Column: Voodoo Opening Win A Distant Memory As Rematch Approaches
Remember when the New Orleans Voodoo pulled off that historic upset back in week 1? They knocked off the revamped, improved Jacksonville Sharks at the Smoothie King Center and it looked as if the struggling franchise was on its way back to glory.
Well nothing has gone right since.
Having lost 6 of 7 since that opening day victory, the New Orleans Voodoo will look to beat the Sharks a second time in 2015 as the red hot Jacksonville squad invades the Big Easy again in week 9. New Orleans pulled out a 51-50 win over Jacksonville in week 1, but since then New Orleans is 1-6 and has lost starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to injury. Backup Brian Reader has played well since coming in for Kennedy, however he has not been able to pick up the offense. The defense has also struggled of late. Last weekend in Cleveland the Gladiators dropped 64 points on New Orleans and blew away the Voodoo after a close first half. The Sharks on the other hand have picked it up after an 0-4 start. Since that disastrous start, the Sharks are 3-1, and in consecutive games have beat the Gladiators and the unbeaten Soul, the two top teams in the American Conference. Tommy Grady seems to have found his place in the Sharks offense and so have the rest of the Sharks.
When the Voodoo beat the Sharks back on March 28th, people were calling it the return of a franchise. A team that struggled to a 3-15 record in 2014, and had struggling attendance numbers. It was supposed to be the rebirth, the talk of the league. So many bad things have happened to New Orleans ever since. Can the Voodoo hex the Sharks a second time? Kickoff is at 8 ET Saturday night on ESPN3.com.