So we've been mulling over this Maurice Clarett playing indoor football story, and we're really kind of amazed. First off, it's important to point out that this is not the Arena Football League; that league has been around for 20 years and even though it just lost its NBC contract, it seems likely to continue to thrive.
No, this is the Eastern Indoor Football League, a startup league whose Web site claims will be begin play in "Winter 2007." Clarett's team, the Mahoning Valley Hitmen, currently has four players but plans on "holding a tryout sometime soon." The league has three teams and also has a stirring rules page.
As for Clarett:
"I've never seen a player this excited at this level of play," Hitmen "coach" Jim Terry said of Clarett. "This isn't a runner's league. It's a passer's league. And (Clarett) is going to try to make it on the ground."
By the way: We have a league too. It plays its games on the fields right by our bathroom and has a television contract with the network that houses itself in our refrigerator. We're more of a runner's league, though, and we exist every bit as much as the Eastern Indoor Football League does right now. Good look, Mo!