Back in February of this year, the Maine Mammoths of the National Arena League released a statement. Among other things, it essentially stated that they were looking for a “new local ownership group”. Due to the season about to start, and no solid deal being made, they “decided to take a hiatus” from the 2019 season.
The fans in Portland, Maine were, no doubt, saddened by the announcement. They seemed to really enjoy the smash mouth, lightning fast, slam-into-the-walls football in the land of the North. Many posts by fans on social media felt like the hearts of these fans were bleeding, hoping to return to the environment seen in the photo above. Well, perhaps their hearts may not have to bleed for much longer. On Thursday, August 22nd, a fan posted on Facebook the following:
“Can we have our team the Maine Mammoths back please?” To which, Rob Storm, one of the most influential owners in the NAL responded:
“working on it. Pretty close now…”
While there has been no official statement, this looks promising that the burgundy and gold could return for the 2020 season! The competition may just get better and better in the NAL. In fact, NAL Champions, the Jacksonville Sharks may have benefited from the Mammoths hiatus. It opened the door for QB Jonathan Bane, and wide receiver Devin Wilson to venture south and join a ravenous Shark Tank. If the Mammoths do return for 2020, they’ll certainly be a welcome addition to the league. While their 2018 record wasn’t the best, they arguably boasted the best look.
The Jacksonville Sharks, Carolina Cobras, Columbus Lions, and Massachusetts Pirates all look like locks to return for another fantastic season! The New York Streets and Orlando Predators have looming question marks hovering above them like dark storm clouds. Their fate will likely be revealed in the next few months. But the Storm (Rob Storm) at least revealed a silver lining today for the fans in Portland, Maine.