06/21/2011 5:13 PM
10. It was a big weekend for upsets. In five games, the team with the lesser record entering the game (Tulsa, Tampa Bay, Utah, Spokane and Kansas City) won. But with so much parity, is it really much of a surprise?
9. If you like offense, tune-in to Utah Blaze games. This week, the team scored 81-points and won, and last week the defense gave up 81-points and lost. In Utah’s six wins this year, the team has yet to score fewer than 69-points. In Blaze games, the winner has put up at least 67-points in all but two games.
8. Chicago lost more than the game to the Spokane Shock Saturday. The Rush put QB Russ Michna on injured reserve, so he’ll miss at least four games. Now the question is whether the team will go with rookie Dominic Randolph or veteran JJ Raterink, who played for the Rush last season. Chicago just traded to get Raterink back after playing for Kansas City this year.
7. Spokane also lost QB Erik Meyer against Chicago. Meyer suffered a concussion making a touchdown-saving tackle on an interception. But there’s still a chance Meyer could play this week. Otherwise Shock fans would see Steve Sheffield, the sixth quarterback Spokane has used this season.
6. With all those questions at quarterback, the Command hope it found its guy in Steve Wasil, who replaced Raterink last week. In Kansas City’s 50-51 upset over the Cleveland Gladiators, Wasil was superb in his first start, throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions with four incomplete passes. He outplayed the Gladiators Kurt Rocco, who threw a pick and competed just over half of his passes (20-for-38).
5. Philadelphia Soul fans have to be wondering, “Where did THAT Justin Allgood come from, or where was he a few weeks ago?” Allgood made a successful return against the team he began this season with, throwing six touchdowns without an interception in the Talons’ 48-42 win. In the end, though, Philly almost stole the game. Tulsa’s Juan Bongarra missed a would-be game-clinching field goal in the final seconds that gave the Soul life, but Philly couldn’t get the final touchdown. In Allgood’s last two games with the Talons, he’s 2-0, and has 12 touchdown passes without an interception, and if the season ended today, Tulsa would grab the last playoff spot in the National Conference.
4. Does anyone want to win the AFL East Division? The Power lost badly, 81-40 to the Utah Blaze and Cleveland lost to the 5-9 Kansas City Command. Both teams are tied again at 7-6, but the Power has lost two in a row, and Cleveland is 1-3 in the last month. Ten games may be enough to win the division, and is it too big of a stretch to still consider Philadelphia and Milwaukee contenders?
3. One team that has already won its division: congratulations to the Arizona Rattlers. It’s the Rattler’s first division title since 2004. And fittingly, Arizona beat San Jose this weekend for the crown. The SaberCats won the West in their last three seasons in the AFL, from 2006 to 2008.
2. With a 67-yard performance against in a 65-55 win over the Iowa Barnstormers, Derrick Ross now has 502 rushing yards on the season, breaking the all-time AFL single season record of 459 by Michael Bishop in 2005. He also moved alone into second place, with 28 rushing touchdowns on the year. But still has some work to do, the record is 41. With five games still remaining Ross is on pace to rack up close to 700 rushing yards, and every one will just add to his record.
1. With Jacksonville’s 62-47 win over the Milwaukee Mustangs, the Sharks 12 wins in a row ties the 2002 San Jose SaberCats for most consecutive wins in a season. The Sharks play the 6-7 Tampa Bay Storm this week, where they could own the record outright. Also on the horizon, the all time winning streak (which could be over multiple seasons) is 15 by San Jose from 2000 to 2001. Also Dallas holds the record of 15 wins in a season, going 15-1 in 2007.