The Bluegrass Warhorses were a professional indoor American football team based in Lexington, Kentucky. The team joined the Continental Indoor Football League in 2014 as an expansion team; the Warhorses were the second indoor football team based in Lexington. The owner of the Warhorses is JaQuar Sanders; the Warhorses played their home games at the Alltech Arena inside of Kentucky Horse Park but were forced to cancel their last four home games "due to unpaid arena rent and other bills". The franchise was first announced in May 2013, it announced that the Warhorses would be playing at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. In July, it was announced. Harry Lewis was introduced in August as the team's first head coach. With former University of Kentucky quarterback, Shane Boyd leading the Warhorses, they fell to the Northern Kentucky River Monsters 20-36, in what became an internet sensation game, due to Jared Lorenzen's 320-pound quarterback play; the team fell into financial problems halfway through the season, cancellation of their four remaining home dates, moving the league to seek new ownership for a possible 2015 season.
Note: Statistics are correct through Week 12 of the 2014 Continental Indoor Football League season
Port Huron Patriots
The Port Huron Patriots were a professional indoor football team based in Port Huron, Michigan. The team was a member of the North Division of the Continental Indoor Football League; the Patriots joined the CIFL in 2012 as an expansion team. The Patriots were the third indoor football team to be based in Port Huron, the first being CIFL charter members and inaugural champions the Port Huron Pirates, the other being the CIFL based Port Huron Predators; the Owners of the Patriots were Jude Carter, Lonnie Nichols, Lance Nichols, David Nichols, Larry Page, Matt Wuchte and Nick Kennedy-Saura. The Patriots played their home games at the McMorran Arena. After the disappointing end to the Port Huron Predators season in 2011, Dave and Cyndi Kinsman wanted to bring back a team to Port Huron in 2012 and the future. Kinsman stated, "We are aware of the history of teams in this city and the bottom line is that you have to win on and off the field to make this succeed. Other teams could win on the field, but couldn't win off the field meaning they didn't have the front office and leadership it takes to succeed.
We are confident in the direction this franchise will head and we are thrilled to be in Port Huron." The team announced that they would be playing at McMorran Arena during Kinsman's press conference. In early September 2011, the Patriots signed former Predators head coach John Forti, as well as re-signed local players who had played for the Predators. On December 24, 2011 the team announced its training camp roster. On February 11, 2012, the team played its first preseason game, they defeated the outdoor semi-professional Southern Michigan Timberwolves 35–21. This first unofficial win came in the wake of the tragic loss of Offensive Lineman Ken Hamilton, killed in a shooting outside of a Detroit nightclub. Teammate Antonio Martin was injured in the shooting. On March 10, 2012, the Patriots earned their first victory in franchise history with a 52–49 victory over the Chicago Vipers. On March 29, 2012 Kinsman fired Head Coach John Forti, the rest of his staff. Kinsman cited Forti's decision to hire his friends as assistant coaches and not make the best choices for the team as their reason for Forti's termination.
Kinsman went on to lead the Patriots to a 3–4 record, making them 4–6 overall, clinching the 4th seed in the CIFL playoffs, but despite this factor, the league decided to shorten the playoffs. This left the Evansville Rage both out of the playoffs; the Patriots will return to the CIFL in 2013. On February 21, just two games into the season, the Kinsman's sold the team, as David was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan; the team was sold locally to Jude Carter, Lonnie Nichols, Lance Nichols, David Nichols, Larry Page, Matt Wuchte and Nick Kennedy-Saura, with Carter serving as the team's general manager. The announced that the team's new head coach would be Demar Cranford. In June 2013, the Patriots agreed to terms with the CIFL to return for the 2014 season. Coach Demar Cranford left the team as did several players just prior to their April 13, 2014, game against the Erie Explosion, he says he resigned, but team co-owner Jude Carter said he was fired due to "lack of leadership and the team’s lack of performance".
The team would lose to the Explosion 114–0, leaving their future in serious doubt, but Carter stated otherwise. After the season, the CIFL disbanded and its remaining active teams joined other leagues; the team announced that its logo would be a bald eagle's head with a flag in the background, the colors would be red and blue, during a September 24, 2011 press conference at the McMorran The following Patriots players have been named to All-League Teams: RB A. J. Jimmerson
The Kentucky Xtreme were a professional indoor football team based in Louisville, which had its operations suspended by the Continental Indoor Football League midway through the 2014 CIFL season. The team was a member of the South Division of the CIFL after starting in 2013 as an expansion team; the Xtreme were the first indoor football team in the Louisville area since the Louisville Fire, a member of af2, folded in 2008. The co-owners of the Xtreme are Mario Urrutia; the Xtreme played their home games at Freedom Hall in Louisville, but was suspended by the league when Urrutia abandoned the team to join the Winnipeg Blue Bombers midseason. The Xtreme came into existence in 2012, when Victor Cole and five other partners, decided to use the money they had saved up from their tours in Afghanistan. In 2012, the Xtreme played a preseason exhibition game against the Evansville Rage, of the Continental Indoor Football League, losing 26-56. After the 2012 CIFL season, the Xtreme played another exhibition game, this time against the Indianapolis Enforcers of the CIFL.
They Xtreme defeated the Enforcers 20-16. In July 2012, the Xtreme announced that they would be playing at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. With the arena in place, the team named former Louisville Fire assistant coach, Roy McMillen as their first head coach; the Xtreme will return to the CIFL in 2014. In August, 2013, the Xtreme named LaKunta Farmer the team's second head coach in franchise history. In November 2013, former Arena Football League Rookie of the Year Award winner, Mario Urrutia joined the Xtreme ownership group, will play on the team. With most of the teams roster returning, the Xtreme seemed to be poised for a good season, but the team struggled mightily, starting the season 0-5, including 2 forfeit losses. After their second forfeit, the CIFL announced that Xtreme had been suspended by the league, that affiliate teams would fill out the Xtreme's remaining road games. Sports in Louisville, Kentucky Kentucky Xtreme website
The Chesapeake Tide were a former professional Indoor Football team based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The team began play in 2007 as an expansion team in the Continental Indoor Football League; the founding owner of the Tide was Martin Johnson. The Tide played its home games at The Show Place Arena. Midway through the 2008 season the team was acquired by Messay Hailermariam. Hailermariam founded the Maryland Maniacs. Despite playing in the same arena with the same head coach, the Maniacs were not a continuation of the Tide; the Tide's inaugural game drew in a crowd of 3,176 fans. The Tide won the final game of their existence, against the NJ Revolution; the team was led by 7 touchdown passes from Quarterback Joe Urso, RB/WR Darryl Overton's 4 total scores WR's Daryl Disbrow Jr. and Ray McCarter were recipients of Urso's TD passes. Official Maryland Maniacs website Official Chesapeake Tide website Tide's 2007 Stats
The Rochester Raiders were a professional indoor football team based in the Rochester, New York area. They played their home games at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex in Rochester; the Raiders were a member of the Continental Indoor Football League from 2006 to 2008 and the American Indoor Football Association for two exhibition matches in 2008. In 2014, the Raiders played as a member of American Indoor Football; the Raiders played in the CIFL championship game twice, both times against the Port Huron / Michigan Pirates. They lost to Port Huron in 2006 but defeated Michigan in 2007. Rochester finished the 2008 regular season undefeated at 12–0; the Rochester Raiders were founded in 2006 as a charter member of the newly created Great Lakes Indoor Football League. The Raiders derived their name from a local flag football team. There have been a small number of fans concerned with copyright between the team's logo and the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. However, since the Rochester team never plays in California, this is not believed to be of real concern.
The Raiders were one of two 2006 teams in the GLIFL that held a television contract, at the time with WBGT-CA, a local low-power station. Games have since been moved to Time Warner Cable SportsNet; the Raiders' first home venue was the ESL Sports Centre in Brighton. The team's 2006 roster featured Syracuse University standout wide receiver Maurice Jackson, quarterback Matt Cottengim, Darius Smith, in January 2006, they signed 2-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XXVI Most Valuable Player Mark Rypien to a one-game contract. Rochester went 8–4 under head coach Dennis Greco during the 2006 regular season and advanced to the postseason. However, they would fall to the Port Huron Pirates by a score of 40–34 in Great Lakes Bowl I, the GLIFL championship game. After the season, the Raiders moved from the 2,500-seat ESL Sports Centre to the 5,000-seat Main Street Armory in downtown Rochester. In 2007 the Raiders' only season in the Armory, they finished the regular season with a 10–2 record under new head coach Eddie Long, good for first in the Atlantic Division.
In the playoffs, Rochester won the CIFL championship by defeating the previously-unbeaten Michigan Pirates 37–27 in the CIFL Indoor Championship Game on July 28, 2007. Mike Condello was named the game's Most Valuable Player; the game was held at the Blue Cross Arena due to a pro wrestling show, being held at The Armory. The Raiders moved to the Blue Cross Arena full-time beginning with the 2008 season. Rochester kept most of its championship-caliber core together, re-signing quarterbacks Mike Mikolaichik, Matt Cottingem, Omar Baker; the team added tight end / defensive end TJ Cottrell, wide receiver Darryl Fragger, running back Felix Joyner, defensive lineman Steve Fleming, running back / wide receiver Mark Bly and linebacker Brenton Brady by way of free agency. The mix of holdovers from the 2007 club with players from free agency proved to be a winning combination as the team was wildly successful in 2008, they won their second straight division title. However, the Raiders withdrew from the CIFL playoffs on June 8, 2008, after the Flint Phantoms failed to show up for a Sunday afternoon game.
The team immediately moved to the American Indoor Football Association, played two exhibition matches there, but announced a move to the Indoor Football League instead. Speculation among fans and league personnel on CIFL message boards is that some Raiders players will play with the new af2 team in Buffalo, New York—which shares ownership with the Raiders—starting in 2009; as part of the deal, Thurman Thomas, the other investor in the Buffalo af2 team, will acquire a share of the Raiders. In December 2009, Rochester businessman Bob Bartosiewicz sold his majority share in the team to minority owner and team founder Dave McCarthy, McCarthy announced that the team would be playing its 2010 home games at the Dome Arena in Henrietta, which has 2,164 seats—the lowest seating capacity of any IFL team, lower than the previous arenas they used in the GLIFL and CIFL. On April 23, 2010, McCarthy announced. On June 5, 2010, the Raiders hosted the first outdoor IFL game against the Chicago Slaughter at Marina Auto Stadium.
The Raiders won that game 43-36. In November 2010, the Rochester Raiders announced its cessation of operations. Professional indoor football would return to the city in 2013, with the announcement of the independent Roc City Thunder taking up residence in the city. For the 2014 season the Rochester Raiders began play in the American Indoor Football League. After announcing plans to return to the Main Street Armory, a scheduling issue prompted the team to instead return to Bill Gray's; the Raide
Indoor American football
Indoor American football is a variation of American football played at ice hockey-sized indoor arenas. While varying in details from league to league, the rules of indoor football are designed to allow for play in a smaller arena, it is a distinct discipline and not be confused with traditional American football played in large domed stadiums, as is done by some teams at the college and professional levels. The first documented indoor football games were those played at the Chicago Coliseum in the late 1890s; the first such game matched Michigan against Chicago on Thanksgiving Day 1896. The match was "the first collegiate game of football played under a roof." Adding to the novelty, as daylight turned to darkness, the field inside the Coliseum was lit with electric lighting. With seven acres of floor space, the sprawling Coliseum is believed to have not needed any compromises to accommodate an American football field. According to a newspaper account, the field grew dark in the second half, play was halted for ten minutes to discuss whether play should continue.
Play was resumed, the lights were turned on after Michigan scored a touchdown. The press proclaimed the experiment in indoor football to be a success: One thing at least was settled by the game, that is, that indoor football is and figuratively speaking a howling success; the men had no trouble in catching punts, football was played on its merits, without the handicaps of a wet field or a strong wind. Toward the end of the second half it got dark, the spectators were treated to a novelty in the shape of football by electric light." Although both critically and commercially successful, the Coliseum was destroyed in a fire less than two years after its opening, its replacement could not accommodate an American football field. At Madison Square Garden in 1902 and 1903, there were games known as the "World Series of Pro Football." The games were otherwise adhered to outdoor rules. Poor attendance led to the tournament being discontinued after two years; the Chicago Bears of the National Football League hosted an experimental game against their crosstown rivals, the Cardinals, after the 1930 NFL season, at the indoor Chicago Stadium.
Two years poor weather conditions led to the Bears hosting the 1932 NFL Playoff Game against the Portsmouth Spartans at the stadium. A dirt and tanbark field measuring 80 yards long and 45 yards wide was constructed on the arena's floor; the Chicago Stadium games were notable for introducing several rule changes, including the introduction of hash marks to keep play away from spectators who were seated next to the field, while goal posts were moved to the goal line. To compensate for the smaller field, teams were "penalized" 20 yards upon crossing midfield. In 1930, the Atlantic City Convention Center constructed a full-size indoor football field, used it for one to three games a year during the 1930s. In the 1960s the Boardwalk Bowl, a post-season game involving small college teams, was contested at the convention center; the Bowl was an attempt to make Atlantic City more of a year-round resort in the pre-gambling era as opposed to a single-season one. The Atlantic Coast Football League played its inaugural championship game at the convention center in 1962, but the game only drew 2,000 fans and the game would thereafter move to the home stadium of the team with the best regular season record.
The Philadelphia-based Liberty Bowl game, played at Municipal Stadium from 1959–1963, was moved into the Convention Center in 1964 for the contest between Utah and West Virginia. The game drew just over 6,000 fans and the Liberty Bowl moved to Memphis the next year, where it has remained. Unlike modern indoor football, the size of the playing surface and hence the rules were the same as in the standard outdoor game, with rules updated to deal with contingencies for what could happen indoors, such as a punt striking the ceiling; the end zones were shorter—eight yards instead of the standard ten. While several attempts to create a true indoor football game have been made since shortly after American football was developed, the first version to meet with widespread success and acceptance is Arena football, devised by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League, he devised his game while watching another game derived from a sport played outdoors.
He worked on the game in the early 1980s, but put any plans for full development of it on hold while the United States Football League, an attempt to play traditional American football in a non-traditional season, was in operation in 1983–1985. When the USFL ceased operations, Foster saw his opportunity, he staged a "test" game in Rockford, Illinois in 1986 and put together a four-team league for a "demonstration season" in the spring of 1987, with games televised on ESPN. Foster had to adopt a field that would fit within the smaller playing surfaces found in most arenas and thus created a field, identical in size to a standard professional ice hockey rink, 200 by 85 feet; this resulted in the field being 50 yards long with eight-yard end zones, the field being
The Chicago Knights were a professional indoor football team based in Loves Park, Illinois. The Knights were founded in 2010 as a member of the Continental Indoor Football League, playing their home games at the Victory Sports Complex; the Knights were the third Indoor Football Team based in Northern Illinois. The Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League were based in Rosemont, the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League are based in Hoffman Estates; the Knights replaced the Chicago Cardinals as the Illinois-based CIFL team, which had replaced the Slaughter after they left for the Indoor Football League after a dispute with CIFL management. The Milwaukee Bonecrushers were a team in the Continental Indoor Football League, they played their home games at the U. S. Cellular Arena; the Bonecrushers were Milwaukee's second indoor football franchise, following the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League. The franchise made an immediate splash in Milwaukee when it announced former Green Bay Packer Gilbert Brown signed a three-year contract to be the team's first head coach.
However, the optimism faded when Brown announced he was resigning from the position after just three games on April 8, 2008. Much of the team's staff and many of the team's players left at the same time, raising eyebrows among the Milwaukee media and fans; the Bonecrushers finished 2008 with a hodgepodge of players and coaches, winning just one game, a 51-46 road contest against the Muskegon Thunder featuring a 26-yard touchdown by Bonecrushers' quarterback Brian Ryczkowski with seconds left to set up a 1 yard game winning TD run by Ryczkowski on the final play of the game. The rumored reasoning behind the exodus of many of the original members of the franchise was the team's inability to pay its bills or personnel; this was confirmed when a judgment was entered against the Bonecrushers in favor of Challenger Industries, the company that sold the team its game field AstroTurf, in the amount of $29,539.29 on October 15, 2008. Challenger resolved its claim against John Burns, one of the owners of the Milwaukee Bonecrushers, prior to the matter going to trial.
The Bonecrushers returned to action in 2009 with renewed optimism after signing LeRoy McFadden, brother of NFL player Darren McFadden, as its new head coach, as well as the previous year's CIFL Offensive Player of the Year, Randy Bell. However, McFadden chose to resign after just three games, leaving assistant coach, John Burns, to take over as head coach; the Bonecrushers survived the 2009 season in Milwaukee with minimal attendance and finished 3-8. Prior to the 2010 season, the Bonecrushers management reorganized and the team elected to cease operations in Milwaukee. Many of the individuals involved with the Bonecrushers, including Burns, moved onto be part of the new Chicago Cardinals franchise based in Villa Park, Ill. While the Bonecrushers franchise is regarded as having failed in the eyes of Milwaukeeans, their existence did help create two other CIFL franchises: The Cardinals and the Wisconsin Wolfpack. Plans had been in place for the Wolfpack to field its first outdoor team in the summer of 2008 when Brown left the Bonecrushers.
Many members of the Wolfpack's staff were brought in to help the Bonecrushers complete the indoor season, including current Green Bay Blizzard Offensive Coordinator Dave Mogensen. In 2009, the Wolfpack fielded a CIFL team of its own in Wisconsin; the Bonecrushers would play the Wolfpack twice in their final season in Milwaukee, losing both times. The Cardinals replaced the Slaughter in the CIFL, after the Slaughter left that league for the IFL due to a dispute with CIFL management; the Cardinals were known as the Milwaukee Bonecrushers of the CIFL, relocated to Villa Park in 2010. The Cardinals use their name with permission from the original National Football League team, now known as the Arizona Cardinals; the Cardinals only season was one of utter disappointment. After starting 0-2, they signed the 2nd female Kicker in the CIFL history. After a successful soccer career at Benedictine University and Rockford College, where she was named to several all-conference teams. Well Harshbarger was not the first woman to score a point in an indoor football game, but she was the first woman to score a field goal in an indoor football game.
After a 20-58 loss on May 22, seeing their record drop to 0-8, the Cardinals let several of their best players, including the All-Purpose Player of the Year, leave the team for the nearby, contending, Wisconsin Wolfpack. The Knights started the season with a painful 7-53 loss to the defending champions, the Cincinnati Commandos. After a complete month off, the Knights were back in action on April 2 against the Port Huron Predators, came away with a 45-29 win; the Knights were led by Brandon Wogoman, the reigning CIFL All-Purpose Player of the Year, who had a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown and a kick-return touchdown to lead the Knights to their first win since the franchise moved to their present location in 2010. After a conflict with the Odeum Expo Center, the Knights played what was supposed to be a home game in Indianapolis against the Indianapolis Enforcers. On April 7, 2011 it was announced that the Knights would play the rest of their games in Loves Park, Illinois in the Victory Sports Complex.
The following is a list of all Bonecrushers/Cardinals/Knights players who won individual awards and honors. Chicago Knights official website