2008 San Jose SaberCats season

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2008 San Jose SaberCats season
Head coach Darren Arbet
Home field HP Pavilion at San Jose
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st AC Western
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Crush) 64–51
Won Conference Championship (Rampage) 81–55
Lost ArenaBowl XXII (Soul) 56–59
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2007 2011 >

The 2008 San Jose SaberCats season was the 14th season for the franchise. The SaberCats looked to improve on their 13–3 record from 2007 and defend their ArenaBowl title. Finishing the regular season with an 11–5 record, though not as successful as the previous season, still won them a third consecutive Western Division title, and they went into the playoffs as the 2nd seed in the American Conference. In their Divisional round game, they defeated the Colorado Crush, 64–51, to advance to the American Conference Championship. In that game, the SaberCats defeated the Grand Rapids Rampage 81–55, to advance to their second consecutive ArenaBowl. The SaberCats played the Philadelphia Soul in ArenaBowl XXII, which they lost, 59–56.

Standings[edit]

Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
y-San Jose SaberCats 11 5 .688 945 875 6–0 9–1 6–2 5–3
x-Arizona Rattlers 8 8 .250 842 907 1–5 3–7 3–5 5–3
x-Utah Blaze 6 10 .375 941 959 2–4 6–4 4–4 2–6
Los Angeles Avengers 5 11 .313 847 1004 3–3 4–6 4–4 1–7

y - Clinched division
x - Clinched playoff berth


Regular season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Home/Away Result
1 March 3 Chicago Rush Away L 47–70
2 March 10 Grand Rapids Rampage Away W 66–58
3 March 15 Arizona Rattlers Home W 63–43
4 March 22 Dallas Desperados Home L 56–59
5 March 29 Kansas City Brigade Away W 44–36
6 April 5 New Orleans VooDoo Away L 43–72
7 April 12 Philadelphia Soul Home L 57–58
8 April 18 Utah Blaze Away W 61–40
9 April 26 Los Angeles Avengers Home W 70–42
10 May 3 Orlando Predators Away L 35–61
11 May 9 Arizona Rattlers Away W 63–42
12 May 17 Utah Blaze Home W 74–64
13 May 24 Colorado Crush Home W 59–42
14 May 31 Los Angeles Avengers Away W 66–56
15 Bye Week
16 June 14 Tampa Bay Storm Home W 73–70
17 June 21 Georgia Force Home W 68–62

Playoff schedule[edit]

Round Date Opponent Home/Away Result
AC Divisional July 7 Colorado Crush Home W 64–51
AC Championship July 12 Grand Rapids Rampage Home W 81–55
ArenaBowl XXII July 27 Philadelphia Soul Neutral L 56–59

Coaching[edit]

Roster[edit]

Uniform # Player Position Height Weight (lb)

Stats[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Chicago Rush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJ 14 13 7 13 47
CHI 14 14 14 28 70

at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

  • Date: March 3
  • Game time: 9:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 15,409

Week 2: at Grand Rapids Rampage[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJ 14 21 14 17 66
GR 13 17 14 14 58

at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Date: March 10
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 5,833

Week 3: vs. Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
ARZ 7 0 7 29 43
SJ 10 17 12 24 63

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: March 15
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 13,625

Week 4: vs. Dallas Desperados[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 13 16 6 24 59
SJ 7 21 7 21 56

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: March 22
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,472

Week 5: at Kansas City Brigade[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJ 14 10 14 6 44
KC 7 14 7 8 36

at Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: March 29
  • Game time: 6:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 13,146

Week 6: at New Orleans VooDoo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJ 7 10 7 19 43
NO 14 27 14 17 72

at New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: April 5
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 14,236

Week 7: vs. Philadelphia Soul[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
PHI 0 14 14 30 58
SJ 20 13 7 17 57

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: April 12
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12462

Week 8: at Utah Blaze[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJ 7 27 3 24 61
UTA 10 17 6 7 40

at EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Date: April 18
  • Game time: 9:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 14,701

Week 9: vs. Los Angeles Avengers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
LA 14 9 13 6 42
SJ 20 19 10 21 70

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: April 26
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 13,083

Week 10: at Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJ 7 0 21 7 35
ORL 17 10 14 20 61

at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

  • Date: May 3
  • Game time: 7:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,733

Week 11: at Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJ 7 21 14 21 63
ARZ 7 20 8 7 42

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: May 9
  • Game time: 10:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,514

Week 12: vs. Utah Blaze[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UTA 14 28 7 15 64
SJ 14 28 15 17 74

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: May 17
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 13,252

Week 13: vs. Colorado Crush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
COL 14 14 7 7 42
SJ 14 21 7 17 59

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: May 24
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 13,147

Week 14: at Los Angeles Avengers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SJ 14 10 14 28 66
LA 0 14 14 28 56

at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: May 31
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 15,174

Week 15[edit]

Bye Week

Week 16: vs. Tampa Bay Storm[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TB 14 21 7 28 70
SJ 7 31 14 21 73

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: June 14
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 14,042

Week 17: vs. Georgia Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
GA 14 21 21 6 62
SJ 14 21 20 13 68

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: June 21
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,866

Playoffs[edit]

American Conference Divisional: vs. (5) Colorado Crush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
(5) COL 7 17 0 27 51
(2) SJ 13 20 3 28 64

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: July 7
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,479

American Conference Championship: vs. (6) Grand Rapids Rampage[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
(6) GR 7 7 14 27 55
(2) SJ 14 24 10 33 81

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: July 12
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 14,072

ArenaBowl XXII: vs. (1) Philadelphia Soul[edit]

1 2 Total
(2) SJ 0
(1) PHI 0

at New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: July 27
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST

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