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Iowa Barnstormers announce Coaching Staff for 2020 Season

The Iowa Barnstormers announced a new set of assistant coaches to join Ameer Ismail in his first season at the helm on Wednesday morning, as well as a new equipment manager.

Ismail will be joined in the 2020 season by four assistants: Chris Mosley, Mike Haar, Jason Simpson, and James Terry.
Iowa Barnstormers announce Coaching Staff for 2020 Season
A familiar name on the list for Barnstormers fans will be Simpson, who returns to the staff as the Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach.

Simpson was a former player for the team for six seasons and coached in Des Moines in 2015, 2016 and 2019.

Jason Simpson on the field during an Iowa home game in 2019. Photo by Connor Ferguson.

“I am very excited to have Jason leading our defensive backs and special teams,” Ismail said in the release. “Attitude and energy are important attributes as a special teams coach and he has both. Look for an exciting special teams unit and an opportunistic hard hitting secondary.”

Simpson will be joined by another former player in former Sioux Falls Storm star James Terry.

Terry played 10 seasons for the Storm and sits in the top 10 in the league’s statistical categories in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, all-purpose yards, as well as scoring.

Terry was also named to the Indoor Football League Hall of Fame in 2017.

“James Terry has experience playing at a high level as both quarterback and wide receiver,” Ismail said in the release. “I played against James as a player and he was one of the best I ever faced. I look forward to him being able to pass on his knowledge in a coaching role.”

Also on the staff is a coach with both NFL and CFL experience in Chris Mosley.

Mosley – a former coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and Montreal Alouettes – will be the Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach.

“Mosley has both CFL and NFL experience and the ability to teach,” Ismail said in a release. “He brings schemes and knowledge of what works best in the run game. His attention to detail elevates his ability to coach next level athletes.”

The other piece to the staff is Defensive Line Coach in Mike Haar.

Haar has spent time with the Green Bay Blizzard as a defensive line coach and most recently was an assistant for the Cedar Rapids River Kings.

“(Haar) has great experience coaching in the IFL and will be a great asset to our staff,” Ismail said in the release. “His defensive line has always been technically sound and physical, two things I value very highly.”

The group will take over with the goal of bringing another United Bowl championship to the city of Des Moines.

“When finding my coaching staff, it was important that they had a love for coaching and the ability and want to learn and grow,” Ismail said in a release. “I wanted a group that was self-motivated and could also motivate and get the best out of their athletes and I believe that is what we have built.”

The team will open their 2020 season on the road at Oakland – a franchise that is new to the IFL owned by Marshawn Lynch. Each game will be televised on YouTube.

2020 Barnstormers Schedule
Mar. 14 | @ Oakland
Mar. 29 | @ Bismarck
Apr. 03 | vs. Green Bay
Apr. 11 | vs. Arizona
Apr. 19 | @ Green Bay
Apr. 25 | vs. Bismarck
May 02 | @ Sioux Falls
May 09 | vs. Quad City
May 16 | vs. Cedar Rapids
May 30 | @ Cedar Rapids
Jun. 06 | @ Bismarck
Jun. 13 | vs. Quad City
Jun. 19 | @ Frisco
Jun. 27 | Sioux Falls

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Saskatchewan Roughriders Free Agency Preview

It’s amazing how fast things change in one year. In 2019, the Saskatchewan Roughriders free agency period was blanketed with a cloud of uncertainty. Chris Jones, the VP of Football Operations, Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator headed south to Cleveland for an opportunity in the NFL. Both of the Riders quarterbacks were free agents leaving many to wonder what this team would look like come kick-off.

Fast forward one year, Craig Dickenson earned himself a Coach of the Year nomination and Cody Fajardo was a finalist for Most Outstanding Player. There’s less stress in 2020 for the Riders but that doesn’t mean there isn’t business to take care of.
Saskatchewan Roughriders Current Free Agents
Quarterback
None

Running Back
None

Wide Receiver
Emmanuel Arceneaux, Denzel Radford, Naaman Roosevelt, Cory Watson

Offensive Line
Dariusz Bladek, Philip Blake, Thaddeus Coleman, Jeremy Zver

Defensive Line
Lavar Edwards, Micah Johnson, Jordan Reaves

Linebacker
Brandyn Bartlett, DyShawn Davis, Solomon Elimimian, Alexandre Gagne, Sam Hurl

Defensive Back
None

Special Teams
None
Who’s Back?
The Saskatchewan Roughriders free agency period got off to a hot start with a flurry of re-signings before the doors swing open Tuesday. There were plenty of big names that many Rider fans feared would be testing the open market. Ed Gainey, Nick Marshall, Shaq Evans, AC Leonard and Cameron Judge will all be back in green & white for 2020.

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— TSN (@TSN_Sports) October 6, 2019

Saskatchewan has also done a good job of retaining the likes of Dan Clark, Jon Ryan, Kienan LaFrance, Takoby Coefield, Chad Geter & Elie Bouka. While there has been plenty of chaos surrounding the likes of Matt Nichols, Nick Arbuckle, Willie Jefferson and Zach Collaros (rightfully so), the Riders have quietly gone about retaining a majority of their roster that propelled them to 13 wins and a West Final appearance.
Who’s Left?
Reports have been surfacing that two big names will not be returning to Saskatchewan in 2020. Naaman Roosevelt and Solomon Elimimian. After extending Shaq Evans to a deal reportedly worth $175,000, it seems likely that Saskatchewan will run with the younger receivers they have in the pipeline that includes Paul McRoberts, Justin McInnis, Kyran Moore, Jordan Williams-Lambert & Kenny Stafford.

Upfront, Dariusz Bladek, Thaddeus Coleman and Philip Blake remain unsigned, it remains to be seen if deals will be reached before free agency opens. All three started at various points throughout the 2019 season.

On the defensive side of the ball, prized free agent from 2019, Micah Johnson remains a pending free agent. Jordan Reaves, Sam Hurl and DyShawn Davis round out key contributors who are set to hit the market.
What do the Riders need?
With Jeremy O’Day taking care of business by re-signing a range of star players and key role players, the Riders don’t exactly have to make a giant splash this free agency. While it may not put them at the top of any “Who had the best Free Agency?” lists, it was vital that they got this done before February 11th.
Additional Pass Rushers
That being said, it wouldn’t hurt Saskatchewan to add additional pass-rushers to rotate with Charleston Hughes and Leonard. If Johnson does leave in free agency, it appears Zack Evans and Makana Henry would fill in at the tackle spots.

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Linebackers
Re-signing Judge was massive for the Riders, however, with the departure of Derrick Moncrief and likely Elimimian, they’ll need to add to this group once free agency opens. Finding someone of Moncrief’s diversity of talents at linebacker in coverage will be difficult but this free-agent class boasts a solid crop of talent that the Riders can target that includes but is not limited to Maleki Harris, Micah Awe, Kevin Brown II and Marcus Ball.
Offensive Line Depth
As mentioned earlier, there are a number of their own free agents the Riders can re-sign that would alleviate the urgency of this need. However, at the moment, Terran Vaughn, Brendon LaBatte, Dan Clark, Dakoda Shepley and Takoby Coefield are who make up the Riders crop of proven offensive linemen under contract.

Free agents such as Ryker Matthews and Derek Dennis may come at too steep of a price-tag for the Riders. However, there is a number of pending free agent offensive linemen that Saskatchewan can target. Such as Justin Renfrow, Spencer Wilson, Jean-Simon Roy or Tyler Holmes.
Sit Back and Wait
The cliche saying goes “the Grey Cup isn’t won in February!” but that doesn’t mean a team can’t help their chances. Saskatchewan has done the most important thing before free agency has opened and that’s securing their franchise quarterback and retaining their star-calibre players. Anything they do after that is the icing on the cake. Don’t mistake that statement with complacency.

If the Riders want to hoist the Grey Cup on home soil in nine-months, they’ll need to add difference makers at linebacker and depth at other key spots. But for the time being, Saskatchewan Roughriders’ free agency in 2020 is much need departure from the chaos that surrounded this franchise last year at this time.

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National Arena League Releases 2020 Schedule

The National Arena League (NAL) recently announced their schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. The 2020 NAL schedule will feature seven teams; some teams will have 12 games while others will play 13 games in the regular season. With the league having only seven teams, that means at least one team is going to have to be on a Bye Week every week of the season.
National Arena League Releases 2020 Schedule
With the holidays quickly approaching, this is the perfect gift for arena lovers. The NAL website stated that the schedule would be released on November 1, but that obviously didn’t happen. The league wasn’t sure on the state of the New York Streets and where they were going to play. The league ended up cutting ties with NY and moved on. Hopefully for the Streets and the NAL, New York will be back for the 2021 season. Now that the schedule is released, we can now take a dive into who your favorite team is playing week by week.
Week 1
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Columbus Lions, Jersey Flight, Carolina Cobras, Orlando Predators, Massachusetts Pirates
Week 2
Friday, April 10, 2020
West Virginia Roughriders @ Carolina Cobras

Saturday, April 11, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ Jersey Flight
Orlando Predators @ Massachusetts Pirates

Teams on Bye
Columbus Lions
Week 3
Friday, April 17, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ Columbus Lions

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Jersey Flight @ Massachusetts Pirates
Carolina Cobras @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Orlando Predators
Week 4
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Orlando Predators @ Carolina Cobras
Columbus Lions @ Jersey Flight
Massachusetts Pirates @ Jacksonville Sharks

Teams on Bye
West Virginia Roughriders
Week 5
Friday, May 1, 2020
Massachusetts Pirates @ Jersey Flight

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Orlando Predators @ Columbus Lions
West Virginia Roughriders @ Jacksonville Sharks

Teams on Bye
Carolina Cobras
Week 6
Friday, May 8, 2020
Carolina Cobras @ Massachusetts Pirates

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ Orlando Predators
Jersey Flight @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Columbus Lions
Week 7
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Massachusetts Pirates @ Carolina Cobras
Orlando Predators @ Jacksonville Sharks

Sunday, May 17, 2020
Jersey Flight @ Columbus Lions

Teams on Bye
West Virginia Roughriders
Week 8
Friday, May 22, 2020
Massachusetts Pirates @ Orlando Predators

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Columbus Lions @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Jersey Flight, Carolina Cobras, Jacksonville Sharks
Week 9
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Columbus Lions @ Jacksonville Sharks
Jersey Flight @ Carolina Cobras
West Virginia Roughriders @ Massachusetts Pirates

Teams on Bye
Orlando Predators
Week 10
Friday, June 5, 2020
Jersey Flight @ Orlando Predators

Saturday, June 6, 2020
West Virginia Roughriders @ Columbus Lions
Carolina Cobras @ Jacksonville Sharks

Teams on Bye
Massachusetts Pirates
Week 11
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Columbus Lions @ Massachusetts Pirates
West Virginia Roughriders @ Orlando Predators
Carolina Cobras @ Jersey Flight

Teams on Bye
Jacksonville Sharks
Week 12
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ Carolina Cobras
Orlando Predators @ West Virginia Roughriders
Jersey Flight @ Massachusetts Pirates

Teams on Bye
Columbus Lions
Week 13
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Massachusetts Pirates @ Columbus Lions
Jersey Flight @ Jacksonville Sharks

Sunday, June 28, 2020
Carolina Cobras @ Orlando Predators

Teams on Bye
West Virginia Roughriders
Week 14
Thursday, July 2, 2020
West Virginia Roughriders @ Jersey Flight

Friday, July 3, 2020
Columbus Lions @ Orlando Predators

Teams on Bye
Jacksonville Sharks, Carolina Cobras, Massachusetts Pirates
Week 15
Saturday, July 11
Jacksonville Sharks @ Massachusetts Pirates
Orlando Predators @ Jersey Flight
Columbus Lions @ Carolina Cobras

Teams on Bye
West Virginia Roughriders
Week 16
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Carolina Cobras @ Columbus Lions
Orlando Predators @ Jacksonville Sharks
Massachusetts Pirates @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Jersey Flight
Playoffs – Week 1
Saturday, July 25, 2020
#4 Seed @ #1 Seed
#3 Seed @ #2 Seed
National Arena Bowl IV
Saturday, August 8, 2020
TBA @ TBA
Player Transactions and Free Agency
Now that the 2020 NAL schedule has been released, we can have an understanding as to what we should expect from each team. Every team is signing players and making constant roster moves to better their team. You can view a free agency tracker here.The post National Arena League Releases 2020 Schedule appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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National Arena League All-Time Records

With the conclusion of the 2019 National Arena League (NAL) season last August, things have slowed down enough to put together a list of all of the records in the league since the beginning. The NAL All-Time Records includes stats and records from all three sides of the ball. This could help figure out who the best possible player could be in league history.
National Arena League All-Time Records
National Arena League Individual Game Records (Regular Season and Post-Season)
Passing Attempts:
EJ Nemeth (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (61)

Passing Completions:
EJ Nemeth (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (34)

Passing Yards:
Charles McCullum (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (346)

Passing Touchdowns:
Bryan Hicks (Predators) at Carolina Cobras on 5.25.19 (9); Luke Collis (Lions) at New York Streets on 6.15.19* (9); Mike Fafaul (Sharks) vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (9); Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9)

Interceptions Thrown:
Matt Parsons (Predators) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 7.5.19 (7); Brian Smith (Predators) at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.27.19 (7)

Rushing Attempts:
Undra Hendrix (Grizzlies) vs. Georgia Firebirds on 5.7.17 (19)

Rushing Yards (Net):
Derrick Ross (Sharks) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (92)

Rushing Touchdowns:
David Legree (Streets) vs. Carolina Cobras on 6.8.19 (4); Quayvon Hicks (Lions) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.2.18 (4); Derrick Ross (Sharks) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (4)

Receptions:
Rob Jones (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (15)

Receiving Yards:
Tyron Laughinghouse (Cobras) at Jacksonville Sharks on 4.28.18 (181)

Receiving Touchdowns:
Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) at Maine Mammoths on 6.2.18 (6)

Points In A Game:
Tristan Purifoy (Lions) at Monterrey Steel on 6.12.17 (38)

Kick Return Yards:
Jason Johnson (Mammoths) at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (163)

Missed Field Goal Return Yards:
Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (59)

Longest Missed Field Goal Return:
Jacoby Jones (Steel) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 3.20.17 (58)

Field Goals Attempted:
Tyler Rausa (Lions) at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.21.18 (4); Henry Nell (Mammoths) vs. Columbus Lions on 7.14.18 (4); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 6.30.18 (4); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 4.29.18 (4); Nick Belcher (Sharks) vs. Monterrey Steel on 5.20.17 (4); Brandon Rutherford (Steel) at Jacksonville Sharks on 5.20.17 (4); Will Johnson (Grizzlies) vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.17 (4)

Field Goals Made:
Henry Nell (Mammoths) at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (3); Jed Solomon (Firebirds) at Columbus Lions on 4.2.17 (3)

Extra Points Attempted:
Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (12); Lindsey Wolfe (Lions) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (12); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (12); Cody Sterrett (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (12)

Extra Points Made:
Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (11); Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (11); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (11)

Deuces Made:
Nick Belcher (Cobras) vs. New York Streets on 5.4.19 (4); Craig Peterson (Cobras) at Jacksonville Sharks on 4.28.18 (4); Henry Nell (Mammoths) at Massachusetts Pirates on 5.12.18 (4); Craig Peterson (Cobras) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.19.18 (4); Tyler Rausa (Lions) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 6.30.18 (4); Lindsey Wolfe (Lions) at Corpus Christi Rage on 3.26.17 (4); Nick Belcher (Sharks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 5.6.17 (4)

Tackles:
Jabari Gorman (Sharks) at High Country Grizzlies on 4.9.17 (13.5)

Sacks:
Logan Ingle (Lions) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (6.5)

Interceptions:
Jimmy Legree (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (4)

Interception Return Yards:
Brandon Fuentes (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (91)
National Arena League Team Individual Game Records (Regular Season and Post-Season)
Passing Attempts: New York Streets at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (61)

Passing Completions: New York Streets at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (34)

Passing Yards: Columbus Lions at Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.18 (346)

Passing Touchdowns: Columbus Lions at Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.18 (9); Carolina Cobras vs. Orlando Predators on 5.25.19 (9); Orlando Predators at Carolina Cobras on 5.25.19 (9); Columbus Lions at New York Streets on 6.15.19 (9); Jacksonville Sharks vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (9); Carolina Cobras vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9)

Interceptions Thrown: Orlando Predators at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.27.19 (7); Orlando Predators vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 7.5.19 (7)

Rushing Attempts: High Country Grizzlies vs. Georgia Firebirds on 5.7.17 (22)

Rushing Yards (Net): Jacksonville Sharks vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (129)

Rushing Touchdowns: New York Streets vs. Carolina Cobras on 6.8.19 (4); Columbus Lions at Carolina Cobras on 6.23.18 (4) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.2.18 (4) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates vs. Maine Mammoths on 5.12.18 (4) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras at Maine Mammoths on 4.14.18 (4) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions at Massachusetts on 8.11.18 (5) (Post-Season)

Points In A Game: Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.19.17 (95)

Total Offense: Columbus Lions vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.11.19 (352); Massachusetts Pirates at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (352)

Kick Return Yards: Maine Mammoths at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (163)

Missed Field Goal Return Yards: Massachusetts Pirates at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (59)

Field Goals Attempted: Columbus Lions at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.21.18 (4); Maine Mammoths vs. Columbus Lions on 7.14.18 (4); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 6.30.18 (4); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 4.29.18 (4); Jacksonville Sharks vs. Monterrey Steel on 5.20.17 (4); Monterrey Steel at Jacksonville Sharks on 5.20.17 (4); High Country Grizzlies vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.17 (4)

Field Goals Made: Maine Mammoths at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (3); Georgia Firebirds at Columbus Lions on 4.2.17 (3)

Extra Points Attempted: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (12) Columbus Lions vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (12); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (12); High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (12)

Extra Points Made: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (11); Jacksonville Sharks vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (11); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (11)

Tackles: Jacksonville Sharks at High Country Grizzlies on 4.9.17 (48)

Sacks: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.12.18 (10); High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (10)

Interceptions: High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (8)

Interception Return Yards: High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (150)

National Arena League Individual-Players Season Records

Passing Attempts: Jonathan Bane (Mammoths) in 2018 (494) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (550) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (296) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (332) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (3,313) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (3,778) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (87) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (102) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Caleb Walton (Steelhawks) in 2018 (19) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (19) (Regular Season); Caleb Walton (Steelhawks) in 2018 (19) (Post-Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (19) (Post-Season)

Rushing Attempts: Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (124) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (521) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (558) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (25) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (27) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receptions: Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (104) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (114) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Yards: Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (1,210) (Regular Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (1,399) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Touchdowns: Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (31), Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (31) (Regular Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (35) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Mardy Gilyard (Pirates) in 2019 (198) (Regular Season); Mardy Gilyard (Pirates) in 2019 (198) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Daron Clark (Grizzlies) in 2017 (453) (Regular Season); Daron Clark (Grizzlies) in 2017 (453) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) in 2018 (28) (Regular Season); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) in 2018 (28) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Made: Henry Nell (Mammoths) in 2018 (12) (Regular Season); Henry Nell (Mammoths) in 2018 (27) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018)

Extra Points Attempted: Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (110) (Regular Season); Ali Mourtada (Pirates) in 2018 (110) (Regular Season); Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (128) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Brandon Behr (Sharks) in 2019 (94) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) in 2019 (109) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (27) (Regular Season); Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (30) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Keiron Jones (Mammoths) in 2018 (83) (Regular Season); Keiron Jones (Mammoths) in 2018 (83) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Jermiah Price (Sharks) in 2018 (16.5) (Regular Season); Jermiah Price (Sharks) in 2018 (16.5) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Seth Ellis (Sharks) in 2019 (13) (Regular Season); Seth Ellis (Sharks) in 2019 (14) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interception Return Yards: Kyle Griswould (Lions) in 2017 (190) (Regular Season); Kyle Griswould (Lions) (192) in 2017 (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
National Arena League Team Season Records
Passing Attempts: Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (545) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (583) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Columbus Lions in 2018 (307) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions in 2018 (344) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (3,677) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (3,898) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (89) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (104) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Orlando Predators in 2019 (39) (Regular Season); Orlando Predators in 2019 (39) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Attempts: Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (186) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (192) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (643) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (720) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (34) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (37) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (878) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (1,015) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (651) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (688) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Maine Mammoths in 2018 (29) (Regular Season); Maine Mammoths in 2018 (29) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018

Field Goals Made: Maine Mammoths in 2018 (13) (Regular Season); Maine Mammoths in 2018 (13) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018)

Extra Points Attempted: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (130) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Jacksonville Sharks in 2019 (94) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (102) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (27) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (30) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (443) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (471) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Monterrey Steel in 2017 (47) (Regular Season); Monterrey Steel in 2017 (48) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Jacksonville Sharks in 2019 (36) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (38) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
National Arena League All-Time History Individual Leaders
Passing Attempts: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (886) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (1,006) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (528) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (601) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (6,196) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (7,053) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (153) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (175) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (34) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (37) (Post-Season)

Rushing Attempts: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (221) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (240) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Derrick Ross (Sharks) (832) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (901) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (44) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (46) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receptions: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (248) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (278) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Yards: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (2,594) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (2,909) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Touchdowns: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (64) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (66) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (290) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (308) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) (612) (Regular Season); Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) (612) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) (37) (Regular Season); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) (39) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Made: Henry Nell (Mammoths) (12) (Regular Season); Henry Nell (Mammoths) (12) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Attempted: Brandon Behr (Sharks) (161) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) (178) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Brandon Behr (Sharks) (134) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) (151) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Nick Belcher (Sharks/Cobras) (33) (Regular Season); Nick Belcher (Sharks/Cobras) (34) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Michael Green (Cobras) (118.5) (Regular Season); Chris Pickett (Lions/Sharks/Predators) (134) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Jermiah Price (Sharks) (25.5) (Regular Season); Jermiah Price (Sharks) (26.5) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Kyle Griswould (Lions) (20) (Regular Season); Kyle Griswould (Lions) (22) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
Current Receiving Touchdown Streaks
Devin Wilson (Mammoths/Sharks) from 7.21.18 vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks to Current (18), Lavon Pearson (Pirates/Cobras) from 5.4.19 vs. Jacksonville Sharks to Current (13), Jordan Jolly (Cobras) from 6.30.19 at Orlando Predators to Current (7), Durron Neal (Sharks) from 7.27.19 vs. Orlando Predators to Current (3), Rob Brown (Predators) from 5.12.19 vs. New York Streets to Current (2), Prechae Rodriguez (Predators) from 4.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (2), Michael Lyons (Predators) from 7.19.19 vs. Columbus Lions to Current (2), Devonn Brown (Pirates) from 7.20.19 at Jacksonville Sharks to Current (2), James Summers (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions from 7.6.19 to Current (2), Rannell Hall (Pirates) from 7.27.19 vs. New York Streets to Current (2), Greg Carr (Predators) from 6.15.19 vs. Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Julius Gregory (Cobras) from 6.30.19 at Orlando Predators to Current (1), Cody Saul (Sharks) from 7.27.19 vs. Orlando Predators to Current (1), Darrin Peterson Jr. (Predators) from 7.27.19 at Jacksonville Sharks to Current (1), Devante Jenkins (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Edgar Poe Jr. (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Rob Jones (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1)
The Last Time It Happened…
250-Yard Passer: Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (258) (Post-Season); Mike Fafaul (Sharks) at Orlando Predators on 7.5.19 (262) (Regular Season)

300-Yard Passer: Charles McCullum (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (346) (Regular Season)

350-Yard Passer: N/A

400-Yard Passer: N/A

7+ Touchdown Passes: Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (7) (Post-Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9) (Regular Season)

150-Yard Receiver: Paris Mack (Lions) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.22.19 (173) (Regular Season)

2+ 100-Yard Receivers In One Game: Jordan Jolly (133), Kyrin Priester (118) (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (Regular Season)

10+ Receptions: Trevor Kennedy (Sharks) at Carolina Cobras on 8.14.18 (10) (Post-Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (11) (Regular Season)

5+ Receiving Touchdowns: N/A (Playoffs); Chris Sanders-McCollum (Lions) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.11.19 (5) (Regular Season)

4 Receiving Touchdowns: Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (4) (Post-Season); Edgar Poe Jr. (Streets) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.22.19 (4) (Regular Season)

3 Receiving Touchdowns: Trevor Kennedy (Sharks) at Carolina Cobras on 8.14.18 (3) (Post-Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (3) (Regular Season)

10+ Rushes: David Legree (Streets) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.22.19 (10) (Regular Season)

3+ Rushing Touchdowns: Jeremy Johnson (Lions) at Massachusetts Pirates on 8.11.18 (4) (Post-Season); EJ Nemeth (Streets) vs. Columbus Lions on 6.8.19 (4) (Regular Season)

50+ Rushing Yards: Quayvon Hicks (Lions) at Carolina Cobras on 6.23.18 (60)

Kickoff Return For Touchdown: Tony Goodman (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (Regular Season)

2+ Interceptions: Pasquale Vacchio (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (2) (Regular Season)

Interception Return For A Touchdown: Cody Saul (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (Regular Season)

Fumble Return For A Touchdown: Christopher Gilchrist (Sharks) vs. Carolina Cobras on 8.17.19; Pasquale Vacchio (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (Regular Season)

Missed Field Goal Return For A Touchdown: Christopher Gilchrist (Sharks) vs. Carolina Cobras on 8.17.19 (Post-Season); John Hardy-Tuliau (Pirates) vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 8.4.18

Safety: Walter Thomas (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (Post-Season); Mark Munson (Sharks) at Orlando Predators on 7.5.19 (Regular Season)

200+ All-Purpose Yards: Rob Jones (Streets) at Orlando Predators on 5.12.19 (225)

2+ Sacks: Anthony Ellis (Cobras) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 8.14.18 (2) (Post-Season); Shawn Loiseau (Pirates) vs. New York Streets on 7.27.19 (2) (Regular Season)The post National Arena League All-Time Records appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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Cody Barber inspired by Kahzin Daniels Story

Earlier on in this 2019-2020 Indoor Football League off-season, an article detailing a new signee to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers was circulating through Facebook.

Linebacker Kahzin Daniels had been promoted to the team’s active roster after serving time on their practice squad this year.

It wasn’t just a normal story about a kid getting his shot, though. Daniels, like the IFL’s Cody Barber is blind in one of his eyes.

“I thought it was pretty sweet,” Barber said. “To see someone with the disadvantage [that I have] to come from something like that to make it to the top of the sport, that’s pretty cool. I wish him the best.”

Seeing the story gave Barber a level of inspiration to continue to improve his game ahead of the 2020 IFL season.

Even though this is big break for a player with a disadvantage like Barber’s, he doesn’t let it hinder him.

Not to mention, he’s never kicked a football in his life with two good eyes.

“You’re used to it,” Barber said. “I’ve probably kicked the ball a million times, none of them have been with two eyes, ever. I just got used to it and got into the mindset where I wasn’t going to use it as an excuse or anything like that. “

He kept on working at it, eventually kicking in college and onto the IFL.

However, next to his school listed on any roster he’s on, he will write, “Cody Barber, Coolidge HS (Arizona).” It’s where he got his start to his career and still resides in the off-season today.

“I made a decision where I was to just going to keep working and getting better,” Barber said. “That’s how I went about it.”

The Arizona native will spend his 2020 season with the Bismarck Bucks and head coach Rod Miller.

Barber elected to stick with the team after playing for them a year ago, because of Miller.

“That’s my man,” Barber said. “He’s a good dude, there’s no shady stuff with him. He keeps it straight forward and honest. He knows a lot about the game.”

Miller’s coached with a plethora of indoor football teams from the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul to the Bloomington Edge – where Barber and him were first acquainted.

Miller was the offensive coordinator there and the pair kept in touch ever since.

Barber thinks that it has set up the Bucks to be successful this season.

“A lot of people aren’t expecting us to do much of anything this year, but I think we’re going to turn a lot of heads,” Barber said. “We’ve been making some good moves especially on the offensive and defensive lines [and] we have our quarterback back.”

The Bucks re-signed Tasleem Wilson to lead the offense along with offensive lineman Ken Van Heule and defensive lineman LaTreze Mushatt.

That’s the kind of move that pays out well in the IFL.

“If you have [consistent players] at those positions, you’ll do well in the IFL,” Barber said. “I think we’ve attacked all three of those aspects of the game so far.”

Those aren’t the only notable players signing with the team, and not even the only notable ones at those positions, though they will be of great help.

Van Heule, for instance, brings championship experience to the team and was a former teammate of Barber’s at Iowa.

“Ken is going to be the anchor to that offensive line and we needed him there,” Barber said. “Every team he’s been on, he has produced. He’s won championships. He’s really good.”

The Bucks finished their 2019 campaign with a 2-12 record.

It left a sour taste in Barber’s mouth to give him that much more motivation for next season.

“I definitely think we could have won more games,” Barber said. “There’s definitely a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t know if everyone bought in to Coach Miller all that well. You could see it in their play. I know this year, with the guys Coach Miller is bringing in, they’re going to buy in and believe in him.”

Barber thinks that buying in is where the success will start, and if the 2020 Bucks can do that, they just might surprise some people.

“I’m always going to ride with him and I’m always going to believe in him,” Cody Barber said. “If we can get everyone [on board] with that, we’ll be pretty damn good.”The post Cody Barber inspired by Kahzin Daniels Story appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse Resigns, Todd Tryon to be next up

The Indoor Football League formally announced on Thursday that league commissioner Michael Allshouse has put in his official resignation after 10 years of service with the group.

The IFL released a statement on the matter saying that their search for a new commissioner had started, but according to our sources that search has already conclude.

The league is expected to announce soon that former owner of the Sioux Falls Storm, Todd Tryon, will be named the league’s next commissioner.
IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse Resigns, Todd Tryon to be next up
It was first reported by “The IFL Network.”

The full statement sent out by the league can be viewed in full below:

The Indoor Football League (IFL) announced today that Commissioner Michael Allshouse has resigned to pursue other professional opportunities, effective immediately. The Board has begun a search for Allshouse’s successor.

“After ten years of service to the IFL it is the right time for me to step away from the organization,” said Allshouse. “I will look back fondly on my experience with the league, but it is time for me to explore other opportunities and challenges as I continue to grow professionally and personally.”

IFL Chairwoman Kathy Treankler stated, “The IFL Board of Directors is grateful for Mike’s years of service and leadership. Although we are sad to see him go, we fully support his decision and are thankful for his many accomplishments at the IFL. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his professional career.”

Allshouse joined the IFL as an intern in 2009. He went on to serve in the roles of Director of Communications, Director of Football Operations, and Assistant Commissioner before being promoted to Commissioner in 2013.

“I have always prided myself on leaving a situation in a better position than when I arrived, and I believe we achieved that goal,” stated Allshouse.

The IFL is not yet finished announcing each of their expansion teams, so until that happens, the release of the 2020 schedule will be delayed. The schedule was announced last season in November.The post IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse Resigns, Todd Tryon to be next up appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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Connor Hollenbeck becomes first signing for Barnstormers 2020 Roster

The Iowa Barnstormers have consistently had one of the best receiving corps’ in the Indoor Football League over the past few seasons.

With the imminent coaching change that became official on Thursday with the hiring of Ameer Ismail, it’s wondered on if the Barnstormers will elect to maintain the focus on pass catchers.

They already took a big step towards it when they signed their first player on Friday.
Connor Hollenbeck becomes first signing for Barnstormers 2020 Roster
Connor Hollenbeck, a standout from the team’s 2019 roster became the first player to sign for 2020 as well as the first to announce he was returning to Des Moines.

For him, the process was easy.

After he found out former head coach Dixie Wooten would be leaving the franchise, he wanted to see who Iowa hired next before he signed to play for the Barnstormers for a second season.

“[Barnstormers Vice President and Chief Operating Executive] John [Pettit] called me a told me who it was,” Hollenbeck said. “We talked and I signed an hour later.”

Hollenbeck said he’s heard and seen nothing but good things about Coach Ismail and that it made his decision easy.

The returning standout was looking for another high energy coach to lead the Barnstormers and he got exactly that in Ismail.

“I wanted to see [Iowa hire] a coach with the same energy as [Wooten],” Hollenbeck said. “As long as he can keep us motivated and keep that energy and practice like it’s a game, we’ll [be good].”

Hollenbeck finished in the top 10 category in a number of receiving stats for the IFL in 2019.

The Edinsboro graduate finished eighth in total yards with 627, tied for seventh in touchdowns with 14, and was fourth in the league with 58 receptions in 13 games played.

Wide receiver Connor Hollenbeck tosses a ball to a ref following a first down. Hollenbeck is already making an impact at the position just two weeks into his career in Iowa. Photo by Connor Ferguson

“Obviously I’d like to increase my catches and yards,” Hollenbeck said. “That’d be awesome. I mean, like last year, I had better stats than I did any other year and our record was good. You know, I think you kind of look at your role on the team and know what you’re going to get no matter the situation, so maybe [I’d want to look at] consistency I guess.”

Though Hollenbeck’s goals lie within the team he’s playing on.

After playing two seasons with the Cedar Rapids Titans and only seeing four combined wins in his time on the east side of the state, the move to the Des Moines squad that was trending upward was easy.

“I’m going to keep just playing my game,” Hollenbeck said. “I’m all about the team. As long as we have a record like we did last year, I could really care less about how many catches I get.”

One thing that Hollenbeck is trying to improve on this year is playing at an even lighter weight than he did a season ago.

That’s what scouts have given Hollenbeck for feedback as he works, like the rest of the league, to reach the next level.

“I want to get quicker and faster,” Hollenbeck said. “That means playing at a lower weight and get a little leaner. See if I can get a little faster and develop some break-away speed; stuff like that.”

Hollenbeck came into camp last season weighing 240 pounds, which was a little on the heavy side for him, but he planned to cut weight during the two-week period.

That meant he was playing last season around 230 pounds.

“I felt better with the way I was playing on the field like that, so maybe if I lost five or ten more, I might feel even better,” Hollenbeck said.

He wants to take his range from 220-240 pounds during the year and shift it to around 215-230 pounds.

“I want to maybe come into camp a little bit lighter this year,” Hollenbeck said. “And bulk up a bit before, still so I can lose it.”

The team is slated to begin the 2020 Indoor Football League season in February, but the official schedule won’t be released for at least a couple of weeks.

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The Race for First in the CFL West Division

The CFL West Division continues to be the cream of the crop year after year. And while the East finally has two legitimate contenders heading into the last five games of the season, the West still holds all the cards.

Winnipeg, Calgary and Saskatchewan are all vying for the number one seed in the CFL West Division and if this season has been any indication, it’ll likely come down to the final two-three weeks. Let’s take a look at who has the most difficult and easiest path to the top seed.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Remaining Games:
Vs Hamilton

@ Saskatchewan

Vs Montreal

@ Calgary

Vs Calgary

The final five games of the Bombers schedule make the blown leads against the Argonauts and Alouettes that much more painful. At 9-4, the Bombers don’t play a team with a losing record to close out the season.

Chris Streveler has been formidable in the starting role for the Bombers, he’ll need to be even better with Matt Nichols officially out for the season. There is absolutely no clarity with the tie-breakers. Winnipeg is 1-0 versus Calgary but has a home and home to close out the season with them.

After trouncing the Roughriders at the Banjo Bowl, the season-series hangs in the balance next week but they’ll have to go to Saskatchewan to seal the deal there. When it’s all said and done, Winnipeg likely has the most difficult path to first place, despite currently holding that position. I predict two tough losses to Hamilton and Saskatchewan but a strong finish with a victory over Montreal and a split with Calgary.

Final record prediction: 11-7
Calgary Stampeders
Remaining Games:
Bye Week

@ Montreal

Vs Saskatchewan

Vs Winnipeg

@ Winnipeg

@BC

What many (wrongfully) thought would be a down year for Calgary. They’ve proved once again why they’ve been the best-run franchise in the CFL for the better part of a decade. After losing an onslaught of contributors from the 2018 Championship winning team, having Bo Levi Mitchell miss seven games as well as battling injuries at other key positions, Calgary is still right in the thick of it for first in the West.

Similar to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Calgary Stampeders do not have an easy path to finish in first. Thankfully for them, their commanding 37-10 win over Saskatchewan early in the season gives them the upper hand heading into that Week 18 matchup. Calgary has historically struggled in Montreal. Since 2014, the Stampeders are 1-4 in games at McGill Stadium. Is that necessarily indicative of how this next matchup will go? No, but it’s something worth considering, and Vernon Adams Jr. will be back for this matchup.

With a split with Winnipeg already predicted above, I reckon the Stampeders will drop their game in Montreal, win a tightly contested game against Saskatchewan and finish the season strong against the underachieving BC Lions.

Final record prediction: 12-6
Saskatchewan Roughriders:
Remaining Games:
@ Toronto

Vs Winnipeg

@ Calgary

@BC

@ Edmonton

Vs Edmonton

At 8-4 the Roughriders have had one of the more interesting paths to contention. After starting the season 1-3, the Riders rallied to win six straight before being blown out by Winnipeg and winning a nail biter against Montreal. In that time, their strength of competition came under fire as many pointed that during their six-game winning streak, two of those came against the aforementioned Lions, the basement-dwelling Argos and the rebuilding Redblacks. (There’s also that one game that didn’t finish because of lightning but I digress).

While the Riders can’t control who they play, they took care of business against teams that they were expected to. Their remaining schedule appears to be the easiest with two games against a struggling Edmonton team, one more against BC and a matchup in Toronto.  However, the one thing the Riders have working against them is where their games are being played. Currently, Saskatchewan has a 2-3 record on the road. Four of their last six games will also be played on the road, if Saskatchewan is to land a home playoff game (where they are currently 6-1), they’ll have to take care of business outside of Regina.

A win in Toronto should be expected, the Riders having home-field against the Bombers in the tie-breaker game gives them the edge in that one as well. I predict a loss in Calgary but a quick bounce-back victory against BC before splitting with Edmonton to close out the season (assuming Trevor Harris is back).

Final record prediction: 12-6
Edmonton Eskimos
Remaining games:
@ Ottawa

@ Hamilton

Vs BC

Vs Saskatchewan

@ Saskatchewan

Apologies in advance to Edmonton fans, there’s simply too much up in the air with Trevor Harris being inactive. Assuming Edmonton defeats Ottawa, that would put them at 7-7 with games against Hamilton, BC and Saskatchewan (x2) remaining. For the optimists’ sake, let’s imagine that they drop their game in Hamilton but defeat BC and split with Saskatchewan. A 9-9 record will be good enough for the crossover in 2019 (unlike last season), but that would mean they have to go to Montreal and Hamilton to battle their way back to Calgary for the 107th Grey Cup

Final record prediction: 9-9
Final Predicted CFL West Division Standings
Calgary Stampeders: 12-6

Saskatchewan Roughriders: 12-6

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: 11-7

Edmonton Eskimos: 9-9

BC Lions: 5-13
Final Thoughts
Regardless if these predictions turn out or not, the good news for CFL fans everywhere is that they’ll be treated to “playoff atmosphere” football long before November 10th. Calgary, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan’s matchups against one another down the final stretch of the regular season should offer fireworks and some of the best football CFL fans have seen this season.

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Spokane to return with ‘Shock’ name, Billy Back to HC

The Indoor Football League is expanding once again, and this time will be adding a familiar face to it’s lineup for the 2020 season.

The league is expanding with to the city of Spokane, who spent both 2016 and 2017 in the IFL under as the Spokane Empire before folding after a two-year stint with the league.

Now, the city will once again have an IFL team and this time with the ‘Shock’ nickname that was used in years prior when they were in the Arena Football League (AFL).

The name comes with a plethora of success, as the city won the AF2’s (development league for the AFL at the time) ArenaCup in 2006 and 2009 as well as the AFL’s Arena Bowl in 2010.
Spokane to return with ‘Shock’ name, Billy Back to HC
Sources have told Last Word On Sports that former NAL Coach of the Year and 2018 NAL Championship winner Billy Back will be named the head coach of the Shock.

The Carolina Cobras, the team Back coached for the past two seasons, announced that the two had parted ways earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the franchise has resurrected its Facebook page and appears to be using the same logo and word marks as it had in the past. The page can be viewed here. 

Spokane will become the 12th team set to play in the Indoor Football League for the 2020 season. Do note that this includes the Nebraska Danger who may not be playing in Grand Island again next season.

The Shock are expected to make an announcement regarding the team’s 2020 plans on October 1. For more Indoor Football League off-season news, follow LWOS on twitter here.

2020 Indoor Football League teams
Arizona Rattlers
Bismarck Bucks
Cedar Rapids River Kings
Duke City Gladiators
Green Bay Blizzard
Iowa Barnstormers
Nebraska Danger*
Oakland Panthers
Quad City Steamwheelers
San Diego Strike Force
Sioux Falls Storm
Spokane Shock
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Ameer Ismail hired as newest Iowa Barnstormers Coach

The search for the Iowa Barnstormers newest head coach is over, the team announced on Thursday, as they have hired Ameer Ismail to take the reins in Des Moines.

Ismail becomes the eighth head coach in Iowa Barnstormers history and will follow the most successful coaching stint the team has seen in Dixie Wooten.
Ameer Ismail hired as newest Iowa Barnstormers Coach
The former NFL and arena league player brings experience from all over the place, including stints with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars as well as the AFL’s Jacksonville Sharks (Pre-NAL) and a plethora of IFL teams.

“It is such an amazing honor to be named the new Head Coach of the Iowa Barnstormers, the most prestigious and historic team in all of indoor or arena football,” Ismail said in a press release from the team. “[Barnstormers Vice President and COO] John Pettit and I have known each other and maintained a great relationship over the years despite being on different teams or even in different leagues.”

Ismail started off his coaching career with assistant roles in the IFL in 2014. He spent time with the Cedar Rapids Titans, Tri-Cities Fever, and Spokane Empire.

In 2017, Ismail took his first head coaching job with the Champion Indoor Football league’s Bloomington Edge, where he would lead his team to a 7-6 record and a berth in the CIF Playoffs.

The next year, Ismail packed up shop and accepted the head coaching position for the newly formed Massachusetts Pirates in the east coast’s National Arena League.

There, Ismail led his team to an 11-6 record and another berth in the playoffs. He was also named NAL Coach of the Year during that time.

In 2019 Ismail took a break from head coaching in the arena league to take a spot coaching the outside linebackers at Albion College.

Now, he’ll return to the indoor ranks carrying an 18-12 record as a head coach and a resume that includes two playoff appearances in as many seasons.

“To be able to work with someone of his expertise and experience is another major reason why I wanted to be here,” Ismail said in the release. “We will continue the winning ways with tremendous positive culture for our community and fans. I am very grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to bring another championship to Des Moines.”

Expect the Barnstormers as well as other teams in the Indoor Football League to start announcing player signings soon as well as an announcement regarding Iowa’s assistant coaching staff.The post Ameer Ismail hired as newest Iowa Barnstormers Coach appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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