April 15, 2001 |
The start of the 2001 Arena Football League season looked much like 2000 for the Avengers--especially against their Northern California rival. Their battle with host San Jose wasn't as embarrassing as last season, when Los Angeles lost by 53 points, but Saturday's 52-30 defeat against the SaberCats at the Compaq Center in San Jose was no less decisive. The victory extended San Jose's regular-season winning streak to 12.
July 8, 2001 |
The Avengers' drive for their first Arena League playoff berth took a detour Saturday with a 40-27 loss to the Nashville Kats before 8,752 in their final home game at Staples Center. But the biggest losses were not reflected on the scoreboard. Receiver Chris Jackson could be out the rest of the season after he suffered a possible broken left ankle.
July 14, 2001 |
The Avengers probably won't make the Arena Football League playoffs after getting routed Friday by the Carolina Cobras, 66-28, before 13,242 at Raleigh, N.C. Maybe it's just as well, considering how the Avengers, who conclude the regular season next week in Oklahoma, are running out of players. rQuarterback Harry Leons, playing only because Todd Marinovich (elbow) and Tony Graziani (knee) are out for the season, separated his right shoulder in the first quarter and won't play against Oklahoma.
July 1, 2001 |
Through most of Saturday's game, the Avengers and the Chicago Rush figuratively traded blows and waited for the other team to quit. Neither did. In the end, Los Angeles was the survivor--and the winner--over Chicago, 55-47, before 8,476 at Staples Center, the Avengers' largest home crowd of the season. Both teams are 5-6, although Chicago has lost three consecutive.
October 2, 2001 |
Ed Hodgkiss, offensive coordinator for the Arena League Indiana Firebirds, was scheduled to meet with Avenger officials again Monday regarding the team's head coaching position. Casey Wasserman said no deal was imminent, but sources familiar with the negotiations said Hodgkiss was "close" to agreeing to a contract. Hodgkiss, along with interim coach Robert Lyles, is one of several candidates the Avengers have interviewed to replace Stan Brock, who was fired three games into the 2001 season.
May 4, 2001 |
New Coach Robert Lyles got the Avengers closer to winning than any other time this Arena Football League season, but he was not able to reverse his team's continued slide Thursday night. Three turnovers and a blown defensive assignment in the fourth quarter all contributed to the Avengers' 61-53 loss to the Florida Bobcats before 1,154 at the National Car Rental Center in Plantation, Fla.