Good evening, everyone.
As I prepare for this coming Sunday’s Part 6, the weather is finally changing as Spring is coming….finally.
This week’s show will have the final part of the AFL Previews with Sydney, West Coast and Western Bulldogs. We will also recap the 1st games of the NAB Challenge and look ahead for the month of March. So, get set…show is at special time: 1 pm CST. It is also our last show in the Standard time as we go to Daylight Savings time next Sunday. See you tomorrow!
Hello, everyone…from the frozen tundra of Middle Tennessee???
Yes, everyone….this week the Siberian Express has arrived here @ USAFL Weekly HQ in Smyrna. Don’t believe me…this morning’s low was -4f (-20c)…the latest that the temperature has been below zero in Smyrna and Greater Nashville history. The high was just 20f (-7c), the coldest high temperature for the day as well.
Got a lot to cover this week on the blog, so let’s see what’s “ON TAP”:
This Week’s Show
This week, we are on Part Five of the USAFL/AFL Season Preview as we will be going on Port Adelaide, Richmond and St. Kilda. We will be previewing each of the teams for the 2015 season. We will also have the big announcements for March with our newest members coming onboard and special surprise as well with one of the major podcasts in Australia for Footy.
Show 15-6 (This Sunday) will be on @ 4 pm.
Show 15-7 (Next Sunday) will be on @ 1 pm as we get to finish the AFL side of the Previews with Sydney, Western Bulldogs and West Coast Eagles.
Show 15-8 (March 8) will move us to Daylight Savings time, but we will still be on @ 4 pm and will have Part Seven of the series, which is the first part of the three part series of the USAFL as we preview the Northeast and Southeast Regionals.
Show 15-9 (March 15) will bring onboard our newest member to the team, Carolyn Poulos, as we will go to Part Eight of the series, which is the second part in the USAFL as we preview the Midwest and Rocky Mountain Regionals. Show @ 4 pm.
Show 15-10 (March 22) will finish the final part of the series with the USAFL Gulf Coast and Pacific Regions. This show is tentative scheduled for 1 pm.
Show 15-11 (March 29) will get us to Week 1 of the 2015 AFL Season as we do our 1st picks of the year….GET READY!
With that, everyone… I know not much to cover, but this is the slow time of the year. We will be gearing up in 3 weeks and really getting going on the blogs with updates every week and the standings will be out every week beginning in early April. See you Sunday @ 4 pm!
Got a lot to cover this week, so let’s see what’s “ON TAP”:
- Regionals Set
- March Shows Preview
- The Road To Austin
- What’s happening Sunday on Show 15-5
We got the word that 4 Regionals are going to be done this season in the USAFL. So, with that, here are the regionals:
- Eastern Regional: April 11th: Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Central Regional: July 11th: Racine, WI
- North Central Regional: May 18th: Des Moines, IA (10s)
- Western Regional: June 27th: Davis, CA
And of course, the Nationals will be Austin on 16-18 October.
March Shows Preview
As we are halfway through February, now we get set for a slammed March as we get set for the AFL Regular Season, so get ready, here’s the schedule for March:
1 March: Show 15-7 (4 pm CST): Final Show on Standard Time: AFL/USAFL Preview: Part Six: Sydney, West Coast and Western
Our first show of March will finish the AFL Season Previews as we preview Sydney, West Coast and Western Bulldogs and get set for the USAFL Previews.
8 March: Show 15-8 (4 pm CDT): 1st Show on Daylight Time: AFL/USAFL Preview: Part Seven: USAFL Northeast and Southeast Regions
As we shift to Daylight Savings time, we shift to the USAFL as we preview the Northeast and Southeast Regions. Here are the teams in those regions:
Northeast: Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore/Washington.
Southeast: Nashville, North Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Fort Lauderdale
15 March: Show 15-9 (4 pm CDT): AFL/USAFL Preview: Part Eight: USAFL Midwest and Rocky Mountain Regions
Part Eight moves to the Midwest and Rocky Mountain Regions as we preview those regions. Here are the teams in those regions:
Midwest: Columbus, Cincinnati, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kentucky, Louisville, Indianapolis and Milwaukee
Rocky Mountain: Minnesota, Des Moines, Kansas City and Denver
22 March: Show 15-10 (1 pm CDT): AFL/USAFL Preview: Part Nine: USAFL South Central and West Regions
Our final part of the nine-part series in the AFL/USAFL Preview will put us on the South Central and West. Here are the teams in those regions:
South Central: Baton Rouge, Houston, Dallas, Austin and Tulsa
West: Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Golden Gate, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego
29 March: Show 15-11 (4 pm CDT): AFL Week 1
We conclude March with the opening week predictions of the AFL Season.
The Road to Austin
As most of the Facebook community has known, I am doing a year-long challenge to walk the distance from USAFLWR HQ here in Smyrna to the USAFL Nationals HQ in Austin, TX, which is 915 miles. So, beginning with this edition, I am updating everyone each week with a special section with where I am at and the track so far. As of last Sunday:
- Weight: 255.2 lbs. (Down from 280.2 on November 1)
- Distance last week: 15.21 miles
- Distance overall: 87.27 miles Pace: 97.77 miles +/-: -10.50 miles
- Distance to go: 827.73 miles
- Days left: 326
- Distance this week to get back to pace: 28.03 miles
Here’s where it gets interesting…This week is the Hot Chocolate 15K here in Nashville. This will be my longest race EVER! To give you an idea of how long the distance is overall for just what I will be doing on Saturday, my normal walk with Coco is around 1.44 miles. It would take me nearly 8 laps to equal the distance of what I will be doing on Saturday. And, oh, by the way, the temperature for the race Saturday…the coldest race I have EVER done…27 degrees at start! I will let everyone know on Facebook on how I do on Sunday and the blog next week.
As for the map:
I am currently now on the 2nd longest leg between Smyrna and Austin…the long section of Interstate 40 between Dickson, TN and Little Rock, AR. To give you an idea of how long it will take to get to the next section, it would take me nearly 3 months to complete this section. As of last Sunday, I am at Exit 153 @ Interstate 40 and TN St Route 48 in Western Dickson County and heading for Hurricane Mills. I hope to be crossing into Arkansas by the time the first week of the AFL season begins on April 4, just 8 weeks from now.
Show 15-5 Preview
Our show this Sunday is the show that I am looking forward to as we will be in Part Four of the nine-part series in the AFL/USAFL Season Previews as we will be on the AFL side with defending Premiers Hawthorn, Melbourne and North Melbourne. And maybe by Sunday, I will be donning on the new gear from the Kangaroos. And I will need it…the high temperature for Sunday…29 degrees (-2c) with a low of 9 (-13c). We will also have more updates from the USAFL and the AFL News from Lisa Albergo. Our show is at 4 pm CST on Sunday via YouTube.
With that, that’s it….See you Sunday @ 4 for Edition 15-5 of USAFL Weekly and wish me luck on the Hot Chocolate 15K. I will have a link on Facebook to track me on Saturday!
Hello, everyone…Welcome to February.
After taking last Sunday off for the Super Bowl (still smarting after the heartbreaking loss), it is time to get back to work and that means, we get back to the AFL/USAFL Season Previews. I hope everyone is enjoying the series thus far as we get set for a very busy 8 weeks leading to the season opening week in the AFL 7 weeks from Sunday (Palm Sunday, 29 March 2015). But, before we get into this week’s show, there’s some good news coming this week as we will be switching cars as the Impala finally bit the bullet on last Friday (30 January) as the alternator has died for the 3rd time, so we are retiring the car (finally) and we will be debuting the new car this Sunday, our 2005 Ford Taurus Sedan…and yes, it is in my favorite color, MAROON…otherwise known as Washington State Cougar Colors! GO COUGS! And we might be in our new polo from the Kangaroos as this week is the opening of the arrival time for the package for 2015.
For all of those that have missed us on UStream, please reset your browser to the new link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfTZMx1eMpDt0oZ0qA2optQ/feed and also look for USAFL Weekly Show on Youtube and that will pull up the channel as well.
With that, here’s our preview for this coming week:
- AFL News: Latest on the Essendon Trial, Signing of Andrew Swallow extension for the Kangaroos and other news
- AFL Season Preview: Geelong Cats
- AFL Season Preview: Gold Coast Suns
AFL Season Preview: Greater Western Sydney Giants
Please note: On all three previews, we will recap the off-season and give our predictions for the first 5 games of the 2015 season.
In this week’s USAFL News, we will have announcements on the USAFL Central Regional Tournament on the site and time
In the USAFLWR News, we have several announcements this week as we prepare for the beginning of the 2015 season.
With that, everyone…get set for Sunday as we return back to the air for the next 14 weeks. Our show begins @ 4 pm Sunday USA Central Time on YouTube. And make sure you Subscribe to the channel on YouTube, so you can get the latest updates. See you SUNDAY!
Hello, everyone…welcome to Australia Day Week.
Here’s what we have “ON TAP” for this edition:
- Changes Abound
- The Road To Austin Challenge
- Show 15-3 Preview
This week after several attempts on trying to get it working on UStream, it was decided to move over to YouTube. You can look for it under USAFL Weekly Show. Episodes 15-1 and 15-2 are on there now.
The Road To Austin Challenge
For those that haven’t been keeping up on Facebook, I have started a new challenge and that’s walking the distance from home base HQ in Smyrna to the Onion Creek Soccer Complex in Austin, home site of the 2015 USAFL Nationals, which is a total of 915 miles. So, with that, I am beginning to also update on here as well. As of last Sunday, here’s the current status:
Total miles last week: 15.85
Year-to-date miles: 34.15
Distance to go: 880.85
Days to go: 347
On the map: As of last Sunday, I was 2.5 miles east of the Interstate 65/840 interchange in Southern Williamson County and crossed the interchange after Monday’s walk total.
Coming this week: 3 days off (Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday). Road race on Saturday (Zoo Run Run 5K in Nashville @ Nashville Zoo).
Show 15-3 Preview
This week’s show will be on at the normal time on 4th Sundays which is 1 pm CST. Here’s the preview:
- AFL Preview of Collingwood
- AFL Preview of Essendon
- AFL Preview of Fremantle
USAFL Weekly for the month of February
The previews of Collingwood, Essendon and Fremantle are the focus on this show and we will end the show after the groups with our look ahead to February and the shows ahead.
With that, that’s it for this week…more next week in Edition 15-5.
Welcome to Edition 15-3, everyone.
This week’s blog will have a lot to cover so, with that, let’s to see what’s “ON TAP”:
- USAFL Winter Classic Recap
- 2015 USAFL Standings
- Show 15-2 Preview
USAFL Winter Classic Recap
This past Saturday (10 January), history was made in the USAFL as for the first time, an actual point’s match tournament took play…IN JANUARY and on TURF. The first ever USAFL Winter Classic took place at Belmont University’s Rose Park on the Soccer Turf field, the first time ever that an USAFL match took place on turf. The 35 players, representing the Indianapolis Giants, Nashville Kangaroos and the Atlanta Kookaburras began the round robin matches @ 2:30 pm under sunny conditions with the first bounce temperature at 36 degrees, making it the 2nd coldest game in USAFL history (2008’s Grand Final @ The Nationals in Colorado Springs was 26). The matches were on Metro 9s, which the first 2 games (Atlanta vs. Nashville Redbacks and Atlanta vs. Nashville Wallabies) would count in the overall USAFLWR final standings as 1 point.
Game One: Nashville Redbacks vs. Atlanta Kookaburras
Game time: 2:30 pm CST
Weather: Sunny and 36 with Light and Variable Winds
The first game of the day was the Redbacks vs. Kookaburras. Right from the beginning, this match would be a defensive first half battle as the teams would literally go to a stalemate with the Redbacks leading at 1.3 (9) to Atlanta’s 1.2 (8) even though the Kookaburras outmarked the Redbacks 17-9 in the first. The second half show the tenacity of the Redbacks as they took command of the contest by outmarking the Kookaburras by a 23-11 advantage as they went 4.1 (25) to 2.2 (14) to win the game 5.4 (34) to 3.4 (22).
Game Two: Nashville Wallabies vs. Atlanta Kookaburras
Game time: 3:20 pm CST
Weather: Sunny and 37 with Light and Variable Winds
Game #2 was Nashville’s 2nd Metro team, the Wallabies, against the Kookaburras. Unlike the first game, the Kookaburras brought more intensity as they made a strong offensive battle, but couldn’t get the marks to go to go to goals. The marks was in Atlanta’s favor 11-10 in the first, but like Game #1, the Kookaburras was down by a score of 2.1 (13) to 1.0 (6). The second half was a complete 180 as the Kookas was on the attack from the outset. The second half went in a fast break for the Kookaburras as they outmarked the Wallabies by a 12-7 as they kick 3.1 (19) to 0.4 (4) to win the game 4.1 (25) to 2.5 (17). With that, the series for Nashville vs. Atlanta went 1-1, but with Nashville having the higher point total, wins the Classic by a total of just 4 points.
Game Three: Nashville Wallabies vs. Nashville Redbacks
Game time: 4:15 pm CST
Weather: Sunny and 39 with Light and Variable Winds
Game #3 was the battle of the Wallabies and the Redbacks in the finale. From the outset, the Redbacks brought the hammer down as they went on the attack, outmarking the Wallabies 19-9 in the first half to lead at the half at 4.4 (28) to 1.0 (6). The second half was more of the same as the Redbacks outmarked the Wallabies 21-11 in the second half and shut them out on the second half with a 5.4 (34) to 0 to win the overall tournament 9.8 (62) to 1.0 (6).
Field Umpires: Jeff Persson and Kane Harrison
Goal Umpires: Toby Persson and Alex Benjamin (142nd)
2015 USAFLWR Standings
Being this early on the season, here are the standings thus far:
|1) Nashville Kangaroos||1-1||1||51||47||108.51|
|2) Atlanta Kookaburras||1-1||1||47||51||92.16|
- Show 15-2 Preview
Next week, we will begin the 9 part series of the AFL and USAFL as we begin in the AFL with the first 3 teams on the group. Here’s next week’s show:
The opening segment will be our traditional start with our customary welcome and to preview the show for this week.
Segment Two: AFL News
Our first major segment is the latest news in the AFL from Lisa Albergo on that happened last week.
Segment Three: Adelaide Crows Season Preview
Segment Three will have the first previews of the AFL and USAFL as we preview the Adelaide Crows.
Segment Four: Brisbane Lions Season Preview
Segment Four will have the Brisbane Lions Preview.
Segment Five: Carlton Blues Season Preview
Segment Five will have the Carlton Blues Preview.
Please note: Segments Three-Five will happen during our six part series and will consist of the Season Schedules and our predictions of where the teams will be.
Segment Six: Preview of Show 15-3
The final segment will preview Show 15-3.
That’s it, everyone….we shall see everyone Sunday and for those that missed the premiere, head over to Youtube where Episode 15-1 will be on there.
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