Hello fans and blood bowlers and welcome to the Mid-Season Recap edition of Inside The NBP! I'm Crypt Collinsworth your malevolent emcee for all things Blood Bowl! This week we have a super sized edition of Inside The NBP as not only do we have full coverage from Week Four's action we also have a dedicated mid-season recap with our newest correspondent Dead Sabol! The mid-season recap will feature standings for all the divisions as well as the overall rankings placing all 24 pro teams in a list from top to bottom!
We know it's been a few weeks since you all have experienced Nuffle Be Praised Action! So let's quit wasting time and send it over to my main maggot man in NBP Mr. Ronnie Rott!
Honored as always Crypt! What do we say fans? Are we dying to get to this week's action? With the mid-season break we've all been fiending for some NBP Action! This past week of course was our first week of inter-divisional Intra-conference play! We matched up the top teams of every division in each conference against the other team in that conference. So 1st from Tar and Feather plays First from Deep Dark, First from Ale and Anarchy plays first from Salt Works, and First from Beheaded Kings plays First from Old World. 2 will then play 2 and so on! With that let's get to the first match!
In the battle of the top ranked teams in Tar and Feather and Deep Dark, Strong Bad's Awesome Team featuring Herman Menderchuk took on Rats off To Ya!! Both teams came into the match looking for the victory to solidify their spot in their divisions. Though The Awesome Team was able to brutalize the rats up and down the pitch, they could not account for the superior mobility and agility of the rats. Falling 3 to 2 to Rats off To ya in their toughest match of the season.
In the battle of second place in the eastern conference The Stinking Geysers took on Kingdom of The Misfit. The Geysers came in with so much inducement dollars they were able to purchase Ripper! However the star player was injured in the second half after not making much of an impact as the match ended in a 1 to 1 draw.
Next up we have third place #Swole taking on third place Goth Bondage Party. What a strange turn of events as we have two of the most talented teams in NBP in third place in their divisions. This match had extra significance to long time NBP fans. As you will remember in Season One in the Eastern Conference Finals #Swole defeated Goth Bondage Party in overtime to earn a spot into the Season one championship. In Season 2 it was Goth Bondage Party who eliminated #Swole from the playoffs and ended their playoff hopes. In the Rubber match it was #Swole who proved the better team, winning the match 2 to 0 over Goth Bondage Party.
Finally in the battle of the last ranked teams in the Eastern Conference STD Pros took on Loki's Toys. Despite being in the bottom of their divisions both teams playoff hopes are still alive. After a spirited match that actually featured no injuries neither team got the advantage ending tied 1 to 1.
Next up we head to the match ups in the Western Conference, where first up we have Das Slaytanic Wehrmacht taking on defending champion Dumpster Diving Lizards. Both teams were evenly matched coming into today, as was shown on the pitch. As neither team suffered any permanent damage in the 1 to 1 tie.
In the second ranked match up, Street Fighter Elves took on Nekromancies Folly. Nekromancies Folly scored the injuries early, including a death and raising of Sagat. However Street Figher Elves never gave up and scored the go ahead touchdown in the waning moments of the match to pull of the 2 to 1 victory.
Next up the third placed Speedy Demons took on The Springfield Atoms. Both teams have been struggling this season, in particular the Atoms have tried to adapt to a new style offense with limited success. Unfortunately the woes continued for the crew from Springfield as Speedy Demons kept up the pressure and won the match 2 to 1.
In our final match up of the Western Conference The winless Cure took on the similiarly winless Underworld Blood Wars. It was put up or shut up time for the 2 bottom ranked Teams in Nuffle Be Praised, however Underworld Blood Wars steeped up opening up an avalanche of touchdowns winning 3 to 0 and leaving The Cure struggling to figure out an answer to get back into contention.
Now we move over to the Europa Conference where in match up one the top ranked Kiss of Death takes on the Top Ranked Pax Romana. In another deadlocked match up this week neither team could score the second touchdown as the match was tied 1 to 1 as time expired.
In the battle of the second place teams we have the classic match up of Orcs vs Humans as da wild tings clashed with The Rockport Redbacks. The match went as expected with the orcs punishing the human players with superior strength and better armor. However The Redbacks persevered and using their superior skill set score the games only touchdown winning 1 to 0.
In the battle of the third place teams we had an elf showdown, as The Orion Magics Wood Elves took on The Old Orleans Saints 2 High Elves. In a match that ties the all time record for most touchdowns scored in one game, The Orion Magics put up an eye popping 5 touchdowns while shutting out The Old Orleans Saints 2 completely, winning 5 to 0.
In our last match up of the week Let's Go Beserk!!!! took on Dangerous Warriors in a match that could be best described as a War of Attrition. Let's Go Beserk lost 2 Berserkers to death as well as having a thrid player with a permanent injury en-route to a 2 to 2 tie with Dangerous Warriors.
That does it for the match recaps, let's send it back over to Crypt!
Thank you Ronnie excellent reporting as always! Talk about insane blood bowl action! There is a million different ways the second half of the season can go from here! But I'm getting ahead of myself first we have to send it over to John Maddening and the Players of The Week!
Hello fans and welcome to The Players of the Week with me John Maddening! This is the part of the show were we award the outstanding on pitch performances from week four! We have four awards. One for each conference, East, West, and Europa, and of course one for the player of the league!
First up we have the award for The Eastern Conference. This week the award goes to to that drunken flexer himself Bro Namath of #Swole! Bro Namath earned the honors with 7 SPP from a MVP award and a casualty in #Swole's week 4 win over Goth Bondage Party!
For the award for best player of the Western Conference this week goes to Eliisa! The Speedy Demons alluring Witch Elf who racked up 6 SPP in The Demons win over The Springfield Atoms.
Next up we have the best player of the Europa Conference Macarner from The Orion Magics! Macarner went absolutely nuts on the field this week racking up 8 SPP in the Magics 5 to 0 destruction of The Old Orleans Saints!
Finally from the best of the best we have the award for player of the league week four. Without question the award goes to Macarner! 8 SPP without an MVP!
That does it for The Players of the Week! I'm going to send the coverage directly over to Howard Co-Hell now with our injury report!
Hello fans and thank you Mr. Maddening. Once again it is time for Inside The NBP's Injury report with me Howard Co-Hell. You know how it goes we start off with the badly hurts, then we go to the miss next games, then the niggling injuries, then the permanent stat downs, then finally of course death let's take a look at the brutal toll!
Badly hurt – Tom Peters, Gibbons, The Mayor, and Crazy Peter from Rats off to Ya!!!!; The Poopsmith2 from Strong Bad's Awesome Team; Unlikely Hero and Stimee's Personality from Kingdom of the Misfit; Furious Jorg From Goth Bondage Party; Blue Streak and The 8th Hobo from Dumpster Diving Lizards; Zangief and Blanka from Street Fighter Elves; Marrowmuncher from Nekromancies Folly; Lothrina from Speedy Demons; Gregor from UW: Blood Wars; Should I Retire? From Pax Romana; Toie Peau and Best- Mulgor from Kiss of Death; Lukas Pauk from Rockport Redbacks; Hulgar The Stalker from Let's Go Beserk!!!!
Miss Next Game – Sroclaw from Stinking Geysers; Make Zebra Sounds and Discolate Arms For Study from Kingdom of The Misfit; Otto der Scheer from Das Slaytanic Wehrmacht; Hobo 4 from Dumpster Diving Lizards; Ken Masters From Street Fighter Elves; Morris Szylask From Springfield Atoms; Caelmal from Speedy Demons; Draco From Pax Romana; Tukfak from da wild tings; Lantau Zarsuela from Rockport Redbacks; Zesinil from Orion Magics; Horthborn Maduiria (journey elf) from Old Orlean Saints 2.
Niggling Injury – Hob The Crippled From The Cure.
Permanent Stat Down – Ripper (star player) from Stinking Geysers with armor value down;Kyrnil (journeyelf) from Goth Bondage Party with armor value down; Carl The Boiler from The Cure with a movmement down; Marcus Aurelius from Pax Romana with a strength down; Kormakgeirr from Let's Go Beserk!!!! with movement down;
Dead – Sagat from Street Fighter Elves; Riinear from Speedy Demons; Scruf-Tigor From Kiss of Death; Vigfussrandr and Ofeiggautr from Let's Go Beserk!!!!
Next up we have of course the award for bloodiest game of the week! While there were a few solid candidates ultimately the award goes to the Kiss of Death vs Pax Romana with 6 injuries, including a miss next game, a permanent stat down and a death!
Well that does it for the injury report this week! However instead of sending it back over to Crypt to wrap things up first we are going to check in with our brand new correspondent Mr. Dead Sabol! Who is going to bring us the mid season recap!
Thank you Howard and indeed thank you to all the fans of NBP for welcoming me to Inside The NBP! I'm Dead Sabol and I'm here with a special mid season recap! We are going to go over all the standings in each division, as well as overall rankings for all 24 pro teams! And a mock up of who would make the play offs today if we went off the 4 game record!
First up let's look at the standings, here we check in with Tar and Feather Division where in first place we have Strong Bad's Awesome Team with 5 points, followed closely by #Swole with 4 points and 59 SPP and Stinking Geysers with 4 points and 47 SPP, with STD Pros in the bottom with 3 points! All eyes are on the Tar and Feather division as the fierce rivalry between Strong Bad's Awesome Team and #Swole Heats up! However don't count out the Geyser's or The STD Pro's as there is plenty of season left!
Next up we check in with Deep Dark Division where In first place with 7 points and a game and half lead we have Rats off To Ya!!!! Followed by Kingdom of the Misfit with 4, Loki's Toys with 3, and Goth Bondage Party surprisingly int the basement of the division with 2 points. What a turn of events as for the first time since anyone can recall Goth Bondage Party is not dominating their division but is in fact all the way in the bottom! Will they be able to recover in the second half of the season, or is Rats off To Ya!! for real?
Now let's check in with Ale and Anarchy where Das Slaytantic Wehrmacht has 7 points and a game and a half lead, followed by Nekromancies Folly with 4, Springfield Atoms in third with 2 and The Cure with 0. The Story of Ale and Anarchy has been between the two Necromantic Squds. Currently DSW has the lead in the division as well as the victory in the head to head match up. However The Folly have 4 games including another head to head match up with DSW to try and take the division.
Let's take a quick break before we get into more of the standings
Welcome back fans let's get back to the action as we take a look at the standings of The Salt Works Division! In first place we have Season 2 defending champions The Dumpster Diving Lizards with 7 points, Street Fighter Elves with 6 points, Speedy Demons in third with 4, and Underworld Blood Wards in fourth with 2. Dumpster Diving Lizards may have thought they could just continue their domination en-route to getting back into the playoffs, but Street Fighter Elves have other things in mind. Despite Losing the head to head match up with The Lizards the Elves are only 1 point behind them with plenty of season left. Speedy Demons and UW: Blood Wars will need to step up and challenge them for their spots.
Now we check in on Europa where in the Old World Division Pax Romana is in first place with 6 points, followed by Orion Magics with 4 points and 74 SPP, and then da wild tings with 4 points and 45 SPP, finally Dangerous Warriors are in the bottom with 1 point. Pax Romana no doubt still remember coming up short last season in the championship match and are looking to take the division to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. However the resurgent Orion Magics and da wild tings arent out of it yet only one game behind the lead in the division.
Our Last Division we have the Beheaded Kings in first place we have Kiss of Death with 7 points, followed by Rockport Redbacks with 4 points, then Lets Go Beserk!!!! with 3, and finally Old Orleans Saints 2 with 2. Kiss of Death are the only team to have earned a spot in the playoffs but were unable to attend to to a visa issue with their beast-man. But no fear that issue has been resolved and now they are looking to keep on their pace to take the division and get into the playoffs and show that they are actually the best team in NBP. Not content to take a backseat the Rockport Redbacks have not given up, picking up a win recently to put them with a shot of the division with flawless play down the second half of the season.
Now that have recapped the standings lets take a look at how the teams stack up if we list all 24 teams by overall points and then by SPP!
Team Points SPP
1.Rats off to Ya 7 73
2.Das S. Wehrmacht 7 59
3.Kiss of Death 7 58
4.D.D. Lizards 7 55
5.Street Fighter Elves 6 63
6.Pax Romana 6 51
7.SBAT 5 67
8.Orion Magics 4 74
9.Rockport Redbacks 4 60
10.Kingdom of Misfit 4 60
11.#Swole 4 59
12.N.Folly 4 49
13.Stinking Geysers 4 47
14.da wild tings 4 45
15.Speedy Demons 4 42
16.Lets Go Beserk!!! 3 49
17.STD Pros 3 42
18.Loki's Toys 3 41
19.Springfield Atoms 2 57
20.G Bondage Party 2 51
21.Old Orleans Saints 2 45
22.UW:Blood Wars 2 39
23.Dangerous Warriors 1 57
24.The Cure 0 26
So if we take a look at that list we can see if the playoffs were to be held today the 8 teams that would qualify would be Rats off To Ya!!!, Das Slaytanic Wehrmacht, Kiss of Death, Pax Romana, Strong Bad's Awesome Team, Dumpster Diving Lizards, with the Wild Card Teams of Street Fighter Elves and Orion Magics!! Of course we have a whole second half of season to play so who knows what will happen!
That does it for me folks let's send it back over to Crypt!
Excellent Debut Dead! Fans make sure to check out the special edition of Inside The NBP we will have next week where Dead Sabol will bring us the Transfer Market Report! An in-depth look at all the promoted and relegated players for The Season 3 mid-season Transfer period! That does it for another edition of Inside The NBP! For Ronnie Rott, John Maddening, Howard Co-Hell and Dead Sabol I am Crypt Collinsworth saying thanks for tuning in and remember to always Praise NUFFLE!