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The Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League have to -- simply put -- quit horsing around.

If this team had won all the games it lost in the last minute in 2011, they would be in first place in their division and skating into the playoffs.

However, 'ifs' and 'buts' do not the reality make.

Instead of going into the Friday, July 8th game in New Orleans against the VooDoo still basking in the glow of a huge comeback victory over Cleveland last Saturday, the 'stangs are trying to swallow hard and get a defeat with a mere three seconds on the clock out of their minds.

Instead of sporting a a 9-6 or even a 10-5 mark thus far, Milwaukee is languishing at 4-11, having to ponder what might have been for the remainder of the year.

The good news -- and it is hard to find some these days -- is the fact that the VooDoo have only a 3-12 record and have yet to win a game at home.

Still and all, the Mustangs will need good JuJu to beat the VooDoo in spite of those salient facts.

Starting QB Gino Guidugli needs to get sharper and crisper in his reads.

The O-line has to give G-squared the protection he needs to get that done.

The protection broke down a couple of key times last week.

One time, a Gladiator practically broke out of the 'stang huddle and forced a fumble which turned into a TD for the bad guys.

Another time, having to get rid of the ball too soon led to an interception and 'Pick 6'.

Since the score ended up 62-58, Cleveland, that last second ignominy would not have even been a factor.

The Mustangs would have won in a walk.

Dwayne Eley, Jr., who has made his way to the top of the receiving corps, will just have to keep on keepin' on.

Eley has 19 catches, 287 yards and seven touchdowns in his last 120 minutes of football. He had another four-TD tilt a month ago, making the most of the injuries to Brent Holmes and future hall-of-famer Damian Harrell.

In the defensive backfield, the talented trio of Kelvin Rodgers, Antonio Malone and Marcus Everett have to return to their thieving ways.

When they win the turnover battle, in the majority of cases they notch a 'W' in the win column.

Milwaukee returns home on Friday, July 15th, to play the rival Iowa Barnstormers at the Bradley Center. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the BC box office, through Ticketmaster, at www.MkeMustangs.com or call Julie at the team's office at 414-224-4000.

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