Three Bears on Wrong Side of World Bowl

Frankfurt won their fourth league title with a 22-7 victory over Amsterdam in World Bowl XIV. The Admirals swept the season series over the Galaxy, but the third victory proved elusive and kept Amsterdam from repeating as World Bowl champions.

Despite completing just seven passes, the Galaxy had no trouble moving the ball. Frankfurt ran for 269 yards on 42 carries. Butchie Wallace, the game's Most Valuable Player, led the way with 143 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Before leaving the game with an ankle injury, teammate Roger Robinson nearly hit the century mark as well, rushing for 96 yards on 19 attempts.

Frankfurt trailed 7-2 at the half, but shutout Amsterdam in the game's final 30 minutes. The Galaxy sacked Admirals quarterback Jared Allen six times, including registering a safety for the opening points of the game.

Even more impressive, the Galaxy rushed for an astounding 229 yards in the second half on just 28 attempts. An offensive line that included Qasim Mitchell for the first four games of the season deserves a large part of the credit. The group helped the Galaxy set an NFL Europe record with 1,753 yards rushing during the regular season.

Abraham Elimimian started for Amsterdam at cornerback and paced the Admirals with seven tackles. He also broke-up three passes, which is a high total considering the Galaxy only threw the ball 19 times in the game.

Reserve LB Jeremy Cain had four tackles, a pass break-up and a special teams stop. Although WR Craig Bragg failed to catch a pass, he averaged 6.5 yards on four punt returns.

The group of NFL Europe allocated players will return to Halas Hall for the full squad mini-camp June 2-4. Last season, of the 12 players the Bears sent across the pond, only Kurt Kittner made the 53-man roster.

Of the 10 players Chicago allocated this year, Cain has the best chance to make the team. The six-foot-1, 235-pounder spent the bulk of his first two seasons in the NFL on the Bears practice squad. While he didn't start a game for Amsterdam, the competition at backup linebacker is wide open.

If healthy, Mitchell also has an opportunity to earn a reserve role on a deep offensive line. He started 14 games at left tackle in 2004, but saw his role reduced to just four games last season.


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