Fever scrapping for a playoff spot

Tri-City HeraldMay 9, 2013 

For the last two weeks, the Tri-Cities Fever has righted its ship with consecutive Indoor Football League victories.

Now with a 3-6 record, the Fever has an outside chance of making the postseason. But the team can’t make any more mistakes, and it might need a little help to get there.

“We can’t make any more mistakes,” said Fever coach Adam Shackleford, whose team left the Tri-Cities at 8 p.m. Thursday by bus for its road game at Wyoming on Saturday.

And that game Saturday is all Shackleford is concentrating on.

“I haven’t even looked at what’s left after that,” he said.

So we’ll do it for him.

The bottom line is that while the Fever hasn’t made the IFL playoffs, every game from here on out should be considered a playoff game.

Two teams from the Intense Conference make the postseason. The Nebraska Danger and the Colorado Ice are both at 6-3. The Fever is 3-6.

All three teams have five contests remaining.

Nebraska’s remaining schedule looks like this: at Green Bay today; at Wyoming on May 17; home vs. Wyoming on May 24; at Colorado on June 7; home vs. the Fever on June 15.

Colorado’s remaining schedule looks like this: home vs. the Fever on May 18; at the Fever on May 25; at Texas on June 1; home vs. Nebraska on June 7; home vs. Wyoming on June 15.

And the Fever’s remaining schedule is this: at Wyoming on Saturday; at Colorado on May 18; home vs. Colorado on May 25; home vs. Wyoming on June 8; at Nebraska on June 15.

Taking the angle that the Fever must win out, Tri-Cities needs Nebraska to beat Colorado on June 7 and that would at least have the Fever and Ice tied for second. That in turn would give Tri-Cities the edge, since it would have beaten Colorado two of the three times they have played.

But we don’t play games on paper.

The gist is time is running out for the Fever, and it must do everything right to have a chance to go back to the IFL title game for a third straight year.

Notes: Shackleford added quarterback Andre Broadous to his roster last week while quarterback Theo Scott temporarily left the team to play a part in a movie. “Theo wasn’t going to start, and the opportunity (for this movie) was hard to pass up,” said Shackleford. Broadous played college ball at Cal Poly. ... Shackleford waived wide receiver George Bell to make room for Broadous. Bell wasn’t happy with his lack of playing time, said Shackleford. ... Shackleford put DL Billy Harrison on short-term injured reserve this week, as his knee has been acting up. The Fever signed DL Vaalyn Jackson to take his roster spot. ... Cedar Rapids DL Michael Graise, who separated his elbow in last Saturday’s loss to the Fever, was put on short-term IR by the Titans on Thursday.

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