Welcome to the Thursday edition of the Barbarian Blog. We’ve got the rankings for you and also the mailbag, so let’s get started.
You may think it illogical for the computer to have dropped the Gators’ ranking by about three points, but it thought that Gent would beat Izegem by about 30. Because they ‘only’ won by 22, they get a ratings decrease. It’s tough at the top!
1 – Waterloo Warriors + 26.0
2 – Gent Gators + 24.6
3 – MSG Fighting Turtles + 24.2
4 – Ostend Pirates + 23.0
5 – Brussels Bulls + 14.4
6 – Brussels Black Angels + 6.9
7 – Izegem Tribes + 2.6
8 – Brussels Tigers – 0.5
9 – Liege Monarchs – 4.8
10 – Puurs Titans – 10.0
11 – Leuven Lions – 11.0
12 – Limburg Shotguns – 19.9
13 – Charleroi Coal Miners – 20.8
14 – Wapi Phoenix – 27.0
15 – Antwerp Diamonds – 28.0
The Bulls vs Shotguns game made me rethink my rankings of those teams, so I put the Bulls back in the top four and move Izegem up one spot as well.
1 (=) – Gent Gators (3-0)
2 (=) – Brussels Tigers (0-0)
3 (=) – Brussels Black Angels (2-1)
4 (+1) – Brussels Bulls (1-1)
5 (-1) – Ostend Pirates (1-0)
6 (=) – Waterloo Warriors (1-0)
7 (=) – MSG Fighting Turtles (1-0)
8 (=) – Leuven Lions (1-1)
9 (=) – Puurs Titans (1-1)
10 (=) – Liege Monarchs (1-0)
11 (+1) – Izegem Tribes (0-1)
12 (-1) – Limburg Shotguns (1-2)
13 (=) – Antwerp Diamonds (0-3)
14 (=) – Charleroi Coal Miners (0-2)
15 (=) – Wapi Phoenix (0-1)
Mr Nobody from Parts Unknown
“I really don’t reply that much but this time I need to. This disturbed me a lot:
I don’t know what happened and I don’t care – I thought that we had grown beyond this. Apparently I was wrong.
Maybe you should check the gametape and reconsider. The Shotguns QB was (even due to the 31-0 lead) getting late hit time after time. (Some Bulls players got ejected for this behaviour also) but even after that the Bulls kept doing that. And this of course can light some fuses.”
So let me get this straight, Mr Nobody. You’re disturbed with me because I think that players should be able to control themselves? Not sure I follow your logic on this one. However, you may be interested to hear that the Barbarians are not interested in undisciplined players.
Sven Rochette, Leuven
“Great seeing you again on the field Dale, last time was at the All-Stars game in Ghent years ago. You’re doing a great job for our beloved sport, keep it up man. I’m very excited to see what the future brings for the Barbarians.”
Well thanks man, we had some fun in that All-Star game didn’t we? The Coaches and Staff are excited and we hope that the players are too!
Bart Killens, Gent
“How do you watch the gametapes for scouting players? Do you watch every play 22 times to check all the players on that play?”
Well, no, not 22 times. You must keep in mind what I’m trying to achieve at the moment. That is to make a list of players who we’d like to have at the Combine.
Some players I already know that I want them there, so I don’t need to scout them as much. Some players will soon be nominated by their teams, so I won’t need to scout them either. Some players I’m pretty convinced that they won’t be able to provide enough to the National Team to justify selecting them. Some players aren’t Belgian… It’s a process of elimination.
But I would say though that every play of every game that’s available I’ve seen at least 5 times, and some quite a lot more.
Bart Killens, Gent
“How many players have been nominated by their coaches to be selected for the Barbarians?”
Zero. We’ve talked to many coaches but there is not a deadline (yet). And just to be clear, this is not a nomination to play for the Barbarians. This is a nomination to go to the Combine, after which the team will be chosen.
Oh, and by the way, one team have decided not to nominate any players. The official word from them is that they believe in the National Team as it is, so they don’t feel the need to nominate anyone, they’ll just accept the nominations that come from us. Personally, I think that’s kind of unusual, but hey, it’s their choice!
12:00 #2 Brussels Tigers (0-0) vs #14 Charleroi Coal Miners
15:00 #7 MSG Fighting Turtles (1-0) vs #10 Liege Monarchs
Needless to say I’ll be found in Liege on Sunday. I’m most interested to see what the Tigers and Monarchs bring to the table, as I’ve not seen them play yet this season. It looks like being a bit cloudy but hey, it sounds like football weather to me! Until next time