Payback time versus the Indiana Generals, Take # 1.

This Foxes pink helmet was raffled off on BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT.

This Foxes pink helmet was raffled off on BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT.

During the 2011 season, the Indiana Generals reached the MidStates football League championship game, where they got spanked by the 2011 Champion Roscoe Rush. When the Foxes headed to Indianapolis to play them in 2011, it was ugly. The smack-talking Generals used social media to talk about how they would beat the (first year in the MSFL) Foxes by at least 80 points. The Generals rubbed it in by doing onside kicks and razzle-dazzle trick plays while holding a big lead. The net result was a final score that read: Springfield Foxes 0 at Indiana Generals 40. Some might think this to be a moral victory of sorts for the ’11 Foxes. The Foxes thought otherwise.

#5 Garland Walton, one of the on-field and inspirational leaders of the Foxes "D".

#5 Garland Walton, one of the on-field and inspirational leaders of the Foxes “D”.

But “karma is a b!tch” as the saying goes. On September 8, 2012, the Foxes would get there shot at redemption. Oh, would they ever! The Foxes were 6-1 and had already wrapped up the NorthEast Divison title, #1 seed throughout the East in the MSFL playoffs and a first round bye. So these Foxes had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to play for right? WRONG! There was a score to settle when these hoosiers came a callin’ to our new digs at Sacred Heart Griffin Stadium.

The Springfield Foxes / Austin Family Chiropractic pink 'Breast Cancer Awareness' polos for 2012.

The Springfield Foxes / Austin Family Chiropractic pink ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ polos for 2012.

On the other hand, the IN Generals were a dismal 4-3 and clinging to their playoff lives. It would have been great (the ultimate karmic repayment) if a Foxes win could have eliminated the Generals from playoff contention altogether. But the results of some of that evening’s other MSFL games secured these smack-talkers from the hoosier state either a #4, #5 or #6 seed.

Foxes all-star QB #13 Drew Fendrich getting ready to torch the Generals "D" in the 2nd half!

Foxes all-star QB #13 Drew Fendrich getting ready to torch the Generals “D” in the 2nd half!

At first it appeared to be deja vu, as the Generals jumped out to a commanding 21-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Uh-oh! The Foxes closed it to 24-6 at halftime. Then in the 3rd quarter the turning point was when #16 Lance Still, one of my favorite patients, intercepted a pass near midfield. (Yes, the same Lance who had 2 picks and was a defensive MVP in the previous game.) The Foxes offense punched it in a few plays later and never looked back.

Here's the TD that #21 Marcell Phiffer promised to score for my wife, Eugena.

Here’s the TD that #21 Marcell Phiffer promised to score for my wife, Eugena. This after Eugena massaged and Biofreezed his shoulder and performed cold laser therapy on his recently fractured wrist during pregame. You da man, Cell!

In the 2nd half, it was all Foxes. Can you say “Total Domination”, boys and girls? I sure hope so. Yes, the mighty Foxes practically reduced the Indiana Generals to lowly 2nd lieutenants after the half. To say the Foxes delivered a punch in the chops would be a huge understatement. Second half scoring was Foxes 32, Generals 0.

Nina and Gena, my 2 assistant trainers for the Foxes 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

Nina and Gena, my 2 assistant trainers for the Foxes 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

These 7-1 Springfield Foxes sent the 4-4 Generals home to Indiana with the #5 seed on the short end of a 38-24 butt whoopin’!

Eugena and Nina taping up #12 Darion Phiffer.

Eugena and Nina taping up #12 Darion Phiffer.

In other news to report on this night, the Springfield Foxes were hosting only the 2nd game in franchise history at state-of-the-art SHG Stadium. Approximately 250 screaming Foxes fans were in atttendance. It was also the team’s ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT in conjunction with the MSFL’s annual breast cancer awareness week. So many players could be found sporting some pink. The Foxes even raffled off a pink helmet autographed by all the players, with the proceeds donated to breast cancer awareness! The idea for this fund-raiser belongs to #45 LB Michael Rose.

Dr. Todd Austin leukotaping #1 Gary Miller for a pulled hammy during the 1st half.

Dr. Todd Austin leukotaping #1 Gary Miller for a pulled hammy during the 1st half.

Eugena (team massage therapist and assistant trainer) and I even ordered special pink polo shirts for the event. A friend of ours joined us on the sidelines in pink as well. Nina Van Buskirk, like Eugena, is also a LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist). Her massage practice is located in Virden, IL as well. She assisted us with massaging, cryotherapy and kinesiotaping on the sidelines. The 3 of us stayed fairly busy working our magic on the sidelines once again, before, during and even for a little while after the victory.

Dr. Todd examing #93 Travis Grider during pregame.

Dr. Todd examing #93 Travis Grider during pregame.

Our Foxes QB isn’t just one helluva gunslinger, but he’s a tough guy too! If you don’t believe me, watch this video clip and see for yourself!

YouTube video of our Foxes QB taking out a defender.

The IN Generals player that our QB levels here in the 4th quarter was still woozy getting on the bus to head back to Indy. Wow! #13 was bringing it in more ways that one of this night.

Go Foxes! 7-1, baby!!!

After the game, emotional leader Garland Walton addressed the team saying “Fellas, I’ve been waiting 365 days to beat these guys. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Payback has officially been served, Garland! The Generals would leave Springfield on that night with their tails tucked between their legs.

Todd W. Austin, D.C.
Austin Family Chiropractic, Virden, IL

http://SpringfieldFoxesChiro.com

Team Trainer and Chiropractor for the 2012 Springfield Foxes

2012 schedule with scores.  7-1 in the MSFL, baby!

2012 schedule with scores. 7-1 in the MSFL, baby!

Springfield Foxes Clinch Home Field Advantage Throughout MSFL Playoffs! 6-1, baby!!!

Foxes are #1, baby!

Team Trainer Dr. Todd Austin (middle) celebrates a 21-8 victory and a Springfield Foxes Division Championship with players #81 DeeJay Acedera (left) & #20 Akeem Topps.

August 25, 2012 was a showdown in South Fork with a lot on the line for the 3rd year Springfield Foxes franchise. This is there second year in the MSFL. The Foxes had clinched a playoff spot one week earlier by winning 45-28 over the Indiana Mustangs in Indianapolis, thus finishing the 2012 campaign with a very respectable 3-1 record on the road. This would be their penultimate regular season home game of 2012 and their final game in Kincaid at John B. Pacotti Field. The Foxes had called Kincaid home since July of 2011, but new SHG Stadium in Springfield will be their new digs starting on 9-8-12.

This was also a pivotal contest to decide first place in their division (the Eastern Conference of the MidStates Football League) with the winner securing home field advantage, the #1 seed in the conference and a first round playoff bye. The loser would fall to the #3 seed and would not enjoy the benefits of the bye week. But this night would belong to the Foxes, as they pushed their record to 6-1 with a 21-8 win over the Chicago Thunder. The Thunder, who talked a lot of smack leading up to the game, were silenced by these Foxes on this night. The now 4-2 Chicago club went back home in a state of disbelief, as South Fork fans celebrated a Foxes Division Title at John B. Pacotti Field.

Dr. Austin, team D.C. and team trainer, utilizes two of his custom Springfield Foxes cold laser therapy devices (including his new PainBeGone Laser) on a player's Achilles injury.  Both laser devices have a depth of penetration of 5 cm.  Both are outstanding when it comes to reducing pain, swelling, inflammation and edema.

Dr. Austin, team D.C. and team trainer, utilizes two of his custom Springfield Foxes cold laser therapy devices (including his new PainBeGone Laser) on a player’s Achilles injury. Both laser devices have a depth of penetration of 5 cm. Both are outstanding when it comes to reducing pain, swelling, inflammation and edema.

As usual, Dr. Todd (Head Trainer & Team Chiropractor) and Eugena (Assistant Trainer & Team Massage Therapist) from Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden started treating the players about 70 minutes prior to kickoff. According to Dr. Austin “This was, without a doubt, the most important game to date in the history of the Foxes as an MSFL team. Eugena and I were prepared to do whatever it took to keep as many of our players in tip top shape as possible.”

Assistant Trainer Eugena Austin, LMT tapes a player's ankle on the Foxes sideline.

Assistant Trainer Eugena Austin, LMT tapes a player’s ankle on the Foxes sideline.

One of the defensive backs, #16 Lance Still, had been nursing a pulled hamstring for 7 days now, as it happened in the victory over the IN Mustangs. It’s a good thing that Dr. Austin is becoming very adept at a specialized taping technique for stabilizing such an injury. Todd performed the technique on Lance during pregame. As it turned out, #16 was firing on all cylinders, as he would be one of the defensive MVPs of the game: recording 2 solo tackles, 2 knocked down passes and 2 interceptions with 127 return yards on the night! After the game, Lance reported having zero pain and feeling 100%.

Team Chiropractor Todd Austin (right) with one of the games co-MVPs on defense.  After helping out #16 Lance Still with an advanced hamstring taping technique, Still had 2 "picks" and over 125 return yards on the night.

Team Chiropractor Todd Austin (right) with one of the games co-MVPs on defense. After helping out #16 Lance Still with an advanced hamstring taping technique, Still had 2 “picks” and over 125 return yards on the night.

Then Dr. Todd & Gena stayed busiest during this contest providing care for many calf, hamstring and quadriceps injuries in addition to some spinal issues. They also made use of three cold lasers on the sidelines including a new ‘PainBeGone Laser’ which just arrived at Austin Family Chiropractic a few days earlier. This night also marked the first time this season that Austin had to pull a player out of the game after suffering a Grade 1 concussion. “It’s definitely not the fun part of what we do on the sidelines,” states Dr. Austin “but we follow the same guidelines that have come down from the NFL. If we even just suspect a minor concussion, the player is out for a whole week. In the year 2012, traumatic head injuries in contact sports are taken very seriously!”

Dr. Todd & Eugena Austin on the sideline proclaiming their semi-pro Springfield Foxes team to be #1.  The Foxes  just clinched a division title and the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference of the MSFL playoffs with a convincing 21-8 victory over the Chicago Thunder.

Dr. Todd & Eugena Austin on the sideline proclaiming their semi-pro Springfield Foxes team to be #1. The Foxes just clinched a division title and the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference of the MSFL playoffs with a convincing 21-8 victory over the Chicago Thunder.

According to Assistant Coach Jason Kirkendoll, a Kincaid native who played his JFL and high school football at John B. Pacotti Field, “Going out in style with a huge victory and by winning a division title in front of our South Fork fans is special!”.

The official 2012 Springfield Foxes Division Champs logo.  Austin Family Chiropractic is proud to be one of the sponsors who will assure that division championship t-shirts are provided to all of the Foxes players at the next home game at SHG.

The official 2012 Springfield Foxes Division Champs logo. Austin Family Chiropractic is proud to be one of the sponsors who will assure that division championship t-shirts are provided to all of the Foxes players at the next home game at SHG.

The semi-pro Foxes return to their new $4,000,000 home at Sacred Heart Griffin Stadium in Springfield on September 8th to take on the Indiana Generals, with the Generals fighting for either a #4, 5 or 6 seed in the playoffs. A Foxes victory could send the Generals packing for an early offseason. All home games are broadcast on Taylorville’s Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. The Foxes schedule and information are available at: SpringfieldFoxesChiro.com .

YouTube video about the Springfield Foxes PainBeGone Laser

The Foxes defeat the Mustangs on the road in a battle of 4-1 1st place teams!

On Saturday 8-18-12 the Foxes came from being down by 2 touchdowns early to bring home a 45-28 win. The game was vs. the team who held down 1st place in the SouthEast Division, the Indiana Mustangs. The game was played in Indianapolis.

The Foxes moved to 5-1 and now have a 1/2 game edge over the 4-1 Chicago Thunder for the NorthEast division crown. They will battle for 1st place in the division, the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and a first round playoff bye on 8-25-12.

Springfield Foxes Make Longest Road Trip of Season. Drop a close one to the Monona Warriors.

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2012 Springfield Foxes dominate the defending MSFL champions in Kincaid, IL by a score of 27-0.

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The Springfield Foxes are back and ready for the 2012 season.

The new and improved Foxes are back and ready to roll for the summer of 2012.  On Saturday 6-30-12, the guys hosted the Chi-Town Blaze at the home of the South Fork High School Ponies in Kincaid, IL.

The final score was Springfield Foxes 35, Chi-Town Blaze 6.  Your Foxes ran off 157 yards on the ground and threw for 222 in the air.  The “D” also hauled in 2 interceptions.

The season opener will be on July 14th at the Mid-State Steel in Tremont (near Peoria, IL).

Please plan to attend the home opener on Saturday 7-21-12 in Kincaid at 7 PM vs the 2-time defending MSFL Champions known as the Roscoe Rush.

Go FOXES!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Springfield Foxes outscore opponents 92-0 in final 2 games. The 2011 season finishes on a high note!

Please allow me to catch you up to speed on the happenings over the past month of your Springfield Foxes.  For those of you that don’t know…. I’m the team Doctor of Chiropractic while my wife serves as the team’s Licensed Massage Therapist.

The Springfield Foxes took it on the chin from the then undefeated Indiana Generals in Indianapolis by a score of 40-0 back on August 20, 2011.  [I don’t know any specifics as I don’t travel with the team to road contests.]  With the Foxes falling to 2-4, it would have been easy to just throw in the towel and declare the 2011 campaign a complete disappointment.  But not these SPRINGFIELD FOXES!

The resilient bunch of Foxes regrouped in a big way!  Yes, they took it to the Plowmen in Kankakee on August 27th, by a score of 30-0, remaining in playoff contention.

The team had a bye week over the Labor Day weekend.  However some of the Foxes did find time for a football card signing session at the Springfield Old Navy on Saturday, 9-3-11 as well as being involved with the Kincaid Labor Day festivities on 9-5-11.

Then it was time for the season finale before our home fans last night, 9-10-11.  The Foxes hosted the Lake County Steelers.  The weather was perfect.  A special guest was even in attendance, Mr. Winston Taylor.  Winston is a U of I alum who played two seasons in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins.  He is currently running for state office.

The guys kept Eugena and I busy for approximately 1 hour leading up to game time.  We performed a lot of taping and biofreezing.  Gena performed some lower back, calf & hammy massages, while I primarily adjusted low backs, sacro-iliac joints, wrists, ankles and knees.  I also did some cold lasering as well.

We got busy again at halftime and in the 3rd quarter doing mainly hamstring stretching, biofreezing and performing low back adjustments along with hammy & calf massages.

This was actually the first game that we handed out NO icepacks.  These guys were ready to rumble and were clicking on all cylinders from the get go.  They opened up a 21-0 lead with 5 minutes remaining in the 1st quarter.  What can I say, ever bounce just seemed to go our Foxes way during this one.  I sort of felt bad for the other team, as only 16 players made the trip from IN.  The Foxes fielded 25 players that dressed.

In the end, the Foxes laid the law down with a solid 62-0 victory.  The game was special for 2 particular players that I know of on the defense.  Both #77 Eric Vollbracht & #70 Jason Kirkendoll will be hanging up their cleats, retiring as semi-pro football players and thinking about moving into coaching with the 2012 season.  It was extra special for #70 as he was playing his final game as a player on the same field where he began his high school football career as a Kincaid South Fork Pony.  Congrats to all of the Foxes for ending the season by outscoring their opponents 92-0 over the final 4 halves of football.

Unfortunately, a couple of hours later, we found out that the Mid State Steel (the team we defeated in Week # 1) laid claim to the final playoff spot.  Thus the Foxes had been eliminated.  It’s a good thing for the rest of the league, as the Foxes had truly found their mojo and probably would have made some noise in the postseason!

It was a fun year and a great experience.  Eugena and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the players and providing our chiropractic and massage services on the sidelines.  And we count our blessings that neither our Foxes players or their opponents  experienced any major (emergency situation) on-the-field injuries during any of our 2011 home contests.  Although we’d like to give kudos to the Kincaid EMT crew that attended all 4 home contests just in case their life-saving services would be needed.

Until next year,

Todd W. Austin, D.C.

http://www.AFCvirden.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Foxes took the Hawks behind the woodshed last weekend!

While I wasn’t there in Madison, WI (since Eugena & I only do home games), I hear it was quite a successful road trip for the Foxes. After giving up a first quarter punt return return TD to the Dane County squad, the Foxes turned on the butt-whoopin’ switch and went on to score the next 52 unanswered points. All of this with only a little over half of the Foxes roster making the trip up north.

The final score was Springfield 52, Dane County 7.

The Foxes will be hosting the Chicago Thunder this evening at 7 PM in Kincaid (South Fork). It will be breast cancer awareness night. I believe many of the players will be sporting pink socks. Any fan who shows up with pink on gets $1 off of the already reasonable price of admission.

Yours in health,

Todd W. Austin, D.C.

http://www.SpringfieldFoxesChiro.com