Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A11FL finalist markets have been home to great spring football games of years past


Fans in the 12 finalist A11 Football League markets, announced last week, are eagerly waiting to find out if their city will be home to one of the eight A11FL charter franchises, beginning in March of 2015.

And there’s no doubt that last week’s announcement got fans in those markets to thinking about the great spring football games they have seen in those cities over the years.

Games such as…

-         Remember the double-overtime XFL game in 2001 between the Chicago Enforcers and Los Angeles Xtreme – the one that delayed the start of Saturday Night Live? Chicago was ahead 25-13 after both halftime and the third quarter, but Los Angeles scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to force overtime. After both teams scored a touchdown and converted the non-kick conversion in the first overtime, the Xtreme won in the second OT period on a Tommy Maddox-to-Darnell McDonald touchdown pass. Maddox threw 65 times for passed for 412 yards, and wide receiver Jeremaine Copeland caught 17 passes for 190 yards and a score.

-         The most memorable early United States Football League game was in Week 3, when the clear underdog Denver Gold, on the road in a heavy snow storm against the title-favorite Chicago Blitz, prevailed 16-13 on a last-minute one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ken Johnson. The game was memorable because of the conditions, but also because the Blitz, coached by the legendary George Allen and bolstered by many high-priced rookies and veterans, fell to 1-2 with the loss.

-         And there were only two original World League of American Football teams in A11FL finalist markets – the New York/New Jersey Knights and the San Antonio Riders. The more competitive of their two meetings came in 1992, when the Riders rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit to win 9-3. It was memorable, but not for the right reasons – no touchdowns, four field goals, six fumbles, two turnovers, 16 penalties for 148 yards, 10 sacks and a total of 459 yards of offense on both sides.

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