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Saginaw Sting
Saginaw Sting logo
Founded 2008
League CIFL 2008
IFL 2009[1]
Team History Saginaw Sting
Arena Dow Event Center
Based in Saginaw, Michigan
Team colors green, orange
Owner Mike Trumbull
Esteban Rivera [2]
President Mike Trumbull
Esteban Rivera
Head Coach Karl Featherstone
Championships 2008 CIFL Champions
Division Titles 2008 CIFL Atlantic Division
Dancers Stingers[3]
Mascot Stanley Stinger[4]

The Saginaw Sting was a team in the Indoor Football League that began play as a 2008 expansion franchise in the Continental Indoor Football League. The team played its home games at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan.

On June 29, 2008, the Sting defeated the Xplosion 41-37 to win the CIFL Championship Game.



Original Team owners are Mike Johnson, Mike Trumbull and Esteban Rivera who also own the Kalamazoo Xplosion.[2] A number of Sting players and Xplosion players indicated at the end of the 2008 season that wages was in arrears from the owners. this lead to an investigation of Johnson in his roll as Sting General Manager. Trumbull, owner of Triple Threat Sports in Battle Creek, and Rivera, a Battle Creek police officer, have offered a deal to split ownership of the two team with Trumbell and Rivera owning the Sting and Johnson receiving the Xplosion. Trumbull and Rivera has indicated that they plan for the Sting to move to the new Indoor Football League.[1]


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

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Saginaw Sting (CIFL)
2008 10 2 0 2nd Atlantic West Won AD West Finals (Marion)
Won AD Championship (Lehigh Valley)
Won CIFL Championship (Kalamazoo)
Saginaw Sting (IFL)
2009 3 12 0 4th United Atlantic --
Totals 16 14 0 (including playoffs)

2008 Season Schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 9 Flint Phantoms Away Won 51-25[5]
March 21 Marion Mayhem Home Won 54-48[6]
March 29 Miami Valley Silverbacks Away Won 70-26[7]
April 4 New Jersey Revolution Home Won 48-24[8]
April 11 Flint Phantoms Home Won 55-28[9][10]
April 19 Rochester Raiders Away Lost 43-59[11]
April 26 Rock River Raptors Away Lost 50-51[12]
May 2 Milwaukee Bonecrushers Home Won 51-28[13]
May 10 Fort Wayne Freedom Away Won 34-21[14]
May 24 Chicago Slaughter Home Won 53-28[15]
May 31 Milwaukee Bonecrushers Away Won 54-28[16]
June 6 Muskegon Thunder Home Won 60-23[17]
June 14 Marion Mayhem (Playoffs) Home Won 41-34
June 23 Lehigh Valley Outlawz (Playoffs) Home Won 59-25
June 29 Kalamazoo Xplosion (CIFL Championship) Away Won 41-37

2009 season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 13 Muskegon Thunder Away Won 16-9
March 20 RiverCity Rage Home
March 29 Rochester Raiders Home
April 4 RiverCity Rage Away
April 10 Muskegon Thunder Home
April 18 Bloomington Extreme Away
April 25 RiverCity Rage Away
May 1 Muskegon Thunder Away
May 8 Maryland Maniacs Home
May 16 Maryland Maniacs Away
May 22 Bloomington Extreme Home
May 30 Rochester Raiders Away
June 5 Maryland Maniacs Home
June 19 Sioux City Bandits Home


  1. ^ a b Mancina, Greg (2008-09-12). "Saginaw Sting ready to join new league while owners work to split their differences". The Saginaw News (Saginaw, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-0-16.  
  2. ^ a b Morgan, Wes (2008-04-18). "Xplosion owners juggling two teams". Kalamazoo Gazette (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  3. ^ Brandt, Patti (2008-04-07). "Local women find high-energy fun on Saginaw Sting dance team". Bay City Times (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  4. ^ Mancina, Greg. "Saginaw Sting football team begins season". Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  5. ^ Nilsen, Dan (March 10, 2008). "Flint Phantoms lose CIFL debut to Saginaw Sting". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-03-12.  
  6. ^ "Down big in final period, Mayhem comeback falls just short against Sting". The Marion Star (Gannett Company). 2008-03-22. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  7. ^ "Sting remain perfect, 70-26" (xml). Saginaw News (Saginaw, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  8. ^ Mott, Geoff (2008-04-05). "Sting cruise past New Jersey, 48-24" (xml). Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  9. ^ Gunther, Bruce (April 12, 2008). "Phantoms fade after strong start". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  10. ^ Mancina, Greg (April 12, 2008). "Sting crazy" (xml). Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  11. ^ "Sting suffer first loss" (xml). Saginaw News (Saginaw, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  12. ^ "Sting fall in final seconds" (xml). Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-05-13.  
  13. ^ Mancina, Greg (2008-05-01). "Saginaw ends two-game slide with dominating performance" (xml). Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-05-13.  
  14. ^ "Sting 'D' delivers at Fort Wayne" (xml). Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-05-13.  
  15. ^ Mancina, Greg (2008-05-24). "STING INSIDER: Saginaw Sting beat Chicago Slaughter 53-28". Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-06-09.  
  16. ^ "Sting win, 61-28". Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). 2008-06-01. Retrieved 2008-06-09.  
  17. ^ Mancina, Greg (2008-06-01). "The Saginaw Sting cap their inaugural season with a 60-23 victory over visiting Muskegon". Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-06-09.  

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