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The Thunder Dome

Greetings readers,

There’s another indoor football team in the Miami Valley. Playing at South Metro in Centerville for 2013, the Miami Valley Thunder look to get their season rolling this March. The Thunder will travel for their inaugural game to New York.

The Thunder gives fans from the Miami Valley another option to catch some indoor football.

Currently, the Thunder will play six home games (with a TBD home date and an unofficial game where the Bud Girls take on the Hooter Girls.) Miami Valley will host Chicago twice, as well as New York, Fayetteville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis (possibly), and Preble County (who are members of the Crossroads Football League, who play football outside.) The Thunder are scheduled to travel to Chicago, New York, and Indianapolis.

Currently, the Thunder aren’t in a league, but that will change in 2014 when the Midwest Indoor Football League will become active. From the grape vine, I’ve heard at least sixteen teams were interested in the league.

The Miami Valley Thunder currently train at the No Limit Sports Academy in Troy, Ohio. The Head Coach will be James Scott, the same coach who led the Dayton Silverbacks to the CIFL Title game last season.

Like the Dayton Sharks, the Thunder were on television. On Living Dayton, the Thunder got the word out about tryouts (on February 3rd) and about the team. General Manager Michael Lause and Wide Receiver Julian Hardy were on hand to talk about the tryouts.

Fans of indoor football have two options awaiting them. This is a plus for fans, because they have the Dayton Sharks at Hara Arena and the Miami Valley Thunder at South Metro in Centerville. There’s great football in both sides of Montgomery County. Starting March 23rd, the Thunder will touchdown into the world of sports when they play at New York.

Sources of information from the Miami Valley Thunder website and the Facebook page, as well as WDTN Channel 2. Picture from the Miami Valley Thunder.

Until next time,

-Lee

Sharks Week

Greetings readers,

Two weeks from now, the Dayton Sharks will open their season in the Continental Indoor Football League. The Sharks will host the Port Huron Patriots.

If you’re not familiar with the indoor football scene in the Dayton region, this is the team that will replace the Dayton Silverbacks (who have been around Troy and Dayton since 2006.) The Dayton Sharks look to make a run for the CIFL title.

The Dayton Sharks will call Hara Arena home, as they welcome in Port Huron, Saginaw, Erie, and two Kentucky teams (one that plays in Freedom Hall in the Xtreme, and the Kentucky Drillers who play in the east side of the state.) The Sharks go on the road to Port Huron, both Kentucky teams, Owensboro (KY), and Marion. The full schedule can be viewed here.

Tickets are affordable for anyone who wants to check out the Sharks, with hot seats available for $12.50. Corners are $9.50 and the ends are $7.50.

The Sharks were also on DATV the other night, advertising their season and talking about difference between arena football and outdoor football.

The CIFL has added a few teams and lost the Cincinnati Commandos after the team jumped from the UIFL. The Detroit Thunder, Erie Explosion,  Kane County Dawgs, Kentucky Xtreme, and the Kentucky Drillers are the newcomers of the CIFL. You can technically count the Sharks in this group, but there was a team at Hara Arena last year.

The Dayton Sharks have a ton of talent to take on the CIFL. The coaches are excited, and I’m real excited to catch my first game live at Hara Arena! Here’s hoping that there will be a good season at Hara for hockey and football.

Sources of information from the Dayton Sharks, DATV, and the CIFL. Picture from the Dayton Sharks.

Until next time,

-Lee

Paint the Hara Arena Silver

Greetings readers,

I found this article on Dayton Daily News and wanted to write about it due to how it hits closer to home. If you didn’t hear, the Miami Valley Silverbacks are now moving to Hara Arena in Trotwood and renaming themselves the Dayton Silverbacks.

Last season, Miami Valley played as a road-only team, having no place to call home to play some gridiron. From 2006-2009, the Silverbacks called Hobart Arena their home. In the five year history, the Silverbacks are 16-43 while making the playoffs in 2007 and 2010.

This brings two teams into the seasoned Hara Arena, the Silverbacks and the Dayton Gems hockey team.

While the best record ever recorded by the franchise was a 4-6 record (that’s the best in terms of winning percentage; most wins in a season is 5) in 2010, this is a young franchise. If you look at the front page of the Dayton Silverbacks’ website, you’ll see that there is no lack of passion for this team. There are new logos already for this team, which stay fiercely loyal to Miami Valley’s old logos.

This is the second team in the area to ditch the “Miami Valley” location tag. Oddly enough, the other team to shed the “MV” is a football team now known as the Ohio Valley Warriors. The difference between the Warriors and the Silverbacks is the location and type of football. Ohio Valley plays outdoor football and at Bellbrook High School (the same place the Dayton Dutch Lions and the Wright State Club Football team play, along with the Golden Eagles of course.)

This is not the first time football has been played in Hara Arena, however. In 2007, as a surprise move by all employees of the Cincinnati Marshals, the Hara Arena saw an indoor football team simply names, “The Marshals.” However, this team would only go 2-5 and fold later in the season along with the National Indoor Football League.

This move will make Hara Arena even busier with hockey and football, along with other events the arena holds on a regular basis. The Silverbacks will continue to play in the CIFL (Continental Indoor Football League) along with a local rival in the Cincinnati Commandos, who won the CIFL title in 2010 with a 10-1 record.

If you are itching for some football during the NFL offseason, this is your chance Dayton locals.

Until next time,

-Lee