think this fall camp with San Diego is going to be make or break Brett’s NFL career. With Rivers getting a great year under his belt SD will not want to put him in harms way during the pre-season so I think BE will get the chance to show if he has the chops to stick in the league. We’ll keep an eye on him in the upcoming months.

Former Cat likes the indoors

Former Linfield Wildcat standout and three time 1st team NWC defensive tackle (2000-2002 ) Ricky Gaspar has been just up the road from the Catdome playing for the AF2's Everett Hawks for the past six weeks and this Linfield blogger didn't even know. Missing a man of Ricky's stature (6'3", 315 lbs) is pretty hard to do but Ricky is fast on his feet for a big man and has enjoyed getting back to the field.

Big 57 have had two stays with the Arizona Rattlers but were spending the first part of the indoor season looking for a new team to hook up with. After weighing his options Rick signed with Everett and has been starting on the offensive line ever since.

After the victory over our Boise Burn, Rick was sure to drop me a message to remind me that his crew deserved some love for the Linfield v Linfield battle and is very excited about the upcoming Linfield season. So officially ADvanatge Catdome has two AF2 teams we've adopted....Our Boise Burn and Our Everett Hawks.

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