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TFD: Arena Football League owner fires entire team during pregame meal at ... Olive Garden

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • March 12, 2012 - 5:10 PM

As Grand Forks Herald sensation Marilyn Hagerty continues to take the world by storm over her Olive Garden review -- Good Morning America and Piers Morgan are her latest targets -- the starch-happy restaurant chain is making news for yet another reason: being the site of the firing of an entire professional football team a few days ago.

Per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

After the Arena Football League players union declared a strike Friday, the Pittsburgh Power struck back, releasing its entire 24-man roster just hours before the season-opener.

Power owner Matt Shaner fired his players during the pregame meal at an Olive Garden in Orlando, Fla.

"I'm putting food in my mouth and being read, from a piece of paper by our owner, that the Pittsburgh Power as a whole is now terminated," said former Power center Beau Elliott, who played at Highlands High School and Indiana (Pa.). "Mid-statement, all the players got up and left. Every player got up and left while he was still talking. There were 15 to 20 angry, large individuals."

Wait, they just got up and left? Before they enjoyed two large, warm breadsticks? Before they could try the raspberry lemonade? They must have been REALLY mad.

Power owner Matt Shaner said some members of his team expressed interest in leaving the Arena Football League Players Association and rejoined the team, signing new contracts under the old terms and playing in last night's game against the Orlando Predators.

A similar scene was played out among the Predators, which also fired all 24 of their players only to re-sign some. The NFL Network, which broadcast the game, reported that the teams agreed to play only five regular players, but the Power was playing more. "If that's the way they want to play, we'll deal with it," Orlando coach Bret Munsey told the network during the game.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, the game went on ... with some replacement players stepping in at the last minute.

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