Friday, November 23, 2012

New Home For Philadelphia Passion Creating A Buzz

By Andrew Kramer
With the inaugural LFL Canada season now in the books, the focus shifts to the United States League which gets underway next spring.
LFL enthusiasts all over the country are already excited for what’s sure to be an incredible season in the U.S., especially Philadelphia Passion fans who will get to watch their team try to secure a third straight Eastern Conference title, and maybe more.
This is the time of year, when coaches are building their rosters in hopes of putting the most competitive team possible on the field, the Passion may have already made their biggest offseason move. After playing their first three seasons in Trenton, New Jersey, the Passion are coming to Philadelphia!
During a press conference with the local media, the women in green were officially welcomed to their new home for the 2013 season and beyond…Chester’s PPL Park. “We were very excited to have them here,” PPL Park general manager John Scalon said. “We expect a lot of excitement. It’s almost like a rock concert on the field, [with] a lot of things going on around the game, music and entertainment. I’m very enthusiastic and we expect to get some large crowds for this.”
PPL Park, also the home of the Philadelphia Union MLS team, will be able to hold about twice as many Passion fans as their previous venue. “Our team’s extremely excited to play, finally, in front of our home town fans in Philadelphia,” Passion Head Coach Chandler Brown said. “This facility is first class. It speaks for itself. It’s a great place to play. We’re the two-time defending Eastern Conference Champions. While we’re happy to have that, it’s been a little bittersweet in that we didn’t have that success in the city of Philadelphia, so we’re happy that we can share all the successes on the field moving forward in this city.”
Brown also took the time to thank Sovereign Bank Arena for hosting the Passion home games over the past three seasons. Lots of memories were made in that building, but it was simply time to move on. As the Lingerie Football League continues to grow, so too must the venues.
PPL Park is not only larger, but the atmosphere will be noticeably different. “We expect a very loud, boisterous crowd,” Scalon said. “A lot of excitement. It’ll give [the Passion] a true home field advantage. If you’re here for a Union game, there’s no better place to be on a warm summer night than here on the Delaware River, so we’re glad to welcome the Philadelphia Passion and give them a place to call home.”Scalon had nothing but positive things to say about the LFL and reiterated numerous times how thrilled he is that the Passion are coming to PPL Park.
Brown was equally optimistic, “…We can’t wait to come out here and hopefully sell this place out like other markets have done and put a show on.”
The Passion will play their 2013 home games Saturday, June 15 against Jacksonville and Saturday, July 13 against Atlanta, both starting at 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Utah Blaze Get Into The Holiday Spirit On Thanksgiving

The Utah Blaze spread some holiday cheer on Thanksgiving morning by volunteering their time with the Salvation Army. Players, coaches, dancers and staff members were all in attendance as the team supported the organization's efforts to help feed those in need of assistance during the holiday.
Head Coach Ron James and his team arrived at the Salvation Army early on Thursday morning, loading up their vehicles with hot Thanksgiving meals. From there, the group traveled to homes across the Salt Lake City area delivering food to elderly shut-ins. Even mascot Torch got involved, as he entertained the staff while helping to prepare meals, much to the crowd's delight.
"It's a very rewarding experience anytime we have the opportunity to give back to our community, especially during the holidays," said James. "The Salvation Army's reputation of helping those in need is unsurpassed, and I'm very thankful they gave us the opportunity to support such a great cause."
Among those in attendance was 2012 Arena Football League Community MVP of the Year David Hyland. "Although it's become popular tradition, Thanksgiving isn't all about food, football and family," Hyland stated. "It's also about reflecting on the blessings in your life and acknowledging that you are grateful for those things. My wife and I have so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving."
"Being physically able to deliver meals to people who are unable to care for themselves was a humble reminder of the blessing of health. I am so thankful for places like the Salvation Army that care about people and the people who are willing to put their personal plans aside to help others."
Coach James, Hyland and Torch were joined by offensive linemen Antonio Narcisse and Darryl Hicks, as well as Defensive Coordinator Rob Keefe, Director of Player Personnel Karl Bates and Blaze Dancers Kaylie, Hillary and Shelby.
The Salvation Army is the oldest and one of the most respected service organizations of its kind in the world, serving more than 20 million people annually. Celebrating over 120 years of service in Northern Utah. The Christian ministry of the Salvation Army focuses on helping people who are faced with social and economical problems, emergency assistance needs, limited opportunities, physical and emotional problems, and other situations preventing personal, social, moral and spiritual development.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Ownership Group Acquires Chicago Rush

The Arena Football League has completed the sale of the Chicago Rush to a new ownership group, led by Julee White of Testarossa Entertainment. The acquisition was finalized Monday, November 12, 2012.
"The Arena Football League is extremely pleased to welcome an ownership group with such strong local ties and commitment to the Chicago community," AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. "This group brings great passion and enthusiasm for our sport and will no doubt continue the tradition of excellence that Rush fans are so proud of."
The Chicago Rush, who have the largest market in the Arena Football League, have played at the Allstate Arena from 2001 to present. It is a member of the Central Division of the National Conference of the League. The team has qualified for the playoffs eleven out of twelve seasons and won one AFL championship, ArenaBowl XX in 2006. During its history, the team has won its division five times and advanced to the AFL Conference Championship six times, including four consecutive appearances from 2004 to 2007.
"Though it is still early in free agency, we are excited to bring back key returning players such as Reggie Gray, Nekos Brown, Darrell Campbell, Derek Walker and Jorrick Calvin, as well as welcoming veteran quarterback Gino Guidugli and standout wide receiver Troy McBroom," owner Julee White said. "Additionally, we are implementing new marketing and social media platforms to better engage our fans, including a newly branded logo and team color scheme."
The Chicago Rush will be holding open tryouts for prospective players in 2013, as well as auditions for the newly branded Chicago Rush Cheerleaders, with dates to be announced on

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tampa Bay Storm Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway A Success

Monday evening several players from the Tampa Bay Storm took the opportunity to join Storm team president Derrick Brooks as his charity, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., passed out Thanksgiving dinners to 50 families at the Spring Hill Park Community Center in the Sulpher Springs neighborhood of Tampa, FL.
"Events like this give our players a chance to give back to the community," said Brooks. "We were blessed to be able to provide the families with holiday dinners. Events like this play a large role in our vision for our organization."
The Thanksgiving Holiday Giveaway is a staple amongst the many programs that Derrick Brooks Charities hosts each year. One of the highlights for the Storm players at events like this is the interaction with the families and children.
"It feels great to be able to get out in the community and give back," said defensive lineman Paul Griffin. "I am grateful to have opportunities like this to great fans and provide dinners to people during this time of year."
Youth from community center assisted in helping to put together the care packages full with turkeys, vegetables, potatoes, rolls and pies from Publix who partnered graciously to help kick off the holiday season with some Thanksgiving cheer.
The community center hosts one of several Boys & Girls Clubs in the Tampa Bay community. The kids from the program attended several Storm games in 2012 and this event afforded them to opportunity to personally meet and interact with the Storm players. It was also an opportunity to assist in improving the Thanksgiving situation in a part of the city that is underserved.
"It is great to see athletes take an active role in the community," added Ricky Gallon, community relations director of the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay. "Pleasing, it is definitely pleasing to see [the Storm players] giving back, spending time with the little guys and little gals. It provides the children with a chance to see the players be hero's in the community."
An original franchise of the AFL, the Five-Time Tampa Bay Storm enters its 26th season. A winner of the 2012 AFL Support Staff of the Year, the Storm strives to provide its fans and opponents with world class service. The 2013 season kicks off at home Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 PM versus South Division rival Jacksonville Sharks. Season tickets are available, for more information call 813.301.6600 or visit . Additionally fans and sponsors can follow the Storm on Facebook (Tampa Bay Storm) or Twitter (@tampabaystorm) for up to date news and exclusive content.

Lingerie Bowl Canada I Game Recap

By Mark Staffieri
The inaugural season of LFL Canada came to an end this weekend, with the BC Angels prevailing in front of their home crowd at Abbottsford, BC. A highly emotional contest with a compelling cast of characters, the Angels wanted to avenge their 22-18 regular season loss to the Saskatoon Sirens.
Despite a scoreless first quarter, the tone was profoundly set for what would come. Although Saskatoon outrushed the Angels by an astounding 23-1 margin, the Angels defense made the real statement. On the first possession, Tamar Fennell would rush for 12 yards, but made a costly fumble. Katie Marshall would force said fumble, which would mark the beginning of a banner day for her.
The second quarter found both franchises getting points on the scoreboard. Anne Erler, the winner of the LFL Canada Most Valuable Player Award, connected with Tamar Fennell for a 20 yard touchdown pass. Erler’s rush failed but the Sirens got on the board first to make it 6-0.
While the efforts of Lindsay Berger, Ogom Chijindu and Casey Simpson frustrated the Angles on their first offensive possession of the quarter, the Sirens could not add to their lead. Incomplete passes to Carrie Britton and a sack by Katie Marshall wore down Anne Erler.
Marshall’s efforts in dismantling the Sirens high powered attack on offense helped the Angels gain momentum. On the second play of the Angels next drive, Aleesa Garcia, who caught the first touchdown pass in the league’s history, caught a 20 yard pass from Mary Anne Hanson to even the score at 6 heading into halftime.
The second half started with BC making their only fumble of the contest. A 32 yard kickoff by Erler was fumbled by Garcia. The Angels recovered the fumble, and prevented what would have been the Sirens first entry into the red zone. Despite being called for a delay of game penalty on the opening drive of the second half, Mary Anne Hanson retained her composure.
After the 5 yard penalty, Hanson connected with Jessica Hopkins for a 19 yard pass that would give the Angels the first down. On the Sirens 12 yard line, Garcia would redeem herself as she scored on touchdown run to become the first player to have both a receiving and a rushing touchdown in LFL Canada postseason history. Time of possession was crucial in the third quarter for the Angels as they held the advantage by 5:37 to 2:23.
This stifled the Furrler attack on offense, as the Sirens played with a sense of panic. In their only possession of the third quarter, Erler was sacked on two consecutive plays. Heidi Nordby and Stevi Schnoor combined on the first sack, while Schnoor had the second sack. It would be a great moment of redemption for Schnoor, as it was believed that she suffered a torn MCL/ACL in the regular season loss to Saskatoon.
With the score 12-6 in favor of the Angels, the Sirens attempted to turn things around in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Angels added to their lead as Christine Moore caught a 3 yard touchdown pass from Mary Anne Hanson. Although Katie Marshall would sack Heather Furr on the Sirens next possession, Furrler would make their impact felt in the quarter as Erler connected on a 32 yard pass with Heather Furr to reduce the Angels lead to 18-12.
On the next possession, Stephanie Manou frustrated the Sirens defense. Behind 20 rushing yards, Manou brought the Angels to the Sirens 6 yard line. The drive ended with Mary Anne Hanson running to daylight as the Angels logged their second touchdown of the quarter. In addition, she would run in the extra point to extend the Angels lead to 25-12.
With 1:30 left in the contest, the Sirens chose to emphasize the pass on their possession. Heather Furr attempted a pass to Casey Simpson which was incomplete. On second down, Erler threw an incomplete pass to Tamar Fennell. Erler struggled with her on-field awareness as her next pass was intercepted by Jessica Hopkins. As the heart and soul of the Angels defense, Hopkins ran the ball back 17 yards to ice the game for the Angels.
While Stephanie Manou did not score a touchdown in the contest, the LFL Canada rushing champion amassed 60 yards in the Lingerie Bowl triumph to lead all players. Manou accounted for 71% of the Angels rushing attack as she ground out crucial yards. Her efforts culminated in smart clock management for the Angels.
Despite the best efforts of the Sirens (Erler led in passing with 85 yards while Furr led all players with 49 receiving yards), the numbers tell the story. BC had 11 first downs, compared to 5 for the Sirens. The Angels also held the advantage in terms of rushing yards (84 to 52), total offense (155 to 124) and the ever important time of possession (19:20 to 12:40).
While Anne Erler provided a valiant effort, she was sacked three times and completed 50% of her pass attempts, with only 12 rushing yards. The Angels’ 4 sacks and advantage in turnovers (1 forced fumble, 1 interception) were key components in containing the high-octane offense of the Sirens. The inability of the Sirens to convert on third downs (0 for 6) and not take advantage of scoring opportunities in the red zone resulted in the Angels road to redemption.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Virginia Badgers Announce Major Move for the AIF 2013 Season

Virginia Badgers announced today that the Badgers are moving to Ranson, WV to play at the Ranson Civic Center.
They will be known going forward as the West Virginia Badgers.
They would also like to welcome aboard former Badgers Running back and All time leading rusher Andre McDonald as part of their ownership group as well as Lucas Taylor. Coach Dawes will still retain the title of majority owner and will also be the team's Head Coach.

The New Orleans VooDoo Welcome Nick Ward as Defensive Coordinator

The New Orleans VooDoo gains former Cleveland Gladiator Defensive Backs Coach, Nick Ward, as Defensive Coordinator, announced the front office on November 16th.
Nick Ward began his first season coaching in the AFL with the Gladiators in 2011, serving as Defensive Backs Coach. He also brings ten years of AFL playing experience to Coach Pat O'Hara's staff.
Ward was an assistant for the Mahoning Valley Thunder of arenafootball2 in 2009. He was in charge of the defensive backs for the Thunder during their final season in the af2.
His knowledge of arena football stems from an extensive playing career of ten seasons in the AFL from 2000-2010. Ward accumulated 190.5 tackles, two forced fumbles, eight interceptions and 25 passes defended in 77 career games. He played for six teams, including three seasons for the Georgia Force.
Ward competed at the highest collegiate level while attending the University of Miami (FL). He was a four-year letterman on the football team (1995, 1997-1999) and also participated on the Hurricanes' track and field squad. Ward played alongside the likes of Ray Lewis, Reggie Wayne and Ed Reed during his tenure in Miami.
"I played against Nick, and he always gave our offense trouble," said VooDoo Head Coach Pat O'Hara. "This led to an appreciation, and we are thankful and happy to have him. He will be a great addition and will fit in well."
Ward is a native of Dallas, Texas and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Roc City Thunder Jerseys and Helmets Designs Announced

After two weeks of heavy voting on the Roc City Thunder Facebook and Twitter, the fans have chosen which Jerseys and Helmets/Helmet logos the Thunder will take the field with when the team open their inaugural season in March 2013. (See below)
All fans who voted will be eligible to win free season tickets at the first home game! The Roc City are committed to provide a fan oriented, family friendly, and fast paced football entertainment to the community. There will be many opportunities for fans to become involved even more in the coming months. Fans should stay tuned to the team website,, Facebook/Roccitythunder and our twitter @rocitythunder for more exciting announcements. The Roc City Thunder will be holding Open player tryouts coming up in December and will be announcing their roster after the First of the Year.

Friday, November 16, 2012

AFL Coach Returns to Field for Blaze

Clay Harrell has decided to hang up his clipboard and return to the field, as the Utah Blaze announced on Thursday that the franchise has agreed to terms on a contract with the veteran AFL fullback. Harrell last played Arena Football in 2011 before serving as the Offensive Line Coach for the Spokane Shock in 2012.
"Clay has a lot of experience in this League and gives us another veteran leader," said Head Coach Ron James. "He said his body feels great and he's ready to play again. We're certainly willing to give a player of his caliber the chance to get back onto the field because we know what he's capable of."
Prior to becoming a coach in 2012, Harrell (6-2, 320, Northern State) started every game for the Shock during the previous two seasons. As a runner, he totaled 135 yards and nine touchdowns on 24 carries. Harrell help Spokane win ArenaBowl XXIII in 2010, where he played under current Blaze coordinators Rob Keefe and Matthew Sauk.
"I've always admired the way Utah runs its organization," Harrell said. "I've played against the Blaze for years from being in this division with the Spokane Shock and even with the L.A. Avengers. It helps that I have a couple of my former coaches on the staff in Coach Sauk and Coach Keefe. I have a lot of respect for them."
"I realized last year that I really wasn't done playing. I had a lot going on off of the field in 2011 and that led to my decision to retire. But I have a strong passion for football and I still have a few years left in me. I didn't want to be done playing, so that really factored into my decision."
Harrell began his Arena Football career in 2006 as a member of the af2's Everett Hawks, where he earned All-af2 second-team honors as a defensive lineman. He entered the AFL the following year with the Nashville Katz and converted to the offensive line. Harrell then joined the Los Angeles Avengers in 2008, where he caught seven passes for 79 yards and four touchdowns.

Green Bay Blizzard Announce Partnership with Synergy Fields

Synergy Fields, LLC is joining forces with the Green Bay Blizzard to help support the success of the local indoor football team. Scheduled to open in December 2012, Synergy Fields, LLC will house a 13,500 square foot all-synthetic turf field and will work in partnership with the Green Bay Blizzard to host the indoor football team's tryouts, training camp, and regular season practice.
"I am extremely excited to have Synergy Fields partner with the Green Bay Blizzard and be the official practice facility. Coach Robert Fuller is a man of high character, high moral values, and with great integrity. Those are the type of traits that we put great emphasis on at Synergy Fields. That made this relationship a great fit. Those are the types of leaders and people we want in our building and to do business with. We look forward of being part of the Green Bay Blizzard's continued success," stated Scotty Smith, owner of Synergy Fields.
Synergy Fields also encourages Green Bay Blizzard fans to get in on the action. All regular season practices will be open to the public. The 2013 Blizzard practice schedule is to be announced.
"The Blizzard organization is happy to be part of a great project that is going to be a great asset to the greater Green Bay community. You have to be excited for what Scotty Smith and his organization has accomplished," stated Art Clarkson, Chief Operating Officer of the Green Bay Blizzard.

Head Lehigh Valley Steelhawk To Be Apart Of A Different Type Of Game

In very special news, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks are excited to announce that Head Coach Chris Thompson will be exploring a game outside of the football field. Thompson and his wife LeeAnn are competing on GSN's The Newlywed Game! The episode will air November 29th at 9pm. We hope all our Steelhawk fans will tune in to see how the couple fairs, keep your fingers crossed they take home the prize!
The Newlywed Game is GSN's modern installment of the classic series showcasing three newly married couples. The newlyweds compete by guessing each others' answers to questions ranging from the first time they met to the details of their love life. As they compete for a second honeymoon, you can expect entertaining moments- and brutal honesty!
Other upcoming events include the Steelhawks first open tryouts as members of the PIFL. They will be held on November 17that Iron Lakes Sports Complex. The team is hard at work recruiting for the upcoming season.

Corpus Christi Announces Team Name and Logo

 The Ultimate Indoor Football League’s new team in Corpus Christi has chosen its name and created its logo. The team has chosen Fury as the team’s name, chosen for the intense spirit and strength the team will have on the field. The team logo is a fierce and furious Dragon surrounded by flames representative of the burning desire to bring championship football to Corpus Christi. The team colors are Navy, Kelly Green, and Silver.
The name was selected from over 100 different suggestions that were submitted through the team website. The winner of the name the team contest is Robert Quintero. He will receive a pair of front row season tickets for life.
The Fury would also like to announce recent partnerships will several businesses in the Coastal Bend area. The Fury has partnered with MSI/ Dixie Iron Works, Gold Master Jewelers, Muniz Electric Masters, and Roggeman Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. MSI is an oilfield equipment supplier located in Alice and will be partnering with the team on a special charity game during the 2013 season. Gold Master Jewelers is the Official Gold Buyer and Jewelry Store of the Fury with locations at Ayers and Baldwin, Rockport, and Xpress locations in the Copperfield Shopping Center at Staples and Holly and in the Hamlin Shopping Center at Weber and Staples. Muniz Electric Masters is a full service commercial electrical contractor in Corpus Christi. Roggeman Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is located in Portland.
The Corpus Christi Fury also plan to release the 2013 schedule within the next 2 weeks. The season will kick off on March 2013. All home games will be played in the state of the art American Bank Center. Arena. Season Tickets are on sale now and start at only $75. For more information about season tickets or the many partnership opportunities available for the 2013 season, call 361-356-1111 or visit The Fury will play in the Ultimate Indoor Football League which was founded in 2010 and has teams in Texas, Missouri, Georgia, and Florida.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Storm Participate in Great American Teach-In

On Thursday, November 15, the Tampa Bay Storm appeared at the Lomax Magnet Elementary School (Tampa, FL) to participate in the Great American Teach-in. The players and staff had the opportunity to not only read to the students, but to also talk to them about the importance of education.
Storm defensive back Riley Swanson and linebacker John-Kevin Dolce spoke to the children and stressed the importance of education in their lives. For the players, it was a great way to remember their time as elementary students.
"When I was a kid, I loved when we had a career day and people came to speak to the class," said Swanson. "We have the ability to make a strong impression, and let the children know that learning and listening is extremely important in their development."
Lomax assistant principal, Marisa Brody, shared Swanson's enthusiasm.
"This is a great way for the students to learn, and it's a huge time for them," said Brody. "At this age these students want to be anything from a doctor, to a football player. To have the Storm come in and speak is great because football players can explain discipline and let the children know they have to go to school in order to succeed."
For the students, the day allowed them to ask questions, and the players were happy to answer them.
"This is an important time in a child's life," said Swanson. "It's always great when we have the chance to speak in schools and give back."
For the Storm, this is just one of the many ways to reach out to the community.
The Five-Time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm was awarded the 2012 AFL Support Staff of the Year. 2013 season tickets are now available for more information call 813.301.6600 or visit . Additionally fans and sponsors can follow the Storm on Facebook (Tampa Bay Storm) or Twitter (@tampabaystorm) for up to date news and exclusive content.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Inaugural CPIFL Season to Kick-Off on March 9

The Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) has finalized a game schedule for its inaugural season in 2013.  The CPIFL will field ten teams that will participate in 60 regular season contests.  Each team will play 12 games over a 14 week season.  The CPIFL playoffs will consist of the teams with the top four records with the inaugural championship game taking place sometime on the weekend of June 21-23.
The season will open on Saturday, March 9 when Wichita travels to Tulsa to take on the Oklahoma Defenders in the first game in league history.
Rivalry games will be a staple in the CPIFL with 13 games featuring cities less than two hours apart and 27 games between cities less than three hours apart.
Every CPIFL team will see action in Week 2 with Salina and Kansas City each hosting their first game in franchise history during the weekend.  Salina will host Wichita on Saturday, March 16 while Kansas City will host Omaha on Sunday, March 17.  Indoor football will make its return to Lincoln as the Haymakers host Sioux City on Friday, March 29 during Week 4 action.
Of the 60 regular season games, 44 of them will take place on Saturday nights.

2013 CPIFL Regular Season Schedule

Week 1
Saturday, March 9
Wichita Wild @ Oklahoma Defenders

Week 2
Friday, March 15
Sioux City Bandits @ Bloomington Edge

Saturday, March 16
Oklahoma Defenders @ Kansas Koyotes
Wichita Wild @ Salina Bombers

Sunday, March 17
Lincoln Haymakers @ Mid-Missouri Outlaws
Omaha @ Kansas City Renegades

Week 3
Friday, March 22
Kansas City Renegades @ Sioux City Bandits
Mid-Missouri Outlaws @ Bloomington Edge

Saturday, March 23
Kansas Koyotes @ Wichita Wild

Week 4
Friday, March 29
Sioux City Bandits @ Lincoln Haymakers

Saturday, March 30
Kansas Koyotes @ Omaha
Bloomington Edge @ Wichita Wild
Oklahoma Defenders @ Kansas City Renegades
Mid-Missouri Outlaws @ Salina Bombers

Week 5
Friday, April 5
Lincoln Haymakers @ Bloomington Edge

Saturday, April 6
Oklahoma Defenders @ Salina Bombers
Wichita Wild @ Kansas City Renegades
Kansas Koyotes @ Mid-Missouri Outlaws
Sioux City Bandits @ Omaha

Week 6
Friday, April 12
Kansas City Renegades @ Kansas Koyotes
Wichita Wild @ Bloomington Edge
Sioux City Bandits @ Salina Bombers

Saturday, April 13
Omaha @ Lincoln Haymakers

Sunday, April 14
Mid-Missouri Outlaws @ Oklahoma Defenders

Week 7
Friday, April 19
Salina Bombers @ Lincoln Haymakers

Saturday, April 20
Omaha @ Wichita Wild
Bloomington Edge @ Oklahoma Defenders
Kansas Kpyotes @ Mid-Missouri Outlaws

Week 8
Friday, April 26
Oklahoma Defenders @ Lincoln Haymakers

Saturday, April 27
Omaha @ Sioux City Bandits
Salina Bombers @ Kansas City Renegades
Bloomington Edge @ Kansas Koyotes
Wichita Wild @ Mid-Missouri Outlaws

Week 9
Friday, May 3
Bloomington Edge @ Lincoln Haymakers

Saturday, May 4
Mid-Missouri Outlaws @ Omaha
Oklahoma Defenders @ Wichita Wild
Sioux City Bandits @ Kansas City Renegades
Salina Bombers @ Kansas Koyotes

Week 10
Friday, May 10
Kansas City Renegades @ Bloomington Edge

Saturday, May 11
Mid-Missouri Outlaws @ Sioux City Bandits
Lincoln Haymakers @ Omaha
Salina Bombers @ Wichita Wild
Kansas Koyotes @ Oklahoma Defenders

Week 11
Friday, May 17
Omaha @ Bloomington Edge

Saturday, May 18
Lincoln Haymakers @ Sioux City Bandits
Kansas Koyotes @ Salina Bombers
Kansas City Renegades @ Oklahoma Defenders

Week 12
Saturday, May 25
Wichita Wild @ Sioux City Bandits
Kansas Koyotes @ Kansas City Renegades
Lincoln Haymakers @ Salina Bombers
Bloomington Edge @ Mid-Missouri Outlaws

Sunday, May 26
Oklahoma Defenders @ Omaha

Week 13
Saturday June 1
Omaha @ Lincoln Haymakers
Salina Bombers @ Mid-Missouri Outlaws
Sioux City Bandits @ Kansas Koyotes

Week 14
Saturday, June 8
Kansas City Renegades @ Omaha
Bloomington Edge @ Sioux City Bandits
Lincoln Haymakers @ Kansas Koyotes
Mid-Missouri Outlaws @ Wichita Wild
Salina Bombers @ Oklahoma Defenders

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lingerie Bowl Canada I – Game Preview

Heading into the season as the number 1 ranked team in the polls, the BC Angels are looking to justify that ranking by defeating the Saskatoon Sirens in the inaugural Lingerie Bowl I Canada. With the game being hosted in Abbottsford, BC, the Angels are counting on home field advantage to turn the tide in their favor.
The contest boasts some of the finest talent that LFL Canada has to offer. Three of the four nominees for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award will appear in the game; Anne Erler of Saskatoon, and Jessica Hopkins and Stephanie Manou of BC. Manou is the homegrown face of the franchise for the BC Angels and was the regular season rushing champion with 337 rushing yards.
Looking at the numbers, the Sirens have the advantage on paper. The Sirens’ offense ranked second in LFL Canada with 186.3 yards per game compared to BC’s 142.8. Breaking down the numbers indicates that the key difference is in the rushing game. Saskatoon boasts numbers of 138.5 (rushing) and 47.8 (passing), while BC lags behind with 96.8 and 46. The regular season point totals indicate 121 total points for Saskatoon, first overall, while BC’s 98 points rank last.
Both clubs have key players that are looking to have career games in the hopes of making their championship dreams come true. Heather Furr is a confident two-way threat for the Sirens as she led the club offensively with 6 receptions, while leading the defense in tackles with 23. Tamar Fennell led all Sirens players with 272 rushing yards, but was versatile as a receiver. The Angels counter with Aleesa Garcia, whose 7 receptions and 2 touchdowns bested all players on BC. Katie Marshall was a defensive stalwart, leading all players in LFL Canada with 3 sacks.
During their only regular season encounter, a September 1 contest held at Saskatoon’s Credit Union Center, the Sirens defeated the Angels by a 22-18 tally. The dynamic duo of Anne Erler and Heather Furr (or ‘Furrler’) combined for 2 interceptions and 2 touchdown passes. Entering the game, the Angels had a lot of momentum as they crushed the Regina Rage 44-18. The first half saw the Sirens expose the Angels weaknesses at quarterback while nullifying their rushing attack. With 2:50 left in the third quarter of the contest, the Sirens boasted a 22-6 lead with a well distributed offensive attack that consumed time on the clock.
While the Angels managed to score two touchdowns to come within 4 points, the poise of Anne Erler was the key difference in preserving the win. An 8 play drive of 31 yards ran out the clock, frustrating the Angels defense. Stephanie Manou only logged 44 rushing yards in the loss, while Mary Anne Hanson endured her own struggles. She threw 2 interceptions while completing only 6 of 16 attempted passes. Of note for BC, the two touchdowns involved passing plays to Christine Moore and Jessica Hopkins, players that are underutilized in the passing game.
For both teams, effective clock management and turnover free football are essential keys to victory. The strength of Saskatoon’s success has been their ability to remain competitive in tight games. Erler’s presence is a key element in said success. BC must not panic should they make a mistake, or the Sirens will exploit it. While superstars on both squads shall be the focus of opposing defenses, role players must rise to the occasion and make the big plays. One game can change everything, and there is no bigger game for these players than Lingerie Bowl Canada I.

AFL, CBS Sports Network Sign Two-Year TV Agreement

CBS Sports Network and the Arena Football League announced a two-year agreement today that makes the Network the national television partner of the AFL. CBS Sports Network will feature 19 regular-season games throughout the 2013 season, as well as two playoff games. The CBS Television Network will air ArenaBowl XXVI on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
As part of the deal, CBS Sports Network will televise the League’s Saturday night game of the week in prime time. The national package kicks off March 23, 2013. The announcement of the complete CBS Sports Network AFL television schedule will be released at a later date.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have the CBS Sports brand associated with the AFL and to have the growing CBS Sports Network as the new television home of our League,” Arena Football League Commissioner Jerry Kurz said. “One of the many noteworthy aspects of this partnership is that we will have an increased ability to showcase our West Coast teams.  In addition, closing the season with ArenaBowl XXVI on CBS is something that our millions of fans can look forward to with great anticipation.”
“We’re excited to partner with the AFL and bring this fast-paced, high-energy style of football to viewers,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports Network. “The AFL has an established fan base and adds to our already robust lineup of football programming.”
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AFL Announces 2013 Schedule

The 2013 NET10 Arena Football League season will begin with an ArenaBowl XXV rematch as the Arizona Rattlers will host the Philadelphia Soul on CBS Sports Network to kick off the 2013 season, the League office announced today. Each team will play 18 games and receive one bye during the 19-week regular season. The full prime time schedule will be released soon.The regular season will officially begin with the New Orleans VooDoo hosting the Orlando Predators on Thursday, March 21, 2013, and will run through the weekend of July 26, 2013. The CBS Television Network will air the ArenaBowl on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM, ET.
CBS Sports Network will kick off its AFL coverage on Saturday, March 23, as the Arizona Rattlers take on the Philadelphia Soul. Eight other teams will also be in action that night, as J.J. Raterink and the Iowa Barnstormers travel to the Allstate Arena to take on his former team, the Chicago Rush; the reigning AFL MVP, Tommy Grady, and the Utah Blaze head to Pittsburgh for a meeting with the Power; the Tampa Bay Storm host the three-time South Division-champion Jacksonville Sharks; and future Hall of Famer Aaron Garcia heads back to the Alamodome, this time in a San Jose SaberCats uniform, to face off against the team he led to a Central Division title in 2012, the San Antonio Talons. The Spokane Shock and Cleveland Gladiators will finish off Week 1 by matching up on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from Cleveland.
Other games of note:
  • The Utah Blaze will host the Arizona Rattlers in a Week 2 rematch of the 2012 National Conference Championship game.
  • Orlando Predators Head Coach Doug Plank will face off against the Philadelphia Soul, who he guided to ArenaBowl XXV, from Orlando in Week 3.
  • The San Jose SaberCats and Arizona Rattlers renew their rivalry in Week 3, pitting ArenaBowl XXV MVP, Nick Davila, against the man who bested him for MVP honors in ArenaBowl XXIV, Aaron Garcia.
  • A rematch of the 2012 American Conference Championship game will take place in Week 5 when the Jacksonville Sharks matchup with the Philadelphia Soul in Philly.
  • The Orlando Predators and Tampa Bay Storm will rekindle the “War on I-4” in Weeks 5 and 12.
For the complete 2013 AFL regular season schedule, click here.