Arena Football League
Pittsburgh Power Media Day & Scrimmage vs. Cleveland Gladiators Saturday
Pittsburgh Power will tackle with division foe Cleveland Gladiators in
an open-to- the-public scrimmage this Saturday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at
Southpointe Fieldhouse (104 Cecil Henderson Road, Canonsburg, PA).
Admission is free. Saturday's event with Cleveland will also serve as
the Power's official Media Day with players, coaches, and Power
co-owners Lynn Swann and Matt Shaner available for photos and
will be available for purchase, and fans are encouraged to bring their
own portable chairs. There will be a brief autograph session with Power
players and coaches at the end of the scrimmage.
the conclusion of training camp, the Power will also formally introduce
their opening night roster on Monday, March 18 at Jergel's Rhythm
Grille (285 Northgate Drive, Warrendale, PA) at 6:00 p.m. The event is
free and open to the public (all ages). Media members are welcome to
attend the Jergel's event as the entire Power squad and coaches will be
available for interviews.
Power open their third Arena Football League season on Saturday, March
23 at 6:00 p.m. against the Utah Blaze at CONSOL Energy Center.
Sharks Training Camp Report - March 7
2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks held their sixth
practice of 2013 training camp at Plantation Park on Thursday morning.
After Wednesday's helmets-only workout, Thursday's practice saw the team
return to full contact.
stretching, warm-up and individual drills, the hitting began Thursday
with the one-on-one session. While the matchups between defensive backs
and receivers saw their fair share of collisions, as usual some of the
most intense physical battles came in the trenches as the Sharks'
offensive linemen squared off against their defensive counterparts.
session served as a showcase for the Sharks' veteran offensive front, a
group that includes returning linemen Isaac Morales and Brant Clouser,
as well as fullback Rendrick Taylor. These returning Sharks are joined
by newcomers Cornelius Lewis and Nick Torresso, each of whom saw
significant action with their respective teams during the 2012 season.
After Thursday's practice, Morales talked about how this season's
offensive line is coming together.
got a lot of vets on the o-line, so everyone's catching on pretty
quick," Morales said. "Technique-wise we've got to keep getting better
every day, but we're going to be pretty solid by the first game."
has had plenty of chances to go against the Sharks' defensive line, a
deep group that is comprised of a few returning Sharks, several AFL
veterans who are new to Jacksonville and a few talented rookies. On
Thursday, Morales also spoke about what that unit brings to the table.
all awesome guys, and I know they're ruthless. When it comes to the
D-line, they're going to come in and try to get sacks every time. It's
good, they're going to make us as an O-line better."
players have played more games in a Shark uniform than Morales. Now
entering his fourth season in the AFL, Morales anchored the team's
offensive line in both 2010 and 2011, then battled back from injury to
return to the team midway through 2012. Morales was one of the first
players to commit to the 2013 Sharks, agreeing to a two-year contract
this past October.
and the Sharks have now practiced on six consecutive days to open
training camp, with two more workouts to go before an off day on Sunday.
No stranger himself to the rigors of training camp, Morales feels that
the team is holding up well, especially after three full-contact
practices over the last four days.
gonna be sore. It's natural, neck, legs, hips, everything's gonna
hurt," Morales said. "It just comes with the sport, you gotta be in
shape, you gotta keep working out. This is what we do. We love it, and
we're gonna be good."
Sharks will strap on the pads again at Plantation Park on Friday
morning. Friday's practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the
Barnstormers Watch Parties Find New Home at the Keg Stand
Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League are pleased to announce
that The Keg Stand, located at 3530 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines
will be the official host of all road game watch parties for the 2013
season. This year all 9 Barnstormers road games will air live at The Keg
Stand via CBS Sports Online. Each watch party will feature discounted
food and drink specials for Barnstormers fans.
first road game watch party will take place on Saturday, March 23rd
when the Barnstormers open the 2013 season against their division rivals
the Chicago Rush. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm. The entire road game
watch party schedule is listed below:
2013 Barnstormers Watch Party Schedule:
Sat. March 23 Iowa @ Chicago 7:00pm
Sat. March 30 Iowa @ New Orleans 7:00pm
Fri. April 19 Iowa @ Jacksonville 7:00pm
Fri. May 3 Iowa @ San Antonio 7:30pm
Sat. May 18 Iowa @ Utah 8:00pm
Sat. May 25 Iowa @ Arizona 8:00pm
Fri. June 7 Iowa @ Cleveland 6:30pm
Sat. June 22 Iowa @ Philadelphia 6:00pm
Sat. July 13 Iowa @ Orlando 6:30pm
The home portion of the schedule begins Friday, April 5 when the Spokane Shock come to town.
Last Day to Perform Before First Cuts
2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx
Casino, are nearing the first round of cuts that will take place
tomorrow. The roster will be down to a 28-man roster and by the end of
camp, a 24-man roster.
players appealing to the Soul are WR/KR Alvance Robinson (5'9", 170,
Alabama State), DL Morkeith Brown (6'5", 255, Temple) and DB James
Romain (5'11", 175, Delaware State). Brown and Romain are both rookies
coming into the Soul training camp, and Robinson has four years of AFL
continues to show among the players with veteran WR Larry Brackins
(6'5", 225, Pearl River C.C.) guiding other receivers and giving
pointers. With the cuts tomorrow, all players gave their best effort
today to show the coaches that they deserve a spot on the final 2013
SPOTLIGHT: DB DARIUS PETTIGREW (6'1", 185, West Georgia): DB Darius
Pettigrew comes in the Soul training camp as a rookie. He was previously
with the UIFL Huntingdon Hammer (2011) for the last five games of the
season where he had 5 interceptions, 13 pass break-ups and 1 fumble
recovery. In the af2 he played with the Amarillo Venom (2009), Tulsa
Talons (2009), and the Texas Copperheads (2008). With the Copperheads he
had 7 interceptions in 10 games with 1 returned for a touchdown. He
ranked No. 2 on the team in tackles (61), No. 5 on the team in all
purpose yards, set and tied 3 single season game highs in second start
of season with 3 interceptions in one game in 3 quarters. He recorded
105 interception return yards, and a 53-yard interception return for a
touchdown. Pettigrew was voted mid-season MVP for the Copperheads.
OF THE DAY: "Having the opportunity to go to the Eagles training camp
gave me a great insight," said veteran WR Tiger Jones. "It taught me to
be more physical and that's what I'm looking to do at this camp. Dan
Raudabaugh and I have been working together on our timing, recognizing
plays sooner and bettering ourselves overall. This season we have the
same goals, to win the conference and then the ArenaBowl. Our focus is
on our process - the little things everyday like working hard in
practice, watching films and staying healthy."
ONCE AGAIN: LB Joe Goosby (6'1", 235, Tulane) and LB/DL Calvin Fance
(6'1", 245, Angelo State) reunite on the Soul, as they were once
teammates together at Jersey Village High School in Jersey Village,
Texas back in 2003. Goosby played safety and Fance a fullback. The team
was close to qualifying for states after a great season. Together this
season they will build-up and maintain the Soul's defense.
returns to the Soul after starting all games of the 2012 season where
he recorded 96 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 4 interceptions and 3 defensive
touchdowns. Previously with the Dallas Vigilantes (2011), in nine games
he started and finished fourth on the team with 51 tackles (43 solo),
two interceptions and 15 pass breakups.
is coming into the AFL as a rookie this year. He recently played in the
LSLF with the New Mexico Stars (2012), the CFL with the Saskatchewan
Roughriders (2010-11), and in the IFL with the San Angelo Stampede
(2010). At Angelo State he earned Division II All-American honors after
leading the nation with 14 sacks as a senior (2009).
Sharks to Hold Free Preseason Scrimmage on March 15
2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday
that the team will hold a free preseason benefit scrimmage for a third
consecutive year. This season, the Sharks will host the division rival
Orlando Predators for a game that kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Friday, March
15, on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
event will also serve as the first opportunity for 2013 season ticket
holders to pick up their tickets for the upcoming season. Season ticket
holders will be able to pick up their ticket packages beginning at 1:00
p.m. in the Duval Room within the arena. Season ticket holder gifts -
including beach towels, tailgate chairs and key chains, will be
distributed at a later date, and more specific information on pickup of
these gifts will be included in the ticket packages.
this game, the Sharks have partnered with First Coast No More Homeless
Pets (FCNMHP), an organization that aims to eliminate the needless
killing of dogs and cats in our local community through free and
low-cost spay and neuter programs. The organization also operates the
Jacksonville Pet Food Bank, providing qualified low-income families with
the resources necessary to keep their pets healthy.
Channel 4 will serve as the media partner for this preseason event,
utilizing their platform to raise awareness of FCNMHP's mission.
are very pleased to offer a free preseason event for a third straight
year," Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy said. "This scrimmage will be
an outstanding chance to give our great fans an early look at our 2013
team, while also providing an opportunity for our community to come
together for a great cause. Through the generosity of our fans, we will
make significant strides towards FCNMHP's goal of ending the needless
killing of adoptable pets."
to the preseason scrimmage is free of charge, however fans are asked to
bring a donation of pet food that will be collected outside the arena
on behalf of FCNMHP. Cash donations will also be accepted for fans
wishing to contribute in that manner.
bags of dry pet food are FCNMHP's greatest need, though cans of wet
food will also be accepted at this event. A full list of the FCNMHP
"wish list" can be found online at
goal is to keep pets with their families and out of shelters. There are
dogs and cats going hungry in our community and this is one way to
help," said Rick DuCharme, executive director of FCNMHP.
four weeks prior to the Sharks' home opener, the game will give fans a
chance to get an early glimpse at the Sharks before the team embarks on
its season-opening three-game road trip. The gates will open at 7:00
p.m. for the general public. Seating will be available on a first-come,
first-serve basis, though season ticket holders who wish to sit in their
usual seats may enter the arena beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Sharks' preseason kickoff weekend will continue the following day, as
Burrito Gallery is set to host a meet and greet with Sharks players,
coaches and the Attack Dance Team. At this event, fans will have the
opportunity to get to know the 2013 Sharks before the season begins.
More specific details about the meet and greet will be announced in the
Sharks Single-Game Tickets to Go on Sale Monday
2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Friday that
single-game tickets for the 2013 season will be available for purchase
starting Monday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m.
year, single-game tickets are available for as low as $13 per ticket,
with various price points corresponding to different locations
throughout the arena (see jaxsharks.com for seating map). Single-game
tickets may be purchased at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box
office, through Ticketmaster.com or at several Jacksonville-area
more specific details regarding single-game pricing and availability,
please contact the Sharks ticket office at (904) 621-0700 or visit
addition to single-game seats, both season tickets and group packages
are available for the 2013 season. 10-game season ticket packages offer
the best value, with seats starting at just $8 per game. Groups of 15 or
more can take advantage of discounts of up to 30% off equivalent
single-game tickets, subject to availability.
2013 Sharks season kicks off with a free preseason benefit scrimmage
against the Orlando Predators on Friday, March 15. Admission to the game
is free of charge, though fans are asked to bring a donation of dog or
cat food that will be collected on behalf of First Coast No More
Homeless Pets. The regular season home slate begins on Friday, April 12
against the New Orleans VooDoo. Once again, please contact our ticket
office at (904) 621-0700 for further information about our ticket
Indoor Football League
Ice Prepare for First Road Game
Colorado Ice won a big game at home to start the 2013 IFL season, and
are now looking to use this momentum in their first road game at the
Nebraska Danger. On Saturday, March 9, the Ice will be in Grand Island,
NE as they take on the Danger at 6:00 p.m. MST.
Ice are looking for another win after defeating last year's Intense
Conference champions, the Tri-Cities Fever, at the Budweiser Events
Center last Friday. The Ice pulled out the dramatic 42-38 win on a late
touchdown run by James "JJ" Jones (8), his second touchdown of the game.
Jones was also named Vidswap.com offensive player of the week for the
IFL. Marquis George (51) had a defensive touchdown and a sack on his way
to being named Runza Player of the Game.
Nebraska Danger are coming off of a big home win of their own, as they
beat the Sioux Falls Storm, the two-time defending IFL champions, 30-21
last Saturday. The Danger became the first team to beat the Storm since
June 11, 2011, snapping their IFL record 21 game winning streak. The
Danger's defense was suffocating as the Storm offense, while playing in
front of their home crowd, was able to keep the Storm out of the end
zone until nearly halfway through the fourth quarter.
Saturday's game will be a key early season matchup in the Intense
Conference. Coach Heron O'Neal knows that the Danger are going to give
the Ice their best shot because both teams had good showings in their
first games. "This is a good chance [to show what our team can do]
against a good Nebraska team that is going to have 5,200 fans in the
stands, and it's always good to go against Coach Davis who is a good
friend of mine."
O knows that his team needs to show more consistency in this second
game of the season if he wants to be in first place come next week. "We
need to be more consistent. We can't have an interception at one point
and then a touchdown right after. We need to cut down on turnovers, and
win the turnover battle. If we can do that, we can come out with a win."
the Ice and the Danger are currently tied at the top of the conference
with 1-0 records, and the winner of this game will take sole possession
of first place.
Legends Football League
LFL Partners With South Asia’s Biggest Sports Broadcaster
Sports, South Asia’s biggest sports content provider announced that it
has acquired the multi-year broadcast rights for Legends Football League
(LFL) across each of its international leagues. LFL Football will join
an impressive roster of major American sports currently being broadcast
on Ten Sports including the NFL, PGA and WWE.
in 2009, the LFL has been touted as the ‘fastest growing sports league
in the United States’ by BusinessWeek and NBC Sports. The LFL plans to
host an LFL All-Star Games Tour in Asia, which will include a game in
India, a country that has become a focus of growth for the league.
at Ten Sports feel that the LFL is a cutting-edge global sports
property. With its blend of fast-paced action, intense hitting, beauty
and unparalleled field and locker room access to television viewers, LFL
Football will be well received by our national audience in India,”
said, Atul Pande, CEO TEN Sports.
broadcast partnership is one of several international television deals
announced in the past few weeks, signaling significant interest forming
around LFL Football globally across major sports broadcasters. As early
as 2014, LFL Football could exceed the NFL in terms of the number of
international television households reached. As great of an interest as
the LFL has had within the US, the appetite internationally has become
far greater, drawing sell-out crowds for international All-Star Games
while also continuing to build on its base of international
LFL has succeeded in making American football entertaining to
international audiences and ultimately introduced more people to the
game of American football than the NFL has ever done.
our focus continuing to shift toward partnerships with traditional
sports-centric television networks globally, Ten Sports fits perfectly
within that strategy. We could not be more thrilled to have partnered
with the preeminent sports broadcaster in India with a population of
nearly 1.2 billion,” said, Mitchell Mortaza, Founder & Chairman, LFL
Total Sports Asia (TSA), the LFL’s official international television representative, brokered the blockbuster agreement.
Ultimate Indoor Football League
Raiders Set for Home Opener
Lakeland Raiders have been working diligently since the ending of the
2012 season to prepare for 2013. Now the Raiders are ready to return to
the Lakeland Center to play in front of their home crowd. The Raiders
are coming off of a 74-25 victory on the road against the Georgia
Rampage. The new look Raiders are ready to put on a great show for the
Raiders have some returning players and many new faces. The returning
players are Roderick Jefferson, Adrian Smith, Kendrick Stewart, Julius
McClellan, Josh Smith, Munir Muwwakkil and DeAngelo Woodie. These
players have been put through many battles and competition since their
first season and are excited about the roster they currently belong to.
"I'm excited to be back and the roster is super talented this year. I am
ready to contribute in any way and plan to bring a championship back to
Lakeland" said Julius. The Raiders believe with the changes made in
many positions that they are able to contend for a championship this
year. The Raiders will be entering their first home game with a slightly
different look than the first road game. The Raiders quarterback Bj
Hall will not be present at the home opener due to being one of the
happiest days any person can have, his wedding day. The Raiders want to
wish Bj the best day any man could possibly have and that the team will
be working hard without him to make a winning streak. The Raiders would
like to welcome Collin Drafts to the team. Collin and Bj have played
together with the Dallas Vigilates and he is ready to keep the pace
going for the Raiders. Collin is currently coaching as the offensive
coordinator in Orlando at West Orange High School. He wasn't planning on
playing this year but he could not pass the opportunity to help the
Raiders. Collin also has played for the Orlando Predators and has had a
very efficient career in Arena football passing for over 85 touchdowns
and a passer rating average of 95.64 in just slightly over 2 seasons.
The team is very excited to have him and is looking forward to keeping
the excitement on the field. The Raiders added some new weapons on the
offensive side of the ball with Tyler Batts in the backfield, Jason
Harmon, Tyrece Gaines, Sergio Allen at receivers, and a new look
offensive line with Larry Wriedt, Chris Rutledge, Mo Mitchell, and
Brendan Berry. The Raiders new offensive line averages 6'7 in height and
338lbs. The defensive side of the ball adds some new faces such as
Reggie Lewis, Koreen Burch, Sam Smith, Conor Reilly, Chris Bradwell, and
Raiders are ready to battle the Sarasota Thunder in their home opener
on Saturday March 9th with kick-off at 730pm. The Raiders are also
giving free admission to children that bring in a stuffed animal that
will be donated to the Children's Home Society. The Raiders ask even if
you are not a child to please donate a stuffed animal as they are all
going to a great cause.