Friday, February 26, 2010

Tryouts Weekend!

This week the Tulsa Talons will be having tryouts for both players and cheerleaders.

The Talons Cheer squad will start tryouts on Saturday with finals on Sunday. I am partially invested as I have a friend trying out who is already an Ice Girl for the Tulsa Oilers. You can get all the info here:

On Sunday Talons Football will also be having tryouts. For those
interested here is the tryout info:

Tryout Date/Time:February 28th 8:15 am registration starts
Tryout will go from 8:30am - 10am


Soccer City Tulsa
5817 S. 118th E. Ave
Tulsa, OK 74146
(East of Garnett a half a mile on 61st Street)

Phone Contact: 918.294.1000
Email Contact:

Cost: $60.00

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Talons Central Power Rankings 2/24/2010

While the league is still finishing tryouts for the 2010 season Arena Fan has started their interactive ranking poll. As it stands now 16 people have voted and the teams are ranked as such:

1. Dallas Vigilantes
2. Arizona Rattlers
3. Chicago Rush
4. Spokane Shock
5. Orlando Predators
6. Cleveland Gladiators
7. Milwaukee Iron
8. Tampa Bay Storm
9. Jacksonville Sharks
10. Alabama Vipers
11. Tulsa Talons
12. Iowa Barnstormers
13. Utah Blaze
14. OKC Yard Dawgz
15. Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings

This poll however does not have very many votes yet. I would encourage everyone to go to their site and vote. It seems Dallas is getting a huge boost from being in a conference with 3 former AF2 teams, including the Tulsa Talons.

My Pre-Tryouts Power Rankings are as follows:

1. Chicago Rush
2. Cleveland Gladiators
3. Dallas Vigilantes
4. Spokane Shock
5. Jacksonville Sharks
6. Tulsa Talons
7. Tampa Bay Storm
8. Orlando Predators
9. Iowa Barnstormers
10. Alabama Vipers
11. Arizona Rattlers
12. Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings
13. Utah Blaze
14. OKC Yard Dawgz
15. Milwaukee Iron

Chicago was probably the best team of the AFL's last season that is returning to this new AFL. Dallas, while having the best record in the 2008 AFL season, will hurt to replace quarterback Clint Dolezel. Jacksonville gains from picking up veteran quarterback Aaron Garcia; who had put up amazing numbers in the last decade as a part of the New York Dragons. Spokane and Tulsa, being the two best teams of the AF2 coming to the AFL, have to be given respect against the AFL teams.

Monday, February 22, 2010

YouTube Tuesday - February 23rd, 2010

Tuesday's will be "YouTube Tuesdays" here at the AFL Talons Fanblog. This week we have the Tulsa Talon's intro video from 2009:

To find out more about the Tulsa Talons visit

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Arena Football League is back!

Last year the Arena Football League (AFL) filed for bankruptcy following the suspension of the 2009 season. This also meant the end of the AFL's development league, AF2. Many of AF2's board of directors, however, continued to meet and decided to form a league to replace the void left by the AFL that would also keep many of their teams active. The league was originally titled Arena Football One and bought the AFL's assets, including team names and logos for both the AFL and AF2. On February 17th, 2010 the AF1 officially announce that the league would change its name to the Arena Football League.

The new league will be made up of a combination of old AFL and AF2 teams, many of which will continue to use their original names and logos. Consisting of 15 teams, the league will divided into 2 conferences, each with 2 divisions. League lineup for 2010:

American Conference

Southern Division
Alabama Vipers (AF2)
Jacksonville Sharks (new)
Orlando Predators (AFL)
Tampa Bay Storm (AFL)

Southwest Division
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (AF2)
Dallas Vigilantes (new)
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (AF2)
Tulsa Talons (AF2)

National Conference

Midwest Conference
Chicago Rush (AFL)
Cleveland Gladiators (AFL)
Iowa Barnstormers (AF2)
Milwaukee Iron (AF2)

Western Conference
Arizona Rattlers (AFL)
Spokane Shock (AF2)
Utah Blaze (AFL)

Note 0n the Dallas Vigilantes: Originally was the Dallas Desperados from the AFL but decided to reform under a new team name.

The 2010 season will officially kick off on April 2nd, 2010. Every week of the 2010 season NFL Network will be showing a national AFL game of the week. The official NFL Network schedule for 2010 is (all games at 8pm EST):

April 2nd: Chicago Rush at Iowa Barnstormers
April 9th: Cleveland Gladiators at Chicago Rush
April 16th: Orlando Predators at Jacksonville Sharks
April 25th: Utah Blaze at Chicago Rush
April 30th: Iowa Barnstormers at Orlando Predators
May 7th: Jacksonville Sharks at Tampa Bay Storm
May 14th: Utah Blaze at Milwaukee Iron
May 21st: Arizona Rattlers at Iowa Barnstormers
May 28th: Tampa Bay Storm at Orlando Predators
June 4th: Jacksonville Sharks at Chicago Rush
June 11th: Tulsa Talons at Dallas Vigilantes
June 18th: Jacksonville Sharks at Chicago Rush
June 25th: Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings at Tampa Bay Storm
July 2nd: Chicago Rush at Tampa Bay Storm
July 9th: Tampa Bay Storm at Dallas Vigilantes
July 16th: Spokane Shock at Iowa Barnstormers
July 23rd: Chicago Rush at Spokane Shock
July 30th: Tulsa Talons at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz

Be sure to check back here throughout the season for coverage of the season and insights.