Wednesday, September 2, 2009
RED- Anthony Toma’s team appears to have upgraded from the team that fell just short in the Chy Cup last year. Red will have familiar faces Ray, Tarik, Brian, Scotty, Mike , and Bruce all back from last year. Add Pete, Mike, and the “Fearless” John to that mix and Red looks like a juggernaut. Red’s offense will likely be similar to last year with Tarik and Ray making play after play and exploiting opposing defenses every way possible. It’s always hard to say who’s going to play where on Red, but one sure thing is that AT will use his personnel effectively. The Red D will be VERY tough like always, torturing opposing teams with a variety of looks and schemes. Look for very strong seasons from Pete and Scotty who excel in Anthony Toma’s system. And look for Brian and Mike to make lots of big plays like they did all of last year. The challenge for AT this year will be dealing with an above average amount of… let’s just say for lack of a better term… strong personalities. The huddles probably won’t be quiet, but no one is better at rallying the troops towards a common goal than Anthony Toma.
Inconsistency has been the theme for this team. Conventional wisdom told us that this team would be at or near the top of the standing all year round. But too many distractions have derailed that up to this point. Ocho has been good for a rookie and will continue to get better. Tim has made some spectacular plays, but has seen his touches decrease in recent weeks. Coach Anthony Toma brings it 1,000,000 MPH every week, and is having another great year in the middle of Red’s D. Red, like others, will need to be more consistent to make a serious run. Jordan(formerly, yes formerly the Showstopper) looked solid after serving a game suspension, and Brian has been steady as well (when he’s there). Lance has been a huge play maker at receiver and rookie Dani has been very effective in Red’s defensive scheme. It’s safe to say that this team has underachieved to this point and has barely scratched the surface of their potential. The good news is, they’ll have five games to turn it around.