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1994-95 Shreveport Crawdads

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Continental Basketball Association (1994-1995)

Born: 1994 – The Columbus Horizon relocate to Shreveport, LA.
Died: 1995 – The Crawdads are re-branded as the Shreveport Storm.

Arena: Hirsch Memorial Coliseum (8,300)

Team Colors:

Owner:

 

A woeful and well-travelled Continental Basketball Association franchise that touched down in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1994.  The Shreveport Crawdads traced their lineage back to the formation of the CBA’s Sarasota Stingers in 1983, a team that was owned by formed by con artist Jeffrey Fischer with money stolen his from stock brokerage clients.  Over the next eleven years, the franchise wandered through Florida (Florida Stingers), West Virginia (Charleston Gunners) and Ohio (Columbus Horizon) under various ownerships and name changes.

Through all the upheaval, the Stingers/Gunners/Horizon remained remarkably consistent:  the franchise never made the CBA playoffs in eleven seasons and finished last in their division six times.

The move to Shreveport did nothing to break the curse: the Crawdads finished in dead last place with a 17-39 record in their only season of play.

The Crawdads had a small collection of former NBA 1st round draft picks on their roster including Kevin Brooks (Milwaukee Bucks ’91), Roy Marble (Atlanta Hawks ’89) and Rumeal Robinson (Atlanta Hawks ’90).  The team also negotiated with long-time NBA vet Terry Catledge (Philadelphia 76ers ’85) but failed to come to terms on a contract.

Following the 1994-95 season, the team changed its name to the Shreveport Storm.  The Storm finished in last place one more time before the franchise’s final owner put the cursed team out of its misery in 1996.

 

==Key Players==

  • Rumeal Robinson

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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Written by andycrossley

June 20th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

1974-1975 Shreveport Steamer

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World Football League (1974-1975)

Born: September 18, 1974 – Houston Texans relocate to Shreveport, LA.
Died: October 22, 1975 – The WFL ceases operations in mid-season.

Stadium: State Fair Stadium (50,400)

Team Colors: Green & Gold

Owners:

  • 1974 – Bill Bernard, et al.
  • 1975 – John B. Atkins, et al.

 

 

 

==Steamer Games on Fun While It Lasted==

Year Date Opponent Score Program Other
1974 10/10/1974 @ Southern California Sun L 25-23 Program
1974 10/31/1974 vs. Portland Storm L 14-0 Program
1974 11/6/1974 vs. Charlotte Hornets W 19-14 Program
1975 7/19/1975 vs. Birmingham Vulcans (Exh.) L 31-30 Program
1975 7/26/1975 vs. Memphis Southmen (Exh.) L 14-7 Program
1975 8/2/1975 @ San Antonio Wings L 19-3 Program
1975 8/9/1975 vs. Chicago Winds W 38-18 Program
1975 8/30/1975 @ Birmingham Vulcans L 21-8 Program
1975 9/6/1975 vs. Jacksonville Express L 22-15 Program
1975 9/14/1975 @ Memphis Southmen L 34-23 Program Roster
1975 9/28/1975 vs. The Hawaiians W 32-25 Program Roster
1975 10/5/1975 vs. Charlotte Hornets L 39-14 Program Roster
1975 10/12/1975 @ Southern California Sun L 39-30 Program
1975 10/19/1975 vs. San Antonio Wings W 41-31 Program Roster

 

==Key Players==

  • Jim Nance

 

==In Memoriam==

Former Steamer lead investor John B. Atkins died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 53 on April 6, 1978.

Steamer running back Jim Nance passed on June 17, 1992 at the age of 49.

Offensive lineman Glen Holloway, who played for the Steamer in 1975, died of liver cancer on December 20, 2011 at age 63.

 

==Downloads==

1975 WFL Standard Player Contract

 

==Links==

World Football League Media Guides

World Football League Game Programs

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Written by andycrossley

February 25th, 2013 at 3:27 am