18 cities across the United States were selected for Prigus teams starting in the East and slowly making their way across the country. The teams originally were established outside the main cities in the smaller market towns because of the size, advertising disputes and zoning restrictions. As the sport grew in popularity so did the towns, Not only did they did grow in population, but more importantly became hotspots and brought attention to the areas. The colleges' academic and sport programs grew and quickly became desirable schools to attend. There were plans to move the teams to the bigger cities, but the pride of ownership and sometimes the backbone of the towns petitioned them to stay. The legal battles continue but there hasn't been any real threat of a team leaving their city anytime soon,
Each Team in the league has their own specially designed game paddle. The regulation Prigus Paddle is a hand crafted piece of pine wood that measures 22 inches long by 5 inches wide and 3/4 of an inch thick. The playable part of the paddle is 15 inches and the handle is seven making up the 22 inches. The factory that produces all of the paddles since 1922 is in Clayton county Georgia about 10 miles from Rabun Gap. Each Player has their own paddle with their number on it and is equipped with around three to four paddles per game. They get beat up, splintered and sometimes broken in half. Some players drill speed holes in their paddles for faster movement and a lighter feel. Unfortunately their paddles become more fragile and sometimes they run the risk of going through several in a game. Speed holing paddles is not encouragement but overlooked most of the time, it depends mainly on the officials and what kind of mood they are in during game day.
Prigus Sport Teams-
The Akron Goodyears
Akron is the home of the Goodyear Tire and rubber company that provided the bulk of tires and rubber to the nation. The workers at the factory would play pick up Prigus games on their lunch breaks, weekends and eventually have sign ups for their own leagues for fun. The Goodyear Tire Company was the first official sponsor to represent a team of their own. They were established in 1925, making them along with The Rabun Gap Tigers, Norfolk Pelicans, and Sheboyan Krampus', one of the original four teams of Prigus Sport. They play in the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Arena in Akron, Ohio that overlooks the Ohio and Erie Canals.
The Burlington Yetis
The Yetis were established in the second wave of Prigus teams inducted into the sport's league between 1930-1932. The Yetis were among the East Coast surge of Prigus teams that included the Glenn Falls Mohawks, the Knoxville Lumberjacks and the Wilmington Mud Sharks before it made its way for the Midwest three years later. The Yetis found their home in Burlington in 1930 right on the coast of Lake Champlain. Local drunks would claim they saw mountain men covered in white fur roaming the town in the winter evenings. The folklore became legend, and the legend eventually became a Prigus team. During the beginning of the regulation season the temperatures usually drop so drastically that the bone chilling winds are a home advantage to the Yetis who became adapted to these conditions over the years. Their main rivals right across the lake, the Glen Falls Mohawks, share this temperature drop advantage as well. The Yetis play in the Burlington Mountain Top Arena (BMTA) located on the waterfront of Lake Champlain.
The Devils Lake Floods
The Devils Lake Floods were one of many teams in the western migration of Prigus as it grew in popularity. Established off Highway 1 near Stump Lake, Devils Lake is a interesting story. Due to the many lake runoffs, its water level has been rising since the team's inception there in 1934. The problem is the flooding, which closes down Highway 1, the town's main artery of transportation. There have been several attempts to move the stadium to Bismarck, but all have failed due to the community's love for the team and sport. In 1937, a new stadium was approved along with a new highway. Construction started the following year, cementing the team in Devils Lake and ending the relocation talks. The new stadium was built on stilts, keeping it raised with the highway in the problematic area. The Devils Lake Floods is one of the few teams that was based in a smaller town, but with the new highway, business has grown and so has the town. Devils Lake is known for two things, incredible fishing and Prigus. The Floods play in the Flying Sky Highway Stadium surrounded by lakes on all sides.
The Dinosaur Point Mudmen
The Mudmen were in the last phase of the Western sprawl of the Prigus migration. Along with their inception came The Goleta Riggers, the Virginia Outlaws, and the Eugene Bigfeet in 1936. The Mudmen are based in Los Banos, California off the 152 highway also known as Pacheco Pass. The 152 famously is the bridge between the 5 and 101 highways. Dinosaur Point is a national park, which oddly enough, never was the home to any dinosaur fossils. The name was a complete mystery until someone flying over the area one day noticed that the point of land resembled a dinosaur's head. The legend of dinosaurs and mud and tar pits held up and a team was created. It was a small town until the San Luis Reservoir was built in the late 60's and it became more that just a pass-through town. The Mudmen play in the designated area built out for the team. The Mudmen are the only team that is on national park government-owned land. They play at the highest point of Pacheco pass in the Dinosaur Point of California State Park Arena.
The Dodge City Ghosts
The Dodge City Ghosts appeared in the span of 1933-1934. Between these years, several Midwest teams formed. The Peoria Bobcats of Illinois, Tupleo Muroiders of Mississippi, Laredo Flags of Texas and as far west as Colorado with the Grand Junction Things. Dodge City is famous for its rich history of outlaws and gunslingers. Many of them unfortunately saw a well known landmark called the Hanging Tree. Needless to say, there's probably a lot of wandering spirits in Dodge City. Wyatt Earp, being one in particular. The Ghosts play in the Suburban Ghost Town Sprawl Park off the Wyatt Earp highway. The Stadium is surrounded by historical landmark ghost town buildings that continue to this day to watch over the park.
The Eugene Bigfeet
The Eugene Bigfeet showed up on the Prigus scene in 1936 during the West Coast invasion. The Bigfeet found their home in west central Oregon when the league desired something green and in the Northwest. With the persuasion of the University of Oregon, the Bigfeet didn't have to look anywhere else. A couple areas in Washington were in talks with the league to get the Bigfeet further north. Tacoma and Spokane were in the running. If a team eventually ever went up to Washington, it would be an automatic rival for the Bigfeet. The Bigfeet play in Skinner Butte Park at the Skinner Butte Forest Arena. The Arena was commissioned and built by the University of Oregon in the middle of a patch of dense forest, nearly hidden from view and close to the Williamette River.
The Glen Falls Mohawks
The Mohawks were established in 1931 in Glen Falls New York during the appearance of a handful of East Coast Prigus teams between 1930-1932. The Mohawks are down the river a bit from the Burlington Yetis making them major competitors. Sine these two teams were close in proximity and appeared around same time, there's been a rivalry that has been brewing since their inductions. The teams, the fans and the towns don't like each other when it comes to game time. Only one can own the river. The Mohawks play in the Glen Falls Civic Center Square Finch Paper Arena on the Hudson river.
The Goleta Riggers
The Goleta Riggers entered the Prigus League in 1936 in sunny Southern California. The coast was and still is famously known for seeing oil riggers a couple miles out pumping for rich minerals. Surfers in Goleta and Isla Vista would often complain that the oil was hard to clean off their feet and boards. It has been a part of the beach scene there for a long time. When the league expressed interest in Southern California, the Riggers found themselves in a similar situation as the Bigfeet. UC Santa Barbara had a major role in negotiating to have the team there in Goleta/Isla Vista and farming straight from the UCSB sports program. Within a couple years after the Riggers were established, the UCSB sports program grew into a world class pool of athletes for the league and allowed top trading leverage as well as countless first round draft picks. Like Washington State, Los Angeles was in talks but couldn't compete. The Riggers play in the UC Santa Barbara Stork Field Stadium in Isla Vista.
The Grand Junction Things
The Grand Junction Things arrived in the league in 1934 making them at the time the furthest West team in the league. It was speculation at one time that the city of Grand Junction from up above, possibly from space, looked like a landing circle for extraterrestrials. Several locals claimed they have seen strange flying vessels that can't be explained. Most of this stayed in Grand Junction as myth and fun stories to tell around a campfire. The league loved the stories and characters and decided to set up camp in Colorado. Enter the Grand Junction Things. Settled in a cul-de-sac surrounded by the Gunnison River on three sides of the hills overlooking the valley of Grand Junction, the Things play at the Landing Circle Space Rock Arena.
The Knoxville Lumberjacks
The Lumberjacks were established in the second wave of the Prigus Eastern growth period. With all the free open land, and rivers running through Knoxville, the league thought it would be a good fit for a team. The Lumberjacks' name came from the history of the town's industry around 1932. The lumber industry back then was a major source of employment for the town and is still is a bustling business in Knoxville today. Trees were cut down up north and the rivers were used to transport the lumber to the factories. It was like a lumber highway at the peak of the season. There would be festivals scheduled in neighboring towns around the rivers edge to watch the lumber travel south. The meat of the festivals would be centered around the strongmen contests and the annual log boom run in the rivers. The Lumberjacks play in the Pickel Island Tree Farm Stadium with the French Broad River surrounding it.
The Laredo Flags
The Laredo Flags found their way into the league in the spring of 1934 in the largest growth period of the game's history. They were among 5 other teams inducted between a two year span. Laredo, Texas is situated on the north end of the Rio Grande on the border. During the war for Texas' independence they had men on horseback that would patrol the land near the border. They were called the Flag Men. Since the war's conclusion, Laredo is the only team in the league where fans can share the border. The Flags have a strong Mexican following and is considered the new and better futbol in this region. During game time a ferry ride transports fans back and forth to the arena every 20 minutes. The Flags play in the Rio Grande Flag Men Arena located on the north bank looking on the Rio Grande river facing Mexico as a gesture of friendship.
The Norfolk Pelicans
The Pelicans were one of the four originals teams of Prigus Sport. Norfolk Virginia was chosen due to its equal distance from Rabun Gap and Akron. The Krampus' were the last team of four created. They all share a very similar distance from each other making for easy travels for the early rotation of games. Norfolk, being an early port town, had a Pelican problem. There was an abundance of them, and the birds became aggressive due to human interaction, primarily from feeding them. The reports of Pelican attacks grew to such a number that something had to be done. During the winter of 1920 meat was in high demand and it was expensive. The pelicans resembled a larger chicken, so one thing led to another. It was a big mistake, the Pelicans played a large part in the ecosystem of Norfolk's aquatic community. The level of fish rose, which feed off the bugs and algae. This led to the sea's pH levels becoming unsafe for fishing and recreational use. As a tribute to the Pelican, it became Norfolk's bird. The Norfolk Pelicans Prigus team was inducted the following year. The Pelicans play in Plum Point State Park on the Elizabeth River.
The Peoria Bobcats
The Bobcats were another team that was established in the largest growth period of Prigus Sport. When the league traveled to the Midwest looking for a home in Illinois, they were drawn to Peoria. Peoria is a blue collar industrial town in mid-Illinois planted on the river. The Forest Park Nature Center area that resides on the river was selected due to its serene location. The nature center area is known for its abundance of bobcats, although there have been very few incidents regarding humans injuries. They keep to themselves, if you're a rabbit, squirrel or flightless bird, you have problems. They have owned this land for a long time and have a presence here. So out of respect, the Bobcats have a natural home here, the animal and the team. They play in the Forest Park Nature Center Stadium right on the edge of the Peoria River.
The Rabun Gap Tigers
The Rabun Gap Tigers are the original and first team established in Prigus Sport. In 1922, in the farm lands of Rabun Gap, the game was invented. The Tigers adopted their name from a local farmer who had a pet tiger named Zuben. The tiger was tame and docile. He'd roam around the school's campus and everyone knew him. He became the official mascot of the team and beloved pet of Rabun Gap. The Rabun Gap Nacoochee charter school hosted and watched the sport grow with the rest of the surrounding communities. The sport became a staple and started to gain traction around Georgia. Farm and minor leagues were created in neighboring communities and some in school sports programs. By 1924, four cities were introduced to host the new sport and in 1925 it became a professional game. Rabun Gap has the smallest market in the league, lacking the funding of a big city. Their Prigus program is considered to be the best in the farm and minor circuits. Eventually these circuit players get filtered into the pros. The school has seen so many talented upcoming players through the system, it has been giving them the edge for a long time, making them competitors. With Goleta's UC program and Rabun Gap's farm and minor program they have the most substantial edge that produce the majority of the players that go pro. The Tigers play in the Rabun Gap Nacoochee Farmland Stadium on the school's campus.
The Sheboygan Krampus'
Sheboygan, Wisconsin was founded in 1846 and has a long history of German culture. During its beginnings Sheboygan was primarily German. The Germans have a mythical beast that followed them to the Americas. His name is Krampus. He deals with all the bad children around Christmas time that Santa ignores. The Krampus' were one of the four original teams in 1924. The Krampus name is an interesting one- The German folklore is the first reason for the name of the team. The second is L Ron Hoover, a local pilot around those parts, flew over Sheboygan on his way to Chicago and looked down on beloved town and at first glance noticed the Sheboygan river and port where it lets out into Lake Michigan resembles a devil's tail. The Krampus' have famously been that "bad team" because of their mascot. "The Krampus isn't a bad guy, he just has a bad job" the residents say. They play in the Winterland Arena located at the base of the devil's tail from an ariel view.
The Tupelo Muroiders
The world's largest rat was caught in Tupelo, Mississippi. It broke all records and is still the champ. It was so big that it was taxidermied, shellaced and put in the town's museum in 1933. A Muroider is the rodent super family, all of them. This Tupelo river rat was the Muroider, the ultimate rat. That's how the Tupelo Muroiders came to be in the Prigus league in 1934. The record holding rat has become somewhat of a myth these days as it was removed. There's been legal battles over the name of the team, some people say it doesn't speak highly of Tupleo or residents who live in the area but the fans and the organization love it. It's been an ongoing dispute for years now with no end in sight. The Muroiders play in Veterans Park Marsh Arena located between several rivers and small bodies of water.
The Virginia City Outlaws
Virginia City was a city of hope and dreams, a city for the taking. Silver mines popped up everywhere and then suddenly BOOM!- a great big fire. In 1936 the Prigus league was moving west on its way to California and found a gem in Virginia City. The The Virginia City Outlaws were born. Named after so many roughnecks causing mischief and sometimes meeting their end in this small town, there's quite a few graves still standing tall. It was an interesting choice for a team's location. Reno was just north of it with a bigger population. Some have speculated that Prigus was to be a game with no on-site gambling. So if that's correct, Reno was an obvious no-go. Virginia City had a history and a great story to go along with it. With the locals and constant tourism, people from all over the country could see the games. The Outlaws may seem like they are in the same category with The Rabun Gap Tigers being a small town, but they have financial backing from Carson City and Lake Tahoe as all three cities benefit from the tourism Prigus brings, making them a bigger market team than what they appear to be. The Outlaws play in the Lake Carson City Stadium looking over the Silver Terrace and Gold Hill Cemeteries.
The Wilmington Mudsharks
The Wilmington Mudsharks were part of the East Coast drive in 1932. Wilmington was selected because of its close proximity to the Lumberjacks, another team that debuted in 1932. During the early 1900's, little mudsharks would swim up the Cape Fear River from the inlet at Bald Head Island and stay in the fresh water and eat whatever was in the river. The Mudsharks have been seen as far north as Lake Sutton. As time went on they got bigger and caused more problems. Unlike the Pelican problem in Norfolk, these sharks were hard to get rid of, and they were tough and tasted horrible. So people recreationally swam at their own risk for years until there came a time when nobody could recall the last mudshark they saw in the river waters. No one knows what happened or why they left the rivers. Wilmington's team decided to go with that tough stubborn river shark for a name. The Mudsharks play on Eagle Island in the Salty Fresh Water Arena surrounded by the Brunswick River to the West and the Cape Fear River to the East.