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On 4/23/2018 at 11:22 PM, WideRight said:

AAF & Sacramento Rush introduce their new brand. 

 

As part of a rapid response to the legal claim of trademark infringement by the Downtown Athletic Club, the Sacramento Rush today unveiled a totally revamped branding.  Gone is the reference to the running back image that so clearly borrowed from the Heisman Trophy and it its place is an homage to speed, complete with a redlined spedometer logo and redesigned striping across the entire uniform.  Gone too is the use of black as a tertiary color, replaced by a fire engine or cherry red.  The uniforms remain metallic gold and mountain purple, but now the tiny hints of red throughout add just a touch of energy to the uniforms.  The "speed line" motif is seen in the helmet stripe, pant stripes and in the numbers, while the spedometer motif is subtly hinted at with the arching shoulder stripes, ending in just a hint of a red needle.  And so the AAF sets the world record for identity switch, 2 identities in their first week of existence.  It is on a par with the San Francisco 49ers 1-day logo for logo speed records, but league and team officials hope this new identity will stick around for a long time. 

 

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a surprise move today, the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League filed copyright and trademark infringement suits against the Alliance of American Football, claiming that the primary logo of the team, the second announced since the franchise's awarding less than a month ago - was derived from their St. Louis Rams "arch" logo from the 1990's.  The Rams filed the suit in the United States District Court for Southern California, and will be seeking $250 million in damages.

 

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19 minutes ago, Mac the Knife said:

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a surprise move today, the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League filed copyright and trademark infringement suits against the Alliance of American Football, claiming that the primary logo of the team, the second announced since the franchise's awarding less than a month ago - was derived from their St. Louis Rams "arch" logo from the 1990's.  The Rams filed the suit in the United States District Court for Southern California, and will be seeking $250 million in damages.

 

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Unlike the Heisman issue, I don't think the AAF has to worry about this lawsuit getting too far.  Not enough in common between the two.   Nice try, though. 

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Callin' the Big Easy Home.

 

Live from Yulman Stadium on the campus of Tulane University, the AAF ended the mystery and announced their 8th and final franchise for the 2019 Spring season.  New Orleans will be the lone NFL city to host an AAF franchise.  Citing the love of football on the Gulft Coast, the beautiful new stadium at Tulane and the rich tradition of football in the Bayou State, AAF officials said they could think of no more fitting location than New Orleans for the new league.  As they have in other cities, league executives Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol brought up local football legends to announce the franchise.  For New Orleans it was none other than former Saint QB Archie Manning, former LSU standout Tyrann Mathieu (Honey Badger!!!) and former Saints and Northwestern State Star QB Bobby Hebert.  

 

The assembled stars and executives presented another familiar face as the first coach of the team, former Saints coach Jim Haslett.  Haslett will be assisted by another famous regional star, former La Tech stud and Saints All-Pro OL Willie Roaf will serve as Assistant to the Head Coach and Offensive Line coach.  Coach Haslett expressed his joy at being back in the Crescent City and his hopes to bring the best talent from Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and East Texas to New Orleans to play. 

 

The team then unveiled their identity and uniforms, and to no one's surprise, it was a Mardi Gras theme.  How could you not with a league that starts its season in February?  The New Orleans Krewe, named after the social organizations that form the Mardi Gras parades each year, will don green and athletic gold uniforms with Mardi Gras purple as the third color.  The uniforms will have green helmets and jerseys, athletic gold (yellow) pants and will have a recurring multicolor bead motif worked into the stripes.  The team unveiled two logos, the franchise logo, which shows teh Krewe name with a tilted King's Crown and a ring of beads with the AAF logo as its centerpiece.  The helmet logo is a variation on this with the common nickname for the city "NOLA" wearing the off-kilter crown.  

 

The Krewe will compete in the Eastern Division with Steve Spurrier's Orlando Juice, Jim Fisher's St. Louis Rampage and Tommy Tuberville's Memphis Beat.  The West also has a strong pool of coaches leading its franchises, with Sacramento headed by former 49er coach Steve Mariucci, Albuquerque led by one-time Cowboy head man Chan Gailey, San Diego led by UCLA's Rick Neuheisel and San Antonio fronted by Texas and Arizona coach John Mackovic.

 

Next up for the league, signing players and putting together squads for their February kickoff.  Will this league be yet another failed attempt at Spring Ball?  Will it find itself competing with Vince McMahon's attempt to revive the XFL, or have Ebersol, Polian and the former NFL names gathered within the league come up with a formula that can last?  Only time will tell, but for now, we are ready to see some football in February. 

 

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Merger! Merger! Merger! Merger!  

I hope you’re at least planning on releasing the 8 XFL teams or expanding this league. It’s too good not to. You have done such an amazing job so far. These teams are seem like “goody good shoes” teams and I’d love to see the XFL go in the opposite direction

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12 hours ago, BengalErnst said:

Merger! Merger! Merger! Merger!  

I hope you’re at least planning on releasing the 8 XFL teams or expanding this league. It’s too good not to. You have done such an amazing job so far. These teams are seem like “goody good shoes” teams and I’d love to see the XFL go in the opposite direction

 

All things in due time.  I am working on the AAF 2018 season and have to sort out just what I think will/could happen with the XFL, but it is in the works. 

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AAF Draft & Free Agency

December 3, 2018—Orlando, Florida.   

 

The AAF concluded their 3-day draft and free agency process today.  For the past 3 days league officials and team gm’s, coaches and player personnel staff have been sequestered in the Orlando Waldorf-Astoria Resort Hotel, not by the pool or the award-winning golf course (although  several Spurrier sightings on the course were made), but in the main conference space, mulling over player profiles, or in each team’s ad hoc “war room” reviewing film and scouting reports.  

 

The fledgling league worked through the 3-stage player allotment system designed over the past year in these three days.  The process began with a territorial draft, in which each AAF franchise could select up to 15 players from their 3 state regions.  These players had to have last played college ball In one of those states within the past 4 years (2014-2017 season) and have no more than 3 seasons of professional experience.   This included players either passed over or cut from NFL rosters following the 2018 NFL Draft.   The second phase was a 10 round draft in which players from any college with 3 years or fewer of NFL experience could be drafted by the different AAF franchises, and finally a veteran “free agent” draft of players with more than 3 years of NFL experience.

 

While, for obvious reasons, big name talent was generally not in the mix, there were some familiar names selected in the process, including some NFL castoffs, college stars who never made it big in the NFL and some who have spent the past few years in Canada.  Of course there were the much talked about names like Collin Kaepernick and Johnny Manziel, but there were also a few former NFL players who many were surprised to see languishing in free agent limbo during the 2018 NFL season.   Players like tailback Alfred Blue or wideout Aurelious Benn, once seen as up & coming NFL players.  There were few aging veterans brought in as the AAF stressed its role as a league for rising stars.  

 

Through their website, the AAF released the preseason rosters for each team, 65 names for each franchise, which will be whittled down to 48 names over the course of the January camp & preseason held in Orlando (for Eastern Teams) and Casa Grande, Arizona (for Western Teams).  Below we see the list of prominent names either from their NFL experience or their NCAA history.

 

Albuquerque

QB Colt McCoy, 

QB Sean Mannion,

RB Jeremy Langford,

RB Brian Hill,

WR Austin Collie,

WR Jaleel Scott (2018 rookie),

OLB Kaseem Edibel,

OLB Arthur Moats,

CB Adairius Barnes,

K Patrick Murray

 

Memphis:

QB Paxton Lynch,

QB Brian Brohm,

RB Trent Richardson,

RB Mike Davis,

WR Eli Rogers,

WR Simmie Cobbs (2018 rookie),

DT Tony McDaniel,

OLB Marquis Flowers,

CB Antonio Crawford.

K Jake Elliott

 

New Orleans

QB Austin Davis, 

QB Chad Kelly,

RB Orleans Darkwa,

RB Alfred Blue,

RB Bo Scarborough (2018 rookie),

WR Korey Robinson (2018 rookie),

DT Sharrif Floyd,

ILB Jonathon Anderson,

S Orion Stewart,

K Connor Barth

 

Orlando:

QB E.J. Manuel,

QB Brad Kaaya,

QB Kyle Lauletta (2018 rookie),

RB Karlos Williams,

RB Matt Jones,

WR Dontrelle Inman,

WR Stacy Coley (2018 rookie),

DT Martin IFedi,

OLB Junior Galette,

S Kenny Vacarro,

K Roberto Aguayo

 

St. Louis:

QB Chase Daniel,

QB Christian Hackenburg,

RB Bobby Rainey,

RB David Cobb,

WR Aurelious Benn,

WR J’Mon Moore,

ILB Lamin Barrow,

OLB Jordan Tripp,

CB Ladarius Webb.

K Zane Gonzalez

 

Sacramento:

QB Colin Kaepernick,

QB Kevin Hogan,

RB Khalfani Muhammad,

RB Branden Oliver,

WR Brandon Tate,

WR Kamar Aiken,

DE Chris McCain,

ILB Max Bullough,

CB Dashaun Philips,

K Nick Folk

 

San Antonio

QB Johnny Manziel,

QB Trevone Boykin,

RB Joe Banyard,

RB Jonathon Epps,

RB Chris Warren III (2018 rookie),

WR Michael Floyd,

DE Courtney Upshaw.

ILB Shaan Washington,

S Jarrod Harper,

K Randy Bullock

 

San Diego

QB Cody Kessler,

QB Connor Cook,

RB Donnel Pumphrey,

RB Javorius Allen,

WR. J. Lasley (2018 rookie).

DE Angelo Blackson.

ILB Otha Peters,

CB Brandon  Boykin,

K Will Lutz

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Figured for sure you would wait until after the actual draft this weekend to announce rosters as I was hoping my boy JT Barrett would be in this league. 

Its unfortunate that Boykin and Manziel are in same team, wanted to see both sling it here and no Tebow is also a disappointment 

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Sorry guys, I just don't see Tebow giving up on baseball at this point.  

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He was overrated anyway. Time to give up the ghost 

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30 minutes ago, WideRight said:

Sorry guys, I just don't see Tebow giving up on baseball at this point.  

 

15 minutes ago, mkg74 said:

He was overrated anyway. Time to give up the ghost 

Maybe by the time of the XFL 2.0 lol

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I assume you're going to run a simulated season. Just curious how you're going to do it and what program you will be using. Judging by these roster I like MEN vs SAC in the championship game 

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34 minutes ago, GDLions said:

I assume you're going to run a simulated season. Just curious how you're going to do it and what program you will be using. Judging by these roster I like MEN vs SAC in the championship game 

Haven't fully figured that out yet.  Might use Madden, might just sim it somehow.  I think the big issue is that I expect the defenses to be a bit easier to get up to speed than offenses, and poor offensive line play can lead to injuries (especially at QB) which can change the entire ability of an offense to work .  

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51 minutes ago, WideRight said:

Haven't fully figured that out yet.  Might use Madden, might just sim it somehow.  I think the big issue is that I expect the defenses to be a bit easier to get up to speed than offenses, and poor offensive line play can lead to injuries (especially at QB) which can change the entire ability of an offense to work .  

 

If I remember correctly random.org is a site mentioned here. Or randomlist.org. Sorry but that is the best I can do off memory.

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AAF 2019 Season—Week One (Feb 16-17)

 

After a largely uneventful preseason, one in which all of the Eastern Division teams practiced and scrimmaged in Orlando while the Western Division teams did the same in Casa Grande, Arizona, the inaugural AAF season kicked off on Saturday, February 18 in Orlando.  Four games were played and other than the kickoff game, a Juice walkoff victory, all the games were entertaining and competitive, with the three other losing teams all scoring 20 points, which just was not enough.  Here are the highlights.

 

Orlando 35  Memphis 3

 

Orlando got the ball rolling in front of a raucous crowd of 33,200 at Spectrum Stadium to see the “Old Ball Coach", Steve Spurrier, come back to coaching in Florida.  The crowd saw two very different teams as Orlando clearly seemed “juiced” for the game while the Beat was off all night.   Former Bills and Raiders QB E.J. Manuel looked sharp, throwing for 251 yards and 2 TD’s, and while the ground game for Orlando did not look up to snuff, the defense sure did, sacking Memphis QB Brian Brohm twice, with one sack-fumble, and picking off the former Louisville Cardinal to close out the game.   Also shining was CFL and NFL receiver, Dontrelle Inman, who hauled in 6 passes for 108 yards and an early TD for the Juice.

 

New Orleans 24  Albuquerque 20

 

It was a much closer game in the Crescent City as the New Orleans Krewe squeeked by the Albuquerque Sol on a 4th quarter Austin Davis TD pass with 7 minutes left to play.  The Krewe had trailed the Sol for most of the second half as they struggled to handle the QB rotation of Colt McCoy and Sean Mannion.  Coach Gailey announced he would rotate quarterbacks, feeling that the preseason scrimmages simply had not led to one outplaying the other.  The strategy appeared to be working as both had respectable games, with McCoy going 13-21 for 163 and a TD, and Mannion tossing 11-17 for 153 and a TD of his own.  The problem for Albuquerque was rush defense, as the Sol simply had no answer for the Thunder and lightning attack of Alfred Blue and Orleans Darkwa.  Blue softened up the Sol defense which led to some long runs by Darkwa, including a 41 yarder in the 4th which set up the winning TD.  Darkwa would finish the day with 13 carries for a whopping 121 yards, while Blue slogged his way to 15 carries for 61 yards.  The 4th quarter comeback made the 17,700 fans who braved on-and-off again rain throughout the game glad they came.

 

San Antonio 27  Sacramento 20

 

Weather was not an issue inside the AlamoDome, where 31,700 watched as the homestanding Squadron led from start to finish, building a 17-7 halftime lead and holding on for a 27-20 victory that was not as close as the score indicates.  The Squadron benefited from the kind of game from QB Johnny Manziel that shows why he was a first round pick in the NFL.   The rejuvenated and focused Manziel threw for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day, with two going to his tight end, former Gamecock Chris Gragg.  Sacramento fell behind early, and even a 270 yard passing performance from former 49er Colin Kaepernick could not bring them back.  The inability of the Rush to actually rush the ball was a clear factor, as fomer Charger Brandon Oliver could only muster 36 yards on 15 attempts.   Kaepernick hit wideout Brandon Tate with a late TD to make the score look a lot closer, but it was too little, too late for the Rush in the Alamo City. 

 

St. Louis 27  San Diego 20

 

The final game of the week, a Sunday Night special before 40,675 in the Dome in St. Louis, saw the warmly-welcomed Rampage flip a 17-7 halftime deficit into a 27-20 victory by shutting down the Surf offense in the second half, and adding 20 points with a QB swap at the half.  Coach Fisher was another saying that the preseason simply did not lock in a starter, but after Chase Daniel was largely ineffective in the first half, going 10-15 and throwing 2 picks, the lights came on for fomer NY Jet and Nittany Lion Christian Hackenburg.  In the second half, Hackenburg went 8-10 for 119 yards, connecting for two touchdowns, including a beautiful 37 yard out-pattern catch with some sideline dancing by former Buccaneer Aurelious Benn.  The Rampage defense also helped out, sacking Surf QB Cody Kessler six times, including 4 in the 4th quarter alone.   The crowd, who started off chanting a less-than-family-friendly statement about the Rams and the NFL, ended the night chanting “Ram-Page!!!” as they celebrated the victory in the league’s first week.

 

 

In other news,  the AAF got even more of a boost, particularly for its New Orleans franchise, as recently-retired Saints QB Drew Brees signed on as a player liason for the Krewe.  While Brews won’t bring his golden arm to the field, he will be working alongside coach Haslett to scout, sign and mentor young talent to the franchise.   This is similar to the role played by other former NFL stars such as Hines Ward, Jared Allen and Justin Tuck at the league level, but with the signing of Brees, we are beginning to see individual teams also taking an interest in player relations and the use of NFL talent as a magnet for talent to the league.  Rumors are swirling around the other franchises as to who might sign on to bolster their media  presence and player engagement, but with attendance for the first week averaging just over 30,000 per game, the league seems to have already begun on solid footing.

 

Meanwhile, there was news out of the XFL, which had been mostly silent over the past few months.   CEO of the renewed XFL, Vince McMahon, announced that he was working out final details for stadium contracts in 8 franchise cities, and boasted that he believed the XFL would soon become not only the premier spring football league, but a true rival to the NFL, which he accused of being out of touch with fans and with the country.  While he would not specify where he was aiming to place teams,  talks of negotiations with the Oakland Colosseum and RFK Stadium in Washington have both been leaked.  It appears that the XFL is going to be looking moreat NFL markets than the AAF did with their lone NFL-located franchise in New Orleans. 

 

Week One Player of the Week:  QB Johnny Manziel, San Antonio:  16-33-196  3 TD  1 Int

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Well after week one my MEM vs SAC championship game prediction doesn't look good ?

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Manziel for MVP! 

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lmao the XFL is gonna fall apart again isn't it

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AAF 2019 Season Week 2 (Feb 23-24)

 

The second week of the fledgling Alliance of American Football got off to a rousing start when the league announced that it had signed longtime NFL analyst and former Colts & Buccs coach Tony Dungy to its league office staff as Director of Community Relations.   This was followed the very next day with an announcement that former Bears ILB Brian Urlacher had signed on as the Albuquerque Sol Director of Player Relations.  The University of New Mexico grad and NFL Hall of Famer made the announcement from the home locker room as he pumped the Sol up for their first home game.    The second week of action saw more close games, more outstanding performances, and more strong crowds.

 

ORLANDO 30    SAN DIEGO 23

Coach Steve Spurrier and the Orlando Juice offense just keep rolling along, this time taking it to the San Diego Surf on Saturday night.  The Surf hung tough, thanks in part to a solid 16-22, 182 yard performance from QB  Cody Kessler and 2 TD receptions by rookie wideout Jordan Lasley, a late cut from the NFL Ravens.  But, even these strong performances could not overcome one of the greatest backup performances of all time.  With E.J. Manuel placed into concussion protocol midway through the 3rd quarter, on a nasty hit from LB Otha Peters, untested U. of Miami grad Brad Kaaya came in and stunned the entire stadium, going 12 for 12 in the final quarter and a half and putting up 3 TD’s to lead the Juice to the come from behind victory over the Surf.   A stunned crowd of nearly 40,000 could not believe what they saw as Kaaya racked up 121 yards and hit rookie Stacey Coley with the go ahead score with only 1:17 left in the game. 

 

 

NEW ORLEANS  17   SACRAMENTO 21

Sacramento was the site of another late comeback, this time by the homestanding Rush.    Controversial Rush QB Colin Kaepernick waited until late in the 4th quarter to hit on his first TD of the game, but it was his 7 yard pass to RB Khalfani Muhammad that gave the Rush their first win.  New Orleans had built up a 10-0 lead at the half thanks to the efficient running of Orleans Darkwa, who again topped the 100 yard mark with a 14-110 day, accounting for both Krewe touchdowns, but this game turned in the second half when the Rush finally got their own running game into gear.   Aided by some timely scrambles by Kaepernick, the defense loosened, and the combination of Muhammad and Brandon Oliver helped the Rush move the ball into New Orleans territory for 3 scoring drives, including the late heroics from Kaepernick.  It was a satisfying first game for the 20,300 who almost sold out Hornet Stadium for the Rush’s home opener.

 

ST. LOUIS  36     ALBUQUERQUE 10

Albuquerque also held there home opener this weekend as 22,400 sat in a chilly Dreamstyle Stadium, but even a pep talk by former Lobo Brian Urlacher could not keep this one from turning south quickly.  Chan Galley’s successful QB rotation system, which had worked well vs. New Orleans in week 1, was scrapped when starter Colt McCoy went out with what appeared to be a significant shoulder injury.  On his own to lead the offense, Sean Mannion proved ineffective, going 10-25 for only 90 yards and throwing a pick-6 in the 2nd quarter that turned momentum totally over to the Rampage.  St. Louis, while not posting huge numbers, took advantage of Rush mistakes and QB Christian Hackenburg, taking the reins after a strong performance in week one, was efficient, going 20-32 for 237 yards a TD and an INT which was more the receiver’s mistake than his own.  St. Louis was not great at punching it in, settling for 5 field goals from kicker Zane Gonzalez, but those, paired with the pick-6, proved to be enough to not only win the game, but win it going away. 

 

MEMPHIS 27  SAN ANTONIO 13

The Sunday night game saw San Antonio play its second straight home game at Alamo Stadium, and after a rousing 27-20 victory in week one, the fans came out to watch this one, nearly 52,000 attended the late start game in San Antonio, though this did include a promotion in which the league gave away nearly 10,000 tickets to military personnel and veterans.   Sadly the Squadron could not repeat their week one success for the home crowd.  It looked good early as the Squadron jumped out to a 1st quarter 10-0 lead, but momentum swung when Memphis’s Trent Richardson broke through a crowded line on 3rd and 2 and found almost no obstacles in his path on a 45 yard rumble to the endzone.   Richardson, the discarded former Cleveland Brown, had an awakening on Sunday Night Football as he ended the night with 134 yards on 23 carries with 2 touchdowns.   Brian Brohm was a capable game manager with a conservative 12-23 for 163 yards.  Squadron QB Johnny Manziel tried to rally the team with 231 passing yards, but just could not overcome too many penalties and a costly fumble by RB Jonathon Epps on the 7 yard line of Memphis.  The Squadron fall to 1-1 and Memphis looks to have shaken off their rough first week in Orlando.

 

In XFL News, league CEO Vince McMahon was seen in the Denver area, raising suspicion that he was targeting that city for a 2020 XFL franchise.   Rumor has it that both stadium costs in Oakland and issues with worker’s comp may have the XFL souring on that city, but as of now it all remains rumor as Mr. McMahon has remained strangely tight-lipped about his league. 

 

AAF 2018 Week 2 Player of the Week:  Memphis RB Trent Richardson  (23-134-2TD)

 

AAF 2018 Week 2 Standings

 

EAST 

Orlando            2-0   (1-0 Div)

St. Louis           2-0   (0-0 Div)

New Orleans    1-1   (0-0 Div)

Memphis          1-1   (0-1 Div)

 

WEST

San Antonio       1-1  (1-0 Div)

Sacramento       1-1  (0-1 Div)

Albuquerque      0-2  (0-0 Div)

San Diego          0-2  (0-0 Div)

 

 

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This has the potential of being my favorite thread of all time on this site. Absolutely in-depth work that is blowing me. 

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