Turns out Spokane didn't need its 'A' game to beat No. 1-ranked Arizona on Friday night. The Shock's 'B-' game might have been enough, but they couldn't muster that, committing five turnovers and failing to take advantage of three Rattlers' turnovers in a 62-33 playoff loss that ended Spokane's season. After a couple of wrong turns leaving US Airways Center, I made it back to the hotel to post my game story.
Spokane finished 9-10, by far its worst record in six arena seasons. The 2007 Shock finished 12-5 and also made a first-round playoff exit.
The questions will soon begin about next year's roster and coaching staff. I wondered a year ago if head coach Rob Keefe would be interested in the Philadelphia job, having helped the Soul to an AFL title as a player. That job is open again, but from what I hear the Soul are pursuing former Philly coach Bret Munsey.
Keefe is on a one-year contract and it's essentially up to Shock management if they want to continue the relationship. Most indications are that Spokane wants Keefe to return.
The next key question is at quarterback. I'm guessing Kyle Rowley threw his last passes as a member of the Shock on Friday night. My guess is the Shock will try to bring back Erik Meyer with the intention of Meyer being the starter. Rowley has no intention of being a backup. We'll see what happens at that position, and others down the road.