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Old 01-29-2005, 10:01 AM   #1
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The Arena Football League's 19th season kicked off last night as the returning Nashville Kats (think Browns returning to Cleveland) defeated the Columbus Destroyers and the Arizona Rattlers defeated the Grand Rapids Rampage. Two AFL games will be on NBC Sunday afternoon as the road to Las Vegas and ArenaBowl XXIX begins.

Except Arena Football for what it is, not what it's not. It is not the NFL and anyone that looks at it like that will be disappointed. Except it as a truly indoor version of football with high-scoring games, big hits and lots of action and you might find yourself enjoying it.

ArenaBowl Prediction:
Philadelphia Soul over the San Jose SaberCats 59-49

BTW, the Soul are owned by Bon Jovi and the Colorado Crush are owned by John Elway and Broncos' owner Pat Bolan.
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Old 01-29-2005, 04:01 PM   #2
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Hey, you forgot Jaws. He is a part owner of the Soul as well.
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Old 01-29-2005, 04:27 PM   #3
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Hey, you forgot Jaws. He is a part owner of the Soul as well.
You are correct. Falcons' owner Arthur Blank also owns the Georgia Force and ironically he hired a head coach named Doug Plank. There are few other NFL owners with their hands in the league. I believe Jerry Jones owns at least part of the Dallas Desperados.
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Yes, I know Jones has a stake in that team and I believe Aikman may have a stake in it as well. There are a lot of ex-NFLers getting into owning and running Arena teams which can only be good for the survival of the league.

I also think that the AFL could benefit greatly from the NHL being 'on-ice' (rimshot) for the time being. Some hockey fans in NHL cities that have the AFL may start checking out the games since they are not spending the money for hockey tickets.
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The league doesn't really need to worry about survival anymore, making it 19 seasons with attendance continuing to climb and a national TV contract with NBC. Arena Football has caught on in many markets, some of which the AFL has left behind. Back in the day, AFL teams were scattered between mid-markets like Albany and Providence and major markets such as New York City and Tampa Bay. Recently, most of the smaller market teams have closed up shop (that is what happened to my New England Sea Wolves who played out of Hartford) or relocated to larger cities.

Austin, Grand Rapids and Las Vegas are the only AFL markets left that do not feature a pro team in the major four sports. However, Las Vegas is quickly growing and making continuing attempts to land a major pro team and Austin is home to the University of Texas. Grand Rapids is the only true small market team left yet they remain successful in drawing fans, outlasting the Detroit Fury who folded after the 2004 season, despite their recent struggles after capturing ArenaBowl XV.
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I just started watching the AFL today because I was in the mood for some kind of sports (I'm not much of a golf guy) and I was amazed at how exciting the game is. My first AFL game that ever watched was the Austin-Philly game and I was rooting for Austin to come back, but Philly's QB is just too good. I'm watching the Chicago-Dallas game right now and it's really exciting. I don't know many of the players name right now - so bear with me - but I'm going to start to watch the AFL now.

Now, if I can just find a team to root for. I'm thinking the Chicago Rush might be my team, but I'm not sure. I'll make a desicion after watching once I watch some more games.

Let's go Rush!
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I haven't had rooting interests in any AFL team since the New England Sea Wolves left Hartford after the 2000 season. I am, however, a diehard fan of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers in the af2, the AFL's minor league.

I rooted for Philly and Chicago today. Tony Graziani, next to New York's record-setting QB Aaron Garcia, is the best in the league. Bon Jovi paid a pretty hefty price to get him in a Soul uniform this season. If I am not mistaken, he is among the highest paid players in the league.
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Tony Graziani, next to New York's record-setting QB Aaron Garcia, is the best in the league.
Yeah...he looked really good out there, except for those three interceptions in a row in the 3rd quarter. He reminds me of Peyton Manning.

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If I am not mistaken, he is among the highest paid players in the league.
I believe so...that's all the announcers talked about during the game.
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Ah man! My Rush lost in OT. Oh well...They're going to have quite a tough game against the Soul next week.
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Yeah...he looked really good out there, except for those three interceptions in a row in the 3rd quarter. He reminds me of Peyton Manning.
Funny you mention that as that is what Jaws called him during halftime of the San Jose/Tampa game. Too bad he can't hack it in the NFL.
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Yeah...that's where I heard the comparison.
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Try as I might, I just can't get a real liking to watching Arena Football. It just seems too congested for my liking.

It looks like it'd be great to play but not to watch for long...at least to me...
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I'm trying it out this season. I think it's a lot of fun to watch.
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I belive it is exciting to watch and with no hockey around it has filled my jones for a fast paced physical sport.
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Sweet!

The Chicago Rush beat a tough Philadelphia Soul team today.
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