Here we are, just five days before the Belgian Bowl. There isn’t much that needs to be said at the moment, so I had a bit of a think of what to write about and I came up with a bit of a ‘what if’.
What if the BFL used a bowl system?
Given that I’ll likely be talking about college football over the offseason, I wondered what would have happened if we had used a BCS type system instead of the playoffs we know and love. How would the post season have turned out?
National Championship Game (#1 vs #2)
West Flanders Tribes v Brussels Black Angels
Brussels Bowl (top ranked remaining team from Brussels vs at large)
Brussels Tigers vs Brussels Bulls
Flanders Bowl (Highest ranked remaining FFL vs at large)
Bornem Titans vs Antwerp Diamonds
Wallonia Bowl (Highest ranked remaining LFFAB vs at large)
Charleroi Cougars vs Louvain-la-Neuve Fighting Turtles
note : I gave the Brussels Bowl first choice for at large, followed by Flanders Bowl, followed by Wallonia Bowl, though presumably that would rotate each year.
I think we can be happy that we have the playoffs as they stand, as it gives the chance to more teams to try to win the Championship.
2011 All-FFL team
Alright, it’s finally time to reveal the team. Let me first just do a quick review on how I did it before I start.
I made a spreadsheet with room for 24 starters, 16 backups and then a ‘watch list’, players who weren’t in the 40 but who I needed to see more and whom I hadn’t given up hope on just yet. After each Sunday I’d update and re-arrange the list, until the end of the regular season (playoffs were not taken into consideration). There were lots of changes every week at the start of the year, I think only two players were in the starting 24 after week one and stayed there all season, but by the second half of the season not many new faces got in, which is logical, I suppose!
Some players missed significant time in the season due to injury or not being able to play in many games. I haven’t punished these players by leaving them off the team – If someone made a big enough impression on me after just one or two games to make it in, then so be it (and it did happen).
I also know that one player in the team is actually the back-up for his team at that position. This just means that your coach is wrong and you should be starting 😉 Nah, like I said, I only judged based on what I saw, no matter how much of it I saw, and this guy was the best I saw in his position this season.
Some positions were rather hard for me to judge. Those would be cornerback, defensive line and offensive line (especially the interior linemen), just because I don’t know so much about those positions and also it’s just not easy to tell who’s doing a good job and who isn’t (could the O-line make a big gap because they crushed the D-line or because the D-line had run a stunt or whatever). The positions that I thought were played best this year overall were Runningback, Linebacker and even Kicker – I had to leave out some really good ones at all positions. The spot on the field, without doubt, that was played the most poorly this season was Punter.
But anyway, that’s enough of that, it’s time to announce the All-FFL team for 2011.
STARTERS – OFFENSE
Quarterback : Benedict Vermaut (Tribes)
H-Back : Rashidi Banza (Black Angels)
Runningback : Gregory “De Rosten” George (Tribes)
Wide Receivers : Dorian Vermeir (Titans), Vital Goncharov (Tribes)
Tight End : Joris Verhelst (Diamonds)
Tackles : Bart Meys (Black Angels), Argyris Chiotis (Bulls)
Guards : Olivier Beck (Bulls), Paulo Salvaggio (Lions)
Center : Scott Willems (Lions)
STARTERS – DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
Defensive Line : Stijn Dossche (Tribes), Romy Nyati-Panzu (Bulls), Reda Vrancken (Black Angels)
Linebackers : Roland Fiquet (Black Angels), Chase Curren (Shotguns), Olivier Van Moorleghem (Titans), Steve Stepman (Tribes)
Cornerbacks : Nicolas “Oshe” Wart (Black Angels), Wim Van Marcke (Tribes)
Safties : Kenneth Huyghe (Tribes), Joshua Vanderaa (Diamonds)
Kicker : Maxime Simon (Bulls)
Punter : PJ Brady (Bulls)
BACKUPS – OFFENSE
Quarterback : Jasyn Saffo (Shotguns)
H-Back : Kristof Grenson (Lions)
Runningback : Sebastien Trouillez (Black Angels)
Wide Receivers : Kris Stalmans (Bulls), Pauwel Depreitere (Gators)
Tight End : Andy “Pizza” Brutyn (Tribes)
Tackle : Joric Ongena (Tribes)
Center : Bjorn Van Den Bremt (Black Angels)
BACKUPS – DEFENSE
Defensive Line : Tom Van Put (Titans)
Linebackers : Stefaan DeGrendele (Tribes), Sergio Borra (Diamonds), Mattias Lagae (Titans)
Safety : Hadrien Godichal (Black Angels)
BACKUPS – IRON MEN
Michael Vervaet (Diamonds), Kim Jolie (Gators), Dieter Eerens (Titans)
Offense : Curtis Plybon (Bulls)
Defense : Romuald Derys (Black Angels)
Gregory “De Rosten” George (Tribes)
So there you have it! The only thing now is to let you know where you can find the photos, which would be here : www.flickr.com/photos/fflblog. There is one “set” and one “gallery”, I don’t find flickr the easiest website in the world to navigate but hopefully you can all figure it out. Please note that you cannot download the photos as I didn’t take most of them myself, however my thanks go out to Gary Dibble, Rein van den Bergh, Klaas Allosserie, the Brussels Black Angels and whoever else I may have borrowed photos from. Special thanks to Lorenzo Janssens (tribe98 on flickr) for letting me borrow some of his awesome shots as well.
Thursday will be an interesting one as it’s your mailbag and I also heard that there’s some football game or other on Saturday that needs to be previewed – I’ll see if I can’t break that one down for everyone. Until next time