Battle of Europe won by Bratwurst Blitzkrieg.
The Blarney Stone, Dublin IRE:
The Bratwurst traveled to the city of Clovers and Beer, hoping to put
together a 2-game winning streak against the much-improved Dublin
Shamrocks. The Bratwurst got that and much, much more.
Berlin jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, thanks to a touchdown pass
from Drew Brees to David Boston, making his last appearance as a
Bratwurst. "It was fitting for me to score on my last game as a Brat,"
said an elated Boston. "I know coach Schoen will be able to get me the
ball more, so I'm excited about that."
The Shamrocks tied it on a 72 yard scamper by Marshall Faulk, but the
Brats came right back with a 48-yard run by LaDanian Tomlinson to go
back up, 14-7. With the Shamrocks driving, the Brats picked off a pass
and Ryan McNeill returned it to make it 21-7.
Things just kept getting worse for the Shamrocks, as Marshall Faulk
fumbled, and the Brats were able to capitalize and make it 28-7. By
the third quarter, both teams knew the outcome, and the Shamrocks tried
different running plays, as the Brats tried different defensive schemes.
The final score was Berlin 51, Dublin 13.
Coach Grieb Press Conference:
No injuries to report. We came out tough today on both sides of the ball.
Faulk had an early touchdown run, but we shut him down pretty well after
that. I think we really played well against Kurt Warner, and made him
throw some passes he didn't want to. Tomlinson had two long touchdown runs
which made things easier for Brees and the rest of the team. I'm happy with
this one, but we have a tough one against the Mudfish next week.
What was the most telling stat of the game?
Coach Grieb - I think turnovers did the Shamrocks in. We won that battle, 4-0.
Twice early in the game, they were driving and turned the ball over. It gave
us momentum, and we scored, and forced them out of their game.
Question 2: Was it planned to get Boston a touchdown before he left?
Coach Grieb - It's never planned, but it was in the back of our mind. He has
done so much for us over the years. It was fitting that he got to be in the
spotlight one more time as a Brat.
Question 3: Did you guys do anything differently on either side of the ball?
Coach Grieb - I'm not giving my secrets away. But, we really didn't do much
differently. On offense, we spread the ball around more. That's an easy thing
to do when your running game plays well.
Question 4: You play one of the toughest teams in the league next week. What can
we expect against the Muddies?
Coach Grieb: Probably some good ol' smash mouth football. Ricky runs a lot, and
if we don't stop him, we are in trouble. If we do stop him, they got three great
weapons through the air. On defense, they have the best pass rusher in the game.
Brees didn't get hit today, but I have a feeling his jersey will be a little more
dirty after the next game.