Florida Bobcats

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Florida Bobcats
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Florida Bobcats
Founded 1992
Folded 2001
League Arena Football League
Conference National (1993-2001)
Division Western (1992)
Southern (1995-2001)
Team history Sacramento Attack (1992)
Miami Hooters (1993–1995)
Arena National Car Rental Center
Based in West Palm Beach, Florida
Colors Black, Teal & Silver
              
Owner(s) Dr. Michael Gelfand
Head coach Dave Ewart
Championships 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 0
Playoff berths 2: (1992, 1993)

The Florida Bobcats were an Arena Football League (AFL) team based in West Palm Beach, Florida. They were previously known as the Sacramento Attack and the Miami Hooters, and played in the AFL for a total of ten seasons, the last seven in West Palm Beach.

The team was founded in 1992 as the Sacramento Attack, based in Sacramento, California. After their first season they relocated to Miami as the Miami Hooters, so named through a marketing deal with the restaurant chain Hooters. After three seasons the Hooters sponsorship was dropped and the team moved north to West Palm Beach and changed its name. They folded after the 2001 season after years of weak attendance and poor performance. During their run they made two playoff appearances, once in Sacramento and once in Miami.

History[edit]

Sacramento Attack (1992)[edit]

The Sacramento Attack was an Arena Football League team that competed under that name in the 1992 AFL season only. The team was originally supposed to play in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Wings,[1] but the franchise never came into existence in Los Angeles, and moved to Sacramento, California as the Attack.[2][3]

Miami Hooters (1993-1995)[edit]

After their inaugural season, the team relocated to Miami, Florida. They took the name Miami Hooters in an unusual marketing arrangement with the Florida-based restaurant chain Hooters, which was ordinarily more noted for its buxom waitresses than feats of athletic prowess. Naturally, the team adopted the restaurant's owlish logo and trademark colors as its own for three years, until this unusual arrangement terminated after the completion of the 1995 season. Desirous of staying in the general South Florida area, the team relocated to West Palm Beach as the Florida Bobcats. Subsequent linking of team names with products was to occur, notably the AFL's own New Jersey Red Dogs and the Toronto Phantoms (named for Phantom Industries, a manufacturer of women's hosiery), and the Detroit Neon of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. Originally the team was to be named the Miami Toros or Miami Bulls, with a similar logo for each name having been created.

Florida Bobcats (1996-2001)[edit]

When the Miami Hooters team discontinued its connection with the Hooters Restaurant chain after the 1995 season was completed, it developed both a new identity (the Bobcats) and a new color scheme involving teal and black as opposed to the former orange and brown associated with the restaurants. It also moved north to West Palm Beach in an attempt to reduce overhead. This proved to be a mixed blessing at best, however, as the relatively tiny seating capacity of the West Palm Beach Auditorium (ca. 4000) made profitable operations essentially impossible. In the 1997 and 1998 seasons the team played a total of five official league games (and several exhibition games as well) at what were charitably called "neutral sites", lesser venues in what were at best secondary markets, where, however, even a less-than-capacity crowd could result in greater revenues from ticket sales than would a home game sellout — were there to be one. This development led to them being referred to by some of the league's pundits as "America's Team", a not-unironic comparison to what was then the National Football League's premier organization, the Dallas Cowboys. This situation was used to an advantage by the league to determine support for the sport in parts of the country where it had previously had little exposure, and should be credited at least in part for the development of the sport's minor league, af2.

In 1999 the Bobcats moved into the far more spacious confines of the National Car Rental Center, now the BB&T Center, also home to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. They remained there until the team was folded after the completion of the 2001 season. One of the notable facts about this team is that they were quarterbacked through the majority of their existence by Fred McNair, the original "Air McNair" and older brother of 2003 NFL co-MVP Steve McNair. An attempt was made in the 2001 season to sell the team to various prospective owners, including Mark Cuban who later bought the Dallas Mavericks, but nothing came of the deal. The team subsequently folded having the distinction of holding the AFL record for the lowest single-game attendance for a regular season game when they drew 1,154 fans against the Los Angeles Avengers on May 3, 2001.

Season-by-season[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Arena Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Florida Bobcats Hall of Famers
No. Name Year Inducted Position(s) Years w/ Attack, Hooters or Bobcats
-- John Corker 2002 OL/DL 1994–1995
-- Joe March 2000 OL/DL 1992–1993
-- Jon Roehlk 1999 OL/DL 1994

All-Arena players[edit]

The following Attack/Hooters/Bobcats players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

All-Ironman players[edit]

The following Attack/Hooters/Bobcats players have been named to All-Ironman Teams:

All-Rookie players[edit]

The following Attack/Hooters/Bobcats players have been named to All-Rookie Teams:

Notable coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013 Arena Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards Reference
W L T Win% W L
Joe Kapp 1992 4 6 0 .400 0 1 [4]
Don Strock 1993 5 7 0 .417 0 1 [5]
Jimmy Dunn 1994 5 7 0 .417 0 0 [6]
John Fourcade 1995 1 11 0 .083 0 0 [7]
Jim Jensen 1996 6 8 0 .429 0 0 [8]
Babe Parilli 1997 4 10 0 .286 0 0 [9]
Rick Buffington 1998 3 11 0 .214 0 0 [10]
Bruce Hardy 1999 3 11 0 .214 0 0 [11]
Dave Ewart 2000-2001 9 19 0 .321 0 0 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lonnie White (March 6, 1992). "Joe Kapp to Coach New L.A. Team : Arena football: The sport attempts comeback in city. Club will play at Sports Arena.". Los Angeles Time. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Shav Glick (April 22, 1992). "L.A. Arena Football Team Scrubs Plans for Season". Los Angeles Time. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Miscellany". May 7, 1992. 
  4. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Joe Kapp". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Don Strock". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Jimmy Dunn". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: John Fourcade". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Jim Jensen". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Babe Parilli". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Rick Buffington". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Bruce Hardy". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Dave Ewart". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 

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