It’s over. The game is over, and the season is over. The Brussels Tigers, as we all saw, defeated the Brussels Bulls 9-0 in Izegem at Belgian Bowl XXVI to go back to back.
Watching the game I was sure that the Tigers were the better team and that the score was pretty fair (I’d rather have seen 42-33, but ok). But the more I think about it, the more I think that the Bulls not only didn’t take advantage of their opportunities, but that maybe they should have won. Let’s look at some of the points that changed the game.
– The Tigers first play from scrimmage was a lateral to a receiver who threw the ball deep downfield for a 38-yard completion. I know for a fact that the Bulls had that play scouted, but it didn’t look like it.
– The Tigers finish their opening drive with a huge 47-yard field goal. I know the wind was helping, but that was one hell of a kick.
– The Bulls star runningback fumbles on a play, and maybe even worse, gets shaken up. He would play a bit more but wasn’t the same after that.
– The Bulls dropped two interceptions, one of which was a sure touchdown going the other way. The guys who dropped them are great defenders and normally they’d eat ’em for breakfast, but not this time.
– The Bulls drive all the way to the 4 yard line of the Tigers at the start of the second quarter and don’t kick the field goal. I know what coaches are thinking, they believe in their offense and they’re sure that they can score a touchdown. Also field goals aren’t automatic in this league. I was once in this situation too in the Belgian Bowl, and the Football Gods know that I was as angry as hell that the coach went for the touchdown rather than go for three points.
– The Tigers run the ol’ lateral to the receiver who throws it deep play yet again, and this time it’s a 53-yard touchdown which would end up being the game’s only six pointer.
– The Bulls face 4th and 10 around midfield in the final quarter. They had to go for it, and their quarterback got sacked.
– The Bulls start out a drive with a 26-yard pass, their longest play of the game, and it looks like they’re gaining a little momentum. Until two Bulls players decide that this is the place for a fight, and they get moved back 15 yards (yes, fighing a teammate is a penalty as well).
But I don’t want it to sound like I’m not happy the Tigers won. Like I said when I watched the game live I really felt that they were the better team. They only had a few more yards of offense than the Bulls, but they also ran a whole lot less plays. Their big play ability was the difference. It’s as simple as that.
Not once did the Tigers enter the Bulls red zone. The Tigers went 1/11 on third downs. Their starting quarterback went 4/19. These are numbers that don’t normally lead to winning football. But in this case, they did, because they were able to slow down the Bulls running game, and their defensive line caused a lot of troubles for the Bulls offensive line, registering 2 sacks and a whole bunch of tackles for loss.
The Tigers were the best team, and they did deserve to win the title again, and I wish them the best of luck in the Atlantic Cup. But I’m also sure that the Bulls will feel like this was the one that got away.
Quote of the game
“Cheerleaders! Dance!” – Gators coach Roald Piqueur during every time out, injury and quarter break of the whole game
“Fraaaanciiiisss” – Gators
“Yaaaayyyy!!” – Gators cheer
C’Mon man of the game
I don’t know exactly how or why it happened, but fighting your own teammate? C’Mon man
Stat of the game
Second half first downs : Bulls 7, Tigers 2 (one of the two was the touchdown)
I know I said that this would be the final edition of the season, but I lied. I’ll definitely be back Thursday with the top five games of the season and any other stuff I can think of. So don’t forget to send your comments and questions in.
Oh, and one more thing – I may have lied that the season was over.
Until next time