2006 Great Lakes Indoor Football League season

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2006 GLIFL season
League Great Lakes Indoor Football League
Sport Indoor Football
Regular season
Season champions Port Huron Pirates
Season MVP Matt Cottengim, (ROC)
League postseason
1 vs. 4 champions Michigan Pirates
  1 vs. 4 runners-up Battle Creek Crunch
2 vs. 3 champions Rochester Raiders
  2 vs. 3 runners-up Lehigh Valley Outlawz
Great Lakes Bowl I
Finals champions Port Huron Pirates
  Runners-up Rochester Raiders
Great Lakes Bowl I MVP Rayshawn Askew (PH)
CIFL seasons
← N/A

The 2006 Great Lakes Indoor Football League season was the first season of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League.

The league was founded in 2005 by brothers Eric and Jeff Spitaleri and their friend Cory Trapp.[1] The league's first franchise accepted was the Lehigh Valley Outlawz, who joined in late June, 2005.[2] It cost a new owner a $15,000 franchising fee, with a capped salary of $5,400 per team, per week, with no player earning more than $300 per game.[3] While trying to attract teams, the league agreed to arena contracts before securing owners in efforts to attract owners in those specific market areas.[4] They reached agreements with markets in Danville, Illinois, Battle Creek, Michigan, Rochester, New York, Port Huron, Michigan, Toledo, Ohio and Marion, Ohio.[5] Of those markets, the league was able to sell ownership to four of them. In December, it was finalized that the league would begin with 6 teams in their inaugural season, with teach team playing a 10-game season over a 12 week span.[6] On April 7, 2006, the league held its first-ever games with the Battle Creek Crunch hosting the Port Huron Pirates and the Rochester Raiders hosting the New York/New Jersey Revolution. The Crunch were defeated 62-22 by the Pirates,[7] and the Raiders defeating the Revolution 71-13.[8] The league's first ever playoff format was a 4-team set up with the #1 seed hosting the #4 seed, and the #2 seed hosting the #3 seed.[9] The semifinals featured a pair of blowout games, with Port Huron and Rochester advancing to Great Lakes Bowl I, which was to be played at McMorran Arena as Port Huron was the #1 seed on July 22.[10] The Pirates were able shut down the Raiders' offense for most of the second half earning a 40-34 victory for the Port Huron, thus completing the first ever undefeated season in league history.[11] At the conclusion of the first season, the league also put together an All-Star Game at Stabler Arena, where they split up 3 teams each for an East vs. West matchup. The West, dominated with a roster full of Port Huron's championship team.[12]

Standings[edit]

Team Wins Losses Percentage
Port Huron Pirates 10 0 1.000
Rochester Raiders 7 3 0.700
Lehigh Valley Outlawz 5 5 0.500
Battle Creek Crunch 4 6 0.400
Marion Mayhem 4 6 0.400
New York/New Jersey Revolution 0 10 0.000
  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Black indicates best regular season record

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Great Lakes Bowl I
           
4 Battle Creek 3
1 Port Huron 74
2 Rochester 34
1 Port Huron 40
3 Lehigh Valley 27
2 Rochester 58

All-Star game[edit]

All-Star Game
     
W Western All-Stars 49
E Eastern All-Stars 17

2006 Award Winners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stacy Clardie (June 20, 2009). "League’s founder enjoys challenge of running CIFL". www.journalgazette.net. The Journal Gazette. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "GLIFL announces first franchise". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. June 29, 2005. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jay Hart (April 21, 2006). "Lehigh Valley Outlawz want to steal fans' hearts.Can they do it?". www.mcall.com. The Morning Call. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "GLIFL reaches arena agreements". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. June 30, 2005. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "More arena agreements announced". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 15, 2005. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "GLIFL Conducts First Owners Meeting". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. December 12, 2005. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Crunch Lose Opener to Pirates". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 8, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ James Johnson (April 8, 2006). "Raiders roll to big-time victory in their debut". www.democratandchronicle.com. Gannett. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "GLIFL Playoffs Round One Preview". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 7, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "GLIFL Playoffs Round One in Review". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 12, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Pirates finish undefeated campaign with 40-34 win". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 23, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "West All-Stars win GLIFL All-Star Game 49-17". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 7, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 

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