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When Will the Bleeding Stop?

Manny Nunez
Sunday April 26, 2015

If you are reading this and are a Los Angeles KISS fan, then I applaud you. You are probably looking for some sort of positive to read with how this season has gone so far. A team that has found so many empty possessions, bad luck on the defensive end, and not looking for ways to bounce back after falling down. You would hope a one-armed catch by Donovan Morgan early in the second quarter (that is definitely top 10 worthy) would bring some life.

Instead it went from bad to worse, then worse to abysmal, and finally abysmal to downright painful. Don’t let the final score fool you because the KISS certainly had their chances. Down 41-14 at halftime, their defense stepped up. Nick Davila went down after twisting his ankle on a sack. The fans suddenly felt it became a game when the KISS managed 16 unanswered points and trailed 48-30 to start the 4th quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Markee White was more wide open than anyone could ask for after Laron Scott went down on a freak injury, basically ending all hopes to a potential comeback. It turned into another “one of those games.”

“I know for a fact that we are better than what our record shows,” KISS head coach Bob McMillen said. “It’s tough and very embarrassing. We just have not found our ways to make sure we do enough to win and it hurts.”

The KISS stand at 0-5 on the season, and the way most fans have responded to their performance are not pleasant. Yes, there were the usual boo birds that engulfed the arena, but there was a lot of discomfort and uncertainty. Eight turnovers by the KISS and nearly half the points off turnovers by Arizona made things very uneasy. Most had left at the end of the third quarter. The fans knew they would see a bit of a struggle with Adrian McPherson out after going down in Orlando last week. But nobody expected to see a flop like they did against the Rattlers. Each player and coach does understand the pain they are enduring, and they want the bleeding to stop.

“You prepare all week and tell yourself you are doing a heck of a job,” KISS receiver Donovan Morgan said. “Coming into the game we felt we had an opportunity to win, world champs or not. At the end of the day, mental mistakes and costly turnovers just ripped us apart, and you can’t just give a team like that free points and free opportunities. It has been like that all year.”

What’s shivering is to even think about the next three games on their schedule, all of which are on the road. Las Vegas is next up, a team that already pounded them in Los Angeles just a few weeks ago. They also head up to Spokane and Portland, and in those two cities, there may be no luck to find. The biggest fear is heading back to LA 0-8 and wondering where to go from there. Winning just one game they hope could change all that.

“We all need to do better,” Morgan said. “Regardless of stats, if we make our case and do our jobs, I do see things changing for the better. Right now, we are just not good enough.”

This football team has just become very unlucky and has done all the right things to be contenders and a fun football team to watch. It hurts to see any franchise go through all the circles and hoops they went through just to align things correctly. Since their first game last season, they are a combined 3-20, and they already own one of the worst starts to any arena football franchise team. They have also lost 11 in a row dating back to last season. The team has mentioned that a win can become contagious, but right now the worst losing virus around has infected them like the plague.

“We have to be clicking on all cylinders on all sides of the ball,” Morgan said. “We keep saying the same thing always wanting to get better. But everyone has to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they really want to be here. I’m tired of hearing the same things. We just need to do something and continue to go out and fight, and I’m hoping those guys will do the same for me.”

Manny Nunez is a freelance writer who resides in Los Angeles. He has been an arena football fan since 1996 while living in Phoenix, dedicated to the Arizona Rattlers. Although he lives in Southern California, he still reps his Arizona teams. He is also a beat writer for the Phoenix Coyotes for
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