The Sports Lounge presents… REMEMBER THEM: Houma Bayou Bucks… and more
This last installment of REMEMBER THEM is more of a personal one than informative one. There is not a lot of information of the brief history of the Houma Bayou Bucks football team, the Houma Conquerors, or any of the teams from Louisiana that played in smaller indoor leagues. I will give as much information as I could gather, trust me.
The Bayou Bucks were a part of the NIFL, the National Indoor Football League. The NIFL was based out of Lafayette, LA and operated from 2001-2008. The Bayou Bucks were announced as a franchise on December 19, 2001 and began play in 2002. They would play their home games at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center and were led by head coach Jack Phillips Jr. The team played three seasons in Houma. After the 2004 season, Sudo Properties, a parent company of the franchise, filed a lawsuit against the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government claiming there to be illegal acts that took place over the three year existence of the franchise. After the lawsuit, the team folded.
The Bayou Bucks finished with a 26-17 record, including playoffs, in their three year existence. The team made it to the playoffs two of three years but lost both playoff appearances in the first round. The Bucks had two memorable games in their history. First, in May 2002, against the Winston-Salem Energy, the game was cancelled in the 3rd Quarter due to fighting between the teams. How often does that happen. Second, in the 2004 season, the Bayou Bucks defeated, well, demolished the Waco Marshals by a score of 74-0. That was one of the most lopsided victories in NIFL history.
After the Bayou Bucks left town, Houma had a second chance, briefly, with the Houma Conquerors of the Southern Indoor Football League. The Conquerors were the answer for fans that missed their local football. The Conquerors were a charter member of the SIFL that began play in 2009. And that would also be their only season. In their lone season, the Conquerors also played at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center and finished with a 3-8 record. That was somehow good enough to finish 4th out of 5 teams and advance to the playoffs. They lost their first playoff game against the Louisiana Swashbucklers. And then they were gone.
Indoor football had a brief stay in Houma, LA but with many small indoor leagues like the NIFL, SIFL, and others, football was popular in the smaller market areas of Louisiana. Here is a brief look at some of the other Louisiana indoor football teams.
The Swashbucklers were based in Lake Charles, LA and won 2 Intense Football League Championships and 1 SIFL Championship. They played in the NIFL, SIFL, IFL, and PIFL, the Professional Indoor Football League.
The Land Sharks were also based in Lake Charles and were members of the NIFL. The team folded and was replaced with the Swashbucklers.
The Louisiana Bayou Beast started out based in Baton Rouge, LA but then the team was renamed and moved. The Bayou Beast were brought back a few years later, this time located in Monroe, LA. They were members of the NIFL and PIFL, where they won a league championship.
The Louisiana Rangers were the original Bayou Beast that relocated to Alexandria, LA and competed in the PIFL. The team then moved to the NIFL and later relocated to Beaumont, TX and became the Beaumont Drillers.
Well, as I said, this RT blog would not be as informative as most. The history are short. The teams constantly switched leagues and cities. It is a hard one to follow. But, this was one of my favorites and I enjoyed spreading the (few) words of the Houma Bayou Bucks and others. So, for now, I will lay REMEMBER THEM to rest. But don’t worry. I have new ideas to keep RT going, but with a new twist while still talking sports. So, in due time, we will return. Until then, keep reading everything else we have to offer here at Blog 4 Dat! Thanks.