As we get ready to shut the door on the 2013-14 NFL football season, you don’t have to go to your wife, girlfriend, or buddies all depressed. You don’t have to put the tailgating supplies away! It is time that everyone knows - professional football isn’t over after the Super Bowl.
It is time to stand up and take notice if the Indoor Football League/IFL!
Mike Allshouse, the commissioner of the league says…
We have nine very strong teams that I would put up against any other league in the indoor football nation. All our teams are very experienced, and we have a lot of great quality people in our league from owners, players, and all the way to the front offices.
You don’t have to be in Lambeau Field to continue to enjoy the sport you love (although there is one such team that plays right across the parking lot of Lambeau in Green Bay - the Blizzard), but if you are a fan of football in general, you could find yourself very satisfied this NFL football off-season.
The IFL is a premier league that is out there, but is not getting the recognition it deserves. It could very well be your nicotine patch that gets you from the Super Bowl - to the OTAs of the NFL!
Starting the week after the Super Bowl most IFL teams will have their pre-season game to get ready for their 2014 season. And then they kick it off for real after that.
Unlike outdoor football, in the IFL - you don’t have weather conditions during the game, although you may have some on the way to the arena. You don’t have to bring a rain coat, although in the first few games of the season you may want to bring a jacket, because a lot of teams in the IFL share facilities that have a ice rink in them.
But in the IFL the action is just as real, and just as hard hitting as in the NFL - if not more. If you like scoring on offense and defense, this may be the league for you. If a score of 65-52 interests you, you will be happy to know it happens a lot. It is (to steal the name of a movie) fast and furious in the IFL. But that doesn’t mean you still won’t see great defense. Plays like - holding the offense on 4th down, interceptions, pick six’s, and hard hitting tackles (that the NFL think are illegal) happen every game in the IFL. Something is going to happen each and every game.
At an IFL game, you don’t have to worry about not being part of the action. Unlike the NFL that keeps all spectators at least 10-15 yards away from the field of action, in the IFL you can be less that six inches away from the action if you want. Oh and by the way, if one of the 40-65 balls that go in the stands land in your hands, you get to keep it too. Not too many balls go flying into the stands at an NFL game unless a player throws it into the stands on purpose. In the IFL, players don’t need to do that because the game is so close to the spectator, and the balls just end up in the stands. However, you can still see a player making a fan happy by handing it to them in the end zone.
Want an autograph from an NFL player? Good luck. Want an autograph of an IFL player, no problem - you can go out on the field after the game and get it, and not feel like you are burdening the players for their time. Try that at an NFL game without getting arrested!
Want an interview? Just ask! There are plenty of players, coaches and owners that give of their time and would love to answer questions about their league or team.
In other words, the IFL and it’s players and owners, want to make sure you have the time of your life at an IFL game. It is very fan friendly!
As Charlie Hildbold Co-Owner for the Texas Revolution, and Co-Owner of Championship Sports Group says….
We want people to go to the water cooler at work on Monday morning, and talk about the game. People will ask who won, You quite possibly will say “I don’t know, but we had a great time."
Mission accomplished! The 2014 IFL Season will kick off with a re-match of the 2013 United Bowl (championship game) on February 21, 2013 along with two other games that weekend.
If you do not live in the area of where a team plays, you can always follow the games live or in archive on internet at America One at www.americaonesports.com . Get ready for all the hard hitting fast action of football that is the IFL.
You can find out more about the IFL and it’s teams at www.goifl.com, as well as the individual team sites as well. Here is a list of the teams, as well as their locations and websites (click on the team name to go to their home on the web), that will be participating in the 2014 IFL season.
Texas Revolution - Allen, Texas
Wyoming Cavalry - Casper, Wyoming
Tri-Cities Fever - Kennewick, Washington
Sioux Falls Storm - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Green Bay Blizzard - Green Bay, Wisconsin
Cedar Rapids Titans - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nebraska Danger - Grand Island, Nebraska
Colorado Ice - Ft. Collins, Colorado
Bemidji Axemen - Bemidji, Minnesota
Sonny Clark is the radio voice of the Texas Revolution, as well as the IFL. Sonny also calls football, basketball, and baseball games for the Rowlett Eagles - his local high school. He also hosts “The Couch Potato Sports Show” on BlogTalkRadio.