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Chicago Knights
Chicago Knights
Founded 2010
Leagues CIFL (2011-present)
History Milwaukee Bonecrushers (2008-2009)
Chicago Cardinals (2010)
Chicago Knights (2011-future)
Arena Odeum Expo Center
Based in Villa Park, Illinois
Colors Black, Blue, Silver, White

                   

Division Titles 0
Championships 0
Head coach John Burns
President
Official Dance Team
Mascot

The Chicago Knights are a Professional Indoor Football team based in Villa Park, Illinois. The team was founded in 2010 and will begin play in 2011 as a member of the Continental Indoor Football League, playing their home games at the Odeum Expo Center.

The Knights are currently the third Indoor Football Team based in Chicagoland. The Chicago Rush of the new Arena Football League are based in Rosemont, and the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League are based in Hoffman Estates. The Knights replaced the Cardinals as the Chicago-based CIFL team, which replaced the Slaughter after they left for the Indoor Football League after a dispute with CIFL management.


2011 SeasonEdit

The Knights started the season with a painful 7-53 loss to the defending champions, the Cincinnati Commandos. After almost a complete month off, the Knights were back in action on April 2 against the Port Huron Predators, and came away with a 45-29 win. The Knights were led by Brandon Wogoman, the reigning CIFL All-Purpose Player of the Year, who had a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown and a kick-return touchdown to lead the Knights to their first win since the franchise moved to their present location in 2010.[1] After a conflict with the Odeum Expo Center, the Knights played, what was supposed to be a home game, in Indianapolis against the Indianapolis Enforcers. Then on April 7, 2011 it was announced that the Knights would play the rest of their games in Loves Park, Illinois in the Victory Sports Complex.[2]

2011 season schedule[3]Edit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 5 Cincinnati Commandos Away Lost 7-53
April 2 Port Huron Predators Away Won 45-29
April 8 Indianapolis Enforcers Away Won 42-14
April 17 Indianapolis Enforcers Home Won 52-6
April 23 Dayton Silverbacks Home Lost 21-24
April 30 Marion Blue Racers Away Lost 3-31
May 8 Cincinnati Commandos Home Lost 41-48
May 13 Dayton Silverbacks Away Lost 20-37
May 21 Marion Blue Racers Home Lost 24-53
June 4 Port Huron Predators Home Won 2-0 (Forfeit)

2011 StandingsEdit

2011 Continental Indoor Football Leagueview · talk · edit
Team W L T PCT PF PA PF (Avg.) PA (Avg.) STK
Cincinnati Commandos-y 10 0 0 1.000 484 158 53.77 17.55 W10 Details
Marion Blue Racers-x 8 2 0 .800 455 218 45.5 21.8 L1 Details
Dayton Silverbacks-x 5 5 0 .500 288 265 32 39.4 W3 Details
Chicago Knights-x 4 6 0 .400 255 295 28.33 32.77 L5 Details
Port Huron Predators 2 8 0 .200 238 226 39.6 37.6 L7 Details
Indianapolis Enforcers 1 9 0 .100 71 621 7.88 69 L3 Details

y - clinched regular-season title

x - clinched playoff spot

Current rosterEdit

Chicago Knights Rosterview · talk · edit

Quarterbacks

Offensive backs

Receivers


Kickers

 

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Linebackers


 

Defensive backs

Injured Reserve Injury icon 2.svg

Updated 2011-03-07

Rookies in italics
25 Active, 0 Inactive

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Chicago CardinalsEdit

ChicagoCardinalsCIFL

Chicago Cardinals Logo

The Cardinals replaced the Slaughter in the CIFL, after the Slaughter left that league for the IFL due to a dispute with CIFL management. The Cardinals were formally known as the Milwaukee Bonecrushers, also of the CIFL, and relocated to Villa Park in 2010.[4] The Cardinals use their name with permission from the original National Football League team, now known as the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals only season was one of utter disappointment. After starting 0-2, they signed Kicker Julie Harshbarger, the 2nd female Kicker in the CIFL history. (The other being Katie Hnida of the Fort Wayne Firehawks) After a successful soccer career at Benedictine University and Rockford College, where she was named to several all-conference teams. Well Harshbarger was not the first woman to score a point in a indoor football game, but she was the first woman ever to score a field goal in an indoor football game.[5] After a 20-58 loss on May 22, and seeing their record drop to 0-8, the Cardinals let several of their best players, including the All-Purpose Player of the Year (Brandon Wogoman), leave the team for the nearby, and contending, Wisconsin Wolfpack.

2010 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 2 Marion Mayhem Away Lost 20-60
April 10 Marion Mayhem Home Lost 14-19
April 17 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Lost 29-46
April 24 Fort Wayne Firehawks Away Lost 45-69
May 1 Cincinnati Commandos Home Lost 22-62
May 8 Wisconsin Wolfpack Home Lost 18-44
May 15 Cincinnati Commandos Away Lost 13-61
May 22 Wisconsin Wolfpack Away Lost 20-58
May 29 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Lost 24-58
June 5 Fort Wayne Firehawks Home Lost 0-48

2010 CIFL StandingsEdit

2010 Continental Indoor Football Leagueview · talk · edit
Team W L T PCT PF PA PF (Avg.) PA (Avg.) STK
Cincinnati Commandos-y 9 1 0 .900 493 294 49.3 29.4 L1 Details
Wisconsin Wolfpack-x 8 2 0 .800 345 213 34.5 21.3 W3 Details
Fort Wayne Firehawks-x 6 4 0 .600 294 267 36.75 33.375 W2 Details
Miami Valley Silverbacks-x 4 6 0 .400 309 354 34.33 39.33 W1 Details
Marion Mayhem 3 7 0 .300 202 193 33.67 32.16 L5 Details
Chicago Cardinals 0 10 0 .000 205 525 20.5 52.5 L10 Details

2010 CIFL AwardsEdit

All-Purpose Player of the Year - Brandon Wogoman (Ended the season playing for the Wisconsin Wolfpack)

1st Team All-CIFL
OL Matt Rohn (Ended the season playing for the Wisconsin Wolfpack)
AP Brandon Wogoman

2nd Team All-CIFL
DL Adrian Herry
DB Ricky Emery
KR Brandon Wogoman

Milwaukee BonecrushersEdit

Bonecrushers

Milwaukee Bonecrushers Logo

The Milwaukee Bonecrushers were a team in the Continental Indoor Football League. They played their home games at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The Bonecrushers were Milwaukee's second indoor football franchise, following the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League.

The franchise made an immediate splash in Milwaukee when it announced former Green Bay Packer Gilbert Brown signed a three-year contract to be the team's first head coach.[6] However, the optimism quickly faded when Brown announced he was resigning from the position after just three games on April 8, 2008. Much of the team's staff and many of the team's players also left at the same time, raising eyebrows among the Milwaukee media and fans. The Bonecrushers finished 2008 with a hodgepodge of players and coaches, winning just one game, a 51-46 road contest against the Muskegon Thunder featuring a 26-yard touchdown run by Bonecrushers' quarterback Brian Ryczkowski on the final play of the game.

The rumored reasoning behind the exodus of many of the original members of the franchise was the team's inability to pay its bills or personnel. This was confirmed when a judgment was entered against the Bonecrushers in favor of Challenger Industries, the company that sold the team its game field AstroTurf, in the amount of $29,539.29 on October 15, 2008. Challenger resolved its claim against John Burns, one of the owners of the Milwaukee Bonecrushers, prior to the matter going to trial.[7]

The Bonecrushers returned to action in 2009 with renewed optimism after signing LeRoy McFadden, brother of NFL player Darren McFadden, as its new head coach, as well as the previous year's CIFL Offensive Player of the Year, Randy Bell. However, McFadden also chose to resign after just three games,[8] leaving assistant coach, John Burns, to take over as head coach. While the Bonecrushers survived the 2009 season in Milwaukee, attendance dwindled to nearly nothing and the team finished with a record of 3-8.

Prior to the 2010 season, the Bonecrushers management reorganized and the team elected to cease operations in Milwaukee. Many of the individuals involved with the Bonecrushers, including Burns, moved onto be part of the new Chicago Cardinals franchise based in Villa Park, Ill.[9]

While the Bonecrushers franchise is generally regarded as having failed in the eyes of Milwaukeeans, their existence did help create two other CIFL franchises: The Cardinals and the Wisconsin Wolfpack. Plans had already been in place for the Wolfpack to field its first outdoor team in the summer of 2008 when Brown left the Bonecrushers. Eventually, many members of the Wolfpack's staff were brought in to help the Bonecrushers complete the indoor season. In 2009, the Wolfpack fielded a CIFL team of its own in Madison, Wisconsin. The Bonecrushers would play the Wolfpack twice in their final season in Milwaukee, losing both times.

2008 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 21 Chicago Slaughter Home Lost 41-64
March 29 Muskegon Thunder Home Lost 35-60
April 6 Flint Phantoms Home Lost 53-62
April 12 Marion Mayhem Away Lost 19-43
April 19 Chicago Slaughter Away Lost 18-56
April 27 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Lost 42-43
April 30 Saginaw Sting Away Lost 28-51
May 9 New Jersey Revolution Away Lost 32-56
May 17 Muskegon Thunder Away Won 51-46
May 23 Rock River Raptors Home Lost 3-56
May 31 Saginaw Sting Home Lost 28-54
June 7 Rock River Raptors Away Lost 29-53

2008 CIFL StandingsEdit

2008 Continental Indoor Football Leagueview · talk · edit
Team Overall Division
W L T PCT W L T PCT
Great Lakes Conference
East Division
Kalamazoo Xplosion-y 11 1 0 .917 5 1 0 .833
Muskegon Thunder-x 5 7 0 .417 2 2 0 .500
Fort Wayne Freedom 5 7 0 .417 2 4 0 .333
Miami Valley Silverbacks 3 9 0 .250 1 2 0 .333
West Division
Chicago Slaughter-y 8 4 0 .667 3 1 0 .750
Rock River Raptors-x 7 5 0 .583 3 1 0 .750
Milwaukee Bonecrushers 1 11 0 .083 0 4 0 .000
Atlantic Conference
East Division
New England Surge-y 8 3 0 .727 5 1 0 .833
Lehigh Valley Outlawz-x 7 5 0 .583 4 2 0 .667
New Jersey Revolution 3 9 0 .250 2 5 0 .286
Chesapeake Tide 2 10 0 .125 0 2 0 .000
West Division
Rochester Raiders-z 12 0 0 1.000 4 0 0 1.000
Saginaw Sting-y 10 2 0 .833 3 1 0 .750
Marion Mayhem-x 7 5 0 .583 0 2 0 .000
Flint Phantoms 1 11 0 .083 0 4 0 .000

2009 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 6 Chicago Slaughter Away Lost 24-84
March 20 Rock River Raptors Away Won 53 - 40
March 28 Wisconsin Wolfpack Home Lost 20 - 36
April 4 Miami Valley Silverbacks TBD PPD
April 11 Wheeling Wildcats Home Won 35-32
April 18 Rock River Raptors Home Lost 31-41
April 25 Chicago Slaughter Away Lost 25-78
May 2 Wisconsin Wolfpack Away Lost 26-69
May 9 Fort Wayne Freedom Home Lost 33-51
May 16 Rock River Raptors Away Lost 12-32
May 22 Chicago Slaughter Home Lost 50-70
May 30 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Won 40-32

2009 CIFL StandingsEdit

2009 Continental Indoor Football Leagueview · talk · edit
Team Overall Division
W L T PCT W L T PCT
East Division
Marion Mayhem-y 9 3 0 .750 8 1 0 .889
Fort Wayne Freedom-x 6 5 0 .545 5 2 0 .294
Wheeling Wildcats 2 10 0 .167 2 5 0 .286
Miami Valley Silverbacks 0 10 0 .000 0 7 0 .000
West Division
Chicago Slaughter-y 12 0 0 1.000 8 0 0 1.000
Wisconsin Wolfpack-x 7 5 0 .583 4 4 0 .500
Rock River Raptors 7 5 0 .583 3 5 0 .167
Milwaukee Bonecrushers 3 8 0 .283 1 7 0 .167

Season-by-seasonEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Milwaukee Bonecrushers (CIFL)
2008 1 11 0 4th Great Lakes West --
2009 3 8 0 4th West --
Chicago Cardinals (CIFL)
2010 0 10 0 6th --
Chicago Knights (CIFL)
2011* 4 6 0 4th Lost in CIFL Semifinals to Cincinnati
Totals 8 36 0 (including playoffs)

* = Current Standing

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