The Spokane Shock took a big step toward the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday night by cruising past the Utah Blaze 76-49 at Albi Stadium in the AFL’s first outdoor game.
From the moment the Spokane Shock announced they would play a game outdoors at Albi Stadium this summer, there was one image that was hard to shake. It’s of the cyclist who buys an exercise bike to keep in shape over the winter … and then moves it to his patio to use when the clock strikes June, while his $1,700 carbon frame beauty hangs on hooks in the garage.
Compared to the long hours required to put an arena football configuration on the Albi Stadium turf, Spokane Shock head coach Rob Keefe figured he had the easy job Saturday night. On a balmy evening that started with sunshine and finished under the lights, the Shock took a big step toward making the playoffs with a 76-49 victory over the Utah Blaze in the first outdoor game in Arena Football League history.