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BREAKING #LFL STORY

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Official Game Preview (LFL Network): Seattle vs. Los Angeles

In this game of bitter rivals, the defending champs will face the Los Angeles Temptation in what should be a very hard hitting game. Skill aside, these two squads just don’t like each other. The Mist have shown very little respect for the Temptation after thrashing them last season on their way to becoming the league’s new powerhouse team. Meanwhile, there’s chatter within the Temptation ranks. Seattle is overrated.

They say that a puncher always has a chance. True, and Los Angeles certainly has that going for them. It would take a showing of excellence on their part, however, coupled with a complete breakdown by Seattle. The smart money here is on the Mist. They have the league’s current MVP in Brace, a gunslinger of a QB in Matheny and a plethora of talent on both sides of the football. Los Angeles will come in with the will to win and good coaching, but I don’t expect it to be enough.

In fact, I don’t even think this one will be close. While I respect what the Temptation have accomplished in the past, it seems like distant history at this point. It’s time to rebuild and unfortunately, that means taking a few beatings along the way.

Prediction: Seattle 35 – Los Angeles 14

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John M. Davis is a bestselling author and former writer for LFL360.com. He’s currently the Deputy Editor of LFL Network. He remains pissed that Fox cancelled Firefly after 1 season.

Just a little update.

I’ve not blogged in quite a while, and I’d like to take a moment to let folks know what I’m working on. Countless times, my work has been compared to Discworld by Terry Pratchett. Honestly speaking, I have never read anything by Pratchett until yesterday (for shame, right!). I suppose I finally wanted to figure out what our work has in common and make sure that I keep doing it. I hear that he was a pretty popular fella!

Anyhow, I’ve started a handful of projects (Terminus, Atlantis, Fleet), but am deep into a brand new series that is part fantasy, part science fiction and part steampunk. An odd combination, I know, but it seems to work. In fact, the first novella is finished and I’m hammering away on the second, which is a full-length novel. This series doesn’t even have a name yet and I’m already in love. The words absolutely flow out when I’m writing about these adventures and I’ve learned that’s a good thing. It’s the difference between writing out of love and writing out of obligation. I’ve done that, too (cough, Colony: Bravo Team).

At the end of the day, I’m finally back to enjoying this thing they call writing. I hope my readers are prepared for a bit of fantasy, as well as the legend of Dalton James. Yep, you heard right!

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#LFL Network: Seattle vs. Los Angeles (Game Preview)

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Official Game Preview (LFL Network): Seattle vs. Los Angeles

In 7 days, the defending champs will face the Los Angeles Temptation in what should be a very hard hitting game. Skill aside, these two squads just don’t like each other. The Mist have shown very little respect for the Temptation after thrashing them last season on their way to becoming the league’s new powerhouse team. Meanwhile, there’s chatter within the Temptation ranks. Seattle is overrated.

 They say that a puncher always has a chance. True, and Los Angeles certainly has that going for them. It would take a showing of excellence on their part, however, coupled with a complete breakdown by Seattle. The smart money here is on the Mist. They have the league’s current MVP in Brace, a gunslinger of a QB in Matheny and a plethora of talent on both sides of the football. Los Angeles will come in with the will to win and good coaching, but I don’t expect it to be enough.

In fact, I don’t even think this one will be close. While I respect what the Temptation have accomplished in the past, it seems like distant history at this point. It’s time to rebuild and unfortunately, that means taking a few beatings along the way.

Prediction: Seattle 35 – Los Angeles 14

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John M. Davis is a former LFL360.com writer and current bestselling author. He now covers the world’s fastest-growing sport as the Deputy Editor of LFL Nework.

#LFL Preview: New England @ Omaha

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Welcome to the LFL, New England! The Liberty take the field with their highly-celebrated QB, Alex Drake. She’ll walk into the perfect environment to get her feet wet as the Omaha Heart fielded the league’s worst record of all-time last season. The question is, have they improved?

Since the first time I watched Omaha’s Sarah Thompson on film, I’ve truly been a fan. She may not have the flash (or marketability) of Seattle’s reigning MVP, but I feel that she’s a more complete football player. Yes, I said it. I would take Thompson over Brace. The problem she faced last season in Omaha is a serious lack of talent around her. They couldn’t find a QB and their coaching was admittedly bad. Still, Thompson stood out as a Jim Brown-type of player.

Alex Drake will now lead her Liberty into battle in one of the LFL’s best places to play. The fans are dedicated and support the Heart. So who do you take? The young gunslinger with tremendous upside, yet no experience or the brutally tough veteran who remains on a team that is unproven? I believe this will be a good football game. It’ll be filled with the typical blunders of new players and miscues of a team that had a rough go of it last season. I’ll be paying close attention to the coaching change on Omaha’s sideline. Expect flashes of greatness and very hard hitting. If it remains close, Omaha will prevail. Otherwise, the Liberty could take it.

Prediction: Omaha 28 – New England 21

#LFL Countdown

The LFL season officially kicks off tomorrow and the countdown is on! The Acoustic have left from the Emerald City and the Seattle Mist are no doubt licking their chops for the opportunity to feast upon an expansion team.

I’ve contacted a couple of Acoustic players via email and they’re ready. Though I don’t believe they understand how tough of an opponent is waiting in the LFL Champion Seattle Mist. Should the Acoustic find a way to win, it would become the biggest upset in LFL history. As for me, I wish Austin the best of luck but stick by my original prediction.

Seattle is going to win and they’ll win big.

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Photo Credit: Austin Acoustic/Facebook

LFL UPDATE: Chicago Bliss

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The Chicago Bliss continue to fall from grace following their upset loss in the Legends Cup game to the Seattle Mist. First came the loss of Quarterback Heather Furr. While she wasn’t a prototypical QB and didn’t have the mechanics of a franchise player, Furr was very smart in the pocket. She understood how to manage the game and pick up reads, based on the film we’ve seen. On top of that, she’ll be a huge loss given her large footprint on the defensive side of things. Something that was generally overlooked, but shouldn’t have been. Enter a player with virtually no game experience at the QB position. While athletically sound, it doesn’t bring a lot of hope to an offensive unit that was already considered one-dimensional.

Yesterday, the Bliss released Nneka Nwani (an All-Star player) from its roster. She didn’t have the right mentality, we get it, and she was often late to practices and team meetings. The Bliss can’t be faulted here. That said, she was another player that the Bliss could not afford to lose. They’ve replaced her with a rookie and while Coach Hack says he expects better things from her – we’ll believe it when we see it.

The Chicago Bliss are in a world of hurt, folks. Can they ride the legs of their stallion back into the playoffs once more? Maybe. But the Atlanta Steam smell the blood and now look to feast on the Bliss, who now find themselves on the ropes. August 6th, mark it down. The Steam have a score to settle.

LFL Game Preview: Austin @ Seattle

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Let’s be honest. No one who follows the LFL is giving Austin a chance in this game. Last season, the Seattle Mist sent shockwaves throughout the league (and women’s football, for that matter) by winning the LFL Championship. They’re anchored by a quarterback who plays like Aaron Rodgers and have the league MVP in Danika Brace. The Mist literally have weapons at every position. Meanwhile the Austin Acoustic are an expansion team filled with new faces. Truthfully speaking, this should be one hell of a welcome to the LFL.

Texas is known for its toughness and the folks who live there are equally as tough. This game will be played in Seattle, though, which completely stacks the deck against the Acoustic. I expect Austin to play hard and slowly begin to understand how fast the LFL game moves. This will be a learning experience and playing against Seattle will field lots of valuable experience. We’ll also be able to get our first real look at Austin. In the end, Seattle’s dominance will be too much.

Prediction: Seattle 41 – Austin 10

John M. Davis is a former LFL reporter who continues to follow the league through his own blog. You can also like the Facebook page at: facebook.com/lflimpact

 

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2016 LFL Power Rankings

Today the LFL released its official Power Rankings with a week until the 2016 season kicks off. Where do my rankings differ? Let’s find out.

1. Seattle Mist

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If I have one rule when it comes to sports, that rule is you never go against a defending champion until that champion gets beaten. Do I believe the Mist will repeat as LFL Champions? No. But I do believe they are the strongest team to begin the season.

2. Atlanta Steam

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I would love to take the Steam at my #1 pick here and I do believe they will ultimately win the LFL Championship this year. However, that blowout loss in the playoffs to finish last season continues to bother me. They have the best QB (in my opinion) and the should-be MVP in Lauren Ziegler. This team will mature enough to take the next step and it’ll happen this season. Take it to the bank.

3. Omaha Heart

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This is where I begin to disagree with the LFL’s current reporters. Do I believe that putting Omaha at #3 is a reach? Yes. But I believe they finished last year with heart (pun intended) and they have Sarah Jayne Thompson who I feel could eat MVP Brace for dinner. Thompson is like a machine and this team wants to win. Hard work beats talent when it outworks talent, and I believe the Heart have worked their way into the 3rd spot.

4. Chicago Bliss

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I will guarantee you this here and now. For all of Rockstar Furr’s faults and bad mechanics last season, the Bliss are about to discover how good of a player she truly was. I watched film on the Bliss and it always came down to Furr’s ability to play stellar on defense and at QB, she was perhaps the smartest player in the league. The Bliss have the running attack, but that will only take you so far.

5. Los Angeles Temptation

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I had to fight off the temptation of dropping L.A. to #6 overall because I feel like the wheels are falling off. We saw it during the playoffs and they’ve lost talent in the off-season as well. It happens to every team eventually, especially a team with such a deep history of winning. Rebuilding is in the air, but at least they have a handful of expansion teams to feast on.

6. Dallas Desire

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With my ear to the ground, workouts looked solid for the Desire. Yes folks, I cover the LFL much like water covers this fantastic rock of ours. I’m everywhere. I do believe the Desire are the best of the expansion teams given the fact that they’re not long removed from previously having been a team. Some of the talent remains, though I dare say that the game now moves a bit faster. Prepare, Dallas.

7. Austin Acoustic

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Somewhere, fans in New England are cursing this blog. I thought I’d have fun with #7 and #8 as I believe it’ll be very close. Austin is a young team and they’re learning the LFL way of life, much like New England is. The difference, I believe, is the state of Texas. There’s a football mentality in Texas and you simply cannot overlook it. These girls will be ready to play.

8. New England Liberty

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The Liberty clock in on my list at #8, but could very well be 7th, 6th or even 5th (yes, the Temptation will be that bad). Until we see them in action, it’s mere speculation. It’s one thing to work the drills at camp, but it’s another thing to have the pads boomed on you in real-time. I’m not sold on the fact that New England is as tough at its roots as anywhere in Texas, but I suppose we’ll find out.

 

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