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Short-handed Green Dukes Steal 2-1 Victory over Drexel for Third Straight Win

Short-handed Green Dukes Steal 2-1 Victory over Drexel for Third Straight Win

Despite being reduced to 4 players for most of the second half, the Duqueswood University Green Dukes pulled off a shocking 2-1 win over the Drexel Draugrs to move for their third consecutive NCBB Season 45 win. The Green Dukes got a pair of touchdowns from sophomore wardancers Dethwyntyr Whitebranch (elven military science—RETC) and Curswyn Redgrass (independent study—vengeance) to earn their third consecutive win on the season. The Drexel norse team produced an impressive 11 KO’s and casualties but could only generate one touchdown from sophomore yhetee Karen II, who made her way to the endzone late in the game while shouting a frenzy of complaints.

Karen II scores while apparently shouting at stadium staff members beyond the end zone

“That was definitely … odd,” said Green Dukes Coach Gerric Smithson. “It’s rare that you see a yhetee score. But it’s probably even rarer yet that you see a yhetee shouting, ‘I demand to speak to a manager’ the whole time she’s lumbering downfield.”

For the second straight week, the Green Dukes got off to a fast start, stealing possession of the opening kick before their opponent could secure the ball. This week, an onside short sideline pooch kick enabled sophormore wardancer Deathwyntyr Whitebranch to catch the opening kick-off among a cage of his own blockers in Draugr territory.

Rather than rush up field, Whitebranch circled back into Green Duke territory, as the enraged norsemen immediately began bashing every elf they could get their hands on. Whitebranch then cut across the field to the other sideline and penetrated deep into Drexel territory, as his blockers established a screen that made a TD look inevitable. That’s when things got chippy.

After a block from senior treeman Oakward Weatherborn broke the arm of senior norse raider lineman Æsa Kiartandóttir, removing the team’s best tackler from the game, the rest of the Drexel players gave up on guarding the endzone and pealed back toward Weatherborn near midfield. As multiple Draugr defenders surrounded the treeman, Karen II charged him growling, “This is unacceptable! Do you know who I am?”

A furry shoulder to the trunk knocked Weatherborn off his roots, and seven Drexel players began stomping on his branches. Sophomore lineman Hersteinn Fálkison delivered the boot that finally cracked through Weatherborn’s bark, knocking the treeman out of the game but not escaping the notice of the referee, who tossed Fálkison.

Karen II takes down Weatherborn, setting him up for the foul that would knock him out of the match

“Look, any time you snatch your own opening kick right out of the sky before your opponent can even touch the ball, it’s going to upset the other squad,” said Coach Smithson. “Then, when that squad is already a bunch of drunkards who happen celebrate a culture of violence so enthusiastically their highest honor is to die in battle … well, you can’t expect them to sit back and politely applaud you.”

Before scoring, Duqueswood exacted revenge for the foul on Weatherborn. Trailing the play, catcher Oberyn Windrunner kicked senior valkyrie Helga Bragidóttir in the side of the head as she lay on the pitch, knocking Drexel’s second ball hawk out of the game. The referee spotted this foul as well, and ejected Windrunner in a futile attempt to get the game under control.

“It was important to send a clear message there,” said Windrunner after the game. “If you mess with the wood, you get the … branch, or maybe I should say, if you mess with the tree, you get the … wood? Not sure of the best way to phrase it. To be clear, we’re more used to running away from a fight, so we do better with catch phrases for stuff that like. For instance, we used to just say, ‘If you mess with the tree, we just leaf as fast as we can. But coach keeps telling us we need to get more physical, so … yeah, we need to work on a new catch phrase for that.”

As most of the Drexel team ran back from midfield following their brutal pruning efforts on Weatherborn, Whitebranch ate up much of the rest of the first half clock before scoring to put Duqueswood up 1-0. Drexel then used the little time left in the half to remove as many Green Dukes players as they could in a frenzy of yhettee claws and ulfwerener fists that left 7 elves in the KO and casualty box by the start of the second half.

Whitebranch scores to put Duqueswood up 1-0

Accordingly, the second half started with the Green Dukes in a strange position. They were receiving the kick up 1-0, poised to put the game out of reach, but the only problem was they had just four players on the field to try to do that. Naturally, they dropped back in a Dakka offense. Freshman thrower Phaedry Featherwind grabbed the ball and settled in behind only two blockers, since Ganderly Truegrass immediately stunned himself as he tripped while trying to run away from Karen on the line of scrimmage.

As the Drexel defense pressed forward, Featherwind faced a difficult choice—fall back further to eat up more clock, or cut toward the northern sideline and hope to get the edge around the Drexel defense. She made the bold choice, reaching near midfield along the sideline and handing the ball to Redgrass, so that she and sophomore catcher Gobyltyr Gusto (acorn analytics) could try to block for him in a half cage.

Drexel closed in quickly. Sophomore ulfwerener Eðna Óblauðrs blasted Featherwind with a shoulder to the ribs just after she handed the ball to Redgrass. At the same time, Karen and three norse linemen formed an impenetrable column defense just a yard ahead of the wardancer, and two more Draugrs bracketed Truegrass, as he lay on the ground nearby, leaving Redgrass with only Gusto to block for him.

“I carry the blood of vengeance and the tears of rage inside me,” said Redgrass after the game. “As the elves in that great woodland legend, ‘Treasure of the Tree-era Madre,’ put it, ‘Blockers? I don’t need no stinking blockers.”

True to his word, Redgrass spun away from Óblauðrs and blitzed straight forward. Vaulting into the air, the wardancer delivered a flying kick to one norse lineman’s face, sending him to the pitch in a splatter of blood but also using his face to propel himself a dozen feed into the air, where he executed a front flip to leap over the second lineman in the column. Landing behind the defense, Redgrass then sprinted deep into Drexel territory.

Curswin Redgrass uses one norse lineman’s face to leap another one behind him and break into the clear

The brilliant maneuver would be pointless, however, if his teammates couldn’t somehow screen off Karen and the rest of the Draugr defense. In a stunning display of agility, that’s exactly what Truegrass and Gusto did, dodging and weaving past multiple defenders to race up field ahead of Karen.

As Redgrass ran to paydirt to give the Green Dukes a commanding 2-0 lead, Karen was heard shouting at the ref. “They can’t screen me off like that!” she shouted. “I have a medical condition! This is discrimination!”

With the game nearly out of reach, Duqueswood set up their players as far as possible form the line of scrimmage, expecting Karen and her teammates to look for blood on the ensuing kick-off. But after cleanly picking up the ball, Drexel did something unexpected. Þióðhildr Hrosskells threw a long pass to Karen, who shockingly caught it at midfield, and then charged into Green Dukes territory in a blur claws, gnashing teeth, and groundless complaints.

As the clock wound down, Most of the Green Dukes simply moved out of the raging yhettee’s way, willing to let her score and take the 2-1 win without suffering any more injuries. But freshman catcher Zindari Dawnwind refused to heed Coach Smithson’s call to protect herself. Courageously, the elf maiden stood her ground, giving up at least 300 pounds and one terrible haircut in her attempt to hold Karen out of the endzone and preserve the shutout.

“I come from a proud line of elven folk who protected the forest for generations,” she explained after the game. “When the Ungar orc tribes tried to cross our treeline a century ago, we stood our ground. When the dwarf lords of Cloud Claw Peak tried to fell our trees for lumber to feed their forges, we stood our ground. I saw this as no different. And I stood my ground.”

Dawnwind was quickly and easily trampled, and Karen ran over her unconscious body to cross the goal line as the game ended.

Dawnwind shortly after she stood her ground against Karen II

The win places the Green Dukes at 3-2 on the season and vaults them into the top 15 of the NCBB rankings at 13 on the AP(ojar) ranking. As conference play opens up next week, however, Duqueswood looks to have a tough road ahead, with more than one top-10 opponent on the schedule.

Posted by gettym on Jul 20
rating 0 0
BB2020 Rules, BB2016 skill progression, ENDLESS SEASONS!

NO forced re-draft! NO forced cut!
O[L]C 2020 will run BB2020 with ENDLESS SEASONS and BB2016 skill progression!

This is a group for tournaments and open play for official (BB2020) and Secret League ([SL]2020) teams. (Also Slann & Simyin).

The Open [L]eague Challenge (2020) will run in the [L]eague division.

It will use Nelphine's Star Player pricing. See discussion.
Mega Stars ARE allowed.

Teams start with 1100k

Lightweight & Weltereight championships coming September!
You can build your teams now and get playing.
The O[L]C Sprint starts from August 1st. But sign up NOW!

If you want to play OLC 2016 go HERE!

Between events, you may play as many "open" games as you wish.
You can look for games via Gamefinder or on discord

Tournament apoths that patch up MNG players up before round 1 of a tournament will be employed. They cannot heal permanent injuries.

Championships will be 8 team KO tournaments.
The Open [L]eague Cup will have no limit to the number of entrants.

There will also be occasional 3 or 4 round progression Swiss tournaments.

Posted by koadah on Jul 18
rating 0 0
Nereid-fins Lose 1-0 to BrewKings on Walk-Off TD

Nereid-fins Lose 1-0 to BrewKings on Walk-Off TD

The Mayemi Nereid-fins fell 1-0 to the Barak Varr BrewKings on a last second TD to end their glorious tie-streak and fall to 0-3-3 in the Bonehead League. Dwarf blitzer Thrundin Gemstar scored the game’s lone touchdown to give the BrewKings the win in a game they dominated physically, out-blocking the elves 32-13. Despite being in the game until the very end, Mayemi managed to rush for a disappointing net 0 yards, as blitzer Jalyn Killyps carried the ball for 4 yards, and line-elf Aryn Brewyr ran for -4.

Thrundin Gemstar runs for the game-winning touchdown in the game’s closing seconds.

“It’s going to be tough to win a game when you move the ball a total of zero yards,” said Nereid-fin Coach Mickon McDenial after the game. “Seems like something an ogre team could manage to do, but it’s definitely not a winning strategy for elves.”

The first half looked promising enough for Mayemi as they were able to stifle the BrewKings opening drive. After securing the kick, dwarf runner Ragnar Steelfist was forced to waddle from one sideline to the other, as the speedy Nereid-fin defense assembled columns of defenders in his path. Then the elves struck.

With a slight opening in Steelfist’s cage as he tried to cross midfield, elven blitzer Jaylyn Killyps circled around the dwarven blockers to find an opening on the runner’s flank. He delivered a spinning roundhouse kick to the back of the dwarf’s helm, sending him and the ball forward onto the pitch. After a brief scrum, Brewyr secured the ball, and backed away from the furious dwarf blockers, who’d already KO’d two elves and badly injured a third in the fight for the ball.

Jaylyn Killyps frees the ball with a flying kick to the back of Ragnar Steelfist’s head

“I saw their coach take out the great book of grudges on the sideline and write upon its pages,” said Brewyr. “I knew not whether it was my name or Rahor’s, but I thought it best to merely back away from the fray and issue apologies to all the stout little fellows.”

As Brewyr retreated all the way into his own end zone calling out “sorry” and “I meant no offense,” the BrewKings cordially introduced his teammates to their mailed fists and knuckle dusters, littering the field with prone and stunned elves. By the closing seconds of the half, Brewyr’s only option was to sprint forward and attempt a deep pass to catcher Odyl Bekym, the only Mayemi player who’d managed to get down field into scoring position.

Still focused mainly on apologizing, Brewyr cocked his arm back and cried out, “Please don’t be insulted if this works!” Speaking, trembling in fear, and throwing at the same time proved too much for the line-elf. The ball slipped out of his hand and fell to his feet, as the half ended 0-0.

Aryn Brewyr fumbles the pass while apologizing profusely to his opponents

Mayemi was still in a strong position as they received the second half kick with 8 players still able to stand and take the field. Killyps grabbed the ball quickly, and the team settled back deep in their own territory, trying to avoid contact for as long as possible. As the BrewKings lumbered forward, Killyps waited until midway through the half, and then cut toward the northern sideline to try to get the edge.

“They always say we elves just try to cowardly run away from our dwarf opponents, but this vicious slander is far from true,” said Killyps of his approach on the drive. “Sometimes, we try to run around them.”

As Killyps neared midfield, he was close to doing just that but needed to escape a throng a dwarf defenders closing in on him like a fist gripping a glittering gem. Killyps tried to juke past runner Jakob Bugman and spin away from Barodin Granite-chin, who was closing in from behind. But Granite-chin was able to get enough of his stubby-fingered hand on Killyps ankle to trip him.

With Killyps and the ball on the ground, the dwarves and elves battled for possession in the closing minute of the game. For a moment, Granite-chin had it, until Mossheart staggered him with an uppercut, sending his beard flailing and the ball flying. Killyps and dwarf blitzer Gotrek Blitzby then bobbled the ball back and forth before it settled just on the BrewKings side of the pitch.

With only seconds left in the game, it looked like the Nerid-fins would add a fourth game to their tie-streak, but then on the sidelines, the BrewKings coach pounded his fist against the book of grudges and called out, “We shall not be insulted by a bunch of elves!” Inspired, the dwarves began to rally. A new energy entered their stunted legs and arms. They set about the field methodically, singing an ancient work song mostly composed of “yo ho, yo ho” and something about going off to work, as they assembled a last-second touchdown attempt.

Bugman seized the ball from the pitch as surehandedly as a miner wresting a chunk of ore from a deep chasm. Up field, Gemstar was in scoring position, but surrounded by three Mayemi defenders. He didn’t care. As Bugman sprinted toward him, he ignored the defenders and reached out to take the handoff. As a former goat-herder, Bugman’s hands were strong from wrangling beasts on the mountain side, and they did not fail him. Ge gripped the ball tightly and turned toward the end zone.

Still singing in low tones, the rest of his team had assembled around the elves marking Gemstar to assist in the blitz he would need to break free. Lowering his shoulder, he burst forward, drove his steel pad into the nearest elf defender, Tya Tyngafarthrowa. He then trampled the elf thrower on his way to the end zone to score the winning touchdown just before the final whistle.

Thrundin Gemstar runs through Tya Tyngafarthrowa on his way to the end zone for the winning TD

“One never likes to lose, but I take some solace in the manner in which we lost,” said Mossheart after the game. “It’s not everyday you see a dwarf team manage a pick-up and a hand-off, and then traverse half of the field in mere seconds like that. I’d say it looks like we taught the little fellows how to play elf ball today, and for that we can be quite proud!”

Additional Game Note: A Tasty Explosion

Though the BrewKings hired star player Cindy Piewhistle, the fact that the game only had two possessions meant that they never got around to actually deploying the baker-bomber on the field. As she departed from the stadium disappointed with her inaction, Piewhistle left behind several of her baked goods, which led to a mishap when Mossheart mistook the pies for a spread for a postgame celebration similar to last week’s.

“I’m not sure what sort of spices this halfling chef used in her pies,” said Mossheart after he was doused with a bucket of water. “But they’re definitely too hot for my liking.”

Posted by gettym on Jul 17
rating 5.5 2
Mary’s Land Terrible Terrapins Execute Dominate Performance on Soggy Pitch
The Mary’s Land Terrible Terrapins were able to secure their third victory this season in a 2-1 contest against the UC Binturongs that was not as close as the final score indicated. The entire game, played in the Terrapins’ home stadium “The Swamp”, was played in a torrential downpour that often made the act of picking up or passing the ball a challenge. While the elves seemed more than up to the task, it was the skinks of the Terrapins that were able to most consistently move the ball all game.

The game started out with the Terrapins down two key players, Harmony One-Love the Krox and Raymond Hagerston who is an up and coming freshman Saurus, both recovering from concussions and adhering to the team’s TBI protocol. They were replaced by two walk on skinks, Howard Fasthammer and Richard Clumsybrook as well as a walk on Saurus who evidently was pulled from the stands prior to the game and forced into play. While these three players had not practiced with the team and therefore were unfamiliar with the play calls by the Terrapins’ coach, their inclusion in the game turned out to be crucial.

The opening kickoff was to the elves, Coach Lancelot hoping that the elements might slow down the elves picking up the ball as well as give a chance for the rains to move on. The Binturongs, however, had no trouble picking up the ball and moving down the side of the field. The Terrapins countered with screening Sauruses but only the skinks had the speed to truly get in-front of the offensive drive. That’s when Howard Fasthammer, misinterpreting his coaches commands, moved directly towards the sideline and in the way of the Elven pass lanes. While this is typically a dangerous position for any player, it turned out to be just the right spot as Howard made a miraculous jump to deflect and then catch the pass, despite being covered by two elven players and fighting the pouring rain. This interception stalled the Binturongs’ drive and ultimately the Skink Jackson Airy was able to corral the ball and run it in for a score at the end of the half.

Howard Fasthammer is as surprised as the elves around him that he intercepted the ball

The second half started with Jaiden Rising Sun demonstrating his improved blocking skills, putting an elf into the injury bin with the Chameleon Skink David Damascus picking up the ball despite the driving rain and moving it down the field. The Binturongs did their best to try and stop the Terrapins, however the mounting injuries proved to be too much and David walked in for an easy second score. The elves got a measure of redemption at the end of the game, with the crowd throwing the ball in a favorable position after pummeling a surfed elf and ended executing a series of long runs to bring the score to 2-1 at the end of the game.

After the game coach Lancelot was seen in better spirits. “It feels like this team is finally clicking together. That interception by Howard was amazing, no doubt, but we live and die by those big blockers up front. So proud of Jaiden, he’s been working very hard on his blocking technique and it’s great to see it coming together on the pitch. This a great win, but we have a lot still left to do this season in order to achieve the goals we set out at the beginning of camp. This team is still hungry for more.” With a full complement of Sauruses and the Krox Harmony One-Love back for the next game, we’ll see if the team’s hunger translates into more wins.
Posted by lancelott on Jul 17
rating 6 1
RRR needs 1 more coach
Summer is usually slow - but it doesn't have to! Apply to the RRR! And then apply to the Crown of Sand!!

Congratulations to our most recent winners:

geggster (RRR 597 with Old World Alliance),
Java (RRR 596 with Chaos Chosen),
Java (RRR 592 with Old World Alliance)!

There are currently 1 teams missing to start another Royal Rookie Rumble!

As soon as the required number of teams is reached, a new tournament will be started and all participating coaches will be notified via PM.

If you are interested in joining, read here: Rules

and then apply here: Application

Please be aware

Only teams from the Competitive division with 0 games played will be accepted.

Every coach is welcome but the "Rookie" in Royal Rookie Rumble refers to the teams, not necessarily to the coaches!



Winner gets 100,000 gold pieces and
a record on the coach profile.

Posted by Rawlf on Jul 15
rating 6 1
FUMBBL Brawls 17 July (Low Draw)
Palette: #6c706f (gray), #776a59 (tan), #e30007 (red), #f2c61d (yellow), #1b4101 (green)

Brawls are a weekly drawn tourney for Competitive Division teams and will be run on the KotH system, meaning the second round pairing will be generated randomly after the first round is complete.

Tourneys Expected to Draw
Low (up to 1400 TV): 1
Mid (from 1405 to 1800 TV): 0
Hi (from 1805 TV up): 0

Teams Short to Draw Next Tourney
Low (up to 1400 TV): 6
Mid (from 1405 to 1800 TV): 4
Hi (from 1805 TV up): 7

Please remember that TV is the deciding factor in which Brawl your team will be a part of and includes missing players! (It is not Current Team Value(CTV)!)

Draws will be made on Wednesday if there are enough participants, usually between 1200-1400 server time. You will receive a PM that you're in the tourney when it starts. Tournament announcements on the official FUMBBL Discord #minors channel. Game announcements will be made in my Leagues Discord, in the Minor Tournament channel.

If you are interested in participating, read here: Group Page and FUMBBL Tournament Rules.

Team may apply on the Brawl Team page.

Please be aware:
Only Competitive Division teams will be accepted.

Record on your profile
Random extra MVP

Posted by razmus on Jul 15
rating 0 0
Green Dukes Run Away From Colorado Mines Orediggers 2-1 for Second Straight Win

Green Dukes Run Away From Colorado Mines Orediggers 2-1 for Second Straight Win

The Duqueswood University Green Dukes earned their second consecutive victory of NCBB Season 45, besting the Colorado Mines Orediggers 2-1. With touchdowns from freshman catcher Zindari Dawnwind (elemental lore) and sophomore wardancer Curswyn Redgrass (independent study—vengeance), the Green Dukes pulled off the win despite being down a wardancer and suffering 6 KO’s and casualties. The Orediggers chaos dwarf team, who out-blocked the elves more than 2 to 1, got their lone TD from hobgoblin lineman Brandon Kines, who also had a completion on the day.

Zindari Dawnwind scores the first touchdown of her career to put Duqueswood up 1-0

“Look, if they kept score with blocks and casualties, we’d likely never win,” said Duqueswood University Coach Gerric Smithson. “Fortunately, touchdowns still matter for something in this game, at least until the NCBB gets an orc for commissioner. Thankfully, I believe there’s a rule that league commissioners can’t eat human children, so I think we’re good for now.”

The Green Dukes got off to a strong start in the match when a short kick allowed Redgrass and Dawnwind to wreak havoc in the Orediggers’ backfield before they could secure the ball. As the Colorado Mines’ surehanded junior hobgoblin Remington Wham bent to pick up the ball just one yard off the line of scrimmage, the wardancer and catcher had already sprinted and dodged their way beside and behind him. A well-timed shove from Redgrass forced Wham to step on the ball, which then bounced right into Dawnwind’s hands.

Wham quickly whirled around and lunged at Dawnwind before she could escape. Grabbing her by the hair, he sunk his teeth deep into her forearm, sending her to the pitch screaming as the ball bounced away. Before any Orediggers could scoop it up, however, Green Duke senior line-elf Greeny Bullwind (history of dirt) blitzed in and took down one hobgoblin marking the ball with a forearm shiver.

Seeing her opportunity to make a play dwindle as the Orediggers’ dwarves began to trundle back toward the ball and senior Green Duke treeman Oakward Weatherborn (communications) struggled to hold off the team’s bull centaurs near midfield, Dawnwind bravely got to her feet. With one good hand, she snatched the ball right from under Wham’s large green nose, dodged away from another lunge, and ran for the touchdown, leaving a trail of her own blood behind her.

“The pain’s not bad,” said a bandaged Dawnwind after the game. “What stings far worse is just the dark and shameful knowledge that a hobgoblin placed his mouth upon my flesh.”

Undaunted, the Orediggers put together a punishing drive after receiving the ensuing kick cleanly. With Kines matriculating the ball up field behind a wall of dwarf and bull centaur blockers, the Orediggers pushed through the Green Duke defense like a miner’s shovel methodically digging into (and desecrating) the sacred ground. Thus, Kines was easily able to score the tying touchdown just before half time.

Kines easily runs for the tying score amid a throng of blockers

Down four players to start the second half, Duqueswood settled back into their Tree-ka-poo Dakka offense, sending Weatherborn deep as if he were attempting to receive the kick. Once the ball was in the air of course, all six other Green Duke players raced back so that senior thrower Bryden Branch could scoop up the ball. The plan was then for to get behind Weatherborn and the rest off his team deep in his own territory to hopefully draw the Orediggers defense forward and then run around them. There was only one problem with the plan—Branch bobbled and dropped the ball.

“There’s no excuse for that, I know,” said Branch. “But I swear when I looked up the field I saw this dark vision looming behind their team. It was as if a great cloud of chaos energy had formed itself into the form of a giant minotaur but with the head of ... a donkey. It was only there for a moment, and then it was gone, but still … It was horrifying."

An artist’s rendering of the strange vision Branch experienced as he fumbled the pick up to start the second half

With the ball on the pitch, the Orediggers charged forward rather than cautiously hanging back. Galloping at full speed, both bull centaurs, Bennett Grilik and Cayden Snadrider, shoved Branch back from the ball and stood over it, their hooves ready to pulverize the hands of any elf that dared reach for it.

In a stunning display of athleticism, Weatherborn moved 2 whole yards to blitz Grilik off the ball, swinging a heavy bough into the bull centaur’s bear chest and knocking him off his hooves. Dawnwind then dashed in, grabbed the ball with one hand, waving her other arm in Snadrider's face to distract him with red blood still caked there so she could cleanly dodge away and hand the ball to Redgrass.

In an uncharacteristically fleet-rooted blitz, Weatherborn charges toward Grilik moments before taking the bull centaur down with a bough to the chest

Suddenly, Branch’s failure to pick up the ball looked like a stroke of genius. With all of the Oredigger’s defense pushed forward, Redgrass was able to cut toward the northern sideline, leap clean over dwarf blocker Israel Arden—to avoid slowing down to dodge around him—and break into Colorado territory. Two elf blockers behind Redgrass bracketed Wham, whose frenzied wrestling skills gave him the best chance to take the wardancer down, and Redgrass was quickly able to put more than half the field between himself and any Oredigger defenders.

The rest of the Green Dukes used their speed to race up field and screen off the pursuing hobgoblins and dwarves for much of the rest of the half. Meanwhile, Weatherborn kept both bull centaurs tied up with his branches so that Redgrass could continue to milk the clock near the goal line. The stalling tactic paid off, as Redgrass crossed the goal line with less than a minute left, offering the Orediggers no time to mount a response and earning Duqueswood a 2-1 win.

“Sometimes I’m glad these blessed little tree lovers won’t let me use any paper for a playbook,” said Coach Smithson. “Because that was one play you definitely couldn’t draw up.”

Redgrass scores the winning touchdown to bring the Green Dukes to 2-2 on the season. Note: many in Duqueswood and throughout the realm continue to wonder why exactly Redgrass looks the way he does. As scribes have probed more deeply into his possible origins in the distant Florenwood, they have read of an ancient legend of creatures called blood elves who were born from tears of grief and blood of murder. But, of course, these are but mere stories told to frighten elflings, and such a creature would surely never be allowed to attend a university.

Additional Game Note:

Spinleaf Sapling Missing From Duqueswood

Archival magecast image of Mirlin Spinleaf’s return-to-the-forest ceremony, when his essence was thought to enter the now missing sapling planted on his grave

Prominent Duqueswood philelfthropists Myrvis and Scyntia Spinleaf recently filed a missing tree report with the Duqueswood University Office of Public Safety, claiming that the sapling their deceased son Mirlin Spinleaf was planted beneath 2 years ago has suddenly vanished from the Duqueswood Forest. Scribes from the university have confirmed that the tree planted atop Spinleaf’s grave has indeed gone missing, but the public safety office has declined to open an official investigation.

“Duqueswood University bears no responsibility for off-campus incidents,” said Vice President for Student Safety Baerys Pondripple. “Additionally, whether or not Mirlin Spinleaf’s essence now inhabits this tree, the university bears no responsibility for a student's safety after that student is dead.”

The Spinleaf family expressed their disappointment in the decision in a strongly worded statement delivered to local scribes. “Considering our support for this university as lead donors on the new elfletic center and as co-chairs of the Parents Council, it is equally disappointing and alarming that the university is not taking this incident seriously,” read the statement. “We will not rest until the tree imbued with our son’s essence is found and either returned to the forest or turned over to us for replanting.”
Posted by gettym on Jul 14
rating 6 4
Could you help us in the 145?

The 145 is Fumbbl's learning league and we're always on the lookout for experienced coaches to help us out.

If you wanted to give something back to the Fumbbl community but you're tired of donating your millions to the server then perhaps consider giving your Blood bowl wisdom to us learners in the 145. You could help create the next generation of top competition

Many of our experienced coaches find the process of helping out rewarding in itself. Take top coach and Blood bowl maestro Happygrue for example; he told me...

"I joined the 145 to teach them all bad habits so I could score a few quick wins in my BBT run, but as soon as I got there I changed my view entirely and now believe that 145ers are our future, Teach them well and let them lead the way, Show them all the beauty they possess inside, Give them a sense of pride to make it easier, Let the 145ers laughter remind us how we used to be"

It's difficult not to feel moved after that.

So don't wait around wasting your time grinding out 2-1 wins and drowning in your own imposter syndrome, pop over to the 145 discord and join the party, come on! Do something useful! Be like Happygrue ... and embrace the greatest love of all

145 discord
Posted by dentface on Jul 13
rating 6 2
Mary’s Land Terrible Terrapins squeak out a close win in a tale of two halves
In a game that was truly an homage to the great Reikland classical novelist, Carl Mickens, the Mary’s Land Terrible Terrapins squeaked out a close 1-0 win against the Sacred Lentil State Shamblers in a tale of two halves. This was the second win in a row for the Terrible Terrapins that seem to be rebounding from a disastrous 0-2 start to the season. However, some key injuries and an upcoming game against a talented elf squad means the Terrapins’ still have a lot of work ahead of them.

The game started with a surprise visit by two former alumni to the university, the famous Dribl and Drull. This pair made a name for themselves on the pitch in the early 2400’s, having been born as the only two Skinks in the spawning pool, surprising the Slann overseeing the process, as Skinks usually spawn in the hundreds. This event is rare and is seen either as a portent of great honor or great doom. In this case, it was a sign for the future Blood Bowl success that would come for the pair. While the pair initially had traveled to game as fans, it became quickly apparent that the Terrapins were outclassed by the Shamblers, and so the pair quickly jumped from the stands and onto the pitch.

The appearance of these stars must have spooked the Shamblers as the Terrapins came out with an aggressive first drive push that put the Shamblers on the back foot. Star David Damascus caught the uncharacteristically high kick and ran down the field while Alessandra Alleygainy her first casualty, (re)killing the zombie Oscar "the Troll" Villums with a swift block to the head.

“I didn’t think about it, I just did what my training told me to do,” Alessandra was quoted after the game. “I was surprised as everyone else when he didn’t get back up, those dead heads usually come right back.”

This was followed up quickly by Harmony One-Love who had also been working hard on her blocking technique, showing off her skills by getting her first casualty by badly hurting werewolf Brooklyn "Guns Blazing" Azcantla. Both injuries allowed the Terrible Terrapins to swiftly move down the field, but in a portent of things to come, when Drull went to deliver one of his famous flying kicks to the face of a downed Mike "the Ripper" Mogtoglian, the referee for the event blew their whistle sending the offending Drull off for the rest of the game. Clearly, Drull forgot this was a NCBB game where there is an enhanced focus on preventing fouling and while Mike was put into the casualty box, the necromancer seemed to have finally woken up and was able to successfully revive the werewolf. As the half wound down, David ran the ball in for his third career touchdown and capping off his 19 yards of rushing.

Dribl and Drull showing the Shamblers how they used to win games in college

The second half started with the Shamblers coming alive and despite a solid defensive call for the kickoff by Coach Lancelot, Raymond Hagerston quickly went down to an injury that is expected to keep him out of next week’s match. This was followed up by Harmony going down to a swift right hook by Tyler "The Mountain" Platzen, Harmony having clearly become too overconfident in her blocking ability, and received a concussion that will keep her out of the next game.

“We take head injuries very seriously,” coach Lancelot quoted after the game. “We’re building these young lizards into the stars they can be in the pros, it doesn’t benefit anyone if they get to that point carrying injuries that will haunt them.”

The Shamblers took advantage of the injuries by swiftly moving down the field, knocking out three more players and moving into the Terrapin’s side of the field. The Terrapins desperately were throwing everything they could in font of the relentless onslaught and were able to grind the drive to a halt at the 9 yd line. It was then that a ghoul was able to pick up the ball and sprint toward the endzone. In a surprising decision, coach Lancelot decided not to have Dribl employ his trademark knife on the ghoul, opting instead to bracket the ghoul with a Saurus and Dribl who is known to be able to side step around the ball. This move must have gotten into Coach Oryx’s head who mis-positioned his players focusing the ball carrying ghoul into a difficult series of dodges. These were ultimately their downfall for while the pushed back Saurus wasn’t initially able to grab the slippery ghoul, they were able to prevent them from making their final dodge and sending them to the injury box.

“It’s a lucky win,” Coach Lancelot said at the end of the game. “One we needed to build on from our last week’s success. We need to work on finishing these games better, and that will be harder than ever down two key players for next week. We just need to keep treating every game like it’s the only one that matters and work to do our best.”

It is the hope of the campus that ‘their best’ is good enough to get the Terrible Terrapins into a bowl game. Only time will tell.
Posted by lancelott on Jul 13
rating 6 2
Nereid-fins Dominantly Draw 2-2 vs. Shire Sheriffs to Extend Glorious Tie Streak

Nereid-fins Dominantly Draw 2-2 vs. Shire Sheriffs to Extend Glorious Tie Streak

The Mayemi Nereid-fins brilliantly fought to a 2-2 stalemate with the Shire Sheriffs and Blood Bowl Legend Griff Oberwald to extend the team’s Bonehead League tie streak to an impressive three games. Mayemi got touchdowns from its two catchers Devyoryn Achyrn and Falyn Woodyl, who each had 13 yards rushing against the halfling squad. For the Shire Sheriffs, both touchdowns came from star player Oberwald, who also had two casualties on the day and led all players with 46 rushing yards.

Griff Oberwald stands in the end zone chuckling after one of his two touchdowns on the day

“You hear the legends, but nothing can really prepare you to face Griff on the field,” said Mayemi blitzer Rahor Mossheart after the match. “The speed, the strength, the chiseled jawline, the ability to carry 9 halflings and 2 treemen on his back … It’s all quite impressive.”

The Sheriffs struck first on a long touchdown drive in the first half that began with Oberwald grabbing the kickoff and settling in on his own half as he waited for the Sherrif halflings and treemen to clear a path for him. A little over midway through the half, Oberwald got bored with waiting and simply lowered his shoulder, charged forward and ran through Mayemi line-elf Zarak Zealyr.

“Those little fellows and their leafy chums were doing a marvelous job blocking,” said Oberwald with a chuckle after the game. “But, you know me, I crave a little contact to get the blood flowing, and that Zealyr fellow looked a bit bored simply dodging blockers, so I thought I’d give him a little action.”

Oberwald’s ‘action’ left Zealyr lying on the pitch as the legend dashed into scoring territory along the southern sideline with a cadre of halfling blockers struggling to keep up with him. As the Nereid-fins raced across field to cut him off, Oberwald was heard chuckling, “Well met, jolly fellows, who wants their shot at glory next?”

With that, Oberwald ignored his blockers and simply dashed forward along the sideline, where catcher Faylyn Woodyl awaited him. As Woodyl attempted to make the tackle, however, Oberwald stiff-armed him with a fist to the mouth, putting the catcher to sleep before he hit the pitch.

“Good night, sweet elf,” Oberwald cried out, laughing as he bolted into the end zone to put the Shire Sheriffs up 1-0.

Oberwald delivers a vicious closed-fist stiff arm to Woodyl on his way to the end zone to give the Shire Sheriffs a 1-0 lead

With enough time left for a quick score, Mayemi set up for a deep pass play on the ensuing kick-off. Tya Tyngafarthrower scooped the deep kick off his own goal line, as Woodyl—who had fortunately woken up before the kick—ran a deep post pattern and Mossheart ran a curl route near midfield. With most of the Sheriff Defenders swarming around Woodyl, Tyngafarthrower hit Mossheart with the pass. Mossheart raced up field, but as the Sheriffs closed in on him, he flipped the ball back to Woodyl.

The hook and ladder seemed to be executed to perfection, but there was one problem. Standing between Woodyl and the endzone was the hulking and grinning form of Oberwald. Woodyl charged forward, lowering his shoulder as if he were going to try to avenge the legend’s stiff arm. But as Oberwald lunged to make the tackle, Woodyl ducked and spun away from him, dodging into he clear and sprinting into the end zone to tie the game just before the halftime whistle.

“Some of us don’t need stiff-arms to get past our opponents,” said Woodyl. “Anyone can dodge past a tackler when their opponent is unconscious. We elves prefer the challenge of dodging past players who are still on their feet.”

Woodyl ducks and spins aways from Oberwald, leaving the legend tackling air, moments before the Mayemi catcher tied the game 1-1 at the end of the first half

The good-natured ribbing and rivalry among the teams only intensified in the second half as Mayemi received the kick, and Tyngafarthrower once again settled deep in his own territory, trying to milk enough clock to score the go-ahead TD with no time for the Sheriffs to tie the game. The Shire Sheriffs responded aggressively. Treemen hurled halflings toward Tyngafarthrower, and Oberwald charged forward, challenging the thrower to “quit hiding and meet me in the open field like a man.”

With Tyngafarthrower unwilling to take that dare, Oberwald simply dodged around the Mayemi blockers and slammed his shoulder into the thrower’s ribs, sending him and the ball to the pitch. In the scramble that followed, Mossheart was able to push Oberwald back from the ball, Woodyl scooped it up, and raced forward to make a hand off to fellow catcher Devyoryn Achyrn. A realm-class sprinter, Achyrn easily got behind the treemen and the halflings they were hurling to score the go-ahead touchdown.

Tyngafarthrower looks on as one of several halflings thrown by treemen during the match comes flying toward him, distracting the thrower from Oberwald, who is bearing down on him from his blindside

“I’m not sure we could have done much more,” said Mayemi Coach Mickon McDenial when asked after the game if his team should have tried to stall to eat up more of the clock before scoring. “Even with no time left on the clock, I feel like Griff could probably still find a way to score. Heck, the game’s been over for hours now, and I have a feeling he’s still out there scoring touchdowns.”

Thus, it was no surprise that even with little over a minute left on the clock, Oberwald took the ensuing kickoff and dashed up field, looking once again unstoppable. With a series of dodges, stiff arms, and guffaws of laughter, Oberwald made his way through the Mayemi defense and scored just before the final whistle to end the game in a 2-2 tie.

As he stood in the endzone waving to the cheering crowd, the Nereid-fin players swarmed around him, and it looked like some sort of brawl were about to break out. Mossheart approached the legend with a stern look on his face and raised his hand. Rather than striking Oberwald, however, he dropped to his knee and offered a handshake.

“I must admit the legends are true,” said Mossheart. “You are highly skilled, quite strong, and impressively swift.” Oberwald clasped Mossheart’s hand and pulled him to his feet, with a smile—whereupon Mossheart finished, “… for a human.”

Oberwald laughed heartily at the gibe, and he and the elves were soon joined by the Sherriff’s halflings and (some hours later) the team’s treemen. Thus commenced a dual-team celebration of the tie. Since the halfling’s master chef was still on hand, a mutton roast, elk stew, and strong beer along with high elven dream wine were served to all, and the teams celebrated on the field for some time long after the match had ended.

Members of the Nereid-fins and the Sheriffs celebrate the glorious tie together in the endzone, sharing beer, wine, and vittles provided by the halfling master chef

“Seeing elves, a heroic human, treemen, and halflings together in fellowship like that was truly inspiring,” said Coach McDenial during the postgame press conference. “It’s a shame there isn’t some great quest we could embark on with these Shire Sheriffs, some evil dark lord we could all oppose perhaps, or maybe we could band together to destroy some mighty weapon. I don’t know, just spit-balling here. It could make for a heck of a story, at least.”

Accounts vary, but some say somewhere in a dark corner of the room a short old man with wispy white hair known only to the other scribes as a professor of an arcane art dubbed “linguistics” and who claimed to be in possession of some sort of time portal, grinned and then dematerialized shortly after McDenial’s final words. Others claim such a man was never there—and if he were, he would surely never come back again.

Posted by gettym on Jul 10
rating 6 5