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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 much took over the game in the fourth quarter.

My unedited game story is below.

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. Derrick Summers finished with three sacks and rookie defensive back Bryant Nnabuife had his first interception of the season.

Game recap below.


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 Spokane avenged a 70-62 loss to the Storm in April.

Game recap below.

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 Bay's last game two weeks ago with a knee injury. The Shock expect McPherson to be in the lineup tonight.

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.

Shock suffer first loss

Quick game story from Spokane's 70-62 loss to visiting Tampa Bay on Saturday.

More below

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 after missing the last two games. Game preview here.

In-game updates on twitter @srjimm.

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 run in Sunday's S-R.

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.

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 to injuries last Saturday. Tampa Bay cut Mike Potts, who started in the season opener, then lost Grant Gregory to injury about a month ago. Gregory is back, but ex-Shock reserve Zbydniewski has started the last three games, including a win over Kansas City last week.

Here's my game preview.

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 involving the team's former owner, Robert Nucci.

Marcum guided the Storm to the ArenaBowl championship last season, falling to the Spokane Shock at the Arena. Spokane entertains the Storm on May 20th.

More here and here.

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 listened to the radio broadcast and got updates from his wife, who stayed in touch with general manager Adam Nebeker during the game.

On the field, Spokane dominated, 69-57. Only Milwaukee (72) and Orlando (75) scored more points against Tampa Bay this season. Spokane’s 69 points tied an ArenaBowl record (San Jose in 2004, Chicago in 2006).

Bunch of reading material this morning and an update on AFL teams that appear to be on the move. A recap of S-R coverage: Game story (nice headline - Rookies of the Year), Chris Anderson’s photos, Nelson’s surgery and John Blanchette’s column. A quick fix to my gamer: Brookins replaced Mulder (not Teems). Here’s a recap on arenafan.com and another here.

On the relocation front, league sources indicated that three franchises could have new addresses next season — Alabama to Atlanta, Bossier/Shreveport to New Orleans and Oklahoma City to Seattle. Atlanta seems to be a lock (more here) with the other two scenarios likely. The addition of Seattle and San Jose would give the AFL five western teams (Spokane, Utah, Arizona). San Jose, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are joining in 2010.

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 did the same thing in the franchise’s inaugural arenafootball2 season, winning the 2006 ArenaCup.  

You can read my game story here and my sidebar on Shock majority owner Brady Nelson missing the game to have an emergency appendectomy. Here’s a game story I filed for the Tampa Tribune and another in the St. Petersburg Times by the S-R’s John Blanchette. 

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 you also have a ticket for the Washington State-Montana State season opener. More here. The Shock’s successful first season led to a couple of proclamations from Spokane and the State of Washington.

The AFL announced Rod Windsor as rookie of the year, Les Moss as coach of the year, Danny White as assistant coach of the year, Gabe Nyenhuis as defensive player of the year and Chris Greisen as offensive player of the year. If you’re scoring at home, the Shock didn’t win any of the eight player/coach awards.

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 the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area, but there was this on a lawsuit involving Marcum and a former team owner against another former team owner.

Arenafan.com opined on the AFL old guard vs. AFL neophyte angle. Earlier in the week, arenafan.com had a comprehensive look at ArenaBowl facts and figures.

The AFL has plans to bring back an original AFL franchise, Pittsburgh, the Tribune-Review reported. Pittsburgh would be the fourth addtion to the 2011 season, along with San Jose, Kansas City and Philadelphia.

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 came when a pass intended for Bobby Sippio instead hit the goal post — or the netting, according to one article — and bounced back into the arms of teammate T.T. Toliver). This will be ArenaBowl 23, and Tampa Bay will be playing in its ninth title game.

All the details of Tampa Bay’s victory can be found here, herehere, here and here. Find the Tampa Bay-Orlando game stats here. And here’s the address to a Storm blog in the St. Petersburg newspaper.

We’ll get the S-R coverage rolling with a visit to Shock headquarters Monday.