Author Archives: Jim Berardi

It Was A Good Ride….An Ode To The Alliance

@jberardi1996

I could see the writing on the wall when the main money man Tom Dundon starting making comments suddenly last week about failed negotiations with the NFLPA (even though the league & the NFLPA said all talks were ongoing and positive) that he may be pulling the plug that last week’s games could be the league’s last. It’s disappointing on so many levels. In my opinion, they could have finished up the season and the playoff and regrouped. At worse, cancel the last two regular season games and play the playoffs…..

I think the league had many things going for them; TV contracts (that includes the NFL Network), fan interest, solid football staffing, respectable coaching, and yes, some good football being played.

With that, I give you my ode to the AAF!

Best Games:

Week 2 – Orlando 37 San Antonio 29: In what could have been a preview of the AAF Championship, the Apollos storm back with 17 fourth-quarter points to overtake the Commanders in front of a raucous crowd.

Week 5 – San Antonio 29 Arizona 25: The Commanders grind out a hard-fought road victory in a game between two of leagues best teams as they hold off a furious Hotshots 4th quarter rally.

Week 5 – San Diego 27 Salt Lake 25: San Diego wins at the gun on a Donny Hageman field goal after the Stallions took a late lead behind the 380 yards passing by Josh Woodrum.

Week 6 – Arizona 22 Orlando 17: In another potential Championship preview, the Hotshots roll into Orlando and hand the Apollos their first loss. The Apollos had a chance at the end, but a runoff penalty at the end sealed the win for Arizona.

Week 6 – Birmingham 32 San Diego 29: One week after winning on a last second FG, the Fleet lose at the buzzer to Nick Novak and the Iron. Both Luis Perez and Mike Bercovici went over 300 yards passing in this shootout.

Week 7 – Memphis 31 Birmingham 25: The league’s first OT game went to the Express who rallied in dramatic fashion to win in front of the home crowd led by Brandon Silvers and Reece Horn. This game also saw the debut of Johnny Manziel.

 

(Highlights courtesy of Highlight Heaven)

Best Players:

QBs:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando

John Wolford, Arizona

RBs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham

Jhurell Pressley, Arizona

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando

Kenneth Farrow II, San Antonio

Joel Bouagnon, Salt Lake

WRs:

Charles Johnson, Orlando

Rashad Ross, Arizona

Reece Horn, Memphis

Nelson Spruce, San Diego

Quinton Patton, Birmingham

De’Mornay Pierson-El, Salt Lake

Mekele McKay, San Antonio

Dontez Ford, San Diego

TEs:

Wes Saxton Jr., Birmingham

Nick Truesdell, Salt Lake

DL:

Karter Schult, Salt Lake

Damontre Moore, San Diego

Earl Okine, Orlando

LBs:

DeMarquis Gates, Orlando

Terence Garvin, Orlando

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio

Drew Jackson, Memphis

Steven Johnson, Arizona

Reggie Northup II, Orlando

Nyles Morgan, Arizona

DBs:

De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio

Jamar Summers, Birmingham

Keith Reaser, Orlando

Kameron Kelly, San Diego

Derron Smith, San Antonio

Will Davis, Salt Lake

Erick Dargan, Arizona

Tyson Graham Jr, Atlanta

Will Hill III, Orlando

Ed Reynolds Jr, Atlanta

Arnold Tarpley III, Memphis

 

Continue to check us out as we wait for XFL 2020!

Goodbye to the AAF, I’ll remember you fondly like I did with the old USFL!

 

 

ALLIANCE 2 XFL: WEEK 8 STANDOUT STARS!!

Garrett Gilbert, Apollos QB

Garrett Gilbert led the charge in this week’s standout stars with 310 yards! Wideouts Charles Johnson and Rashad Ross continued their season-long dominance at the WR position. Trent Richardson had 83 rushing yards and another rushing TD!

QBs:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 23/40 – 310 yards, 2 TDs, and one 2 PT

Brandon Silvers, Memphis: 30/49 – 269 yards 1 TD and two 2 PT

John Wolford, Arizona: 17/23 – 216 yards 1 TD and one 2 PT

RBs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 18 carries/83 yards and 1 TD

Tim Cook, Arizona: 2 rushing TDs

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando: 62 rushing and receiving yards (6 receptions), 1 TD and one 2 PT

WRs:

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 8 receptions/135 yards, 1 TD

Gerrard Sheppard, Memphis: 9 receptions/98 yards and one 2 PT

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 4 receptions/78 yards, 1 TD

Nelson Spruce, San Diego: 8 receptions/79 yards

Justin Thomas, Atlanta: 4 receptions/74 yards

Donteea Dye, Jr., Orlando: 1 reception/65 yards, 1 TD

Daniel Williams, Memphis: 5 receptions/64 yards

Richard Mullaney, Arizona: 5 receptions/60 yards

Dontez Byrd, Memphis: 5 receptions/52 yards, 1 TD and one 2 PT

Tackles:

Salt Lake Defense: 3 points allowed, 2 INTs and one forced fumble

Birmingham Defense: 4 sacks, 2 INTs, and one forced fumble

Arizona Defense: 4 sacks and 1 INT, 2 sacks by Rykeem Yates

Jeff Luc, Atlanta: 8 tackles

Travis Feeney, San Diego: 7 tackles

Henre Toliver, Salt Lake: 7 tackles

Greer Martini, Salt Lake: 7 tackles

Ed Reynolds, Jr., Atlanta: 6 tackles

Charles James II, Memphis: 6 tackles

DeMarquis Gates, Memphis: 6 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble

Kicking:

Younghoe Koo, Atlanta: 3 FGs

Nick Novak, Birmingham: 3 FGs

Austin MacGinnis, Memphis: 3 FGs

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AAF 2 XFL: AAF LEAGUE LEADERS (AFTER WEEK 8)

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio Commanders LB (courtesy of 210 Football)

There are new leaders in sacks and tackles for the Alliance. Check out the AAF league leaders after Week 8:

Passing Yards:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 2,152 yards

John Wolford, Arizona: 1,616 yards

Luis Perez, Birmingham: 1,460 yards

Passing TDs:

John Wolford, Arizona: 14

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 13

Rushing Yards:

Jhurell Pressley, Arizona: 471 yards

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando: 372 yards

Kenneth Farrow II, San Antonio: 372 yards

Rushing TDs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 11

De’Veon Smith, Orlando: 6

Joel Bouagnon, Salt Lake: 6

Receiving Yards:

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 687 yards

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 583 yards

Receiving TDs:

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 7

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 5

Receptions:

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 45 receptions

Nelson Spruce, San Diego: 38 receptions

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 36 receptions

De’Mornay Pierson-El, Salt Lake: 36 receptions

Tackles:

De’Marquis Gates, Memphis: 52

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham: 46

Erick Dargan, Arizona: 44

Sacks:

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio: 7.5

Karter Schult, Salt Lake: 7

Damontre Moore, San Diego: 7

Interceptions:

De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio: 4

Kameron Kelly, San Diego: 4

Ryan Moeller, San Diego: 4

 

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: AAF WEEK 8 POWER RANKINGS

The Apollos once again sit atop the Power Rankings after a come from behind win against the Express. The Hotshots climbed up the rankings with an impressive win on the road against the Commanders.

AAF Week 8 Power Rankings:

  1. Orlando Apollos 7-1
  2. Arizona Hotshots 5-3
  3. San Antonio Commanders 5-3
  4. Birmingham Iron 5-3
  5. Salt Lake Stallions 3-5
  6. San Diego Fleet 3-5
  7. Memphis Express 2-6
  8. Atlanta Legends 2-6

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: WEEK 8 ATTENDANCE

The Commanders led this week in attendance once again, which has been commonplace when they have a home game. The Iron did set a team record in attendance as the home crowd was treated to a playoff-clinching win!

San Antonio: 23,504

Birmingham: 17,328 (team record)

Memphis: 12,417

Salt Lake: 8,405

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: WEEK 8 ODDS

Got back to 500 last week with a solid 3-1 record! Let’s get back over 500 this week!!

Orlando @ Memphis +10: These two played a close game down in Orlando and I’m expecting the same as I like the mojo on the Memphis squad with the tandem of Silvers & Johnny Football at the helm. I suspect the Apollos will be in for a slight let down after clinching a playoff spot last week. Look for a close one!

San Diego @ Salt Lake -3: Salt Lake plays well at home and the Fleet are a different team away from San Diego. I also suspect they may be deflated after their showdown loss to Arizona as they fell back in the playoff race. The Stallions behind a tough defense win and cover.

Atlanta @ Birmingham – 6: I think the Iron get well in this one as the vibe and play of the Legends will be lacking in this one. I think the Iron can smell the playoffs and will be out for blood after their week 7 loss. Look for them to roll behind their home D!

Arizona @ San Antonio -1.5: The showcase game of the weekend has the Hotshots visiting the Commanders and their raucous crowd. This will be a highly contested affair just like their first game. I think the Hotshots get revenge and hand the Commanders a loss at the wire or even in OT!

PLACE YOUR BETS!!

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: WEEK 7 STANDOUT STARS!!

Memphis’ QB Brandon Silvers leads this week’s Standout Stars after an emotional OT win against the Iron. Arizona QB John Wolford only missed 4 attempts and had 3 total TDs in the win against the Fleet. Orlando’s De’Veon Smith leads the standout RBs after a 3-TD performance against the Legends. Trent Richardson just scores touchdowns, after nabbing his 10th rushing TD for the season leading the league. The Fleet’s Nelson Spruce led the WRs with 12 receptions and 146 yards in the loss against the Hotshots. Salt Lake’s defense had 6 sacks in the 19-15 loss against the Commanders. 

QBs:

Brandon Silvers, Memphis: 24/35 – 266 yards, 2 TDs and two 2 PTs

Luis Perez, Birmingham: 16/35 – 235 yards, 2 TDs

John Wolford, Arizona: 15/19 – 212 yards, 2 TDs and 1 rushing TD

Mike Bercovici, San Diego: 22/43 – 310 yards, 1 TD

Josh Woodrum, Salt Lake: 22/35 – 229 yards, 1 TD

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 19/23 – 217 yards, 1 TD

RBs:

De’Veon Smith, Orlando: 3 rushing TDs and one 2 PT

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 81 all-purpose yards, 1 TD and two 2 PT

Arizona: 189 rushing yards led by Jhurell Pressley with 64

WRs:

Nelson Spruce, San Diego: 12 receptions/146 yards

Reece Horn, Memphis: 7 receptions/113 yards and 1 TD

Nick Truesdell, Salt Lake: 4 receptions/74 yards

Amba Etta-Tawo, Birmingham: 3 receptions/71 yards

Evan Rodriguez, San Antonio: 3 receptions/71 yards

De’Mornay Pierson-El: Salt Lake: 5 receptions/68 yards

Rannell Hall, Orlando: 2 receptions/60 yards

Malachi Jones, Atlanta: 6 receptions/53 yards, 1 TD

Daniel Williams, Memphis: GW TD in OT and one 2 PT

Tackles:

Salt Lake Defense: 6 sacks

Shaquille Richardson, Arizona: 8 tackles and 1 INT

Steven Johnson, Arizona: 7 tackles and 1 INT

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham: 7 tackles

De’Marquis Gates, Memphis: 7 tackles

Louis Young, Atlanta: 7 tackles

Will Hill III, Orlando: 6 tackles and 1 sack

A.J. Tarpley, San Diego: 6 tackles

Terence Garvin, Orlando: 5 tackles and 1 sack

Kicking:

Taylor Bertolet, Salt Lake: 3 FGs

Nick Folk, Arizona: 2 FGs

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