Storm (6-11) vs. San Jose (7-10)
When/where: 7:30; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
TV/radio: BHSN; 1250-AM
The skinny: With neither team making the playoffs, tonight's game is for pride and auditions for next season. Former USF QB Matt Grothe is expected to make his first AFL start for the Storm. Grothe came on in relief during last week's 58-40 loss to Georgia and went 12-for-24 for 161 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. … LB Cliff Dukes, who missed the Georgia game after signing with the United Football League's Virginia Destroyers, returns to the Storm finish the season. Dukes, who is back because the UFL postponed the start of its season, is three sacks from equaling the AFL single-season record of 15½. … San Jose has been hampered by injuries all season, sending 22 players to the injured reserve list. SaberCats QB Mark Grieb needs 150 yards to surpass Chris Greisen's single-season passing yardage record of 5,146. … This is the 15th meeting; San Jose holds an 8-6 advantage. The teams have combined to appear in 14 of the 23 ArenaBowls. The Storm has the most titles (five) in league history; the SaberCats have three. … This marks just the third time in team history the Storm will not be in the postseason (2006, 2008). Its six wins are tied for the fewest in team history. Its 11 losses are the most in team history, although the season was extended to 18 games this year.
Brandon Wright, Times correspondent