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Saturday, September 4, 2021

IFL Playoff Honors Round 1 and IFL ANNOUNCES 2021 ALL-IFL TEAMS



From The IFL

Wide receivers Thomas Owens and Dello Davis, along with defensive back Dillion Winfrey, were unanimous choices as 1st-Team All-IFL selections as announced by the Indoor Football League on Friday.

Additionally, record-breaking Duke City Gladiators quarterback Nate Davis edged out Arizona’s Drew Powell for the coveted 1st Team spot at the quarterback position.

In all, 35 different players were selected to the 1st and 2nd All-IFL teams for the 2021 season. The voting was compiled from representatives from each IFL team to recognize the IFL's best players from the 2021 regular season.
The Arizona Rattlers and Massachusetts Pirates, the first and second-seeded teams in the 2021 IFL Playoffs, had the most players represented with nine players each on the All-IFL teams, followed by the Frisco Fighters and Duke City Gladiators which each had four players on the All-IFL teams.
Nine rookies earned All-IFL honors, including three on the 1st Team. Of the 36 All-IFL spots, 19 were occupied by players from first-year IFL teams. Additionally, one player – Sioux Falls Storm running back Nate Chavious – earned 1st Team All-IFL honors at two positions, running back and kick returner.
 The complete list of All-IFL honorees is as followed below.
Davis led the league in passing, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,901 yards and an IFL record 79 touchdowns. He also had 33 rushes for 191 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. Davis earned four Offensive Player of the Week honors throughout the season.
In 13 games Chavious rushed 120 times for 547 yards, which ranked third in the IFL and first among running backs, and found the endzone 19 times on the ground. Chavious ended the season ranked third in yards per game (42.1) and sixth in yards per carry (4.6).
Davis ended the regular season leading all wideouts in nearly every statistical category. Davis finished with 75 receptions (1st) for 975 yards (1st) and 31 touchdowns (1st). He also led the IFL in yards per game (69.9) and in receptions per game (5.4).

Owens finished the regular season as one of the best in the IFL. Owens had 66 receptions (2nd) for 911 yards (2nd), 22 touchdowns (2nd), averaging 13.8 yards per catch (4th), 4.7 receptions per game (3rd), and 65.1 receiving yards per game (2nd). Owens earned two Offensive Players of the Week this season.
Harrington was a consistent target for the Rattlers this season where he finished among the league leaders with 52 receptions (5th) for 620 yards (6th) and 11 touchdowns (9th). Harrington also contributed to the Rattlers running game as he ran 20 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns.
Jones led a Rattlers offensive line that finished as the best rushing team in the IFL with 1,649 yards and 63 touchdowns. A rookie, Jones also helped the Arizona offensive line keep their quarterback upright, as the team finished with the second-fewest number of sacks allowed on the season.
Leading the line of one of the more pass-happy teams, McCray helped secure the pocket for the Pirates, only allowing 13 sacks on the season which ranked sixth in the league. The team also finished seventh in yards per carry (3.9) and eighth in rushing touchdowns (31).
Teuhema contributed to paving the way for the Fighters rushing attack that finished fifth in the league in rushing attempts (261) and touchdowns (37) during his rookie season. Frisco also ended the season fourth in rushing yards per game (79.9) and sixth in yards per carry (4.0).
Williams ended his 2021 campaign leading the league in total sacks with 11 and tackles for loss with 17.0. He averaged 1.42 tackles for loss per game (1st) and nearly averaged a sack per game (0.92). Williams led the Fighters’ defensive line that finished first in sacks allowed (25).
Johnson was one of the league’s premier run stuffers and finished second in the IFL with three forced fumbles. He also finished the season with 8 tackles for loss with five solo and three total sacks.
D’Avanzo finished second in the IFL in total sacks with seven and in tackles for loss with 14. He averaged 1.08 tackles for loss per game and just over half a sack per contest with 0.54.
Jones ended his rookie season ranked fourth in the league in tackles per game (7.2), racking up 81 total tackles (10th). He also had nine tackles for loss (7th), 3.5 sacks (8th), one forced fumble and recovered two.
Finishing third in the league in tackles, Wafford averaged 7.6 tackles per game and ended the season with 91 total tackles. He led all defensive backs in tackles for loss with 10.5 total and came away with four interceptions.
Winfrey wrapped up his season as the league’s leader in interceptions with 11 and averaged 0.79 picks per game. He was incredibly efficient in his last three games of the regular season, recording seven of his 11 interceptions in those games. Along with that, Winfrey led the league in pass breakups with 20 total. Winfrey took home Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this year.
Miller finished the season tied for second in interceptions with five picks. He also finished fifth with 14 passes defended, seventh with nine passes broken up, and seventh with two forced fumbles.
Green led the league in tackles with 101 and averaged 8.4 tackles per game. Additionally, Green had eight pass breakups, grabbed one interception and recovered two fumbles.
Petre led all kickers in field goals made this season, knocking in 15 out of his 26 attempts. Petre made 57.7 percent of his field goal tries and averaged 1.3 field goals a game. Petre received Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice this year.
Chavious led the league in kickoff returns with 58 attempts and yards per return with 21.4. He racked up a total of 1,239 return yards and took three back for touchdowns. His longest return recorded was 58 yards. Chavious earned Special Teams Player of the Week once this year.
Leading his team to the best record in the IFL, Powell also led the league in rushing. He ran for 902 total yards for an average of 64.4 yards per game for 6.6 yards per carry while adding 35 rushing touchdowns. Powell completed 69.4 percent of his passes (1st) for 1,745 yards (4th) and 30 passing touchdowns. Powell earned two Offensive Player of the Week nods throughout the year.
Ranked second in the IFL in rushing among running backs, Felton finished the regular season with 128 rushing attempts in his rookie season for 507 yards (4th) for an average of 39.0 yards per game (5th) and 22 total rushing touchdowns (20).
Amey finished his season with 51 total receptions (6th) for 772 receiving yards (3rd) and 20 touchdowns (3rd). He ended the regular season third in the league in yards per game with 69.6 and second in yards per reception with 15.1.
Balentine finished fourth in the league in total receptions with 54 and total yards with 658. He averaged 48.9 yards per game (6th) on 3.9 receptions per game (6th). Balentine was named Offensive Player of the Week once this season.
Elmore ended the year third in total receptions (59), fifth in total receiving yards (626), and fourth in touchdowns (17). He averaged 4.2 receptions per game (4th) and 44.7 yards per game (7th).
Mady helped lead the offensive line of the Rattlers which finished as the best rushing team in the IFL with 1,649 yards and 63 touchdowns. The Arizona offensive line protected the quarterback as the team finished with the second-fewest number of sacks on the season.
Gurrola held down the middle of the offensive line for the Rattlers who finished as the best rushing team in the IFL with 1,649 yards and 63 touchdowns. The Arizona offensive line protected the quarterback as the team finished with the second-fewest number of sacks on the season.
Thomas helped lead one of the hottest teams in the league down the stretch. The Pirates offensive line allowed just 13 sacks on the season, which ranks sixth in the league. As a rookie he also helped lead an offense that finished seventh in yards per carry (3.9) and eighth in rushing touchdowns (31).
Griggs was a reliable piece for the Pirates defensive line. He finished the season with 6.5 tackles for loss, 30 total tackles and finished with 2.5 sacks.
Emory ended his rookie season third in total tackles for loss (11.5) and tied for sixth in the league for sacks (4). He also finished tied for second in the IFL for forced fumbles with two.
In just 11 games, Goines finished the season with 23 total tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss (15th), while also racking up five sacks (5th). Goines also had a blocked kick to seal a win in week 12 against Iowa.
This season in eight games Spaight made 27 solo tackles and assisted on 23 more for a total of 50 tackles. He added 9.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks and also broke up five passes, had a quarterback hurry, blocked two kicks, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in a 63-57 overtime win against the Spokane Shock on the road.
Williams led the IFL in fumbles recovered with three on the season, along with chalking up 49 total tackles (19th). Williams also contributed to the pass defense breaking up six passes and coming away with one interception.
Mbye finished the season tied for second in the league in interceptions, coming away five total during his rookie campaign. He also racked up a total of 83 tackles (6th) and averaged 5.9 tackles per game (7th) while breaking up four passes during the season.
Pearson ended his season with 18 total pass breakups (3rd) and came away with three interceptions (8th). He also tallied 45 total tackles on the season for an average of 3.5 tackles per game and forced two fumbles.
Hendrick broke up 19 passes (2nd) during his rookie season and picked off the three passes (8th). He also finished with 55 total tackles for an average of 4.6 tackles per game.
Lacayo hit 85-of-93 total PATs on the season and knocked in six of his ten field goal attempts to lead the league in field goal percentage (60.0%). Lacayo earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors once during the season.
Gonzalez finished second in the league in kick returns with 45 total returns for 957 yards and three touchdowns during his rookie campaign. He averaged 21.3 yards per return (2nd) and had the second-longest return during the season (57). Gonzalez was named Special Teams Players of the Week twice in 2021.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Healthy for Life with Exercise and AFLDS In Action: Protecting America’s Firefighters


  • Author Adrianus Joele

If people would realize how many health benefits exercise can offer, there would be no hesitation in getting started with some form of exercise.

Especially older folks are harder to get motivated, because they think the exercise will cause an injury. On the contrary, exercise will keep their overall fitness level and muscle strength in optimal form. It's a matter of choosing the right form of exercise.

Swimming, walking and gardening are very suitable for older people. Swimming has the advantage that their body weight will be partly supported by the water, which makes it possible to exercise without risking any bodily harm.

Walking is the best exercise you can have, because it's natural. Good long brisk walks give a lot of benefits- the whole body begins to respond. You breath properly, your circulation and heart benefits, and it's good for the mind and positive thinking.

It's only in recent years that fitness gurus have recognized the supremacy of brisk walking. In contrary to jogging, brisk walking provides a lot of benefits without any problems. Walking is almost as important as the right food. You need to eat properly and exercise properly, the two together gives you the best results. The internal organs of the body need tone and for this most of them depend almost entirely on physical activity.

Exercise produces big results whether we’re 40, 60 or 80. According to the Human Physiology Laboratory at Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, we respond well to exercise at any age. Muscles grow, bones strengthen, and metabolism increases. Our body fat decreases while blood sugar and balance improve. I proved this to myself when I taught strength training at a retirement residence. With modest effort, exercisers in their 80s grew stronger and more vital. We were all delighted. Reduced muscle strength is associated with age-related disability. The most common cause of muscle weakness is inactivity. After three months of high-intensity muscle training, healthy men over 60 experienced gains similar to those reported for younger men training with similar intensity and duration. People who were stronger remained more independent and less burdened by advancing years. Any type of exercise helps, but combining aerobics, strength, and flexibility works best. For most people, aerobic exercise is an easy place to begin.

As we breathe deeply, the diaphragm – which separates the chest from the abdomen – rises and falls repeatedly, massaging all the internal organs, particularly the stomach, small intestine, bowel, lungs and liver. The stretching and relaxing of the intestines is vital in preventing that widespread form of 'self poisoning' : constipation. Exercise does keep you regular!

In the mid-eighties, a vital clue to the right exercise for lifelong health was uncovered by brilliant research in biochemistry. Biochemists established that all cell replication in the immune system and therefore all immune strength is dependent on availability of the amino acid glutamine. Your immune system uses a ton of it. But immune cells cannot make glutamine. Only muscle cells can do the job. So your muscles have to supply large amounts of glutamine to your immune system every day in order to maintain it. That's it! The mitochondria of muscle are the furnaces in which most of your body fat and sugar are burned for fuel. Muscle is what stresses your skeleton to maintain your bones. We also know that muscle is the vital link which also maintain your immunity and hence your resistance to all diseases. Muscle is the health engine. Which so much overwhelming evidence that muscular exercise is essential to health, what are we doing about it? A big fat zero.

Muscle is the health engine. It's a proven fact that the right exercise not only maintains your heart, your lungs, your muscles, your bones, a healthy level of body fat and even your intestinal function, but also some more subtle functions, like insulin and your body's dealing with sugar. It has been known for more than fifty years that lack of exercise leads to glucose intolerance.

However, not long ago research has shown that getting of the couch and start moving, not only maintain insulin function to deal with the sugar, but it also can reverse decades of damage. Insulin dependent diabetics, for example, using the right exercise program, can increase insulin efficiency so much that some patients, who have used insulin daily for years, no longer need it. In healthy people, the right exercise completely protects glucose tolerance against the degenerative changes in insulin metabolism that lead to adult-onset diabetes. Healthy old men who maintain a lifelong exercise program, have the same healthy insulin efficiency as young men. A high sugar diet, which progressively destroys insulin metabolism, makes it virtually mandatory to exercise if you want to avoid glucose intolerance as you grow older.

Most physicians believe that hardening of the arteries, a degenerative process, is inevitable. Dr. Lakatta at the National Institute on Aging Research Center in Baltimore, is showing in ongoing experiments, that regular exercise maintains arterial elasticity and even reverses arterial hardening that has already occurred. I could fill many pages citing numerous bodily functions which are maintained by regular exercise. But I will keep it short.

Research recently undertaken has revealed the major way in which exercise protect you against all diseases. It started with the evidence that exercise increases the overall number of white blood cells. Followed by more precise findings that moderate exercise increases bodily production of lymphocytes, interleukin 2, neutrophils and other disease fighting components of the immune system. There is no doubt that the right exercise strengthens your immunity. And it also strengthens your resistance to all forms of damage, decay, bacteria, viruses, toxins and even radiation. Closing with the wise words of Louis Pasteur, the father of modern medicine: "Host resistance is the key."

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Adrian Joele became interested in nutrition and weight management while he was an associate with a nutritional supplement company. Since 2008 he wrote several articles about nutrition and weight loss and achieved expert status with Ezine He has been involved in nutrition and weight management for more than 12 years and he likes to share his knowledge with anyone who could benefit from it.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

9 Weight Loss Tips To Shed Those Unwanted Kilos and The StrengthCast PowerShow


  • Author Irabor Mark
Weight loss is a popular topic when it comes to personal goals. It can also be a popular New Year's resolution. Unfortunately it isn't as easy to do as people wish it was.
This article can help you to find ways that can help you to lose the weight that you have been trying to lose.

  1. Every dieter under the sun has heard about portion control and how that supposedly helps you lose weight, but the portion size of your meal isn't nearly as important as the time in which it takes you to eat it. Slow down when you're eating and give your body time to feel full. Your body releases hormones that tell the brain to stop eating, but they aren't released when you woof the food down.

  2. If you want to lose weight, a great thing to do is find substitutes for foods you already enjoy. For instance, if you love ice cream but are on a diet, try frozen yogurt or even regular yogurt. Instead of drinking cream in your coffee, try a non-dairy creamer. This will give you the feeling that you are still enjoying food; just in a healthier way.

  3. When you are trying to lose weight, you do not have to spend money to go to the gym. You can exercise at home and get the same results that you would at the gym. Try buying a workout DVD, or if you can afford it, buy a treadmill or exercise bike.

  4. A really useful tip to help you lose weight is to create your own salad dressing. Salad dressings are notorious for having high fat content. Instead, you can make your own salad dressing. For instance, you can add a few teaspoons each of balsamic vinegar and canola oil, and mix them together.

  5. A tip that may help you lose weight is to start practicing meditation. Meditation can help you reduce stress, and everyone knows that dieting can be extremely stressful. A short session of meditation every day can help insure your success on your diet, and with life in general.

  6. If you have an insatiable sweet tooth, try and swap some of your sweets for natural sweets instead. Fruit leather, dried fruit and other nutritionally dense foods carry a punch of nutrition while still being a delightful treat. Eventually, you may find you have a taste for fruit instead of chocolate without even trying!

  7. If you're trying to lose weight, a balanced vegetarian diet may be an option for you. Some people find that a vegetarian diet forces them to make healthier choices during meal times. However, beware of consuming too many carbohydrates! Keep your pasta and bread intake moderate, otherwise you'll miss out on the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

  8. If you are following a very controlled or rigorousness diet or meal plan then it can be incredibly beneficial to purchase some type of weighing instrument for your kitchen. The most common and practical one is a common kitchen scale as it is small and will allow you to know the weights of your food.

  9. When you feel a craving coming on, ask yourself which color you need right now. It sounds odd, but it works if you're trying to lose weight. Once you recognize which color you need, picture in your mind that you are completely surrounded by that color. By the time you have the visualization in place, your craving should be over.

It has been said that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Most people feel that they should lose at least a few kiloss, but it always seems to elude them. By heeding the advice in this article and making changes in your diet and lifestyle, you can achieve that goal.

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Keen Situational Awareness, Recognizing You’re the Prey and Tactical PE The 2nd Amendment Justified in one 45 Second Moment


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Situational awareness or having an acute awareness of your surroundings is invaluable to our survival. However, being aware doesn't eliminate all risks. Instead, it provides us an opportunity to recognize threats and dangers in our environment.  Early recognition provides more response options and increases the likelihood of avoiding or surviving the incident.

Recently I saw a video that I think addresses the importance of situational awareness and how it can open our eyes to pre-assault behavior.

Lessons in Situational Awareness:

This video documents an incident at a Mobile Alabama, gas station.

It's important to note that gas stations and parking lots are notorious for assaults, carjackings, and robberies. Locations like these are called transitional spaces. Transitional spaces provide a target-rich environment for criminals and an easy escape from the scene. Also, people are distracted and busy with other things besides paying attention to others around them.

Initial Approach:

The suspect, a black male adult, wearing a white t-shirt, black and white pants, and carrying a black backpack, walks through the parking lot. It looks like he is leaving, but he notices the victim pull her vehicle into the parking lot in between the gas pumps. It appears the suspect notices the car pulling in and decides to pause and see if this person is a suitable victim.


Situational Awareness

Suspect identifying his target.

First, the victim didn't initially notice the suspect walking through the parking lot. We should always observe the area for people and other hazards, especially when we pull into a parking lot. Also, she positions the vehicle so that the gas pumps block her view of the suspect. As a result, she can't observe him, and he has changed course and focuses on her.

Even with her vehicle in this position, If she noticed him walking away when she pulled in, seeing him emerge from behind the pumps a few seconds later could have alerted her.

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scanning the area as you approach a transitional space is important. Positioning so you can observe and paying attention to people who show interest in you doesn't hurt.

Vehicle Positioning:

Next, she is in the vehicle for a few seconds after it comes to a stop. The suspect observes and waits, removing his backpack, indicating he is not going anywhere and should be a warning.

It is now that the suspect tips his hand and clearly shows us that he isn't just waiting to ask for some spare change, but he wants to assault her and take her car. The suspect recognizes his actions are suspicious, so he takes a few steps, looks away, then puts his hands on his hips. He is trying to act normal and like he isn't paying attention to the victim.

People asking for directions or change don't usually behave like this because they aren't trying to hide their actions. This isn't to say these behaviors always come before an assault. Sometimes the suspect appears mostly friendly.


The “pay no attention to me, I don't even see you” pose is a dead giveaway this dude is plotting.

If the victim had awareness and noticed this behavior, what could she do differently?

The easiest thing would be to drive away. Alternatively, she may have kept the doors locked, car running, and observed the suspect. She could take a few seconds to determine if this is a situation to avoid.

She could have even repositioned her vehicle closer to the store entry or a different part of the lot. While she does this, she can observe the suspect's response.

Unfortunately, she doesn't observe any of these signs or fails to recognize them as red flags. Instead, she exits the vehicle and walks directly toward the store.

Acting on What Your Gut is Telling You:

The victim does well in that she isn't on her phone or preoccupied with something else. Her head and eyes are up, and she appears alert.


Situational awareness is important for threat recognition. But what if you don't pick up cues or fail to respond to them?

Here we can observe a common phenomenon that I see happen very often. Notice her head orientation as she walks to the door. She can clearly see the suspect in front of her.

It is obvious he is walking in a path to intercept her before she reaches the store's front entrance. She takes 15 steps, from the time she exits the vehicle until the physical assault. This is a long time to observe the clear pre-assault indicators this suspect is giving off.

And the thing is, I think she recognizes it but doesn't react. Again look at her head. It is forward, even at the very moment she gets assaulted. Victims often display this behavior because they don't want to appear judgemental by looking at someone behaving oddly.

I get it; you don't want to offend someone by telling them to back off. You don't want to stop in our tracks and challenge them or ask them what they want from you.

So it appears as though she just looks away as if ignoring her gut feeling that something isn't right will work out in the end.


Don't be afraid to make eye contact, or verbally confront someone whose actions are making you uncomfortable. Ignoring it won't make it go away.

It's also important to note that she would have options if she had listened to her gut or recognized the suspect's actions as a potential danger before he grabbed her.

For example, she may have retreated to her vehicle got in, locked the door, and drive off. She may have retreated to her vehicle positing it between her and him as she told him she didn't want him coming closer to her.

So, again, early recognition of potential threats affords us options in our response.

Again, unfortunately, she didn't respond to what I am speculating is now at least a gut-level feeling that this guy is a threat to her.

Unarmed Self-Defense:

The suspect grabs her in a side bear hug, pinning her arms to her sides and picking her up off the ground. We don't need to deeply analyze the victim's unarmed defensive techniques; that is an entirely separate topic. However, we can see some things she did that clearly worked

First and foremost, she fought back. If someone assaults you and picks you up, compliance is rarely the best option. She shows excellent resolve to stop this guy from winning the fight.

It seems she also yells for help which is never a bad thing to consider. If others don't get involved physically, they may at least call the police. We shouldn't rely on others to save us, but asking for help or getting the police started in your direction is a good thing.

We see the victim wraps her legs around his, which tangles his legs up and takes away his balance and ability to carry her away quickly.

Eventually, she frees one of her arms and immediately strikes him in the face. This strike doesn't debilitate him or even stop his assault. Knocking him out would be great, but that is not the only path to survival. She delays and disrupts his plan with strikes and defensive positioning.

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Unarmed self-defense doesn't have to be pretty. This strike to the suspect's face wasn't debilitating but was helpful in softening his hold on her.

The commotion draws a motorist's attention, who pulls their car near the two and possibly sounds the car's horn. If you're the good samaritan in this situation, understand that you may become the focus of the suspect, so make sure you are ready to respond.

The suspect throws the victim to the ground, and she drops her car keys. The keys may be what he wanted all along because as soon as he picks up the keys, he heads off to her car.

A Questionable Decision to Re-engage:

The victim gets up off the ground, runs up to the suspect, and confronts him about stealing her vehicle. In general, this is probably not a wise choice. Unless you have a child or vulnerable person in the car, it's safer not to face further injury or death over a car. But be that as it may, she confronts him.......keep reading......