Question 4 Are the Griffins In Trouble? We ask that because their player-coach Andrew Suniula, as reported for Premier Subscribers a week ago, will be joining London Wasps soon on contract.
That leaves the Griffins without their flyhalf and their coach. Now, they can probably absorb the loss on the field, as Suniula isn't really playing with the Griffins anyway. But as a coach? The club will rally, we understand, but it's a tough loss.
As it is, they've done well, winning on the road at Palmer and then tying the Chicago Lions 24-24, getting a bonus point (so eight points out of a possible ten in two weeks, not bad).
The guy everyone loves on the Griffins is Brendan Brown. Not only, said Suniula last week, does the longtime Griffins wing appear to get younger, rather than older, he makes other players feel younger, too. Brown has rebuffed our attempts to interview him, mainly because he just wants to play. And he just keeps playing.
Games this weekend:
Kansas City Blues at Columbus
Cincinnati at Metropolis
Chicago Lions at Palmer
Milwaukee at Chicago Griffins
Metropolis looks outstanding, and they have been one of the few teams to really take USA U20 and HS All American talent and keep it and nurture it. The presence of capped Eagly lock Graham Harriman doesn't hurt, either.
The Lions should be happy enough with the tie with the Griffins, and are 1-0-1. But this away game at Palmer is a big one, and Palmer will want to rebound from their opening loss against the Griffins. This is a big game.
Griffins host Milwaukee and are favored. The Kansas City Blues are in a difficult situation. They opted out of the West league, and that's fine, but the Midwest starts so early that they weren't truly ready to travel to Minneapolis in August. Now they have to visit an athletic and exciting Columbus team that is 2-0. This won't be easy, either. But paced by speedy, adventurous Ed Mills at fullback and new flanker James Clarke the Blues could pull out a surprise. It's a long season, though, so even just a bonus point or two on the road will help them.