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Colorado Ice Players Workout for Oakland Raiders Scout

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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

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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

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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.”

oneal 2Under O’Neal’s tutelage, Willie Copeland was named IFL MVP. In addition, the Ice placed 6 players on All-League teams including; Copeland, LB Joe Thornton, WR Kyle Kaiser, OL Sanford Banks, DL Jason Jones, and DB Corey Sample.

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

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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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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

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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

Posted by: Colorado Ice

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

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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.

Get your Business in Front of Colorado Ice Fans

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

Getting exposure for your business online and offline is essential to your success. A few years ago I was working in a phone room and this phone room was making about 2 million dollars…a week. The owner of the company came out to talk to us and he said something that I will never forget. He said, “Marketing is the life blood of a business.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou might be wondering’ “What in the world does that have to do with the Colorado Ice?” Well, the Colorado Ice needs sponsors for their team and in return for sponsoring the team they give their sponsors ads in various places on the internet and at the games and other places.

Imagine people all over Northern Colorado Googling phrases like Arena Football Colorado or Colorado Ice and the Colorado ice website comes up. Now as these folks poke around on the website they see the partner’s link. People like to do business with people who support causes and other things that they like. They click on the partner’s link and there is your ad for them to click on and check out your business.

Maybe they do business with you maybe they are just check you out for the moment. That of course is up to the customer. Then they go to a game and as they are watching the Colorado ice play they realize that they recognize a logo down on the walls surrounding the field. Yep, that is right they have found you again.

This sort of thing keeps happening over and over as they are engaged in being a fan and after a while they need your services and decide that since the Colorado Ice can trust you so can they! Now you have acquired a new customer.

But here is the question… Does it really work? Well let’s take a look here at who thinks it does.

Some of the Colorado Ice sponsors include big names like:

  • McDonald’s
  • Qdoba Event’s Center
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Runza
  • Santiago’s
  • Perkin’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Subway
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Taste of Philly
  • Jersey Mikes
  • Homewood Suite’s Hilton
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Pepsi

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People look for the Colorado Ice everyday online and off line because the games are fun and when you associate your business with the Colorado Ice you are showing everyone what team you support and people who are looking for your product may choose to come to your business after seeing your business being prominently displayed by the Colorado Ice.

The Colorado Ice often go to their sponsors locations for their own charitable events too! For example, sometimes the Ice will go to McDonald for the McDonald’s McTeacher’s night. The Ice get their pictures taken with fans and they sign autographs at McDonald’s. The event raises money for local schools so they can buy much needed supplies.

Or how about the after parties? After the games the Ice will often head over to the Boot Grill and hang out after the games. That would be pretty cool wouldn’t it? Obviously, this can’t happen at every location that sponsors the team so you will have to talk to us to determine what the Ice can do that will be best for your company and what is available.

To contact the Ice for advertising and get your questions answered head on over to the, advertise with us link on the Colorado Ice website: http://www.thecoloradoice.com/advertise-us/

The Colorado Ice works with business and charities because we are committed to making a difference in the local community. The more folks we can work with the bigger difference that we can make together.

So you’ve got to wonder what difference advertising with the Colorado Ice could make for your business. Are you currently being found in searches online for keywords like Arena Football Colorado or Colorado Ice? I am guessing not but it is powerful to be associated with a powerful brand name such as the Colorado Ice.

You don’t want to go and try to rank your website for keywords like arena football Colorado either, unless you are related to this field, because Google doesn’t like it when you try to rank for keywords that are unrelated to your business.

So come talk to us about advertising your business. At least contact us to see if we can help you. There is no harm in making a phone call or sending us an email.

Here are just a few ways we can help:

  • Social Media – Facebook, Twitter
  • Newsletter
  • Field Logos
  • Dasher Banners
  • Arena Banners
  • Half-Time Sponsor
  • Field Sponsor
  • Radio Ads
  • On Field Promotions
  • Host Team Meals
  • And more…

For an extensive list head over to http://www.thecoloradoice.com/advertise-us/ and contact us today!

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Colorado Ice Defense Continues to Dominate in 55-28 Win Against the Tri-Cities Fever

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Fort Collins, CO – The Colorado Ice defense has been exceptional to say the least in the Ice’s 55-28 win.

Proving why they are one of the top defenses in the league the Ice limited the Fever to just 185 yards and the Fever’s lowest point total this season. Runza player of the game Chancey Aghayere (95) had a key third down sack as well as 3 tackles.

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The rest of the stats speak for itself as almost every player for the Ice had a defensive stop. This included three interceptions by Harcourt Farquharson (18), Malcolm Williams (24) and one by Corey Sample (20), which was returned for a touchdown.

The Ice had a total of six broken up passes, two of which came from defensive back Deante Purvis (6). Dequinta Jones (90) also had two of the three Ice blocked field goals.

Offensively the Ice had touchdowns from a variety of players, including two from quarterback Willie Copeland (13), Donald Fusilier (9), Kyle Kaiser (8), Dennis Kennedy (7) and Jasonus Tillery (88). Kennedy was the team’s leading receiver with 107 yards.

The Colorado Ice have a two week road trip to Texas Revolution followed by the Tri-Cities Fever. The next home game is May 10th against the Texas Revolution at 6:00pm.

Tons of Fun at the last Colorado Football Game

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

From the Ice vs. Tri-Cities Fever, 4/13

I am at the Colorado football game today. The energy is high. The crowd is cheering like crazy and…the Ice is winning! It is the second quarter and the Tri-Cities Fever just scored their first touchdown of the game and the field goal was blocked and no good!

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The Icicles Dancers are bringing some babies out onto the field for the baby races. Cute little kids running back from the field to what looked like their mom’s. Arena football, Colorado player Dennis Kennedy has been putting on quite the show for these excited, cheering fans. Dennis caught the ball and just when it looked like he was going to be tackled all of the Tri-Cities players were just laying down on the ground at his feet. He was just pushing forward with several of them on him and a few holding his legs but no one was taking him down! Amazing!

The Tri-Cities Fever has not had a good season so far this year. They came really committed to winning this game against the Colorado Ice but it was not to be! The Ice dominated this game and they won 55 to 28. The fact is the Tri-Cities Fever defense was very weak as the Ice almost just walked through their defense attempts for the entire game.

This Colorado football game although very exciting and fun to watch was just littered with flags. Every few minutes it seemed like the referees were throwing another flag on the play. Everything from false starts to personal fouls. Heck at one point I thought there might even be a player fight on the field but fortunately the players kept their heads together and nothing but a bit of trash talk happened.

One of the most exciting plays for the day was when #20 Corey Sample caught a great interception and ran it back the entire length of the field scoring another touchdown for the Colorado Ice. This game was full of great stuff like that especially from Dennis Kennedy. Every few minutes you would hear his name as he caught the ball over and over and made touchdown after touchdown. He did get tackled over the wall and into the stands at one point which had me worried that he may have been injured but that was not the case. He got right back into the game as soon as he was able to get the top part of his body out from under the chair.

The defense were very strong on this game as well. The Tri-Cities Fever were doing everything that they could to get through the Ice Defense only to be thwarted on almost every play. At these games the Icicles keep the crowd going which keeps the energy high for the players and for the fans. Without these ladies who knows if the games would be quite as fun. Energy is everything in the sports world and the Icicles kept it going for this game for sure.

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The Just for Kicks Dancer’s came out onto the field for the half time show which was a lot of fun to watch. These girls and boys came performed some really great routines and for me one of the interesting things that I noticed is how the dancers were being cued for their next moves. I had no idea there was a dance coach that was on the field telling them what their next moves were.

There were a couple of close calls when it came to injuries but nothing major happened on the field in that respect but you know I really admire when a player is hurt how the other players on the Colorado Ice team make their way out to the field to carry their fallen team mate back to the sidelines to get the medical attention or rest he needs before resuming play.

Sportsmanship almost seems dead when it comes to professional teams these days but that is not the case when it comes to the Colorado football games. You could see the Ice players and the Fever players talking here and there throughout the game and they were smiling so you could tell it wasn’t the typical trash talk.

So after it was all said and done the Colorado Ice won the game against the Tri-Cities Fever . The Ice are looking forward to the next time that the Ice battle it out on the field with the Tri-Cities Fever in Washington. For now, though, the Ice are preparing for their next game when they are tough enough to wear pink and support breast cancer awareness while clashing with the Texas Revolution on May 10th at the Budweiser Event Center. This will be a great game to attend and I know I will see you there.

Colorado Ice Football in Loveland this weekend

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

So far this season in Colorado Ice football the competition has been fierce. The team has played 5 total games. Two times now the Colorado Ice has faced the Sioux Falls Storm and both of these times the Colorado Ice has lost. The Sioux Falls Storm is the previous years United bowl Champions.

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As for the other three games this season the Colorado Ice has been coming out on top. They faced off with the Wyoming cavalry twice now coming out the victor both times and they battled it out at the Budweiser event center with the Nebraska Danger for another victory on the field!

If you’re looking for things to do in Loveland on Sunday, April 13th then you are in luck because the Tri-Cities Fever is on their way to play the Ice. The Tri-Cities Fever has not been fairing as well as the Ice has this season. They have had a four game losing streak so far this season and they plan to come at the Ice with everything they’ve got in order to get the win in this game.

The Colorado Ice however is no joke when it comes to playing indoor football so if the Tri-Cities Fever wants to actually take this win home then they better be able to bring one heck of a game to the table.

The offense for the Tri-Cities fever is strong but their defense has been their major downfall so far this season and the Ice are sure to exploit any weaknesses they can find.

Colorado Ice football player Joe Thornton is just on great example of the players on the team that are going to help the Ice dominate on the field this Sunday. Joe has a 34 tackles this season alone. That tells me that he knows where the offense for the other team is heading and that he plans to get their first. It must be the gummy worms that are fueling this man that give him such a great ability to get his job done!

Another great example of a Colorado Ice Football player is wide receiver Kyle Kaiser. Kyle has had a great streak this season when it comes to getting touchdowns for the team and I am sure that we can expect to see this player blasting through the defense of the Tri-Cities fever this weekend.

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For things to do in Loveland going to see Colorado Ice football this weekend is just about the most fun you can have in a couple hour period of time.

This game against the Tri-Cities Fever is just the first time the Ice will be facing them on the field this season. There are going to be three total games that will be played during this season that will involve these two teams. This one will be played right here at home in Loveland, Colorado. The next two however will be played on the road at the Toyota Center in Kennewick Washington.

After the game is over this weekend you might still be looking for things to do in Loveland and you are in luck because after the game you can continue your Colorado Ice football experience by heading over to the Boot Grill.

The team will be meeting there for an after party whether they win or lose. The Boot Grill makes a mean burger and their mango chicken and steaks are to die for, too! You’ll really enjoy this event especially if the Ice wins!

The after party will begin at 6:30pm and you can plan on being there for a couple of hours and then the after party will stop at 8:30pm. There are not too many things to do in Loveland so you won’t want to miss coming to this game and then hanging out with the Colorado Ice as they are celebrating yet another victory on the field (hopefully).

Kids are welcome at the game and at the after party as well. The game will be played in its usual venue, the Budweiser events center which is located at 5290 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538 and you can get your tickets either online or by calling 970-472-0128.

Then after the game you’ll need to know the address of the Boot Grill if you’d like to come hang out with the Colorado Ice so here it is 4164 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, CO 80538 and you can reach their restaurant if you have any questions about their menu at 970-685-4737.

When you come out this weekend remember that there are unique balls for every game this season and you can purchase them at the game or take your chances and maybe one will fall into your hands as you are sitting in the stands enjoying the game! Then you can take your new ball down to the field after the game and have some of the players sign it!

 

Colorado Ice Indoor Football Sponsors Love Your Business!

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

Did you know the Colorado Ice indoor football team has sponsors? These businesses make sure the Colorado Ice can continue to play. There are several different categories that these sponsors fall into, everything from food to auto repair and in this post we will take a look at them. Maybe you can use one or more of these services and support Colorado Ice indoor football in the process.

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I like to eat so let’s take a look at the places to eat first shall we?

One of our sponsor’s servers up some pretty mean BBQ and that sponsor would be Dickey’s Barbecue and Dickey’s is also one of the locations that we hold our Fort Collins activities. Then for Mexican food we have Santiago’s. There is always the classic hamburgers from McDonald’s or if you are more in the mood for some island style burgers and tacos then you might want to try out the Island Grill in Loveland or Fort Collins.

For Gyros and Burgers head on over to George’s Gyros and Burgers in Greeley. Maybe it is morning and these other options don’t seem very breakfast like. If that is the case then you might try one of the classic restaurants that support us, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery throughout Northern Colorado.

We know there are other sports out there other than Colorado Ice indoor football that you might want to watch and there is no better place to watch those sports and hang out with your friends than Buffalo Wild Wings.

If you are in a hurry there is always a Subway close by that can get you in and out with a delicious sandwich.

Another host of our Loveland activities is Runza. For me this is a nostalgic place because I used to eat there as a kid until I moved to Denver and there weren’t any around. Now I can go to the Loveland location and enjoy the food I had as a kid! Love it!

Yet another great place to grab a beer and watch some sports is the Sport’s Station American Grill in Loveland. You can play some pool and grab a burger over at Steak Out Saloon in downtown Fort Collins.

An option that most people don’t realize delivers is Taste of Philly and their cheese steak sandwiches are delicious. If you prefer a cold sandwich there is Jersey Mike’s too.

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George’s Pizza and Gyro’s in Loveland will make your taste buds happy or if you want a spicy burrito then go to one of your local convenience stores and get a Lorenzo’s burrito.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is another great option for lunch or dinner!

Another option for getting food right to your door would be Domino’s Pizza or the neighborhood Marco’s Pizza on Lemay and Prospect.

As if these options weren’t enough we still have many more sponsors who are delicious. Serious Texas Bar-B-Q in North Loveland and North Fort Collins and of course another location that we host our Loveland activities at, The Boot Grill on Crossroads by the Budweiser Events Center and now in Fort Collins at Mason and Laurel!

Then there are the non-food items as well!

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Want to listen to some sports on the radio? You will want to tune your radio to 1310 am and listen to KFKA for the Ice game broadcasts and also for the the Coaches show. ESPN 105.5 also has interviews with Coach O’Neal and can get you additional info on local sports.

If you are more in the mood to rock out then 94.3 Loud Wire might be the choice for you. Want some Country check out K99 or Big Country 97.9.  

Do you drive a truck here in Northern Colorado? Keep Iron Mountain Truck and Auto in mind if you need any collision repairs, detailing or  a new paint job.

Agfinity, Inc. offers four scholarships to students of Aims College in addition to supporting the Future Farmers of America.  You have a chance at an Agfinity gift card to use at one of their Gas Stations or Convenience Stores when you purchase an Agfinity Football Toss ball at any of the Ice home games.

The Qdoba Events Center is the home office of the Colorado Ice in South Fort Collins. The Youth Olympic Sports Academy and local Roller Derby teams also call the Qdoba Events Center home. They have drop in skating, inline hockey, volley ball and many other activities.

If you are moving then contact Watson Moving and Storage to help you out and call Mid Western Steam Clean to make sure your upholstery is getting cleaned properly.

Power Apps That Work,  can help you get your business on your customer’s cell phone by creating an app for your business. You can get your short commercial on local television through Local Eyes TV Advertising and get your payroll taken care of by COPAC Payroll.

With all of this driving around supporting our sponsors you might need to get some work on your car. No matter where you are in Northern Colorado we have someone that can help. For the 4 x 4 enthusiast check out CRP 4×4 in Greeley, needs some transmission work and are in Loveland stop by Atlas Transmission. For any Subaru needs you can go to Nice Car, Inc. in Downtown Fort Collins or Subaru of Loveland. B-Town Automotive in Berthoud is the local mechanic you can trust to get you back on the road.

Fill up on gas at Johnson’s Corner and while you are there grab one of their cinnamon rolls too.

Work Well Occupational Medicine can help out both the worker that needs medical attention and the business owner that is looking for a trusted partner to work with on their workers compensation needs.

Need a sign or banner for your business or an event, want to wrap a vehicle or just have an idea of something you would like get printed. Contact Connecting Signs in Fort Collins. They have many options to help you brand a business or to get a Welcome Home! banner for a loved one.

Want to get into shape and are tired of the same gym options? Check out Title Boxing Club for group classes and individual training.

While you read the Thrifty Nickel you can get a tan at Aqua Bay Tans then head over to Scott Family Health for a massage or acupuncture appointment.

Unfortunately I can’t put all of our sponsors in a single article or I would but since I can’t head over to the sponsors page at http://www.TheColoradoIce.com/Partners and see an extensive list of all of them!

Player Profile – Joe Thornton

Posted by: Colorado Ice

After returning a punt for a touchdown, recording 13 tackles, two pass deflections and a forced fumble Thornton was a clear choice for this week’s Runza Player of the Game.
So far this season Thornton has had 34 tackles and ranks third with 9.5 tackles per game. He was listed as an Honorable Mention for the league Defensive Player of the Week award.
Thornton’s football career began at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in which he started at the end of his freshman year. In his 38 game career he recorded 10 or more tackles in seven games, having 269 career tackles.
In his senior year in 2009 he was named Second Team All-Southern Conference and led the team with 95 tackles. He was given the Scrappy Moore Award which is awarded to an athlete who has succeeded in academics, athletics and socially. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Criminal Justice.
When he’s not playing football Thornton is a personal trainer specializing in body fitness and sports performance for children and adults ages 8 and above. He also trains the Icicles dance team.

The Colorado Ice vs Tri Cities Fever

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After a last minute 51-50 win against the Wyoming Cavalry the Ice come back home to take on the Tri-Cities Fever at the Budweiser Event Center at 3:00pm.

The Fever are coming off a four game losing streak however they currently have the second best offense in the league having 253 yards per game, they’ve said that this game against the Ice is a “must win.” Quarterback Dante Warren will be one of the Ice’s biggest offensive threats. He is very versatile judging by his 11 touchdown passes in combination with his five rushing touchdowns and he is also second in the league with averaging 48 rushing yards per game. Warren also has a variety of receiving options to throw to including Dejuan Miller and Jackie Chambers who both have four touchdowns this season. They have seven players who have caught at least one touchdown pass.

Their biggest weakness is their defense. They are ranked seventh in the league and are allowing an average 54.2 yards per game.

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The Ice have the best defense in the league while only allowing 35.8 points per game. This past weekend against Wyoming they had a stellar first half with six touchdowns however mistakes, mainly on special teams resulted in three blocked field goals. That is one problem that head coach Heron O’Neal is going to address this week in practice. “We will be working on special teams more diligently this week and correct the mistakes that were made. That will be a point of emphasis.”

The Ice have 231 yards per game however quarterback Willie Copeland is in the top 5 chart of the league for both yards per game and touchdowns with 157.8 and 14 respectively. Kyle Kaiser is also on that board with seven touchdowns so far this season.

This week will be a vital test for both teams as the best defense in the league, the Ice matches up with one of the best offenses in the league, the Fever. After this week the Ice are on a two game road streak in Texas and Tri-Cities so they need to continue the winning momentum.

A Little Bit of the Indoor Football Leagues History

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

The Indoor Football League (IFL) came about back in 2008. It is a professional indoor football league and there are 2 conferences. The Intense conference and the United Conference.

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The Intense Conference consists of:

  • The Colorado Ice plays in Loveland, Colorado and is coached by Heron O’Neal. They play at the Budweiser Events Center and the team formed in 2006.
  • The Nebraska Danger’s home base is Grand Island, Nebraska. The Danger is coached by Mike Davis and when they are playing at home they are playing at the Eihusen arena. They began playing with the indoor football leagues in 2011.
  • Tri-Cities Fever began playing in the IFL back in 2010. They play in the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington where they are coached by Adam Shackleford.
  • Wyoming Cavalry have been playing in the IFL since 2011 up North in Casper, Wyoming at the Casper Events Center. The Cavalry are coached by Ryan Lingenfelder
  • The Billings Wolves who call Billings, Montana home will be coming to the IFL in 2015. They will be coached by James Walton and once they get on the field next year they’ll be playing at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

The United Conference Consists of:

  • The Bemidji Axemen are coached by Robert Fuller. This team just joined the IFl this year and they are playing at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.
  • The Cedar Rapids Titans are from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They started in 2012 so they’ve been around now for a couple years now and there head coach is Mark Stoute.
  • Green Bay Blizzard came onto the scene back in 2010 and they are being coached by Chad Baldwin. They are from Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin where they play at the Resch Center
  • Sioux Falls Storm were last years United Bowl Championship. They are from Sioux Falls, South Dakota where they play indoor football at the Sioux Falls Arena. The team has been around since 2009 and they are currently being coached by Kurtiss Riggs.
  • Texas Revolution come to us from Allen, Texas, they are coached by Chris Williams. The team started in the IFL in 2010 and they play at the Allen Event Center

If you are looking for tickets to football games in your area then check out any of these team’s respective websites.

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The United Bowl is the indoor football leagues version of the Super Bowl. So far the competition has been fierce on the way to the United Bowl Championship every year.

Back in 2009 the United Bowl was played by the Billings Outlaws and the River City Rage. The Rage are no longer part of the IFL.  The Outlaws won this championship game 71-62 in a sold out Rim Rock Auto Arena.

In 2010 there was another sold out crowd that came to see the Billings Outlaws vs the Sioux Falls Storm. Once again the Billings Outlaws took home the championship 43-34.

Then in 2011 the United Bowl was won by the Sioux Falls Storm when they played against the Tri-Cities Fever. The Storm won this championship game 37-10.

The next year in 2012 both of the previous year’s teams were back again and once again the Sioux Falls Storm dominated the Tri-Cities Fever in the championship game 59-32.

Last year in 2013 the Sioux Falls Storm was back again but this time the Tri-Cities Fever didn’t make it to the Championship. This time the game was played by the Sioux Falls Storm and the Nebraska Danger. It was a close game last year but the Sioux Falls Storm won the championship for the third year in a row this time the storm won the game 43-40.

There have been several teams that have come and gone over the last several years but the IFL continues to experience success over all. I, for one am hoping to see the Colorado Ice get to the United Bowl for the 2014 season.

The team looks pretty solid over all. The preseason game for 2014 was won by the Colorado Ice when they took on the Pueblo Steel. That game was won by a ridiculous spread. The score was 100-7 with the Colorado Ice winning.

The tickets for football games went quickly for the next several games which included the Ice vs The Sioux Falls Storm, The Nebraska Danger and the Wyoming Cavalry.

The Ice won the Nebraska Danger game and the Wyoming Cavalry games but they lost against the Sioux Falls Storm.

If you are ready to get tickets for football games in Colorado then all you need to do is look at the Colorado Ice Schedule here http://www.thecoloradoice.com/schedule/ then pick the game you would like to go to, follow the links on the website and purchase you tickets for the game day.

So head over to get your tickets for football games that the Ice will be playing in and we will see you at the game!

Winter Stifles Most Things to do in Greeley, but Not This Thing

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

It sure has been a rough winter this year. It just snowed again where I live and I am thinking that if it doesn’t clear up fairly soon we are all going to go insane, unless of course you love the snow for some reason. Fortunately there are things to in Greeley that are both fun and indoors.

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When it comes to Greeley events there are a lot of different things that could be interesting. For example it could be fun and interesting to head over to the Greeley Freight Station museum. If you were to decide to check that out you would notice that it is well a freight museum so it features trains.

You could go and explore the currently freezing outdoors if you wanted too. There are a number of different trails and you can rent bikes to explore these trails. You might even see some wildlife out there on the trails.

If you can even entertain the thought of getting wet, given the weather recently, there is a Family Fun Plex that features an indoor aquatic center or you could head out doors and play mini golf.

There is also skating rink, bowling alleys and the bowling alley even glows in the dark and while these things may be fun during the summer hours I personally wouldn’t want to do most of them in the winter snow we have been getting recently.

Yep, the options of things to do in Greeley are certainly limited. However if you are willing to look outside of the normal Greeley events and look just a little west you will notice that there is a town called Loveland. Loveland provides some other options that Greeley simply doesn’t have.

For example, there is The Loveland shops and the Budweiser event center. For my money I would go with the events at the Budweiser event center.

The things to do in Greeley pale in comparison to being able to go to the Budweiser event center. The Budweiser event center boasts cool events, some of which you can bring your friends to and some of which maybe you shouldn’t. For example there is the Colorado Ice games. These games are a blast.

The games feature 2 indoor football teams going head to head in a very fast paced and exciting game. Recently the Colorado Ice played the Nebraska Danger. The Ice won and everyone there had a great time.

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Some other things that happen at the Budweiser Event Center are monster truck rallies and comedians like Ron White visit and there are also Mixed Martial Arts events. While I love doing all of these things there seems to be only a few of them that I could bring kids to.

I meant here is zero, zip, zilch, nada chance that I would ever bring a child to see Ron White. Although I find him extremely funny myself his humor is not for the munchkins in our lives. I mean maybe if it was Jeff Foxworthy the kids could go but Ron is a bit too adult.

The indoor football games on the other hand are amazingly family friendly. The games keep the kids engaged and the events between the games are entertaining and let kids participate in them.

Given the weather recently these indoor football games are an ideal thing to do with the family too because it is… well…indoors. That’ll keep that wicked snow off of your head.

The Ice games for the rest of the season are featuring some great, unique, custom footballs too. The Footballs will be unique for each game that is being played. As this sport grows you may find that these balls form the early seasons become more and more valuable.

NFL scouts come to watch the Colorado Ice play too. So those balls you get signed by the players could be really valuable if you get the signature of one of the IFL players who gets drafted by the NFL and becomes the next Peyton Manning. Sure it’s a long shot but these sort of things happen. Someone has a Peyton Manning autograph from before he was super famous and it’s now valuable even though it wasn’t when the item was first signed.

How do you get to one of these games? Well you can buy tickets online through the Colorado Ice website or you can head down the road to the Budweiser event center and get your tickets there.

Have you been to one or more of the Colorado Ice games? Have you been a fan for the entire time that the Colorado ice has been around? Or maybe you’ve only been to one game ever but you loved it?

Well, let me know what you thought about the Colorado Ice games in the comments below.

Keep in Touch With the Ice on our Social Networks and Mobile App!

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

We all are busy in life. Things that are important to us but not urgent often take a back seat to the more urgent demands that life throws at us every day. Obviously, getting the kids to school is a lot more important that downloading your favorite team’s mobile app to your phone so you can follow your favorite indoor football teams, like the Colorado Ice.

1535497_10152335110741328_763569279_nThe indoor football teams make sure to make their mobile app and all of their social networking sites available on our websites because we know it is hard to keep up with what is going on in the world even in today’s society with all of the incredible communication tools we have.

The indoor Football teams all have their various ways to keep in contact with their fans and the Colorado Ice is no exception to the rule. The Ice keeps in touch with our fans through several mediums including:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Google +
  • Web Site and Blog
  • Mobile App

These methods of communication are only good though if you come visit us on them!

It can be very fun when you come to talk about indoor football on our Facebook page. We will respond back to you too!

Facebook

On the Colorado Ice Facebook page you will notice we have all kinds of cool stuff that we post for you.  You’ll know all about the upcoming events, What the score is when the games are being played, Pictures and videos of the action in case you can’t be at the game live and more.

Who knows you might even come over to our Facebook page and see your own picture in the time line. So come on over to Facebook and give our page a like!

Twitter

Twitter is probably the only social network that is as fast paced as the Colorado Ice games. Because of the simplicity of Twitter we can keep you updated on what is happening at a game or on how the team is contributing to the local area. Follow us over on Twitter if that is your preferred platform.

YouTube

head-imageThere is no better way to actually see what happens in a game (other than being there live) than YouTube. If you have never been to a game YouTube s a great way to try it before you buy it. On our YouTube channel you’ll see some football as well as the players interacting with kids and their parents at the games. To me there is nothing cooler than watching child’s face light up when he or she gets to meet one of the Colorado Ice player in real life. The kids just love it and you can see the expressions on their faces for yourself by going over to our YouTube channel and subscribing.

Instagram

When I was a kid we had football player’s trading cards. These cards were cool because they had the image of some of my favorite players on them and I could exchange these cards with my friends. These cards could be traded and sold too. If you have a great card even today you can get some really good money out of them.

Well you won’t be seeing any money out of our Instagram pictures but you can share them with your friends and you can see all of your favorite players and the Colorado Icicles dancers too!

Google +

In many ways Facebook and Google + are very similar. One major advantage of Google + though is they aren’t limiting who can see our posts like Facebook does so you can come over and give us a +1 and get all of the updates right in your newsfeed. Like Instagram there are a lot of photos that you can see on our Google + account too.

Web Site and Blog

Our website and blog are the best ways to keep track of what is going on with the team. We are constantly updating our website and blog to keep you up to date on all of the happenings with the Ice. For example this last weekend the Ice won the game against the Nebraska Danger. The two indoor football teams had a close game but it was the Colorado Ice that came out on top!

Mobile App

Out mobile app might even trump our website and blog for keeping up on the things happening with the Colorado Ice. None of the Social site are even close because all you need to do is look at your phone to see the time and you’ll notice the Colorado ice mobile app sitting right there beside your phones clock. Then with just the touch of the screen you can know exactly what is going on. If you are like me you might even have the app opened when you take your phone out of your pocket because your leg opened the mobile app while still in your pocket!

See you on our Social Networks!

Colorado Ice squeaks out a win against Cavalry, 51-50

Posted by: Colorado Ice

Fort Collins, CO – Malcolm Williams (24) sealed the 51-50 win for the Colorado Ice with an interception from the Cavalry in the last seconds of the game.

In the first half the Colorado Ice dominated with 6 touchdowns by a plethora of players. This included Kyle Kaiser (8), Donald Fusilier (9), Willie Copeland (13), Jasonus Tillery and linebacker Joe Thornton (1) to lead 41-26 at the half. Thornton was named the Runza Player of the Game after running a kick off back for the touchdown and several other key defensive stops he made. He proves to be a vital part of the defense and more importantly the Ice’s success this season.

The Wyoming Cavalry gained some momentum in the last five seconds of the first half by scoring two touchdowns and a two-point conversion and that continued into the second half as the Cavalry went on a scoring run that continued to tie the game at 44 with 6 minutes left in the game.

Colorado Ice receiver Fusilier (9) caught a touchdown pass with 2:16 left in the game to take the lead and gain the momentum back.

Due to technical difficulties stats are unavailable at the time of this release. This game saw the Ice get called for over 100 yards of penalties and a poor showing of the special teams with two blocked PATs that were turned into Wyoming touchdowns.

The Colorado Ice returns to the Budweiser Event Center Sunday, April 13th to take on the Tri-Cities Fever at 3:00 pm for Washington’s Sports Bar and Grills Sunday Fun Day. The Winona Elementary Choir will be singing the National Anthem, the Ault VFW Post 4334 will be the color guard and the Loveland Youth Athletic Association will be fundraising with the Agfinity Football Toss.

Come to the Ice game and meet Sparta Combat League MMA fighters, get signed up to win a Cruzin Cooler or a Signed Helmet and Football courtesy of Nice Car, Inc. Go by Dickey’s of Fort Collins to sign up for a chance to be in the Dickey’s food eating contest at the Ice game.

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.  2014 ticket information is available by contacting the Colorado Ice offices at (970) 472-0128. For more information, please visit www.thecoloradoice.com

Positive Role Models at an Indoor Football Game

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

On any given day in Northern Colorado or for that matter anywhere in the entire country there are news stories that are plastered everywhere about negative things that go on in our communities. Some of these things are really bad.

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To see all of the negative Northern Colorado events all you need to do is turn on the television and you will get your fill of how bad any city in the country can be.

There used to be something people called, “Role Models” A role model is someone that kids wanted to be like. Kids could often be found running around pretending they were John Wayne or John Elway. There were superheroes and kids looked up to their parents. It is not that kids have quit looking up to people. Kids out there are modeling their favorite sports players, actors and even cartoons.

I think that one thing we can do to make sure that kids get good role models is bring them to an indoor football game from time to time. At an indoor football game they will see players like Colorado Ice wide receiver, Kyle Kaiser. Kyle Kaiser is killing it on the field in every game he plays and he is someone who never gives up on his dreams.

Obviously, Kyle is not the only potential role model for your child on the team. I understand that you would hope your kids would look up to you and they most likely do. Kids do like to look up to people who are “larger than life.” Also kids pick all kinds of different role models throughout their lives and if you can expose them to more good quality people then they are more likely to choose good role models than bad ones.

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The role model options within the Ice are not just for boys either and they are not all football players. After the game kids get to meet the players down on the field. They also get to meet the Colorado Icicles. The Icicles are the Dancers for the team. Women like Rehannon Crumb who is the director and head coach of the Icicles.

Rehannon is a leader both on the field and off of the field. She is a special education teacher at Walt Clark Middle School and she is also the director for Just for Kix of Berthoud, which teaches kids to dance.

Rehannon is someone who followed her dreams, makes a difference in the communities that she is committed to and enjoys her life. Hard to beat that when it comes to a role model for the kiddos.

When you bring your kids to our Northern Colorado events such as an indoor football game or a player meet and greet you will quickly find that you have made a good choice. The players, the icicles and the staff are all great people who your kids can look up to from afar.

When I was a boy one of my favorite memories was going to a baseball game. While I was there I had a blast but the best part by far was getting a high five from one of the players that I looked up to. Your kids can have a similar experience to that when you bring decide to take them to an indoor football game.

There is yet another type of person who could look up to. The staff and the owners! The staff positions are not as glamorous as the players or the Icicles but they serve vital functions. Without these folks the games couldn’t even go on.

On this subject I want to tell you a short story. There was a former US president who meets with a retired general. I am not going to get into politics here and that is why I left their names out. Any way the general and the ex-president get to together from time to time. In an interview with the former general was asked what he and the ex-President talk about when they get together.

The General said they talk about football…and what teams they are going to buy.

So that is what your kids might be talking about one day if they can get a spark from meeting one of the Colorado Ice staff or team owners. Coming to a single indoor football game or maybe one of the other Colorado events could be just the thing to light a fire under your child and let him or her really see what could happen in life with just a little motivation from the right people.

For that matter, maybe just maybe it will light a fire under you too and you will go out and start to take action on goals that you haven’t pursued in years.

See you at the game!

Know the Rules of the game and get your football game tickets

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

Are you excited for the upcoming weekend? Are you online looking for things to do in Loveland? Or maybe you are looking for football tickets? Well, whatever you were looking for you have ended up here and this is the best place you could have ended up for making your weekend a fantastic.

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When you get some football game tickets this weekend and come down to see the Colorado Ice play you will find out that the game is a bit different than standard football and I would like to share some of the things that are different so you know exactly what you are going to and what is going on.

Let’s start with the field.

The Field

The field is smaller than the standard football field. The standard football field is 120 yards long and 53.33 yards wide with goal posts at the ends. The indoor football field is 50 yards long with eight yard end zones and it is only 28 yards wide.

Another thing to note about the field is there is no room to actually go out of bounds. The sidelines for an indoor football team means they have run into a short padded wall.

Goal Posts

The Goal posts are 10 feet wide and they are 18-20 feet tall. Whereas the standard NFL goal posts are placed on poles to hold them up, the indoor football goal posts are hung from the ceiling. This allows for them to be moved when there are other events in the indoor arena. They are hung 10 feet above the ground.

Coaches

Only one coach is allowed on the field at any given time. The offensive and defensive coordinators typically switch throughout the game.

Sidelines

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As I mentioned above the sidelines are different in the indoor football league. The sidelines are called dasher boards. They are about 4 feet in height and padded to make sure the players don’t get hurt.

The dasher boards are made of high density foam that is 3 to 5 inches thick and the teams use them to promote businesses that sponsor the teams.

Team Rosters

Twenty active players dress each game and there are four players on a practice squad.

Time of Play

When you buy football game tickets you might be interested to know how long the game is going to last.

There is no specific definitive answer however there are four 15 minute quarters, there is a 20 minute half time event that includes some fun half time activities. There are 2, 90 second media time outs per quarter and a 60 second warning at the end of both halves. So plan to be at the game for a couple of hours.

Overtime Rules

There is no limit to the number of overtime periods. Each one consists of a series by each offense. Each overtime period will start at the offensive 20 yard line.

Scoring

For every touch down a player makes he will score 6 points. A conversion place kick is 1 point. A conversion pass or run is 2 points. A field goal is worth 3 points. Drop kick field goals are worth a whopping 4 points. A safety is worth 2 points and a rouge is worth 1 point.

Kicking

Kickoffs are from the goal line. The kicker may use a 1” tee. Punting is illegal in the IFL. On a fourth down the teams must either attempt to get a first down or they must kick a field goal.

Defense

The defense consists of 8 players on the field. 3 of them are down line men.

Offense

The offense can have 8 total players on the field. Four of these players can be on the line of scrimmage and 2 players can be in forward motion.

Week One: Conference Finals

The number one conference will host the number two conference and the winners will be crowned the conference champions.

Week Two: League Championship

The higher seeded champion hosts the lower seeded conference champion and the winner of this game will be crowned the United Bowl Champion.

I think this is about all you will need to know when you decide to buy football game tickets to see the Colorado Ice play.

For things to do in Loveland the most fun thing you can do is come on out to see the Colorado Ice play any number of the IFL teams.

I hope this has helped you get a grasp on the game so you will know exactly what is going on when you get your seat.

So now that you know all of this information you will know most everything you need to enjoy the game once you buy your football game tickets.

See you at the game!

Game Preview: The Colorado Ice vs. The Wyoming Cavalry

Posted by: Colorado Ice

The Colorado Ice travel to Casper, Wyoming this Friday to take on the Wyoming Cavalry at 7:05 pm. In their last meeting the Ice dominated the Cavalry 73-22 including nine touchdowns, three sacks and three interceptions.

After a well deserved 38-30 win against the Nebraska Danger this past week the Colorado Ice now have the best defense in the league, limiting opponents to 35.8 points per game and 126.8 passing yards. Offensively the Ice has had some difficulty executing but seemed to gain some rhythm against the Danger, specifically Dennis Kennedy who had three touchdowns during the game. Among the other touchdowns were Kyle Kaiser and Jasonus Tillery.

However this is a different game, especially being in the Cavalry’s house. They are coming off their first game at home and their win of the season against the Texas Revolution 28-24. Quarterback Sam Durley threw for 102 yards and two touchdowns but threw two interceptions. Samuel Charles and Rolan Woodland were among the leading with receivers, each having a touchdown. Anthony Carter and Justin Cooper were the team’s leading rushers with a touchdown each as well.

The Ice’s only away game this season was when the team played the undefeated Sioux Falls Storm in a stadium that is on a 37 home game winning streak. Even though the Ice lost 37-50 having faced an opponent in that kind of venue should have provided the team with great practice to face Wyoming.

The Colorado Ice Schedule for the month of April will knock your socks off

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

There are several games coming up on the Colorado Ice schedule as well as several events coming up in the next couple months and I thought that today I would share some of these events and what they are all about.

twocs6The first game on the Colorado football schedule is this Sunday March 30th at 3pm. The Colorado Ice will be playing the Nebraska Danger at the Budweiser events center. This game is associated with a couple of different events. The Ice vs Danger game is raising money to help prevent child abuse and to raise awareness about how you can help. When you call 970-472-0128 and mention 28 hours of hope you can get discount tickets and a portion of your ticket will go to the 28 hours of hope cause.

On the Colorado Ice schedule there is an after party over at the Boot Grill in Loveland, Colorado that you can attend. You will be able to meet some of the team members and get some dinner.

The next event on the Colorado football schedule is the very next day on March 31st 2014. There is a player meet and greet at Noodles and Company. The address for this event is 1550 Fall River Dr. right here in Loveland, Colorado.

In April the Colorado football schedule gets even more exciting. To start the month off the Colorado Ice will be celebrating the Runza player of the game. This event will be taking place on the 1st of April at the Runza of Loveland at 2204 North Lincoln avenue 4:30-6:30pm.

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On the 3rd of April from 11am until noon there will be a player meet and greet at Dickey’s barbecue pit. This event will be in Fort Collins and the address is 2721 S. College Ave #2, Fort Collins, CO. Then later that same evening the Ice will be headed over to McDonald’s to support a McDonald’s McTeacher’s night. This event will take place at the McDonalds on Horsetooth and Timber line rd in Fort Collins Colorado.

The next thing on the Colorado Ice schedule is an away game. The Ice will be headed up to Casper Wyoming to play the Wyoming Cavalry at the Casper event center. Kick off for this game happens at 7:05 on April 4th. Casper isn’t too far away maybe you’re in the mood for a short road trip.

On the 8th, 15th and the 22nd the tradition of the Runza player of the game events will continue at the Runza of Loveland. All of these events will be from 4:30-6:30 at the same Runza Restaurant that I mentioned above hopefully we will see you at least one of these events this month.

I also mentioned the player meet and greet event at the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and it turns out that the previous event is not the only meet and greet at this location in the month of April. There are actually two more meet and greet events both from 11 until noon one on the 10th and the other on the 17th.

Backing up a bit on the Colorado Ice schedule there is another game on the 13th of April. In this game the Ice will be matching up with the Tri-Cities Fever just down the road at the Budweiser Event Center. The kick off for this game is scheduled for 3pm. Then after the game it is back over to the Boot Grill again for another after party from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. So it will be another great full day of Colorado Ice fun.

The Colorado Ice will be facing off with the Texas Revolution about a week later at the Allen event center in Allen, Texas. If you happen to be in the area for this event the address is 200 e Stacy Road on the 19th of April. The kickoff for this game will be at 6:05pm.

The final game for the month of April will be against the Tri-Cities Fever but this time it will be an away game. The game will be played at the Toyota Center at 700 W Grandridge Blvd in Kennewick Washington and the kickoff will happen at 8:05pm.

So Colorado Ice schedule for the month of April promises to be fun and action packed. I am sure that you will have a great time at any of the events this coming month and that you won’t want to miss any of the local events that are going to happen.

Remember to bring a camera with you and get your picture taken with the Colorado Ice players, the Colorado Icicles dancers, and of course Glacier the Colorado Ice mascot.

The Ice and the Icicles will autograph your Colorado Ice gear as well so make sure that you remember to bring anything that you want signed with you!

 

Meet the Colorado Icicles at McDonald’s for McTeacher night

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

Teachers are a very important part of our society. They teach our kids important things like reading, writing and math. These hard working individuals are rarely appreciated as much as they could be. Sometimes these folks don’t have enough resources through the school that they work for to get their jobs done effectively. That is why the McDonalds on Timberline and Horse tooth will be hosting a McTeacher night on Thursday April 3rd 2014 from 4-8pm. From 6-8pm some of the Colorado Ice indoor football team players and the Colorado Icicles will be there to meet you and sign your Colorado Ice gear!

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You might be wondering what is the McTeacher night all about. Well the McTeacher night is a fundraising event that takes place in a McDonald’s location so there is a lot of people making their way through the event over the course of the evening. You may have noticed that the time frame for the event is from 4pm to 8pm like I mentioned. This time frame makes it the peak hours for McDonald’s dinner time rush. That is why the indoor football team players and the Colorado Icicles show up at 6pm, to maximize the people they get to meet!

The teachers, parents, student and friends are invited to work at the McDonalds and they raise money for their school! The money has a designated purpose. The designated purpose can be things like:

  • Sports Uniforms
  • Band Equipment
  • Theater Needs
  • P.E. Equipment
  • Anything else the school needs!

Everyone associated with the school is encouraged to show up and see their teachers serving up the various different McDonald’s items including hamburgers, fries and shakes. Those shake machines can be quite the handful so who knows what will happen! Maybe the Colorado Ice team mascot, Glacier, will get in on the action!

I do know that Grimace has been known to make appearances at this particular McDonald’s too. I don’t know if it will happen that night but who knows maybe you and your kids can get a picture with Grimace and Glacier. Anything can happen on nights like this.

The best part is all you need to do to participate is show up and get some McDonald’s food. Then you can take your time meeting the Colorado Ice Indoor football team, the Colorado Icicles and Glacier. If you will just do that during the designated times (4-8pm) then you are helping the school raise funds because a portion of the proceeds from all of the food sales goes toward the school.

This is one event that is coming up but it turns out the Colorado Ice indoor football team, the Colorado Icicles and Glacier also support other worthy causes in the community as well. The Ice have supported these non-profits in the past:

  • Tough Enough to Wear Pink- Larimer County
  • Angel Faces
  • Rainbow for Girls
  • Boy Scouts
  • Cub Scouts
  • Loveland Youth Athletic Association
  • Pop Warner
  • High School Boosters
  • PTA’s
  • Loveland Elk’s Lodge number 1051
  • Johnstown/Milliken VFW
  • 4-H Groups
  • Animal Shelters
  • 48 hours of hope
  • And more
Image courtesy of Cassie Newcomb

Image courtesy of Cassie Newcomb

Our indoor football team and the Colorado Icicles love to go out to these events and make the biggest difference that they can in the community. The team is also willing to donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to the causes that they are supporting and they are also willing to donate money from the Agfinity, Inc. Football toss.

If you or anyone you know owns or runs a non-profit and you would love to have some of the Colorado Ice players, the Colorado Icicles dancers and/or Glacier come to your event then here is what you need to do. Send an email to goice@thecoloradoice.com and request to learn more about the fund raising opportunities or get an appearance/donation form.

Of course you are going to want to come see some of the games that are coming up soon. For example before the Ice make their way over to McDonald’s they will be helping to raise money for the 28 hours of Hope campaign in the upcoming game against the Nebraska Danger on March 30th. 28 hours of hope is a radio fundraising campaign to raise money and awareness of Child abuse prevention. You can get discounted tickets for that game and support this amazing cause by calling 970-472-0128.

With all this charity going on it’s almost impossible to go to a game or see the ice without doing something good for the community. So come on out and see the games or just meet us over at McDonalds and remember to wear you Colorado ice gear and bring your cameras. You are going to want to get some autographs and pictures while you are with us at the various charitable events.

We’ll see you at the game!

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The Colorado Ice Control the Game Tempo to Beat the Nebraska Danger 38-30

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Fort Collins, CO – The Colorado Ice effectively control the ball to beat the Nebraska Danger 38-30, limiting the Danger to their 72 yards, their lowest yardage total of their history.

The first half began with a touchdown by receiver Kyle Kaiser (8) early in the game followed by two from running back Dennis Kennedy (7). The Danger were able to answer back with almost every possession in the first half. This included touchdowns from Rainer Rackley (11), Jacob Payne (23) and quarterback Cody Kirby (17). The Ice were able to maintain the lead 24-21 in the first half thanks to major defensive pressure by the Ice, specifically Dequinta Jones (90) and a sack by Chancey Aghayere (95).

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The Ice started off the second half with an impressive interception by Harcourt Farquharson (5) in which he leaped over the wall and caught the ball in the stands. This established the tempo for the rest of the game as the defense continued to perform at an elite level. This included a sack by newly signed lineman Jason Jones (90) and a blocked pass by Farquharson (5). The defense also had the help of the 12th man – the Colorado Ice fans to create some crowd noise, which contributed to at least one offsides penalty against the Danger offense.

Despite a touchdown that resulted from a fumble recovery by the Danger and a field goal the Ice continued to maintain the offensive tempo for the game including Kennedy (7) having his third touchdown of the game along with Jasonus Tilley (88) having an 18-yard touchdown pass.

The Colorado Ice travel to Wyoming to take on the Cavalry Friday, April 4th. The next home game will be Sunday, April 13th against the Tri-Cities Fever.

Things to do in Northern Colorado with the Colorado Ice

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

I was looking for things to do in Northern Colorado today. You know places like Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland and all of the little communities up here in that make up the northern part of this great state. I found several different things and I thought I would share a few of them with you.

Image courtesy of Cassie Newcomb

Image courtesy of Cassie Newcomb

Some of things to do in Northern Colorado are kind of fun. Things like hiking the Horsetooth falls trail or taking a tour of any of the breweries can be a great time but in my mind one thing stands head and shoulders above the rest. That one thing is going to a Colorado football game featuring the Colorado Ice!

These games are fun and exciting. These Colorado football games are part of the IFL. The IFL started back in 2003 by two business men in Texas. Back then there were only six teams and for 5 seasons every single game that got scheduled got played. The league wasn’t called the Indoor Football League back then they were called the Intense Football League.

There was another league back then too. They called themselves the United Indoor Football Alliance and they had four continuous years of success.

The folks who formed these individual leagues started to take note of each other and over time they became friends because of their mutual respect for each other’s success.

Then in 2008 the two leagues decided to dissolve their former affiliations and merge into the Indoor Football League.

There are two different conferences in within the IFL. The United Conference and the Intense Conference.

The United Conference consists of:

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

The Intense Conference consists of:

  • The Colorado Ice
  • Nebraska Danger
  • Tri-Cities Fever
  • Wyoming Cavalry
Image courtesy of Cassie Newcomb

Image courtesy of Cassie Newcomb

You might be asking yourself what does this have to do with things to do in Northern Colorado and here is the answer. You could go to one of the Colorado football games or one of the events that is being put on in the near future!

For example you could Go on over to Mcdonald’s McTeachers night that is coming up on April 3rd. The Colorado Ice will be at the McDonald’s on HorseTooth and Timberline Road in Fort Collins from 6pm-8pm. The event however kicks off at 4pm so you can get over there whenever you would like to and make a difference for some of the local schools in Fort Collins.

After the Colorado football game at the Budweiser event center featuring the Colorado Ice vs the Nebraska Danger there is going to be an after party with the Ice.

Both the game and the after party will be on March 30th. The game will begin at 3pm and the after party will start at 6:30 and will go until 8:30pm. You can meet the Ice over at the Boot Grill in Loveland, Colorado for the after party. Here is the address: 4164 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, CO 80538.

Then there is another event where you can meet the Colorado Ice at Noodle’s and Company! This event is a player meet and greet. Just make your way over to the Noodle’s and Company at 1550 Fall River Dr. in Loveland, Colorado from 3:30-5:30pm on March 31, 2014. At this event you’ll be able to meet some of the Colorado ice players.

I am not sure who will be there but you could meet players like The Runza Player of the Game, Dennis Kennedy.

Dennis is a running back for the Colorado Ice. He is committed to making everyone he meets smile and he went to the University of Akron. He is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and his favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys.

Dennis might not be at the event at Noodle’s in company but make sure to grab your Colorado Ice gear to get it signed by all of the player’s that are there.

Speaking of the Runza Player of the game there is another event in the near future that you can go to! It is the Runza Player of the Game event. This event will take place on April 1st 2014 at the Runza of Loveland. The time for this event will be 4:30-6:30pm. This Runza is located at 2204 North Lincoln Avenue Loveland, Colorado.

You will get to meet the player of the game when you come to this event! Again make sure to bring your Ice gear to get your autographs.

Just a side note for those of you who don’t know what a Runza sandwich is. A Runza sandwich is home baked bread with hamburger and other ingredients baked inside of it. I always get one whenever I pass by a Runza. It’s a bit of nostalgia for me. SO come on down get yourself a Runza and meet the player of the game!

Indoor Football Brings Friends Together!

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

The clash of the helmets. The jump to catch the interception. The strategy unfolding. The utter domination of the other team. Your favorite player and of course the amazing plays that end up in an amazing touchdown. These are some of the things we love about indoor  football!

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I mean seriously there is nothing like looking for things to do in Fort Collins and finding out there is an indoor football game that is happening. Then you get to the game and there is interception after interception. The only thing that is better than complete domination of the other team is a close game.

A game where you are on the edge of your seat. You can’t even take your eyes off the game because every time you do you miss something awesome that you won’t see again ever. These are the games that die hard fans live for.

Who doesn’t love to see Kyle Kaiser make an amazing catch and go running like crazy down the field with the whole other team trailing behind him?

Or how about watching as the defense bull doze their way through the offense and sac the quarterback?

There just isn’t anything better than watching some indoor football in all of its glory on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

If you are looking for things to do in Fort Collins this Sunday then come on out to see the Colorado Ice make their stats even better as they go head to head with the Nebraska Danger.

You will want to bring your whole family along too. The indoor football games are all family friendly.

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Speaking of the games being family friendly when was the last time that you got together with your friends that have kids? My friends started to have kids several years ago and when that happened we all went our separate ways. Not because the kids were a problem their parents were just too busy to see me or I was too busy to see them.

But what does that have to do with indoor football?

Because the games are family friendly they provide the perfect opportunity to start seeing those old friends again. Your kids can finally meet their kids. You and your family can be watching the game with your friends and their families. Just make it a huge party. A family friendly party of course but who says you can’t have a drink or two with your buddies at the game.

If you decide now to get some tickets to the Colorado Ice vs Nebraska Danger game you could be hanging out just like old times but with kids as early as this weekend!

This game coming up is a great game to go to, too because there will not only be unique footballs that will only be used at this game but when you buy one of these footballs you will be helping kids who are in abusive situations.

The money from the balls will be going to the K-99 28 hours of hope campaign. So look at your munchkin right now and make a decision to come on over to the game. To spend time with them and to make a difference for all the kids out there that are not in good homes.

Then after the game is over head on over to the Boot Grill in Loveland for some dinner and to hang out at the Ice after party! I actually don’t know if there could be something that will be more fun this weekend than getting together with old friends, hanging out with the wife and kids, then hanging out with the Colorado Ice. And the best part is you can buy a football and make a difference for the kids in your community!

You’ll love that the Colorado Ice chose to host their after party at the boot grill. The Boot grill has some great food like hand cut steaks and half pound burgers. Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun that sitting at home or going to watch another movie? I think so.

So here’s what you should do:

  • Head over to the Colorado Ice website
  • Buy some tickets for your family and friends
  • Call your friends and tell them to meet you at the game
  • Go to the game
  • Tell your friends they need to buy a ball to support kids who are being abused
  • Buy your own ball
  • Grab a beer
  • Watch the game
  • Cheer like crazy
  • Head over to the Boot Grill with your friends
  • Eat dinner
  • Spend the rest of the evening talking about the game and catching up

See you at the game!

Looking for things to do in Colorado? How about Colorado Ice Indoor Football!

Posted by: Cassie Jazmine-Newcomb

The kids are bored. They have been at home for the last several weeks because school has let out for the summer and they have been sitting around playing video games. They have been exceptionally good. They’ve been getting their chores done and it is really nice to have them. You’ve been looking for things to do in Colorado but there really hasn’t been too many kid friendly things to do. Especially in the Northern Colorado area.

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The kids are going to start complaining that there is nothing to do really soon. You also realize that it has been several weeks since the kids have gotten outside especially since winter has been such a cold bitter experience this year and the kids wouldn’t go outside to play even if you would have been willing to let them.

But now the sun is shining and the kids are still inside. They’re playing their videos games, their chores are done and they are even playing nicely with each other but you know it isn’t good for them to be sitting inside staring at the television for the entire summer so you decide it is time for them to get some exercise.

You decide video game time is over and they need to get outside and get some exercise and play with their friends. After a short while you look out the window to check on them and you see your kids playing some football!

That is when you get an idea! You decide to jump on the internet and look for Colorado Ice Indoor Football. You quickly find the Colorado Ice Indoor football website. You have found something you think your kids would love to do! After all you just heard your child yell from outside, “I am Willie Copeland. The greatest Quarter back ever!” or at least you think that is what you heard. That is when you decide to take action. You decide you are going to buy some tickets to the Colorado Ice Indoor football game!

You click on the schedule and events tab on the Colorado Ice Indoor football website and you see there is a game this weekend and now you start to notice you are getting really excited because you are sure the kids are going to love going to see the game.

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As the excitement bubbles up inside of you, you have the thought of asking the kids if they want to go to the game but then you remember what you heard just a second ago about Willie Copeland. You know they are going to love it so you decide that you won’t ruin the surprise. You buy the tickets now.

The kids come barreling through the door for water and snacks. Playing football outside has made them all very hungry and thirsty. Now you are almost bursting with excitement you realize the kids are going to love it!

Game day arrives and you go into their rooms to wake them up. You tell them they need to get up because you have a surprise for them and they need to get ready to go! Confused but excited the kids get out of bed and get dressed. You are loving the smiles on their faces and the eager anticipation that comes with getting a surprise. You’re loving hearing their constant questioning of what the surprise is but you aren’t going to tell them a thing. You aren’t going to tell them the thing to do in Colorado that you found. You are a great keeper of secrets, at least this time…

The kids are dressed and ready to go. You chuckle as you realize they certainly got ready for their surprise a lot faster than when you get them up to go to school!

The tension is mounting as you get closer to the Budweiser events center. The kids see the arena now and they now know where they are going! They start to yell, “Are we going to see the Colorado Ice play!?”

You can’t contain yourself any longer so you exclaim, “Yes!” The kids scream and that is when you really get that you did something awesome for your kids and they love it! Best surprise ever!

You and the kids get inside. You buy a beer and some snacks for the kids then you go and find your seats. The fun is just about to begin and the kids couldn’t be any happier. You couldn’t be happier, more excited or more satisfied.

As the kickoff is about to happen your kids look over with a sparkle in their eyes and say, “Thank you! We love you!” You now know that they are going to be really excited when they realize you actually got season tickets to the game and they get to come back and do it again next week! Best idea ever!