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Flint Phantoms
Flint Phantoms logo
Founded 2008
League Continental Indoor Football League
Team History Flint Phantoms
Arena Perani Arena
Based in Flint, Michigan
Team colors TBA
Head Coach Keith Tunstall[1]
Championships 0
Division Titles 0

The Flint Phantoms are a team in the Continental Indoor Football League, first playing in the 2008 season. They play their home games at the Perani Arena and Event Center, which was previously home to the Indoor Football League's Flint Flames in 2000, and the playoff home for the defunct Michigan Pirates in 2007.



With the limited success of Perani Arena as the playoff home for the Michigan Pirates, Pete Norager, one of the owners of the Pirates, decided to start a replacement team in Flint, and the formation of the Phantoms was announced on December 18, 2007. In February 2008, Norager withdrew from owning the team. Currently, the Perani Group is running the team pending the selection of a new owner with a temporary investment group.[1] Because of poor attendance, payments to players were delayed near the end of the 2008 season,[2] and some players left the team because of other commitments or disgruntlement over late pay. The Phantoms approached their last game of 2008 with a roster of just 9 or 10 and looked to semi-pro teams for additional players.[2] On the day of the game, only 11 players were available (with 16 required to field a team), forcing the Phantoms to forfeit.[3]

The team is sitting out the 2009 season but still is considered a CIFL team.[4]


Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2008 1 11 0 4th Atlantic West --

2008 Season Schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 9 Saginaw Sting Home Lost 25-51 [5]
March 21 Kalamazoo Xplosion Away Lost 8-62[6]
March 28 New England Surge Home Lost 28-38[7]
April 6 Milwaukee Bonecrushers Away Won 62-53 [8]
April 11 Saginaw Sting Away Lost 28-55[9][10]
April 19 Kalamazoo Xplosion Home Lost 18-44[11]
April 26 New England Surge Away Lost 48-49[12]
May 10 Muskegon Thunder Home Lost 42-55[13]
May 17 Rock River Raptors Away Lost 38-69[14]
May 24 Rochester Raiders Home Lost 12-35[15]
May 31 Rock River Raptors Home Lost 6-49[2]
June 8 Rochester Raiders Away Loss by


  1. ^ a b Nilsen, Dan (2008-03-08). "Flint Phantoms founder gone, but that's OK". The Flint Journal. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-03-12.  
  2. ^ a b c Nilsen, Dan (2008-06-01). "Phantoms fall; players disguntled over non-payments". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-06-06.  
  3. ^ a b Nilsen, Dan (2008-06-08). "Flint Phantoms forfeit CIFL finale; opponent quits league". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-06-09.  
  4. ^ 2009 Schedule Released Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) website
  5. ^ Nilsen, Dan (2008-03-10). "Flint Phantoms lose CIFL debut to Saginaw Sting". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-03-12.  
  6. ^ Morgan, Wes (2008-03-22). "Xplosion unleash their offense". Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo Gazette). Retrieved 2008-03-30.  
  7. ^ Nilsen, Dan (2008-03-29). "Resurgent Phantoms fall short against Surge". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-03-30.  
  8. ^ Braun, Rick (2008-04-06). "Team loses quarterback, chance at first victory". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Journal Sentinel Inc.). Retrieved 2008-04-07.  
  9. ^ Gunther, Bruce (2008-04-12). "Phantoms fade after strong start". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  10. ^ Mancina, Greg (2008-04-12). "Sting crazy". Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  11. ^ Nilsen, Dan (2008-04-20). "Phantoms again no match for Kalamazoo on home field". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  12. ^ Wilson, Jim. "Surge get it done in fourth". Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Worcester Telegram & Gazette Corp). Retrieved 2008-04-28.  
  13. ^ "After slow start, Thunder explode in CIFL win over Phantoms". Muskegon Chronicle (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-05-12.  
  14. ^ "Raptors beat up on Phantoms, 69-38". WREX. 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-06-06.  
  15. ^ Savage, Brendan (2008-05-25). "Phantoms' upset bid fades in second half". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-06-06.  

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