The “Kickoff Classic” leading into the 2016 SteelHawks campaign is but five days away! We get a bit of the good news and the bad as the game approaches:
Good News: The SteelHawks are the #2 ranked team headed into the season. They are second only to the PIFL defending champion Columbus Lions, whom we know quite well.
Bad News: No cushy opener: The “Kickoff Classic” will be played against the #3 team, the Philadelphia Yellow Jackets–thought to have the best QB in the league going into the season.
Here are the full pre-season ranks, courtesy of The Gridiron Crew:
|1||Columbus Lions||–||0-0||Defending Champs of the PIFL|
|2||Lehigh Valley Steelhawks||–||0-0||Very good team who can compete for the #1 spot all season|
|3||Philadelphia Yellow Jackets||–||0-0||Picked up possibly the best QB in the league|
|4||Florida Tarpons||–||0-0||A team who have done very well in their previous leagues|
|5||Central Penn Capitals||–||0-0||Returning Champions of the AIF|
|6||Chicago Blitz||–||0-0||AIF Runner-Ups, experienced QB|
|7||Triangle Torch||–||0-0||A scary secondary, can make some noise|
|8||Corpus Christi Fury||–||0-0||Just signed Quincy Carter, former Cowboys QB|
|9||River City Raiders||–||0-0||Former St. Louis Attack team who did well|
|10||Savannah Steam||–||0-0||One of the few returning teams|
|11||Georgia Firebirds||–||0-0||Has experience playing pro teams|
|12||New Mexico Stars||–||0-0||Former LSFLteam|
|13||Atlanta Vultures||–||0-0||Has experience playing pro teams|
|14||Winston Wildcats||–||0-0||Expansion Team|
|15||Central Florida Jags||–||0-0||Expansion Team|
|16||West Michigan Ironmen||–||0-0||Expansion Team|
|17||Abilene Warriors||–||0-0||Expansion Team|
|18||Steel City Menace||–||0-0||Expansion Team|
|19||Myrtle Beach Freedom||–||0-0||Expansion Team|
|20||Maryland Eagles||–||0-0||Travel only team that has AIF experience|
|21||South Carolina Ravens||–||0-0||A new travel only team|
|22||Northern Kentucky Nightmare||–||0-0||A new travel only team|
Other News: The SteelHawks will be featured in their own team-update show–such as the Phantoms’ Breaking the Ice–on Monday nights just prior, at Chickie’s and Pete’s. Tonight, join coach Chris Thompson and GM/VP Mike Clark for a taping of Beyond the Walls. It will be taped ‘LIVE’ but will be broadcast at a later date. Stay tuned!
Saturday PreGame: Looking for something to do before the ‘Hawks game on Saturday? The Phan Nation Phantoms fan club is hosting a “watch party” at Crust from 6PM-10PM. They are featuring a pizza buffet and prize giveaways and raffles as the Phantoms prepare to face off against the Senators (with Zack Stortini and Jason Akeson) up in Binghamton. It is open to the public, and costs $22–but you’ll be able to grab some pizzas, snacks, and beverages (soft drinks included with buffet, but bar is cash) prior to the game. Email email@example.com for more information or to reserve your spot.
Outlook: We’re making every attempt to provide you with the best pre- and post-game coverage of the SteelHawks this season. Stay tuned for a “Football Night” game day post, and full post-game reaction and photos. Despite the tough opponent this week, it should provide a nice gauge for where the team is headed into the season, in a game which won’t count as much in the standings. Plus, it should be a good, close game!
See you at the arena,