Port Huron Pirates

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Port Huron Pirates
Pirates-Logo.png
Founded 2005
League GLIFL (2006)
CIFL (2007)
Team history Port Huron Pirates (2006)
Michigan Pirates (2007)
Based in Port Huron, Michigan
Flint, Michigan
Arena McMorran Arena (2006-2007)
Perani Arena and Event Center (2007 playoffs)
Colors Black, Blue, White
              
Head coach Karl Featherstone
Championships 1 (2006)
Division titles 1 (2007 Great Lakes)
Dancers Port Huron Pirates Dance Team

The Port Huron Pirates were a professional indoor football team based in Port Huron, Michigan. The team was a charter member of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League joining the league in 2006 as an expansion team. The Pirates were the first professional indoor football team to be based in Port Huron. The Pirates were owned by. They played their home games at McMorran Arena in Port Huron, Michigan.

The Pirates are the only team to never lose a regular season game in the history of the Continental Indoor Football League, going 22–0 for the only two years that the team existed.

Franchise history[edit]

2006[edit]

In their inaugural season, Pirates owner hired Brian Hug to be the head coach.[1] the Pirates went undefeated (10–0), defeated the Battle Creek Crunch in the semifinals, and won the inaugural Great Lakes Bowl I 40–34 over the Rochester Raiders, with RB Rayshawn Askew winning the game's MVP title. Over 2,500 fans witnessed the game, marking one of the biggest crowds to watch a sporting event at McMorran Place. Adding some more great news was the fact that QB Shane Franzer was named the inaugural GLIFL MVP of the All-Star game and Rayshawn Askew was named the inaugural GLIFL Running Back of the Year.

Standings[edit]

2006 Great Lakes Indoor Football League
Team W L T PCT
Port Huron Pirates-y 10 0 0 1.000
Rochester Raiders-x 7 3 0 .700
Lehigh Valley Outlawz-x 5 5 0 .500
Battle Creek Crunch-x 4 6 0 .400
Marion Mayhem 4 6 0 .400
New York/New Jersey Revolution 0 10 0 .000

2007[edit]

After the season, head coach Brian Hug left the Pirates to become head coach of the Pahrump Valley High School football team. The Pirates went on to promote assistant Karl Featherstone as their new head coach. In March 2007, Hug was hired by the Las Vegas Gladiators as an assistant offensive/defensive line coach.[2] Featherstone got the team off to a fast start as they defeated the Miami Valley Silverbacks, 54–7,[3] en route to another perfect regular season.

Unfortunately, at halftime of the May 26 game against Marion, in front of an announced crowd of 1,216 fans, the team announced this would be their final season in Port Huron, as they could no longer pay the bills with such lackluster attendance. Speculated relocation cities included Binghamton, New York, Flint, Michigan, and one other Michigan city.[4]

Afterwards, the team announced they would be playing their playoff games at the Perani Arena and Event Center in Flint, Michigan.[5] They were using the playoffs as a test of the arena and the city of Flint for potential relocation. They then renamed themselves The Michigan Pirates for the rest of the season.[1] Also, the team has announced that they are changing their name to the Michigan Pirates.[6]

After winning their first 26 games, the team finally met their Waterloo in the 2007 CIFL Indoor Championship Game, losing to long-time rival Rochester Raiders by a score of 37–27 at Rochester's Blue Cross Arena.

After an offseason of uncertainty regarding whether the team would return, the CIFL moved the Port Huron Pirates from the "Active Teams" section of their message board to the "Defunct Teams" section of their message board, indicating the team has left the league. It was later confirmed by league officials that The Pirates were no more, as Peter Norager sold the team to the owner of Perani Arena and the team was renamed the Flint Phantoms.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 17 Rochester Raiders Away Won 62–30
March 24 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Won 54–7
March 30 Rochester Raiders Home Won 60–13
April 14 Springfield Stallions Away Won 54–6
April 21 Muskegon Thunder Away Won 47–13
April 28 Summit County Rumble Home Won 70–34
May 4 Miami Valley Silverbacks Away Won 78–19
May 12 Muskegon Thunder Home Won 76–37
May 19 Summit County Rumble Away Won 63–0
May 26 Marion Mayhem Home Won 56–9
June 8 Kalamazoo Xplosion Home Won 55–20
June 16 Chicago Slaughter Away Won 46–12
July 7 Marion Mayhem (Playoffs) Home (Flint) Won 70-20
July 13 Kalamazoo Xplosion (Playoffs) Home (Flint) Won 37–29
July 28 Rochester Raiders (CIFL Indoor Championship Game) Away Lost 27–37

Standings[edit]

2007 Continental Indoor Football League
Team Overall Division
W L T PCT W L T PCT
Great Lakes Conference
Michigan Pirates-y 12 0 0 1.000 10 0 0 1.000
Kalamazoo Xplosion-x 10 2 0 .833 10 2 0 .833
Chicago Slaughter-x 9 3 0 .750 8 2 0 .800
Marion Mayhem-x 6 6 0 .500 6 5 0 .545
Muskegon Thunder-x 4 8 0 .333 4 7 0 .364
Miami Valley Silverbacks 4 8 0 .333 3 7 0 .300
Summit County Rumble 1 11 0 .083 0 7 0 .000
Springfield Stallions 0 12 0 .000 0 11 0 .000
Atlantic Conference
Rochester Raiders-y 10 2 0 .833 90 0 0 1.000
New England Surge-x 8 4 0 .667 8 3 0 .727
Lehigh Valley Outlawz-x 7 5 0 .583 5 5 0 .500
Chesapeake Tide-x 7 5 0 .583 6 5 0 .545
Steubenville Stampede 5 7 0 .417 2 6 0 .250
NY/NJ Revolution 1 11 0 .083 0 11 0 .000

Logos and uniforms[edit]

The logo featured a fierce pirate, symbolic of the surrounding Great Lake Huron. In the background is a depiction of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.

Players of note[edit]

Roster[edit]

Michigan Pirates roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
updated April 23, 2012
21 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

More rosters

Awards and honors[edit]

The following is a list of all Port Huron/Michigan Pirates players who have won GLIFL/CIFL Awards.

Season Award Player Position
2006 Running Back of the Year Rayshawn Askew Running Back
2006 Defensive Player of the Year Eddie Bynes Defensive End
2006 Great Lakes Bowl I MVP Rayshawn Askew Running Back
2006 GLIFL All-Star Game MVP Shane Franzer Quarterback
2007 Most Valuable Player Robert Height Running Back
2007 Offensive Player of the Year Robert Height Running Back
2007 Defensive Player of the Year Eddie Bynes Defensive End

Coaches of note[edit]

Head Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2007 Continental Indoor Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Brian Hug 2006 10 0 0 1.000 2 0 Coach of the Year
Karl Featherstone 2007 12 0 0 1.000 2 1 Coach of the Year

Statistics and records[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2006 2006 GLIFL 1st 10 0 0 Won GLIFL semifinals (Crunch) 74-3
Won Great Lakes Bowl I (Raiders) 40-34
2007 2007 CIFL Great Lakes 1st 12 0 0 Won Division Semifinals (Mayhem) 70-20
Won Division Championships (Xplosion) 37-29
Lost 2007 CIFL Championship Game (Raiders) 27-37
Totals 22 0 0 All-time regular season record (2006-2007)
4 1 - All-time postseason record (2006-2007)
26 1 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2006-2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Port Huron Pirates Season Preview". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 4, 2006. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Port Huron Pirates". www.continentalindoorfootball.com. Continental Indoor Football League. 
  3. ^ "Pirates rout Miami Valley in CIFL home opener". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 26, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pirates will leave Port Huron after 2007". The Times Herald. 
  5. ^ "Port Huron Pirates to Play Post-Season Games in Flint". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. June 19, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pirates leaving Port Huron". www.porthuronpirates.com. Port Huron Pirates.