1996 Albany Firebirds season

The 1996 Albany Firebirds season was the seventh season for the Albany Firebirds. They finished the 1996 Arena Football League season 10–4 and finished the season with a loss in the semifinals of the playoffs to the Iowa Barnstormers.[1]

1996 Albany Firebirds season
Head coachMike Hohensee
Home fieldKnickerbocker Arena
Results
Record10–4
Division place1st, Eastern
Playoff finishW Quarterfinals vs. Milwaukee
L Semifinals vs. Iowa

ScheduleEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site (attendance)
Final score Team record
1 Bye
2 May 4 Charlotte Rage W 63–32 1–0 Knickerbocker Arena (13,029)
3 May 10 at San Jose SaberCats L 40–69 1–1 San Jose Arena (15,561)
4 May 18 Minnesota Fighting Pike W 85–30 2–1 Knickerbocker Arena (11,712)
5 May 24 at Connecticut Coyotes W 58–26 3–1 Hartford Civic Center (7,539)
6 June 1 St. Louis Stampede L 56–66 3–2 Knickerbocker Arena (12,015)
7 June 8 Memphis Pharaohs W 67–21 4–2 Knickerbocker Arena (11,764)
8 June 15 at Iowa Barnstormers L 46–55 4–3 Veterans Memorial Auditorium (11,411)
9 June 21 at Charlotte Rage W 88–36 5–3 Charlotte Coliseum (6,898)
10 June 29 Connecticut Coyotes W 59–45 6–3 Knickerbocker Arena (11,117)
11 July 6 Orlando Predators W 53–41 7–3 Knickerbocker Arena (11,079)
12 July 12 at Tampa Bay Storm L 52–65 (OT) 7–4 ThunderDome (13,202)
13 July 20 at Florida Bobcats W 66–63 8–4 West Palm Beach Auditorium (3,601)
14 July 27 Texas Terror W 86–24 9–4 Knickerbocker Arena (12,345)
15 August 2 at Milwaukee Mustangs W 54–49 10–4 Bradley Center (16,411)

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PlayoffsEdit

The Firebirds were awarded the No. 4 seed in the AFL playoffs.

Round Date Opponent Results Game site (attendance)
Final score Playoff record
Quarterfinals August 10 (5) Milwaukee Mustangs W 70–58 1–0 Knickerbocker Arena (11,613)
Semifinals August 17 at (1) Iowa Barnstormers L 55–62 1–1 Veterans Memorial Auditorium (11,411)

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StandingsEdit

Team Overall Division
Wins Losses Percentage Wins Losses Percentage
National Conference
Eastern Division
Albany Firebirds 10 4 0.714 4 0 1.000
Charlotte Rage 5 9 0.357 2 2 0.500
Connecticut Coyotes 2 12 0.143 0 4 0.000
Southern Division
Tampa Bay Storm 12 2 0.857 5 1 0.833
Orlando Predators 9 5 0.643 5 1 0.833
Florida Bobcats 6 8 0.429 2 4 0.333
Texas Terror 1 13 0.071 0 6 0.000
American Conference
Central Division
Iowa Barnstormers 12 2 0.857 4 2 0.667
Milwaukee Mustangs 10 4 0.714 5 1 0.833
St. Louis Stampede 8 6 0.571 3 3 0.500
Memphis Pharaohs 0 14 0.000 0 6 0.000
Western Division
Arizona Rattlers 11 3 0.786 3 2 0.600
Anaheim Piranhas 9 5 0.643 4 1 0.800
San Jose SaberCats 6 8 0.429 1 4 0.200
Minnesota Fighting Pike 4 10 0.286 1 2 0.333
  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Blue indicates division champion
  • Grey indicates best regular season record

AwardsEdit

Position Player Award All-Arena team
Offensive specialist Eddie Brown Offensive Player of the Year 1st
Wide receiver/defensive back David McLeod Defensive Player of the Year 2nd
Kicker Pete Elezovic Kicker of the Year 2nd
Quarterback Mike Perez - 2nd
Offensive/defensive lineman Jerome Brown - 2nd

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Albany Firebirds Team History - 1996 | ArenaFan.com". www.arenafan.com. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "1996 Albany Firebirds Game-by-Game Results on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com. Retrieved January 26, 2021.