Old Fogeys Rule! ...
Johnny Wilson and Scott Nerney head
a row of gridders in the AFC heat.
Harry Flawd wins his 8th title despite
the efforts of Derek's cheerleaders.
Paydirt 2014 saw the Old Guard make a comeback, and
a new time slot (although just for a year), drop the numbers
a bit. Moving the NFC Heat really seemed like a good idea at
the time.....but listening to Bruce Reiff is like buying a lottery
ticket.....seems like a great idea to be a millionaire....but
in the end you are just $30 poorer - although Bruce gets the
commission for selling you the ticket. I digress......back to
the field.....the AFC heat kicked off Wednesday with 34 excited
coaches trying to claim the Paydirt title...since Jacob
Hebner, who had won two of the last three titles, was off enjoying
the excitement of Army boot camp! Everyone from the Paydirt
community and I'm sure WBC in general wishes Jacob well in his
endeavors, and are certainly proud of his service to our country!
was the year of the ladies, as Jessica Finkeldey and Samantha
Berk made nice runs - leaving broken testosterone in their wake.
This season however, the seasoned old grizzlies got their revenge.
Barry Shoults, Harry Flawd, Dan Dolan, John Welage, Bill O'Neal,
Scott Nerney, Derek Landel, and John Coussis earned Round 1 wins,
along with Mark Love winning his annual game against Steve Scott,
and Chris Bauch topping Greg Coulter in OT. Round 2 saw some
very close games, with Bill holding off Josh Coyle 15-9, Derek
squeaking out a 21-20 win over young Ryan Friedman, Dan Dolan
holding off another young upstrat, Joe Yaure 16-10, and Barry
sending KC further than they could in the NFL playoffs by topping
Mark Love 21-18. 2002 champ Bill O'Neal defeated Dan Dolan with
his Jets 20-18, Derek with the Titans cruised past Conal's Dolphins
29-7, Harry beat Scott N's Jets also despite Geno Smith destroying
the Charger D with over 100 yards on QB scrambles! Derek then
dismissed Barry's Chiefs 32-12, while Harry and Bill were again
playing the Chargers-Jets matchup....again Geno Smith made a
mockery of the Charger D, but Harry held on to top Bill 26-23.
This set up the AFC title game between Harry (SD) and Derek
The NFC heat was much smaller and correspondingly quicker as
the move to Thursday morning dropped the coaches to a low, albeit
super number for a tournament director....16! Bruce Reiff stopped
by after flailing at his specialty and netting our team 0 team
tourney points in Football Strategy.....Paul O'Neill offered
to give him some pointers there for next year..He won his first
round game against Tim Dolan 36-10, Samantha topped Paul 38-17
with Tampa Bay, Ron Pisarz, game designer and chart provider....beat
Conal 41-24, Sean M needed OT to beat Joe Y 30-27 with his Cowboys,
Joe Betz and Harry were winners, while John Shaheen held off
a furious comeback by Daniel Long as the Packers topped the Bears
38-37! In the last game, Bruno P defeated Chris Palermo 41-28
with the reigning Super Bowl champ Seahawks by negating two KO
TD returns by Chris with his special teams chart. Round 2 saw
all the games except one decided by a TD....Joe Betz topped Samantha
28-9 which should make for some interesting dating chatter back
home.....Harry with New Orleans beat John Shaheen 27-21, Sean
M beat Ron P 30-22, and Bruno had a tough go of it before pulling
out a hard fought 25-22 win over Bruce and his Arizona Cardinals.
The semifinals had Harry against Sean and Bruno vs Joe B. Back
and forth Harry and Sean went.....Sean was up, Harry came back...Sean
retook the lead...in the end Harry earned the 32-25 win. Bruno
was having just as difficult a time against Joe....the see-saw
affair ended with Bruno on top, 31-29...setting up the NFC title
Flashback to 2009.....Bruno had defeated Jordan, Devin, and finally
Harry to win the Paydirt title. Memo's went out to all
involved....and the battle cry "Avenge the Flawd name"
was rallied around. My wife even told me to sleep at the hotel
instead of driving five miles home if I lost.....no pressure
there....so Bruno and I sat down to play New Orleans vs Seattle.
Chatting with other players, and looking at the charts.....it
seemed that New Orleans was seriously overmatched......great
offense, but couldn't stop a snail moving uphill with their defense.
First half was really close, with Harry mixing up the run just
enough to keep Bruno on his heels....and by halftime it was 11-6
New Orleans via the 8-point spread that Seattle was giving the
Saints. The 3rd quarter had New Orleans tack on a TD to go up
18-6....then Seattle started a comeback....they scored on the
second play of the 4th quarter to close within five. New Orleans
scored again to go up 25-13, countered by another Seattle TD;
25-20. Bruno took the ball and with 5:40 left in the game....the
play that sealed it....4th and 9 on their own 43....Seattle goes
for it.....and finally the bending New Orleans D holds! A late
rush for TD by the Saints capped a 32-20 New Orleans win......and
some payback for Harry five years coming.
The AFC title game was Harry (SD) vs Derek (Tennessee) in a classic
battle of point spreads. Tenn had a 10 point lead before kickoff......Harry
drove the length of the field with the opening kick and promptly
threw an interception...the first quarter ended 10-0 Tenn. SD
scored on the first play of the 2nd to make it 10-7. The teams
traded TD's after that, and by the half it was 17-14 Tennessee,
and there was no defense to be had anywhere on the field. Each
team's best defense was a white box! Derek drove the length
of the field again to start the 3rd and scored, making it 24-14
Tenn. Harry countered with a deep TD pass by Rivers to close
it to 24-21, but Derek again scored to close the 3rd quarter
at 31-21 Tennessee. Harry scored on the fourth play of the 4th
quarter to again pull within 3. With a little over 7 minutes
left in the game, San Diego finally got a big sack on 3rd down,
and took the ball down the field and scored to make it 35-31
SD. Down 4 with the ball.....Derek moved into SD territory but
with 1:10 left threw the interception that would seal the deal
for Harry, as it turned into a pick 6! 42-31 was the final score
as Tennessee tossed another desperation pick with :20 left in
The old men proved this year (yes, Derek - welcome to the geritol
set - with a wife and two kids you now qualify as an old man!)
that we still have a trick or two up our sleeves.......