KENNEWICK -- Tri-Cities Fever coach Adam Shackleford spent much of Friday scouring the internet looking for any information he and his staff could find on their team's opponent tonight, the Arizona Adrenaline.
Adrenaline coach Drew Moore was just hoping he could fall asleep in his Kennewick hotel room.
It finally all comes to a head at 7:05 p.m. today, when the two teams open the 2011 Indoor Football League season at the Toyota Center.
"Everything is good," Shackleford said about Friday's practice. "But we're on the internet, looking at Arizona's roster, trying to figure out who some of these guys are. They have a couple of guys with some experience."
The Fever have to come into this game not knowing what to expect from the Adrenaline, an expansion team with no game film to speak of.
Tri-Cities can't worry about that, said Fever quarterback Houston Lillard, who was named the team's starting quarterback on Thursday.
"We just have to make sure we execute our plays," Lillard said. "We can't worry about what they do. We'll make adjustments once we get a feel for what they're doing.
"You only can control what you do," Lillard continued. "I like what we've seen in our training camp. There's been a big improvement from Day 1."
Moore was trying to relax Friday night after spending 20 hours on the team bus travelling here from Prescott, AriZ.
The former NFL offensive lineman has spent the last couple of years getting his team up and running. And not only is he head coach of the Adrenaline, he's part owner.
"It's been a struggle," said Moore of the last two years. "It's taken me those two years before I found the right people and I found my path. I've met some great people along that path. I've got a lot invested in this. So do the other partners."
Which is why his anxiety level is pretty high about tonight's game.
"Facing the Fever, it's gonna be a tough challenge," Moore said. "They're a great team. They've been involved in this game a long time. It's gonna be a challenge. We got to meet their coaching staff at the owners meeting, and they're pretty nice guys."
Moore said he and his staff have seen some game film of the Fever, so they have a bit of an idea what to look for.
But it wasn't enough. The Fever at least got an exhibition game against the Wenatchee Valley Venom last week.
"We went against each other in a scrimmage," Moore said. "That doesn't say much. We are gonna have to adjust during the game."
Just like the Fever.
Notes: Former Fever DB Muhammad Shamsid-Deen is with the Adrenaline. ... The Fever will give away as many as three round-trip flights to Phoenix, Las Vegas or Los Angeles tonight. ... Tonight will also be Blackout Hunger Night. The first 1,000 fans to arrive will get free black t-shirts. Anyone bringing a canned food or non-perishable food item can get $1 off any walk-up ticket. All of the food will be donated to Second Harvest. ... Details were unavailable, but talented Sioux Falls routed the Kent Predators 102-58 on Friday night. ... T.J. Pitts scored a 2-yard TD on a run with 3:59 remaining to give the Colorado Ice a 37-26 win over the visiting Amarillo Venom.