Tampa Bay Storm


Tampa Bay Storm

AFL team
name =Tampa Bay Storm
color1 =#c9b074
color2 =#006
logo =Tampastorm.pngconference =National
division =Southern
founded =1987
arena =St. Pete Times Forum
location =Tampa, Florida
coach =Tim Marcum
wild card titles =14:
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007
division titles =5:
1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003
conference titles =0
ArenaBowl championships =5:
1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003
owner =Woody Kern
uniform =
The Tampa Bay Storm are a member franchise of the Arena Football League.

History

Along with their traditional rivals, the Orlando Predators, they share the Arena record for the longest tenure by a franchise in a single market area. They are also the last of the original four franchises (the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos were the other three) to have operated in continuous existence from the formation of the league in 1987 until the present.

Pittsburgh Gladiators (1987-1990)

The franchise was originally known as the Pittsburgh Gladiators, and were one of the original four AFL teams formed in 1987. They originally played their home games at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Gladiators participated in Arena Bowls I and III, losing both.

Tampa Bay Storm (1991-present)

The team moved from Pittsburgh to Tampa in 1991, with the team taking on the "Storm" nickname. The Cleveland franchise now bears the "Gladiators" nickname (see Cleveland Gladiators), but with no link to the Pittsburgh franchise's history or records.

The Storm won the ArenaBowl in its first Tampa Bay season (1991) and have won four subsequent championships (1993, 1995, 1996, and 2003). Up to the 2006 season, the Storm had qualified for the playoffs in every season, but one of their Tampa Bay existence.

The team played in the former Florida Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg (now called Tropicana Field) from 1991-1996, becoming its first regular team sports tenant. Since 1997, the team has played its home games in the St. Pete Times Forum (previously the "Ice Palace") which is located in Tampa.

The Storm compete in the Southern Division of the National Conference. They are coached by Tim Marcum, who is widely regarded as the greatest coach in Arena Football history.

The Storm have a heated rivalry with the Orlando Predators known as the War On I-4. Both teams have found success and have faced each other in the ArenaBowl and playoffs numerous times.

On December 23, 2004, Sports Illustrated [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/writers/pete_mcentegart/12/23/ten.spot/ wrote in its 'The 10 Spot' feature] that the AFL's players' union filed a grievance against the Storm. The reason: Seven of the Storm's players claimed that some of the diamonds in their 2003 AFL championship rings were fake. Six of the seven players had left the team after the 2003 season. The Storm acknowledged that some of the rings did, in fact, include cubic zirconia instead of diamonds- and that different players received greater amounts of diamonds in their rings based on their contributions that season.

The Storm ended the 2006 season with a 7-9 record (4th in their Division), ending a 19-year streak of playoff appearances, dating back to their days as the Pittsburgh Gladiators and the start of the Arena Football League.

The team's current mascot is a dog named Storm Dawg.

torm Highlights

* In a 1996 playoff game against the Arizona Rattlers the Storm had the lead late in the game but the Rattlers came down the field and scored a touchdow with little time left on the clock. Rather than try to tie the game with an extra point, Rattlers coach Danny White elected to go for the win with the two point conversion. QB Sherdrick Bonner was stopped short and the Storm won the game. On the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights this is ranked at number 10.

* During a 1991 regular season game the Storm found themselves down 17 points against the Albany Firebirds. However they rallied late in the game to take a 57 - 53 lead. But it wasn't over yet the Firebirds had five seconds left to come up with the touchdown from midfield, the Storm won the game with an interception off of the nets. On the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown this is ranked #8.

* ArenaBowl V found the Detroit Drive hosting the Tampa Bay Storm. With seconds left in the game quarterback Jay Gruden threw deep to Stevie Thomas in the endzone. It was complete and the Storm won the ArenaBowl. On the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown this is ranked number 5.

* Stevie Thomas saves the Storm: During a 1995 semifinal game between Albany and Tampa Bay Albany took a late one point lead with seconds left on the clock. On the ensuing kickoff the Storm couldn't field the ball off the nets and Stevie Thomas found himself in the very back of the endzone. Thomas broke five tackles coming out of the endzone and went all the way for a touchdown to give the Storm the win 56-49. They later went on to capture the ArenaBowl. On the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown this is at #2.

Radio and Television

The Tampa Bay Storm are broadcasted on Storm Radio, which has no affiliates only a flagship which is AM 620 WDAE. The radio play-by-play announcer is local radio icon Jack Harris, and the radio color commentator is Jason Dixon who is also the director of broadcasting for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Catch 47 owned and shown only on Bright House Networks broadcasts all the Storm home games. Drew Felios and Mark Royals are the broadcasters. Other games can also be seen on ESPN 2.

eason-by-season

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colspan="6" align="center" | Pittsburgh Gladiators
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1987 || 4 || 2 || 0 || 1st || Lost ArenaBowl I (Denver)
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1988 || 6 || 6 || 0 || 3rd || Lost Week 1 (Detroit)
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1989 || 3 || 1 || 0 || 2nd || Won Week 1 (Denver)
Lost ArenaBowl III (Detroit)
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1990 || 3 || 5 || 0 || 4th || Lost Week 1 (Detroit)
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colspan="6" align="center" | Tampa Bay Storm
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1991 || 8 || 2 || 0 || 2nd || Won Week 1 (Denver)
Won ArenaBowl V (Detroit)
-
1992 || 9 || 1 || 0 || 2nd Southern || Won Week 1 (Cincinnati)
Lost Semifinals (Orlando)
-
1993 || 9 || 3 || 0 || 2nd NC || Won Week 1 (Albany)
Won Semifinals (Orlando)
Won ArenaBowl VII (Detroit)
-
1994 || 7 || 5 || 0 || 2nd NC || Lost Week 1 (Massachusetts)
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1995 || 10 || 2 || 0 || 1st NC Southern || Won Week 1 (Memphis)
Won Semifinals (Albany)
Won ArenaBowl IX (Orlando)
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1996 || 12 || 2 || 0 || 1st NC Southern || Won Round 1 (Anaheim)
Won Semifinals (Arizona)
Won ArenaBowl X (Iowa)
-
1997 || 8 || 6 || 0 || 2nd NC Southern || Won Week 1 (Nashville)
Lost Semifinals (Arizona)
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1998 || 12 || 2 || 0 || 1st NC Southern || Won Week 1 (San Jose)
Won Semifinals (New Jersey)
Lost ArenaBowl XII (Orlando)
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1999 || 11 || 3 || 0 || 1st NC Southern || Lost Week 1 (Orlando)
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2000 || 8 || 6 || 0 || 3rd NC Southern || Won Week 1 (Milwaukee)
Lost Week 2 (Orlando)
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2001 || 10 || 4 || 0 || 2nd NC Southern || Lost Week 2 (Indiana)
-
2002 || 6 || 8 || 0 || 3rd NC Southern || Won Week 1 (Los Angeles)
Lost Week 2 (San Jose)
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2003 || 12 || 4 || 0 || 1st NC Southern || Won Week 2 (Detroit)
Won Semifinals (Orlando)
Won ArenaBowl XVII (Arizona)
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2004 || 9 || 7 || 0 || 3rd NC Southern || Lost Week 1 (San Jose)
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2005 || 10 || 6 || 0 || 3rd NC Southern || Lost Week 1 (Georgia)
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2006 || 7 || 9 || 0 || 4th NC Southern || -
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2007 || 9 || 7 || 0 || 2nd NC Southern || Lost Week 1 (Columbus)
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2008 || 8 || 8 || 0 || 3rd NC Southern || --
-!Totals || 202 || 114 || 0
colspan="2"| (including playoffs)
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Head coaches

Pittsburgh

* 1987 - 1990: Joe Haering, 15-13 (0-3)
* 1989: Darrel Jackson, 1-1 (1-1)

Tampa Bay

* 1991: Fran Curci, 8-2 (2-0)
* 1992 - 1994: Lary Kuharich, 25-9 (4-2)
* 1995 - Present: Tim Marcum, 117-63 (14-8)
* 2005, 2006: Dave Ewart, 3-2 * Note: Ewart served as head coach for two games in 2005 and three games in 2006 while Marcum served a suspension.

Notable Players

* Les Barley - FB/LB
* Sylvester Bembery - OL/DL
* Mike Black - K
* Lynn Bradford - FB/LB
* Tom Briggs - DE
* Andre Bowden - FB/LB
* Chris Conlin _OL
* Jay Gruden - QB
* Johnnie Harris - DS
* Tramain Jones - DS
* John Kaleo - QB
* George LaFrance - OS
* Pat O'Hara - QB
* Tracey Perkins - WR/DB, DS
* David Saunders - WR/LB
* Lawrence Samuels - WR/LB
* Freddie Solomon - OS
* Pat Sperduto - OL/DL
* Shane Stafford - QB
* Stevie Thomas - OS. WR/LB
* Kent Wells - OL/DL
* Rod Williams - OL/DL
* Peter Tom Willis - QB
* Deatrich Wise - OL/DL
* Willie Wyatt - OL/DL
* Brett Dietz - QB

AFL Hall of Famers

* Jay Gruden
* George LaFrance
* Tim Marcum
* Joe March
* Craig Walls

Current roster

External links

* [http://www.tampabaystorm.com/ Official Website]
* [http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=clubhouse&team=12 Tampa Bay Storm at ArenaFan]
* [http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=5 Pittsburgh Gladiators at ArenaFan]


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