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Encyclopedia > Erie Freeze

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The Erie Freeze is a charter member of the American Indoor Football League and the team is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The team played very well in the league's inaugural year, getting a 9-1 regular season record and winning a playoff game against the Canton Legends. Despite hosting the league's very first championship game, the Freeze couldn't keep the Richmond Bandits under total control. Six interceptions by quarterback David Dinkins, who would later be diagnosed with a corneal abrasion [1], and penalty problems led to the Freeze losing to the Bandits, 56-30, to finish second in the league. Even though the season ended on a sour note, it wasn't without some shining players, including Dinkins, who previously was on the roster of the Buffalo Bills of the NFL as a utility player. Dinkins was named 2005 AIFL MVP with a 60% completion rate, along with 3,000+ passing yards and 812 rushing yards. Also, Mike Esposito was named 2005 AIFL Coach of the Year. The American Indoor Football League (originally the Atlantic Indoor Football League) began play in 2005 with six teams based in the eastern United States. ... The Erie skyline, facing south from Presque Isle State Park across Presque Isle Bay Presque Isle State Park, known to locals as the peninsula. ... Template:AIFL team The Canton Legends are a professional arena football team based out of Canton, Ohio. ... The Richmond Bandits are a team in the Atlantic Indoor Football League. ... City Buffalo, New York Other nicknames {{{nicknames}}} Team colors Dark Navy, Red, Royal, Nickel, and White Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...

The Freeze have taken necessary steps to prepare themselves for another championship run, which includes resigning Dinkins (Quarterback), Johnathan Sitter (Center), JR Cipra (Kicker), Eugene Padgett (Defensive Back), Chris Blackshear (Defensive Back), and Donte Pimpleton (Wide Receiver). Unfortuantely, despite signing a three-year contract extension, Mike Esposito won't be re-joining the Freeze, as he got hired by the Odessa Roughnecks of the Intense Football League (which is an indoor football league in Texas). On Friday, January 6, 2006, the Freeze named Jerry "The Condo" Crafts as the team's new head coach. Crafts played several years as an offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills, and later for the XFL's Los Angeles Xtreme and the Arena Football League's Buffalo Destroyers. Now, he brings his 14-year football experience to the Freeze. [2] The Odessa Roughnecks are a professional arena football team based in Odessa, Texas. ... The Intense Football League was a small, six team indoor football league set up by a man named Chad Dittman, with all of its teams located in Texas. ... City Buffalo, New York Other nicknames {{{nicknames}}} Team colors Dark Navy, Red, Royal, Nickel, and White Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ... The XFL was a professional American football league which played for one season in 2001. ... Categories: Defunct American football teams | Los Angeles sports | American football stubs ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... The Columbus Destroyers are an Arena Football League team, founded in Buffalo, New York in 1999. ...

The team plays their home games at the Erie Civic Center (a.k.a. Louis J. Tullio Arena). The name 'Freeze' refers to Erie's frigid temperature in the winter, due to the lake effect from Lake Erie. The team colors are black and ice blue. ... Streaming lake-effect clouds off Lakes Superior, Michigan, Nipigon, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake St. ... Lake Erie, looking southward from a high rural bluff near Leamington, Ontario Lake Erie (pronounced ) is one of the five large freshwater Great Lakes in North America, which are among the largest in the world. ...


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

Season W L T Finish Playoffs
2005 9 1 0 T-1st AIFL Lost President's Cup to Richmond
*2006 2 0 0 T-1st Northern --

* = Current Standing

External link

  • Official Site of the Erie Freeze



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