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Here’s  ArenaBowl  XXX  in  case  you  missed  it:

08/26/2017:  From  The  Wells  Fargo  Center  in  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania:

Philadelphia  Soul  (14-1):  44                                                    Tampa  Bay  Storm  (11-5):  40.

This  game  was  aired  on  WPVI-TV  Channel  6/6abc/ABC  Philadelphia  and  streamed  live  on  Twitter.com  and  the  AFLNow  app.

MY  ANALYSIS  ON  THIS  SEASON:  This  year  marked  thirty  years  of  the  Arena  Football  League,  but  it  deserved  more  pomp  and  circumstance.  Even  with  returning  to  Washington,  D.C.  and  expanding  to  Baltimore,  the  league  dealt  with  franchises  either  shutting  down  or  going  to  other  indoor  football  leagues.  As  fans,  we  can  only  hope  that  things  will  get  better  next  year  and  beyond.

CONGRATULATIONS  TO  THE  NOW  THREE-TIME  ARENABOWL  CHAMPION  PHILADELPHIA  SOUL  AND  THANK  YOU  ARENA  FOOTBALL  FOR  THE  FIRST  30  YEARS!!!!  HERE’S  TO  THE  NEXT  30  YEARS!!!!

For  everything  Arena  Football,  please  visit  ArenaFootball.com.  Thank  you. 

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On  Friday,  April  7,  2017,  Arena  Football’s  30th  Anniversary  Season  begins!!!!

The  new  Baltimore  Brigade  will  face  the  new  Washington  Valor  at  The  Verizon  Center  in  Washington,  D.C.  at  7PM  ET/6PM  CT/5PM  MT/4PM  PT  on  the  CBS  Sports  Network.

This  season,  the  CBS  Sports  Network  will  air  18  regular  season   games and  one  semifinal  game.  There’s  no  word  on  the  ArenaBowl  broadcast  at  this  time.

The  league  this  year  only  has  five  teams:  The  Cleveland  Gladiators, The  Philadelphia  Soul,  The  Tampa  Bay  Storm  and  the  debuting  Washington  Valor  and  Baltimore  Brigade.  This  year  marks  28  years  since  Washington,  D.C.  has  had  an  Arena  Football  franchise  since  the  disbanding  of  the  Washington  Commandos  after  the  1989  season.

Here  are  where  former  Arena  Football  franchises  are  now:

1.  Arizona  Rattlers:  The  five-time  ArenaBowl  Champions  are  now  with  the  Indoor  Football  League  (IFL)  as  members  of  the  Intense  Conference.

2.  Iowa  Barnstormers:  The  three-time  Conference  Champions  joined  the  IFL  in  2015.

3.  San  Jose  SaberCats:  The  four-time  ArenaBowl  Champions  disbanded  after  the  2015  season  due  to  non-football  related  reasons.

4.  Portland  Steel/Thunder:  The  league  folded  the  franchise  in  October  of  last  year  and  placed  its  players  in  a  dispersal  draft  afterwards.

5.  L.A.  KISS:  The  roster  was  liquidated  in  October  of  last  year.

6.  Pittsburgh  Power:  In  spite  of  a  banner  15-3  season  in  2014,  the  owners  ceased  operations.

7.  San  Antonio  Talons:  In  October  2014,  the  league  announced  that  the  team  would  not  return  for  the  2015  season  and  have  remained  dormant.

8.  Georgia  Force:  At  the  end  of  the  2012  season,  the  franchise  disbanded  due  to  Atlanta,  Georgia  not  responding  to  the  team’s  aggressive  marketing  campaign.  Team  President  Corey  Remillard  concluded  by  saying  “Atlanta  is  simply  not  a  football  town”.

9.  Spokane  Shock:  In  2016,  the  team  moved  to  the  IFL  and  are  now  the  Spokane  Empire.  Arena  Football  owns  the  rights  and  trademarks  to  the  Spokane  Shock  name.

10.  Jacksonville  Sharks:  After  last  season,  they  joined  the  National  Arena  League  (NAL),  formerly  know  as  the  Arena  Developmental  League  (ADL).  They  joined  after  the  IFL  rejected  them.

11.  Kansas  City  Command:  The  owners  shut  down  the  team  after  the  2012  season.

12.  Milwaukee  Mustangs:  After  the  2012  season,  the  team  went  dormant  for  the  2013  season.  The  next  year,  they  moved  to  Portland,  Oregon  to  become  the  Steel/Thunder.

13.  Orlando  Predators:  In  October  of  last  year,  the  team  announced  that  they  had  suspended  operations  due  to  the  reduced  number  of  the  teams,  and  other  pending  disagreements  in  the  league.

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Source  Credit:  Wikipedia.

 

 

This  Friday,  Arena  Football’s  new  season  begins!  The  Arizona  Rattlers  will  face  the  former  Portland  Thunder,  now  Portland  Steel  at  The  Moda  Center  in  Portland,  Oregon  at  10PM  ET/9PM  CT/8PM  MT/7PM  PT  on  The  CBS  Sports  Network.

For  more  information  on  the  name  change,  and  Arena  Football  returning  to  Washington,  D.C.  next  year,  please  visit  ArenaFootball.com  Thank  you.

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Two  weeks  ago,  The  Walter  E.  Washington  Convention  Center  played  host  once  again  to  Awesome  Con!!!!!  I  was  alone  this  time  as  my  little  brother  decided  to  sit  this  one  out.  As  you  can  tell  by  the  photo  above,  it  was  held  at  the  bottom  of  the  convention  center.  EVERYONE  had  to  walk  all  the  way  down  just  to  get  there.  Tedious?  You  know  it,  but  one  of  the  upsides  was  that  the  weather  was  warmer  than  two  years  before.

I  was  there  on  Saturday,  again,  because  I  couldn’t  afford  to  be  there  for  the  whole  three-day  event.  It  would  be  nice  to  do  that,  but  money  doesn’t  grow  on  trees  (Wouldn’t  it  be  nice  if  it  did?).  As  usual,  I  attended  the  Pro-Wrestling  Panel  which  was  without  its  moderator  Joe  Carabeo  as  another  panel  he  was  doing  was  double-booked.  The  rowdy  panel  went  on  as  scheduled.  I  got  to  meet  George  Takei  (Star  Trek),  Ralph  Macchio  (The  Karate  Kid),  Townsend  Coleman  (Teenage  Mutant  Ninja  TurtlesThe  Tick),  C.  Martin  Croker  (Space  Ghost  Coast  To  CoastCartoon  Planet)  and  Jess  Harnell  (AnimaniacsThe  Cleveland  Show)  and  Walter  Emmanuel  Jones  (Mighty  Morphin  Power  Rangers)  and  talked  with  them.  I  didn’t  get  any  photos  and  autographs  because  of  the  exorbitant  fees  that  were  requested.

I  met  cosplayer  YuffieBunny  and  took  a  photo  with  her!  Look  Below!

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Here’s  another  cosplayer  named  Jennifer  Rose!

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And  here’s  me  with  her!

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Here’s  another  cosplayer  named  Ani-Mia!

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And  here’s  me  with  her!

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Visit  YuffieBunny,  Jennifer  Rose  and  Ani-Mia  on  Facebook.

Both  George  Takei  and  William  Shatner  were  there,  and  as  I  mentioned,  I  spoke  with  George  and  gave  him  my  condolences  for  Leonard  Nimoy  who  passed  away  in  February  at  the  age  of  83,  and  Grace  Lee  Whitney  who  passed  away  last  month  at  the  age  of  85.  I  also  gave  him  my  condolences  for  Gene  and  Majel  Barrett-Roddenberry,  DeForest  Kelley  and  James  Doohan,  and  he  told  me  that  they,  especially  James,  were  all  wonderful  people.  There  was  A  VERY  LONG  LINE  for  William  Shatner,  but  I  did  get  a  glimpse  of  him  when  he  walked  onto  the  convention  floor.  I  finally  spoke  with  Walter  Emmanuel  Jones,  but  Austin  St.  John  had  already  left  while  David  Yost  and  Karan  Ashley  Jackson  were  getting  ready  to  leave.

The  women  in  the  next  three  photos  are  representing  a  novel  and  comic  book  series  created  by  Chad  Morton  called  NUN-The  Awakening.  The  series  is  about  Ancient  Egypt,  and  its  vast,  rich  history.  I  know  that  it  will  be  a  hit,  because  we  as  a  people  must  as  Captain  Jean-Luc  Picard  says,  Make  It  So.

Look  for  me  in  Photo  #2!

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For  more  information,  please  visit  NunTheAwakening.com,  and  find  them  on  Facebook  by  typing  What  Is  NUN?.

Here  are  two  photos  of  me  with  two  beautiful  Trekkies!

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And  here’s  me  with  Ms.  Marvel  circa  1977!

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I  think  her  friend  was  trying  to  get  the  right  photo,  but  hey,  it  was  fun!!!!

These  three  days  were  huge,  and  as  I  said  last  year……………I’M  READY  FOR  NEXT  YEAR!!!!!!!!!  Enjoy  the  photos!!!!!!!!!!

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This past Easter Weekend was an interesting one for conventions. Anaheim, California hosted WonderCon, New York City hosted a martial arts movie festival, and Washington, D.C. hosted the 2nd Awesome Con. Some people believe that Easter Weekend is not the best time to hold a convention. Some may think otherwise. But, it all depends on how you look at it.

My little brother and myself were there last Saturday, and we were both greeted by a VERY LONG LINE that wrapped around The Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It reminded me of the line at Katsucon 18 two years ago. According to reports, it took longer for those who pre-registered, than for those who were only there for one day! It was one of the big complaints of the event. The promoters have tallied the attendance at 40,000.

Here are a few standout cosplays:

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The Pope and his Cardinals

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Jesus. This wonderful gentleman named Anderson Marchack travels to conventions cosplaying as Jesus Christ spreading the message of good deeds and tolerance. To find him on Facebook, type in Cosplay Jesus.

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Rainbow Brite

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Booster Gold

One highlight was the return of Ernie Hudson to the convention. He recognized me from last year, and I gave him my condolences for his friend and Ghostbusters castmate Harold Ramis who passed away in February. And here are photos from what I felt were beautiful tributes to Harold’s life, memory and career.

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The Ecto 1A from Ghostbusters II

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Other celebrities that were there were Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Silver Spoons), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secrets of a Call Girl), Cary Elwes (Glory, The Crush, Robin Hood: Men In Tights) and the duo of David Yost and Walter Emmanuel Jones (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). I tried to meet them, but the lines were long, especially for David and Walter. Maybe I will see them again. I did attend the Pro-Wrestling Today Panel which was fun, in wich I was instantly recognized by the moderator Joe Carabeo, and panelists Ben Taylor and Dan Nokes. They also had DC101 FM’s Mike Jones as a guest panelist!!!. They had video game room that I forgot to visit, but my little brother told me that I didn’t miss much (YIKES!!!!!). Here’s another standout photo:

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From what I can tell, Catwoman joined the Justice League!!!!

This was a grand three days, and I’m ready for NEXT YEAR!!!! Here are more photos, ENJOY!!!!

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Here’s  Week  Fourteen  of   Arena  Football  in  case  you  missed  it:

1.  06/21/2013:  Spokane  Shock  (10-4):  66                                            Utah  Blaze  (5-7):  33.

2.  06/22/2013  (SIX  GAMES  IN  ONE  DAY!!!):  NET10  ARENA  FOOTBALL  SATURDAY:   San  Jose  Sabercats  (9-4):  72                          Arizona  Rattlers  (12-2):  42.   

Philadelphia  Soul  (9-3):  54                                           Iowa  Barnstormers  (6-7):  30.

NOTE:  For  those  of  you  living  in  The  Maryland-Washington,  D.C-Virginia  Metro  Area,  this  game  was  aired  earlier  this  afternoon  on  Comcast  Sportsnet  at  12  Noon.

Jacksonville  Sharks  (8-6):  43                                                 Cleveland  Gladiators  (5-7):  41.

Orlando  Predators  (5-8):  50                                             Pittsburgh  Power  (4-8):   35.

Chicago  Rush  (7-6):  50                                                 Tampa  Bay  Storm (7-7):   49.

San  Antonio  Talons  (6-7):   56                                    New  Orleans  VooDoo  (4-9): 53.

And  that’s  Week  Fourteen  folks!!!!!!

This  Saturday,  The  Orlando  Predators  will  face  The  Jacksonville  Sharks  at  Veterans  Memorial  Arena  live  on  the  CBS  Sports  Network  at  7PM  ET/6PM  CT/5PM  MT/4PM  PT.  Please  visit  ArenaFootball.com  for  more  information.  Thank  you.

Here’s  Week  13  of  Arena  Football  in  case  you  missed  it:

06/15/2013:  NET10  ARENA  FOOTBALL  SATURDAY:  Utah  Blaze (5-6):   62                                              Jacksonville  Sharks  (7-6):  55.

Orlando  Predators  (4-8):  62                                              Cleveland  Gladiators  (5-6):  55.

Philadelphia  Soul  (8-3):  59                                            Pittsburgh  Power  (4-7):  21.

NOTE:  For  those  of  you  living  in  The  Maryland-Washington,  D.C.-Virginia  Metro  Area,  this  game  aired  on  Comcast  Sportsnet  on  Sunday,  June  16,  2013  (Father’s  Day  2013).  

New  Orleans  VooDoo  (4-8):   54                                 Tampa  Bay  Storm  (7-6):  51.

Iowa  Barnstormers  (6-6):  73                                  San  Jose  Sabercats  (8-4):  68.

Arizona  Rattlers  (12-1):  59                                       Spokane  Shock  (9-4):   42.

San  Antonio  Talons  (5-7):  61                                Chicago  Rush  (6-6):  54.

The  Arizona  Rattlers  have  secured  their  place  in  the  playoffs.

And  that’s  all  Week  13  wrote!!!!!

This  Saturday,  The  Arizona  Rattlers  will  face  The  San  Jose  Sabercats  at  The  HP  Pavillion  in  San  Jose,  California.  The  game  will  start  at  10:30PM ET/9:30PM  CT/8:30PM  MT/7:30PM  PT  on  the  CBS  Sports  Network.  Please  visit  ArenaFootball.com  for  more  information.  Thank  you