Baltimore Blackbirds

The Baltimore Blackbirds was an Indoor football team that preceded the Baltimore Mariners in the AIFA franchise. The team joined the AIFA (American Indoor Football Association) as one of the new members in the 2007 expansion. The team used the 1st mariners arena as their home arena.

The Blackbirds where first meant to join the Eastern Indoor Football League but joined the AIFA instead. The Announcement that the blackbirds where to join the AIFA was made shortly after the "League Showcase/Jamboree" held inside the Mahoning Valley HitMen's "ThunderDome".

The blackbirds single season in the AIFA was associated with a lot of problems. The team did not produce good result and had a very poor economy. The economy was so bad that the players had problem receiving their paychecks and they would have to wait several months before they got paid for the final two games. The coaches did not get paid either. On August 3, 2007, the head coach resigned and expressed doubt about the teams ability to survive. The Blackbirds finished their first and only season with a 1-12 record. IE they won one game and lost twelve.

Three days after the head coachs resignation the AIFA expelled the blackbirds from the franchise. The official reason for the expulsion was that they had negotiated with other leagues but it is not hard to see that there where a lot of other problems effecting the decision as well.

Their place in the league was later given to the Baltimore Mariners.

The 2007 game result for the Baltimore blackbirds:

Date

Opponent

Home/Away

Result

March 10

Reading Express

Away

Lost 6-78

March 16

Lakeland Thunderbolts

Away

Lost 14-69

March 24

Mississippi Mudcats

Away

Lost 20-80

March 31

Carolina Speed

Home

Lost 25-48

April 6

Canton Legends

Away

Lost 2-38

April 14

Montgomery Bears

Home

Lost 22-51

April 21

Florence Phantoms

Away

Lost 40-65

April 29

Gulf Coast Raiders

Home

Won 44-10

May 5

Carolina Speed

Away

Lost 32-52

May 12

Montgomery Bears

Away

Lost 11-58

May 21

Reading Express

Home

Lost 32-58

May 25

Tallahassee Titans

Away

Lost 40-73

June 1

Johnstown Riverhawks

Home

Lost 17-19