Sioux Falls, SD (KWSN) - Never has home-field advantage loomed so large. The Sioux Falls Storm is a perfect 6-0 at home this season. Actually, they haven’t lost a game in the Storm Shelter since 2010, thirty-one consecutive games. However, for a team that has simply dominated on any field over the last two seasons, the 2013 Storm is just 2-4 on the road. At times looking like two completely different teams when home or away. So with only two weeks left in the regular season, securing home-field advantage through the post-season carries some serious weight.
With two consecutive, hard-fought victories over a pair of the best teams in the league, the Storm has managed to put itself in control of its own destiny. The Storm will close the regular season with a home and home versus the Texas Revolution (5-7). The first of the two games takes place this Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Revolution was eliminated from playoff contention this past week. But the possibility of playing spoiler to South Dakota’s perennial powerhouse is more than enough motivation. Texas’ record of 5-6 is somewhat misleading. The Revs have already beaten two of the top 3 teams in the conference in the Chicago Slaughter (8-5) and the Cedar Rapids Titans (8-5). And of course the second of the two games is played in Allen, Texas, a 17 hour bus ride. That never helps.
The Storm holds the cards, but in the most tightly contested season in the history of the IFL, they can’t afford to lose either of these games. The Intense Conference co-leaders, The Colorado Ice (8-4) and Nebraska Danger (8-4), are actually tied with the Storm for the best record in the league. However, the Storm holds the tie breaker (difficulty of schedule). Not to mention that there are two teams in the Storm’s own United Conference nipping at their cleats. Both the Chicago Slaughter and the Cedar Rapids Titans sit just one half-game behind the Storm at 8-5. There is simply no room for error.
“Home field has never meant as much as this year” stated Storm owner, Todd Tryon, “Saturday night is another pivotal game for our quest to host another championship run for our great fans of Sioux Falls.”
Saturday night also marks the Storm’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. A silent auction will be held with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Stop by the Susan G. Komen table to get free pink footballs, pom poms and megaphones. There will also be a special pink give away to the first 1,000 fans. Make sure to get to the game early!
Storm quarterback Terrance Bryant joined Sports Talk with Craig and Chris Thursday and discussed his comeback and what's ahead for the team.
The Sioux Falls Storm will host the Texas Revolution this Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 pm kickoff and is presented by Waterbury Heating & Cooling, the Sioux Empires official Coleman dealer. Tickets are still available at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office.
Courtesy: Sioux Falls Storm