The Arena Football League has quietly ceased operations of the Portland Steel after just three seasons in existence.
The Portland Thunder will play before a national television audience in May and August during the upcoming Arena Football League season.
The Portland Thunder, San Jose SaberCats, and Spokane Shock will again make up the National Conference Pacific Division.
The Thunder announced Ernesto Purnsley as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator, and Lee Johnson as Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Defensive Coordinator.
Hohensee, a 28-year veteran of Arena Football, threw the first touchdown pass in league history, won an ArenaBowl as a head coach in 2006, and will enter his 29th year in the league as the head coach of the Portland Thunder.
The offense finally had its breakthrough, and the Thunder capitalized with a 69-62 win over the Jacksonville Sharks. The game started perfectly for the Thunder, as they won the coin toss, deferred, and opened the game with the ball anyway as Jacksonville’s Terrance Smith fumbled the opening kickoff. Rowley hit Alvance Robinson as Robinson flew […]
While the Portland Thunder have struggled offensively to an 0-5 record in their inaugural season, one thing that has been overlooked is the increasingly impressive play of their defensive unit. In fact, especially considering the relative youth and inexperience of the Thunder team, it might be surprising to say that the defense is one of […]
In a rematch of their week one matchup, the Portland Thunder (0-5) led the San Jose SaberCats (3-3) for most of the game before San Jose took control with 5:28 remaining to win 38-32. Each team committed two turnovers before Portland scored the first touchdown of the game when Ayo Idowu ripped the ball from […]
Portland Thunder quarterback Darron Thomas can be counted among the things this young team has done right. Not only was Thomas an unparalleled success at the U of O and an obvious choice for the face of this team, but he is a player fans can grow to love … again. First of all, he […]
At least Portland (0-2) isn’t dead last anymore. The Thunder now have the lowest-scoring offense in the league at just 35 points per game (compared to No. 1 San Jose’s 67 PPG). Monday’s 40-36 loss to Iowa could have been Portland’s first victory. But Darron Thomas and Co. went 0-4 on their final four plays […]