'Cats no clearer on playoff opponent


'Cats no clearer on playoff opponent

Saturday night the San Jose Sabercats wrapped up their 2012 regular season with a come-from-behind 57-48 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers. The win wrapped up a 12-6 regular season for San Jose, complete with a 3-game win streak to round out the schedule.

Now the 'Cats must wait for the rest of the league to finish the regular season to learn their playoff fate.

San Jose is the only team in the AFL to have played all 18 games. The rest of the league will play their 18th games next weekend.

Since the AFL doesn't reward teams with post-season bye weeks the Sabercats can consider themselves fortunate that their second scheduled regular-season bye came in the 20th and final week of the 2012 regular season. They will be the only playoff team with a week to get healthy before the tournament to win the title gets underway.

As for that tournament, the 'Cats could still finish as the 2, 3 or 4-seed in the National Conference. Per the rules listed on the AFL's website San Jose would win a three-way tie with Arizona and Utah to win their division and get the two-seed -- if the both teams lose their season finales. Such a scenario would have the 'Cats playing a home game to open the post-season against 3rd-seeded Utah.

If just one of those two teams lose, San Jose would be the 3-seed and open on the road at the site of the team that wins next weekend.

If both teams win, the 'Cats would be stuck with the 4-seed and open on the road at San Antonio. That game would be played a week from Friday in the Alamodome.

In case you're wondering; Utah (12-5) visits Philadelphia (14-3) next weekend. The Soul have won seven straight.

Arizona has the easier game of the two. The Rattlers (12-5) host lowly Kansas City (3-14). The Command are just 1-7 on the road this season.

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league


AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

LAS VEGAS -– Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.

Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.

“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”

AFL media services 

SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson


SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012s leading wide receiver Samora Goodson on a two-year contract. Goodson had a breakout season last year, his third in San Jose. The Arena Football Leagues free agency period for exclusive negotiations with players from a teams 2012 roster opened on Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.

"Bringing our leading receiver back from a year ago certainly bolsters our receiving corps," OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet stated regarding the addition. "Samora is a very talented, proven receiver who has exhibited big-play ability at this level.

Goodson (6-3, 205, SE Missouri State) appeared in all 18 games for the SaberCats in 2012, where he led the team in all receiving statistical categories but touchdowns. He caught a career-high 114 passes for 1,471 yards and 27 scores as he paced a deep stable of SaberCats receivers on the way to a 12-6 season and playoff berth. Goodson also proved his worth on special teams, as he recorded 12 total tackles (ten solo) on kickoff coverage.

The Hayward, Calif. native appeared in seven games for San Jose in 2011, after his season was cut short due to injury. He posted 46 receptions for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in the teams first season back since 2008. Goodson was a member of the SaberCats practice squad in the 2008 regular season and made the postseason roster in a year that saw San Jose fall in ArenaBowl XXII to the Philadelphia Soul. In between these two stints, Goodson played for the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA (Arena Football Indoor Association) in 2010.

Prior to his professional career the Californian played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he tallied 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns in 22 appearances for the Redhawks. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Citrus Community College (Glendora, Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference and all-state honors.

Transaction: SaberCats are assigned WR Samora Goodson on a two-year contract.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services