Tuupo Returns to Stockton, B2 Networks To Air Internet Games
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Lightning of the arenafootball2 league have announced FB/LB Tupo Tuupo has been assigned to the Lightning by the af2 League Office, and DL Michael Ng has been placed on the "left squad" list.
A 6-foot-3, 260-pound product of Washington State University, the multi-dimensional Tuupo made his af2 debut with the Lightning in 2006, garnering nine rushes for 22 yards and two rushing touchdowns and six receptions for 39 yards and on the offensive end. Defensively, Tuupo ranked eighth on the Lightning with 25.5 tackles, recorded one sack and led the Lightning with four quarterback hurries.
Tuupo's garnered preseason experience in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers in 2002 and spent his 2005 indoor football campaign with the Everett Hawks after being selected by the Las Vegas Gladiators in the Arena Football League expansion draft.
The Menlo-Atherton, Calif. product spent four years in the football program at Washington State University (NCAA), (1998-01), garnering All Pac-10 team and All-Academic Team honors. Tuupo recorded a career-high 22 tackles (10 solo) in his 2001 senior campaign and helped guide the Cougars to a 2001 Sun Bowl Championship over Purdue.
B2 NETWORKS TO AIR LIGHTNING GAMES OVER THE INTERNET
The Stockton Lightning also announced all home games and select road games will air this season on B2 Networks, entering their first season in a comprehensive internet video broadcast partnership agreement with the booming internet broadcast home to arenafootball2, the American Hockey League, ECHL, and USHL.
All Lightning home games and select road games can be viewed online by going to the Lightning website, www.stocktonlightning.com, with all home games and select road games available in simulcast viewing for a $6 "pay-per-view" rate. Viewers looking to enjoy the games via B2 will only need a high-speed internet connection and Windows Media Player 9 or higher.
LIGHTNING GAMES ON B2 NETWORKS: (all times ET)
Saturday, April 21, 2007 @ 10:00 PM EST vs. Bakersfield Saturday, April 28, 2007 @ 10:30 PM EST vs. Spokane Saturday, May 19, 2007 @ 10:30 PM EST vs. Central Valley Saturday, May 26, 2007 @ 9:00 PM EST vs. Boise Saturday, June 02, 2007 @ 10:30 PM EST vs. Tri-Cities Saturday, June 23, 2007 @ 10:30 PM EST vs. Bakersfield Saturday, June 30, 2007 @ 10:00 PM EST vs. Everett Saturday, July 07, 2007 @ 10:00 PM EST vs. Central Valley Saturday, July 14, 2007 @ 10:30 PM EST vs. Boise Saturday, July 21, 2007 @ 10:00 PM EST vs. Bakersfield Thursday, July 26, 2007 @ 10:30 PM EST vs. Corpus Christi
Stockton returns to play tonight against the Bakersfield Blitz in a week four matchup, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Rabobank Arena. The game can be heard live on the internet at www.stocktonlightning.com, with audio courtesy of SportsJuice.com and video courtesy of B2 Networks.
In their first season, the Lightning ranked third in af2 attendance with an average of 7,445 fans per home game. Season tickets and individual tickets for the 2007 Lightning regular season are on sale now. For more information on season tickets, merchandise, or other information, please call the Lightning at (209) 373-1500 or visit www.stocktonlightning.com.
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