Minnesota Fighting Pike
The Minnesota Fighting Pike were an Arena football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They joined the Arena Football League (AFL) in 1996 as an expansion team. The Fighting Pike were the first ever attempt at an arena/indoor football team in the state of Minnesota. The owner of the Fighting Pike was Tom Scallen. The Fighting Pike played at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team colors were green and gold. In a 2012 AFL Poll, the Fighting Pike were voted as the 8th greatest nickname in AFL history.
|Minnesota Fighting Pike|
Played in Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
|Arena Football League (1996)
|Team colors||Green, gold, white|
|Head coach||Ray Jauch|
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)|
Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games
|Division championships (0)|
The Pike were 0-7 at home, and the average attendance for the seven home games was 8,894.
The roster was full of players who had played at the University of Minnesota or other Minnesota colleges and universities. Tony Levine, a former Golden Gopher, joined the team and received 8 passes for a total of 83 yards and 1 touchdown. Former Gopher Rickey Foggie was the quarterback and he struggled adapting to the Arena Football League after many years in the Canadian Football League. Once during the season he was benched in favor of Southwest State's Jeff Loots, who threw four interceptions in a game. Loots was playing on his third expansion team in three seasons. Another player from Southwest State was Alvin Ashley. The best-known ex-Pike is kicker Mike Vanderjagt, later a star in the CFL and NFL.
The team's lack of exposure or advertising was the key reason for the team's folding at the end of the 1996 season. The team did not have a regional television deal to promote their games or have the games advertised in newspapers and other media.
The Pike's official mascot was a giant Pike named "Tackle." He was known to "dive" into a promotional hot tub at the arena.
|Minnesota Fighting Pike roster|
|Offensive linemen/Defensive linemen
Rookies in italics
|Minnesota Fighting Pike staff|
1996 season resultsEdit
|Arena Bowl Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth||League Leader|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|Totals||4||10||0||All-time regular season record (1996)|
|0||0||-||All-time postseason record (1996)|
|4||10||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (1996)|
|April 27||Texas Terror||Away||W 36–24|
|May 4||Iowa Barnstormers||Home||L 43–59|
|May 10||St. Louis Stampede||Home||L 22–59|
|May 18||Albany Firebirds||Away||L 30–85|
|May 24||Tampa Bay Storm||Home||L 16–41|
|May 31||Anaheim Piranhas||Home||L 23–49|
|June 7||Arizona Rattlers||Home||L 27–59|
|June 15||Florida Bobcats||Away||L 28–63|
|June 28||Milwaukee Mustangs||Home||L 49–61|
|July 5||Connecticut Coyotes||Away||W 44–40|
|July 12||Orlando Predators||Away||L 12–56|
|July 19||Texas Terror||Home||L 51–54|
|July 26||San Jose SaberCats||Away||W 40–31|
|August 3||Memphis Pharaohs||Away||W 50–25|
- Leading rusher: Harry Jackson 22 carries, 26 yards and 0 touchdowns
- Leading passer: Rickey Foggie 224-443 for 2,269 yards, 40 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
- Leading receiver: Reggie Brown 79 catches, 964 yards 17, touchdowns
|14||Nate Johnson III||2||14||7||0|
|6||Nate Johnson III||23||19||8||4.5||4||1||0||0||0|
|Place||Player Name||Extra pt.||Extra pt. Att.||FG||FGA||Pct.||Pts|
1996 regular seasonEdit
Week 1: vs Texas TerrorEdit
Week 2: vs Iowa BarnstormersEdit
Week 3: vs St. Louis StampedeEdit
Week 4: vs Albany FirebirdsEdit
Week 5: vs Tampa Bay StormEdit
Week 6: vs Anaheim PiranhasEdit
Week 7: vs Arizona RattlersEdit
Week 8: vs Florida BobcatsEdit
Week 10: vs Milwaukee MustangsEdit
Week 11: vs Connecticut CoyotesEdit
Week 12: vs Orlando PredatorsEdit
Week 13: vs Texas TerrorEdit
Week 14: vs San Jose SaberCatsEdit
Week 15: vs Memphis PharaohsEdit
- The team appeared on the game EA Sports Arena Football as a hidden bonus team.
- All game scores and statistics are from arenafan.com
- "Top 25 Team Names in Arena Football History". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. February 16, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- "Transactions". Hartford Courant. November 10, 1995. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
- Anthony Hall (July 5, 2007). "A Return Of The Minnesota Fighting Pike?". www.realclearsports.com. Real Clear Sports. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
- Dan Barrerio (January 17, 1996). "Coach tells Pike: This I don't like, I'm takin' a hike; `They weren't my kind of folks,' says Haege". The Star Tribune. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
- "Minnesota Fighting Pike history - 1996". www.arenafan.com. Arena Fan. Retrieved August 13, 2012.