The Barnstormers are also coming off back-to-back losses, including a one-point overtime loss to the Chicago Rush that came down to a missed extra point. It seems apologetic to say this right after a score, but I like the way the defensive line is playing for the Power tonight. Frankly, if the Power can come out and score on this first drive of the half, and just stay the course, they should be all right. In the brief history of this franchise, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen the Power play well in the 3rd quarter. This team invents ways to lose; I would argue each interception tonight has not been the fault of the quarterback.
Once again, the team played a much more inspired brand of football tonight, but bottom line, they need to go back to school when it comes to finishing games. Iowa had 21 first downs to Pittsburgh’s 19, though the Power out-gained the Barnstormers, 294 net yards to 271.
First of all, let me preface this by saying I bumped into center and former Highlands great Beau Elliott outside the arena, on my way back to my car. Having said that, I think guys are more aware they have to discipline themselves in that respect, and I get the impression the players share a common sense of urgency going forward, and that’s a good thing. Despite what the scoreboard says, I think the coaching staff had the right approach to this one.
Special thanks to Justin Gould, Ethan Vickers, Lauren Suchy, and the rest of the Pittsburgh Power Football staff for their help and access Friday, and prior to this week’s game. Iowa Barnstormers, and check out Iowa Barnstormers on Wikipedia, Youtube, Google News, Google Books, and Twitter on Digplanet. Several teams called the Iowa Barnstormers have played in different indoor football leagues since 1995.
On April 25, 1994, the Arena Football League approved an expansion team to be based in Des Moines, Iowa, to begin play in the 1995 season. Behind the strength of AFL Coach of the Year John Gregory, the Barnstormers raced to a 3a€“0 start and secured the 5th seed for the playoffs.
After an 0a€“1 start to their second season, the Barnstormers won their first Central Division title on the strength of eight consecutive wins to close the season. In 1997, the Barnstormers repeated as Central Division champions with an 11a€“3 record, including a 61a€“38 road thrashing of the rival Storm to avenge the previous season's ArenaBowl defeat. Star offensive specialist Willis Jacox retired after the 1997 season, while star quarterback Kurt Warner signed with the St.
In 1999, the Barnstomer resurgence under Garcia continued, with Iowa winning nine of their last ten regular season games (following a 2a€“2 start) to capture their third Central Division title in four seasons and secure the 2nd seed in the playoffs.
The 2000 Barnstormers put up startling offensive numbers, as Garcia threw for 92 touchdowns against just 8 interceptions, with 46 of the touchdowns going to Mike Horacek. The need for a more modern venue as well as the league's desire for a larger market led to the move to New York despite two failed past attempts in the city, the New York Knights (1988) and the New York CityHawks (1997a€“1998), both of which played at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.
Aside from the league's desire to re-enter the New York market, another major reason cited for the team's relocation was the inadequacy of their Des Moines venue, the Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium, also known as "The Barn". The arena Football organization awarded an AF2 franchise to Iowa for the 2001 season, which continued the Barnstormer name. On September 20, 2007, the AF2 announced that they had approved the inactive franchise's new ownership, meaning that the Barnstormers resumed play in 2008 at the Wells Fargo Arena. After being on hiatus for six seasons, the Barnstormers played their first regular season game of 2008, falling at the Louisville Fire 58a€“28 on March 29, 2008.
On July 27, 2014, Barnstormers president Jeff Lamberti told WHO-TV in Des Moines that the franchise will explore "all options" in the off-season of their continuance to play, including leaving the AFL and going to the Indoor Football League for 2015.
On August 27, 2014, Lamberti announced that the Iowa Barnstormers had officially became members of the IFL and named former Barnstormers quarterback Joe Brannen to replace Mike Hohensee. AFL commissioner Jerry Kurz released a statement regarding the Barnstormers departure from the AFL: a€?We wish the Iowa Barnstormers all the best in their new endeavor.
IFL commissioner Mike Allshouse commented: a€?This is a monumental day in the history of the Indoor Football League. To adjust to their new league, the Barnstormers removed the word "arena" from their logo as they are no longer with the Arena Football League, yet will retain the history of their time with the AFL. When the Barnstormers began playing in 1995, the team's logo consisted of a circular logo, which depicted a barnstorming airplane over the city of Des Moines.
The goggles on the team's helmet make the Barnstormers helmet one of the most recognized helmets in AFL history. The Barnstormers' original uniform designed consisted of a gold helmet, and either black or white jerseys with gold numbers on the black jerseys and black numbers on the white jersey with pilots' wings on the front of both. KDKA-TV is joining forces with the most trusted local CBS RADIO stations in Pittsburgh to give you the best Pittsburgh has to offer.


Kurt Warner’s former team is coached by Mike Hohensee, the original quarterback of the Pittsburgh Gladiators. Number one, I had a pic of a guy at the arena last year wearing a Kurt Warner Barnstormers home jersey.
LaRico Stevenson with nice coverage on a pass intended for Jesse Schmidt to force a turnover on downs. Takes a bad bounce off the wall, intercepted by Antoine Thompson, who takes it to the Iowa 20. Once again, Stevenson wins the one-on-one battle with Schmidt, and the line is actually getting through to the QB. Hines finds Hymes (say that three times fast) over the middle on a slant, and Hymes walks unmolested into the end zone.
That was set up by a pass interference penalty on Stevenson in the end zone while covering Schmidt. After a heady catch-and-run by Washington to establish field position and stop the clock, Berry outraces the coverage and scores with 3 seconds left.
At this point, I expect a lot of guys in black and gold to be fighting for jobs starting next week, when the Power host Orlando for a Saturday night game. You could cut through the tension with a knife when Siegfried was at the podium, though frankly I suspect it was just as much disbelief as anger or frustration. There was probably some head-shaking on that Power bench, and I think Siegfried reflected that after the game.
They pretty much have to, because now is as plausible a time as any for Siegfried to continuing tooling with his roster, and in this very tenuous league, it’s up to them to play at a level that convinces him to maintain status quo. They did a good job taking away Iowa’s bell cow, Jesse Schmidt, and making the rest of that team beat them. The original Arena Football League team played in Des Moines' Veterans Memorial Auditorium from 1995a€“2001, and subsequently relocated to Uniondale, New York, where they were known as the New York Dragons. After upsetting defending ArenaBowl champion Arizona, 56a€“52, in their first playoff game, the Barnstormers fell, 56a€“49, to 6th-seeded Orlando in the semifinals. With the 2nd seed in the playoffs, the Barnstormers avenged a regular season defeat against 7th-seeded San Jose, 68a€“59, before racing past 4th-seeded Orlando 52a€“34 to reach the franchise's second ArenaBowl in three seasons.
A thrashing of division rival Milwaukee in the quarterfinals paired with 8th-seeded Orlando's 41a€“19 shocker at Tampa Bay set Iowa up at home against the 6th-seeded Predators with a chance to advance to another home ArenaBowl. Despite this prolific offense, Iowa started slowly, losing three of their first four games.
Most of the seats in this venue were located directly along the sidelines as is typical of high school sports venues. However, low attendance (less than half of the average of the AFL franchise) and a relatively poor season (a five-game winning streak to close the season wasn't able to turn a 4a€“7 start into a playoff berth) would lead to that franchise suspending operations following their first season. They hold practices at the historic Veterans Memorial Auditorium, and they inherited the tradition of the original Barnstormers.
The following week, they would return home for a Monday Night primetime match-up with the Lexington Horsemen on April 14, 2008. The Barnstormers became the first team to directly leave the AFL for a new league, although the Austin Wranglers were demoted from the AFL to the AFL's minor league, AF2.
They continue to use the rebound nets they own from their AFL days, but under IFL rules, any ball that hits the netting is a dead ball.
The Gladiators were one of the AFL’s seminal franchises, later becoming the Tampa Bay Storm.
Look for Jason Jones to debut on the O-line at some point tonight, so I’ve been told.
Berry, completely trapped, reverses his field, follows a couple blocks, and outraces the secondary for a 30-yard score! A couple of incomplete attempts in the end zone; Washington looked like he might have been interfered with on the first, and Hymes got tied up on the second. Camay converts for a 41-28 Iowa lead with 5:55 left in the 3rd, their biggest advantage of the game. Iowa is challenging the penalty call (which wouldn’tnecessarily happen in the NFL or NCAA). This started out looking very much like the night the Power were going to turn things around, but ultimately they concocted a way to lose. They play their home games at Wells Fargo Arena, known in arena football circles as "The Well". Des Moines was awarded a franchise in the developmental AF2 league in 2001 that carried on the Barnstormers name and branding, but the team suspended operations after the end of the season. On May 12, 1995, the Barnstormers played their first regular season game, on the road against the Milwaukee Mustangs.


Louis and Albany in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the top-seeded Barnstormers lost a 42a€“38 heartbreaker at home to second-seeded Tampa Bay in ArenaBowl X. However, in ArenaBowl XI, Arizona used a 42a€“13 scoring stretch over the 2nd and 3rd Quarters to roll past Iowa, 55a€“33. Forced to rebuild after losing the eventual two-time NFL MVP, the Barnstormers limped to an 0a€“5 start in 1998.
However, Orlando continued its shocking run to ArenaBowl XIII with a 56a€“49 upset of the Barnstormers. However, a five-game winning streak return the Barnstormers to the thick of the playoff hunt.
The Barnstormers organization constantly lobbied for the construction of a better facility during their time in Des Moines to no avail. The team adopted the original unique uniforms, which in keeping with the aviation theme included the depiction of goggles on the helmets, wings on the shoulders of the jerseys, and propellers on the pants legs. In the debut of Arena Football at the Wells Fargo Arena, the Barnstormers lost a close 43a€“41 contest. The Arkansas Twisters, Tri-Cities Fever, and Green Bay Blizzard were former AF2 teams who jumped to the IFL. The circle logo also has wings on each side, with the words "Iowa" and "Barnstormers" on two lines above the circle logo. No DeWalt due to a hamstring injury, though I’m also hearing rumors of a personal dispute between him and head coach Chris Siegfried. Berry redeems himself with his 1st KR TD of the year, cutting right to left up the far sideline, and Wagner makes it 21-20 Power, just like that. Chemistry is the ultimate intangible, and it isn’t something you can coach, buy, or trade for. In 2008 a new Barnstormers team began play in the AF2, now based in the new Wells Fargo Arena; this team joined the new AFL in 2010 following the league's reorganization.
In a wild finish that saw both teams combine to score 24 points in the final 40.4 seconds of the fourth quarter, the Barnstormers won, 69a€“61. After acquiring Aaron Garcia from New Jersey, the Stormers improved, with a three-game winning streak sparked by Garcia and rookie sensation Kevin Swayne, putting the Barnstormers in playoff contention late in the year. Iowa went on to win their fourth Central Division crown in six seasons of play, earning the 3rd seed in the newly expanded playoffs.
The next week, Iowa won their first regular season match-up since 2001 (their 75th overall), defeating the Quad City Steamwheelers 58a€“38 on April 19 in Moline, Illinois. Below the logo was the words, "Des Moines." The team's colors consisted of black, gold and cardinal. Join us on-air or online for Pittsburgh’s up-to-the-minute news talk, weather and traffic reports. The next weekend, May 20, 1995, the Barnstormers played their first regular season home game against the Miami Hooters at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, winning 41a€“29. But, in the end, they faltered, finishing 5a€“9, their worst season of their years in Iowa. However, Iowa's playoff run came to a quick end on a Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals, as the 6th-seeded Nashville scored the final 14 points to defeat Iowa, 49a€“42. The team would win their first home game at the Wells Fargo Arena on April 26, 2008, defeating the Stockton Lightning 47a€“24.
The three colors are a combination of the Iowa Hawkeyes black and gold, and the Iowa State Cyclones cardinal and gold. I saw more of it out on the field Friday night, but needless to say, there still isn’t enough of it to get the team to play better. During the 2008 season, the Barnstormers ranked 17th in average home paid attendance out of the 46 combined teams in the Arena Football League and AF2.
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I certainly don’t think anybody in that locker room foresaw such a rocky start, even after the unusual events that led directly up to the beginning of the season, and I think it goes back to guys getting caught feeling sorry for themselves. In the Arena Football League, they finished 7th in 1995, 8th in 1996, 9th in 1997, 8th in 1998, 9th in 1999, and 9th in 2000.
In both 2008 and 2009, Iowa ranked second in AF2 attendance to the Spokane Shock, with attendances of 9,341 and 9,520, respectively.



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