Portland Quidditch League is very pleased to announce that our flagship team, the Portland Augureys, have decided to attempt to become registered as an official USQ member team by October 1st.
This announcement comes after talks with Northwest regional director Kym Couch regarding USQ’s announcement that it could not sanction Northwest regionals unless there were at least six teams registered in the region by the oct 1 deadline.
As PQL president I would like to acknowledge the commitment and hard work of the PQL board and Augureys members in scrambling to make this happen both for the advancement of Portland Quidditch and the benefit of our new region.
We’re all very excited about making the leap. In the coming weeks we’ll all be working hard to make this a possibility. Our fundraising target is $500, I’ll have more news about how to contribute as soon as possible.
— PQL founder/president and Portland Augureys captain/head coach, Benji Dangersquirrel
Feels good, doesn’t it? It’s like taking a breath after seven months underwater. Football is back, all is right with the world.
Of course, all is not actually right, for example, the Packers, Patriots, and Saints are a collective 0-3. There were 3 blocked punts and one blocked PAT in week 1, and a lot of injuries.
Week one is strange. The teams actually play, and the results count, but sometimes they can be misleading like the preseason. Just because the Bears offense failed and the Saints secondary was porous and Knowshon Moreno kicked ass and Alan Hurns did his best Jerry Rice impersonation, doesn’t mean that we can necessarily count on those things being the case. But until we know more, we can’t tell what’s a fluke, and fluke or no, those things are now reflected in teams’ records.
Here’s week 1:
- BRONCOS  - Wes Welker’s trippy Derby experience isn’t enough to send the Broncos down the rankings. Andre Caldwell is the best #4 receiver in the NFL and I’d love to see some Cody Latimer love. I’m confident that the Broncos are the best team in the NFL going into week 1.
- SEAHAWKS [+1] - It may seem fickle to make an arbitrary-ish move near the top of the rankings right before the season, but I just can’t help but move the Seahawks up. They’re too well-rounded.
- SAINTS [-1] - My Saints are one of the top teams out there, and have a legit shot at the super bowl. It’s basically a race for the NFC’s best record, because whoever hosts the NFC Championship is probably traveling to Arizona in February.
- PATRIOTS  - The Logan Mankins trade was weird, right?
- PACKERS [+1] - The Packers move up by virtue of the 49ers moving down.
- EAGLES [+2] - I decided the Eagles were better than the Bengals just because, and then the 49ers dropped, so hey, the Eagles get a +2!
- 49ERS [-2] - I’m hitting the doomsday button. The 49ers should be in panic mode. I’ll be watching with bated breath like the rest of America as they take the field against the Cowboys tomorrow, and god only knows what will happen.
- BENGALS [-1] - Decent team. Probably won’t win a playoff game.
- COLTS  - The Colts: a team that beats all the good teams when it matters least.
- BEARS  - Cautiously recognizing the hype. Not quite biting yet.
The Jews wandered the desert for 40 years, living off mana from the heavens and reverting to whacking rocks for water, before finally reaching the promised land. Was it worth it? Hell yes it was.
I can hardly breathe I’m so excited for football to be back. As a Broncos fan this season comes with a lot of expectations, but there are great story lines all around the league. It’s like a close friend who went on a long trip to some remote place with limited contact, and they’re finally back and you can catch up with them.
And of course, my picks are back. I did awesome last year, here’s hoping I can keep getting better. It’s been a long time, but here is my first set of predictions for the 2014 NFL season:
Yeah, sure, maybe a bit, I mean I wouldn’t say no to a bit of football, if it’s no trouble.
GB 23 - SEA 33
It’s been a long, difficult offseason, but the snow is melting and the birds are singing, and Percy Harvin is emerging from a bubble-wrap cocoon, ready to make the Seahawks offense WAY better than it was last year for like two and a half quarters before he breaks his something and misses the rest of the regular season.
To be honest, this is a pretty enticing kickoff matchup, the Fail Mary in week 3 of 2012 brought the Seahawks into the national spotlight, ended the NFL’s insistence that referees aren’t people with rights and needs, and started a campaign that culminated in a win at the super bowl a few months ago.
I could see this matchup happening again in January, and the results here will mean a lot for the NFC. I really do think the Seahawks offense will be alarmingly explosive now. The Packers did a lot to refurbish their defense, and we know what they can do with the ball when they’re clicking.
That said, this is exactly the kind of game that Seattle tends to win. The defense, even if it has taken a step back, which I’m not saying it has, would still be perfectly capable of holding its own against one of the NFL’s best offenses.
Don’t take this to mean it’ll be a cakewalk or a blowout, but I see the Seahawks doing what they have to.