The First Night of AAF Football

Joann Johnston
February 10, 2019

Hopefully, this league can be successful where others were not.

"Well, it is a little unusual when you go out there to get ready for the opening kickoff and there is no opening kickoff", said a smiling Coyle. Social media reaction to the games - San Diego Fleet vs. San Antonio Commanders, Atlanta Legends vs. Orlando Apollos - was mostly positive.

Led by head coach Steve Spurrier, the Orlando Apollos beat the Atlanta Legends 40-6 thanks to a two touchdown performance by quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Most notably is former Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who helped the Crimson Tide win two national championships before moving on to the NFL. "We started with nothing and we're going to open it up on Saturday with eight teams playing what I think will be pretty good football". The Steelers are actually an affiliate team for the Birmingham Iron.

Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino are officiating consultants.

If you're involved with the AAF, you're extremely happy with these numbers.

San Diego hired so well that it lost quarterback Josh Johnson to the Washington Redskins in December and offensive coordinator Jon Kitna to the Dallas Cowboys as their quarterbacks coach.

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In the Alliance of American Football roster building process, every NFL team was assigned an AAF affiliate. The play clock will only run 35 seconds, five seconds shorter than the NFL.

Overall, it was kind of fun, with Sunday promising the debut of former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary as the coach of the Memphis Express in a 4 p.m. We certainly did as a staff, and I would say the Apollos had the same situation, and the officials did as well.

AAF fantasy rankings at this point are a bit of a guessing game, but the first two games gave us real-life information to work with. "They're a partner. The goal is to improve and support the ecosystem of football". CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first matchup, while NFL Network will take the nightcap.

The Alliance has built a proprietary tech platform that will allow for a real-time, rewards-based system of integrated gaming and in-game wagering for fans in states where sports gambling is legalized.

But it's a clear victory for the new league. "Those are the guys we're finding".

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