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Schutt Sports Top 12 Poll

April 4, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release

The Dallas Desperados kept the top spot in the Schutt Sports Top 12 Poll, claiming all 17 first-place votes.

Dallas, which totaled 204 points in voting by members of the Arena Football League Writers Association (AFLWA), is coming off a 51-30 defeat of the Columbus Destroyers. The Desperados (8-2) next play at the No. 8 New York Dragons (6-4), who moved up three spots after downing the Grand Rapids Rampage 48-24.

The Colorado Crush moved ahead two spaces to No. 2 following a 77-47 trouncing of the Nashville Kats. Colorado (7-3) visits Grand Rapids (3-7).

Holding steady at No. 3 were the Austin Wranglers, 43-38 winners over the Philadelphia Soul. Austin (7-3) hosts the No. 5 Georgia Force (6-4), which maintained its position after defeating the Kansas City Brigade 55-47.

The Orlando Predators gained two spots to No. 4 thanks to a 55-27 victory over the Chicago Rush. Orlando (6-4) is at No. 11 Columbus (5-5), which fell three slots.

Nashville (6-4), which fell four places to No. 6, travels to the Las Vegas Gladiators, who are tied with the Arizona Rattlers for No. 9. Las Vegas (5-5) moved into the poll after beating the Los Angeles Avengers 63-49.

The Tampa Bay Storm moved up two spots to No. 7 following a 56-41 victory over the Utah Blaze. Tampa Bay (6-4) is home against the San Jose SaberCats (4-6).

Arizona (5-5), which dropped two places after a 61-49 loss to San Jose, visits Utah (3-7). Philadelphia (5-5), which also fell two spots to go to No. 12, hosts Chicago (4-6).

Schutt Sports, the sports gear company with a reputation for innovation, is sponsoring this season's Top 12 Poll. Its website is

The AFLWA, founded at the start of the 2004 season, is a national organization made up of media members who cover the Arena Football League. Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal is the AFLWA's founder and executive director. The website is

1. Dallas Desperados 8-2 (17) 204

2. Colorado Crush 7-3 180

3. Austin Wranglers 7-3 177

4. Orlando Predators 6-4 138

5. Georgia Force 6-4 126

6. Nashville Kats 6-4 117

7. Tampa Bay Storm 6-4 111

8. New York Dragons 6-4 92

T9. Arizona Rattlers 5-5 49

T9. Las Vegas Gladiators 5-5 49

11. Columbus Destroyers 5-5 41

12. Philadelphia Soul 5-5 35

Others receiving votes: San Jose SaberCats 6, Chicago Rush 1.

Dropped out: Chicago Rush (12).

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