Texas Revolution & Football Season is Here
The roots of American football can be traced to the mid 1800’s and English Rugby. Rutgers and Princeton played a college soccer football game which was the first ever in America on November 6, 1869. They used modified London Football Association rules. Over the next few years, rugby became more popular in American schools in the eastern U.S. and what we now know as modern football began to evolve from rugby.
In 1876 the first rules of American football were written and by 1892 a guy named Pudge Heffelfinger became the first person to be paid for playing football. Five hundred dollars, in those days, was a hefty amount for one game. Pudge performed well when his 35-yard fumble recovery helped win the game.
Football has always been known as a rough and tough sport played in the elements, but in 1932 the first official indoor football game was played in Chicago Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Wrigley Field, but due to extreme cold and snow, owner, player and coach George Halas was concerned that fan turn out would be low and he was correct. The Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans in front of 11,198 fans to win their 2nd championship.
Fast forward to the mid 1960’s and the eighth wonder of world was built, the Astrodome, home to the Houston Oilers and Houston Astros. In the years thereafter many indoor mega-stadiums were built all over the country to attract more fans, but the game didn’t change. Although these stadiums were large and out of the elements, fans were located a considerable distance from the field, staging the live players as small specs from many seats in the house. But 30 years later a new game of football developed with an up-close and personal touch. It was called “arena football”.
I remember the first indoor football game that I ever attended. It was the Houston Thunderbears at the Summit in Houston where the Houston Rockets basketball team and the Houston Aeros hockey team played. I was there to cover the game and I have to say I was skeptical. I had been a football fan since I learned to walk. As we prepared in the media booth, the lights dimmed and AC/DC’s Thunderstruck began blasting from the speaker system. An entrance of fire lit the end zone and the Thunderbears took the field. It was kind of surreal looking at a field the size of a hockey rink, but after the first kickoff I was sold and have been a fan of indoor football ever since.
When asked to describe the difference in watching an indoor football game as opposed to conventional football, I respond that there is no comparison when watching indoor football live to the NFL. If you have been to an NFL game in any stadium, you have to admit that the distance from any seat to the field gives you no close-up perspective. But, attend an indoor football game and you’re in the action. I always say; “it’s football with a hockey twist”. Receivers and running backs are pounding into the dasher boards right in front of the fans and at times even spiraling over the dasher boards like a pole vaulter with pads and a football. The rules do not sway far from your conventional football knowledge, but due to the shorter field, the scores are higher and the action is continuous.
Nestled in the north Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, which is known as the best city to raise an athlete and where sports is thriving, is an arena football team. Google Texas Revolution and you can read about Sam Houston and Santa Anna, but google Texas Revolution football and you will find the 2017 CIF champions, the Texas Revolution arena football team. The Revolution season starts this Sunday at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, when they take on the North Texas Savages at 5:00 p.m. If you are a football fan and have never been to a Revolution game or to an arena football game, northDsports.com highly recommends it. You will be in the action as if you are on the field.
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