There’s an old axiom that says: “Charity begins at home!”
Well, the Milwaukee Mustangs were in an all-too charitable mood playing on the road Friday night and it cost them dearly.
The Arena Football League team, in Cleveland to take on the Gladiators, gave ’til it hurt.
Really, really hurt.
When it was over, the Gladiators (7-8) had swept the ‘stangs (6-10) into Lake Erie with a 69-32 thrashing.
Those aren’t waves you hear crashing…those would be Milwaukee’s playoff hopes.
Nobody likes turnovers with the possible exception of the folks at Pepperidge Farm.
In football, more often than not, theyare the best barometer for determining who wins and who loses.
When those turnovers, either on the ground or through the air, get brought back for touchdowns…it’s not good.
Cleveland did just that three times in the first half alone.
That was more than enough to doom the Mustangs’ chances for victory.
Injuries to Milwaukee’s offensive line, which had provided a force field around Gino (G-squared) Guidugli early on, has been a huge factor.
The team lost tackle Adam Tadisch for the season with a devastating leg injury.
The center of attention, Big Play Ray McNeil, has been hobbled by a severe ankle injury for half the year.
It has clearly hurt his effectiveness, despite his ongoing efforts to play through the pain.
Guidugli, who was averaging more than six touchdowns a game, mustered only one TD pass before being pulled for Shane Boyd.
It has been tough sledding for the former Cincinnati Bearcat.
The ‘stangs were barely showing a pulse — playoff-wise — prior to the blowout in the Buckeye State.
There is no scenario, with three games remaining, that has Milwaukee getting to the second season.
Next up, it’s Shark Week.
Put down your cable guide, this only means that the Mustangs travel to Jacksonville to swim with the Sharks on Friday, July 6. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The final home game of the year, the border battle with the Chicago Rush, will be at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, July 14.
Stangfest on “Fan Appreciation Night” is at 7 p.m. with the kickoff to follow the festivities at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at the BMO box office, through Ticketmaster, at www.MkeMustangs.com and at the team office, 414-224-4000.
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