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  1. Mac the Knife

    My Visit to the League HQ

    A little background... there are around a half dozen arena/indoor football leagues floating around now, some run with a reasonably high level of professionalism (the Arena Football League, the National Arena League, the Indoor Football League), and others not so much. This is a tale of one of the "not so much..." For those unaware, I live in Raleigh, North Carolina which, reportedly, also happens to be the home of one of these leagues, the "American Arena League," whose website lists its address as: American Arena League 9660-138 Falls of Neuse Road #333 Raleigh, NC 27615 Upon learning this a week or so ago, I thought it might be a neat idea to swing by, say hello, talk with the people behind this league, and maybe if they were nice enough even offer to help out with a few things (because based on reviewing their site, it was pretty obvious they could use some). This morning, with a few errands I had to run in that area of town, I decided today would be the day I'd stop by and visit the league office of the American Arena League. This is where I ended up... Now, in a true bit of coincidence, one of the errands I was running was to drop off a UPS package. So after taking this picture I parked and went inside. After tending to the package I was shipping, I said, "You know... this is going to sound kind of weird, but this is listed as the address of a professional football league on its website." "Yeah, I know," was the clerk's response. "We have P.O. Boxes here and they rent one. We get about one process server in here looking for them every month or so." So, I've now been to the league headquarters of the American Arena League - postal box 333 at The UPS Store. I'm guessing that finding a miniature desk and chair to fit in that small a space must be an absolute bitch...
  2. Below is the outline of a concept I've been working on for an alternate timeline story I've been writing. The timeline mostly deals with an expanded exploration program for NASA in the last half of the 20th century. One of the things that I've been using to color the timeline is alternative team names and locations within American sports. On this front, instead of the failed XFL franchise, in my timeline, the XFL instead rides a wave of post-9/11 patriotism to create a football league with a military theme. Called Warball, the sport openly embraces the quasi-military themes of football (see George Carlin for further insights) and seeks to appeal to a hyper-masculine fanbase. Initially the league forms with 8 teams in 2 conferences Freedom Division Patriot Division Capital Warriors Seattle Stealth New York Heroes Alcatraz Guards Texas Assault Coronado Destroyers Chicago Shield Arizona Generals Teams are composed of 7 players on the field at any time. The field is 60 yards endzone-to-endzone. Endzones are 7.5 yards deep with curved corners. Field is bounded by 20 degree inclines 5 yards wide which are inbounds. Beyond the inclines are hockey rink walls. A ballcarrier cannot run out of bounds and must be tackled or score for the play to end. Any player on the field is considered an eligible receiver. Kicking of any kind has been eliminated. Teams have 6 downs to advance from their own 10 yard line to the opposing endzone. Touchdowns are worth 5 points. After a touchdown, a team is allowed to try a conversion play from the 3-yard line. A conversion by pass is worth 2 points. A conversion by run is worth 1 point. Two 20 minute halves are separated by a 10-minute halftime. Teams have 20 seconds to begin the next play. The clock does not run unless the ball is in play. Teams are required to have at least one starting player who is a current or former member of the United States military, and/or a civilian police, fire or paramedic service. Questions, comments, suggestions? I invite all of the above. This is my first league concepts, so, please, rip me apart here. I'll learn from everything that is said.
  3. With the recent announcement that the Tampa Bay Storm will cease operations. I thought to go back and look at the various looks they have sported throughout their history. The Storm would begin life in Pittsburgh as the green and gold Gladiators, debuting a unique logo that incorporated an arm into the letter. 1987-1990 look Very little would change other than a switch to white pants with a solid green line down the side from gold pants that had a alternating white green stripe in 1988 In 1991, the Gladiators will move to Tampa and ditch the green and gold for blue, black, and silver. It will last from 1991 to 1997 The helmet logo was the Storm wordmark outlined in white minus the Tampa Bay Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the Storms 90s uniforms was the zubaz. It appears the Storm wore a blue helmet for their road unis The Storm logo on the blue helmet was white with the lightning over the o silver In addition, the Storm had a Chargers-esque black alternate The Storm would introduce gold in 1997 ditching the black, silver, and zubaz for blue and gold. The logo was modified to slant the Storm wordmark and shrunk the Tampa Bay so it can be over the S and T. The most eye catching change was the O which was changed from the old lightning design to be in the shape of an "storm". This look will last from 1997 till 2011 making this their longest lasting look and they tweaked the jerseys quite a bit over the span. Unlike previously, the logo was not modified for the Helmet 1997 uniforms: number in gold outlines with storm wordmark on sleeve. alternating gold blue tsripe 1998 had the blue darkened to navy and a gold dropshadow added no drop shadow on home unis The pants were white for both road and home with alternating gold blue stripes Font for road unis were changed in 2001 with gold outline and black dropshadow (pictured on the right) 2003 saw the addition of a gold side panel and the blue stripe is thinned. storm logo on sleeves. First sign of mono uniforms The Storm made it to the Arenabowl in 2003 and they seemed to have switched out the storm logo on the sleeve for GV on the right side while on the left sleeve, the wordmark was put road unis unchanged outside of storm logo in place of jersey manufacturer, Storm logo is filled in with blue 2004 had the stripes removed and the Storm logo was removed while wordmark is added 2006: drop shadow removed Gold panels reduced to stripes. numbers filled in with gold 2007 brought with it gold numbers and a white outline. numbers are no longer filled in and storm wordmark on top of number in front side Storm wordmark replaced with logo and the stripes are restored with Storm wordmark incorporated into it Road unis have blue numbers with gold outlines and the dropshadow is restored In a rare moment,the Storm did not tweak the unis as far as I know The 2009 AFL season was cancelled but returned for 2010 no changes for 2010 2011 saw the Tampa Bay Storm brighten the blue and gold and tweaking the logo to include a gold drop shadow to the storm and the storm O to more resemble a football. Tampa Bay position is more akin to 90s logo and no longer over S and T The blue helmet and white facemask return, Storm football logo is on sleeve, gold sidepanel on shirt, storm wordmark on front on top of numbers. What really stands out besides other than the brightened colors is the piping which extends from under the armpits down to the pants where it ends in a curve Uniforms remained unchanged until 2015 when they extended piping Piping on white jersey colored yellow so it stands out more Their final season in 2017 will see the complete removal of piping and the panels replaced with slanted panels and diagonal stripes 2017 would also see the glorious return of the zubaz unis
  4. CrimsonBull9584

    China Arena Football League (CAFL)

    I hadn't seen anyone report this, but we now have the names and logos for the first six teams for the new China Arena Football League. The logos look pretty cool, if a bit busy in some places. Here is the link: CAFL "Original Six" I really want to see football do well in China, even if it is arena ball.
  5. Silence of the Rams

    Arena Football realignment

    Seeing as the AFL is going down the drain. Here's how I would fix it (note some arenas are not named or used for future Boston Malita TD Ameritrade Garden American American East Miami Flame American Airlines Center American American East New York Dragons Barclays Center American American East St. Louis Stampede Scottrade Center American American East Baltimore Brigade Baltimore Arena American American North Calgary Blaze Scotiabank Saddledome American American North Cleveland Destroyers Quicken Loans Arena American American North Pittsburgh Power Consol Energy Center American American North Houston Wranglers Toyota Center American American South Indiana Fire Bankers Life Fieldhouse American American South Kansas City Command Jayhawks Arena American American South Nashville Kats Bridgestone Arena American American South Montreal Mauraders Montreal Arena American American West Colorado Crush Pepsi Center American American West Orlando Predators Amway Center American American West Toronto Triumph Air Canada Centre American American West Atlanta Force Philips Arena National National East Dallas Desperados American Airlines Arena National National East Philidelphia Soul Wells Fargo Center National National East Washington Valor Verizon Center National National East Chicago Rush Allstate Arena National National North Detroit Fury Little Ceasers Arena National National North Minnesota Serpents Target Center National National North Millwaukee Blizzard BMO Bradley Harris Center National National North Charlotte Cobras Time Warner Cable Arena National National South New Orleans Voo Doo SmoothieKing Center National National South Tampa Bay Storm Amile Arena National National South Vancouver Stars Vancouver Arena National National South Las Vegas Gladiators T-Mobile Arena National National West Los Angeles Avengers Staples Center National National West San Francisco Sabercats Chase Center National National West Seattle Shock KeyArena National National West Thoughts, changes
  6. mr.nascar13

    Iowa Barnstormers Logo Concept/Update

    As some of you may know, the Iowa Barnstormers are an arena football team that plays in the Indoor Football League after playing in the Arena Football League & AF2 since 2001. Before that was a separate franchise by the same name that played from 1995 to 2000 with some dude named Kurt Warner at the helm before relocating to New York and becoming the Dragons. During the original team's run from 1995-2000, the Barnstormers used the following logo as an alternate mark representing, well, a Barnstormer, or a Baron, if you will: While making concepts for an alternate history series based on the Arena Football League (which, like the AFL, seems to be a lost cause), I reached the Barnstormers and thought that their current primary featuring the winged roundel and the biplane seemed a little dated. So I decided to update "Mr. Iowa" up there^^, and the result was this: So let me know what you guys think. While a full Arena series may not get off the ground, I had a lot of fun updating this guy and thought that it was too good not to share it. So let me know what you guys think!
  7. mr.nascar13

    Duplicate Thread: Please Delete

    Whoops. My bad. Nothing to see here
  8. Recently it was announced that the Arena Football League will be expanding to Washington DC for the 2017 season and I thought it could be fun to get some ideas flowing on what this team could eventually be called and what potential logos could look like. The team owners are the same group that own the Wizards, Mystics, and Capitals so that might be something to keep in mind about them. The two names I've heard/thought of that I like the best for the team are the Washington Maul, which I read in a Washington newspaper article online, and one I thought of that seems perfect for Arena Football; the Washington Insiders. While I really like both names I had some issues thinking of good logos, but I thought I'd share what I thought of and see if anyone has any ideas for improvements. Feel free to share your ideas on these or post your own names/logos! This was my first thought for the Washington Maul; it's based off a commemorative Centennial Ax that was made in honor of George Washington's election as President (he's known chopping down a cherry tree as a kid). The axe-head shape is based off a pentagon, and the obelisk in the oval is in honor of the Washington Monument in the National Mall at Washington. Here's my first thought for the Insiders. I've found that many 'insider' logos usually have 'In' inside of some sort of box or thought cloud or something so I decided to go along those same lines for this. I chose a pentagon as the outer shape in reference to Washington's Pentagon. It creates a cleaner, more simplistic logo that I think would actually stand out pretty well among other AFL logos.
  9. Soundwave721

    Observation about Arena League

    I was bored the other day and decided to watch some AFL on ESPN3 and noticed that a large percentage of the league wears Black uniforms at home. I mean thats alright and all if you're a football team with Black as a main color, but oh my god more than half the home teams wear black. I mean you would think they would TRY to differentiate teams a little bit. Can you imagine if half the home uniforms in the NFL were Black? This league also makes me question the variety of the Russell Athletic uniform catalogue. There has to be more diverse uniform templates to choose from. Also, I want to find whoever thought this was a good idea and slap them Also, sorry if this is the wrong section.
  10. Here is my version of the Arena Football League: In my version, the league did not fold after the 2009 season. Instead, multiple AF2 teams moved up to join the and created a 32 team league that has since competed with the NFL popularity-wise and the NBA attendance-wise. Also, some teams from the league's past have continued to play. Teams such as the Detroit Drive, Milwaukee Mustangs (The original Mustangs), Albany Firebirds (also the original team), and several others, have continued to play. Here is the setup: American North Kansas City Command Columbus Destroyers Chicago Bruisers Detroit Drive-Completed American South Jacksonville Sharks-Completed Tampa Bay Storm-Completed Orlando Predators-Completed New Orleans Voodoo-Completed American East Philadelphia Soul-Completed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers Cleveland Gladiators-Completed Pittsburgh Power-Completed American West Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz Colorado Crush Los Angeles Avengers Utah Blaze-Completed National North Chicago Rush-Completed Iowa Barnstormers-Completed Milwaukee Mustangs Grand Rapids Rampage National South Louisiana Battle Wings Nashville Kats Dallas Desperados Austin Wranglers National East New York Dragons Albany Firebirds Georgia Force Albany Conquest National West Arizona Rattlers-Completed San Antonio Talons-Completed Spokane Shock-Completed San Jose SaberCats-Completed Possible expansion locations: Miami Brooklyn Minnesota New Jersey Las Vegas San Antonio San Francisco Oakland Charlotte Memphis Knoxville Birmingham/Tuscaloosa Indiana St. Louis Houston Seattle The teams listed are ones that saw the field more often than others and not particularly based off of success. If you think I should replace a team with one more successful, then do so. Here is the first draft of the Arizona Rattlers.
  11. Elijah Summerdrum

    Texas Terror Concept

    I understand that the Texas Terror haven't existed since this site was established, but I figured it would be fun to make a concept for them anyway. I love the team name and I hope they can come back. So I made my own concept and as you can tell, I ran into issues with the facial features. I must have tried 10 different noses and it still looks broken. Any help? I think his face looks retarded because I made his eyes too small.
  12. Looks like the Barnstormers are going BFBS including a change to the ICONIC helmets the team has worn from day one. #BringBackTheGold
  13. Gary.

    Arena Bowl XXVI

    meh, looks like the Arena Football League is trying to standardize their logos as well