Fever's 2013 IFL schedule revised

January 17, 2013 

  • March 1, at Colorado
    March 15, home vs. Nebraska
    March 22, at Texas
    March 29, home vs. Texas
    April 5, at Wyoming
    April 12, home vs. Sioux Falls
    April 20, at Green Bay
    April 26, home vs. Wyoming
    May 4, home vs. Cedar Rapids
    May 11, at Wyoming
    May 18, at Colorado
    May 25, home vs. Colorado
    June 8, home vs. Wyoming
    June 15, at Nebraska

That Tri-Cities Fever Indoor Football League schedule for 2013 that was released back in October?

Toss it.

The IFL on Thursday released a revised schedule for the coming season after the Cheyenne Warriors pulled out of the league.

That happened after Warriors owner Toby SerVoss died Dec. 28 of natural causes at the age of 62.

“We didn’t know then because the story we were getting from the team’s general manager was that the team would continue on,” Fever owner Teri Carr said.

But a few weeks ago, SerVoss’ family decided not to continue on with the team.

“How often has it been a justifiable reason for a team to drop out in this league?” Carr asked. “This is justifiable. If this had been an Alaska Wild situation (the team folded in midseason), that wouldn’t have been good. What do you do in a situation like this?”

So the IFL lineup now is at nine teams for the 2013 season, including four — the Fever, Colorado Ice, Nebraska Danger and Wyoming Cavalry — in the Intense Conference.

Though the Fever and the rest of the IFL teams still play a 14-game regular-season schedule, there have been some changes.

The Fever now will play Colorado three times instead of two. Also, Tri-Cities will play Wyoming (and former Fever assistant coach Ryan Lingenfelder, now the Cavalry’s head coach) four times instead of three.

“There is nothing I can control,” Fever head coach Adam Shackleford said. “There is nothing we could foresee in this situation. We had to make an adjustment. But we still play 14 games.”

Another change: The big showdown against the Sioux Falls Storm at the Toyota Center has been moved up to April 12. It originally was scheduled for May 25.

The Fever also added the Cedar Rapids Titans to its home schedule. Tri-Cities has never played Cedar Rapids.

Tri-Cities’ season opener still is set for March 1 at Colorado. Its home opener remains March 15, but instead of opening against Cheyenne as originally planned, the Fever will play the Nebraska Danger.

Notes: Fever players will begin arriving in the Tri-Cities on Feb. 7, and camp starts Feb. 9 with physicals. ... Shackleford said his roster is at 38 players. “We’ll probably sign a couple more guys,” he said. “We’ll want 40 guys in camp.”

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