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Los Angeles Cobras
LosAngelesCobras
Founded 1988
Folded 1988
History Los Angeles Cobras (1988)
Arena Los Angeles Sports Arena,
1988
Based in Los Angeles, California
Colors Blue, Gold

         

League Arena Football League (1988)
President
Head coach Ray Willsey
AFL Championships none
AFL titles none
Cheerleaders
Dancers
Mascot
Website http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=7&year=1988


HistoryEdit

The Los Angeles Cobras played in the 1988 Arena Football League season only. They played their home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which they shared with the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. The team's logo was unusual in that it consisted of an interlocking "LA" in which the left upright of the "A" was formed by the hooded head and "neck" of a cobra.

The Cobras, who featured former NFL all-pro receiver Cliff Branch, managed only a 5-6-1 record and drew dismal crowds. They did manage to grab the fourth and final playoff spot in the six team AFL, but lost in the semifinals to the Chicago Bruisers. It turned out to be their last game ever as the Cobras (as well as the New York Knights and the New England Steamrollers) folded after the 1988 season, cutting the league down to just three teams.

The Cobras are also featured in the film Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects starring Charles Bronson. One scene takes place during a Cobras/Bruisers game, presumably the final regular season contest played July 14, 1988 (this game also had the distinction of ending 37-37, making it the first tie game in arena football history). The film was released in early 1989.

The Arena Football League returned to Los Angeles in 2000 when a new team called the Los Angeles Avengers began play. The Avengers later folded in 2009.

Los Angeles Cobras Roster - 1988Edit

  1. 1 Gary Mullen WR/DB
  2. 2 Marty Zendejas K
  3. 2 Ken Olson K
  4. 2 Nick Mike-Mayer K
  5. 5 Eric Beavers QB
  6. 10 Matt Stevens QB
  7. 18 Mike Mendoza QB
  8. 20 Joe Kelly WR/DB
  9. 22 Cliff Branch WR/DB
  10. 25 Richard Rodgers DB/WR
  11. 26 Derrick Donald DS
  12. 32 Ed Zeman DB/RB
  13. 32 Darren Arbet WR/DB
  14. 34 Richard Prather RB/LB
  15. 40 Yepi Pauu LB/RB
  16. 42 Rob DeVita LB/RB
  17. 42 Mike Benson DS
  18. 46 Wes Walton OL/DL
  19. 50 Patrick Cain OL/DL
  20. 55 Brian Clark OL/DL
  21. 60 Chuck Harris OL/DL
  22. 64 Dexter Stowers OL/DL
  23. 65 Larry Banks OL/DL
  24. 65 Paul Green OL/DL
  25. 66 Wes Walton OL/DL
  26. 72 Dwayne Jackson OL/DL
  27. 80 Tony Palamara OL/DL
  28. 82 Lou Sorrentino OL/DL
  29. 84 Michael Jones LB/OL
  30. 92 Wade Lockett DB/WR
  31. 93 Matt McKnight DB/WR

HEAD COACH: RAY WILLSEY ASSISTANT COACH: LEW ERBER RUNNING BACK & SPECIAL TEAMS COACH: RUSS STEELE FOOTBALL OPERATIONS COORDINATOR: LARRY WESTBROOK TRAINER: NICK ORTENZO EQUIPMENT MANAGER: MARTY HOPKINS

AFL Hall of FamersEdit

  • Gary Mullen

Season-by-seasonEdit

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

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
1988 5 6 1 4th Lost Week 1 (Chicago 29-16)
Totals 5 7 1 (including playoffs)

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