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Sioux Falls team looks to break professional football consecutive win streak

May 17, 2007 - United Indoor Football Association (UIF) - Sioux Falls Storm News Release

Omaha, NE - The Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football (UIF) could break the record for consecutive wins in professional football at any level Saturday when they host the Omaha Beef at 7:05 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, SD. With 27 wins in-a-row the Storm share the record with the Ohio Valley Greyhounds. Sioux Falls' streak began with a 51-41 win over the Beef in Omaha, NE July 30, 2005. Ohio Valley's streak took place in another league from July 13, 2002 through April 30, 2004 before losing to Fort Wayne May 8, 2004 in Fort Wayne, IN.

Sioux Falls and Ohio Valley have been UIF members since the association began play in the spring of 2005. During Sioux Falls' current streak, the Storm defeated Ohio Valley 51-24 in Wheeling, WV on April 29, 2006. Sioux Falls has gone to overtime twice in its run-a 47-44 win at Fort Wayne on April 22, 2006 and earlier this year they escaped with a 52-49 victory at Billings, MT.

The Odessa Roughnecks won 27 regular season games between July 31, 2004 and July 1, 2006 starting in the Intense Football League (IFL), leaving for another league and eventually returning to the IFL. However, they lost a semi-final playoff game July 23, 2005. The Canton Bulldogs won 25 regular season games in-a-row in the National Football League's 1921-1923 seasons. In modern-day NFL, the New England Patriots strung together 21 games from October 5, 2003 to October 23, 2004. The Canadian Football League consecutive mark is 22 by the Calgary Stampeders in 1948 and 1949.

The Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League won 17 in-a-row from July 1, 1995 to June 29, 1996.

According to Professional Football Researchers Association Executive Director, Bob Carroll, in 1949, the Cleveland Browns of the old All-America Football Conference completed a streak of 29 consecutive undefeated games begun two years earlier that included 27 wins and two ties. "The Browns won their fourth straight AAFC championship in '49 and then the league went out of business," Carroll said. "Although the Browns and San Francisco 49ers were taken into the NFL, the AAFC might have been better off with a weaker team in Cleveland and more competition among its other teams."

Storm General Manager, Colin Steen, says next to winning a championship, "It's fun to be part of something that could go down in never know how long it will last," he said, but in the meantime, "It's pretty special."

U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota will be rooting for his home team. "I look forward to the Storm giving their best on Saturday and earning their way into the record books."

UIF consists of 11 teams. The Western Conference consists of the Billings Outlaws, the Colorado Ice in Fort Collins, the Omaha Beef, the Sioux City Bandits and the Sioux Falls Storm. Teams in the Eastern Conference include the Bloomington (IL) Extreme, the Evansville (IN) BlueCats, the Lexington Horsemen, the Ohio Valley Greyhounds (Wheeling, SV), the RiverCity (St. Charles, MO) Rage and the Rock River (Rockford, IL) Raptors.

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