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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: 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 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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The Alliance 2 XFL Show – Episode 8 03-29-19

The A-Train goes solo on this edition of “The Alliance 2 XFL Show,” sponsored by VK Credit Repair and Preferred Realty Investment Company. On this episode, the A-Train covers the latest in the Alliance which includes: Week 7 recap, Brandon Silvers and Johnny Manziel, Eminem and Charlie Ebersol, and if anyone knows what Alliance majority owner Tom Dundon is really doing. Also the latest in the XFL: The newest team presidents and Vince McMahon. Along with A-Train’s Week 8 predictions in the Alliance.

The Alliance 2 XFL Show – Episode 8 (The A-Train goes solo)

Not to forget who this week’s Alliance 2 XFL Game of the Week. Big thanks to Highlight Heaven for this week’s highlight.

 

FROM VEGAS TO DALLAS TO MANZIEL TO MARSHALL

by @TheATrainShow

What was once the “Road to Vegas,” has now become the “Road to Dallas.” Over the past few days, the Alliance announced that their championship game would be played in Dallas, Texas (actually Frisco) at the Ford Center at the Star aka the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. Those that have been covering and following the league found the move…interesting, maybe a little peculiar. It leans more to the theory that the NFL is working more with the Alliance. In addition to the pictures floating around the internet that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wore an Alliance hat to the NFL Combine. So he’s clearly showing support for the league. That’s a plus. This move, IMO, is the best move considering the attendance figures for the league have been relatively low, yet continue to see some progress, especially in San Antonio, who saw a league record for attendance back in Week 7.

As of now, the Eastern Conference looks pretty set as the Orlando Apollos locked up the first playoff berth after a 36-6 win against the Atlanta Legends. For the Apollos, it was a true bounce-back win after being defeated by the Arizona Hotshots at home in Week 6. The Birmingham Iron currently hold the #2 spot in the East even after a 31-25 loss to the Memphis Express. Both the Legends and Express have identical records at 2-5 which means they are still in it, but a longshot for that #2 spot. Both teams continue to have issues at the QB position, especially the Express.

Johnny Manziel, Memphis Express QB

They find themselves with a QB they cannot trust in Christian Hackenberg, a QB currently injured in Zach Mettenberger, and a QB that’s just trying to get some clock in, which compelled them to acquire the rights to Johnny Manziel, who formerly was released (and banned) from the CFL. For Silvers, he led his team to the emotional win against the Iron, while Manziel got an opportunity to get in some work. Manziel should continue to see limited action for the rest of the season while Silvers remains the starter.

Over in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Commanders lead the pack at 5-2 after narrowly defeating the Salt Lake Stallions, 19-15, after the Stallions piled up 6 sacks. The Hotshots defeated the San Diego Fleet 32-15, and have the #2 spot after having won 2 straight, while prior had dropped 3 straight. The Fleet and Stallions are still in the hunt as well for at least the #2 spot at 3-4 and 2-5 respectively.

For three teams in the East and all four teams in the West, there are still great chances for any one of the teams to make the inaugural playoffs. Great action still happening in the Alliance, and if you’re not watching, you’re truly missing out.

The league has gained some major buzz through the Manziel signing and even rapper Eminem showing his support:

Which prompted this response from Alliance co-founder Charlie Ebersol:

ALLIANCE 2 XFL: WEEK 6 ODDS

I took it on the chin last week going a dismal 1-3 to drop my overall record under the 500 mark at 11-13. Let’s bounce back this week!

Orlando @ Atlanta +8.5: Orlando will look to bounce back after suffering their first loss last week, while the Legends will look to bounce back after getting pasted by the Commanders at home. I think the Apollos will be hitting on all cylinders this week as they take care of a divisional opponent that they handle easily in Week 1.

Salt Lake @ San Antonio – 5: The Commanders return home hot after a four-week road trip to face the Stallions who looked sharp in their Week 6 victory over Memphis. Despite the Stallions looking better with a solid defense, I like the Commanders to cover in their first game in front of the home crowd in over a month.

San Diego @ Arizona -3.5: Arizona returns home after handing Orlando their first defeat of the season. San Diego has yet to win on the road and I think this trend continues as the Hotshots cover behind a well balanced offensive attack.

Birmingham @ Memphis +2.5: This line appears to be light with the revived Iron offense and tough D. Brandon Silvers will get the start, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnny Football make an appearance. My gut says the Iron, but I see something strange happening in this one as the Express cover.

PLACE YOUR BETS!!

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: AAF Week 6 Power Rankings

Despite losing their first game to Arizona, the Apollos remain at the top of this week’s rankings. The surging Commanders are close on their heels followed by the Iron and Hotshots.

AAF Week 6 Rankings:

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

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