By Ryan Mayer CBS Local Sports
It’s a slow week in sports, not much is going on. So imagine my surprise in seeing a headline saying “US defeats France 82-0 in IFAF Senior World Championship.” Football is our sport. That may seem like a reductive statement but it’s the truth, football (the American version, not soccer which the rest of the world calls football) is the only sport that is really only played here in the US. So it should come as no surprise to you or me that the USA destroyed France in an international competition 82-0. Now, granted, France lost its starting QB to injury early, but still.
In case you’re not familiar with the IFAF World Championship (don’t worry, prior to today I wasn’t either), here’s a quick overview: It’s a seven-team tournament that takes place over nine days in Canton, Ohio. The competition is held every four years and this is the fifth edition. Unsurprisingly, the US has won back to back world titles, but in somewhat surprising news, Japan has won twice as well. Now, the USA has only competed in this tournament in 2007 and 2011, so that explains a lot. The other 6 teams competing this year are Japan, France, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and South Korea.
The teams for the Senior World Championship are comprised of men aged 20 and older. Here’s where I’m sure you have a question, and don’t worry I had the same one. “Ryan who could possibly be on team USA? NFL players can’t because of training camp, same with NCAA guys.”
Well, from a look over the roster it seems to feature guys who have graduated college but not gone on to play in the NFL. For instance, Dylan Favre (yes he is actually related to Brett, he’s his nephew) is one of the 2 QB’s the US has used in the tournament. Who’s the coach? Dan Hawkins who you may remember from his time as the head coach of Boise State or from this phenomenal rant, I have a feeling I know what he’d say to France after this 82-0 blowout. (Rant starts at the 0:13 mark)
Just fantastic rant. Every coach needs to have one.
What has the US done in the tournament? Beaten their opponents by a combined 155-24 (playing Mexico, Japan, and France). They’ll play Japan in the Gold Medal game on Saturday. They beat Japan 43-18 previously. I know that football made it to the next round with the IOC for inclusion in the Olympics, but this is flat out ridiculous. No one is on the USA’s level right now clearly.
If you were wondering if the event is being televised, the answer is yes! ESPN3 is streaming coverage of the games. I don’t know about you but I’ll be tuning in for that gold medal game against Japan on Saturday at 7 p.m. out of pure fascination.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him. Agree/Disagree? Thoughts, comments, complaints? Email or tweet him.