TAMPA — Ryne Giddins slid into his car and headed to the gym for another grueling workout. He was pushing himself hard of late. Harder than he had in a long time. Giddins had a sense his time and opportunities were running out.
TAMPA — The Storm blew a 21-point fourth-quarter lead last week against Orlando, eventually losing on a two-point conversion in overtime 63-62.
There was no such drama Saturday.
TAMPA — Tampa Bay dominated Orlando in every fashion for 50 minutes last weekend. But those last 10 minutes proved the Storm's undoing as Tampa Bay blew a 21-point fourth-quarter lead and lost in overtime to the rival Predators 63-62 in a game that will go down as one of the War on I-4's most entertaining.
ORLANDO — That one hurt.
The Storm looked to be on cruise control. Orlando's fans were streaming for the exits. Even the Predators' in-game hype man sounded defeated. But the Storm snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
TAMPA — Jason Boltus' commute will be much easier this week.
TAMPA — Happy belated birthday, Coach.
TAMPA — Tampa Bay's offense hasn't exactly been as productive as coach Lawrence Samuels would like.
But his secondary has.
CLEVELAND — Dominick Goodman's touchdown with 52 seconds left broke a 48-48 tie and Donnie Fletcher's interception return clinched Cleveland's 62-54 Arena League victory over the Storm on Friday.
TAMPA — What a difference a week can make.
TAMPA — Storm QB Jason Boltus likely could describe every nook and cranny of Amalie Arena's ceiling after last week's game against San Jose. That's because he spent the vast majority of the night on his back.