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This Week in Arena Football - Week 17

6/23/07 in Arena Football   |   Jon   |   5 respect

We start off this week on a sad note. Last Friday, Utah Blaze receiver/defensive back Justin Skaggs passed away during emergency brain surgery after being diagnosed with brain cancer just weeks before. Skaggs had been in the AFL since 2005, joining the Orlando Predators after a brief stint in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. He had been with the Blaze since their first season in 2006. The Blaze will be wearing stickers with his #3 on on them when they take the field tonight in a crucial game against Los Angeles.

In the game action from last week, there were no real surprises, as each team that was expected to win won. The league apparently experimented with a greased-up football in the game between Tampa Bay and Grand Rapids, as the two teams combined to turn the ball over 11 times, including 8 fumbles.

All good things must come to an end. The Super 7 must come to an end as well. As this is the last week of the season, this is the last time you will see the rankings this season. Here is this week's Super 7, which as usual was picked by you, the fans. Each team listed has their record next to their name, as well as their gain or loss in the rankings from the previous week.



Arena Football League Super 7 - After Week 16

 

7. Orlando Predators (8-7)  Down 1 spot

Orlando has already lost their last game of the season, as they fell to Philly on Thursday night. That is not a good way to go into the playoffs.

 

6. Los Angeles Avengers (9-6)  Up 2 spots

Los Angeles is in a tough spot this week. They have been playing very well, but they will be hosting an emotional Utah team that is fighting for a playoff spot.

 

5. Kansas City Brigade (10-5)  No Change

The game between Kansas City and Chicago this weekend is huge. The winner gets the division title and the important first round bye.  Both teams will want that win, as well as the momentum heading into the playoffs.

 

4. Chicago Rush (11-4)  No Change

See above. Chicago once seemed assured of the division crown, but Kansas City will not go away.

 

Half Time

The Arizona Rattlers season is done, as they have a bye week on the last week of the season, and so is Gene Nudo as head coach. Nudo has done a good job over the years in the Rattlers' front office, but this did not translate into on-the-field success as a head coach the last 2 seasons. It is rumored that if Sherdrick Bonner hangs up his shoes, he could be the next head coach of the team. Bonner actually served as offensive coordinator and called plays at times this season.

 

Back to the Super 7...

 

3. San Jose Sabercats (12-3) No Change

If such a thing as Pop Warner Indoor Football existed, one of those teams could easily beat San Jose's opponent this week, Las Vegas.

 

2. Georgia Force (13-2) No change

The race for home field advantage throughout the playoffs is not over yet. If Georgia wins and Dallas loses, the Force will clinch best record.

 

1. Dallas Desperados (14-1) #1 team for 8th consecutive week, 16th overall

The Desperados wish they could play New York every week. In their 2 games against the Dragons this season, Dallas outscored them 127-20.

 

That's it for This Week in the AFL! Check back next Friday for a preview of the playoff games, featuring cheerleaders from each of the teams.

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6/23/07   |   Jon   |   5 respect

Beatuofa wrote:
Sidenote, Gene Nudo is now out as GM as well as coach, and will merely work as a consultant for the team.  Along with Shedrick Bonner, Rattlers legend and Utah assistant Hunkie Cooper may also be in the running for the head job.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/91840

I hope that Nudo does stay around. It didn't work for him as coach, but he has still contributed a lot to the team's success over the years.

Both Sherdrick & Hunkie would be good candidates I think. They have years of experience with the league, and they've played for and/or coached with one of the best in the business (Danny White). I hope that Danny & Hunkie make the playoffs, that team deserves it after what they've been through the past couple of weeks.

6/23/07   |   WhoDey   |   6 respect

Keep the Skaggs family in your prayers people!

6/23/07   |   Beatuofa

Sidenote, Gene Nudo is now out as GM as well as coach, and will merely work as a consultant for the team.  Along with Shedrick Bonner, Rattlers legend and Utah assistant Hunkie Cooper may also be in the running for the head job.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/91840