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July 20, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Green Bay Blizzard News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Louisville Fire (8-6) vs. Green Bay Blizzard (5-9)
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2004
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. CST
Site: Freedom Hall
National Anthem: tbd
Coin Toss: tdb
Officials:
Radio: None
Series Record: 1-2
Streaks: Green Bay L1, Louisville L1
Coaches: Green Bay Brian Noble (5-9, first season), Tommy Johnson (8-6, second season)

THE STAKES: The Louisville Fire need a win to keep pace with the Quad City Steamwheelers for the Midwest Division title.

THE SERIES: Fourth meeting. Louisville defeated Green Bay 59-54 on 5/22/04 in Green Bay.

THE IFs:
If Green Bay wins, it would …
· Give Green Bay their third victory on the road all-time.
· Give Green Bay their second road victory on the season.
· Give Green Bay a 6-9 record in 2004
· Give Brian Noble his sixth win as Blizzard Head Coach.



GREEN BAY (5-9, Lost 1)
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
6/5 PEORIA Won 57-29
6/12 @ Birmingham Lost 54-56
6/18 QUAD CITY Lost 53-62
6/25 @ Albany Lost 26-59
7/9 ALBANY Won 49-47
7/17 SAN DIEGO Lost 34-50
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/24 @ Louisville 6:30 L1 1-2
7/31 @ Peoria 7:00 W5 1-2

Louisville Fire (8-6, Lost 1)
Date Opponent Result Score
4/10 HAWAII Won 37-35
4/16 MACON Won 78-42
4/24 @ Albany Won 62-56
5/1 @W/B Scranton Lost 51-59
5/8 @Memphis Won 70-63
5/15 ALBANY Lost 56-60
5/22 @ Green Bay Won 59-54
5/29 W/B SCRANTON Won 48-37
6/5 QUAD CITY Won 62-61
6/12 @ Peoria Lost 31-35
6/19 PEORIA Lost 50-51
6/25 @ Manchester Lost 28-49
7/10 COLUMBUS Won 63-61
7/17 @ Hawaii Lost 59-62
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/24 GREEN BAY 6:30 L1
7/31 @ Quad City 7:30 W1
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.

Louisville Fire head coach Tommy Johnson, was born in Rome, Ga., and raised in Niceville, Fla. He began his football career as a player at DeFuniak Springs (Fla.) High School. He later transferred to Niceville High School. Johnson then attended the University of Alabama, where he played defensive back. His senior class at U of A was known for having the most wins in a four-year time period (45-5-1). In 1992, he played on the Crimson Tide squad that defeated the University of Miami for the National Championship. Johnson then continued his football career with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a year. He also was given the opportunity to compete in NFL Europe. He started his Arena football career with the Albany Firebirds, and moved on to the Carolina Cobras. Johnson presently holds the record for the longest interception return for a touchdown in AFL history. In 2001, Johnson began his coaching career with the Fire as defensive coordinator. After two seasons as defensive coordination Johnson was named head coach three games into the 2003 season. Johnson and the Fire look to capitalize on the late run the Fire made in 2003 winning two of their final three games.


LAST SERIES MEETING: Louisville defeated the Blizzard 59-54 at The Resch Center. QB Chris Greisen threw a pass with no time remaining that feel incomplete in the endzone.

FAMILIAR FACES: Greg Jones played for the Louisville Fire in 2002.

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 Receiving YDS/gm 143.0
Greg Krauss 10 Scoring Kick 80
Chris Greisen 6 Pass Rating 113.7
Chris Greisen 2 Passing Yds/gm 271.8
Greg Krauss 8 PAT KICKING 77.3
FIRE
Player Rank Category Stat
Marc Samuel 2 Scoring Kick 105
James Scott 5 Receiving yard/gm 119.8
James Scott 6 Receptions 99
Matt Sauk 1 Passing Yds 3966
Matt Sauk 1 Total Offense 3972
Marc Samuel T9 Field Goals 31.8
Marc Samuel 2 PAT Kicking 91.3
Dennis Fryzel T3 Fumbles RCVD 4
Justin Thomas T8 Passes Defended 20

TALE OF THE TAPE:

Statistical BLIZZARD FIRE
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 8 49.6 T4 53.9
Scoring Defense 23 53.6 21 52.5
Total Offense 9 262.4 1 301.3
Total Defense 23 285.8 24 288.9
Pass Offense 6 254.6 1 280.9
Pass Defense 24 269.3 22 260.2
Rushing Offense 25 7.8 10 20.4
Rushing Defense 24 28.6 10 16.5
Scoring (Non-Kick) 9 612 6 634
Scoring (Kicking) T14 80 2 116
Pass Rating 19 100.1 7 110.9
Pass Def. Rating 21 114.4 24 115.7
Kickoff Returns 17 19.3 14 19.8
MFG Returns 1 23.8 15 17.0
Turnover Margin T22 -10 T6 +8
Field Goals 21 .222 10 .333
PAT Kicking 10 .773 1 .920
Sacks By T19 12 T17 13
Sacks Against 14 17 3 6
First Downs 16 204 1 260
Opp. First Downs T22 237 T22 237
Penalties 13 56.4 20 66.1
Opp. Penalties 20 61.6 12 57.6
Red Zone Off 12 74.1 18 71.4
Red Zone Def 22 79.7 6 69.2


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

DROPBACK: The Blizzard dropped their season finale at home 50-34 to the San Diego Riptide.

FORWARD MOTION: The Blizzard hit the road for their final 2 games of the 2004 season.

TEAM NOTES/TRENDS:
Robert Garth: Garth is first on the Blizzard with 71 receptions for 874 yards and 25 touchdowns.

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Blizzard QB’s vs Fire secondary: Blizzard have 2 inexperienced QB’s since the departure of QB Chris Greisen.

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
10 PEO Chris Greisen GB
11 GB Carlos McNeary BIR
12 GB Ronnie Gordon QC
13 GB D Bryant ALB
15 ALB DeRonn Finley GB
16 GB Nakoa McElrath

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
10 PEO Mike Mills GB
11 GB Jerry Turner BIR
12 GB Matt Forbes QC
13 GB Travis Coleman ALB
15 ALB Ronnie Washburn GB
16 GB Nakoa McElrath

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
10 PEO Robert Garth GB
11 GB Dontae Walker BIR
12 GB Tim Dodge QC
13 GB Jeff Higgins ALB
15 ALB DeRonn Finley GB
16 SD Dustin Sagedahl

RECENT ROSTER MOVES (most recent first):
Date Action Player
7/15 Assigned Quentin Ware-Bey
7/15 Assigned Harbert Briscoe
7/15 Suspension Chris Greisen
7/15 Suspension Brett Wetton
7/8 Activated from SIR Jerry McCloud
7/8 Re-assignment Terrence Wood
7/8 Re-assignment Tony Ebeling
7/7 Re-assignment Harbert Briscoe
7/7 Assigned Richard Pyle
6/23 Assigned Terrance Simms
6/23 Activated from LIR Terrence Wood
6/23 Assigned Harbert Briscoe
6/23 Re-assigned Gary Jenkins
6/23 Re-assigned Quincy Roe
6/23 Placed on SIR Jerry McCloud
6/17 Activate from SIR Quincy Roe
6/17 Place on SIR Quentin Ware Bey
6/16 Assign Chris Martin
6/16 Re assign Mike Mills
6/10 Assign Ross Moline
6/10 Assign Albert Poree
6/10 Placed on LIR Joe Rivard
6/10 Placed on Suspension Nate Lehman
6/3 SIR Randall Lane
6/3 SIR Quincy Roe
6/3 Re assign Taalib-Din Smith
6/3 Re assign Mike Rhone
6/3 Assign Max McCoy
6/3 Assign Gary Jenkins
6/3 Assign Jerry McCloud
6/3 Assign Torrey Day
5/13 Assigned Mike Mills

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