Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Revised 2008 Catania Elephants Football Schedule

Today our Head Coach and General Manager of the Elefanti, Davide Giuliano, passed along an updated schedule for the 2008 season. A new schedule had to be issued because the Italian Football League added a second team from Palermo to the Super Liga.

We will play our home games at Stadio Santa Maria Goretti (capacity 6,000, pictured above), a rugby field we convert to play our brand of football. Our ten regular season games are all on Sundays starting at 3:00 p.m.

2008 Catania Elephants Football Schedule
* Schedule revised December 17, 2007
March 30 at Milan Rhinos

April 6 BYE
April 13 at Bergamo Lions
April 20 Palermo Sharks
April 27 at Palermo Corsati

May 4 Ancona Dolphins
May 11 at Palermo Sharks
May 18 BYE
May 25 Parma Panthers

June 1 Palermo Corsari
June 8 at Bologna Doves
June 15 Bolzano Giants
June 22 BYE

June 28/29 Playoff Semi-Finals
July 19 Italian Championship Game

The schedule also lists two other events that I am not clear on yet. On July 5th, the Eurobowl Finals will be played. On July 12th, something that translates into "absolutely fill in the hole All Star proposal" as well as the EFAF Cup Finals will be going on. The timing of these two events, the two weekends between our Semi-Finals and Championship games, is rather strange to me.

While the search for our third and final import player continues, we are set at Quarterback and Wide Receiver.

Our QB is Jason Johnson who grew up in the Seattle area. He played at the University of Arizona where his name is at or near the top of their game, season and career passing lists. He also spent one year with the NFL's Buffalo Bills and three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. He will also be our Offensive Coordinator. I met him for dinner at Maria's Kitchen in Encino about four weeks ago when he came into L.A. from Edmonton for business. He is a great young man with lots of enthusiasm and ideas. I think we will have a great time together.

Our WR is Matt Epperson out of Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. He has also played one season of football in Finland. On tape he looks quick and has good hands. We will probably use him as a DB and Kick/Punt Returner as well. Our phone conversations have led me to believe that he will fit right in with us. I love his Texas drawl.

Our last import is still a mystery. We need either an offensive/defensive lineman or a linebacker/fullback-tight end type. The quest continues!

I leave for Italy, via a couple of days in London, three weeks from today! It's getting closer and closer. The reality and enormity of this adventure is starting to hit me, life will be different that's for sure!!!

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