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Continental Divide

NFL Europe and the AFL just ended their seasons. A look at the leagues

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NFL EUROPE

 

ARENA LEAGUE

Amsterdam Admirals. Beat Berlin Thunder 27-21 on Saturday

CHAMPION

Colorado Crush. Beat Georgia Force 51-48 on Sunday

$10,000 (10 regular-season games)

AVERAGE
LEAGUE SALARY

$72,000 (16 regular-season games)

Bratwurst and beer

BUSIEST
CONCESSION

Hot dogs and nachos

Boris Becker and Klitschko brothers, Vladimir and Vitali

FAMOUS FANS

Tobey Maguire, Snoop Dogg

The Rhein Fire's Pyromaniacs

MOST POPULAR CHEERLEADERS

Los Angeles Avengers' A-Team.

Reggae's Shaggy, 1,000 dancing kids and 180 cheerleaders

TITLE GAME
HALFTIME SHOW

Bryan Adams (Kool and the Gang played postgame)

Frankie the Dinosaur (Frankfurt Galaxy), known for his theatrical dives

MOST
BELOVED
MASCOT

Kid Coyote (Dallas Desperados), famous for his silent howl

Kurt Warner

MOST
FAMOUS
ALUM

Kurt Warner

Hamburg Sea Devils. Named for creature who has reputedly wreaked havoc in the city's ports for centuries

COOLEST
NICKNAME

New Orleans VooDoo. So popular that locals once petitioned to get the NBA's Hornets to adopt VooDoo too

 

THREE COLOR PHOTOS

WAYNEPAULO.COM (MAN EATING BRATWURST, RHEIN CHEERLEADER, WARNER NFL EUROPE)

COLOR PHOTO

BRUCE PEEBLES/CORBIS (BEER)

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BRAND X PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES (NACHOS)

COLOR PHOTO

NAM Y. HUH/AP (SNOOP DOGG)

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JON SOOHOO/WIREIMAGE.COM (AVENGERS CHEERLEADER)

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ERIC DROTTER/AP (WARNER AFL)

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COURTESY OF ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE (VOODOO)