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June 1, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Green Bay Blizzard News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Peoria Pirates (3-5) @ Green Bay Blizzard (3-5)
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2004
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CST
Site: The Resch Center
National Anthem: TBA
Coin Toss: TBA
Officials: Pat Miles (referee), Fred Bryan (Umpire), Rick Kruger (Headlinesman), Matt Kukar (Line Judge), Tom Wohlleber ( Back Judge)
Radio: None
Series Record: 0-2
Streaks: Green Bay L2, Peoria W1
Coaches: Green Bay Brian Noble (3-5, first season), Peoria Bruce Cowdrey (12-11, third season)

THE STAKES: The winner would take a third place in the Midwest Division.

THE SERIES: Peoria has a 2-0 lead in the series.

THE IFs:
If Green Bay wins, it would …
· Give Green Bay their first victory against Peoria.
· Give Green Bay a 4-5 record in 2004
· Give Brian Noble his fourth win as Blizzard Head Coach
· Keep Green Bay with in three games of first place in Midwest division


GREEN BAY (3-5, Lost 2)
Date Opponent Streak Result Score
4/9 @ San Diego Won 67-49
4/16 WILKES B/S Lost 39-75
4/24 @ Wichita Lost 53-68
5/1 @ Quad City Lost 26-47
5/8 CENTRAL VALLEY Won 50-32
5/14 OKLAHOMA CITY Won 71-53
5/22 LOUISVILLE Lost 54-59
5/28 @ Manchester Lost 61-66
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
6/5 PEORIA 7:30 W1 0-2
6/12 @ Birmingham 7:30 W7 0-0
6/18 QUAD CITY 7:30 W2 0-3
6/25 @ Albany 6:30 L1 0-0
7/3 BYE
7/9 ALBANY 7:30 L1 0-0
7/17 SAN DIEGO 7:30 W2 2-1
7/24 @ Louisville 6:30 W2 1-1
7/31 @ Peoria 7:00 W1 0-2

Peoria Pirates (3-5, Won 1)
Date Opponent Result Score
4/3 @ Wichita Lost 13-33
4/9 ARKANSAS Won 22-13
4/16 WICHITA Lost 26-47
4/23 @ Tulsa Lost 47-66
5/1 @ Central Valley Won 34-33
5/7 QUAD CITY Lost 20-47
5/15 W/B SCRANTON Lost 30-33
5/29 ALBANY Won 44-24
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
6/5 @ Green Bay 7:30 L1
6/12 LOUISVILLE 7:00 L2
6/19 @Louisville 6:30 W1
7/3 @ Quad City 6:30
7/10 @ Bossier City 7:00 W2
7/17 COLUMBUS 7:00 L2
7/24 @ Birmingham 6:30 W3
7/31 GREEN BAY 7:00 W2
All times are CST.
HEAD COACHES: Green Bay’s Brian Noble steps into the position of Head Coach of the Green Bay Blizzard, this popular former Packer brings along an impressive resume of NFL experience, leadership skills and community service. Coach Noble’s responsibilities are to prepare the team for success on the field, and draw upon his media knowledge to contribute to the organization in other ways as well.
For nine years, Noble was a ferocious hitter and defensive leader who roamed the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field as an inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. After being drafted in the fifth round by Green Bay in 1985, he jumped into the starting lineup in only his second regular season game and went on to scoop up the Packers’ “Rookie of the Year” award. During his tenure with the Green and Gold, Brian led the team in total tackles four times and also displayed his toughness as a solid special teams player. Prior to his pro career, Noble was a standout football player at Arizona State University and Fullerton Junior College.
During and subsequent to his playing days, Noble worked in both television and radio. As an analyst for the Packers post-game radio show, fans across Wisconsin are familiar with his keen insight on the game and no-holds-barred commentary. In addition to other media ventures, he developed and produced the syndicated television show “Hitting the Outdoors,” which has reached millions of households throughout the Midwest.



LAST SERIES MEETING: Peoria defeated Green Bay 38-22 on June 21, 2004.

FAMILIAR FACES:

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from this week’s match up who rank among af2’s statistical leaders:
BLIZZARD
Player Rank Category Stat
Randall Lane 1 Scoring 144
Randall Lane 1 Scoring TDs 24
Randall Lane 1 Receiving YDS 1144
Randall Lane 1 Receiving yds/gm 143.0
Randall Lane 4 All Purpose 1590
Randall Lane 5 Receptions 61
Chris Greisen 3 Pass Rating 119.4
Greg Krauss T7 Scoring Kick 47
Chris Greisen 2 Passing Yards/gm 272.7
Chris Greisen 8 Total Offense 1943
Greg Krauss T6 PAT KICKING 73.9
Ronnie Washburn T8 FUMBLES RCVD 2
PIRATES
Player Rank Category Stat
Casey Urlacher 6 Tackle for loss 5.5
Ken Bouie T8 Fumbles RCVD 2
Casey Urlacher 7 Rushing 12.8

TALE OF THE TAPE:

Statistical BLIZZARD PIRATES
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 7 52.6 25 29.5
Scoring Defense 25 56.0 2 37.0
Total Offense 3 285.0 25 178.0
Total Defense 25 311.9 7 226.1
Pass Offense 3 279.0 25 147.2
Pass Defense 25 301.2 8 210.4
Rushing Offense 25 6.0 4 30.8
Rushing Defense 3 10.6 8 15.8
Scoring (Non-Kick) 6 374 25 192
Scoring (Kicking) T12 47 18 44
Pass Rating 15 105.8 25 79.4
Pass Def. Rating 23 115.8 5 93.8
Kickoff Returns 18 18.0 T8 20.9
MFG Returns 24 8.0 23 9.0
Turnover Margin T17 -4 T17 -4
Field Goals T17 .250 13 .292
PAT Kicking T15 .745 11 .767
Sacks By 23 5 T17 9
Sacks Against T9 7 T21 18
First Downs 13 122 25 96
Opp. First Downs T20 136 6 107
Penalties 6 386 3 362
Opp. Penalties 16 482 14 472
Red Zone Off 6 78.7 24 61.9
Red Zone Def 20 81.0 9 68.4

BLIZZARD INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
DS Roosevelt Williams Knee SIR
DS Terrence Wood Ankle LIR
DS Kenny Williams Knee LIR
WR/DB Terrence Banks Ankle LIR
DS Lemont Hudgins Knee LIR




DROPBACK: The Blizzard dropped another close one to Manchester Wolves 66-61.

FORWARD MOTION: The Blizzard hit the long road to Birmingham, Alabama to face the Birmingham Steeldogs Saturday, June 12th.

TEAM NOTES/TRENDS:
Robert Garth: Garth is second on the Blizzard with 36 receptions for 486 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Give it to Randall: Lane has 2 franchise records in touchdowns (24), and receiving yards (1144) and set single game record with 200 receiving yards.

Turnovers: When the Blizzard win the turnover game, they win the game as their record shows (3-5). The Blizzard is -4 for the year.

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Blizzard OS Randall Lane vs. Pirates secondary: Lane is the leading scorer in the af2 with 24 touchdowns and first in receiving yards with 1144.

Blizzard QB Chris Greisen: Greisen has proven to pick up the arean game very quickly as he has thrown for 1,909 yards and 44 touchdowns.

KEY DATES IN TEAM/LEAGUE HISTORY:
March 30, 2003 – The Blizzard played their first game in franchise history against the Hawaiian Islanders.
April 19, 2003 – The Blizzard played their first home game at the Resch Center against the Wichita Stealth.
June 28, 2003 – The Blizzard recorded their first franchise win against the San Diego Riptide.
April 9, 2004 – The Blizzard recorded their first franchise road win against the San Diego Riptide.
May 18, 2004- QB Chris Greisen and WR/DB DeRonn Finley took two out of three weekly awards given out by the af2.

BABY RUTH REAL DEAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME (selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
1 BYE
2 SD Randall Lane GB
3 GB Leroy McFadden WBS
4 GB Damon Thompson WIC
5 GB Jeff Hewitt QC
6 CV Chris Greisen GB
7 OKC Chris Greisen GB
8 GB Matt Sauk LOU
9 GB Chris Sanders MAN

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Week Opp. Player
1 BYE
2 GB Brad Greetis SD
3 GB Leroy McFadden WBS
4 GB Brian Livingston WIC
5 GB Danny Thomas QC
6 GB VonKeith Spencer CV
7 OKC Roosevelt Williams GB
8 LOU Joe Rivard GB
9 GB Alli Sebastien MAN

ARMY IRONMAN AWARD (selected by media)
Week Opp. Player
1 BYE
2 SD Robert Garth GB
3 GB Leroy McFadden WBS
4 GB Ty Ardoin WIC
5 GB Brian Berg QC
6 CV Joe Rivard GB
7 OKC DeRonn Finley GB
8 LOU DeRonn Finley GB
9 GB Reggie Robinson MAN





RECENT ROSTER MOVES (most recent first):
Date Action Player
5/13 Assigned Mike Mills
5/13 Re-Assigned Tony Ebeling
5/6 Assigned Tony Ebeling
5/6 Re-assigned Dennis Gile
4/29 Assigned Matt Bunyan
4/29 Assigned Taalib-Din Smith
4/29 Re-assigned John Humphries
4/29 Short Term IR Terrence Wood
4/21 Assigned Dustin Sagedahl
4/21 Placed on League Exempt Dave Sherrod
4/15 Activated From SIR Quentin Ware Bey
4/15 Reassigned Tony Ebeling
4/7 Activated from RTR Brett Wetten
4/7 Recallable Re assign Dustin Sagedahl
4/7 Reassignment Ben Arnold
4/7 Assigned Ronnie Washburn
4/2 Assigned Patrick Heard
4/2 Assigned Terrence Wood
4/2 Assigned Reggie Poole

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