Matthew Lankford: "We are a dream team."
"I am going to take my talents to West Nashville. In the fall of 2011, NAIHL season, I will be playing for the Bellevue Beasts...."
"Ok I can't even say it with a straight face. Definitely not going there. But I will be playing in Bellevue for the Bellevue Bullies."
Those words from Sean Hudson could completely change the face of the NAIHL. Just hours after getting word that the Columbia Redhawks would be missing the season for undisclosed reasons, the Bellevue Bullies, lead by NAIHL head man Matthew Lankford, announced they had signed coveted free agent Sean Hudson in a message by Sean via YouTube ala "The Decision". With a top team now out of the picture, can this move take them closer to the top?
This is the 3rd big signing of the offseason by the Bullies who were also able to snag Jon Bellucci and Twitter favorite Eric Shuff.
"I don't wanna steal a line straight from Vince Young, but we are a dream team."
A dream team? Not so fast.
Eric Shuff looks to bring fireworks to Bellevue (finally)
Let's not forget that this team was 2-8 last year. A lot of the same players are still in place. Sure, the new additions give you a lot more speed and skill, but how much better can this team be? Goaltending is always a question cause its the NAIHL. This team also benefited from lack of disciplinary action last year as captain Matthew Lankford is also head of the NAIHL competition committee.
"I think each one of these guys will add one win a piece. 5-5. That's their record this year. If I was in goal, 9-1." said future Hall of Famer turned NAIHL Analyst Evan MacQuarrie.
Similar to the NBA's Miami Heat, the Bullies will be having a pep ralley at the Hardees in Bellevue this Saturday from 7-9 pm to celebrate not having won anything. Lankford, Bellucci, Shuff, and Hudson ("The Fantastic 4") will be in attendance revealing the new jerseys and probably coming up out of the floor to make a grand appearance in front of the fountain drinks.
A deleted scene from Hudson's "Decision" video caught him with a bold prediction for the upcoming season(s) regarding winning the Founder's Cup.
"Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7......."
Other NAIHL news and notes:
-Sign ups are Sunday, August 28th in Lavergne at 6 pm
-The Columbia Redhawks, as mentioned above, are on hiatus as revealed by Adam Crick via. Facebook.
-The Holy Rollers have released Dennis Ciorciari
-The Tusken Raiders signed Joe King and Bryan Neal to 1 year entry level contracts