Earlier this week, PFT contributor Gregg Rosenthal pointed out that Mike Ditka, co-owner of the AFL’s Chicago Rush, fears that the leading indoor pro football league won’t return in 2010 from its current hiatus due to the presence of “too many weak sisters.”
There’s now something more tangible to suggest that the AFL won’t be back.
The Tampa Bay Storm has parted ways with coach Tim Marcum.
Marcum remained on the job even during the ongoing one-year break. And he was being paid.
So does the move mean that there won’t be a 2010 season?
“Don’t ask me any trick questions,” a laughing Marcum told John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times.
Marcum is a charter member of the AFL’s Hall of Fame, and he owns seven championship rings. (He’d have a few more, but they ran out of tin foil.)
“I’ve put 20 years of my life in this thing,” Marcum said. “I’ve turned down
opportunities for other jobs. I left Steve Spurrier’s staff after one
year at Florida to return to this game. I love this
game. I love the players. In the old days they played for $500 a game
because they loved it. Kurt Warner probably never played for more than
$1,500 a game in Iowa because he loved it.
“We started this thing with four teams in 1987, and today
there are 120 teams playing some form of indoor football. To have been
a part of the beginnings of all of that is great. It really is. But
that doesn’t pay the bills.”
Marcum’s age — 64 — likely is working against him, especially as it relates to opportunities in the NFL. Maybe he can land in the UFL.
“I may need to get me a paper route,” Marcum told Romano.
Actually, that might pay better than the UFL.