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July 27, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Green Bay Blizzard News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Green Bay Blizzard (5-10) @ Peoria Pirates (9-6)
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2004
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CST
Site: Peoria Civic Center
National Anthem: tbd
Coin Toss: tdb
Officials: Gus Golembiewski (Referee), Anthony Smith (Umpire), Chad Green (Headlinesman), Justin Larrew (Lines Judge), Donald Shouse (Back Judge)
Radio: None
Series Record: 1-2
Streaks: Green Bay L2, Peoria W6
Coaches: Green Bay Brian Noble (5-10, first season), Peoria Bruce Cowdrey (9-6, fourth season)

THE STAKES: Peoria needs a win against the Blizzard to win the Midwest Division.

THE SERIES: Fourth meeting. Green Bay won the last meeting on June 5th, 57-29.

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 6-10 record in 2004
· Give Brian Noble his sixth win as Blizzard Head Coach.



GREEN BAY (5-10, 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
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
7/24 @ Louisville Lost 47-52
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/31 @ Peoria 7:00 W5 1-2

Peoria Pirates (9-6, Won 6)
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
6/5 @ Green Bay Lost 29-57
6/12 LOUISVILLE Won 35-31
6/19 @Louisville Won 51-50 ot
7/3 @ Quad City Won 29-13
7/10 @ Bossier City Won 46-38
7/17 COLUMBUS Won 58-40
7/24 @ Birmingham Won 46-42
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/31 GREEN BAY 7:00 W2 L2
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.

Bruce Cowdrey returns for his 3rd season as head coach of Peoria and his 4th in af2. In 2002, Coach Cowdrey led the Pirates to an 11-5 record and a 4-0 post-season record to claim the 2002 ArenaCup championship. Prior to the af2, Coach Cowdrey was the head coach of the Pirates in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and led them to a 17-0 record and the IFL’s Gold Cup championship.


LAST SERIES MEETING: Green Bay defeated Peoria 59-27 at the Resch Center on June 5th.

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 Receiving YDS/gm 143.0
Greg Krauss 10 Scoring Kick 83
Chris Greisen 6 Pass Rating 113.7
Chris Greisen 2 Passing Yds/gm 271.8
Greg Krauss 8 PAT KICKING 77.2
PIRATES
Player Rank Category Stat
Casey Urlacher 4 Rushing 15.8
Louie Aguiar 10 Field Goals 8-30

TALE OF THE TAPE:

Statistical BLIZZARD PIRATES
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 9 49.4 25 35.3
Scoring Defense 23 53.5 2 37.8
Total Offense 11 260.1 25 196.9
Total Defense 21 280.5 2 222.0
Pass Offense 8 252.3 25 166.3
Pass Defense 23 261.6 2 206.5
Rushing Offense 25 7.8 2 30.5
Rushing Defense 14 18.9 7 15.5
Scoring (Non-Kick) 8 656 25 438
Scoring (Kicking) 15 83 T12 86
Pass Rating 15 101.0 25 91.3
Pass Def. Rating 22 114.1 1 91.7
Kickoff Returns 16 19.4 T14 19.6
MFG Returns 18 15.8 22 9.2
Turnover Margin 23 -12 T11 +0
Field Goals T21 .200 18 .273
PAT Kicking T11 .772 6 .806
Sacks By 22 12 10 21
Sacks Against 19 25 18 23
First Downs 15 217 24 196
Opp. First Downs 21 249 8 212
Penalties 10 54.9 4 47.1
Opp. Penalties 17 60.9 14 58.7
Red Zone Off 11 74.1 21 66.7
Red Zone Def 24 80.5 5 66.7

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 another close game to the Louisville Fire, 47-52, as QB Andy Sahm guided the Blizzard.

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.
DeRonn Finley: Finley is second in receptions (72), yards (909) and third in touchdowns (23).

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
17

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
7/22 Activate from Suspension Andy Sahm
7/22 Place on Suspension Matt Bunyan
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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