Baltimore Blackbirds

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Baltimore Blackbirds
Established 2007
Folded 2007
Played in Baltimore, Maryland
at the 1st Mariner Arena
Baltimore Blackbirds helmet
Baltimore Blackbirds logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
American Indoor Football Association (2007)
Team colorsBlack, Red, White
              
Personnel
General managerJohn Wolfe
Head coachChris Simpson
Team history
  • Baltimore Blackbirds (2007)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Baltimore Blackbirds were an indoor football team based in Baltimore, Maryland. They played the 2007 season as an expansion member of the American Indoor Football Association, at the 1st Mariner Arena.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The team was originally going to be a member of the Eastern Indoor Football League, but left for the AIFA soon after the "League Showcase/Jamboree" held inside the Mahoning Valley HitMen's "ThunderDome".

The Blackbirds played a predominant road schedule (eight away games, five at home), finishing with a record of 1-12. The team suffered severe financial problems, which resulted in players and coaches not receiving paychecks from their last two games for several months. Simpson resigned as head coach on August 3, 2007, expressing doubt about the future of the team. Three days later the AIFA moved to expel the Blackbirds from the league for breach of contract resulting from the Blackbirds negotiations with other leagues.

The arena lease was held by the league who opted to replace them with a new team which brought about the creation of the Baltimore Mariners.

Season-by-season[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2007 1 12 0 7th Southern --

2007 season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 10 Reading Express Away Lost 6-78
March 16 Lakeland Thunderbolts Away Lost 14-69
March 24 Mississippi Mudcats Away Lost 20-80
March 31 Carolina Speed Home Lost 25-48
April 6 Canton Legends Away Lost 2-38
April 14 Montgomery Bears Home Lost 22-51
April 21 Florence Phantoms Away Lost 40-65
April 29 Gulf Coast Raiders Home Won 44-10
May 5 Carolina Speed Away Lost 32-52
May 12 Montgomery Bears Away Lost 11-58
May 21 Reading Express Home Lost 32-58
May 25 Tallahassee Titans Away Lost 40-73
June 1 Johnstown Riverhawks Home Lost 17-19

Trivia[edit]

The first touchdown in team history was scored in the 4th quarter of the first game of the season, on the road against the Reading Express. It was a 15-yard pass from quarterback Joe Urso to wide receiver Kevin Dixon.

The logo was created to resemble the Atlanta Falcons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Capital Gazette (29 August 2014). "Anne Arundel County's new football coaches scramble to get teams on good footing - Capital Gazette". capitalgazette.com.
  2. ^ Associated Press (28 April 2015). "Baltimore Riots Cause Second White Sox-Orioles Game To Be Postponed - Hartford Courant". courant.com.
  3. ^ "Joe Maese - Ex-Raven Maese goes from football field to fire station - tribunedigital-baltimoresun". tribunedigital-baltimoresun.

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