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Arena Football League preview: Tampa Bay Storm vs. Georgia Force

Matt Grothe, who enjoyed success at USF, will try the AFL after earlier attempts with the CFL and UFL.

WILLIE J. ALLEN | Times (2009)

Matt Grothe, who enjoyed success at USF, will try the AFL after earlier attempts with the CFL and UFL.

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Storm (6-10) vs. Georgia (9-7)

When/where: 7:30; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

TV/radio: BHSN; 1250-AM

The skinny: Now that the Storm has been eliminated from postseason contention (only the third time in franchise history, joining the 2006 and 2008 teams), Tampa Bay hopes to play spoiler. The Force is seeded third in the American Conference playoffs and second in the South Division, sharing a 9-7 record with Orlando. … Tampa Bay signed QB Matt Grothe this week. The former USF star is expected to back up Danny Southwick. But with the playoffs out of reach, there's a good chance Grothe might get some playing time. … The Storm also signed WR/DB Colin Nelson and WR/RB Tavious Polo on Thursday. Tampa Bay released DB Marcus Jefferson to make room on the roster. … After raising its playoff hopes by winning four of five games midway through the season, including victories against likely postseason-bound Pittsburgh and Orlando, Tampa Bay has lost three straight. … Tulsa beat the Storm 70-33 last week and led by 50 going into the fourth. … The Force, which was the Alabama Vipers last season, beat Tampa Bay 60-49 on June 4. … Tampa Bay must win one of its final two to prevent tying the team record for fewest wins in a season. The 2002 team went 6-8.

Brandon Wright, Times correspondent

Arena Football League preview: Tampa Bay Storm vs. Georgia Force 07/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 9:57pm]
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