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Shock open up with three road games

The Spokane Shock will open the 2013 season with three straight road games (at Cleveland, Chicago and Iowa). The team will remain in the Midwest during that time to save on travel costs rather than flying back and forth.

The AFL also signed a two-year agreement to have games televised on the CBS Sports Network.

More below.

AFL won’t return to Ironman days

The AFL pondered a return to the Ironman rules that were trademarks of the league until 2007, but decided to stay with the current format of free substitutions (read: one-way players). That was one of several news items to come from the league meetings held earlier this week in Phoenix.

More here.

Shock, SaberCats collide at Arena

The last time the Shock and SaberCats hooked up, Kyle Rowley threw a last-play Hail Mary touchdown pass to Randy Hymes — it was such a crazy scene that Rowley thought Adron Tennell caught the ball — to give Spokane a victory and a berth in the 2011 playoffs. Considering San Jose has played a couple of a one-point games thus far in 2012 and Spokane has lost in overtime and won by three points, it figures to be another close game in an AFL season that's been filled with them so far.

That was one of the themes in my preview in today's S-R. Some of that information is in need of updating because the AFL's whacky schedule — in the first month there have been games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday — called for three Thursday night games. So there are still three winless teams (Orlando, Kansas City and New Orleans) and still two unbeatens (Chicago and Philadelphia), but the number of 1-1 teams dropped from 10 to 6 after last night's results. West Division rival Arizona improved to 2-1 with an easy road win over Kansas City.

There's a preview in the San Jose newspaper that points out DL Jermaine Smith and ex-Shock DB Mervin Brookins will miss the game with injuries. 

In-game updates from tonight's 5 p.m. contest at twitter.com/SRjimm.

Nelson expects game to go on as planned

Spokane Shock majority owner Brady Nelson said he’s “100 percent” confident the Arena Football League team’s season opener Monday night will go on as planned despite threats from the AFL players union of a possible strike.

 

The Shock entertain Iowa on Monday, the last of six AFL games to kickoff on opening weekend. Iowa general manager John Pettit echoed Nelson's thoughts: “I have no reason to believe our players won’t step on the field and be there to play Spokane. We’re looking forward to the game, our guys have prepared hard and we've had a long training camp. We're looking forward to hitting the field.”

 

We'll have more here later, but some background information can be found in an Orlando Sentinel aricle. More here.

 

(UPDATE: I put together an article for Friday's S-R, you can read it below. Also, AFLPU executive director Ivan Soto told the Sentinel later Thursday that the possibility of a strike “has been reduced” due to progress made in negotiations).

 

Nelson said he isn't worried because he believes the strike talk is being generated by the union, not the players. Nelson doesn't believe there's a great deal of “buy-in” from the players with the players union.

 

AFL president Jerry Kurz's statement: “The Arena Football League is choosing not to discuss labor matters publicly at this time in the hopes that we can come to an accord with the union. We will continue delivering the same exciting brand of football action that we have for the last 24 seasons and we hope that the union allows the players to do the same.”

Rowley joins Pittsburgh Power

Quarterback Kyle Rowley's time with the Spokane Shock is over. He has joined the Pittsburgh Power.  Here is the AFL release. 

Shock get miraculous win over SaberCats

Welcome to Spokane, Randy Hymes.

The wide receiver, who signed with Spokane last week and was playing in his first game, made an incredible catch on Kyle Rowley's 34-yard Hail Mary pass on the game's final play, handing Spokane a 63-61 win over San Jose.

With the game and possibly Spokane's playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Hymes grabbed the ball in the back of the end zone for the last of his four TD catches. That came after teammate Adron Tennell appeared to have a shot at the ball first.

You can read more on the crazy finish, with comments from Hymes, Tennell, Rowley and head coach Rob Keefe in my game story that will run in Sunday's S-R.

Shock, SaberCats ready to tangle

Another key game tonight for the Shock, who entertain San Jose in just about an hour. Spokane just finished some pre-game warmups with QBs throwing to receivers (Emery Sammons, Adron Tennell, Brandon Thompkins and Randy Hymes, who is making his Shock debut). LB Antwan Marsh (hip pointer) is suited up so it looks like he'll go.

No sign of the linemen yet. San Jose just took the field. In a score of interest to the Shock (and to Utah and to San Jose), Tulsa is tied with Orlando at 21 midway through the second quarter. A Tulsa loss coupled with a Shock win clinches a playoff berth for Spokane.

For in-game updates head to Twitter.com/srjimm.

Check back here about 90 minutes after the final buzzer for my game story.

Shock open 2011 season against SaberCats

Spokane and San Jose will kick off the 2011 Arena Football League season Friday in San Jose. More in my game preview.

AFL bumps roster size by one

First, the AFL expanded the regular season to 18 games. Now, the AFL will allow teams to expand their roster to 24 (from 23) and their game-day active roster to 21 (from 20).

This doesn’t come as a surprise. I mentioned it as a likely move in an Aug. 30 article.

More here.

Shock will open title defense in San Jose

The AFL schedule was released Wednesday and Spokane learned that it will visit San Jose to open the 2011 season.

More here and here.

And more below.

OKC makes it official

It’s not exactly breaking news, but Oklahoma City finally made it official that the franchise will no longer play in the AFL. There was some talk that OKC might drop into a lower league, but that doesn’t sound like an option (they’re refunding tickets) in this report.

More on AFL divisions, conferences

As promised, here is more on Spokane’s division, conference alignment for 2011 season.

AFL announces division, conference alignments

I’ll have a bit more on this in the next hour or so, but the AFL has issued a press release that finalizes the division and conference alignments for the 2011 season.

Spokane, as expected, will remain in the West Division with Utah, Arizona and San Jose, one of four new AFL members. The Shock also remain in the National Conference.

There will be 18 teams in 2011 — the four newcomers are San Jose, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; the one contraction (Oklahoma City). Again, no surprises there.

More here.

Schedule change for Shock, AFL

As mentioned in a previous post, the AFL has adopted an 18-game schedule for the 2011 season. In an article posted below, find out when the games will fall on the calendar and how the longer season will impact bye weeks and player rosters.

Read on for my article, which will run in Tuesday’s S-R. Also, there are more details on Raul Vijil, who faces surgery to repair a torn ACL on Wednesday.

Slide show: Shock celebration

Here is a slide show with photos from Wednesday evening’s Spokane Shock championship celebration held outside the Spokane Arena.

Shock make moves

The Spokane Shock announced today that DL Ben McCombs and WR/KR Quorey Payne have been placed on injured reserve. The team also activated DB Rod Mosley from the IR and was placed on reassignment.

Shock drop AFL opener

Spokane lost to Milwaukee 74-62 in the Arena Football League debut for both teams Friday night. Read on for my unedited game story.

And click here for John Blanchette’s column on opening night.

Are you ready for some arena football?

With training camp less than a month away and the season opener roughly six weeks out, the Arena Football League — yes, it’s back — announced its most concrete plans yet for 2010 and beyond.

(Here are a few links: The new AFL website is here, the league’s release on the re-launch of the AFL is here, and the AFL’s TV schedule is here,

Today’s press conference answered a lot of my questions and hopefully my unedited article that will run in Thursday’s S-R will answer some you might have had. Read on.

Shock notebook

Back with an unedited notebook after attending Spokane’s Tuesday practice. Read more about the demise of the AFL, the war of words leading up to Saturday’s game with Boise and an injury update below.

 

AFL expected to fold

There are numerous media reports that the AFL has played its last game and will declare bankruptcy. The AFL suspended its 2009 season in hopes of returning in 2010. More here, here and here.

Heading out to Shock practice this morning and we’ll get the thoughts of the players and coaches on the demise of AFL.

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