New York Dragons

Years of Existence: 2001-2008
Venues: Nassau Coliseum (New York, NY)
2001 - Eastern Division champions, playoff appearance
2002 -
2003 - Eastern Division champions, semifinal appearance
2004 -
2005 - Playoff appearance
2006 - Playoff appearance
2007 -
2008 - Quarterfinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 63-68
Home: 34-31
Away: 29-37
Playoffs: 2-5
Average Attendance: 10,177

The New York Dragons are the third franchise to enter the Big Apple. They are also the longest lasting and most successful of the three. In just their first year, the team finished 8-6, with big wins over Buffalo and Arizona. Three of the team�s final four games were on the road and the team lost the home game. The Dragons fell victim to the Toronto Phantoms, 64-57, in the first round of the postseason. A seven-game losing streak highlighted the Dragons� 2002 season, as they missed the playoffs. In 2003, following an 8-8 record, the team finally won a playoff game against Chicago. They lost the following week in Orlando, by a touchdown. 2004 was a year of road woes. The team finished at 9-7, but missed the playoffs, winning only three games on the road against Georgia, Tampa Bay, and Dallas. Despite a 10-6 season in 2005, the team still could not win away from New York. Five of the losses came on the road. The Dragons lost their playoff game at home to Orlando, 47-42. In 2006, the Dragons were riddled with quarterback issues. Aaron Garcia completed 77% of his passes for 32 touchdowns and four picks, but was getting sacked all the time. He finally got injured, foricng the team to look for a good backup. Juston Wood and former af2 quarterback Sam Clemmons were not the answers, as they combined for seven touchdowns and six interceptions. The Dragons settled on Nick Browder, and the Dragons won six of their final eight games. Browder led the team in a playoff game at home against Orlando, but New York could not survive a wild game, losing 72-69. The 2007 Dragons finished the year at 5-11, mostly due to the fact that starting quarterback Aaron Garcia was injured most of the year. The Dragons were still mathematically alive for a playoff spot going into their final game against Columbus, but without Garcia, lost 74-43. Garcia returned to the Dragons in 2008 and the team lost four of its first five. This was followed by a five game winning streak, and the Dragons made it into the playoffs at 8-8 as the sixth seed. The Dragons played at Dallas in the first round. Despite twelve penalties, Garcia passed for seven touchdowns and just one interception. The Dragons upset the Desperadoes 77-63 and advanced to play at Philadelphia. Two weeks earlier, the Soul destroyed the Dragons, 59-30. In this rematch, however, it came down to a final, highly controversial score as time expired. Larry Brackins dove into the enzone as time expired on a 28 yard reception. Replay shows that he may have been down at the one yard line, but the ruling was not overturned. Also, the extra point was never attempted. The Soul won 49-48.