...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING
THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...
THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* PORTIONS OF DELAWARE, NORTHEAST MARYLAND, NEW JERSEY, AND
PENNSYLVANIA, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS, IN DELAWARE,
DELAWARE BEACHES, INLAND SUSSEX, KENT, AND NEW CASTLE. IN
NORTHEAST MARYLAND, CAROLINE, CECIL, KENT MD, QUEEN ANNES, AND
TALBOT. IN NEW JERSEY, ATLANTIC, ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY,
CAMDEN, CAPE MAY, COASTAL ATLANTIC, COASTAL OCEAN, CUMBERLAND,
EASTERN MONMOUTH, GLOUCESTER, HUNTERDON, MERCER, MIDDLESEX,
MORRIS, NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON, OCEAN, SALEM, SOMERSET,
SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON, SUSSEX, WARREN, AND WESTERN MONMOUTH.
IN PENNSYLVANIA, BERKS, CARBON, DELAWARE, EASTERN CHESTER,
EASTERN MONTGOMERY, LEHIGH, LOWER BUCKS, MONROE, NORTHAMPTON,
PHILADELPHIA, UPPER BUCKS, WESTERN CHESTER, AND WESTERN
* FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING
* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TO BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY
RAIN TO OUR REGION FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO EARLY TUESDAY
MORNING. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TO BE
COMMON, WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS UP TO 3 TO 4 INCHES POSSIBLE. THIS
COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.
* THE RISK OF FLASH FLOODING IS HIGHEST IN URBANIZED AND LOW-
LYING AREAS. RAPID RISES ON SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS ARE
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH
FLOODING WHICH CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING. HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO
OCCUR OVER A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. RAPIDLY RISING
FLOOD WATERS MAY QUICKLY INUNDATE ROADWAYS AND AREAS OF POOR
DRAINAGE. STREAMS AND CREEKS COULD LEAVE THEIR BANKS, FLOODING
PLEASE MONITOR THE FORECAST, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN A LOCATION
THAT IS PRONE TO FLOODING. BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IF A FLASH
FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA.
This is déjà vu for the Arena Football League’s Atlantic City Blackjacks. Or maybe it’s Groundhog Day.
Two weeks ago, the Blackjacks hosted the Baltimore Brigade when they were one game under .500. On Saturday, at 3:30 pm at Boardwalk Hall, they host the Brigade again. And they are one game under .500. Two weeks ago, they trailed the Brigade by one game. Two weeks later, they are still one game behind them.
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During this two-week span, the Blackjacks defeated Baltimore and lost 54-35 last week to the league-leading Albany Empire, slipping to 2-3 The Brigade defeated the Philadelphia Soul to improve to 3-2.
The Blackjacks are bunched in the standings with a group that includes Baltimore, Washington and the Soul. Only the winless Columbus Destroyers appear to be longshots for making the post season.
Four of the six franchises will appear in the playoffs. For Atlantic City, the upcoming game is pivotal because it caps a three-game homestand and marks the halfway point of its 12-game season. The Blackjacks follow with four games on the road, where it is tough to win.
The league placed Atlantic City’s final two home games in July, when the burst of summer visitors provides a potential attendance boost.
“We’re very excited about the support we have seen so far in Atlantic City,” says Ron Jaworski, chairman of the Arena Football League’s executive committee and a driving force behind the league’s expansion into Atlantic City this season. “Coming here we knew there would be some negativity about teams that had failed in the past and the fact they’d always been counting on the casinos to support them. We have a strong marketing team and we intend to make this a different result.
“Besides all of those things, the fans of Atlantic City can get behind the Blackjacks. It is their team. And just wait until you see what we do in the off-season, with our outreach to schools,”
The franchise has some major intangibles. Jaworski has made successful enterprises in many areas, including the golf world. He owns Blue Heron Pines along with several courses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, creating another potential market base.
There has also been administrative support from the CRDA, which includes a three-year agreement for $500,000 in capital expenditures including sidewall padding, nets and goalposts. That’s a major boost, freeing up funds for other parts of the business operation.
Betting, via Draft Kings, brings another element — gambling revenue — to the financial table. This aspect alone could extend the life of the league. More franchises are expected to be added next year.
The brand of ball is fast-moving and exciting, with everything from back nets, side boards, a 50-yard field and high-scoring games that traditionally hover around 100 points. The totals have been tamped down to some degree this year, with more running clock at the end of the games, fewer stoppages, and, as a result, fewer onside kick attempts, Jaworski says.
“There is a real possibility for injury on those plays,” he indicates. “We are experimenting with this format to see how it works.”
Even the low-scoring games, like Washington’s 29-27 win over Columbus last week, contain their share of drama. Washington scored twice in the final seconds and won on the final play of the game.
Atlantic City neared a high-water mark last week, gaining nearly as much yardage as Albany (245-249) but falling because of a couple big plays. Atlantic City held a one-point third-quarter lead and flushed Albany quarterback Tommy Grady out of the pocket on a fourth-down play. A defensive stop would have been a big momentum boost, but Grady threw for a touchdown and Atlantic City fumbled the kickoff, resulting in an Empire touchdown.
In the blink of an eye, the team went from a point up to 13 down and never recovered. The game featured a breakout performance by Kendrick Ings, who scored four first-half touchdowns including a kick return TD.
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