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Even in win, turnovers worry Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum

TAMPA — Reaching .500 hasn't been a problem for the Storm. Getting above it has.

"It's coaching cliche 101, but we have been our own worst enemy," said coach Tim Marcum, whose team has alternated wins and losses this season, including Friday's 48-44 win at Bossier-Shreveport that got it to 3-3.

"Turnovers are absolutely killing us."

The Storm had three turnovers against the Battle­Wings, after five turnovers in a 46-43 home loss to Jacksonville on May 7.

"We are not treating the ball with the respect and integrity it deserves," Marcum said. "They have to understand (the ball) is like a baby.

"You have to take care of it, nurture it."

The Storm enters its second bye week in a little better shape than its last. It lost to Tulsa in Week 1 and had the entire bye week to stew.

"Coming off a win this week makes all the difference in the world going into the bye," Marcum said. "Last time, it was like a death in the family."

Marcum gave the team the entire week off, and it will resume practice Sunday in preparation for the May 28 game against Orlando.

key injury: The Storm suffered a major blow to the secondary Wednesday when Deonte Bolden was diagnosed with a torn ACL and lateral meniscus in his right knee.

The graduate of St. Petersburg's Lakewood High, injured Friday when he stepped on the heel of a receiver, likely is out for the season.

Bolden was inactive for the first three games but is second on the team with seven passes broken up to go along with an interception.

"My heart really goes out to the guy," Marcum said. "He worked his tail off to get into the lineup, and to have this happen is a shame."

Daryon Brutley stepped in, and Marcum said he was pleased with the result.

Marcum said he will take the bye week to evaluate possible additions in the secondary.

Transaction: FB/OL Greg Hammond was released prior to the BattleWings' game.

Robinson returns: Sedrick Robinson, the Arena League's all time leader in return yards, rejoined the team Friday. Robinson, on injured reserve with a hand injury, made an immediate impact, with a game-high 10 catches for 132 yards and a game-high 265 all-purpose yards.

Marcum Tournament: The inaugural Tim Marcum Celebrity Fishing Tournament is Friday with a dinner at O'Briens Pub (701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon) at 6 tonight.

Anglers will leave the Convention Center in Tampa at 8 a.m. Friday and return at noon to weigh their catches.

Tonight's dinner includes appearances by Dave Andreychuk, Doug Williams, Fred McGriff, Shelton Quarles and Phil Esposito. All proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which assists servicemen and their families.

"Being next to CentCom over at MacDill (Air Force Base) makes this just a perfect fit," Marcum said. "It's a heck of a cause."

For details, e-mail michelle@tampabaystorm.com or call (813) 307-5900.

up next

Storm at Orlando

When: 8 p.m. May 28.

TV/radio: NFL Network; 1250-AM

Next home game: vs. Oklahoma City, 7:30 June 5

Tickets: (813) 301-6600 or tampabaystorm.com

Even in win, turnovers worry Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum 05/19/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:47pm]
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