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Columbus 33 at San Jose 55
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Columbus Destroyers Columbus Destroyers 7713633
San Jose SaberCats San Jose SaberCats 141372155

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Arena initiation
New Orleans Times-Picayune

For his first-ever Arena Football League game, this fan discovered more speed on the field and more fun in the stands than at an NFL game -- plus an abundance of entertaining collisions with immovable objects.

ArenaBowl XXI leaves New Orleans jazzed
Jason Lucas,

The Arena Football League made a bold statement by bringing ArenaBowl XXI to New Orleans this week. Fans came from far and wide to support the AFL and a great city on the rebound from a horrific tragedy.

No Storybook Ending for Columbus
Jack Bedell,

As tempting as it would be to write that the Columbus Destroyers’ Cinderella season disappeared in a flash, a quick, painless burst of bad fortune, that just isn’t the way things went down in front of a capacity crowd of 17, 056 in the New Orleans Arena t

Shelley goes for Arena title
Vallejo Times-Herald

Though Shelley's Destroyers are a considerable underdog - as recently as Friday, San Jose was listed as a 6.5 point favorite Columbus has made a habit this postseason of tripping up the AFL's best.

Overachieving SaberCats overlooked
Times Picayune

If the San Jose SaberCats defeat the Columbus Destroyers in Arena Bowl XXI today at the New Orleans Arena, it will be their third league title in six years, a feat matched only by Detroit and Tampa Bay more than a decade ago.

SaberCats vow to avoid letdown
San Jose Mercury News

But before the SaberCats get too confident, there's another Cinderella story to remember. Just last season, Chicago (also 7-9) upset San Jose to win the American Conference title and Orlando to win the ArenaBowl.

Title run hits wall
Columbus Dispatch

As the Columbus Destroyers dissected their errors in the ArenaBowl — and there were many — they would invariably stop themselves and heap credit on the San Jose SaberCats.

San Jose destroys Columbus to earn ArenaBowl title

The SaberCats beat the Columbus Destroyers 55-33 in Sunday's ArenaBowl to earn their third Arena League title in six years. It was the first team championship decided in the city since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005.

Adam Markowitz,

It wasn’t Mark Grieb’s greatest outing of his career, but it was more than enough for the San Jose SaberCats to defeat the Columbus Destroyers to win ArenaBowl XXI by the count of 55-33 in front of a sellout crowd in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Columbus Destroyers Fall 55-33 to San Jose SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXI
Columbus Destroyers Press Release

The Columbus Destroyers presented by Germain committed two costly turnovers and were unable to recover in a 55-33 loss to the San Jose SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXI New Orleans on Sunday. A record neutral site crowd of 15,147 was on hand at New Orleans Arena

SaberCats win ArenaBowl title
San Jose Mercury News

The SaberCats had the better record and statistics going into ArenaBowl XXI. But they couldn't fully appreciate their work until Sunday. Now, they can rejoice.

SaberCats face Cinderella in ArenaBowl today SaberCats face ...
The Argus

The Argus, CA - 1 hour agoBut, as the Destroyers have shown in recent weeks and Chicago showed last season, statistics and records mean nothing in arena football. ...

Recovering New Orleans welcomes ArenaBowl
Columbus Dispatch

"It's fantastic," said Jay Cicero of the New Orleans Sports Foundation. "It's a great piece of business for New Orleans at a very slow time for our hospitality business."

ArenaBowl caps AFL resurgence in Big Easy
Times Picayune

To some, it seems like an eternity since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the metro area Aug. 29, 2005. In the days after the storm, arena football seemed insignificant. . It was tough enough for the Saints to continue to function.

QBs two of league's elite
Times Picayune

"You watch (Nagy) in the games and his demeanor over the course of a game, and he just seems to have a real control and real confidence about him," Grieb said.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

ArenaBowl notables: It's the first sellout of a neutral site for the Arena Football League's championship game. . . . The game is expected to bring in $15 million to New Orleans through tourists' spending.

Briefs | San Jose, Columbus meet in ArenaBowl showdown
Seattle Times

The San Jose SaberCats realize the regular season won't mean anything when they face the Columbus Destroyers in the ArenaBowl today in New Orleans.

ArenaBowl XXI Media Day: Destroyers Style
Jack Bedell,

While it wasn’t the huge zoo Super Bowl Media Day has become, and I didn’t hear any ridiculous if-you-were-a-tree-what-tree-would-you-be questions, Friday’s media session for the Columbus Destroyers had more than its share of intrigue for me.

SaberCats Start Preparation for ArenaBowl XXI
Adam Markowitz,

Media Day for the San Jose SaberCats was business as usual for the two-time ArenaBowl champs on Friday afternoon. Unlike the Destroyers, who were completely loose and walking around with the “nothing to lose” mentality, the SaberCats seemed very business

Destroyers banking on backup for team radio
Columbus Dispatch

Last time the Columbus Destroyers played in New Orleans, quarterback Matt Nagy listened for his coach but heard only dead air.

Columbus happy it didn't sack Jones
Times Picayune

Leading up to ArenaBowl XXI, Jones has 9 1/2 sacks, which ranks first on his team and third in the AFL. Jones, who was selected first-team All-AFL, also has 13 tackles for losses, which leads the team and ranks third in the league.

SaberCats have become Arena League power
San Jose Mercury News

To hear players, coaches and the league's commissioner tell it, ownership deserves a lot of credit for providing the foundation that has launched the SaberCats to the most victories in arena football since 2000 and the brink of a third championship in six

Sabercats set for big game
Monterey County Herald

Sure, it helps to have proven playmakers and a coach who demands that every detail meets his high standards. But the SaberCats' rise to the top of the Arena Football League goes deeper than X's and O's.

Thompson is gunning for second AFL championship
The Gloucester County Times

Leroy Thompson has taken his 1999 Arena Football championship ring with him on every road trip his Columbus Destroyers made during the playoffs, giving his teammates an idea of what they've been playing for.

Add ArenaBowl to list of those helping post-Katrina New Orleans

For a city that has raked in the big paydays associated with the NFL's Super Bowl, abut $290 million, and the NCAA Final Four, about $100 million, the estimated $15 million in spending the ArenaBowl is expected to spark looks small. But Cicero said, cash

Football field is his arena
Richmond Times Dispatch

Kelvin Kinney is much like the restored'57 Chevy convertible he cruises in around Columbus, Ohio. He's high mileage - but very dependable.

Wearing many hats
Times Picayune

Darren Arbet is an Arena Football League lifer. His professional playing career was in the AFL. And with the exception of three years spent as an assistant at Sacramento State, Arbet's coaching days have been spent exclusively in the indoor game.

Destroyers to make it right
Times Picayune

Reality: Columbus defeated New York in Week 17, made the postseason and then defeated Tampa Bay, Dallas and Georgia -- three teams which had won 39 games this season -- and will play top-seed San Jose, which has won 12 consecutive games, in ArenaBowl XXI

Destroyers: Title run stirs up interest
Columbus Dispatch

When Damien Groce decided to sign with the Destroyers this past offseason, the chance to team up with quarterback Matt Nagy wasn't the only factor that brought him back to Columbus.

Everett looking for first-ever win against Spokane

Indeed, after opening the arenafootball2 season with four straight losses the Hawks have an opportunity to close the arduous 16-game campaign with four straight victories when playoff-bound Spokane (11-4) visits the Events Center Saturday.

A Helping Hand for a City that Needs It
Adam Markowitz,

Though I have only been in New Orleans for a few hours, I can tell that this city wants this game. There are ArenaBowl signs literally everywhere. The whole city seems to have no other concern than hosting this event.

AFL players participate in NO's rebuilding efforts
Times Picayune

The AFL and AFL Players' Association teamed up with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization which is building 100 playgrounds along the Gulf Coast, for the project.

Former Delaware QB has Columbus on brink of Arena Bowl title
The Phanatic

Matt Nagy, an All-American quarterback at the University of Delaware in 2000, led the Columbus Destroyers to a 66-56 win over the Georgia Force in the Arena Football League Division Championship Saturday, July 14, vaulting the Destroyers into their first-

ArenaBowl XXI: Not just a Championship game
Tim Ball,

San Jose, once again the AFL’s team of excellence is pitted against a determined adversary trying to prove that they are better than best. Alright already, can we throw away the importance of a regular season win-loss record?

Galloway Gets OK To Watch His Team
The Ledger

If you attend the Buccaneers' practices Sunday and don't see Joey Galloway, it'll be because he has a championship to win. As a team owner.

Nagy goes Bowl-ing
Lititz Record Express

Instead of being out of football, the former Manheim Central (1996 grad) star quarterback is preparing for one of the biggest games of his career. With Nagy as starting signal-caller, the Columbus Destroyers are set to meet the San Jose SaberCats in Arena

Adam and Jason's ArenaBowl Adventure
Adam Markowitz,

Galloway wants to watch Destroyers but has practice
Columbus Dispatch

When the receiver reports to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today, one of the first things he wants to do is have a quick conversation with coach Jon Gruden about an unusual dilemma. Galloway is a part-owner of the Destroyers, one of the team

Teacher, student to meet for ArenaBowl title
San Jose Mercury News

They used to eat breakfast together at a little diner in Albany, N.Y. - Doug Kay, the grizzled football purist and former military man, and Kay's young, enthusiastic assistant, Darren Arbet. They would talk football and life as though they were father and Podcasts from ArenaBowl XXI Press Release

Columbus can't claim title of "City of Champions"
Coshocton Tribune

Name the league — particularly minor or even sub-minor ones — and Columbus has had a team, for men and women, on ice, grass, diamonds, pitches and courts. Ohio’s capital city has even had a pro bowling team.

City of ... (few) CHAMPIONS
Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus Destroyers shocking playoff run has them one game away from being called ArenaBowl XXI champions.

"We think that this is going to send a great message"
Times Picayune

On Sunday the Arena Football League will host it's championship game, ArenaBowl XXI in New Orleans.

Columbus Dispatch

Ahead by seven points, the Destroyers faced a critical fourth down with 35 seconds left last Sunday in the Arena Football League National Conference championship game against the Georgia Force.

Galloway may get ring as an owner
Florida Today

In addition to playing wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, Galloway co-owns the Columbus (Ohio) Destroyers of the Arena Football League.

Underdog role should work out well for Destroyers
Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Dispatch, OH - 27 minutes agoThey entered the Arena Football League playoffs with a losing record before shocking Dallas and Georgia to reach the championship game. ...

Columbus Destroyers Host Fan Fest Events at Dispatch Ice Haus to Celebrate ArenaBowl Appearance
Columbus Destroyers Press Release

In celebration of the Columbus Destroyers upcoming appearance in ArenaBowl XXI, The Dispatch Ice Haus is being temporarily transformed into the Dispatch “Field Haus” for three Fan Fest events presented by Giant Eagle and Color World.

ArenaBowl XXI teams had rough outings vs. VooDoo
Jim Derry, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Each team lost to the VooDoo in the New Orleans Arena earlier this year, and while most of the similarities between the two end there, the result is the same.

Owning the game- Joey Galloway

That date just happens to coincide with the fourth day of Buccaneers training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Lake Buena Vista, Florida. With 640 miles – and more importantly, one demanding head coach in Jon Gruden – separating Lake Buena

Destroyers defense made itself heard
Columbus Dispatch

The defensive players realized Columbus won its first two playoff games mainly because of its offense and special teams. When the Georgia Force elected to receive after winning the coin toss in the National Conference championship, Ken Jones took it as a

Destroyers stun with playoff run
San Jose Mercury News

One month after not knowing if they would even make the playoffs, the Columbus Destroyers are four quarters from completing an unthinkable dream: an Arena Football League championship.

ArenaBowl bound
The Times and Democrat

Former South Carolina State University star Ken Jones and the Columbus Destroyers defeated the Georgia Force 66-56 Saturday in Atlanta to advance to the Arena Bowl – the championship of the Arena Football League – where they will take on the San Jose Sabe

Columbus and San Jose advance to ArenaBowl XXI
AFL Press Release

The Columbus Destroyers (7-9, 3-0) and San Jose SaberCats (13-3, 2-0) will meet in ArenaBowl XXI in New Orleans for the Arena Football League championship on Sunday, July 29. The game will be televised live on ESPN on ABC (HD) at 3 pm ET.

Sweet home New Orleans
Tim Ball,

Now we’re talking. The sellout of ArenaBowl XXI before the playoffs have even begun is the best news in the 21-year history of the Arena Football League. In the world of sports seldom is there anything “new.”

ArenaBowl XXI sold out
AFL Press Release

ArenaBowl XXI is officially sold out, the Arena Football League announced today. It is the first sell out of a neutral-site ArenaBowl, which began with ArenaBowls XIX and XX, both in Las Vegas.

Between the Pads
Most Passing Yards
218 yards, Grieb, San Jose
Most Receiving Yards
99 yards, Groce, Columbus
Most Rushing Yards
12 yards, Johnson, San Jose
Most Passing TDs
4 TDs, Grieb, San Jose
Most Receiving TDs
2 TDs, Roe, San Jose
Most Rushing TDs
2 TDs, Johnson, San Jose
Longest TD Pass
39 yards, Nagy to Groce, Columbus
Longest TD Run
4 yards, Johnson, San Jose
Most INTs Thrown
2 INTs, Nagy, Columbus