The Chicago Rush featured a number of meaningful numbers in its 73-62 Arena Football League victory against the visiting Spokane Shock on Sunday (June 3) at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
There was quarterback Russ Michna setting team records for touchdowns (nine), completions (32) and yards (412) in a game. And connecting 32-of-38 attempts isn’t too shabby either. Spokane QB Kyle Rwley threw eight touchdowns passes but was intercepted twice. Michna had none.
And there was linebacker Kelvin Morris wearing jersey No. 37 in honor of former Rush fullback Johnie Kurton, who died May 28 in a hotel room in Santa Clara, Calif. Kirton was 26.
“In the beginning [of the week], it was tough,” Morris said of Kirton, who had played against the Rush for the San Jose SabreCats in the team’s previous game and had three touchdowns, including the winning score in overtime. “Having guys like Russ and definitely coach Bob [McMillen] to help me get through it … I was fine the next couple of days.
“I was just thinking about all of the positive things that we did together. It [wearing No. 37] meant a lot, knowing that he is still with me.”
Receiver Jared Perry had 11 receptions for 131 yards and four TDs for the Rush (7-4).
“I got lucky,” Michna said of his afternoon filled with accurate throws and impressive stats. “Going all the way back to my first days — my short stint in the NFL [in St. Louis Rams camp] — you’re only as good as the people that teach you. And I have had the opportunity to work for great people everywhere I have been.”
“We didn’t play very sound from start to finish,” Spokane coach Andy Olson said in a postgame radio interview. “Defensively we played pretty good in the first half. In the second half, offensively we played well other than the one interception, but defensively we kept breaking coverages. I’ll give them credit, but we did so many things wrong.”
Speaking of figures (and even if we were not). Adrenaline Rush Dancere Nicole was gracious enough to spend some postgame time to chat about the NET10 2012 Dream Team contest in which she is participating. The winner in voting from each Arena Football League team earns a trip to New Orleans for the Arena Bowl. Nicole’s competition with the Adrenaline Rush Dancers is Corina, who recently was featured in this space and appeared on the May 31 edition of “Sports & Torts” with co-hosts David Spada and Elliott Harris on talkzone.com.
Both young women are worthy candidates, so you can’t go wrong voting for either one. And, if you are truly concerned, something says both of the contestants will find a way to make it to New Orleans.
For tbose interested in some football talk, here is Rush coach Bob McMillen:
And here are Morris, Michna and Perry discussing the game:
Here is one of the in-game promotions hosted by Shanon Lersch, always a favorite around here. If things go according to plan (and folks who frequent this site regularly — and even when not regular — know they occasionally do), there will be more of Shanon later this week.
For those who are unaware, Shanon is a former Miss Illinois USA. Which means because the Miss USA 2012 contest was Sunday night, it is obligatory (or very close to it) to run some video from that competition. And, of course, bikini footage is mandatory (and aren’t you glad it is):
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