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After wild week, AAF’s Orlando Apollos are back home

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To say the least, it’s been an interesting and almost bizarre’ week for the Orlando Apollo’s of the new Spring AAF football league. However, their focus must now return to the field, as they get ready to play the Memphis franchise at home at Spectrum Stadium Saturday night.

As we reported earlier this week, there had been rumor and speculation coming off the second weekend of play that the AAF was already in deep financial trouble and on the verge of going under. That is until Texas billionaire Thomas Dundon saved it with a humongous investment.

Dundon, who purchased the NHL Carolina Hurricanes a year ago, was wowed by seeing the Apollos win at the Alamo Dome in front of an announced 30,000 raucous fans against San Antonio Sunday night. And, he followed through with an agreement to give the AAF $250 million to become the Chairman of the Board for all decision-making.

That has solidified the league for not only this season but the next couple of years.

However, that financial good news is tempered by a different mess involving the Apollos inability practice in the state of Florida due to workman’s comp and disability insurance coverage for the players should they be injured.

As Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel wrote earlier in the week, the situation has forced coach Steve Spurrier and his players to practice across the Florida/Georgia line at a Georgia high school this week in preparation for the game.

So, there has been some adversity and now the Apollos, who appear to be one of the one or two best teams in the Spring league. They get set to host a Memphis team that will be desperate to win, as they are already 0-2 in the team game schedule.

Memphis is led by legendary Hall of Fame Bears linebacker and former 49ers coach, Mike Singletary. So, this game will match Spurrier’s offensive prowess with Singletary’s defense in this one.

The real key is whether, the Apollos can put the off field adversity behind them and maintain their perfect record?

Chances are, they will.

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