NEWS, RUMORS and THE NORMAL FACTS
Normally LockedIN Magazine would have waited for the Weekend to be over, but as today is FRIDAY and the gossip has gotten out of hand, we thought we would take a moment to check in with our Arena Football Fans! Guys! This isn’t the NFL. Or the CFL. Its ARENA LEAGUE. 2nd to EVERYONE, and sometimes not even that high.
Currently, we are talking about the Arena Football League(AFL), the National Arena League(NAL), the American Arena League(AAL) and the A-League. All the leagues are different, and it all comes down to the FRONT OFFICE of those teams and leagues.
Let’s start today talking about the American Arena League, a league that LockedIN has talked about alot, and would love to see grow to be a mainstay in sports. The vision of the league is to grow, but sometimes we believe the league owners need to go back to the eye doctor to get their vision checked. We are like 3 weeks into the season, and already the Chicago Aztecs have called 2019 DONE and from the rumors, the Carolina Cowboys, Georgia Doom and one more team has already FLIRTED with shutting down.
Rumors of Cowboys and Doom players not receiving paychecks yet this year are floating around, the what we saw of the Burgh Defenders… if they make the next 2 weeks.. GOD is on their side.
Let’s talk about a POWERHOUSE team in the AAL flirting with disaster. The DEFENDING Champion Carolina Havoc! Recently, the team started promoting a Sunday game against the Jensen Beach Tigers! According to the scorestream page, the team is located in Jensen Beach, South Carolina! But wait. Where the HELL is Jensen Beach South Carolina? Isn’t Jensen Beach in FLORIDA? Looking at the team Scoresteam page, isn’t the general manager of the team an employee of the LEAGUE?
During a phone conversation today with the league, LockedIN Magazine found out that the Jensen Beach Tigers are an ARENA TEAM from Florida that plays OUTDOORS. They Might join the league in 2020 if a venue can be found in Jensen Beach.
So what is this game? Will it count? We have a better idea. Let’s draw 40 fans that want to play football, and pick a cool team name and lets take on one of the teams! If you want to draw a crowd, lets find 40 women to play, and call it Joes vs Hoes!
The American Arena League is only being made to look worse by allowing games like this to continue. GUYS.. if someone gets hurt in the game.. there will be heads rolling. TONY.. come on.. STOP the madness!
Over in the National Arena League,
The Jacksonville Sharks announced today that they have signed three new players to be added to the Training Camp roster. The new additions include Defensive Back Tavon Bailey, Defensive Back Robert Brown, and Wide Receiver Anas Hasic.
Defensive Back Tavon Bailey (6’0,195) signs with the Sharks for his first season of arena football. He attended Gannon University and totaled 146 tackles, 36 pass breakups, one forced fumble, and four interceptions returned for 44 yards and one touchdown. He is a native of Lanham, MD and attended DeMatha Catholic High School.
Defensive Back Robert Brown (6’3,215) signs with the Sharks for his fifth season of arena football, his second with the Sharks. Last season, Brown started the season with the Sharks but finished the year with Maine Mammoths. He totaled 7.5 tackles with the Sharks and 48 tackles, four interceptions returned for 47 yards, six pass breakups, forced one fumble, and recovered one fumble for 38 yards with the Mammoths. In 2017, Brown played for the Spokane Shock and tallied up 40 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and three interceptions. During the 2016 season, Brown was named All-IFL with the Shock and after having 104 tackles and seven interceptions. He played with the Cedar Rapids Titans for the 2015 season and recorded 31 tackles, five pass breakups, and one interception. Brown started his arena career with the Cedar Rapids Titans in 2015 and piled up 27 tackles, two pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Wide Receiver Anas Hasic (6’0,218) signs with the Sharks for his first season of arena football. He attended Scottsdale Community College before transferring to North Carolina Central University. During his time at Scottsdale CC, Hasic made 58 catches for 890 yards and 10 touchdowns. At NCCU, he totaled 36 receptions for 530 yards. After NCCU, Hasic transferred to Arizona State, but did not play. After Arizona State, he had one more year of eligibility and transferred to the University of West Florida. Hasic is a native of Croatia.
In addition to player signings the Sharks released several players including receivers Darryl Boggan and Ja’Juan Story; and lineman Justin Wells. The Sharks also will be placing several players on the inactive refused to report list including WR Marvin Ross, OL Fred Ruff, LB Leon Mackey, OL Wilson Bell, DB Rush Imhotep, and QB Liam Nadler.
Big news in Carolina as the Carolina Cobras have promoted Assistant Coach Joshua Resignalo to the position of Defensive CoOrdinator. Resignalo has a long and successful history of playing and coaching arena football in various leagues since 2006, beginning after his time as a Marine. As General Manager/Offensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Havoc (now the Carolina Havoc) of the American Arena League, Resignalo led the team to an AAL championship, while also earning General Manager of the Year. Resignalo played an integral role in relocating The Havoc from Atlanta to Florence, South Carolina, while temporarily assuming Head Coaching duties there before joining The Cobras.
Resignalo is no stranger to Defensive Coordinator duties, having been assigned the position in 2013 for the Columbus Lions, in 2014 for the Cape Fear Heroes, and in 2016 for the Triangle Torch.
The Massachusetts Pirates hired Steve Cully to coach their offensive line. The New York native played football at the University of Connecticut. He played professionally for seven years for NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.
Over in the Arena Football League,
The Atlantic City Blackjacks announce The following players have been assigned to the team roster.
Cornelius Lewis, Offensive Line C. Lewis is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and played football at Florida State for his freshman season, then transferred to Tennessee State. There, Lewis was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection, as well as a First Team AP All-American during his senior season. Following college, Lewis was invited to the 2009 NFL Combine where he went undrafted. Later, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts and attended their training camp. He found his way to arena football and has played with the Iowa Barnstorm, Jacksonville Sharks, Tampa Bay Storm and Massachusetts Pirates. Throughout his years, Lewis has earned First Team All-Arena Honors and First Team All-NAL Honors. Lewis is listed at 6’5, 360 pounds and looks to be a disruptive force for the opponent’s defensive line this season.
Monte Lewis, Defensive Line M. Lewis is from Abbeville, Alabama and went to Jacksonville State from 2007-2011. There, he was the team’s starter in his final two and a half seasons and helped the Gamecocks to 32 wins. In total he played 45 games in his college career and was named First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference as a junior and Second Team All-OVC as a senior.
During his professional career, Lewis has been a member of the Washington Redskins, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Redblacks, San Jose SaberCats, Orlando Predators, Tampa Bay Storm and the Baltimore Brigade. For his AFL career, Lewis has nine tackles, four sacks and two pass blocks.
Kendrick Ings, Wide Receiver Ings is from Miami, Florida and has had quite the journey to where he is today. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and during his senior year he tore his ACL. He spent a year as a student at Fort Valley State University and enrolled at a junior college. He was told he could not play due to a heart murmur.
In 2011, Ings attended an open tryout for the BC Lions of the CFL. They told him that he was too raw of a talent, so he went and joined the semi-pro Atlanta Chiefs to polish off his skills. That move paid off as it landed him a spot on the Dodge City Law of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. Then in 2014, Ings attended an open tryout for the Tampa Bay Storm. He made the roster after training camp and was the Storm’s third leading receiver. In 2017, he was named the AFL’s Playmaker of the Year after leading the league in kick return yards with 1,063, kick return touchdowns with four and all-purpose yards with 2,219. Ings also finished second in receptions with 98 and third in receiving yards with 1,141. That year he also received First Team All-Arena honors as both a wide receiver and on special teams. Ings has been a part of the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squads. Last season he played for the Baltimore Brigade of the AFL.
Corey Madlock, Offensive Lineman Madlock earned his spot on the Blackjacks’ training roster after showcasing his talent to the coaching staff at the team’s open tryouts held on Saturday, March 30. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York where he went to Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, NY. Madlock played in 19 varsity games and recorded 27 solo tackles, nine assists, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble.
The Atlantic City Blackjacks have announced that Ryan Rothstein and Jahna Michal will be the official In-Arena Hosts of the Atlantic City Blackjacks for their inaugural season.
Ryan Rothstein is a South Jersey native and graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a degree in Sports Management, with minors in Business Management and Communications. He has worked for both the Philadelphia Flyers in their Game Presentation Department as well as the Philadelphia 76ers in their Marketing Department. Currently, Rothstein is on “Sports Bash with Mike Gill” on 97.3 ESPN Radio. Rothstein will bring his passion for sports and will entertain fans at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall all season long.