Chicago Blitz (indoor football)
|League||Continental Indoor Football League (2014)
American Indoor Football (2015–present)
|Team history||Chicago Blitz (2014–present)|
|Based in||Villa Park, Illinois|
|Arena||Odeum Expo Center|
|Colors||Gold, Black, White
|Head coach||Mike Oliver|
|General Manager||Tom Gosche|
|Playoff berths||(1) 2015|
|Local media||Internet Digital Sports Network|
The Chicago Blitz are a professional indoor football team based in Villa Park, Illinois. The Blitz are currently members of American Indoor Football (AIF). The Blitz joined the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) in 2014 as an expansion team. The Blitz play their home games at the Odeum Expo Center.
The Blitz came into existence in January 2014, after the Chicago Slaughter announced that they would be sitting out the 2014 season just one month before the regular season began. The team's name and logo (but not the colors) are an adaptation of the United States Football League franchise of the same name.
On October 4, 2014, the Blitz announced they were joining X-League Indoor Football for the 2015 season. Shortly after, the team was removed from the X-League website, and was no longer affiliated with the X-League. On October 15, 2014, the Blitz joined American Indoor Football (AIF), following former CIFL team, the Sting. The Blitz finished the regular season 6-2, earning the 3 seed in the AIF playoffs. They defeated the 2nd seeded Saginaw Sting 63-45 in the AIF semifinals, earning a berth in the 2015 AIF Championship Game. The Blitz traveled to York, Pennsylvania to take on the York Capitals for the AIF crown. The Blitz fell to the Capitals 30-58.
Chicago Blitz roster
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following is a list of all Chicago Blitz players who have won league Awards
|2014||Julie Harshbarger||Kicker||CIFL Special Teams of the Year|
The following Blitz players have been named to All-League Teams:
- QB Juice Williams (1)
- RB Bryant Pascascio (1)
- WR David Brown (1), Kent McDonald (1)
- OL Anthony Bullock (1)
- DL DeAndre Mosely (1), Shonn Bell (1)
- LB Sam Fornelli (1)
- K Julie Harshbarger (1)
Coaches of note
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2015 American Indoor Football season.
|Chicago Blitz staff|
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|
|2015||2015||AIF||3rd||6||2||0||Won AIF Semifinals (Saginaw) 63-45
Lost AIF Championship Game (York) 30-58
|Totals||13||5||0||All-time regular season record (2014-2015)|
|1||1||-||All-time postseason record (2014-2015)|
|14||6||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2014-2015)|
- "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSportsCentral. January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- Cory Butzin (February 10, 2014). "Saginaw Sting overcome slow start, roll to big win over Chicago Blitz in CIFL season opener". www.mlive.com. MLive Media Group. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
- "Chicago Blitz Are Latest to Join X-League". X-League Indoor Football. October 4, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- "Chicago Blitz Joins AIF". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
- Eric Thomas (June 6, 2015). "Watson's defense spurs York Capitals to AIF championship vs. Chicago Blitz". www.ydr.com. The York Daily Record. Retrieved June 8, 2015.