Saturday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Saturday on September 22, 2007:

Ahk was lined up against a receiver significantly taller than himself. Seeing the "mismatch," the quarterback eyed his tall receiver. The receiver ran a fly down the sideline past Ahk. No matter. Ahk turned his back to the quarterback, ran to the spot, turned back to find the ball, got up and swatted the ball away.

Again!, he urged. The quarterback and receiver complied, this time on a shorter route. But Ahk was there, climbed the ladder, and knocked the ball to the ground.

Surely three times is a charm, the quarterback must’ve been thinking because he went back to the well for a third time but little did he know, the well had been dry all along. Ahk was there a third time to knock the ball down.

And for that series of dominating plays, Ahk earned the Play(s) of the Day.

Saturday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Saturday on September 15, 2007:

Gillian capped off a huge drive that she dominated. Throughout the day, she caught
more passes than anyone out there and had a 4 or 5 catch
drive and then a 10 foot TD catch to finish it up and win the final
game of the day.

Thursday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Thursday on September 13, 2007:

Boon‘s team was facing fourth and goal from just beyond the 50 yard
line and they needed a score. His quarterback waited for his receivers
to get to the end zone, bought some more time with a fake, and heaved
the ball downfield. Boon went up in a crowd of three and grabbed the
ball at the same time as a defender. Both the defender and Boon had
possession as they fell to the ground but with a steely grip, Boon
ripped the ball away to gain sole possession of the rock and a needed
touchdown for his team.

Saturday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Saturday on September 8, 2007:

Ben was a machine last week, making catches on stop routes, crossing routes, post routes, and deep fly routes. 

It was on one of those fly routes that he made the Play of the Day. With a defender running stride for stride with him all the way down the field, the quarterback threw to Ben even though he looked to be absolutely covered. But Ben didn’t give anything away as he approached the end zone and the ball. It was only at the last second that he turned to the ball, brought up his hands, and plucked it from the air, giving his defender no hint that the ball was near.

Thursday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Thursday on September 6, 2007:

One reason Ned can make amazing plays is his vast wingspan. He’s known as The Hand because he puts that wingspan to such good use by getting The Hand consistently on the ball, be it offensively or defensively.

Ned put The Hand to superb use last Thursday when he was running a drag route. His quarterback led him the wrong way by throwing a horrible pass way behind Ned as he was crossing the field. The ball was heading directly to the waiting arms of a defender for an easy pick. You could see his eyes widen and his thoughts turn upfield as the ball spiraled toward him.

But the anticipation of a sure interception return for a score was rudely interrupted as Ned reached wwwwwaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy back behind him with The Hand and, impossibly, scooped the ball from the air and continued upfield for a good gain but a superb save.

Saturday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Saturday on September 1, 2007:

Kellen gets the award for Saturday not so much for a single play as for his body of work. We’ll name him the Player Of the Day.

He had, like, 36 interceptions. Whenever the ball changed hands it was almost certainly Kellen’s hands who held the ball when the play was over.

He was en fuego!

Thursday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Thursday on August 30, 2007:

Johnny was ab-so-LUTE-ly EVERYwhere last Thursday. He blocked passes. He ran ball carriers down from behind. He sacked quarterbacks. He caught long bomb touchdown passes. And he intercepted passes, at least one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Johnny was playing cornerback and defending the left flat as Ned ran a drag route in front of him. The quarterback led Ned way too far but at least it was out of the reach of any defenders.

Or was it?

Of course it wasn’t. Not with Johnny on the field. He quickly covered an insane amount of ground to catch up to the ball, just nab it with his left hand, pull it in, and run in for the score.

Saturday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Saturday on August 25, 2007:

It was third down and his team was at midfield, facing a stingy defense. Under pressure, his quarterback tossed it up with a prayer into double coverage.

With one defender in front of him and one over the top, Adam leaped into the air between them and found four hands on the ball; one each belonging to the defenders and two were Adam’s own. But Adam clamped on and despite the ball being batted by two defenders, by the time his feet touched the ground he had sole possession of the ball.

The deep defender’s momentum carried him upfield, away from Adam who was now alone to turn upfield and race to the end zone for the score.

Thursday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Thursday on August 23, 2007:

Ak‘s team was on offense at the start of the play, near midfield. But a defender jumped a route, snagged the ball for a pick, and went streaking down the field for an apparent touchdown.

But he didn’t know he had Ak breathing down his neck. As he was about to cross the goal line, at the one, Ak had caught up to him and stripped the ball away. The victim, the ball, and Ak all tumbled into the end zone and at the end of the play, it was Ak who rose with the ball in his hand, saving a touchdown and returning possession to his team.

Saturday Play Of The Day

This was the Play Of the Day (POD) for our Saturday on August 18, 2007:

Last Saturday was an absolutely glooooorrrrrrrious rain-soaked, mud-caked affair that reminded us all just how much fun playing in the slop can be.

After many years’ absence, the return of mudball, predictably, brought all too many dropped passes, errant throws, and slip-sliding receivers. That’s partly why the Play Of the Day stands out. On any other day, it would simply be a no-sweat routine catch for John, but not last Saturday.

John ran a fly route down the right sideline and his quarterback lofted the ball high and long for him to run under. Only problem was, he wasn’t really looking and only saw the ball as it dropped into his hands. But he secured the ball with ease and had both toes in with merely an inch to spare before he ran out of sideline.

For a graceful play on an otherwise clumsy day, John gets Play Of The Day.