2010 Tampa Bay Storm season

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2010 Tampa Bay Storm season
Head coachTim Marcum
Home fieldSt. Pete Times Forum
Results
Record11–5
Division place2nd AC South
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Talons) 68–38
Won Conference Championship (Predators) 63–62
Lost ArenaBowl XXIII (Shock) 57–69

The 2010 Tampa Bay Storm season was the 23rd season for the franchise in the Arena Football League. The team was coached by Tim Marcum and played their home games at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Standings[edit]

South Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
z-Jacksonville Sharks 12 4 .750 893 806 4–2 8–2 7–1 5–3
x-Tampa Bay Storm 11 5 .687 926 812 3–3 8–4 6–2 5–3
x-Orlando Predators 8 8 .500 865 845 4–2 7–3 4–4 4–4
Alabama Vipers 7 9 0.437 812 860 1–5 7–9 5–3 2–6

z - Clinched division and conference's best record
x - Clinched playoff berth

Regular season schedule[edit]

The Week 18 War on I-4 matchup against the Orlando Predators at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The Storm opened the season on the road against the Talons on April 3. Their first home game of the season was in Week 3 against the Vigilantes. The conclusion of the regular season was at the St. Pete Times Forum in Week 18 against the Predators in another edition of The War on I-4, on July 31.[1]

Week Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Report
Score Record
1 Saturday April 3 8:00 pm at Tulsa Talons L 48–54 0–1 BOK Center [1]
2 Bye
3 Friday April 16 7:30 pm Dallas Vigilantes W 54–41 1–1 St. Pete Times Forum [2]
4 Sunday April 25 5:00 pm at Milwaukee Iron L 61–72 1–2 Bradley Center [3]
5 Saturday May 1 7:30 pm Arizona Rattlers W 62–61 2–2 St. Pete Times Forum [4]
6 Friday May 7 8:00 pm Jacksonville Sharks L 43–46 2–3 St. Pete Times Forum [5]
7 Saturday May 15 8:05 pm at Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings W 48–44 3–3 CenturyTel Center [6]
8 Bye
9 Friday May 28 8:00 pm at Orlando Predators W 62–50 4–3 Amway Arena [7]
10 Saturday June 5 7:30 pm Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz W 50–48 5–3 St. Pete Times Forum [8]
11 Saturday June 12 8:30 pm at Alabama Vipers W 61–55 6–3 Von Braun Center [9]
12 Saturday June 19 9:05 pm at Utah Blaze W 65–40 7–3 Maverik Center [10]
13 Friday June 25 8:00 pm Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings W 78–39 8–3 St. Pete Times Forum [11]
14 Friday July 2 8:00 pm Chicago Rush W 68–60 9–3 St. Pete Times Forum [12]
15 Friday July 9 8:00 pm at Dallas Vigilantes W 56–34 10–3 American Airlines Arena [13]
16 Saturday July 17 7:05 pm at Jacksonville Sharks L 47–49 10–4 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [14]
17 Saturday July 24 7:30 pm Alabama Vipers W 53–29 11–4 St. Pete Times Forum [15]
18 Saturday July 31 7:30 pm Orlando Predators L 60–75 11–5 St. Pete Times Forum [16]

All times are EDT

Playoff schedule[edit]

Round Day Date Kickoff Opponent Score Location Report
AC Semifinals Saturday August 7 8:00 pm at Tulsa Talons W 68–38 BOK Center [17]
AC Championship Saturday August 14 7:30 pm Orlando Predators W 63–62 St. Pete Times Forum [18]
ArenaBowl XXIII Friday August 20 8:00 pm at Spokane Shock L 57–69 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena [19]

All times are EDT

Roster[edit]

2010 Tampa Bay Storm roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve

Other League Exempt

  • Currently vacant

Refused to Report

Team Suspension

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 11, 2010
22 Active, 6 Inactive

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Tulsa Talons[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 14 16 72158
Talons 14 21 142069

at BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Date: April 3
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 6,688
  • Recap

In a game that saw neither team have consecutive scores until the 4th quarter, the Storm were defeated 69–58 after giving up two late touchdowns and being unable to mount a final comeback. The Storm committed just two turnovers in the game, but were unable to force any turnovers of their own. Quarterback Brett Dietz threw for 346 yards and 8 touchdowns, while wide receiver Tyrone Timmons had 181 yards on 11 catches and 5 touchdowns.

Week 2: BYE[edit]

Week 3: vs. Dallas Vigilantes[edit]

1 2 34Total
Vigilantes 14 7 71341
Storm 7 20 62154

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: April 16
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 14,122
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Recap

A goal-line stand near the end of the 1st half helped the Storm earn their first win of the season. With under a minute left in the half, the Storm defense stopped Dallas on a 4th and goal from the 1-yard line. Following the change of possession, quarterback Brett Dietz found Tyrone Timmons in the end zone on the sixth play of the ensuing drive to give Tampa Bay the lead at halftime, which was also their first lead of the game. After trailing by a single point for a brief time in the 3rd quarter, the Storm quickly retook the lead and never gave it back to their opponent, defeating the Vigilantes 54–41. Dietz finished with 320 passing yards and 6 touchdowns. Timmons led all receivers with 108 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Week 4: at Milwaukee Iron[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 14 20 141361
Iron 14 17 212072

at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: April 25
  • Game time: 5:00 pm EDT
  • Recap

Second half turnovers cost the Storm the game in which they led at halftime. Perhaps the most costly turnover was early in the 4th quarter when Tampa Bay had just been given a 1st and goal following a Milwaukee penalty. Cleannord Saintil fumbled the ball inside the Milwaukee 3-yard line, which was recovered by the Iron's Eric Turner. The Iron took full advantage of the miscue with a touchdown drive capped off by a Chris Greisen touchdown run. This put the Storm behind by 11 points, and they were unable to make up the deficit. Brett Dietz threw for 316 yards and 7 touchdowns in the loss, while Saintil led all receivers with 128 yards on 9 receptions and 4 receiving touchdowns.

Week 5: vs. Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 34Total
Rattlers 7 14 132761
Storm 14 20 141462

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: May 1
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 12,874
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Recap

The Storm led for almost the entire game, but continued to allow Arizona to creep back into it. Following a fumble recovered by the Rattlers in the 4th quarter, they tied the game at 48–48 on a 12-yard passing touchdown just a few plays later. The Storm would score a touchdown on their next drive with a 10-yard reception by Tyrone Timmons, however kicker Garrett Rivas missed the extra point. The Rattlers would find the end zone on their next play from scrimmage, and with a successful extra point, took their first lead of the night at 55–54. Tampa Bay would retake the lead on a 37-yard pass by Brett Dietz to DeAndrew Rubin. Instead of trying an extra point this time, the Storm went for a two-point conversion. The pass from Dietz to Terrence Royal was successful, putting the Storm ahead 62–55 with 1:25 left for the Rattlers. Arizona put together a 5-play, 46-yard drive in which they never faced a 3rd down, ending in a 3-yard passing touchdown with 7 seconds remaining. They went for two instead of the tie, which would have likely forced overtime, but their attempt was unsuccessful. The Storm recovered the onside kick that ensued and ran out the clock to end the game, winning 72–71. Dietz finished with 288 yards and a season-high 9 touchdowns. His most frequent receiver was DeAndrew Rubin, who caught 9 passes for 184 yards and 5 touchdowns.

For Tim Marcum, the win was his 200th in his career as a head coach in the AFL.

Week 6: vs. Jacksonville Sharks[edit]

1 2 34Total
Sharks 12 13 71446
Storm 7 17 71243

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: May 7
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 14,201
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Recap

The game, while low scoring, was tight throughout the night, as neither team led by more than 6 points at any time. The Storm were up by 5 points in the final minute after a Tyrone Timmons 11-yard touchdown catch, but Tampa Bay's defense gave up a touchdown on the Sharks' ensuing drive. Down 46–43 and having 36 seconds to work with on the clock, DeAndrew Rubin fumbled 15 yards from the end zone after catching a pass. The loose ball was recovered by the Sharks, who ran out the clock to end the game. It was Tampa Bay's fifth giveaway in the game. Brett Dietz threw 2 interceptions along with his 293 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Despite the late turnover, Rubin was the team's leading receiver with 147 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions.

Week 7: at Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 6 14 72148
Battle Wings 6 16 71544

at CenturyTel Center, Bossier City, Louisiana

  • Date: May 15
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 4,784
  • Referee: Scott Vaughn
  • Recap

Week 8: BYE[edit]

Week 9: at Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 14 21 131462
Predators 10 7 62750

at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

  • Date: May 28
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,924
  • Referee: Greg Lefils
  • Recap

Week 10: vs. Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz[edit]

1 2 34Total
Yard Dawgz 7 14 141348
Storm 14 14 13950

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: June 5
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 16,200
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Recap

Week 11: at Alabama Vipers[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 13 28 101061
Vipers 7 13 142155

at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Date: June 12
  • Game time: 9:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 5,994
  • Recap

Week 12: at Utah Blaze[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 21 14 161465
Blaze 6 21 13040

at Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah

  • Date: June 19
  • Game time: 9:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 4,525
  • Referee: Steve Strimling
  • Recap

Week 13: vs. Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings[edit]

1 2 34Total
Battle Wings 13 14 01239
Storm 14 30 201478

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: June 25
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 15,808
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Recap

Week 14: vs. Chicago Rush[edit]

1 2 34Total
Rush 13 21 71960
Storm 14 21 141968

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: July 2
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 15,704
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Recap

Week 15: at Dallas Vigilantes[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 7 21 141456
Vigilantes 7 17 10034

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: July 9
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 5,009
  • Referee: Mark Windham
  • Recap

With their eighth consecutive win, the Storm clinched a playoff berth.

Week 16: at Jacksonville Sharks[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 7 7 141947
Sharks 7 14 72149

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: July 17
  • Game time: 7:05 pm EDT
  • Recap

Week 17: vs. Alabama Vipers[edit]

1 2 34Total
Vipers 10 0 61329
Storm 0 26 21653

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: July 24
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 15,685
  • Referee: Tom Symonette
  • Recap

Week 18: vs. Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 34Total
Predators 28 17 141675
Storm 7 13 83260

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: July 31
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 17,302
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Recap
Security tries to get the situation under control after two Orlando players entered the stands and fought with fans.

The Storm looked to take their second win in The War on I-4 in 2010. They entered the game having already known the Jacksonville Sharks wrapped up the division championship with a win the night before. This meant that win or lose to the Preds, the Storm would be heading to Tulsa for the conference semifinals against the Talons.

Still, the Storm fell behind early against the Predators as quarterback Brett Dietz threw two interceptions in the 1st quarter, and Orlando capitalized on both turnovers with a pair of touchdown drives. In the second quarter, both teams scored two touchdowns each, but the Predators took a 45–20 lead into halftime with a 23-yard field goal as time expired. The closest Tampa Bay would get in the 2nd half was a 15-point deficit, after a 7-yard Hank Edwards touchdown reception with 14 seconds left in the 4th quarter, losing the game 75–60. Head coach Tim Marcum commented after the game, "It was a butt whipping, and we supplied the butt."[2]

Dietz's 310 passing yards gave him 5,054 for the season, a new single-season record for Tampa Bay. His six touchdown passes raised his season total to 106, another single-season record that had already been surpassed by the quarterback in the weeks before. DeAndrew Rubin was the leading receiver in the game, and also set a couple of single-game records for the Storm with 17 receptions and 245 yards.

The game itself took an ugly turn shortly before halftime because of an altercation between fans and two Orlando players. Center Julius Wilson reportedly attempted to toss a football to his father in the stands behind the Predator bench, however a fan knocked the ball away from the hands of Wilson's father, and as other fans scrambled to get the ball, Wilson's father was knocked down. Receiver Bobby Sippio went into the seats as his own father was near the area of the incident. Wilson eventually went into the stands as well, and threw a punch at a fan, which resulted in a fight breaking out. Both players were ejected from the game and were given suspensions.[3] Sippio, who was given a suspension of one game, appealed, allowing him to participate in the playoffs. Wilson was given a six game suspension that he was not allowed to appeal because it was not his first ejection that season.[4] Ten fans were also escorted away. No arrests were made.[5]

Playoffs[edit]

American Conference Semifinals: at Tulsa Talons[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 14 20 201468
Talons 6 13 71238

at BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Date: August 7
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Recap

American Conference Championship: vs. Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 34Total
Predators 7 14 142762
Storm 14 21 141463

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: August 14
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,104
  • Referee: Tom McCabe
  • Recap

ArenaBowl XXIII: at Spokane Shock[edit]

1 2 34Total
Storm 7 21 72257
Shock 6 28 142169

at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington

  • Date: August 20
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL 2010 Regular Season Schedule" (PDF). Arena Football League. 31 December 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 March 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  2. ^ Jason Dixon (August 2, 2010). "We Supplied the Butt". Tampa Bay Storm. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
  3. ^ "League issues suspensions to Sippio, Wilson following incident in Tampa". Arena Football League. August 3, 2010. Archived from the original on 7 August 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
  4. ^ Wright, Brandon (August 13, 2010). "Tampa Bay Storm keeps its guard up for rematch with Orlando Predators in Arena Football League playoff game". St. Petersburg Times. Tampa, FLA. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Brandon Wright (1 August 2010). "Orlando Predators tangle with fans, top Tampa Bay Storm 75–60". Tampa Bay Storm. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010.