May 16, 2013 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Colorado Crush
Fort Collins, CO - The Colorado Ice play their first home game in over a month when they take on the Tri-Cities Fever this Saturday, May 18th at 6:00 PM. After three road games and a bye week the Ice return to Majestic Roofing Field at the Budweiser Events Center.
During the bye week the Colorado Ice have re-signed Offensive Lineman Mario Henderson (92). Henderson was with the Ice for three months of the 2012 Season before getting called up to the San Diego Chargers. After making it through preseason camp Henderson was released and then went on to the United Football League (UFL), until they ended their 2012 Season abruptly.
Henderson was drafted by the Oakland Raiders where he played for four NFL seasons. Prior to the NFL Henderson was at Florida State University. Coach O'Neal had this to say about re-signing Henderson, "Having the caliber of player that Henderson is back on the roster will help the offense solidify some inconsistences and get us ready for the push to the playoffs."
The Ice were edged out in the last seconds in back-to-back tough losses against the Nebraska Danger and Sioux Falls Storm before rebounding and beating their I-25 rivals, the Wyoming Cavalry, for the second time this season. The Colorado Ice come in to this game as the leader of the Intense Conference, as well as the week 14 IFL coaches poll, but they only possess a half-game lead over the Nebraska Danger.
The Ice opened their season with a 42-38 win at home against Tri-Cities way back on week three before the Fever rebounded with a week four home victory over the Nebraska Danger. The team struggled mightily after that however, and five straight losses saw them drop all the way to a 1-6 record and the dreaded #9 spot in the week 11 IFL coaches poll. The team has reeled off three straight wins since that point though, keeping themselves alive in the playoff race. The Tri-Cities Fever have represented the conference in the last two United Bowls, but at 2.5 and 2 games back of the Ice and Danger respectively, they cannot afford another loss if they want a realistic shot at the playoffs this year.