Tonight the Arizona Rattlers played the Cleveland Gladiators in ArenaBowl XXVII, Arizona’s fourth straight appearance in the title game.
The game was a complete dismantling of the Cleveland Gladiators by the Arizona Rattlers. Cleveland was the overall best team in the AFL this year with a 19-1 record heading in to tonight’s game, the Rattlers are 17-3. With Cleveland knocking on the door of the legendary 20th win (no Arena League team has ever won 20 games in a season) some analysts were picking the Gladiators to win, though apparently nobody told the Las Vegas bookies (who picked AZ by 5 ½ points) and more important, nobody told the Rattlers players.
With the 72-32 win the Arizona Rattlers have won the last three ArenaBowls, only the Detroit Drive (now defunct) were able to match three straight ArenaBowl wins in 1988 through 1990. This was the largest point differential in ArenaBowl history and an amazingly fun game to watch as a Rattlers fan.