Continental Indoor Football League
Marion Blue Racers, Three Other Teams To Join Newly Formed XIFL
In an effort to develop professional football players, coaches, and front office personnel on and off the field , League President and Marion Blue Racer CEO, LaMonte Coleman is proud to introduce the Xtreme Indoor Football League (XIFL). The XIFL will kick off in February of 2014 and will have a strong emphasis placed on getting team and league personnel maximum exposure with real opportunities to advance.
The league has already announced the Marion Blue Racers, Missouri Monsters, Georgia Rampage, and expansion Columbus Beast as the first initial teams to go Xtreme with promises of more to come.
The XIFL is structured with the owners in mind and is focused on maximizing profits for each member team. In its inaugural year, the league will provide revenue sharing based on league-wide sponsorships, territory license fees, and other league generating revenue streams.
On the field, the league will provide Xtreme wall to wall action, and entertainment. Details about the XIFL rules and other incoming teams will be announced at a later date. For more information on the XIFL, please visit XIFLFootball.com and be sure to go Xtreme on Facebook and Twitter @xiflfootball.
The Xtreme Indoor Football League is committed to promoting and supporting our member teams so they can achieve strong financial returns, while becoming the most competitive and profitable indoor football teams in the country, while giving back to the communities our teams play in.
XIFL Purpose and Vision
THE XIFL PURPOSE
The purpose of the Xtreme Indoor Football League is to develop professional players, coaches, and personnel on and off the field. Emphasis is placed on getting team and league personnel maximum exposure with real opportunities to advance.
THE XIFL VISION
The vision of the Xtreme Indoor Football League is to become the most owner friendly, and respected league, built around integrity, communication, and support. The league will strive to develop personnel to reach their dreams.
WHAT IS THE XIFL?
The XIFL is a professional football league that plays in arenas seating 1,800 to 10,000+. The league is designed to develop and promote football players, coaches, and personnel to the next level of their careers.
The XIFL is dedicated to creating a high level league that teams can become profitable and have long term success.
To offer Xtreme entertainment and football to communities throughout the USA.
To provide arenas with 1,800 plus seating capabilities with an opportunity to bring professional football and entertainment to their communities.
WHY THE XIFL?
The XIFL is structured with the owners in mind and is focused on maximizing profits for each member team.
The league will provide revenue sharing based on league-wide sponsorships, territory license fees, and other league generating revenue streams.
The XIFL will provide Xtreme wall to wall action, and entertainment.
Details about the XIFL rules and other incoming teams will be announced at a later date. For more information on the XIFL, please visit XIFLFootball.com and be sure to go Xtreme on Facebook and Twitter @xiflfootball.
Indoor Football League
Storm Topple Titans to Take over Top Spot
The Sioux Falls Storm (8-4) made large strides toward their post-season goals on Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. The strides weren't necessarily pretty...but important strides none the less. The Storm earned a revenge victory over the Cedar Rapids Titans, who dominated the Storm 52-18 just two weeks ago in Cedar Rapids. The win knocks the Titans out of the top spot in the United Conference, which now belongs to the Storm. With only 3 weeks left in the season and only two United Conference teams making the playoffs, this win cannot be understated.
The Storm earned the victory but not in their usual dominant, efficient fashion. The Storm offense was held to just 109 total yards. They were outgained by the Titans with 125 yards. The Storm offensive effort was marred with missed reads, stalled drives and red zone turnovers. This game was decided by strong defense and abundant penalties. In the first half, the two teams combined for 113 penalty yards and only 90 in offense.
The Storm Defense put on a proud performance. After giving up 294 yards to the Titans back on May 11th, the Storm Thunder Defense, led by Linebacker Tyler Knight, held the Cedar Rapids attack to just 125 yards. Knight racked up 7 tackles, .5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss and also had a pivotal fourth quarter play. With less than five minutes left in the game, TK forced Titans QB Colton Hanson to fumble on his own 5 yard line. Knight then scooped up the ball and walked into the end zone for a game changing touchdown.
The Storm now sits in first place of the United Conference. There is a much needed bye schedule this week. They will return to action on Jun 8th, hosting the Texas Revolution at the Sioux Falls Arena. With three more weeks of regular season action, it's hard to know what the playoff scenario will be by then. But at this point, The Storm controls their own destiny for both a berth and home field advantage throughout.
Tickets are available for last regular season home game at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:05pm on June 8th at the Sioux Falls Arena.
Revs Win at Home, Stay Alive in 2013 Playoff Race
In a game that saw a little bit of everything, the Texas Revolution (5-6) outlasted the Green Bay Blizzard (4-7) 60-56.
The Revolution ended the first quarter leading 14-0, and were set to head into the second half with a double digit lead. The combination of a Blizzard rouge and a booming 31 yard field goal, left the Revs with only a 31-25 halftime lead.
Green Bay opened the second half with a field goal and took their lone lead of the game, 35-34 on a rushing touchdown midway through the 3 quarter.
The Revolution quickly responded by scoring 10 straight points. Although Texas held the lead for the remainder of the game, it never felt comfortable as Green Bay stayed within striking distance.
A late defensive stand by the Revolution was the defining stop of the second half. The Revs forced the Blizzard to turn the ball over on downs after starting 1 and goal.
Legends Football League
Philly Passion Head Coach Chandler Brown Stepping Down
Due to health issues, Chandler Brown will be stepping down as Head Coach of the Philadelphia Passion for the 2013 season. The Interim head coach will be Lance Smith.
Smith inherits a team that has had much success in the past, appearing in two of the past three LFL Championship games. He will be coaching alongside, Roe Pearson, Al Boyles, and football consultant Michael Poe.
“I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity! I’ve had the pleasure of being with the team, first as a defensive assistant and the defensive coordinator. Obviously this position has a greater responsibility, and will not be taken for granted. The way we as a team and staff will approach this season is no different than any other season and situation. That is to simply build on the great veteran leadership and foundation [that] Coach Brown helped create. We will continue to improve and get better as individuals and as a team everyday and every week because that’s what winners and champions do. The first game is in two weeks, so we will just put our peddle to the metal and rock out,” said new head coach Lance Smith.
This Passion are the sixth team this year to see a rookie coaching staff take over prior to their first game of the season. You can see the Passion make their 2013 debut on June 8th as they travel to 1st Mariner Arena to take on the Baltimore Charm.
Lone Star Football League
New Mexico Stars improve to 4-4 with huge road victory
The New Mexico Stars improved to 4-4 on the season after a LSFL season high 89-82 victory on the road in San Angelo, TX. The game came down to the wire, but the Stars defense pushed the Bandits offense back to their own redzone, and stopped them on a 4th down conversion attempt to secure the win.
QB Kasey Peters put on his Thor helmet and put the hammer to the Bandits as he threw for 292 yards (19-for-27 passing), 9 TDs and 0 INTs. Peters favorite receiver tonight was Superman himself, Joshua Floyd. Floyd reeled in 9 catches for 151 yards and 2 TDs, with a long reception 40 yards. Consider that an arena league field is just 50 yards long, and you will understand why you don't see many 40 yard receptions in this league!
After the game Peters and Floyd said that 7-11 stays open all night long (Peters jersey number is 7, Floyd is 11), and as long as these two are on the field, the endzone will always be an option.
Even the unlikeliest of Stars players made the highlight film in this one as Lineman Chris Brown lined up as a TE and caught one of Peters' 9 TDs from 5 yards out. "I got the call once before, but didn't haul in the catch" Brown said. "There was no way that was happening again. I just looked the ball into my hands, and tried to squeeze it hard enough to pop it!"
It wasn't just the offense that scored tonight, the defense put in some work of their own in the win. DB Demarcus James, an Air Force veteran, stepped up on Memorial Day and got himself a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown. James also racked up 6 tackles, and currently leads the LSFL with 8 interceptions for 174 yards, and 2 TDs. There is little reason to believe that James won't finish the season as the Defensive Player of the year if he can keep this type of play up.
The Stars are currently in 3rd place in the LSFL, and will host the 6-2 Amarillo Venom on June 8th.
Professional Indoor Football League
Columbus Lions Present Family Night
On Sunday June 2nd at 4:00 PM ET, the Columbus Lions of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) will host the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on "Family Night." Beginning with an opening gate time of 3:00 PM, Sunday's matinee extravaganza will feature a family-fun affordable event for the entire family. As part of the year-long conquest of "The Year of the Fan" as the first 150 military members get a front row view for free along with kids 12 and under get in free with the purchase of a lower level ticket. There will also be $1 hotdogs, $1 cokes, and $1 popcorn concessions all game long.
Sunday's pre-game festivities will kick-off with all participating members of the Columbus Lions Youth Indoor Football League getting recognized in a special pre-game ceremony. Members of the Chattahoochee Council Boy Scouts will also be in attendance presenting the colors and Boy Scouts in attendance receive a Columbus Lions Scout Night uniform patch.
Columbus Lions will also be welcoming groups from Woodruff Properties, Kellogg's Snacks, Columbus Softball League, and Saddlebrook Homeowners Association of Phenix City. Fans don't forget to pick up your McDonald's Football Bingo cards and Subway Pass the Pigskin balls as the first three winners of each contest take home $25 gift certificates courtesy of McDonald's and Subway.In addition, be sure to try your hand at Halftime Lotto Ball Mania sponsored by The Georgia Lottery. One lucky fan will receive $300 in Georgia Lottery tickets and a $100 Georgia Lottery prize package. Past winners include Daniel Woods, Joey Secord, and Tequila Ezell (must be 18 or older to win).