"Section 114" by Scott Fitzgerald
It was Michael Jordon who once said "I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why . . . I succeed."
Its games like Saturday's 52-34 loss to Ft. Wayne that will try your will as a fan. It's easy to be a fan when you're winning (trust me, I've seen a lot of that lately), but hanging in there when the chips are down is what being a fan is all about.
Saturday's game was a hard pill to swallow but as we've seen with this Fire team at times this year, they have the talent to bring this thing home. Maybe it was a week off, maybe it was a lack of respect for the Fusion (3-7 coming into this game). Whatever it was the Fire will have plenty of questions to answer before they head out of town this weekend to take on the Cincinnati Jungle Kats (1-9) in the Queen City Saturday night.
With temps well into the 90's at kickoff the air conditioned comfort of Freedom Hall was just what the doctor ordered. If only the game would have turned out better. Regardless my daughter and I walked away agreeing we had fun.
Louisville Fire Fans should be proud of themselves! I took a look back and The Fire are 2nd in overall attendance in AF2, behind only Spokane! This weekend the Fire led all AF2 teams in game attendance! Big tip of the hat to all Louisville Fire Fans!!
Back to this week's game....
The team came in winning 5 of their last 7 and coming off a bye week. In my head, I wondered if this was going to be problem. Ft. Wayne came to play scoring on their first three drives on three pass plays totaling a combined 78 yards and at one time leading 21-7.
The Fire were never able to recover. Silly mistakes and penalties plagued this team all night long. Simply put there was no excuse. The team knows it, the fans know it and next weekend the Cincinnati Jungle Kats will know it as I have no doubt this team will regroup and take out their frustrations on the Kats next week. Folks in Louisville should make plans to join us Saturday night in Cincinnati!
C'mon, what's holding you back? Do something different for a change! The extended forecast for Saturday...HOT!!! Really HOT!!!! Temps in the 90's! Grab the family, jump in the car and take the short drive to Cincy to cheer on your Fire in the air conditioned comfort of US Bank Arena!
Despite the loss there were some bright spots for this team. Defensive Back Nate Green (Georgetown) racked up 148 yards on the night; 5 yards shy of his season high 153 yards against Quad City. WR Quorey Payne (Southern Illinois) totaled up 79 yards on 6 catches for two TD's.
The score may not have turned out the way folks wanted, but that didn't stop the 7,000+ in attendance from having a fun! At the half it was the UPS Worldport Expansion Team batting the UPS Worldport Operations team in a "battle royal" tug-o-war match. With all of Freedom Hall cheering them on, it was tough, but the Expansion Team pulled through (no pun intended) winning the best two out of three.
Following the tug-o-war, fans had a chance to win a new gas grill courtesy of Meijer, Plumbers at Large and Staples. As fans entered through the turnstiles they were given a template and instructions on how to make a paper airplane and fans were instructed to throw their planes on command. The plane that landed closest to the target would win the new gas grill. With scenes from Top Gun and "Danger Zone" playing on the Jumbo Tron it was one lucky fan from New Albany who came closest to the target and took home a new gas grill.
So what have we learned? It's easy to be a fan when a team is winning and despite the loss the Louisville Fire experience is one both my daughter and I have come to look forward to at each home game. Arena football is the perfect "football fix" for any football fan. It's something the whole family can enjoy. It's affordable and when the temps are unbearable outside, it's comfortably cool inside!
Get in now! Come out and see what I'm talking about! Take it from a die hard football fan who once said "The Arena game doesn't do anything for me". When it's a long work week and we're in the dog days of summer, the thought of a Fire football game on Saturday gets me through the week.
If you can't make it up to Cincy Saturday to see the team, be sure to come out Saturday, July 7th when the Fire continue their march to the playoffs as the Mahoning Valley Thunder! For more info visit www.louisvillefirefootball.com or call 368.0009
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