Milwaukee Iron presents big challenge for Tampa Bay Storm

TAMPA — The Storm improved to 1-1 with Friday's 54-41 win against Dallas. Getting above .500 on Sunday likely will be difficult.

Tampa Bay visits Milwaukee, which at 2-0 is one of three unbeaten teams and ranks first in the league in average points per game at 69.5.

"They have some of the best players out there in Arena football," said Storm coach Tim Marcum, who seeks to become the league's first coach with 200 wins. "They're 2-0 for a reason."

One of the biggest is Chris Greisen. The league's top-rated passer went 25-of-36 for 382 yards and seven touchdowns in Friday's 65-48 win against Iowa. That came on the heels of a nine-touchdown performance in a 74-62 Week 1 win at Spokane.

"(Greisen) is as good as it gets," Marcum said. "He's got a quick release and can make all the throws."

Greisen spent 2008 with Georgia (throwing 91 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions) and last fall as a backup for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.

Marcum recently spoke with Jay Gruden, who quarterbacked the Storm to four league titles and coaches the Tuskers.

"Jay told me this kid is one of the best out there," Marcum said. "We're going to have our hands full."

Greisen's main targets, Nate Forse and Tiger Jones, have two 100-yard receiving games each.

"They are double trouble," Marcum said.

Add to that WR Damian Harrell, the league's all-time leader in touchdowns (323) and two-time offensive player of the year, and the Iron presents a host of problems.

"We have to create turnovers like we did last week," Marcum said. "We have to get stops."

Game Change: The Storm-Iron game, originally scheduled for Saturday, was moved to 5 p.m. Sunday because the Bradley Center is hosting Game 3 of the Hawks-Bucks NBA playoff series on Saturday. Marcum said the team still is scheduled to fly to Milwaukee on Friday morning.

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Rubin Returns: The Storm released WR John Roberson this week, clearing room to activate DeAndrew Rubin from the physically unable to perform list. Rubin, who starred at USF and St. Petersburg's Dixie Hollins High, had been nursing a hamstring injury.

Top Turnout: The 14,122 the Storm drew Friday was the second-largest crowd of the season, sort of. Arizona drew 14,998 against Chicago on Friday, but admission was free.

Hold On: Garrett Rivas missed two first-half extra points Friday, but part of that was due to holder Drew Weatherford's inexperience. Previous holder Sedrick Robinson is on injured reserve.

"Drew hasn't done that much," Marcum said. "And he admitted to me that they were bad holds."

QB Brett Dietz held in the second half, but Marcum said he'd "like to find someone else who can handle" the holding.

up next

Storm at Milwaukee

When/where: 5 p.m. Sunday; Bradley Center

Radio: 1250-AM

More info: The Storm's next home game is 7:30 p.m. May 1 vs. Arizona. For tickets, call (813) 301-6600 or go to

tampabaystorm.com.

Milwaukee Iron presents big challenge for Tampa Bay Storm 04/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 11:49pm]

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