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S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the Shock's win against Chicago. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
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.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Shock opener against the Arizona Rattlers. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
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)
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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 titles were won with different head coaches.
Brady was named af2 Executive of the Year twice. The Shock continue to boast strong season ticket sales and consistently sell out the Spokane Arena. All that success has created high expectations in Spokane and the current tumultuous season has drawn critics. The team is in last place in its division with a 3-5 record, four games behind division-leading Arizona.
He sat down at the computer on Thursday and the fingers were flying. He tried to get to every question. Watch the replay to read all the responses.
Rob Keefe has had a huge impact on the Spokane Shock arena football team, as both a player and coach. Keefe was a fan favorite as a defensive back for the Shock in their debut season in 2006, a season that ended with the Shock capturing the league title. Keefe took over as head coach last season and led the Shock to the Arena Football League title.
This season has tested Keefe. The Shock lost their first three games, but recovered in a big way with a 61-34 win over Kansas City last Friday in the Arena.
With a bye this week, Keefe has agreed to take time from his schedule to answer questions from fans in a live chat Thursday at noon.
If you have questions about the Shock or coach Keefe, be sure to check in at spokesman.com/sportschat at noon on Thursday. Use the widget to the right to sign up for a reminder. You can submit a question in advance by sending it to email@example.com.
Spokane Shock receiver Huey Whittaker, a former Tampa Bay Storm player, expected to see his former teammates in Friday’s ArenaBowl. Read more here.
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 the Shock office now. Or for $8 at the Spokane Arena on game day. But why would you?
Question: Would you be more or less likely to attend an Arena Football League championship game, if you knew you had to put up with the sound of vuvuzelas?
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.
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 last week, when Spokane takes on Orlando on Saturday night. Click here for the story.
No. 3 Spokane entertains No. 1 Jacksonville tomorrow in an AFL showdown. Click here for the game preview.
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 are scheduled for 7 p.m. Spokane has home-and-home games against Milwaukee, Utah, Cleveland, Arizona and Jacksonville, and single games with Bossier-Shreveport, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Tulsa, Iowa and Chicago.
The Shock close the season at Orlando, home vs. Tulsa, at Milwaukee, home vs. Arizona, at Cleveland, at Iowa, home vs. Chicago and at Orlando — five long road trips in the last eight games.
AF1 has not announced division alignments or playoff formats. It would appear Spokane is in a division with Milwaukee, Utah, Arizona, Cleveland and Jacksonville, but remember that the Shock played Iowa twice last season and the two were in different af2 divisions. The schedule also indicates AF1 has a national television agreement, but there has been no official announcement.
Here’s the AF1 release.
Find the entire AF1 schedule below.
Meyer threw for 10,261 yards and 84 touchdowns with only 17 interceptions in 42 games with Eastern, winning two Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year awards and the Walter Payton Award.
Since that time, Meyer has gained experience in the NFL, NFL Europe, and, most recently, with the CFL.
“I know that I’m going to find a way to get back to the NFL someday,” Meyer said. “And it starts with signing with the Shock and leading them to a championship.”