Berlin Fire Salamanders
|Berlin Fire Salamanders|
First season: 2040 Berlin Fire Salamanders season
Play in and headquartered in Berlin Field
|Team colors||Red, Yellow & Black|
|General manager||Barney Stinson (Dewalt27)|
Nick Kaepercolin (Highhaschdi)
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)
|Division championships (1)
|Playoff appearances (1)|
The Berlin Fire Salamanders is a professional American football franchise based in Berlin, Germany. The Fire Salamanders currently compete in the International Simulation Football League (ISFL) as a member club of the league's National Simulation Football Conference (NSFC) which currently only has one division.
The franchise was established in 2040 in the league's fourth expansion. It is led by GM Dewalt27 who has been around since S18 of the ISFL and GM Highhaschdi who has been around since S22. The conception of the Fire Salamanders started when Dewalt27 thought of honoring his German ancestors and Highhaschdi, who is actually German, and combined with Head Office's interest in international teams, they wanted to find something that relates directly to Germany. The Black, Yellow and Red/Orange colors represent the German flag along with the Fire Salamander mascot which is common throughout Germany and most of Europe.
With the Season 25 ISFL Expansion Draft, unlike the New York Silverbacks, the Fire Salamanders needed a RB of the future and firestart an offense in the new year, they would select Joseph Petrongolo from the Arizona Outlaws who would later lead the ISFL for RB's in the S26 ISFL Positional Awards.
In the Season 25 ISFL Draft, the Fire Salamanders had the #1 overall pick, and they selected CB Swantavius Jones. It was regarded as a clear and concise pick, having many ties to Berlin members, and was regarded as a great member off the field. They did not have a 2nd or 4th round pick because they had traded for LB Adam Schell and S Benoit Blanco as well as a S25 6th Round Pick respectively. The Fire Salamanders also traded back with their 3rd round pick to acquire an additional 5th and 6th round pick.
As Season 25 started, it was an unexpected solid start, as they would go 3-5 in their first 8 games, including wins against Liberty and the SaberCats. Unfortunately, those 3 games would be the only ones they would win as they would finish the season league last at 3-13. They in fact finished with a better road record compared to their home record. Their passing offense led by QB Nick Kaepercolin posted underwhelming stats and finished the year with 3200 passing yards and 21 passing TD's to go with 21 INT's. But not all was lost however, as they were 2nd in the league in rushing with Petrongolo and King leading the way with 2000+ combined rushing yards. Their defense also did not do them any favors after allowing the league worst 29.1 points allowed per game. CB Asher Quinn provided a light in a darkened defense though with 68 tackles to go along with 22 pass breakups and 3 INT's. But with a solid foundation, Berlin was looking like they would be able to take the next step in S26.
In the Season 26 ISFL Draft, Berlin again would have the 1st overall pick. They would go on to select LB BamBam McMullet from the Tijuana Luchadores. It was regarded as a surprising pick from most mock drafts, but one that would help them out in a position of need. They also traded back up into the 1st Round by trading their 2nd Round Pick and S27 2nd Round Pick to receive Chicago's 1st Round Pick (11th Overall). The Fire Salamanders would select, S Derek Wildstar. They had him regarded very highly, and considered drafting him with the 1st Overall Pick, but LB outweighed their need for S, but they were able to get both of the guys they wanted.
With Season 26 looming, the Fire Salamanders actually had a team that could be reckoned with, or at first that's what it seemed. Berlin would actually start the season at 0-5, with 3 of the losses being by double digit points. They needed a spark, and that's exactly what happened. The Fire Salamanders would then win 7 out of the last 11 games, taking almost a 180 with the team finishing the season at 7-9. The offense had a vast improvement in the passing game compared to last season finishing 6th in the league with QB Nick Kaepercolin throwing for 4300 yards and 21 TD's with a more efficient 14 INT's. While the running game did slightly worse this season compared to last, it was just as pivotal. Petrongolo led the team with 1081 rushing yards and King assisting in the run game with 850 of his own. Berlin's defense also improved to being middle of the pack, led by LB Adam Schell with 126 tackles and FS Benoit Blanco with 117 tackles. The Fire Salamanders are looking to continue to trend up in the league.
The Fire Salamanders would look to the future to build on a solid foundation on the D-Line spot, and they would do that by selecting DT Marlon Brando with the 5th overall pick in the Season 27 ISFL Draft. The pick was well regarded as he is a great locker room fit and just a well liked player around the league. They would also select OL Cheese Farley and TE Shane Cook with their 3rd round picks, and RB Massimo Rocco in the 4th round.
As far as how Season 27 went for Berlin, unfortunately it did not go as well as planned. On the offensive side of the ball, Berlin would rank 11th in the league in points scored per game. They also ranked 12th in the league in total offense by accumulating a little under 350 yards per game. Overall it would be a step in the wrong direction for the Fire Salamanders as they looked to build on the success from last season. Nick Kaepercolin would throw for 4397 passing yards and 20 TD's with 8 INT's. Joseph Petrongolo would again lead the team in rushing with 929 yards on a 191 attempts and 10 TD's. WR Achtfünf was Kaepercolin's favorite target as he accumulated 114 receptions, 1321 yards and 7 receiving TD's. On the defensive side, the Fire Salamanders did fairly well comparing to last season as they would rank 4th in the league in points allowed with only 22 per game. It was known more as a bend but don't break defense as they ranked 9th in the league in total defense with 367.5 yards per game allowed. CB Matt Krause was one of the bright spots to the defensive squad as he accumulated 113 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 24 PD's. He was also the team's starting KR/PR, and he had 667 kick return yards to an average of 31.8 per return, and 249 punt return yards including a 77 yard punt return. CB Jeeeeroy Lenkins on the other side was another solid contributor on defense as he had 93 tackles and 4 INT's as well as 22 PD's. The Fire Salamanders would go off to a decent start by going 4-4 including a 8-5 win against the Chicago Butchers, but they would go on to win only 2 of the next 8 games to a 6-10 record and miss the playoffs for a 3rd consecutive season. Berlin will need to make some major changes in the upcoming season to finally clinch that playoff berth that's been eluding them.
Off the back of yet another disappointing season, the Fire Salamanders were still in search of the first winning season in franchise history, strengthening their team with solid pickups such as Troy Abed, Dexter Zaylren and Logan Anderson in the Season 28 ISFL Draft.
Going into the regular season hopes were high in the Berlin camp, and these hopes were shown to be justified throughout the first half of the season as the team won all of their first six games, before being delivered their only loss of the first half of the season in Week 7 at the hands of the Chicago Butchers, in a shootout, 41-37 loss. This did not deter the Fire Salamanders however, a team used to losing, as they powered their way through the back half of the season, winning another 5 games to give themselves a 12-4 record and first seed in the NSFC going into the playoffs, marking their first ever franchise playoff appearance. Unfortunately for Berlin, and despite having the bye week to prepare, this playoff appearance was short lived, as they lost the Conference Championship Game 17-13, as Colby Jack threw in the winning touchdown with 4 minutes left on the clock.
At the awards show it would not be all disappointment for Berlin though, as General Managers Highhaschdi and Dewalt27 would scoop up the General Managers of the Year Award
Off the back of the franchises best season to date, the Fire Salamanders were in a position to do even better, and looked to capitalise on this, strengthening their roster before the season even began, in the draft. They picked up tight end Gronko Muerto with their first round pick and defensive tackle Ilove HotSalads with their second, as well as kicker Izuku Campbell in the third. Despite all the positives for Berlin, their season would actually get off to a poor start, as they lost 2 of their first 3 matchups, beating only the [[Yellowknife Wraiths]] in that period of time. However, they quickly got over this poor streak of form as they won their next 4 before losing to the Second Line in Week 8. This halfway mark loss would turn out to be the teams last of the season, as they would go unbeaten for the rest of the regular season, winning 8 in a row.
The teams 13-3 record would be good enough to give them a first round playoff bye, with not just the top seed in their division but the top seed of the entire league. The resulting home field advantage would be enough for the Fire Salamanders to triumph over the Sarasota Sailfish in the Conference Championship Game, 23-20, thanks in large part to a game tying Adam Schell pick 6 in the fourth. Unfortunately for Berlin, it would not be enough for the Ultimus game, as they would lose out, 40-20, to the New York Silverbacks, however the efforts of their two GMs would allow them to repeat their GMoty from last season.
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Players and Personnel
Berlin Fire Salamanders roster