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Discussion in 'Team Blogs' started by Dionysian, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. Dionysian

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    Chuck: Hi and welcome to the Chuck and Anna Show. I’m Chuck Shine.

    Anna: And I’m Anna.

    Chuck: We’re here with you today for the first in two special pre-season shows as we look at Crunch Cup XIV. We’ve got elfball, we’ve got bash, we’ve got a little hybrid action going on. It’s looking like this could be the best cup yet, isn’t it Anna?

    Anna: Absolutely, Chuck. These will be great games to watch.

    Chuck: You’re not just watching though are you, Anna?

    Anna: Unfortunately not, Chuck. I also have to give predictions and this hasn’t been easy. Some of the matchups are tight, so injuries in the preceding games could flip my analysis on its head.

    Chuck: At which point we all get to laugh at you, so let’s not waste anymore of the viewers time.

    Anna: In 8th I have the High Elf team, Fruit. I just can’t get excited about this team’s prospects. They have an AGI 5 thrower, but that’s the only real good news. A niggled blitzer and lots of lino injuries put a major question mark over this team’s prospects.

    Chuck: Healthy bank though, Anna.

    Anna: True… Fruit could replace all those injured linos, but they’re already the TV underdogs in the division and light on developed players. AG4 and a wizard most games always has potential, but honestly… I can see these going 0-1-6.

    Chuck: Now I’d like to make it clear at this point that we don’t mean any offense to anyone in the Fruit organization. Someone has to be picked last and this is just one girl’s opinion.

    Anna: I appreciate you going out on a limb like that to support me, Chuck. If you can untangle yourself can we move on to 7th? In 7th I have the first of two necromantic sides, DakaManceer VI.

    Chuck: This is all about the wolves isn’t it, Anna?

    Anna: Necro usually are. That MB wolf has the potential to hurt, but the team lacks developed ghouls. Once again, looking at this squad just doesn’t make me wet. They’ll probably get an upset win along the way and the MB spam will cause some grief, but my gut feeling is that Dakamanceer fans are in for a season of disappointment.

    Chuck: I’m struggling to disagree with you so far, Anna.

    Anna: In 6th I have Niffe Naffe Nurgle.

    Chuck: Oooooh that one could be controversial. I’ve already heard a lot of people express a liking for this team.

    Anna: It hurts me to look at this team – this just isn’t how I think a Nurgle team should be trained. All the Warriors are trained in Block, MB, Claw. Guard appears to be their somewhat belated 4th skill but only one warrior has it so far. 1900 TV with only two guard – one of them the beast – makes it tough to get excited about their playoff prospects, Chuck.

    Chuck: Once all the warriors have Guard it’s going to be a great side isn’t it?

    Anna: Ehhh. The beast will still be the only Stand Firm which is going to cause positional issues. It’s like a chaos-lite side at the moment, heavily dependent on cas roulette but trying to do that with neither any Pile On nor any DP rotters.

    Chuck: They’ll cause some pain though, right?

    Anna: Oh, they’re definitely gonna piss in somebody’s cornflakes this season. The Orcs especially will be wary of this one in MD6. They’ll be hoping that the guard deficit and lack of SF has cost the Nurglers a warrior or two by then. The 4 from 8 progress format helps Niffe Naffe a lot as teams will be less inclined to fight for their match equity. I just don’t think that’s going to translate into enough points to qualify for the playoffs though.

    Chuck: So who’s your bubble boy?

    Anna: This was a really tough one. I think it’ll go down to the wire, but the team I have just missing out on the cut are the Norsemen Ragnarok-N-Roll. With a healthy team, they can get on top of any individual matchup, but they can also get blown up during any game. Once players start getting injured or positionals start missing games, the whole thing can spiral out of control pretty fast. If they stay healthy the whole season then they have a great shout at the playoffs, but that would be quite a parlay. I think they’ll be a lot of fun to watch, but I just can’t see a 2k Norse team holding up over the whole season. Bjork’s health is going to be especially critical.

    Chuck: Now we know which teams the hatemail is coming from, what are your thoughts on Division 2?

    [Both laugh]

    Chuck: That’s right folks, on the Chuck and Anna show we won’t waste your time talking about the also-ran divisions. This is pure unadulterated high octane high TV division one coverage. Join us next time to see which order Ms List thinks the four Playoff qualifiers will finish in.
     
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    Of course its been a while since a div 1 team actually won the damn thing ;)
     
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    Chuck: Hi and welcome to the Chuck and Anna Show. I’m Chuck Shine.

    Anna: And I’m Anna.

    Chuck: We’re here with you today for Anna’s preseason wrap-up. We’ve already seen the four teams she thinks won’t quite cut the mustard, so in what order will the rest will finish?

    Anna: In 4th I think Pass and Move just squeeze through. They have a Crunched Cup title, but have never qualified for the Crunch Cup playoffs. I predict they end that run this season. Yes, they’re a little beat-up and lack any standout stars. Yes, they’re carrying niggles on two guard linos, but what they do have is a coach who can extract great performances from average players.

    Chuck: So the Joss Whedon of Pro Elves in 4th. Necromantic, Dark Elves and Orcs remain. Who’s 3rd?

    Anna: The other necro team, Crunch Cup Elite.

    Chuck: What separates this Necromantic team from the other?

    Anna: Difficult to put my finger on, Chuck. I like the spp spread and skill selections more and they’ve got experience having won Crunch Cup VIII. I feel a much stronger vibe coming off this team.

    Chuck: Difficult to argue with you when you start talking vibes instead of stats, Anna. Orcs or Dark Elves as number two?

    Anna: The Dark Elf team Leatherman Assault. AG5 blodgestep Witch and AG5 Runner. Two guard and a MB. They’re not without their issues; the MB is on a blitzer instead of a witch, the wrong witch has the move boost, and they have some lino problems.

    Chuck: It’s a rare elven team that doesn’t.

    Anna: Exactly. It’s still a solid team with decent utility that should have a slight edge in most of its matchups. They’ll be a significant threat as long as they stay healthy.

    Chuck: Which leaves us with...

    Anna: The cream of this season’s crop are undoubtedly the Welsh Orcs, Caerdydd Crunchers. I’m not a huge fan of orc teams generally. Clumsy, slow, and lacking in a plan B for when things inevitably go wrong make them perpetual bridesmaids. This particular Orc team, however, has three 4 AG players, 2 with move boosts. Kill skills, control skills, they have it all. This may be the most well rounded team I’ve ever seen and I’m calling them for overall champions right now.

    Chuck: Bold prediction given their previous playoff form, but I’m not sure I disagree with you. The Pro Elves qualifying ahead of the Nurgle seems to be your most controversial prediction though, Anna.

    Anna: That’ll generate me some hate, but the season’s upon us, so we’ll see soon enough.

    Chuck: We’ll see you all at the end of week one with highlights of all games. I can’t wait for this first week. There are some great match-ups ahead. I’m especially looking forward to watching the Crunchers and I get the impression that you are too, Anna.

    Anna: You could drown a toddler in my panties right now, Chuck.
     
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    Sure hope to fix that ! ;)

    Good job Dio...
     
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    The Crunchers should have won it last season too, if not for some beaten-up humans foiling their plans! :p

    It looks like hubris may get the better of them again this time around... ;)
     
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    Well I don't expect to finish in the top 4.
    To do so I would need my skilled players to stay alive and both my guard linemen are liable to go down hard.

    Looking to finish 5th and win the Crunched Cup again.
     
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    I don't know what Chuck and Anna are smokin', but the CC Elite are taking this thing. Orcs? HA! They're coming in LAST
     
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    As predicted both my niggled guard linemen were injured before half time in game 1.
    Not sure if it is worth keeping them but they are the target of a few blitzes so are worth something for that.
     
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    Chuck: Hi and welcome to the Chuck and Anna Show. I’m Chuck Shine.

    Anna: And I’m Anna.

    Chuck: We’re here with you today to kick off our CCXIV coverage with the thrilling spectacle of Caerdydd Crunchers vs DakaManceer VI. Your thoughts on this one, Anna?

    Anna: I think we’re just guessing how many the Orcs win by.

    Chuck: Well, I’m going to predict a Necro victory, then. What do you think of that?

    Anna: I think everyone at home just realised why you’re not doing this show solo, Chuck.

    Chuck: They’re heading out onto the pitch now, who are the key players to watch?

    Anna: The hopes of Dakamanceer fans have to be resting on a “Big” performance.

    Chuck: Nice!

    Anna: Thank you. As for Crunchers, we just don’t know. That’s part of why I love this team so much. They have multiple playmakers, multiple hitters. I know the Caerdydd fans will be cheering on local boy John Brown, the hitter-in-training. Once he graduates killer school it frees Bokak up to float.

    Chuck: Crunchers have won the toss and chosen to receive. Not sure I’d have done that versus a high bench regen squad.

    Anna: This is as much about psychological dominance as anything else. They know they’re unlikely to get the Necro under 11 men for the 2nd half, but a dominant 8 turn drive, leaving the Necro playing for a draw, can destroy the opposing team’s spirit.

    Chuck: Weather’s fine and we’re off. A short kick and with the opening block of the game, Brown gets a solid hit on Bits.

    Anna: That looked like his Thick Skull was the only thing saving him.

    Chuck: Sigh of relief from Necro fans as they come close to losing a Golem on the opening block.

    Anna: Oh My God!

    Chuck: Holy Nuffle’s ballsack. Uegoth has fluffed the pick-up.

    Anna: Crunchers fans were hoping they’d seen the last of this when he got AGI trained.

    Chuck: He did have quite the reputation for being cack-handed. There’s still a vocal section of the Crunchers fan base that want to see him sacked and the speedier Bothar taking over primary ballhanding duties.

    Anna: I really don’t think that’s going to happen. Is his presence a little bloaty? Sure. But, this isn’t the kind of team which cares about things like salary caps or TV efficiency. It embraces redundancy, paying for options to overcome the traditional weakness of Orc teams. Uegoth gives a fantastic boost to 2-3 turners and Bothar brings a lot to the table from outside a cage.

    Chuck: Is it me or did Uegoth go too early? The entire right side of the field hadn’t moved.

    Anna: Definitely. It’s been a while since this team played together and I think we can chalk that one up to rustiness.

    Chuck: In the meantime Bad has got the ball into range.

    Anna: Bothar is going to have four chances to tackle the bad wolf down.

    Chuck: But they all fail. Bad blitzes out, KOing Uegoth in the process, dodges away and scores! Turn 2 and Crunchers 1-0 down on their own drive! How much did we bet again?

    Anna: This doesn’t look great, but in no way changes my feelings about Crunchers.

    Chuck: They’re playing for a draw now though aren’t they?

    Anna: A normal Orc team would be praying for a draw at this point. Crunchers? It’s all still on the table.

    Chuck: Uegoth is still out cold and not lining up. The Black Orcs create room for Bokak to hit Big, but it’s stun city. Eddie Avoth KOs Pieces with a boot the head. Bothar gathers the ball and the cage starts rolling. It looks a little slow though...

    Anna: Bits, the remaining golem, and Bad are combining really well for Necro to halt this cage just short of where it needs to be. I don’t see a safe way through for the Orc offence.

    Chuck: Bothar is risking it, making a break out on his own. Bad gets the hit, takes him down and gathers in the ball on the sideline! Bothar is straight back up, though. Bad is down, ball is loose, Bothar makes the pick-up and is just in range. He slips stretching for the endzone, but rights himself just in time and that’s the equaliser!

    Anna: They call him Mr Clutch.

    Chuck: I’ll admit that was thrilling, Anna. But, not convincing. After they take their round of free blocks Necro will be 1-1 at halftime and receiving. DakaManceer fans should still be feeling good about this... wait. I think Crunchers have made another error. They’re set up weird; it looks like they forgot about the free blocks and thought it was already the second half. And it’s going to cost them! Gabber is hurt. I’m hearing fractured skull? Wait, the apo’s on... he’s saying fractured leg. That’s better, but still means Crunchers are Black Orc Down for the next game.

    Anna: It’s against Dark Elves so not the worst game to be missing Str 4.

    Chuck: The weather has rolled in bad for this second half. It’s a blizzard. I can barely see. Colin Dixon appears to be having the same problem as he immediately double skulls.

    Anna: That’s a lot worse than it seems, Chuck. Crunchers will be trying to preserve a reroll in case they need a 1 turner to equalise. Could be some big calls needing to be made on this defence now.

    Chuck: Wow. Big goes straight through and into score position. What do you make of this?

    Anna: I’m pretty shocked DakaManceer aren’t going to try to 8 turn it. It’s a decent enough chance to score and pretty much locks in the point if they make it, but their win chances just plummeted.

    Chuck: Bothar can’t knock the ball loose. Big just need to get free... but can only push Bothar.

    Anna: You’re witnessing the downside of Frenzy trained players there. Anyone else could just walk the ball in, now Big has to dodge out.

    Chuck: Big is down; ball is loose. Bothar nearly fumbles the ball, but gathers it in and cages. Advantage Crunchers.

    Anna: That’s the last Orc reroll burned though and they’re still deep in their own half, so the game’s far from over yet. 1 reroll left for Necro.

    Chuck: Crunchers moving up their left flank. Bits is marked, but he’s Necro’s only shot to save this. He dodges free and stuns Bothar. Ball is loose in a scuffle around the halfway line. Bokak emerges with it. Swallow is free to get 1 die on him, but DakaManceer are doing other things first. Double skull from Pieces. Bokak goes clear. It'll take a miracle just to tag him now. Swallow is visibly frustrated, gesturing at his bench. John Brown takes the opportunity to smash him from behind. That's a kill! Caerdydd fans go wild chanting John Brown's name.

    Anna: Bothar can still get surfed here, but one dodge locks the position and guarantees the win.

    Chuck: He makes it.

    Anna: He'd rather have tripped there, I think. Now he has to survive a couple of hits.

    Chuck: Bothar is still moving and Bad is shadowing him into space. Crunchers manager is on his feet screaming at Bothar, the home fans have started booing.

    Anna: I think he just forgot that Bad was a shadow specialist.

    Chuck: If this fizzles to a draw there could be a riot here. That's a top contender for worst play of the season. Golem blitz creates space for Bad, who runs to tag Bokak. He has to stretch tho... and stumbles! Bokak steps over the prone Bad wolf and saunters over the line just before the final whistle. Final score 2-1 to the Crunchers.
     
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    This Chuck and Anna show is nice. Well worth watching.
     
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    Chuck: Hi and welcome to the Chuck and Anna Show. I’m Chuck Shine.

    Anna: And I’m Anna.

    Chuck: Last time we saw Crunchers edge past Dakamanceer VI after a nightmare start. Today we look at the rest of the week’s Division One action. This week is particularly interesting as all 4 of Anna’s qualification picks are playing against her 5th-8th place predictions. Which match do you want to start with?

    Anna: It’s difficult to summon too much enthusiasm for an elf-off so let’s get Leatherman Assault’s 2-0 victory over Fruit out of the way. Fruit’s season prospects didn’t get any brighter with the death of their Mighty Blow catcher, Cherry, at the hands of Stabitha. The Leathermen’s focus appeared to be on farming pass SPP and neither team seemed particularly worried about leaving their players vulnerable to surfs. It looked pretty comfortable for the darkies overall though with Fruit unable to contain the nimble Gaenraerth.

    Chuck: The witches did look good out there. Should we expect them to be given special attention next week by the Crunchers?

    Anna: Oh absolutely, Chuck. If they have issues with personal space they should stay home next week, cos they’ll be felt up so much it’ll feel like they’re back at their high school prom. And don’t forget Bokak’s gamewinning TD saw him sent to skill enhancement camp by the governing body. I wouldn’t be surprised if he trains specially to kill that wrackle witch.

    Chuck: Gaenraerth and Stabitha, if you’re listening, now would be a good time to get your affairs in order. Crunch Cup Elite vs Niffe Naffe Nurgle?

    Anna: I was particularly interested in this one to see whether we’d underestimated Niffe Naffe.

    Chuck: We? I predicted they’d get that fourth playoff spot!

    Anna: That’s cos you’re a moron, Chuck. With roulette you win big sometimes; but that doesn’t make it profitable overall.

    Chuck: It’s a 1-0 loss for Niffe Naffe to Crunch Cup Elite and only 2 cas apiece with regen running at 100% for both sides. I still think they have more in the tank, but I’m starting to see your point.

    Anna: This actually looked like a 1-1 draw for most of the match. Elite won the toss and received. The drive was never really in doubt. Rusty Ghoul showed the rest of the division that his STR 4 blodge is going to be non-trivial to deal with. Niffe Naffe started the 2nd half with some KOs and it should have been a simple roll up the field to equalise and then defend the longshot 1TTD.

    Chuck: What do you think happened?

    Anna: Only the Niffe Naffe players and management will know exactly what the problem was. Did Lord Mucho go too early? Did Famine miss their movement cue? Was someone else daydreaming? Regardless, when Lord Mucho slipped stretching for an extra yard, they’d all left the ball carrier wide open for a hit.

    Chuck: At least Famine lived! We see players die or take permanent injuries as a result of mistakes like that far too often.

    Anna: Absolutely, Chuck. Nuffle loves to leave permanent scars as a reminder in those type of situations. I guess Papa was looking out for the Nurglers this time. Famine is a key young player who has the potential to elevate this side substantially. To die there would have been nothing short of tragic. After Famine was taken down Niffe Naffe couldn’t recover the ball from the scrum even with a comfortable man advantage.

    Chuck: Elite will definitely be happy to have gotten full points from this, especially with the bonus of zero permanent injuries. Which brings us to our final game, and the one I suspect you’ve been looking forward to the most.

    Anna: I love to watch Bjork play. She’s my kind of girl. Pass and Move are also one of my favourite teams. I’ve watched tape of pretty much all their games. When I say they’re going to qualify I’m not just guessing. They have the chops for it. And they proved it here overcoming a tough Norse outfit 3-1.

    Chuck: You’re predicting Ragnarok to fall at the group stages though...

    Anna: They’ll still be a tough side to face while they’re healthy. I just don’t think they’ll stay healthy all season. Neither will Pass and Move for that matter. Both could get blown up any game, but Pass and Move are better equipped to deal with it and carry on. Make no mistake though, any side these two face in the meantime isn’t going to have an easy ride.

    Chuck: The score may have been 3-1 to the elves but it was 5-0 on casualties the other way. I was beginning to wonder whether Ragnarok could overcome being 2-0 down at halftime and force a defensive equaliser.

    Anna: That’s pro elves for you, Chuck. It’s a race. Win the game in first half. Hang on desperately to the remaining tatters of you side to hold the second. Some bad news for Pass and Move fans who weren’t at the game, though. The Guard lino Mortaleth suffered a likely career-ending broken neck. The team still has four(!!) other guards and Mortaleth was one of the niggled players handicapping the side, so it’s not a disaster.

    Chuck: So four out of four for Anna and her predictions are looking good so far. Next time we answer some of our viewers emails, and we hope to have a very special interview for you.
     
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    Fantastic stuff and with no news about Crunch Cup newspapers I'm currently relying on the C&A show for all my CC coverage.
     
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    Great Read.

    Don't write Mortaleth off yet.
    Niggled , -AG lino's don't get to retire while the team is short on cash.
    Hopefully he can take an injury in place of a player with a bit more of a future.
     
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    Nice work Dio, and LOTS of it! I may just change my prediction and say the Crunchers come in SECOND-last :p
     
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    Chuck: Hi and welcome to the Chuck and Anna Show. I’m Chuck Shine.

    Anna: And I’m Anna.

    Chuck: It’s Matchday 2 of CCXIV and we’re joining this week’s feature match Caerdydd Crunchers vs Leatherman Assault. Viewers at home will remember these are the two teams Anna predicted to finish 1st and 2nd in the division. Can the Leathermen overcome the Crunchers, Anna?

    Anna: They can.... LA have all the weapons they need to be a threat in every game, Chuck. A hitter to pick off key players, a couple of guards and two super agile players who can glide through most defences. They’ll definitely pick up wins against teams they can exploit. Against Crunchers? That’s a tough ask.

    Chuck: The teams are jogging onto the field. Crunchers win the toss and choose to receive just as it starts to hail. Wow! That weather moved in fast! This looks like good news for neutrals. Another quick defensive touchdown against the Crunchers could be just what this game needs.

    Anna: Completely agree, Chuck. I love to see Crunchers win, but watching them rescue a game is even better!

    Chuck: A short kick is safely caged up by Uegoth near the scrimmage line and an elven lino is swiftly knocked unconscious. Bokak has gone straight after Iybaire. He gets the KO, but he’s exposed deep in elven territory. That doesn’t seem wise, Anna?

    Anna: I don’t hate it. LA’s two agile players, Iybaire and Gaen, are the engine that generates half chances each turn. Take one out early and this could turn into a rout. It’s unnecessary, though. Picking off linos from safety and helping to convert a steady positional win would be a much more mature and responsible way for Bokak to play.

    Chuck: Bokak is down in a huddle of elves with the ref struggling to get a look. He’s brandishing a red card to someone, yep, that’s Ernesto gone for foul play. Bokak is unconscious though and out for at least the rest of this drive. Leathermen will be happy with that trade won’t they, Anna?

    Anna: Crunchers will be fine with it too. The sending off helps them burn past LA’s bench for the second half. LA conceded a lot of space to huddle for that gang foul. Crunchers have safe possession 10v8 and Uegoth is already in LA’s half and steps away from scoring range. A column defence isn’t going to cut it now. I’m not sure there’s much they can do to stop the drive at this point.

    Chuck: Leathermen aren’t conceding it yet, they’re moving into contact! How good an idea is a man-up defence here?

    Anna: You kinda need your guard and sidestep players to be the same people if you’re gonna attempt this. Even then doing it against Crunchers would be... brave. I don’t anticipate this ending well for LA.

    Chuck: Azhag takes out Riannmal. Uegoth spins off into range. Eddie is thinning Leathermen ranks with a couple of foul KOs. Azhag claims another victim breaking Yvbrior’s ribs, before Uegoth walks in the score.

    Anna: Even if the KOs come back that’s a couple of extra injuries they didn’t really have to take. See the work Boghar did there though, Chuck? That’s what I was talking about before we went on the air. He has the least flashy job of the blitzers, is a quiet unassuming guy you barely realise is there, but he and Gabber are the glue that hold this collection of stars together. With Gabber missing this game this was a chance to see if Boghar could anchor the cage solo. I’m delighted that he’s stepped up in a big way, tonight.

    Chuck: Leathermen must have felt like they were smashing their faces into an unyielding brick wall there. Now we get to see Leathermen’s one turn skills. Do they try to score with the agile sidestep trained Gaenraerth or the quicker Stabitha?

    Anna: I honestly have no idea.

    Chuck: Oh my word! Massive confusion here as Anne runs onto the field and refuses to leave. Nicky is begging her to come away, but can’t catch her. She’s parked behind George as the ref blows the whistle and waves Nicky off the pitch. She clearly wants to play, to show that she’s more than just a T16 emergency projectile, but I don’t think she’s helping her case here.

    Anna: She’s certainly made this a lot easier for Gaen. I don’t fancy her chances of getting out of the stadium alive if this gets converted to an equaliser.

    Chuck: Stabitha hits Anne, it’s a casualty! Can the elves muscle George enough to get Gaenraerth into position... George deliberately takes a fall going down to end the attempt.

    Anne: Crunchers won’t be happy with Anne. She’s not just for T16 – she’s a valuable asset for any short drive to win. But if she’s going to keep her contract with the Crunchers she’s going to have to calm down and be patient; to wait until she’s needed.

    Chuck: So Anne can be thought of like the cavalry?

    Anne: Sure... and I think that’s why she’s frustrated with lack of playing time. Crunchers take care of business well enough that they rarely need the cavalry.

    Chuck: Second half. Can the 9 elves score against 11 Orcs.

    Anne: Scoring is only half the battle, Chuck. The real question is whether they can extend the drive long enough to deny Crunchers a subsequent winner.

    Chuck: Iybaire’s gone to the side but the position looks vulnerable. Brown stretches for a hit, Iybaire dumps off to Stabitha. She drops it, but the bounce is kind to the elves.

    Anne: They’re making a move, Chuck. Going for the hit dragged Crunchers a little out of position. LA have spotted it and are looking to take their shot and exploit the open space. Gaen slips her marker and the rest of the team screens her from tackle trained orcs. Iybaire doesn’t care about single TZs, grabs the ball from Brown’s feet and runs into space. If he gets this to Gaen we’re looking at a T14+ score. They have a real chance of holding off until T15, at which point Crunchers could be lamenting Anne’s meltdown.

    Chuck: Uegoth snatches the pass out of the air! He takes a lot of flak from the Caerdydd faithful for his klutzy ball handling at times, but he’ll be able to dine out on that one for a while. The heart has gone out of the Leathermen as Uegoth is shepherded up the pitch. The remaining delves ignore him and focus on trying to put a stiletto through a random Orcish skull. Uegoth has all the time in the world to handoff to one of the Black Orcs.

    Anne: I think this is going to John Brown actually. Yep, it’s John. That earns him a ticket to training and he’ll come back as Cruncher’s new killer. Bokak should join Bothar in a new utility role; a move telegraphed when he came back from training last week with Guard instead of Juggs. I think the rest of the league should be very scared by this development. That’s a major improvement for Crunchers overall, Chuck.

    Chuck: As if Crunchers weren’t terrifying enough already? Brown walks it over. That’s the whistle. 2-0 to Crunchers final score.
     
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    Nice win, looking strong, maybe this time the orcs will do what they couldn't last time.
     
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    Chuck: Hi and welcome to the Chuck and Anna Show. I’m Chuck Shine.

    Anna: And I’m Anna.

    Chuck: Last time we saw Crunchers sail past Leatherman Assault. Today we take a look at what happened in the rest of the division’s matches. First up Pass and Move vs Dakamanceer VI.

    Anna: Key moment of the game was probably on T2. Already down to 8 players Barsidhdon Tathdiir has run into space to try to get those crucial first points on the board and allow the elven reserves on. Bad Wolf has to stretch to get a 1D hit and trips over his own feet. A successful takedown there has potential for a very different match.

    Chuck: Dakamanceer seemed out for blood after that.

    Anna: Melting elves, instead of securing the ball, certainly seemed to be their priority.

    Chuck: I’m not sure securing the ball was ever on the cards for Dakamanceer here. Their problems finding quality ghouls continued to plague the team. Swallow failed to collect the ball in three attempts. Chew had the same number of tries and only scooped it up once.

    Anna: Oh absolutely, Chuck. With that level of ineptness Daka’s backs are always going to be against the wall. I’d have just liked to see more emphasis on positioning to give themselves a chance to recover from those fluffed pickups.

    Chuck: 6 casualties to zero in favour of the Necro.

    Anna: But a 4-1 win for the elves, including a brace of touchdowns for rookie blitzer Mortaleth Tinuren.

    Chuck: Not to be confused with his twin, the lineman Mortaleth Tinuren. You have to wonder what their parents were thinking, don’t you, Anna?

    Anna: Pelfs spend so much of their lives huffing nitrous oxide that they probably just assumed they were seeing double and there was only one baby.

    Chuck: Despite all the casualties no permanent damage was done.

    Anna: Broken ribs on a guard catcher was the most serious injury.

    Chuck: So one guard out, one guard back for Pass and Move. Can they pull off another win against Crunchers later today?

    Anna: If they do, and more importantly, if they come out unscathed again, then we have to go beyond talking about their qualification chances and really start fancying them to snatch the divisional title as well.

    Chuck: Crunchers won’t let that happen, surely?

    Anna: I can guarantee this is the game that concerned them most preseason. They want that second divisional title and they’ll be looking to avoid the unforced errors and confusion that marred their first two games; knowing that any mistake is likely to be severely punished with a quick elf touchdown.

    Chuck: Viewers may wondering why we’re in no hurry to move onto the remaining two games in the division and the answer to that is: There aren’t any! That’s right – Niffe Naffe and Ragnarok both failed to play their respective games, granting default wins to Fruit and Crunch Cup Elite.

    Anna: I quite fancied Fruit to get a point at NNN anyway, but the win keeps their playoffs hopes alive while putting NNN a fair distance back. The Ragnarok/CCE game not taking place is a major disappointment for all BB fans though. That had the potential to be a great match with lots of blood. It’s always a shame to see these things happen, especially as it has the potential to impact the rest of the league severely. It’s in no way their own fault, but the competitive advantage of getting a free win and a guaranteed healthy full squad for the next game shouldn’t be underestimated.

    Chuck: We got lucky this time though, Anna. The two default winners played each other at the start of MD3. As we’ve got some free time we may as well cover that game now?

    Anna: I could talk some more about how Crunchers are the greatest team to have ever played the game and should be immortalized in all BB-playing cities with anatomically correct nude statues that double as drinking fountains?

    Chuck: I think we can hold onto that for another time. The big news coming out of this 1-1 draw game is the death of Hover Wolf, the sidestep diving tackler.

    Anna: That’s a major blow to the CCE defence. They still have John McGuirk, but he’s going to be under a lot of extra pressure now.

    Chuck: I’ve noticed with Necro teams in the past that fully fit they can be an unstoppable power house, but they take a key injury and a casualty spiral starts that destroys the squad.

    Anna: They’ll be looking to avoid that and get Hover’s replacement trained up quickly. You’re not wrong though, Chuck, and it nearly happened this game. John McGuirk died too, but the team necromancer was able to resurrect him. That procedure only has about a 50% success rate. Hover and John both dead this game would have made for a mournful trip home for the travelling CCE fans.

    Chuck: I half expected Rusty to die trying to get that winner at the end.

    Anna: I’d estimate that’s about a 35% chance to win the game. He obviously has to take it, but that’s how ghouls die and he’s such a key part of the team’s offence.

    Chuck: I’m excited to see what Rusty does for the rest of the season. I bet Dakamanceer are veritably green with envy.