The National Arena League is that place between sleep and awake where you still remember nightmares of the AAL as the higher order to which you’re accustomed comes back into focus. It’s the Pearly Gate at which “pro” football really becomes professional. It’s where communities passionately embrace their teams and hate the opponent. It’s where you … More Zebras: A True Asset To The NAL
Following Gregg Fornario’s August 15 launch of Northern Arena Football, the prevailing sentiment is that this sport needs a new league about as much as the world needs to invent another way to make doughnuts. There’s an inherent fear about diluting its limited talent pool with a broader base of teams, or by over-saturating the … More Why Fornario’s NAF Is A Rising Tide For Arena Football
There’s no question Billy Back is a great coach. Maybe the National Arena League Coach of the Year. He earned the Indoor Football League equivalent of that honor in 2016 with the Wichita Falls Nighthawks. This year, he’s been downright Belichickian. His Carolina Cobras have been the most consistent team in the NAL, and he … More That Being Said, What The Hell Was Bill Back Thinking There?
Charles McCullum threw eight touchdown passes, and Phillip Barnett and Tyrell Goodman collected four touchdowns each, as the Carolina Cobras routed the Jacksonville Sharks, 73-48, in NAL semifinal action last night at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Carolina offense scored on each of its first 11 drives – ten going for touchdowns – while its defense … More Cobras Dominance, Sharks Breakdown, Put National Arena Bowl In Carolina
From a talent perspective, arena football is stratified into four widely accepted tiers. A player going from the EIFL to the AAL – or from AAL to NAL, or NAL to AFL – is said to be “moving up.” Congrats are posted on league forums and off they go, never to return. Culturally, however, the … More The Fifty Yarder Pocket Guide To Distinguishing Pro From Semipro
You better believe National Arena League Commissioner Chris Siegfried is all smiles these days. He has every right to be. By this time last year, the NAL was already three full weeks into its offseason, basically ceding the arena world to the AFL for the balance of July and all of August. But this year, … More With Bizarre AFL Postseason Over, NAL Now Stands Alone
I’ve spent the better part of this past week asking myself, what right do the Washington Valor have to challenge the Baltimore Brigade for the Arena Football League’s crown this Saturday night? Valor fans and those blind disciples of indoor football’s original league will say they have every right. The all-in playoff format was preordained … More AFL’s Beltway Bowl Is A Matchup That Should Not Be