WINK and Fox Sports Radio – Flag Football Champions PDF 
Monday, 29 June 2009 14:12
The crew from WINK TV and Fox Sports Radio 1200/1460 won the 1st annual Florida Firecats Southwest Florida Media Arena Flag Football 7 On 7 Tournament of Champions or FFSWFLMAFF7O7TOC for short, this past Saturday June 27th at Germain Arena.

The co-ed tournament began Saturday May 30th with a pair of games between Waterman Broadcasting (NBC2 and ABC7) against WINK/Fox Sports Radio and the Ft Myers News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Teams consisted mainly of sports reporters but also included some folks whose work goes on behind the scenes. The News-Press and WINK/Fox Sports Radio pulled out first round victories.

The much anticipated championship round began with the consolation game between Naples Daily News and Waterman Broadcasting, kicking off at 10:00am. It was an action packed game that saw both teams moving the ball up and down the field with ease. The Naples Daily News team held a 4-2 lead at half time. Waterman Broadcasting scored at the beginning of the second half to bring them within one, but Naples Daily News came right back to regain the lead. Miscommunication and pressure by Naples Daily News then caused havoc for team Waterman that sealed the game.

Nick Sapienza from Waterman Broadcasting led the team offensively in the loss. “I had a great passer, all his passes were right to me. We were missing some key guys, but that’s not an excuse. We didn’t bring our “A” game.”

Nick Kruger was Waterman Broadcasting’s on the field leader in the 8-4 win. “We made some roster cuts before the game and we scripted 4 plays for our employees. They all worked. We play pickup games every Sunday, and this was a great experience.”

The championship game featured the Ft Myers News-Press vs. Wink/Fox Sports Radio. Both teams had a small but boisterous contingent of fans cheering them on. Each team cautiously felt each other out not wanting to be the ones to make the first mistake. Wink scored the first touchdown of the game late in the 1st quarter on a run by quarterback Dario Melendez.

The News-Press turned the ball over on their next possession and Wink/Fox Sports Radio then took over the game. After falling behind early the News-Press could not get out of the hole losing 9-0. The News-Press was plagued by the loss of two of its best players and miscues on the field. “All we could do was do our best. We learned how important practice is” Corie Flowers from the News Press said. “It’s all about practice.”

Team WINK/Fox Sports Radio stated that their preparation was a key to the game. ”We’re all friends and we play softball and basketball in our spare time. We all bought into the system to win,” said Dario Melendez.

“It was a fantastic event and we had a great time,” said Naples Daily News team captain Steven Beardsley. “We want to thank the Firecats for the tournament and are definitely looking forward to more games in the future.”