Jeff Garcia and Ahman Green hope to lead the Omaha Nighthawks to the UFL title (Photo courtesy of United Football League).
Written by John Archibald, Editor
The United Football League (UFL) will be kicking off its second year of play this Saturday in a day-night doubleheader, starting with an opener that features the Hartford Colonials hosting the Sacramento Mountain Lions. Since we have no games under our belt, there is no better time than now to voice our opinions on how the season will turn out. The best time to look smart is when you have no activity to prove you wrong yet, right? With that prelude, we now bring you Resolution Sports’ “Five Bold Predictions of the 2010 UFL Season.”
1. Jeff Garcia will be named the UFL’s Most Valuable Player.
For starters, Jeff Garcia can ball. But even past that, he’s a fighter. Without any question, Garcia is still good enough to play in the NFL, and I personally feel he’s a bit hurt that he didn’t have any teams calling him before training camp opened. A proven winner, Garcia has taken over the reins for two legendary pro quarterbacks in his career, first Doug Flutie in the Canadian Football League and then Steve Young when he finally made his way to the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s also been to the Pro Bowl four times, but I have two major reasons why I think Garcia will receive MVP honors in the way of two former Green Bay Packers: wideout Robert Ferguson and tailback Ahman Green. Ferguson will provide a go-to deep threat, and defenses have to respect Ahman Green, which will open up the passing game. Not to mention, former Rose Bowl hero Maurice Clarett is a backup to Green. If the newly reformed Clarett can recapture some of that magic he had at Ohio State, then that will only bolster the offensive production of the Nighthawks.
2. The Hartford Colonials will lead the UFL in rushing.
When the Hartford Colonials, who play at UConn’s Rentschler Field, drafted Andre Dixon with the second overall pick in the 2010 UFL Draft, it was clear that the former Huskies tailback would be its starter. Until former Florida State standout Lorenzo Booker came to town, that is. For most running backs, that would be a problem, but not for Dixon. The New Jersey native first split time with Indianapolis Colts tailback Donald Brown at UConn before sharing the load with Jordan Todman as a senior. Why is that important? Because if a guy has no issues with cutting up the carries with another solid runner, which Booker also has no issue with, that means your two guys are going to be healthier and fresher throughout the season. Advantage Hartford.
3. Otis Amey will lead the UFL in receiving yards.
Otis Amey, a two-time All-American at Sacramento State University, now plays with the Sacramento Mountain Lions, and that means Daunte Culpepper will be slinging him the ball. And don’t let his 5-foot-10, 192-pound frame fool you. Amey plays tough, and he can flat out fly. In no other time in his professional career was this more evident than in his two-year stay in the Arena Football League, where he accumulated 201 receptions for 2,549 yards and 66 touchdowns in two seasons. He also led the AFL with 50 total scores in 2008. These kinds of numbers on a small field prove he knows how to get open, and I have a funny feeling that Culpepper is the kind of quarterback who will be able to find him.
4. The Omaha Nighthawks will defeat the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the UFL Championship Game.
I really hope the rest of the UFL doesn’t think I am knocking them, because I honestly feel and know the entire league is stacked with talent. That being said, I feel that the teams with the two most proven quarterbacks will face one another in the 2010 UFL Championship this Thanksgiving Weekend. I don’t think too many people will argue that those two signal callers are Daunte Culpepper of the Sacramento Mountain Lions and Jeff Garcia of the Omaha Nighthawks. Football is a quarterback driven game, and I feel both Culpepper and Garcia have something to prove to a lot of NFL decision makers who left them for dead. Their determination will be enough to get them to the title game. In the end, Omaha defeats Sacramento in a hard-fought battle, 27-24.
5. Ahman Green will play in Super Bowl XLV.
Okay, so this isn't necessarily a bold prediction in terms of the UFL, but I think Nighthawks tailback Ahman Green will have a stellar season in Omaha. As an end result to his year, I think it will lead to him re-signing with the Green Bay Packers when the UFL season concludes. The Packers suffered a massive blow yesterday when they announced starter Ryan Grant was done for the year, and they are thin at the position. While Green may be of no help to them while under contract with the Nighthawks, I do feel his knowledge of the Green Bay offense and experience in their system will lead to him being a late season addition when he becomes eligible after the UFL Championship Game. What happens in the Super Bowl? Packers fall to the Baltimore Ravens, 23-17.