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AFA PRESS RELEASE: (PRWEB) December 23, 2000

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         George W. isn’t the only Texan these days generating national media

attention. Today the American Football Association named the semi-pro team

from Austin Texas the recipient of the AFA’s 21st annual National Semi-Pro

Football Championship. Like all other teams to win the AFA’s national

title over the past two decades, the Austin Rattlers will have the names

of their players and coaches engraved on the Arthur S. Arkush Memorial Cup

signifying them as the national associations ‘number one team in the

country’ for the 2000 semi-pro football season.

         The Rattlers, winners of the North American Football League championship, and the number one rated team in the AFA West, according to AFNews, edged out the AFA’s 1999 defending national title holder, and #1 rated team in the AFA East (the Marlboro, Mass. Shamrocks) by just a few ‘power points’.

         Austin finished the playoff season with an unblemished 15-0 record,

accumulating 82.234 overall power points while scoring 668 points (avg.

44.5) and holding their opponents to only 131 (avg. 8.7) against. Marlboro

(19-0) won the Eastern League championship and finished the season just

behind the Rattlers with 80.510 pp’s as they scored 656 (avg 34.5) total

points for and had 202 (avg 10.6) scored against.

         “Both teams are outstanding performers on this level of the sport and

it’s a shame that they couldn’t have played against each other in a

National Championship Game”, said Ron Real AFA President. “Teams still

don’t realize how important it is to only play against league champions

and/or undefeated teams during post season play in order to better their

‘power rating’. Even the experienced teams seem to get caught up these

days in those independent post season regional tournaments pitting them

against teams that can’t help them advance in the end-of-season AFA

national ratings”.    

         The AFNews tracks, on a weekly basis, the games played in the United

States between 420 different semi-pro teams and processes the results for

the AFA’s national ratings. This year's ratings were based on statistical

information gathered from 2,072 game scores reported from leagues across

the country. Teams are categorized for their strength of schedule and

those game results are input into a database and processed after every

game. Only league champions qualify for AFA national championship

recognition each year and the national association encourages those league

title holders to play each other in order to better their power ratings

while in search of the annual AFA national title.

         While the Austin team didn’t actually play against another league

champion, they did play against and defeat several undefeated ‘conference

champs’ from the 46 team, 10 conference North American league. “We treated

those 10 NAFL conferences as if they were individual leagues because that

league is spread out from coast-to-coast and their conference champs

actually advanced to play (and eliminate) each other during post-season

play,” added Real.

         Enroute to the AFA National Championship, the Rattlers won their

conference title by defeating the Dallas (Tex.) Diesel 15-13 then

proceeded to eliminate 3 other undefeated teams, the Memphis (Tenn.)

Samurai (48 to 13); the Springfield (MO) Rifles (35 to 21 on the road) and

finally the Central (Penn.) Piranha (47 to 12) for the NAFL title. The

Piranha were rated #3 in the nation when eliminated by the Rattlers.

         The only other undefeated AAA semi-pro teams at season's end (beside

Marlboro) was the ‘number 2 rated’ (AFA West) Puget Sound (Wash.) Jets

(17-0), winners of the Northwest FL championship and the number 6 rated

(AFA East) West Deptford (NJ) Broncos (15-0), Mason/Dixon League champs.

Bad weather during the regular season forced the MDFL to extend their

league championship playoffs beyond a date when the Broncos could schedule

nationally rated teams in the AFA East in pursuit of theis years AFA

national title. The Jets, who are still playing in a post season tournament, had elected to play double A level teams and non-league champions in that tournament and as a result have mathematically disadvantaged themselves from accumulating enough post season power points to go ahead of the AFA’s number one rated team the Austin Rattlers.

         Congratulations to the Rattler players, head coach Mike ‘Buckey’ Godbolt, GM Gene Woodson, the entire coaching staff and of course those great Austin Texas Rattler fans - on winning the AFA’s 21st. annual National


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