KENNEWICK — Here's a question: How many footballs do the Tri-Cities Fever need to have ready for every home game?
Try 70. That's right. Seventy of them.
That's because any time a ball goes into the stands, the fans get to keep them.
At $12 a football, that means the Fever spend a lot of money on those things.
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Last Saturday, the team lost 36 footballs into the stands.
Fever coach Adam Shackleford says they've never come close to running out of footballs for a Fever game.
He did say, though, that once in his career when he was with Spokane, his team was on the road against an opponent when they ran out of footballs.
"They had to go back into the stands to take footballs back from kids," he said.
Shackleford refused to say which team it was.
* The Fever heads into today's road game at the Nebraska Danger (4:05 p.m.) not knowing anything about its opponent.
"I don't know who their quarterback is going to be," said Shackleford. "I don't know anything about them."
The Danger, however, at least has last week's game film of the Fever to study.
"I've had a lot of games where guys have a lot of film on my team but I don't have any on them," said Shackleford. "I figure we'll just run our base stuff and then make adjustments as we go along.
"The great equalizer is to just line our front three up against theirs and go at it," he continued. "We'll just give (RB) Dennis Kennedy the ball."
Shackleford's biggest concern is that for most of the Fever players, it's their first road game in the league, and they're going to a place that regularly has over 5,000 fans at their games.
Throw in the fact that the Fever lost its road opener last year at Wenatchee Valley, and there is room for concern.
"I've already reminded them about last year," said Shackleford. "But I think we have a more solid corps of veterans this year."
* Last Saturday's home opener against Everett housed a pretty good-sized crowd. But Fever owner Teri Carr could only guess what the actual attendance was.
"We were told that it was 3,500," said Carr right after the game.
But it was definitely way more than that. And on Thursday, she said that Ticketmaster did have some problems with the count.
The final number ended up being 4,299.
* Meanwhile, the Everett Raptors had their home opener Thursday, losing to the visiting Allen Wranglers 48-27.
The Everett Herald reported that opening night attendance was announced at 1,733 but looked considerably smaller.
Raptors quarterback Charles McCullum didn't play because he had surgery on his ankle on Thursday. It looks like McCullum, who was injured against the Fever last Saturday but still tossed seven TD passes against Tri-Cities, might be done for the season.
Former NFL star wide receiver Terrell Owens, by the way, did not make the trip to Everett. Owens, who was signed last month by the Wranglers as a receiver and a part-owner of the team in his bid to get back to the NFL, is only scheduled to play Wranglers home games -- unless another team would pay for him to come on the road with Allen.
Owens had three TD catches for the Wranglers in their 50-30 season-opening win last week against Wichita.
* The Fever signed DB Garcia Day out of Boise State this week.
"He's not going to play this weekend," said Shackleford. "But we really like him. He was in camp with the (AFL's) Spokane Shock."
Shackleford said he likes the way his defensive secondary of Rudell Crim, Marquise Liverpool and Lionell Singleton is playing.
"There are no defensive back issues," he said. "But (Day) is too good to pass up."
* Fever quarterback Houston Lillard claims that RB Dennis Kennedy tried to kill him during the offseason.
"He convinced me to go on a fast with him," said Lillard. "We about died trying to work out. I lasted about five days. He lasted three days. That's tough not eating meat and then working out."
Especially when Lillard works in the kitchen at the Texas Roadhouse. He said it was especially tough eating a salad back there when steaks are heading out into the restaurant.
* It looks like the football career of former Fever DB Dennis Rogan is over. Rogan was with the Georgia Force in the AFL during preseason workouts this past week, when he blew out his Achilles tendon in a workout.
"He had surgery," said Shackleford. "His coach called me and they really liked him. Their coaching staff thought Dennis might have a chance to be All-AFL and rookie of the year too."
Former Fever receiver Joey Hew Len was let go last week by his AFL team, the Iowa Barnstormers.
Shackleford said that there is no room for Hew Len on the roster here, and he thought hew Len might be done with football.