We’re through the first round, which means we’ve eliminated 16 plays from contention. Goodbye, Marquis Jackson’s big fumble return against Los Angeles that helped set the Thunder up with a halftime lead. Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson, who had the misfortune of going up against a pair of juggernauts in Round 1.
Eleven players were involved in the remaining 16 plays, but that doesn’t mean other guys didn’t make plays. With 18 games and 40+ men who wore Thunder uniforms this season, some guys didn’t get featured as much as they deserved, because their exploits came in losses or we didn’t have video of the great play they made.
So as we enter Round 2, let’s give a special shout-out to some of the guys that didn’t get included, like DEs Donte Paige-Moss and Ayo Idowu. KR/WR Duane Brooks had some huge plays in the return game. FB Dustin Risseeuw played only one regular season game, but picked up two bar balls against San Jose in what nearly became the first win of the year for Portland. And of course, offensive linemen rarely get their day in the sun. Behind every top play is a team – even when we’re honoring incredible individual plays, let’s remember the others who helped make them happen.
Each day this week, we’ll be setting up a section final, getting ready to wrap up with a champion on Nov. 30, when we’ll declare 2014 over for the Portland Thunder. The next day, December 1, marks open tryouts, the beginning of the 2015 season for us and the first opportunity to check out the players that might end up making 2015’s #ThunderTopPlay.
If you’d like to sign up for open tryouts, you can do so here.