April 21, 2000 |
And we were all so worried about Al Davis. We should have been guarding against two fans slugging each other in oversized gloves on the 10-yard line on behalf of an anti-fungal spray. We should have been wary of the pregame cherry bombs, the halftime hypnotist, the all-game rock music. We were so concerned that the return of professional football to Los Angeles would involve a wacko franchise, we forgot all about a wacko sport. Too late. It's here. The Arena Football League.
May 7, 2006 |
A little more than a year ago, the Avengers' Al Lucas died as a result of a spinal cord injury suffered in an Arena Football League game against the New York Dragons at Staples Center. Nothing has been the same since, for his family or the team. "We've tried to make it into a positive thing, rather than a negative thing, but you never get over losing a kid because, really, they're supposed to be seeing about your final rights," said David Lucas, Al's father. "Not you, seeing about theirs."
February 15, 2003 |
Chris Jackson, the original Avenger, put some unique spin on the first pass of his Arena Football League career. Last week against defending ArenaBowl champion San Jose, the offensive specialist took a pitch from quarterback Tony Graziani on a reverse and tossed a wobbly five-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kevin Ingram. The fourth-quarter play helped set the stage for the Avengers' dramatic 73-72 comeback victory.
February 21, 2004 |
The Avengers attempted to move forward on Friday after learning the extent of defensive specialist Cornelius Coe's legal troubles. Coe was indicted Wednesday on multiple cocaine-related felony counts, stemming from a federal investigation in Michigan. The indictment was unsealed Thursday. Coe is in custody in Los Angeles awaiting transport to Michigan. Coe, 28, could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to Phillip Green, First Assistant U.S.
June 6, 2004 |
The Avengers began their season with a victory over the Arizona Rattlers at America West Arena in Phoenix. Today, they return to the same building, intent on not having the season end there. The Avengers (9-7), the lowest-seeded team in the eight-team Arena Football League playoffs, play the top-seeded Rattlers (11-5) in a quarterfinal between teams that finished the regular season going in opposite directions.
April 16, 2000 |
Coach Stan Brock was not fooled by the Los Angeles Avengers' unbeaten preseason record. Even with a team stocked with veterans, there were problems, he said, specifically on the lines where the team was spotty in protecting its quarterbacks and unable to put much pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Those problems cropped up again Saturday, and were pivotal in the Avengers' Arena Football League regular-season opening loss to Grand Rapids, 51-31, before 8,192 at Van Andel Arena.