Mustangs Take State College Championship


In Friday nights home game, the Wisconsin State Mustangs won their first ever state championship title. The knuckle whitening 48-45 win over the Washington State marks that the end of an amazing season for the state college football team.

This is a proud moment for the Mustangs, as they have gone head to head with some fierce competition this past season and had to play two games in a row without their star running back due to an injury. The knee injury was the result of a near the end zone tackle as he was about to score a touchdown.

The school saw a record number of football related injuries this past year, as almost every player who saw game time also suffered some type of injury. This did not hold the Mustangs back though as this was their most game winning season in the history of football at the college.


The win is bittersweet for the Mustangs coach, who after years with the team has decided to retire his own Mustang jersey and retire from the college after having been an active member of the faculty for the last 35 years. It was his heart attack late last year and continued failing health that brought him to this heart wrenching decision.

Most Mustang fans contribute the teams season success and subsequent championship win with an overwhelming desire to ensure that the beloved coach ends his tenure with the Mustangs on high note.

The championship game just won was not without its share of drama. Washington State had the lead for most of the first quarter, but the Mustangs persevered and scored on 8 of their 9 possessions during the course of the game.

The turning point in the game was a botched Washington State punt that gave the Mustangs the ball on the ten yard line. After only two plays, the ball connected with the Mustangs star running back whose touchdown brought the score to a tie. With this momentum the Mustangs entered the second half of the game running and immediately took the lead with back to back drives.

A passing play was by far the crowning moment in the Mustangs game that had the running back making a 23 yard beeline for the end zone. Avoiding three tackle attempts along the way, this amazing play brought the fans to their feet as they cheered the player straight towards the touchdown.

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The entire season was full of surprise passes and long catches, keeping the stands full of fans during the year. The Mustangs delivered in this championship game as well, bringing an amazing football season to an electrifying close.

As the majority of Mustang players this season, including the star running back and quarterback are only sophomores, the school and football fans are hopeful that next year will be just as rewarding as this one is. There is already buzz about some amazing local high school seniors joining next years roster, hopefully with the same championship winning attitude as was shown by this seasons Mustangs.

Does Arena Football Have Any Chance of Survival (and Growth)?

Arena_football_Kansas_City_wide_shotTake your average football field, cut it in half and put up sideboards. That’s your playing space for arena football, a close cousin to America’s most popular sport. The pace is faster then American Football, the scores higher, and injury imminent, but this exciting game which has been around for over 20 years has been increasing in popularity since its inception.

The legitimacy of Arena Football as a sport has been in question since it was first patented back in 1987. After a short hiatus in 2007, The Arena Football League (AFL) re-hit the artificial grass running in 2010 and hasn’t stopped yet.

The most obvious proof that Arena Football has found its footing is the interest it has received from pop culture celebrities. Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi was the owner of the Philadelphia Soul from 2004 to 2008 while his Motley Crue rival Vince Neil has interest in both the Jacksonville Sharks and Las Vegas Outlaws. Most recently, and with the most fanfare is the 2014 introduction of LA KISS, a Los Angeles based team owned by the iconic rock band KISS.

With every game opened to an electric guitar rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and half naked dancers hanging over the end zones, KISS has found a way to bring the aggressive sport into the mainstream. So much buzz has been created that AMC went ahead and based a reality series on the LA KISS, its eccentric owners, and their dabble into professional sports.

While some may see this as marketing gone awry, the attention to the team shows an overall interest in the sport and brings to light its vast differences from the more sedate American Football. LA KISS brings in an audience by making the sport entertaining to a wide variety of people. This type of marketing scheme will help to propel it forward and protect its future in the sporting industry.

This does not mean that Arena Football is not a legitimate sport. Quite the contrary. There have been a number of AFL players who have gone on to have successful NFL careers. Most well known is Kurt Warner, who spent two years in the AFL before moving on to the NFL where he had an award winning career, including quarterbacking the Rams 1999 season Super Bowl win.

For the 2014 season, both CBS Sports and ESPN have announced a broadcast schedule for AFL games. As interest in the games continues to grow, you can expect other major networks to follow that lead. So long as the league continues to grow and make a profit, its distinction as a professional sport will remain.

It’s the fast pace of the game and the excitement that it garners that is going to continue to propel Arena Football forward. Marketing schemes aside, this is a sport that requires speed and skill, just like any other. And the growing interest in it will continue to increase its popularity.