By Keith Antigiovanni
12 of the 17 AFL teams began their season this past weekend (March 9-12).
The Pittsburgh Power defeated the Orlando Predators 40-26 after both teams fielded replacement players after both teams' dismissed their regular players.
The San Antonio Talons beat the Utah Blaze 54-48. The Talons moved to San Antonio from Tulsa in the offseason.
The defending Central champion Chicago Rush won convincingly 70-48 over the Tampa Bay Storm meanwhile out west the San Jose Sabercats squeaked out a win by one point over the defending National Conference champion Arizona Rattlers 71-70.
The Georgia Force won by two points over the Cleveland Gladiators and the Iowa Barnstormers won in overtime 69-63 over the Spokane Shock, AFL champions from two years ago.
Five teams had bye weeks including Jacksonville, the defending Arena Bowl champion.