Memphis Xplorers

Years of Existence: 2001-2006
Venue: DeSoto Civic Center (Southaven, MS)
2001 -
2004 Playoff appearance
2005 AF2 Champions
2006 - Quarterfinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 52-50
Home: 28-23
Away: 23-27
Playoffs: 4-2
Average Attendance: 3,262

The Memphis Xplorers are historically a disappointing franchise, but have executed a great turnaround in the recent years. In their first three seasons, the best record the team could manage was 6-10 in 2003. The Xplorers turned it around for 2004, going 10-6 and qualifying for their first-ever playoff game. Unfortunately they would lose this game to the eventual Champions, Florida Firecats, by a count of 35-33. Despite a relatively low attendance, the team returned in 2005 and it's a good thing they did. The Xplorers cruised to a 13-3 regular season record, stomping the majority of their opponents by double digits. The AF2 community knew this team was special when Memphis scored a franchise record 83 points against the Eastern Division Champion Manchester Wolves. The Xplorers also got their largest margin of victory, winning the game 83-26. The team earned a first-round bye and then faced the expansion Amarillo Dusters the following week. The week off was only a positive for the team, as they destroyed the Dusters, 71-30. The following week, the Xplorers defeated the Rio Grande Valley Dorados and earned an ArenaCup berth. The team hammered the Louisville Fire, 63-41 to win the franchise's first AF2 Championship. The Xplorers followed up their championship season with another great one. Many of the eleven wins were by blowouts. However, this time around, Memphis struggled on the road. The team gave up a big lead at Florida and also lost to cellar-dwelling teams such as Macon and South Georgia. Memphis finished second in the South Division and advanced to play Louisville at home in the first round of the playoffs. Returning Xplorer star Kevin Prentiss scored eight times in an 83-61 victory. The road woes continued in the second round, however, and a 34-30 halftime deficit turned in to a 67-50 loss to the Green Bay Blizzard. Kevin Prentiss scored just three times against the Blizzard. Following the 2006 season, the Xplorers ceased operations, despite rumors of the team being moved to Mississippi.