Are You Ready For Arena Football
As the calendar moves from November to December, the smell in the air changes. Outdoor football is closing out its season, and the iron warriors of Arena Football are gearing up for a challenging season. Let’s take a look at whats going on.
The Arena Football League is in pain again, as the Cleveland Gladiators have announced that they are taking two(2) years off to deal with new construction at the arena. This leaves the AFL at 5 teams again, and no real schedule is out yet. The Albany AFL team still hasn’t announced its NAME THE TEAM winner, but they did announce that four-time Arena Football League Champion, Les Moss, has been named as the team’s assistant head coach and Chris Thompson as Director of Football Operations. They have also scheduled an Open House Event at Times Union Center on Tuesday, December 5 from 5pm – 8pm. This first public event for the team will be free to the public, including free parking at the Times Union Center Garage (off Market Street).
The National Arena League, is still showing 6 teams ready for the 2018 Season, but no OFFICIAL word on the Monterrey Steel as of yet, but we are not counting on them this year. The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks have found their new head coach, announcing that they have signed Bob Kohler to be their 3rd Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. The Columbus Lions have signed 6’3 248 LB Robert Caldwell. Caldwell returns to Columbus after leading them to the 2015 PIFL Championship.
The American Arena League is making noise again, adding Upstate Dragons to the league for the 2018 Season. The Dragons will call Anderson, South Carolina home. With 15 teams in the First year league, the plethora of teams might be too much for the fledgling league to handle. The Florida Tarpons announced that all home games for the 2018 season will be played at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL. And the Atlanta Havoc Sign Indoor Veteran Chris Smith. Smith will bring some leadership to the team after spending time with the Columbus Lions of the NAL and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Three leagues, tons of players and multiple chances to get seen, the winner of the Team War between the AFL, NAL and AAL is the PLAYERS. For the Fans… ONLY TIME WILL TELL.