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Life without arena football: Coaching job takes former Spokane Shock, Empire coach Adam Shackleford away from home base

When the Spokane Empire ceased operations after the 2017 season, head coach Adam Shackleford thought his 35-year streak of involvement in football was coming to an end. He had held nearly every title – player, assistant coach, personnel director, offensive coordinator, head coach – but he wondered if it was time to stay on the sideline with his family firmly settled in Spokane.
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Life without arena football: Faithful fans root for return of high-flying sport to Spokane

The season is winding down in arena football leagues across the country but not in Spokane. The franchise – known as the Shock for the first 10 seasons in arenafootball2 and the Arena Football League and the Empire for two seasons in the Indoor Football League – shuttered last July for financial reasons. The organization’s 12-year run was long by most arena franchise standards, but not long enough for its diehard fans.

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Name change coming for Spokane IFL team

Spokane's on-again, off-again scrap with the Arena Football League over Shock trademarks didn't end well. Here's my article. The AFL's asking price kept rising and Shock majority owner Nader Naini, one of many AFL owners to help foot the bills for several struggling franchises the...
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Shock set new course with Shack, IFL

Spokane made it official Tuesday, formally announcing it has left the AFL for the IFL and Adam Shackleford is back as head coach. Shack, popular and successful in his first stint with the Shock from 2007-09, is busy putting together an IFL roster (it probably...
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Shock: Olson out as coach, Shackleford in

The headlines keep coming regarding the Spokane Shock. They are expected to leave the Arena Football League in the near future and join the Indoor Football League. Head coach Andy Olson said Tuesday he believes he's coached his last game, ending his four-year tenure. Next...

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Rattlers rout Spokane, 72-41

Arizona ended Spokane's season in the first round of the AFL playoffs with a 72-41 rout Saturday night in Phoenix. Spokane will probably spend the next few weeks determining its future path. Team owner Nader Naini said earlier this week that the franchise is considering...
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Afif, McCullough want to delay departures

Patrick Afif and Kevin McCullough are in roughly the same situation as the Shock enter the postseason. Both AFL veterans are all but certain to call it a career when Spokane's season ends. They're trying to delay their exits as long as possible, which will...
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Shock weighing league options

The next few weeks are going to be interesting for the Spokane Shock and the AFL. The playoffs begin this weekend with Spokane taking on Arizona on Saturday, but the AFL's long-term health is under scrutiny again after a turbulent weekend in which Las Vegas...
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Shock defeat Outlaws, clinch third seed

Spokane got off to another slow start, but recovered quickly and handled Las Vegas 51-34 on Saturday. The third-seeded Shock (7-11) will meet No. 2 Arizona next Saturday in the first round of the National Conference playoffs. More below.
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Shock hold off Thunder, 42-40

Spokane won consecutive games for the first time this season, following up last week's upset over Arizona with a 42-40 victory over visiting Portland on Saturday. Unedited game story below.
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SaberCats pummel Shock again

San Jose worked over Spokane again. The SaberCats rolled to a 62-27 win Friday at the Arena, sending Shock quarterback Carson Coffman to the sidelines in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. San Jose has thumped Spokane 83-28, 55-26 and now 62-27, all in...
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Shock come up short again in crunch time

It was another frustrating night for the Spokane Shock, who continue to turn the ball over and fail to deliver in crunch time. The Shock were six yards from the end zone and an important win in the playoff picture, but they failed to score...
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Shock entertain Outlaws

Another interesting week on and off the field for the Spokane Shock, who entertain Las Vegas tonight. Spokane can bolster its playoff chances with its second win over the Outlaws. Game preview here. Tom Clouse has the latest on the legal issues facing Shock players...
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Shock find gem in Amos

Anthony Amos took the long road to Spokane but that's not unusual for the 6-foot, 185-pound receiver. He is one of the rare players discovered at an open tryout that becomes a key contributor. More on Amos and other items in this week's Shock notebook.
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Shock can’t finish comeback, fall to Rattlers

In front of the loudest crowd of the season, and maybe the loudest in a couple years, Spokane had a golden opportunity against Arizona but came up empty in the final minute. Arizona made the big plays and claimed a 59-47 AFL victory at the...
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Missouri transfer Williams picks Gonzaga

Missouri transfer Johnathan Williams announced via social media Saturday night that he will transfer to Gonzaga for his final two seasons of eligibility. I conducted a short phone interview with Williams earlier tonight and put together the story below for Sunday's S-R. Read on for...
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Rattlers, minus Davila, take on Shock

Arizona will be without quarterback Nick Davila and backup B.J. Coleman for tonight's date with Spokane at the Arena. More on the matchup here.
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Shock blown out by SaberCats

About the only thing Spokane got right Saturday was Raul Vijil's jersey retirement ceremony at halftime. Vijil gave an emotional speech and he received a standing ovation. His No. 15 now hangs next to Spokane's division, conference and league championship banners. The rest of the...
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Shock fall to Voodoo, 66-63

Spokane fought back to tie the score with eight seconds left and it looked like overtime was imminent. But an errant kickoff helped New Orleans get into field-goal position and Garrett Lindholm connected on a 41-yarder on the final play to lift the Voodoo to...
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Taylor demonstrates work/fun ethic

Terrance Taylor is one of the Spokane Shock's biggest players and personalities. I spent some time with the Michigan product Tuesday and put together this feature on the hard-working, fun-loving Taylor for Wednesday's S-R.
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Shock earn first win in overtime

There's not enough space to go through all the highlights and lowlights from Spokane's crazy 56-55 overtime victory against Orlando on Saturday. Somehow, someway the Shock came out on top, digging out the victory in overtime with a stop on Orlando's two-point conversion attempt and...
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Winless Shock face Predators

A little football, a lotta golf. The AFL season is a month old and the Shock (0-3) are still searching for their first victory. Their next opportunity comes tonight against visiting Orlando (3-1). Here's my preview. One update to the article: Orlando's three wins are...
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Shock welcome QBs back

The AFL season is just three games old but, thanks to injuries and ineffectiveness, the quarterback carrousel has been spinning full speed for the Spokane Shock. It looks like it's about to slow down. Starter Carson Coffman (picture above shows Coffman with Iowa last season...
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Shock drop to 0-3

Spokane blew a nine-point halftime lead with a pair of costly turnovers in the third quarter and the Portland Thunder escaped with a 47-43 AFL win Thursday in Portland. The Shock dropped to 0-3 for the first time since 2011 when Kyle Rowley was Spokane's...
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Southwick next in Shock QB line

Entering their third game of the season, a fourth different quarterback will be behind center for the Spokane Shock. With Carson Coffman, who suffered an MCL injury in the second quarter of the season opener, and Warren Smith mending from injuries,and Jarrett Brown and Matt...
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Shock sloppy in 54-43 home loss

Spokane head coach Andy Olson summarized it succinctly: "It was sloppy, from quarterback play to fumbled kickoff returns to broken coverages on defense. Everything about it was sloppy." All of those mistakes added up as Spokane dropped its home opener to Philadelphia, 54-43, Saturday at...
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Ruffin returning to Spokane for 2015

James Ruffin, who was honored as the 2014 AFL defensive lineman of the year, will return to Spokane for the 2015 season, the team announced. Ruffin set a franchise record with 14 sacks last season and was named first-team All-AFL. The Northern Iowa product also...
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Sanders signs with Jacksonville

It's been a rough stretch for the Spokane Shock, who lost another key player in free agency. DB/KR Terrance Sanders, the 2013 AFL playmaker of the year, signed a two-year contract with Jacksonville. Quarterback Erik Meyer opted to sign with San Jose on Friday. More...
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Meyer leaves Shock for SaberCats

I'm covering a prep football game but wanted to pass along the news that Erik Meyer's run as Spokane Shock quarterback is over. The former EWU standout has signed with rival San Jose, the team that eliminated Spokane in last year's AFL playoffs. Meyer's decision...
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Shock, Arena reach multi-year agreement

The Spokane Shock and the Arena put an end to rumors that have been circulating for nine months about the team possibly relocating. The Shock has a new three-year lease with the Arena. That should help Spokane with everything from season ticket sales to attracting...
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Sanders honored by AFL

Spokane's Terrance Sanders, recently selected to the All-AFL first team as a kick returner, was named playmaker of the year at the league's awards ceremony Thursday night.. More below.
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Shock crushed by SaberCats, 55-28

Spokane came into the playoffs on a roll, winners of five straight and playing its best football of the season. None of that mattered to San Jose, which worked over the visitors from start to finish in a 55-28 playoff victory Saturday at the SAP...
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Shock open playoffs against San Jose

The two best pass-rush teams in the AFL collide tonight in San Jose and the outcome of those battles up front will probably tell the tale of the Shock-SaberCats first-round playoff game. More here. Here's the view from San Jose.
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Washington works on body, mind

Shock coach Andy Olson probably has a long list of worries when it comes to his team, but Mike Washington isn't one of them. He knows the 5-foot-8 receiver is going to eat right, take care of his body, study film, practice hard and then...
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Shock win fifth in a row

Spokane closed the regular season with a 45-40 road win over Portland on Saturday. The Shock (11-7) won their fifth straight. They'll visit San Jose in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday at 7. Quarterback Brian Zbydniewski tossed five touchdown passes. Both teams...
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Shock close regular season at Portland

Spokane would like to keep its late-season roll going when it closes the regular season tonight at Portland. The Shock are looking for their fifth straight win and want to avoid new entries to the injury list as they point to their Saturday, Aug. 2,...
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Shock want to keep momentum rolling

Spokane is trying to finish the regular season on a five-game winning streak, but it also wants to be healthy for the playoffs. Read more here about Spokane's approach to the regular-season finale at Portland on Saturday.
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Spokane rallies past the Storm

Spokane won its fourth straight game, this one a hard-earned 55-52 victory over visiting Tampa Bay on Monday night. Erik Meyer tossed five touchdown passes and added another rushing. Terrance Sanders scored on a kick return and interception return and the Shock defensive line pretty...
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Shock win a close one

Spokane ended a trend of nearly two seasons worth of fairly comfortable to absolute blowout wins (read: all by double figures) by edging Arizona 73-66 on Saturday. That made the victory big on two fronts: 1). It came against the best franchise and No. 1...
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Shock hold off Rattlers

Spokane trailed by 21 points in the first quarter and quarterback Erik Meyer was uncharacteristically wild early. Somehow, the Shock dug out of the hole behind a play-making defense and Meyer, who warmed up to throw six touchdown passes and run for two more in...
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Shock, Rattlers resume rivalry

One of the AFL's best rivalries, if not thee best, resumes tonight at the Arena: Spokane vs. Arizona. With a healthy Erik Meyer, there is a growing sense that the Shock could be rounding into form at the right time, but they could use some...
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Spokane gets back to work

Spokane is back on the practice field after last week's bye. We checked in with the Shock on the importance of Saturday's home game with Arizona, how players spent the bye week and updated the health of Adron Tennell and the status of Ryan Cave....
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Spokane takes down L.A. again

Spokane thumped L.A. 64-46 on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth. The Shock (8-7) advanced to the AFL playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Erik Meyer tossed six touchdown passes, rushed for another and pounced on a Rory Nixon fumble in the end...
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Williams back in the game

I went into the way-back machine yesterday for a profile on 2006 Shock coach Chris Siegfried. I left that door open for today's feature on Jimmy Williams, who had an interception last week in his first game action since 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons. Not...
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Siegried leaves coaching carousel

I caught up with Chris Siegfried, who coached Spokane to the 2006 arenafootball2 championship in the franchise's inaugural season, last week and the result was this Then & Now feature that ran in today's S-R. He's moved on from coaching after a couple of rough...
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Shock roll past Talons, 70-30

It seemed like old times for the Spokane Shock. Erik Meyer was back at quarterback, the defense continued its strong play and the end result was a 70-30 dismantling of San Antonio on Friday at the Arena. Meyer was sidelined for five games with a...
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Shock entertain Talons

Spokane will try to snap a two-game losing streak tonight against the AFL's worst team. San Antonio (1-12) takes on the Shock (6=7) at 7 at the Arena. Here's my preview.
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Meyer makes swift recovery

Erik Meyer was told 8-12 weeks of recovery time by medical staff in Los Angeles and 6-8 weeks when he had surgery in Spokane. He came back from a broken collarbone in 5 1/2 weeks. More on Meyer's recovery and what it means to the...
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Shock fall under .500

Spokane lost for the fifth time in six games, falling to San Jose 47-37 on Saturday in San Jose. Spokane activated quarterback Erik Meyer from injured reserve on Thursday but Brian Zbydniewski made his fourth straight start. Coach Andy Olson said he wasn't planning on...
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Meyer activated from IR

Spokane has activated quarterback Erik Meyer from injured reserve, roughly 5½ weeks after suffering a collarbone injury against Los Angeles. “It’s great that he healed a lot faster than normal,” coach Andy Olson said in a release. “Having his surgery done with Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists...
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Shock out of tune since Meyer injury

Spokane continues to struggle without quarterback Erik Meyer, who suffered a broken collarbone against L.A. last month. Most figured Spokane's production would drop but its scoring average has slipped nearly 20 points per game. The defense has played well the last five games but it...
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Spokane falls to Sharks

Jacksonville scored the game's last three touchdowns to rally past visiting Spokane 34-28 on Saturday. Spokane failed to score in the second half and was unable to convert on four downs inside the Sharks' 5-yard line in the closing minute. Here's the game recap.
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Ruffin quite familiar with two-a-days

James Ruffin puts in a full day's work, and then some. The Shock defensive lineman also holds down a second job as a banker. More on how Ruffin juggles two jobs, and additional Shock notes, here.
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Shock hold off Thunder, 58-48

Spokane got back into the win column on Friday, holding off Portland 58-48 at the Arena. The victory ended Spokane's three-game losing skid. The Shock improved to 6-5 while Portland slipped to 3-8. My unedited game story is below.
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Retooled Shock take on Thunder

The Shock made a number of roster moves this week, several of which should be on display tonight when Portland visits the Arena. Here's my game preview and the view from Portland. Crazy as it sounds, if Arizona (10-0) beats San Jose (7-3) on Saturday...
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Shock drops third straight

Spokane did many of the same things Friday its been doing the last three games -- and that's proven to be an unsuccessful formula. Spokane dropped its third straight game, the latest a 52-34 loss to visiting San Jose. The Shock cut down their turnovers...
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Big one for Shock, San Jose

Spokane will try to get back in the win column when San Jose visits on Friday. Brian Zbydniewski is expected to become Spokane's fourth different starting quarterback in the last four games. No. 1 quarterback Erik Meyer was injured in the first half against L.A....
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“Zeb” answers Shock’s call again

I first interviewed Brian Zbydniewski in 2006. Then again in 2010. And again today. The well-traveled quarterback is wearing a Shock uniform for the third time in his 9-year career, but this time he's not a backup. Spokane is hoping "Zeb" can help get the...
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Arizona crushes Shock, 70-38

Spokane was no match for the Arizona Rattlers, committing six turnovers in a 70-38 road loss Sunday in Phoenix. The Shock (5-4) sputtered offensively for the second straight game without injured quarterback Erik Meyer. Rashaad Carter got the start at quarterback, but was pulled after...
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Spokane falls to Pittsburgh, 52-41

Spokane made it interesting until the final seconds but came up short against the visiting Pittsburgh Power 52-41 on Friday night at the Arena. Spokane's Dononvan Porterie, signed earlier this week and operating with just three practices, had five touchdown passes but committed four turnovers,...
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Spokane entertains Pittsburgh

Spokane takes the field tonight for the first time in 28 games without Erik Meyer as its starting quarterback. Meyer was placed on injured reserve earlier this week and the Shock will rely on Donovan Porterie or Dennis Havrilla or both -- or possibly even...
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Shock sign Porterie, Havrilla

Two AFL rookies are getting a crash course in quarterbacking from Andy Olson as the Shock take on the difficult task of replacing Erik Meyer. Meyer is out for at least six weeks with a broken collarbone. Spokane signed Donovan Porterie and Dennis Havrilla on...
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Meyer has surgery, out at least 6 weeks

Shock quarterback Erik Meyer, injured in Sunday's win over the L.A. Kiss, had surgery Tuesday to repair a broken collarbone, team officials confirmed. He's expected to miss at least six weeks. No. 2 quarterback Jarrett Brown is on injured reserve. Wide receiver Rashaad Carter, who...
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Shock rout Kiss, lose Meyer

Spokane put a 70-21 hurt on the L.A. Kiss on Sunday, but the Shock didn't get out of southern California pain free. Quarterback Erik Meyer left the game in the second quarter after getting sacked by former roommate/Shock teammate Beau Bell. ESPN2 commentators reported that...
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Spokane visits L.A. Kiss

Rock legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley promised a unique blend of football and entertainment when they were announced as the new owners of the L.A. Kiss AFL franchise. Today, the Spokane Shock get to see what all the fuss is about. More in my...
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Summers finds home at Mac

With Beau Bell, Spokane had one of the most productive Mac linebackers in the AFL from 2011-13. It's more of the same with Derrick Summers, who arrived with a strong resume and has capably stepped in as Bell's replacement this season. Summers and the Shock...
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Spokane snags road win against Tampa Bay

Spokane took control in the fourth quarter, holding Tampa Bay scoreless on its last three possessions, to register a 53-41 AFL road win Saturday. Erik Meyer tossed six touchdown passes and added two more TDs rushing. Brandon Thompkins had 127 yards receiving and three touchdowns....
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Vijil helping train Shock players

Raul Vijil, one of the Shock's all-time greats, isn't grabbing touchdown passes anymore but he still has an important role with the team. Vijil, now with APX Strength, helps guide Shock players through strength and conditioning drills, often at the conclusion of the team's practices...
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Shock lose on last play

Losses don't come much tougher than the one Spokane experienced Saturday night. The Shock scored with 10 seconds left to take a 50-46 lead, but Cleveland connected on arena football's version of the Hail Mary, a desperation heave into the netting at the back of...
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Shock clash with unbeaten Gladiators

Spokane concludes a two-game homestand when Cleveland (4-0) visits the Arena tonight. Here's my game preview. The well-traveled Kyle Rowley, now with Portland, and the Thunder came up short against San Jose.
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Shock pull away for 55-27 win

Spokane won a sloppy, penalty-filled AFL game on Saturday night, pulling away with a big second half for a 55-27 victory over the Portland Thunder. My unedited game story is below.
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Thompkins take turn on defense

One of the charms of the AFL for years was Ironman players, guys who lined up on both sides of the ball. Those days are largely gone, but injuries and roster limitations sometimes force players to leave their comfort zone. Standout receiver Brandon Thompkins switched...
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Shock defeat San Jose 73-62

Spokane rebounded from a rough road loss to Arizona nearly two weeks ago by thumping San Jose 73-62 on Friday at the SAP Center in San Jose. Erik Meyer had four touchdown passes and added four more rushing. Mike Washington had 171 yards receiving and...
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Game day for Shock

It's been a while. Spokane lost its last AFL game, 68-49, to Arizona on March 23. After a bye week, the Shock return to action tonight against San Jose at the SAP Center in San Jose. The SaberCats are 2-1, Spokane is 1-1. Here's my...
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Shock trying to get back on track

Spokane Shock coach Andy Olson's pre-season checklist was for his team to be more disciplined, cut down penalties and trim turnovers. Those items went without checkmarks in a 68-49 loss to Arizona on March 23. Those items are back on the agenda as the Shock,...
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Early showdown: Shock vs. Rattlers

I'm pretty sure this game involving a team from Arizona and a team from Spokane isn't the one grabbing all the headlines (see NCAA basketball tournament), but it's a big one nonetheless. The Spokane Shock and Arizona Rattlers resume their rivalry today in Phoenix. Both...
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Shock open AFL season with easy win

Spokane got off to a slow start, spotting Iowa nine points in the first 4 minutes, but dominated the rest of the way and crushed Iowa 64-35 on Saturday at the Arena. Here's a link to my game story, Dan Pelle's photos and John Blanchette's...
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Shock open 2014 season vs. Iowa

Spokane opens the 2014 AFL season at home against Iowa tonight. AFL openers haven't been kind to the Shock. They're 1-3 in lid-lifters, including a loss to Milwaukee in the 2010 season-opener. That team, once 2-2, finished 16-3 and won the ArenaBowl. Here's my preview...
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Shock set sights on title

The Spokane Shock came close to returning to the top of the AFL last year, but they couldn't hang on to a halftime lead and lost to eventual champion Arizona in the National Conference title game. Losing stings, especially when it comes so close to...
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Three Shock games on ESPN2

Three Spokane Shock games, two against Arena Football League newcomer Los Angeles, will be televised as part of ESPN's 11-game schedule. It was previously announced that four Shock games are part of CBS Sports Network's 20-game lineup. Both Shock-Kiss games in Los Angeles, one on...
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Four Shock games on CBS Sports Network

Four Spokane Shock games, including two matchups with rival Arizona, will be televised among CBS Sports Network’s 20 regular-season broadcasts of the Arena Football League. The network will air Spokane’s games at Arizona on March 23, at Tampa Bay on April 26, at San Jose...
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Shock ownership changes hands

Back with more on the sale of the Spokane Shock to an ownership group led by Seattle businessman Nader Naini. Here's my updated article. The obvious question on the minds of many Shock followers is whether the team will stay in Spokane. I asked that...
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Shock sold to new owners

The Spokane Shock is under a new ownership group. Arena Football Partners, LLC, with investors from Washington, including Spokane, and California, has purchased the team from Brady Nelson, who brought the popular arena football team to Spokane in 2006, and Nelson's partners. I spoke with...
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Shock busy with roster moves

The Spokane Shock announced several roster moves, including a trade and the departure of a standout receiver Kamar Jorden to Calgary of the Canadian Football League. More below.
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Spokane stocks 2014 roster

The Spokane Shock have been busy assembling their 2014 roster, re-signing nine rookies from last year’s team, including seven who saw game action. That doesn't include the veterans already under contract for 2014. More below.
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Arizona ends Spokane’s season

The Spokane Shock finally shook the slow starts from their previous three games that they'd overcome with huge second halves. This time it was Spokane that started fast but was run over in the final 30 minutes. Make that 31 minutes or so as Arizona...
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Shock, Rattlers one more time

Spokane-Arizona, volume 3.The first two games were among the most anticipated of the 2013 AFL season and tonight's showdown will be the game of the year -- until next week. Tonight's winner moves on to the ArenaBowl, where they'll be favored against the Jacksonville-Philadelphia winner....
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Meyer, Tennell make All-AFL first-team offense

I wrote about the Spokane-Arizona AFL rivalry in today's paper. Here's the article on one of the AFL's best rivalries. The league continues to announce All-AFL honors. On Wednesday, the first- and second-team offense was released and Spokane’s Erik Meyer and Adron Tennell made first-team....
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Kurz: Ruling was clear to teams

AFL commissioner Jerry Kurz said Tuesday that a late-season flap over National Conference seeding and a questionable tiebreaker was much ado about nothing. Kurz took issue with Shock owner Brady Nelson's contention that he was never informed Arizona had clinched the division title. The commissioner...
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Spokane will face Arizona for third time

Arizona and Spokane will meet for the third time this season, this time with the National Conference championship on the line. The top-seeded Rattlers rallied to defeat San Jose 59-49 Sunday in Phoenix. Arizona (16-3) will entertain Spokane (15-4) on Saturday at US Airways Center....
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Shock finish strong, defeat Rush 69-47

Ruschard Dodd-Masters returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the final two minutes, sparking Spokane past Chicago 69-47 Thursday in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs. The Shock (15-4) will take on the winner of Sunday's Arizona-San Jose game for the National Conference...
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Shock defeat Chicago Rush 69-47

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the Shock's win against Chicago. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
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Spokane keeps attention on field

The Spokane Shock have a number of candidates for AFL individual awards -- Erik Meyer, Adron Tennell, Beau Bell, James Ruffin, Paul Stephens, Terrance Sanders, Ryan Cave -- but their attention seems to be squarely on the field with the playoffs approaching. More on Spokane's...
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Arizona wins West outright

The battle for the No. 1 seed in the National Conference was settled on the field as Arizona routed Iowa 84-45 in Des Moines on Saturday. The Rattlers (15-3) secured the West Division title outright and the top seed. Spokane (14-4) will be the third...
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Shock rally to shut down Power, 61-43

A wild day and wild night in the Arena Football League. Spokane sleep-walked through the first half, falling behind by nine points, before rallying for a 61-43 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night. My unedited game story is below. Earlier, I put together a story...
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Another AFL mess

It was thought that tonight's Spokane-Pittsburgh game had no bearing on the AFL playoff picture. However, Shock majority owner Brady Nelson told me 30 minutes before kickoff he's been informed by the league office that the No. 1 seed in the National Conference is not...
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Shock close regular season vs. Power

Spokane, riding a four-game winning streak, concludes the regular season against the Pittsburgh Power tonight at 7 at the Arena. Here's my game preview.
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Defense sparks Shock to easy win

Spokane's defense made Rohan Davey's Friday night miserable. The Shock forced seven turnovers, scored on a fumble recovery, interception return and safety as Spokane hammered the Talons 77-30 at the Arena. Davey tossed five interceptions and fumbled three times, losing two. I didn't keep an...
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Spokane sweeps Florida trip

Spokane capped its lengthy road trip to Florida with an easy 62-40 win over Jacksonville on Saturday, one week after handling Tampa Bay 63-49. Ex-Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley had a rough night against Spokane's defense. He was intercepted three times and fumbled once. The Shock...
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Shock rally past Storm, 63-49

It looked like a repeat of the first meeting for a while, but Spokane found its stride late in the first half and rallied for a 63-49 road win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Erik Meyer tossed seven touchdown passes, five to Brandon Thompkins, as...
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Shock back to work in Tampa Bay

Spokane returns to the field tonight against Tampa Bay in a rematch of an April game that was won by the Storm, 70-62, in Spokane. Here's my game preview and another from Florida. The big question: Will Storm quarterback Adrian McPherson play? He missed Tampa...
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Edwards catches on with Shock

Nicholas Edwards is the newest member of the Spokane Shock but he's already well known inside the organization. Edwards, who was a standout receiver at Eastern Washington, officially signed with Spokane earlier this week. He was a Shock intern last summer. It'll be interesting to...
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Shock extinguish Blaze 80-41

Spokane crushed Utah 80-41 on Friday at the Arena to improve to 10-4 heading into a bye week. My unedited game story is below.
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Game day: Shock entertain Blaze

It's been a long grind -- 14 games in 14 weeks -- but Spokane's mood entering next week's bye will be determined by tonight's outcome against Utah. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Arena. The Blaze have a new quarterback and a different look...
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Tennell steps up game

Shock receiver Adron Tennell was coming off a record-setting 2012 season, but he's been even better through the first 13 games this season. More on Tennell, who many regard as the AFL's best receiver.
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Thompkins faces former team

Brandon Thompkins wanted to be traded from Utah and he wanted to return to Spokane. That's exactly what happened last month when Spokane acquired the former Shock receiver. Thompkins has made some improvements to his game, on and off the field, from his days with...
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Shock chew up Sharks, 76-41

Spokane won its fourth straight game, throttling Jacksonville 76-41 on Saturday at the Arena. The key question this week will be whether linebacker Terence Moore, who was ejected in the second half for an illegal hit, will be on the field for Saturday's showdown versus...
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Another quality ‘D’ awaits Shock

No. 2 Spokane is back in action tonight and the storyline is familiar: The Shock will try to solve another quality AFL defense. Two weeks after putting up 61 points on San Antonio and one week after hanging 75 on San Jose, the Shock encounter...
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Shock finding work/rest balance

You'd never know Beau Bell has been battling a high ankle sprain. He had two sacks and three quarterback hurries in Saturday's rout over San Jose. Watching practice at the last few media days, Bell is often by himself stretching or conditioning, or he's working...
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Shock crush San Jose 75-45

By Jim Meehan jimm@spokesman.com; (208) 765-7131 It doesn’t seem to matter who San Jose has at quarterback when it faces the Spokane Shock. The last three meetings between the West Division rivals have produced one-sided outcomes in Spokane’s favor. The third-ranked Shock dominated from start...
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Showdown for Shock, SaberCats

Spokane's 69-47 rout of San Jose six weeks ago changed the course of the SaberCats' season. San Jose traded future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Garcia to Orlando and signed former Chicago QB Russ Michna. The SaberCats haven't lost since, winning five in a row....
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Rowan pulling double duty

Taylor Rowan was a popular member of the 2010-11 Spokane Shock teams. Now, the kicker is back playing for his hometown team. Rowan makes Spokane his home year round and he holds down a full-time job with an engineering company owned by his father-in-law. Rowan...
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Shock pick up another road win

Spokane got it done on the road again, holding off San Antonio 61-48 on Friday night. The victory moves Spokane to 5-1 on the road and 7-3 overall entering a two-game home stand. Erik Meyer had seven touchdown passes and two TD runs. Adron Tennell...
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Shock trying to get back on course

Spokane has made some lineup changes in preparation for tonight's game against New Orleans in the Arena. The Shock (5-3) have dropped three straight and slipped from first to third in the four-team West Division. They're 1-2 at home. More about Spokane's roster moves and...
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Shock blow lead, fall to Orlando

There is no such thing as a sure thing in arena football, as Spokane found out the hard way Saturday night. Spokane blew a 13-point lead -- with possession of the ball -- in the final minute. The result: The Shock lost a game it...
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Shock vs. Predators (May 11)

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Shock's home game against the Orlando Predators on Saturday. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
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Shock acquire WR Brandon Thompkins

Spokane has acquired wide receiver Brandon Thompkins from Utah in exchange for defensive back Josh Ferguson and defensive lineman Julian Miller. Thompkins had 76 receptions, 26 for touchdowns, last season with Spokane. In four games this season with Utah, he had 27 csatches for 345...
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Jorden receives invite to Colts minicamp

Spokane Shock wide receiver Kamar Jorden said Monday he’s been invited to a tryout at the Indianapolis Colts’ rookie minicamp this weekend. Jorden has 48 receptions for 587 yards and 15 touchdowns – second on the Shock in all three categories behind Adron Tennell. The...
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Shock drop second straight

Spokane struggled again on offense but had a chance to pull out a road victory against Utah. But the Shock misfired on a fourth-down pass in the closing seconds and the Blaze escaped with a 52-48 upset victory. Game recap below.
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Shock back on road to face Utah

Spokane tries to bounce back from its first loss when it takes on Utah tonight in Salt Lake City, the Shock's fifth road game in seven outings. It's a key game, as the West Division standings show: Spokane 5-1, Arizona 5-1, San Jose 3-2 and...
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Shock try to bounce back

The Shock were out of sorts Saturday, falling behind Tampa Bay 28-7 at halftime and eventually losing 70-62. The offense wasn't crisp, the primary topic I addressed in my notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R, for a number of reasons. Had Spokane hung on...
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Shock can’t overcome sloppy first half

Spokane played its worst half of football of the season, fell into a 28-7 hole and couldn't complete a second-half comeback as Tampa Bay posted a 70-62 victory Saturday at the Arena. My unedited game story is below.
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Shock suffer first loss

Quick game story from Spokane's 70-62 loss to visiting Tampa Bay on Saturday. More below
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Shock, Storm set for AFL clash

Good evening from the Arena where No. 1 Spokane (5-0) and No. 4 Tampa Bay (3-2) meet at 7. The Shock will be without 'Jack' linebacker Terence Moore (shoulder). DB Patrick Stoudamire will step in as the starter. WR Jeffrey Solomon (shoulder) is suited up...
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Meyer making most of return

Erik Meyer had just mentioned Spokane's strong team chemistry during a television interview when 4 or 5 of his teammates snuck up behind him and starting imitating his touchdown dance, drawing chuckles from everyone nearby. After two frustrating, injury filled seasons, Meyer and the Shock...
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Stephens’ five interceptions lead Shock to road win

Paul Stephens set an AFL single-game record with five interceptions -- an apparent sixth was overturned by the officals after San Jose tossed a challenge flag -- as visiting Spokane cruised past San Jose 69-47 Friday night at HP Pavilion. Erik Meyer had eight touchdown...
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Shock back on the road

Spokane, facing its fourth road game in five weeks, will try to maintain its hold on the West Division lead tonight against San Jose at HP Pavilion. The Shock (4-0) beat Arizona (3-1) last Friday to take over the top spot alone. San Jose is...
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Jorden catches on with Shock

Spokane is off to a 4-0 start, thanks in part of a highlly efficient offense -- one turnover in four games, one quarterback sack, Erik Meyer's 32 touchdown passes. Kamar Jorden, who joins Adron Tennell to give Spokane a strong 1-2 combination at receiver, has...
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Shock knock off No. 1 Arizona

Second-ranked Spokane put together a dominating fourth quarter, scoring 24 points and registering two key defensive stops to pull away from No. 1 Arizona 66-49 on Friday at the Arena. Erik Meyer tossed eight touchdown passes, four to Adron Tennell and three to Kamar Jorden....
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Shock open against Rattlers

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Shock opener against the Arizona Rattlers. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
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Shock, Rattlers battle for West lead

By 10ish tonight, Spokane and Arizona will have determined the early pecking order in the AFL West Division. Both teams are undefeated entering the 7 p.m. showdown at the Arena, the Shock's first home game of the season. The Rattlers were the best team in...
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Shock roll to third consecutive win

At first glance, Spokane's 2013 AFL schedule looked daunting at the outset with three straight road games, but the Shock rolled to a three straight wins, the latest a 66-43 rout over Iowa on Friday. Erik Meyer passed for 330 yards and nine touchdowns, three...
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Shock cap road trip in Iowa

Spokane will try to push its record to 3-0 when it faces Iowa (2-0) tonight in Des Moines. Shock-Barnstormers preview here.
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Shock travel to Iowa

After five days in Chicago, the Spokane Shock will bus to Des Moines today to continue preparations for Friday's game against Iowa. The Shock remained in the Midwest after defeating Chicago on Sunday. Here's a look at how they're spending their time.
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Shock improve to 2-0

Spokane went on the road for the second straight week and claimed its second straight AFL win. The Shock thumped the Chicago Rush 76-61 on Sunday to improve to 2-0. Erik Meyer finished with seven touchdown passes, three to Adron Tennell. Find an unedited game...
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Mulder takes on new role

Former Spokane Shock defensive back William Mulder is back with the team in a new role. Mulder is the new defensive backs coach, following a career arc similar to his predecessor Stanley Franks. Franks, the former Idaho Vandal and Shock DB, suffered a horrific knee...
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Shock to hold preseason scrimmage

The Spokane Shock announced that they will hold an Orange and White preseason scrimmage on Sunday, March 10, at the Arena. Details below.
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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...
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Shock roster taking shape

It's been a while since I checked in with the Spokane Shock. Talked with majority owner Brady Nelson and head coach Andy Olson to get an update on the roster and the organization's plan for assembling the 2013 team. Here's my article that will run...
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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...
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Ex-Shock player in solitary confinement

Judy Reisner wants her son, Kevin Ellison, to get mental health treatment, but he sits in the Spokane County Jail. (SRPhoto/Dan Pelle) A former pro football player arrested for arson in June remains in solitary confinement at the Spokane County Jail, and his mother says...
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Shock finish season with home victory

Spokane closed the AFL season with a 63-53 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday at the Arena. The victory gave Spokane a 10-8 record and put an end to the playoff hopes of Tampa Bay (8-10). Here's a link to my game story that will...
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Tennell, Spencer post record-breaking seasons

Adron Tennell (pictured above) and Kenny Spencer have had standout seasons, despite the Spokane Shock's team struggles. More on those two record-setting players in my Shock notebook that will run in Thursday's S-R.
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Shock ownership wants Olson back

Yet another interesting day in Shockland. Owner Brady Nelson stated unequivocally that he wants Andy Olson to return as head coach for a second season. Erik Meyer practiced, then decided he won't play again this season. He hasn't decided if he'll give it a shot...
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Shock lose to Philadelphia

Spokane, bounced from playoff contention before it even took the field, dropped a 62-48 decision to Philadelphia on Sunday in Philly. Shock QB Kyle Rowley was intercepted four times -- that's nine picks in his last two games. The Shock dropped to 8-8 with two...
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Shock face Soul

If I'm reading the tiebreakers correctly, Spokane's playoff hopes were extinguished late last night when San Jose defeated New Orleans. With the two division winners likely to be Arizona and San Jose, that leaves two at-large playoff slots. Spokane can equal San Jose and Utah...

Shock players moving out of Big Trout Lodge

This Big Trout Lodge apartment was heavily damaged in a fire allegedly set by a Spokane Shock player. SR file photo. Players of the Spokane Shock team have spent this week moving out of the team provided apartments in the Big Trout Lodge in Liberty...
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Arizona routs Shock 61-35

A couple times this season Spokane has appeared to hit its stride only to come unraveled a week later. It happened again when Spokane, a week after crushing San Jose 90-63, was blasted at home by No. 1 Arizona 61-35 Friday. Kyle Rowley, who tossed...
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Spokane, Arizona renew rivalry

Spokane and Arizona hook up for a key AFL game Friday night in the Arena. Here's my game preview that will run in tomorrow's S-R.
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Shock still facing uphill playoff climb

Spokane is playing some of its best football of the season and would be a dangerous team if it makes the playoffs. That's a big 'IF'. More on Spokane's playoff chase, the return of Jeremy Geathers and details on the new 5-year CBA here. There's...
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Berkley fishing truck coming to White Elephant

FISHING -- The Berkley Experience exhibit is coming to the North Division White Elephant store Thursday through Saturday with a variety of promotions and demonstrations for anglers. Bring a fishing reel and get it filled with up to 200 yards of fishing line for $1...
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Kevin Ellison to stay in jail without bail

A pro football player who claims God told him to start a fire at his apartment complex in Liberty Lake will remain in jail amid concerns about his mental health. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, who was dismissed from the Spokane Shock arena football team after...
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Shock blow lead, fall to Utah

Spokane suffered a heartbreaking loss in a game it appeared to have in control of inside the last minute. The Blaze recovered an onside kick and capitalized with Tommy Grady's ninth touchdown pass and Tysson Poots' fifth TD catch to overtake the Shock 58-55. Utah...
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Shock game day

At least for a few hours tonight, the focus will be on football for the Spokane Shock when they take on the Utah Blaze. Spokane is dealing with Kevin Ellison's arrest earlier this week, labor unrest and the return of ex-coach Rob Keefe and seven...
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Shock Player: God Said To Start Fire

A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities say. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football...
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Shock player: God told me to start fire

A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities say. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football...
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Keefe returns to Spokane with Blaze

Former Spokane Shock head coach Rob Keefe returns to the Spokane Arena on Saturday as a member of the Utah Blaze coaching staff. Earlier this week I talked with Keefe about the last 10 months -- the time frame during which he was let go...
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AFL offers players 7-year deal

The AFL labor dispute was back on the front-burner Tuesday with the release of the AFL's latest offer to the players. Negotiations haven't been pleasant between the AFL and the AFL players union. Even with the latest offer, both sides managed to take shots at...
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Shock take Command

I've been busy with graduation parties and relatives in town, but I knew when I woke up this morning I'd forgotten something. I hadn't posted Jessica Brown's game story from the Shock's easy win over Kansas City on Saturday night. So here's Jessica's report and...
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Just another strange AFL day

Friday was another bizarre day in the Arena Football League with labor unrest resurfacing but much like the first flare-up in March, it impacted just one game. (And 'impact' might be too strong of a word to describe what the latest work stoppage accomplished.) Here's...
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Sanders strikes football, family balance

Terrance Sanders, who has been Spokane's MVP for the first 11 games of the season, is one busy man. He's having the best season of his five-year arena football career. Before and after practice, Sanders spends much of his time with his family (that's two-year-old...
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Shock’s winning streak comes to an end

Chicago played turnover-free while Spokane had three giveaways. The result was predictable. The Rush thumped the Shock 73-62 on Sunday, snapping Spokane's three-game winning streak. Here's a game recap.
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Shock try to stay hot in Chicago

Spokane, hot of late, faces Chicago, riding a two-game losing streak, on Sunday in Chicago. The Shock (6-4) are back in the playoff picture after winning their last three games, adding to the importance of today's game with the Rush (6-4). Here's my game preview...
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Cave gets second chance

Ryan Cave is back with the Shock after a two-week suspension, thanks to a vote by his teammates. More on Cave's return and the Shock remember former teammate Johnie Kirton in our weekly notebook.
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Shock first half hinges on Soul outcome

Spokane is nearly halfway through the AFL season. The Shock reach the midpoint after Friday's home showdown with No. 2 Philadelphia and there's a lot at stake. Read more in my game preview that will run in Friday's S-R.
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Pino enjoying third stint with Shock

Chris Pino, one of the more talented and popular players to ever wear a Shock uniform, is back for his third stint with Spokane. See what he left behind to return to the AFL in my notebook that will run in Thursday's S-R.
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Shock pull out overtime victory

It wasn't exactly how you draw it up. Spokane survived a sloppy, penalty- and turnover-filled game to pull out a 68-62 win over New Orleans on Friday night. Some of the uneven play was to be expected with Spokane working in seven new starters and...
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Shock finally back home

It's been a while since Spokane played an AFL home game. It was April 14 when the Shock thrashed Milwaukee. The Shock then had a bye, defeated Jacksonville on the road before losing big at Utah last Friday. Now they're back home with several new...
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Spokane makes more moves

The moves keep coming for the Spokane Shock. The team put OL Palauni Ma Sun (knee) and DL Jonathan Williams (shoulder) on injured reserve and signed three players, including two who have worn Shock jerseys in the past. Spokane is bringing back LB Levi Madarieta,...
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Shock trying to get healthy

Spokane is one beat up football team. The team practiced Tuesday at the Arena with the number of sidelined players (11) chasing the number that suited up (20). There were several new faces and probably will be a few more before the Shock take the...
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Shock busy with transactions

Spokane made changes to nearly 1/3 of its roster Monday, most notably signing OL Chris Pino (a familiar name to Shock followers), putting LB Beau Bell on injured reserve and placing WR Adron Tennell and DL Brandon Sharpe on league suspension. I'm heading out to...
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Shock lose big in Utah

Spokane's struggles against the West Division continued Friday night when Utah hung an 84-63 loss on the visiting Shock. Game recap below.
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Shock face division rival Utah

The standings and AFL rankings tell the story. Arizona, San Jose and Utah are 5-2; Spokane 3-3. Combined record: 18-9. In terms of rankings, Arizona is No. 2, San Jose is No. 3, Utah is No. 5 and Spokane is No. 10 -- four in...
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News Quiz Offers Shock Tickets, More

If it's Monday, it must be time for a new current-events quiz. Simply by participating this week, you'll be eligible for three random drawings for Spokane Shock football tickets. And if you finish at the top of the leaderboard, a $50 Davenport Hotel gift card...
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Healing Franks enjoys coaching job

Stanley Franks would rather be playing football. However, a horrific injury put an end to his playing days -- at least for the short term -- so Franks accepted a position as defensive backs coach with the Spokane Shock. More on Franks' injury and how...
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Shock hold off Sharks, 56-48

Spokane snagged its second road win of the season and evened its record at 3-3 with a 56-48 victory over Jacksonville on Saturday. Spokane led by as many as 21 points, but the Sharks rallied in the second half to close within 49-48. Beau Bell's...
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Shock face Sharks

Spokane returns from a bye week with a long road trip and a key AFL game against Jacksonville tonight. Kickoff is at 4 Pacific time. Here's my preview that ran in today's S-R and another in the Florida Times-Union. In-game updates at twitter.com/SRjimm. One clarification:...
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Geathers back for one game

Turns out defensive lineman Jeremy Geathers will wear a Spokane Shock jersey at least one more time. Geathers will return, likely for just one game, when Spokane visits Jacksonville on Saturday, before resuming preparations for training camp with the CFL B.C. Lions. Spokane planned on...
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Rowley busy during bye week

I went to Shock practice Tuesday, but my weekly notebook was held for a day and will run in Thursday's S-R. Here's a link. One item that will be in the print edition but probably not on the link: OL Ben Ossai has signed with...
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Shock LB Moore placed on injured reserve

Spokane has placed linebacker Terence Moore on injured reserve, a mandatory four-week stint. Moore, an Arena Football League rookie from Troy University, hurt his knee during Saturday’s victory over Milwaukee. His injury won’t require surgery. Moore has three interceptions and a fumble recovery. He’s had...
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Meyer’s return on hold

Erik Meyer, sidelined since late in the season opener by an illegal hit, will remain on injured reserve. Meyer is getting better, but not to the point where he's ready to be activated. Head coach Andy Olson isn't sure when Meyer will be able to...
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Spokane crushes Milwaukee 57-26

Spokane's defense dominated and its offense was efficient as the Shock routed visiting Milwaukee 57-26 on Saturday night at the Arena. Here's a link to my game story.
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Shock give one away, 57-53

Quarterback Kyle Rowley gave the offense a boost in his first game back, but Spokane committed four turnovers, including a botched center-quarterback snap with just over 1 minute left and Arizona rallied for a 57-53 win Friday in Phoenix. Spokane led most of the game...
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Shock face No. 2 Rattlers

Game day for the Shock in Phoenix where they'll face the second-ranked Arizona Rattlers. Most consider Arizona one of the favorites to win the ArenaBowl. The Rattlers were loaded a year ago and may be even better this season, but they are missing two key...
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Rowley officially back with Shock

Kyle Rowley is back for his third stint with the Spokane Shock. Rowley, who helped Spokane to an arenafootball2 title in 2006 and an Arena Football League crown in 2010 before losing the starting job to Erik Meyer in 2011, officially rejoined the Shock on...
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Shock release DB Williams

The Spokane Shock on Monday released defensive back Travis Williams, who started the first three games, and put offensive lineman/fullback Shannon Tevaga on injured reserve with a hand injury. Williams had 9.5 tackles and one pass break-up in three games, but he had a tough...
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Shock suffer worst loss in franchise history

Spokane was blown out by visiting San Jose 69-35 on Friday and the worst loss in franchise history is expected to prompt changes. Team and AFL sources said following the game that Spokane is in the process of bringing back former Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley....
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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...
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Shock QB Froman: Smarts and athleticism

Adam Froman is the latest to take the helm of the Spokane Shock offense. After an injury riddled 2011 season at the quarterback position, 2012 got off to a rocky start when starter Erik Meyer suffered a concussion late in the season opener. Enter Froman,...
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Meyer says he won’t be sidelined for long

Erik Meyer has been slowed by injuries since the Spokane Shock acquired him in a trade from Utah last season. He suffered a concussion last year and another one in the 2012 season opener, but the former Eastern Washington Eagle believes he'll be back on...
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Shock put QB Meyer, DL Sharpe on IR

The Spokane Shock placed quarterback Erik Meyer and defensive lineman Brandon Sharpe on injured reserve, retroactive to last Saturday. Meyer (pictured above) suffered a concussion in Spokane's season-opening loss to Iowa. Sharpe's injury wasn't disclosed. Players on IR are required to sit out four weeks....
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Win Spokane Shock tickets

Spokane Shock tickets are being offered to people who complete The Spokesman-Review weekly news quiz dated March 18. Simply take the quiz, and you're eligible to win drawings that will be held today (Friday). We will have two separate drawing for two Spokane Shock tickets...
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News Quiz Offers Shock Tickets

Bob Springli of Hayden won the secondary raffle prize in the weekly News Quiz contest -- two tickets to the Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Show. Carleen Wickstrom of Spokane won the $50 Davenport Hotel gift certificate for being the best guesser. This week, the Spokesman-Review will...
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AM: Shock Lose Opener In Overtime

Shock the Fox has a few words for Iowa's Jason Simpson before a kickoff in the 1st quarter during the season opener Monday in the Spokane Arena. Iowa escaped with a 69-63 overtime victory. (SR photo: Dan Pelle) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Wind gusts could...
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Shock comeback comes up short in OT

There have been so many crazy finishes to Spokane Shock football games over the years -- Charles Frederick's TD catch in the 2006 playoffs, the blocked PAT in the franchise's first game, the Hail Mary against San Jose last season. It looked like the Shock...
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Shock, Barnstormers open 2012 season

After several days of labor unrest, the Spokane Shock can finally concentrate on football and the Iowa Barnstormers, who visit the Arena on Monday night in the AFL season-opener for both teams. Here's my game preview. If there was more in the Des Moines Register...
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Shock get back to football

It's been an interesting 2-3 days in the AFL, to say the least, culminating in a wild Friday that saw owners fire players, the AFL players union declare a strike on twitter and then call off the strike roughly 6 1/2 hours later. "It was...
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Shock vote to play

Heading out to Shock practice now, but I've been told by media relations director Kevin Maloney that Shock players took a vote this morning and 100 percent voted to play Monday night, irregardless of what happens with the negotiations between AFL/ownership and the AFL players'...
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AFL strike over? Already?

Just about the time I was hitting the pillow late last night at the conclusion of the Cal-Colorado Pac-12 tournament game, it appears AFL players union executive director Ivan Soto put out another tweet: "Work stoppage over all players instructed to go back to work,...
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AFL opens amid labor unrest

I haven't followed the AFL for long, but I can't imagine there's been a more bizarre day in the league's 25 years than Friday. The labor unrest boiled over into a player strike, according to AFL players union executive director Ivan Soto, just a couple...
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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...
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Shock open camp tomorrow

Believe it or not, the Spokane Shock open training camp Saturday in preparation for their March 12th season opener. I checked in with head coach Andy Olson earlier this week to get an overview on his camp priorities. Returning receiver Adron Tennell won't be at...
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Shock try to get back on winning track

Spokane, coming off its first losing season, opens training camp in three weeks trying to recapture the winning ways of the franchise's first five seasons. I checked in with majority owner Brady Nelson and new head coach Andy Olson earlier this week to see what...
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Shock hosting tryouts

The Spokane Shock will hold the first of three tryout camps Saturday at the Shock Center (3212 N. Eden Road, Suite B, Spokane). Registration begins at 9 a.m. Players should wear workout gear and bring appropriate shoes for artificial turf. They will be tested in...
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Nebeker steps down as Shock team president

Just got off the phone with Shock team president Adam Nebeker, who is stepping down to become executive director of Cancer Patient Care. Nebeker is one of three members of the original ownership group that brought arena football to Spokane in 2006. He will remain...
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Shock bolster defensive line

The Spokane Shock beefed up their defensive line, announcing the addition of AFL veteran Anthony Hoke, 2010 Shockie Ayanga Okpokuwurk and ex-Virginia Tech Hokie Steven Friday. Hoke had 15 sacks for AFL Cleveland the last two seasons. Between the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Hoke was...
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Meyer re-signs with Spokane

Erik Meyer, who took over as Spokane’s starting quarterback after being acquired in a trade last season, has signed with the Shock, the Arena Football League team announced. Meyer was highly productive in five games, completing 75 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and...
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Geathers returns to Shock

Jeremy Geathers, a defensive end who played a key role in Spokane's 2010 AFL championship run, has signed with the Shock. Geathers was the defensive player of the game after registering two sacks in Spokane's 69-57 win over Tampa Bay in the ArenaBowl. He went...
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Shock open 2012 at home vs. Iowa

The AFL announced its 2012 schedule and Spokane learned it will open at home against Iowa on Monday, March 12. The AFL press release also contained a big surprise that it didn't exactly acknowledge: Dallas is out of business this season (see what I mean...
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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.
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Williams back in Shock uniform

Defensive back Travis Williams, a member of the Shock's 2010 AFL championship team, has signed with Spokane. Williams had six interceptions and 21 passes broken up with the Shock. He has been with CFL B.C. the last two seasons. He's the 20th player to sign...
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KHQ, SWX to televise Shock

After a season on KREM/KSKN, Spokane Shock games in 2012 will be televised on KHQ/SWX. KHQ will air the season opener, the remaining eight homes will be on SWX. More here. Also, WR Brandon Thompkins officially re-signed with the Shock. A late season addition in...
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Shock sign eight free agents

Spokane added eight free agents, including 6-foot-6 wide receiver Aaron Fairooz and former University of Massachusetts quarterback Kyle Havens. Fairooz signed with the Shock in 2010 but spent the last two seasons with CFL Saskatchewan. Monday was the first day AFL teams could sign free...
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Tennell back with Shock

Wide receiver Adron Tennell, who became a key receiver for Spokane over the last half of the season, has signed to return to the Shock. He's the third player to return, joining DB Marquise Charles and OL Ben Ossai. The 6-foot-5 Tennell, a University of...
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Olson adds Franks, Harrell to staff

Andy Olson has completed his assistant coaching staff with the addition of Clay Harrell (OL, DL coach) and Stanley Franks (DBs). More on Olson's staff, returning players and AFL news here. (That's Harrell pictured above). Franks, you may recall, suffered a serious knee injury last...
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Olson era begins

Andy Olson was introduced as the Shock's new head coach Monday and the 28-year-old addressed several topics of interest (Erik Meyer, Kyle Rowley, Raul Vijil, his coaching staff). Click here for more on Olson and his plans here. Update: Here's John Blanchette's take.
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Crusenberry to remain on Olson’s staff

The Spokane Shock on Sunday confirmed the hiring of Andy Olson as their new head coach and Olson confirmed that line coach Travis Crusenberry will remain on staff. Majority owner Brady Nelson said a press conference announcing Olson’s promotion from offensive coordinator to head coach...
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Olson will be next Shock head coach

Just filed this update to our Web site on offensive coordinator Andy Olson being selected as the Spokane Shock's new head coach. He replaces Rob Keefe, whose contract wasn't renewed. Olson is pictured above in his Shock playing days as a wide receiver. Click here...
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Shock conduct four interviews

Spokane has now completed four interviews -- current offensive coordinator Andy Olson, former O.C. Matt Sauk, Chicago Rush O.C. Sherdrick Bonner and veteran arena coach Chris MacKeown. Majority owner Brady Nelson didn't rule out additional interviews. "Tough choice," said Nelson, who has returned to Spokane...
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Spokane interviews three for head coaching job

Spokane has interviewed three candidates for its head coaching position: current offensive coordinator Andy Olson, former offensive coordinator Matt Sauk and veteran arena football coach Chris MacKeown, according to majority owner Brady Nelson. The team also plans on visiting with Chicago offensive coordinator Sherdrick Bonner....
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More on Keefe’s dismissal

The Spokane Shock were back in the news Thursday with yet another controversial move. The Shock sacked head coach Rob Keefe after two seasons, the first ending in an ArenaBowl championship and the second ending in a playoff loss to Arizona. You can read about...
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Keefe out as Shock coach

Rob Keefe is out as head coach of the Spokane Shock. Keefe, who has been part of arena football championships as a Shock player, assistant coach and head coach, will not return for a third season as the head coach. Keefe led Spokane to the...
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Shock’s Orton signs with Denver Broncos

Wide receiver Greg Orton, who has been with the Spokane Shock most of the last two seasons, has signed with the Denver Broncos. Orton had landed a spot on UFL Omaha’s roster, but he’s now a member of the Broncos, who are battling injuries at...
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Shock season ends in Phoenix

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...
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Teems not playing vs. Rattlers

Good evening from warm (105ish) Phoenix. A couple of updates on Spokane's roster as the Shock finish some of their pregame drills. DB Alex Teems (hip pointer) won't play. Newly signed Marquise Charles will start alongside Terrance Sanders and Ruschard Dodd-Masters. LB Antwan Marsh will...
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Underdog Shock like chances

Back with my game preview for Friday's AFL playoff tilt between Spokane and Arizona. Checked in with Rob Keefe, who said he's going to wait as long as possible to determine his 21-player roster. Many of those decisions will depend on the health of DB...
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The Shock’s Rock

Back with a feature on Shock offensive lineman Chris Pino, who bears a striking resemblance to 'The Rock', wrestler/actor Dwayne Johnson. There's much more to Pino's story, which will run in Thursday's S-R, and you can access it right here. On the left-hand side of...
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White back, other Shock moves

The Shock were back in the transaction business Tuesday, making multiple moves in preparation for Friday's game against Arizona. Here's a recap of the moves and a couple other notes that will run in Wednesday's S-R. Arizona's doing the same, signing ex-Shock lineman Kyle Young...
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Shock losing pair to NFL

With the lockout over, it appears the Spokane Shock will lose two players to the NFL. The Shock knew defensive lineman Ayanga Okpokowuruk would leave to join the New York Giants as soon as the players and owners reached an agreement. Spokane also will be...
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Shock close regular season with loss

Spokane, which didn't take four starters on the trip to rest up for the playoffs, dropped its regular-season finale to Jacksonville 75-56 on Friday. More game details below.
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Rowley back where he started

Kyle Rowley, who led Spokane to arena football titles in 2006 and 2010 before falling out of favor this season, is back where he started -- as the starting quarterback. Read more about Rowley's rocky journey and more on the Shock's season finale against Jacksonville...
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More on Shock moves

I put together a short article on the Shock's numerous moves (Meyer IR, Orton activated from other league exempt, signed Michale Spicer and James McClinton, released Brian Paysinger and Mel Purcell). As mentioned in the previous post, Markee White is planning on rejoining the team,...
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Meyer goes on IR, Orton added to roster

The Spokane Shock made several player moves Wednesday. They placed quarterback Erik Meyer (shoulder) on injured reserve. That means Meyer's season is over because it's a mandatory four-week stint. Spokane has one regular season game and the potential to play three playoff games. Wide receiver...
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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....
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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...
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Shock try to even score with San Jose

The Shock return to the Arena for a showdown against San Jose on Saturday. The SaberCats ripped Spokane 76-48 in the season opener. Spokane has won four of five games to move one game in front of San Jose, Utah and Tulsa in the race...
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Shock sign two, put two on IR

Spokane made several personnel moves Thursday. The team signed offensive lineman Laupepa Letuli and defensive lineman Mel Purcell, both University of Hawaii products and Arena Football League rookies. Letuli finished his UH career in 2010, earning second-team All-WAC honors. Purcell was selected by the Cleveland...
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Shock control playoff destiny

Back with a Shock notebook, led by the playoff picture, followed by a note on one of the newest players of the team, WR Randy Hymes. He played quarterback at Grambling and also had a stint at QB with Bossier-Shreveport last season when starter Raymond...
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Shock playoff scenarios

Spokane's win over Utah was big in the playoff picture, but one of the first questions right after the game was whether Spokane (8-8) can clinch a playoff berth with a win over San Jose (7-9) on Saturday, regardless of what Tulsa (7-9) and Utah...
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Shock win big outside

From the turnstile to the scoreboard, the Spokane Shock had a big night under the lights at Albi Stadium, routing Utah 76-49 to move one large step closer to the AFL playoffs. Here's my game story that will run in Sunday's S-R. You can find...
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Half: Shock 49, Blaze 35

Spokane leads Utah 49-35 at half of the Joe Albi Summer Classic. Conditions are nearly perfect with temperatures in the 70s and a light breeze. An official crowd count hasn't been announced, but it's a sizable crowd and apparently folks were still buying tickets late...
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Shock, Blaze take it outside

Back with my Spokane-Utah game preview for Saturday's outdoor game at Albi Stadium. It will run in Saturday's S-R, but you can read it here. One note that didn't make the final version: newly signed WR Randy Hymes will not play, but figures to be...
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INW: Shock To Play 1st Outdoor Game

The defending Arena Football League champion Spokane Shock will play their first outdoor football game this Saturday at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane, against the Utah Blaze. Here, crews ready Albi Stadium for Saturday's Shock-Blaze outdoor game under the watchful eye of "Joe Fan," a...
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Shock prep Albi; make several player moves

Lots of Shock material tonight. The team continues setting up Albi Stadium for Saturday's outdoor game. Here's a look at the logistics of staging the AFL's first regular-season outdoor game that will run in Friday's S-R. Also, Spokane made several player moves, adding veteran WR...
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No debate this time: Meyer starting again

Since the second half of the AFL season began, Spokane seemingly has had a weekly debate over who should be the starting quarterback. Not this week. Erik Meyer played well before departing in the second half with severe cramping in Saturday's loss against Arizona. So...
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Rattlers pull away from Shock, 68-46

Spokane had won four highly competitive AFL games against Arizona by a combined 17 points, but the Rattlers finally broke through Saturday night with a convincing 68-46 win in Phoenix. Erik Meyer was sharp in the first half, but he threw an interception early in...
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Shock making post-bye move

Spokane tries to stretch its winning streak to four when it faces Arizona in Phoenix on Saturday night. The winning started after Spokane made big lineup changes and got healthy during a bye week roughly four weeks ago. Read more about that and the Rattlers...
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Meyer to start, Rowley No. 2 vs. Arizona

Spokane has settled on Erik Meyer as its starting quarterback vs. Arizona, but head coach Rob Keefe stressed that the appointment is on a one-game basis. Keefe emphasized that point several times during a phone interview this evening. Meyer will be backed up by Kyle...
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Meyer will start vs. Arizona

Erik Meyer has been named the starting quarterback for Spokane's game against Arizona in Phoenix on Saturday, Shock head coach Rob Keefe said. Meyer, who missed last week's game with a concussion, beat out Kyle Rowley and Bill Stull for the starting nod. No word...
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The more things change …

Another week with the Shock and another three-player race for the quarterback job and another standout receiver leaving for the UFL. Read more in my weekly Shock notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. Here's the link.
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Shock even mark at 7-7

Spokane won big and easy in the Big Easy. The visiting Shock crushed New Orleans 75-54 on Saturday night for their third straight win. Spokane (7-7) had failed in two earlier chances to reach the .500 mark, but it cashed in against the hapless VooDoo...
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Rowley, Shock ready for VooDoo

With Kyle Rowley back as starting quarterback, the visiting Spokane Shock take on New Orleans on Saturday night. The Shock (6-7) are tied with Tulsa and Utah for the fourth and final playoff berth in the National Conference. You can read my game preview that...
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Rowley to start, Stull backing up

Spokane is back to where it started at starting quarterback. Opening-day starter Kyle Rowley (pictured from last year's ArenaBowl) has been named the starter for Saturday's road game against New Orleans. Bill Stull, who supplanted Rowley as the starter in the Week 9 game against...
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Shock notes

As mentioned earlier, I put together a notebook from today's Shock practice that will run in Thursday's S-R. You can read it here. The first topic, of course, is the quarterback derby. Erik Meyer is out with a concussion. Kyle Rowley, Bill Stull and Steven...
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Meyer out, QB shuffle continues

A quick post after returning from Shock practice at the Arena. Erik Meyer (concussion) won't play Saturday against New Orleans, leaving the starting quarterback job up for grabs between Kyle Rowley, Bill Stull and Steven Sheffield. Head coach Rob Keefe said he'll name a starter...
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Meyer suffers concussion in Shock win

Just as Erik Meyer appeared to be settling in as the Shock's starting quarterback he had to leave the field with assistance from the training staff. Meyer, in his second start, departed in the third quarter after making a tackle on a Chicago defender who...
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Shock take on third-ranked Rush

The Spokane Shock have had several chances to string some wins together this season, but only once have they had back-to-back victories. They get another chance tomorrow when Chicago visits the Arena. Here's my game preview.
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Spokane doesn’t crack Top 10

Shock coach Rob Keefe said earlier this week that his team might have opened some eyes around the AFL after thumping Philadelphia 75-54 and that could be reflected when the weekly coaches poll was released. The poll came out and Spokane (5-7) still didn't crack...
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No Shock that Orton made it in Spokane

Greg Orton, the last cut of Spokane's 2010 training camp, has turned that negative into a positive. He returned at midseason when Spokane was hit by injuries to the receiving unit and he became a mainstay. Then, he got better. Read about Orton's journey from...
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Shock secondary making strides

Spokane's secondary, a sore spot most of the season, has been more productive the last five games, including a three-interception performance against Philadelphia on Friday. The unit will be relied on even more with the absence of DL standout Khreem Smith, who was traded to...
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Crowded AFL playoff race

Tulsa blitzed Utah 81-51 Saturday night to create a four-way tie for the fourth and last National Conference playoff berth. Tulsa, Utah, Spokane and San Jose are 5-7. Kansas City is 4-9. More on Utah's third straight loss here and here. The game was another...
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Meyer leads Shock past Philly

Back with my game story and John Blanchette's column from Spokane's 75-54 win over Philadelphia on Friday at the Arena. Spokane scored a season-high 75 points. Erik Meyer threw seven touchdown passes and the defense scored twice on interceptions returns.
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Shock-Soul ready to go

About 25 minutes before kickoff between Spokane and Philadelphia at the Arena. Not sure how full the building will be, especially with the 5 p.m. kickoff and the nasty traffic jam on I-90 that started before Thor for those coming in from the east. The...
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Meyer, Shock set for Philadelphia

Spokane, coming off a bye week, tries to end a two-game losing streak when Philadelphia visits the Arena tomorrow night. The Shock (4-7) have seven regular-season games left as they try to earn an at-large playoff berth. Ryan Vena, the losing quarterback when Spokane crushed...
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WR White activated from IR

I mentioned yesterday that Markee White practiced, testing a foot injury that has kept him out since the second game of the season. White (pictured above) was activated from injured reserve today. More here.
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Patient Meyer gets his starting shot

The Shock have another new starting quarterback (Kyle Rowley started first eight games, Bill Stull the ninth and Casey Hansen the 10th and 11th). After a four-year wait, Erik Meyer's turn comes Friday against Philadelphia. Here's a look at Meyer and a couple of additional...
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Shock release Hansen, still looking for DL

Spokane cut quarterback Casey Hansen, who started the last two games after injuries to Bill Stull and Kyle Rowley. Erik Meyer, acquired in a trade earlier this week, is expected to start next Friday (June 10th) against Philadelphia. Also, one of the free-agent targets Spokane...
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Shock acquire Meyer, trade Smith, Narcisse

It sounds like it's going to be another interesting week in Shockville. I spoke with head coach Rob Keefe earlier tonight about the trade of Khreem Smith and Antonio Narcisse to Utah for QB Erik Meyer and Raymond McNeil. The coach indicated it was the...
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Shock trade for Meyer, give up Smith

Spokane has made a trade it hopes will solve its quarterback issues, but it came at a hefty price. The Shock dealt standout defensive end Khreem Smith and starting center Antonio Narcisse to Utah for quarterback Erik Meyer and starting center Raymond McNeil. Meyer, the...
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Shock add DL, release Witherspoon

Spokane has made some changes on its defensive front, signing former Duke Blue Devil Ayanga Okpokowuruk and releasing ex-EWU Eagle Lance Witherspoon. Okpokowuruk was on the N.Y. Giants practice squad last year. He's an AFL rookie. Witherspoon, who fell on a fumble in the end...
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Shock, Hansen prepare for KC

I visited Shock practice today and checked in with Casey Hansen, who absorbed some punishment from Tampa Bay's defensive front in Friday's 51-42 loss. More on Hansen, Markee White's health and other notes here. One note that didn't make it: The AFL has extended the...
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Storm rough on Hansen, Shock

Spokane dropped to 4-6 with a 51-42 home loss to Tampa Bay, which turned its pass rush loose and overwhelmed fill-in quarterback Casey Hansen. S-R article here.
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Shock, Storm tangle

It should be an interesting one tonight when Spokane, with Casey Hansen under center, and Tampa Bay, with Brian Zbydniewski at the controls, collide tonight at the Arena. Hansen joined the Shock earlier this week after the team lost quarterbacks Bill Stull and Kyle Rowley...
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Hansen gets starting nod

Casey Hansen will start at quarterback when Spokane takes on Tampa Bay on Friday, head coach Rob Keefe said. Hansen was one of three quarterbacks brought in this week as the Shock were forced to replace Bill Stull (knee) and Kyle Rowley (shoulder), both of...
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Hansen, Sheffield added to roster

Spokane’s muddled quarterback situation is clearing up. The Shock, who lost quarterbacks Bill Stull and Kyle Rowley to injuries in Saturday’s win over Dallas, brought in three quarterbacks for tryouts and Casey Hansen and Steven Sheffield have been added to the roster. Hansen was Spokane’s...
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Stull gets good news, Rowley on IR

Checked in at Shock practice today where Bill Stull (pictured above) received some good news regarding his left knee and Kyle Rowley was placed on injured reserve. Three quarterbacks audtioning for the starting -- and backup -- job threw about a billion passes. WR Markee...
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Shock bringing in three QBs for tryouts

Spokane doesn't know the full extent of injuries to quarterbacks Bill Stull's knee and Kyle Rowley's right (throwing) shoulder. In the meantime, the team will bring in three quarterbacks for tryouts: Casey Hansen, who backed up Nick Davila in Spokane's 2009 af2 championship season; Steven...
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Shock lose two QBs, win game

I've seen my share of strange arena football games over the years, but Saturday's has to rank as one of the strangest. Spokane, which made headlines earlier in the week for changing quarterbacks with Bill Stull taking over as the starter in place of Kyle...
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Shock take on Vigilantes

Spokane, coming off a disappointing loss to Pittsburgh, tries to rebound against Dallas at the Arena on Saturday. Here's my preview that will run in Saturday's S-R.
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Live chat with Spokane Shock owner Brady Nelson

Spokane Shock owner Brady Nelson has had the Midas touch with Arena Football in Spokane. The Shock won the af2 championship in its first season in 2006, captured the ArenaCup title again in 2009 and won the Arena Football League title in 2010. All three...
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Rowley benched, Stull to start

Shock head coach Rob Keefe vowed to make changes after the loss to Pittsburgh and he made a big one for Saturday's home game against Dallas. Keefe has benched veteran quarterback Kyle Rowley and AFL rookie Bill Stull will start. Rowley has been a fixture...
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Shock fall apart in second half

An article on the Spokane Shock posted earlier today on the AFL website had the following headline: 'Are the defending champs back?' Later Saturday, the Shock took a big step backward, falling to Pittsburgh 51-41 to drop to 3-5. You can read the S-R game...
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Shock, Keefe take on former coach

Spokane has won two straight after a 1-4 start. The Shock will try to keep their momentum going against the Pittsburgh Power, coached by ex-Shock coach Chris Siegfried. Here's my preview that will run in Saturday's S-R. We mentioned Thursday that Pittsburgh put DL Terrence...
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Shock sign WR Gessner

One day after signing ex-Montana Grizzly WR Ryan Bagley, the Shock added Chas Gessner, a former teammate of Kyle Rowley's at Brown. WR Adron Tennell was placed on injured reserve. Pittsburgh, the Shock's opponent Saturday, placed DL Terrence Carter on suspension. He led the Power...
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Keefe’s gamble pays off

If you attended Saturday's Shock-Rattlers game, you may have noticed No. 2 quarterback Bill Stull didn't suit up. Find out why head coach Rob Keefe chose to go without a backup quarterback and the severity of DB Josh Ferguson's knee injury in my Shock notebook...
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Smith honored, team makes moves

Khreem Smith's block of Arizona's potential game-winning field goal Saturday was named the AFL highlight of the week. More here. Elsewhere, the Shock made several transactions Tuesday: DB Josh Ferguson (knee) and DL Jonathan Williams were put on injured-reserve, DL Lance Witherspoon has been activated...
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Shock hang on to defeat No. 1 Arizona

Back with my game story from Spokane's wild 70-69 AFL win over No. 1 Arizona. Read on for my unedited article that will run in Sunday's S-R. There's also an earlier, shorter version, filed for the Idaho edition, you can access here.
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Windsor suited up for Rattlers

About 25 minutes from kickoff and Arizona will have the services of talented WR Rod Windsor. He missed a couple of practices earlier this week due to the NFL lockout being lifted, but he went through warmups and is expected to play. Should be a...
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Shock, Rattlers renew rivalry

Back with a preview of Spokane's home game vs. Arizona on Saturday. Here's a link to the article that will run in the S-R tomorrow. It'll be interesting to see if Arizona receiver Rod Windsor plays. Windsor, who has signed with the Cleveland Browns, was...
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McCullough returns with unbeaten Arizona

I checked in with former Shock linebacker Kevin McCullough, who returns to Spokane on Saturday with the Arizona Rattlers. In one of the franchise's most controversial moves, Spokane traded McCullough to Oklahoma City last June. The trade of the popular McCullough opened the door for...
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Shock get huge road win

Spokane earned its first road win of the season with a 70-58 victory over No. 2 Orlando on Saturday. Spokane's defense made four stops and quarterback Kyle Rowley accounted for 10 touchdowns (eight TD passes, two scoring runs) as the Shock improved to 2-4 heading...
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Doesn’t get any easier for Shock

Spokane needs to start winning some games to recover from a 1-4 start, but the Shock will be underdogs for at least the next two weeks, beginning with Saturday's visit to No. 2 Orlando. Next week Spokane entertains No .1 Arizona. Here's my Shock-Predators game...
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Shock ‘D’ not delivering

Spokane, masterful in winning close games in its first five seasons, is 0-3 in games decided by a touchdown or less its 1-4 start. The Shock have struggled on both sides of the ball, but the focus of my notebook that will run in Thursday's...
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Shock lose to Utah

Spokane dropped to 1-4 after falling to Utah 69-62 on Friday in Salt Lake City. The Shock, defending AFL champions, beat the Blaze 68-34 and 77-28 last season. Spokane is in last place in the four-team West Division and now trails Utah and San Jose...
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Shock take on Utah, Sauk

Spokane gets back to work after a bye week, taking on Utah, which features four ex-Shock players and former offensive coordinator Matt Sauk, on Friday. Here's my preview (TV info at the bottom).
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Vijil back in the game

Raul Vijil has returned from a serious knee injury suffered last June to be one of the team's most productive receivers -- again. That's nothing new for Vijil, who has been with the Shock since their first season in 2006, but the former Eastern Washington...
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Shock transactions continue

Spokane has made a couple more moves during its bye week, activating LB Beau Bell and DL Jonathan Williams from injured reserve. On Thursday, the Shock released LB Chris Hemphill. Jonathan Williams is not to be confused with Jon Williams, who is also a defensive...
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Fans, Keefe have their say

Shock head coach Rob Keefe fielded questions from fans for an hour Thursday in a live chat through The Spokesman-Review's website spokesman.com. You can access a replay of the Q & A here.
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Shock release Hemphill

Chris Hemphill's stay in Spokane was a short one. He was signed last week when linebacker Antwan Marsh (concussion) couldn't play in the Kansas City game. Hemphill left in the first half of Spokane's win over Kansas City with a quad injury and didn't return....
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Spokane rolls past Kansas City

Back with my game story from Spokane's 61-34 win over Kansas City on Friday. The Shock (1-3) have a bye week before visiting Utah on April 15th. More below.
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Shock crush Command for first win

Kyle Rowley had seven touchdown passes as Spokane rolled to a 61-34 win over Kansas City on Friday. Short recap below. Complete game story in about 75 minutes.
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Shock-Command ready for kickoff

Spokane and Kansas City are about 20 minutes from kickoff at the Arena. Just a reminder: In-game updates at Twitter.com/SRjimm. I'll post a short game story here just after the final horn. I'll also post a final game story at about 12:15.
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Shock trying to reduce mistakes

Spokane (0-3) tries to get back in the winner's circle when winless Kansas City (0-2) visits the Arena on Friday. My game preview here. (Correction: Shock P.R.'s Kevin Maloney points out that Spokane does have an interception, by Terrance Taylor last week before he was...
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Taylor on IR; Arizona No. 1

A couple of Shock notes. The team has added LB/WR Chris Hemphill, who was with the Shock in 2009 training camp before joining the Tri-Cities Fever. Defensive lineman Terrance Taylor has been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Injured reserve is a minimum...
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Olson coordinating Shock offense

I was at Shock practice this morning and I put together a Shock notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. The first item is on Andy Olson, the former Shock receiver (pictured above from the 2009 season) who is now Spokane's offensive coordinator. Here's a...
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Shock fall again

Spokane, which started the season ranked No. 1, is still without a win three games into the young AFL season. The mistake-prone Shock didn't score for the last 13 minutes, committed five turnovers and were flagged for costly penalty after costly penalty while falling to...
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Shock take on Iowa on NFL Network

Spokane, still in search of its first win in the 2011 season, visits Iowa on Friday night in the NFL Network's AFL game of the week. Here's my preview. Also, the Shock have signed offensive lineman Palauni Ma Sun, who was with the team in...
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Shock place White on I-R

Spokane receiver Markee White has been placed on injured reserve after spraining his left foot on an acrobatic touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter of last Saturday's loss to Cleveland. As the 6-foot-7 White made the catch and was knocked over the dasherboards, it...
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Biletnikoff Jr. amends one comment

In my business, it's not easy to get in touch with a coach who has just been fired (or hired, for that matter). The last thing they want to do is re-hash the details of their dismissal for a newspaper article. Fred Biletnikoff Jr., fired...
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Biletnikoff Jr. stunned by firing

Back with more on the Shock firing assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Fred Biletnikoff Jr. I touched base with majority owner Brady Nelson for an earlier article. The final version has the viewpoints of head coach Rob Keefe and Fred Biletnikoff Jr. (pictured above)....
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Shock fire Biletnikoff Jr.

Just got off the phone with Shock majority owner Brady Nelson, who confirmed that assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Fred Biletnikoff Jr. has been fired. Here's a link to my story. Updates later.
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San Jose routs Shock in opener

Spokane's 2011 season got off to a rough start. San Jose crushed the Shock 76-48 in the AFL opener for both teams Friday at HP Pavilion in San Jose. My recap can be found below. Game stats at http://www.arenafootball.com/stats (click on Spokane-San Jose in the...
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Shock No. 1, SaberCats No. 2

The AFL preseason poll has added more interest to Spokane's season opener against San Jose State on Friday. It'll be No. 1 (Spokane) vs. No. 2 (San Jose). Arizona, another division rival, is No. 6. Complete rankings here.
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Shock lineup almost set for opener

The Spokane Shock open the 2011 season on the road against San Jose on Friday. Their lineup is virtually set as they begin defense of their 2010 ArenaBowl championship. More here.
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Shock TV and player moves

Another busy day for the Spokane Shock, who are sorting out their roster in preparation for their March 11th opener at San Jose. That game will be televised at 8 p.m. by KREM 2, with the Rob Keefe Coach's Show airing at 7:30. That link...
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Shock trade Dillon to Chicago

Spokane traded WR Charles Dillon, the former Washington State Cougar who helped the Shock win the 2009 ArenaCup, to Chicago for claim order position. More here on Dillion and a couple of other Shock transactions.
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WR Markee White returns to Shock

Wide receiver Markee White, who had 66 receptions last season to help the Shock win an ArenaBowl championship, has signed with Spokane. More here. The Shock made a bunch of moves Thursday, including the signing of QB Joe Ayoob and the trade of WR Eddie...
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Vijil added to Shock roster

It seems a little odd writing that headline above, but Raul Vijil, who has been with the Shock since its inaugural season in 2006, was on a two-day tryout at the outset of camp. Vijil, pictured above on the opening day of practice, has been...
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Shock shuffle roster

Spokane is only a few days into training camp, but the team is already tweaking its roster. Eddie Thompson, who played in five games for Spokane last season, was on a two-day tryout at the outset of camp, has been added to the roster, along...
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1,500 tickets sold for outdoor game

When I saw majority owner Brady Nelson at the first Shock practice Saturday, I asked him how many tickets had been sold for the outdoor game. The announcement for the game, set for July 9th at Albi Stadium, was Thursday and it was a quick...
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Shock open training camp

The Spokane Shock opened training camp Saturday and here's my article that will run in Sunday's S-R. Some other items from the first day: Ex-Shock DB Nygel Rogers, who played for Chicago last year, signed with the Shock, but he isn't in camp. Coach Rob...
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Shock add DL Holmes

Spokane continues to tinker with its roster, adding defensive lineman Louis Holmes one day before the opening of training camp. Holmes played in the UFL the last two years and he also has experience in NFL preseason games. More here.
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Shock take indoor game outside

Back with my article on the Shock's outdoor football game, set for Albi Stadium on Saturday, July 9. Here's a link.
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Shock taking Arena game outdoors

The Spokane Shock play in the Arena Football League, but they've decided to take their sport outside for one game. The Shock will entertain the Utah Blaze in the Joe Albi Stadium Outdoor Classic on July 9th. The game will follow all the rules of...
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Tampa Bay coach steps down

Tampa Bay's Tim Marcum, the winningest coach in AFL history, stepped down this morning, three days before the beginning of training camp. Last month, it was reported that Marcum had pornographic and racist emails on his work computer, after he was deposed in a lawsuit...
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Shock lose WR Lyons to Steelers

Spokane Shock receiver Wes Lyons has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Shock open training camp on Saturday. Lyons is an intriguing prospect at 6-feet-8, 240 pounds. He had 42 career catches at West Virginia.
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Whittaker joins Tampa Bay

Former Shock receiver Huey Whittaker is heading home. Whittaker has signed a marketing contract ($1,000 per game, compared to the standard $400) with Tampa Bay, near his Florida home. Whittaker spent time in the UFL after helping Spokane win the 2010 ArenaBowl title.
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Forse signs with Arizona; Lopina cut

For most of the offseason, ex-Milwaukee Iron receiver Nate Forse appeared to be Spokane-bound. The holdup was that Forse needed to take a physical. Forse passed his physical recently, but his destination changed when Arizona signed the talented receiver to a 'Marketing Contract' ($1,000 per...
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Trufant: From EWU to af2 to NFL Jets

Former EWU and Spokane Shock defensive back Isaiah Trufant has made a steady climb up the pro football ladder. He played in the af2 on Spokane's 2006 championship team, then moved on to the AFL and UFL. He joined the NFL New York Jets during...
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Lopina signs with AFL San Jose

Former Washington State University quarterback Kevin Lopina has signed with the San Jose SaberCats of the AFL. Lopina will likely back up AFL veteran Mark Grieb, a two-time ArenaBowl MVP. In 2008, Lopina completed 87 of 153 passes for 841 yards, with 11 interceptions and...
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Dillon returns to Shock

Charles Dillon, the former Washington State Cougar receiver who helped Spokane win the 2009 arenafootball2 title, is back with the Shock. Dillon was with the Green Bay Packers, registering eight receptions in preseason games, before being released. Dillon will be reunited with former WSU teammate,...
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Shock trade two, add WR Holmes

Spokane was busy Thursday, signing former Cleveland Gladiators receiver Brent Holmes, who returned a kick for a touchdown in the closing seconds to beat the Shock early in the 2010 season. Holmes, who will be entering his fourth AFL season, had 110 catches for nearly...
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Harrell rejoins Shock

Fullback Clay Harrell, a starter on the Shock's ArenaBowl championship team last year, has re-signed with the club. To make room for Harrell, Spokane released DE Nekos Brown.More here.Elsewhere, former Shock wide receiver Quorey Payne has signed with the Cleveland Gladiators.
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Shock sign ex-Coug, Seahawk Bumpus

Spokane has signed former WSU and Seattle Seahawk receiver Michael Bumpus. Bumpus had 195 career catches with the Cougars. He played in four regular-season games with Seattle in 2008, making one start. He finished with five receptions.And a couple of days after losing RJ Archer...
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Trufant signs with Jets’ practice squad

Isaiah Trufant, a former Eastern Washington Eagle and Spokane Shock defensive back, is now a member of the New York Jets practice squad. He signed Wednesday.Trufant was the UFL defensive player of the year for the 2010 champion Las Vegas Locomotives. More here.
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Shock sign OL, lose QB

Spokane has added offensive lineman Vladimir Richard, a former University of Tennessee product who was briefly with the Tampa Bay Bucs, but the Shock are in the market for a backup quarterback.RJ Archer is leaving the Shock after being signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice...
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Shock sign another defensive lineman

The Spokane Shock signed two defensive linemen last week, and they added another Tuesday. Former LSU Tiger Charles Alexander, who was with the Philadelphia Eagles before the season, has joined the Shock. More here.
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Shock games will be on KREM, KSKN

The Spokane Shock have a new home on the TV dial.Every Shock home game (except vs. Philadelphia on June 10, which will be on NFL Network) and selected road games for the 2011 season will be televised on KREM or its sister station KSKN. More...
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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...
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Shock add center Walter

Spokane has signed Tim Walter, a center who played at Colorado State. Walter spent some time in training camp with the Chicago Bears.Walter joins returning center Antonio Narcisse on the Shock roster.
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Three Shock games on NFL Network

Spokane will have three of its 2011 regular-season games televised on the NFL Network -- at Iowa, March 25; vs. Philadelphia, June 10; and at Jacksonville, July 22. The June 10th game against the Soul will kick off at 5 p.m. (originally it was scheduled...
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Ortiz signs with Shock

Former TCU defensive end Chase Ortiz has signed with the Spokane Shock. More here.
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Shock sign QB

The Spokane Shock have signed quarterback RJ Archer, a William & Mary product. Archer doesn't have AFL experience, but he did have a brief stint in camp with the Minnesota Vikings.Archer is the second QB on the Shock roster. Kyle Rowley, who led Spokane to...
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Spokane signs LB, WR

Spokane added to its roster with the signings of LB Beau Bell and WR Lonnell DeWalt. More here.
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Shock sign a pair; White honored

Spokane added WR DJ Hall and DB Josh Morris to its roster. More here. Also, ex-Shock receiver Markee White was honored as offensive player of the week for his big day (nine catches, 152 yards) for Hartford in a recent UFL game. More here.
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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...
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Shock sign DL Brown

Nekos Brown is the newest member of the Spokane Shock. The former Virginia Tech defensive lineman had short stints with the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this year.More here.
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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...
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Shock expected to hire Biletnikoff Jr.

The Spokane Shock are expected to name Fred Biletnikoff Jr. as its new offensive coordinator, according to Arena Football League sources.Biletnikoff was the head coach at Central Valley, one of Spokane's rivals in arenafootball2, but the Coyotes decided not to play in 2010. He is...
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Shock add offensive lineman

Offensive lineman Van Nelson has signed with the Spokane Shock. Nelson has two seasons of AFL experience, splitting the 2008 season with Philadelphia and Dallas, then playing for Dallas last year. In Philadelphia, Nelson and Shock head coach Rob Keefe shared a locker. More here.
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Chicago DL Alston signs with Shock

Spokane has signed defensive lineman Mike Alston, who played for Chicago last season. Alston had 2.5 sacks in 13 games for the Rush. More below.
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Williams joins Tulsa

Travis Williams, who played the difficult middle defensive back position for Spokane last season, has signed with the Tulsa Talons as one of the team's three "Marketing Players" (read: earns $1,000 per game instead of $400). Williams joins Jerry Turner (Georgia Force) as 2010 Shock...
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King signs with Shock

Spokane has signed Mac linebacker Micah King, who had 5.5 sacks for Iowa last year. This doesn't necessarily signal an end to Aaron Robbins' time in Spokane. Robbins, Spokane's Mac LB last year, is looking at other options, with an eye on outdoor football. Spokane...
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Sirianni, McCombs won’t be back with Shock

Spokane Shock defensive coordinator Alex Sirianni will not return for the 2011 season. Standout defensive lineman Ben McCombs (No. 99 pictured above) won't be back either. Click here for the article that will run in Tuesday's S-R.
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Spokane signs WR/LB Everett

Former UCLA Bruin WR and Milwaukee Iron LB Marcus Everett has signed with Spokane.Everett made 29 tackles and had three interceptions last season for the Iron. He returned two of the picks for touchdowns. Everett finished his UCLA career (2004-08) with 97 career catches. More...
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Leyritz, Clebert sign with Shock

Spokane now has 12 players back from last year's ArenaBowl championship squad. OL Brandon Leyritz and DL Richard Clebert (No. 77 pictured above with Kyle Rowley) are the latest returners. Their signings were announced by the Shock on Tuesday.More below.
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WR Guice joins Shock

Spokane has added WR Dudley Guice to its roster. Guice played at Northwestern State University, where he finished with 78 career catches for 1,213 yards. He also returned kicks and had 11 rushing attempts for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns.Guice was with Indianapolis...
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Shock sign six more, including Marsh and Rogers

Spokane announced the signing of six players, including linebacker Antwan Marsh and ex-Shock DB Nygel Rogers. Marsh is the eighth player from Spokane's 2010 AFL championship team to resign. Rogers was with the Shock in af2 in 2007-08.Standout Milwaukee defensive lineman Khreem Smith, Chicago Rush...
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Rowley returns

Kyle Rowley made it official Thursday. More below on his decision to return to the Shock and how he hopes to supplement his income.UPDATE: Here's a Shock release that details the return of Rowley and another on the addition of DB Terrance Sanders.
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Rowley back with the Shock

Kyle Rowley has decided to return to the Spokane Shock for the 2011 season. He's in the process of signing his contract at present. Rowley helped Spokane to arena football titles in 2006 and 2010.More within the hour.
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Meyer to Utah, Brookins to San Jose

Erik Meyer, who backed up Shock starting quarterback Kyle Rowley last season, has signed with the Utah Blaze. The former Eastern Washington Eagle will be reunited with ex-Shock offensive coordinator Matt Sauk, who accepted a similar position with the Blaze. Meyer will compete with former...
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WR Sammons back with Shock

Emery Sammons has become the sixth player from Spokane's 2010 ArenaBowl championship team to re-join the Shock.Sammons, who had 17 catches during the regular season, stepped in at linebacker in the ArenaBowl and led the defense with nine tackles and a blocked field goal. Sammons...
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Shock re-sign five from 2010 team

The Spokane Shock have re-signed five players from their 2010 ArenaBowl championship team.Wide receivers Greg Orton and Shaun Kauleinamoku, offensive lineman Antonio Narcisse, kicker Taylor Rowan and defensive back Alex Teems are returning to the Shock. AFL teams have until Monday to re-sign their players....
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Siegfried takes over Power

As expected, Chris Siegfried (pictured above), who coached Spokane to an af2 championship in 2006, has been named head coach of the Pittsburgh Power. The Power are one of four new teams (though all have past AFL ties) beginning play in the 2011 season. Here's...
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New Orleans back in the game, Shack, Siegfried updates

After months of rumors, the Bossier/Shreveport franchise is relocating to New Orleans, a Louisiana newspaper is reporting.The team will take on the logo and nickname "VooDoo" that was used by the New Orleans' AFL franchise from 2005-08. More here.Meanwhile, it appears ex-Shock coach Chris Siegfried...
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Shock losing Sauk to Utah

The Spokane Shock are searching for a new offensive coordinator. Matt Sauk is leaving the Shock coaching staff to become offensive coordinator for the Utah Blaze. The move will allow him to be with his wife and two daughters at their Utah home without relocating...
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Geathers signs with CFL team

Defensive lineman Jeremy Geathers has become the third Shock player to sign with an outdoor league since Spokane thumped Tampa Bay in ArenaBowl XXIII on Aug. 20.
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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...
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AFL adopts 18-game schedule

The Arena Football League will play an 18-game regular-season schedule in 2011.The move likely means some changes in the number of players on each teams' rosters. The AFL season will get underway earlier and teams will have two bye weeks during the season. We'll touch...
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Slide show: Shock celebration

Here is a slide show with photos from Wednesday evening's Spokane Shock championship celebration held outside the Spokane Arena.
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Shock plan rally; White joins UFL team

The Spokane Shock will hold a championship rally Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Spokane Arena to celebrate the team's ArenaBowl title. The public is invited. Players, coaches and front office staff will be on hand, as well as the ArenaBowl trophy. More here.On the...
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Day after 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...
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Shock leave no doubt in ArenaBowl

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...
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Shock Capture ArenaBowl XXIII 69-57

The best team in the Arena Football League saved its best for last. The Spokane Shock, despite losing two defensive starters in the first 5 minutes, put together their most complete performance of the season, punctuating their inaugural AFL campaign with a convincing 69-57 ArenaBowl...
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PM: Shock, Storm Battling @ Arena

Spokane Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley gets solid protection from his line as he throws a touchdown to Shaun Kauleinamoku in first half action against the Arizona Rattlers at the Spokane Arena last month. Rowley is facing a stiff Storm rush afternoon as they began ArenaBowl...
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Shock Invite To Rossi Upsets Tribe

Here is a little-known fact about the Spokane Shock: Their playing field has a name. That name honors one of their major sponsors. The name is Spokane Tribe Field, and the Spokane Tribal leadership is not pleased that the Shock have invited Dino Rossi, the...
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Ta’amu, Whittaker honored

If the Spokane Shock were looking for additional motivation heading into tonight's ArenaBowl, they might find an easy source with the All-AFL awards. After getting blanked in the eight top player/coach awards released Tuesday-Thursday, the Shock had two players recognized with the release of the...
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Shock put it all on the line

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...
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Storm Unhappy w/Shock Vuvuzelas

From In the Huddle with JD: "With the game being played in Spokane, the Shock are trying to do whatever they can to increase their home field advantage by selling vuvuzelas. For those not in the know, vuvuzelas are obnoxious horns that are all the...
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Marcum, ArenaBowl, expansion and lawsuits

A variety of items to pass along this morning. Here's a link to my article on Tampa Bay coach Tim Marcum, who was in on the AFL's ground floor and has been winning ever since. Not much in the way of ArenaBowl articles out of...
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AFL honors Gould, Nyenhuis

The AFL continued to hand out awards Wednesday with Tulsa's Gabe Nyenhuis winning Lineman of the Year and Chicago's Chris Gould winning Kicker of the Year.More below.
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Shock Sells Vuvuzelas For Title Game

The Spokane Shock are selling vuvuzelas -- those annoying horns that made the World Cup all that more difficult to watch -- for Arena Football League championship showdown with the Tampa Bay storm Friday night in Spokane. Seriously. You can buy them for $6 at...
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Whittaker, Rowley honored

Spokane's Huey Whittaker and Kyle Rowley have been selected for weekly AFL honors. Whittaker was named Ironman of the week. He had 165 receiving yards and assisted on one tackle in the Shock's playoff win over Milwaukee. Rowley was named Playmaker of the week after...
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Spokane, Tampa Bay AFL opposites

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...
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More on the incoming Storm

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...
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Shock will face Tampa Bay

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...
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More on Shock-Iron

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...
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Next stop: ArenaBowl

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...
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Game day for Shock, Iron

Kickoff in about 5 1/2 hours for the Shock-Iron showdown at the Arena. Here's the S-R preview, one from Milwaukee and John Blanchette's column on Kurt Warner, who will be an analyst on NFL Network's broadcast.
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Shock notes

Back with a Shock notebook, compiled from Monday's visit to team headquarters in the Valley.Read on for more on how Spokane split up the pool of money for coaches, Kyle Rowley's Elway-esque run and updates on the health of Raul Vijil and Ben McCombs.
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Williams, Ta’amu honored

Spokane's Travis Williams (defense) and Ed Ta'amu (highlight) have been honored with weekly AFL awards.Williams (No. 12 pictured above) had his seventh interception of the season in Friday's win over Arizona. He also made a tackle to stop an Arizona receiver short of the goal...
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Shock will entertain Milwaukee

Spokane will face Milwaukee in the National Conference championship game Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Spokane Arena. The game will be televised live on NFL Network.Milwaukee defeated visiting Chicago 64-54 in a first-round playoff game Saturday. Top-seeded Spokane (14-3) split two games against No....
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Shock, playoff roundup

Another wild game at the Arena as Spokane outlasted Arizona 57-49 on Friday. The Shock defense had four stops and it probably should have been five. Television replays appeared to show William Mulder made an acrobatic interception in the first half, but an official ruled...
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Spokane holds off Rattlers, 57-49

Spokane made it a little tougher than it needed to be -- after a trick play went south with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter -- but the Shock defense came up with the last of their four stops, preserving a 57-49 playoff win over...
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Rattlers express confidence

Arizona dropped both games to Spokane in the regular season, but the Rattlers, particularly WR Rod Windsor, are confident going into tonight's playoff matchup. More here.
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Shock, Rattlers await Round 3

Spokane and Arizona, two teams that aren't fond of each other and staged a pair of thrillers during the regular season, hook up again Friday night in the AFL playoffs. More on the matchup here.
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Jerry Turner finds love for Shock

Jerry Turner has worn a lot of different uniforms in his football career, but he never dreamed he’d don Spokane Shock blue and orange. Click here for more on Turner.
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Shock activate Narcisse

Offensive lineman Antonio Narcisse has been activated from injured-reserve and is eligible to play in Friday's playoff game against Arizona. OL Brandon Leyritz has been placed on IR. More here.
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Shock hang on to top spot

Spokane, which dropped its regular-season finale to Jacksonville, barely hung on to the top spot in the latest AFL coaches poll. The Shock (13-3), who open the playoffs at home against Arizona at 8 p.m. Friday, received nine first-place votes and 123 points. Jacksonville (12-4)...
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Vijil, McCombs won’t play vs. Arizona

Back with a Shock notebook, with the first item centering on the team's health. Ben McCombs and Raul Vijil won't play Friday, but the rest of the injury news is more favorable. Read more here. I just got off the phone with Arizona coach Kevin...
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Shock-Rattlers set for 8 p.m. Friday

Spokane will entertain Arizona at 8 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the National Conference playoffs. The game time was finalized late Friday night after the NFL Network confirmed it will televise the Jacksonville-Orlando playoff game at 5. More here. Arizona stumbled into the...
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Sharks end Spokane’s winning streak

I waited for the end of the Arizona-Iowa game to post the Shock game story. The Shock lost to Jacksonville 64-49 on Friday and I've posted a recap below. Meanwhile, Iowa blasted Arizona 67-47 in Phoenix. The setback cost the Rattlers a home playoff game...
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Spokane falls to Sharks 64-49

Spokane's 11-game winning streak came to an end Friday as No. 3 Jacksonville took advantage of four Shock turnovers to post a 64-49 victory.Check back for more in about an hour.
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Garcia likely starter for Sharks

Game-day for the Shock and it looks like they'll be dealing with Aaron Garcia at quarterback. Garcia has been sidelined with a concussion and separated shoulder, but he practiced this week and will probably start tonight, according to the Florida Times-Union. More here. Elsewhere, the...
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No. 1 Shock face motivated Sharks

Back with a preview of Spokane's game with No. 3 Jacksonville on Friday. Here's a link to the article that will run in tomorrow's paper. From Jacksonville, it sounds like quarterback Aaron Garcia will be available to play. . Some other AFL news: It sounds...
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Shock stay No. 1 in poll

Spokane held on to the top spot in yet another curious edition of the weekly coaches poll, but there will not be a 1-vs.-2 showdown against Jacksonville on Friday. Spokane picked up 11 of 15 first-place votes. Tampa Bay climbed from fifth to second, apparently...
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Spokane Shock keeping foot on throttle

Some teams rest starters when they've done about all they can do in the regular season (see Indianapolis Colts, 2009). Some teams don't change their approach, even though there is risk of injury that could mar their playoff run. Read more about Spokane's approach here.(By...
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Shock playoff foe: Arizona or Chicago

The weekend's results eliminated Milwaukee as one of Spokane's potential first-round playoff opponents. The Iron, win or lose in their final regular season game, have clinched the Midwest Division title (they own tiebreaker over Chicago if it comes down to that) and will host a...
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Shock win a thriller, 63-49

Back with my unedited game story from Spokane's 63-49 win over Chicago. Sorry for the delay, but my computer acted up. Read on.
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Shock hold off Rush

Spokane and Chicago traded touchdowns until deep into the fourth quarter when the Shock defense made a goal-line stand. The Shock turned that stop into a Greg Orton touchdown reception at the other end and Spokane went on to a 63-49 win at the Arena...
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Spokane tangles with depleted Rush

Spokane returns home after two lengthy, but successful road trips, when it entertains Chicago at 5 p.m. Friday. My unedited advance is below.
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Spokane back on top of poll

The always entertaining AFL coaches poll is out for Week 16 and the Spokane Shock climbed back into the top spot. That makes sense, given that the Shock have a 10-game winning streak and the best record in the league by two games. Former No....
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McMackin vs. McMackin a no go

Back with a Shock notebook. The first item is on Shock OL Rob McMackin, whose brother, Shawn, plays for the Chicago Rush, Spokane's opponent on Friday in the Arena. Unfortunately, Shawn, an offensive lineman who moved to fullback a few weeks ago, hurt his knee...
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Wild Card/Monday — 7.19.10

Dunno how many Spokane Shock fans there are out there. But the team will be dining at 6:30 p.m. at Azteca in Riverstone tonight. And fans are welcome to join the team there. Whoever put up the post about the PAR-tee on Facebook misspelled Coeur...
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Road sweet road

Spokane feels right at home on the road.The Shock improved to 7-0 away from home with a 48-42 win over Iowa on Friday, overcoming a whopping 17 penalties in the process. The Shock didn't commit a turnover and the defense forced two fumbles. They also...
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Shock to make NFL Network debut

Spokane,which has the AFL's best record (11-2), longest winning streak (9) and a No. 1 or No. 2 ranking since Week 9 is about to make its debut on the NFL Network's game of the week.In roughly 24 hours, the Shock will take on Iowa...
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Williams: from jeers to cheers

Back with a feature on Shock defensive back Travis Williams, who was blistered by fans early this season when he got off to a slow start. The resilient Williams has emerged as a key player on Spokane's defense, which ranks as one of the best...
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Shock remain No. 2

Nothing changed at the top of the AFL coaches' poll. Tampa Bay (10-3) remains No. 1, Spokane (11-2) is still No. 2. The Shock did gain some ground with 110 points. Tampa Bay received 115.More below.
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Shock notes

I watched a short Shock practice today and put together a notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. You can access the unedited version below. I was out of town for three days and I see we didn't have a post-Cleveland update. Find recaps here...
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Shock visit Cleveland

The Spokane Shock are traveling to Cleveland today for Saturday's contest with the Gladiators. The Shock's roster juggling continued this week as Ben McCombs (pictured above) and Quorey Payne went on injured-reserve. More on that below in my unedited preview.UPDATE: Almost forgot to mention that...
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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.
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Shock win, still drop in poll

It keeps getting harder to take the AFL coaches poll seriously. Spokane (10-2), winners of eight straight games and the top-ranked team the last two weeks, dropped to No. 2 after defeating No. 4 Arizona on Friday. (The Rattlers were No. 4, you may remember,...
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McCullough put on recallable reassignment

Former Shock linebacker Kevin McCullough has been placed on recallable reassignment by Oklahoma City. McCullough was traded to OKC during the Shock's bye week in early June. Antwan Marsh, who replaced McCullough, has three interceptions and three rushing touchdowns in four games.No word on whether...
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More Shock-Rattlers reading

These weren't immediately available on our Website, but better late than never here is the S-R's expanded game story, John Blanchette's column, Chris Anderson photos, and a short write-up in the Arizona Republic.--A quick scan of the Shock media guide shows that Spokane's 37 points...
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Shock hold off Rattlers, 37-36

Spokane continues to pile up injuries and victories. Those two don't sound like they should go together, but the Shock have shown an uncanny ability to replace injured players while continuing their winning ways. The Shock turned back West Division rival Arizona 37-36 on Friday...
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Mulder out, Brookins in

A quick update from the Arena, about an hour from the Shock-Rattlers showdown.Shock DB William Mulder won't play tonight. He has been sick for the last two days. Mervin Brookins, who started the season with Oklahoma City and logged a few seasons in the af2,...
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Shock, Rattlers ready for rematch

Spokane and Arizona are set for Saturday night's battle at the Arena. Here's a link to the preview.UPDATE: Here's the preview from the Arizona Republic.
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Vijil placed on I-R

Shock receiver Raul Vijil has been placed on injured-reserve after suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter of Spokane's win over Milwaukee last week. Spokane has signed receiver Greg Orton, who was with the team in training camp. Vijil will be sidelined for at...
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NFL Network picks up Shock-Sharks game

Spokane hasn't been on the NFL Network's AFL game of the week broadcast yet, but that's about to change. The Shock's last three games now will be televised on NFL Network. The AFL announced Thursday that the season-ending Spokane-Jacksonville clash on July 30 has replaced...
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Shock still No. 1, Rattlers drop

There will not be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown on Friday at the Arena. The Spokane Shock remained atop the AFL coaches poll for the second straight week, but Arizona, coming off an impressive road win over then No. 3 Jacksonville, somehow dropped...
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Front office busy as Shock roll on

Spokane has made a number of lineup changes throughout the season, but its level of play hasn't dropped off. In fact, the Shock appear to be playing their best football heading into Friday's showdown with Arizona.Read on for more about the juggling act Spokane has...
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On second thought, Marsh honored

The AFL sent out a release earlier today listing player of the week honors. Eighty minutes later, the league said after further discussion there was a revised list of winners, this one including Spokane's Antwan Marsh as co-Ironman of the week. Marsh, who scored three...
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Spokane wins seventh in a row

Spokane had travel issues Friday and eventually had to bus from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, arriving at 4 a.m. Saturday. It didn't seem to bother the top-ranked Shock on the field as they toppled Milwaukee 62-48 Saturday night to improve to 9-2. The Shock's seventh straight...
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Shock set for rematch with Iron

Spokane and Milwaukee hook up Saturday night in a rematch of an early April game won by the Iron 74-62 at the Spokane Arena. Here's a link to the preview article.
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Another line change for Shock

Spokane's offensive line has been reworked several times this season and the unit will see another change against Milwaukee on Saturday. Rob McMackin, who hurt his knee in the Bossier/Shreveport game in mid April, has been activated. Harrison Nikolao, who started at center last week,...
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Shock finally reach No. 1

After three weeks at No. 2, Spokane has finally moved up to the top spot in the AFL coaches poll released Wednesday.The Shock, winners of six straight, replaced Jacksonville at No. 1. The Sharks dropped to No. 3. Spokane had 10 first-place votes, No. 2...
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Ta’amu makes most of Shock return

Ed Ta'amu has made Spokane his home since arriving in 2006, even when he played for Kansas City in 2007-08. The big reasons why: girlfriend Jessica and son Noa. Click here for more on Ta'amu.Meanwhile, there won't be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown...
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Spokane wins sixth in a row

The Shock continued to roll, handling Tulsa 63-42 Friday for their sixth straight win. Click here for an expanded game story.
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Shock thump Tulsa, 63-42

Spokane was strong on both sides of the ball en route to a 63-42 win over Tulsa at the Arena on Friday. Read on for a short game story and check back in an hour for a longer version.
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Meyer has pinched nerve

Game time in about 20 minutes, plenty of time for a quick injury update. Turns out Shock backup quarterback Erik Meyer isn't sick, as the team and head coach Rob Keefe have maintained the last two weeks. Meyer has a pinched nerve in his neck,...
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Division leaders collide at Arena

I put together a short preview of Friday's Spokane-Tulsa game at the Arena. You can access it here. (Programming note: A feature article on offensive lineman Ed Ta'amu will run in Sunday's S-R).UPDATE: Yet another ex-AFL franchise is coming back. Kansas City, following announcements earlier...
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Shock hold steady at No. 2

For the third straight week Spokane is No. 2 in the AFL coaches poll. Jacksonville stayed in the top spot. Milwaukee is No. 3, followed by Arizona.UPDATE: On the expansion front, San Jose, one of the league's most successful franchises, is returning to the AFL....
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Harrell happy back on the field

Many of Clay Harrell's former AFL teammates aren't on the field this season because the league, after a one-year hiatus, returned with lower wages for the players. Find out why Harrell continues to play the game here.UPDATE: If you watched the NFL Network's AFL game...
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Championship rings and miffed Predators

Some Sunday reading material: John Blanchette says Shock ownership needs to step up to make sure the 2009 players get their rings for winning the ArenaCup championship. Meanwhile, Orlando, particularly defensive back Kenny McEntyre, wasn't too pleased with Saturday's loss to Spokane.
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Shock pull out 53-52 win

In yet another wild Arena Football League game, Spokane rallied in the fourth quarter to pull out a 53-52 road win over Orlando on Saturday. The second-ranked Shock (7-2) share the AFL's top record with No. 1 Jacksonville, a team Spokane defeated 67-57 last month....
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Meyer’s illness brings ‘Z’ on board

An illness to backup quarterback Erik Meyer has led to the Shock signing Brian Zbydniewski.Meyer isn't expected to make the trip for Saturday's game at Orlando, leaving Spokane without a backup behind Kyle Rowley. Enter Zbydniewski, who was a Shock backup QB in 2006. 'Z'...
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Shock release Dodd-Masters, sign Brookins

Spokane has made a couple of personnel moves, releasing Ruschard Dodd-Masters and signing Mervin Brookins. Both play defensive back.The Shock didn't have a choice regarding Dodd-Masters. He apparently played two games for Wenatchee Valley of the AIFA after March 1st. Per Arena Football League rules,...
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Shock remain No. 2; Sharks No. 1

The Spokane Shock didn't play last week, but they were poised to climb into the No. 1 spot in the AFL coaches poll when top-ranked Milwaukee lost to Arizona. It didn't happen. Spokane remained No. 2 in the Week 10 rankings while Jacksonville, which lost...
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Marsh preparing for Jack duties

Antwan Marsh hasn’t played in a football game since 2006 and he’s never played in an official arena football game. If that’s not challenging enough, Marsh also faces the task of replacing Kevin McCullough, the former Shock ‘Jack’ linebacker who was traded to Oklahoma City...
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McCullough scores TD in OKC debut

Kevin McCullough, traded from Spokane to Oklahoma City earlier this week, had an interception and 47-yard touchdown return but the Yard Dawgz still lost, 50-48, at Tampa Bay on Saturday night.McCullough's pick gave OKC a 42-41 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Storm...
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Shock losing Pino to CFL

Spokane offensive lineman Chris Pino has signed a contract with Montreal of the CFL. The Shock today placed Pino on the other league exempt list. CFL teams are just beginning training camp.Spokane recently signed ex-Idaho Vandal Adam Juratovac and Rob McMackin, a starter earlier this...
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Updated article on McCullough

Back with a final verison, at this point, on Spokane trading Kevin McCullough to Oklahoma City. I called McCullough about an hour ago to get his reaction on going to OKC and included it below. Read on for the article.Also, Spokane moved up one spot,...
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McCullough dealt to Oklahoma City

As mentioned in a previous post, Spokane has cut ties with linebacker Kevin 'The Chainsaw' McCullough. He's been traded to Oklahoma City for claim order position (there's a number order for claiming free agents. Oklahoma City is No. 6 vs. Spokane's No. 8.).Also, defensive back...
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Shock cut McCullough loose

The Spokane Shock are cutting ties with ‘The Chainsaw.’Shock head coach Rob Keefe on Tuesday informed Kevin McCullough, one of the team’s most popular players and a 2½-year starter at linebacker, that he will be traded or released. The move comes just days after McCullough’s...
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Vijil, McCullough receive AFL honors

Raul Vijil and Kevin McCullough (pictured above) earned AFL player of the week honors after helping Spokane to a 67-57 win over Jacksonville on Saturday.Vijil, who had seven touchdown catches, was named the offensive player of the week. The EWU product finished with 11 catches...
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Utah Blaze sack coaching staff

The Utah Blaze, off to a 1-6 start with two blowout losses to Spokane, has fired its coaching staff and has a new one in place. The Blaze visit Cleveland on Friday.More here.
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Vijil comes up big versus Sharks

One more item to pass along -- John Blanchette's column -- on Spokane's 67-57 win over Jacksonville on Saturday night, fueled by Raul Vijil's seven-touchdown performance.
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Rowley, Vijil lead Shock past Sharks

Kyle Rowley tossed seven touchdown passes to Raul Vijil as the Spokane Shock defeated Jacksonville 67-57 in an AFL thriller Saturday night. Vijil's seven TD receptions is one short of Antwone Savage's franchise record, set in 2007. The two connected three times in the fourth...
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Catching up with Huey Whittaker

Spokane receiver Huey Whittaker traveled a somewhat bumpy career path until his breakout AFL season in 2008 with Utah. He's Spokane's leading receiver and he's the subject of a feature story below that will run in Friday's S-R.Also, here's an update on Jacksonville, the Shock's...
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Shock third, J-ville first in latest rankings

Spokane moved up one spot to No. 3 and Jacksonville took over the top spot by itself in the latest AFL coaches poll. The teams collide on Saturday at the Arena.Spokane (5-2) was fourth a week ago, but climbed up on the strength of a...
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Siegfried returning to Spokane

Former Shock coach Chris Siegfried will be back in town Saturday, trying to help Jacksonville beat Spokane as the Sharks' offensive coordinator. I touched base with Siegfried (that's him and Kyle Rowley pictured above in 2006) and filed an update on him and an assortment...
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Spokane trounces Utah again

The second Spokane-Utah Arena Football League game looked just like the first. The Shock hammered the Blaze 77-28 on Saturday, roughly six weeks after routing Utah 68-34 on the road.Spokane led 49-16 at half and cruised to victory. About the only negative was a leg...
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It’s no act when Rowley plays QB

Heading out of town for a couple days, but I'll be back for Saturday's home game with Utah. Meanwhile, I put together a notebook for Thursday's S-R that details Kyle Rowley landing a couple of stunt double quarterback roles on a TV series and in...
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Shock improve to 4-2

Back with a bit longer game recap from Spokane's 68-63 win over Oklahoma City on Sunday. Read on.
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Shock hold off Yard Dawgz

Spokane hiked its road record to 3-0 with a 68-63 victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon. The Shock went ahead for good on Brandon Hall's 8-yard touchdown on a screen pass. The score put Spokane on top 59-56 with 4:12 left. On the ensuing...
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Shock on the road again

The Spokane Shock are in Oklahoma City to face the Yard Dawgz on Sunday at 12:05. The Shock made a couple of roster adjustments for this game (more on that below). Also, Spokane is 30-4 all-time in road games, including a 63-56 win last week...
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Shock climb to sixth in rankings

Spokane's win over Arizona moved the Shock up to No. 6 in the coaches' poll. Arizona dropped from No. 6 to No. 7. Milwaukee moved into the top spot after knocking off previous No. 1 Chicago. I'd link to the poll, but I'm experiencing technical...
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Tough week ends well for Keefe

I put together some Shock notes with the focus on Rob Keefe's crazy week last week. Read on for the unedited version that will run in Wednesday's S-R.
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Shock hold off Rattlers, 63-56

Spokane's William Mulder intercepted a Nick Davila pass off the net in the end zone on the last play of the game, preserving the Shock's 63-56 win over Arizona on Friday night.Spokane took the lead 63-56 on Raul Vijil's 23-yard TD catch with 1:24 remaining.More...
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Shock, sans Sauk, take on Rattlers

It's going to be an interesting night in the desert tomorrow when Spokane faces Arizona. The Rattlers have six former Shock players, including 2009 standouts Nick Davila, Sergio Gilliam, Johnie Kirton, John Booker and Kyle Young, all key contributors on Spokane's arenafootball2 championship team.And news...
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Rattlers irked by questionable call

Spokane wasn't the only AFL team that felt there should have been pass interference called on a key play in the closing seconds. Seems Arizona is sending tape into the league office, questioning the lack of a P.I. call on a failed two-point conversion in...
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Returning to the return

Back with some notes after attending a short Shock practice at the Arena today. The first item concerns Cleveland's kick return for a touchdown with 1.6 seconds left in a 72-68 win Saturday.Read on for the unedited article that will run in Tuesday's S-R.
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Spokane loses a wild one

I just filed my game story from Spokane's 72-68 loss to Cleveland on Saturday night at the Arena. I'm not sure I've seen a crazier game than this one in the Shock's five years of playing arena football.Read on for the unedited article that will...
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Shock entertain winless Gladiators

After a bye week, Spokane (2-1) will try to pick up where it left off. The Shock put a two-game winning streak on the line when Cleveland (0-3) visits for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday at the Arena.My unedited preview is below.
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DB Todd back in Shock uniform

With a couple of defensive backs hurting and on the injured-reserve list, Spokane signed DB James Todd on Wednesday. He played in two games for the Shock in 2007, registering one interception and 8.5 tackles. He was second-team All-af2 with Texas in 2008 and Arkansas...
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Shock this and that

A couple of Shock notes this morning. Spokane (2-1) moved up to No. 3 in the coaches' and writers' polls. Chicago and Milwaukee, the AFL's only unbeatens, are ranked first and second, respectively. Arizona (2-1), tied with Spokane for the West Division lead, is No....
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Shock get back to work

I attended Shock practice (more like a conditioning session) today and filed a notebook. After the bye week, the biggest questions were who is healthy or hurt and who will play or watch. I tried to answer a few of those questions in the unedited...
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Mosley goes on I-R

Spokane put defensive back Rod Mosley on injured-reserve, according to Thursday's transactions on the AFL website. Cleveland (0-3), Spokane's opponent next week, has been busy on the player personnel front if you check out the past few days of transactions.Mosley, who solidified Spokane's secondary the...
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Shock bye-week notes

Spokane doesn't play a game this week, but there's still Shock news to discuss.Read on.
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Shock up to No. 4

Spokane's win over Bossier-Shreveport vaulted the Shock up to No. 4 in the AFL writers' and coaches' polls. Last week, Spokane was sixth in the writers' rankings and ninth in the coaches' poll.Bossier Shreveport (2-1) slipped to seventh (writers) and a tie for fifth (coaches).
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Shock await Bossier-Shreveport

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. Read on.
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Bossier-Shreveport player has Spokane ties

Bossier-Shreveport FB/LB Henry Bryant apparently won't need a travel guide when his team visits Spokane this weekend. Find out why here. (You'll notice the writer uses 'Battle Wings' while the team's official site uses 'BattleWings.' It also looks like one word in photos on the...
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One long Shock post

Here's all the Shock news fit to print. My unedited notebook and a lengthy list of former Shock players and coaches whereabouts is below. Meanwhile, the AFL coaches poll has Bossier-Shreveport No. 4 and Spokane No. 9 while the writers poll has the BattleWings No....
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Spokane routs Utah 68-34

The Spokane Shock evened their AFL record with an impressive 68-34 road win over Utah on Friday night. Kyle Rowley passed for six touchdowns and rushed for another score. Huey Whittaker led the Shock in receptions for the second straight week, catching 12 passes for...
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Shock-Blaze preview

Caught up with Shock coach Rob Keefe just before he was boarding a morning flight to Salt Lake City. As he stated earlier in the week, Keefe made a couple of adjustments to the roster, but not wholesale changes. Read on for my unedited advance....
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Shock fall out of rankings

Spokane was ranked No. 6 in the AFL writers preseason poll, but a 74-62 loss to Milwaukee dropped the Shock out of the top 7 (there's only 15 AFL teams). Milwaukee climbed from No. 7 to No. 2. Chicago, which defeated Iowa, remained in the...
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Keefe: Do your job, trust your teammates

Back with a notebook after visiting Shock practice Monday. It was supposed to run in Tuesday's S-R, but space limitations pushed it back a day. The Shock dropped their AFL opener to Milwaukee 74-62 last Friday. Read on to hear coach Rob Keefe's thoughts on...
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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.
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Rowley takes AFL QB debut in stride

Kyle Rowley traveled a long road before he came to Spokane in the middle of the 2006 arenafootball2 season. He quickly took over as starting quarterback and guided the Shock to an af2 championship.He traveled a long road over the next three seasons before his...
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Rowan signs with Shock

At long last, the Spokane Shock have a kicker. Taylor Rowan has signed with the AFL team. Rowan, who kicked collegiately at Western Illinois, spent the last six games of the 2009 season with Arkansas of arenafootball2. He also played in one game for New...
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Shock roundup

I went to Shock practice today and put together a notebook, including the naming of a starting quarterback and an injury update, that will run in Tuesday's S-R. Hard to believe game-day is just four days away.Read the unedited version of my article below.
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Shock shuffle up roster

The Spokane Shock are just a couple days into training camp, but they've already made numerous roster moves. A couple of the new additions were found at tryouts in Pullman and Los Angeles. Read more about all of Spokane's moves here.
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Shock tackle first practice

I attended part of the Spokane Shock's first training-camp practice today, conducted by new head coach Rob Keefe (pictured above). You can read my unedited article below that will run in Tuesday's S-R.
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Dillon joins Packers, Unertl joins Shock

Busy day for the Spokane Shock, who signed DB Jeremy Unertl, released WR Robert Redd and said goodbye to WR Charles Dillon (No. 5 pictured above), now a member of the Green Bay Packers.More on Dillon here. More on Unertl, who has over 300 tackles...
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Spokane releases QB Hansen

Spokane announced Friday that it has released QB Casey Hansen. That leaves the team with three quarterbacks -- Erik Meyer, Kyle Rowley and Chris Crane -- entering training camp, which begins March 15th.
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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...
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Shock add WR Brown

Spokane continues to tinker with its roster, adding WR Justin Brown and releasing WR Cleannord Saintil. More here. Also, there will be a conference call Wednesday morning discussing the re-naming of Arena Football One to the better known Arena Football League. (You'll recall that the...
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Shock holding tryout

Spokane will hold a player tryout at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Washington State University's indoor practice facility in Pullman. More details below.
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Shock add DB, cut DB

Spokane announced the signing of DB Chris LeFlore. To make room for LeFlore on the roster, the Shock released Dahnel Signfield. More here.
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Shock add receiver, trade receiver

Spokane added veteran AFL wide receiver Willie Quinnie and traded WR Terry Ross to Alabama for future considerations. More here.
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Shock foe lining up with Colts on Sunday

Less than a year ago, Kyle DeVan was a starting lineman for Boise when the Burn lost to Spokane 63-45. On Sunday, he will be one of five linemen protecting Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning.Read more on DeVan's Spokane connection here.
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Purvis and Garcia

I forgot to mention this when the Shock signed WR Robert Redd earliier this week. Spokane has traded Neil Purvis, a defensive lineman who played a key role in the Shock's ArenaCup championship run in 2006, to Jacksonville for future considerations. Spokane signed Purvis a...
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Shock add WR Redd

Spokane, already with an accomplished group of receivers on its roster, added another Wednesday in Robert Redd. He's a three-year AFL veteran who also played three seasons in NFL Europe. He was on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad in 2005.More below.
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Shock sign new radio agreement

Spokane Shock football games have a new home on the radio dial. Every game will be broadcast on AM-700 ESPN THE TICKET, which is part of the KXLY Radio Group. Dennis Patchin (pictured above) and Keith Osso will team up on the broadcasts. Shock home...
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Rowley back with the Shock

Quarterback Kyle Rowley, who joined Spokane roughly at mid-season of its inaugural campaign in 2006 and led the Shock to an ArenaCup championship, has signed with the Shock.Rowley, playing for ex-Shock coach Chris Siegfried at Arkansas, was the 2008 arenafootball2 offensive player of the year...
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Shock learn divisional alignment

Spokane is one of three teams in the National Conference West Division. The Shock are joined by Utah and Arizona. Chicago, Cleveland, Iowa and Milwaukee form the National Conference Midwest Division.It's believed that the National Conference and American Conference champions will have first-round byes in...
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Ex-Bruin joins Shock

Former UCLA Bruin and UFL defensive lineman Brigham Harwell has signed with Spokane. More below.
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Shock will play AF1 lid-lifter

Spokane will entertain Milwaukee on Friday, April 2, in the inaugural game of the new AF1. Five more games are scheduled on April 3. Three teams in the 15-team AF1 have first-week byes.Spokane has two bye weeks (Week 4 and Week 11). Shock home games...
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Shock sign defensive back

Arenafootball2 veteran defensive back William Mulder has signed with the Spokane Shock. More on Mulder here.
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Shock sign WR/KR Payne

Quorey Payne, an arenafootball2 veteran, has signed with Spokane. The wide receiver/kick returner is a product of Southern Illinois University. More on Payne here.
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Clark joins Shock

Devin Clark, an offensive lineman who spent time with the Washington Redskins, has signed with Spokane. More on the former New Mexico Lobo here.
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Shock add player, go searching for others

Jason Harmon, a defensive back/kick returner with AFL experience, has signed with Spokane. More on Harmon, a Michigan State product, here.And Spokane announced it will hold upcoming open player tryouts in Los Angeles and Atlanta. It's the first time the Shock has held tryouts outside...
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Vijil back with Shock

Raul Vijil, who has been with the Shock since the team's inaugural season in 2006, has re-signed with Spokane.More below.
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Tampa Bay joins arena league

The new arena football league will have three teams from Florida. Tampa Bay is set to become the 15th franchise. Orlando and Jacksonville have already joined. There's been no formal announcement on the membership from the league office, but it sounds as if 15 might...
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QB, two others join Shock

Spokane announced the addition of three players, including 6-foot-5, 238-pound quarterback Chris Crane, who was in training camp with the Indianapolis Colts over the summer. Crane backed up Matt Ryan at Boston College before taking over as the starter as a senior. He doesn't have...
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Shock sign another Dillon

Spokane has added another Dillon, Ronald 'Rock' Dillon, to their roster, after announcing earlier this week the return of Charles Dillon.There's also more on Josh Leonard joining the Tampa Bay practice squad below.
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Shock grads

At least seven former Shock players have landed in the new arena league. They are: Palauni Ma'Sun (Chicago), Virgil Gray (Milwaukee) and five with Arizona (Nick Davila, John Booker, Kyle Young, Sergio Gilliam and Kelvin Morris).UPDATE: Make that eight: Andrico Hines (Tennessee Valley).UPDATED UPDATE: Make...
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Dillon, two others sign with Shock

Charles Dillon, the former WSU receiver who helped Spokane win the ArenaCup last year, is back with the Shock.Offensive linemen Jamarr Ward and Chris Pino also signed with Spokane.Dillon is the sixth player from the '09 team to return. Read more below.
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McCullough, two others sign with Shock

Kevin McCullough (pictured above), a fixture at linebacker for the Shock the last two seasons, is coming back to Spokane, which also signed two other players.Read on for more. (There's additional info on the three at spokaneshock.com.)
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Fever bolt for IFL

Tri-Cities' membership in a new arena football league didn't last long. The Fever have decided to join the Indoor Football League (IFL). The new arena league was expected to have a Tier 1, including Spokane, Chicago, Arizona, Orlando, Jacksonville, Iowa, Tulsa, Utah, etc; and a...
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Shock add pair, including QB Hansen

The Shock have added two more players, including Casey Hansen, the backup quarterback on the 2009 team. The other addition is DL Vaka Manupuna.More below, and there's more on Hansen here and Manupuna here.
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Three more join Shock

Spokane has added three more players: DB Dahnel Signfield, OL Antonio Narcisse and LB Aaron Robbins More below, and there's additional info on each player at Spokaneshock.com.
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Spokane adds three more

The Shock have announced three more player signings, including a former Husky and a former af2 standout who made the transition to the AFL in 2007-2008. More below.(Note: There are expanded write-ups on each player at spokaneshock.com.)
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Final final version

I keep getting calls returned, spaced several hours apart, which require a quick update to my original article on the details of the new arena football league. I don't have any other calls out, so the final unedited version is below. It's not a whole...
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Three more join Shock

Spokane's roster continues to grow as three more player signings were announced Friday afternoon, including the return of Harrison Nikolao. More below.
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‘Shack’ visits with Tri-Cities

OK, the Shock post below wouldn't accept the link to Adam Shackleford visiting with the Tri-Cities Fever about an assistant coaching position. Here it is, hopefully.
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Shock roundup

I put together a roundup of everything Shock related, including Ben McCombs' return, Raul Vijil's possible return, the departure of four Shock players to a rival team, Adam Shackleford talking jobs with Tri-Cities and more details about the new arena football league.Read on.
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Shock sign four players

The Spokane Shock signed four players, including a pair of familiar names (Markee White and Alex Teems) and a former All-AFL receiver. They are the first four players to officially join the Shock in the new Arena Football 1. White is pictured above.More below. (There's...
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Shock can ink players Nov. 1

The fledgling Arena Football 1 has made its first official announcement since the league's initial press conference in late September. Teams can sign coaches and players beginning Nov. 1. It sounds like several teams (not among the original 16) are still working on final details...
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Franks signs with CFL team

Defensive back Stanley Franks, a key component on Spokane's 2009 ArenaCup championship team, has signed with the B.C. Lions practice squad. The Lions have two games remaining and are in the CFL playoff hunt. Franks isn't expected to play in the team's next game.Franks, a...
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Go ahead, suit up

Wanna play some football? Here's your chance. The Shock are holding an open tryout on Nov. 21st. More details here.
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Shock hire assistants

The Spokane Shock announced Wednesday that Steve Emtman will return as defensive line coach and Travis Crusenberry, a member of the 2006 staff, will coach the offensive line on Rob Keefe's staff.Crusenberry replaces Tom Ackerman. More here. When Arena Football 1 announced its formation in...
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Arena Football 1 opens for business

The long-awaited news that Spokane has joined Arena Football 1 came down Monday, but not much else. Here's a recap of the conference call -- with Shock owner Brady Nelson helping fill in some of the gaps left from today's announcement.Read on below.
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Shocker: Keefe in, Shackleford out

On the team's Web site, the first line in the bio of Adam Shackleford reads: 2010 will be Shackleford's fourth season as head coach of the Spokane Shock.Turns out, it won't. The Shock decided not to retain Shackleford, who was wildly successful in three years,...
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Shock fire Shackleford, hire Keefe

Adam Shackleford is out as head coach of the Spokane Shock and he will be replaced by former Shock standout Rob Keefe, The Spokesman-Review has learned.
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Shock on course for new league

It's been a while since we updated the Spokane Shock's future plans, so here's what we've learned. The Shock appear bound for a revamped arena football league that will include some af2 holdovers, several former AFL franchises and a couple of newcomers. That's pretty much...
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Shock celebrate, eye changes in future

The Spokane Shock threw a party Tuesday night to celebrate a 19-1 season and ArenaCup championship. John Blanchette filed this column on the event and what's next for the Shock.
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Shock holding celebration Tuesday

The Spokane Shock announced they'll hold a championship rally Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 at the Shock practice facility. The Shock defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 74-27 on Saturday to capture their second Arena Cup championship in four years. Details on the rally here.
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Sunday morning links

There wasn't much media at the ArenaCup (S-R, AM-700 The Ticket/KXLY, a reporter from back East, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and one other fellow who I assume was stringing for another paper), but we'll give you what we could find on the net before I...
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No. 1, without a doubt

Spokane turned a close game into a rout, burying Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 74-27 with a dominating second half. The Shock (19-1) scored 41 unanswered points to open the second half, wiping out a 21-20 halftime deficit.The Shock captured their second ArenaCup championship in the franchise's four-year history....
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Morning Cup links

Rode up the elevator with WB/S coach Rich Ingold a few mintes ago. He asked how Spokane was feeling entering tonight's title game and I replied confident, that winning teams seem to find a way to keep winning. He sounded confident, too, recalling that two...
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Shock, Pioneers set for showdown, volume two

ArenaCup media day came and went. As I expected, there are two beat writers here (me and a guy from a paper back East) and a couple of television/radio crews. Not quite like the press gathering at Super Bowl XL in Detroit a few years...
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Shock, Pioneers familiar foes

Back with a notebook that will run in Friday's S-R. The unedited version is below. I fly to Las Vegas in the morning and will post a game advance later in the day.
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Vena leads WB/S to title game

We checked in with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quarterback Ryan Vena, whose name is prominent in the af2 record book, by telephone this morning. Read on for my unedited feature on Vena (No. 5 in the picture above).
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White, Gray honored by af2

Spokane's Markee White and Virgil Gray were among those honored when af2 announced its weekly awards winners.White's second-quarter TD grab against Tulsa was honored as the big catch of the week. Gray was named defensive player of the week after making eight tackles and breaking...
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Spokane’s defense makes a stand

Back with a feature article on Spokane's defense, which ranks at or near the top in nearly every key statistical category in af2. Read on for the unedited version that will run in Wednesday's S-R.(Pictured is Ben McCombs and Caesar Rayford making a tackle on...
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Shock want win, fun in Vegas

OK, where were we.Last I saw the Spokane Shock, they were disposing of Stockton in the first-round of the playoffs. Then I went on a nine-day vacation to Alaska (scheduled nearly a year ago, prior to learning that I would be covering the 2009 Shock)....
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Shock, Burn set for showdown

It's been an interesting week of build-up to Saturday's Spokane-Boise playoff game. Both sides traded barbs in newspapers, but the game finally takes center stage.Read my unedited advance below.
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No Shock that Booker fits in

Just filed a feature article on Shock offensive lineman John Booker that will run in Friday's S-R. Read more about the San Jose State product who has helped Spokane's offense with his blocking and an occasional reception in an unedited article below. (Please note that...
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Six Shock named All-af2

The Spokane Shock placed four players on the National Conference All-af2 first-team. Quarterback Nick Davila, center Kyle Young, receiver Raul Vijil and defensive end Ben McCombs made the first unit. Vijil (pictured above) made first team for the season straight year and Young was a...
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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.
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Gilliam picks off af2 honors

Defensive back Sergio Gilliam, who picked off three passes in Spokane's 62-21 playoff win over Stockton, was honored as af2's defensive player of the week. More here and here.
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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...
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Sunday morning reading

Good morning Shock fans. An interesting game last night as Stockton looked pretty good building a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter only to get swamped when Spokane's offense and defense hit their stride. The final: 62-21.Here's John Blanchette's look at the game and...
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Shock crush Stockton, 62-21

Spokane, after trailing 21-7 in the second quarter against eighth-seeded Stockton, rolled up eight unanswered touchdowns to post a 62-21 win Saturday at the Arena.Next up: Spokane (16-1) meets Boise (13-4) on Saturday, the fourth clash of West Division rivals this season. Spokane is 3-0...
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Shock go for 11th straight vs. Stockton

Spokane opens the af2 playoffs against Stockton on Saturday night. The Shock are 10-0 all-time vs. Stockton, including 3-0 this season with two relatively easy wins and an 88-27 blowout. Read my unedited game preview below.Meanwhile, here's an update on Boise losing quarterback Taylor Tharp,...
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Franks catches on with Shock

The boss changed the schedule so my Stanley Franks feature will run in Thursday's S-R. Which means you can take a look at it now (Wednesday afternoon). Read the unedited version below, and keep on reading to find a feature I did on Franks when...
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Shock riding momentum into playoffs

Back with a notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. The unedited version is below.You might have noticed that the American Conference playoff pairings didn't include Florida. Here's af2's explanation why and here's the Firecats' version of situation.(Programming note: I'll post a feature article on...
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Playoff pairings

Find a rundown of the first-round playoff matchups here and a recap of Stockton's win over Peoria on Saturday here. Spokane entertains Stockton on Saturday.
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Spokane holds off Burn, 56-51

Spokane (15-1) didn't have a lot of close games in the regular season, but the Shock came through at crunch time Saturday, knocking off Boise 56-51. Read on below for more details.
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Shock gear up for Boise

As I write this, Spokane is probably on a bus somewhere in Oregon en route to Boise for Saturday's game against the Burn. Head coach Adam Shackleford lets the players pick the movies. It usually starts with a comedy, followed by an action movie. Below,...
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Shock add another Husky

Spokane has added another ex-Washington Husky to its roster. OL/DL Casey Bulyca joins DL/FB Johnie Kirton and DE Caesar Rayford. All three have joined the Shock in the last five weeks. More on Bulyca here. A couple other items: The Shock maintained their hold on...
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Shock won’t ease across finish line

Checked in on the Shock at Tuesday's practice and put together a notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. Take a look at the unedited version below.
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Shock playoff tickets on sale

Back from a week of furlough, so we're playing catch up bigtime. Spokane's rout of Central Valley clinched the West Division title and hosting rights through the National Conference title game. Spokane's first-round playoff assignment will be Stockton (5-10) on Aug. 1. Ticket information here.
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Shock win a thriller, 56-52

Sometimes these type of games don't live up to the hype, but this showdown certainly did.No. 1 Spokane outlasted No. 2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 56-52 Saturday night in front of a packed house of 10,561 at the Arena. You can read my unedited game story below.
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Showdown at the Arena

The showdown between No. 1 Spokane and No. 2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is just a day away. Read my unedited preview below for Saturday's 7 p.m. contest.
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Two Pioneers arrested

Two days before No. 2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on No. 1 Spokane, two Pioneers players were arrested in the aftermath of a bar fight. More here and here. UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Pioneers coach Rich Ingold. He confirmed that DL Justin Parrish and...
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Shock still No. 1, despite first loss

I figured Saturday's showdown between Spokane and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would be a battle of No. 1 and No. 2, but I expected the Pioneers to be No. 1. Turns out Spokane held the top spot in the weekly poll by a comfortable margin, despite losing to...
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Shock didn’t get a kick out of loss

The Spokane Shock returned to practice Tuesday, trying to put a 54-48 loss to Iowa in the rear-view mirror.However, the coaching staff is seeking clarification on the rules regarding onside kicks. Spokane recovered three onside kicks, but all three were wiped out by penalties. One...
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More on Shock’s first setback

A couple of items from Spokane's 54-48 loss to Iowa on Saturday -- the view from the Des Moines Register and the af2 Web site.
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Iowa hands Shock first loss

Spokane's unbeaten run is over. The Shock were uncharacteristically mistake-prone while dropping a 54-48 decision to Iowa on Saturday. Read on for more details.
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Shock spending Fourth in Iowa

Spokane has enjoyed a huge home-field advantage since the franchise's inaugural year in 2006. Rarely have the Shock dealt with loud crowds on the road. That figures to change when they face Iowa on Saturday night in Des Moines.Read on for an unedited game preview...
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Running the table?

I asked the kind of questions today at Shock practice that coaches don't like to hear. Can you go undefeated? And, How much of a goal is it? Coaches dread anything that requires speculating beyond the next game, but Adam Shackleford handled the topic deftly....
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Shacklefords welcome Caleb William

Spokane Shock head coach Adam Shackleford celebrated an arenafootball2 win Friday night and the arrival of his second son early Saturday morning.Shackleford’s wife, Migdalia, went into labor at halftime and left the game to go to the hospital. Shortly after No. 1-ranked Spokane wrapped up...
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Shock throttle Yard Dawgz in second half

Spokane players and coaches have said for weeks they wanted a good test on the field. They got one Friday.For a half.Spokane broke away from a halftime tie with a dominating second half, outscoring the Yard Dawgz 33-0 to claim a 61-28 victory at the...
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The view from Oklahoma City

Interesting reading in the Daily Oklahoman on tonight's Spokane-Oklahoma City matchup here and earlier in the week here.
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Shock, Yard Dawgz battle in Arena

Spokane puts its unbeaten record on the line against Oklahoma City on Friday. Read on for my unedited game preview that will run in Friday's S-R.Also, the Tri-Cities Fever, Spokane's closest geographic rival, may not be around in 2010..
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Sauk lends helping hand

Back with a Shock notebook that will run in Thursday's S-R. The unedited version is below.
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Shock set poll record; ArenaCup to Vegas

Neither one of these news items is a surprise. First, Spokane came out No. 1 again in the weekly af2 poll. That marks 15 straight weeks, a new af2 record. Second, the ArenaCup, as expected, will be played in Las Vegas in August.I'll post a...
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McCombs will enter the ring

Shock defensive end Ben McCombs (No. 99 pictured above) will try his hand at Mixed Martial Arts on a 10-fight card in September at the Spokane Arena. (Yes, the af2 season will be over by then).More below and a couple of other leftovers from Saturday's...
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No. 1 Shock keep rolling

Spokane's 11th win of the season was another one-sided affair. The Shock led 42-0 at half and coasted to a 69-22 win over Tri-Cities on Saturday.Read my unedited game story below.
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Shock await 1-10 Fever

Spokane returns to the Arena tonight for the first time in nearly a month. Visiting Tri-Cities provides the opposition at 7 p.m. About 500 tickets remain for Saturday's game.Read on for my unedited game preview that will run in Saturday's S-R.
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Af2 keeps 16-team playoff format

Arenafootball2 will retain the 16-team playoff format it used in the 2008 season. That means 8 American Conference and 8 National Conference teams will advance to the playoffs. There had been discussion of trimming the field to 12 teams.On the topic of the ArenaCup possibly...
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Van Orsow likely out for season

I put together a notebook after attending Shock practice Wednesday at the Arena. Some injury news (that's Jeff Van Orsow pictured above) to catch up on and an update on where the ArenaCup might be played. Find the article here.
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Shock dust Stockton, 88-27

Spokane moved to 10-0 and set a couple of franchise records along the way, crushing Stockton 88-27 at the Stockton Arena on Friday night. The top-ranked Shock set a franchise record for points scored and they also forced nine turnovers, including six interceptions. Stanley Franks...
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Shock put Williams on IR

Aaron Williams, a key member of Spokane's defensive secondary, has been placed on injured-reserve. Williams has been battling a knee injury for several weeks and it appears surgery is likely. More here.
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Unbeaten Shock face Stockton

The Spokane Shock (9-0) tangle with Stockton for the third time this season. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday in Stockton. Spokane won the first two meetings and are 9-0 all-time against the Lightning.Read on for an unedited game advance. UPDATE (9:01 p.m.): Stockton quarterback...
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Shock get back to business

After a bye week, Spokane returned to the practice field Tuesday. We caught up with some of the players to see how they spent the week off and who will/won't be able to play in Friday's road game at Stockton. Read on for an unedited...
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Stuck at No. 1

Spokane, which has a bye this week, strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the latest af2 rankings. Find the poll here.
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Shock run record to 9-0

Spokane's two most lopsided wins this season have come against Tri-Cities. The Shock clobbered the Fever 61-20 on Saturday night to improve to 9-0. Spokane crushed Tri-Cities 62-32 six weeks ago in Spokane.More below.
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Opponents scheming against Shock offense

I attended Shock practice Wednesday and put together a notebook that will run In Thursday's S-R. You can read an unedited version below. Pictured above is backup quarterback Casey Hansen.
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Shock shut down Central Valley

Major computer issues here at the Arena, so hopefully this post makes it. Spokane defeated Central Valley 43-22 on Saturday. Unedited game story below.
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Shock adjust roster, await CV

Back with an advance of Saturday's Spokane-Central Valley game at the Arena. The unedited version is below. Also, the Shock shook up their roster with a couple of trades and three new additions. None of the newcomers are expected to be activated for Saturday's game....
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Dillon catches on with Shock

Former Washington State Cougar Charles Dillon has been an impact player for the Spokane Shock from the first day of training camp. Read more about Dillon here.
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No homecoming for Murrietta

Jason Murrietta, who opened the 2008 season as Spokane's starting quarterback before losing the job to Nick Davila, won't lead Central Valley against the Shock on Saturday night. He's out with a shoulder injuury.Read more below, along with several other Shock notes.
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Williams hopes to return Saturday

(Memo to self: Never forget computer on four-day, out-of-town trip again.) Shock defensive back Aaron Williams (knee) didn't play against Florida, but he's optimistic that he'll return for Saturday's home game against Central Valley. I'll have more after I attend tomorrow's practice. UPDATE: Central Valley...
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Shock visit Florida

The Spokane Shock this morning will catch a flight to Seattle, then it's on to Houston and finally into Florida late Friday night. Spokane takes on the Florida Firecats on Saturday night. You can read my unedited game preview below.
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Shock remain No. 1 in af2

Spokane has taken up residence in the top spot in the weekly af2 poll. For the eighth straight week, the Shock are at No. 1. The only surprise was that Spokane lost a couple of first-place votes (down from 24 of the 25 possible to...
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Shock notebook

Compiled a Shock notebook that may or may not run in Wednesday's S-R. Depends on space, meaning it could be pushed back to Thursday.You can take a look at the unedited version below.
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Shock hold off Boise, 64-62

This one had a little of everything. Spokane outlasted Boise 64-62 and the only thing missing -- more time to write it up before deadline!Anyway, my unedited game story is below. A couple of injury notes: Andy Olson sat out much of the second half...
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Shock, Burn tangle again

Back with the game preview for Saturday's showdown between Boise and Spokane at the Arena. Read on for an unedited version that will run in Saturday's paper.
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Shock notes

I went out to Shock practice Tuesday and filed this unedited notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. You can read it below. (Pictured above is John Booker, in 'surf' celebration mode against Iowa.)
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Spokane downs Iowa to stay unbeaten

Spokane is the only unbeaten team left in arenafootball2. The Shock defeated Iowa 49-30 on Saturday to hike their record to 5-0.Read on for my unedited game story that will run in Sunday's S-R.
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Shock back home to face Iowa

No. 1-ranked Spokane, healing up after a run of injuries the last two weeks, returns to the Arena on Saturday night to take on Iowa, which started off 3-0 before dropping its last two games. Read on below for an unedited game preview that will...
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McCombs lines up with Spokane

Ben McCombs has been an arenafootball2 impact player with Bakersfield, Rio Grande Valley and Central Valley. Nothing changed when he joined the 2009 Shock.McCombs (No. 99 pictured above) was perhaps the biggest free-agent signing for Spokane, which returned 13 players from last year's squad. He's...
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White takes advantage of opportunity

Back with a Shock notebook, with the first item on Markee White, who made his af2 debut last week and caught 12 passes in Spokane's win over Stockton. More on White and other notes below in an unedited article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.
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Shock march on

No. 1-ranked Spokane improved to 4-0 with a 70-51 dismantling of Stockton on Saturday. Here's our game recap, a Stockton Record report, and write-ups from the PR staffs of the Shock and Lightning.
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Shock-Lightning, round two

The Spokane Shock, 3-0 and ranked No. 1 in arenafootball2, today boarded a plane for Portland and then on to Sacramento. They'll face Stockton, a 59-42 loser to Spokane earlier this month, tomorrow at 7 in Stockton.Below is an unedited game preview that will run...
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Shock down two WRs for Stockton

I waited until later in the week before talking to Shock coach Adam Shackleford to see if injured receivers Andy Olson (pictured above) and Charles Dillon would be able to play in Saturday's road game against Stockton. Shackleford said Thursday afternoon that both receivers will...
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Shock still No. 1

Spokane (3-0) kept its hold on No.1 in the weekly arenafootball2 coaches' poll. Only Spokane and Oklahoma City remain unbeaten.More here.
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Unbeatens square off in Boise

Spokane puts its unbeaten record on the line against Boise, which is also 2-0 on the young season, on Saturday at Qwest Arena in Boise. It's the first road game of the season for the top-ranked Shock.Read my unedited preview below.
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Shock remain No. 1

Spokane continues to stay atop the arenafootball2 coaches poll. The unbeaten Shock (2-0) visit No. 5 Boise (2-0), which climbed five spots from last week, on Saturday. Arkansas (3-0), coached by ex-Shock coach Chris Siegfried, is No. 2.
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Shock notebook

Back with a Shock notebook. Topics of the day include Andy Olson's knee, Adam Shackleford's review of the Tri-Cities game and the af2 schedule that has Spokane facing Boise, Tri-Cities and Stockton three times each for the second straight season. Read on for the unedited...
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Shock, Fever, Burn, Cowbells

A follow-up post to Spokane's 62-32 win over Tri-Cities on Saturday. Find the game story I posted last night here, game stats, game photos from Dan Pelle and John Blanchette's column that brings together cowbells, Gene Frenkle and armpit farts. Tri-Cities coach Richard Davis declined...
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Shock thump Fever, improve to 2-0

Not the prettiest game of all time, but the Spokane Shock managed to put away Tri-Cities 62-32 on Saturday night at the Arena.Read on for an unedited game story.
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Spokane entertains Fever

Spokane returns to the Arena to face its closest rival, Tri-Cities, on Saturday in game two of the arenafootball2 season. Read on for an unedited preview of the game that will run in Saturday's S-R.
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Shock notes

I attended part of Shock practice today and put together a notebook that will run in Thursday's S-R. The unedited version, which discusses the Shock's pass protection, the organization's decision to ban artificial noisemakers and the team's new five-year lease to use the Arena, is...
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About those stats ….

Here's our game coverage of the Shock's 59-42 season-opening win over Stockton. First, my game story and John Blanchette's column. I don't know why the stats I tried to post four times last night didn't work -- probably some coding issue -- but I'm hoping...
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Shock cruise in af2 opener

Spokane opened its 2009 arenafootball2 season in familiar fashion, thumping Stockton 59-42 at the Arena.Read on below for my unedited game story that will run in Saturday's S-R. (I'm going to try something new here. I'm going to post stats below the game story and...
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Shock finally take the field

The Spokane Shock have watched the 24 other arenafootball2 teams play games. Now it's their turn. Spokane opens its 2009 season against Stockton on Friday at 7 in the Arena. Read on for my unedited preview.One name to keep an eye on: Defensive linemen Jonal...
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Shock to be on SWX, the Peak

Spokane announced its TV/radio lineup for the 2009 season. The Shock will be on KHQ's SWX and on FM-105.7 (The Peak). More here.
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Shock add QB

Spokane has signed 6-5 quarterback Casey Hansen, from Norfolk State. More here. The Shock also made the top 10 list of greatest all-time af2 teams -- twice. More here.
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Shock-Vipers ArenaCup voted top game

The Spokane Shock's 56-55 loss to visiting Tennessee Valley in the 2008 ArenaCup was voted the top arenafootball2 game in the league's 10-year history. More here and here. (Pictured above is Spokane's Kyle Young leaving the field after the ArenaCup).
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Tickets on sale Friday for Shock-Twisters

Tickets will go on sale Friday for the Spokane-Arkansas preseason game. The Twisters are coached by ex-Shock head coach Chris Siegfried and feature former Spokane QB Kyle Rowley. (The two are pictured above.) More here.
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Shock sign DB Gray

Spokane has signed another defensive back, former Lubbock standout Virgil Gray. More here.
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Shock entertain Twisters, Siegfried

Spokane will face Arkansas, coached by former Shock head coach Chris Siegfried and quarterbacked by Kyle Rowley, who piloted Spokane to the 2006 ArenaCup title, in a preseason game March 18th.More here.
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Shock add pair of Idaho Vandals

Spokane has signed two former Idaho Vandal defensive backs -- Stanley Franks (No. 6, pictured) and Herbert Cash -- and completed a trade with South Georgia. More here. Also, former Shock receiver Kelvin Dickens has signed with South Georgia.
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Shock adds QB, releases receiver

Spokane continued to tinker with its roster, adding quarterback Blake Powers and releasing ex-UW receiver Sonny Shackelford, who was picked up by af2 Mahoning Valley. More here.
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Shock add Williams to roster

Spokane has signed defensive back Aaron Williams, who earned first-team All-af2 honors last season for Amarillo and also picked off a pass against the Shock in the playoffs. More here.And, the af2 Web site is running off-season updates on teams and Spokane was on the...
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‘The Thrill’ is back

Fan favorite Raul 'The Thrill' Vijil has re-signed with the Spokane Shock. Vijil, an EWU product, holds numerous franchise records. More here. Also on the arenafootball2 transactions, former Shock QB Jason Murrietta has signed with Central Valley.

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