The Arena Football League showcased their first round playoff games this weekend. The Spokane Shock defeated the Arizona Rattlers for the third time this season by a score of 57-49, spoiling the monster game by Arizona WR Rod Windsor who had 15 catches for 210 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Shock will host the Milwaukee Iron who knocked the banged-up Chicago Rush from the playoffs by a score of 64-54. Rush coach Mike Hohensee showed why he is one of the top coaches in Arena Football with the juggling act he was forced into this season as a result of injuries and players moving on to other opportunities. Many feel that the Rush had one of the top lineups in the AFL to start the season and if they could have kept it together would have competed for the championship in 2010. Milwaukee will travel to Spokane for an 8:00pm kickoff Thursday night that will be televised on the NFL Network.
Veteran coach Tim Marcum led the Tampa Bay Storm to an impressive 68-38 victory on the road over the Tulsa Talons. This will set the stage for a return of the Orlando Predators and WR Bobby Sippio to Tampa Bay only two weeks after they were involved in an alleged altercation with Tampa Bay fans. The Jacksonville Sharks were upset 73-69 by the 4th seeded Orlando Predators as Bobby Sippio caught his 6th touchdown of the game with 8.7 seconds left. Sippio played a monster role for the Predators in this game as the Jacksonville secondary were unable to contain him for most of the night especially in the redzone. The Predators will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Storm Saturday at 7:30pm.