Tonight the Jacksonville Sharks celebrated a blowout win over Tampa Bay and a berth into the AFL playoffs with a touchdown celebration taken straight from The Most Electrifying Move In Sports Entertainment. And in the no-fun NFL, it would be illegal, illegal, illegal.
Portland Thunder defensive back Quincy Butler has earned the Arena Football equivalent of being waived after angrily throwing his helmet into the crowd and hitting a child.
Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil owns an Arena Football League franchise, and his Las Vegas Outlaws earned their first win ever with a 70-53 victory against Arizona last night. ESPN’s cameras couldn’t keep away from ol’ Vince, and here’s a supercut of his emotions as the game progressed—set to the obvious music.
This is a reminder that Arena Football games are like roller coasters: please keep your hands and feet inside the walls at all times. Your head, too, lest you earn a massive blow to it like this gent did at tonight's Arizona-Spokane game.
For anyone wondering what the rock band KISS was up to these days, members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have bought an Arena Football League expansion team in Los Angeles. So, everything's going well.
Keep watching after the excellent kick return touchdown from LaVaughn Macon in the Utah Blaze's 48-46 win over the Cleveland Gladiators last night to see one of the better touchdown celebrations in recent memory. h/t to @JazzGameNight
David Staral Jr. bought the Arena Football League's Chicago Rush in February. He replaced an owner whose tenure had lasted three months before the league "terminated its relationship" with her because of financial issues. But, look: Staral has three convicted felonies to go with even bigger financial issues.
"Kevin Marcus Ellison of the Spokane Shock claims he was told by God to torch his apartment with a marijuana blunt." Happens to the best of us.
Arena Football League players presumably aren't in it for the money, since, at roughly $400 per game, most of them don't make all that much money to begin with. Those who would like to the league improve player salaries don't have much leverage, either, since it's pretty easy for a league composed mostly of guys off…
Arena Football's 25th season kicked off last night, but it would be a stretch to call what was played in Orlando "football." A players' strike hours before kickoff meant both teams mostly used replacement players selected in a draft before the game, leaving NFL Network announcers without rosters and some players …
T.O. made his mostly ignored debut in the Indoor Football League tonight, and while he was mostly invisible in the first quarter, his grab early in the second period put his Allen (Tex.) Wranglers up by a touchdown on Wichita. This is happening, folks. [Time Warner Cable]
Arena football is different. It's the kind of sport where a fan reaches out of the seats to bodily prevent an opposing player from returning a kickoff. And more tellingly, it's the kind of sport where the home team's players then go over to congratulate the fan for interfering with play.
The winningest coach in Arena Football history is finding his computer contents displayed to the world as part of a lawsuit. Among the material: "a video of two naked women using a funnel and fish to commit an unnatural sex act."
Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day.
The good part about Arena Football — the front row is right on top of the players. The bad part, for one Orlando waitress, is that the players occasionally end up in the front row. [NFL.com]
Your wails and lamentations have been heard, people! A year without indoor football is not a year worth living through, which is why the football gods—the really short ones—have resurrected arena football and saved your life.
The president of the Tampa Bay Storm announced (via Facebook) that the AFL "will not be returning." Probably ever. Surprisingly, not playing the 2009 season didn't help to turn things around! Does this mean they file for Chapter 5.5 bankruptcy?