Saturday, April 5, 2008

Game Day Open Thread: Sabercats @ Voodoo

Sunday April 5, 2008
Location: The Graveyard New Orleans, LA
Game Coverage: TV: Cox Sports TV Radio: 95.7 FM
Kickoff: 6pm
AFL standings

New Orleans Voodoo
Record: 4-1
Roster.Stats.Depth Chart

San Jose Sabercats
Record: 3-2

Week 6 is upon us in the AFL and the Southern Division leading New Orleans Voodoo are taking on the Western Division leading and reigning AFL champion San Jose Sabercats tonight at The Graveyard. (cue thunder and lightning effects) The Voodoo are returning home after a brief trip to Colorado last week. San Jose is coming off a win in Kansas City. The Voodoo defeated the Sabercats in their only meeting last season, 67-54.

San Jose is led by veteran QB Mark Grieb and his favorite target and their most dangerous threat, WR Cleannord Saintil (pronounce that however you think) who is fourth in the league in receiving yards with 569. DB Omarr Smith, Defensive MVP of last years Arena Bowl, leads all Sabercat defensemen with 32.5 tackles, but trails Voodoo defensemen Lin-J Shell and Calvin Spears with 34 and 33 tackles respectively. San Jose has the best kicker in the league in A.J. Haglund who has a league leading 64 points.

I'm liking the Voodoo in this one. San Jose is last years champion but haven't been playing at that same caliber as of yet, and New Orleans is the hottest team in the league, coming off 4 straight wins. Shutting down WR Cleannord Saintil is the key to tonights game. He has put up big numbers this season and he is a great athlete with the ability to make big plays. Fortunately, the Voodoo secondary is more talented and I think they have the advantage here. Whoever wins this match-up will probably win the game as well, so keep your eye's on that. This has been a surprising season thus far, and we are outplaying our expectations, but great play has now become more of a standard and less of a surprise. See you at the game!

Voodoo Doll of the week: Sara

Before I leave, I just wanted to hook you up with this link to this SNL skit. The name of San Jose's team, the Sabercats, and their cheerleaders, the Saberkittens (it keeps getting cuter) reminded me of this skit and I thought you all might get a laugh out of it as well.

This is an open thread, so I welcome all comments! Even if it's just to tell me how badly you want a cat with a laser on it.

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