TAMPA — Storm fans have had little to cheer about in this 1-9 season, but tonight likely will give them plenty of reason to celebrate.
T.T. Toliver should, barring any unforeseen circumstances, set the Arena Football League career record for receptions when Tampa Bay hosts Los Angeles. Toliver (1,160) needs five catches to break Hall of Famer Damian Harrell’s mark.
"(Toliver) really hasn't talked about (the record)," QB Jason Boltus said. "Right now he's just so focused on winning. He's very competitive."
It has been a run on records lately for Toliver, a 13-year AFL veteran. Last week he became the league's all-time receiving yards leader (15,232).
"All the records he's set have just been unbelievable," Boltus said. "He's someone I look up to and a great model for us as football players."
The receptions mark might not be the only one to fall. The 39-year-old Toliver, the league's oldest player, needs 162 all-purpose yards to break former Storm great Barry Wagner's career AFL mark (21,042).
"I think (Toliver's) going to play as long as his body lets him," Boltus aid. "He's in tremendous shape and hits the gym everyday."
Orlando ties: The tragic events of last weekend's mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub hit especially close to home for a member of the Storm family.
Equipment manager Paul Brace knew two of the victims who were killed in the shooting.
"I'm in shock," he said. "It still seems unreal. It's hard to believe it's real."
Brace, who doubles as a cast member at Universal Studios Florida, knew Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35, and Luis Vielma, 22, from working at Disney World and Universal. Brace said he was close with Rosado and was told of his death through the mother of Rosado's 5-year-old son.
"I heard on the news and contacted her," Brace said. "She was actually going to go to the club that night but she had her son. I knew Xavier danced (at Pulse), so I contacted her to make sure everything was okay, but she said she hadn't heard from him. Then she texted me back later saying he was gone."
The AFL will have a leaguewide moment of silence before each kickoff this weekend, and all teams will wear an "ORL" sticker on their helmets.
HE'S BACK: Tampa Bay brought back jack-of-all-trades and former Boca Ciega High star Michael Lindsey. Lindsey, entering his fifth season with the club, is the team's all-time leader (6,039) in kickoff return yardage. He has 196 catches for 2,132 and 27 TDs in his career. On the defensive side, he has 50½ tackles, four forced fumbles and an interception.