Green Bay Bombers

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Green Bay Bombers
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Founded 1998
Arena Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena
Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Colors Black, Green, and White
League Indoor Professional Football League
Head coach Mario Russo

The Green Bay Bombers was an indoor football team that played in the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) in 1998, and in the Indoor Football League (IFL) in 1999 & 2000. The Bombers franchise was owned by Keary Ecklund. The team office was based in Neenah, Wisconsin, and played their games at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. The team colors were: Black, Green, and White. The Bombers were coached by Mario Russo for the '98 PIFL season and part of the '99 IFL season and by Bud Keyes for the 1999-2000 IFL seasons.

The Bombers played four preseason PIFL games in '98. Losing only once:

The Green Bay Bombers tied with their sister team, Madison Mad Dogs, for the second best record in the PIFL with a 10-4 record. In the playoffs, the Bombers had to travel to Madison in the first round. They lost 19-46.

Keary Ecklund took his Bombers and Mad Dogs teams and defected from the PIFL to form the IFL. In 1999, the team, again, finished with the second best record in the league at 9-3. The start of the season was not pretty, as the team lost two of their first three games, both loses to Peoria. The week before the playoffs, the Bombers beat Duluth, 52-15. Despite the great regular season record, the team was forced to travel to Lincoln in the playoffs. The Bombers brought back a 44-34 victory and a trip to Peoria for the IFL Gold Cup Championship. The Bombers won, 63-60.

The following year was very similar. After a mediocre 6-4 start, the Bombers won their final four games by large margins. After being routed 40-16 by Peoria, the Bombers took their frustrations out on LaCrosse to get the four game streak started, 62-26. The Bombers' actually got a home playoff game this time around and they took advantage of it, crushing Dayton, 64-23. Their bid for a repeat championship ended the following week, with a 21-10 loss at Steel Valley. When the IFL was sold, the Bombers disappeared.

In 2003, Green Bay got an Arena Football2 team, the Green Bay Blizzard.

Season-By-Season[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Green Bay Bombers (PIFL)
1998 10 4 0 3rd League Lost Semifinal (Madison)
Green Bay Bombers (IFL)
1999 9 3 0 2nd Northern Won Semifinal (Lincoln Lightning)
Won Gold Cup I (Peoria)
2000 10 4 0 2nd EC Northern Won Round 1 (Dayton)
Won Quarterfinal (S.V. Smash)
Lost Semifinal (Peoria)
Totals 32 13 0 (including playoffs)

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