There was a bit of that same energy down on the concourse level of the stadium as fans walked in, but there was also a hint of curiosity that surrounded them.
The Alliance of American Football made its debut on Saturday, and Bercovici was part of one of the league's first highlights - though he was on the wrong end. There's the NFL Draft, and training camps, and the preseason, and spring games for college teams, but there's no football with any sort of stakes for half a year.
The AAF definitely feels like a league with a lot of potential.
While the league adopted numerous NFL rules, there are a few tweaks and changes. "When Charlie approached me about this, we discussed it at great length and finally I said, 'I'm going to put my effort where my mouth is and see where we can make this work". We certainly did as a staff, and I would say the Apollos had the same situation, and the officials did as well. Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier spoke about the crowd after the game. With week one in the books, things are actually looking pretty good. I think in a few weeks we'll maybe have a little better weather forecast and maybe get a few more out.
"I think the fans had a good time tonight, didn't they?"
After the way that the AAF got started on Saturday, there is real hype about the new football league taking the world by storm.
Orlando built a 22-6 lead at halftime and never looked back to win its season opener.
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Offensively, Orlando was led by Gilbert who completed 15-25 passes for 227 yards and two touchdown passes. He also caught a touchdown pass from Marshall on Orlando's own version of the famous "Philly Special". Wide receiver Charles Johnson is another player to watch as he finished with four receptions for 60 yards before leaving the game with a leg injury. Every AAF game will be available to watch thanks to the league's media partners - CBS, Turner Sports, and NFL Network.
Now, were these numbers even close to what an National Football League game could get in primetime?
So if you're wondering, "What football games are on today?" know this: There are two scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10.
According to TVByTheNumbers, almost 3.2 million people watched the pregame and 2.91 million stuck with the broadcast for the actual action between the Orlando Apollos vs. Atlanta Legends and the San Antonio Commanders vs. San Diego Fleet.
Next up - The Apollos will next play February 17 at the Alamo Dome against the San Antonio Commanders with kickoff at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
4 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network - Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
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