Culpepper and Garcia are both looking for the win and first place in the UFL Standings (Photos courtesy of UFL).
Omaha Nighthawks Hosting Sacramento Mountain Lions on Saturday
Omaha, Neb. (Friday, October 1, 2010) – When the United Football League (UFL) schedule was first released, the initial meeting between Jeff Garcia and the Omaha Nighthawks (1-0) against Daunte Culpepper and the Sacramento Mountain Lions (1-1) was a game football fans had circled on the calendar. After much anticipation, that match-up is now upon us, with Omaha hosting the Mountain Lions at 8:30 p.m. EST this Saturday at Rosenblatt Stadium.
“It’s absolutely great to be able to compete against a guy like Jeff,” Culpepper said Thursday on a media call. “He’s trying to get a win, just like you’re trying to win. You’re on their turf, and you’ve got the same agenda, that’s trying to win. I’m glad to be a part of it, but our main goal is to get the win and their main goal is to get the win.”
Both Culpepper and Garcia orchestrated game-winning drives last weekend to lead their teams to victory, something that only builds on the excitement surrounding this pairing.
“We didn’t plan it, but it works out like that sometimes,” Culpepper joked about the late-game heroics that he and Garcia coordinated. “That’s the UFL. I’m glad to be a part of it, and I think it’s going to be a great game this weekend.”
In addition to overcoming the Nighthawks on the field, Culpepper and his Sacramento teammates will have to deal with some exuberant fans in Omaha. For the second consecutive week, the UFL announced a sell-out at Rosenblatt Stadium, which has a capacity of 24,000 spectators.
“The fans have been awesome. They love their football,” Garcia said of playing in Omaha. “As long as we don’t conflict with a University of Nebraska game, things will be good for us. The people of Omaha, to be able to affiliate themselves with a professional football team, they’ve embraced it completely.”
While the main billing for this game pits two former NFL quarterbacks with seven Pro Bowl nods between them, Garcia also made sure to comment on the importance of focusing his efforts on the defense of the Mountain Lions.
“I have to focus on what my responsibility is, and who I’m going up against. Likewise, Daunte has to go against our defense,” he remarked. “Obviously, we’re well-aware of each other, and I’m well-aware of some of the greatness he’s had on the football field and the quality of player he’s been and can be. And he definitely showed that last week.”
Fans outside of Omaha will still have the opportunity to catch this meeting live, with the game being broadcasted live on HDNet.