They were treated to an indoor football clinic by the best team in the league, as the Predators ran their record to 5-0 with a 72-56 win. Orlando started the season with the 36-year-old Gruden at quarterback, but he injured his right ankle in Week 4, so now he's helping call plays for Connell Maynor, which is not a stretch, since Gruden was Orlando's coach from 1998 through 2001 before coming out of retirement last year. (He also worked as an offensive assistant on his brother's Tampa Bay staff last season.) Sunday's win was full of Arena moments: Nine days shy of his 30th birthday, Orlando's 300-pound Ernest Allen was a terror on both sides of the ball, and wideouts McGriff, Cory Fleming and Thabiti Davis combined for eight touchdown catches. Bodies bounced off the padded boards. Footballs were caught off nets and walls, and those that flew into the seats became souvenirs.
When the game was done, tables were placed in one end zone, and Dragons players (and dancers) took seats to sign autographs, one of their contractual obligations. Lines formed, hundreds deep, awaiting a sweaty scrawl from the beaten home players, who signed until the fans were sated. This too was an Arena moment. A good one.