The Fire Wire
Louisville, KY - On August 5, 2006 the Louisville Fire (9-8) lost to the Memphis Xplorers (11-5) during the first round of the af2 playoffs. Even though the loss ended the Fire's quest for Arena Cup glory, it did not put a damper on the accomplishments of 2006. The beginning of the season found the Fire looking for consistency losing four of their first six contests.
The sketchy win and loss pattern was finally broken on June 10th against the Spokane Shock who at the time was ranked number one in the weekly coach's poll. The win against the Shock was the beginning of a five game winning streak giving the Fire a spot in the playoffs. The final game of the season found the Fire fighting for the division championship against the Green Bay Blizzard. The game was a heartbreaker with the Fire finding themselves trailing the Blizzard 53-54 as time expired.
Even with the premature ending of postseason play, the Fire had a lot to be proud of this season. Who could forget QB Brett Dietz and his af2 record breaking 12 touchdown passes in one game or the outstanding performance of WR Rob Mager. Dietz and Mager have both been nominated for offensive player of the year to be announced during the Arena Cup festivities in Puerto Rico. Mager also broke the team record of scoring passing the mark he set last season of 278 with 328 in 2006. Mager also broke another of his own record of receiving yards with 1918 yards.
Here is a list of how the Fire fared in the top five rankings in various categories at the end of their season in 2006.
Louisville Fire Top Five Ranking
3rd Down Conversions 1st Place
Scoring Offense 1st Place
Field Goal Percentage - .500 2nd Place
Scoring Offense 3rd Place
Total First Downs - 317 3rd Place
Kick-off Returns 4th Place
4th Down Conversions 4th Place
Passing Offense 5th Place
Total Offense 5th Place
The Fire has a tradition of success in Derby City and hope to continue their success in 2007. Even in their losses, the Fire put on an exciting competition that usually came down to the final seconds of the game. The excitement for the 2007 has already begun as season ticket holders are already renewing their plans and new fans are securing great seats to catch all of the action for next season. The Fire are one of the top teams in the af2 in attendance and look to expand their fan base. Act now and order your season tickets today by calling 502-368-0009.
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