Seasonal Special Happenings

Minor League Football

When: Sat., April 23 2011

Maybe it's time we all got to know the Cleveland Cobras better: The minor league football team, part of the Heartland Football League, finished last season with an 11-2 record, just two games shy of a national championship. When they launch their sixth season May 21 at Garfield Middle School in Lakewood, it will be with the realistic goal of snagging that title. You can get up close and personal with the team today at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, when the Cobras hold their first-ever meet & greet session. Players and staff will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and literally chew the fat with fans of all ages. Why? Because they love the game: As minor league players — mainly local talent drawn from area high schools and colleges — they don't earn a single dime for their efforts. On the other hand, Cobras don't pay league fees either. "That lets kids of all income levels become part of the team," says co-owner and coach Jessie Caldwell. "We help lots of them move on to the next level, whether that's arena play or becoming part of a college team." Catch today's minor-league heroes — and the possible big-league stars of tomorrow — at 15012 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Find out more about the Cobras, including their complete season schedule, at clevelandcobrasfootball.com. — Cicora

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