By Doug Fernandes


SARASOTA — Mike Ford said he remembers playing at Tornado Alley just once. In high school, as a Sarasota Sailor. Naturally, the memories are golden. “I was the only back that year to run over 100 yards against Booker,’’ he said. Check the stats. Mike Ford ran for 100 yards against most everyone he played. Tonight, he hopes it’s the Bay Area Pirates. It’s football, just without the big crowds, extensive media coverage, marquee names or even a paycheck. “I wouldn’t mind getting paid,’’ Ford said, “especially sacrificing your body without insurance, but I don’t really think about that too much. I just go out and play.’’ The United Football Federation, a 20-team league in Florida and southern Georgia, is amateur football for players whose currency is simple love of the game. That they don’t get paid smothers in irony the name of the local UFF entry.  At 7 tonight at Tornado Alley, the Sarasota Millionaires host the Pirates in a wild-card game. After having played last year in the Florida Football Alliance, the Millionaires joined the UFF for the 2013 season. Only a handful of the players might be recognizable to area football fans. They played in high school and never again, or their talents earned them a shot in college.
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By Doug Miles

 
The Sarasota Millionaires can take a punch. After Jared Speight’s 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play of the game put the Bay Area Pirates up 8-0, the Millionaires (6-3) responded with a scoring drive to tie the game on its first possession and never looked back in a 44-29 victory over its division rival Saturday night in New Port Richey. “They had a kick return right at the start of the game and I said to myself, not again!”, a happy, but weary head coach Ernest Givens said. “But we settled down and I told them we were going to be in a dog fight. That team never quit and we didn’t quit tonight.” After last week’s loss to the Florida Veterans when Sarasota gave up a 14 point lead in the final quarter, the Millionaires played its best game of the season not only avenging a loss to the Pirates on their home field back on February 16th, but also putting them back in position for a second or third seed in the upcoming UFF playoffs.
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By Doug Miles

The Sarasota Millionaires had a 14-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter and were in great shape for the South Division title and a first round bye in the UFF playoffs, but it all evaporated in a hurry as the Florida Veterans (6-2) scored 15 unanswered points to defeat the “Moneymen” 15-14 at Booker High School Saturday afternoon. The loss now compels the Millionaires (5-3) to win next week on the road against the Bay Area Pirates, a team that has already beaten Sarasota on its home turf, to qualify for the playoffs most likely as a wild card.
The Millionaires have lost three of four games on its home field this season with the lone victory coming against the Tampa Bay Stallions on March 23rd.
Sarasota appeared to have the early momentum against the Veterans, a team the Millionaires defeated 38-12 in Port Charlotte back on February 23rd, when Mario Davis connected with a streaking Gus Blanc over the middle for a 44 yard touchdown pass less than four minutes into the first quarter. Patrick “Choo Choo” Brown added the two pointer to give the Millionaires an 8-0 lead. The rest of the first half was a contest of field position and mistakes as each team turned over the ball three times. In all, the Millionaires and Veterans combined for eight turnovers in the game

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Home sweet home. The Sarasota Millionaires
got their first win of the regular season on the home turf of Booker High School Saturday afternoon 22-12 over theTampa Bay Stallions (3-3) in a key divisional matchup in the United Football Federation Marcus Mills 52 yard punt return for touchdown early in the fourth quarter gave the Millionaires (4-2) the lead and lifted the “moneymen” to its fourth victory of the season.
On a muggy and warm late March afternoon, both offenses were sluggish. Neither team had success in the passing game. Millionaires’ quarterback Mario Davis completed just 4 of 20 passes for 79 yards and had three interceptions while Stallions signal caller Alex Cayer went 3 for 19 for just 30 yards and also had three passes picked off. Overall, both teams combined for 11 turnovers in the contest. The Stallions had six, the Millionaires had five.

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Sarasota Millionaires And Their Continued Community Services

The Sarasota Millionaires football organization are known for their continued community services throughtout their community over the years. The organization has participated in various community services some of which have included passing out Thanksgiving turkey's complete with all the trimmings to elderly recipients in the community, reading books on "Read-A-Book Day" to local elementary and day care children, community clean-ups, annual F-CAT pep rallies at schools throughout Sarasota county, and more!


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F-CAT Pep Rally at Emma E. Booker Elementary


Thanksgiving Turkey Give-A-Way

The Sarasota Millionaires ARE dedicated to providing pride and growth in our community. It's not just about football for the Sarasota Millionaires. We are committed to providing success to our players both on and off the field. The Sarasota Millionaires provide positive mentorship and planned activities for the youths in the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County. Although the team's season runs from September - April our programs continue throughout the year. Our motto is community FIRST and football is second.


If you would like the Sarasota Millionaires Football Organization to be a part of your planned event, please feel free to email us at SarasotaMillionaires@verizon.net