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Tampa Bay 57 at Spokane 69
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Tampa Bay Storm Tampa Bay Storm 72172257
Spokane Shock Spokane Shock 628142169

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Breaking it Down – ArenaBowl XXIII
Andy Lopusnak,

Spokane became the first team to win titles in the af2 and AFL in grand fashion by beating the most storied franchise, the Tampa Bay Storm, in Arena Football history in ArenaBowl XXIII. Shock QB Kyle Rowley was responsible for all ten of the team's touchdowns en route to being named MVP. Over twenty ArenaBowl records were either set or tied in the first AFL championship game since 2008. Check out the only breakdown of the stats, history and significance of this game anywhere in the world right in the ArenaBowl XXIII edition of Breaking it Down.

Shock honored by County Commisioner's Office
Spokane Shock Press Release

The Spokane Shock announced today that the Spokane County Commissioner’s office has proclaimed the month of September “Spokane Shock Month.” Commissioner Mark Richard will present the Shock with the proclamation at tonight’s Championship Rally.

Shock to host championship rally
Spokane Shock Press Release

The Spokane Shock announced today that they will host a Championship rally on Wednesday, August 25th at 6 PM at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. In its inaugural season in the AFL, the Shock captured its first ArenaBowl Title after defeating the Tampa Bay Storm last week 69-57 in front of a national television audience on the NFL Network.

White joins UFL's Hartford Colonials
Spokane Shock Press Release

The Spokane Shock announced today that WR Markee White has signed with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL. In last week’s ArenaBowl victory over the Tampa Bay Storm, White was named the Offensive Player of the Game after he recorded a team-leading nine receptions for 99 yards with four touchdowns.

Shock Capture ArenaBowl XXIII 69-57
The Spokesman Review

"Deaf Valley" Silences Storm in ArenaBowl XXIII
Adam Markowitz,

Tampa Bay Storm head coach Tim Marcum had played ArenaBowl championships in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Orlando, Iowa, and at Tampa Bay... But never before had he seen anything like this.

Shock Capture ArenaBowl with 69-57 Win Over Tampa Bay
Sports and Weather Right Now

Shock are AFL champs with ArenaBowl win
KXLY Spokane

Champions! Shock beat Storm in ArenaBowl XXIII
Northwest Cable News

Spokane holds off Storm, 69-57

Shocking! Spokane Storms Tampa Bay in ArenaBowl XXIII Victory
Adam Markowitz,

11,017 fans packed into the stadium for the city's first ever ArenaBowl and its second Arena Football championship game. Previously, the 2008 ArenaCup ended in a disaster, as the Tennessee Valley Vipers ripped the hearts out of the Shock with a 56-55 overtime defeat.

Tampa Bay Storm falls in ArenaBowl title game 69-57 to Spokane Shock

Spokane Shock defeat Tampa Bay Storm, 69-57, in ArenaBowl XXIII
Tampa Bay Storm Press Release

The Spokane Shock defeated the Tampa Bay Storm, 69-57, to become ArenaBowl XXIII Champions in front of 11,017 fans at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wa.

Spokane Shock Win ArenaBowl XXIII 69-57
Joe Kauffman,

With one final run, the celebration was on at Spokane Arena, as the Spokane Shock won ArenaBowl XXIII 69-57.

AFL announces first and second All-Arena teams
AFL Press Release

The first and second All-Arena teams have been released, the league office announced today. The positions were voted on by coaches, media and fans, with several unanimous selections including Tulsa’s Gabe Nyenhuis and Arizona’s Rod Windsor.

AB23 Game Day Blog
Adam Markowitz,

Adam Markowitz blogs about ArenaBowl XXIII on gameday.

Shock execs have never stood still
The Spokesman Review

Shock, Storm Ready For ArenaBowl XXIII
KXLY Spokane

Storm Seek Super Sixth
Adam Markowitz,

1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2003. Those are the banners that are hanging high in the St. Pete Times Forum as the Storm prepare for their seventh ArenaBowl appearance since moving to Tampa Bay and their ninth in franchise history.

Shock Ready to Ride Out Storm in ArenaBowl XXIII
Adam Markowitz,

It only took one step into Spokane Arena on Thursday's Media Day for ArenaBowl XXIII to know that there was something special here. Just take one look in the rafters. Banner after banner after banner are hanging in the end zone just to the left of the scoreboard.

Rowley, Dietz Take Rocky Road
Adam Markowitz,

One started in Finland and stopped in Cincinnati, Louisville, and Kansas City. The other spent time in South Carolina, Columbus, Wilkes-Barre, Manchester, and Arkansas. However, on Friday night, both Tampa Bay Storm QB Brett Dietz and Spokane Shock QB Kyle Rowley will take to the field for ArenaBowl XXIII.

Marcum stands out in AFL history books
The Spokesman Review

Storm face Shock in Arena Bowl XXIII
Central Florida News 13

Storm face Shock in Arena Bowl XXIII
Bay News 9

Dietz calm before the Storm take Spokane
Madison Courier

Storm Unhappy w/Shock Vuvuzelas
The Spokesman Review

Tampa Bay Storm has one goal in mind: ArenaBowl title

Tampa Bay Storm set to host ArenaBowl watch party
Tampa Bay Storm Press Release

The Tampa Bay Storm will host a watch party for football fans throughout the Bay Area on Friday, August 20, at Rock-N-Sports Bar & Bistro located in Centro Ybor as the five-time world champion Tampa Bay Storm attempt to claim their sixth ArenaBowl title against the Spokane Shock.

Shock could merge AFL, af2
Adam Markowitz,

I'm not saying that the Spokane Shock are anywhere near like the New York Jets of 1969. It is pretty clear that QB Kyle Rowley is one of the best indoor quarterbacks in the AFL or any other alphabet league, and the Shock are clearly a fantastic squad that took it to the best in the league all season long.

Beat the Guru: ArenaBowl XXIII
Adam Markowitz,

Way back at the beginning of the season, I made my ArenaBowl picks and went with Tampa Bay and Milwaukee, but said I wouldn't be surprised if it was Tampa Bay and Spokane in this game. When the Storm were a woeful little team just struggling to get to .500, I went on the AFL Roundtable, and while verbally sparring for the better part of two hours, was called crazy for picking HC Tim Marcum's boys to win it all.

Between the Pads
Most Passing Yards
306 yards, Dietz, Tampa Bay
Most Receiving Yards
132 yards, Edwards, Tampa Bay
Most Rushing Yards
9 yards, Ortiz, Tampa Bay
Most Passing TDs
9 TDs, Rowley, Spokane
Most Receiving TDs
4 TDs, White, Spokane
Most Rushing TDs
3 TDs, Ortiz, Tampa Bay
Longest TD Pass
30 yards, Rowley to Whittaker, Spokane
Longest TD Run
6 yards, Royal, Tampa Bay
Most INTs Thrown
2 INTs, Dietz, Tampa Bay