Louisville Bulls: History

The Louisville Bulls History
The Louisville Bulls, Inc. was founded in 1988. The organization's goal was to provide a positive atmosphere for young men to develop their athletic skills, a professional image, and a winning attitude. Over the past twelve years, the goals have expanded to include giving something back to the community. In 1994, the Louisville Bulls were incorporated as a non-profit organization. Since that time the Bulls have made every effort to raise money and awareness for special needs groups in the Louisville area. in the past, members of the Bulls have worked with the American Red Cross, Blue Horizons, Downs Syndrome of Louisville, Kentucky Harvest and many others. The Bulls have worked to be a positive representative the city of Louisville can be proud of.
    Through the years the Bulls have withstood alot of changes in players and in leagues. As an independent team in 1988 and 1989, the Bulls struggled to attract players and quality teams to compete against. Joining the (Now defunct) Hearts of Ohio Football League in 1990 the competition grew as did the Louisville Bulls. In 1991, the Bulls captured the HOFL title with a 9-3 record capping of two winning seasons in the league. Looking to improve and grow even more, the Bulls would join the fledgling Mid Continental Football League (MCFL) in 1992.
    During the first two years as a member of the MCFL, the Bulls enjoyed good and bad times. Higher quality teams would appear on the schedule and this meant tougher games and sub par records. 1994 brought about more changes for the Bulls. Following two less than satisfying seasons there were some off-season changes made. Personnel changes and field locations would give the Louisville Bulls a new look. From playing home games at the Old Male High School the Bulls now called Fairdale High School "home". In 1994 the Bulls had renewed interest and attitude to win football games and do things for the community. Several annual fundraisers were started in 1994 including a FREE benefit car wash and a benefit Golf ScramBULL. The Bulls also benefited from an influx of local high school and college talent that brought the Bulls to another level. As the Bulls grew so did the MCFL into one of the most noted minor-professional leagues in the United States.
    In 1996, the Louisville Bulls moved home fields to Knight Field at Southern High School. The defending United States Football Association champion Racine (WI) Raiders were scheduled as well as three other nationaly ranked minor professional teams. Despite the many changes and the increased level of competition, the Bulls played to 5-5 record and earned a wild card playoff spot. The Bulls upset the Dayton(OH) Steelers before bowing out in the second round to former leagues champion Kokomo (IN) Mustangs.
    The late nineties('97-'99) have been transition years. With older players moving on and younger players coming in, the Bulls have suffered some "growing pains". The team failed to earn a playoff berth in those years and struggled to compete in the MCFL. In 2000 the team started showing dividends from the now maturing younger players. The Bulls finished 6-5 including a playoff loss to the S. Michigan Timberwolves. The Bulls continued the success in 2001, finishing the regular season 6-5, but again lost in the first round of the playoffs, to MCFL runner-up Cleveland Lions. The outlook for 2002 is again good, the team returns many seasoned veterans, and has already been contacted by dozens of interested new players.