Friday, April 5, 2013

Daily League News & Notes

Arena Football League
Mojo's Monster Reader Night & VooDoo Costume Contest
The New Orleans VooDoo is to host Mojo's Monster Reader Night and a VooDoo Costume Contest during the April 19 home game against the Pittsburgh Power (0-2) in the New Orleans Arena at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Mojo's Monster Reader Initiative is a concentrated effort, by the New Orleans VooDoo Promotions, Community Involvement, Sales Staff, Players, and Director of Fun to become more visible to the children of New Orleans with an incentive program, approved by the school system, designed to encourage the children to read more books and reach their AR reading goals during each grade period for the remainder of the school year.
The New Orleans VooDoo has reached out to many elementary schools in Greater New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Children who participate in this program and meet their reading goals will receive a free ticket to the April 19th home game against the Pittsburgh Power.
This game is also a chance for LSU fans to witness former LSU quarter back Jordan Jefferson (6-5, 225, LSU) return to the field. In his AFL debut with the Pittsburgh Power, Jefferson passed for 196 yards and five touchdowns. After, his second game, Jefferson totals 367 passing yards for 7 touchdowns.
Also, VooDoo fans are encouraged to get their creative juices flowing and come up with their best VooDoo costume and participate in the Costume Contest where one special winner will receive $100 in VooDoo merchandise, courtesy of Monogram Express.
Tony Dungy to Speak at Faith and Family Night
The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce that former Super Bowl Champion head coach, and spokesperson for All Pro Dad, Tony Dungy, will once again speak during Faith and Family Night Friday, April 12, announced team president Derrick Brooks. Dungy will be joined by Brooks and Evangelist RV Brown, founder and President of Outreach to America's Youth, Inc., for a postgame address focusing on faith and family.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce that both of these gentlemen will be with us for Faith and Family Night," said Brooks. "Coach Dungy and RV are men of integrity. I have the utmost respect for the both of them and admire the impact they have made on so many lives."
Dungy was the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts and led them to a Super Bowl XLI victory over the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007. He was the first African American head coach in the National Football League to complete such a feat. Prior to joining the Colts, Dungy helped turn around the culture of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and became the most successful coach in Buccaneers history.
Before taking the reins in Tampa, he held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL for three seasons prior to joining the coaching ranks.
Dungy is also involved in various charitable organizations including, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, the Prison Crusade Ministry, and All Pro Dad. He also works with Basket of Hope, the Black Coaches Association National Convention, Indiana Black Expo, the United Way of Central Indiana, and the American Diabetes Association. Dungy is a New York Times bestselling author with two books hitting #1; Quiet Strength and Uncommon.
He retired from coaching in 2008 and now serves as an analyst for NBC's Football Night in America. He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of seven children.
Brown is the founder and President of Outreach to America's Youth, Inc., a group that travels the world sharing the gospel with all people. He shares his message to various venues including churches, schools, retreats and other conferences. In 2003 he was inducted into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions.
He is also an author having written, Breaking The Chain and Step Up To The Plate, Dad! Both are used as tools to help teach, and emphasize the importance of spirituality and the family. It is RV's purpose to help encourage and empower anyone that reads his books.
Brown is certified in training from Community Intervention, Inc. and Morehouse School of Medicine and Drug Abuse in the Community. He and his wife Francis have two children together.
Fans can also take in the sounds of American Idol Season 9 finalist Seth Rollins as he takes the Thunder Alley stage with his band Cities From Ruins. CFR is a local band from Tampa, FL and it performs songs of inspiration and faith. Rollins and Cities From Ruins will hit the stage prior to kickoff for an hour long set from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
SaberCats Add Veteran OL Devin Clark
The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned Arena Football League veteran offensive lineman Devin Clark on a one-year contract.
"Adding someone like Devin, who has a lot of experience in this league, is very important," said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "He's someone who will make plays and will also be an effective leader on this football team."
Clark (6-4, 325, New Mexico) spent the 2012 campaign with the Philadelphia Soul, where he started seven games. He spent the previous two seasons with the Arizona Rattlers, where he made three receptions for 31 yards and three tackles in those two seasons. Clark also spent time in the United Football League with the New York Sentinels and was a member of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. With the Redskins, Clark played in two games during the 2008 season.
As a senior at the University of New Mexico, Clark started all 13 games for the Lobos and allowed only three sacks in 450 passing attempts and was a first team all-Mountain West Conference selection.

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Edge Ready to Bale Haymakers at Home Friday
The Bloomington Edge return home on Friday after suffering a Champions Professional Indoor Football League loss in last week's first road game of the season.
The Edge (1-2) face the Lincoln Haymakers (1-1) in a 7:05 p.m. kickoff on Friday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The Edge fell last Saturday at Wichita 52-22 while the Haymakers lost at home to the Sioux City Bandits 42-20.
The Edge scoring offense dropped from second to fifth in the CPIFL last week at 44 points per game while the Haymakers are tied for eighth at 29 points per contest. The Edge have split quarterbacking duties in their first three games but are expected to go with opening game starter David Knighton on Friday. Jasonus Tillery is the Edge's leading receiver with nine catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns, and Andre Raymond leads the Edge in rushing with 81 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.
A.J. Toscano has quarterbacked the Lincoln offense with 24-of-39 passing for 209 yards with five interceptions and six touchdowns. His leading target is Nick Rhoades with 77 yards on 12 receptions including three touchdowns. Toscano is the leading rusher with 43 yards, but Marlon Lucky has 40 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Indoor Football League
Green Bay Blizzard at Sioux Falls Storm Game Preview
This will be the seventh meeting between the two teams. The Storm defeated the Blizzard 64-41 earlier this season during the IFL's Kickoff Classic on Feb. 15.
The Blizzard are coming off a dramatic come-from-behind double overtime 41-38 victory over the previously undefeated Cedar Rapids Titans. WR/DB B.J Hill caught a 20-yard pass in the second overtime to lead the Blizzard to their first victory of the season. K Jordan Wettstein was named IFL Special Teams Player of the Week as he converted three field goals including one that tied the game with no time left in regulation. The Blizzard's defense shut down a Titans offense that was one of the best in the IFL.
The Storm come into the game in an unfamiliar place in the standings. The Storm rank third in the United Conference with a 2-2 record. As a result, the Storm have reached back into their past as the team re-signed long-time QB Terrance Bryant on Tuesday. Bryant owns almost every major passing record for the Storm and was the leader of the team for five national championships and a professional football record 40-game win streak. He will be throwing to the IFL's all-time leader in receptions in James Terry. Terry is fourth in the IFL in receiving yards with 301.
The Storm's defense is statistically the best in the IFL. Sioux Falls leads the league in points allowed (28.8) and yards allowed (167.3). The Storm defense is led by LB Tyler Knight, who is fourth in the league in tackles with 50.
After struggling during back-to-back weeks, the Blizzard offense was efficient and tied a season-high 41 points vs. the Titans. The team will have a new obstacle to overcome this week as RB Joel Yogerst was placed on season-ending IR with a broken foot on Tuesday. After another solid week, WR Ryan Balentine now leads the IFL in receptions with 28. The Blizzard will look for their offensive momentum against the Titans to carry over against the Storm
Defensively, the Blizzard have emerged as one of the best defenses in the IFL during the last three weeks. The team has allowed an average of just 28.8 points per game during that span. Last week, LB Derek Earls led the team with 13 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.
Screamin' Head Buzz will host the official watch party of the Blizzard. Watch the Blizzard take on the Storm while enjoying food and drink specials.
Trick Or Treat: Celebrate Halfway to Halloween this Saturday
Trick-or-Treat! The Chicago Slaughter will celebrate HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN on Saturday, April 6 at 6:05 PM. Dress in costume and automatically be entered into a costume contest. Children will also have the opportunity to trick-or-treat on the concourse prior to the game. Be sure to arrive early and check out the Ghostbusters Ambulance courtesy of Volo Auto Museum. The Ghostbusters: Chicago Division will also be available for photo opportunities near the ambulance.
Bring a new, unopened toy to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Limited Edition game worn St. Patrick's Day green jerseys will be auctioned off at each remaining game this season. Two jerseys will be available for a silent auction at the Customer Service Booth on the concourse. The live auctions will take place after the game on the field during the post-game autograph session.
April 6 Silent Auction
#9 Jerimy Finch, #1 Madison Miller
April 6 Live Auction
#6 Chris Rodgers, #95 Kyle Jenkins
You can also purchase the game worn Kwame Agyeman jersey by clicking here .
POW! BOOM! Saturday, April 27 is HEROES & VILLAINS THEME NIGHT. The Slaughter will battle the Sioux Falls Storm at 6:05 PM. Dress as your favorite hero or villain and automatically be entered into a costume contest. Come out and see the James Bond Aston Martin and Barricade (from Transformers) courtesy of Volo Auto Museum. The first 500 children will receive Dairy Queen Dilly Bar coupons, courtesy of Dairy Queen of Hoffman Estates.

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