Cardinals Battle Raiders Tonight

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The Arizona Cardinals game against the Oakland Raiders at 6:30 this evening will be televised on ABC.

The clash will afford football fans the opportunity to preview the Cards and possibly check in on a player we watched for four years at Camp Tontozona -- quarterback Andrew Walter.

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Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter participated in four training camps at Camp Tontozona.

Walter, formerly of Arizona State University, was drafted last spring by the Raiders and is currently the third team signal caller behind starter Kerry Collins and backup Marques Tuiasosopo.

Thus far, Walter has completed 13 of 24 passes for one touchdown and has had two intercepted.

Although the clash is only a preseason showdown, the game could turn interesting because the Raiders (0-2) will be looking for their first win and the Cards (2-0) will try to stay undefeated.

As intriguing as the skirmish could become, being a football fan isn't a prerequisite for enjoying a Raiders game.

Watching those bizarre members of the Raider Nation in their McAffee Coliseum home is a treat in itself. You can bet because of the nation's legendary fanaticism, television cameramen will scan the crowd to find the most off-beat Oakland fan in attendance.

I hate to admit it, but I have a son who considers himself a loyal member of the Raider Nation.

Ouch.

Prep changes in store

With the onset of the fall sports season just over the horizon, Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley is reminding students, fans and parents that the Longhorns return to the Class 3A East region will mean some ticket price and schedule changes.

In early August, Bradley attended an East region meeting in Show Low where member schools agreed to all charge standard admission fees. Also, the athletic directors ruled that freshmen football games would kickoff at 4:30 p.m. rather than 4 p.m. as shown on some early PHS sports schedules.

The kick off times were moved back a half hour, Bradley said, because schools in the east wanted more time for officials to make it to the games from their work places.

Individual admission tickets to all East region volleyball and football games are now $5 for adults and $4 for students. Last season, tickets were $4 and $3.

Although Payson High does not charge admission to soccer games, some East region schools do, Bradley cautions.

In addition to individual tickets, a variety of passes are available for purchase.

The options include a $120 family pass that will be accepted at all sports events this school year. Bradley warned, however, that the pass is valid only for immediate family members living in the same home. "Not cousins, aunts and uncles," he said.

For $55, family passes to football, volleyball or basketball-only may be purchased. A boys and girls basketball family pass is available for $65.

According to Bradley, the $55 family passes are not being sold for wrestling because the Longhorns probably will not have enough home dual meets to justify the cost.

Student passes for all sports are $30 and individual adult passes are $42.

Bradley calls the passes a good deal for fans who plan on attending more than seven sporting events during the school year.

"That many games will pay for the pass, then they (games) are basically free," he said.

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