Chicago Rush top AFLWA preseason poll
03/31/2010 9:54 PM
Las Vegas - The Chicago Rush is the preseason No. 1 in the Arena Football League Writers Association Top 8 Poll as the AFL prepares to begin a new season after taking last year off. Voting was split, with all 15 teams receiving votes and six clubs receiving at least one first-place vote. The Rush received two first-place votes and 53 points to edge out the No. 2 Tampa Bay Storm, which had one first-place vote and 50 points. The Dallas Vigilantes actually had the most first-place votes, with four, but was third with 49 points.

Rounding out the Top 8 were the Cleveland Gladiators, Orlando Predators, Spokane Shock, Milwaukee Iron and Arizona Rattlers.

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AFLWA TOP 8 POLL (Preseason)

Rk. Team [1st Place] W-L Pts. Pvs. This week

1. Chicago [2] 0-0 53 at Iowa

2. Tampa Bay (1) 0-0 50 at Tulsa

3. Dallas (4) 0-0 49 Open

4. Cleveland (1) 0-0 36 vs. Arizona

5. Orlando 0-0 31 Open

6. Spokane (1) 0-0 30 vs. Milwaukee

7. Milwaukee (1) 0-0 28 at Spokane

8. Arizona 0-0 19 at Cleveland

Others receiving votes: Tulsa 15, Jacksonville 14, Oklahoma City 14, Bossier-Shreveport 9, Alabama 5, Iowa 5, Utah 2.