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Marcum survives his blast from the past

By JOHN C. COTEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 8, 2001


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Colby Donaldson, Texan and Survivor finalist - in that order.
Tim Marcum, tongue in cheek, wants it on the record that despite the shared Texas bravado and love of the Lone Star state's flag, there is no relation between he and Survivor finalist Colby Donaldson.

That did not stop a local radio station from razzing Marcum on Monday morning about the fact the Storm coach once dated Donaldson's mother, Gay, when the two attended McMurry University in the 1960s.

Marcum said he dated Gay during his junior year; she was a freshman at the Abilene, Texas, school.

The two haven't spoken in 10 years, but Marcum made the connection when he read Colby was from Christoval, Texas. Gay eventually appeared on one episode of the TV show.

Fiercely proud of his Texas upbringing in the city of Snyder (or "Snyder-by-God, Texas" as he likes to call it), Marcum enjoyed the episode where Colby selected the Texas flag as his one luxury item to bring into the Australian Outback. In another episode, Colby said a very Marcum-esque "when I wake up in the morning there are two things I'm thankful for: that I'm alive, and that I'm a Texan."

"Amy (Marcum's wife) looked over at me after he said that and said, "You sure that's not your boy?' " Marcum said.

His wife has been a good sport about the public revelation, but Marcum confessed he got "chewed out" and quite frankly, "she's tired of hearing about it."

DEFENSE: The Storm defeated Milwaukee 66-47 Friday night thanks to Rod Williams' sack of Mustangs quarterback Donnie Davis and the ensuing fumble that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown by Sir Mawn Wilson.

But Marcum was not pleased with the defense. The winless Mustangs were able to stay with the Storm for three-plus quarters and, until Williams' big play, had a chance to win the game.

"In the fourth quarter we've been able to make a play," Marcum said. "All of sudden you look up and it's tied and going into the fourth quarter and someone makes a play and we continue to do what we do on offense.

"It's not very pretty, and it's not the way we want to do it."

HURT SO GOOD: James Bowden, who led the Storm on Friday with three touchdowns and 129 receiving yards, almost didn't play in the second half after sustaining a second-degree shoulder separation against the Mustangs.

But he returned and grabbed game MVP honors.

LUCKY SEVEN: John Kaleo threw seven touchdown passes for the second time this season, the fourth time in his career. Despite completing 54 percent of his passes, which ranks last among the league's top 10 quarterbacks, Kaleo has 19 touchdown passes in three games and no interceptions.

LOADING UP: Tampa Bay is allowed to carry four players on its practice squad but is down to none, so Marcum plans to bring in a few linemen this week.

The Storm recently lost wide receiver Rj Anderson, an arenafootball2 standout last year in Augusta and a former USF starter. Houston claimed Anderson off the practice squad. Any team can claim players off another's practice squad. "It's too bad because Rj had the misfortune of coming into camp hurt with a bad hamstring," Marcum said.

Houston also tried to claim FB/LB Devon McDonald but because he was activated due to Andre Bowden's injury, it could not.

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