Flag Bearers, Unite!

Flag football isn’t just for gym class.

Some guys eat, sleep and breathe football. They die a little on the inside the morning after the Super Bowl, and they resort to watching arena football and reruns of old games on ESPN Classic all spring and summer. Other guys — the former players — are simply not content with backyard games on Thanksgiving Day and VHS game tape from the glory days. For all of these guys, there’s the Globall Flag Football Association (GFFA).

“This is for the aging adult who would like to continue their career but can’t find a way to do it,” says Carlos Bryant, the GFFA’s co-commissioner. “It’s not just your ‘Okay, we’re going to get together and play football’ kind of thing. It gets really competitive out there.”

Hosting year-round league play and cash-purse tournaments, the eight-on-eight, semi-contact GFFA attracts former high-school, college and professional players (Bryant played for the Dallas Cowboys practice team), as well as spectators and all-purpose fans. This weekend, it hosts the Ballers Cup tournament, a two-day affair culminating in cash, prizes and future tourney bids for the best teams, some of which are traveling from California and Texas. Ballers Cup play begins at 9 a.m. today and runs until 3 p.m. Sunday at All City Stadium, 1450 South Franklin Street. Registration is $250 per team and required by March 20.

Got a flag football team? Want to join one? Sign up as a free agent and get more information at www.globallflag.com or 720-352-2683.
Sat., March 21; Sun., March 22, 2009

 
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