Posts tagged: ArenaBowl
I just exchanged text messages with Shock majority owner Brady Nelson, who spent the night in the hospital while his team was winning ArenaBowl XXIII. Texted Nelson: “Just heading home. A win sure helps.”
Nelson said NFL Network wasn’t available at the hospital, so he listened to the radio broadcast and got updates from his wife, who stayed in touch with general manager Adam Nebeker during the game.
On the field, Spokane dominated, 69-57. Only Milwaukee (72) and Orlando (75) scored more points against Tampa Bay this season. Spokane’s 69 points tied an ArenaBowl record (San Jose in 2004, Chicago in 2006).
Bunch of reading material this morning and an update on AFL teams that appear to be on the move. A recap of S-R coverage: Game story (nice headline - Rookies of the Year), Chris Anderson’s photos, Nelson’s surgery and John Blanchette’s column. A quick fix to my gamer: Brookins replaced Mulder (not Teems). Here’s a recap on arenafan.com and another here.
On the relocation front, league sources indicated that three franchises could have new addresses next season — Alabama to Atlanta, Bossier/Shreveport to New Orleans and Oklahoma City to Seattle. Atlanta seems to be a lock (more here) with the other two scenarios likely. The addition of Seattle and San Jose would give the AFL five western teams (Spokane, Utah, Arizona). San Jose, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are joining in 2010.
The Spokane Shock finished off the Arena Football League season in style Friday, thumping Tampa Bay 69-57 in ArenaBowl XXIII at the Arena.
The Shock earned the AFL title in their first season in the league, which returned from a one-year absence in 2009. Spokane did the same thing in the franchise’s inaugural arenafootball2 season, winning the 2006 ArenaCup.
You can read my game story here and my sidebar on Shock majority owner Brady Nelson missing the game to have an emergency appendectomy. Here’s a game story I filed for the Tampa Tribune and another in the St. Petersburg Times by the S-R’s John Blanchette.
All kinds of stuff to post tonight. First, here’s my game preview that will run in tomorrow’s S-R. Here’s the view from the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune, Here’s a look at the starting quarterbacks for Friday’s game.
If you have an ArenaBowl ticket, then you also have a ticket for the Washington State-Montana State season opener. More here. The Shock’s successful first season led to a couple of proclamations from Spokane and the State of Washington.
The AFL announced Rod Windsor as rookie of the year, Les Moss as coach of the year, Danny White as assistant coach of the year, Gabe Nyenhuis as defensive player of the year and Chris Greisen as offensive player of the year. If you’re scoring at home, the Shock didn’t win any of the eight player/coach awards.
Spokane Shock receiver Huey Whittaker, a former Tampa Bay Storm player, expected to see his former teammates in Friday’s ArenaBowl. Read more here.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I visited Shock headquarters today and I put together a notebook that will run in Tuesday’s S-R. Topics included the gap in AFL experience between Spokane and Tampa Bay, a quick visit with Raul Vijil and several other items.
Here’s a link to the article.
The ArenaBowl matchup is set: AFL neophyte Spokane vs. AFL traditional power Tampa Bay.
The Storm, seeking their sixth AFL title, beat Orlando 63-62 in a wild finish that underscored the value of accurate kickers and the nuances of the arena game (a late Predators touchdown came when a pass intended for Bobby Sippio instead hit the goal post — or the netting, according to one article — and bounced back into the arms of teammate T.T. Toliver). This will be ArenaBowl 23, and Tampa Bay will be playing in its ninth title game.
All the details of Tampa Bay’s victory can be found here, here, here, here and here. Find the Tampa Bay-Orlando game stats here. And here’s the address to a Storm blog in the St. Petersburg newspaper.
We’ll get the S-R coverage rolling with a visit to Shock headquarters Monday.
Spokane will face Tampa Bay in ArenaBowl XXIII at 5 p.m. Friday at the Arena.
Tampa Bay, the third seed out of the American Conference, edged visiting Orlando 63-62 on Saturday night. The Storm (13-5) built a 35-21 halftime lead, then withstood a Predators’ comeback. Orlando had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but Carlos Martinez didn’t connect on a long field-goal attempt. Tampa Bay’s Brett Deitz had seven touchdown passes, three to Tyrone Timmons.
Find more details on Tampa Bay’s wild win here and here.
Spokane (15-3) defeated Milwaukee 60-57 on Thursday to win the National Conference championship.
Spokane and Tampa Bay didn’t play during the regular season.
A quick post this morning following Spokane’s 60-57 win over Milwaukee on Thursday night. Here’s my game story, John Blanchette’s column and the Milwaukee newspaper article (that byline looks familiar). You can access Chris Anderson’s photos from the link to my game story.
Tickets for the ArenaBowl go on sale today at noon through TicketsWest and can be purchased by calling 1800 325-SEAT.
New league, same old Shock.
Spokane will play in its fourth title game in its five-year existence after knocking off Milwaukee 60-57 Thursday to advance to the ArenaBowl. The Shock played for the arenafootball2 championship three times, winning two, before moving into the reconfigured Arena Football League in 2010.
The Shock will face the winner of Saturday’s Tampa Bay-Orlando game.
Here’s a link to my game story that will run in Friday’s S-R.