What We Learned From the AAF Inaugural Games

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman / @WandaW63

A dream that has been floating around for many years and has finally found a voice through the Alliance of American Football.

The league came about as a way to appeal to the undrafted college players, the tossed aside unsigned NFL players and former coaches. It is an opportunity for a chance at redemption and to be a part of a league that gives players a stage to prove they have what it takes to play in the NFL. Below are a few things we learned from the inaugural kickoff:

Old and untapped running backs and wide receivers show their skills.

Former first-rounder for the Cleveland Browns, Trent Richardson bounced around the NFL but proved he still had game with 2 rushing touchdowns, 23 carries, 58 rushing yards, and a fumble for the Birmingham Iron.

Keep an eye out for RB Jhurell Pressley of the Salt Lake Stallions. He went undrafted in 2016, bounced around five different NFL teams but was impressive in the opener with 18 touches for 84 yds, 2-2pt conversions, and a receiving TD.

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Being a woman and an NFL fan

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It’s not easy being a female sports fan.  More specifically, a female football fan.

On Monday, it was announced that the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. To refresh our memory, Hunt was released by the Chiefs back in November for domestic violence allegations.  He was caught on camera kicking a woman in a hotel. Though he still potentially faces disciplinary action from the League, as of today, he’s a Cleveland Brown.

My husband once told me, “I don’t know how you can be a woman and still like the NFL.”  Ummm…wow.  That hurt a little bit. But he’s right. (And no, this isn’t the first time I’ve acknowledged that he’s right, BTW)

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“Survey says, …” TWT: The Alliance of American Football

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Football isn’t over!

We have the rare opportunity of watching a new league unfurl before our very eyes in 2019. It’s not the NFL, but it is 10 weeks of the game we love. Four games are played each weekend, two on Saturday, two on Sunday. CBS Sports Network will be broadcasting the games.

Players have been brought together from many sources to form this league. New rules have been utilized to add quickness to the game. Coaches have been busy testing personalities and strengths for the winning combination. It’s new and it’s happening.

Our Turf Football has a short 5-question, multiple-choice survey to help you get to know more about the league. Click the link below to get started.

The Alliance of American Football

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NFL teams ready themselves for offseason

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Lisa Johnson,
NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

While many NFL eyes were in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII and the end of the 2018 season, 30 other NFL teams were already very busy preparing for the 2019 season. Teams with new head coaches scrambled to round out their staff, while draft boards started going up in every front office.

As the final seconds of the Super Bowl clicked off the clock, most fans put the season to rest. Many moved on to baseball, basketball, soccer, or hockey. While others still starving for some type of NFL action or news will turn their attention to the NFL calendar.

One good thing the NFL has gotten extremely good at is promoting offseason transactions and events. Making many of these events, which used to be closed, open to the public. Fans can enjoy the Combine, Draft, and of course, the all-important tickets to training camps.

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Bengals, Dolphins hire head coaches from Super Bowl LIII teams

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the last two open head coaching positions in the NFL have been filled.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that Zac Taylor will be their new head coach. Taylor was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

The Miami Dolphins announced that Brian Flores will be their new head coach. Flores was the linebackers coach and defensive play caller for the New England Patriots.

It would appear that the Bengals will be focusing on offense this season, while the Dolphins are looking for defensive strength to help them finally top the Patriots in the AFC East.

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“Survey says, …” TWT: Greats of the game + rising stars

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

It’s been a full week in the media with awards, stories, and images from Atlanta, Georgia leading up to Super Bowl LIII.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame brought the spotlight to them when announcing the Class of 2019. If Canton, Ohio in August is on your bucket list follow @ProFootballHOF for details and watch firsthand as ‘the greats enter the hall’.

Who is the next ‘Rising Star’ you foresee having a remarkable career with the NFL? Click the link below to tell us and your answer may be featured on the Our Turf Twitter account.

Greats of the game + rising stars

 

 

Lisa Johnson, Our Turf Football’s reporter, was at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. While in Mobile, Alabama her scouting mind and eyes captured a few rising stars. Read more here

To see last week’s survey SBLIII results, click here.

 

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Is the popularity of flag football giving a glimpse into the future of the NFL?

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

During Pro Bowl week in Orlando, one would think the focus would be on the NFL players and the celebratory game played at the end of each season. But what I discovered is another extremely popular aspect of Pro Bowl week…Flag Football.

The Play Football Flag Football championship tournament is played during the same week, in the same venue. With the NFL embracing flag football, are we seeing what the future may bring to the professional levels?

Imagine, millions of kids between the ages of 7 to 14, all playing football. It’s every NFL owner and Roger Goodell’s dream. But the dream has had to change over the last decade. With injuries, CTE, and other issues that have faced professional football, the league has had to focus on how to make the game safer. Parents simply didn’t want their children to play a game that could damage their future. Enter in flag football.

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“Survey says, …” TWT: Super Bowl LIII

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Hi all! During the break from fantasy football, indulge in some fun by sharing your thoughts in these quick surveys.

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be vying for the top spot this Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia. To keep you in the NFL spirit, here are 5 multiple-choice questions awaiting your response.

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Super Bowl LIII

Here’s some info I found and thought you might want to know. How do these prices compare to your stadium?

Here are the results taken from the week January 28 to February 4:

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2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

The Reese’s Senior Bowl has become the premier event to watch college football players, and I was lucky enough to attend this year. As I sit here and reflect on this past weekend, a few names stand out to me.

Those that know me, or who listen to our podcast regularly, know which group I went to first: the quarterbacks, of course. I didn’t get a chance to attend practices due to prior events so I had to play catch-up.

I found my source and started firing away.

I first asked which quarterbacks did teams seem to talk about the most. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the two most talked about among social media: West Virginia’s Will Grier or Missouri’s Drew Lock. I have to say, however, Drew Lock does have that typical pro-style passer physique.  At 6’4″,  225 lbs, he stands tall in the pocket. 

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Pro Bowl Day 2: Let the Flag Football Championships begin

Dayna O’Gorman,
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

What started out as a rainy, windy day in Orlando, ended with perfect temperatures, hot dance moves, and a whole lot of fun.

The NFC practice had to be moved indoors due to the weather. With that change, it allowed the NFC practice and the AFC practice to be held at different times, which allowed fans to be able to watch both conferences. Today I attended the AFC practice.

Quarterbacks Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), DeShaun Watson (Houston), and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) took turns running plays with the team while head coach Anthony Lynn watched from a distance, letting coaches Gus Bradley and others take over.

The QBs ran a few running plays, but when they switched to passing plays, it seemed to turn into a game of keep away. The defense made their presence known by grabbing interceptions and blocking passes. Let’s just say, it was a good thing there weren’t any officials on the field. It was all in good fun and the players loved it.

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