AAF spring football league kicked off Saturday night

Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40-6

The Alliance of American Football, a league most people probably couldn't name one team from before this week, debuted on Saturday night. With week one in the books, things are actually looking pretty good. They saw The Head Ball Coach, a.k.a Steve Spurrier bring his "fun and gun offense", that excited Florida Gators fans for years to Orlando as his Apollos flew past the Atlanta Legends 40-6. Almost 21,000 people showed up and saw the Apollos beat the Atlanta Legends, 40-6, with Spurrier, 73, coaching for the first time since 2015.

Hall of Famer Willie Lanier is an executive in the league office, where former Pittsburgh Steelers stars Hines Ward (head of football operations) and Troy Polamalu (head of player relations) also work. They stuck around for the majority of the game too, with most leaving with a few minutes left to play in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand for the Apollos. "We were going for it", he said. Of course, they were.

The challenge for the AAF will be to keep the good times rolling.

Along the way, Spurrier took a page out of the Philadelphia Eagles' playbook. The Saturday overnight ratings for CBS's San Antonio Commanders vs. San Diego Fleet AAF matchup were greater than ABC's NBA Primetime matchup featuring the Rockets and Thunder.

That kind of hit might not go over in the National Football League, but this is the AAF and initial ratings were promising.

Indians' Lindor (calf) out two months
Missing games in early April could easily come strictly by playing home games in Cleveland, where bad weather can be a factor. He's yet to play in the big leagues, but he posted solid numbers in triple-A past year and should be reliable defensively.

For the inaugural game, the Alliance of American Football averaged 2.913 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The newest professional football league kicked off with two games in prime time on Saturday and now the other four teams in the league will get their chance on Sunday. The Steelers are actually an affiliate team for the Birmingham Iron.

Salt Lake Stallions at Arizona Hotshots8 p.m. ET on NFL Network - Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. According to No Extra Points, Marshall had three receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.

In overtime, each team will get the ball only once with a first and goal from the 10. Be sure to go to there site and support them. And games can end in a tie.

There are no kickoffs, with each team starts a possession after a score or at the start of a half at its 25-yard line.

The first game of next weekend will be televised nationally on TNT Saturday afternoon.

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