Hello again, fellow Creekers.
Well it’s that time of year again. What time is that, you ask? Arena Football season.
For those of you unfamiliar with the game, it is professional football played indoors on a 50-yard field. Arena Football is nearing its 30-year anniversary, with teams all over the United States. Part of the sport’s appeal is that it is priced very affordable and it is really entertaining and competitive. Our team is the Arizona Rattlers. (See: www.azrattlers.com).
It is half rock concert, half football game, and you really feel like you’re a part of the game. They call the audience “the ninth man.” In fact, if you’re sitting near the front, you may be lucky enough to catch a football (or possibly even a football player as the boundaries are short and right in front of the first row). I am a fan of many professional sports, but Arena Football has no equal when it comes to sheer entertainment value. Let’s put it this way — unless it is the Super Bowl, I’d almost always prefer to go watch a Rattlers’ game.
Little did I know that there would be a Christopher Creek connection. I guess Danny White and his family are from around here (and he is the president of the team, as well as offensive coordinator). I also happen to be a minority-owner of the Arizona Rattlers.
The season is a little more than halfway over and the Rattlers are doing well at 6-3. If you are in the Valley and have a chance to catch a game, I guarantee you will get way more than your money’s worth, and like me, you’ll probably be hooked. So, here’s hoping for a great rest of the season, a great postseason and maybe a shot at another championship. The Rattlers were world champions twice, both in 1994 and 1997.
If you can’t make it down, games are broadcast on AZ-TV7/Cable 13 and on the NFL Network. The next game is at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at U.S. Airways Arena.
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