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The Colorado Crush is an Arena Football League team and began playing in February of 2003. Denver, Colorado based, the team plays at the Pepsi Center. The teams name and main color are in reference to the Denver Broncos, a 1970s defensive squad the "Orange Crush". This avenue also serves as the home to the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth, the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. The principal owner of the team is E.Stanley "Stan" Kroenke. He is a self made business entrepreneur and is listed in the Forbes 400 as one of the richest people in the world. He is the head and owner of the Kroenke Sports Enterprise. He also the co-owner of the NFL's St.Louis Rams and a full owner of the NBA's Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Crush, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Rapids. Kroenke Sports Enterprise is the owner of the Pepsi Center in Denver and the Altitude Sports and Entertainment cable channel. It is also the co-owner of the Rapids Soccer Stadium in Commerce City, Colorado.
The Colorado Crush competes in the Central Division of the American Conference. In 2003, after a deplorable inaugural season, the Crush finished at 2-14, and rebounded to go 11-5, making the playoffs in their second year. They won the ArenaBowl XIX on June 12, 2005, in Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center over Georgia Force 51-48, in the third year of existence. The Crush ended up with the AC Central title for the second year in a row, with 11-5, in their fourth year. In the Divisional Round, the Crush lost by 63-46, to the fifth seeded and also the eventual ArenaBowl champion, Chicago Rush.
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The Crush played their first game on February 2, 2003 vs. the Georgia Force, at Pepsi Center. They jump out to a 13-0 lead because of two touchdown passes by John Dutton to Damian Harrell, Force winning the game by 44-40. On March 2, 2003, the Crush recorded their first victory over Indian, 38-35, by 7-yard strike from John Dutton to Charlie Davidson in the last 49 seconds remaining. On June 26, 2003 Mike Daily became the second coach of Colorado Crush. They opened their second season on February 2, 2004, earning their first win vs. the Las Vegas Gladiators at Pepsi Center in front of a franchise-record 18,063 fans. While playing against top-seeded Arizona in the AFL semifinals, the Crush fall behind 17-0, taking 41-38 lead in the game, but fall nine yards short of a trip to ArenaBowl XVIII as John Dotton's pass is just out of the reach of Kevin McKenzie. Arizona won and advanced, 45-41.
June 5, 2005, crush WR/LB Andy McCullough's leaping, 22 yard touchdowns got i double coverage 9:44 into overtime sends the Colorado Crush to Arena Bowl XIX via a 49-43 win over the Chicago Rush and grabbed the team's first ever American Conference Championship. During the Arena Football League 2005, the Crush offensive specialist Damian Harrell was named the League's 2005 offensive Player of the year. Again in April 2006, he ties the AFL single-season receiving touchdown record of 46 after passing in his third score of the game vs. the Utah Blaze. He also received the prestige of becoming the sixth player in AFL history to surpass the 10,000 career receiving yard mark. Same minth by the advantage of the Nashville Kats falling to the Grand Rapids Rampage, the Colorado Crush grabbed their second straight Central Division title. As the Central Division champions, the Crush got out of the Wild Card Round of the AFL playoffs and got to host the Divisional Round contest at Pepsi Center. Colorado became the fastest franchise in the 20-years history of the AFL to have reached to the half million fans, besting the Arizona Rattlers who were able to reach this milestone in 36 game.