12/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/01/2019 22:18
The echoes of the 2019 USAFL season are still ringing in our ears, and this year brought us some memorable matchups across the calendar, not to mention the country.
From the travelling summer road show that is the Regional Championships Series onto the National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, this season had some exciting matchups, huge wins, and nail-biting finishes.
I should know, I saw most of them.
From the 200 or so games played during the season, this writer has narrowed the list down to the ten best as captured by our volunteer broadcast crew, and our partners at Go Live Sports Cast. Considerations from the rankings include the magnitude of the match, the closeness of the match, and some good ol' fashioned rivalries, as well.
Each weekday from now until December 13th, we'll reveal one game and link it to the replay on our YouTube channel and this very website.
To tide you over until Monday, December 2nd when the countdown kicks off (and I get to put on my Casey Kasem hat), here are our honorable mentions that just came up short (or would have made the list had we'd been able to film them.)
Now on with the Countdown!
HONORABLE MENTION: Ohio Valley River Rats/Arizona Hawks 5.2.32 def. Des Moines Roosters 4.4.28
USAFL Nationals Men's Division 4 Grand Final - October 13, Sarasota, Florida
A year after the River Rats came up short in the D3 Grand Final, they teamed up with the Arizona Hawks to win their fifth flag in D4, and their first as an official USAFL entity. For the Hawks, around since 1999, this was their first men's National title.
HONORABLE MENTION: New York Magpies 3.1.19 def DC Eagles 1.2.8
Eastern Regionals Women's Division - June 15, Raleigh, North Carolina
Watch: Magpies v Eagles (USAFL.com)
A year after falling to the 'Pies on a rainy afternoon in Philadelphia, Kim Hemenway and her New York cohorts got revenge in Raleigh to clinch their fourth regional crown.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: San Francisco 0.2.2 def Seattle 0.0.0 and New York 2.4.16 def Minnesota 2.3.15
USAFL Nationals Women's Division 1 Semifinals - October 12, Sarasota, Florida
Each team had already punched their tickets for the semifinals, but that didn't stop all four from going toe-to-toe for their second win on Saturday afternoon. The Grizzlies kept the Maidens from the major score tally, and the Magpies staved off the Freeze by a point. Both matches set up a red-hot Sunday to determine the Division 1 champion.
NUMBER TEN -- TO BE REVEALED ON MONDAY DECEMBER 2ND
NUMBER NINE -- TO BE REVEALED ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 3RD
NUMBER EIGHT -- TO BE REVEALED ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4TH
NUMBER SEVEN -- TO BE REVEALED ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 5TH
NUMBER SIX -- TO BE REVEALED ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 6TH
NUMBER FIVE -- TO BE REVEALED ON MONDAY DECEMBER 9TH
NUMBER FOUR -- TO BE REVEALED ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 10TH
NUMBER THREE -- TO BE REVEALED ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11TH
NUMBER TWO -- TO BE REVEALED ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 12TH
NUMBER ONE -- TO BE REVEALED ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 13TH