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WEEKEND OBLONG SPHEROID REPORT: 2/22 - 2/24: RETURN OF INDOOR FOOTBALL

Deciding to bring this back during baseball season was probably a mistake. Oh well. Quick and dirty again this week.

  • The eternal struggle that is life as a Memphis Express fan continues as the boys head down to UCF’s Bounce House to face probably the best team in the AAF, Steve Spurrier’s Orlando Apollos. Injury reports have our hero Zach Mettenberger out with “illness”. He’s as sick as the rest of us are with seeing Christian Hackenberg CONTINUE TO DESTROY THIS TEAM BENCH HIM SINGLETARY WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? After Week 1 games on CBS and Week 2 on TNT, the AAF settles into it’s regular TV rotation for the remainder of the season: 1 game on CBS-SN, 1 game on Turner’s B/R Live service, and 2 games on the NFL Network. And please, don’t be fooled by lazy reporting like I was. The AAF is doing just fine.
  • Women’s Aussie Rule continues this weekend, but the AFL has a special event on Friday morning: The AFL-X Tournament. It’s almost impossible to explain in a few words, but imagine if the NFL had an all-star game where the field was shrunk to fit on a playground, scoring rules were exponentially increased, and 4 teams drafted by all-star captains played six 20-minute games and a tournament final over the course of 5 12 hours on one night. Aussie Rules is insane and I love it.
  • A galaxy of Rugby from all 4 corners of the globe, though your LEAGUE LEADING NEW ORLEANS GOLD is on a bye this weekend. The highlight of the weekend has to be the next round of Six Nations Rugby, carried on NBC-SN.
  • Your big story of the weekend is the return of arena football (little a, little f) with Week 1 of the Indoor Football League. If you were unaware, arena football has had a few years of turmoil this last decade that resulted in a geographic split, with the East Coast teams remaining in the Arena Football League (big a, big f) and the teams in the Midwest and Western states, including stalwarts of the sport like the Iowa Barnstormers, breaking off to join the formerly lower-level Indoor Football League. Both leagues are still in the regrowing pains of that split, but seem on stable ground today. AFL doesn’t start play until late spring, but the IFL returns to the indoor gridiron this weekend. All of their games stream free on YouTube.

WEEKEND OBLONG SPHEROID US TV LISTINGS 2/22 - 2/24

League Start Matchup Channel/Stream
League Start Matchup Channel/Stream
All Times Central FRIDAY
Super Rugby 12:30 AM Highlanders vs. Reds ESPN+
AFL-X 2:00 AM AFL-X Tournament 2019 Fox Soccer Plus/WatchAFL
Super League Rugby 1:00 PM Leeds Rhinos at St. Helens Saints Fox Soccer Plus
Guinness PRO14 Rugby 1:30 PM Glasgow Warriors vs. Connacht ESPN+
Guinness PRO14 Rugby 1:30 PM Ospreys vs. Munster ESPN+
Guinness PRO14 Rugby 1:30 PM Leinster vs. Southern Kings ESPN+
Major League Rugby 7:00 PM San Diego Legion vs Austin Elite Rugby Facebook
Major League Rugby 7:00 PM Toronto Arrows vs Houston SaberCats Facebook
Indoor Football League 7:05 PM San Diego Strike Force vs Quad City Steamwheelers YouTube
Americas Rugby Championship 9:00 PM Canada vs. Chile ESPN3
Super Rugby 10:10 PM Sunwolves vs. Waratahs ESPN+
Women's Aussie Rules 11:45 PM Geelong Cats Women Vs Carlton Blues Women Fox Soccer Plus/WatchAFL
SATURDAY
Super Rugby 12:30 AM Crusaders vs. Hurricanes ESPN+
Women's Aussie Rules 2:15 AM Western Bulldogs Women Vs Brisbane Lions Fox Soccer Plus/WatchAFL
Super Rugby 2:40 AM Brumbies vs. Chiefs ESPN+
Women's Aussie Rules 4:35 AM Adelaide Crows Women Vs Fremantle Dockers Fox Soccer Plus/WatchAFL
Guinness PRO14 Rugby 6:55 AM Benetton vs. Dragons ESPN+
Super Rugby 7:00 AM Sharks vs. Blues ESPN+
Americas Rugby Championship 8:30 AM Argentina vs. Uruguay ESPN3
Super Rugby 9:10 AM Stormers vs. Lions ESPN+
Super League Rugby 11:00 AM Castleford Tigers at London Broncos Fox Soccer Plus
Six Nations Rugby 11:30 AM France at Scotland NBC-SN
Six Nations Rugby 1:30 PM Wales at England NBC-SN
Guinness PRO14 Rugby 1:30 PM Ulster vs. Zebre Rugby Club ESPN+
Guinness PRO14 Rugby 1:30 PM Edinburgh vs. Cardiff Blues ESPN+
Alliance of American Football 2:00 PM Arizona Hotshots at Salt Lake City Stallions B/R Live
Super Rugby 3:35 PM Jaguares vs. Bulls ESPN+
Alliance of American Football 7:00 PM Memphis Express at Orlando Apollos NFLNet
Indoor Football League 7:00 PM Sioux Falls Storm at Cedar Rapids River Kings YouTube
Indoor Football League 7:00 PM Bismarck Bucks at Nebraska Danger YouTube
Major League Rugby 8:00 PM Glendale Raptors vs. Utah Warriors ESPN+
Women's Aussie Rules 9:05 PM Collingwood Magpies Women Vs Greater Western Sydney Giants Fox Soccer Plus/WatchAFL
Women's Aussie Rules 11:05 PM Melbourne Demons Vs North Melbourne Kangaroos Fox Soccer Plus/WatchAFL
SUNDAY
Guinness PRO14 Rugby 7:00 AM Scarlets vs. Cheetahs ESPNews
Six Nations Rugby 11:00 AM Italy at Ireland NBC-SN
Premiership Rugby 1:00 PM Leicester Tigers at Worcester Warriors NBC-SN
Alliance of American Football 3:00 PM Birmingham Iron at Atlanta Legends CBS-SN
Indoor Football League 3:00 PM Arizona Rattlers at Green Bay Blizzard YouTube
Alliance of American Football 7:00 PM San Antonio Commanders at San Diego Fleet NFLNet
Major League Rugby 7:00 PM Rugby United New York vs Seattle Seawolves CBS-SN