S2 Prospect Game Champion Pomona MongooseWhere are they now?
Back in my day we didn’t have fancy DSFL with drafts and bot teams and all this extra nonsense. We had two prospect teams and you got put on one team and you lived with it. The team I got randomly assigned to was the Pomona Mongoose(s/Mongeese). Is the plural of mongoose mongeese or mongooses? This is the subject of many a debate back in S2. We will leave it up to you to decide.
Naturally after being randomly assigned to a team no one else in the league cared about, myself and a few others went full on Pomona fans as if this was the team we had grown up supporting. The baddies of this story or the other team players were randomly assigned to were the Flint Sun Tropics. No one likes the Sun Tropics, I’ll try to avoid talking about them as much as possible.
There were 4 prospect games played which involved a lot of punts and not much action. Also we had PBP’s and had to wait for each post to see what happened drive by drive none of this fancy streaming and coloured dots and what not. God you don’t know how good you’ve got it you young bloods. Back in my day we had to deal with so much more than you. Did you see how well that draft was presented last night? We never had anything like that in S2. Anyway, after these games the teams were tied at 2 wins a piece so a final championship game was to be played. Obviously the Pomona Mongooses won the championship and that’s why they are so widely known and celebrated within the NSFL. Let’s take a look at that championship team and what become of the players careers after being drafted.Team 2
QB: Shawn Brady
RB: Darlane Farlane
RB: Ardie Savea
WR: Matthew Vincent
WR: Johnny Rocket
WR: John Baker
TE: Paul DiMirio
TE: Perry Tucker
OL: Braden Sharp
OL: Tim Pest
OL: Alonzo Charles
OL: Tyron Smith
OL: Brokk Lee
DE: Chidubem Okonkwo
DE: Owen Taylor
DT : Joshua Ortega
DT : Bork Björnsson
LB: Bert Macklin
LB: Kevin Cushing
CB : Dermot Lavelle
CB : Dwayne Barton
CB: Kristoffer O'Sullivan
S: Allen Davis
S: James Lillico
P: Jayce Jerek
K: Rashad Tarkenton
A quick look at the team reveals not much. Recognise many of those names?
Our QB was Shawn Brady. He was drafted to the Liberty with a seventh round pick to be Philly's QB of the future, but he went inactive and spent his career in the DSFL, winning a QB of the year award with the Kansas City Coyotes before retiring.
A backfield of Ardie Savea and Darlane Farlane made for a real thunder and lightning duo. These two backs fed off each other and had a great friendship off the field. Darlane went on to win OROY as Baltimore Hawks workhorse RB before ultimately going inactive (I miss you) while Ardie Savea went on to years of mediocrity at Las Vegas/New Orleans before switching to TE to make room for a real RB; Darren Smallwood (who didn’t even play in the prospect games)
Matthew Vincent wasn’t the primary receiver but once in the NSFL he showed he was the receiver with the most talent. He had a brief career with the Baltimore Hawks before retiring and becoming GM of the Colorado Yeti. Both other WRs stayed active for a short while after the draft, going over 50 TPE, although neither had much NSFL success, unlike Vincent.
Two premier Tight Ends helped the Mongeese win in both the running and the passing game. Back then Paul DiMirio actually played TE instead of slot receiver lol. Perry Tucker was drafted to the Liberty on the premise that he would switch to LB. Paul DiMirio also contributed from the TE position, before being drafted to the Liberty. Both TEs are still in the league.
Offensive line was the make or break factor back when we didn’t have bots to fill these positions and Pomona had a pretty decent one. In the NOLA locker room we counted 3 Er multis so I mean that’s a good start for a championship winning team.
You win football games at the point of attack. Our defensive line was even better than the offensive side with guys like Owen Taylor and Bork Bjornsson who was good for at least one sack every game. Also quiet performer Chidubem Okonkwoco who was drafted in the sixth round (43rd overall) by San Jose.
Owen Taylor continued the tradition of Pomona players heading to the Hawks where he eventually switched to RB while Bork was drafted by Yellowknife to have a great career before it was cut short.
Kevin Cushing joined the team for the final game where the beginning of his career was defined by an argument with teammate Ardie Savea on the sidelines. This affected draft stocks in the upcoming draft and ironically these players ended up being picked one after another at 13 and 14. Both players eventually put their blow out down to their individual competitiveness and become friends. Cushing played as a line backer for a few years at the Wraiths before switching to corner. He then moved to Philly in free agency. Cushing is perhaps best known for being a full season behind other players with a LOT more TPE.
Dermot Lavelle was on the team but we didn’t see much of him as he was too busy tearing it up with the Wraiths in the NSFL and being an entire season of TPE ahead of the rest of us. The corruption begun before he was commissioner :eyes:
Obviously he was then drafted first overall in the S2 draft.
So in conclusion; The Pomona Mongooses where are they now? Either retired, inactive or fading into shells of their former selves as regression hits.
Was this all a waste of time? Probably.
Maybe one day the Pomona Mongeese will return as a DSFL rebrand or something of the like. Until that day they live on in our hearts as prospect game champions.
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