The IronPigs lost the IronRail trophy last year and General Manager Kurt Landes will have to show up to the Railrider’s game and sing a song in this outfit. No word yet on what that song will be..
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From the Pro Indoor Football League:
NASHVILLE, TN (April 15, 2014) – The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) announces that Columbus Lions WR Earl Alexander, Columbus Lions DB Damian Daniels, Lehigh Valley Steelhawks KR/DB Dwayne Hollis, and Richmond Raiders KR/DB Torez Jones as the PIFL Week 3 Players of the Week.
WR Earl Alexander rookie campaign was more of learning experience; he saw limited action in two games. For the nearby Central High grad the 2014 season has been a different story, he is currently on a three-game roar that has him leading the league in yards per catch (29.1) and tied atop the PIFL in receiving touchdowns with six. Last week in the Lions 71-34 victory over the Fire, Alexander hauled in four catches for 120 yards and three touchdowns averaging over 30 yards a catch. His big-play ability has propelled Columbus to a two-game winning streak as well as earning him the nod as the PIFL Week 3 Offensive Player of the Week.
History was made this past Friday night when Columbus Lions DB Damian “The Nighthawk” Daniels picked off two Chris Mitchell passes with the ladder interception thrusting into the record books as the all-time interceptions leader with 99 overall for his career. The 2014 campaign has been a homecoming of sorts as Daniels spent the last two seasons in Albany. Damian’s return became epic when he sealed the record in the last minute of the 2nd Quarter. Already a four-time defensive MVP, “The Nighthawk” currently leads the PIFL with three interceptions and is well on his way to earning a fifth MVP trophy.
Week 3 of the PIFL had another feat that had never been accomplished in league history; two teams returned missed field goals for touchdowns in the same week. Both the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and Richmond Raiders ran missed field goals back for touchdowns with each propelling their clubs to come from behind victories. Both Dwayne Hollis of Lehigh Valley and Torez Jones of Richmond returned key missed field goals that led to their clubs victory. For Hollis, his return came midway through the 3rd quarter after the Hawks were facing a 20-8 halftime deficit. Meanwhile at the start of the 4th quarter, Jones and company were down by 17 to the Hammers before capping off a 20 point fourth quarter leading to their 38-35 home victory. Since the feat of returning kicks is so rare, both Hollis and Jones share the honor of taking home the Week 3 Vidswap.com Special Teams Player of the Week.
With all the transactions the IronPigs have had to deal with this week they will likely have more off field time to get to know each other.
Last night’s game in Syracuse was postponed due to rain and looking at today’s forecast for Syracuse they can expect anything from rain all day to 1-3 inches of snow. That’s right, our frosty winter friend!
If today’s double header with the Chiefs is indeed postponed and the snow does show.. we could be looking at a complete crap out of the 4 game set. We in the Lehigh Valley did get hit by some rain for our opening homestand but we did get some great weather over the weekend. I feel for those dedicated Syracuse baseball fans.
The next time the Pigs will face Syracuse is a 2 game set in Syracuse on June 24th & 25th and then back here in the Lehigh Valley on July 2nd and 3rd, then two on July 17th & 18th, immediately back to Syracuse for 2 on July 19th & 20th then back to the Lehigh Valley for 4 games August 23rd-16th.
As the postponements rack up, make ups could be moved around.. could we see another “away” game for the Pigs at Coca Cola Park? Possibly.
These games may even be dropped at the end of the season if the playoffs are not impacted.
We will see…
There’s a bunch of transactions happening due to injuries, the Phillies’ needs, etc.
Following yesterday’s rainout up in Syracuse the Pigs sent out this update:
IronPigs transactions today:
RHP Mike Adams completed his Major League rehab assignment with LHV.
INF Andres Blanco placed on the DL (oblique strain).
C Cameron Rupp placed on the DL (oblique strain).
RHP Mike Nesseth assigned to Reading (AA) from Lehigh Valley.
RHP Justin DeFratus assigned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia.
C Sebastian Valle promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading (AA).
OF Tyson Gillies promoted to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater (A+).
The IronPigs started the 2014 season with a plan. April is the coldest, rainiest, most difficult month of the season for any team to draw in high attendance numbers. This year started off with two, count ‘em TWO bobblehead nights and multiple other giveaways stacking the first week for us fans!
Then came the rain. We lost two openings already in the first week but gained two doubleheaders. Following the first homestand Pig fans are making a good showing, keeping pace with the distinct four teams in the lead so far in 2014. Currently in 4th place in the IL for fans per game average. Not far ahead are the fans from Louisville and Indianapolis (larger market areas) and topping the list are the Charlotte fans who finally have a park within their city borders. It’s a brand new park folks and Tommy V is involved so they are going to be strong for a while.
Charlotte Knights 10,210
Louisville Bats 8,704
Indianapolis Indians 8,402
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 8,329
Buffalo Bisons 6,411
Durham Bulls 6,245
Gwinnett Braves 5,983
Toledo Mud Hens 5,811
Columbus Clippers 5,742
S/WB RailRiders 5,623
Syracuse Chiefs 4,965
Pawtucket Red Sox 4,747
Rochester Red Wings 4,507
Norfolk Tides 3,970
I enjoyed this first week. I hope you did too!