Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The San Jose SaberCats are Back!

October 27, 2010


SAN JOSE – The San Jose SaberCats return to the Arena Football League will be marked by an 18-game schedule, marking the longest in AFL history, with the SaberCats opening against ArenaBowl XXIII champion, the Spokane Shock. Other notable games include a rematch at home of the SaberCats last game in ArenaBowl XXII with the Philadelphia Soul and a road meeting with the reigning American Conference champion Tampa Bay Storm to cap off the regular season.

“We are very excited about the return of arena football to San Jose,” said head coach Darren Arbet. “I’m happy that our fans will get the chance to see some great competition coming to HP Pavilion with teams that have enjoyed great success over the years. We’re looking forward to getting on the field and working on bringing a fourth ArenaBowl championship to the SaberCats organization.”

San Jose kicks off their return to play with a home game on March 11 against the reigning AFL champion and division opponent Spokane Shock, marking the first meeting between the two franchises. The following week, the SaberCats welcome the Kansas City Command for the first time since 2008 before traveling to Chicago for their first road game against the Rush who finished 10-6 in 2010.

San Jose will play host to the Iowa Barnstormers, for the first time since 1999 on April 1 before welcoming their next division opponent, the Utah Blaze, whom the SaberCats hold a 5-1 regular season record against. San Jose will then travel to Tulsa, for their first ever game with the Talons on April 16.

In Week 7, the SaberCats return home to HP Pavilion in hopes of avenging their ArenaBowl XXII loss to the Philadelphia Soul in 2008 prior to their first bye. On May 7, San Jose takes on another division opponent, the Arizona Rattlers who they hold a 19-14 all-time record against, including the postseason. The SaberCats then head to Pittsburgh in Week 10 in a battle of expansion franchises. After a second tilt with the Blaze in Utah on May 21, the Georgia Force come to San Jose, with the SaberCats holding a 5-2 record in those contests.

San Jose plays the first of three consecutive road games, beginning with the Dallas Vigilantes in Week 13 for just their second matchup in the last five years before heading into another bye week. After making their way south to play Arizona on June 18, the SaberCats wrap up their central division slate with a matchup at Cleveland to take on the Gladiators for the first time since their move from Las Vegas.

San Jose concludes their home schedule with two southern division opponents. First, they take on the Jacksonville Sharks on July 2, in their first ever meeting. The SaberCats then welcome the two-time ArenaBowl champion Orlando Predators, marking the seventh regular season match between the two storied franchises with San Jose holding a 5-1 all-time record.

The SaberCats close out the season on the road against both participants from ArenaBowl XXIII. They travel north for their second meeting with the Shock on July 16 before heading cross country for their regular season finale with the Tampa Bay Storm, where San Jose has won six out of the last seven regular season matchups.

Pacific Time
Friday, March 11
7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18
Kansas City
7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 25
5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 1
7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 8
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16
5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 23
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 7
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 14
4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 28
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 4
5:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 18
5:05 p.m.
Saturday, June 25
4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 2
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 9
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 16
7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 23
@Tampa Bay
4:30 p.m.

*All dates and times are subject to change. All changes will be publicized on thesanjosesabercats.com, www.facebook.com/sanjosesabercats, http://twitter.com/SJSaberCats as well as through the local print, electronic and internet media.

The XVI, XVIII and XXI ArenaBowl champion, San Jose SaberCats, return to the Arena Football League for their 15th season starting in 2011. The SaberCats began play in 1995, playing their home games at HP Pavilion. Fans and sponsors can go to www.thesanjosesabercats.com or call 408-673-3400 to sign up to receive the latest news and updates about the SaberCats, as well as to pre-register for ticket information. Make sure to follow the SaberCats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on the team.


  1. I wanted to let you know I am a little disappointed in your blog posts. I know it is about San Jose, but there is no mention of the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series. Yes, you are promoting about the A's coming to San Jose but still. I am a Giants fan and I am here in San Jose.

    The second item is that you did not mention anything about the San Jose Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon that was last month. This series goes all around the US and San Jose is the only city represented in Northern CA.

    Also, what about voting today? Instead you have about the SaberCats coming back?

    I just do not see this blog going in the direction as I thought it was.

  2. To Anonymous:

    Your comment is rude. The San Jose blog always has consistent, regular posts that are informative and cover a wide rang of events taking place in San Jose, and cities nearby.
    I find it offensive to bash someone who cares so much about San Jose and is willing to write posts so often on top of their daily life/job. There is so much going on in San Jose/other cities, that of course some events might not be covered in the blog. If you had suggestions of other post ideas, you could mention them without being discouraging. And apparently you know about the events you mentioned already, as do most people, so perhaps the blogger did not feel the need to write about them.

  3. Thanks so much for your honest feedback. I'm just one person and am doing this very part time, so I can't cover everything in the news. This blog isn't supposed to be a replacement for the Merc or the San Jose Business Journal. The best I can do for now is highlight items that I find interesting/important and that readers submit to me.

    You're right about voting. I should have mentioned something about the vote today for sure, but will definitely post election results affecting San Jose tomorrow.

    As for the Giants, I'm sorry but this blog has absolutely nothing to do with San Francisco. I'm going to get a lot of flak for saying this, but to me San Jose getting the Sabercats back is more relevant than the Giants winning the world series. Despite thinking that it is horrible that they are trying to block San Jose from getting the A's, I do have to give them credit on an amazing world series. Congratulations to the Giants fans out there. Hopefully one day we'll have the opportunity to enjoy a world series in San Jose.

  4. Completely ridiculous comment. "Hey Josh, this thing that you're doing with your free time for no benefit other than helping San Jose, try harder to put up things that interest ME."

    How about you start your own blog, Mr. Anonymous? I'm sure your two entries on the Giants winning and "hey, everyone's voting" would be riveting, Pulitzer prize material not covered elsewhere.

    Josh, two things:
    1. I completely agree with not posting about the Giants. They're SF's team, not San Jose's. This is the San Jose Blog. And it's not like anyone didn't know they won.
    2. I like that you generally stay away from politics. We don't need another forum to argue about council members and pensions. San Jose Inside has that covered.