Kalamazoo Xplosion

The Kalamazoo Xplosion was an indoor football team based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Xplosion began play in 2007 expansion team of the Continental Indoor Football League. They played their home games at Wings Stadium.

Kalamazoo Xplosion
Established 2007
Folded 2008
Played in Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan
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League/conference affiliations
Continental Indoor Football League (2007–2008)
  • Great Lakes Division (2007)
  • Great Lakes Conference (2008)
    • East Division (2008)
Team colorsGold, Black
   
MascotXplodey the Coyote
CheerleadersThe Xplosion Dance Team
Personnel
Owner(s)Mike Johnson
Mike Trumbell
Esteban Rivera[1]
PresidentMike Johnson
Mike Trumbell
Esteban Rivera
Head coachMike Sparks
Team history
  • Kalamazoo Xplosion (2007–2008)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (1)
Division championships (1)
Playoff appearances (2)
Home arena(s)

HistoryEdit

Original team owners are Mike Johnson, Mike Trumbell, and Esteban Rivera, who also owned the Saginaw Sting.[1] A number of Sting players and Xplosion players indicated at the end of the 2008 season that wages were in arrears from the owners. This led to an investigation of Johnson in his role as Sting General Manager. Trumbell, owner of Triple Threat Sports in Battle Creek, and Rivera, a Battle Creek police officer, have offered a deal to split ownership of the two teams, with Trumbell and Rivera owning the Sting, and Johnson receiving the Xplosion.[2]

Season-By-SeasonEdit

Season records
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2007 10 2 0 2nd Great Lakes Won GLD Semifinal (Chicago)
Lost GLD Championship (Michigan)
2008 11 1 0 1st Great Lakes East Won GLD East Finals (Muskegon)
Won GLD Championship (Rock River)
Lost CIFL Championship (Saginaw)
Totals 24 5 0 (including playoffs)

2007 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 24 Marion Mayhem Away Won 37-35
April 7 Springfield Stallions Away Won 47-19
April 14 Chicago Slaughter Home Won 34-21
April 21 Marion Mayhem Home Won 39-31
April 28 Springfield Stallions Home Won 38-14
May 5 Muskegon Thunder Home Won 41-37
May 11 Miami Valley Silverbacks Away Won 40-37
May 20 Chicago Slaughter Away Lost 47-51
May 28 Summit County Rumble Home Won 75-20
June 2 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Won 41-21
June 8 Port Huron Pirates Away Lost 20-55
June 16 Muskegon Thunder Away Won 34-28
July 7 Chicago Slaughter (Playoffs) Home Won 51-40
July 13 Michigan Pirates (Playoffs) Away (Flint) Lost 29-37

2007 CIFL StandingsEdit

Team Overall Division
W L T PCT W L T PCT
Great Lakes Conference
Michigan Pirates-y 12 0 0 1.000 10 0 0 1.000
Kalamazoo Xplosion-x 10 2 0 .833 10 2 0 .833
Chicago Slaughter-x 9 3 0 .750 8 2 0 .800
Marion Mayhem-x 6 6 0 .500 6 5 0 .545
Muskegon Thunder-x 4 8 0 .333 4 7 0 .364
Miami Valley Silverbacks 4 8 0 .333 3 7 0 .300
Summit County Rumble 1 11 0 .083 0 7 0 .000
Springfield Stallions 0 12 0 .000 0 11 0 .000
Atlantic Conference
Rochester Raiders-y 10 2 0 .833 90 0 0 1.000
New England Surge-x 8 4 0 .667 8 3 0 .727
Lehigh Valley Outlawz-x 7 5 0 .583 5 5 0 .500
Chesapeake Tide-x 7 5 0 .583 6 5 0 .545
Steubenville Stampede 5 7 0 .417 2 6 0 .250
NY/NJ Revolution 1 11 0 .083 0 11 0 .000

2008 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 7 Chicago Slaughter Away Won 46-39 (OT)[3][4]
March 14 Rock River Raptors Home Won 33-26 (OT)[5][6]
March 21 Flint Phantoms Home Won 62-8[7][8]
March 27 Fort Wayne Freedom Away Won 50-34[9][10]
April 4 Muskegon Thunder Away Lost 37-44 (OT)[11][12]
April 11 Chicago Slaughter Home Won 54-48[13]
April 19 Flint Phantoms Away Won 44-18[14]
May 3 Muskegon Thunder Home Won 49-19[15]
May 10 Rock River Raptors Away Won 36-28
May 16 Miami Valley Silverbacks Away Won 48-13
May 31 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Won 46-43
June 7 Fort Wayne Freedom Home Won 39-32
June 14 Muskegon Thunder (Playoffs) Home Won 50-33
June 21 Rock River Raptors (Playoffs) Home Won 56-42
June 29 Saginaw Sting (CIFL Championship) Home Loss 37-41

2008 CIFL StandingsEdit

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 .583 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Morgan, Wes (2008-04-18). "Xplosion owners juggling two teams". Kalamazoo Gazette. Archived from the original on 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  2. ^ Mancina, Greg (2008-09-12). "Saginaw Sting ready to join new league while owners work to split their differences". The Saginaw News. Saginaw, Michigan: Booth Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  3. ^ Beardmore, Matt (March 8, 2008). "Xplosion rallies from 20 down for OT win". Kalamazoo Gazette. Archived from the original on 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  4. ^ "Kalamazoo Xplosion 46, Chicago Slaughter 39". CIFL Statistics. Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  5. ^ Taft, Jay. "Rockford falls to Xplosion in OT of CIFL opener". Rockford Register Star. GateHouse Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  6. ^ "Kalamazoo Xplosion 33, Rock River Raptors 26". CIFL Statistics. Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  7. ^ Morgan, Wes (March 22, 2008). "Xplosion unleash their offense". Kalamazoo Gazette. Archived from the original on 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  8. ^ "Kalamazoo Xplosion 62, Flint Phantoms Phantoms 8". CIFL Statistics. Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  9. ^ Sebring, Blake (March 28, 2008). "Mistakes add up for Freedom". News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  10. ^ "Kalamazoo vs Fort Wayne (Mar 27, 2008)". CIFL Statistics. Archived from the original on April 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  11. ^ Kendra, Tom (April 5, 2008). "XplosionD-fused". Kalamazoo Gazette. Archived from the original on 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  12. ^ "Kalamazoo vs Muskegon (Apr 04, 2008)". CIFL Statistics. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  13. ^ "Chicago vs Kalamazoo (Apr 11, 2008)". CIFL Statistics. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  14. ^ Nilsen, Dan (April 20, 2008). "Phantoms again no match for Kalamazoo on home field". Flint Journal. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  15. ^ "Xplosion get payback vs. Thunder". Kalamazoo Gazette. 2008-05-04. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-06-06.

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