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Today: Storm at Philadelphia

By FRANK PASTOR
Published January 29, 2006


WHEN/WHERE: 3; Wachovia Center.

TV/RADIO: Ch. 8; 1250-AM.

RECORDS: Season opener.

COACHES: Tampa Bay - Dave Ewart, interim (1-1 Storm; 24-36 overall); Philadelphia - Bret Munsey (first game).

NOTABLE: The series is tied at 1. ... The Storm returns 15 of the 20 players who dressed for last season's 62-46 playoff loss to Georgia. Eight others are in their first Arena league season. ... Philadelphia was 6-10 and missed the playoffs in 2005. ... Ewart replaces Tim Marcum, who will sit out the first two games to complete a four-game suspension dating to last season for salary cap violations in 2003 and '04. ... Munsey served as an assistant to Jay Gruden in Orlando the past three seasons. ... Receiver/linebacker Bobby Sippio, lineman Buck Gurley and kicker Bill Gramatica, signed in the offseason, will make their much-anticipated Tampa Bay debuts. ... Storm quarterback Shane Stafford, a Sinking Springs, Pa., native, will have more than 70 family and friends in attendance. He last was seen winning the Celebrity Skills Challenge at the ArenaBowl in Las Vegas. ... The Storm has won its past three season openers.