It's a little later than usual (I was covering a well-played prep softball game this afternoon), but here's my unedited advance for tomorrow's Spokane-Bossier/Shreveport game.
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They are wearing different jerseys in a different league, but the names are familiar to Spokane Shock players and coaches.
Quarterback Raymond Philyaw, an AFL veteran that Shock head coach Rob Keefe played against three times during his Arena Football League stint with
All in all, just another week in the new AFL.
“Everybody’s good,” Keefe said. “I almost want to shake the community to get them out of the af2 mentality and the ‘I hope we win by 50.’ It’s not like that anymore. We’ll have the same conversation next week on
With AFL Cleveland in 2008, Philyaw had 83 touchdown passes, but his season ended with a loss to Keefe and the Soul in the National Conference championship game.
For Keefe and his staff, this game differs from Weeks 1 and 2. Both teams have game tape of the other. That wasn’t the case versus
“I told the players now we can be coaches; before we were motivators,” Keefe said. “The players are going to be able to see what they do on film and what we have to do to stop them.”
There’s another big difference.
“We talked at the beginning of the week and I told them it was going to be the last time we talk about the bye week,” Keefe said. “A normal bye week bites you in the butt when it’s Week 7 because by then you’re like a robot and you need a break. This is early enough that I don’t think they’re tired of football after less than a month. It just happens to be a week when we’re not playing.”