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Encyclopedia > Memphis Mad Dogs
Memphis Mad Dogs
Image:Maddogs.gif
League Canadian Football League
Division South Division
Founded 1995
Folded 1995
Home field Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Based in Memphis, Tennessee
Colours Forest Green, Maroon and Gold
Owner(s) Fred Smith
Head Coach Pepper Rodgers

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The team's ownership group included Fred Smith, founder of FedEx. Fred W. Smith (born August 11, 1944) is the founder of Federal Express, or FedEx, the first overnight express delivery company in the world, and the largest in the United States. ... FedEx (NYSE: FDX), properly FedEx Corporation, is a courier company offering overnight courier, ground, heavy freight, document copying and logistics services. ...

Contents

Brief Franchise History

On The Field

The Mad Dogs hired Pepper Rodgers as their head coach. Rodgers had previous coaching experience with Georgia Tech and UCLA at the university level and with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL. The team's mascot was a black labrador retriever named Alien, who was known for charging the field and retrieving the kicking tee following each kickoff. http://ramblinwreck. ... Georgia Institute of Technology The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is located in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. With over 16,000 students, Georgia Tech is one of four public research universities in the University System of Georgia. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... The Memphis Showboats was a franchise in the United States Football League. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985, in the process presenting the rival National Football League with its greatest competitor since the 1960s version of the American Football League. ... The Labrador Retriever (Labrador or Lab for short), is one of several kinds of retriever, and is the most popular breed of dog (by registered ownership) in both the United States and the United Kingdom. ...


The Mad Dogs tried to copy Baltimore's blueprint by getting staff and players that had previous CFL experience. To be in accordance with the CFL blueprint for possible success, the Mad Dogs hired former CFL coach Adam Rita to become their new offensive coordinator. Rita was mostly known for coaching the Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos to Grey Cup championships in 1991 and 1993. The Mad Dogs then signed veteran QB Damon Allen, who won the Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1987 and 1993 (with Adam Rita), earning Grey Cup MVP honours in both years. Other notable players on offense included Eddie Brown (SB), Joe Horn (WR) and former NFL kicker, Donald Igwebuike. Adam Rita is the vice president of football operations for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. ... The Toronto Argonauts are a Canadian Football League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Edmonton Eskimos are a Canadian Football League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ... Then Prime Minister Joe Clark presents the 1979 Grey Cup to victorious Edmonton Eskimos Danny Kepley and Tom Wilkinson. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Damon Allen (born July 29, 1963 in San Diego, California) is a professional Canadian football player. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Downtown Eddie Brown (born May 8, 1966[1] in Topeka, Kansas) was a slotback in the Canadian Football League between 1990 & 2002. ... Joseph Horn (born January 16, 1972 in New Haven, Conn. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Donald Igwebuike is a former placekicker for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers(1985-1989). ...


However, the offense was only able to score a total of 346 points, last in the CFL behind the Ottawa Roughriders. On a positive note, the Mad Dogs were known for their strong defensive work that was rated second, behind Edmonton, in the CFL for giving up the least amount of points with 364, due in large part to the strong defensive play of Tim Cofield and Rodney Harding. The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ...


Memphis ended the 1995 CFL season with a 9-9-0 regular season record, which placed them in fourth place of the Southern Division, causing them to miss the play-offs in their only season of existence in the CFL. The 1995 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 42nd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 38th Canadian Football League season. ...


Off The Field

Pepper Rodgers was known around the football world as a likeable man. However, he often made uncomplimentary remarks about the Canadian Football League, which also showed signs that the CFL expansion plan to the United States was doomed to failure from the start. http://ramblinwreck. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ...


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The team drew fairly well at the gate until the start of the United States college football season. At this point it rapidly became apparent that the team was not a viable venture, as attendance levels dropped drastically below the 10,000 mark. The team's average attendance was only around 14,550. A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ...


Tim Cofield became the first and inevitably the only Mad Dogs player to win the James P. McCaffrey Trophy as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the South Division. The James P. McCaffrey Trophy is a Canadian Football League trophy, awarded to the outstanding defensive player in the East Division. ...


In The End

Due to the fact that they had lost revenue and had low attendance, the Memphis Mad Dogs were forced to fold after the 1995 season, marking the end of the franchise and the CFL's unfortunate three years south of the border. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


Another problem was the promotional efforts of the CFL itself. The league positioned itself directly against the NFL when it attempted to move south of its border. The CFL adopted the slogan, "Longer, Wider, Faster" in attempting to convince Americans that somehow the CFL could compete with the NFL.


Players and Builders of note

Retired

Still playing in the CFL & NFL


Downtown Eddie Brown (born May 8, 1966[1] in Topeka, Kansas) was a slotback in the Canadian Football League between 1990 & 2002. ... Donald Igwebuike is a former placekicker for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers(1985-1989). ... Damon Allen (born July 29, 1963 in San Diego, California) is a professional Canadian football player. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... Joseph Horn (born January 16, 1972 in New Haven, Conn. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

See also

Canadian and American football are very similar, as both have their origins in rugby football (usually known in North America simply as rugby.) As such, the rules of these sports are quite homogenous, although a comparison illustrates some key differences. ... The 1995 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 42nd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 38th Canadian Football League season. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Memphis Mad Dogs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (625 words)
The Mad Dogs were part of a failed attempt to expand the CFL into the United States.
On a positive note, the Mad Dogs were known for their strong defensive work that was rated second, behind Edmonton, in the CFL for giving up the least amount of points with 364, due in large part to the strong defensive play of Tim Cofield and Rodney Harding.
Memphis ended the 1995 CFL season with a 9-9-0 regular season record, which placed them in fourth place of the Southern Division, causing them to miss the play-offs in their only season of existence in the CFL.
Stallions '95: Game 8 (992 words)
Memphis wide receiver Nick Mystrom, the team's emergency kicker - he replaced Donald Igwebuike, who was detained in Memphis by work visa problems - then kicked his third field goal of the night with six minutes left to give Memphis a 25-12 lead.
Memphis (4-4) surprised the Stallions from the outset, as Perkins and running backs Al Shipman (59 yards, 9.8 average) and Charles Miles (33 yards, 4.7 average) sliced through the middle of the Baltimore defense.
Memphis coach Pepper Rodgers was ecstatic with the Mad Dogs' offense, and saluted Foggie.
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