Posts tagged: Spokane Shock
A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities say. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football team, initially told firefighters that he’d been smoking in bed, but evidence collected at the scene didn’t match that explanation, said Spokane Valley Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. Ellison was arrested during a follow-up interview at Deaconess Medical Center where he was being treated for smoke inhalation. “We were looking for smoking materials,” Miller said. “We ruled out any accidental cause”/Nina Culver, Meghann Cuniff & Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (SR photo)
Question: Do you believe Ellison that God told him to start the apartment fire with a marijuana blunt?
If it's Monday, it must be time for a new current-events quiz. Simply by participating this week, you'll be eligible for three random drawings for Spokane Shock football tickets. And if you finish at the top of the leaderboard, a $50 Davenport Hotel gift card could be yours. Good luck! Last week's winners: Thomas Fricks of Veradale (gift card) and John Owen of Spokane Valley (Regal Cinemas movie tickets). This week's News Quiz here.
DFO: Only 3 Berry Pickers on the leaderboard so far this week: Lolo, Duffer & KCres.
Bob Springli of Hayden won the secondary raffle prize in the weekly News Quiz contest — two tickets to the Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Show. Carleen Wickstrom of Spokane won the $50 Davenport Hotel gift certificate for being the best guesser. This week, the Spokesman-Review will have two random drawings on Friday, each for two tickets to the next Spokane Shock home football game. You can take the quiz by clicking on the “That's News for You” button in the righthand rail or here.
Shock the Fox has a few words for Iowa's Jason Simpson before a kickoff in the 1st quarter during the season opener Monday in the Spokane Arena. Iowa escaped with a 69-63 overtime victory. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)
Question: Do you follow the Spokane Shock?
The defending Arena Football League champion Spokane Shock will play their first outdoor football game this Saturday at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane, against the Utah Blaze. Here, crews ready Albi Stadium for Saturday's Shock-Blaze outdoor game under the watchful eye of “Joe Fan,” a sculpture by Vincent De Felice. Story here. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)
Question: Do you follow the Spokane Shock?
The best team in the Arena Football League saved its best for last. The Spokane Shock, despite losing two defensive starters in the first 5 minutes, put together their most complete performance of the season, punctuating their inaugural AFL campaign with a convincing 69-57 ArenaBowl XXIII victory over the Tampa Bay Storm on Friday in front of a franchise-record 11,017 at the Arena. The No. 1-ranked Shock (16-3) will hang another championship banner on the Arena walls, to go along with the two Spokane earned in four seasons as a member of arenafootball2. Tampa Bay (13-6), the most successful franchise in the AFL’s 23-year history, was denied as it tried to add to its league-record five titles/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.
Question: Did you watch any Spokane Shock games at the Spokane Arena this year?
Spokane Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley gets solid protection from his
line as he throws a touchdown to Shaun Kauleinamoku in first half action
against the Arizona Rattlers at the Spokane Arena last month. Rowley
is facing a stiff Storm rush afternoon as they began ArenaBowl
championship play at 5 o’clock against the visiting Tampa Bay Storm at
Spokane Arena. Jim Meehan’s SR story about today’s game here. And: Folo Ryan Pitts’ Twitter from game here. (SR file photo: Christopher Anderson)
Question: Anyone dare to predict final score?
Here is a little-known fact about the Spokane Shock: Their playing
field has a name. That name honors one of their major sponsors. The name is Spokane Tribe Field, and the Spokane Tribal leadership
is not pleased that the Shock have invited Dino Rossi, the Republican
challenger to U.S. Senator Patty Murray, to take the field as honorary
captain for tonight’s sold-out ArenaBowl game against the Tampa Bay
Storm. In addition to an inappropriate mixing of politics and sports, the
Tribe says in a press release this afternoon that Rossi has been
particularly unfriendly to Indian Country issues. Two years ago, during
his second failed run against Gov. Christine Gregoire, Rossi said the
Spokane and other Washington tribes “laundered” casino money by
contributing to Gregoire. The Rossi campaign ran attack ads on the issue
all fall in 2008, calling the money “a payoff” and a “quid pro quo”/Kevin Taylor, Inlander. More here. (SR file photo of Shock owner Brady Nelson)
DFO: Beth Bollinger/Accidentally Rabbit Trails contacted me today re: this. She exchanged e-mails with Shock Owner Brady Nelson this morning to express her anger. You can read those exchanges in descending order here.
Question: Should sports franchises be extra careful in inviting politicians to serve as an honorary captain for the team or throw out a first pitch?
From In the Huddle with JD: “With the game being played in Spokane, the Shock are trying to do
whatever they can to increase their home field advantage by selling
vuvuzelas. For those not in the know, vuvuzelas are obnoxious horns that
are all the rage in South Africa at soccer matches. The horns made the
soccer events almost unwatchable. Distributing the horns is tip toeing on a gray area in the rules. The
AFL does not allow mechanical noise makers. There is debate whether or
not the vuvuzelas fall in that category/Jason Dixon, Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League Web official Web site). More here. (AP file photo of World Cup vuvuzela, for illustrative purposes)
Question: Should vuvuzelas be allowed at the Arena Football League championship in Spokane Friday afternoon?
The Spokane Shock are selling vuvuzelas — those annoying horns that made the World Cup all that more difficult to watch — for Arena Football League championship showdown with the Tampa Bay storm Friday night in Spokane. Seriously. You can buy them for $6 at the Shock office now. Or for $8 at the Spokane Arena on game day. But why would you?
Question: Would you be more or less likely to attend an Arena Football League championship game, if you knew you had to put up with the sound of vuvuzelas?
Dunno how many Spokane Shock fans there are out there. But the team will be dining at 6:30 p.m. at Azteca in Riverstone tonight. And fans are welcome to join the team there. Whoever put up the post about the PAR-tee on Facebook misspelled Coeur d’Alene, rearranging the “e” and “u.” Which launched a small thread re: the spelling of Coeur d’Alene and whether it should always be written in caps. Which prompted a fan named Robert to get things back on track with this comment: “Shoot this sounds like a dang good reason to go to Coeur D Alene to me and join with the Idaho fans…I am Idho born and bred so is my wife so it will be like going home.” Do you follow the Shock? You can answer that question or use this Wild Card to launch your own thread …