Rattlers wide receiver Kerry Reed (15) makes the game-winning touchdown catch as the Arizona Rattlers take on the San Jose Sabercats at SAP Center in San Jose, California on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. (Aris Bernales/SFBay)
This week the Arizona Rattlers and San Jose Sabercats renew their storied rivalry on Saturday night and as the days tick down, I could not help but look back at how important this rivalry is to the AFL. I have called it the Spurs-Lakers rivalry of the AFL, with San Jose and Arizona almost always the top teams in the national conference, and the Arena Bowl always being at stake when these two meet.
These two teams have met 45 times(San Jose leads 23-22), 8 times in the playoffs and twice in the Arena Bowl, both won by San Jose. This week the two teams enter with the national conference at stake again. San Jose enters 5-0, off to their best start since 2002(when they started 12-0 on their way to the title while beating Arizona), while the three-time defending champion Rattlers are 4-1, but there are questions surrounding quarterback Nick Davila, who was placed on IR with an ankle injury. Leaving QB BJ Coleman as the signal caller.
The winner of this game will no doubt have the inside track to the top seed in the national conference, and the loser is going to be on the outside looking in. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 9et on ESPN2 and ESPN3.