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What's The Deal With Bubba's Red Shoes?

April 25, 2007 - World Indoor Football League 2 (WIFL 2) - Augusta Colts News Release

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Every player has their own way of getting pumped for the game, but for the Spartans, looking and feeling good are at the top of the list.

If you've been to the James Brown Arena or watched any highlights football about the Augusta Spartans, you're probably familiar with Coach Bubba Diggs' bright red Nikes.

It's all Annika Sorenstam's fault.

"I did that back in the days with the [af2] Augusta Stallions," Diggs said. "We were doing well and I saw those shoes that Annika wore.

"I found them, in my size, size 14, and I had to get them and I wore them to the arena," Diggs added. "I got more press, I thought that they wanted to talk to me, they had the cameras and Chris Cane with WAGT 26 and John Hart WJBF channel 6, put the cameras on the ground (to get a shot of the shoes), it was pretty wild, but it stirred up a lot of excitement with the guys."

When asked about the significance of the shoes, Diggs explained, "It's the fire, the top of the fire."

Not only did Diggs' shoes look good and bring the fire to the playing field, he had an ensemble to match.

"I like to come to the arena dressed up," said Diggs about his pre-game routine. "I like to wear something different. It is all about the fun. I have been doing since I have been playing the game and just this is just my thing for game day, I like to kinda primp a little bit."

Diggs likes to look good, but others Spartans just like to lighten the mood.

"I just sit around with my teammates, talk trash and laugh about the night before," said Marvin Stone about his pre-game routine. "I just always think about playing a good game."

A little rest and music helps calm the stress levels.

"The day of the game I don't really like to be on my feet a lot, I try to rest as best as I can," said kicker Shon Rowser. "When I get to the arena I just listen to music a little bit and get my mind set toward the game. I don't like to stress a lot before I kick, but besides that I just get ready to go and get out there and kick the ball."

Depending on the mood, the routine can change week in and week out.

"Sometimes I can be to a corner to myself don't want to be bothered, just thinking about the things I want to accomplish and sometimes I'm just shucking a job," explained John Cratic. "I don't really have a pre-game routine it's just my mood."

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