TV cameras won't wreck Rush game plan

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

They're ready for their close-up.

The Edmonton Rush take on the visiting Toronto Rock this afternoon in their first nationally televised game of the 2010 schedule.

TSN2 will feature the 1:30 p.m. game, which is a rematch of the Rush's 16-7 defeat last week in Toronto that dropped Edmonton's record to an even 3-3.

But the as-yet-to-be-seen- on-TV Rush don't expect to feel any added pressure from the all-seeing camera's attention.

"I think our guys are pretty oblivious to that, to be honest," said head coach and general manager Derek Keenan.

"Regardless of the game, whether it's televised or not, we always have the TV timeouts at five and 10 minutes, so that stays the same.

"The fact is that they're really on camera every game because every game is on the Internet and various other avenues of viewing. So I don't think it's really much of a factor at all."

Any game that is televised is subject to being blacked out on NLL.com, which broadcasts all other games live on- line, free of charge.

"It's a great way to watch the team when they are on the road," said National Lacrosse League vice-president of communications Doug Fritts.

"Watching live sporting events online is becoming a more commonplace thing these days, especially with our young fan base."

After jumping to a 3-1 start, the Rush are in danger of falling below .500 for the first time this season.

"We've had three games of solid progression with this group and now we've had two games of regression," said Keenan. "We need to play better first and then the wins will take care of themselves.

"Being a game above or below .500 at this stage of the season isn't crucial but certainly it's important that we just play better.

"Obviously, if we play better, we've got a better chance to win."


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