After that Delaware goes on a tough two-game road trip to Richmond and Washington, the latter a rematch of the 2006 semi-final round playoff game won by the Capitols, 24‑17. Then the calendar flips to September, a month in which a scheduling anomaly has them home for all but one of five games. That shapes up to be a key stretch.
The Cherries’ opener comes one night after the defending EFL champion Syracuse Crush kick off the league’s 51st season on the ASPN2 cable channel in Syracuse against the Albany Racers.
Speaking of TV, Delaware is scheduled to appear three times: Friday evening, August 17 (week 2) at Richmond (ASPN2); Sunday morning, September 23 (week 7) hosting Baltimore (ASPN); and Sunday morning, October 28 (week 12) at Philadelphia (ASPN).
|Aug. 11||New York Empires (6‑8), 7:30pm|
|Aug. 17||at Richmond Rebels (7‑7), 7:30pm (ASPN2)|
|Aug. 25||at Washington Capitols (8‑6), 7:30pm|
|Sept. 1||Connecticut Comets (7‑7), 7:30pm|
|Sept. 8||Philadelphia Lakers (4‑10), 7:30pm|
|Sept. 15||at Atlantic City Seagulls (7‑7), 7:30pm|
|Sept. 23||Baltimore Bolts (6‑8), 10:00am|
|Sept. 29||Providence Steam Roller (11‑3), 7:30pm|
|Oct. 6||at New York Empires (6‑8), 7:30pm|
|Oct. 13||at Syracuse Crush (10‑4), 7:30pm|
|Oct. 20||Pittsburgh Ironmen (4‑10), 7:30pm|
|Oct. 28||at Philadelphia Lakers (4‑10), 10:00am|
|Nov. 3||Atlantic City Seagulls (7‑7), 7:30pm|
|Nov. 10||at Albany Racers (6‑8), 7:30pm|
Other highlights on the ASPN menu:
The night before Delaware will have finished their regular season in Albany against the Racers, a team they have beaten three seasons in a row — by a cumulative total of just seven points.
The last season opener the Cherries had against New York was in 2005. Delaware wouldn’t mind a repeat of that 35‑0 spanking of the Emps. That opener was in New York, though. The Cherries followed with three more consecutive wins before falling back to earth and finishing with a 7‑6‑1 record.