AFL Power Rankings through Week 16(7/21) Remember last week when I said that a 17-point loss was a good as a win for the Predators? They sure celebrated like that when Mark Lewis' field goal went through the uprights with just 0:05 left to play last Monday night. Kevin Guy didn't really like it all that much, but Orlando did what it had to do to set itself up for its Week 18 showdown with Philly for the conference title. It'll go down as a loss for the Predators, but let's face the facts here. That loss was as good as a win.
BREAKING: Les Moss fired as coach of Sharks(7/18) The Jacksonville Sharks are parting ways with the only coach they've ever known. After almost seven full seasons on the job, Les Moss has been relieved of his duties after the Sharks dropped to 5-9 and were eliminated from any possibility of hosting a playoff game for the second straight season.
Winning a meaningful game thew hard way(7/18) The Los Angeles KISS have never played in a game with this magnitude in the history of the franchise. Sure every team will be playing when the final week concludes the regular season, but last night already had the feel of a playoff game with so much on the line to stay in LA to start the playoffs. Over 8000 fans knew what was at stake, and the KISS fed off of the vibes for the first 53 minutes of the game.
Moss firing a sign of organizational failure in Jacksonville(7/18) Coaches are hired to be fired. Rare is the circumstance in which a coach is hired to play out rest of his career and to be the lone coach for decades at a time for the franchise which hired him in the first place. Les Moss was an institution in North Florida. Up until Monday, he was the only coach the Jacksonville Sharks ever knew.
Extra, Extra! Everything you need to know about the Tampa Bay Storm as season winds down(7/18) Thank you, Jacksonville Sharks. You saved us all. With your loss to the lowly Portland Steel on Saturday night, you saved us all from the dreaded “one-win teams bowl” at Amalie Arena this Saturday night between the Tampa Bay Storm and Portland Steel.
Little things lead Soul past Storm, setup conference title game in two weeks(7/16) Dan Raudabaugh wasn't sharp. The secondary had too many plays with busted coverage. The special teams didn't do a particularly great job defending kickoffs. Yet in the end, the Philadelphia Soul found a way to win when they weren't at their best on Saturday night by a 56-51 count over the Tampa Bay Storm.