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Today at 10:57 am
It’s just rough man.

I’ve only been in the league for two seasons and 4 weeks, but it feels like I’ve endured an entire career’s worth of games, drama, and everything in between. The Colorado Yeti, the squad that drafted me first overall in the S5 draft, just played the San Jose Sabercats in Week 4 of the NSFL season. We lost 33-9, at home in Denver. The loss set a milestone for me. It was my 30th loss of my career. In 32 games, my personal record is 2-30. That’s a lot of losing. Especially for a guy who’s just a big fan of winning, and has done so everywhere I’ve ever played, most notable Ohio State and Portland. Heck, even the Big 10 team in the college tourney brought me a lot of winning.

I took that attitude to Colorado this season, and I’m still just met with disappointment. In four games this season, I’ve caught EIGHT passes. EIGHT. I’ve gotten 73 yards. That used to be a really great half for me. Now it’s what I do in four games? Come on man. To nobody’s surprise, I still haven’t caught a touchdown yet either. Meanwhile, there’s rookie tight ends that already have 27 catches in this league. What the hell am I doing wrong? I’m easily the most gifted tight end in the league this side of the immortal Paul DiMirio. Much respect to that guy. And I know that I’ve had some bad luck with the team I was on, but even still, great players find ways to make plays no matter what. I just can’t seem to get anything going here, and its starting to cause me to almost, I don’t know, lose interest in football? I’ve missed some trainings here and there, and sometimes I take a week off now. I don’t mean to, I just, forget. I don’t like the person I’m becoming in this league, and I don’t know what else to change.

Let me be clear here. I know in the past, I’ve lost my mind at how terrible Nick Pierno was. How the team was just dog shit with no direction, and that made us the joke of the league. But this time, Colorado isn’t the problem. We NAILED this rebuild. I mean, look at this insane offense: Applehort at QB, future Hall of Famers in Dwayne Aaron (Supersquare04) and Howard Miller (BenLongshaw) at WR. And that’s not even including Mark Grau (keanex), who’s yet again making the DSFL his personal bitch as he’s the leading WR there. That’s some insane Yeti firepower that no team is going to be able to properly cover as this team grows and the other teams in this league get older. We’re going to have the best three WRs in the entire league. Those three are going to be directly responsible for so many defensive coordinators losing their jobs, it won’t even be funny.

But the more I look at it, the more I’m realizing that I don’t really have a place here anymore. I feel almost like an outsider on my own team now. Those guys are the new Yeti. They represent the rebuild that will take the team to the level this franchise has been waiting for. I represent the failed rebuild. The one that had so much hope, but in reality just wasted everyone’s time. The rebuild that caused the Yeti to have to trade the best RB in NSFL history, Boss Tweed. The rebuild that gave us the embarrassment of an 0-14 season when we were supposed be contending for a playoff spot. I came into Colorado looking to be the game changing franchise player, and all I’ve done is disappoint on the field, and off of it.

It’s such a weird feeling. Whether the league likes it or not, the Colorado Yeti are coming. This rebuild was done the right way, and we nailed all of our draft picks. The core is strong. The locker room is fantastic, and everyone is positive. Yet at the same time, I feel like I don’t fully belong anymore to this squad. My performance is showing that. The Yeti have kind of gone in a different direction, and I truly wonder whether or not Carlito Crush fits into the future plans anymore.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying. During the offseason, I offered to change my training regiment to be more of a wide receiver type of player. Then we struck oil in the draft and got Miller AND Grau. I also offered to become the new quarterback. If others can do it in this league, surely I could do it! But no, management wasn’t a fan of that type of switch, and decided they’d rather step down than have me give it a go. Not wanting any more negative press surrounding the Yeti, I backed off of that idea. So, as a result, I’m still a tight end in a system that doesn’t seem to enjoy using a superstar at tight end. It’s frustrating for sure.

It’s still refreshing to not be mad at the team itself. Colorado is going to be a hot destination for a lot of free agents very soon. I’m just not entirely sure that it’s going to be the hottest destination for me anymore. Like I said, I’m not fitting in here, and I might be better off making a difference somewhere else in a system that needs someone of my talents. The less I perform here, the less I’ll feel like I should be giving a damn about football. I’m disgusted with how I’ve missed trainings and things that could help me improve. A change of scenery might help that, might reignite the fire that is truly starting to feel like its missing. That’s not a problem with Colorado either, that’s a problem with Carlito Crush. I’m trying to stay positive. I’ve been getting advice from many players, my father, and teammates on how to keep it going. Tough times are a part of the business. It’s up to me to figure out how to get through them. (1023)


Ready for Grading.
Mar 3 2018, 07:07 PM
CoLOLardo.

That’s what they’re starting to call us. How the hell did this happen man? How did we become even more of a joke in this league? This isn’t quite what I signed up for, you know? When I was drafted first overall by the Yeti in the S5 Draft, I couldn’t have been happier. There’s a certain prestige that comes with that title, you know? First overall pick in the draft. Even now, it still gives me shivers. I knew ahead of the draft that Colorado was taking me. The GMs, Meme and Sapp, sold me on how Colorado was on the upswing. They said that it’d be a bit rough in Year 1, that we’d only win 2 games. I took that as a challenge, saying we’d win 4. Yeah, we only won two games, but man we were really close in quite a few others. A bounce here and a bounce there and we’d have made that 4 wins happen. Sadly, we lost Brice Boggs to retirement, but all was not lost! We had a pretty good draft and everyone in that locker room has been busting their asses to get better every single day. S6 was going to be a good year for the Yeti. We signed a stud Linebacker in AC Hackett to give us one hell of a linebacking corps. Nick Pierno took a step further in his development, vowing to use his arm more than his legs. Future WR of the year Dwayne Aaron came on board, and we literally STOLE another first round pick from San Jose next season. Things were looking SO GOOD. . .


…until they came crashing down.

We suck. Pierno runs just as much as he ever has, and even though he’s a good guy, mixing in these rushing fumbles to go along with his patented red zone interception has just been awful. Sure, he uses his receives okay, but I’m easily his most talented pass catcher out there and the dude just doesn’t see me. Yeah, I FINALLY SCORED A TOUCHDOWN. It took 20 games, but my 5 for 59 and 1 TD game is a career high. I have this sickening feeling that with a real quarterback, I’d be torching this league and people would start saying “DiMiro who?”. But alas, we keep running this tired spread offense with a quarterback who really can’t run it. If he just sat back and worked solely on his passing, we’d be in a better place. And I feel bad saying that shit because Nick man, he’s been working hard. He has. He’s been dynamite in the locker room as a leader and he’s been putting in more work than ever. But its like in games, he just defaults back to his roots. He needs to be like, reprogrammed, I don’t know. We had a killer draft in the secondary. Storm Woods and Bobby Ruckus were supposed to come in and solidify what Andre Bly Jr. has been building back there. But once they got paid, it seems like they got a bit lazy. They’re behind on training and they’re getting left behind in the league. Our D-line is nice, our linebackers are tremendous, but man that secondary can get TORCHED. Even Pierno could throw on them, its that bad. We need more from them. Teams have already seemed to have learned how to beat us deep pretty easily. And then there’s the GM bullshit. Our general manager walked into the locker room recently and told us that the franchise is about 6th on his “List of Important Things to Do”. HOW IS THAT OKAY? The dude should just step down. A winning atmosphere starts at the top. Our Co-Gm is a stud, and he should be allowed to run this team as he sees fit, and hire a Co-GM that will bust his ass. Again, it STARTS. AT. THE. TOP.

We deserve better. BOSS TWEED DESERVES BETTER. Ive busted my ass daily for this team. I offered to play wide receiver. I’ve offered to play fucking quarterback. I’ve offered to have the team trade me and get some value because at this rate we’re fucking regressing and since the offense doesn’t use its mother fucking stud tight end at all, whats the point in having one? “Yeah dude, I own a Ferarri”. BUT YOU KEEP IT IN THE GARAGE YEAR ROUND. Keyshawn Johnson once made headlines demanding the ball. I should do the same at this point, I don’t know. The players put in the work, so I’m not even really calling them out. Maybe we need a new coach. We need SOMETHING to change though. We need a fucking spark. People need to put in even more work, and we can see where we end up.

This team made me a lot of promises when I was drafted. In turn, I promised them I’d stick it out and we’d win together. And I still want that. But since they’re not following through on their promises, should I still have to follow through on mine?

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Do I really want to stick around here if all we’re going to get is ineptitude? I want to win, and I want to win badly. There’s no shame in that. I’m starting to feel like unless some major things happen soon, I’ll just be wasting away here. My father taught me and instilled in me some bad ass loyalty, and I’m really trying to keep it going. I feel bad even giving this speech, but something needs to happen, and it has to be more than just “I agree.”. We need actions, something. Its like the late, great Owen Hart said “Enough is enough and its time for a change!”. Like, we beat the Legion/Second Line twice last season, and now they’re SMOKING us 23-7. What the hell? I’m just frustrated man. I’m not *really* calling out my friends here either. I know they’re trying. But I needed to vent a bit. This is getting ridiculous. (1012)
Feb 11 2018, 09:27 AM
Crush, Crushed, Baby
By Dan Portman, The Denver Post

Being a new sports writer in a city that’s crazy for sports is always a daunting challenge. Your first article is exactly the same as making a first impression. You have one shot, one opportunity to make a good one. Do you capture it? Or do you just let it slip? I came to Denver at just about the right time. The Avalanche and the Nuggets are currently involved in seasons where they’re on the border of making the playoffs. The Rockies are a little bit away from spring training. And the Yeti’s 2-12 season is slowly seeping out of fans’ memories.
I figured I’d be a made man for my first article. All I needed to do was get my hands on a nice ‘Why we’re going to make the playoffs’ piece to get fans on my side. When I walked in my editor’s office to get my first assignment, I wasn’t quite prepared for what my earballs heard.

“Find Carlito Crush and interview him on his awful first season, and comment on his bust potential.”

That’s thing about football. Even when it shouldn’t be front and center, it still is. I just said “okay.”, and went off to call the Yeti PR manager. What was I going to do, say no? I hit our Yeti contact and they gave me Crush’s phone number. We spoke, and he was open to the interview. He told me to just come over to his place and we could do it. Easy peasy.

Or so I thought.

I went to Crush’s home the next day. Except he wasn’t there. The house looked a bit closed up, and I thought perhaps I got my dates wrong. I called Crush again, but his phone was off. Undeterred, I decided to come back the next day. And the next. And finally a fourth day, same result. I don’t think he was around at all. It was so weird, I was starting to get worried. As I was getting ready to leave the house, Crush’s neighbor came over. “I see you keep coming here. Carlito isn’t home. He’s in the Dominican.”

Oh.

Carrie was an older woman who lived by herself. She took a minute to talk about how it was to have Crush as a neighbor. “Oh, he’s great. Every time he’s home he cuts my lawn or helps me bring in the groceries. I live by myself so it’s awesome to have a helping hand close by. He’s so nice. Much better than that Noble guy who used to live here. With Logan, every time you saw him it was like he was a different person. Carlito is just a delight.”

A few days later, my phone rang from an overseas number. It was Carlito. He explained that when he said I needed to meet him at “home”, he meant the Dominican Republic. He lost his phone on a deep sea fishing expedition off the coast and he finally got a new one shipped to him. He invited me to meet him there, and I mean, how could I not?

As I got off the plane, Carlito was there to pick me up. He took me to his home, which come to find out was his parents’ home. He introduced me to his parents, and they’re just the nicest people one could ever meet. Carlito told me that he’s just going to have me spend time with him because he has a routine and he needs to stick with it. With that, we went to the gym.

Carlito was in the squat rack, just lifting weights that my skinny reporter legs would never experience. I had to get started on this interview though, so I just came out and asked him “Are you a bust?”. I had hoped he’d realized it wasn’t that serious of a question. He smiled.

“It’s hard to qualify myself as a bust after one season. But man, it was a rough one for me. I trained hard. I practiced even harder. But I didn’t get more than 31 yards in any game. I didn’t score a touchdown. I came into Colorado expecting to set the league on fire. That might be cocky, but it’s honestly all I’ve ever done. I did it in high school. I did it in college at Ohio State. I did it in Portland. I was the number one overall pick. I was supposed to set this league ON FIRE. Instead, I was humbled. So often I’d just have the ball knocked out of my hands, or the pass would be just off. Something always went wrong for the most part. It was almost impossible how bad my luck was at times. I know, I came out and promised the fans of the Yeti that I’d be winning them games ASAP. Instead, I was just another guy out there. It looks even worse when we drafted Andre Bly, Jr. at pick 2 and he became this amazing defensive player right away. That guy is so good. So it makes my shortcomings look even worse.”

How frustrating was this season for you? How did you handle it?

“Poorly. Besides my failings as a player, I had a goal of 4 wins for the team. The constant losses and poor personal play had me in a bad way. I was becoming a bit of a jerk in the locker room. I started having outbursts and being just a negative jerk. It led to me and Pierno having a screaming match with each other.”

What was that about?

“Honestly, I became pretty vocal about how we were this team that ran the ball too much. Like, I get that we have Boss Tweed, and Pierno is a scrambling QB, but he really needed to throw the ball a bit more too, in my opinion. Too often I was open and he’d miss it and just take off running. I felt like I couldn’t help the team if I didn’t have the opportunities. It was about Week 6 when I had like 2 catches for 6 yards as we lost to the Hawks 34-3. I was a complete jerk and he stepped up and put me in my place. He was right, I wasn’t some superstar in the NSFL yet. I didn’t earn anything to act like I deserved the ball more. That was the first time I realized how bad I was becoming mentally. I was becoming a distraction and not a leader like I wanted to be.”


So what did you change?

“Just my mindset. I had to keep telling myself that before I was even drafted, the GMs here in Colorado told me that we’d be looking at 2 wins this season. That was the goal. I was the one that turned into 4 wins in my head. I truly felt we were that good. Honestly, if we got a couple of breaks, we had really good shot at being 6-8. But back to the question, when I got frustrated, I would just remind myself that it’s going to get better. This was the bottom floor, and it was a marathon not a sprint. This is the “bottom” we’d be starting from before we win the Ultimus soon.”


Why do you think you could have been 6-8? That’s a pretty bold statement from a 2-12 team.

“2-12 bothers me. We’re much better than that. I’ve been watching tapes of games, lets get out of here and I’ll show you what I’m talking about.”


With that, Crush finished his workout and after a nice lunch that his mother cooked us, we went into a film room. Crush was adamant that they were closer to his goal of 4 wins than people realized. He popped in some tapes and showed me.


“Check this out. This was Week 2 against Orange County. We lost this game 20-17, when the spread was something like 11 and a half points. Our defense played amazing against the Otters. We had the ball in the 4th quarter, and we just got the ball back on an interception. We got the ball on the 38 yard line and had 1st and 10. But then it fell apart. Swing pass to Boss, dropped. 2nd and 10, I got the ball knocked out of my hands. Then Pierno over throws Wheaties who was wide open. 4th and 10. 55 yards is a long field goal, so the coaches decided to go for it. You’d think we’d have to throw here. Nope, they run the ball. On 4th and 10. Boss gains 1 yard, we turn the ball over on downs. We beat ourselves here. The next week we played San Jose. We lost 21-14. In a hard fought game, they scored to take the lead with about 4 minutes to go. We just went into two minute drill mode and we were driving down the field. We took our timeouts. We had to get out of bounds to stop the clock and we just didn’t do that. We got tackled inbounds, and time ran out when we got to the 24 yard line of San Jose. Poor time management screwed that up. Oh, here’s another one. In Week 8, we lost to Arizona 28-21. We gave up another touchdown with about 4 minutes left. We ran the same scheme that brought us success against San Jose. We got down to the red zone against the Outlaws. We had the momentum. And then Pierno throws a pick on the 15 yard line and that ended the game. That was a heart breaker. The Outlaws player made a hell of a play on the pick, but even still. Just another close one. Two weeks later, San Jose again. We’re down 24-20. We’re driving once again. We have the momentum. All of a sudden a tipped ball gets picked off with two minutes to go at the 24 yard line of the Cats. Another game we should’ve had. The losses piled up, and so did the frustration. We were SO CLOSE to breaking out.”


Don’t you think it was better to lose those games and get the better draft pick?

“Yes and no. Honestly, the team needed a few more wins because that way we’d look like an up and coming team to free agents. We can accelerate our game plan with a key free agent signing or two. Of course, getting the second overall pick helped us commit highway robbery on San Jose when we traded it. Our draft honestly couldn’t have gone better. We deserve an A+ draft grade here. I couldn’t be happier with how it worked out.”

What do you mean? Talk about the draft and the rookies.


“Let’s just get the trade out of the way: We’re currently being investigated by police on potential rape charges. We dropped from pick 2 all the way to pick 3 and stole a first round pick from San Jose for next season in the process. And on top of it? We got the guy we were going to take all along. Dwayne Aaron is going to be a star in this league. He was our target all along. So we got our guy and a first rounder next year? Thank you! But yeah, so, it wasn’t any surprise when we took Aaron. We need star power at wide receiver, and he’s it. He’s going to slot in and be a stud for us right away. He dominated the DSFL, and he’s going to do it in the big leagues too. At pick 9, we brought the Ruckus. While we have All-World Cornerback DBJ, we can still use help in the secondary. Bobby can come in and bring some fire back there for us. Micycle McCormick can kick field goals from the moon, so he’s going to really help us out there. Storm Woods might have slipped a bit in his training, and I truly believe we got a steal here with him. He’s going to help us replace Boggs, who retired. He’s incredibly important to the success of the franchise short and long term. But as good of a steal Woods was, Grey Slax was even better. Slax was on track to be the top receiver in the draft, a surefire first rounder. You can’t deny his talent. However, the potential stardom got to his head. All of a sudden, training took a backseat and his foray into the nightlife of loose women and cocaine is well documented. He was off of most people’s draft boards and his career was really in doubt. Just before the draft he went through rehab, and recommitted himself to his craft. While there’s still some questions to be had, my conversations with him have me thinking he’s on his way to proving the doubters wrong. There’s a very real chance that the Colorado Yeti just drafted their version of Phelps and Westfield.”

You know that’s a bold statement.

“And I’m A-OK with making it. Like I said, our draft grade should be an A+. In a few seasons, people are going to look back at the S6 Draft as the time the Yeti set the wheels in motion to start taking over the NSFL. It’s that serious. And now? We have two S7 first rounders to add even more talent next season too. The next step is signing a key free agent or two. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, Colorado is becoming a destination. We’re on the up and up, and we’re going to start competing sooner than later. I know people have questions about our Quarterback, and I’ll be the first person to say that I wasn’t a believer either. But being inside that locker room with him now, I’ll also be the first person to say that there’s nobody out there working harder to improve than Nick Pierno. He’s become a hell of a leader in the locker room, and he wants to win more than anyone in there. He’s been training harder, and getting better. This season he’s really going to open some eyes. Just you wait.”


Where else do you think the Yeti need to improve?

“Tight end, for one. I can’t really offer an opinion on other positions until I get myself under control and become dominant at my job. I really needed to come back home, here to the DR, to get my mind right. I was a mess, like I said. But even just a few days back on the island has me thinking clearly. I’m excited again. I want the season to start right now. I can’t wait to get back to Colorado for training camp. But honestly, I think we’re close. We could use another stud linebacker to pair with Ishigawa and Saint to really shore up our second line of defense. I think we could definitely use another defensive lineman to really help wreak some havoc. And honestly, having one more cornerback wouldn’t hurt. That will most likely be our focus in the next draft though, unless we sign a free agent that’s hanging out or make a trade for someone. This offseason has already been huge for us. We’re going to be meeting up and practicing together on our own. I think the rookies are coming. We’re going to be prepared.”

Anything else?

“I can’t possibly think of more to say. I’m just really excited about the Yeti in S6 and beyond, and our fans should be too. I let them down in my first season, and it’s not going to happen again.”


It was with that that I ended my interview with Carlito. I know that my editor had heard the whispers that he was disruptive in the locker room and was causing a rift with the team. But, after spending a few days with Crush and his family, it was clear to see that he was more focused than I’ve ever seen a player be. He’s not a bust, and I don’t think he’ll ever be considered one. He loves the Yeti, and he genuinely seems to want to be a part of the slow build to the eventual Ultimus championship with Colorado. He didn’t have the best year for a rookie, but last season feels more like it was an anomaly than what will become the norm. Look for not only Crush to rebound from last season, but for the entire Yeti team to get better.

It’s funny, with all of the other good stories going on in Denver sports right now, the last thing I wanted to do was write another piece about the bad football team. But it turns out that this story might have been the best one we have going for us all along. (2814)
Dec 25 2017, 12:18 PM
Dear Diary,

Week 12 of the season brings us another big matchup against San Antonio. We were lucky to escape with that 10-7 win a few weeks ago, and I’m sure they’re just as amped up to play us as we are them. We really locked it down this week when it came to game planning and coaching. There’s a very good chance that if we end up in the Ultimini Championship game, the Marshals will be on the other side of the field.

That level of preparation turned out to be just what the doctor order, on both sides. This game had a little more scoring for sure. San Antonio struck first and early when that Running back they have, Mango, broke free for a 50 yard touchdown. That was rough, but we stayed very positive on the sidelines. We knew we would be okay, and we were. We ended up getting a field goal before the quarter ended. And then in the second, we finally scored an offensive touchdown against the Marshals this season, when Wachter caught a yard TD. San Antonio drove the field and kicked a field goal with 16 seconds left in the half to make it 10-10, but then we got a bit of luck on our side. John Goose returned the kickoff 74 yards and we had just enough time left to kick a field goal to walk into the half with a 13-10 lead.

The second half was more just plain good football. Our defense played very well and kept San Antonio off the board. An early Nugent field goal gave us a 16-10 lead, and then just before the quarter ended, Christ find Shalioko on a 19 yard TD strike that put us up 23-10. San Antonio was stymied by the defense a bit more but Jack Stars found the endzone with 4 minutes left to pull the Marshals within 23-17. San Antonio would get the ball back and drove down to our 37 yard line, but we got a tackle in bounds to keep the clock moving on them, and with no timeouts left, the clock ran out on San Antonio. That was a very good win against a very good opponent. I lead the team with 7 catches for 67 yards, including picking up some big first downs. I’m really proud of how I’m coming along here.

And apparently, I’m getting noticed by the NSFL too. Both GMs of the Colorado Yeti reached out to me to see how I’d feel about coming to Colorado. I know last time I said that I didn’t think it was the place for me, but the passion that these guys showed me about their team really started to sway my feelings. They explained their plan for the future in pretty good detail. Maybe I wouldn’t mind going to Colorado now, but they’re looking to have the top 2 picks in the draft, (they have Las Vegas’ pick too) and surely I’m not going that high. First round for sure, but 1st or 2nd? I don’t know about that. After they contacted me, others teams started showing up in my inbox too. Baltimore was another team that seems very interested in selecting me. It’s amazing to me that they’re selecting so high, and might miss the playoffs, when they were just a few months removed from being the heir apparent to the Arizona dynasty, finally being the ones to take them down. The season isn’t over for them yet, but they’re definitely looking like they’ll be picking more in the middle of the first round than in the end of it.


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Dec 25 2017, 12:38 AM
Dear Diary,

Here we are again. Another hate week. After escaping Norfolk, our focus was squarely on the Chicago Blues. We really wanted to even the season series. I hate them almost as much as I hate Michigan when we’d play them at Ohio State. Fuck Michigan. For real. But seriously, this game was something the team was ready for. We practiced as well as we ever had that week and we had another killer game plan figured out and ready to go.

We walked into Chicago and just started putting a hurting on them. It was all going to plan, except for one thing. Our drives kept stalling deep in Chicago territory. We had to settle for field goals of 19, 25, and 43 yards. Our defense was on fire at least, and we went into the half up 9-0, and feeling really confident we had them right where we wanted them. Surely, they couldn’t keep stopping us, and we’d eventually break through. And, someone did break through finally. Sadly, it was Chicago as the Blues scored early in the third to make it 9-7. Undeterred, we answered, but only with another field goal. Up 12-7, Chicago would wind up scoring another TD, to take a 14-12 lead. After that, we just fell apart offensively. I don’t quite know how it happened, but it was almost like the Blues were in our huddle or something. We got shut down and played too tight. Chicago would add a field goal and send us home with our third loss of the season to the Blues, 17-12. That makes us 7-3, and all of our losses have been to Chicago. This really grinds my gears. They just have our number, for whatever reason. I had an 8 catch, 71 yard day, but it didn’t matter at all.

Still smarting from our loss the week before, Norfolk came to Portland the next week. We remembered how we almost blew the game against them last time, and we wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again. So we did what all teams do there, and we played too tight in the beginning. Norfolk went up 3-0 in the first, but that woke us up. On the ensuing drive, I would end up scoring on a 2 yard catch that gave us the 7-3 lead. The Nuge would get us two more field goals and a 13-3 lead. A third quarter TD by Norfolk made it 13-10. We’d get a field goal to go up 16-10. Norfolk would lead another late drive deep into our zone again. They got all the way to the 15 yard line before our defense finally stopped them and caused them to turn the ball over on downs. Another victory for Portland.

It's a fun time to be in the locker room, as it always is when you’re winning. We’re 8-3, and there’s some tough games on the horizon with our return matchups against San Antonio and Tijuana, two teams that have been playing really great football. As for me, I had 6 catches for 31 yards and touchdown. I’m really starting to feel my groove and how I fit into this team, and they’re starting to use me a lot better than ever.

I had an interesting question by a young fan at a meet and greet during the week. He asked me where I wanted to go play in the NSFL. I hadn’t even thought of that until he asked. I’ve paid a bit of attention to the league, guys are always talking about it. At this point I don’t think I want to go to Colorado or Las Vegas. They just look like they don’t have a much going on and I think it’d be more fun to be on a team that needs me to be the missing piece for a title run like San Jose or Orange County perhaps. I definitely want to beat Arizona though, that’s for sure. It should be interesting.

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