By Matthew Soper
A historical look at the Queen City Corsairs (New York Knights)
The SFL started as a dream, a vision, a chance to bring people together. With the closure of the World American Football League, Cameron Irvine would recreate the league with a new purpose. Taking some of the owners of the WAFL with him to his new league, the Simulation Football League was born. One of those owners was Erik Barkley. His team in the WAFL was the Corsairs, but with a chance to start something new, Barkley created a new team in New York City. The new team, called the New York Knights, would become the team to beat during the early years of the SFL, winning 2 titles over the first five seasons and becoming somewhat of a dynasty.
With good performances from the talent, it became clear that the Knights were in a league above the rest in the world of Simulation Football. However, New York is a big city, with many teams around the Big Apple. It was hard to keep fans interested in a new team, even if they were on top of the pile.
So after the third year, Barkley would announce that the New York Knights would move west to Buffalo, New York. This move would prove successful and the Knights would thrive in Buffalo. However, After the fifth season, it was decided to change the look of the team.
After much thought, Erik Barkley would bring back a favorite from the WAFL. Resurrecting the Queen City Corsairs. The Corsairs, in their first year in the SFL with the name, would capture the SFL Championship in style, defeating the Houston Hyenas 44 – 34 in front of a record setting crowd in ConPro Field. They would capture another title in season eight, defeating the Dallas Ruffnecks, reassuring their place on top of the SFL.
The Corsairs are the team of the SFL. Surviving the early seasons and coming out as the premier team of a league that give fans what they want: true sim football.