Arena Football 2: Do The Tulsa Talons Have What It Takes To Win Again?

The Captain -Brian KatesSenior Analyst IJune 18, 2008

They are 10-1 overall this season and 5-0 in their division. They are the defending ArenaCup Champions. They won 16 straight games over the last two seasons before losing a few weeks ago to the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings. They are the Tulsa Talons of the Arena Football 2 League.

The Talons are also the current Central Division leader in the AF2. With players on offense like quarterback Justin Allgood and wide receiver Jeff Hughly, how can you not be near the top?


The truth of the matter...

Now I'm not going to try to fool you by making it sound like I know what I'm talking about. Personally, I've never been to a Talons game or for that matter, an arena football game. My forte is in hockey: especially 2008 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings hockey.

In fact, when I first heard of the Talons, I asked if they were the semi-pro basketball team in Tulsa. The answer was an emphatic, "NO! It's arena football!"

Now, I enjoy football. Let me rephrase that. I enjoy GOOD football. And from what I've read about the Talons, they are GOOD football. I mean, c'mon, 10-1 overall, 5-0 in their division and looking to roll through the rest of their season.

Every once in a while, when I have nothing to do (boy, that's rare these days) and I'm flipping through the 10,000 channels on my digital cable box, I will stop and catch part of an arena football game.

The games are few and far between. I finally got tired of missing the games, so I have them scheduled to be recorded on my DVR.

Some of the rules are different than the NFL rules, but the game is basically the same and it looks like fun. I just never realized that Tulsa had a team and not only that, they have a GOOD team (did I mention that already?).

So, for all you hockey, baseball, soccer or whatever-your-game-may-be fans, let's give you a little insight into the world of Arena Football 2 and the Tulsa Talons.


To the wayback machine, Sherman and Mr. Peabody...

Here's the condensed history of Arena Football 2 (aka. af2). af2 is the Arena Football League's minor league, which started playing in 2000. The rules are the same as for their parent league, and af2 plays its season from April to July with their ArenaCup Championship game sometime in August.

There are two conferences, the American (AC) and National (NC). In each conference, there are three divisions: East, Midwest and South in the AC, and Central, Southwest and West in the NC.

Each division contains five or six teams. The af2 teams are located anywhere from New York to California, Washington to Florida. The team from Tulsa is at the top of the Central Division, and they are second overall behind the Spokane Shock, who are 11-0.


Hey, where is this all leading to...?

Just like the NFL, they play once a week, for the most part, with their games either Friday or Saturday night. Each team gets a bye week during the season. This Saturday, Tulsa takes on the Rio Grande Valley Dorados at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The Dorados are 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the Southwest division.

After that, the Talons schedule keeps them within their conference until they take on the Iowa Barnstormers to end the season. Of the teams remaining on their schedule, the Arkansas Twisters (July 12) seem to be their biggest challenge.

The Twisters are 7-4 overall, 4-3 in the Central division and in second place behind the Talons. The game is at the Tulsa Convention Center. Game time is 7 p.m. CDT (8 p.m. EDT).

I think I'll buy my tickets early, so that I don't miss out this time (I had to work late last Saturday night). Yes, I will have entered into that no-man's land known as the "commitment zone." Shhhhhhhh, don't mention that "C" word!


I'm your Captain, let me give you some advice...

C'mon, it's a Saturday night in Okieland. Every liquor store closes at 9 p.m. Movies, you can go see them anytime. Bars and clubs are too loud and expensive.

So, what better way to spend your Saturday night than cheering the Tulsa Talons on to victory. Tickets prices range from $50 all the way down to $10. From what I understand, there isn't a bad seat in the house.

Tickets are also easy to buy on-line at the Talons website or by calling the ticket office.

I'm game for this! I'm excited! I can't wait! Are you game?