John Elway, co-owner of the Colorado Crush, says tonight's game against the Soul will be a barometer for how much work his team still needs to do to become a contender.
It's a flattering approach for a Soul opponent to take. Especially when that team is the Crush, which has won consecutive Central Division titles and was the AFL champion in 2005. Colorado also has beaten Philadelphia soundly each time they've played.
"This is a test game for us," said Elway. "The teams we've played have not been the highest caliber. This is a big test to find out exactly where we are against a Philadelphia team that is very good. If you look at the league's powers - the top two teams - you're looking at Dallas and you're looking at Philadelphia. This is a good chance for us to compare ourselves and see exactly where we are. Obviously, every game is important, but this is even more important because we're going to find out exactly how good a football team we are."