ATLANTA STEAM COULD END, SIX-YEAR CHICAGO BLISS POSTSEASON RUN
Former Bliss head-coach Keith Hac returned to the team in the 2012 season (third season in league history) and his team struggled to get things together. The Bliss missed the postseason for the first time in franchise history that year with a 1-3 finish in the Western Conference.
The following year Hac and his Bliss team made it back to the postseason, going on to win the team’s first Legends Cup title.
Since the 1-3 season in 2012, the Chicago Bliss would go on to win Four Legends Cup titles, appearing in five, and advancing to the postseason six times in six years. Their run was arguably the best streak of a dynasty the league has seen, despite not executing a Three-Peat as the LA Temptation did in season’s 1-3.
Fast forward to today and the Chicago Bliss without their Championship winning coach, sit at an 0-2 record in the Eastern Conference. Sitting in last place in the league is very unfamiliar territory for the Bliss franchise. The Bliss are expected to fall to an 0-3 record, which would be the first time in team history.
The Steam are large favorites this week against Chicago and need to get to the 2-1 mark as their final game of the year against Omaha will be no give-me game, like seasons past.
Atlanta needs to work on areas of their defensive line in order to have any chance at a postseason run with expected opponents like LA, Austin, and Seattle. The Steam struggled mightily against LA’s rushing attack and if matched up against ChrisDell Harris, Stevi Schnoor & Dominique Malloy it could be even uglier.
Atlanta looks to close the door on the Bliss’ season and officially write the new chapter on this great Rivalry and its new beginnings in 2019. Week 9’s matchup of the Chicago Bliss visiting the Atlanta Steam will air on the LFL’s YouTube Channel Saturday, June 22nd.
ARENA: Infinite Energy Arena – Duluth, GA
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Tamika Robinson, Chaz Duson, Emma Vanderheyden
Dakota Hughes, Lauran Ziegler, Amber Clark
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
– Atlanta WR’s Ziegler and Marshall against inexperienced Bliss secondary
– Chicago offensive line blocking against Atlanta defensive front
– Steam runningback Nicole Hulce in the Steam rushing attack
ALL TIME HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: 8-2 Chicago