Port Huron Pirates
|Port Huron Pirates|
|Team history||Port Huron Pirates (2006)
Michigan Pirates (2007)
|Arena||McMorran Arena (2006-2007)
Perani Arena and Event Center (2007 playoffs)
|Based in||Port Huron, Michigan
|Colors||Black, Blue, White
|Head coach||Karl Featherstone|
|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.
In their inaugural season, Pirates owner hired Brian Hug to be the head coach. 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.
2006 Great Lakes Indoor Football League
|Port Huron Pirates-y||10||0||0||1.000|
|Lehigh Valley Outlawz-x||5||5||0||.500|
|Battle Creek Crunch-x||4||6||0||.400|
|New York/New Jersey Revolution||0||10||0||.000|
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. Featherstone got the team off to a fast start as they defeated the Miami Valley Silverbacks, 54–7, 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.
Afterwards, the team announced they would be playing their playoff games at the Perani Arena and Event Center in Flint, Michigan. 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. Also, the team has announced that they are changing their name to the Michigan Pirates.
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.
|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|
2007 Continental Indoor Football League
|Great Lakes Conference|
|Miami Valley Silverbacks||4||8||0||.333||3||7||0||.300|
|Summit County Rumble||1||11||0||.083||0||7||0||.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|
Logos and uniforms
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
Michigan Pirates roster
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following is a list of all Port Huron/Michigan Pirates players who have won GLIFL/CIFL Awards.
|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
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2007 Continental Indoor Football League season.
|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
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|
|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)|
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- "Port Huron Pirates". www.continentalindoorfootball.com. Continental Indoor Football League.
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- "Pirates will leave Port Huron after 2007". The Times Herald.
- "Port Huron Pirates to Play Post-Season Games in Flint". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. June 19, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
- "Pirates leaving Port Huron". www.porthuronpirates.com. Port Huron Pirates.