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Shock vs. Talons: Tulsa feeling more prepared this time

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The Talons lost to Spokane last year in the af2 National Conference Championship game (Photo: Aug. 22, 2009 / SWX) The Talons lost to Spokane last year in the af2 National Conference Championship game (Photo: Aug. 22, 2009 / SWX)

SPOKANE, Wash. - The quarterback of the Tulsa Talons said this week he knows what to expect when he walks onto the field against the Spokane Shock Friday night. Does he, really?

The Talons and Shock met last year at Spokane Arena in the af2 National Conference championship, with Spokane walking away with a 51-44 win. Quarterback Justin Allgood, who earned AFL Player of the Week last week, said this time he's going in more prepared.

"The biggest key about this year is we know what to expect," Allgood told The Tulsa World.

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 "We went on the trip last year and we had no idea. The stadium holds 10,500 fans, and they have 10,000 show up. It's a lot of fun, but at the same time it's pretty difficult."

Pretty difficult? Surely Spokane fans will take Allgood's comment as a compliment.

With Allgood at the helm, the Tulsa Talons are pretty close to the same team they were last season. But Spokane has a new look and feel, as seven teams have already found out this year. The Shock have a new starting quarterback, a new defense, not to mention a new head coach with a different approach to the game. And they have that top-of-the-league swagger that comes from winning.

The Talons go into Friday's game as the No. 7 team in the coaches poll. Spokane is No. 2.

Busting at the seams

The Arena Football League said it would formally announce plans to add new franchises to the league during halftime of the AFL game of the Week on NFL Network - Jacksonville vs. Orlando. Former AFL champions Philadelphia will join Kansas City and San Jose beginning in 2011, according to sources.

 


Previous coverage:

Spokane advances to ArenaCup
(Aug. 2009)
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Shock were crowned the National Conference Champions for the second-straight year after they defeated the Tulsa Talons, 51-44 Saturday night.  Spokane moves on to the ArenaCup and will face the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers who won the American Conference Championship earlier Saturday evening.....

White honored by af2 for spectacular TD catch vs. Tulsa
(Aug 19, 2009)
SPOKANE, Wash. - And the award for the catch of the week in the af2 goes to - who else - Spokane Shock wide receiver Markee White, the league announced Wednesday morning.....

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