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TargetToad
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:09 am    Post subject: WAYYYYYYYYY too early 2018 AFL Season predictions Reply with quote

I know it's too early, as nothing has been announced yet and we don't even have confirmation that the league will even exist next year but...

Newark, Albany (NY), and Orlando as the new teams and a 16-game season

North division:
Philadelphia Soul: 15-1 (they might lose a guy or two not named Dan Radenbaugh, but they are still easily the best Indoor/Arena football team by a mile)
Cleveland Gladiators: 8-8 (They'll probably stay at that 6-10 to 8-8, mediocre, range)
Albany Firebirds: 6-10 (lower priority new team did better last year, and Albany has been waiting for 17 years)
New Jersey Demons: 4-12 (I'm guessing on the name; same as Washington performance wise)

South Division:
Orlando Predators: 11-5 (Randy Hippeard will go across I-4; they'll probably get most of their 2016 roster back)
Baltimore Brigade: 9-7 (Shane Carden and that defense get better)
Tampa Bay Storm: 7-9 (Without Hippeard, this isn't a good team. Joe Hills keeps Tampa from being their 2016 selves)
Washington Valor: 4-12 (Despite their late surge, I have no confidence in the Valor, especially if Cokinos stays on as coach)

Arena Bowl XXXI Playoffs (4 teams)
#1 Philadelphia over #4 Cleveland
#3 Baltimore over #2 Orlando
Arena Bowl XXXI: Philadelphia over Baltimore, Soul get 4th title

Arena Bowl XXXI Playoffs: 1st Round (6 teams)
N3 Albany over N2 Cleveland
S2 Baltimore over S3 Tampa Bay
Arena Bowl XXXI Playoffs: Division Championships
N1 Philadelphia over N3 Albany
S2 Baltimore over S1 Orlando
Arena Bowl XXXI: N1 Philadelphia over S2 Baltimore

Arena Bowl XXXI Playoffs: Quarterfinals (8 teams; I hope this doesn't happen again)
#1 Philadelphia over #8 Washington
#5 Tampa Bay over #4 Cleveland
#3 Baltimore over #6 Albany
#2 Orlando over #7 New Jersey
Arena Bowl XXXI Playoffs: Semifinals
#1 Philadelphia over #5 Tampa Bay
#3 Baltimore over #2 Orlando
Arena Bowl XXXI: #1 Philadelphia over #3 Baltimore
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RIP Orlando Predators, San Jose Sabercats, and Arizona Rattlers. Your wars will be missed
Eddie Brown should coach the Albany(NY) Firebirds in 2018 #TT4AFLPU


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TargetToad
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8-team league with Albany (NY), Newark, and some city other than Orlando, Jacksonville, or Arizona.(AKA; Tampa keeps Hippeard and Hills)

Final Standings:
Philadelphia Soul: 15-1 (see the first post)
Baltimore Brigade: 10-6 (see the first post)
Tampa Bay Storm: 10-6 (Hippeard+Hills makes this a good team, but no way they get as lucky as last year late in games; lose tie-breaker with Baltimore)
Cleveland Gladiators: 8-8 (see first post)
Albany Firebirds: 7-9 (see first post)
New Jersey team: 6-10(see first post)
Washington Valor: 5-11 (see first post)
Other team: 3-13 (stuck scraping out the bottom of the NAL/AAL barrel after Albany and New Jersey take all of the good players minus 1 guy from Philly/Tampa/Cleveland).

Arena Bowl XXXI playoffs:
#1 Philadelphia over #4 Cleveland
#3 Tampa Bay over #2 Baltimore
Arena Bowl XXXI: #1 Philadelphia over #3 Tampa Bay, Soul win 4th title.
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Eddie Brown should coach the Albany(NY) Firebirds in 2018 #TT4AFLPU
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like all of the Baltimore predictions. Very Happy

That reminds me, I need to get my down payment to them for season tix.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newark is the only new team, 14-game season; I don't want to even dream of a 5-team season again.

Final Standings
Philadelphia Soul: 12-2 (see first post)
Baltimore Brigade: 8-6 (see first post; wins tie-breaker over Tampa)
Tampa Bay Storm: 8-6 (see second post)
New Jersey team: 6-8 (all of the fresh talent and Soul players looking for the spotlight that would have been split with Albany/possible non-Orlando team goes here)
Cleveland Gladiators: 4-10 (with less bad teams to pick on, Arvill Nelson still struggles, Capper still calls for Tanner Marsh to start at least 5 times per AFL Tonight episode, and Cleveland misses the postseason)
Washington Valor: 3-11 (see the first post)

Arena Bowl XXXI Playoffs:
#1 Philadelphia over #4 New Jersey
#2 Baltimore over #3 Tampa Bay
Arena Bowl XXXI: #1 Philadelphia over #2 Baltimore; Soul win 4th title.
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RIP Orlando Predators, San Jose Sabercats, and Arizona Rattlers. Your wars will be missed
Eddie Brown should coach the Albany(NY) Firebirds in 2018 #TT4AFLPU


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ssnapier wrote:
I like all of the Baltimore predictions. Very Happy

That reminds me, I need to get my down payment to them for season tix.

Consider me on the Carden Bandwagon. Y'all found a gem who could easily start for 10+ years like Radenbaugh/Davila/Grieb/Bonner. Plus your d-line was tight last year and only looks to get better in year 2.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, I went to High School in New Port Richey, so not very far from you!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ssnapier wrote:
That reminds me, I need to get my down payment to them for season tix.


I'd wait until they're actually sure they're going to have a 2018 season. If they don't it'll save you some headaches.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Normally I would agree, but my account manager is super cool and is a personal friend. Plus I want to upgrade so I am doing a few payments.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ssnapier wrote:
By the way, I went to High School in New Port Richey, so not very far from you!

Cool. Did you just spend high school in Florida, or did you grow up here until you moved out as an adult?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:17 am    Post subject: Carden For MVP! Reply with quote

Carden for MVP! lol
Not sure about the Preds coming back though lol. I just have doubts about new teams coming into the league in general.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:18 am    Post subject: Re: Carden For MVP! Reply with quote

Bring Back The Rush wrote:
Carden for MVP! lol
Not sure about the Preds coming back though lol. I just have doubts about new teams coming into the league in general.

I'm not that high on Carden, but I can see Carden as the 2019 MVP
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mactheknife wrote:
ssnapier wrote:
That reminds me, I need to get my down payment to them for season tix.


I'd wait until they're actually sure they're going to have a 2018 season. If they don't it'll save you some headaches.


Why get season tickets at all for a team that sells 50% of capacity? Just wait until game day and get tickets online.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rattlers will win...... something.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AFL79 wrote:
mactheknife wrote:
ssnapier wrote:
That reminds me, I need to get my down payment to them for season tix.


I'd wait until they're actually sure they're going to have a 2018 season. If they don't it'll save you some headaches.


Why get season tickets at all for a team that sells 50% of capacity? Just wait until game day and get tickets online.


While certainly, you can just pretty much walk up to ANY AFL game these days and get a ticket, almost at any point of the field you wanted.... there are reasons for a fan to buy season tickets:

1) You want to support the team and give them "steady" revenue (and season ticket holders are right up there with season-long advertisers as being the most dependable money... you aren't waiting week to week to see if you can get it sold).
2) You want the same seats for every game, no matter what (especially if you are getting seats close to the field)
3) Hopefully, the team is giving you "extras" as a season ticket holder that also make it "worth it" to buy season tickets vs. just getting them every week at the game.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

afdave wrote:
AFL79 wrote:
mactheknife wrote:
ssnapier wrote:
That reminds me, I need to get my down payment to them for season tix.


I'd wait until they're actually sure they're going to have a 2018 season. If they don't it'll save you some headaches.


Why get season tickets at all for a team that sells 50% of capacity? Just wait until game day and get tickets online.


While certainly, you can just pretty much walk up to ANY AFL game these days and get a ticket, almost at any point of the field you wanted.... there are reasons for a fan to buy season tickets:

1) You want to support the team and give them "steady" revenue (and season ticket holders are right up there with season-long advertisers as being the most dependable money... you aren't waiting week to week to see if you can get it sold).
2) You want the same seats for every game, no matter what (especially if you are getting seats close to the field)
3) Hopefully, the team is giving you "extras" as a season ticket holder that also make it "worth it" to buy season tickets vs. just getting them every week at the game.


Considering how other sports are, like getting NFL tickets for example, I enjoy having the upper hand over a sports team.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To each their own obviously... I was just stating reasons why someone would get season tickets for the AFL, when it "seems" like they should just "walk up" and get a ticket.
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