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by Jerry Hewitt
May 2, 2006 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL)

Fire burns out of control

We received word late last night that the 6-0 Rapid City Flying Aces could be gone today. We were told players were leaving and Coach Majic would be coaching elsewhere this weekend.

I'm hoping my source on this is wrong as I hate to see the rebuilding that has been going on in Rapid City suddenly end. If true I guess the league didn't care enough to save the Aces. Leadership, we were told, put money into Greensboro to keep them afloat, arranged for a replacement team in Katy to keep Big Sky going, and sent help into Montgomery, but does the league step in to save Rapid City? Apparently not.

Shades of HP Patterson

Some might remember HP Patterson and the reported scams he tried to pull last season in Cincinnati and Miami. Well appears maybe Howard Neal, one of the reported owners of the Aces may be cut from the same mold. We're told that Mr. Neal, who was rumored to be down on league business with the Arkansas Stars is gone from there. We have also heard that Howard Neal may be just an alias, one of many. We don't have any facts to back up these claims, just what others have told us.

We have also been led to believe that it was the league who found the investors for Rapid City and true or not, I would question whether a background check on the owners was ever run?

Cutting it short

I think the news of Rapid City is enough for one day, so going to just cut it short and leave you with this, how much longer?

Fire watch

Our fire watch was updated Sunday to include Big Sky. No change in Greensboro and Dayton, although we are down grading the status in Palm Beach In all other areas, fire crews report no idea of containment time. That leaves Montgomery, Arkansas and Rapid City still raging out of control. Heavy thunderstorms are rolling through Arkansas and fire crews have been alerted to be ready to hit hot spots there if a fire is spotted.

Weather forecast

Official NIFL weather report and fire control updates. NIFL fire crews are hard at work trying to contain some of the fires, while they are just letting some burn themselves out. In some areas, local fire crews have been left on their own to battle the blazes. Reports from our watch towers are no new sightings, but the weather forecast includes a 90% chance of thunderstorms over the next eleven weeks. Additional fire crews have been put on alert that their services could be needed at a moments notice and should be prepared to go anywhere in the NIFL forest. As always, we have our own spotters that will be on the front lines covering the disasters as they happen.

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