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Shock Capture ArenaBowl XXIII 69-57

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?

PM: Shock, Storm Battling @ Arena

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?

Storm Unhappy w/Shock Vuvuzelas

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?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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