Do You VooDoo?
It’s spring time again and that means football season of course. And no, I’m not talking about the NFL schedule release. I’m not even talking about the NFL Draft that is coming up. So what the hell am I talking about? Well, the Arena Football League of course. You still remember that league, don’t you? You know, the one with the 50 yard field and with walls that are in-play. Well, if you don’t remember this, you may need to brush up on it and check it out.
If you live in south Louisiana, you have to try to catch a game from our home team, the New Orleans VooDoo. Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Peli-nets, started the team in 2004. The team played 2 seasons in 3 years, missing a year due to Hurricane Katrina. After the 2007-2008 season, the AFL seized operations and the team disappeared while the Kansas City Brigade appeared when the league started again. Then, in the 2011 season, the team formerly known as the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings, a member of the smaller AFL2, became the new New Orleans VooDoo.
However, since the original incarnation disappeared, the excitement does not seem to be at the level it once was. Sure, the players are not as well known as their NFL counterparts, but this brand of football is still exciting and the atmosphere is almost unmatched. I had the pleasure of attending a VooDoo game last year at The Graveyard (the nickname given to their former home, the New Orleans Arena). The hits are punishing, the action is fast-paced, and the organization does all it can to put on a good show during any break in the action with the VooDoo Dolls cheerleaders and their mascots, Bones and Mojo.
So, with that said, the 2013 season is already underway but there is plenty of time to catch some of the action. The VooDoo have played 4 games as of now and have a 2-2 record. The next game is Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 pm at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The team hosts the San Jose Sabercats, winners of the 2008 ArenaBowl championship.
And if that game is not an option, there are still many more chances to check out a game. You can go to www.aflvoodoo.com for info, news, tickets, and more. Just trust me. You will enjoy the experience. Let’s all support the New Orleans VooDoo. Remember, in the early 90′s, we had an AFL team called the New Orleans Night. And they were history all too soon. Let’s not put the VooDoo in that category too.