There Will Be Blood
Bucs origins – 18th and final charter member of DLE
Some day pretty shortly before the first DLE season was about to start, Mean Andugl, businessman with an undying love for blood bowl, for the first time heard
about plans to establish a new draft based blood bowl league, comprising of Old World human teams. Immediately fascinated by this plan Andugl rushed to apply for a DLE franchise. Just in time as it turned out. The DLE idea was catching fire fast. Andugl was awarded the eighteenth and final franchise of the developing DLE.
Bucs' Jolly Roger logo is enormously popular - even a DLE rival copied it! (see "Rivalries" for details )
Since the Bretonnian rivals Skar Bay Sharks (aka "Eels") joined DLE several inns in Brionne serve shark fin soup and smoked eel as specialties
Bucs main slogan for the first 13 games was "Fight Hard - Party Harder!", but after 4 games in a row without a win and receiving more cas than the opponents it was time for a change.
Buccaneer Eric Ebron scored two touchdowns in season1 DLE Pro Bowl and led the SHC team to a 2-1 victory
A persistent rumour has it the Skar Bay Sharks played so bad before season1 that the desperate team management set fire to the franchises offices in order to skip the first season, thereby saving license fees and avoiding diappointed Eels fans in L'Anguille to go berserk
Andugl announced his intention to establish a DLE Franchise in Brionne, the bustling port city and province in Bretonnia, infamous for its privateers. The citizens of Brionne and blood bowl fans all over Bretonnia welcomed the plan with overwhelming enthusiasm. Andugl bought, modernized and expanded the existing stadium, located close by the quays and right in the middle of Brionne's poorest but also liveliest quarter. The local amateur blood bowl team, which had played in the old stadium, had spawned some remarkably good players and enjoyed great popularity even beyond Brionne. Andugl decided to build his DLE franchise on these pillars. He signed the whole amateur team, including some veterans already close to retirement, beefed up this gang with promising players from outside the Brionne province, assembled a team of experienced yet still hungry for success coaches, and immediately started training. Locals were allowed to submit ideas for the Brionne blood bowl team's official name. The most popular choice and the one that Andugl selected was the "Brionne Buccaneers". The Bucs were born!
The genuine Bretonnian blood bowl team
The Bucs are the only DLE charter member based in Bretonnia. With the league expansion for the 2nd DLE season a new franchises announced plans to base its business in Bretonnia, the Skar Bay Sharks in L'Anguille (accordingly nicknamed "Eels" by Bucs fans). The Bucs embrace the competition. However, to the Buccaneers' fans, who view themselves as underdogs, the Bucs are the only truly Bretonnian DLE team, while the DLE newcomers are regarded as snobbish upstarts.
Bucs way of life: fight for your right to party!
Bucs philosopy is akin to their namesakes. We are all but puritanical. At sea or on the pitch, a buccaneer's life (or career) is violent and all too often pretty short. So you better enjoy it while it lasts and don't take it too seriously (must see: why worry?). Fight hard, and party even harder!
Fight songs and chanting
A match at Brionne Bay Stadium is never a quiet affair. Bucs fans love to sing, chant and shout, and their songs reverberate throughout the stadium long before the game begins. When the Bucs march in the team is greeted with Hells Bells. The opposing team is welcomed heartily too, typically with repeated singing of the (slightly altered) refrain of Beck's "Loser" (Soy un perdedor, you are loser babies, so why don't we kill you?), a hailstorm of Bucweiser bottles and occasionally some rocks (which unfortunately sometimes hit the wrong targets). Among the favourite fan songs is the perennial Wild Thing (Wild thing, you make my heart sing, you make everything groovy ...shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it WILD THING, come on WILD THING, come on come on WILD THING ...). This footage (just listen, play loud!) from a long forgotten baseball team pretty good captures the party atmosphere in Hell's Pit when the fans perform "Wild Thing", pushing the Bucs on and driving opponents mad (quotes: "I hate this fucking song" "oh no, not that goddamn song again").
SHC South (SHCE/KFCS)
|Wreckers (SHCS) - Buccaneers||2-2||Pro Bowl player Bishop Sankey excels with an OTTD, but in H2 the team fails to protect the ball and almost loses the match|
|Bruisers (SHCS) - Buccaneers||2-2||Bucs dominate the game but just can't stop Bruisers' Fast Eddie who scores a last minute OTTD|
|Buccaneers - Greenskins (SHCE)||0-1||Painful to watch for Bucs fans. First time ever that Bucs don't score and 5th game in a row that Bucs block more than the opponents but nevertheless lose more players.|
|Rangers (SHCE) - Buccaneers||2-3||More of the same: Bucs outblock Rangers but again receive more damage. In H2 t8 Bucs fail to score a 3rd td though they could have walked the ball into the endzone. What happened and why will remain a mystery.|
|Buccaneers - Avalanche (SHCS)||0-1||Sean Weatherspoon is banned in the very first turn of the game after he accidentally smashed the collar bone of some Avalanche rookie, and star catcher David Wilson is crippled. Another horrible game for the Bucs.|
|Legion (SHCE) - Buccaneers - ||0-1||After Legion's Blanda blundered Bucs manage to steal the ball. Kareem Martin picks it up close to the Bucs' endzone and runs all the way downfield to score in H1T7.|
|Buccaneers - Manticores (SHCE)||3-0||Bucs are very aggressive right from the start. Determined Torell Troup uses his boots with great efficiency and removes 3 opponents within the first 3 turns, among them one of Muckenhof's key players. Kareem Martin is also on fire and racks up 3 cas.|
Sigmar Heldenhammer Conference (SHC)
|Vikings - Buccaneers||2-3||In t1 and before taking any action Bucs' no. 12, Pat Angerer, is fouled and dies|
|Buccaneers - Greenskins||1-1||Pouring rain all game long. Bucs lose Major Wright, another player wearing number 12, and only narrowly avoid a loss.|
|Buccaneers - Wreckers||2-1||In t8 rookie catcher Dez Bryant scores a brilliant OTTD|
|Buccaneers - Rangers||2-2||1st round draft Eric Ebron loses his nerves, scores too early and airily gives away the win|
|Bruisers - Buccaneers||1-2||Rolando McClain, another player wearing the jersey with number 12, retires after he received a niggling injury. Rumours are heard that Bucs no. 12 has been cursed|
|Buccaneers - Marauders||2-0||The Bucs for the first time don't concede a td.|
|Buccaneers - Grizzlies||3-1||Misleading result. The Bucs had to fight hard for this victory.|
|Knights - Buccaneers||2-1||Bucs block like sissies and dodge like trees, Knights score a great OTTD.|
|Buccaneers - Marauders||3-2||Bucs lose Franchise Player "Zeke" Anderson and in total suffer 7 cas, but defend vigourously in H2 and manage to increase the halftime lead to a decisive 3:1 before the Marauders score their second and last time.|
|DLE Super Bowl 2516|
|Universe - Buccaneers||2-1||Without Clayton „Zeke“ Anderson (dead) and Bryan Bulaga (mng because of broken leg) the Buccaneers start the game as underdogs. Though they try hard it's not enough, Universe wins|Championships
None so far
SHC: Season 1
No divisions in Season 1
Players of Note
Team Captain: Eric Ebron
Notable players that retired or departed this world:
Clayton "Zeke" Anderson, Bucs Franchise Player and first team captain, died in the Season 1 playoff against Marienburg Marauders
Dez Bryant, first Buccaneer ever to receive a badge. Got the award "DLE PLAY of Week 3" (Season 1) for an amazing OTTD
Some rivalries can run deep even before teams have met on the pitch for the first time. As for the Bucs two DLE teams stand out as archenemies.
Broekwater Patriots - just too superduper
The Broekwater Patriots (KFC West), coached and managed by DLE founder bghandras, during the 1st season quickly gained recognition as a superduper team. They are ruthless, having (in season 1) caused way more damage among opponents than any other team. They are obnoxiously efficient, having (again in season 1) won all games with just 1 td difference (if they won) and in a classical 2:1 grind fashion. They are calling the shots with regard to trades, since season 1 having been involved in more trades than any other team. Just about everything they do appears to have been planned ahead meticulously. To cut it short, the Patriots are just too good to be liked. Their anaemic quest for perfection makes them natural antagonists of the "Fight Hard - Party Harder!" Bucs.
Averheim River Bandits - who do they think they are?
The reason why the Averheim River Bandits (KFC East), an expansion team that joined DLE in season 2, are the Bucs bitter enemies is eye-catching. Just take a look at the Bandits logo (right) and compare it to the Bucs logo (left). The similarities are obvious. How dare some inland river bandits (and it's not even a big river) shamelessly use an old Buccaneers conceptual design? Who do they think they are? The Bucs can't force the Bandits to abandon the copycat logo, but will fight hard to leave no doubt that they are the only true Buccaneers out there.
The Brionne Buccaneers are a charter member team of the Sigmar Heldenhammer Conference (SHC). Since the league expansion in season 2 the Bucs play in the SHC South division, which is composed of the Bucs, Barboza Bruisers, Monte Castello Wreckers and Irrana Avalanche (the latter being an expansion team that joined DLE in season 2). The following table gives an overview of Bucs' results against their divisional rivals
The Bretonnian rival
Since the league expansion for the 2nd season the Bucs are no longer the only DLE team in Bretonnia. The Skar Bay Sharks (SHC West division) franchise emerged in L'Anguille. Based in Bretonnia and in geographic proximity this team is a natural rival of the Bucs, though under the current scheduling the teams play each other rarely. It goes without saying that team and fans view the Bucs as the genuine, most important and predominant DLE team in Bretonnia.
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