San Diego indoor football team vows to stay, despite bad first year

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
Good to hear!

Burt Grossman, former top Chargers draftee, expected to remain as Strike Force coach.
An indoor football club will stay in San Diego for a second season, despite a dismal first year both at the gate and on the green carpet, a team executive said before Thursday’s home finale.
“We’ll be back,” said Ryan Eucker, who became the San Diego Strike Force’s general manager midway through a chaotic first season.
A small crowd of some 300 attended the finale at Pechanga Arena, the Midway District venue that seats more than 12,000.
What supports Eucker’s forecast, beyond expected improvement in revenues?
The 10-team Indoor Football League pays low wages, while employing fewer than half as many players as an outdoor team.
Players get just $200 per game, compared with the $7,000 per game that went to San Diego Fleet players with the Alliance of American Football, the outdoor league that folded in April.
Eucker acknowledged the need to sell more tickets, but said having such a small player payroll is crucial.
As for Strike Force coach Burt Grossman, whose team fell to 1-12 Thursday with a 54-26 loss to Nebraska, Eucker said there’s a “good chance” he returns, too.
If an NFL parallel to Grossman could be suggested, it would be coach Hue Jackson surviving seasons of 1-15 and 0-16 with the Cleveland Browns in 2016-17.
Jackson said he would jump into Lake Erie if his team failed to improve on its 1-15 record. He got wet.
Grossman, too, created drama as his team floundered. He fired two coaches and four players after the Strike Force’s first game. Following the first home game, he labeled as “miserable” the carpeted field, a hastily acquired surface that required duct tape. Then he cut four more players.
Early into his Strike Force gig, the coach spoke with more enthusiasm about his role as a spokesman for a chewing gum that’s said to enhance male sexual performance.
The San Diego radio station that aired Grossman’s commercials — and his guest segments on a sports talk show — folded during the season. The Strike Force defense, meanwhile, bore no resemblance to the young Grossman who sacked NFL quarterbacks as a 1989 first-round draftee of the Chargers. The Strike Force has allowed more than 60 points per game, a league worst. In a recent road game, in South Dakota, the Strike Force “D” forced only six third downs en route to a 61-7 loss to Sioux Falls.
Yet like in the Elton John song, Grossman is still standing. Locally he outlasted a former Super Bowl head coach in the Fleet’s Mike Martz, whose best efforts couldn’t counter the Alliance’s financial losses reported at $70 million.
Eucker noted Grossman, who was new to indoor football, inherited both his roster and coaching staff. “Burt’s done a 180" lately, the GM said.
Eucker was installed by Roy Choi, a Los Angeles-based operator of a gaming-equipment company. Choi is majority owner of the Strike Force and also the only team to lose to the Strike Force, the Cedar Rapids club in Iowa. Eucker was GM of the Cedar Rapids team, and lists himself as a co-owner and advisor with that team.
Next year, Eucker said, will bring not only an improved Strike Force team, but a new color scheme and logo. Due to a mishap, the original Strike Logo featured a Russian MiG jet fighter.
Also, the GM didn’t rule out the Strike Force moving to a new league, or the IFL placing a team close to San Diego to reduce travel cost and help develop a rivalry.


Feb 1, 2015
Remember when Burt Grossman told the San Diego Union reporter's that he was out of the game due to a hangnail, and the paper actually listed him as such? He was as hilarious as our local sports reporters were gullible.


Sep 7, 2008
He also made fun of Leslie O’Neal, said he wore Armani suits with a Vuitton briefcase that carried his football cards.

Gill Man

Inaugural San Diego Charger Fan Since 1962 FUDEAN
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Sep 1, 2017
At least we got one team left. And yeah Grossman is a real character. Good to have old time SD pro players here and living in the city and appreciating it. Hope they have a better 2nd year on the field and in the stands.