Are We Really Talking About Playoffs?
Carol Burnett once said, that once we started and before we knew it, it was the time to say Good-Bye and as we end July 2019 the Arena Football League and the National Arena League are in FULL PLAYOFF MODE! Arena Football as we know it will be coming to a close for the 2019 Season.
But there is still tons of action left and some BOMB SHELLS still falling from the sky! And there, Friends and Fellow sports fans are where we find ourselves on this Wednesday Afternoon!
For the last 2 seasons, the Arena Football fans dealt with Liars, Thieves and Con men all over the football community. Over in the American Arena League, several lawsuits are being tossed around, and someday some will see the light of the courtroom. But one of the biggest bomb shells this year, was from Orlando Predator QB Baylin Trujillo on facebook this morning bringing the situation in Orlando Florida to the Arena Football fanbase. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY.
In part, Baylin said, When I Signed back on May 23rd, I came to a team loaded with talent! My first day at practice I couldn’t understand how so much talent could be losing! That was until I started to experience what every player was going through since week 1.
Multiple players had eviction notices on their doors at the apartments that our owner placed them in under their own names, which has affected their own personal credit. They had cops literally knocking on players units telling them to get out on different occasions (Pictures show two different eviction notices from two different units with two different dates). Cars were being towed while we were at practice continuously. Lights were always being turned off & players lived several days without electricity or water. One of our DBs literally was banned from being on site due to an eviction & would be arrested if caught “trespassing”. That same unit had all of its furniture, electronics, food, etc all dumped out on the side of the road as garbage. At one point, I was literally watching film at our Head Coaches place & even his electric got turned off in the middle of our session because of a non paid bill.
Our owner wasn’t & still isn’t paying players & even asked one of our own players to pay out of his pocket a game check to everyone, which was $4,100 in which Kenny still owes that to him. I am still owed $400 from the game I broke my hand in on June 30th (over a month ago) & two IR game checks in which our owner has been avoid paying after I have called & texted him several times. Players checks were being bounced every week with no money in the Predators account & I received my first 3 game checks from his personal account that went through. AMSCOT reached out to several players & claimed FRAUD, charging players when their checks bounced…
Running a TEAM takes a slew of people working together, and in Orlando Florida, its all about Mickey and Goofy!
So lets talk Football… Last week….
Starting off in the Arena Football league,
The Albany Empire (10-2) defeated the Baltimore Brigade (7-5), 61-26, in front of 9,085 fans at the Times Union Center on Saturday night. The victory gives the Empire a 35-point lead over the Brigade in the aggregate score of the home-and-home playoff series. The second game of the series will be on Saturday, August 3 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
Tommy Grady, Empire QB completed 15 passes on 20 attempts for 212 yards and seven touchdowns, earning himself the game MVP award. Empire receiver, Quentin Sims, hauled in a team-high seven catches for 106 yards, and five receiving touchdowns, being named Offensive Player of the Game. Empire defensive back, Tevin Homer, had four tackles and an interception return for a touchdown, being named Defensive Player of the Game.
The Philadelphia Soul defeated the Washington Valor 69-33 at Capital One Arena on Sunday afternoon behind a big day from Darius “Money” Reynolds. With the win, the Soul will take a 36-point lead back to Philadelphia next weekend for the second game of the home-and-home series. The team with the highest aggregate score after both games will advance to play the winner of the Albany Empire-Baltimore Brigade series in ArenaBowl 32.
WEEK FOURTEEN: ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE: Quentin Sims | WR, Albany Empire
Albany Empire WR Quentin Sims lit up the scoreboard this weekend to earn Week 14, Playoff Week 1, Offensive Player of the Week Honors. Sims caught seven passes for 106 yards and five touchdowns in Albany’s 61-26 victory over the Baltimore Brigade in its first playoff game of 2019. He is the first receiver to catch more than four touchdown passes in a playoff game since Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds in 2017. Sims was one of the best receivers in the League this regular season, leading the League in touchdown receptions (29) and ranking fourth in total receiving yards (867).
DEFENSIVE: Rodney Fritz | DL, Albany Empire
Rodney Fritz, DL for the Albany Empire, had a strong defensive effort to earn the Week 14, Playoff Week 1, Defensive Player of the Week Honors. Fritz collected three sacks, two forced fumbles and also a pass breakup in the Empire’s 61-26 victory over the Baltimore Brigade. Fritz is the first player to have at least three sacks in a playoff game since San Jose’s Jason Stewart in 2014.
The Orlando Predators visited Jacksonville Florida on Saturday to close out the Regular National Arena League Season against the home town Jacksonville Sharks and My9oh4 was at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena keeping our Arena Fans #LockedIN. CLICK HERE for Facebook Pictures or CLICK HERE for Hi Res Pictures
Heading to the playoffs, the Sharks are on a 13-game win streak, which ties the franchise record for the most consecutive wins in team history dating back to 2011. This is also the fourth time in Sharks history that they swept the Predators (2011, 2012, 2013 and now 2019). On the first offensive play of the game for the Sharks, Wide Receiver, Devin Wilson, found himself in the end zone for the 17th consecutive game in the NAL. This breaks the all-time record for most consecutive games with at least one receiving touchdown. The previous record was held by Massachusetts Pirates WR, Mardy Gilyard, with 16. Wilson now owns the record with 17 consecutive games. The Sharks also broke a franchise record: Back-to-Back games with two or more pick-six plays!
The Carolina Cobras closed out the National Arena League season on the Road in Columbus, Georgia on Saturday Night against the Columbus Lions and Chris Belser was at the Columbus Civic Center with My2two9 keeping our Arena Football Fans#LockedIN. CLICK HERE for Facebook Pictures or CLICK HERE for Hi Res Pictures
In front of a packed Columbus Civic Center, the Lions’ defense has their best showing of the year forcing multiple turnovers and limiting a Cobras team that scored 70 points last meeting to just seven points in the second half to seal the win. Although Carolina outgained Columbus 230 to 195, their 10 penalties for 78 yards and being 2 for 6 on third down hurt them time and again throughout the game. Charles McCullum would complete 20 of 39 passes for 234 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. McCullum, who is usually a threat with his legs, found it hard to move around in the pocket all night long. Jordan Jolly had 10 receptions for 100 yards and four touchdowns, leading Carolina receivers in all three categories.
The Massachusetts Pirates (8-6) were able to build momentum heading into the playoffs next weekend with an impressive 50-35 victory over the NY Streets(4-10) and Phil Zolla was at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts with My4one2 and Capture The Moment Photography keeping our National Arena League Fans #LockedIN CLICK HERE for Facebook Pictures or CLICK HERE for Hi Res Pictures
The Pirates swept the season series from the Streets four games to none. With the seeding already locked, Pirates backups saw a significant amount of playing time. The Pirates were guided by an impressive performance by Alejandro Bennifield who completed 16 of 30 passes for 171 yards and four touchdowns. In his debut as a Pirate, receiver Rannell Hall caught eight passes and two touchdowns and added 98 yards receiving to lead the Pirates receiving corps. New York was led by quarterback Cody Williams who passed for 174 yards and four touchdowns.
Following a strong 50-35 win over the New York Streets to conclude the regular season, the Massachusetts Pirates (8-6) will travel to Carolina to take on the Cobras (9-5) in the opening round of the NAL playoffs. Massachusetts enters the contest as the #3 seed and the Cobras have the #2 seed which granted Carolina a home playoff game. Carolina will be defending their crown after winning it all in 2018. The Pirates were defeated by the Cobras twice after playing them in the first two games of the season, losing 54-22 and 50-22 respectively. However, the Pirates are a new-and-improved team from that point and provide a much more potent offensive attack.