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  • Brandon Banks Sighting


    For those Washington fans that may not know, former Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks is now earning a paycheque in the Canadian Football League. After three years with Washington, Banks made the jump to Canadian Football last year, and will probably never look back.

    This week he signed a 3-year deal with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Banks spent last year with Hamilton, where he nearly stole the Grey Cup in the waning moments with a 90-yard punt return, unceremoniously called back for a penalty. That close call, and the promise of job security, made re-signing with the TiCats an easy decision for Banks. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Virginia Destroyers Season Ticket Renewals


    The UFL’s Virginia Destroyers have officially opened their 2012 season ticket renewal portal.

    Any 2011 season ticket holder wishing to renew their tickets, can do so by visiting the website and logging in. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UFL Turning Corner?


    Yesterday, the United Football League released their full 2012 football schedule. The press release comes fresh on the heels of the league’s announcement that CBS Sports has picked up the TV rights for the entire season. Don’t look now, but things might be starting to turn the corner for the still-new football league. After a tumultuous 2011 season that saw the schedule re-written several times and then ultimately shortened to save money, the league has some work to do to re-gain the confidence of their fans.

    Entering its fourth season, the league will gain a big boost both in familiarity and that confidence, from the new television deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UFL Schedule Announced


    The United Football League released their official schedule today.

    As per their press release last week, CBS Sports will be televising the games.

    “We’re pleased to partner with the UFL and bring more live football to CBS Sports Network,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports Network.  “Fans have an appetite for football at all levels and we’re excited to showcase the UFL.”

    Here is the full regular season schedule (All times Eastern) : Read the rest of this entry »

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    Maryland Maniacs To Hold Second Auditions For Dance Team


    The Maryland Maniacs held the first of two Dance Team auditions at the Gold’s Gym in Greenbelt, MD on Saturday, January 23rd. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Owner Messay Hailemariam Looks Back on the Maniacs First Season


    Owner Messay Hailemariam Looks Back on the Maniacs First Season

    By Jake Russell

    Approaching the 2009 season, not much was expected of the Maryland Maniacs. After all, they were an inaugural team.

    For first-year owner Messay Hailemariam, there were plenty of questions and unknowns going forward with this venture considering he had no previous experience owning a professional football team. Despite the unfamiliarity in this field, goals were already set in place with high expectations.

    “Heading into the season, I was hoping we were going to be competitive in the IFL. I knew, based on the resumes of the players that the front office and coaches put together, we would be okay,” Hailemariam said in regards to his expectations in his first season as an IFL owner.

    It appeared that the Maniacs were headed for trouble, beginning the season 0-2. The team opened the year at home with a 42-24 loss to the RiverCity Rage, the current United Conference Champions. It didn’t get any easier after the team suffered a disheartening 72-41 loss to the Fairbanks Grizzlies on the first of a two-game road trip to Alaska.

    To read the rest of the article, click here.

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    Maniacs Succumb to Rage in Atlantic Division Championship 55-31


    Maniacs Succumb to Rage in Atlantic Division Championship 55-31

    By Jake Russell

    The Maryland Maniacs impressive inaugural season came to an end Saturday night at The Family Arena in St. Charles, MO against the RiverCity Rage.

    The Maniacs, who earned the top seed in the Atlantic Division, were forced to play away from home due to a scheduling conflict with The Show Place Arena.

    At one point, the Maniacs were down 42-7 but went on a 24-13 run late in the game but it wasn’t enough.

    To read the rest of the article, click here.

    Congrats on a great season Maniacs! Thanks for the fun ride and hopefullly there will be more to come in 2010.

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    Three Maniacs Rewarded, Team Prepares For Atlantic Division Championship


    Three Maniacs Make 2009 All-IFL Second Team; Team Will Play River City Saturday

    By Jake Russell

    Congratulations are in order for three Maryland Maniacs: Offensive Lineman Tyree Spinner, Defensive Back Mike Hill, and defensive lineman Oby Arah.

    Spinner blocked for the IFL’s third-ranked rushing offense, which included IFL MVP candidate Darryl Overton, Jr.

    Hill finished the season with a team leading 64 tackles, league leading 30 passes broken up, and 5 interceptions for 31 yards. Those are impressive numbers to post for a team that boasts the IFL’s No. 1 ranked defense.

    To read the rest of the article, click here.

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    Maniacs Looking Forward To First Playoff Game


    The Maryland Maniacs, who are in the middle of a three week resting period before their postseason debut, struggled during the final two weeks of their regular season but are looking forward to returning to action on Monday, June 27th against the winner of the RiverCity Rage/Rochester Raiders first round matchup.

    Here is the article I wrote covering their time off and what they expect when they return to action.

    The Maryland Maniacs will attempt to regain the firepower amassed during their memorable 10-game winning streak following two crushing, season-ending defeats, the final one coming in a literally painful 64-39 loss to the Rochester Raiders, who the Maniacs had beaten twice before this season.

    Maryland, who boasts the Indoor Football League’s top defense, suffered a plethora of injuries in western New York. So what exactly caused the final two-game slide?

    To read the rest of the article, click here.

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    A Fan’s Guide to the Maryland Maniacs Experience


    A Fan’s Guide to the Maryland Maniacs Experience

    By Jake Russell

    When entering the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD, fans are instantly greeted by the official Maryland Maniacs truck parked in front of the building. It’s a nice Dodge pickup with a customized Maniacs paint job which is rather impressive.

    Upon entering the arena, fans are greeted by the Maryland Maniacs Dance Team in the front lobby. There you can get autographs with the dancers and also have your picture taken with them.

    Once you are on your way to your seats you can purchase items such as t-shirts, hats, posters, sweaters, programs, tank tops, and much more.

    Fans are free to watch pre-game warm-ups from both teams and take pictures while absorbing the surroundings for the game.

    During game breaks, fans are welcome to catch money saving coupons dropped from the game day blimp throughout the night.

    To read the rest of the blog, click here.

    This blog will prepare everybody for what to expect at a Maryland Maniacs game. It is a fantastic family event and I encourage everybody to come out to a game.

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