While our traditional American football season is approaching, there are still teams and leagues around the world playing the sport. Here’s a recap of news from around the world:
ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE
The Albany Empire finished up its seasonal theme “unfinished business” with a dominating second half en route to a 45-27 victory over the Philadelphia Soul in the ArenaBowl 32 Sunday night before a crowd of 12,042 at Times Union Center.
Game MVP Tommy Grady, who won the last two seasonal MVPs, tossed five touchdown passes, four of them to Quentin Sims, and the Empire defense came up big with numerous turnovers and possession stops for Albany, which went 10-2 in the regular season and then dominated its two-game semifinal series. Sunday was much the same in the second half against the third-seeded Soul. Read more…
Current Canadian Football League standings:
- Hamilton Tiger Cats (6-2)
- Montreal Alouettes (3-4)
- Ottawa RedBlacks (3-5)
- Toronto Argonauts (1-6)
- Winnipeg Bluebombers (7-2)
- Calgary Stampeders (5-3)
- Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-3)
- Edmonton Eskimos (5-3)
- British Columbia Lions (1-8)
NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE
The Jacksonville Sharks (14-1) will host the Carolina Cobras (10-5) this weekend in Jacksonville for the NAL Championship.
These two teams met last year in the playoffs. This was a game where tensions were high, as there were multiple ejections for unsportsmanlike conduct in the game. The Cobras blew this one open early, scoring the first 26 points and leading 39-7 at the half. The Sharks tried to fight back in the second half but could not get any closer than 21 as the Cobras won for the third time in a row 73-48, taking the series to 3-1 Cobras. This win not only dethroned the defending NAL Champions, it sent the Cobras to the NAL Championship where they destroyed the Columbus Lions 66-8 to become the 2018 NAL Champions.
(Thanks to American Football International and Our Sports Central for their stories)