April 21, 2013
The Alabama Steeldogs were an Arena Football League team that played in Birmingham from 2000 to 2007. Because football is such an popular sport in Alabama, most people assumed that the Steeldogs would be around forever and give the town another great football team to follow. Unfortunately, they may have been one team too many. After seasons of lackluster attendance and playing in an older stadium, the Steeldogs played their final game in the 2007 season. Although they didn’t live up to expectations, there are a few players who deserve to be remembered.
Erick Harris was easily the most talented athlete who was (more…)
June 16, 2012
Some people remember the Alabama Steeldogs as the Birmingham Steeldogs. Either way the team is now defunct. The team was originally created as a part of the Arena Football League. Although they survived for a few years it became increasingly difficult, financially, to survive.
The Steeldogs were incorporated in the year 2000. The team was one of the charter teams in the af2. The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Arena, located in the downtown area, was the site of the first af2 game held in 2000. The Steeldogs hosted the Tennessee Valley Vipers. The two teams played in front of 14,831 fans. (more…)
September 22, 2011
The Alabama Steeldogs a team originally known as the Birmingham Steeldogs, were incorporated as a development team for the Arena Football League. The team lasted a few seasons in the realm of Arena Football. However towards the end they started to struggle mightily. The problem with this particular team went beyond the field. The management of the team eventually struggled to keep the team going so in 2007 the team owner mentioned that for the 2008 season they would not have a (more…)
September 9, 2011
When the Steeldogs were first introduced to Birmingham residents there was much excitement. Surely investors assumed that this was a great sign, and since Alabama residents love football, what could possibly go wrong? Apparently, several things.
While Birmingham residents indeed to love football, their love of the sport is not spread out evenly. College football is an obsession in this city, and the time devoted to following the Crimson Tide, Auburn, and UAB leaves very little (more…)
August 26, 2011
As a mascot “Rusty” truly represented the organization and the city of Birmingham. For those who don’t remember Rusty it was a dog, dressed as a football player, with a metallic jaw. The metallic jaw was a nice touch because the steel on Rusty’s jaw represented the steel industry in the city of Birmingham. Whenever a mascot incorporates its home city identity it adds to the appeal of the mascot and the ties the team has to its city.
Although in the logo Rusty looks very menacing the mascot that was seen on the field was a very (more…)
July 22, 2011
We know you miss your Steel Dogs…we do too. But the good news is it’s almost football season again and we’re not just talking about the arena kind! Teams are gearing up for the best season yet and with the NFL still in talks over a lockout college may be all we’ve got. Here are a few of the teams we think Steel Dog fans should be rooting for and watching on their Direct star tv.
Auburn: Who doesn’t love Auburn? The slight underdog in Alabama this team has heart and (more…)
May 1, 2011
It is always so painful when a major sports team can’t survive in a city. With the Alabama Steeldogs now a defunct Arena Football Team the city of Birmingham needs to consider whether or not a comeback should be in the works. There are a couple of things that need to be considered if a comeback is even possible. The two major things are what is the cost and are there fans to support the team.
There are times in any league when a team struggles financially. If the city can recognize the potential for income by having a (more…)
April 16, 2011
When the Arena Football League kicked off earlier this month for the first time in three years, the Alabama Steeldogs were not part of the equation. In fact, since their folded from AF2 in 2007, there hasn’t even been talk of the Steeldogs making their way back in Arena Football play. The questions is: why didn’t the Steeldogs succeed as an Arena Football team. The answer, as always, is complicated, but to put it simple: money. In 2007, after a couple of years of trying to find a new majority owner, (more…)
April 1, 2011
The Alabama Steeldogs are the most tenured professional football team to ever play in Alabama. The team was in incorporated in 2000 and played in Alabama until 2007 until the team was dissolved. The arena football team’s colors were orange, black and silver. The team’s name paid tribute to Birmingham’s steel industry.
Several former Alabama Steeldog players have been players on other professional football teams. Four players went to play in the National Football League, while ten players were signed to AFL teams and three players played for teams in the Canadian Football League. Here is a list of the final roster (more…)
January 17, 2011
As sports fans across the country countdown to Spring Training and the beginning of baseball season, arena football aficionados have their own date in mind, similarly aligned on the calendar, to which to look forward to. No, the Steeldogs will not be suiting up in 2011, but that doesn’t give true fans a reason to deny themselves the irreplaceable bone-crunching intensity the sport has to offer.Set to be a banner year for arena football, the AFL will feature the first 18-game schedule in league history, delivering even more action in the second year since the league’s hiatus. Expanding to 18 teams from 15, franchises in Kansas City, Philadelphia and San Jose make their prodigal return to the AFL stage, with the Pittsburgh Power joining the ranks for the first time. Only the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz were lost as an offseason casualty. Among other changes fans may notice, two teams will make their name/location changes official, as the Alabama Vipers and Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings reincarnate the Georgia Force and New Orleans VooDoo, respectively.Kick-off is set for March 11th, featuring the following match ups:
- Philadelphia Soul Pittsburgh Power 8:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Storm New Orleans VooDoo 8:00 PM
- Spokane Shock San Jose Sabercats 10:30 PM (more…)