I'm going to move the website this weekend so it will be down until next week. April 17th through the 20th.
We will run the Live Coaches Draft the next weekend. Saturday April 25th
I'll post the directions to the new format for this years L.C.D.
I got some very sad news from Skydog today.
http://www.operationsports.com/fofc/sho ... hp?t=90126
He will be missed, RIP BreizhManu.
Despite his resume listing him as "un-encouraged" on Special Teams, DT Jorge Cerqua made the play of the night for the Tuscon Toros.
But before we get to that incredible play, let's back track for a moment, and make sure the rest of the Toros gets their proper credit.
The game was 21 all late in the 4th. The Denver Dynamite were pounding on the Tucson doorstep, with 1st and 4 at the Toros 4 yard line. Let's take a look at what happened next;
At the quarter point of the 2041 CFL season, the Oregon Ice find themselves at an even 2-2 in the win/loss column, tied with Anchorage and 1 game behind Ring of Ice Division leader Seattle. The Ice, however, have been playing some pretty solid football as of late, helping them to dig out of a disastrous 0-2 start to the season.
The Week 1 overtime loss at Seattle was a heartbreaker for Ice fans. Starting linebackers Gus Prior (Foot) and Harvey Searcy (Knee) both sustained injuries in that game and have yet to return to action. That did not bode well for the Week 2 date in Durham, who had their way with the Ice that day in a 34-7 lopsided affair. "Definitely not the way we envisioned the start of the season. But we made some necessary adjustments and the team has refused to quit," Ice Head Coach Vince Howland said.
They definitely haven't quit. The Ice have won their last two games, and are in the midst of a 4 game homestand. Even without two of their best linebackers, the Ice managed to outscore their Week 3 and 4 opponents, Arizona and Santa Cruz, by a combined 72-22, giving up 1 passing TD and no rushing TDs. 12th year LB Edwin Stoner has shown he can still have an impact. His strip/sack/TD was part of an Ice 28-3 2nd half onslaught against Arizona. RB Winston Ellison added three rushing touchdowns in that half.
The passing game stepped up for the offense in Week 4 against Santa Cruz. After signing a big multi-year deal in the offseason, then having a rough start to the season, WR Frankie McIntyre came to life in Week 4. Despite the less than favorable weather conditions at home that day, Ice QB Kendall McCarthy connected with McIntyre 6 times for 134 yards, including a 39 yard TD. "We're making great progress both in the run and pass game," said McCarthy. "Tarzan (Hernandez) has really been a great complement to Winston in the backfield and the offensive line has been more solid each week."
The Ice have a tough 4 game stretch coming up, including two divisional games and a trip to Death Valley for a matchup with the currently undefeated Copperheads.
One of the most storied franchises in CFL history is under new ownership.
The Tucson Toros, who have more wins than any other franchise in the league, more playoff appearances, bowl appearances, as well as a league high 8 Championships, have suffered from a couple rough seasons, missing the playoffs the last two years.
Many had questioned the passion of the team's top brass, which explains the shift to new management.
Now, with a fresh set of eyes, an owner determined to win, and a team that is ready to win now, it's time to see what the Tucson Toros are really made of.
Fans of Tucson are excited and skeptical at the same time. As always, there are rumors of a possible move. Tucson has the worst economic state of any of the 32 CFL teams, and there are many cities campaigning to host a CFL franchise.
Despite this uncertainty, the fans were happy with the new direction, and enjoyed a Week 3 victory against Santa Cruz, in which young gunslinger Dixon Judy went 23-33 for 378 yards and 3 TD's in front of a sellout crowd.
Judy was named Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, something that the new owners would like to see more of.
Management will be evaluating all the pieces of this franchise, but don't expect to see too many knee jerk reactions. With the season underway, management plans to use this season to see what everyone, including the coach staff, brings to Tuscon football.
More news to come as it develops. - AP