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Started by Armorbeast, November 29, 2019, 09:37:30 pm

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November 29, 2019, 09:37:30 pm Last Edit: May 17, 2020, 08:51:18 am by Armorbeast


Connecticut Rockets

The Connecticut Sports Association (fic) was founded in 1902 for the purpose of creating athletic organizations for troubled youth. By 1912, some of these youth formed a team of their own called the New Haven Torpedoes (fic, slang for hired guns). Another team was the Hartford Iron (fic, slang for motorcycle) who became strong rivals of the Torpedoes before the two teams merged in 1919 as the Connecticut Jazz (fic). Sports promoter George Mulligan created the Waterbury Blues in 1924 and joined the NFL in 1926 as the Hartford Blues before folding a year later as the independent Hartford Giants.

George Mulligan purchased the Jazz and merged them with the Giants to bring them into the USA-AFL as the Connecticut Colonials (fic). Retaining aspects of its past with its own motorcycle club called the Torpedoes and playing jazz/blues music to inspire fan support, the team supplimented it's income by participating in motordromes and staying fit racing bicycles. This was also a team known for violence and the most violent was a player named Jack Fury (fic) who survived an explosion in WWI that burned the left side of his body taking part of his left leg, left arm and left eye.

Fury was described as being as mean as a grizzly bear with a broken tooth as where lesser men crumbled, he just became meaner and stronger. Becoming Head Coach, Fury oversaw the merger of his Jazz with a new team called the Connecticut Yankees in 1933 and joining the USA-AFL as the new Connecticut Yankees who became known as the Connecticut Bluejackets the following season and finally, they restored their Hartford Blues franchise name in 1935. The team would retain all their connections to the past including supporting their players racing motorcycles and automobiles at the West Haven Motordrome.

The Colt Manufacturing Company bought majority ownership of the team in 1937 and next purchased the Chicago Rockets from Chicago trucking executive John L. "Jack" Keeshin (owner of Keeshin Freight Lines) when the All-American Football Conference failed. They had wanted to purchase the Baltimore Colts (for obvious reasons) but the Colts survived to join the NFL for one final season. The new merged team would be called the New Haven Hornets (fic) for its first season because the Rockets had changed their identity to the Chicago Hornets for their final AAFC season.

They made a permanent name change as the Connecticut Rockets in 1951 and began absorbing other teams like the Ansonia Black Knights (1963), the Hartford Charter Oaks (1967), the Bucks County Steelers in 1973, Bridgeport Jets (1974) and Hartford Knights (1974) from the Seaboard Football League. The teams championship drought finally ended in 1981 with an Ultra Bowl win over the Utah Raptors and lost to them in the following years Ultra Bowl Classic. In 2011, the Rockets purchased what survived of the United Football Leagues Hartford Colonials and won a Division Championship to end the year off on a positive note.



Team Colors



Amber Orange, Black, Apricot, White



Mascots





Cheerleading Squad





Team Nicknames





Booster Club





Championships

ACFL 1968 Hartford Knights 30, Virginia Sailors 17
ACFL 1973: New England Colonials 41, Bridgeport Jets 17
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SFL  1972 Hartford Knights 17, Chambersburg Cardinals 7



Legacy Teams

All-Staffords 1922
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Bridgeport All-Stars 1922
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All-Bridgeport 1922
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All-Hartford 1922
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New Haven Nutmegs 1922
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New Haven Hilltops 1922
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New Haven Williams  1919 - 1922
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All-New Britain 1922
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Hartford Colonials 1922
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Waterbury South Ends 1922
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Waterford Blues 1924, Hartford Blues 1924 - 1926  Hartford Giants 1927 (Independent folds)
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Hartford Giants 1928, 1929 (Ind team)
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Connecticut Yankees 1932
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Bridgeport Pro's 1933
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Bristol West Ends 1933
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Hartford Pro's 1933
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New Britain Pawnees 1933
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New Britain Blues 1933
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Danbury Trojans 1935 - 1938
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New London Diesels 1936 - 1943
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Naugatuck Gems 1937
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New Bedford Whalers 1940
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Hartford Blues 1940 - 1947
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Chicago Rockets / Hornets (1946-1949)


Atlantic Coast Football League
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Hartford Knights 1968-1971 SFL 1972, ACFL 73


Seaboard Football League
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Bridgeport Jets (ACFL 1968-71, SFL 1972-1974)
Bristol Steelers (1973)












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