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Dec 25 2017, 12:18 PM
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
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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Dec 25 2017, 12:21 AM
The Carlito Crush Diaries
Halfway through the season, sitting at 5-2. The team really seems to be clicking! It’s always a special feeling when a football team is just firing on all cylinders. The offense, defense, and even special teams is just on a roll. We looked to continue that trend in Week 8 against the defending DSFL Champions, the San Antonio Marshals.
This was our first meeting of the season with San Antonio. They played us really tough in the Ultimini championship game last season when I was on Norfolk. They’re a top team here, and this is going to be our toughest test yet, especially since we’re on the road. We’ve gotten in a killer week of practice though, and we headed into the game ready to go.
It was a defensive effort for both teams to say the least. Both teams could get just inside the other’s territory, but just in the first quarter alone we saw a drive stall in our end for them and we missed a field goal in their end. Luckily, my boy Parker had a pick six that gave us a touchdown. Neither team would score again in the first half. The third quarter was more of the same, we managed a field goal however to go up 10-0 heading into the fourth quarter. They ended up cutting the lead to 10-7 early in the fourth, which set up a hectic finish. San Antonio managed to get the ball in our territory with 4 minutes to go in the game. And then they did something pretty weird. They drove down to the 31 yard line, and with 3 minutes to go in the game, on 4th down, they elected to punt the ball? I have no idea why they didn’t just kick the tying field goal. It was only 48 yards. Do they just not trust their kicker that much? It was so weird for them do that, almost like they were playing mind games with us. They didn’t get a chance to score again, and we walked out of San Antonio with a 10-7, hard fought win. I was only 4 for 49 yards. Considering the tight defensive play, that was actually a pretty good game.
So in Week 9, we traveled to Norfolk to meet up with my old team yet again. You don’t ever want to assume a win, but we’re getting a bit proud of ourselves. We still practiced pretty hard though, and the Brooks brothers have been getting us focused. They were scared this was a trap game as we knew we had Chicago waiting in Week 10, and we wanted to kill them again. So what happened? Norfolk came out and rammed the ball down our throats, scoring on the first possession and taking an early 7-0 lead. It was the wake up called we needed. We got focused and took a 14-7 lead into halftime. All that could happen in the third quarter was a Norfolk field goal, as we went back and forth with each other. 14-10 into the fourth, We kicked a field goal, and Norfolk answered with one of their own. On the ensuing kickoff though, Johnny Wachter took the return to the house for a 96 yard TD that gave us a 24-13 lead. That was so awesome and it pumped up the whole team. After the Seawolves pulled within 8 points, we couldn’t get the first down we needed to put them away and they had a last minute drive. It got them down to our 28 yard line, but an unnecessary roughness call pushed them back to the 43 and time would run out. We’d end up winning 24-16, and learning a lesson not to ever take a team lightly or to look ahead. 7-2, with Chicago coming up. Can’t wait.
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Dec 19 2017, 05:50 PM
My name is Carlito Crush, and I’m here to help fix your Colorado Yeti.
It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to be immediate. But it’s going to happen. You’ll see it day in and day out, as the little things we used to do oh so wrong get righted. You’ll see us practice harder. You’ll see us play harder. There will be no giving up. You’ve suffered enough, Yeti fans. We haven’t gotten to know each other yet, but I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. I want to meet our season ticket holders, the ones that have stuck with us as the team went a disgusting 3-11, followed by an even worse 1-13. You’ve suffered along with the team. You deserve better, and you’re going to get it.
Believe me when I say that there is a plan. And it’s a good plan. We’re recreating the culture in the Yeti locker room. We’re recreating the culture the Yeti bring to the field. We want our fans to be proud of us, to know that we’re busting our asses to get you, and us, to much happier times. No, we won’t be winning the Ultimus this season, unless some things just go incredibly right. But we’re going to be planting the seeds and setting the foundation to become one of the best teams in the NSFL. I promise you this. I will do everything I can to improve the team on and off the field. To be a leader for the Yeti. To get shit done. We’re going to win 3 games this season. Its not a lot, but its an improvement. And then? We’re gonna win 6 next year. And after that? Well, anything is possible. But it starts right now. With the core we have in the locker room, and the core we have in our fan base. We’re going to walk this walk together.
And if any prospective future NSFL free agents are reading this, and maybe they’re not happy where they are now, I have an extra room in my Colorado home that’s being built. I’m putting down roots here because I believe in this football team. I believe in the Yeti management that decided to choose me first overall out of all the fantastic talent that was in the NSFL draft. And you should believe in the Yeti, too. Colorado is becoming a destination for free agents. This is where you’re going to want to be. If you’re stuck on your team’s depth chart, come on over and talk with us. We’ll have room for you. We want new players in our new culture here, and quite frankly, we need someone to come over here first. It’s a rebuild, but it won’t be a long one, especially if we get some other worldly players to come here. Be the one to break the stigma of the old Yeti. Consider it. Stop wasting your talent elsewhere and come here, to join me, and let’s take Colorado Football to the next level. We’re going to be a special bunch, we want you to join us.
I’m not going to come out here and say that the Colorado Yeti is MY team now, because that isn’t true. It’s quite a bold statement for a rookie. But it is OUR team. The fans, the management, the players in the locker room now, the players that will join us later on in our journey, and myself. We’re all in this together. We have a vision. We have a plan. We have the heart. We have the ability. We’re going to get there, and I’d love to have you with me when we do.
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Dec 7 2017, 12:14 AM
With Week 6 here, we were able to really grow as a team. We’re learning more about our strengths and weaknesses, and I think we’re really learning how to game plan properly. It’s all about giving ourselves the best chance to succeed. With that in mind, we focused hard on how to defeat Kansas City. The Coyotes were also 3-2, but just from watching them on film you could see they could be exploited. As a team, we were finally calming down from the Chicago incident, and things were really settling in.
Of course, we also noticed that Chicago was on the schedule next week too, and we were anxious to play them once again. That gave this KC matchup a bit of an underwhelming trap game kind of feel for the team. And that’s exactly what we got. Even though we felt really good about our game plan, it fell a bit apart. We were missing blocks and dropping balls. Luckily, our defense was excellent, and we held Kansas City to only 3 points. A John Goose TD run before the half gave us a 10-3 lead and that’s how it ended. Thrilling, I know. I only went 5 catches for 31 yards on the day. It wasn’t for a lack of trying though. We just couldn’t get it together. But it didn’t matter. We were 4-2, and we were much more calm than ever heading into our third game against the rival Chicago Blues.
After losing the first two meetings (officially anyway) to the Blues by a total of 64-12, we had much more at stake than just a football game. This one was about pride and proving that we’re not cursed or anything. We owed our Python faithful a much better performance than what they saw last time. Quite frankly, we needed to just go out and play the way we did in the “game that didn’t exist”. And well, that’s exactly what we did.
Jameis Christ is really good at football, and because of him we had a DAY in The Snake Pit. In the first quarter, Christ found Wachter and Shalioko for TDs and we had a 14-0 lead. Then on the ensuing drive our defense stripped the ball and recovered the fumble inside the 5. Two plays later, I had a 3 yard TD, and we had a 21-0 lead. It gets better though! The next drive, Chicago gets to midfield and BOOM, pick six! 28-0. The drive after that? Another pick. Christ walked us down the field and tossed another TD. We were up 35-0 at the half. It was so much fun.
After a scoreless third, We got back on the scoreboard again. This time, I had an 8 yard TD and had my first ever multiple TD game! This was awesome. Naturally, I was almost scared that we’d have had to replay the game for some stupid reason, but honestly, I just felt great. How could I not? 42-0 was awesome. Finally, Chicago managed a TD against mostly backups, and we improved to 5-2 with a big 42-7 win against a team that was giving us some trouble. I finished 8 for 69 for 2 TDs, and was the most common player on all of the winning DSFL Draft Kings teams for that week. That’s a pretty cool feeling.
As we hit the midpoint of the season, there’s a lot to be happy about in Portland. We’re 5-2, and it looks like we might be the best team in the league. The one-two punch of John Wachter and myself is starting to get noticed, and we’re starting to dominate the league. I feel really good about this team right now.
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