Good evening, everyone…
As we get set to embark on the AFL 2014 Season, we are just a couple of weeks away from embarking on the 2014 USAFL Season. This week, our show, which will be Edition 14-4, as we will redo the first half o of the AFL Preview and we will make our first picks of the 2014 season on Week 1. Here’s our schedule for this week:
Segment One: AFL 2014 Season Preview: Our preview for the entire league.
Segment Two: Our Week 1 Picks: Our first picks of the 2014 season
Segment Three: Preview of Next Week’s Show: Preview of Next Week as we get set for the second half of the AFL Week 1, a preview of the USAFL 2014 Season and our look ahead to April.
Next week, the AFL Season begins…IT IS TIME TO BOUNCE! Show is set for 3 pm CDT Sunday, special time for that day due to the problems last week. See you Sunday.
As we prepare for Show 14-3, we are getting set for the 2nd week of the NAB Challenge. Remember, this week’s show is 1 pm on Sunday. Here’s what we are talking about this week:
Segment One: Our Recap of Week 2 of the NAB Challenge
We are recapping games 5-11 as we get set for the final week of games.
Segment Two: Look Ahead to Week 3
Our look ahead of Week 3 as we conclude the challenge and get set for the opening week of the AFL season.
Segment Three: Recap of Special Interview with Andi Williams
Our recap of Monday’s Special Interview as we get set for the USAFL season ahead.
Segment Four: Review of USA Freedom Camp and Preview of USA Revolution Camp
Our look back at the Freedom Camp in Houston and our preview of the Revolution Camp in Austin as we look ahead to the International Cup in August.
A decent show this week and a short blog…it will be much longer as the season begins. See you Sunday.
On Presidents Day weekend here in the USA (17 February), I had the distinct opportunity to interview (via Facebook) the first female President of an USAFL club, the Boston Demons Andrea “Andi” Williams. In the following interview, we discuss the road to becoming an trailblazer and pioneer, what drives her and talk about the US Revolution and Freedom teams as well as the 2014 season for the Demons.
Alex Benjamin: First of all, congratulations. Accordingly to our historian and my good friend, Lisa Albergo, this is not only you being the first female president of an Eastern Regional team, but the first in USAFL history.
Andrea Williams: Thank you very much. I am honored to have been elected to this position and excited to lead the Demons this season.
Alex Benjamin: I noticed in the article that you had come from Vice President in ’13 and then in ’12 was the Social and Sponsorship Coordinator. How has the Demons in the 3 years you have been with the Lady Demons and Demons has changed and what can we expect in ’14?
Andrea Williams: I was the second woman to join the Club in 2011 and stepped into a Board role in for 2012 because I felt I could help our Club continue to grow and evolve in a positive way. Over the past three years I have seen this Club evolve in so many positive ways. for example accepting and embracing the role of the newly established women’s team, encouraging newer members of the Club to step into leadership positions both on the field and off, and becoming more socially-minded, engaging in community service as a Club etc. My main goals for 2014 are to build on the foundation my predecessors laid, especially where recruiting and social cohesion are concerned, to continue to grow the women’s game and presence in the Club, and to work on establishing a stronger presence for the Club in the city of Boston and New England in general.
Alex Benjamin: In ’13, the Men’s team finished 24th in the USAFL Weekly and the women’s finished 3rd. There are multiple members of the Demons that have gone to be with the Freedom and Revolution teams. Do you see some of the members of the current teams to be members in time for the International Cup this year?
Andrea Williams: That’s correct. We have a pretty storied history of sending players to the Freedom and Revolution teams over the years, both from our men’s team and our women’s team. I think for the Parallel Cup over the past two years, we’ve had at least six women represent. I know of some of our women going out to Houston this weekend (Saturday, 22 February) to try out for the IC squads but I don’t foresee any men trying out this year (4 April @ Austin, home of last year’s Nationals). I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to send some men over the next few seasons though.
Alex Benjamin: With the tradition of the Demons over the last few years and having one of the toughest schedules in the USAFL because of the EAFL, how is this year’s schedule will be and how do you see this year’s team on both sides will be?
Andrea Williams: I am actually pretty confident about the upcoming season. I worked closely with Michael Sheppard, our VP, to ensure that we’re meeting our travel commitments to other teams but not forcing our guys and girls to travel several weekends a month throughout the season. I think those seasons tend to be tough and we see numbers drop with each consecutive travel commitment. For the women’s side, I worked with Lisa Arredondo, our women’s director, and Drea Casillas and the other ladies of the East, to ensure that we’re getting all of our girls plenty of playing time. As you know, getting the girls time on the field can be tough because of smaller numbers. As a Club, both men’s and women’s teams, we’ll focus on our metro competition this season and I think our fixtures allow us ample opportunity to get a ripper of a metro season going.
Alex Benjamin: As a fellow pioneer and trailblazer, it takes some courage and stepping into the unknown to do something special, Andi…what’s your inspiration in both footy wise and other ways?
Andrea Williams: Well, that’s a good question. I think in general, my niece Madeleine is a huge inspiration. She’s 18 months old now and in her world view she just kind of owns the world. She’s completely fearless. I want her to maintain that fearlessness for the rest of her life, so I want to set an example that you can and should reach for things that conventional wisdom holds as “unattainable”. Between her and my partner-in-crime, Taso, who’s a paraplegic and holds two World Rowing Championship titles despite his injury… well, I’m lucky, I have plenty of inspiration to go around.
Alex Benjamin: Well…that’s worthy of praise on that situation. What’s your footy inspiration that strengthens you, Andi?
Andrea Williams: Footy gave me two things during a pretty dark time in my life: a community of supportive people who just kind of welcomed me in, no questions asked, and encouraged me to grow and do good things for myself, and the second thing it gave me is a reason to push myself to get better every day. The men and the women of the Demons have been a force for good in my life over the past three years and they inspire me daily.
Alex Benjamin: That’s awesome what footy can do. Andi, have you made any of the Nationals since your start with the Demons?
Andrea Williams: Yes, I was at both Nationals tournaments in Austin, 2011 and 2013. I missed 2012 Nationals in OH (Mason) due to a wedding.
Alex Benjamin: That’s awesome to be a devoted member for the team. Hopefully, you can be able to make the Nationals in Dublin, so we can recap the year as President and the team.
Andrea Williams: I sure hope so. It should be another terrific tournament and the Demons are looking to make a great showing
Alex Benjamin: See you at the Nationals in October @ Dublin and thanks…
Andrea Williams: No problem any time. Thanks Alex!
Hello, everyone….welcome to the beginning of the AFL Pre-Season, otherwise known as NAB Challenge Preview week.
One week from today (12 February), we will have 18 games in 18 days, a first in the AFL History to have that many games in consecutive days. This week’s blog is a relatively short one as we gear up for Show 13-2 as well as my 1st posting in World Footy News, so I am doing double duty this week. Here’s our show lineup for this week:
Segment One: Recap Australian Day Week
Our first segment will recap Australia Day Week as we get the recaps from San Francisco, Baton Rouge and Fort Lauderdale as well as Chicago and Nashville as well.
Segment Two: Preview NAB Challenge
The second segment is our longest segment of the show as we preview the NAB Challenge and go through all of the team’s games for the next 2 weeks.
Segment Three: Preview of What’s Ahead for the Next Few Weeks
Our third segment will be our preview of the next few weeks as we prepare for the regular season in both the AFL and USAFL.
I hope everyone had a good two weeks off as we get set for a long series of shows that will get us through to Memorial Day, which is our next time off…until tomorrow @ 6 pm. See you then!
Hello, everyone….welcome to Australia Day Week.
We took some time off to get set for what will be a non-stop of shows that will chronicle the upcoming 2014 season for both the USAFL and AFL seasons, both pre-season and regular season. After next week being off, we will go non-stop from 9 February until the last Sunday in May before a week off. This week is actually a quiet week as the main highlight this week is my introduction as the newest member of the World Footy News family and will be contributing to their team as well. I will be doing double rounds once the regular season begins as we will be working on both the main blog and on WFN on both sides. So, here’s how it will go for the next several weeks:
Beginning next week:
- Blog 14-5 (Week Ending 8 February) will be combine the preview for the AFL Pre-season NAB Challenge and Show 14-2 while I am working on the recap of the Australia Week for WFN.
- Blog 14-6 (Week Ending 15 February) will be recapping the 1st week of the NAB Challenge and previewing Show 14-3
- Blog 14-7 (Week Ending 22 February) will be recapping the 2nd week of the NAB Challenge and previewing Show 14-4
- Blog 14-8 (Week Ending 1 March) will finish the NAB Challenge and preview the AFL Season and previewing Show 14-5
- Blog 14-9 (Week Ending 8 March) will get us set for Week 1 and previewing Show 14-6 while on the WFN side, I will be previewing the USAFL Season in extended edition for them,
- Blog 14-10 (Week Ending 15 March) will review the 1st part of Week 1 and previewing Show 14-7.
That will get you set for the next 6 weeks, which leads us to the regular season for the AFL. Our USAFL Season Preview will be on the WFN side on 8 March while the full USAFL Season Preview will be on the main blog on Blog 14-11 on 22 March and most likely, that will be the full season preview for the Kangaroos and any additional road trips for the 2014 season will be decided then. At the present, we are currently at 1 trip, but hopeful that will change to 2 (Columbus and Atlanta) or maybe even 3 (Columbus twice and Atlanta).
When we get to Blog 14-10 on 15 March, we will be review doing another blog like this to preview Blogs 14-11 through 14-16 (Week Ending 22 March- Week Ending 26 April), yes, everyone…right up to ANZAC Week. But for now, we are just 10 days away from Show 14-2 and we will preview that next week to get set. Enjoy Super Bowl week and for once, I do have a dog in the hunt…GO SEAHAWKS! We will see you next week!
Good morning, everyone…
As we get set for the first show of 2014 this week, we are doing something different with this blog. First of all, we are going to show pictures this week of the 2013 Nationals in the blog this week and over the next several weeks as we will highlight the outstanding work of my co-host, Stephen Kerbow and his wife, Lana, on the pictures they took @ Onion Creek. So, we will begin with what’s “ON TAP”:
- Opening Thoughts
- Schedule Changes for 2014
This Week’s Show: Show 14-1
1) Opening Thoughts
Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting the pictures from the 2013 Austin Nationals. Those that want to take a full look at all 173 pictures, you can go on the USAFL Weekly Report page on Facebook. We will start the pictures beginning next week on here.
2) Schedule Changes for 2014
Just a week after we had the 2014 Schedule placed on Edition 14-2, as it naturally happens, work decides to go ahead and do another change in schedule. Since the end of the Nationals time in October, work has changed the schedule a grand total of 6 times in just 3.5 months. So, what was to have shows on Saturday during the off-season and Friday in the regular season will now be all Sundays beginning in just 3.5 weeks (9 February). My new work schedule will be Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 am-6 pm. So, because of that, our road trips because of work has been curtailed to just 3. Of course, the Nationals in October…but the second one is a honeymoon road trip. Yes, said honeymoon, as in taking my beloved Jennifer on the road to Gatlinburg during our 4 year anniversary week. The third is depended on how many hours of PTO will I will have to see if a road trip is possible. So, with that…here’s our schedule for 2014 after the changes:
This Saturday: 6 pm: Show 14-1: 2014 Season Premiere and Look Ahead (Show #186)
2: No Show (Super Bowl Sunday)
9: Show 14-2: 6 pm: AFL NAB Challenge Preview
16: Show 14-3: 6 pm : AFL NAB Challenge Week #1
23: Show 14-4: 2 pm: 4th Sunday Show: All season the final Sunday of the month is when I have my Church Council and Evening Services on that day. So, the show on that day will be @ 2 pm. This week will be the 2nd week of the NAB Cup Challenge.
2: Show 14-5: 5 pm CST: 2014 AFL Season Preview (2 hrs. 30 min.)
Our 2014 AFL Season Preview will be on this day as we get set for the AFL Season with our predictions for the 2014 Season. We will most likely debut our newest computer on this Sunday.
9: Show 14-6: 5 pm CDT: SPECIAL EDITION: 2014 AFL Week 1 and Announcement of the USA Revolution and Freedom teams for the 2014 International Cup (2 hrs. 30 min.)
This will be a special edition as we begin our 2014 Season with our 1st picks of the season and we will announce the USA Revolution and Freedom teams during the broadcast, which will lead off the show. We have sent out invites from both the Revolution and Freedom teams to join us during the broadcast.
16: Show 14-7: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 1 (Part Two)
23: Show 14-8: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 2
30: Show 14-9: 2 pm CDT: AFL Week 3 and 2014 USAFL Season Preview
This show will be starting at the last Sunday of month time @ 2 pm as we preview the 2014 USAFL Season and make our Picks for Week 4.
6: Show 14-10: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 4 and USAFL Week 1
13: Show 14-11: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 5and USAFL Week 2
20: Show 14-12: 6 pm CDT: SPECIAL ANZAC DAY and 6th ANNIVERSARY SHOW: AFL Week 6 and USAFL Week 3 (Easter Sunday)
This SPECIAL EDITION show will be one of the 2 milestone shows as we celebrate 6 years on the air and 4 years on the blog. We will be doing our picks for ANZAC Week and USAFL Week 3.
27: Show 14-13: 2 pm CDT: AFL Week 7 and USAFL Week 4
4: Show 14-14: 6 pm CDT: SPECIAL EDITION: OUR 200th SHOW!: AFL Week 8 and USAFL Week 5
The SPECIAL Edition of USAFL Weekly will celebrate our 200th show as we hit our 2nd milestone in 3 weeks as we have our last full week of AFL and Week 5 of the USAFL.
11: Show 14-15: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 9 and USAFL Week 6
18: Show 14-16: 1 pm CDT: AFL Week 10/11 and USAFL Week 7
This week’s show will be at a special time as we preview for Weeks 10 and 11 for the AFL and USAFL Week 7. We will not have a show on the 25th as the team takes Memorial Day Weekend off.
25: NO SHOW (USA Memorial Day Weekend)
1: Show 14-17: 5 pm CDT: AFL Week 12/13 and USAFL Week 8/9
This week, we will have a special 5 pm show as the team will take off for June 8. The reason: That is Jennifer and Alex’s 4th Wedding Anniversary.
8: NO SHOW (Jennifer’s and My 4th Anniversary Week)
15: Show 14-18: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 14 and USAFL Week 10
22: Show 14-19: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 15 and USAFL Week 11
29: Show 14-20: 1 pm CDT: AFL Week 16/17 and USAFL Week 12
This week’s show will be at 1 pm as we preview for Weeks 16 and 17 for the AFL and USAFL Week 12. We will have no show on July 6 as the team takes Independence Day Weekend off.
6: NO SHOW (USA Independence Day Weekend Off)
13: Show 14-21: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 18 and USAFL Week 13
This week’s show will get us to Week 18 of the AFL season, which is 2 weeks long…so we will do our picks on this day and have Week 13 of the USAFL.
20: Show 14-22: 6 pm CDT: USAFL Week 14
27: Show 14-23: 2 pm CDT: AFL Week 19 and USAFL Week 15
3: Show 14-24: 5 pm CDT: SPECIAL EDITION SERIES: AFL Week 20 and USAFL Week 16 plus International Cup Preview
Our first of 5 weeks of the 2014 International Cup. This week we will preview the International Cup and have our picks.
10: Show 14-25: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 21 and USAFL Week 17 plus International Cup Week 1
17: Show 14-26: 6 pm CDT: AFL Week 22 and USAFL Week 18 plus International Cup Semi-Finals
24: Show 14-27: 2 pm CDT: SPECIAL 10th Anniversary Goal Umpire Edition: AFL Week 23 and USAFL Week 19 plus International Cup Grand Final
This week’s show will be our 1st of 2 consecutive Sundays as we will be heading to USA Labor Day Weekend. This show will be our celebration of the 1st game of goal umpiring for the USAFL 10 years ago (Nashville vs. Atlanta).
31: Show 14-28: 2 pm CDT: AFL Finals Week 1: Elimination Round plus International Cup Review
This week’s show will be our 2nd of 2 consecutive Sundays. There will be no USAFL segment as the league takes Labor Day Weekend Off.
7: Show 14-29: 6 pm CDT: AFL Finals Week 2: Semi-Finals and USAFL Week 20
14: Show 14-30: 6 pm CDT: AFL Preliminary Finals Week and USAFL Week 21
Our final week of the USAFL Regular Season will take place as we get set to crown the Regular Season Premiers.
21: Show 14-31: 6 pm CDT: AFL GRAND FINAL WEEK
Our final regular season show of the season as we get to GRAND FINAL WEEK.
28: Show 14-N1: 2 pm CDT: AFL GRAND FINAL REVIEW and USAFL Nationals Coverage Begins
We will recap the Grand Final and begin our Nationals Coverage with the crowning of the Regular Season Premiers.
5: Show 14-N2: 5 pm CDT: The Releasing of the Pools (3 hours)
Our annual Releasing of the Pools as we bring the entire team for our 2014 predictions to win it all.
7: Show 14-N3: 7 pm CDT: Preparation Show
Our Tuesday Preparation Show as we get ready for the trip to Dublin, OH.
8: DEPARTURE DAY: We will have our Departure Show @ 10 am, our half way stop @ Carrolton, KY and our arrival for the 2014 Nationals @ Holiday Inn-Hilliard in West Columbus, which will be our USAFL Weekly HQ for this year. If that location sounds familiar, it should. That was our HQ for the 2012 Parallel Cup.
9: REST DAY: We will have 2 shows on that day as we will have our 1st of 5 days of Breakfast @ The Nationals @ 9 am and the Preparations Show for Lisa @ 7 pm
10: OPENING CEREMONIES DAY: We will have 4 shows as we will have the 2nd of 5 days of Breakfast @ The Nationals @ 9 am, the arrival of Lisa during the day, the Opening Ceremonies beginning @ 5 pm CDT and Preview of Day 1 @ 9 pm CDT.
11: OPENING DAY: We will have 3 shows, including NON-STOP LIVE Coverage from Darree Fields beginning @ 6:45 am CDT, Breakfast @ The Nationals @ 5:30 am CDT and Recap of Day 1 @ 7 pm CDT.
12: GRAND FINAL DAY: We will have 3 shows, including NON-STOP Live Coverage from Darree Fields beginning @ 6:45 am CDT, Breakfast @ The Nationals @ 5:30 am CDT and Full Recap @ 8 pm CDT.
13: THE ROAD HOME: We will have 5 shows, including Breakfast @ The Nationals, the Departure from Dublin and Columbus, the halfway stop @ Carrollton, KY and Home Base Arrival late that day.
19: RECAP SHOW: 6 pm CDT: Our Nationals Recap Show with our award ceremonies.
26: Show 14-32: 2 pm CDT: 2014 Season Finale
Our 2014 Season Finale as we recap the entire 2014 Season in both the AFL and USAFL seasons.
At the present, that would put our show total @ 57 shows for the 2014 year, down from 65 last year, but remember, everyone, we are cutting 4 days off the schedule from last year on the Nationals as we travel less than 450 miles one way instead of 922 miles.
3) Our Show Preview: Show 14-1
Our Show Preview will be something new on our blogs this year as we preview in detail on our segments for this year, unlike in past years when we glossed over the segments. So with that:
Segment One: Show Opening:
As we usually would do, we have our special music for our return, however, it is tinged with sadness as we will add a song before our normal music. For those that have been reading, we had 3 USAFL players that passed on during our off-season, so when that happens, we begin with Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain” in honor of them. Those that want to read on the 3 men can read those on Blog 13-2 last week and the Facebook Events page in USAFL Weekly Report.
Segment Two: AFL Off-Season
After the introductions to the team and recap our off-season away (last show was on October 25th), we will recap the off-season in the AFL and announce the extension of the TV contract with Fox Sports Plus to the 2016 AFL Season.
Segment Three: USAFL Off-Season
We will recap the USAFL Off-Season and recap the Nationals plus give props to Stephen and Lana for their excellent picture taking @ Austin.
Segment Four: 2014 Season Preview
We will preview the 2014 Season with our milestone shows and markers that will happen during the season.
With that, everyone…that’s it…Blog 14-3 is in the books. Reminder for everyone…show tomorrow night @ 6 pm. We will see you tomorrow!
Good morning, everyone…
We are underway on the 2014 year and after being a bit vague on the schedule for 2014, I decided to redo the schedule for the year and do it on its own entry. So, with that, here’s our 2014 schedule:
January and February times will be on Saturdays @ 7 pm CST
March 1st show will be @ 5 pm CST, 8th will be @ 7 pm CST, 15th and 22nd will be @ 7 pm CDT and 29th will be @ 6 pm CDT. *-Daylight Time for the March Shows….
April shows will move to Fridays and will stay there for the entire 2014 season @ 7 pm CDT unless noted on the schedule.
18: Our 2014 Premiere: Show 14-1 (Show #186)
Our first show of the year will recap the off-season for the AFL and we will remember our players that passed during the off-season: Craig Ruggles, Nick Auden and James Rapley. When we ever lose a player from the AFL or the USAFL, the next show after their passing, we dedicate the opening in their honor. We will also have our 2014 preliminary schedule for the year.
25: No Show (Australia Day Weekend)
1: Show 14-2: AFL NAB Cup Preview
Our preview of the NAB Cup with 16 games in 20 day period. We will have our picks to take it all for the NAB Cup.
8: No Show (Opening Ceremonies Weekend: Sochi Winter Olympics)
15: Show 14-3: AFL NAB Cup First Weekend
22: Show 14-4: AFL NAB Cup Second Weekend
Note: This weekend, if the timing is right on the tax return, we will premiere on our new laptop.
1: Show 14-5: AFL Regular Season Preview
Our preview of the 2014 AFL Regular Season as our dynamic team will make our predictions on who will take the premiership in 2014.
8: Show 14-6: AFL Week 1 Preview
Our first predictions of the 2014 season as we have our weekly battle to win the title and dethrone Stephen from winning back-to-back.
*15: Show 14-7: Recap of the Opening Weekend of Week 1
*22: Show 14-8: AFL Week 2 Predictions
*29: Show 14-9: AFL Week 3 Predictions and USAFL Season Preview Show
This show will have our Week 3 Predictions, but we will also have our USAFL Season Preview and our team will pick who will win it all for 2014.
4: Show 14-10: Our first Friday Show of 2014: USAFL Week 1 and Friday Week Picks begin for Week 4
Beginning with our First Friday Show, we will begin our Friday picks for the following week.
11: Show 14-11: AFL Week 4/USAFL Week 2
18: Show 14-12: AFL Week 5/USAFL Week 3
25: Show 14-13: SPECIAL TIME: 6 pm CDT: Our 6th Anniversary Show and ANZAC Day Celebration
Our 6th anniversary show on this day as we look back at what’s transpired over the last 6 years as we will also do Week 6 of the AFL and USAFL Week 4.
2: Show 14-14: AFL Week 7/ USAFL Week 5
9: Show 14-15: OUR 200th SHOW: AFL Week 8/USAFL Week 6
Our 200th show celebration as we go to the 8th week of the AFL season and 6th week of USAFL.
16: Show 14-16: AFL Week 9/ USAFL Week 7
23: Show 14-17: AFL Week 10/ USAFL Week 8
30: Show 14-18: AFL Weeks 11 and 12 and USAFL Week 9 Preview: 6:30 pm (2.5 hours)
Okay, everyone is wondering what’s going on with May 30th. Well, that’s simple…next weekend is Jennifer’s and my 4 year anniversary. So, this show will be our double show as we will preview Week 12 and 13 in the AFL and Week 9 as there’s no show on June 6.
6: No Show (Jennifer and My 4 Year Anniversary)
13: Show 14-19: AFL Week 13/USAFL Week 10
20: Show 14-20: AFL Week 14/USAFL Week 11
27: Show 14-21: AFL Week 15 and 16/USAFL Week 12: 6:30 pm (2 hours)
Once again, another double prediction show as we preview Week 16 and 17 and USAFL Week 12 as we will be off for Independence Day next week.
4: No Show (USA Independence Day Weekend)
11: Show 14-22: AFL Week 17/USAFL Week 13
18: Show 14-23: AFL Week 18/USAFL Week 14
25: Show 14-24: USAFL Week 15 and Friday Night Pick For AFL Week 19
This show will be different as we will have the focus on the USAFL for this week as the AFL will have the week off in preparation for the final 4 weeks.
1: Show 14-25: AFL Week 19/USAFL Week 16 and International Cup Preview: SPECIAL TIME: 6 pm (3 hours)
Our preview of the International Cup as we have Troy Thompson coming onboard to have our predictions on who will win the International Cup in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
8: Show 14-26: Director’s 46th Birthday Week: AFL Week 20/ USAFL Week 17 and First Weekend of the International Cup
Our opening weekend of the International Cup as the first games in the men will take place and yes, we celebrate the Director’s 46th birthday.
15: Show 14-27: AFL Week 21/USAFL Week 18 and Semi-Finals of the International Cup
22: Show 14-28: AFL Week 22 and 23/USAFL Week 19 and Final Weekend of the International Cup: Special Time 6 pm (3 hours)
This show will be our double prediction show as we preview Weeks 22 and 23 plus our Week 19 of the USAFL and the final weekend of the International Cup. We will be off the 29th because of Labor Day Weekend.
29: No Show (Labor Day Weekend)
5: Show 14-29: AFL Elimination Finals/USAFL Week 20 plus the International Cup Review
Our first show back from the Holiday Break as we get through the AFL Elimination Finals, USAFL Week 20 and review the International Cup.
12: Show 14-30: AFL Semi-Finals/USAFL Week 21
19: Show 14-31: AFL Preliminary Finals and AFL Grand Final/ USAFL Week 22
This show will be our double predictions for the Preliminary Finals and Grand Final plus our final week of the USAFL Regular Season will be previewed. There will be no show on AFL Grand Final Night, but will have a show @ 7 pm on Saturday.
27: Show 14-N1: SPECIAL SATURDAY SHOW: AFL Grand Final Review and USAFL Nationals Preview: 7 pm
This will recap our Grand Final and will Segway to the USAFL Nationals Preview on that night….the first of many shows on the Nationals.
2014 USAFL Dublin Nationals
This year, the Nationals move back to their customary spot on the 2nd weekend in October (October 10-13), so our coverage begins on 27 September with continuous coverage beginning on October 5th-13th with daily coverage and multiple shows on Wednesday the 8th through to Monday the 13th. Right now, we will go with last year’s schedule with a twist….as we will begin on the 27th with the Preview show then the Releasing of the Pools on the 3rd and then preparation shows on the 7th (@ Home Base) and 9th (in Dublin). Our Opening Ceremonies will be on the 10th with live coverage from Darree Fields in Dublin on the 11th and 12th. Preliminary estimate for the shows will be as follows:
September 27th (1), October 3rd (1), 7th (1), 8th (4), 9th (4), 10th (4), 11th (5), 12th (5), 13th (4) and 24th (1).
Yes, guys…a lot less shows this year, just 29 shows this year for the Nationals because of the shorter trip there.
So…as you figure it up….just a total of 60 shows this year, a little less from the madness last year, where it almost 70. But, we will cross our 200th show and finish nearly on our 250th.
Well, there’s our 1st version of the year ahead…and there will be bound to be more coming in the months ahead. But, now, at least you know where it would stand…Next week’s blog will preview Show 13-1. See you next week…