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CardSharks Casino Chip Issued
Posted August 20,2004 Atlantic City, NJ
    
Trump Plaza of Atlantic City issued today a commemorative casino chip highlighting the inaugural season of the CardSharks, New Jersey's only professional Indoor Football team.
     The $10 collectable casino chip portrays the CardSharks team logo on one side and the "Inaugural Season 2004" on the reverse.

 
    Trump Plaza and its staff have supported the team's effort of bringing non-gambling family activity to this entertainment capitol on the East Coast.  High quality entertainment was the goal of the CardSharks in its first season of Indoor Football in southern New Jersey.
 
    Trump Plaza has made the limited supply 2004 inaugural season casino chip available at its "casino cage" upon request.   You can pick yours up by visiting Trump Plaza on your next visit to Atlantic City.


2004 Cart Masterson Players of the Year 
Posted July 26,2004 Atlantic City, NJ
    
Here are the results for the Cart MasterSon 2004 Players Of The Year.  Check out Cart MasterSon at www.greenbank-nj.com for more info on all their great products.
 
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QB 10 Tony RacioppiFS 44 Quincy Baker

KR 5 Rocco DeMaise


 

Sharks Come Up Short Against Horsemen
2004 NIFL Playoffs: Lexington - 54 Atlantic City - 25 

Posted July 11,2004 Atlantic City, NJ
    
The expansion Atlantic City CardSharks inaugural season ended Saturday night with a 54-25 loss against the hosting Lexington Horsemen in the first round of the 2004 National Indoor Football League Playoffs. The Sharks loss was their first since May 23, a 67-66 thriller that saw Lexington give the Sharks their only home loss of the year. The Horsemen (11-4) will host the second seed Houma Bayou Bucks (11-3) on July 16th at Rupp Arena.
     The CardSharks offense moved the ball sporadically at times, but still managed to compile 208 yards of total offense. Quarterback Tony Racioppi threw for nearly 200 yards (197) and 3 touchdown passes, but was hurt by 5 Lexington interceptions. Wide Receivers Eric Magrini and Greg Muckerson led the team with 4 catches each, including a 25-yard touchdown reception by Muckerson. Ironman Chonn Lacey, normally relegated to the role of Cornerback, showed his versatility with 3 receptions, including 35 and 38 yard touchdown receptions. On the defensive side of the ball, Lacey led the Sharks with 8 solo tackles and 1 tackle for a loss on the night.
     For the Horsemen, Quarterback Dusty Bonner threw 4 touchdowns and passed for 148 yards. Wide Receiver Chad Spencer provided most of the offense with 10 receptions for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensive Back William Mulder picked off 2 passes, including one that he ran back 31 yards for a second quarter touchdown. Champ Kelly also contributed with 2 interceptions, and Shan Housekeeper and Nate Green added 1 each.
     The CardSharks will look to build towards the 2005 NIFL Championship this spring at Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For more information on the CardSharks, email us at info@accardsharks.com, or call 609-264-8700. 


Four CardSharks Named to Atlantic East All-Star Team
Racioppi, Magrini, Bynes and Lacey Garner Honors

Posted July 7,2004 Atlantic City, NJ
    
The National Indoor Football League announced their 2004 Divisional All-Stars on Wednesday afternoon. Four Sharks were chosen for this honor including: Quarterback Tony Racioppi, Wide Receiver Eric Magrini, Defensive End Eddie Bynes, and Cornerback Chonn Lacey.
     Racioppi has been among the NIFL league leaders in nearly every category, including: Quarterback Rating (101.9%), completion percentage (57.5%), passing yards (2,183) and touchdowns (40). Racioppi, a newcomer to the indoor game, is a former Division III All-American at Rowan and played last season professionally in Italy.
     One of Racioppis main targets has been former Montclair State standout Eric Easy Magrini. Magrini, who tied for the team lead in receptions with Greg Muckerson, had 68 receptions during his rookie campaign with the Sharks. Magrini hauled in 15 touchdowns, and amassed 649 receiving yards during the regular season. Magrini also caught 6 two-point conversion attempts, to give him 102 points for the season.
     Defensively, End Eddie Bynes has just begun to play his best ball of the season. The 2003 NIFL Defensive MVP was forced to sit out the first 5 games of the season. Since joining the Sharks from Ohio Valley, Bynes has recorded 10.5 sacks in 9 games. His best performance came last week against the Carolina Rays, as Bynes got to Quarterback Jimmy Smith 4 times. Bynes also has gotten to opponents ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage 16.5 times this season, for a total loss of 76 yards.
     Temple University product Chonn Lacey was also a mid-season addition to the Sharks defense. Since joining the CardSharks, Lacey has picked off 5 passes in 9 games. Lacey, a cornerback by trade, has also shown his versatility by playing sporadically on the offensive side of the ball. Lacey has 3 catches in just 2 games at wideout this year. Lacey has also recorded a total of 35 tackles on the season, with 29 of the 35 being solo tackles.
     The CardSharks will continue their run for the 2004 NIFL championship on Saturday, July 10 against the Lexington Horsemen in Lexington, Kentucky.


Atlantic City Clinches Wild Card Playoff Berth
Atlantic City - 70 Carolina - 47

Posted July 3,2004 Atlantic City, NJ
    
The expansion Atlantic City CardSharks clinched a berth in the 2004 National Indoor Football League (NIFL) playoffs with a 70 47 victory over the Carolina Rays Saturday night in Florence, South Carolina. The victory was the Sharks sixth in a row, and gives them sole possession of the fifth seed in the Atlantic Conference. The CardSharks (9-5) will travel to Lexington, Kentucky to battle the third seed Horsemen (10-4) on Saturday, July 10th at Rupp Arena.
     The CardSharks offense squashed any hope of a Carolina upset in the second half, with 39 points. The game was tied at 31 going into the half, but a second half explosion by the Sharks offense and tough play by the defense helped seal the victory. Wide Receiver Greg Muckerson caught 6 passes on the night, including 4 touchdowns. Muckerson even completed a pass, and rushed for 15 yards filling in a series for the injured Tony Racioppi. Racioppi, who was knocked down hard in the first half, completed 12 of 19 passes for 168 yards. Racioppi also threw 5 touchdowns on the night.
     Defensively, Lineman Brett Kolk, Jamal Naji and Eddie Bynes kept the pressure heavy on Carolina Quarterback Jimmy Smith. The threesome had a combined 8 sacks, including from 5 Defensive End Eddie Bynes. Strong Safety Omar Lucas returned a fumble for a touchdown to seal the victory for the Sharks. Lucas also contributed with 11 tackles and a sack on the night, and Free Safety Quincy Baker added another 5 tackles.
     Kicker Matt Magrone had his strongest outing of the season, nailing eight of nine extra point attempts, and making field goals of 24, 26, and 33 yards. Overall, Magrone added 17 points for the Sharks on the night. Kick returner Mike Osborne returned 2 Carolina kicks for 62 yards. Cornerback Terry Owens added a 50-yard missed field goal return early in the game for another Sharks touchdown.
     For the Rays, Quarterback Jimmy Smith threw 3 touchdowns and passed for 82 yards on the night. Wide Receiver Brandon McDowell made 7 catches for 43 yards to lead all Rays receivers.
     The CardSharks will continue their run for the 2004 NIFL championship on Saturday, July 10 against the Lexington Horsemen in Lexington, Kentucky.


CardSharks Defense Sacks Xtreme (pictures)
Atlantic City CardSharks (39)  --  Staten Island Xtreme (6)

Posted June 26,2004 Atlantic City, NJ
    
The CardSharks defeated the visiting Staten Island Xtreme 39-6 on Saturday night at Historic Boardwalk Hall. The Sharks (8-5) defense led the way with 4 sacks and a safety, while holding Staten Island to just one score. The CardSharks move closer to clinching a playoff berth with their fifth consecutive victory. The Sharks travel to Florence, South Carolina to battle the Carolina Rays on July 3rd, while the Xtreme (3-10) will travel to Lexington to face the Horsemen.
     Starring for Chuck Murphys Black Shirt defense was Brett Kolk. Kolk recorded 1.5 sacks, was in on 4 tackles and forced a safety. Eddie Bynes also got to Staten Island Quarterback Kevin Hanratty for 1.5 sacks, and contributed with 4 solo tackles and 2 assists.
     Nights like these remind you what it is to be a team, remarked Coach Mike Siani. Some nights your offense has it and some nights your defense is all over the place. Tonight, the defense picked us up and thats why weve been so successful during the five game streak.
     Offensively, Ron Saint Lewis reached the end zone 4 times en route to 45 yards on 13 carries. Kicker Matt Magrone contributed with 6 points, including a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter. Wide Receiver Eric Magrini led the Sharks with 4 catches for 28 yards and hauled in one touchdown on the night.
     The CardSharks will continue their run for the 2004 NIFL championship on Saturday, July 3 against the Carolina Rays. For more information on the CardSharks, visit www.accardsharks.com, email us at info@accardsharks.com, or call 609-264-8700.

Cart Masterson Player Of The Game 6/26/2004 Brett Stone Cold Kolk
Brett Kolk helped lead the defensive this week in their finest effort of the season, allowing just 6 points. Kolk recorded 1.5 sacks, forced a safety, and contributed on 4 tackles. The Week 16 Cart MasterSon Players of the Week is brought to you by Cart MasterSon of Green Bank, New Jersey. Check out Cart MasterSon at www.greenbank-nj.com for more info on all their great products.


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