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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 jazzedJason Lucas, ArenaFan.com
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.
Recovering New Orleans welcomes ArenaBowl
"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
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
"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.
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.
PRO FOOTBALL ArenaBowl XXI
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
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.
Overachieving SaberCats overlooked
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.
Shelley goes for Arena title
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.
SaberCats face Cinderella in ArenaBowl today SaberCats face ...
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. ...
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.
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
SaberChampions!Adam Markowitz, ArenaFan.com
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.
No Storybook Ending for ColumbusJack Bedell, ArenaFan.com
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
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.
Title run hits wall
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.
SaberCats Start Preparation for ArenaBowl XXIAdam Markowitz, ArenaFan.com
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
ArenaBowl XXI Media Day: Destroyers StyleJack Bedell, ArenaFan.com
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.
Destroyers banking on backup for team radio
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
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
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
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
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 ItAdam Markowitz, ArenaFan.com
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
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
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 gameTim Ball, ArenaFan.com
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
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, ArenaFan.com
Galloway wants to watch Destroyers but has practice
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
ArenaFan.com Podcasts from ArenaBowl XXI
ArenaFan.com Press Release
Columbus can't claim title of "City of Champions"
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
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"
On Sunday the Arena Football League will host it's championship game, ArenaBowl XXI in New Orleans.
AT THE PINNACLE
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
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, 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
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.
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 OrleansTim Ball, ArenaFan.com
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.