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Encyclopedia > Shreveport Pirates
Shreveport Pirates
League Canadian Football League
Division(s) East Division/South Division
Founded 1994
Folded 1995
Home field Independence Stadium
Based in Shreveport, Louisiana
Colours Purple, Orange, Silver and Black
Owner(s) Bernard Glieberman and Lonnie Glieberman
Head Coach(es) John Huard and Forrest Gregg

The Shreveport Pirates was a Canadian Football League team, playing at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, in 1994 and 1995. Image File history File links CFL_Pirates. ... Shreveport Pirates logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... 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. ... The Canadian Football Leagues East Division has 4 teams. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Independence Stadium is a stadium located at the Fairgrounds in Shreveport, Louisiana. ... , : Port City , River City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... An African Daisy of almost psychedelic purple Purple is any shades of color occurring between blue and red; this color is sometimes confused with the more narrowly-defined spectral color violet. ... The orange, a fruit from which the modern name of the orange colour comes. ... General Name, Symbol, Number silver, Ag, 47 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 5, d Appearance lustrous white metal Standard atomic weight 107. ... Black cat, thought by some to cause bad luck (see superstition) Black is the shade of objects that do not reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum. ... Bernard Bernie Glieberman (b. ... Alvis Forrest Gregg (born October 18, 1933, in Birthright, Texas) is a former American Football player and coach. ... 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. ... Independence Stadium is a stadium located at the Fairgrounds in Shreveport, Louisiana. ... , : Port City , River City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... The 1994 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 41st season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 37th Canadian Football League season. ... 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. ...


The Pirates were known to be one of the least successful of the CFL's American franchises on and off the field. Bernard Glieberman and his son Lonnie, former owners of the Ottawa Rough Riders, bought the team. As a result, they were allowed to take some Ottawa players with them to Shreveport. The CFLs American teams used a modified league logo. ... Bernard Bernie Glieberman (b. ... The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ...


The team was doomed from the beginning. The team fired their first head coach John Huard and replaced him with Forrest Gregg before the team took a snap. Most of Shreveport's football fans were used to supporting the Dallas Cowboys or the New Orleans Saints and were neither familiar with nor willing to embrace the nuances of Canadian football. Attendance was poor and dwindled as the season progressed, primarily due to the team's losing record as it took them until week 15 to record their first victory, a 24-12 victory over the Sacramento Gold Miners After the historic victory, the team won two out of their last three games, but they still finished last in the CFL East Division. Alvis Forrest Gregg (born October 18, 1933, in Birthright, Texas) is a former American Football player and coach. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present... 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 Sacramento Gold Miners were a Canadian football team based in Sacramento, California. ... CFL East Division Logo The East Division is one of the two regional divisions of the Canadian Football League. ...


The following year, there was lots of promise, but the team still finished last in the CFL South Division with a 5-13 record. All their victories were against Canadian teams. The problems continued off the field as the Gliebermans tried to relocate the team to Norfolk, Virginia but the deal fell through. Notable about the move to Virginia was "the Great Tucker Caper" when the City of Shreveport tried to seize Bernard Glieberman's 1948 Tucker (which was on loan to a classic automobile museum in downtown Shreveport) for defaulting on debts related to the Pirates' lease at Independence Stadium. Glieberman's lawyer, Mark Gilliam, tried to escape with the car and hide the vintage auto, but he ran out of gas along the way. The police spotted him, and took the car back to the museum where it was being stored until the case could be settled. The soap opera saga led to the contraction of the team. Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... 1948 Tucker Torpedo cars on display at the Gilmore Car Museum A Tucker Torpedo at the Blackhawk Auto Museum Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Tucker vehicles See also Preston Tucker The Tucker Torpedo was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago, Illinois in 1948. ...


The positives that came of the Shreveport franchise were that noted tele-evangelist Jimmy Swaggart was among the Pirates' fans. He had season tickets for both seasons and would drive over from Baton Rouge to see them play. Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. ... Nickname: Motto: Authentic Louisiana at every turn Coordinates: , Country United States State Louisiana Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Founded 1699 Incorporated 16 January 1817 Government  - Mayor Melvin Kip Holden (D) Area  - City  79. ...


Some notable players were quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver and kick returner Freeman Baysinger. Kicker Bjorn Nittmo was also a fan favorite, both for making some very long field goals and for being friendly to the fans, often attending meetings of their Booster Club. Jon Heidenreich played two seasons with the club, and later became popular as a wrestler (WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship). Curiously, two players, Joe Montford and Elfrid Payton, would later go on to fame as winners of the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award (added to this pair is Greg Stumon, who was a former winner of the same award.). Billy Joe Tolliver (born February 7, 1966 in Dallas, Texas), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round of the 1989 NFL Draft. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Joe Montford (b. ... Elfrid Plyton was a colourful professional football player who had an all star career in the Canadian Football League. ... The Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award is annually rewarded to the best defensive player in the Canadian Football League. ... Greg Stumon is one of the Canadian Football Leagues greatest defensive players. ...


They finished the 1994 season at 3-15, and top performers were wide receiver Charles Thompson with 641 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns and running back Martin Patton was the team leading rusher with 659 yards and 8 touchdowns. Terrence Jones had 1,046 yard passing with 4 touchdowns and with 9 interceptions and Mike Johnson, of the University of Akron, passed for 1,259 yards and 4 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. The club averaged a respectable 17,871 fans per game with a high of 32,011 for their victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders. Charles Thompson is the name of: Charles Peck Thompson (1843-1927), Pony Express rider Charles W. Thompson (1860-1904), US congressman from Alabama Charles James Thompson (1862-1932), US Congressman from Ohio Charles Hubbard Thompson (1891-1964), American ragtime musician Charles Thompson (Jazz) (b. ... Michael Keith Johnson (born October 3, 1975 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... The University of Akron is an institution of higher learning located in Akron, Ohio. ... The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ...


Shreveport averaged more than 26 points per game in 1995, but gave up better than 28. Billy Joe Tolliver completed 252 of 429 passes for 3,440 yards and 14 touchdowns. His favorite target was fellow Texas Tech product Wayne Walker, who caught 51 passes for 790 yards. Curtis Mayfield led the team in receptions with 58 for 846 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. The team's leading rusher was former University of Miami player Martin Patton, who ran for 1,040 yards, third in the league. Kicker Bjorn Nittmo finished 46 of 53 in field goals and was sixth in the league in scoring. Billy Joe Tolliver (born February 7, 1966 in Dallas, Texas), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round of the 1989 NFL Draft. ... Texas Tech University is a public, coeducational, doctoral/research university located in Lubbock, Texas (USA). ... Wayne Walker (b. ... The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ...


The Pirates booster club was formed during the team's first season in order to support the team, and remained active long after the team became defunct, spearheading various later attempts to get another professional football team in the Shreveport area.


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 1994 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 41st season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 37th Canadian Football League season. ... 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

  • Shreveport Pirates team profile
Shreveport Portal

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