League History

League History

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How did the XFFL get it start?

The Pocahontas Fantasy League was created back in 2002 by Matt Ricklefs. The League consisted of six teams, the Orlando Desperados(Matt Ricklefs), Kansas City WildCats(Tom Ricklefs), Miami Fire(Andrew Lundt), Cincinnati Dragons(Nick Ernst), Sacramento Species(Abraham Barnhardt) and the Panama Pirates(Adam Barnhardt). Tom Ricklefs and the Kansas City WildCats defeated the Orlando Desperados in the Championship game to win the the first and only PFL trophy. After the 2002 PFL season, Matt Ricklefs handed over the league to Nick Ernst, and Nick immediately changed the name to the Xtreme Fantasy Football League. Nick tried to increase competition with his next move.  He replaced Adam Barnhardt and the Panama Pirates with David Hopper and the Phoenix FireBirds after the Pirates finished dead last in 2002. No other records from the lone PFL season were ever kept.  Due to this, the XFFL fails to acknowledge the 2002 season in their record books. And that is how the XFFL came to be.

Ownership History

~The InAugural Season of the Xtreme Fantasy Football League was created on July 17, 2003, with the six teams of Cincinnati Dragons(Nick Ernst), Orlando Desperados(Matt Ricklefs), Sacramento Species(Abe Barnhardt), Miami Fire(Andrew Lundt), Kansas City WildCats(Tom Ricklefs) and the Phoenix FireBirds(David Hopper).
~The XFFL expanded to eight teams when it added the South Carolina SaberCats (Kyle Miller) and the Pittsburgh Freaks(Mitch Nehman) on January 1, 2004.
~The Miami Fire became the Miami Soul on March 16, 2004.
~The Sacramento Species owner Abe Barnhardt sold the franchise to Josh Hopper and it became the Philadelphia Blizzard on January 1, 2005.
~The Kansas City WildCats owner Tom Ricklefs was replaced with Jack Calhoun and the Oakland Rage on February 20, 2006.
~The XFFL expanded to ten teams when it added the New York Hitmen(Eric Francis) and the Glendale Nighthawks(Adam Barnhardt) on January 15, 2007.
~The Phoenix FireBirds relocated and changed their name to the Tampa Bay Thunder on January 9, 2008.
~The XFFL expanded to twelve teams when it added the San Diego Spartans(Mike Miller) and the Omaha Bigdogs(Chad Buchholz) on January 14, 2008.
~The Philadelphia Blizzard and owner Josh Hopper was replaced with Jarrod Tell and the Boise Bobcats on March 12, 2009.
~The Oakland Rage and owner Jack Calhoun was replaced with Phil Schonebaum and the Atlanta Predators on December 14, 2009.
~For the first time in the history of the XFFL, a owner was replaced mid-season as Adam Barnhardt and the Glendale Nighthawks was replaced by Josh Hopper and the Philadelphia Blizzard on October 19, 2010 after an 0-6 start.
~The Cincinnati Dragons relocated to Columbus and changed their name to the Columbus Enforcers on July 22, 2011.
~The Tampa Bay Thunder relocated to Chicago and changed their name to the Direwolves on July 31, 2011.
~The Orlando Desperados relocated and changed their name to the Washington Knights on January 4, 2012.
~The San Diego Spartans and owner Mike Miller was replaced with Ryan Buske and the Boston Americans on January 5, 2012.
~The South Carolina SaberCats relocated and changed their name to the San Francisco Devil Raiders on May 13, 2013.
~The Washington Knights relocated and changed their name to the Orlando Swarm on August 1st, 2013.
~The Kansas City Rebels and Ben Harrison replaced Mitch Nehman and the Pittsburgh Freaks on January 9th, 2016.
~The Columbus Enforcers moved back to Cincinnati and once again became the Cincinnati Dragons on May 11th, 2016.
~After an 0-4 start, Dave Hopper and the Chicago Direwolves closed operations and decided to leave the XFFL on October 9th, 2016, they were replaced by Tyler Thue and the Los Angeles Wookies.
~The Los Angeles Wookies folded after less than a year of operations and were replaced by BJ Hudson and the San Jose Brawlers on March 18th, 2017.

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Championship History

~The Cincinnati Dragons beat the Orlando Desperados 224 – 217 in the 1st XFFL Championship game.
~The Cincinnati Dragons beat the Pittsburgh Freaks 236 – 159 in the 2nd XFFL Championship game.
~The Cincinnati Dragons beat the Phoenix FireBirds 237 – 179 in the 3rd XFFL Championship game.
~The Miami Soul beat the Philadelphia Blizzard 165 – 141 in the 4th XFFL Championship game.
~The Pittsburgh Freaks beat the Cincinnati Dragons 175.79 – 140.09 in the 5th XFFL Championship game.
~The Orlando Desperados beat the Cincinnati Dragons 164.03 – 100.18 in the 6th XFFL Championship game.
~The South Carolina SaberCats beat the Omaha Bigdogs 129.69 – 102.67 in the 7th XFFL Championship game.
~The Cincinnati Dragons beat the Miami Soul 161.67 – 102.09 in the 8th XFFL Championship game.
~The Atlanta Predators beat the Orlando Desperados 119.32 – 104.47 in the 9th XFFL Championship game.
~The Philadelphia Blizzard beat the Chicago Direwolves 159 – 139.47 in the 10th XFFL Championship game.
~The Chicago Direwolves defeated the San Francisco Devil Raiders 111.41 – 110.04 in the 1st Princess City Floral Bowl.
~The Pittsburgh Freaks defeated the Boston Americans 115.47 – 103.88 in the 2nd Princess City Floral Bowl.
~The Philadelphia Blizzard defeated the Orlando Swarm 107.81 – 98.70 in the 3rd Princess City Floral Bowl.
~The Kansas City Rebels defeated the Miami Soul 181.63 – 131.27 in the 4th Princess City Floral Bowl.

Line-Up Changes

~Starting Line-Ups changed from 3 QBs, 3 RBs, 5 WRs, 2 TEs, 2 Ks, and 2 DEFs to 2 QBs, 3 RBs, 4 WRs, 2 TEs, 1 K and 1 DEF on February 16, 2006.
~Starting Line-Ups changed from 2 QBs, 3 RBs, 4 WRs, 2 TEs, 1 K and 1 DEF to 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 2 TEs, 1 K and 1 DEF on December 16, 2006.
~Starting Line-Ups changed from 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 2 TEs, 1 K and 1 DEF to 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 2 TEs, 1 K, 1 OFF Flex, 2 DBs, 2 DLs, 2 LBs and 1 DEF Flex on June 3, 2007.
~First ever Individual Defensive Players are drafted on June 4, 2007.
~Starting Line-Ups changed from 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 2 TEs, 1 K and 1 DEF to 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 OFF Flex, 2 DBs, 2 DLs, and 2 LBs on January 1, 2008.
~1 DEF Flex added to the Starting Line-Ups on February 15, 2009
~Starting Line-Ups changed from 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 OFF Flex, 2 DBs, 2 DLs, 2 LBs and 1 DEF Flex to 1 QB, 1 RB, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, 2 OFF Flex, 2 DBs, 2 DLs, 2 LBs and 1 DEF Flex.