It's opening season for Thursday Chelsea Flag Football as the Game Coordinator
briefs the teams on their assignments. Almost every team ultimately derives to three
simple objectives: win, mingle, and drink. It will be a tough season but in return a
fun and thrilling one.
The game kicks off and is under way while a speedy offensive blocker from Pumped
Up Kicks (Lime) races across the field to blindside the defensive rusher. Where in
Chelsea did she come from?
On another field, Pickleback Sneak (Kelly) deploys a different tactic of catching and
hiding the ball from the defender as she rushes to gain some yards. An excellent
tactic, but she left her flags exposed to the defender or perhaps she thought he wouldn’t notice.
After every possession and every yard gain heroes are born. They rush, side step,
and pass fake into our hearts. If I were on his team I would cheer for him too!
Every team is flying and diving for every possession. It's the battle of a lifetime and
this is only the season opener. Who needs war? We have flag football where all
conflict ends with a victor and a plus side for everyone at the bar.
The forward pass is a quintessential part of football. How many football games have you been to where no one passes? Zero, but it wasn't always that way – the forward pass was incorporated into Football after a 1905 season where there were 18 fatalities and 159 serious injuries. It was said to make the game more "open", getting rid of mass-plays which had previously ended in mass-injuries.
95 years later, NYC Social Sports Club Flag Footballers paid tribute to the forward pass with some amazing throws and catches. Hey, we're saving lives out there!
Typical human reaciton time is between 150 and 300 miliseconds. That may seem like a really short amount of time, but in Flag Football it can mean the difference between a 25-yard touchdown pass or a spectacular interception. No one wants to get burned by a wide receiver. That's why it's important to get in your ready stance and make sure no time is wasted.
Last Thursday in the Lower East Side we saw some great ready stances. No wonder we also saw some amazing catches...and occasional interceptions.