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Tuesday March 25, 2008

QB Jon Beutjer signed to practice squad

TAMPA – The five-time world champion Tampa Bay Storm have signed quarterback Jon Beutjer to the practice squad, Head Coach and General Manager Tim Marcum announced.  Beutjer will fill in void left after quarterback Mitch Tanney was claimed off of the practice squad by the Philadelphia Soul.

Beutjer. 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, will join the Storm as the third-string quarterback.  He recently earned a spot on Team Michigan in the now defunct All-America Football League.  Prior to that Beutjer last played with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.

The Wheaton, Illinois native played three seasons (2002-04) for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini after playing with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes as a freshman in 2000.  He started 25 of 35 career games played between the two schools and completed 539 of his 897 pass attempts for 6,031 yards and 45 touchdowns.  Buetjer led the Big Ten in passing in 2002 with 2,511 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Storm Schedule March 25 – April 1

Tuesday, March 25:         Players Return to practice – Skyway Park 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26:   Practice – Skyway Park 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.     
Thursday, March 27:       Practice – Skyway Park 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.     
Friday, March 28:            Travel to Philadelphia – arrive approx 1:50 p.m.
Saturday, March 29:        Tampa Bay Storm vs. Philadelphia Soul 2:00 p.m., Depart for Tampa approx. 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 30:          Off Day
Monday, March 31:         2:00 Coach Marcum available for media – Storm Offices

Next Game

Saturday April 5 at Columbus – 7:00 p.m. (Catch 47, 620-AM WDAE)

**** Time and location subject to change, please contact Storm offices at 276-7300 to confirm****

STORM Broadcast Information

Fans can catch the Storm action on 620 AM-WDAE “The Sports Animal.”  Jack Harris and Jason Dixon will call the games as the Storm go after a league leading sixth world championship.

Drew Fellios, Mark Royals and Roxanne Wilder return for another season of action packed Storm football as they call the game for Catch 47.  Join the broadcast crew from Catch 47 as the follow the Storm all season long.

The Tim Marcum Show, “Cookies and Milk” brought to you by Bill Currie Ford, can be heard each Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. on 620 AM-WDAE “The Sports Animal.”  Coach Marcum is joined by host Drew Fellios as they discuss the previous week’s action, what to look for in the upcoming game and other action from around the Arena Football League.


Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football action returns Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD as the five-time world champion Tampa Bay Storm visit Philadelphia to take on the Soul.  The Storm look to get back on track and take out their National Conference Rival as the Soul want to prove they are not a one man show as quarterback Tony Graziani recovers from a knee injury.

Ticket Information

The 2008 Storm Season, presented by Champs Sports, Where Sport Lives, returns to the St. Pete Times Forum Sunday, April 13th as the team takes on the Arizona Rattlers on Bill Currie Ford Field at 2:00 p.m.  Single tickets and tailgate packages are on sale now at the McDonald’s Box Office at the St. Pete Times Forum, and through Ticketmaster by phone at 813.287.8844 or 727.898.2100, or by calling (813)301-6600.  Tailgate packages are priced at $25 and include game ticket, bar-b-que from Shane’s Rib Shack, beer, wine and soda.  For dinner reservations at Medallions Restaurant on the day of the event please call 813.301.6926.