Tri-Cities Fever

Fever tryout draws small turnout

It all depends on which set of eyes you were using at the Tri-Cities Fever open tryout Saturday to consider it a success or not.

From coach Adam Shackleford's perspective, it was OK. He had just six players for the team's final open workout before the season starts next month. He said he would have liked to have a few more players, but in the end, he was pleased with the talent level.

"It was good," Shackleford said. "We have some guys with above average talent out here working hard."

From the eyes of co-owner and general manager Teri Carr, the tryout was an encouraging sign.

The players on the field were outnumbered by a 4 to 1 ratio at Toyota Center by onlookers, who watched intently at what could be future Fever players. If nothing else, the fans were there using the tryout as a primer for a season that starts with training camp Feb. 22.

Carr, like the fans who showed up, is banking on this being the season the Fever puts its recent problems in the past.

The Fever made the move from the now defunct arenafootball2 league to the Indoor Football League and has a new coach in Shackleford looking to prove himself all over after being fired by the Spokane Shock despite a 19-1 record and an af2 title last season.

The Fever has won just games the past two seasons.