Five takeaways from Week 6 in the European League of Football

With Week 6 in the books, mid-season in the European League of Football (ELF) is rapidly approaching. But some far bigger news off the field dominated this week as another team withdrew from the league, the second in as many years.

Here are our Week 6 takeaways.

The Leipzig Kings are no more

After two and a half years in the ELF, 11 wins, 17 losses, and a whole lot of tackles from AJ Wentland, the Leipzig Kings are no more. The news came following two weeks of abandoned play and financial turmoil.

It was an ugly exit with a lot of finger pointing at both the league and previous ownership, but their legacy as a team who have been able to endure will live on. What the future holds for the franchise remains uncertain.

Tony Tate just robbed a man

This should be deemed criminal behavior under Section 249 of the German Criminal Code:

He whosoever, by force against a person, takes chattels belonging to another with the intent of appropriating the property for himself…

This poor defender puts himself in opportune positioning to make an interception which he can later post on social media, and instead finds himself having the ball taken out of his hands for a touchdown by Wroclaw Panthers’ wideout Tony Tate. 

Competitive football is back…kind of

Of the seven games played this weekend, four were decided by just one score. This is in stark contrast to what we’ve been experiencing over the last few weeks. Granted, the Thunder still beat the Enthroners by 54 points and at one point in the fourth quarter Vienna were up 34–6 against the Raiders, but still, we’re moving in the right direction.

One thing the ELF has shown this year, however, is that a few teams may have bitten off more than they can chew in the league. And in the words of Nate Morris, ‘no one likes a bagel with cream cheese spread too thin’. Perhaps the ELF would be more entertaining with fewer, higher quality teams.

Guards and Lions get first win in franchise history

After three quarterbacks (including Silas Nacita who is still on the team) and five losses, the Helvetic Guards have earned their first victory in the ELF

Not only did we see the Guards claim their first victory but so too did the Prague Lions, and they did it without even playing a snap. 

The Lions were due to play the Kings this weekend, but as mentioned in the previous takeaway, they canceled the game giving Prague a 35–0 victory. 

Shout out to newly acquired 6’ 9 quarterback Nate Cox who’s averaging 35 points per game.

Vikings are him

After stomping on the three worst teams in the league and nearly losing to the Berlin Thunder, there were a few pundits (namely me) who doubted the Vienna Vikings. They were proved embarrassingly wrong this weekend as the Vikings went to town on the Raiders Tirol

If possible, the Vikings look even better than last year. It’s just sad we have to watch them play the Enthroners, Lions and Kings (aka, get an extra practice) one more time before we can see them play a real team, like the Rhein Fire, who look disgustingly good.

Daniel Mackenzie is a Press Association graduate who works in journalism and communications in the third sector. Daniel began playing football for the London Warriors and Team Great Britain and has since played across Europe.