Arena Football League Portland Steel

2016 Portland Steel: As Told By The Internet

January 6

AFL Press Release

League Takes Over Operations of Portland Thunder

The Arena Football League, as part of the continued effort to solidify its membership foundation, has taken over operation of the Portland Thunder, the league announced today.”

February 3

Portland Tribune

Emmert Fires Back at Arena Football League

Terry Emmert, who owned and ran the Arena Football League’s Portland Thunder the past two seasons, has fired back at the league, which took over team operations last month. Emmert said in a statement that the AFL’s move to seize control of the Thunder caught him ‘off guard… We held the genuine belief we were negotiating (with the league) in good faith’ on issues involved the team and AFL, Emmert said.”

February 24

Portland Steel Twitter

The New Hotness #Steel Strong


March 11

Portland Steel Press Release

Steel Acquires Former Duck Lyerla

“The Portland Steel have completed a trade with the Arizona Rattlers, acquiring former Oregon Duck standout WR Colt Lyerla in exchange for OL Jordan Mudge, the Arena Football League offices announced late Thursday evening. ‘Colt is a tremendous talent,’ Steel head coach Ron James stated. ‘We’re eager to see how his skills translate to the arena game.'”

April 2

Arizona Rattlers Press Release

Rattlers Begin Regular Season With Big Win Over Steel, 80-28

“The five-time World Champion Arizona Rattlers (1-0) began the regular season with a victory over the Portland Steel (0-1) Friday night at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon by a score of 80-28 in front of 6,782 fans.”

April 10

Portland Tribune

Steel Almost Knock Off Orlando

“The Portland Steel had the ball last with a chance for a huge road upset, but the Orlando Predators held on for a 53-50 win Saturday before 10,732 fans at Amway Center.”

April 13

Portland Steel Press Release

Steel Place WR Colt Lyerla on Inactive Reserve

“The Portland Steel have placed wide receiver Colt Lyerla on inactive reserve, head coach and general manager Ron James announced today. The former University of Oregon tight end suffered a shoulder injury early in the game against the Orlando Predators last week.”

April 17

Philly Sports Live

Soul Drop the Hammer on Portland Steel

“…The Philadelphia Soul would defeat Portland 70-32 for their first home win of the season to go 2-1 on the season while Portland falls to 0-3 on the season.”

April 27

Inside the Arena

Steel Sign QB Darron Thomas, Release Danny Southwick

“After three games this season, Southwick found himself among the league’s worst in completion percentage, touchdown percentage, and turnovers… ‘We are excited to add Darron to our team,’ said Steel head coach Ron James. ‘Darron possesses a unique skill set at the quarterback position. He has played at a high level in college and is intent on becoming a consistent quarterback.”

May 1

Arizona Rattlers Press Release

Rattlers Break the Steel, 68-21

“The five time world champion Arizona Rattlers (5-0) stayed undefeated with a win over conference foe Portland Steel (0-4) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona in front of 11,510 fans.”

May 4

Portland Steel Twitter

#MayThe4thBeWithYou #StarWarsDay #SteelStrong


May 11

Portland Tribune

Steel Go Back to Drawing Board After “Very Disappointing” Loss at L.A.

“The Steel might need to find two or three of them as they prepare to go back on the road – again. Portland is 0-5, and the offense and defense both need work, for sure, after Monday night’s 66-27 Arena Football League setback at the Los Angeles KISS.”

May 15

Portland Tribune

Shane Austin Excited to Be Back at QB for AFL Portland Steel

Shane Austin has gone full circle. In his case, full circle took him from Cleveland to Portland to Saskatchewan (via Orlando and Atlanta) to Albuquerque and back to Cleveland, from where he will return to Portland on Tuesday.”

May 16

Cleveland Gladiators Press Release

Gladiators Hold On to Defeat Steel in Overtime, 55-48

“In front of 6,733 fans at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Gladiators saw a 20-point lead vanish late in the fourth quarter, only to recover in overtime and hold off the Portland Steel for a 55-48 victory.”

May 21

Jacksonville Sharks Press Release

Sharks Smoke Steel on Saturday, 65-34

“The Jacksonville Sharks used a combination of efficient offense and defensive stops to build a two-score halftime lead on Saturday night and never looked back, as Jacksonville defeated the Portland Steel by a 65-34 count in front of 10,208 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.”

May 25

The Oregonian YouTube Channel

One-on-one with Darron Thomas: Part 1

“Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas talks about his future plans to become a high school football coach.”

May 28

Portland Steel Press Release

Portland Steel Take a Tough Loss Against the L.A. KISS, 54-42

“The Portland Steel lost a tough game against the LA KISS, 54-42, in front of 7,150 at Honda Center on Saturday night. The loss extends the Portland losing streak to eight games to start the season.”

June 2

Portland Steel Twitter

One. More. Day. #PDX Are you ready? #HomeGame #SteelStrong #BeatTampa


June 4

Inside the Arena

Steel Stomp Storm For First Win

“In a performance worthy of a division leader instead of a winless bottom-dweller, the Portland Steel (1-8) earned their first victory of the season in spectacular fashion over the Tampa Bay Storm, 68-35.”

June 7

Portland Steel Twitter

The AFL announced Steel DB Sergio Gilliam is Defensive Player of the Week


June 12

Fox Sports Arizona

Rattlers Beat Portland for 3rd time

“The Arizona Rattlers completed a three-game sweep of their series with the Portland Steel by defeating the Steel 76-49 on Saturday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena… The Rattlers improved to 8-3, while Portland falls to 1-9.”

June 14

Portland Steel Twitter/Facebook, AFL Press Release

Meadow Lemon hired as Team President of the Portland Steel #SteelStrong

“The Arena Football League (AFL) announced today that it has hired Meadow Lemon as President of the Portland Steel. Mr. Lemon brings to the team experience in sales, marketing, and football operations.”


June 19

Portland Steel Press Release

Steel Fall Short at Home, Lose to the Gladiators 58-49

“The Portland Steel lost a close game to the Cleveland Gladiators, 58-49, in front of 4,516 fans at Moda Center on Saturday night. The Steel pulled to within six points in the fourth quarter, but a late field goal thwarts a comeback.”

June 19

Portland Steel Twitter

“ICYMI: Shane Austin threw for his 250th AFL touchdown in last night’s game against the Cleveland Gladiators.”


June 26

Portland Steel Twitter

Nick Truesdell has been out since Week 1 (ankle). He returns tomorrow when the Steel take on the Philadelphia Soul.”


June 28

Inside the Arena

Dominant Second Half Lifts Soul Over Steel, 59-38

The Philadelphia Soul scored 31 consecutive points in the third and fourth quarters to put away the Portland Steel, 59-38, in Monday night’s only game of AFL action. This loss did nothing regarding playoff positioning for Portland (1-11), who continues to toil in the National Conference basement. With the victory, Philadelphia (10-3) moved one game behind the American Conference-leading Orlando Predators (11-2) with just three games remaining for both teams.

June 30

Portland Steel Twitter

“#TouchdownThursday Rashaad Carter has hauled in 6 TD passes in the last 2 gms. #SteelStrong #CarterFor6″


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