There was a bit of that same energy down on the concourse level of the stadium as fans walked in, but there was also a hint of curiosity that surrounded them.
There's no way of knowing what the Alliance of American Football will look like a year from now, but based on opening night ratings, the startup league is already a hit among fans. This is not to say the AAF is somehow already more popular than the National Basketball Association, but it does point to the fact that there is initial interest in the start-up football league.
In the league's other opener Saturday night, San Antonio topped San Diego 15-6. Retired defensive ends Jared Allen and Justin Tuck will advise on Player Relations, as officiating consultants Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer up the experience they both acquired as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating.
Football isn't over just yet, even if the NFL season has come to a close.
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But what kind of Spurrier team would it be if there wasn't a trick play used by his new Apollos? Perhaps most interestedly though, there is a "sky judge" official in the press box that has the authority to reverse an on-field officials' call, or make a call that wasn't made on the field.
"Well, it is a little unusual when you go out there to get ready for the opening kickoff and there is no opening kickoff", said a smiling Coyle. "I think that's a lot of fun, and I think the game speaks for itself". Here we go again? Sunday will now feature two more games worth of action in the new pro football league, and the nightcap of the festivities will feature the Salt Lake Stallions traveling to face the Arizona Hotshots in Western Conference action.
The Apollos' head coach Steve Spurrier is no stranger to the state of Florida. "I got a bunch of texts from friends and one captured it best".
"I think Atlanta's a pretty good team. They saw enough good plays after the first quarter when we finally put on a good show". Everything from the way contracts are structured with the bonuses, to the twist of listening into the coach and players interact throughout the game, and the interactive app for the league, there is a lot to be excited about. The touchdown in AAF history was a attractive 26-yard dart into traffic from Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert to wide receiver Jalin Marshall.