2037 Around the League Week 1
Today we're introducing a segment called "Around the League with Billy Dunne," hosted by current free agent and fromer Bison receiver Billy Dunne, as well as being co-hosted by current free agent and former Bison players. Around the League highlights any major upsets (based on point spread) or major stats, and crowns the league's top performances of each week. Hosts can change at a moments notice, as most will be current free agents, at least for the time being. This year's current hosts are Co-host 2035 Bison QB Joseph Thomas, Co-host 2035-36 Bison TE Francisco Thomas, and extra/field reporter 2035-36 Bison WR Robert Dyer. Let's head to the studio.
DUNNE: We've got a great, action packed first episode in store, grab a beverage, sit back and unwind, we'll have it all, coming up right after these messages.
AROUND THE LEAGUE, WITH 12th YEAR PRO QB JOSEPH THOMAS, 9th YEAR PRO TE FRANCISCO THOMAS, FIELD REPORTER AND 9th YEAR PRO RECEIVER ROBERT DYER, AND YOUR HOST, 10th YEAR PRO RECEIVER BILLY DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNE. LIVE FROM THE PRAIRIE VIEW SPORTS BAR AND GRILL AT BISON STADIUM, HEEERRRREESSSS BILLLLYYY!
DUNNE: Thank you, thank you. You know, every player has to decide when to hang up their cleats. Everyone here on Around the League has played in the league, and all of us have had the fortunate chance to play right here in Oklahoma. We've got a lot in store today, but first let's get to the upset report with the Thomases, Joseph and Big Franky!
J.THOMAS: Thanks Billy! Franky, we've got three games to talk about, which one should we start with?
F.THOMAS: You know Joe, I like to save the best for last. While it's hard to see who exactly is the best at this point in the season, I have a pretty good idea with who I'm going with, so let's start off at the "bottom" and work our way up.
J.THOMAS: Can do, first up it's the Kansas city Chiefs at the Rimmington Redskins.
F.THOMAS: Rimmington came in as 4 point favorites... don't grin at me like that, you know because I mentioned them that they lost. (laughing)
J.THOMAS: I can't help it, I don't know if I'm smiling because of the way you said it, or the fact that I'm still in disbelief that the Chiefs won. Redskins QB Brandon Robinson went 25-37 for 280, a TD, and a pick, but he was matched pretty evenly by Chiefs QB John Delgado, who went 24-32 for 276 with a TD and a pick. The biggest difference was the ground game.
F.THOMAS: Definitely! The Chiefs managed just 75 yards on 24 carries. The Redskins O-Line and TEs, they were opening up holes all day! John Harris finished with 131 yards on 26 carries, and the team finished with 154 on 37! But I think the biggest factor was that, while Harris and the 'Skins were dominating the ground battle, the Chiefs were holding them off of the scoreboard.
J.THOMAS: Very much so. Eight different guys made at least 4 tackles, led by Roger Dollison, who had 8. That, and while the Chiefs weren't picking up yards on the ground, they were moving ahead via punt return. Alexander Carillo? 57 yards on three punt returns. They also had two different kickers combine for 3-4 on FGs, which was enough to give them the win, the Chiefs scoring all of their points in the second half.
F.THOMAS: The final score? K.C. Chiefs 16, Rimmington Redskins 13. Who do we have next?
J.THOMAS: We have the Atlantis Tsunamis-Harrisburg Cougars game...
F.THOMAS: Who are you trying to trick? Me? Nah, anyone with half a brain-
J.THOMAS: Concussion jokes?
F.THOMAS: No, no, no! AS I was saying, anyone who pays any attention knows the Tsunamis should have won this game. They were favored by 6!
J.THOMAS: If they were favored by 6, I can't wait to see who your #1 upset is.
F.THOMAS: Would you let me do my job? We'll get to it! Anyway, this was just a game where one team came out flat, and the other team was ready and energetic.
J.THOMAS: There were a lot of turnovers, weren't there...
F.THOMAS: Quite a few. I'm sure you remember days like this that you had in your career.
J.THOMAS: Oh, I'm not so sure about that. At least not like the Atlantis guy had. Derek Chumley went 25-42 for 266, and 2TDs, but he had four interceptions! FOUR!
F.THOMAS: How'd the other guy do?
J.THOMAS: Christopher Henson? Well, I'm not sure if most people know this, but Chris and I are pretty good friends. Chris was the second overall pick way back in 2025, wow, that makes me look old. I don't want to come off sounding jealous, but there's just a reason guys our age aren't it the league right now. His best days are behind him, and he had an average day. 23-33, 247, 2TD, 2INT.
F.THOMAS: Neither team really got off the ground.
J.THOMAS: No, you're right Franky, unless you think 34 carries for 113 yards is great, the timeshare of Chadwick Carney and Rodney Wilkinson doesn't look that great.
F.THOMAS: I think the biggest factor was receiving. Atlantis was led by Shawn Graves, who had 9 receptions for 87 yards and a couple of scores. Other than him, only a few average receiving days.
J.THOMAS: And then you had Harrisburg passing it around, getting TD catches by Clark Hewitt and Rick Connors, and an 8 reception, 102 yard day by David Bobo. Crazy.
F.THOMAS: Harrisburg won this game 28-20 despite the 6 point spread. Good thing I'm not a betting man.
J.THOMAS: Good thing I'm not either, I picked you as my tight end in fantasy this year.
F.THOMAS: Are you kidding me?! I took my boy Alan Isbell in the 3rd round.
J.THOMAS: A whole lot of good that's done for you so far.
F.THOMAS: ANYWAY, guessssss whatttt time it is?!
J.THOMAS: Time for our segment to be done?
F.THOMAS: Nope, time for my NUMBER ONE UPSET!!! We've got the L.A. Rams taking on the Chicago Governors, with Chi-town favored by 4. And what's really going to blow your mind is that L.A. was sooooo dominant.
J.THOMAS: Scott New had a hell of a game. 17-25, for 209 and 2TDs and a pick? Not bad at all for a 2nd year player getting his first real playing time.
F.THOMAS: I was leaning towards the ground game. Kenneth Smith 26-99, Henry Myers 8-32, Antonio Sanchez 2-15 and a touchdown!
J.THOMAS: The Governors only managed 34 rushing yards all game!
F.THOMAS: I know! Matthew Lederman was a big part of that, getting 7 tackles and 3 tackles for loss!
J.THOMAS: Final in this one?
F.THOMAS: Rams 27, Governors 13, Governors originally by 4!!!!
J: THOMAS: Calm down, Franky! Billy, back to you!
DUNNE: Thanks Joseph and Franky! Right now, we'll take a break, but when we come back, we'll have field reporter Robert Dyer and a special Oklahoma City Bison guest, live from Tijuana to help break down the week's Top 5 Performances!
DUNNE: We're back on Around the League, I'm your host Billy Dunne. Now as we all know, the Bison nearly won in Tijuana, and the Bales were favored to win by 4 points, and only won 21-20. I'm sure they just missed out on Franky's list of upsets. Now speaking of Tijuana, we had an audience member here at The Prairie Sports Bar & Grill ask what it's like as a player to be going to a place where some would love to vacation, and to answer the question we have Bison Media Player of the Week Henry Ballesteros, along with our own field reporter Robert Dyer. Robert, Henry.
DYER: Hey Billy. Henry, Billy and I have our own answers to this, but I'm going to ask you since you're a rookie and people want to hear about life from current players.
DYER: Alright, what's a week like when you have to go to a place, a place that might be a popular destination, full of distraction, for a player?
BALLESTEROS: Well, I just approach it like I would any other week. I was born in San Diego, and went to college at Cal. We have beautiful places throughout California, so while Tijuana was great, it wasn't anything that was going to prevent me from showing up my best. Being from the west coast, I'm still used to Pacific time, so I wasn't shook at all. As a rookie who doesn't quite know the playbook yet, I spend a lot of time with coaches and older vets studying, and while you have to take a break and have some down time, you also have to keep thinking to yourself, "I'm a professional athlete, all eyes are on me if I do something good, or if I do something stupid." This is my job. I have February, March, April to be doing what I want, but no matter where I am, from May through January, I'm on the clock.
DYER: Truly a professional answer. Alright Henry, let's get down to business. We have to recap the Top 5 Passing, Rushing, Receiving, Defensive, and Special Teams performances of the week, in no particular order.
BALLESTEROS: Sounds awesome, let's do it.
DYER: Alright, passing... there were some good performances this week, and I'll let you have them, since you might feel strongly about at least one of them.
BALLESTEROS: I certainly do. Right off the bat, the QB that we faced, Marcus Jenkins. (Audience boos). Now, now, he's a great guy, and I certainly thought he was one of the best players on the field. He's a leader, and he was rallying his team the entire time, always making them keep their heads up. He went 21-28 for 254 and 3TDs on us, which, while it's not acceptable as a member of the Bison, is impressive to me, considering we have such great guys in our defensive backfield.
DYER: Brandon Galloway, the 2036 #1 overall pick?
BALLESTEROS: I've definitely heard of him, he led the Toronto Tiger Cats to a league championship last year as a rookie, and while I didn't see much footage of his game today, I'm excited to watch it. He's the reason we got Marqy-
DYER: QB Bret Marquez, to those at home.
BALLESTEROS: Yeah, Marqy, he's only on our team because the Tiger Cats picked Galloway.
DYER: Galloway finished 21-25, for 216 and 3TD, no picks.
BALLESTEROS: Wow. I'm not surprised at all.
DYER: #3, Edward Herrington. I don't know how much you know about him, so I'll talk about him. The Chicago Coyotes QB, he went 19-30, for 252 and 2TD, with no picks.
BALLESTEROS: I really don't know much about him, but that sounds like a pretty good day.
DYER: Billy Hoffman of Ft. Lauderdale went 34-49 for 442, 3TD, and 2INT.
BALLESTEROS: Again I'm not surprised. In college once we shared a hotel with them in Chicago, because we were playing at Northwestern, and they were at a Chicago team. I don't know much about Hoffman, but I know they pass the ball A LOT. They were always passing, passing passing passing, outside the hotel from morning to their curfew.
DYER: Last but not least, Charles Mahoney, Cincinnati Shrugging Atlases, 22-33, 270, 2TD, no INT.
BALLESTEROS: Again, another good day it sounds like. I'd ask where Marqy is on this list, but I guess there weren't many interceptions on the list, except Hoffman who threw for 400 yards.
DYER: Next is running backs. Not much to talk about, one clear dominant performance.
BALLESTEROS: Am I reading this right? Some guy ran for 154 yards on 29 carries?
DYER: Yep, The Marvels runningback Christopher Schneider. He had 2 TDs, too. Other good outings included Redskins' John Harris, who had 26 for 131 and no, Eagles' Douglas Porter, 21-106 and one, Marauders' Ronald Threatt, 25-120 and one, and Allblack Ronald Teitsort, who went for 90 and two scores on 19.
BALLESTEROS: Those all sound like solid days. That Schneider number still has me at a loss for words though... I can't wait to face him.
DYER: That's the spirit! Up next is receiving. Fluties' Clarence Cronin caught 11 passes for 143 yards and 2TDs, Marvels' Jesse Richards went 6-156 and 1, Gary Mcdonald of Brampton had 7-120 and one, and Shawn Graves of Atlantis had 9-87 and 2.
BALLESTEROS: That's only four receivers.
DYER: Yup, there's a certain guy that I assume you know about.
BALLESTEROS: ...the Pizza guy?
DYER: Pizzolato, Alan Pizzolato. Care to talk about his 6-60 and 3TD performance against the Bison?
BALLESTEROS: He seems like a good player, and he must be, because I think our secondary is one of the best in the league. I also think Marcus Jenkins had a lot to do with those TDs, though. They both deserve credit.
DYER: Defense, next.
BALLESTEROS: Am I on this list?
DYER: You did have a great game, but unfortunately no.
BALLESTEROS: Bobby Buseck better be on here then!
DYER: Of course he is! 5 tackles, a tackle for loss, 2.5 sacks totaling 20 yards-
BALLESTEROS: I'm not one to brag, but I had that half sack with him.
DYER: I think your play spoke for itself, allowing you to brag. Brampton had Tyler Molinski get 17 tackles and one for a loss, Kenneth Smith of The Marvels had 8 tackles, 2 for loss, and 3 sacks for 8 yards, fellow Marvel Richard Harrison had 3 tackles, 3 GCOV, 2 passes defensed, and two picks for 49 yards and a touchdown, and the Governors Charles Rodarte had 12 tackles, 3 for a loss. Special teams, Tampa Bay kicker Alphonse Hilgeman drilled a 57 yarder, Graham Bullies punter Dewey Engen had 6 punts for 298 yards, a 49.7 average, Goshen Blue Collar Luis Joyce had a 49.6 average on 5 punts, Chiefs returner Alexander Carillo had 3 punt returns for 57 yards, and Allblack kicker Alva Cochran nailed a 50 yarder. Hang with me Henry, we'll go back to Billy now.
DUNNE: Thanks Henry and Robert! Wow, Henry Ballesteros is a great kid, and I hope we have him on for more episodes in the future. Now, Ballesteros means "crossbowmen" in Spanish. At Cal, they started calling him "The Weapon" before they realized that wasn't necessarily a good thing to be calling him on a school campus. Lately he's been referred to as "Bowling Ball"esteros, because of his stature and his ability to knock down runningbacks like pins. We'll be back with "Bowling Ball"esteros and the rest of the crew after this quick message.
DUNNE: We're back, and we're ready to crown our favorite dominant players as a panel. Joining me at The Prairie Bar and Grill inside Bison Stadium are my co-hosts Joseph and "Franky" Francisco Thomas, and by live feed from Tijuana field reporter Robert Dyer, and guest Henry Ballesteros.
Award DUNNE J.THOMAS F.THOMAS DYER GUEST
PASS Brandon Galloway Edward Herrington Marcus Jenkins Galloway Jenkins
RUSH Christopher Schneider Schneider Schneider Schneider Schneider
REC Jesse Richards Richards Clarence Cronin Cronin Alan Pizzolato
DEF Kenneth Smith Richard Harrison Smith Tyler Molinski Robert Buseck
ST Dewey Engen Alphonse Hilgeman Hilgeman Hilgeman Hilgeman
MVP Kenneth Smith Christopher Schneider Schneider Schneider Marcus Jenkins
UPSET Harrisburg Cougars L.A. Rams L.A. Rams Cougars Rams
DUNNE: Looking ahead at next week, Franky, which teams seem to have a chance to end up on your Upset Report?
F.THOMAS: There are only two point spreads of 4 or more this week, Cincy Shrugging Atlases at Pennsylvania Posse, with the Posse favored by 4, and the Oakland Raiders at the Graham Bullies, Bullies by 6. Anything to add, Joseph?
J.THOMAS: There are also three 3 point games right now. Atlantis by three hosting Trenton, Alabama by 3 at the Giants, and Tijuana by 3 hosting The Marvels.
DUNNE: Any words on what this next week will be like, Henry? Your first home game, and favored by one against the Tampa Bay Sun Devils...
BALLESTEROS: We're going to approach every week like we're going to go 1-0. It's a long week, but I'm sure it will go by fast. They're a team getting better, so it's nice to look forward to competition.
DUNNE: We'll take a quick look at the standings, and then we'll wrap it up. The Bison are 0-1, and are projected to win 7.5 games this season, second in the division only to the 1-0 Alabama Slammers, who should win 8.4. 0-1 Tampa Bay is set to win 3.5, and the Giants seem doomed to being 0-16. We'll take a quick commercial break, and then we'll be back.
DUNNE: From Joseph Thomas, Big Franky Thomas, Robert Dyer, and special guest Henry Ballesteros, I'm Billy Dunne, and this has been Around the League with Billy Dunne! If you're here live at The Prairie Sports Bar and Grill in Bison Stadium, I'd like to thank you for coming out! If you want to join us at Around the League here at The Prairie, we'll be broadcasting live after the game weekly, home or away, postseason, regular season, or next year, preseason. Thanks for watching, from all of us at Around the League! Your local news is next!