For me it all started on November 18, 1999. That was the date I started
working for the brand new AFL expansion team, the Carolina Cobras.
If had any doubts about Arena Football and what kind of organization the
Carolina Cobras were going to be, they were quickly dismissed on the night
of November 18. That was night of the Carolina Cobras Kickoff Party.
It was unbelievable. To say it was a full scale production is an
understatement. Lasers, smoke, music and ice sculptures...
No expense was spared that night at the Warehouse. That night we
unveiled the Cobras’ logo and the uniform, and we were on our way.
People started buying season tickets right there on the spot. All
I kept thinking was, this thing is going to be big.
Sitting in the conference room they said the one word I prayed I would
not hear: STRIKE! The entire staff was silent. In my heart
I knew it would not last the entire season but you never can tell about
these things. The Carolina Cobras were put on hold. The next
day, when the newspaper broke the story, I hoped against hope that my phone
would not ring. It did, I answered it, and I held my breath because
I knew it would be an angry season ticket holder wanting some answers that
I didn’t have.
The next seven calls were people still wanting to buy season tickets.
I was in shock. People knew about the strike and still wanted to
buy seats. They were confident that the season would still go on.
The biggest problem with the strike was that the coaching staff could not
communicate with any of the players at all. For an established team
it is not that big of a deal. For an expansion team like the Carolina
Cobras it was not a good thing. We were completely stalled in trying
to put this team together. To offer my bit of insight into what went
on behind the scenes this season, I want to say Coach Kay and his staff
did an unbelievable job in putting this team together with all the adversity
they had to go through. My hat is off to them.
Two weeks later in that same conference room they said the one word that
I prayed I would hear: OVER! As in strike over. The entire
staff let out a collective Carolina “Yes!” Everyone went back to
work immediately: coaches, staff, dance team... everybody.
So everything you saw this season – from the preseason game, to the Fred
McNair trade, to Bo Kelly’s block (BOOM!), to that last field goal that
was just wide right – it was because of you. That’s right,
without the support of the GREAT Carolina Cobras fans none of this would
have happened. I mean it. The Detroit team couldn’t get it
together. They were awarded a team the same time we were and they
couldn’t pull it together in time, delaying their start until the 2001
So on behalf
of the Carolina Cobras and myself I want to thank you for being a Carolina
Cobras fan on this “wild ride”. Next season starts NOW!
Ticket Sales Representative,
Season Ticket Holder and Serious Cobras Fan