|League|| WFL (2008–2010)|
|Team history||Oklahoma Thunder|
|Based in||Bixby, Oklahoma|
(Tulsa Public Schools)
|Colors||Blue and Silver|
|Head coach||Rashid Lowe|
|Championships||2008, 2009, 2010, 2013,2016,2017,2018|
The Oklahoma Thunder are a professional American football team based in Bixby, Oklahoma.Starting with the 2011 season, the team competes in the Gridiron Developmental Football League, playing in the Midwest-North Division in the GDFL's Impact Conference. Players have included Bacone College alumni, former major college standouts, and former NFL players including Willie Ponder. The team was founded by Bruce Madden, Daniel Cornelison, and Gary Joice in 2007. James Ashford later bought a piece of the team. The team originally competed in the World Football League. The league was formed as a minor league for players to work on their skills in hopes of making a NFL team. During the team's time in the WFL the Thunder had players signed by several teams including the New Orleans Voo-Doo and the Colorado Crush of the AFL The team's name pre-dates the relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team's official colors are silver and blue. The team's cheerleaders are known as the Thunder Girls.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
Bixby is a city in Tulsa and Wagoner counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, and is a suburb of Tulsa. The population was 13,336 at the 2000 census and 20,884 in the 2010 census, an increase of 56.6 percent In 2010, Bixby became the 19th largest city in Oklahoma. It is nicknamed "The Garden Spot of Oklahoma" for its rich agrarian heritage. Though one of the fastest growing communities in Oklahoma, it remains a sod-growing center and a popular location for purchasing fresh vegetables. The per capita income of $36,257 is the highest in the Tulsa Metropolitan area and is more than 50 percent higher than the state average. In 2009, CNN Money.com placed Bixby No. 67 on its list of 100 Best Places to Live.
The Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) is a low-level minor professional football league based in Memphis, Tennessee.
From its founding in 2008 through the 2010 season, the Thunder competed in the Central Division of the new World Football League. Through three seasons in the WFL the team was undefeated with a 40–0 record and three consecutive league championships. The team beat teams from all over the country and is the only American college or professional team to beat the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher EducationMexican college team.
In their 2008 inaugural season, the Oklahoma Thunder finished with a perfect 14–0 regular season record under head coach Bruce Madden.After beating the Texas Bulldogs 84-6 in the semi-final game, the Thunder rolled to 29–6 victory over the Austin Gamebreakers in World Bowl II on October 18, 2008, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. (The new minor-league WFL retained the numbering from the original 1970s WFL.) After the game, Thunder head coach Bruce Madden was presented the WFL Coach of the Year Award and linebacker Joey Crawford was named WFL Player of the Year.
The World Bowl, also known as World Bowl 1, was the American football championship game of the short-lived World Football League. The Birmingham Americans defeated the Florida Blazers 22–21 on Thursday, December 5, 1974 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. George Mira, quarterback for Birmingham was named the game's Most Valuable Player (MVP). It was televised on TVS Television Network.
Shreveport is a city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is the most populous city in the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area. Shreveport ranks third in population in Louisiana after New Orleans and Baton Rouge and 126th in the U.S. The bulk of Shreveport is in Caddo Parish, of which it is the parish seat. Shreveport extends along the west bank of the Red River into neighboring Bossier Parish. The population of Shreveport was 199,311 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The United States Census Bureau's 2017 estimate for the city's population decreased to 192,036.
In 2009, the team posted another unbeaten record and went on to defeat the Dallas Diesel 41–12 in World Bowl III on August 29, 2009, at LaFortune Stadium in Tulsa.During the season, the Thunder hosted the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Borregos football team for an exhibition. The Thunder defeated the Borregos 31-19 and are still the only American team to defeat the Borregos. Additionally, the Thunder set a national scoring record with a 104-6 victory over the Austin Gamebreakers in the WFL semi-finals. Quarterback Rico Watkins was named WFL MVP after the season, in which he broke several national minor league football records Including: Passing yards in a season- 5,346 passing touchdowns-84 Total touchdowns- 90. Defensive End Jeremy Gray also set the national Minor League sack record with 36 during the regular season.
The Dallas Diesel is an American football team, founded in 1997, which plays in the Midwest Division of the Impact Conference in the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL). The team is also known as the DTF Diesel. The team is the 2006 NAFL champion. The Diesel defeated the Nashville Storm 24-19 in the championship game played at the Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in October 2006. Kicker Sean Riley was the leading scorer for 2006.
The Team ended the season with several award winners and many players making all-star game appearances.During the Hall of Fame ceremony in Las Vegas, Thunder players received the following awards: QB Rico Watkins took home Quarterback of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Overall Player of the Year. Coach Bruce Madden took home Coach of the Year. Corey Curtis won Offensive Lineman of the Year. Jeremy Gray won Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year. T.J. Covington took home the Defensive Back of the Year award. The Thunder also broke several Minor League Football team records, including: Total Points-994 Points per game- 71 Points per game allowed- 3.1 Points in a game 104. The Thunder's lowest point total during the season came during World Bowl III, a 41-12 victory over the Dallas Diesel. During the season, ESPN referred to the Thunder during a broadcast discussing the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team, calling the Thunder the "greatest minor league football team of all time".
Fifteen Thunder players were named to the All-WFL Team in late-July 2010, more than any other team in the league.Quarterback Rico Watkins, wide receivers Marcus Pugh and Michael Swalley, tight end Clayton Froese, offensive lineman Jeremy Gray, defensive end C.B. Boyd, defensive tackle Aaron Littell, linebackers Joey Crawford and Jeremy Nethon, defensive back Quito Lightbourne, and special teams player Eli Kennard were all named to the first team. The second team included Thunder offensive linemen Josh Toops and Corey Curtis, defensive tackle Calvin Wychoff, defensive back Kurtis Dawson, and kicker Brandon Hawley. Several Thunder players won regular season awards, they include: WFL MVP-Rico Watkins Offensive Player of the Year- Prentiss Elliot Defensive Player of the year- Joey Crawford WFL Coach of the Year- Bruce Madden.
After an 11–0 regular season in 2010 and a playoff win over the Fort Worth, Texas-based Eagle Mountain Marauders, the Thunder competed in their third straight World Bowl on July 31, 2010, where they faced the Des Moines Blaze at the East Tulsa Sports Complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma.The Thunder defeated the Blaze, 52–10, to claim their third consecutive league championship and extend their unbeaten streak to 40 games. Joey Crawford was named World Bowl MVP, his second such honor.
In 2011, the WFL folded. After the dissolution of the league Head Coach Bruce Madden resigned and ownership changed hands. The team found a new home in the Gridiron Developmental Football League. Rashid Lowe, who was the defensive backs coach for the team previous to 2011, was named head coach. With a new team structure and massive coaching and player turnover the team was not able to duplicate its previous dominance. Although still a top-tier team, the Thunder had its 44-game winning streak snapped in the GDFL title game.
The team played its 10-game regular season in the Midwest-North Division in the GDFL's Impact Conference.The Thunder's home field was LaFortune Stadium in Tulsa. On August 7, the Thunder broke two league records in their game against the Kansas Diamondbacks: points scored (96) and largest win margin (90). After the blowout win, the Thunder became the top-ranked team in the GDFL. After defeating the St. Louis Bulldogs on August 13, the Thunder finished the 2011 regular season with a perfect 9–0 record, winning the Midwest North Division and clinching the top seed in the playoffs, and were ranked as the number 1 team in the GDFL.
With home field advantage through all the preliminary playoff rounds, the Thunder defeated the North Texas Marauders (70–0) in the divisional playoff, the Dallas Diesel (24-22) in the regional playoff, the Indianapolis Tornados (48-13) in the Impact Conference South game, and the Kentucky Wolverines (42–6) in the Impact Conference Championship game. The Oklahoma Thunder travelled to Tara Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, as the visitor to play the Xtreme Conference champion Chambersburg Cardinals in the GDFL Championship game. Suffering their first loss in franchise history, the Thunder fell 19-14 to the Cardinals.
|June 4, 2011||Kansas Kaos||Oklahoma Thunder||7:00 PM CDT||Lafortune Stadium|
|June 11, 2011||Oklahoma Thunder||Kansas Knights||7:00 PM CDT||Topeka, Kansas||CANCELLED|
|June 18, 2011||OKC Wolverines||Oklahoma Thunder||7:00 PM CDT||Lafortune Stadium|
|June 25, 2011||Oklahoma Thunder||Kansas Diamondbacks||5:00 PM CDT|| Maize South High School |
|July 9, 2011||St. Louis Bulldogs||Oklahoma Thunder||7:00 PM CDT||LaFortune Stadium|
Win by Forfeit
|July 16, 2011||Oklahoma Thunder||Kansas Kaos||7:00 PM CDT|| Shawnee Mission South High School |
Athletic Complex (Shawnee Mission, KS)
|July 23, 2011||Arkansas Sabers||Oklahoma Thunder||7:00 PM CDT||LaFortune Stadium|
|July 30, 2011||Oklahoma Thunder||Dallas Diesel||7:00 PM CDT||Dallas, Texas||Thunder 31|
|August 6, 2011||Kansas Diamondbacks||Oklahoma Thunder||8:00 PM CDT||LaFortune Stadium|
|August 13, 2011||Oklahoma Thunder||St. Louis Bulldogs||8:00 PM CDT||St. Louis, Missouri||Thunder 51|
August 27, 2011
|North Texas Marauders||Oklahoma Thunder||7:00 PM CDT|| G.W. Carver Middle School |
September 3, 2011
|Dallas Diesel||Oklahoma Thunder||8:00 PM CDT||Lafortune Stadium|
|Impact Conference South|
September 10, 2011
|Indianapolis Tornados||Oklahoma Thunder||8:00 PM CDT||Lafortune Stadium|
September 17, 2011
|Kentucky Wolverines||Oklahoma Thunder||8:00 PM CDT||Lafortune Stadium|
October 1, 2011
|Oklahoma Thunder||Chambersburg Cardinals||5:30 PM EDT|| Tara Stadium |
For the 2012 season, the Thunder was able to clinch the Mid-West Division Championship by defeating the OKC Diamondbacks in the second round of the playoffs. The Thunder had a challenging season with the loss of the majority of their starters to the Indoor Football League. The Thunder were defeated by the Indianapolis Tornadoes in the third round of the playoffs. They finished the season 10-3 and a franchise standing of 65-4.
|May 4, 2013||Memphis Dolphins||Oklahoma Thunder||Thunder 63|
|May 11, 2013||Oklahoma Thunder||Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters||Thunder 21|
|May 18, 2013||Oklahoma Thunder||Oklahoma City Rattlers||Thunder 48|
|June 1, 2013||Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters||Oklahoma Thunder||Thunder 47|
|June 15, 2013||Oklahoma Thunder||DC Reign||Thunder 88|
|June 22, 2013||Oklahoma City Rattlers||Oklahoma Thunder||Thunder 21|
|June 29, 2013||Oklahoma Thunder||Memphis Dolphins||Thunder 42|
|July 13, 2013||DC Reign||Oklahoma Thunder||Thunder 21|
|July 20, 2013||Oklahoma Thunder||Arkansas Capitals||Thunder 55|
|July 27, 2013||Memphis Dolphins||Oklahoma Thunder||Thunder 55|
August 10, 2013
|Tennessee Hurricanes||Oklahoma Thunder||Thunder 66|
August 17, 2013
|Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters||Oklahoma Thunder||Thunder 35|
Bounty Hunters 28
|Impact Conference South|
September 10, 2013
|Indianapolis Tornados||Oklahoma Thunder||Thunder 20|
September 7, 2013
|Oklahoma Thunder||Lehigh Valley Storm||Thunder 56|
Oklahoma Thunder has a stellar undefeated regular season 10-0. The road to the Championship is cut short by the Dallas Anarchy. Thunder overall record 88-5.
Oklahoma Thunder has a great regular season with a 7-1 record with their only loss to the OKC Bounty Hunters. Thunder wins the division with a victory over the Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters in the second round of playoffs. Thunder handed OKC their first ever home stadium loss and the first time OKC had never been allowed to score a touchdown. Thunder travels to New Orleans where they lose the divisional title to the Crescent City Kings. Thunder over record 96-7.
Oklahoma Thunder has a great regular season with an 8-0 record. Thunder wins the division with a victory over the Memphis Blast in the second round of playoffs. Thunder wins the National Championship againstthe Nashville Storm.
Oklahoma Thunder has a great regular season with an 8-0 record. Thunder wins the division with a victory over the Mississippi Steeldogs in the second round of playoffs. Thunder wins the National Championship against the Chattanooga Eagles. This is Oklahoma Thunders 6th National Championship.
In 2008, the team played its home games at Booker T. Washington Stadium and S.E. Williams Stadium in Tulsa.For the 2009 season, home games were moved to Exchange Bank Stadium in nearby Skiatook, Oklahoma. The Thunder played most of their 2010 home games at LaFortune Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before relocating to the East Tulsa Sports Complex. The Thunder's home field for 2011 was Lafortune Stadium in Tulsa. Thunders new home field Stadium for 2013 and 2014 Season is Bixby High School.
Home games were formerly televised on KWHB TV-47 and Cox cable channel 7 in Tulsa on a one-hour delay.
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