The Arizona Rattlers are ready to bite this season as they hit the field for some excellent football action that will feature matchups with the top teams in the Arena Football League. The AFL is an amazing league that features tons of offense, and fans love to come out to see these players light it up in person. The Rattlers have a very good team right now, and they are coming off a solid 2015 season. The Rattlers were able to win the West Division crown thanks to a stellar 14-4 record in the regular season. It was good enough to earn them the second seed in the National Conference playoffs, and fans had high hopes for the team's championship potential. Arizona matched up with the Spokane Shock in the first round of the playoffs. The Rattlers experienced an offensive explosion in that game, putting up an astounding 72 points to Spokane's 41. Arizona then advanced to the Conference Championship, where they met the top-seeded San Jose SaberCats. It was one heck of a game, with both teams trading exciting touchdowns. Ultimately the Rattlers fell just short of the victory, as San Jose won the contest by a mere three points. The Rattlers were surely disappointed in that defeat, but it was a really good season for this team. Fans are hoping it will set them up to reach the ArenaBowl and win the title, but that is going to take a great regular season first. There are some excellent matchups on the docket for the Rattlers this season, and fans are ready to see them in person. You can be one of them.
The Rattlers will definitely look forward to a rematch with San Jose this season. Not only did the SaberCats beat Arizona in the playoffs and end their season, but they also went on to win the league championship. It was an amazing year for San Jose, and a win against them would show that the Rattlers are ready to contend for the title this season. This is definitely a game to get out to see in person this season.
Another big matchup will arrive when the Rattlers take on the Shock. It will be a rematch of last year's Conference Semifinals, and the Shock will be out for revenge. Last time around Spokane had no answer for the Arizona offense, and the Rattlers will be looking to repeat their offensive mastery in this contest. These are not the only great matchups on the schedule this season, though, so be sure to check it out in full.
The Arena Football Experience
Football fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the Arena Football League, and Arizona Rattlers fans are consistently some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans around. On game day at U.S. Airways Center, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins, creating an amazing atmosphere that will make the home-viewing experience simply pale in comparison.
Arizona Rattlers History
The Arizona Rattlers entered the Arena Football League as an expansion team in 1992, and played in the American Conference up until 2010, when they switched to the National Conference. The franchise has won nine division titles and five overall league championships after appearing in nine Arena Bowls, which showcases a level of success that completely speaks for itself. This is a team that has developed a reputation for having some of the most explosive players in the league from one season to the next, solidifying their place as a major part of the Phoenix sports scene and a team that always seems to be fielding a potential champion.
Arizona Rattlers Trivia
Who is the only non-quarterback to win the Arena Bowl MVP for the Rattlers?
Though a quarterback has won the MVP during four out of the five Arena Bowl wins for the Rattlers, Rod Windsor broke out with a dominant performance in 2013 while taking down the Arena Bowl MVP.
Arizona Rattlers Fans
The Arena Football League is as good as it gets when it comes to indoor football and is the third-longest running professional football league in North America, behind only the National Football League and the Canadian Football League. Even though the NFL is obviously great too, these guys really know how to put on a show and there are some serious playmakers on the field every time two Arena League teams hit the field for a highly anticipated matchup. Because of their astounding level of success, the Rattlers have built an amazing fan base that only seems to get stronger and stronger from one year to the next as they continue to deliver titles to the Phoenix faithful. With a great stadium at U.S. Airways Center, there is the perfect backdrop for a big game every time out.
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