Battle Creek Crunch
|League||Great Lakes Indoor Football League|
|Team history||Battle Creek Crunch (2006)|
|Based in||Battle Creek, Michigan|
|Colors||Black, Orange, White
|Head coach||Bob Kubiak|
|General manager||Mike Powell|
The Battle Creek Crunch were a professional indoor football team based in Battle Creek, Michigan. The team was a charter member of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League joining the league in 2006 as an expansion team. The Crunch were the first professional indoor football team to be based in Battle Creek. The Crunch were owned by Mike Powell. They played their home games at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The Crunch were announced to the City of Battle Creek in September 2005 that they would begin play in 2006 as an expansion team in the newly formed Great Lakes Indoor Football League by owner and general manager, Mike Powell. On September 27, 2005 the team named Bob Kubiak as their head coach. The Battle Creek Crunch office is officially open to the public on January 16. In their first ever game, the Port Huron Pirates defeated the Crunch by the score of 62-22. The team was also featured on ESPN.com, as writer Ted Kluck tried out for the team. He participated in the first game as a long snapper for two extra point attempts. Kluck wrote a book called, Paper Tiger which captured the entire 2006 season from a player's prospective. Despite the team's lackluster 4-6 record, the team qualified for the playoffs as the league's 4th and final seed. The team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Port Huron Pirates by a score of 74-3. Despite the team's struggles on and off the field, Eric Gardner was named the inaugural GLIFL Defensive Back of the Year.
2006 GLIFL standings
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|
Players of note
|Battle Creek Crunch roster|
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following is a list of all Battle Creek Crunch players who have won GLIFL Awards.
|2006||Defensive Back of the Year||Eric Gardner||Wide Receiver/Defensive Back|
Coaches of note
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2006 Great Lakes Indoor Football League season.
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||4||6||0||Lost GLIFL semifinals (Pirates) 3–74|
|Totals||4||6||0||All-time regular season record (2006)|
|0||1||-||All-time postseason record (2006)|
|4||7||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2006)|
- "Battle Creek Crunch announce first Head Coach". September 28, 2005. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "Crunch News and Notes - January". January 16, 2006. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- Randy Snow (April 8, 2006). "Crunch Lose Opener to Pirate". Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- Ted Kluck. "A day in mini-camp". Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- Paper Tiger:One Athlete's Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "None". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15.
- "None".[permanent dead link]
- "Quest for Great Lakes Bowl I - Battle Creek Crunch Season Preview". March 28, 2006. Retrieved March 26, 2012.