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Columbus Wild Dogs (IFL)

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by CrabMan, Feb 28, 2004.

  1. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Sounds good to me.
     
  2. rhammersmith

    rhammersmith Newbie

    I concur with your suggestion. I can see how Dispatch posts wouldn't need such an explanation, but this one would. A more appropriate question for discussion is "What do think think about the recent growth of numerous professional indoor football leagues and teams that are not even part of the AFL?"
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2006
  3. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    Thank you RHS, much better.

    I would guess that there is some money to be made in arena football. I can think of no other reason for the rapid growth in teams/leagues. Of course there are several factors that help this trend. A wealth of untapped talent (football players), and a large fan base (football enthusiasts) that simply can't afford football at the highest professional level (generally families).
     
  4. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    I think it's proving the hell out of P.T. Barnum's famous quote.
     
  5. rhammersmith

    rhammersmith Newbie

    1) Great potential money making industry
    2) Lots of untapped talent
    3) Large fan base
    4) Need for value priced entertainment

    Those are easily the 4 bigs ones. Others would be the desire to continue watching local college stars play. Or perhaps a sense of community spirit for towns that aren't big enough for the NFL. Despite the number of reasons, the recent explosion of growth is evidence that the reasons are there and the market is responding to the demand. Probably even OVER responding. I'm pretty sure many of these teams are going to die in a few years. Probably more than half. I think it will be very interesting to see how it shapes out. It's like a big game of Survivor. Even someone who hates indoor football could view the process of a new sport's evolution as a bit interesting.

    Just for clarification sake, I assume when you say "arena football" you mean all of the professional indoor teams given they all pretty much play in an "arena". But the AFL was awarded a patent on their sport, which basically just covers the large rebound nets in the end zone, but it also includes the name "Arena Football". The other six currently operating professional indoor football leagues and their 60+ teams that are not part of the ALF or af2 can not say that they play "arena football". As such, it can be a little confusing when you say there is some money to be made in "arena football" when the NIFL, AIFL, UIF, GLIFL, et al are trying to make money playing something other than "arena football". In fact, some of these leagues have aspirations to replace the AFL as the #1 indoor football league.
     
  6. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    I will be more careful to use "indoor football" instead of "arena football" when speaking of the sport in general. :)

    There is money to be made on professional football ... arena, indoor or otherwise ... better?
     
  7. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus


    Humm I'm guessing you are referring to "There's a sucker born ..." which is not actually a quote from P.T. Barnum. Although it may still apply. :)
     
  8. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    4/22/06

     
  9. rhammersmith

    rhammersmith Newbie

    The Destoyers' coaching staff almost threw that game away. Down 31-24 in the 3rd, Soul QB Matt Sauk threw a 3rd and 9 pass into the stands. But instead of it being 4th and 9 at midfield for the Soul, Destroyers' line coach Ian Cooper was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct giving the Soul first an ten. The Soul with new life proceeded to score to push the lead to 38-24. Apparently the reflex actions that were ingrained into me in the 90's at OSU still exist as I couldn't control myself from screaming "DAMNIT COOPER!"
     
  10. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    4/29/06

     
  11. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    4/30/06

     
  12. rhammersmith

    rhammersmith Newbie

    That was the third come from behind road victory for the Destroyers this season. This Saturday's game is the biggest since the Destroyers arrived in Columbus. If they win, odds are greatly in their favor to make the playoffs even if they lose in week 16. If they lose, odds are greatly against them making the playoffs even if they win in week 16.
     
  13. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    5/3/06

     
  14. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    5/7/06

     
  15. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

    5/10/06

     

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