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AFL Fun Facts, Post-Week 10

I’ve lost my ability to use Photoshop, so no cool graphs or .gifs anymore. All I have for you are fun facts about the Arena Football League as the regular season heads into its homestretch.

  • Two teams have yet to surrender a defensive touchdown – Arizona and Jacksonville.
  • One team has yet to score a defensive touchdown – Tampa Bay.
  • The LA KISS lost their game against the Orlando Predators via a botched FG snap that bounced through the end zone. It was the first safety recorded of 2016.
  • Because of Brandon Thompkins’ two kickoff return TDs in the fourth quarter that kept the Predators in it, the Predators offense took the field for only five drives. The next fewest drives in a game this season is seven, achieved by the KISS (in this game), and the Storm in Week 5. (Portland had the most, 15, in a Week 1 loss to Arizona.)
  • Speaking of Thompkins, he leads a Predators special teams unit that has EIGHT special teams touchdowns in 10 games. Tampa Bay has the second-most with three.
  • Portland’s maligned defense has come up with lots of stops recently. After having three combined stops against first team offenses in their first four games combined, the defense has come up with 3+ stops in three of their last four games, including six stops of Tampa Bay last week (plus two special teams fumble recoveries).
  • On the other hand, Orlando’s defense has melted down recently. After getting more than one stop in each of their first seven games, they’ve managed just one stop in each of the last three. They’re 1-2 in those games, with the win being due to an unforced error on LA’s part.
  • The Philadelphia Soul now lead the league in weighted offensive and defensive success rate, which is why they’re my No. 1 team in my upcoming Power Rankings post.
  • …and Cleveland‘s offense has become pretty darn good under Arvell Nelson. Since he took over as starter, the Gladiators have had 70% or better scoring rates in every game, a number they failed to achieve even once in their first four games. Under Nelson’s leadership, the offense went from Tampa Bay-levels of production to slightly better than Jacksonville’s.

 

Facebook Cover Schedules, Vol. 2

After we covered the American Conference yesterday, we still had four teams (and their fans) that needed Facebook cover schedules! Again, when I made these, my template was set for 2015 Facebook rules – since Facebook LOVES changing arbitrary things all the time to make it impossible to keep one set of standards, the current setup for profile pics will probably block out the “2016” part of your schedule. You’ll just have to remember what year it is on your own.

Without further ado, here are the National Conference schedules:

2016 Arizona Rattlers' home schedule

2016 Cleveland Gladiators' home schedule.

2016 Los Angeles KISS' home schedule

2016 Portland Steel's home schedule

Thunder 42, KISS 37: Goofus and Gallant summary

Sure, Jamar Howard, the offensive player of the game, posted three touchdowns and 119 total yards. Sure, Kyle Rowley, looking healthier than he has in years, converted six of his final seven drives into touchdowns with the lone KISS stop coming on a tipped-at-the-line interception. The real stars of the Portland Thunder’s season-opening 42-37 win over the Los Angeles KISS were the Thunder’s offensive and defensive lines, who dominated their KISS counterparts throughout the game.

Anyone who ever read Highlights for Children (or is familiar with enough memes) remembers Goofus and Gallant – they’ll be breaking down the rest of the game for me.

DL Robert Hayes and KC Obi meet at KISS QB Adrian McPherson.
Goofus lets defenders freely run at his quarterback.
The Portland Thunder's offensive line blocks for QB Kyle Rowley.
Gallant gets in the way of oncoming pass-rushers.
LB Brandon Tett forces the game-clinching incompletion on fourth down.
Goofus uses four blockers to stop three rushers when the fourth is headed for their QB.
Thunder offensive line blocks for QB Kyle Rowley.
Gallant uses four blockers to block three rushers when the fourth defensive player is standing and trying to block passes.
KISS offensive linemen hold LB Brandon Tett and DL Marquis Jackson to buy time for QB Adrian McPherson.
Goofus gains an advantage by illegally holding every player on the opposing team.
QB Kyle Rowley takes a snap under center.
Gallant gains an advantage by snapping the ball quickly and having faster reflexes than his opponent.

Choosing your team for the 2015 AFL season

Great! You chose to be an Arena Football fan based on my last blog post. Now, what team should you root for? Check out my newest flow chart over at ArenaFan (here’s a small portion of it below).

Part of the "Pick your 2015 AFL Team" flowchart over at ArenaFan

Thunder Top Play Tourney, Week 1 Recap

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We’re through a week of voting for 2014’s top play! The second round in the top half of the bracket has been set, with eight different players’ highlights being represented, a tribute to how much of a team effort these games are. The big upset of the first round was Danny Southwick, who ran past 2-seed Varmah Sonie with the longest touchdown run in Thunder history.

Top Play bracket after a week of voting

Next week will feature plays from our wins over our American Conference foes, the New Orleans Voodoo, Jacksonville Sharks, and Tampa Bay Storm. Be ready for several more great plays and help us determine who came up with the Thunder’s top play in 2014!

Don’t forget! YOU could make the top play for the Thunder in 2015! We have open tryouts on December 1 (QB, WR, DB) and 2 (FB, LB, OL, DL). Sign up early and save $20 on registration fees!

We’ll also be at the Dave and Buster’s opening in Clackamas from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, November 10 – stop by and say hi to Darron Thomas! But before you do that, go like their Facebook page. Since they got to 1,000 likes before tomorrow, we’re sending Darron with some extra prizes to give away to fans on Monday.

2014 Thunder Top Play, Day 4: Big Fumble vs. Big Hits

KC Obi, a Southern Californian, wreaked havoc on the Los Angeles KISS in the game at the Moda Center. The iconic play of the game was obviously the sack and forced fumble that resulted in Bryce Peila’s touchdown, putting the Thunder on top for good. But we couldn’t let Obi’s other work in the game go unnoticed. He posted a huge tackle for a loss early in the game and then crushed KISS returner AJ Cruz on a return later in the game.

Which rounds out the Round Two competitors in the Los Angeles Region?

To vote in today’s other battle, click here.