|The storied United Bowl trophy cup will be defended by the 6-time IFL championship Storm in United Bowl 2017 at home against a crack Arizona Rattlers team, named IFL Franchise of the Year.
A Contest for the AgesThe 2017 United Bowl Media Day press conference gave press and fans alike a chance to query coaches and players participating in what is proving to be possibly the most anticipated Indoor Football Championship, ever.
|Arizona Rattlers Owner Ron Shurts and Head Coach Kevin Guy accompany Sioux Falls Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs and Owner Todd Tryon (left to right) portrayed here with the prized IFL Championship United Cup trophy.
The Sioux Falls Storm (15-2) are the United Conference Champions and the six-time (consecutive years since 2011) defending IFL Champions. The Storm also had another banner year in contributing to their community and have now raised over $400,000.00 in charitable donations over the last 3 years.
United Bowl 2017 Media Day
I was able to record most of the event on 4k Hi-Def video today, and the following 4 videos document the press conference. I hope that I am getting the videos in sequential order as they occurred in the linear timeline of the media event.
-United Bowl 2017 Media Day video 1 of 4.
-United Bowl 2017 Media Day video 2 of 4.
-United Bowl 2017 Media Day video 3 of 4.
-United Bowl 2017 Media Day video 4 of 4.
The Stage is SetFor years, the Storm has dominated the IFL and the fans of opponent teams have often told us to go to the AFL if we think we are so good. But recently, teams from the NFL's Arena Football League have arrived in the IFL (Iowa Barnstormers & Spokane Empire, aka Shock, arrived in 2016) and most notably the 2017 "rookie" Arizona Rattlers are the Intense Conference Champs, and the IFL Franchise of the Year).
|Indoor Football League United Bowl Championship Trophy Cup
It will take a lot to win that United Bowl trophy and become the IFL Champs for 2017, but now the Storm finally has some competition in what may prove to be their most dangerous foe on the field, yet. Luckily, Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs and Owner Todd Tryon have the home field advantage in what we anticipate to be the loudest Sioux Falls Storm game, ever... and we are expecting a sell-out crowd.
My prediction? This will be an exciting game! But, Storm Nation will rise to the challenge.
If the event sells out (likely), you can watch it online at YouTube:
Or, if you are a Rattlers fan:
(assorted photos from the event follow...)
|Left to right: Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs & Owner Todd Tryon;
Rattlers Owner Ron Shurts & Head Coach Kevin Guy.
|IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse with the United Bowl Championship Cup
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