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Colorado Ice IFL Team Talent For 2015 Season, Part 2

Posted by: Beverly Lemons

Here at the Colorado Ice indoor football team, we want everyone to be familiar with our own Colorado Ice indoor football talent. Here is a brief look at the remaining of the of our on field talent.

Philip Welch

Number: 22 Height: 6’3 Weight: 185 Position: K

College: University of Wisconsin

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Playing College Football

Who is your role model?: his Father

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Wisconsin Badgers

Favorite football memory so far?: Rose Bowls

Malcolm Williams

Number: 24 Height: 5’10 Weight: 210 Position: DB

College: Texas Christian University

Hometown: Grand Prairie, TX

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Getting his name called on Draft Day.

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Dallas Cowboys

Favorite football memory so far?: 2011 Rose Bowl Champs

Randy Bell

Number: 33 Height: 5’11 Weight: 230 Position: RB

College: Carson-Newman College

Hometown: Maben, Mississippi

What is his proudest accomplishment?: His children

Who is his role model?: His father

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): NFL – Denver Broncos

Favorite football memory so far?: Playing in the United Bowl

Jason Jones

Number: 54 Height: 6’2 Weight: 260 Position: DL

College: Ole Miss

Hometown: Albany, GA

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Being named the 2012 Chucky Mullins Award winner.

Who is his role model?: His Father

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Washington Nationals

Favorite football memory so far?: Beating LSU in 2008 and 2009.

Lemone Buford

Number: 74 Height: 6’2 Weight: 300 Position: OL

College: Hampton University

Hometown: Cleveland, Mississippi

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Getting his College Degree

Who is his role model?: Jeff Saturday

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): NFL-Detroit Lions

Favorite football memory so far?: Beating cross town rival 22 – 0 his Senior Year.

Rodrick Gladney

Number: 78 Height: 6’4 Weight: 380 Position: OL

College: Jackson State University

Hometown: Jackson, MS

What is his proudest accomplishment?: His senior year, he was a Black College All American

Who is his role model?: His Father, he always supported and believed in everything Rodrick wanted to do

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Eagles, Lakers, Saints

Favorite football memory so far?: Every snap he has taken

D.D. Jones

Number: 91 Height: 6’4 Weight: 310 Position: DL

College: University of Arkansas

Hometown: Oakridge, AL

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Getting invited to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks rookie mini camp

Who is his role model?: Jason Ratliff, Michael Strahan

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks

Favorite football memory so far?: In 2012, Cotton Bowl vs. Kansas State, his helmet came off

Chancey Aghayere

Number: 95 Height: 6’4 Weight: 265 Position: DL

College: Louisiana State University

Hometown: Garland, TX

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Graduating College

Who is his role model?: His mother

Favorite football memory so far?: Playing his last game at Tiger Stadium.

Markell Carter

Number: 98 Height: 6’4 Weight: 267 Position: LB

College: University of Central Arkansas

Hometown: Bartlesville, OK

What is his proudest accomplishment?: The birth of his daughter, Teagan Lanae Carter

Who is his role model?: His Grandmother

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): New England Patriots

Favorite football memory so far?: Being drafted by the NE Patriots in the 6th round in 2011

Keyun Swinney

Number: 99 Height: 6’4 Weight: 335 Position: OL

College: Alcorn State University

Hometown: Jackson, MS

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Graduating from college

Who is his role model?: Ray Lewis

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): New Orleans Saints

Favorite football memory so far?: 2012


That is the second half of our brief look at each of the on field talent that comprise the 2015 season for the Colorado Ice indoor football league. Be sure and check them out, and let them know you’re rooting for them. Other Colorado Ice indoor football talent includes our coaches, our phenomenal staff and our volunteers.

The Colorado Ice indoor football team also has a team mascot, Glacier:

Glacier – Colorado Ice Mascot

Number: 00 Height: 6’6 Weight: 650 Date of Birth: July 12, 2006

College / Major: Bear Camp University

Occupation: Pouncer

Favorite Food: Fish and Beef

Favorite Movie: Happy Feet

Favorite Player: Anyone from the Ice

Hobbies: Fishing, Dancing, Cheering, Playing with Kids, Making People Laugh, Rummaging, Watching the Ice WIN

Favorite Song: “ICE, ICE Baby”

Favorite Person: The Icicle Dancers!

The Colorado  Icicles, our cheerleading squad also need a special mention. Actually, more like a special look. We encourage you to just go see for yourself The colorado icicles can be found here: http://www.thecoloradoice.com/cheerleaders/

Colorado Ice IFL Team Talent For 2015 Season, Part 1

Posted by: Beverly Lemons

Here at the Colorado Ice indoor football team, we want everyone to be familiar with our own Colorado Ice indoor football talent. Here is a brief look at each of the members of our on field team. (Click their name for more information.)

Joe Thornton

Number: 1 Height: 6’1 Weight: 228 Position: LB

College: University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

What is his accomplishment?: Graduating college.

Who is his role model?: His mother

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): San Francisco 49ers, LA Lakers

Favorite football memory so far?: Winning SoCon Leadership Award

Jake Johnson

Number: 10 Height: 6’2 Weight: 215 Position: QB

Hometown: Longmont, CO

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Miami Dolphins

Favorite football memory so far?: Playing overseas in Prague

Justin Helwege

Number: 4 Height: 6’6 Weight: 225 Position: WR

College: Central Washington University

Willie Copeland

Number: 13 Height: 6’3 Weight: 225 Position: QB

College: Valdosta State

Hometown: Stockbridge, GA

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Winning the D2 National Championship

Who are his role models?: His parents

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): He loves every NFL team!

Favorite football memory so far?: Playing POP Warner Football

Deante Purvis

Number: 6 Height: 5’10 Weight: 195 Position: DB

College: UNLV

Hometown: Richmond, CA

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Being able to play in the NFL for my favorite team

Who is his role model?: His mom

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): 49ers, Warriors, Giants

Favorite football memory so far?: Having his family at his college homecoming game and last home game

James Davis Jr.

Number: 17 Height: 6’2 Weight: 210 Position: WR

College: Texas Southern University

Hometown: Lufkin, TX

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Earning a college degree

Who is your role model?: His Mother.

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): He, too loves every NFL team!

Favorite football memory so far?: Signing to the Ice

Kyle Kaiser

Number: 8 Height: 6′ Weight: 185 Position: WR

College: University of Nebraska – Kearney

Hometown: Broomfield, CO

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Continuing his dream past the college level

Who is your role model?: His Father

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Duke Blue Devils

Favorite football memory so far?: Winning a European Championship

Donald Fusilier

Number: 9 Height: 6’1 Weight: 205 Position: WR

College: Lindenwood University

Hometown: New Liberia, LA

What is his proudest accomplishment?: The birth of his daughter, Saniaya Fusilier

Who is his role model?: Deion Sanders

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Baltimore Ravens, Miami Heat, Miami Hurricanes, North Carolina Tar Heels

Favorite football memory so far?: Winning the 2013 UIFL Championship with the Fort Myers, Florida based Florida Tarpors

Court Farquharson

Number: 18 Height:  Weight: 195 Position: DB

College: Clark Atlanta University

Hometown: Florida City, FL

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Getting his College degree

Who is his role model?: Champ Bailey

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Dallas Cowboys, Miami Heat

Favorite football memory so far?: Being in rookie mini camp with the Atlanta Falcons

Michael Eby

Number: 19 Height: 6’1 Weight: 210 Position: DB

College: Eastern Oregon University

Hometown: Homedale, Idaho

Who is his role model?: his parents

Favorite football memory so far?: Winning 2 IFL Championships

Corey Sample

Number: 20 Height: 5’9 Weight: 195 Position: DB

College: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Being an uncle/father figure for my nephews

Who is his role model?: His Mother

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite football memory so far?: Playing in D2 playoffs my senior year

Danny Mason Jr.

Number: 21 Height: 6’3 Weight: 238 Position: LB

College: Texas A&M University – Commerce

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

What is his proudest accomplishment?: Finishing college with his degree

Who is his role model?: His Uncle

Favorite sports team? (besides the Ice): NFL – Denver Broncos; NBA – Miami Heat

Favorite football memory so far?: Playing in Cowboy Stadium during college.


Well friends, foes, and fans, that’s the first half of our on field talent. When it comes to indoor football leagues, we at the Colorado Ice indoor football team are very excited about what our talent will accomplish in the upcoming 2015 season. Be sure and check out your favorite players, and let them know you’re rooting for them!

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Meet and Greet with Art Clarkson

Posted by: Colorado Ice

 

For any questions on this event please contact:

Aaron Ontiveros, Colorado Ice

Office 970-472-0128

a.ontiveros@thecoloradoice.com

 

The Colorado Ice is hosting a special event for the media, Ice sponsors, and Ice season ticket holders this upcoming Thursday, October 16th.  The “Meet and Greet” event will introduce Art Clarkson, the new CEO and Partner of the Colorado Ice.   Also in attendance will be Tom and Patty Wigley, majority owners of the Colorado Ice.

There will be an opportunity to hear from Head Coach Heron O’Neal, 2014 IFL Coach of the Year, as he will be giving a preview of the upcoming season.   The event will also allow the community to meet several of the Ice personnel.

Where:  Budweiser Event Center – The Ranch Bar & Grill

When:  Thursday, October 16th, 2014

From 4:30 – 6:30 pm

 

There will be refreshments and appetizers served.   Please come join us!!

Colorado Ice Professional Indoor Football Tryouts

Posted by: Colorado Ice

PRESS RELEASE

Colorado Ice Indoor Football

Contact: Aaron Ontiveros, (970) 472-0128

www.thecoloradoice.com

Fort Collins, CO – The Colorado Ice Indoor Football team is excited to announce open tryouts Friday, January 16th from 10am-2pm at Arena Sports Center in Windsor, CO.

 

The Ice will be conducting a combine-style tryout with height, weight, 40 yard dash, 225 bench  reps, vertical jump, and pro agility (right and left) tests. Additional position-specific drills will be conducted and supervised by Ice position coaches. Participants are asked to wear turf appropriate footwear, no cleats.

 

Registration fees are $50 for pre-registered participants and $60 the day of the tryout. Pre-registered participants may pay with cash or credit card, same day walk-up registration is cash only. Participants will receive an Ice tryout T-shirt. Arena Sports is located at 7850 S County Road 5 in Windsor, CO 80528. For more information or to sign up, visit the Colorado Ice website at www.thecoloradoice.com, call the Ice headquarters at 970-472-0128 or fill the form out below.

 

The Colorado Ice are proud members of the Indoor Football League (IFL).  All home games are played at the Budweiser Events Center located in Loveland, Colorado.  The 2015 season kicks off in March with specific game-day dates on the Ice website.  Single, group, and season tickets for the 2015 season are now available at the Colorado Ice headquarters by calling

(970) 472-0128.  Additional information on the Colorado Ice organization can be found at www.thecoloradoice.com.

Player Tryout Registration Form

ONCE YOU SUBMIT THIS FORM SOMEONE WILL CONTACT YOU FOR PAYMENT IF PAYING WITH A DEBIT/CREDIT CARD. IF YOU ARE SENDING A CHECK PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THURSDAY, JANUARY 1st IS THE CUTOFF FOR PREREGISTRATION. HERE ARE THE DETAILS FOR THE TRYOUT: The Colorado Ice Indoor Football Team announces its open tryout for the 2014 Season will be Friday, January 16th, 2015 at Arena Sports in Windsor, CO. The tryout will take place at Arena Sports (7850 S. County Road 5, Windsor, CO 80528). Check-in and walk up registration will begin at 9am and the tryout begins at 10am. Head Coach Heron O’Neal, along with the Ice coaching staff, will be evaluating players in a pro combine style tryout. Areas being tested are 40 yard dash, 225 bench press, vertical jump, L-drill, and W-drill. Participants must be 21 years of age by the tryout date. Tryout fee is $50 if registered by Thursday, January 1st, 2015. Walk up tryout fee is $60 and is cash only.
  • Price: $50.00

Sports Station American Grill: The Atomic Wing Challenge!

Posted by: Beverly Lemons

Come on into the Sports Station American grill in Loveland and watch a game with us! Housed in the old Loveland train station that was built in 1902, Sports Station American Grill revitalized and gave new life and purpose to this historic landmark.

Opened in late June of 2006, Sports Station American Grill took advantage of the unique layout of the building as well as the architecture in designing a restaurant that not only emphasizes sports, but brings people together in a way much like the original train station did.

All of the original benches lining the interior perimeter of the building are still in tact and used as seating for guests. The original platform from which travelers descended upon Loveland or said their farewells, is now closed in and transformed into a game room with shuffleboard, foosball, arcade games, and seating. The glass between the platform and the building has been removed so that parents sitting in the dining room enjoying their meals can not only observe their children playing games, but can speak to them without feeling like they are disturbing anyone.

With 12 beers on tap, a generous menu of liquors and custom cocktails, the separated bar area allows the more excited and enthusiastic sports fans to express themselves without disturbing patrons in the dining room. Four TV’s line the top of the bar, flanked by four more in the corners to allow uninhibited sports viewing from any angle.

The Sports Station features numerous unique seating areas to suit the ambiance and mood of every patron, as well as a game room.

Here at the Colorado Ice indoor football club, we want to recommend the Sports Station American Grill to all our more boisterous sports fans, as well those who prefer eating in peace and quiet while savoring  fantastic menu entrees as well as your favorite beer.

The Sports Station boasts Loveland’s largest outdoor patio, shaded by ample foliage from large mature trees and a very comfortable and trendy old town vibe.Their patio is perfect for enjoying time with friends and family.

The menu is specially designed to accommodate both the evening diner and the business person for a fast but rewarding lunch. They offer daily food specials as well as a large assortment of fresh wraps, salads, and the Sports Station Build Your Own Burger. Check out their array of appetizers and select Mexican entrees.

Happy Hour!

Mon- Fri: 3-6pm

Everyday: 9-11pm

  • 14oz Domestic Drafts $2.00
  • 14oz Micros $3.00
  • 25oz Domestic Drafts $3.50
  • 25oz Micros $4.50
  • Wells $2.50
  • Jameson $4.50
  • Wines $4.00

Daily Special Offers (5-Close):

Mondays: 99 cent Tacos, $3 Corona, Corona Light, Pacifico & Imperials

Tuesdays: $3 Red Bull Vodkas, $2 16oz. PBR cans, $11 New Belgium Pitchers

Wednesdays:  $.59 Boneless or Traditional wings, $2.50 Micro drafts

Thursdays: $3 Margs, Corona, Corona Light, Pacifico & Imperial

Friday: $3.00 Fat Tire or Sunshine 14oz. pints & $4.50 Fat Tire or Sunshine Mugs

Saturdays:

Breakfast Served from 10am-2pm

$1.99 Mimosas, $3.99 Bacon Bloody Mary

All Day $2.50 Domestic Drafts

Sundays:

Breakfast Served from 10am-2pm

$1.99 Mimosas, $3.99 Bacon Bloody Mary

All day $3.50 Miller mugs & $1.69 Sliders

Sports Station American Grill’s Atomic Wing Challenge

The atomic wing challenge is not to be unrivaled, so much so that it made The Dimes list of “Put Your Stomach to the Test: Top Restaurant Food Challenges in Colorado.”

The Sports Station American grill Atomic Challenge allows any happy contestant to eat 1 pound of atomic-flavored wings that must be eaten in 10 minutes or less with no napkins and nothing to drink. (To the bone, by the way, this is serious business.)

Reward: A free T-shirt and your picture on the wall of fame.

We at the Colorado Ice think this challenge is totally worth any gastronomical distress sustained while earning your way to getting your picture on the Atomic wall of fame. Go for it!

Groups, Private Parties & Catering

Sports Station prides itself on catering to its customers and in doing so we will go above and beyond expectations to make your next event or get together memorable. You can make your next televised or video event the viewing of the year with their multi-media 150″ projection screen. Patio rental is also available for your private event.

Be sure and check out their website and their newsletter sign up:

http://www.bestcoloradosportsbar.com/newsletter-signup/

Let the folks at the Sports Station American Grill know that Colorado Ice football sent you, and if you should win the atomic wing challenge, we want to hear about it!

Indoor Football League Additions for 2015 Season

Posted by: Beverly Lemons

Here at the Colorado Ice indoor football league, we players, the Colorado Icicles, our leadership, our support staff and our volunteers are eager for the 2015 season. First, we want everyone to check out the indoor football leagues that will be playing in the 2015 IFL season. Be sure to visit their web pages, and see who each team has lined up for talent and leadership. Who do you predict will win or lose this year? Do you have a favorite team? We want all our fans and supporters to get to know the other IFL teams, and the two conferences.

United Conference

Bemidji Axemen

Bemidji, Minnesota

1111 Event Center Drive, Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: (218) 441-4000

www.bemidjiaxemen.com

Buy Tickets

Cedar Rapids Titans

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1100 N. 18th Ave., Hiawatha, IA 52233

Phone: (319) 730-6301

www.cedarrapidstitans.com

Buy Tickets

Iowa Barnstormers

Des Moines, IA

730 3rd St,Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 633-2255

www.theiowabarnstormers.com

Buy Tickets

Green Bay Blizzard

Green Bay, Wisconsin

1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI 54304

Phone: (920) 405-1264

Fax: (920) 405-1221

www.greenbayblizzard.com

Buy Tickets

Sioux Falls Storm

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

5000 S. Minnesota Ave.; Suite 300. Sioux Falls, SD 57105

P: (605) 274-6686 F: (605) 338-8529

www.siouxfallsstorm.com

Buy Tickets

Intense Conference

Billings Wolves

Billings, Montana

Rt 1 Box 1055, Hardin, MT 59034

Phone: (406) 839-8686

www.billingswolves.com

Buy Tickets

Colorado Ice

Ft. Collins, Colorado

218 Smokey St, Ft. Collins, CO 80525

Phone: (970) 472-0128

Fax: (970) 472-0134

www.thecoloradoice.com

Buy Tickets

Nebraska Danger

Grand Island, Nebraska

3123 Stolley Park Rd, Grand Island, NE 68803

Phone: (308) 381-2942

Fax: (308) 382-1160

www.dangerfootball.com

Buy Tickets

Tri-Cities Fever

Kennewick, Washington

7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336

Phone: (509) 222-2215

Fax: (509) 222-2214

www.tricitiesfever.com

Buy Tickets

Wichita Falls Nighthawks

Wichita Falls, TX

2903 Garnett Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Phone: (940) 500-0184

www.wfnighthawks.com

Wyoming Cavalry

Casper, Wyoming

P.O. Box 50272, Casper, Wyoming 82605

Phone: (307) 232-8170

Fax: (815) 846- 0979

www.wyomingcavalry.com

Buy Tickets

The Bemidji Axemen are having two re-signing veterans return to the team; wide receiver Josh Jarboe and defensive lineman Rony Nelson.

Jarboe returns to the Axemen as a wide receiver group after having a productive first season last year.  Jarboe is an Arkansas State University alum. during the 2014 IFL season, he notched 244 receiving yards on 27 receptions with four touchdowns in five games with the team.

“Josh is a big-time receiver that will help create one of the top receiving corps in the IFL,” Axemen head coach Dixie Wooten stated.  “He’s a special talent that can strike anywhere on the field for a touchdown.  It means a lot to our organization to have a player like Josh on board.”

Re-signing Rony Nelson will help bolster the Axemen defense.  Nelson, an Iowa State University alum, tallied 25 tackles and three sacks for the Axemen during the 2014 season.

“Rony coming back is a big plus for us,” said Wooten.  “He gives us versatility on the defensive line.  His work ethic is great and skill set is very high.”

The Cedar Rapids Titans signed two players for the 2015 season who happen to be brothers! Not only brothers, but twins!

Watch out for these twins DB Robert Brown and WR/DB Rob Brown for their 2015 season as members of the 2015 Titans squad.

Robert Brown re-signs with the Titans after a strong rookie season. At  5’10  and 175 pounds this defensive back was also the Titans main kick returner. In 11 games Robert Brown tallied:

  • 31 tackles
  • 1 forced fumble
  • 1 interception in 11 games.
  • Returned the ball 39 times for 758 yards including returning it to the house 2 times.
  • His 758 kick return yards led the IFL.

Rob Brown was signed  to the Titans as a free agent after spending his college football career at Union College. The 2012 All American proved to be a double threat in college playing both offensive and defensive positions. He concluded his college career with 4,515 all purpose yards and 30 offensive touchdowns.

Two more talents have also been signed to the Titans for 2015:

  • 5’9 210lb running back Trent McGuire out of Valdosta State and 6’2 215lb
  • Wide receiver Charles Watkins out of Duke University.

Be sure and watch for all the new and returning talent in the upcoming season!

IFL News: League Meetings for 2015 Season

Posted by: Beverly Lemons

The 2014 IFL League Meetings concluded on Wednesday, September 17 at Bally’s Hotel and Casino on the phenomenal Las Vegas strip.  At the close of the two-day event, the IFL is enthusiastic and looking forward to the upcoming 2015 season and beyond.

The IFL would like to send a special congratulation to a few IFl  members:

  • Charlie Bosselman of the Nebraska Danger.  Charlie was re-elected for a 3rd consecutive term as Chairman of the IFL Board of Directors.
  • Joining Bosselman on the League’s Executive Committee is Teri Carr from the Tri-Cities Fever (re-elected for a 2nd consecutive term), and Jeff Lamberti from the AFL’s newest members, the Iowa Barnstormers.

“Emerging from these meetings I feel even more confident about the current and future status of the IFL,” stated IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse.  “The camaraderie and collaboration displayed over the past 48 hours reinforces the fact that the IFL is a special organization.  I am thrilled to lead the charge in expanding our business model.”

Operational plans implemented include the finalization of the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget.  The much anticipated conference alignment for the 2015 season will be revealed in the coming weeks, as will the regular season schedule. Be sure and check back, we will be the first to let Colorado Ice indoor football fans know when the Colorado Ice schedule is released.  All of us here at Colorado Ice indoor football are looking forward to the 2015 season, and hope to see everyone come and enjoy us competing on the field with other  Indoor Football Leagues.

We would like to introduce the IFL top brass for the 2015 season.

Michael Allshouse

Commissioner

mikea@goifl.com

Phone: (804) 643-7277 Ext. 1

As Commissioner, Allshouse will actively oversee all aspects of the IFL’s administration and day-to-day business activities. Allshouse is entering his 5th season as a leadership official within the IFL League Office.

Michael Allshouse is the third Commissioner in the IFL’s history. Since joining  the IFL in 2009, Allshouse has grown from holding the positions of Director of Communication, Director of Football Operations, and Assistant Commissioner.

Allshouse is an alumni of James Madison University where earned a BBA Business Management  and a BS Sports Management. He also  was a member of the school’s 2004 Division 1AA National Championship Football Team.

He also holds a Masters Degree in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mike McCoy

Director of Business Development

mike.mccoy@bosselman.com

Phone: (804) 643-7277 Ext. 2

Mike McCoy joined the IFL for the 2014 season as Director of Business Development. McCoy also is the General Manager of the Nebraska Danger.

Under his McVoy’s tenure as GM of the Nebraska Danger indoor football league, the Danger have lead the all IFL teams in attendance in each of their three years of existence, averaging over 5,000 fans per game each season.

McCoy’s duties are focused on growing the business model of the IFL and heading the League’s expansion process.

McCoy graduated from Southwestern College, where his playing career led to a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys. He also holds a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from the University of Kansas.

Tom Falcinelli

Director of Officiating

tomf@goifl.com

We are pleased to have Tom with us for his second season as Director of Officiating.  Falcinelli brings over 25 years of officiating experience to the IFL. His experience includes:

  • Time spent with the NCAA, arena and the National Football League.
  • He recently was the Director of Officials for the AIFA, until the league ceased operations in 2010.

Tom is a Sergeant with the Montgomery County, MD Police Department with 27 years experience) and an attorney with Bay and Falcinelli, celebrating his 25th year as a member of the Bay and Falcinelli law practice.

Robert Loving

Chief Financial Officer

robertl@goifl.com

Joining the IFL in 2009, Loving brings a wealth of knowledge to the IFL having served as IFL Commissioner during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. We are looking forward to his service in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer.

Loving is a graduate of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University, and the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond.

Loving retired from the Henrico County, VA Police Department where he served 28 years, including various supervisory and command positions.

Here at Colorado Ice indoor football, we are looking forward to working with the IFL officers for the upcoming 2015 season. Please feel free to contact any of our officers, and watch for upcoming news about new players, the IFL schedule, and other indoor football leagues news in the coming weeks.

Johnson’s Corner

Posted by: Beverly Lemons

In 1950, Joe S. Johnson started a gas station in the middle of farmland on what was then US Highway 87, better known today as I-25. At the time, this was in the middle of nowhere, and the most likely patrons for Joe’s gas station might be a few farmers, or people who got lost looking for a real location, like Denver of Fort Collins. Joe opened up his door, and primed his petrol pumps for service by 1952. Fortuitously, shortly after Joe built his truck stop, construction began on an interstate highway that would run right in front of his new business. When I-25 opened in the early 60s, Joe’s vision of an in demand business for truckers and motorists was fulfilled. Since the earliest days, Johnson’s Corner has been  open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Johnson’s Corner has never closed its doors.

Perhaps best known for their world famous cinnamon rolls, Johnson’s Corner is also a famous movie and television talent. Yes, this humble truck stop is a star. According to johnson’s Corners website:

In 1995, Johnson’s Corner  was a location for the United Artists’ movie “Larger than Life,” starring Bill Murray and Matthew McConaughey. Those two actors are only a few of the many celebrities to grace the booths of Johnson’s Corner over the years.

In 1998, Travel & Leisure magazine picked Johnson’s Corner as having one of the “Ten Best Breakfasts in the World.” A few years later, in 2003, it was featured on the WB2 Network as one of the best roadside attractions in the United States. And in 2004, the Food Network called Johnson’s Corner the “Top Truck Stop Restaurant” in the country.

Here at the Colorado Ice, we stop by Johnson’s Corner whenever we can for one of those outrageously generous, decadent cinnamon rolls. The pastry is so light, it melts like butter on the tongue. Their seasonings are spot on, and the homemade frosting puts bakeries to shame. After a tough game of Colorado Arena football, we really need that treat, and we will drive down the road a bit from Fort Collins to get it, even if it’s 3 in the morning. Don’t be surprised to see many locals sitting in the booths any time you stop by Johnson’s corner. It’s reputation for quality food, world renowned cinnamon rolls and excellent service have made it a local staple when it comes to dining. Truckers and travelers who come in will inevitably return, and your family might just be one of those that have been going to Johnson’s corner for generations, for everything to Sunday Lunch to late night eating, or to just get some of those cinnamon rolls.

When it comes to things to do in Northern Colorado, absolutely don’t forget a visit to Johnson’s Corner.

Johnson’s corner is not only a truckstop and a restaurant, they have a bakery, and they also will cater to any event. they have several catering options, but we at the Colorado Ice prefer the Family Size meal, as we definitely have “family” size appetites.

The Family Size catering option includes 3 entrees, 3 large sides, and dinner rolls.

Entree choices include meatloaf, turkey and dressing, roast beef, fried chicken, and spaghetti and meatballs.

Besides the Family size catering option, Johnson’s corner offers a boxed lunch or hot sandwich option. You can always add any side dishes to your catering choice.

Keep in mind that Johnson’s corner is a full service truck stop, and offers numerous amenities to weary travelers apart from their restaurant. These include:

  • Banquet/Conference Room
  • Chapel
  • Free WiFi
  • Overnight Semi Parking
  • Telephones and Fax Services
  • Propane available 6 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Colorado Road Conditions board

When it comes to trucker services, Johnson’s Corner has everything:

  • Load Board – Truck Freight
  • ShorePower
  • Live video with Colorado Road Conditions
  • Truck accessories and supplies
  • FedEx drop box
  • Trip Pak
  • TV lounge
  • ATM
  • Full showers/restrooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Telephones and fax service
  • CAT scales
  • Handicapped trucker parking
  • On-site Physicals
  • Bulk fuel and oil delivery (call (970) 667-2069 ext. 105 for daily pricing and to schedule delivery)
  • Diesel, gas, oil, off-road fuel
  • Propane
  • Supplies
  • ShorePower

We just thought we would call attention to the fact that Johnson’s Corner is a full service truck stop, we kind of forgot about that while we were eating our cinnamon rolls. We at the Colorado Ice hope to see you there soon!

IFL Announces 2015 Regular Season Schedule

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IFL ANNOUNCES 2015 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce its 2015 regular season schedule.
The 17-week, 70-game season kicks off on Saturday, February 28th and concludes on
Saturday, June 20th.
The 2015 season marks the seventh year of IFL play. Three new members, the Billings
Wolves, Iowa Barnstormers, and Wichita Falls Nighthawks, are set to take the field next
spring and join seven incumbents in a battle for the 2015 United Bowl Crown. The
Conference alignment for the upcoming season is as follows;

United Conference:
Bemidji Axemen
Cedar Rapids Titans
Green Bay Blizzard
Iowa Barnstormers
Sioux Falls Storm

Intense Conference:
Billings Wolves
Colorado Ice
Nebraska Danger
Tri-Cities Fever
Wichita Falls Nighthawks

The Texas Revolution and the Wyoming Cavalry are no longer active members of the
Indoor Football League.
The IFL’s ten teams will play fourteen games (seven home/seven away) over 17-weeks.
Each team’s three bye weeks occur sporadically over the course of the season.
Postseason play will begin the weekend of June 26th and will culminate with the United
Bowl Championship during the weekend of July 10th. Additional details about the
postseason format will be released in the coming weeks.

2015 INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Week 1:
Saturday, February 28th
Sioux Falls Storm at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm)
Iowa Barnstormers at Cedar Rapids Titans (7:05pm)
Billings Wolves at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm)
Sunday, March 1st
Nebraska Danger at Green Bay Blizzard (3:00pm)
Wichita Falls Nighthawks at Colorado Ice (3:00pm)

Week 2:
Saturday, March 7th
Wichita Falls Nighthawks at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm)
Sioux Falls Storm at Cedar Rapids Titans (7:05pm)

Week 3:
Friday, March 13th
Iowa Barnstormers at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm)
Saturday, March 14th
Nebraska Danger at Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00pm)
Green Bay Blizzard at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm)
Sunday, March 15th
Cedar Rapids Titans at Billings Wolves (3:00pm)
Sioux Falls Storm at Colorado Ice (3:00pm)

Week 4:
Friday, March 20th
Tri-Cities Fever at Cedar Rapids Titans (7:05pm)
Saturday, March 21st
Billings Wolves at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm)
Sunday, March 22nd
Iowa Barnstormers at Green Bay Blizzard (3:00pm)

Week 5:
Friday, March 27th
Iowa Barnstormers at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm)
Saturday, March 28th
Billings Wolves at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm)
Colorado Ice at Cedar Rapids Titans (7:05pm)
Tri-Cities Fever at Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00pm)
Sunday, March 29th
Bemidji Axemen at Green Bay Blizzard

Week 6:
Friday, April 3rd
Nebraska Danger at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm)
Colorado Ice at Billings Wolves (7:15pm)
Saturday, April 4th
Bemidji Axemen at Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00pm)

Week 7:
Friday, April 10th
Cedar Rapids Titans at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm)
Tri-Cities Fever at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm)
Saturday, April 11th
Green Bay Blizzard at Iowa Barnstormers (7:05pm)
Colorado Ice at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm)

Week 8:
Friday, April 17th
Sioux Falls Storm at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm)
Saturday April 18th
Billings Wolves at Green Bay Blizzard (6:00pm)
Wichita Falls Nighthawks at Colorado Ice (7:00pm)
Cedar Rapids Titans at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm)
Nebraska Danger at Iowa Barnstormers (7:05pm)

Week 9:
Friday, April 24th
Bemidji Axemen at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm)
Saturday, April 25th
Colorado Ice at Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00pm)
Green Bay Blizzard at Cedar Rapids Titans (7:05pm)
Iowa Barnstormers at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm)
Sunday, April 26th
Tri-Cities Fever at Billings Wolves (3:00pm)

Week 10:
Saturday, May 2nd
Cedar Rapids Titans at Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00pm)
Billings Wolves at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm)
Colorado Ice at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm)
Green Bay Blizzard at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm)
Sioux Falls Storm at Iowa Barnstormers (7:05pm)

Week 11:
Friday, May 8th
Green Bay Blizzard at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm)
Iowa Barnstormers at Billings Wolves (7:15pm)Saturday, May 9th
Bemidji Axemen at Colorado Ice (7:00pm)
Wichita Falls Nighthawks at Cedar Rapids Titans (7:05pm)

Week 12:
Saturday, May 16th
Wichita Falls Nighthawks at Green Bay Blizzard (6:00pm)
Tri-Cities Fever at Colorado Ice (7:00pm)
Nebraska Danger at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm)
Cedar Rapids Titans at Iowa Barnstormers (7:05pm)
Bemidji Axemen at Billings Wolves (7:15pm)

Week 13:
Saturday, May 23rd
Colorado Ice at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm)
Green Bay Blizzard at Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00pm)
Billings Wolves at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm)

Week 14:
Friday, May 29th
Tri-Cities Fever at Billings Wolves (7:15pm)
Nebraska Danger at Colorado Ice (7:30pm)
Saturday, May 30th
Cedar Rapids Titans at Green Bay Blizzard (6:00pm)
Wichita Falls Nighthawks at Iowa Barnstormers (7:05pm)
Sioux Falls Storm at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm)

Week 15:
Saturday, June 6th
Billings Wolves at Colorado Ice (7:00pm)
Wichita Falls Nighthawks at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm)
Tri-Cities Fever at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm)
Bemidji Axemen at Iowa Barnstormers (7:05pm)

Week 16:
Friday, June 12th
Nebraska Danger at Billings Wolves (7:15pm)
Saturday June 13th
Sioux Falls Storm at Green Bay Blizzard (6:00pm)
Colorado Ice at Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00pm)
Bemidji Axemen at Cedar Rapids Titans (7:05pm)
Iowa Barnstormers at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm)

Week 17:
Saturday, June 20th
Cedar Rapids Titans at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm)

Green Bay Blizzard at Iowa Barnstormers (7:05pm)

2015 IFL Colorado Ice Schedule

Week 1                 Wichita Fall Nighthawks @ Colorado Ice (3:00 pm)            Sunday, March 1st

Week 2                 Bye

Week 3                 Sioux Falls Storm @ Colorado Ice (3:00 pm)                          Sunday, March 15th

Week 4                 Bye

Week 5                 Colorado Ice @ Cedar Rapids Titans (7:05 pm)                     Saturday, March 28th

Week 6                 Colorado Ice @ Billings Wolves (7:15 pm)                              Friday, April 3rd

Week 7                 Colorado Ice @ Sioux Falls Storm (7:05 pm)                          Saturday, April 11th

Week 8                 Wichita Falls Nighthawks @ Colorado Ice (7:00 pm)          Saturday, April 18th

Week 9                 Colorado Ice @ Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00 pm)          Saturday, April 25th

Week 10              Colorado Ice @ Tri-Cities Fever (7:05 pm)                              Saturday, May 2nd

Week 11              Bemidji Axemen @ Colorado Ice (7:00 pm)                             Saturday, May 9th

Week 12              Tri-Cities Fever @ Colorado Ice (7:00 pm)                              Saturday, May 16th

Week 13              Colorado Ice @ Nebraska Danger (7:00 pm)                          Saturday, May 23rd

Week 14              Nebraska Danger @ Colorado Ice (7:30 pm)                          Friday, May 29th

Week 15              Billings Wolves @ Colorado Ice (7:00 pm)                              Saturday, June 6th

Week 16              Colorado Ice @ Wichita Falls Nighthawks (7:00 pm)          Saturday, June 13th

Week 17              Bye

 

The Indoor Football League was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense
Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. Its teams are located from
Kennewick, Washington to Green Bay, Wisconsin. For more information about all
things IFL, please log on to www.goifl.com or call the league office at (804) 643-7277.

CSU’s 2014 Homecoming

Posted by: Colorado Ice

This year’s homecoming parade’s theme is “100 Years of Homecoming”. Themes include: CSU’s moments of achievement in history:

o Flashbacks to old homecoming themes:

1914: CAC’s first Homecoming

In October 1914, Colorado Agricultural College President Charles A. Lory announced the school’s first-ever alumni reunion – a football game pitting the present team against the alumni. The alumni won, 3-0, but showed they weren’t above a little humor. Professors Glover and Pennock took the field for the alumni. Glover scored on the first play, but the touchdown didn’t count because the alumni had 13 men on the field.

1919: We beat the Buffs!

The CAC Aggies bury CU 49-7, the team’s greatest margin of victory vs. their in-state rival, before going on to win the league title.

1920: Loud and Proud

The customary firing of a cannon during CSU football games started in 1920 and is one of the oldest, and certainly the loudest, of CSU traditions.

1929: May Fete

Between the world wars, women’s recreational opportunities tended to be genteel, as shown by the May Fete dance pageant, seen here on the Oval in 1929. Today, CSU’s intercollegiate athletics program sponsors 16 sports, including 10 for women and six for men.

1936: Olympic Gold

Alumnus Glenn Morris wins a gold medal in the decathlon at the Olympic Games in Berlin.

o Pajama parade, Kangaroo Court, Royalty,etc.

The Colorado Ice players, mascot, coaches and staff will be showing some Ram love and marching along the festivities in this year’s homecoming parade.

Homecoming Parade Route

CC Image courtesy of CSU.

More about Family/Homecoming Weekend: 

  • The parade is on Friday October 17th on the corner of Oak Street and Howes Street and runs through the heart of campus, the historical Oval. at 4:30.  It begins on the corner of Oak Street and Howes Street and runs through the heart of campus, the historical Oval.
  • Friday Night Lights: Pep Rally, Bonfire, Fireworks, and Lighting of the A – 6 p.m. West Lawn The end of the parade serves as the beginning of the Homecoming pep rally where we gear up for the big game on Saturday. Stay for the bonfire, fireworks, and lighting of the A. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Saturday, October 18th CSU’s 5k Homecoming Race 8am. Register at: http://www.hes.chhs.colostate.edu/outreach/ homecoming/

Saturday: Homecoming Football Game: CSU vs. Utah State
Kickoff 5 p.m.
Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

Cheer the Rams to a Homecoming victory over Utah State.

Ice football

Why NFL Fans love Colorado Ice Football

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

Generally, football fans just love football. Whether they are screaming and jumping in front of the television during a prime time NFL game, throwing around the pigskin with friends and family in the back yard, or even attending a live professional football game, true football fans love the sport, it does not really matter who is playing. Obviously, fans have their favorite teams, and usually they have a favorite team at every level. They’ll root for their home town high school team, their favorite college team, their much loved pro team, and their favorite teams playing in the Indoor Football Leagues.

Colorado fans adore their Denver Broncos, but in the off season their allegiance turns to the Colorado Ice football team. If you aren’t on the indoor football bandwagon, you are missing out! While teams in the Indoor Football Leagues do play a different game of football than NFL fans are used to, it is no less football. If you are a tried-and-true football fan, here is why you should be watching Colorado Ice Football games and why thousands of fans already love them:

Ice football

CC Image courtesy of Colorado Ice Football

• Indoor Football League Games Feeds Your Football Addiction

Once the Super Bowl is over and the local games start to wind down, there seems to be a lull in the exciting lives of football fans all over America, but that lull does not have to last long. If you follow arena football, you know that come March, a brand new game will take over your every waking moment. Imagine the new fantasy leagues, the thrill of scoring tickets to that coveted game between two old rivals, the smell of the hotdogs wafting through the stands, the excitement of watching the Colorado Ice football team take the field. How can you not want to be a part of this game? And the indoor football league’s season is quite long too, usually ending in July, so there is plenty of time to find a team to root for if you don’t have an allegiance already!

• Arena Football Gives Fans a Nice Break From the Intensity of the NFL

One of the most important things that fans should remember about arena football is that it is a completely different game than professional football. The fields are shorter, there are fewer players playing the game, and the rules are different. But, in this case, that is actually a good thing. Fewer rules and regulations, fewer players on the field and shorter field mean more play time and an action packed game from start to finish.

The rules of indoor football are actually significantly different than those in other football leagues. The clock runs almost continuously, so there is not a lot of wait time between plays. As a matter of fact, the clock doesn’t even stop when there is a touchdown, so scoring can happen fast.

• Your Wallet Will Love the Ticket Prices

It may bring great joy, but being a football fanatic can have its downside. Mostly the hit to your wallet each time you go to a game, order pay-per-view, or even have a football party. National Football League tickets are astronomical in price these days, but a Colorado Ice football game can cost less per ticket than it costs to park at one NFL game. The Indoor Football League season will leave you feeling satisfied and your wallet a bit fatter than during the NFL season. There is definitely no arguing that IFL games are a great value!

• There are Plenty of Teams to Choose From

The Colorado Ice football team is part of the Intense Conference, one of two different Indoor Football Leagues. The Intense Conference is also home to the:

o Tri-Cities Fever

o Wyoming Cavalry

o Nebraska Danger

The other league, the United Conference, is comprised of the:

o Cedar Rapids Titans

o Green Bay Blizzard

o Bemidji Axemen

o Sioux Falls Storm

o Texas Revolution

So, no matter where you live, there is a team or two that play near or far that you can choose to root for. But perhaps the most common reason that people become lifelong fans of indoor football is because the players really care about giving their fans the best experience possible. The players and staff interact with fans throughout the game and are genuinely happy to meet the people who pay to see them play. It is a rare occasion to be treated as such at an NFL game. And the Colorado Ice football team is no exception. The players, coaches, staff, Colorado Icicles cheerleaders and Glacier the mascot are all approachable and take the time to really get to know their fans.

So, be sure to put the Colorado Ice football team and the IFL on the agenda for next spring and discover why NFL fans love Colorado Ice football for yourself. Next season is gearing up to be one of the best seasons yet!

Art Clarkson Picture Website

Colorado Ice Announce New CEO and Co-Owner

Posted by: Colorado Ice

 Colorado Ice Announce New CEO and Co-Owner

 Fort Collins, CO – The Colorado Ice Indoor Football Team welcomes Art Clarkson as its new Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner. Tom Wigley made this change on Friday, August 15th and will be holding a press conference with Art once he has settled in the community.

Mr. & Mrs. Wigley extend their thanks to Collins Sanders for his guidance and dedication during his years with the Colorado Ice and wish him well in his future endeavors.

In making this change, Art Clarkson will be working closely with staff members and players, in order to make a quick and seamless transition.

Mr. Clarkson has over 40 years of experience in the sports business and was most recently the COO of the Green Bay Blizzard.

Mr. Clarkson had the following to say about coming to the Ice, “I am very happy to stay in the IFL, the premier indoor football league in the country, and to join this outstanding football team. I am really excited to continue assisting the Ice to remain one of the best franchises in the league. My goal is to help the Wigley’s insure the long range future, not only on the field, but to do this off the field and in the community as well. PASSION, COMMUNITY, COLORADO! GO ICE!”

When asked for comment, Tom Wigley said “Patty and I are absolutely thrilled Art Clarkson has chosen to be with the Colorado Ice. He will be a great asset to the organization and we look forward to continue bringing Northern Colorado the very best professional indoor football team that we can.”

The Colorado Ice are proud members of the Indoor Football League (IFL).  All home games are played at the Budweiser Events Center located in Loveland, Colorado.  2015 ticket information is available by contacting the Colorado Ice offices at (970) 472-0128. For more information, please visit www.thecoloradoice.com

Loveland is The Place to Be!

Posted by: Jeannie Sponham

Loveland, which sits at the foothills of the treasured Rocky Mountain National Park, is the place to be if fun is on your itinerary.  With close to 300 days of sunshine each year, Lovelanders are always ready for a good time!  Sports, live entertainment, dining out, enjoying the great outdoors and an international arts scene will keep you just as active and engaged as you want to be.  Loveland is easily found just one hour north of Colorado’s capital city, Denver, 45 minutes east of the Rocky Mountain National Park, and in close proximity to all sorts of entertainment venues.colorado ice bear

Things to do in Colorado begin in the Sweetheart City of Loveland.  The Budweiser Events Center hosts nationally-known and locally-loved sports organizations:  the Harlem Globe Trotters Basketball team, the Colorado Eagles Hockey team and Colorado Ice Football team are just a few.  It also hosts artists like comedian George Lopez and musical acts such as Mannheim Steamroller.  View their line-up at http://www.budweisereventscenter.com/events.  If you are an art aficionado who also enjoys the outdoors, Loveland offers several outdoor arts exhibits, including an international invitational show drawing diverse talent from around the world.

  • August 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of one of our most treasured and celebrated Loveland events, the Sculpture Show.  This invitational during the second weekend of August features a two-part arts show, the ‘Sculpture in the Park Show and Sale’ at Benson Park and just across the street our ‘Loveland Invitational Art Show and Sale’ at North Lake Park.  Come for the art, enjoy the food, and see which local crafts strike your fancy.  It is a great way to enjoy the summer sun and expand your horizons while viewing masterpieces from every corner of the globe.
  • December brings with it a holy host of celebrations.  Loveland events include caroling, Christmas tree lighting and fabulous performances at our local historic Rialto Theater.  National acts such as Emmy Lu Harris and Leo Kottke will entertain you and you can even be part of the show at our annual Christmas Carol sing-along.  These are just a few of the most delightful things to do in Colorado during the winter months.  Check out our local calendar for a schedule of happenings all year at http://www.cityofloveland.org/index.aspx?page=20.
  • February might be the most exciting month of the year for Loveland events.  First, we have our very own Colorado Ice Football team kicking off their IFL season at the Budweiser Events Center.  With the effervescent Icicles, and team mascot Glacier along with non-stop action and ticket prices starting as low as $15 at the end zone you will get more than your money’s worth.  This family-friendly team will gladly make time for players to take ‘groupies’ with you and your peepsso you can remember the good times!  You can get their schedule at http://www.thecoloradoice.com/schedule/.
  • February also brings our annual Snow Sculpture competition right to the downtown.  It is a free activity open to the public.  Watch a preview on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBmo1tc5CpU.  Winter is a great season for finding exciting things to do in Colorado.
  • June may bring the close of the season for Colorado Ice Football but the Loveland good times just keep on rolling.  Trail Ridge Road is typically open by this time of year.  It is a beautifully scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National Park that is easily accessible from Loveland via US Highway 34.  Along the way be sure to stop at the Cherry Cider Booth, pause to take in the view at Drake or get an excellent cinnamon roll at the General Store.  Reach the Continental Divide at the top of Trail Ridge and enjoy breathtaking views, a little shopping, unimaginably beautiful wildflowers and a light snack before heading back down.  Think you love it up there?  Consider the park as a location for your next big occasion, from weddings to family reunions and more.
  • July brings one of our nation’s most treasured celebrations, Independence Day.  Loveland boasts a spectacular fireworks display each year over Lake Loveland.  Visitors drive from miles around to witness the annual Loveland event honoring our nation’s fallen heroes and celebrating the freedoms citizens enjoy today.  Bring your blanket, picnic baskets, and sunscreen, but you can leave your bug repellant at home.  The climate is so dry that bugs at night in July are not a problem.  This is an all-day affair with vendors, entertainment and of course spectacularfireworks.  While the fireworks crowd thins, relax at North Lake Park and stop at one of our local restaurants for a late-night snack on the way home.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Northern Colorado, are interested in Colorado Arena Football and want to meet the Colorado Icicles, or simply wish to enjoy breath-takingscenery, Loveland is yourdestination.  Come for vacation, an extended stay, or join other Lovelanders and make it your year-round home. Come see why Loveland is a must-see destination! 

 

Computer Doctors Partner Page

Computer Doctors and The Colorado Ice

Posted by: Beverly Lemons

Computer Doctors Partner PageOne of the many superb local sponsors of the Colorado Ice is our own Fort Collins computer store, Computer Doctors. In addition to taking care of all your computer and computing needs, Computer Doctors is a fan of indoor football, a whole new way to enjoy and appreciate our favorite sport in Fort Collins. Computer Doctors offers a full range of computer services. They offer a wide variety of refurbished laptops, starting under $300. Take your pick from several PC models including Dell, HP and IBM models. For those Mac fans, they currently are offering a refurbished  Apple Mac mini.. It features:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66
  • 2GB DDR2 System RAM
  • 120GB Hard Drive
  • DVD-Rom/CD-RW
  • Internal Wireless
  • OSX 10.7.5 Lion

In addition to the Apple Mac mini, Computer Doctors has several other apple machines available, ranging from a Apple MacBook Pro i5 13 to a Apple iMac Intel Aluminum 20. When it comes to refurbished Macs, Computer Doctors is the place to shop for a tested, well functioning computers with pre-installed Operating Systems and a warranty. Shop with confidence, and ask the techs any questions you might have about the benefits of choosing a refurbished computer over a new model. If a powerhouse desktop is what you need, they have those too.  For the gamer, Computer Doctors refurbishes gaming computers for the online gaming aficionado. They currently are offering a 16 GB 8 core bulldozer. This awesome gaming core includes:

  • 8-Core Processing Power
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 2TB Performance Hard Drive
  • Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 7950 Dual-Monitor Ready
  • Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Monitor: 24″ LCD – Add $140
  • Warranty: 1 Year Hardware Warranty

Many other gaming computers are currently available from computer doctors. You can conveniently purchase products offerings online at their web site. They carry peripherals, including computer monitors, rack-mount servers, chargers, and other refurbished hardware. Computer Doctors offers a full range of computer support services, for both home and business. One of the most crucial events that debilitates our computers and computing systems is virus and malware infiltration. Computer Doctors is aggressive in ridding your machine of viruses, and can even do it remotely. They act as a host for business email. This service offers your business a safety feature, as a the majority of virus infected and spam algorithms attacking computers tend to come embedded in email, with many features:

  • Compatibility with Microsoft Outlook 2003-2013
  • Powerful Webmail – Includes Calendar, Contacts and Public Folders.
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android phones
  • Calendar and Mailbox sharing within your whole organization
  • Full Encryption for customer security
  • Self-managed Spam blacklisting, built-in Spam blocker
  • 10GB Storage per box

Computer Doctor will never sell your email logs, history and other personal data to marketing firms.  They have the utmost respect for your privacy and autonomy. They are interested only in providing the best quality products to customers, keeping them safe and secure. Another wonderful product offered by Computer Doctors is a 10 Gb offsite storage plan. Use the cloud, save your computers memory for operations. This not only increases your storage capability, offsite storage protects and backs up all your computer data. The 10 GB offsite data plan: secure your data against:

  • Hard Drive Failure
  • Malicious infections
  • Fires/Natural Disasters
  • Electric Surges
  • Physical Theft
  • Ransomware

For all your computing and computer needs, give Computer Doctors a call, and be sure and visit their website. you won’t find a better business for refurbished computers, peripherals, virus removal and offsite data plans. And they love and sponsor the Colorado Ice! This makes them absolutely perfect!

Keeping the Colorado Ice on during the NFL Season

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

NFL Sign

CC Image courtesy of Matt McGee via Flickr.

The 2014/2015 NFL football season may be well into its pre-season, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be excited for some Colorado Ice Indoor Football after the pro season is over. With an exciting 10-4 2014 season, the Colorado Ice are sure to come back next season with a vengeance! So, have you following the Colorado Ice and the Indoor Football League in the NFL offseason? If not, here is why you should be!

• There is Never a Dull Moment 

Just because the field is smaller, does not mean that the games are any less thrilling than an NFL game. As a matter of fact, it is not uncommon for the score of an indoor football league game to end with teams scoring twice as many points as a typical NFL game. With that many points on the scoreboard, you know that there has to be tons of passing, tackles and keeping the ball in play. The rules of indoor football are different than those of the NFL, and were created to keep the game fast paced and always entertaining.

And the advantages of a smaller stadium do not stop there. The smaller venues of IFL games mean that the fans get a much closer look at the field. So much so that they are almost literally in the middle of the game at all times. It is not uncommon for a fan or two to catch a ball during a play, or for the players to actually come up to the stands and meet the fans before and after the games.

Smaller stadiums definitely do not mean less energy or less than action packed games. No way. Actually, a true fan of the game will tell you that just the opposite is true!

• It’s Not NFL Football

Indoor football is definitely different than professional league football, but it is not any less football. The game is played on a smaller field and with fewer players than NFL teams play, but just because it is played differently, it is played by amazing athletes who love the game. The players of indoor football have been known to even grab coveted spots on NFL teams after standing out in the IFL. No, indoor football is not NFL football, but it’s not meant to be the same. Every game is a professional football game that is always entertaining and guaranteed to keep fans on the edge of their seat the entire game.

• The Games are Affordable

Tickets for NFL games can be astronomical, but Colorado Ice indoor football games can cost as little as $10 per ticket. Compare that to the oftentimes upwards of $200 per ticket for an NFL game, and there is no denying that taking in an IFL with the family is an affordable way to feed your football habit without breaking the bank. Not only that, but indoor football fans get an up-close- and-personal view of the game that you just simply cannot get at an NFL game without spending an astronomical amount of money for tickets that most people can’t afford.

And the concessions are affordable too! For the cost of just one hot dog at an NFL game, a fan can purchase a delicious hot dog, drink and still have money left over for a snack later in the game. And there are plenty of Budweiser for those who would like to enjoy the game with a brew or two.

• The Whole Family Can Come

You won’t find coaches getting caught using bad language at these games. The IFL has gone to great lengths to assure that every one of their games are family friendly. Inappropriate activities by players, coaches, staff or fans are not tolerated, so you can bring the kids and not be worried that they will see or hear something that they shouldn’t.

• The Meet and Greets

One of the biggest advantages to a Colorado Ice game is that the players, Colorado Icicles, and even Glacier the mascot are completely accessible to fans during certain times of the game. They are more than happy to take pictures with fans, sign autographs and visit with game goers as much as possible. And you don’t even have to pay extra for the VIP treatment!

So, even though the NFL season is just starting to wind up, keep the IFL and the Colorado Ice football team on your mind. Once the pro season is over, you won’t have to wonder what you will do with your time until the new season, you can still get all the great action of your favorite game, get to enjoy the

Colorado Icicles cheer and enjoy the ambiance of an amazing team sport by cheering on your home indoor football league team, the Colorado Ice! For more information on the Colorado Ice indoor football league and the newest schedule, visit www.theColoradoIce.com.

Enjoy Fun, Fitness and Football in Greeley!

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

Staying active and in shape is an important thing. It is important for our physical health, heart health and mental health. If we don’t stay in shape, it is hard to enjoy all of the amazing things that the Northern part of our state has to offer. Luckily for its residents, it is not hard to find lots of things to do in Greeley on any given day of the year. The always beautiful mountain air, the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the myriad of activities always going on somewhere in the area, it is hard to stay at home! Maybe that is why residents of Northern Colorado are some of the healthiest people in the state. Of course, people with so many activities to attend, people need to keep in shape to have the energy to keep up with it all. And when they aren’t hiking, biking, jogging or walking along the beautiful trails around the area, they go to Anytime Fitness in Greeley.

Anytime Fitness Partner PageAnytime Fitness is the perfect gym for business Northern Coloradoans who might not keep the same schedule as a typical gym. They are there 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, every day of the year so their members can work out any time they have the time, for instance, after a Colorado Ice football game. Not only that, but their members can feel safe working out during the week hours of the morning or during peak gym hours because they are being protected the gym’s state of the art security system. You do not get that protection at just any gym!

Anytime Fitness doesn’t think that their members should have to pay and arm and a leg to achieve their fitness goals either. Even though their gyms are stocked with the latest equipment and amazing support staff, they pride themselves on keeping their membership prices affordable for everyone. As a matter of fact, some membership prices cost members less than the average cost of gourmet coffee per day. That’s a great deal! Don’t want to commit to a membership? That’s okay. They also offer a pay as you go option. Very few gyms these days offer that. Many of their clubs also offer reimbursement programs and other ways to help members save money while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Anytime Fitness doesn’t just stop at a great work out. They pamper their customers with remarkable amenities as well! Their private restrooms and showers are always kept sparkling clean, so you feel comfortable showering and getting ready with your day, so you can continue your list of things to do in Greeley feeling regenerated and refreshed. They can even stop in and get a tan if they are feeling a little pasty.

New to working out? The personal fitness coaches at Anytime Fitness are happy to help you establish a routine to fit your fitness goals. Need help with your diet as well? Their exclusive online diet tracker allows its users to log calorie intake and track their diet menus with a food database of over 50,000 items, including restaurant foods. The virtual coaching feature on their website also gives members 24 hour access to their certified personal trainers who offer motivation and inspiration anytime a member needs it.

Still on the fence about joining a public gym? The staff at Anytime Fitness feel so strongly that anyone who tries their gym will fall in love with the experience that they offer a 7 day free trial to help you decide.

Anytime Fitness may have gyms all over the United States, with over 2 million members, but they never give the impression of a stuffy corporate business. They employ friendly staff, cater to their clientele and are also very involved in our community! The Colorado Ice football team is proud to have them as a corporate sponsor and fans of the Indoor Football League.

So, if you are looking for fun things to do in Greeley, CO that involve staying in shape, we strongly suggest you check out some of the amazing scenery the city has to offer. Then, buy yourself and your family or friends a few tickets to a Colorado Ice indoor football game, and maybe hit the gym afterward. There are so many astounding things that the city of Greeley has to offer that you can’t possible experience them all in one day, or even one month. Make sure that you have the strength and energy to keep up with all the activities available to you. Visit your local Anytime Fitness today and start your 7-day free trial, or visit their website at http://www.anytimefitness.com/gyms/69/fort-collins-co-80525 to see what all the hype is about. We don’t think you will find a better gym anywhere in Northern Colorado.

Once you’ve checked out Anytime Fitness, visit the website of The Colorado Ice at http://www.thecoloradoice.com/ to view their schedule and purchase tickets!

Football Fans Can Get Their Pig Skin Fix Year Round with Arena Football!

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

If you are a huge football fan, you know that ever present lost feeling that fans get once the hype and anticipation of the Super Bowl game is over and you know that you have to wait until the following September to get your football fix. The empty feeling between February and September can be overwhelming. Yes, there is the draft and training camps to help ease your pain, but it just isn’t the same as watching your favorite team take on their arch nemesis. But you don’t have to suffer in sadness. Indoor football leagues are on the field entertaining fans and playing some dang good football from March through July.

NFL fans may not think about indoor football (also known as arena football) as a substitute for their NFL games, and perhaps they should. Now, obviously, they are two completely different games, but that doesn’t mean that indoor football is any less of a football game! Take a look at what indoor football has to offer:

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The Colorado Ice Indoor Football

  • Indoor football teams battle each other on a 50 yard field. The arenas that IFL is played on arehalf as big as a National Football League arena, with no sidelines, only a wall to determine if a player has gone “out of bounds”. And, while the field may be smaller, the teams have less men, so the fields don’t feel like they are packed with too many players. Only 8 men play on an indoor football league’s field, as opposed to the standard 11 man team in the National Football League.
  • The rules of arena football are quite a bit different than NFL football as well, so it may take somegetting used to, but once you learn the rules of this action packed game, you won’t miss the overabundance of rules in this game. For instance, the clock keeps running even when an out of bounds is called, there is an incomplete pass, a touchdown is made, etc. This leads to rapid game play and more touchdowns and scores. As a matter of fact, it is not uncommon to have games where teams will score upwards of 50 points. You will be so busy watching the quick pace of the game to notice that you aren’t watching an NFL game.
  • Where you will notice that you are not at a NFL arena is in the price. While NFL tickets cansometimes cost upwards of $100 per ticket per game, the average cost of an indoor football league’s game is under $20. That leaves you lots of cash to purchase tickets for all of your friends and family and make it a group affair!
  • No matter what region of the United States you live in, there is a team for you to root for. Thereare two indoor football leagues, the United Conference and the Intense Conference. They are comprised of the following teams:

United Conference

  • Bemidji Axemen
  • Cedar Rapids Titans
  • Green Bay Blizzard
  • Sioux Falls Storm
  • Texas Revolution

Intense Conference

  • Colorado Ice
  • Nebraska Danger
  • Tri-Cities Fever
  • Wyoming Cavalry
  • Perhaps the biggest difference you will notice between a National Football League game andan Indoor Football League game is the attention to fans at every game. The games are so interactive. The cheerleaders are there to not only cheer on their teams but to interact with the fans as well. And it is not uncommon for a player to run up in the stands and grab a selfie with a fan setting in the stands. Don’t be surprised to come home from a game with a t-shirt, football or other trinket to remember a spectacular game!

Fans are not allowed to run on the fields after an NFL game, but it is encouraged after IFL games. The players and the cheerleaders are more than happy to meet and greet their fans after each game. Imagine how happy that makes their young fans…or any fan, really!

If you have never attended an IFL football game, grab a buddy and take one in. Once you do, you’ll be so hooked that you may even anticipate the indoor football season more than an NFL season. Whether you become an avid Colorado Ice fan or choose to root for a rival team such as the Texas Revolution, you won’t go away from a game feeling like you didn’t get your money’s worth. You may even make friends with a player or two! Both indoor football leagues do their best to make their team’s fans their number one priority.

If you are in Colorado and want to take in a Colorado Ice indoor football game, visit our website at www.thecoloradoice.com and view our schedule and even purchase tickets. Don’t miss out on a great season of football and family fun. There is nothing like it!

Get Your Tan On with Aqua Bay Tans

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

 

If you live in the Fort Collins, Loveland and surrounding areas, you understand that the need for a tan sometimes simply cannot wait for the bronzing powers of the sun to work their magic on our skin. If you are attending one of the many Northern Colorado events happening around the area at any time of year, such as a Colorado Ice Indoor Football game, you may want to add a little color to your face and body beforehand. Aqua Bay Tans in Loveland, CO offers state of the art tanning solutions to clients who don’t have time to tan in the sun. Voted Best Tanning Salon in Loveland by the Loveland Connection in both 2010 and 2011 and Best Tanning Salon by the Reporter Herald Reader’s Choice in 2011, this tanning salon offers something for everyone.

Aqua Bay Tans tanning salon offers nine private suites and four levels of tanning so they can schedule a tanning session to meet any customer’s specific needs. Whether you want to look like you spent a day at the pool, or desire a deep, dark, golden all over color instead, there is a tanning package for you at Aqua Bay Tans.

The different levels of Mystic tan can be personalized to the client’s needs. Whether you want a head start on that sun kissed tan you will be getting on vacation or if you are scheduled to attend a few Northern Colorado Events, you can get a tan that makes you look perfectly polished no matter how much time you have to spend on your tan. And their pricing depends on what level of tan you desire as well. Choose from four different levels of tanning and only pay for what you choose. Or, choose to have a 10 minute stand up tan instead for a great price as well.

They have several high quality beds available, so their clients never have to wait for their turn to get in a bed, and if a client chooses not to tan in a bed, they have options as well. The My Myst Mystic tan spray booth is also available by appointment and is quite popular! The customer who chooses the My Myst Mystic tan will feel like they are being treated to an expensive spa treatment when they enter the PRIVATE tanning room. This tanning system also allows clients to achieve the most authentic looking spray tan available on the market and the best part is they never have to share a booth or even a room.

No tan needed? No problem! Try their All Skin Rejuvenating Red Light Therapy bed instead! That’s right, the beds at Aqua Bay Tans aren’t just about giving amazing tans! Have you ever heard of a rejuvenating bed? Until recently, photo rejuvenation treatments have been available exclusively by spas, but we are now able to offer this treatment to their clients using our Red Light Callagen Lamps in their special rejuvenating beds. What do they do? These beds provide ‘red light phototherapy by using collagen lamps. These special lamps have been proven to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. Clients rave about the benefits of Red Light Callagen Lamps, which include:

  • Minimizing fine wrinkles and lines
  • Helping the body to create collagen and elastin by activating fibroblast cells
  • Improving skin tone
  • Healing blemishes
  • Increasing skin circulation
  • Helping to repair skin that may have been damaged from prolonged exposure to the sun
  • Creating a more youthful appearance

The rejuvenating beds use special red light collagen lamps to do their magic. Most clients are scheduled to have four 15-minute sessions per week for 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, they should only need to visit the rejuvenating bed once per week for another month. The results should show a noticeable change in the skin, with the diminishment of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, the reduction of blemishes and a more supple feel to the skin. And the best part is that these treatments are much more affordable than the same treatments offered at high end spas in the area.

Aqua Bay Tans Partner PageAqua Bay Tans is proud to provide their clients with the most innovative tanning equipment available on the market today. Plus, they are a proud corporate partner to the Colorado Ice Indoor Football team! A great tan and great football? No wonder people flock to the Loveland area! With great businesses such as Aqua Bay Tans and super fun Northern Colorado events such as indoor football, what else could you want? Visit their website at www.aquabaytans.com for a complete list of tanning packages offered and while you are there, set up an appointment to get a spray tan, use one of their high quality tanning beds or experience one of their amazing rejuvenating treatments. You will leave Aqua Bay Tans feeling refreshed, revived, healthy and of course, beautifully bronzed!

 

Things to Do In Loveland While Waiting For the Colorado Ice Season Opener

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

The Colorado Ice will not start playing Colorado arena football until early next year, but that does not mean that there aren’t things to do in Loveland and Northern Colorado until then. Quite the contrary, actually. There is plenty to do this fall and winter while waiting to watch your favorite indoor football team play their hearts out at the Budweiser Events Center. Here are a few things that couples and families can do within the Loveland area during the IFL off season.

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• Meet the Artists

The 2014 Meet the Artists Celebration will be held Friday, September 12th Gallery during the Night on the Town. Since the Loveland area typically has lovely weather this time of the year, this event is sure to be a fun event for couples or anyone who has a love for art. If you can’t make this event, the Loveland Art Studio and Loveland Museum Gallery have amazing artist exhibits almost any time of year, so feel free to visit as often as you would like throughout the year.

• Enjoy a Concert at the Amphitheater

If you can’t stay in and watch a little Colorado arena football, why not enjoy a concert outdoors? Foote Lagoon Concerts offers concerts throughout the year that are typically free to enjoy. A myriad of The Colorado Ice will not start playing Colorado arena football until early next year, but that does not mean that there aren’t things to do in Loveland and Northern Colorado until then. Quite the contrary, actually. There is plenty to do this fall and winter while waiting to watch your favorite indoor football team play their hearts out at the Budweiser Events Center. Here are a few things that couples and families can do within the Loveland area during the IFL off season.

• Meet the Artists

The 2014 Meet the Artists Celebration will be held Friday, September 12th Gallery during the Night on the Town. Since the Loveland area typically has lovely weather this time of the year, this event is sure to be a fun event for couples or anyone who has a love for art. If you can’t make this event, the Loveland Art Studio and Loveland Museum Gallery have amazing artist exhibits almost any time of year, so feel free to visit as often as you would like throughout the year.

• Enjoy a Concert at the Amphitheater

If you can’t stay in and watch a little Colorado arena football, why not enjoy a concert outdoors? Foote Lagoon Concerts offers concerts throughout the year that are typically free to enjoy. A myriad of musicians play at the Foote Lagoon amphitheater each year, so there will more than likely be a concert or two that anyone would enjoy playing at one point or another within any given year. And since most of the concerts are free to attend, these events are some of the most budget friendly things to do in Loveland, and some of the most entertaining too!

• Take a Walk…A Foodie Walk!

If you don’t mind driving the few miles from Loveland to Fort Collins for something fun to do, the monthly Food Walk in downtown Fort Collins is an adventure you don’t want to miss, especially if you consider yourself a foodie. The culinary walk takes place once a month in the historic part of Fort Collins. Each self-guided walk features different themes that include opportunities to taste new foods created by local shops and restaurants, unique presentations and other fun ways to learn about local foods and the food industry. If you enjoy locally grown, organic produce being prepared by culinary standouts, the Foodie Walk is a culinary adventure that you don’t want to miss!

• Enjoy a Train Ride

Why not take in a bit of history and a lot of beautiful scenery the next time you are looking for something to do in Loveland? The Buckhorn Northern Railroad miniature railroad runs through North Lake Park and includes a fully functioning replica steam train that is led by a gas powered train engine. The train also consists of a cattle car, two passenger cars, and a caboose. And the best part is that kids are not the only ones who can enjoy the 1,588 feet of railroad fun, adults are welcome to ride the miniature train too!

• Attend the Fortoberfest

Another event that is worth driving to Fort Collins for is the Fortoberfest. Sure to be a great time had by all, this new Fort Collins event will feature lots of great music, gallons of local microbrews and bicycles. This is another free event in Northern Colorado, so dress up in your favorite costume, bring your bike, your blanket and prepare to have a great time on September 19-20, 2014. This is an event that you will want to add to your calendar every year from here on out!

• Enjoy the Mountain Scenery

Northern Colorado boasts not one but four spectacular parks within the Big Thompson Canyon. Each park is unique, but they are all equally beautiful. So plan a hike, biking trip, fishing adventure, picnic or scenic drive and take the day to enjoy beauty that you cannot find anywhere else in the state. Since the parks are for day use only, you won’t be able to camp overnight, but you will definitely want to come back day after day to this amazing area to not only enjoy the views but to seek out the large selection of wildlife that live in the area as well!

As you can tell, there is plenty to do during the off season to keep your mind off of the next Colorado arena football season. Whether you choose to enjoy an outdoor concert, join in the fun of the Fortoberfest or Foodie Walk, take a miniature train ride, or take in the beauty of the area, there is ample opportunity to enjoy Loveland and the surrounding areas while you wait for the newest Colorado Ice football schedule to come out. Visit www.thecoloradoice.com often for the latest information on the new season, ticket sales and schedule information.

 

Colorado State Bank and Trust Is A Leader In Community Giving

Posted by: Beverly Lemons

Colorado State B & T Partner PageNot only does Colorado State Bank and Trust sponsor the Colorado Ice, they are a significant contributor in our community philanthropically, and even offer grants to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit funding requests to the BOKF Foundation and CSB Foundation can be applied for online through their online charitable contribution/grant application system.

Colorado Bank and trust established the BOKF Foundation, a charitable entity guided by a board of directors. The grants focus:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Education
  • United Way
  • Economic Development
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Development

Colorado State Bank and Trust is unique in banking, due to their level of commitment to not only serving the community’s banking needs, but in partnering with charities and community organizations, they have developed meaningful relationships with more than 600 nonprofit partners in the eight states they serve. They actively identify and address funding challenges unique to each community served by the bank. They forge relationships with community and business leaders, elected officials and other local partners, including existing charities.

In Fort Collins, one of the cultural entities Colorado State Bank and trust sponsors is the Colorado Ice. The Colorado Ice Indoor football team is our very own local professional team, and if you haven’t seen them in action yet, you need to come check out a game. The Colorado Ice Professional Indoor Football team recruits professional football players with college level playing experience throughout the nation as well in addition to  players from the NFL and CFL. They boast a full roster of football talent on field, a superb coaching staff, the Icicles, and Glacier.

Like Colorado State Bank and Trust, the Colorado Ice indoor football team has a strong commitment to local giving. The organization is actively involved with numerous community events, as well as making donations to charities and fundraisers. Our talented team members, including players, Mascot Glacier and the Icicles Dance team are also available for appearances for your charitable event, to learn more complete this form.

Colorado State Bank and Trust and the Colorado Ice have a lot in common both are dedicated to fostering talent and self reliance, and actively do so as not only business organizations, but through extensive charitable philanthropy.

Colorado State Bank and Trust offers in kind charitable donations:

  • Donating computers to elementary schools.
  • Giving gently used  office furniture to halfway houses.
  • An annual literacy campaign, which has collected more than 150,000 books for children since its inception in 2003.
  • Opening contribution accounts to allow citizens to make donations to friends and neighbors in need. If someone has a sick child in need of medical care, or other urgent cause, give Colorado bank and trust a call and they will help set up a charitable account specific for the particular need.

Since 1908, Colorado State Bank and Trust has been not only a solid and reliable banking and financial institution, they have carried on a tradition of community service. Serving the people in theircommunities is more than a commitment,  it’s a fundamental principle of their business culture. Once a  tangible and specific need is identified, they invest in programs that enhance both the quality of life and economic well-being of their bank serviced communities. They allocate resources – both financial and in-kind – to serve these needs.

Their vision includes the following three goals:

  • Taking a leadership role in the community to help guide important local and regional causes. This includes working within the community with existing charitable agencies, as well as special in house events, such as opening a charitable specific account for an individual in need of aid.
  • To financially support key civic activities that are critical to the viability and growth of the community. This includes sponsorship of organizations like the Colorado Ice.
  • To encourage and support employee volunteerism.Any time they can spear head or aid with a charitable need, Colorado bank and trust will be there to encourage and entice others in the community to join the vision of giving back, through their own volunteerism or financial giving.

If you’re looking for a quality bank with not only longevity and a solid business background, but one with a tradition and commitment to investing in their community, Colorado State Bank and Trust is the right financial institution for you.

Colorado Ice Players Workout for Oakland Raiders Scout

Posted by: Colorado Ice

Loveland, CO – On July 9th, the Colorado Ice Head Coach Heron O’Neal and his staff were able to secure a private workout for six active Colorado Ice players and one former Colorado Ice player with Oakland Raiders regional scout Dave McCloughan and his father Kent McCloughan, a former Raiders Player and Scout. The players put up some great numbers in the combine workout, possibly getting an opportunity to be brought into the 2014 NFL Season camp.

The players being evaluated were #8 Kyle Kaiser Wide Receiver, #20 Corey Sample Defensive Back/Safety, #1 Joe Thornton Linebacker/Defensive Back, #18 Harcourt Farquharson Defensive Back/Safety, #13 Willie Copeland Quarterback, #98 Markell Carter Defensive End, and Mark Henderson Wide Receiver (Ice player 2011-12).

Just coming out of the playoff season the Ice players were not as fresh as other football prospects that train for months prior to the combines to get their speed and agility up to the level the NFL Scouts are looking for. Getting a 4.4 second 40 yard dash is the goal for any player looking to get a spot on an NFL roster.

The Colorado Ice recruits players that have played in the NFL, CFL and NCAA – Division I, II, and III. There is also that rare athlete that, for whatever reason, did not get the opportunity to play in a college program but has the raw talent and athleticism to become a star.

In 2012, Mario HendDave McCloughan - Joe Thornton - Kent McCloughanerson (NFL- Raiders/Chargers) was signed by the Ice as an offensive linemen and he used that time to get more film which got him back on the NFL Scouts radar so he could be in the San Diego Charges 2013 Season Camp.

During the 2013 Season, Marty Markett Safety and Kick Return Specialist was signed mid-season to the Canadian Football League and has been able to build his resume towards a chance at an NFL squad.  Also, in the 2013 off season Gabe Knapton Defensive Linemen for the Ice was signed to the CFL.

Out of the 2014 Colorado Ice player roster, the Ice has six players with NFL experience. Markell Carter was drafted by the New England Patriots, while Malcolm Williams was signed by the Patriots. Justin Helwege was in camp with the Seattle Seahawks, Harcourt Farquharson with the Atlanta Falcons, Deante Purvis with the San Francisco 49ers and Dequinta “DD” Jones was with the Jaguars and Seahawks.

Every player that signs with the Colorado Ice has the opportunity to move up and the Ice organization looks forward to putting players into the NFL and CFL. Because of that, throughout an Indoor Football League season, you will see many changes in the team rosters. Any players interested in playing for the Colorado Ice can send film, resumes, etc. to goice@thecoloradoice.com.

Colorado Ice Open Search for Assistant OC and QB’s Coach

Posted by: Colorado Ice

Fort Collins, CO – The Colorado Ice Professional Indoor Football team, of the Indoor Football League (IFL), invites resume submittals for the position of Assistant Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. The position will be working with the Head Coach on the development and execution of game plans.

For the 2015 Season, the incumbent would need to be available from approximately February 1st, 2015 thru July 31st, 2015; travel for game schedule and have prior coaching experience with Offensive knowledge of indoor football. Preferably, having played and/or coached in the IFL, NFL, CFL or AFL. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Head Coach, the incumbent will serve as Quarterbacks Coach and Assistant Offensive Coordinator. Incumbent will assist with recruiting, player development, planning practice and game scripts, performing necessary public relations work, and additional duties as Head Coach assigns. Be available for practices/film and meetings from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM as schedule dictates.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential-

  • Maintains knowledge and rules of the Indoor Football League as it relates to this position and the Offense.
  • Coordinates offensive practice schedule and drills.
  • Provides game and practice film analysis with offense and position unit.
  • Provides suggestions for offensive calls to Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach.
  • Develops substitution plan with Offensive Coordinator.
  • Coordinates Offensive play adjustments on sideline & halftime.
  • Grades position players, stats, and quarters played.
  • Scouting report: Defensive fronts and stunts, short yardage.

Other-

  • Public Relation appearances
  • Duties as assigned by Head Coach

Please send resumes with cover letter and three references to:

Colorado Ice Indoor Football

Attn: Assistant Offensive Coordinator

218 Smokey St.

Fort Collins, CO 80525

Or email to goice@thecoloradoice.com

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Indoor Football League Names Colorado Ice Head Coach Heron O’Neal – 2014 IFL Coach of the Year

Posted by: Colorado Ice

After leading the Colorado Ice to a 10-4 regular season record and a playoff appearance Heron O’Neal was named the IFL Head Coach of the Year. The Ice had the #3 ranked offense, averaging 50.6 points per game. Defensively, the team was dominant at times, ranking #2 in the league (35.9 points per game)

O’Neal has been with the IFL since 2005 starting out as the defensive coordinator for the Wyoming Cavalry. He then went to the Billings Outlaws in which he lead his team to three national championships. He came to the Colorado Ice in 2010 as defensive coordinator and became the head coach in 2011 and has been in the playoffs every season since taking over the team.

In an interview with the Reporter Herald, O’Neal described how this 2014 team has been different than any other Ice team he has coached. “They generally care about their common man […] these guys have bought into the scheme. They’ve bought into the system. They bought into the players next to them are going to do their job and they can just concentrate on doing their job. And it carries over off the field.”

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O’Neal has made Fort Collins and Northern Colorado his home and has a contract with the Ice through the 2017 season.

Colorado Ice Quarterback Willie Copeland named IFL Most Valuable Player of 2014

Posted by: Colorado Ice

Colorado Ice QB Willie Copeland is the 2014 IFL Most Valuable Player. Copeland becomes the 4th recipient of the award joining Sioux Falls QB Chris Dixon (2009, 2011-2012), Bryan Randall (2010), and Jameel Sewell (2013).

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Willie Copeland #13 QB

Before finding a home in Fort Collins, Copeland previously had stints with the Green Bay Blizzard and Cedar Rapids Titans. Copeland joined the Ice in 2013 and has led the team to back-to-back postseason berths. During the 2014 season, the Ice finished with an Intense Conference best 10-4 record. Copeland led the IFL in almost every passing statistical category including passing yards (2,376) and passing TDs (56). He also was dangerous using his legs, rushing for 452 yards and 7 TDs.

There is no doubt that Copeland has become a force in the IFL.

Colorado Ice season ends with a 15-45 loss to the Nebraska Danger

Posted by: Colorado Ice

Fort Collins, CO – The Ice falls to the Nebraska Danger in the Intense Conference Championship 15-45. It wasn’t the ending the Ice were wanting to end their winning record. Their performance this game was nothing like the team we saw in their 10-4 regular season.

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The Nebraska Danger were able to basically shut down Willie Copeland as they held the Ice to their lowest point total this season. In total the Ice offense had 204 yards and two touchdowns. Copeland had 196 yards but unfortunately was sacked three times to account for negative 21 yards. Copeland also threw three interceptions. Colorado’s two touchdowns came from Kyle Kaiser and a run from Copeland.

The Ice defense couldn’t stop the Danger’s explosiveness as they had four touchdowns and 239 total yards. Runza Player of the Game Corey Sample had the team lead 5 tackles and one interception. Five players – Sample, Joe Thornton, Harcourt Farquharson, Deante Purvis and Malcolm Williams – had broken up passes.

The biggest factor in this loss was that the Danger were able to maintain the tempo for the entirety of the game. Unfortunately the Ice couldn’t change that and it resulted in the end of their season.

Colorado: An All-American Sports State

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

If you know anything about sports, you know that there is no denying that Coloradans love their sports. All of them! As a matter of fact, Denver is home to five professional sporting teams. Let’s explore a little about them:

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• Colorado Rockies- The major league baseball team representing the state is the ColoradoRockies. Named for the mountainous region of their state, this Denver based MLB team was formed in 1991 and played their first game at Mile High Stadium in 1993. According to www.colorado.rockies.mlb.com, they played their first official game in their permanent home, Coors Field, on April, 26, 1995 and won the inaugural game by a score of Colorado Rockies-11 over New York Mets- 9.

• Colorado Avalanche- This ever popular team entered into the National Hockey League in 1979, this long standing team played their first game at McNichols Sports Arena in 1995. They are coached by former teammate and hockey superstar, Patrick Roy.

• Colorado Rapids– Catering to all of the soccer fans in the state are The Colorado Rapids. This professional team has been the major league soccer team of Colorado since its inaugural game in 1996. They are based out of Commerce City, CO and have played on several fields over their almost 20 years in existence. Interested in attending a game? Visit their website at: http://www.coloradorapids.com/schedule

• Denver Nuggets- The Denver Nuggets are one of the most famous basketball teams in the NBA today. With the recent talents on the team such as Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony, among others, fans have started to see the Nuggets as the threat they really are.

• Denver Broncos- Of course, the state’s beloved Denver Broncos football team is held to high standards by diehard fans of the state. The team became a member of the National Football League in 1960 and have since gone on to play in seven Super Bowls and have won two. Former quarterback and arguably their most popular player, John Elway, is now the General Manager for the team. Once you attend a Bronco’s game, you’ll be hooked on that famous orange and blue pride! Find out game dates and Colorado football schedule on their website at: http://www.denverbroncos.com/schedule-and-events/

Interestingly, Denver is the smallest major city in the USA to have 5 major sports teams. And the sporting teams and events do not stop there. Northern Colorado packs in the fans with Fort Collins events by the Colorado Ice indoor football team. The Sky Socks minor league baseball team proudly plays their home games at their stadium in Colorado Springs and many more teams throughout the state.

Along with these popular sports teams comes a myriad of stadiums and sporting fields that are home to their prospective teams.

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• Sports Authority Field at Mile High in the Mile High City is home to the two-time Super Bowl champs, the Denver Broncos.

• When the Bronco’s aren’t playing at Sports Authority field, Denver’s major league Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws take the field.

• Also in Denver, the Pepsi center is the host of all home games of the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team and the Colorado Avalanche.

• Coors Field is the destination of thousands of Colorado Rockies fans each year.

• The Rockies’ minor league associates, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox make their home at Sky Sox stadium and the Grand Junction Rockies play for their fans at Sam Suplizio Field.

• The Colorado Ice indoor football team’s Fort Collins events always draw in droves of home team fans at the Budweiser Events Center.  You can view their Colorado football schedule at http://www.thecoloradoice.com/schedule/.

• Major League Soccer champs, the Colorado Rapids give their fans quite a show when they play on their home field, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

And the sporting events do not stop there. Even though they don’t reside in Colorado year round, there are several other sporting events that bring fans to this beautiful state every year.

• Colorado National Speedway in Erie, CO hosts NASCAR races.
• Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, CO often hosts PGA golf tournaments.
• The Pro Rodeo Association has choses several Colorado locations as stops for their pro circuit.
• The X-Games are often held in the spectacular mountains of Colorado. Aspen is known for its great ski slopes and draws in professional snowboarders and skiers from all over the world every year.

Colorado is one of the most athletic states in the country. When people aren’t out and about enjoying all of the Denver, Western Slope and Fort Collins events, they are relishing the beautiful outdoors of Colorado by hiking, rock climbing, fishing, jogging, skiing, biking and participating in so many other activities that most states do not offer. And when they are not able to join in the activities themselves, they are spending their free time rooting for their favorite sports teams. There is nothing like a Colorado sports team!

Game Preview: Intense Conference Championship Game

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Ice v Danger infographic - fixIt can’t go unnoticed that this Thursday’s Intense Conference Championship is the most important game for both the Colorado Ice (10-4) and the Nebraska Danger (10-4). This is the first time in Ice history that they will host the conference matchup at the Budweiser Events Center at 7:00pm. This will be the third time that the two teams have seen each other this season. The Ice have won the two previous matchups in what has probably been the Ice’s toughest inter-conference competition this season.

Any football fan or sports fan for that matter knows that anything can happen in the playoffs. We have all seen the upsets by the underdogs and the dominating leaders. Any team can show up Thursday that was completely different from the day before. The Ice have yet to win a conference championship. Since the Ice have also yet to play a conference championship on their own turf it could be inferred that having home field advantage for this game is a huge game changer.

Judging by just the numbers Colorado is the better team but Nebraska is a close second. On offense the Ice average 245.7 yards per game, the Danger average 229.6. On defense the Ice limits opponents to just 35.9 points per game which the Danger allow 38.6.

The Ice has IFL MVP candidates in quarterback Willie Copeland and linebacker Joe Thornton. On offense Copeland continues to lead the league with 56 touchdowns. His receivers, Kyle Kaiser and Jasonus Tillery have 22 and 14 touchdowns respectively which are in the top five of the league.

Joe Thornton is all over the field when he plays. He averages 8.9 tackles per game, second in the league and leads the league in assists and returns for touchdowns. He’s at least in the top five of almost every defensive category, which explains why he is an MVP candidate.

Nebraska’s quarterback Jameel Sewell favors the ground game as he is third in the league for average rushing yards and touchdowns with 40.3 and 18 respectively.

Defensively their biggest asset is Pig Brown who is second in the league with nine sacks, and the Danger’s tackle leader with 97 total tackles.

The two previous matchups between the teams have been close with the Ice defeating the Danger by just eight and 13 points respectively. Being that these games have just been within a touchdown or two expect this matchup to go to the final buzzer as well. Anything can happen in playoff football.

To purchase tickets call the Colorado Ice office at 970-472-0128 or stop by the Budweiser Events Center Box Office and online at www.ComcastTix.com. Walk up tickets, the day of the game will also be available.

 

Colorado Ice Host IFL Conference Championship Game

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Fort Collins, CO – The Colorado Ice Indoor Football team are proud to announce that they will be hosting the Nebraska Danger for the 2014 IFL Intense Conference Championship Game. The game will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 19th in the Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, CO.
Tickets for the playoff game will go on sale to the public on Thursday, June 12th at 10:00 AM.
  • $10 for Friends & Family seating (Green)
  • $15 for Lower & Upper Field, Lower Corners and End Zone seating (Orange & Red)
  • $35 for Front Row seating (Yellow)

To purchase tickets you can call the Colorado Ice office at 970-472-0128 or stop by the Budweiser Events Center Box Office and online at www.ComcastTix.com.

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Kilts, Kicks, Touchdowns and a WIN for the Colorado Ice Last Regular Season Home Game!

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

How about those Colorado Ice and arena football, Colorado! With a nail biting 49-47 win over the Green Bay Blizzard in the last regular season home game of the year, the Colorado Ice clenched the home field advantage of the first playoff game in the Intense Conference Championship on Thursday, June 19, 2014 against the Nebraska Danger.

The Ice vs. Blizzard was one of the hottest Greeley Events of the weekend. The stands were filled with roaring fans ready to see a great game and the ice did not disappoint. Many fans were seen wearing kilted garb as it was the Tilted Kilt game! During the game, Ice fans were busy taking sefies of themselves in their kilts and just having a great time enjoying some arena football. Colorado fans had a chance to be named the Fan of the Game by posting their pictures with the hashtag #icepic during the game. And, of course, the Make Your Own Kilt Contest was a huge hit, with even Glacier, the Ice’s mascot, got in on the action.

And boy did all of that fan interaction fuel the player’s momentum to get the win and show the fans how it’s done! Linebacker Danny Mason had eight amazing tackles in the game, making him the lead tackler of the night.

Green Bay started off strong by intercepting Willing Copeland’s pass for the first touchdown of the night, making the score 0-6 with the Blizzard in the lead with less than 11 minutes left in the first quarter. A little less than three minutes later though, Donald Fusilier of the Colorado Ice came through with the Ice’s first touchdown, giving the Ice the lead score of 7-6. The Blizzard scored once more, but Kyle Kaiser didn’t let them keep their lead long, making a touchdown with 3:34 left in the 1st of back and forth, the Ice ended up leading the score board at the end of the first quarter after another touchdown by Fusilier made the score 22-20.

The Blizzard held the lead for a short time in the second quarter, but Fusilier again pulled through and the Ice ended the first half with a 31-27 lead. And he didn’t stop there! Another touchdown with 12:06 left in the third quarter, upping the lead to 38-27. Oh, and then he did it again! With his fifth touchdown of the night, Donald Fusilier gave the Ice a cushy lead of 46-34. And the fans go wild!

With just 23 seconds left in the game, Welch delivers with a field goal, making the score 49-41 with the Ice in the lead. The Blizzard fought back with a late game touchdown, but couldn’t deliver on a 2 point conversion attempt. And the game ended on a high note for themselves and the fans of Colorado arena football, Colorado Ice win 49-47! It may not have been the shut out game they were hoping for, but the team pulled out all the stops and did what they set out to do. Win!

Even though they were missing key defensive players, the team did not disappoint with plays. With five of the six touchdowns of the game, 36 points, and 95 total yards for the game, Donald Fusilier earned the Runza Player of the Game honors. Not to be forgotten, Kyle Kaiser started the game off right and scored the first touchdown of the game. Randy Bell also earns a mention by earning 53 yards for the game.

Although the score of the game was closer than most games the Ice have won this season, they pulled out a win none-the-less and have now not only earned a spot in the playoffs, but home arena advantage as well. The team knows all too well how important this advantage is too, and there is no doubt that they will use the advantage of home field to the best of their ability when they play the Nebraska Danger at the Budweiser Events Center on June 19th

The playoffs are nothing new to the Colorado Ice though. This win earns them their fourth straight trip to the coveted event and they won’t take it for granted. They have one more regular season game to play before the playoffs begin though. Again, they will take on the Tri-Cities Fever in Washington on Saturday, June 14th for the last game of the season before returning home to face the Nebraska Danger at the Budweiser Events Center on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

The Colorado Ice has clinched a home field playoff game with a 49-47 win against the Green Bay Blizzard! The Intense Conference Championship game will take place at 7:00pm Thursday, June 19 against the Nebraska Danger at the Budweiser Events Center.

Interested in attending one of the Colorado Ice’s Greeley events? Contact the Colorado Ice office at 970-472-0128 or visit us at www.ColoradoIce.com for schedules of upcoming games and ticket information!

 

Colorado Ice clinch home field advantage for the Intense Conference Championship

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The Colorado Ice has clinched a home field playoff game with a 49-47 win against the Green Bay Blizzard! The Intense Conference Championship game will take place at 7:00pm Thursday, June 19 against the Nebraska Danger at the Budweiser Events Center.
Although it was a closer game than the Ice are used to they performed their best until the last minute to ensure the win. Runza Player of the Game Donald Fusilier accounted for 36 points, 95 yards and five of the Ice’s six touchdowns. Kyle Kaiser provided the other touchdown. Randy Bell continues to provide strong power on the ground totaling 53 yards.

The Ice defense allowed the most points they have all season. It’s safe to say that the Ice could have underestimated the 1-11 opponent as they had 278 yards and a true passing threat as they had four receivers score. The Ice were however missing key defensive playmakers in Chancey Aghayere and Corey Sample.

Newly signed linebacker Danny Mason stepped up by being the teams leading tackler with eight total tackles, a broken up pass and two rouges. Joe Thornton continues to be an all around defensive playmaker having 7.5 total tackles, one for loss, one interception and one broken up pass.
The Ice travel to Tri-Cities Washington to take on the Fever in the last regular season game.
Contact the Colorado Ice office at 970-472-0128 to purchase playoff tickets.
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Colorado Ice Players Make the Indoor Football League Player of the Week Honors!

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

If you are not following Northern Colorado’s own Colorado Ice indoor football team, you are missing out on some of the most energetic and entertaining Fort Collins events ever offered! As a matter-of-fact, the team is on its way to clenching the #1 seed title in the Intense Conference. And the tell-tale game is a home game set to be play on Saturday, June 7th an important event and all eyes will be on the Ice as they try to pull out a win as winning this game will mean earning the home field advantage in the playoffs’ first round.

The Colorado Ice are on a roll lately and it seems that there is no end in sight to the accomplishments this team can make this season. With a 69-28 win against the Wyoming Calvary this weekend, the team is primed, ready to play and expect to win their last home game of the regular season on June 7. Of course, with several players making a consistent appearance on the Player of the Week list, can you really expect anything less from this team?

The Indoor Football League recently announced the Vidswap.com Players of the Week and more than one Colorado Ice player made Willie-Copeland-Websitethe list!

The Offensive Player of the Week honors went to Keithon Flemming of the Tri-Cities Fever.

Not to be forgotten was Willie Copland, Quarterback of the Colorado Ice, who received a well-deserved honorable mention this week.

Other Honorable Mention nods went to:

Samuel Charles, Wide Receiver of the Wyoming Cavalry

Chris Dixon, Quarterback for the Sioux Falls Storm

Clinton Solomon, Wide Receiver of the Texas Revolution

Expectedly, the Defensive Player of the Week went to the Colorado Ice’s own Defensive Back, Michael Eby! A huge Ebycongratulations to Michael! He definitely earned his place this week. Eby, who is in the midst of his 6th Nebraska Danger, adding six tackles and an interception to his stats for the year. The Ice pulled out a 41- 28 win over the Danger, and then swept the Calvary under the rug to clench the #1 defense title for the league. There is stopping this talented player. We can’t wait to see what he offers up in future games for at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO. This is season in the Indoor Football League, had a huge game against the the Colorado Ice indoor football team. With team members like this, the Ice are likely to go all the way!

Defensive Player Honorable Mentions went to:

Darnell Burks, Defensive Back of Cedar Rapids Titans

Kyle Jenkins, Defensive Lineman of the Cedar Rapid Titans

Cory Johnsen, Defensive Lineman of the Sioux Falls Storm

Brandon Wilson, Linebacker of the Tri-Cities Fever

The Colorado Ice are now the #1 seed in the Intense Conference and boasts the #1 ranked defense as well!

The Special Teams Player of the Week was Parker Douglass, Kicker of the Sioux Falls Storm, with theColorado Ice’s Kicker, Welch-22-websitePhilip Welch getting an honorable mention. Other Honorable Mention awards were given to:

Tory Harrison, Running back for the Sioux Falls Storm

Lionell Singleton, of the Tri-Cities Fever

Frankie Solomon Jr. of the Texas Revolution

A big congratulations goes out to the amazing players of the Colorado Ice Indoor Football Team, especially those honored with the Player of the Week title and honorable mentions!

As a merger between the United Football League Association and the Intense Football League, the IFL has been in existence since 2008 and has been going strong since. The Indoor Football League features nine teams, including; Texas Revolution, Wyoming Calvary, Sioux Falls Storm, Tri-Cities Fever, Green Bay Blizzard, Cedar Rapids Titans, Nebraska Danger, Bemidji Axemen and, of course, the Colorado Ice.

If you are ready to find out what all the hoopla over indoor football is about, come on out and check out one of the Fort Collins events. With tickets starting at just $10 per person, these high energy games are just as fun to watch as NFL games, without the annoyances of crazy high ticket prices, no parking, and no player interaction. And the players are second-to-none in sportsmanship and talent! The amount of athleticism that exudes from this team is nothing short of amazing. They have the skills and desire to win, which always makes for an exciting game to watch!

It’s not too late to get in on the action either! There is still more than a month left to enjoy the non-stop action games. The Colorado Ice still have one more regular season game to play and then it is on to the post season games with the goal of the United Bowl in mind. To find out more about the Colorado Ice indoor football team and all that the Indoor Football League has to offer, visit our official website at http://www.thecoloradoice.com/.

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Ice vs Blizzard

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The Colorado Ice face the Green Bay Blizzard at the last home game of the regular season this Saturday, June 7 in the Budweiser Events Center at 6:00pm.

The Ice need one more win out of the remaining two games of the season to guarantee the number one seed of the Intense conference therefore clinching home field advantage for the playoff game.

Up until the Blizzard defeated the Cedar Rapids Titans this past weekend 59-40, the team had yet to win a game. The Blizzard is a team that the Ice have yet to see this season. With the Blizzard having nothing to lose at this point in their season they are considered to be a dangerous opponent.

The Blizzard’s main offensive threat is the running game of quarterback Nathan Wara who averages a league second best 52.3 rushing yards per game. He is also tied for the most rushing touchdowns in the league with 17. Overall Green Bay has the seventh ranked offense in the league, averaging 230.5 yards per game. The Ice are ranked second with 252 yards per game.

The Blizzard have the second worst defense in the league limiting opponents to 57.1 points per game. The Ice continue to have the best defense in the league limiting opponents to just 34.1 points per game and in the past three games the Ice have not allowed more than 18 rushing yards.

Unlike most opponents at this point in the season, the Ice has yet to play the Blizzard and therefore they are unaware of the kind of team they will face. They do however know who their next opponent is, the Tri-Cities Fever, and that is a team who last defeated the Ice. Colorado will travel there again next week so getting a win at home this week against the Blizzard is a preferred way to clinch the playoff spot; although to have both wins would be ideal.

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5 Awesome Things to do in Greeley Colorado

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

Located just 50 miles from Denver, Greeley is a beautiful city of around 100,000 people. While it sets in the ‘Great Plains’ region of

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Colorado, the Pawnee Buttes and the great Rocky Mountains make a spectacular backdrop to the city. If you are in the Greeley, Colorado area and looking for something fun to do, you are in the right place. There are several things to do in Greeley that are unique to the town and region of Northern Colorado. Here are a few ideas to help you create the perfect itinerary while visiting the lovely city of Greeley.

  1. Tour a Museum

Greeley is home to several museums and each boasts its own unique theme. Visit one or make a day of it and tour all of the museums in the area.

  • Meeker Home Museum

Ever wonder what it was like before cell phones and Wi-Fi? The Meeker Home Museum takes us back to a time where people got around on horseback and streets were made of dirt. See how one of Greeley’s most prominent members of society lived….and maybe even catch a glimpse of a ghost or two while there.

  • Antique Washing Machine Museum

Just a hop, skip and jump away from the city of Greeley is a museum that can be compared to no other. The Antique Washing Machine Museum contains almost 1000 antique washing machines, many that have been restored to working condition. The price of admission is modest, so this museum is a great destination for those on a budget who would like something fun and interesting to do.

  • Colorado Model Railroad Museum

Formerly named the Greeley Freight Station Museum, this one-of-a-kind museum has everything a train enthusiast could ask for. The museum features more than 600 artifacts that related to trains and railroads, including a 5,500 sq. foot fully functioning model railroad!

  • Greeley History Museum

The Greeley History Museum takes us on a trip through time to show us how Greeley came to be the city that it is today. Each exhibit tells its own story from the times it is representing. A must see for history enthusiasts!

  1. Stop By the Greeley Stampede

One of the most popular things to do in Greeley is the Greeley Stampede, and it never disappoints! First started as a way to honor the local potato farmers, The Greeley Stampede is rich in history, as it has been in existence since the late 1800’s. It is also one of the biggest festivals in Colorado, attracting as many as 250,000 visitors each summer.

The modern Greeley Stampede features the biggest names in music, pro rodeos, a giant carnival, hundreds of vendors and guarantees visitors a time they will never forget.

  1. Attend a Colorado Ice Indoor Football Game

Just a short 30 minute drive from Greeley, is the Budweiser Events Center, home to the Colorado Ice Indoor Football team. Colorado arena football is gaining in popularity by leaps and bounds and brings thousands of loyal fans to the Northern Colorado area each season. If you want to experience an action filled sporting event, a Colorado Ice football game is where you need to be! For game dates and season details take a look at the schedule.

  1. Explore the Pawnee National Grassland

If you want to experience nature at its finest in Northern Colorado, The Pawnee National Grassland is the perfect place to visit. Hiking, horseback riding, camping, and bike riding are always popular summer activities within the 30 x 60 mile public area of the Grassland. Visitors often are privileged to see wildlife such as the lark bunting (the Colorado State Bird), burrowing owls, mule deer, swift fox, and coyotes while enjoying nature walks. Nature enthusiasts from all over the United States flock to the Pawnee National Grassland area each year to enjoy the amazing views and surroundings that are indigenous to the area.

  1. Discover Nature on the Poudre River Trail

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With 21 miles of paved roads and walkways, the Poudre River Trail is the perfect place to take a long stroll, go cycling with the family, taking a long run, or just setting on a bench and enjoying the scenery. Plan to make a day of your visit to the Poudre River Trail because it is easy to get caught up in the beauty of your surroundings. Pack a light lunch, some sunscreen, a camera and a cap and become one with nature. Then find that perfect spot to perch and enjoy a sunset that only Northern Colorado can offer.

If you are planning a Colorado vacation, spending some time in the northern part of the state is a definite must. There is a little something for everyone in the Greeley area. Whether you are in the city to enjoy a Colorado arena football game or to relax in the great outdoors, you will fall in love with what Greeley has to offer!

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Colorado Ice gain Intense Conference lead with a 69-28 win against the Wyoming Cavalry

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With a 69-28 win against the Wyoming Cavalry the Colorado Ice, awaiting confirmation with the league, gain first place of the Intense Conference and more importantly currently have a hold of home field advantage in the playoffs.
Quarterback Willie Copeland started off the game with a 15-yard touchdown run. He had 186 passing yards for the night and four touchdowns in total.
Running back Randy Bell has proved his talent as he was the night’s Runza Player of the game and touchdown leader with three total touchdown, two rushing one receiving as well as 39 rushing yards. He came to the team just in time as running back Dennis Kennedy was injured a couple weeks ago.
Kyle Kaiser was the leading receiver with two touchdowns and 114 yards total including a 45-yard touchdown pass.
The Colorado defense continues to do nothing else but dominate. Linebacker Joe Thornton had one sack, two interceptions, one for a touchdown and two blocked field goals. The Ice defense didn’t allow a Cavalry third down attempt in the first half and the Cavalry were only able to complete one of seven third down attempts during the game. The Cavalry had 110 yards in total and only one rushing yard. The Cavalry really hurt themselves in penalties as they had nine penalties to amount to 147 yards 110 of those yards happened in the first half.
The Ice return home to host the Green Bay Blizzard at the Budweiser Events Center in their last home game of the regular season, Saturday June 7 at 6:00pm.

Colorado Ice Football – 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Loving It!

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

High Five FansIndoor football is fast becoming one of the most popular summer past times in Northern Colorado.
Why? Because it is fun to watch, and we just so happen to have our own Indoor Football League team,
the Colorado Ice! Just when you think you have to wait months for some football action after the
Super Bowl has ended, Indoor football and the Colorado Ice football team comes along and puts a little
excitement back into your life.

Here are five fantastic reasons why you should be loving the Indoor Football League this season:

1. These Boys Play Real Football
This is real football folks, and anyone who disagrees has obviously never bothered to watch a game!
Yes, indoor football is different than the NFL game, but they aren’t trying to be the same. It is like
comparing a banana split with a hot fudge Sunday. They are both ice cream, yet they are distinctly
different. Get the point? Indoor football is a real game played by real athletes using different rules and
regulations than the NFL leagues. That doesn’t mean it is any less football. Actually, many arena football
players have landed a spot in the NFL. As a matter-of-fact, the Denver Bronco’s own Chase Vaughn is a
former Colorado Ice linebacker.

2. The Games are Action-Packed
With lots of passing and scores typically double that of a typical NFL football game, this eight-man game
was created with action in mind. The rules were made to keep the ball moving constantly to keep the
fans entertained. And the rules work nicely! The game is incredibly fast paced and fully entertaining.

3. You are in the Middle of the Action
If you are at an indoor football game, one of the first things you will probably notice is that the venues
are normally much smaller then the stadiums that NFL games are played in. That is because arena
football is played on a smaller field. This is definitely to the fan’s advantage, too. The game is so close
to you at every stage of the game that there are times when fans can literally catch the ball in mid-play
action. And if you do, you get to keep the ball! What?!

4. Low Priced Football Game Tickets
With Colorado Ice football tickets starting at just $10 each, it is affordable to take the entire family to
enjoy several home games throughout the season or a great excuse to hang out with the guys without
spending a ton of cash. If you are in it for the long haul, season tickets run anywhere from $70 to $235.
Compare that to hundreds of dollars for NFL season tickets. What a deal, right?
Don’t think that just because the prices are low that you will have a second-rate experience either.
Actually, the fans are so close to the field in arena football that you may start to feel guilty for not
paying enough for such great seats! And the concessions are second-to-non as well. Since the Colorado
Ice play at the Budweiser Events Center, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of beer and non-
alcoholic beverages to satisfy everyone.

5. The IFL is a Family Friendly League
The Indoor Football League has taken every precaution to make sure that their games are appropriate
for all ages. You don’t have to worry about any wild antics or inappropriate performances. The players
even make it a priority to meet the fans after their games, rather than rushing off to talk to the media.
These players and staff appreciate the fans and love to give back.
Don’t be surprised if one or more of the Colorado Ice football players comes up to you just to say hi after
the game. If your kids want an autograph of their favorite player or Glacier the Colorado Ice mascot,
they are more than happy to oblige. One may even just take a selfie with you!
Still feel that indoor football is not ‘real’ football? Why not take in a game and find out for yourself.
Better yet, take yourself and all of your friends and family. You will not only have a great time, you will
leave with a new outlook on the concept of indoor football and its legitimacy. Even if you aren’t from
the Northern Colorado area, with as much money you will be saving on tickets, you may be able to make
a mini vacation out of the experience.
Come on. Give Colorado Ice football a try. Where else can you have an amazing time on $10 bucks per
person and get your football fix in the middle of the National Football League off season? Plus, there are
lots of perks! Did we happen to mention the Colorado Icicles cheerleaders? Oh, and there’s hot dogs.
And beer.

Colorado Ice Looking to Sweep Series with Wyoming Cavalry and More Importantly Gain the Conference Lead

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The Colorado Ice travel to Wyoming Friday to take on the Cavalry at 7:05pm. With a win the Ice will once again take the four game series between the conference rivals. All that stands between the Ice and obtaining the conference lead is three games. The Ice have already defeated two of the three opponents, the Cavalry and the Tri-Cities Fever and their last home game is against the Green Bay Blizzard who has yet to win a game this season. To obtain the Intense Conference lead the Ice need a win against the Cavalry. It’s safe to say the odds are looking good for the Ice.

vswyomingThe Colorado Ice are currently the second best offense in the league with a 254.4 yard average and quarterback Willie Copeland and receiver Kyle Kaiser continue to be a league-leading duo. Copeland continues to lead the league with 44 touchdowns, connecting with Kaiser for 17 of those.

The Ice limit opponents to the league’s lowest point average of 34.6. Defensive back Michael Eby was just named the IFL Defensive Player of the Week after having six tackles and an interception against the Nebraska Danger.

The Ice have limited the Cavalry to the Ice’s two lowest opponent point totals (20 and 12). However, in the Ice’s last trip to Wyoming the Cavalry rallied from a 29 point deficit late in the second quarter to take over the lead 50-44 with 5:43 left in the game. A touchdown pass to Donald Fusilier in the last two minutes won the game for the Ice.

Although Colorado clearly knows how to beat the Cavalry they need to keep up the momentum to seal the win, especially with so much at stake for their championship future. Fans can watch the game live at americaonesports or listen at 1310kfka.

Top 5 Family Friendly Loveland Attractions

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

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Located along the Front Range, Loveland, Colorado is a beautiful city located in Northern Colorado that is well known throughout the country for its lovely name and diverse community. It has been dubbed Colorado’s Sweetheart City, but it has more to offer than just couple’s activities. Loveland is actually a great place to visit as a family any time of the year. According to VisitLoveland.com, it boasts over 300 days of nice weather most years, so the odds are good that weather won’t be an issue while you are enjoying all of the Loveland events and activities that the city has to offer.

Here are five of the most popular family friendly things to do in Loveland and around the Loveland area.

1. Ride the Train at Buckhorn Northern Railroad at North Lake

Have a future train engineer in the family? Interested in local history? The Buckhorn Northern Railroad should definitely be on the list of places to visit in Loveland then. The attraction includes a steam train replica that drives along a 1,588 foot track. The realistic replica train gives riders a thrill by passing by a water tower, depot and traveling through a tunnel during a short ride. The train is led by a gas powered engine and includes a cattle car, two open-passenger cars and of course, a caboose. The miniature railroad is nestled in beautiful North Lake Park. Adults and kids alike will love the authentic feel of this train ride and will surely want to ride again and again.

2. Take in a Foote Lagoon Concert

If music is what you are after, there are several Foote Lagoon Concerts scheduled throughout the summer months, and there is something for almost everyone. From Jazz to folk, Rock and roll to country, you can almost always find a concert at the beautiful Civic Center Park in Loveland.

One of the best things about the Foot Lagoon Concerts is that they are some of the few Lovelandevents that are normally free for everyone, so they are one of the most budget friendly things to do in Loveland during the summer. Pack up a picnic, a blanket and a couple of lawn chairs and enjoy the music and ambiance of an outdoors concert.

3. Picnic at Big Thompson Parks

The Big Thompson Canyon is a spectacular sprawling canyon that features four distinct parks; Forks Park, Glad Park, Narrows Park and Sleepy Hollow Park. Each of the parks are open April through October each year, which is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of nature in the spring, summer and fall. Fishing enthusiasts love the public river access for easy fishing for trout and other native fish, and families can enjoy watching the amazing wildlife while picnicking. The parks are day use only, so you will want to go early to allow time to take in all of the beauty of each park.

4. Cheer for the Colorado Ice

The Colorado Ice Indoor Football team are all the rage in the Loveland/Fort Collins area. The wholefamily will enjoy rooting for the hometown team from their seats at the Budweiser Events Center. Purchase a snack and a drink and be prepared to jump out of your seats. Watch the Colorado Iciclescheerleaders hopefully help cheer their team to victory. If you are in the area of Northern Coloradoany time between the middle of February and the middle of June, treat your family to a day of fun and sportsmanship! Take a look at their schedule at http://www.thecoloradoice.com/schedule/ for this year’s home game dates and times.

5. Eat Pie at the Cherry Pie Festival

If you are in Loveland in the middle of July, you cannot miss the Annual Cherry Pie Festival. The yearly fest is always popular. Walk around Peters Park and revel in a slice of delicious cherry pie (with ice cream if you are feeling nostalgic). Hang out for a while and enjoy the live music or stroll the park while browsing the vendor’s booths. If you are really brave, enter yourself in the pie making contest. There are many children’s activities as well, and the entire event is free to the public! Be sure to wear good walking and dancing shoes because you will be doing a lot of both at the Cherry Pie Festival!

There are a myriad of interesting and entertaining things to do in Loveland at any time during the year, but spring and summer are always packed full family activities that will please little kids, teenagers, as well as mom and dad. Whether you decide to catch a Colorado Ice indoor football game, spend the dayeating pie, or take a nature walk in one of the Big Thompson parks, your entire family is sure to have a great time in Loveland, Colorado.

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5 Fun Summer Attractions in Fort Collins

Posted by: Tanya Nusser

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Fort Collins is probably best known for being the proud home of Colorado State University, but the city has so much more to offer. As a matter-of-fact, a person could easily spend several days in the area and still not experience everything there is to appreciate. Many fans of Fort Collins will tell you that it is hands down one of the best cities to visit in Colorado, especially in the summertime. From white water rafting to taking in a Colorado Ice indoor football game, there are plenty of things to do in Fort Collins. Whether you are a college student looking for a day outing or a family on vacation, this city has something to offer everyone. Here are five fun attractions that Fort Collins boasts:

1. Rocky Mountain National Park

Fort Collins residents are lucky enough to have the gorgeous Rocky Mountains at their back door. Take full advantage of the unique access point to the park and enjoy the scenery while taking a hike, biking along the bike trails, or have a picnic in one of the perfectly placed picnic areas. Of course, if you are looking for a little bit more of a Rocky Mountain adventure, white water rafting and fly fishing are always quite popular activities with locals and visitors. If you are in the mood for some sightseeing, Trail Ridge Road is a great place to take a drive.

2. Brewery Tour

Interestingly, Fort Collins just happens to be the largest beer producer in the state of Colorado. Not to mention the fact that the city has more craft breweries than any other city in the United States. If you are a beer drinker, a brewery tour is a definite for the ‘Must Do’ list. Each brewery and brewpub in the city has its own unique vibe, so tourists are sure to find the perfect beer at some point during the tour. If you happen to be in the area on the last weekend of June, you can also join in the city’s annual Colorado Brewers Festival and enjoy the many award winning ales, lagers, and pilsners from elite Colorado-only brewers.

3. Swetsville Zoo

Definitely one of the most interesting things to do in Fort Collins is to visit Swetsville Zoo. From the name, you may expect to watch a zebra grazing about or even catch a glimpse of the elusive black panther, but this is not that type of zoo. Swetsville zoo is a park of sculptures, not live animals. The labor-of-love project of artist, Bill Swets, this ever changing whimsical sculpture park is full of animals, flowers, dinosaurs and many other items made out of anything from farm tools to car parts and almost everything in between. Kids and adults both will love wandering about the ‘zoo’ that came about from one man’s imagination.

4. Colorado Ice Indoor Football Game

Sports fans rejoice! Northern Colorado has an Indoor Football League team! If you visit Fort Collins for nothing else, you absolutely must make time to take in a Colorado Ice football game. Indoor football is an intense game that is played on an indoor football field that measures 50 yards long x 28 yards wide. Fans of the game love the fact that it is fast paced and always exciting to Part of the Indoor Football League, the Colorado Ice season starts in late February and ends mid-June this year. Watch the Colorado Ice play against rivals such as the Wyoming Calvary and the Sioux Falls Storm at the Budweiser Events Center on Majestic Roofing Field. Check out this season’s schedule, for dates and times of games.

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5. Hot Air Balloon Rides

If you would rather relax with a beautiful view, a hot air balloon ride might be just want you need. There is no vantage point in the world like the one above Fort Collins, CO. Luckily, there are several hot air balloon companies that offer balloon rides in the area. Many companies offer sunrise rides, Champaign wedding balloon journeys and special even tours as well. If you are in the mood for a once in a lifetime experience while visiting Northern Colorado, you definitely have to take a leap of faith and go up, up, up in a hot air balloon!

These are just a few of the fun activities that can be found in and around the city of Fort Collins, CO. There is also a myriad of amazing restaurants, downtown events, museums, and funky coffee shops to check out if you need a bite to eat or a bit of down time after the adrenaline rush of the exciting activities you have already enjoyed.

So, come on up to Fort Collins and join us in cheering on our own Colorado Ice football team, explore the majestic mountains by foot, bike, train, car and even hot air balloon, visit a whimsical zoo, drink some beer and enjoy an ambiance that no other destination in Colorado can offer.

Colorado Ice battle to defeat the Nebraska Danger 41-28

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Fort Collins, CO – The Colorado Ice fight for a well-deserved 41-28 win against the Nebraska Danger. The Danger scored first with a field goal however the Ice maintained the lead until late in the third quarter. After that both teams were in reach of a win however the Ice sealed the win with a fourth down stop by Corey Sample and a Randy Bell 41-yard run in the last 10 seconds of the game.
The deep ball was a key for the Ice offense as quarterback Willie Copeland had three 44-yard+ touchdown passes. Two of which were on the first plays of the possession to Kyle Kaiser and Jasonus Tillery. Copeland had 209 yards total with four touchdowns. Tillery went on to be this game’s receiving leader with 119 yards and two touchdowns total.
The defense started the game with their fast-paced determination like they have had this season. Dequinta Jones had a third down intercepted pass on the Danger’s first possession and later he had another blocked pass on a Danger third down. They also only allowed one touchdown in Nebraska’s six possessions of the first half.
The Danger only completed 4 of 13 third downs and had a total of 233 yards. Michael Eby had the other Ice interception. Markell Carter was named this week’s Runza Player of the Game with six tackles, one sack and two tackles for a eight-yard loss.
The Ice travel to Wyoming next Friday May 30 to take on the Cavalry at 7:05pm. Their next and final home game is Saturday June 7 against the Green Bay Blizzard.

Game Preview: Ice vs Danger

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The Colorado Ice have their most important game so far this Thursday at 6:00pm against conference rival, Nebraska Danger. The Danger currently are the conference leaders with a 9-2 record. The Ice are second with a 7-3 record. This game is vital to the Ice’s playoff race and specifically for home field advantage for the playoffs. If the Ice win they will be just a half game behind the Danger for the conference lead. A win would also give the Ice a tiebreaker advantage in the event that the Ice and Danger have the same record. The conference lead will have home field advantage in the playoffs.

In their last matchup the Ice defeated the Danger 38-30. It was a tough battle for both teams as the score went back and forth until Ice running back Dennis Kennedy sealed the win with a touchdown with 7 minutes left in the game.

PreviewThe Colorado Ice are coming off of their best defensive performance all season, limiting the Wyoming Cavalry to their lowest point total this season and the Ice’s lowest opponents score. They limited the Cavalry to just one rushing yard and two offensive scoring plays.

The Ice continue to dominate the leaderboards. They are the top defense in the league limiting opponents to an average of 35.3 yards per game, 21 interceptions and six defensive touchdowns. The Ice have a top five player in every category: passing – Willie Copeland, Rushing – Dennis Kennedy, Receiving – Kyle Kaiser and Defense – Danny Mason.

The Nebraska Danger are on a five game winning streak and are the fourth best offense in the league, right below the Ice and have the third best defense. Pig Brown currently leads the league with nine sacks and the Danger lead the league in total with 29. Being that the Ice has allowed half of their sacks this season (4 of 8) in the last three games they need to be sure to have strong offensive line protection.

This is a must win for both teams in order to have a bright playoff future. Expect the level of competition to be high and for both team’s to bring their best game of the season. Fans can watch the game live at americaonesports.com or listen at 1310kfka.com.

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The Colorado Ice defeat the Wyoming Cavalry for the third time this season 73-12

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The Colorado Ice were as close to perfection as they have been all season in a 73-12 win against the Wyoming Cavalry. The Ice now are undefeated against the Cavalry and continue to be in the race for the top spot of the conference. The defense limited the Cavalry to only two scoring plays on their first and last possessions, the middle of the game was pure Ice.
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The Cavalry had a total of 103 yards and were four of 12 on third down. The Runza Player of the Game Jason Jones had one fumble recovery and 4.5 tackles, two for a loss. Joe Thornton continues to be the tackle leader with seven total tackles as well as an interception and a broken up pass. In total the Ice defense had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Ice quarterback Willie Copeland continues to be a field general as he had 169 yards and four touchdowns. This includes a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jasonus Tillery. He also threw a 34-yard pass to Kyle Kaiser who caught the ball one-handed. Needless to say the Ice were nothing less than entertaining.
The Ice now have a short week as they travel to the Nebraska Danger Thursday at 6:05pm.

ICE vs CAVALRY

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The Colorado Ice face the Wyoming Cavalry for the third time this season at the Budweiser Event Center this Saturday May 17 at 6:00pm.

It is no surprise after last week’s 55-34 win against the Texas Revolution that the Colorado Ice defense is one to feared. The team had six interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Limiting opponents to an average of  37.9 yards per game and having 18 interceptions for the season  they are now the top defense in the league.

Eat TurfOn offense the Ice had five touchdowns as quarterback Willie Copeland went 186 yards and threw for 5 touchdowns. They do need to make improvements this week considering they were just two of seven on third downs and lacked protection as the offense gave up two sacks as well as three fumbles.

Although the Wyoming Cavalry have lost six games in a row they have talented players including quarterback Sam Durley who averages 169.4 yards per game and has thrown 32 touchdowns this season (ranked second and third respectively). Receiver Samuel Charles is tied with Ice receiver Kyle Kaiser for the most touchdowns in the league with 14. On defense their biggest threat has to be Bryson Kelly who has had 5.5 sacks this season which he is tied for third in the league.

Considering Wyoming basically has nothing to lose at this point with playoffs not being an option they could be a dangerous team to play against. With the Ice in the playoff race this is a must win. After this game the Ice go to the Nebraska Danger in what will be basically a fight for the Intense Conference lead. Adding a win against the Cavalry is important to achieve that top spot.

Colorado Ice beat the Texas Revolution 55-34

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The Colorado Ice defeated the Texas Revolution 55-34 in what couldn’t be described as other than a team win. Seven different players accounted for the Ice’s touchdowns and the defense provided the power that the team needed.

The first half started on a rough note when the Texans gained redzone field position on kickoff however Corey Sample quickly fixed the mistake with a fumble recovery at the Revolution’s goal line. The Ice continued to feed off of that momentum for the rest of the game. Quarterback Willie Copeland had night with 186 yards and five touchdowns. Kyle Kaiser caught a flawless 32-yard touchdown pass and later had a 25-yard pass as well. James Davis Jr., Harcourt Farquharson, Donald Fusilier, Dennis Kennedy and Jasonus Tillery made up the rest of the Ice’s offensive scoring.

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The defense continues to be top quality as almost each player had a highlight worth noting. Runza Player of the Game Michael Eby had an exceptional night with two interceptions in the Revolution’s endzone, one broken up pass and two forced fumbles. Sample had two interceptions including one unbelievable over the wall catch. Joe Thornton had an interception returned for a touchdown as well as six tackles. Chancey Aghayere and Dequinta Jones provided the pressure with the two sacks of the night.

The Ice’s next game will be May 17 at 7:00pm against the Wyoming Cavalry.

Colorado Arena Football Will Keep You Entertained

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

While I was at the Colorado Ice football game this last weekend I noticed that the fans seemed to have a lot of energy. It’s so interesting to watch as the players do everything they can to bring home another win for the team. The Colorado Icicles are always in great spirits as they are leading the fans through the various games and contests that they get to play at these live events. The players are always so gracious as the fans ask for autographs and the kids seem to have the time of their lives as they are playing with Glacier or kicking him in the shins…

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In the most recent game the Colorado Ice won when they took on the Tri-Cities Fever. With a couple of great interceptions and an immovable defense there just wasn’t much that the Tri-Cities Fever could have done to win. So the Colorado Ice took the win for this game with the final score being 55-28. If you weren’t there then you missed a fun game and you will want to be at the next game for sure.

The Colorado Ice will be meeting up with the Texas Revolution on May 10th to see who can bring home the win on this game. This upcoming game is a very special game too because it is the, “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” game. This is the game that supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Raises money and awareness for Breast Cancer.

The Ice has won 4 out of 6 games so far this season and they are looking forward to more wins as the season goes on. The Sioux Falls Storm is the only team in the IFL so far this year to beat the Colorado Ice. If you are following the Colorado Ice this year then you know that they have lost 2x to Sioux Falls and that they have won against the Cavalry, Danger, and the Fever. You can see the wins and losses by viewing the schedule here. While you are there you can follow the links and purchase your tickets to the next game and you can help the Colorado Icicles keep the energy up throughout the game.

Something that I really enjoy throughout the games are the mini games and contests that happen. It is always fun to see people win stuff and they seem to really like it too. It is always funny to watch people stuff their faces with Barbeque from Dickey’s during the eating contest. There have been a few times now when I was hungry and wish I was in the contest.

During this last game the Just for Kix dance school was performing during the half time event and it was fun to see the skills that these young folks had developed. Some of the kids who were dancing were as young as 1st grade and the older ones were up to 11th grade. So it was a wide range of ages and skills they all seem to have a blast and do their best to put on a show that the crowd would enjoy. The head coach for the Colorado Icicles worked for Just for Kix for 3 years so it is awesome to watch these kids dance and know that many of them were influenced by Rehannon Crumb.

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The half time shows can be a lot of fun to watch and the game is always exciting. Sometimes there are guys who just steal the show, like Dennis Kennedy or Ryan Kaiser. These two guys this year have shown some extraordinary skills on the field and it is amazing to watch these games and see how many touchdowns they can score in a single game. It is going to be fun at the end of the season to see who the player with the most touchdowns is. I am not too sure which player I would choose if I were to guess who is going to have the most. Which player do you think will have the most touchdowns this year? Let me know in the comments below.

All in all, Colorado Arena football is a great time and that Colorado Icicles do their part to keep the games lively but it is you, the fans that make these games possible. Without you there would be no one to play for. There would be no one in the stands to keep entertained and there would likely be no Colorado indoor football at all, so I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for coming to the games. Thank you for the time you spend with us and thank you for making it possible for us to do what we love to do. We look forward to many more years of Colorado arena football and to seeing your amazing faces out in the crowd.

Colorado Ice vs Texas Revolution Saturday, May 10th

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It’s been three long weeks since the Colorado Ice had a home game. The wait is finally over as the Colorado Ice host the Texas Revolution 6:00pm Saturday, May 10 at the Budweiser Event Center for the IMS Heating and Air Tough Enough to Wear Pink game.

The Ice has had some time to heal from injuries and they hope to have a great week back at practice. According to Head Coach Heron O’Neal this is “the first time in three weeks my team is pretty much healthy.” He continued to say that today (Monday May 5) “we had a great film session to clean up mistakes from the Tri-Cities game.”

Colorado suffered a 44-35 loss at Tri-Cities two weeks ago and despite that the Ice continues to dominate on the leaderboards. They still have the second best defense and passing game. Willie Copeland is the leagues passing leader averaging 176.4 yards per game. Kyle Kaiser leads the league with 12 touchdowns.

The Texas Revolution is also coming off a loss against the Cedar Rapids Titans 49-35. The Revs failed to convert on third downs. They were 1 for 11 and 1 for 4 on third and fourth downs respectively.

O’Neal said that even though “Texas lost against Cedar Rapids they were in the game the whole time. The defense was stingy at key times and caused three turnovers in the first half.”

The Titans were able to put pressure on the quarterback due to the lack of the line protection. Quarterback Kewan Dewberry was sacked four times for 24 lost yards. He completed 210 yards for two touchdowns. The Revolution has still failed to win a game since their first game against the Green Bay Blizzard.

The Ice are working towards a winning record for the remainder of the season and have great playoff potential. Each game is vital to that winning season so expect the Ice to not hold anything back.

Call the Colorado Ice office for tickets at 970-472-0128 or online at Comcast

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Colorado Ice fall to the Tri-Cities Fever 35- 44

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It was a tough defensive game for both teams but the Tri-Cities Fever outscored the Colorado Ice 44-35.

The Fever clearly learned from mistakes that were made two weeks ago in the matchup against the Ice when the Ice beat the Fever 55-28. The Ice had six touchdowns in that game. In this matchup the Fever limited the Ice to only two touchdowns; both of which occurred in the second half. This is the first time this season that the Ice didn’t score a touchdown in the first half and the Fever limited them to their lowest point total this season.

The Ice failed to gain offensive rhythm and convert on key drives. They were 1 of 10 on third downs and only had 39 rushing yards, their lowest of the season. Quarterback Willie Copeland completed 232 yards and threw one interception. Runza Player of the Game, Phil Welch, completed five field goal attempts to keep the Ice in the game.

The Ice kept the game close for a while, as they were able to limit the Fever to field goals on three possessions in a row. Joe Thornton continues to be a leader on this defensive squad with 10 total tackles, a sack and a broken up pass. Harcourt Farquharson had his fourth interception of the season.

Despite the success the Ice had on defense they had 17 penalties that accounted for 103 yards; a season record. Although radio broadcaster for the Ice, Troy Coverdale, described many of the penalties called as “imaginative officiating” by the officials they still played a huge part in the Ice’s inability to perform the way they wanted to.

The Ice has a bye week to regroup and rest. The next game will be at home on Saturday, May 10 at 6:00pm against the Texas Revolution and is the Tough Enough to Wear Pink night Hosted by IMS Heating and Air.

The Colorado Ice at The Tri-Cities Fever

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The Colorado Ice have a short week as they travel to Washington State to take on the Tri-Cities Fever at 8:05pm April 26. Now that the Ice have won four games in a row, are leading the Intense Conference and have a bye week next week this is a game that is a must win to keep up momentum for the second half of the season.

The Fever are coming off a win against the Green Bay Blizzard after losing the rest of their games this season. Returning home and coming off that win the Fever will have some fire under their belt. Against the Green Bay Blizzard this past weekend Fever quarterback Houston Lillard threw for 241 yards and had seven touchdowns.

In their last meeting the Ice limited Lillard to only one touchdown and threw three interceptions. The Ice defense has the most interceptions in the league right now with 11 and four defensive touchdowns. They limited the Fever to their lowest point total of the season and offensively the Ice had touchdowns from five different players.

Proving their depth even more in this past weekend’s 69-42 win, the Ice had four injured players: running back Dennis Kennedy, receiver Justin Helwege and defensive backs Corey Sample and Harcourt Farquharson. The Ice were able to successfully do some rearranging and several players stepped up in unfamiliar territory including recently signed quarterback Jake Johnson who started at linebacker and moving to running back and finally quarterback in the last quarter. Defensive back Deante Purvis was moved to the running back spot in the second half of the game and had one touchdown. Hopefully Kennedy, Farquharson and Sample will be returning this week.

As always the game will be broadcasted live on americaonesports or 1310kfka.

Colorado Ice take the Conference lead with 69-42 win over the Texas Revolution

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The Colorado Ice win their fourth straight game beating the Texas Revolution 69-42 and taking top spot in the Intense Conference.

Ice quarterback Willie Copeland (13) had his best game of the season so far with 223 yards, seven touchdowns. Six of those in the first half alone. Copeland’s key redzone receiver Kyle Kaiser (8) had three touchdowns and 62 yards. Kaiser now leads the league with 12 touchdowns this season. Jasonus Tillery (88) was the Ice’s yardage leader with 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Overall the Ice was more effective with their possessions. Colorado scored on 12 of their 15 possessions while Texas had roughly 10 more minutes of possession but was only able to convert on one of seven third downs.

The Colorado Ice continue to dominate in their first halfs considering they have scored at least five touchdowns in the first half in the past three games including this win. They scored six out of their seven possessions in this game.

Runza Player of the Game Dequinta Jones (91) had the best all-around game on defense. He had two solo tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, and one broken up pass. Jason Jones (54) provided the most trouble for the Revolution offense having three sacks. Joe Thornton (1) also had an interception in the Revolution redzone which he returned for a 51-yard touchdown. Malcolm Williams (24) also had an interception in the last seconds of the first half.

In the second half they had defensive back Deante Purvis (6) in as running back spot with a rushing touchdown. This was after he had a fumble recovery and four tackles in the game, seven total tackles. Recently signed receiver James Davis Jr (17) had one touchdown and 13 yards. Backup quarterback Jake Johnson (10) was also able to provide relief in the fourth quarter after Copeland left the game.

 

The Ice travel to Washington State to take on the Tri-Cities Fever April 26. The Ice’s next home game is at 6:00pm, May 10 against the Texas Revolution.

The Colorado Ice vs The Texas Revolution

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The Colorado Ice’s two-game road trip starts this Saturday, April 19 against the Texas Revolution at 6pm. The Revolution have lost two straight games on the road and returning home they will be craving a win. The Colorado Ice may have more at stake on this win though considering they are a half game away from leading the Intense Conference.

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The Ice defense needs to continue to control the game as they are currently the second best defense in the league, being only .8 average points per game behind leading the league. They will have a tough matchup against Texas quarterback Jimmy Coy who averages 163.6 passing yards per game, second in the league. Coy obviously knows how to connect with receiver Clinton Solomon in the end zone being he leads the league in touchdowns with 10.

Coy was injured this past week against the Nebraska Danger in the beginning of the second quarter and did not return. To replace him were receivers Solomon and later Ramonce Taylor. It has not been announced if Coy is healthy to play this week but if Texas has to use their receiving power behind center expect the Ice to take advantage.

The Revolution cannot seem to find running rhythm with having only 151 rushing yards in total this season. This has hurt them significantly as they average 186 yards per game having the worst offense in the league.

The Texas defense does have decent stopping power while only allowing 191 points this season, leading the league. They also have a league high 10 interceptions

The Colorado Ice’s Kyle Kaiser is just one touchdown behind Solomon, having the second most touchdowns in the league with nine. Kaiser has been a key part of the Ice’s 22 touchdowns and 161.2 yards average which both are ranked second in the league. Both Kaiser and Jasonus Tillery are ranked in the top five receivers in the league averaging 53 and 56.2 yards per game respectively.

For the third straight week a Colorado Ice player has been named an IFL Player of the Week, four total this season including:

  • Philip Welch – kicker – special teams – week three
  • Dennis Kennedy – running back – offense – week six
  • Willie Copeland – quarterback – offense – week seven
  • The Ice have also had honorable mention honors eight times this season.

The Ice will hopefully be able to continue that league dominating play and take over the division lead this week. A win over the Texas Revolution is vital to that goal. Fans can watch the game at americaonesports.com or listen live at 1310kfka.com.