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Former Florida Gator Chris Leak could start for Orlando Predators against Tampa Bay Storm

Chris Leak, now with Orlando, holds the 2007 national title trophy he won with Florida. 

Times (2007)

Chris Leak, now with Orlando, holds the 2007 national title trophy he won with Florida. 

TAMPA — The most notable rivalry in Arena League Football history resumes tonight when Tampa Bay and Orlando hook up in the 49th installment of the "War on I-4."

Though it will be the first time the Storm's 10 rookies suit up in the rivalry, the most notable newcomer, former Florida Gator Chris Leak, will likely be under center for Orlando.

Leak, who started the season with Jacksonville, was traded last week and is expected to see his first game action tonight. Leak, who won a national championship at Florida in 2007 and a pair of Grey Cup titles in the Canadian Football League, went 21-of-31 for 196 yards and five touchdowns in his only game with the Sharks this year.

Seller's remorse? Kansas City traded quarterback Stephen Wasil to the Storm before the season, and Wasil reminded the winless Command that may not have been the best move.

Wasil went 18-of-27 for 225 yards and six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) in Monday's 63-46 win against Kansas City. It was also just the second time this season Wasil didn't throw an interception. Kansas City has started three quarterbacks in its 0-6 start.

Home cooking: The Storm is 4-0 at home this season and has a five-game winning streak at the Tampa Bay Times Forum dating to last season.

Williams trifecta: Receiver Chandler Williams scored three ways against Kansas City. He caught a pass, returned a kickoff 56 yards and recovered a fumble.

Poor turnout: After drawing an AFL season-best 16,054 for its home opener, the Storm on Monday drew 7,354 to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the smallest turnout in team history.

Fastest man in the building: 2004 Olympic 100-meter gold medalist Justin Gatlin will perform the ceremonial pregame coin toss tonight. He will also sign autographs on the main concourse during halftime.

Badge Bowl: The Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts the ninth annual Badge Bowl at 1 p.m. today. Proceeds from the flag football game between Tampa Fire Rescue and the Tampa Police Department benefit the 1Voice Foundation, a children's cancer charity.

Strange polling: The Storm assumed sole control of the top spot in the South Division after its win Monday. But it wasn't enough to impress other league coaches. Tampa Bay was No. 10 in the Week 8 coaches poll after an 83-48 loss to Philadelphia but dropped out of this week's poll.

. Tonight

Storm vs. Orlando

When/where: 7:30; Tampa Bay Times Forum

TV/radio: BHSN; 1250-AM

Records: Storm 4-3; Orlando 1-6

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