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You read that headline correctly. Somehow, someway, the Orlando Apollos were crowned as champions of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. Now to be fair, they did have the best record in the league when the plug got pulled, and by all appearance they looked to be the best team in the league,
But does that make them champions?
It’s not hard to slap a “champions” badge on the pre-season team photo. A kid with PhotoShop can do that. Again, does that make them champions?
In America, we have come to equate championships with rings. I also know the AAF went belly-up largely because it ran out of money, But there are still plenty of guys who were in and around this league who have the coin to pop for a bunch of rings. After all, those aren’t $50,000 Super Bowl rings.
But the question still stands; does that make the Apollos champions?
Thank you Orlando- @MichaelWaddell_, @TimRuskelly and everyone involved in the Apollos organization for putting together the Best Team in the League. Congrats to the 2019 AAF Champions! pic.twitter.com/5097YlYDma
— Coach Steve Spurrier (@SteveSpurrierUF) July 20, 2019
That looks like an honest-to-goodness awards ceremony to me. I see a promo backdrop, I see rings, and I see a trophy, Even though I don’t see it, it is a safe bet just out of range there’s a podium just waiting for some serious speech-making and generous mutual admiration dished out over even more generously constructed cocktails. What it comes down to is the Orlando Apollos, there’s all the trappings of a champion, except for one thing…the FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!
Don’t get we wrong; I understand you need to call an “audible” when your league folds after only eight games, but just declaring a champion really has too much of a “participation trophy” feel to it. I’ve always been a fan of Steve Spurrier and having him wired for sound on the sidelines was one of the most entertaining things about this league, which is probably why I was one of the only people on this earth writing about this league.
Championships aside, I always thought that a team in 2019 named the “Apollos” and didn’t tie itself to a particular event which has it 50th anniversary today really missed the boat.
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