Grand Rapids Rampage



Years of Existence: 1998-2008
Venue: Van Andel Arena (Grand Rapids, MI)
Accomplishments
1998 -
1999 - Playoff appearance
2000 - Playoff appearance
2001 - AFL Champions
2002 - Playoff appearance
2003 - Playoff appearance
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 - Semifinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 69-107
Home: 40-48
Away: 29-59
Playoffs: 5-5
Average Attendance: 8,134

After a 3-11 inaugural season, the Grand Rapids Rampage appeared in the playoffs in just their second year. The team lost their six games by a total of sixteen points, proving that they were highly competitive. Their playoff game was at Albany, and the Rampage lost, 55-45. In 2000, the win and loss column flip-flopped to 6-8. However, the team managed to secure a playoff berth and then lsot to Nashville, 57-14. 2001 was Grand Rapids' best year in franchise history. The team lost only three games en route to a Championship. Their playoff victories came against Indiana, Chicago, and won the Championship against Nashville, 64-42. In 2002, 5-2 turned into 8-6 and a first round playoff loss to Carolina, 72-64. In 2003, the team ended the season by losing five straight. However, 8-8 was enough to make the postseason, where the Rampage lost to Detroit, 55-54. The team hit rock bottom in 2004, going 1-15. The only win came at Detroit. The losses were mostly blowouts. In 2005, the Rampage won three of their last four, to finish 4-12 and miss the playoffs for the second straight year. 2006 brought a one game improvement overall, but the Rampage only stomped on opponents in Michigan. The team was winless on the road, losing by about twenty points per game. Road woes are nothing new: from 2004 to 2006, the Rampage won two games away from the Van Andel Arena. The team added one more road win in 2007 at Colorado, while winning three home contests. The Rampage gave up a league record 1,014 points, which is just over 63 points per game. James MacPherson led the Rampage in 2008 after Adrian McPherson was injured after just one game. The team had yet another losing season, winning just six games. In those wins, the Rampae scored an average of 80 points. In the first win, the team scored a franchise record 92 points, followed the next week by scoring 84. Due to an incredibly weak conference, the Rampage qualified for the postseason and played their first playoff game since 2003. The game was in Arizona, and the team used a goal line stand to defeat Arizona, 48-41. This marked the franchise's first postseason win since their championship run in 2001. The next game was at Chicago, and again the Rampage would get the win, 58-41. The conference championship game was at San Jose. The Cinderella run ended with an 81-55 SaberCats victory.