In the animal kingdom, football is played with cheetah running backs, buffalo linemen, and a seagull that is forced to curl up and act as the ball. Catch humanity's version of the animals' gridiron gallantry with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a family pack of tickets (two adults and up to four children) to the May 21 St. Paul Pioneers game against the Lake Superior Rage (a $20 value). The game kicks off at 3 p.m. at Humboldt High School in St. Paul.
Winners of the 2010 NEFL crown, the St. Paul Pioneers excite sports fans of all ages by engaging in pulse-pumping, full-contact play under the direction of fourth-year Head Coach Mark Heiser. Spectators can watch the team defend their home turf against the Superior, WI-based Lake Superior Rage in their third game of the 2011 season. Formed in 2002, the adult amateur football Pioneers hold five league and national championship titles, including the 2008 Mid-America Regional Champions, the 2009 National Champions, and the award for best playbook penmanship. Quarterback Bryan Trulen returns for his second season of spiral lobbing, and Jeff McGaster anchors the Pioneer's defensive line as defensive tackle in his fourth season.
A not-for-profit organization, the St. Paul Pioneers reinvest earnings into the organization for the purpose of advancing amateur adult football, or donate proceeds to an approved charity. When not running powerful plays, the team can be found volunteering locally at events like Feed My Starving Children or defending the world against badly thrown passes at kids' football camps.