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Atlanta Steaming, LFL360.com, Gino Payne

LFL360.com, Gino Payne

The women of the Atlanta Steam were steaming angry about LFL360.com’s 2013 publication of “The List”. Their immediate reaction was shock, then anger, and finally resolve.

A few weeks ago, all-star linebacker Adrian Purnell of the Jacksonville Breeze threw the Steam a slick insult on Commissioner’s Corner, “…everyone thinks we are looking forward to the Atlanta game this year because everyone is talking a big game about them. (They) are the least of my worries right now.” Literally days later, “The List” guaranteed Atlanta to go 0-4.

Wide Receiver Krista Cross’s immediate social media response was “{forget} the world. They got it backwards, 4-0.” As many of her teammates echoed her sentiment, the frustration grew nearly out of control before a cooler head prevailed.

Head coach Ray Norell advised the team to focus on the work that they’ve put in over the last five months and not get caught up in media predictions and publication. Wide receiver Holly Oakes stated, “While 0-4 is totally not going to happen, it definitely made some people mad. I was upset too, but now we are already looking past that. It just fired us up even more.”
Regarding Adrian Purnell’s comments, Oakes added, “She has her opinions. We have our opinion. We are going to show up to play regardless if she is ready or not.”

One might argue that this team has a sense of entitlement, as if they deserve to be given the respect of other teams and media members of the LFL before having taken even one snap in the LFL. But why are they so confident and sure? To make an argument in their favor, The Atlanta Steam is teeming with confidence. They have size, speed, toughness, raw athletic ability and football experience.

As simple as that argument is, the counter-point is even simpler; The Steam is 0-0 in LFL history. No Touchdowns… no Yards… never even suited up. Within this opposite point of view lay the ingredients for the age-old sports dilemma: Immeasurable Potential vs. Proven Production.

I’m sure this conversation will go right up until opening game night in Jacksonville. There must be someone who has intimate knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the LFL and what the Atlanta Steam abilities are. Enter wide receiver Stephanie Orji of the Atlanta Steam, who spent her previous season in the LFL with the Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia Passion. When asked how good this Steam team is, Orji responded, “I can genuinely look at this team and tell these girls have experience playing the game of football. It may not be in the LFL, but they have experience playing tackle football. The raw talent is pretty obvious to anyone who has actually watched this team practice. I’m sure we are going to shock a lot of people this year.”

For tickets to Atlanta Steam homes games visit www.ticketmaster.com, call 770-813-7600 , or visit the Arena at Gwinnett Center box office.

Omaha Heart @ Atlanta Steam – Saturday, April 13th

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  1. How Will LFL Atlanta Steam Do in 2013?

    [...] According to an article in lfl360.com, linebacker Adrian Purnell of the Jacksonville Breeze talked some smack on Commissioner’s Corner: “…everyone thinks we are looking forward to the Atlanta game this year because everyone is talking a big game about them. (They) are the least of my worries right now.” Literally days later, “The List” guaranteed Atlanta to go 0-4. [...]


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