You often hear the term ‘must win’ as it relates to teams in every sport at every level.
For the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League, who have a 3-7 record, this is not an overstatement.
Head coach Bob Landsee’s charges are reeling more than a little bit.
Losers of six out of their last seven, the ‘stangs simply must find a way to win.
This team has been snakebit, no doubt about it.
Five of the team’s defeats have been decided with mere seconds to go.
A bounce here or there and this team ‘coulda been’ riding high at 8-2.
Unfortunately, ‘coulda been’ has no affect on the standings.
Milwaukee has its first chance to get back to the ‘W’ column on Saturday, June 2, when they roll out the green carpet for the San Jose SaberCats.
Kickoff for the game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, which will feature a visit from Green Bay Packer CB Charles Woodson and benefit his foundation, is slated for 7 p.m.
The first 1,000 fans 15-and under will get an AFL 25th Anniversary Season mini-football.
People who buy tickets in Section 224 will get an autographed football from Woodson and his eponymous cause will get $2 from every ticket sold for the game.
No opponent is a “walk-over” when you’re at 3-7 and the SaberCats (8-3) certainly are not in that category.
The ‘Cats have the distinction of being the first team in AFL history to win a game in overtime that never had a lead during regulation.
Quarterback Mark Grieb, wideout James Roe and company caught the Chicago Rush at the end and won in OT, 84-77.
All Grieb has done during his career is win three ArenaBowls (2002, 2004 & 2007). He has completed 289 passes for 3,473 yards and (gulp!) 69 touchdowns so far this season.
Did you know Grieb was traded to the Mustangs in 1997 (Anaheim Piranhas) and played with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1998 before finding the way to San Jose in 1999?
The Mustangs have brought in reinforcements at wide receiver to help get after those pesky ‘Cats.
Nate Forse (of nature), who played for the team in 2010, was acquired from Orlando earlier in the week.
The California of Pennsylvania grad caught 111 of Chris Greisen’s passes for 1,389 yards and 26 touchdowns in 12 games his last year in Milwaukee.
Forse becomes the biggest target on the roster for QB Gino (G-squared) Guidugli. His size, speed and crisp routes always provide matchup problems for the opposition.
You can catch all the action on Time Warner Cable Sports32 with Dwayne Mosley and Brian Noble in the booth and on the flagship station, 540ESPN (www.espnwisconsin.com) with Bill Johnson calling the action.
Tickets are available at the BMO Harris BC box office, through Ticketmaster, at www.MkeMustangs.com or call the team office at 414-224-4000.
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