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Ex-Coug Garcia, with no desire to retire, returns to area

If your salary is insane, then you’re crazy to retire. This truth is purportedly behind the notion of soft-throwing left-handers pitching shutouts at age 47, doddering heavyweights who won’t leave the ring and other do-not-go-gentle examples of ever-extending careers in professional sports. What, then, do we make of Aaron Garcia?

Siegfried returns – on opponent’s sideline

Chris Siegfried faced a decision many successful coaches encounter at some point in their careers: Should I stay or go? Siegfried had just led the Spokane Shock to an ArenaCup championship in its inaugural season in 2006. If he stayed, he knew the organization was committed to winning and every indication was that Spokane would remain among arenafootball2’s elite. If he went to Kansas City, he would be working for a friend and maybe taking the next step toward his goal of becoming an Arena Football League head coach.

Former Shock coach Siegfried will return

Chris Siegfried faced a decision many successful coaches encounter at some point in their careers: Should I stay or go? Siegfried had just led the Spokane Shock to an ArenaCup championship in its inaugural season in 2006. If he stayed, he knew the organization was committed to winning and every indication was that Spokane would remain among arenafootball2’s elite. If he went to Kansas City, he would be working for a friend and maybe taking the next step toward his goal of becoming an Arena Football League head coach. Siegfried chose to go.

Spokane Shock smother Blaze for second time

It’s hard to believe the Spokane Shock actually trailed in this Arena Football League game after one quarter. All it took was a complete meltdown by Utah for the Shock to register their second blowout of the Blaze this season.

Shock expect tougher time this time

The Spokane Shock have played six Arena Football League games and the only one that didn’t have a suspenseful conclusion was when they crushed Utah 68-34 in early April. Spokane isn’t expecting a repeat in the rematch tonight at the Arena.

Shock’s Rowley is more than just a quarterback

Kyle Rowley’s side job isn’t too much of a stretch. The Spokane Shock quarterback plays a stunt- double quarterback in the movie “Red Dawn” and in the television series “Friday Night Lights” on NBC. He’s also logged some time as a wide receiver and defensive back in the latter role.

Shock win another wild one on road

OKLAHOMA CITY - Another back-and-forth contest on the road. Another wild fourth quarter, particularly in the closing minutes. And another Shock win. Spokane hiked its road record to 3-0 with a 68-63 Arena Football League victory over Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center on Sunday afternoon. The sixth-ranked Shock improved to 4-2 while the Yard Dawgz dropped to 2-4.

Another wild win for Shock

OKLAHOMA CITY - Another back-and-forth contest on the road. Another wild fourth quarter, particularly in the closing minutes. And another Shock win. Spokane hiked its road record to 3-0 with a 68-63 Arena Football League victory over Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center on Sunday afternoon. The sixth-ranked Shock improved to 4-2 while the Yard Dawgz dropped to 2-4.

Bad blood between Shock, Rattlers

Put yourself in Spokane Shock head coach Rob Keefe’s shoes last week. His team had just suffered a crushing home loss to Cleveland. During the week, offensive coordinator Matt Sauk was suspended for the Arizona game for violating the AFL’s Code of Conduct policy, so Keefe spent hours brushing up on the offense to assume play-calling duties.

Shock shake Rattlers

PHOENIX – Defensive back William Mulder intercepted a Nick Davila pass off the net on the final play, preserving the Spokane Shock’s 63-56 Arena Football League victory over Arizona at US Airways Center on Friday. Less than a week after losing to Cleveland in the final seconds, Mulder’s play ensured the Shock were the ones celebrating following another wild contest. Spokane (3-2) is in first place in the West Division.

Rattlers sound familiar with six ex-Shock players

For two seasons, quarterback Nick Davila and receiver Raul Vijil hooked up for touchdowns as the Spokane Shock dominated arenafootball2. Davila is Spokane’s career leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns, by fairly substantial margins. Vijil is No. 1 in receptions, receiving touchdowns, receiving yards, returns yards and all-purpose yards, most by sizable amounts. Their names are all over the single-game and single-season records lists, too.

Shock’s Keefe still likes his chances

Given the same score, time, circumstances and options, Spokane Shock head coach Rob Keefe said he’d probably do the same thing. The score: Spokane leads Cleveland 68-65. The time: 8.2 seconds left. The circumstances: Spokane had been outstanding in kick coverage most of the game, including scoring a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone. Other than two on-side attempts and a 29-yard return in the first quarter, Cleveland’s best starting field position was its 6-yard line.

Gladiators rally last to turn away Shock

Arena Football League games are often zany affairs and the Spokane-Cleveland battle Saturday night was every bit of that and more. There were five lead changes in the final 2 minutes, 6 seconds, with Cleveland’s Brent Holmes delivering the decisive blow in a back-and-forth contest, returning a kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown that clinched the Gladiators’ wild 72-68 win in front of 9,974 stunned fans at the Arena.

Shock needed the bye

The Spokane Shock returned to workouts Monday after a bye week with a better idea of who will see the field against Cleveland on Saturday. Four players who have been on injured-reserve – defensive back Alex Teems, wide receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku and offensive linemen Ed Ta’amu and Chris Pino – took part to some degree. Pino and Kauleinamoku appear ready to go. Teems’ status won’t be determined until later in the week. Ta’amu might need additional healing time.

Defense keys Shock win

Arena football is typically offense, offense and more offense. Spokane’s showdown with Bossier-Shreveport on Saturday followed that path until a brief detour early in the fourth quarter. The defense forced two key turnovers and suddenly the Shock owned a semi-comfortable lead in what had been a back-and-forth contest.

Shock’s bye at right time

Spokane had a rough initiation into the Arena Football League, but the Shock have responded with a pair of convincing wins. And now they get a break from the schedule-maker as the Shock can use a bye next week to heal up after Saturday’s 78-70 victory over fourth-ranked Bossier-Shreveport in front of 10,387 at the Arena. After dropping its season opener to Milwaukee, Spokane is 2-1 and leads the three-team West Division. Arizona is 1-1 and Utah is 0-2.

Shock clip BattleWings

Spokane had a rough initiation into the Arena Football League, but the Shock have responded with a pair of convincing wins. And now they get a break from the schedule-maker as the Shock can use a bye next week to heal up after Saturday’s 78-70 victory over fourth-ranked Bossier-Shreveport in front of 10,387 at the Arena. After dropping its season opener to Milwaukee, Spokane is 2-1 and leads the three-team West Division. Arizona is 1-1 and Utah is 0-2.

These Wings look familiar

They are wearing different jerseys in a different league, but the names are familiar to Spokane Shock players and coaches. Quarterback Raymond Philyaw, an AFL veteran that Shock head coach Rob Keefe played against three times during his Arena Football League stint with Philadelphia. Receiver PJ Berry, whose 28-yard reception set up a winning field goal on the final play of South Georgia’s 57-55 arenafootball2 upset of unbeaten and top-ranked Spokane in June 2008. Roshawn Marshall was wearing a Shock uniform that night and came up with an interception.