The Sacramento Mountain Lions lost their third game of the season Wednesday night at Raley Field. The 20-9 loss to the first place Las Vegas Locomotives leaves Sacramento winless in the season.
The Sacramento Mountain Lions are bringing professional football back to Sacramento on Friday as they host the Omaha Nighthawks at Raley Field for their home opener. It's the first of four games the Mountain Lions will play at home this year, and the team now has former NFL coach Turk Schonert at the helm, bringing his experience at Tampa Bay and Buffalo to the team in its fourth season. Tickets for the game range from $15 - $45. Raley Field is a new venue for the team, which formerly played at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. Though Raley Field is smaller than Hornet Stadium with around 6,000 fewer seats, team officials have said the staff and amenities at Raley Field make it attract
A fun and exciting game between the Omaha Nighthawks and the Sacramento Mountain Lions took place on Saturday. The second game of the season started with Jeff Wolfert kicking off to Mountain Lions Aaron Woods. The fleet-footed Woods returned the ball 15 yards and the game was underway. Hornet Stadium was filled; over 17,600 spectators of all ages were in the stands cheering on the home team. Fans came to watch an exciting game and enjoy great food and the company of hometown supporters on the sunny day. The game started with some momentum for the Mountain Lions but ended with a missed field goal. The Nighthawks drove down to the Mountain Lions end of the field but they too missed a f
The United Football League announced today that it is moving its 2011 season game schedule to begin in mid-September, consistent with the past two years. The new season had been slated to begin on August 13, 2011. “We originally moved up our season to meet fan demand during the slow month of August,” said UFL Commissioner MICHAEL HUYGHUE. “We felt, and still feel, that playing meaningful games during August would benefit the UFL. Unfortunately the uncertainty gripping pro sports given the NFL and NBA lockouts created a destabilizing impact throughout the industry. Ultimately this delayed our ability to secure television agreements and other related business matters. “We believe though th
Last week I wrote that the Sacramento Mountain Lions were holding open try outs in Sacramento on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15. A total of 245 players showed up to the workout, and five would find a spot on the roster on coach Dennis Green’s roster. The Mountain Lions signed Eric Arogbofa (tight end, Tuskegee University), Daniel Catalano (defensive end, Northern Michigan University), JT Gilmore (linebacker, Western Oregon University),Adam Tafralis (quarterback, San Jose State) and Marcus Smith (defensive lineman, University of Arizona) after the Sacramento tryouts. Tafralis grew up in Millbrae, where he starred at Mills High School. After three years at San Jose State (2004-07) he wa
While the NFL and its players await news as to whether or not their season will even occur, the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League will be holding two open player tryouts in Sacramento this weekend. The first tryout will be on Saturday at Foothill High and on the second will be on Sunday at Natomas High. Both tryouts will start at 9 a.m. and finish at noon. If you are worried as to whether they will pick anyone up, don’t be, as they added two players already – tight end Dominique Jones and defensive end Brian Coulter. Both players were picked up in a tryout that was held in southern California earlier in the month. They are looking for players at all positions. Athlet
The inaugural 2010 season for the Mountain Lions was a success and now the organization is preparing for an even bigger 2011 season. Not only are the players hard at work, but so are the new Mountain Lions Cheerleaders. In this video, the 2011 Mountain Lions cheerleader share their thoughts on the upcoming season. The new team is filled with both veterans and rookies excited for what the 2011 season has in store for them. The Lady Lions prepare not only to support the Mountain Lions and entertain the fans, but to make an impact in the local community as well.
While Sacramento was recovering from their football hangover that was the Super Bowl, the Sacramento Mountain Lions made Martin Bayless defensive coordinator on Tuesday. In 2010, Bayless was the special teams coordinator as well as the defensive backs coach for Sacramento. The previous year Bayless was the defensive backs coach for the California Redwoods. Bayless played 13 years at Safety in the NFL (1984-1996) and was voted San Diego Chargers Man of the Year in 1990 and 1991 as well as the Kansas City Chiefs NFL Man of the Year in his final season as a pro. After his playing days Bayless spent some time in the Buffalo Bills’ front office as the director of player development in 1998.
While Santa Clause and his elves were getting ready for their busiest time of the year, two Sacramento Mountain Lions added their names to a long list. Not the list that Santa uses, but instead, a list of UFL players signed to NFL teams. Fullback ,Tyler Clutts, and Kicker, Fabrizio Scaccia, are the most recent UFLers gone NFL. Clutts is now a member of the Cleveland Browns practice squad while Scaccia finds himself on the 49ers practice squad. I know we’re talking about “practice”, but opportunities like these are what every aspiring pro football hopes for. Clutts, who originally came to Sacramento as a long snapper, had a strong season that paved the way for Sacramento running back,
When Daunte Culpepper was taken by the Minnesota Vikings in 1999 and he put on the purple No. 11 jersey, the party started for him, but that fun only lasted for so long. With guys like Cris Carter and Randy Moss, he was thrown to the lions with lions on his side. Not many young quarterbacks are given an opportunity like that. But for Culpepper and Minnesota it wasn't smooth sailing for as long as they would have hoped. Soon after Carter’s departure, Culpepper would follow suit. In 2005, after he went down with a knee injury, he found himself calling Miami, Oakland and Detroit home in a span of just three years. Since 2006, Culpepper has been in two of the toughest cities to play: Oaklan
When the Dallas Cowboys travel to play the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, a familiar face to the Sacramento Mountain Lions faithful will be seen. The 6-foot-1 225 lb Safety, Andrew Sendejo, will be suiting up for the Cowboys after signing a contract on November 29. In Sacramento, Sendejo, led his team with 48 tackles and ended up tying for second in the UFL. He made it known that he was thankful for his opportunity in Sacramento and appreciative of his time here. “I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to come play in the UFL, because if it wasn’t for the UFL I probably wouldn’t be where I’m at. I’ll always remember my time in Sacramento.” Going from the Californ
Game day discount for fans who bring in food for River City Food Bank FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SACRAMENTO, CA – Tuesday, October 26, 2010 – The Sacramento Mountain Lions and Goodwill Industries are partnering to offer a $5 ticket discount to fans that make a donation to the River City Food Bank. Donations will be accepted at all Goodwill locations as well as the Goodwill truck in FanFest at Saturday’s game. The food bank, which burned down early last Thursday morning, is in need of supplies and food to continue to serve the community members who seek aid every day. As the Mountain Lions’ charity partner, the Goodwill has been offering a $5 ticket discount to people who make a donation t
Daunte Culpepper threw four interceptions and fumbled once in the Mountain Lions’ 26-3 home loss to the Las Vegas Locomotives Friday night at Hornet Stadium. In the post-game press conference, Lions Coach Dennis Green was visibly upset at his team’s performance. “We had so many opportunities, and gave them all away,” Green said. Coming off of a bye week and unimpressive rushing games prior to Friday night (just 146 yards rushing on 63 carries in three games), the Lions had a considerably more effective ground game with Cory Ross running for 71 yards on 15 carries and Steve Baylark running for 46 yards on only four carries. Green remarked that his team moved the ball well, with run bloc
Monday afternoon the Sacramento Mountain Lions arrived via two Amador Stage tour buses on the Capitol Greens on the west side of the Capitol building. They quickly demonstrated their prowess, signed autographs and were gone in a flash it seems. I had never heard of them until last night. Thanks to Wikipedia, I am now enlightened. The Sacramento Mountain Lions are a professional American football team based in Sacramento, California that plays in the United Football League. The franchise originated as the California Redwoods, and played its home games in San Francisco and San Jose. The team will play its 2010 home games at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, home of the Sacramento State Ho
With only two weeks left in training camp before the United Football League commences regular season play the Sacramento Mountain Lions coaches are taking their final looks before deciding on their final roster. Coaches yelled instructions during practice and the players went through the drills at the Harvard Corporate Center. Around my work there’s been a lot of fantasy football talk as the National Football League begins league play next Thursday and the excitement is in the air. UFL games will be played on Saturday evenings so, if you like football you can watch professional football games at least 3 different nights a week. Some people might think that’s too much but I tend to differ w
Foothill High School was off the hook on Thursday night. Not only was it host to an open house for the high school (Welcome Back Mustangs!), but your Sacramento Mountain Lions had commandeered the football stadium for their second mock football game of training camp. We arrived at dusk and found the front parking lot full and street parking at a premium. (Footballs siren song had pulled three friends into the adventure with me). We entered the front of the campus, and I asked one of the back-to-schoolers where we could find the football field. "Oh, it's way back there," she replied, pointing off into the distance. We passed thr
Interview with Sacramento Mountain Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper was a star with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL and also played for the Oakland Raiders.
Celebrity athletes are just like you and I. Well, maybe not just like you and I, but similar. They are like richer, better-dressed, more-fit versions of us (Or, in Scot Pollard's case, just richer). The similarities were on display at the second annual Athletes vs. Cancer golf tournament at the Woodcreek Golf Club, hosted by Matt Barnes on Saturday. Barnes founded the AVC to honor his mother, who passed away from cancer in 2007. Their mission is to "support research, create awareness, provide screening opportunities and deliver support to cancer patients." The tournament featured many athletes with local ties, among them former Kings Chris Webber, Scot Pollard, Bobby Jackson, Doug Chri
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper has signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. Culpepper will be reunited with his former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green, who will lead the Mountain Lions into the second UFL season, which kicks off this fall. Green previously selected Culpepper, who is a three-time NFL Pro Bowler and also played for the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions, with the 11th pick of the 1999 NFL Draft. “My goal for this year was to get on the field and play football,” said Culpepper, who threw for 24,153 yards and 149 touchdowns during a stellar NFL career. “When the opportunity came for me to sign with the UFL and play for c
West Sacramento, CA - The River City Gators announced the signing and activation of Sacramento native and Arena Football League Free Agent defensive back, Mervin Brookins today. Brookins played for the AFL’s Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz in 2010, the AFL's Stockton Lightning and the River City Gators in 2009. Prior to his professional career, Brookins attended Kansas-based Bethel College and Sacramento City College. His agent, Chris Johnson said, “Our focus is to get him reaccelerated to outdoor football. We want to get him doing what he does best: shutting down receivers, intercepting passes, and returning kicks. We need to prove to scouts and general managers that he is every bit the real d