With the return of the Orlando Solar
Some won championships for Orlando. Some were popular locally but saw their leagues fold. Many were here only a season or two -- barely long enough for anyone to notice them before they were gone.
How well do you know Orlando sports history? See if you can remember the teams and what sports they played on this "Sweet 16" list of Orlando's former professional teams.
OK, think you know the answers? Read on to see how well you did.
1. ORLANDO MIRACLE (women’s basketball, 1999-2002): Owned by the
2. ORLANDO WAHOOS (women's softball, 1997-98): The Wahoos were the 1997 and 1998 champions of Women's Pro Softball League (which changed its name to Women's Professional Fastpitch for the '98 season). Despite their on-field success, the Wahoos were not a hit at the box office. The team drew only about 300 to 400 fans for its games at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park.
3. FLORIDA BLAZERS (football, 1974): You have to go way back for the Blazers. They were Orlando's World Football League team and played at the Tangerine Bowl. Jack Pardee was the coach of the team, which was beset with myriad financial problems (just like all the other teams in the WFL). Still, the Blazers made it all the way to the inaugural World Bowl, where they lost to the Birmingham Americans, 22-21. Read about that championship game here. Read about that championship game here.
4. ORLANDO RENEGADES (football, 1985): If it wasn't for the Renegades, we wouldn't have Lee Corso here. And if it wasn’t for
5. ORLANDO SUN RAYS (minor-league baseball, 1990-92): Ah, another story of what might have been. The Sun Rays were supposed to turn into Orlando's
6. ORLANDO RAYS (minor-league baseball, 1997-2003): After the Magic realized they weren't getting a MLB team, they sold the Sun Rays to Orlando Sentinel owner
7. ORLANDO JUICE (seniors baseball, 1989): Just as the Senior
8. ORLANDO TWINS (minor-league baseball, 1973-89): One of the longest-lasting sports franchises in Orlando history, the Orlando Twins were the Class AA affiliate for the Minnesota Twins. Believe it or not, the big-league Twins used to hold
9. ORLANDO JACKALS (roller hockey, 1995-97): The Jackals were another championship team for Orlando. They were the champs of
10. FLORIDA TUSKERS (football, 2009-10): Yet another pro football team that called Orlando home, this time in the
11. ORLANDO PANTHERS (football, 1966-1970): The Orlando Panthers of the Continental Football League were the city's first pro team, arriving in 1966, winning the league championship a year later and staying in town until 1970. The team is noteworthy for having a woman player, Patricia Palinkas. She was the holder on extra points and field goals for her husband Steve, who was the Panthers kicker.
12. ORLANDO THUNDER (football, 1991-92): The Thunder were part of the NFL's minor-league WLAF (World League of American Football), which had teams in the USA, Canada and Europe. The Thunder played two seasons here (1991-92) and are probably best known for their fluorescent lime-green jerseys. Take a look at this video clip of the Rage taking on the fearsome Frankfurt Galaxy. Take a look at this video clip of the Rage taking on the fearsome Frankfurt Galaxy.
13. ORLANDO RAGE (football, 2001): The Rage were part of
14. ORLANDO SEALS (hockey, 2002-04): The minor-league hockey Orlando Seals have the distinction of winning championships in two leagues while calling Orlando home. The team won the championship of Atlantic Coast Hockey League in 2002, and followed up the next year by winning the title in the World Hockey Association 2. From 2002 to 2004, the Seals played at TD Waterhouse Center (aka
15. ORLANDO ROLLERGATORS (roller hockey, 1994-95): Remember the Jackals? Well, when Roller Hockey International first came to Orlando, the Jackals were known as the Roller Gators.
16. ORLANDO SHARKS (indoor soccer, 2007-08): Before Orlando City, Orlando had a pro soccer team. The Sharks were our team in the