Which Alliance of American Football team should Bears fans root for?

It couldn't have been a better debut for the Orlando Apollos on Saturday. Though two games were occurring simultaneously, fans in Buffalo were shown a matchup between Mike Martz' San Diego Fleet and Mike Riley's San Antonio Commanders, a low-scoring affair that featured tremendous defensive play and a few hits that brought on a feeling of nostalgia. Eastern. Over on ABC, the National Basketball Association game drew 2.524 million viewers during that time slot, although ESPN said the ABC broadcast peaked with a 3.2 rating around 11 p.m.

AAF officials will have the assistance of the sky judge, who can make player safety calls from the press box as well as pass interference calls with five minutes remaining in the game.

If you get a chance to catch a game, you should.

Next up - The Apollos will next play February 17 at the Alamo Dome against the San Antonio Commanders with kickoff at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Ratings will be harder when the games are on CBS Sports Network and not CBS in primetime. We'll see if the Arizona Hotshots and the Salt Lake Stallions can continue that on Sunday as they wrap up the first week of action in The Alliance.

Teams must go for two after touchdowns as way to add excitement to the next play after a TD as many fans tune away from extra point attempts. Be sure to go to there site and support them.

It was a night of balance as the Apollos looked strong holding Atlanta to just six points, both field goals and caused four turnovers.

Onside kicks have been replaced by an onside conversion.

There are no kickoffs, with each team starts a possession after a score or at the start of a half at its 25-yard line. At all. There will still be a coin toss, with the victor deciding whether to receive or defer, but the team that receives the ball will simply send out its offense to start from their own 25-yard line. And games can end in a tie. The team [Orlando Apollo's] was inspired by the Greek God of the Sun, Apollo, who was also known to be an archer. All eight AAF teams are incentivized to load their roster with local talent - players that have notably played for either the local college or professional teams.

However, for those die-hard fans that simply need to watch the gridiron during the weekend, the Alliance of American Football is kicking off this weekend on Saturday night.

  • Stacy Allen