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Gladiators Snake-Bitten by Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII
Randy Snow,

It was supposed to be the culmination of one of the greatest seasons ever by an Arena Football team. A win at home in ArenaBowl XXVII would have brought the city of Cleveland its first pro sports championship since the Cleveland Browns won the NFL title in 1964.

Rattlers to celebrate title with parade

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Arizona Rattlers ArenaBowl 3-Peat: By the Numbers
Arizona Sports

Austin short of arena title
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Las Vegas Home to Newest Arena Football Team
Guardian Liberty Voice

Champion Arizona Rattlers to parade through Phoenix

ArenaBowl XXVII Records
Adam Markowitz,

CLEVELAND - The Arizona Rattlers have beaten the Cleveland Gladiators 72-32 to win ArenaBowl XXVII for their third straight championship. The crack staff at has amassed all of the records and factoids from the game.

Gladiators Fall to Arizona 72-32 in ArenaBowl XXVII
Cleveland Gladiators Press Release

The Arizona Rattlers defense intercepted four passes, as Arizona defeated the Cleveland Gladiators 72-32 in ArenaBowl XXVII. A Quicken Loans Arena crowd of 18,410 witnessed the game; a crowd that is the largest in the AFL this season and the largest home crowd in Gladiators history. Arizona won the ArenaBowl for the third straight season.

Rattlers beat Gladiators in ArenaBowl

Rattlers Destroy Gladiators, 72-32
Arizona Rattlers Press Release

The James F. Foster Trophy is going nowhere. As it has for the past two seasons, the Arena Football League’s symbol of excellence will stay right here in the Valley, where it will continue to sparkle and shine in the desert sun.

Arizona Rattlers throttle Cleveland Gladiators in Arena Bowl, 72-32
The Plain Dealer -

Arizona Rattlers capture third consecutive Arena Bowl
Arizona Sports

Rattlers claim 3rd straight ArenaBowl title

Rattled again
Tucson News Now

Nick Davila tosses 8 touchdown passes, Rattlers crush Gladiators in ArenaBowl
Gant Daily

Not Gladiators Night, Lose AB
Jonah Rosenblum,

CLEVELAND - Let the disappointment sink in. Cleveland's golden night was anything but. A sellout crowd? Not quite. The free shirts cleverly masked empty seats, but make no mistake about it, the place wasn't full. A no-fly zone? Not even close. No big hits. In its place, plenty of broken coverages. A backup quarterback turned ArenaBowl winner? Shane Austin forced throws he never had.

Arizona Rattlers ArenaBowl XXVII Champions
Arizona Rattlers Press Release

Tonight the Arizona Rattlers defeated the Cleveland Gladiators 72-32 in the Arena Football League's (AFL) ArenaBowl XXVII at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

ArenaFan Staff Makes Picks for ArenaBowl XXVII
Adam Markowitz,

CLEVELAND -- All of the talking is said and done with, and the boot is about set to get put to leather. ArenaBowl XXVII will kick off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET at Quicken Loans Arena between the Cleveland Gladiators and the Arizona Rattlers. Our staff at ArenaFan weighs in on what we all think will happen in the biggest game of the season…

Former Saluki quarterback in ArenaBowl XXVII with Cleveland
The Southern

Saluki quarterback in ArenaBowl XXVII with ClevelandThe SouthernCARBONDALE -- The Cleveland Gladiators would not be in ArenaBowl XXVII tonight without former SIU quarterback Chris Dieker. Down four points at Spokane on April 19 with 1.8 seconds left, Dieker stepped in for injured starter Shane Austin with a miracle.

ArenaBowl XXVII: Gladiators, city of Cleveland hungry for a championship

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Arizona Rattlers win ArenaBowl XXVII 72-32
Joe Kauffman,

CLEVELAND- The dynasty is officially continuing. The Arizona Rattlers have completed their three-peat. They knocked off the Cleveland Gladiators 72-32 to win ArenaBowl XXVII in the biggest blowout in ArenaBowl history. The Rattlers are now the second team to win three straight ArenaBowl titles.

Dynasty Meets Destiny in ArenaBowl XXVII
AFL Press Release

CLEVELAND – Dynasty will meet destiny tonight with the James F. Foster Trophy on the line when the Cleveland Gladiators (17-1) host the Arizona Rattlers (15-3) at 8:00 p.m. ET in ArenaBowl XXVII on ESPN.

ArenaBowl Intensity Unmatched
Jeff Sims,

Playing for a championship, no matter the sport or the level, seems to bring out the best of those that are participating in it. Whether it’s a recreational softball, little league baseball, or professional (insert sport) team, playing for a championship takes things to a level that is hardly matched in regular season games.

Cleveland Gladiators battle Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII
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ArenaBowl XXVII sights, sounds: Arizona Rattlers beat Cleveland Gladiators, 72 ...
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Arizona Rattlers cement dynasty status with 3rd ArenaBowl win in a row

Rattlers hammer Gladiators to claim ArenaBowl title

Rattlers win third straight title, leave no questions in dominating Gladiators
Matt Loeschman,

After a season of heart-stopping finishes and miracle comebacks, the luck ran out and the clock struck midnight for the Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday night as the Arizona Rattlers ascended to dynasty status with a dominating 72-32 victory in ArenaBowl XXVII at Quicken Loans Arena.

Destiny vs. Dynasty
Matt Loeschman,

Destiny against Dynasty. Everything is on the line when the Cleveland Gladiators face the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Can the Glads continue their magical run and become the first Arena Football League team to win 20 games in one season while delivering Cleveland's first pro title in 50 years? Or will Arizona stake its claim as the best franchise in AFL history by winning a third consecutive championship in four ArenaBowl appearances?

Rattlers, Mercury look to bring more championships home

ArenaBowl XXVII: Cleveland Gladiators coach Steve Thonn missing one piece in ...
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The Plain Dealer - cleveland.comCleveland Gladiators coach Steve Thonn (right) talks to quarterback Shane Austin during a victory against Portland in July. Thonn, who was named Coach of the Year on Thursday, has been in the Arena Football League almost every year it has been in ...

Sanders honored by AFL
The Spokesman Review (blog)

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Jones, Glads Where They Want
Jonah Rosenblum,

Dominic Jones was going to be in the ArenaBowl no matter what, apparently. With Orlando, his former team. With Cleveland, his current team. Both of whom played August 10 for an ArenaBowl berth. But Cleveland wasn’t going to be. Not without Jones.

Cleveland Gladiators pumped up for ArenaBowl XXVII
19 Action News

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AFL continues its rock-star affiliation

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Arena Football League tests Vegas waters for third time
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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ArenaBowl XXVII: Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila knows Ohio football
The Plain Dealer -

The Plain Dealer - cleveland.comHe received his second career Arena Football League's Most Valuable Player award this week, and he is the player the Cleveland Gladiators most need to stop in ArenaBowl XXVII Saturday at 8 p.m. in Quicken Loans Arena (ESPN). Known for his accuracy ...and more »

ArenaBowl XXVII: Cleveland Gladiators playing for first Cleveland football ...

News-Herald.comArena Football League commissioner Jerry Kurz has billed the game as “Dynasty vs. Destiny” and rightly so. The Rattlers (17-3) are playing in their fourth straight ArenaBowl, having won two straight, while the Gladiators (19-1) have won six contests this ...and more »

Dynasty vs. Destiny on tap in the ArenaBowl

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Cleveland Gladiators timeline: Historic moments in franchise history
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Super Sports Saturday: Thousands will be downtown for 3 separate events
19 Action News

downtown Saturday as there are three sporting events scheduled: the Cleveland Browns host the St. Louis Rams, the Cleveland Indians host the Houston Astros, and the Cleveland Gladiators host the Arizona Rattlers for the ArenaBowl championship.and more »

Ironwood grad lives dream as professional quarterback

Rattlers take aim at third consecutive Arena Bowl title

Cleveland Gladiators coach Steve Thonn named Arena Football League 2014 ...
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The Plain Dealer - cleveland.comCLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Gladiators coach Steve Thonn was named Arena Football League NET10 Wireless Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year on Thursday, and he was not alone among his staff being honored. Defensive coordinator Ron ...

Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila wins 2nd Arena Football MVP

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Local products make strides in Arena Football
The News Journal

Amazing, Alluring With Asterisk
Jonah Rosenblum,

What would an ArenaBowl mean to Cleveland? "I keep saying LeBron James is the second biggest story in town after us," coach Steve Thonn joked. Remember when Barry Bonds passed Hank Aaron? When a once sleek-suddenly brawny San Francisco Giant stole baseball’s home-run mark? He had that mark, still has that mark, but always with an asterisk.

ArenaBowl XXVII: Cleveland Gladiators assistant Tim Cheatwood loves that ...
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The Plain Dealer - cleveland.comGladiators assistant coach and Benedictine grad Tim Cheatwood recalls the Bernie Kosar Browns era Benedictine grad and Cleveland Gladiators assistant coach Tim Cheatwood knows what a football championship would mean to Cleveland. The Gladiators ...and more »

ArenaBowl XXVII capsule: Arizona Rattlers vs. Cleveland Gladiators

wl XXVII capsule: Arizona Rattlers vs. Cleveland GladiatorsNews-Herald.comArenaBowl XXVII capsule: Arizona Rattlers vs. Cleveland Gladiators. Gladiators QB Shane Austin (photo credit John Saraya). By Mark Podolski, The News-Herald. Posted: 08/20/14, 12:24 PM EDT | Updated: 1 min ago. # Comments. ArenaBowl XXVII.and more »

BG grad having huge season in Arena Football League
Oneonta Daily Star

Cleveland Gladiators hold football clinic for more than 70 from Euclid Youth ...

NewsNet5.comThe youth practiced on the same field that will be used for arena bowl 27 where the Cleveland Gladiators will take on the Arizona rattlers for the championship. The game starts at 8 o'clock this Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena,. Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, ...and more »

Walking Off What Gladiators Do
Adam Markowitz,

At some point in the late-90s, the term walk off became big in baseball. It's where a team wins a game on the final at bat of the game, meaning the home team has to score the winning run in the ninth inning or in extra innings. It's not a term that you hear all that often in football, but for all intents and purposes, it's what the Cleveland Gladiators have been doing all season long.

ArenaFan @ AB XXVII Pictures
ArenaFan Online's pictures from ArenaBowl XXVII

O-Line for Glads Creating Wins
Adam Markowitz,

By now, we all know that the mantra of the Cleveland Gladiators is the concept of going 1-0. It isn't just winning every individual game. It's about winning every individual play. It's about doing your job. It's about keeping your assignment. It's about making sure that you're not the guy who lets your brothers and teammates down on a play. Perhaps the least talked about members of the Gladiators are Kitt O'Brien, Shannon Breen, and CJ Cobb.

Rattlers weather personal storms in exhausting season

Huey is Mr. Versatility
Matt Loeschman,

In just three years in the Arena Football League, Arizona Rattlers offensive lineman Michael Huey has been named to the All-Arena offensive team every season and has claimed two championships with a chance for a third on August 23. All while scoring touchdowns along the way. Quite simply, Huey is living an offensive lineman's dream.

ArenaBowl XXVII: Arizona Rattlers scouting report
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ArenaFan @ AB XXVII Blog
ArenaFan Online

Dominant Debut
Mail Tribune

When Bryce Peila arrived at the doorstep of the Arena Football League earlier this year, he could have knocked politely.

Latin Laser Could Stand Alone
Adam Markowitz,

It's amazing to think that in five short years, Nick Davila has managed to do more with his Arizona Rattlers than most men did in their entire careers. However, for all of his statistical accomplishments, it would be a third straight championship in as many years that would really be the icing on an already decadent cake. This year, Davila hopped over a number of some all-time great quarterbacks in AFL history in benchmark career numbers.

Ross honored for another successful campaign
Huntsville Item

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Former Crater player makes dominant AFL debut
Mail Tribune

Gladiators Started From Bottom
Adam Markowitz,

It's not that often that you'll see me referencing Drake in any of my articles, but in the case of the Cleveland Gladiators, I feel as though I can safely say that they started from the bottom, now they're here in ArenaBowl XXVII. Statistically speaking, there has never been a turnaround in AFL history quite like this one. Never before has there been a team with a worse winning percentage the previous season go on to make the ArenaBowl.

AFL, ESPN Announce ArenaBowl XXVII Broadcast Team
AFL Press Release

The NET10 Wireless Arena Football League has announced the broadcast talent for ArenaBowl XXVII on ESPN. Anthony Herron and Ari Wolfe will be in the broadcast booth at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on August 23.

ArenaBowl Interviews & Videos Press Release

CLEVELAND – ArenaBowl XXVII will take place on Saturday, August 23rd at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. In preparation for the game, is continuing its tradition of bringing you, the fans, the best and most in depth interviews with personalities from all across the Arena Football League.

AFL Tonight - Episode 23: Dynasty vs Destiny Press Release

Tim Capper and Adam Markowitz present the twenty-third episode of the 2014 season of AFL Tonight. Conference Championship results, ArenaBowl matchup, 4th and Loud Premiere, Perry Moss, Talons deadline looms, fan Q&A and much more. Our special interview this week is Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic.

Jackson Alone for Glads
Adam Markowitz,

If you want to know what the definition is of excellence in sports, just go into the Arizona Rattlers' locker room prior to ArenaBowl XXVII. The players in that locker room have a combined 30 rings on their fingers, and the collection of 24 men will have been on the roster for a combined 45 ArenaBowls prior to August 23rd.

The 2014 ArenaBowl Matchup
Randy Snow,

This year’s matchup in ArenaBowl XXVII is the one that fans have been dreaming of for most of the 2014 season. The Cleveland Gladiators and the Arizona Rattlers were clearly the two best teams in the Arena Football League all season long and it is fitting that they are the last two teams standing.

ArenaBowl XXVII By the #s
Adam Markowitz,

For the 27th time, the Foster Trophy will be handed out a week from Saturday, and it will be handed to either the two-time defending champion Arizona Rattlers or the up and coming Cleveland Gladiators. The game is being billed as

Gladiators to Host Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII
AFL Press Release

After 20 grueling weeks of regular season play and a pair of postseason battles, the two best teams in the Arena Football League in 2014 are set to square off at ArenaBowl XXVII.

Between the Pads
Most Passing Yards
237 yards, Davila, Arizona
Most Receiving Yards
134 yards, Lewis, Cleveland
Most Rushing Yards
3 yards, Singleton, Arizona
Most Passing TDs
8 TDs, Davila, Arizona
Most Receiving TDs
3 TDs, Windsor, Arizona
Most Rushing TDs
0 TDs, O`Brien, Cleveland
Longest TD Pass
41 yards, Davila to Windsor, Arizona
Longest TD Run
No TD passes
Most INTs Thrown
4 INTs, Austin, Cleveland