football strategy [Updated August 2001]

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Bruce Reiff, OH

1999-2001 Champion

2nd: Stanley Buck, MD

3rd: Bill Cleary, MD

4th: Paul O'Neil, MD

5th: Jim Vroom, PA

6th: Pitt Crandlemire, MA
Event History
1991    Mike Fitzgerald      22
1992    Bill Cleary      30
1993    Paul O'Neil      30
1994    Gordon Rodgers      42
1995    David Terry      36
1996    Bruce Reiff      30
1997    Paul O'Neil      32
1998    Paul O'Neil      24
1999    Bruce Reiff     27
2000    Bruce Reiff     28
2001   Bruce Reiff   25

AREA Ratings:

GM: Paul O'Neil

Grid Iron Mind Games ...

Bruce's route to the finals started with a 26-3 victory over Wrasslin' Guru Ray Stakenas. He then had the first scare of many against long time FBS league player Jim Vroom. Jim jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and still led 21-14 by halftime. Bruce then got it together late in the third quarter and took the lead but the game wasn't put away until a 4th quarter safety which proved to be the margin of victory. The 40-38 win was the most points he had ever given up in a tournament game. This set up the semi-final with a rematch of last year's final against Bill Cleary - the last winner of the now defunct AH FBS league.

Bill's route to the final included defeating one of the Dolan clan and whooping the GM en route to facing Bruce.

Last year's game was a hard fought 28-21 strugg;e. This year it was no contest as Bill Cleary was without his bowl of cereal. Bruce took it to him 39-3! Bill couldn't get his offense together and Bruce couldn't turn his off. As Bill elected not to play in the second heat, he and his teammates were out a chance for big team points.

The second round moved to 2 o'clock on Thursday giving new meaning to the term day game. Several first timers played this heat and were quickly chewed up by old-time Baltimore FBS league members Jim Vroom, Stan Buck and Paul O'Neil. The old league veterans were destined to claim 2nd thru 5th place in the event. The final for this heat came down to Paul and Stan. Paul may have been looking ahead to a rematch of the 1999 final with Bruce as Stan took him behind the wood shed. Stan had only one more obstacle on his way to FBS wood, but it was a BIG obstacle.

The final was a close affair. After a quarter of totally ineffective offense Stan manage to put together a 60 yard touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead. Bruce was very worried, as his average first down yardage was -2 yards with his ball control offense.

The very next series had Bruce with a fourth and 9 from his own 11 yard line. Sensing Stan might be going for the kill (and out of pure desperation) Bruce called the old Razzle-Dazzle. Sure enough Stan was sitting on the 'B' defense and Bruce ran the fake punt 89 yards for the touchdown and a tie game.

While Stan may have been disgusted, he wasn't done. He then proceeded to march down the field on the next drive for a 14-7 lead. Bruce managed a bit of offense just before halftime and kicked a field goal for a 14-10 halftime score.

The second half opened with more tough defense. Stan finally managed to drive into field goal range and take a 17-10 lead.

Bruce, who by then was averaging -3 yards on first down with his vaunted ball control, managed his only touchdown drive of the game to tie the score at 17.

Bruce's D came up big on the next possession and took over just past mid-field. Realizing that there were only 5 and a half minutes left, he needed both to score and take time off the clock. The key was on 4th and 3 with 2:45 left in the game when Bruce opted not to kick the field goal from the 18 yard line and go for the first down. He got exactly 3 yards to keep the drive alive. He then moved the ball to the 8 where he settled for a field goal to go up 20-17 with 1:00 remaining.

Stan wasn't done however. He took the kickoff and ran a couple of plays to get to Bruce's 43 yard line. Just close enough to try a desperation field goal. It wasn't to be as the 60 yard attempt came up short and Bruce had his third FBS championship in a row. However it was by far and away his toughest final ever - and since this was to be Bruce's only wood of WBC 2001 - it may have been the best shot the conference has ever had to stop the lumber harvest.

 GM      Paul O'Neil  [3rd Year]   408 Rosecroft Terrace, Baltimore, MD 21229-4136
    pauloneil@hotmail.com   (410) 644-9276

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