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Shock Focus In On Arena Bowl XXIII

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Rob Keefe and the rest of the Shock watched Tampa Bay beat Orlando last Friday (Photo: SWX) Rob Keefe and the rest of the Shock watched Tampa Bay beat Orlando last Friday (Photo: SWX)

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Shock continue work on the practice this week in anticipation of Arena Bowl XXIII at Spokane Arena. A key piece of preparation was getting together last Friday to watch TV.

The Shock players and coaches got together on the practice field on Friday to watch Tampa Bay play Orlando. Tampa won 63-62, securing an American Conference Championship and a date with the Shock in the great Northwest.

"This is my fourth championship week in five years," said Shock coach Rob Keefe. "This is something that's almost an art form - to balance the awards ceremony, to balance the team dinner meeting, to balance the media day, to balance everything you need to focus on. And on top of all that stuff is the camaraderie and emotion that's going to be going on. It's a big, big week and if we can just stay focused and stay professional we're going to be okay."

Arena Bowl XXIII

Tampa Bay Storm
Spokane Shock

Fri., Aug. 20
at 5 p.m. (PT)

TV: NFL Network
Tickets: 1-800-325-SEAT or online at

Player, like team leader Kyle Rowley, said he should be able to put the championship week events in perspective to focus on winning the game on Friday.

"You have to show up to these mandatory functions, but I don't think you take focus away from out team and what we have to go through," said Rowley. "It's just a matter of keeping your eye on the prize."

Tickets to the big game went on sale last week, with dozens of people standing in line outside the Arena to get the best seat possible. As of Monday morning there were still tickets available. They can be purchased at the Spokane Arena ticket office, through TicketsWest online or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

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