From their performance during the grandeur international HFF (Hmong Flag Football) tourney, they’ve established this superman status of a team and became the talks of the town in the flag football world.
So, I present thee, team Minnesota Warriors.
Hmoodle had a chance to get through to one of the team’s head coach, Mr. Thong Vang, who briefly discusses about this new phenomenon of a team we now know as Warriors.
Hmoodle: Your team has come from out of nowhere and has embarked on a mission that has wowed and caught the eyes of many veteran teams out there—my question to you guys is how or why are you guys so successful?
Thomas: The reason why we are so successful is because we, as a young team, have good leadership on the team and a good coach.
Hmoodle: With the many years of this sport being in Minnesota, how did your team form to become this formidable opponent on the rise, specifically, were there former members from other teams that came together to form team Warriors?
Thomas: I used to play for Unstoppable back in 2001-02, that’s our very first July 4th tourney. We broke up so I ended playing with Wolf-Pac from 2004-06. With many injuries I was thinking of retiring but I just couldn’t get myself to do it. With a lot of young talents out there, searching for a team to play for, but veteran teams weren’t giving them the opportunity to show their skills. I decided to start a high school team from 5-6 different schools and that is how we got started.
Hmoodle: Looking back to the 2008 national championship game during the July 4th tournament, your team defeated more veteran teams, one in Mid-Coast, how did this improve the morale of the team going into future games after that initial accomplishment?
Thomas: As a team getting a chance to play a highly skilled team such as Mid-Coast is very challenging, but by beating Mid-Coast just brought our team to another level. Although until we, as Warriors, can win one tourney, then our ultimate goal would be accomplish.
Hmoodle: I’m a believer in your team due to seeing team Warriors displaying feats in their endeavor and quest to become the best of the best in the Twin Cities; what would your team need to do to try and accomplish being the best team in Minnesota?
Thomas: We need to practice hard and execute our plays. Any team could beat any team any given day.
Hmoodle: Would you say your team is more a high offensive team/high defensive team or maybe the equilibrium of both? Be specific.
Thomas: As of now my team is more highly on the offense side but the last tourney our defense is getting better.
Hmoodle: How long have you guys been playing as a group before entering tournaments?
Thomas: We’ve been playing for almost 2 years together as a team.
Hmoodle: Some teams have coaches, while some teams runs on every member relying on each other, whose the brains of the group during times of adversities (there may be multiple players, please name them and give specifics)?
Thomas: Warriors are run by two very good coaches, Thomas and Pao. I’m pretty much the relaxing coach; on the other hand coach Pao’s very smart and very organize.
Hmoodle: Is there a playmaker in the game that could ultimately turn the game around if he is in the game?
Thomas: That would be our QB, WR and RB. Thomas is the heart and soul on this team.
Hmoodle: Warriors, who came up with the name and why?
Thomas: Thomas pretty much came with this name. I chose Warriors because they are young and talented. We go into battle as a team regardless if we win or lose. They battle through high school, now they have to go through the big boys.
Hmoodle: Are you guys recruiting for more players—this is for our readers out there who might be interested in playing with your team?
Thomas: Yes, we are always looking for more help. My job is to make sure every one is getting better or improve every year.
Hmoodle: Are you guys all here in Minnesota?
Thomas: We all are from Minnesota. We are now called “Minnesota WARRIORS.”
Hmoodle: Strategically, some teams rely on just a few plays, what is your greatest asset in your offense mode: the run plays or the passing plays and why?
Thomas: We are pretty much both. We set our run for the passing game.
Hmoodle: Going into the 2009 season for the national tournament; which team(s) would your team see as your greatest threat during this tournament?
Thomas: I would say any top 5 team. Such as Lights-Out, IDK, X-conz, Red-Rum and Mid-Coast.
Hmoodle: I know that some teams have a set park as their practice field on a weekly basis, where could we catch a glimpse of the team during practice time?
Thomas: We practice at Northport Elementary school or a park in Brooklyn Center. We practice around 3pm every Sunday. Our practice is over for the ‘08 season.
Hmoodle: What’s the team’s ultimate goal for next year in addition to on-going tournament that is held here in Minnesota?
Thomas: We need to stay focus and try to get at least 3rd place at July 4th 2009.
Hmoodle: Every team out there is pretty impressed with your quarterback and his throwing ability, where did you guys snagged him from?
Thomas: We snagged him from this one team called Hit-Man. We scrimmage them once and then next practice he just showed up and wanted to play for us.
Hmoodle: Could you briefly describe a daily practice regimen that each member would have to go through on a practice day, plus does your team scrimmage against other teams?
Thomas: I usually set up scrimmage as a practice. I felt that’s the only way Warriors can get better.
Hmoodle: How extensive is your play book?
Thomas: Not that extensive, just basic.
Hmoodle: Lastly, like every ending question that I’ve done in the past, would you like to give any shout outs or maybe just words of advice to our readers out there?
Thomas: Myself, I have been playing HFF for almost 10 years. It just keeps growing and growing every year. For a person who loves football, just join a team and have fun. It’s good for your health and you get to meet many new friends. Everyone practice hard and see you all in 2009!
This was the fastest electronic questionnaire to the prompt-never-skipped-a-beat interview that I’ve ever had. With that, I would have to give a big thanks to you Mr. Thong Vang.
Through adversities as a new team you’ve proven your identity as a leader in the game. Like said, never underestimate the rookie team because like the old saying goes and it may sound a little cliché but it is true, “it’s any given Sunday.”
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