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June 25, 2018

Are you not entertained?

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Are you not entertained? Is a question that Maximus, Russell Crowe’s character in the blockbuster hitThe Gladiatorasks onlookers after defeating an opponent in a gladiator pit. I now ask you the same question after getting a chance to check out our new guys in action the past few weeks. It is definitely still an adjustment period, but I think our guys are coming along well thus far. Skyler has been a standout and catalyst in getting the offense going the first few games. Holden has been a steady hand both blocking and making key catches. Bronson has made momentum changing big plays in all three of our outings, raking in 3 interceptions and forcing a fumble to cap a goal line stand in our second game.

The Seagulls’ new foreign players are making a statement early in their careers. The three spearheaded an effort to beat the defending national champion Fujitsu Frontiers 21-6 in the quarterfinal round of the Pearl Bowl tournament. It was Obic’s first victory over the Frontiers since the 2014 Pearl Bowl finale. Both Bronson and Holden would walk away with MVP honors from the second game versus Fujitsu. Some of their plays were key to us securing a victory and a spot in the semifinal game on our way to a second straight Pearl Bowl title. Bronson and the defense would lead the way versus Lixil in the semifinal game. Bronson’s two interceptions, and two defensive led special team touchdowns set the tone for a wet, and at times sloppy win over the Deers in the rain.

Skyler has proven to be the new focal point of an offense that has struggled at times in recent memories. Through the first three games the new offense has shown a lot of grit. They have been able to control the tempo and find ways to win. They have put up points fast, and Skyler has gotten it done with both his feet and his arm. Although it is still early in the year our team is starting to gel. Everyone is focused on getting better and taking it one game at a time. Our next game should be an exciting one. Our opposition plays a wide open fast paced brand of football which should make for a lot of fireworks. 

Maximus encountered his fair share of excitement along his journey to right a few things he felt were wrong. We are on a similar journey. We’re trying to get back to the top after falling short for the past four seasons. Like Maximus, it might not always be a smooth ride but also like the great general we need to stay focused on our goal and make sure that we are constantly working to put ourselves in the best possible position to see that goal realized. 

The next stop on our journey is the Pearl Bowl final. Our opponent is a familiar foe. This year’s matchup is a rematch of last year’s Pearl Bowl final. Last year’s game was a tough back and forth battle. IBM is a talented team and we know that we will have to be at our absolute best in order to beat them. We’re focusing all of our energy on preparing to beat IBM. This game is a welcomed challenge. We can’t wait to get out there and seize the opportunity before us. We hope to see you all this Thursday night!

We are ALL Seagulls!
 
 

June 22, 2018

Ushering in a new season and welcoming new faces

The offseason has come and gone. The first three games of the spring season are already over. The process, both the offseason and spring has felt both short and long at times. Throughout it all, we have all been eagerly waiting, preparing, and aggressively taking on the 2018 season. 2017 didn’t end the way we had hoped, and the way the season ended has left us with a bad taste in our mouths. The 2018 season brings us yet another opportunity to prove to ourselves, our fans, and everyone paying attention that we are the best team in Japan. We have accepted this challenge, and we are now in the process of working hard to become a complete and dominant team.
 
 
It was exciting to finally get out there and play our first few games of the spring season. We are still improving and are always looking forward to opportunities to showcase what we have been working on since the end of last season. There is a renewed spirit and energy around our team, and we are all expecting a lot out of each other. If we can live up to what we expect of ourselves I believe that we will have a successful season. Success for us is nothing less than a national championship. That’s the goal and we hope to see you all there with us next January.
 
 
Three new faces that you will have to get used to will be those of our new quarterback, tight end, and defensive back.

Skyler, our new quarterback, joins us from he great state of Texas. They do things big in Texas, and we are looking forward to seeing Skyler’s big arm and athleticism in action throughout the season. He was a standout at the West Virginia University. Starting for 3 seasons, leading his team to successive winning seasons, and putting up big numbers against some of the best defenses in the NCAA. Skyler has been the focal point of our revamped offense, and has guided the new look Seagulls to three victories thus far this spring.

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▲QB#3 Skyler Howard

Holden, our new tight end, enjoyed on field success at his alma mater, Boise State University. There, Holden started for four seasons and was an integral part of The Bronco’s top tier offense. Holden is a California native, and is already very proficient in Japanese. Holden too has started his career with the Seagulls on a strong note, making key blocks and coming down with a few crucial catches in his first few games in action.
 
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▲TE#85 Holden Huff

Our last American new comer is the younger brother of defensive end BJ Beatty, Bronson Beatty. Bronson joins the Seagulls after a stellar career at Japanese collegiate powerhouse Nihon University. Bronson’s presence on the field and big play making ability was one of the main factors that led to Nihon University’s 2017 title run that recaptured the crown after a 27 year hiatus. Bronson has also excelled in his first few games with the team by making multiple interceptions and tackles in key situations. We are excited about what his game brings to our defense and how his play allows us to take more risks and be creative.

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▲DB#21 Bronson Beatty

Skyler, Holden, and Bronson have been hard at work getting adjusted to not only to the team, but life in Japan. The are making gains both on and off the field and we are excited about their future with the Obic Seagulls.

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We look forward to seeing you all at our next big challenge; the Pearl Bowl final. We are extremely excited about the opportunity that lies before us. We have a chance to repeat as Pearl Bowl champions and exact revenge on the team that beat us in the 2017 fall season opener. It doesn’t get more exciting than that. We hope all of you are excited as well.

Go Seagulls!