The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Arena Bowl Winners Shoot "I'm Going To Branson!" Commercial
Originally posted 6/23/2003

Above: Tampa Bay's Corey Sawyer celebrates his team's victory. Inset: some of Branson's popular tourist destinations.
TAMPA, FL - Shortly after the Tampa Bay Storm's record fifth Arena Football League title -- secured with a 43-29 victory over the Arizona Rattlers in Sunday's Arena Bowl XVII -- quarterback Pat O'Hara and wide receiver Lawrence Samuels shot an on-field commercial for Branson, Missouri, one of middle America's favorite tourist destinations. "I'm going to Branson!" both victorious players shouted.

"We're really excited about this new marketing opportunity," said Carrie Coughlin of Visit Branson!, the city's official tourist information center. "We really think the Area football crowd will respond to what we've got to offer."

Storm quarterback O'Hara, who came into the game, threw for two touchdowns and ran for another after starter John Kaleo left with a back bruise in the third quarter, said he didn't know what he'd see first when he got to Branson. "I don't know whether to go and check out the Hollywood Wax Museum, or Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not, or go and see Jeff Foxworthy or the Gatlin Brothers. I can't wait!"

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