Green Bay Blizzard



Years of Existence: 2003-2009
Venue: Resch Center (Green Bay, WI)
Accomplishments:
2003
2004
2005 Playoff appearance
2006 - Eastern Division champions, championship game appearance
2007 - Semifinal appearance
2008 - Midwest Division champions, quarterfinal appearance
2009 - Semifinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 64-60
Home: 36-24
Away: 28-35
Neutral: 0-1
Playoffs: 7-5
Average Attendance: 4,807

The Green Bay Blizzard have shown they are the typical AF2 franchise. Unsuccessful in their first two years, with records of 2-14 and 6-10, the Blizzard turned it all around in 2005 to clinch their first playoff berth. However, the team lost to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, 48-41, as the Blizzard's 6-1 regular season turned into a 9-7 finish and a road playoff date against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Blizzard fell in the final minute of the game, 48-41. The Blizzard got out to a 2-3 start in 2006, but was able to win several tight games to go 10-6. Eight of the final ten games were decided by six points or less. The team then clinched its first division title and a first round bye in the playoffs. The team won their first playoff game in franchise history by dismantling the defending champion Memphis Xplorers, 67-50. The Blizzard then took their second trip of the year to Germain Arena and knocked the Firecats out of title contention, 60-47. In Puerto Rico, the Blizzard went down 41-14 at the half to the Spokane Shock in ArenaCup VII. The team did not recover from the deficit, losing the title game, 57-34. The team returned in full force in 2007, winning three of of the last four regular season games to secure a 9-7 record and third consecutive playoff berth. The defense was tough, giving up just 40 points per game. However, the offesne wasn't much better, scoring 43 points per game. Starting quarterback Gino Guidugli left the team late in the season to go to the CFL. Backup Zeke Dixon took over and led the team into the playoffs. The Blizzard won at Quad City, 39-34 and earned a home playoff game against Louisville. The Blizzard used a 10-7 second half to beat the Fire, 37-27. For the second straight year, Green Bay advanced to the conference championship game. This time, however, they would lose to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 46-43. The Blizzard trailed 32-16 at half, but managed to storm back to make the game very close. The game had nine combined fumbles, two of them lost by the Pioneers. However, Dixon was picked off twice. In 2008, five quarterbacks split time for the Blizzard. Scott Burnoski led receivers with 24 touchdowns. The Blizzard finished at 11-5 and won another division title. After losing to Lexington twice in the regular season, the Blizzard blasted the Horsemen 65-37 in the first round of the playoffs. Manchester was the next opponent. Manchester's quarterback for the game was Brian Jones, the quarterback that led Memphis to a title in 2005. After a back and forth game all night, Manchester won on a two-point conversion with one second left in the game, 55-54. Gino Guidugli led the Blizzard into the 2009 season, with star Robert Garth also returning to the team. As usual, the team was strong on defense, sacking opposing quarterbacks 41 times, while the offense gave up just sixteen. It was an up and down first half of the year, with a 4-4 record and a very low point in franchise history, as the team was beat by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 69-19. After this loss, however, the team began to heat up, like in previous years. Two of the next three wins would come in overtime on the road in Quad City and Iowa, while only Tulsa and Quad City would defeat them en rout to a 10-6 regular season record. The playoff road began in Huntsville, Alabama, against the defending champion Vipers. Kevin Eakin would throw three picks in the Vipers' final three drives of the game and Green Bay upset Tennessee Valley, 60-56. Then it was off to Iowa, where the Blizzard had already taken home a 71-65 overtime victory. Once again, an interception in the final Iowa drive would give the Blizzard yet another upset victory over the Barnstormers in front of over 9,000 fans in Des Moines. The once floundering team advanced to the American Conference championship game and earned a return trip to Pennsylvania to seek revenge against the Pioneers. Both quarterbacks would combine to throw 15 touchdowns passes in a classic game. The Pioneers came out on top in a back and forth struggle, 72-67. Following the 2009 season, the Blizzard joined the IFL.