Tonight is ArenaBowl XXIX (7pm ET on ESPN), which officially marks the 29th year in a row you haven't watched a single game of Arena Football.
A five month long, inconspicuous AFL season comes down to a final battle between the Philadelphia Soul and the Arizona Rattlers, who've won three of the last four ArenaBowls. This game also marks the Rattlers record-setting tenth ArenaBowl appearance (who are tied for most championships with five; Tampa Bay Storm), while the Soul will make their fourth appearance on their quest to earn a second championship. The Soul, of course, were formerly owned by Jon Bon Jovi, '80s hairband singer
and star of those heinous DirecTV ads
. Don't worry, Bon Bon, we're rooting for the Soul, but only because the franchise was featured on the Real World: Philadelphia (2004)
The best thing about ArenaBowl XXIX is that it's taking a backseat to a regular season WNBA game
. The ArenaBowl would've taken place in the Rattlers' home arena in Phoenix, but there was a previously scheduled Mercury game set for tonight, so off to the Gila River Arena (home of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes) they go! Hopefully they'll have the ice melted before kickoff.