Soul searching for Arena Bowl

Jul 15, 2008 7:03 PM

The Indoor War by Kevin Stott |


With a dead week between the AFL semifinals and next weekend’s ArenaBowl, let’s look at some of the statistical extremes in the indoor football league this season.

For bettors, the most important number is always the ATS (against the spread) record of a team. In 2008, the NY Dragons had the best ATS (11-6-1) while Los Angeles ended up with the worst (5-10-1).

As far as protecting the home turf (literally), it’s no surprise the team with the best overall record (14-3), the Soul, had the best home slate, going 8-1 in Philly. And the teams with the three worst records – the Destroyers, Brigade (both 3-13) and Avengers (5-11) – all went a dismal 1-7 on the road.

The only team with an average double-digit win margin (+10.8 PPG) was the Soul while the lone team down double-digits in points was KC (-10.7). Not surprisingly, the only team averaging over 60 points a game was the Soul (61.2), while the team that scored the least was Columbus (46.9), nipping KC (47) by one-tenth of a point.

As far as the ArenaBowl goes, no one has won back-to-back titles since 1995/1996 when the Tampa Bay Storm did so. San Jose will be in position to accomplish the feat in the title game with Philadelphia.

Next week, in our final column, we will handicap ArenaBowl XXII, set for July 27 in the New Orleans Arena in the Big Easy.