Well, the days of Jon Bon Jovi, the Philadelphia Soul and my regular dose of crab fries are over. And though I still have a couple of Band & Drumline shirts, my binder with my notes for gameday and my football, mini-helmet and other memorabilia proudly displayed ... for me, the glory days are gone. We will never be able to re-create the magic that was the Soul. But, damn it was a good ride. Destination ArenaBowl: Mission Accomplished. :-)
One of the most devastating things, of course, about the shutdown of the AFL was it left dozens and dozens of athletes (and staffs) out of work. Well, with the creation of the new AF1, it seems many of our former Soul players are popping up in teams around the country.
But, what the heck is with all this going to Dallas stuff?! And, what will I do if my beloved Gabe ends up there?! LOL ... I'm just kidding ya know. I'm super happy these guys are getting to do what they love.
Anyway, here's the latest ...
Dallas arena football team announces name, unveils new logo
DALLAS, Texas – Dallas’ arena football franchise will be known as the Dallas Vigilantes, the team announced Thursday. The team also released its new visual identity, including a dynamic primary and secondary logo.
... The Vigilantes open the 2010 season on April 10, when they travel to play the Tulsa Talons. The Vigilantes open their 2010 home schedule at the American Airlines Center on April 30 when they host the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz.
... The Vigilantes’ new look features a cowboy hat-wearing skull with a wry, confident smile that appears to dare potential opponents to step onto the field and settle the score. The team’s colors will be blue, black, red, and silver.
... Also on the Vigilantes’ roster are three of the top players from the most recent AFL World Championship team, the Philadelphia Soul. They include defensive back and All-League performer Eddie Moten, All-AFL offensive lineman Phil Bogle, and star receiver Larry Brackins.