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Slaughter Tue Apr 27 2010

Special Meet and Greet with the Chicago Slaughter

slaughter.jpgHelp keep the Chicago Slaughter (3-3) pumped up after a three game winning streak by heading out the western suburbs for a special meet and greet! Tomorrow evening (April 28) the Chicago Slaughter will mingle with fans and showcase their talent in a special team practice. This event will be held at the Finish Strong Indoor Sportsplex located at 555 W. Roosevelt Road, West Chicago. Food and drink will be served starting at 6:30 pm and practice will begin at 7 pm.

The Slaughter's next home game will be played against the Green Bay Blizzard on Saturday, May 22. Visit for ticket information.

Shanna Quinn

Slaughter Mon Apr 05 2010

Interview with Jarrett Payton

Jarrett Payton, son of legendary Chicago Bear Walter Payton, signed with the Chicago Slaughter as their Running Back for the 2010 season. The Slaughter season opened just over a month ago and Payton has already rushed for four touchdowns and thrown for one. Read on as Jarrett talks with GB about his love for Chicago and football.


How does competing internationally compare to being in your hometown Chicago?

Competing nationally and internationally is cool, but there is nothing that beats playing in your hometown. Chicago has seen me grow up -- not just in sports -- but they have seen me grow from a baby into becoming a man. I'm not just bringing in fans of Chicago Slaughter, but bringing in Payton family fans and the Foundation folks. And, the kids who are 10 and under are getting involved and becoming Payton fans -- football fans. Being in one of the top sports cities in the nation and playing in my backyard is the best.

Which team are you looking forward to challenging most this year?

I can't wait to play Rochester again because we played them the first time I ever played indoors [Slaughter Home Opener 02/27/10... Slaughter lost 47-49 with a last minute field goal by Rochester]. There was a lot going on that day and I want to play them again.

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Shanna Quinn

Slaughter Fri Feb 26 2010

Chicago Slaughter Open Up Season at Home

Defending CIFL Champions the Chicago Slaughter, will be opening up their title defense Saturday night against the Rochester Raiders at the Sears Center in suburban Hoffman Estates. The Slaughter, in addition, to showing off their new and hard-won championshiip hardware will be introducing new team owner, Jim McMahon; yes, that Jim McMahon. McMahon and Slaughter running back Jarrett Payton --yes, that Payton family-- will have a ceremonial "first play" with McMahon handing off to Payton ala, the McMahon-Sweetness handoffs oh-so many years ago at Soldier Field.

Tickets start at a mere $8.00! and the first 3,000 fans get a commemorative McMahon headband.

Brian Lauvray

Slaughter Fri Feb 19 2010

Jim McMahon Named Slaughter's New Owner

Chicago legend and (still) the only Bear quarterback to win a Super Bowl title, Jim McMahon has been named the new owner of the Chicago Slaughter. Coming off of a very successful 2009 season that saw the Slaughter go an undefeated 14-0 on their way to winning the Continental Indoor Football League Championship the team is looking forward to head coach Steve "Mongo" McMichael and McMahon (teammates on the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears) teaming up once again to bring another title to the Windy City. In addition to McMahon the Slaughter added a new on-field component, namely, Jarrett Payton the former standout University of Miami running back and son of Bear great, Walter Payton. The Slaughter season kicks off next Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

Brian Lauvray

Slaughter Wed Jan 06 2010

A "Sweet" Replay?

Not content to let the Bears steal the football thunder around town, the Chicago Slaughter have some big (indoor) gridiron news of their own, scheduling a press conference for tomorrow afternoon to announce the signing of a "marquee" player for the 2010 season. Head coach Steve McMichael will be joined by Indoor Football League Commissioner Tommy Benizio to unveil the Slaughter's "new offensive weapon" who is already set to wear No. 34 in this, the team's inaugural season in the IFL.

Hmmm...marquee name...offensive player...wearing No. 34. This might be a "sweet" announcement.

Ken Green / Comments (2)

Slaughter Wed Dec 30 2009

More Slaughter Tryouts

IMG_3719eSmall.jpgIf your New Year's Resolution was to become a professional football player, it may not be so far fetched. The Chicago Slaughter will hold their second free agent camp on Saturday, January 9, noon to 4 p.m., at the Megaplex Sports Complex, 15301 S. Bell Rd., Homer Glen, Illinois. The camp, open to players 18 and older of all skill levels, will be conducted by Slaughter head coach Steve McMichael and the team's coaching staff. There's a camp fee of $50 per person, but players who prepay get a discount on tryout fees. You have to supply your own workout attire and cleats for the session at the indoor facility. To register, call the Slaughter office at (847) 310-3190. Completed tryout forms (available on the Slaughter website) can be faxed to the Slaughter front office (1-847-310-3199) or mailed to 1055 W. Golf Road, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 60169. Resume and highlight video clips can be emailed to Slaughter General Manager Alan Perkins.

"We are very excited to announce our second tryout for the 2010 season," said Perkins. "You simply don't know where the next great player may come from. Our first tryout was very successful and I believe this one will be just as positive."

Ken Green

Slaughter Thu Dec 10 2009

Second Chance To Prove You Are Slaughter Material

images.jpeg Second chances don't come around often, but when they do ...don't miss out! The Chicago Slaughter, 2009 CIFL Champions and current member of the Indoor Football League (IFL), are hosting another open try out in early 2010.

The Slaughter are looking for talented, new athletes who are at least 18 years old and have a hunger to start their indoor football career! Try outs will be held on January 9 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Megaplex in Hoffman Estates - so you'll have over a week to recover from New Years festivities. All players must bring their own gear and be ready for evaluation by Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX Champion Steve "Mongo" McMichael, a member of the Slaughter coaching staff.

Registration is $50 per person but those who pre-pay will receive a discount. For more information on the Slaughter and try out camp call (847) 310-3190 or visit the Slaughter website.

Shanna Quinn

Slaughter Wed Nov 11 2009

Are You Slaughter Material?

images.jpegYesterday we told you about tryouts for the Chicago Force women's tackle football team and the Chicago Outfit women's roller derby team. Well, fellas, today it's your turn.

The Chicago Slaughter, the Indoor Football League team coached by ex-Bear Steve "Mongo" McMichael, is holding open tryouts for guys age 18 and older at the Finish Strong Sportsplex, 551 W. Roosevelt Rd. in West Chicago. The (potential) bad news? The tryouts are this Saturday, so if you think you need to hit the gym a little first, you've only got a few days to get it together. More info can be found on the Slaughter's website.

Oh, and if you are thinking that making the squad is going to be a cakewalk, think again. The Slaughter were the 2009 Continental Indoor Football League champs and finished with a 14-0 record. They take that impressive finish into their inaugural IFL season.

Ken Green

Slaughter Sun Jun 28 2009

Slaughter Win CIFL Championship; Go Undefeated

It was an ominous start for the Chicago Slaughter as they took on the Fort Wayne Freedom in the CIFL Championship Saturday night at the Sears Centre. It was the first time all season that the Slaughter would be shutout in the first quarter. If not for a 52-yard field goal by Chris Nendick before the half ended they would have been tied for the first time all season going into half time, which is uncharacteristic of Slaughter. It would be a momentum changer for them however.

Things picked up in the second half and they would eventually right the ship to win the CIFL Championship defeating the Freedom 58-48. "You rarely find professional teams going undefeated through out the whole season and winning the big game," said Championship MVP, Donovan Morgan.

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Brian Livingston

Slaughter Sun Jun 21 2009

Slaughter Win Western Division Championship; Advance to CIFL Championship

The Chicago Slaughter played their last game back on May 30, but you wouldn't know it by watching them. Despite being off for two weeks they showed no signs of rust. They beat the Wisconsin Wolfpack 63-19 in the Western Division Championship and they will now advance to the CIFL Championship. Donovan Morgan and Bobby Sippio picked up where they left off during the regular season. The two combined for five touchdown catches, 198-yards and 12 catches. After the game head Coach Steve "Mongo" McMichael spoke highly of his team after their victory over the Wolfpack. "These guys prepare themselves, you saw the execution, they are head and shoulders above the rest of the league because they come to practice and they work," he said. The Slaughter went undefeated during the regular season and they are now one win away from becoming league champions.

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Brian Livingston

Football Fri Jun 12 2009

Force, Slaughter Eye Playoffs

While the rest of the football world spends their time worrying if the Bears have bitten off more (or not enough) than they can chew with new QB Jay Cutler, Chicago gridiron fans can turn their attention to the exploits of two of Chicago's other squad, both of whom making a strong push toward the post-season.

First, Tailgate's personal favorites (OK, maybe mine), the Chicago Force will close out their regular season with a 3 p.m. home game this Saturday against the Detroit Demolition at the Holmgren Athletic Complex of North Park University, Foster Ave. and Albany. The Force are looking to return to the postseason, after falling just short of winning the league championship last season, and they are in a good postion to make a return engagement. They're 5-2 this season, but fell to the K.C. Tribe 30-14 on May 30. The Force will also be looking to gain a measure of revenge after losing to the Demolition in a close 21-19 defeat.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Slaughter are enjoying as well-deserved rest after finishing with a perfect 12-0 record in the Continential Indoor Football following their 49-14 win over the Wisconsin Wolfpack (take that, cheeseheads!). The Slaughter, under third year head coach Steve McMichael, can further stick it to the boys from Up North when the two teams meet again at the Sears Centre on June 20 in the divisional playoff game. The winner will play in the CIFL Championship game the following weekend.

Ken Green

Slaughter Sun May 17 2009

Perfect Ten: Slaughter remain undefeated

After breaking the league's single game record for most passing touchdowns what would Chicago Slaughter Quarterback Russ Michna do for an encore? For starters would break four more records. Michna now holds the single season records for most TD's, completions and passing yards. He even broke his own record for most passing yards (303) in a game. He was 22-for-27 with 342 total yards and threw for 8 TD's.

With those records also comes a perfect 10-0 record as the Slaughter beat the Wisconsin Wolfpack 67-22.

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Brian Livingston

Slaughter Sun May 03 2009

Slaughter Still Unbeaten: Lose Star Wideout

The Chicago Slaughter (8-0) defeated the Wheeling Wildcats Saturday night 61-38. They remain undefeated, however, the victory comes with a price as Slaughter star receiver Donovan Morgan suffered a separated shoulder early in the first quarter and had to be taken to the hospital as a result. This is a big blow to the Slaughter offense as Morgan leads the team in catches, touchdowns and receiving yards.

With the absence of Morgan it became clear that the rest of the wide receiving core had to step up to fill the in void left by Morgan. Dontrell Jackson and Reggie Gray would answer that call combining for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Brian Livingston

Slaughter Sun Apr 26 2009

Slaughter crush Milwaukee: Remain undefeated

The Chicago Slaughter continued their dominance Saturday night running their record to 7-0. They jumped out to an early 28-6 lead against the Milwaukee Bonecrushers. They led 35-6 at the half. The Slaughter wasted no time scoring in the first quarter. Just two minutes into the quarter Slaughter Quarterback Russ Michna delivered a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donovan Morgan. He finished with 7 catches for 122-yards and 4 TD's.

Morgan has a league leading 21 touchdown catches. The Slaughter are an offensive forced to be reckoned with. They lead the league in touchdowns, passing and first downs. Michna was in a groove from the minute the game started. He was 13-of-18 in the first half with 178-yards passing. He would finish 18-of-29 with one interception and 231-yards passing.

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Brian Livingston

Slaughter Wed Apr 15 2009

Slaughter Rolls On

The Chicago Slaughter of the Continential Indoor Football League continued their winning ways with a 74-60 victory over the Marion Mayhem. The win lifted their record to a perfect 5-0 making them the only undefeated team in the league. Complete details are below:

Hoffman Estates, IL - The Chicago Slaughter (5-0) of the Continental Indoor Football League defeated the Marion Mayhem (3-2) 74-60 in front of 3,955 fans at the Sears Centre Arena on Saturday night. QB Russ Michna tied a league record with eight touchdown passes in one game, a record held by two other people (Matt Cottengim in 2006 and Damon Dowdell in 2008). WR Reggie Gray recovered three first half onside kicks and caught a touchdown to spark the Slaughter to victory.

The teams jockeyed back and forth for most of the first half, until Gray recovered his third onside kick of the half with 3:10 left in the second quarter. Michna responded immediately with a 34-yard touchdown strike to WR Donovan Morgan for a lead the team would never relinquish.

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Ken Green

Slaughter Tue Apr 07 2009

Slaughter Stays Perfect

The Chicago Slaughter improved to 4-0 over the weekend with a victory over the Wheeling Wildcats. More from our Slaughter woman-on-the-inside, Kristina Wells...

Wheeling, West Virginia - The Chicago Slaughter, of the Continental Indoor Football League, improved their record to 4-0 after a 67-59 win over the Wheeling Wildcats on Saturday night. After numerous lead changes in the first half, Slaughter WR Donovan Morgan caught two touchdowns from QB Russ Michna late in the third quarter and in the early fourth quarter to give the team a lead they would not relinquish.

Photos courtesy of Evan J. Thomas

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Ken Green

Slaughter Mon Mar 30 2009

Slaughter Continue Winning Ways

The Chicago Slaughter put their undefeated streak on the line Friday night at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates against the Rock River Raptors. The Slaughter continued their dominance at home beating the Raptors 69-38. They improved their record to 2-0 at home and 3-0 overall.

Despite winning big at home again Slaughter Quarterback Russ Michna said, "The thing that frustrates me is we still had a few bad plays."

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Brian Livingston

Slaughter Thu Mar 26 2009

Raptors Enter the Slaughter House

The surging, undefeated Chicago Slaughter (2-0), the city's last remaining indoor football team, should have an easy time of it Friday night when they take on the winless Rock River Raptors (0-2). But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's recap their last game, via out (wo)man on the inside, Slaughter PR maven Kristina Wells:

Slaughter Slips Past Wisconsin, moves to 2-0

The Chicago Slaughter (2-0) of the Continental Indoor Football League topped the Wisconsin Wolfpack (1-1) 40-36 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Wisconsin Saturday night. Ahead for most of the game, the Slaughter beat a stronger-than-expected Wolfpack squad in a game that went down to the wire.

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Ken Green

Slaughter Fri Mar 20 2009

Chicago Slaughter to host high school combine.

Attention high school Junior and Senior athletes in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. Chicago's newest indoor football team the Slaughter will be hosting a Varsity Football Combine on Sunday April 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The combine will be held at the McCook Athletic and Exposition Center which is located at 4750 S. Vernon Ave. in McCook, IL.

There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee. Registration is due by Friday April 10. NCAA football coaches from Division one, two and three schools throughout the Midwest will be in attendance to evaluate talent. For more information contact the Slaughter at 847-310-3190 or visit the Slaughters' website at

Brian Livingston

Slaughter Tue Mar 10 2009

Slaughter Rules...Over Milwaukee

Editor's Note: Our new bestest friends over at the Chicago Slaughter indoor football team, namely media maven Kristina Wells, give us this update on the Slaughter's recent game against the Milwaukee Bonecrushers. Any victory over the cheeseheads is alright by us, and it provides us indoor football fans with a reason to not worry about the fate of the Rush.

Hoffman Estates, IL - The Chicago Slaughter routed the Milwaukee Bonecrushers, 84-25, in front of 4,798 fans at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. LB DeJuan Alfonzo led the team with four touchdowns, two on offense, one on defense, and one after a blocked field goal on special teams. DB Dennison Robinson led the defense with an interception returned for a touchdown, as Milwaukee was held to only one touchdown scored in the second half of play. QB Russ Michna paced the offense with 240 yards passing and four touchdowns through the air.

"I am having a lot of fun," Michna said. "It's really a great time. I was wondering what the turnout of fans would be, but it was great. And I think that helped us play well. We're confident and we were confident from the first play of the game. We know we have to be good at what we do."


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