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No More Fever-Shock Rivalry?

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-Cities Fever head to Spokane this weekend to take on the rival Shock, who are ranked number one. It sounds like a huge matchup, but new Fever coach Richard Davis is downplaying the rivalry, saying it's just another game. The Fever need a win after losing to Boise two weeks ago and slipping to 0-2.  In the past , Tri-Cities and Spokane hated each other, but the Fever have basically all new players who have never even seen the Shock play. The Fever will still be plenty motivated.
"This isn't high school football," said Davis. "The emotion for these guys comes from the fact that these guys are getting paid to play the game. If that's not enough motivation, maybe that's why we're 0-2. I need to get guys that understand we got a job to do, somebody is paying them to do that job and that better be motivation enough. So, are we running around with Spokane T-Shirts on? No probably not. I'm sure the fans don't want to hear that. You got to take a steady, even keel over a professional football schedule and take them all one at a time and that's exactly what I do."
The players get paid $200 per game plus room and board. Kickoff in Spokane is 7:00 Saturday at Spokane Arena.