First season: 2018
Play in and headquartered in The Snake Pit
|Team colors||Orange, Green|
|Mascot||Legs the Python|
|Head coach||Joe "Joefish" Fish|
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (11)|
|Division championships (12)|
|Playoff appearances (21)|
The Portland Pythons are a professional American football franchise based in Portland, Oregon. The Pythons currently compete in the Developmental Simulation Football League (DSFL) as a member club of the league's Northern Conference which currently only has one division. Their home stadium is The Snake Pit in Portland. Their chief rivals are the Minnesota Grey Ducks, and the Norfolk Seawolves.
The Pythons are one of the most storied franchises in the league, having first won the DSFL Championship in 2019 against the Grey Ducks (then the San Antonio Marshals). In the history of the franchise, they have won their division 12 times, the conference championship 11 times, and the DSFL Championship five times, second most in the league.
- 1 History of the Portland Pythons
- 2 Logos and uniforms
- 3 Season-by-season records
- 4 Players of note
- 5 See also
- 6 Franchise records
- 7 References
History of the Portland Pythons
The story of the Portland Pythons is the story of the DSFL. One of the founding DSFL teams, along with the Chicago Blues, Norfolk Seawolves, San Antonio Marshals, Kansas City Coyotes, and the Tijuana Luchadores in 2018, the early days of the Pythons were rocky. First playing in the West division with the Seawolves and Blues, the Pythons lost their first two games before their first ever franchise victory came in a 16-14 win at home against the Seawolves. Although fans were ecstatic at the victory, the rest of the season would still be a struggle for the Pythons. The did win three games in a row, before dropping five in a row. The final game of the season was another game against Norfolk, which the Pythons won, 27-21. Although the season ended on a high note, the Pythons amassed a 5-9 record and missed the first playoffs of the DSFL, which saw the San Antonio Marshals win the inaugural Ultimini Championship. The first Pythons was led by quarterback Stars, who threw for 253 completions and 2807 yards, with 11 touchdowns. On the ground, running back Ferrell carried the ball 232 times for 751 yards and three touchdowns. In the air, wide receiver Shaloiko caught 84 balls for 1253 yards and four touchdowns. Shaloiko's efforts made him the second best wide receiver in the league, just a hair behind Norfolk's Mason. On the other side of the ball, linebackers Goodson and Retro contributed 111 and 104 tackles respectively, while defensive end Andreas Waiters contributed with 18 sacks. Although the first Pythons' season ended in disappointed, the team would not be deterred.
The following season would show a complete turn around for the Pythons. Still playing in the West division, the Pythons ripped off two wins in a row before being blown out on the road against the Chicago Blues, 33-3. However, the Pythons would right the ship and finish the regular season on a four win streak and a final record of 11-3, the best in the DSFL. The Pythons earned their first playoff berth and division title, setting up a game against the Norfolk Seawolves for the DSFL West Championship. The Pythons would go on to dominate the game, 31-0, with quarterback Jameis Christ throwing for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive tackle Norman Bagwell had five tackles and two sacks. With their conference championship in hand, the Portland Pythons would go against the San Antonio Marshals, who beat the Tijuana Luchadores in the DSFL East Championship game. The Pythons would win their first ever Ultimini at Ultimini II in Portland, with a final score of 27-14. Quarterback Jameis Christ led the league with 327 completions and 3387 yards, with 19 touchdowns. Running back Goose contributed 273 carries and 919 yards with three touchdowns. Wide receive Watcher led the league with 95 receptions, 1144 yards, and 5 touchdowns. Defensive end Andreas Waiters once again led the league with 18 sacks, while linebacker Parker led the team with 87 tackles. Jameis Christ won league MVP and Offensive MVP. Andreas Waiters won Defensive MVP, as well as Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The 2020 season was a transitional year for the league. The Pythons were transferred to the East Conference, joined by the Norfolk Seawolves and Kansas City Coyotes. Fresh off their Ultimini victory the season before, Portland got off to a slow start. They dropped their first two games to the Seawolves and Coyotes, before achieving their first victory of the season against the new Palm Beach Solar Bears, 24-16. The uneven season would continue for the Pythons, alternating winning and losing games until week nine of the season. Portland would go on to win six games in a row to end the season, amassing a final season total of 10 wins and 4 losses, winning the East division. In the regular season, the Pythons allowed a league leading 177 points, while scoring a second-best 260 points. In the playoffs, Portland met the 6-8 Norfolk Seawolves. The game was closer than many predicted, as Portland scored all their points in the first quarter. Norfolk brought the lead to four by halftime, but a tight defensive battle in the second half the game secured the win and DSF: East Championship for the Pythons. Ultimini III that year would feature the Pythons and the 8-5-1 Palm Beach Solar Bears, who dominated the Tijuana Luchadores 27-3 in the DSFL West Conference Championship. Ultimini III would feature the two strongest teams in the league, and was a close contest. The Pythons struck first off a 31 yard field goal by kicker Adrienne Nugent. Quarterback Austin Roenick would complete a touchdown pass to Blessed Storm, bringing the score to 10-0 for Portland. However, the high-powered Solar Bear offensive awoke and struck in the second quarter. Quarterback Jim McMahon would complete touchdown passes to Emery Moorehead and Willie Gault to go ahead 14-10 at the half. The third quarter featured stout defensive play, before the Pythons managed to claw within one point in the fourth off a 46 yard field goal by Adrienne Nugent. With 2:52 left in the fourth, Solar Bear kicker Kevin Butler scored on a 25 yard field goal, and the lead was never again in doubt. With the final score of 17-13, the season ended in disappointment for the Pythons but there was still cause for optimism. Quarterback Austin Roenick completed 250 passes for a league-leading 3096 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wide receiver Aaron caught a league-leading 82 balls for 1073 yards and seven touchdowns. Linebacker Parker once again had a stellar season with 124 tackles and five sacks.
The start of the 2021 season once again began with a new division, as the Pythons were re-adjusted into the new DSFL North Conference, again with the Kansas City Coyotes and Norfolk Seawolves. However, unlike the previous year, the Pythons got off to a fast start. Portland won its first four games in a row, including a 24-10 win over the Palm Beach Solar Bears to avenge their defeat in Ultimini III. The Pythons would alternate wins and losses before winning the final three games in a row and finishing with a 10-4 record, best in the league. Portland once again finished with the fewest points allowed at 177 and were undefeated at home. They would go on to meet the Kansas City Coyotes, who finished at 8-6, in the conference championship game. The Pythons and Coyotes split their regular season games 1-1, with a combined score of 42-34 in favor of Kansas City. Kansas City started quickly in the championship game, first with a pass from quarterback Mark Strike to DeAndre Green and then a touchdown run by Mark Strike to make the score 14-0 for the Coyotes as the first quarter came to an end. Kansas City kicker Joel Kallems would add a 40 yard field goal before Portland finally got on the board with a 19 yard field goal by Stephon Simpson. At the end of the first half, it was 17-3 in favor of the Coyotes. Portland would close the gap in the third quarter off a Shawn Ariel three yard run, before Kansas City answered with a 40 yard pass to Howard Miller from Mark Strike. Although the Pythons would add a touchdown from a thirteen yard pass from quarterback Cole McCoy to Nash Teller, it wasn't enough and the Pythons were upset, 24-17. The Kansas City Coyotes would go on to lose in Ultimini IV to the San Antonio Marshals, 23-13. Running back Borro Gore would win Offensive MVP honors in the league, with 244 carries and 1241 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, while also adding 10 receptions, 122 yards, and one touchdown through the air. However, the season was viewed as a missed opportunity for the young Pythons.
By their fifth season in the league, the Portland Pythons had fully hit their stride. For the first time in several seasons, the Pythons were not placed in a new division. The Pythons roster returned many of the stars from the yer before, and when the regular season started, Portland ripped off five wins in a row, including the season opener against the Kansas City Coyotes, avenging their loss from the previous year. The Pythons would only lose two games that season, one to the Norfolk Seawolves and another to the Kansas City Coyotes. Finishing with a 12-2 record, the Pythons easily won their division and secured a rematch with the Kansas City Coyotes for the DSFL North Championship. In the game, the Coyotes jumped out to an early 13-3 lead, and held it until halftime. However, in the second half of the game it was all Portland. Scoring 19 unanswered points, the Pythons secured a spot in the Ultimini, winning 19-13. In Ultimini V, the Pythons would meet the Tijuana Luchadores, who finished the regular season at 6-8 and upset the reigning champion San Antonio Marshals to win the conference. The game proved to be a back and forth affair, with Portland drawing first blood off a touchdown run by running back Michael Scott. The Pythons' defense would help add to that total, with Joel Shroeder's 35 yard interception return off of Luchadore's quarterback Brad Pennington for a touchdown. The Luchadores would answer with a Viggo Squanch touchdown reception from Pennington, leading to a 14-7 score at the half. The third quarter was mostly a defensive battle, with the Pythons managing to add to their total with a 35 yard field goal from Stephon Simpson. Sensing the urgency and that time was running out, Tijuana began the fourth quarter with a fire. First, running back Sydney Spinelli scored on a three yard run to make it 17-14. Then, Luchadore's kicker Klaus DerFisch scored a on a 20 yard field goal to tie the game at 17. However, with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter, wide receiver Mark Grau caught a 37 yard pass from Colt McCoy to put the Pythons up 24-17 and Portland held on for their second Ultimini title. Running back Michael Scott was the Offensive Player of the Game with 20 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Portland linebacker Mason Brown was the Defensive Player of the Game, contributing nine tackles and two sacks. Full back Borro Gore won League MVP with 210 carries, 895 yards, and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 44 balls for 545 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive MVP went to Creed Bratton, Pythons linebacker with 109 tackles and 14 sacks. Finally, linebacker Mason Brown won Defensive Rookie of the Year with 104 tackles, 11 sacks, and two interceptions.
The 2023 season would be a year in transition for the Pythons. With Colt McCoy as the only notable returning player, the Pythons roster was mostly young and untested. While they won their season opener on the road against the Norfolk Seawolves, the Pythons would then go on to lose four in a row. They would alternate wins and losses, before ultimately losing four of their final six games on the way to a final record of 6-8. They finished second in the North Division, behind the Kansas City Coyotes and their 10-4 record, and both teams would meet in the DSFL North Championship, hosted in Kansas City. The Pythons would jump out to an early lead off a Gavin Rice touchdown reception from quarterback Joliet L. Christ. Kansas City would answer five minutes later with a LaMarcus Strike touchdown reception from Gus T. T. Showbiz. It would be mostly Kansas City from there on out, with Coyotes' Mike Miles 31 yard interception return in the second quarter to make it 14-7 at the half. In the third quarter, kicker Beat Meoff addd a 34 yard field goal, and receiver Kazimir Oles caught 12 yard pass to make it 24-7 in favor of the Kansas City Coyotes. The Pythons would add a touchdown with an Elijah Lagerfield run with 7:20 left in the fourth quarter, but that would be the end of the scoring for the game. Portland would lose, 24-13 to Kansas City, who would go on to lose to the Tijuana Luchadores 21-20 in Ultimini VI. Quarterback Colt McCoy threw for 255 completions, 2653 yards, 6 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. On the ground, running back Elijah Lagerfield won League MVP and Offensive Rookie of the Year, leading the league with 324 carries, 1562 yards, and 10 touchdowns. He also added 21 receptions and 150 yards through the air. Lagerfield's performance was one of the few bright spots for the Pythons, in 2023, which proved to be a rebuilding year.
A year removed from their rebuild, expectations were high for Portland to return to their winning ways. The season did not get off to a good start, with a 20-14 loss to the champion Tijuana Luchadores. However, Pythons found their footing and won their next three games in a row. Following a loss to the San Antonio Marshals, the Pythons scored 57 points in a rout of the Norfolk Seawolves. The Pythons would alternate wins and losses for the rest of the season, before beating the 1-12-1 Palm Beach Solar Bears 46-10 in the final game of the season. Earning themselves an 8-6 record, the Pythons were second in the division once again to the 9-5 Kansas City Coyotes. The DSFL North Championship game would be held in Kansas City, and would see the Pythons employ a ground attack game against the Coyotes. The game got off to a slow start, with a pair of field goes by Pythons' kicker Adam Anderson to make it 6-0 at the end of the first. The second quarter saw an explosion of activity, first with touchdown reception by Portland's Felix Hasselhoff from quarterback Joliet L. Christ, followed by a touchdown catch by Kansas City's Vinny Valentine from Gus T. T. Showbiz. A pair of matching field goals from Adam Anderson and the Coyotes' Kick Puncher made the score 16-10 at the end of the first half in favor of Portland. In the third quarter, Python running back Elijah Lagerfield ripped off a 72 yard touchdown run, which was eventually answered by a 3 yard run by Kansas City running back LaMarcus Strike, making the score 23-17 for the Pythons. The fourth quarter again saw matching field goals by Punch and Anderson, and the game ended 26-20 with Portland winning the North. Offensive Player of the Game Elijah Lagerfield had 15 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown, while Defensive Player of the Game went to Portland linebacker Stewart Griffin, who had 11 tackles and a sack. In beating the Coyotes, the Pythons secured a date with the Tijuana Luchadores in Ultimini VII, hosted in Mexico. The game would go down as one of the great Championship contests in the DSFL, and started quickly. Tijuana running back Andreas Metaxas scored first on a 15 yard run, before Portland quarterback Joliet L. Christ found Felix Hasselhoff for an 8 yard touchdown to tie. In the second quarter, Portland took the lead as Christ once again found Hasselhoff for 21 yards and the score. Tijuana kicker Klaus DerFisch added a field goal, and the score was 14-10 at the half in favor of the Pythons. The Luchadores would recapture the lead in the third quarter with a pass from quarterback Adriana Falconi to receiver Xavier Flash to make the score 17-14. Portland would answer with three seconds left in the third, off a seven yard run by running back D'Pez Poopsie to make it 21-17 going into the fourth. Python kicker Adam Anderson scored on a 47 yard field goal, but the Luchadores managed to tie the game with 4:42 left in the game off a Adriana Falconi pass to Angel Martinez. The teams would trade punts to end the fourth quarter, before the game officially went to overtime. Tijuana kicked off to Portland, who could not do much with the ball before punting it back to Tijuana. The Luchadores would take the ball and march down the field, before finally scoring off a 6 yard run by Ricky Adams to win the game with 9:39 left in overtime. The Pythons would lose Ultimini VII in heart breaking fashion, but played tremendously in a legendary game. Portland cornerback Hammer Jack was the Defensive Player of the Game with five tackles, a sack, and an interception. In the season overall, Joliet L. Christ led the passing attacking with 260 completions, 2741 yards, and 12 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. Running back D'Pez Poopsie led the Pythons rushing attack with 205 carries for 1163 yards and 11 touchdowns. Elijah Lagerfield, however, was close behind with 210 carries, 1053 yards, and six touchdowns. Felix Hasselhoff was second in the league with 81 catches, 1069 yards, and four touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Stewart Griffin led the team with 114 tackles, 8 sacks, and an interception.
Coming off their heartbreaking loss in the championship game the year before, the Pythons started their 2025 season with a bang. With returning stars Joliet L. Christ and Felix Hasselhoff, they won their first three games of the season, including a 13-7 victory in a rematch against the Tijuana Luchadores. After dropping their week four game against the Kansas City Coyotes, the Pythons would go on another three game winning streak. They would run into trouble in the middle of the season, going 3-4 in the final seven games of the season. Still, their final record of 9-5 was good enough to win the division and set up a Conference Championship match against the Norfolk Seawolves. The game would prove to be a back and forth affair, with Norfolk taking the lead with 4:34 left in the fourth quarter off an Oliver Dixon run. With the score 18-13 after a failed two-point conversion, the Pythons marched down the field and took the lead with 19 seconds left with a Taylor Peterson touchdown catch from Joliet L. Christ. The win would set up the Pythons for their second consecutive appearance in the Ultimini, this time in Ultimini VIII against the 10-4 Tijuana Luchadores. Unfortunately, whether they were exhausted after their narrow victory over Norfolk or not, Portland struggled mightily in the title game. Wide receiver Adrian Pitcher caught an 8 yard pass from Jonson Cox III to put the Pythons in the lead at 7-0, but that would be the extent of Portland's scoring in the game. Tijuana running back Zoro Roronoa added a pair of touch down runs, with his teammate Ricky Flores joining him. Tijuana kicker Kulture Fulture added a field goal, and the Tijuana Luchadores won the game 37-7. For the second year in a row, the Pythons would be going home from the Ultimini empty-handed. In the regular season, Joliet L. Christ completed 234 passes for 2396 yards and 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Rookie running back Antonio Summer carried the ball 223 times for 1264 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. He also added 19 receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown through the air. Slim Shady, another rookie running back, provided 191 carries, 1061 yards, and 13 touchdowns on the ground. Receiver Felix Hasselhoff caught 79 balls for 1107 yards and six touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Dan Schneider led the team with 117 tackles, a sack, and two interceptions.
The Pythons had now made it two consecutive years in which they reached the pinnacle of the DSFL and yet fell short at the end. But the previous failings in past seasons provided vital experience for the team, who now saw what was required to win it all. The 2026 campaign saw the Pythons utterly dominate the regular season. Winning every game, with the exception of a 45-31 loss to the San Antonio Marshals, the Pythons finished the regular season with a 13-1 record, tied for the best regular season record all-time in the DSFL. Portland was dominant on both sides of the ball, scoring 377 points while allowing only 181, both best in the league. Quarterback Johnson Cox III led the passing attack with 240 completions, 2737 yards, 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Running back Slim Shady provided 264 carries, 1448 yards, and 14 touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, Shady added seven receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. The Pythons also featured rookie Beauregard Smallwood-Chess at running back, who added 246 carries, 1216 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, rookie linebacker Charlie Trout was dominant, with 150 tackles, 8 sacks and an interception to go along with three forced fumbles. The Pythons would meet the Kansas City Coyotes for the DSFL North Championship, and dominated the game for a final score of 23-6. The win would send the Pythons to the Ultimini for the third consecutive year, this time a rematch with the Tijuana Luchadores. The 5-9 Luchadores were fresh off an upset victory over the San Antonio Marshals, and came into the game with high spirits. The Luchadores drew first blood, scoring on a 26 yard field goal by rookie kicker Neo Donaldson. The Pythons would respond in the second quarter with kick from Eric Legstrong, tying the game at 3. To continue the duel, Neo Donaldson scored on a 50 yard field goal, and the Luchadores went into the half up 6-3. In the second half, with a minute to go in the third quarter, Portland scored the only touchdown of the game on an Errol Maddox reception from Johnson Cox III. Eric Legstrong would add another field goal before the game ended in a 13-6 victory for the Pythons in Ultimini IX, with running back Slim Shady winning Offensive Player of the Game with 22 carries, 112 yards, and 0 touchdowns. The defensive battle was a surprise, but the Pythons had once again captured Ultimini glory with their third championship.
The 2027 season was one of change for the Pythons. Stars like Johnson Cox III and Slim Shady moved on, with rookies and older veterans taking their place. The Pythons won their opening game against the Norfolk Seawolves, but dropped the following contest to the Kansas City Coyotes. This would prove to be somewhat of a pattern for the Pythons, who struggled to build consistent momentum throughout the year. Still, they were able to win four of their last five games and amass a 9-5 record, good for second in the division behind the 10-4 Kansas City Coyotes. Caleb McCoy led the passing attack for Portland, compiling 209 completions, 2103 yards, 19 touchdowns and three interceptions. Rookie running back Corey Trevor carried the ball 272 times for 1427 yards and 14 touchdowns, tied for the second-most in the league. Defensively, linebacker David Ginsberg led the team with 104 tackles and cornerback Richard Ramsey added five interceptions. Kansas City would host the DSFL North Championship game, and get out to an early lead. The Coyotes' defense managed to drop Caleb McCoy for a safety in the first drive of the game. Kansas City would then add to their lead off a Krispy Kreme touchdown reception from quarterback Luke Boechler. Finally, Coyotes kicker Alex Frost would add a field goal to make it 11-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Pythons would show some fight off a 22 yard field goal by Roderick Castleberry, but Kansas City countered with a 36 yard kick by Alex Frost to make it 3-14 at the half. The Pythons would score their first and only touchdown of the game with an 11 yard touchdown reception by Lucius Kaine from Caleb McCoy to claw within four points. However, on the ensuing drive, Coyotes running back Aksel Danielsson scored on a 66 yard run, making it 10-21 to go into the fourth. The Pythons would add a pair of field goals by Roderick Castleberry, but it wasn't enough and the game ended with a score of 16-21. The Coyotes would go on to stomp the Tijuana Luchadores in Ultimini X, 37-7, but it was a difficult season for the Pythons with many unanswered questions.
The Pythons went into the 10th DSFL season in league history with a young roster, hungry to end their 5 season Ultimini drought. The Pythons drafted well in the draft prior to the beginning of the season and managed to get themselves future ISFL Pro Bowlers Stan Francisco at TE and Leighton Lee at LB. The regular season began well for them as they cruised past last seasons Ultimini-Winning Kansas City Coyotes by a scoreline of 27-9, with star running back Beauregard Smallwood-Chess picking up 113 yards and a TD. The season continued well and they managed to pick up four wins from their first five games, their only loss a 20-12 defeat coming at the hands of the San Antonio Marshals. Going into the final week of the season the Pythons were tied on record with the Coyotes at 8-5, both teams having a playoff berth secured but having to fight it out for the first seed in their division. In the end the Coyotes came out on top and it meant that Portland would have to travel to Kansas City for the Conference Championship Game. Unfortunately for the Pythons this was once again where their season fell short as they lost 21-10, despite taking a 10-7 lead into half time thanks to a Smallwood-Chess TD and Castleberry FG, they went scoreless throughout the second half and found themselves watching the Tijuana Luchadores upset the Coyotes in overtime in Ultimini XI, from the comfort of their own homes. From an awards Point of View the Pythons enjoyed moderate success that season, with Johnny Blaze picking up his second consecutive tight end of the year award, and David Ginsburg winning himself linebacker of the year. Still, overall, it was another disappointing season for the Pythons.
Coming off back to back disappointments in Conference Championship Games, the Pythons once again had high hopes for Season 14, the 12th season of the DSFL. They strengthened their stellar core of players in the Season 14 DSFL Draft picking up future ISFL Pro Bowlers in Safety Richard d'Attorio V and Cornerback Emondov Emoji, as well as drafting Quarterback of the future and future ISFL Hall of Famer/GOAT Franklin Armstrong in the 11th round. They showed just how strong they were in the first week of the regular season when they routed the reigning champion Tijuana Luchadores 41-0. They lost their next game to the Norfolk Seawolves but this didn't upset their form, as they won 5 of their next 6 games. Their win in Week 12 over the Norfolk Seawolves was enough for them to clinch their division but unfortunately it was not enough for the 1st overall seed going into the playoffs as the Palm Beach Solar Bears had lost just one game all season. This did not stop the ruthless Pythons from winning out and finishing the season with a 10-4 record. The Conference Championship Game versus the Norfolk Seawolves, and the Pythons offense had to rely on alternative methods of scoring to win 16-13, thanks to a Lanzer Grevious pick six and 3 Alex Dasistwirklickseinnachname Field Goals. This meant that the Pythons were going to their first Ultmini since 2026, facing the same opposition as they did in that game, the Tijuana Luchadores, where they had Home Field Advantage, and were favoured by the media. This favour was proved to be justified after the game, as they managed to defeat the Luchadores 34-20, and claiming their fourth Ultimini Championship. This victory was mainly thanks to the stellar play from their rookie Quarterback Armstrong, who threw for 247 yards and 3 Touchdowns, as well as Running Back Arkansaw N/A, who had 77 yards on the ground with one TD, plus an additional 47 yards Recieving with another TD to boot. The season went well for the Pythons on a personal level too, as Quarterback Franklin Armstrong picked up DSFL MVP and DSFL OROTY off the back of a 2632 Yard, 23 Touchdown Season. Leighton Lee picked up DSFL DPoTY and Dasistwirklichseinnachname picked up Kicker of the Year.
Coming into Season 15 off the back of a big Ultimini win the Portland Pythons were confident in their ability to repeat last seasons feat. That seasons draft was not the biggest, but the Pythons managed to make some good picks, including Wide Receiver and future ISFL Pro Bowl Quarterback Wolfie McDummy with the first overall pick. As well as McDummy they also snagged themselves Sam Torenson in the first round and Antonio Sandoval Jr., son of legendary Defensive End Antonio Sandoval. The Pythons got off to a curious start, one in which they had hot and cold spells, as they won their first two games of the season, before losing their next 3 and winning another 2 after that, which would leave them with a 4-3 record at the halfway mark in the season. They then finished out the season poorly, winning 3 of their remaining 7 games to leave them with a flat .500 record at 7-7. Thanks to a Seawolves victory over the Kansas City Coyotes in the final week of the season it meant that the 7-7 record would be enough to hand them the divisional title. In the Conference Championship Game they would face the Coyotes and dispatched of them with relative ease, winning 31-7 with Kansas Citys only score coming with 14 seconds of play remaining. This win meant a second straight trip for Portland, where they would this time face the Palm Beach Solar Bears, in what was forecasted to be a close game. Unfortunately for the Pythons this was not the case as the Solar Bears opened out to an early 17 point lead and the Pythons never really found their way into the game after that, ending up losing by a scoreline of 37-17, scores courtesy of Rkansaw NA and Sam Torenson. On awards night Lanzer Grevious would scoop DPoTY and Blake Faux would pick up DRoTY, but neither of these awards did much to ease the pain of their Ultimini defeat.
Season 16 saw a new face in the Pythons front office, as 124715 took over the position of Co-General Manager. His first draft as Co-GM would be a successful one as the Pythons managed to draft themselves five future ISFL Pro Bowlers, Wide Receiver Saba Donut, Cornerback Mervin Leonard, Kicker Kicky Bobby, Defensive Tackle Shane Masters and Wide Receiver Action Jackson. This solid draft class translated instantly to success on the field as they won their first 4 games before losing in Week 5 to the Kansas City Coyotes by a singular point. Other than consecutive losses in Weeks 8 and 9, the Pythons would win all of their remaining games that season, good for an 11-3 record and another divisional championship. In the Conference Championship Game they would once again be facing the Kansas City Coyotes, and the Pythons would once again come out on top, by a scoreline of 23-13. This result would mean the Pythons would face off against the Tijuana Luchadores in the Ultimini Championship. In a similar vein to the previous seasons championship game, the Pythons went down big early, 21 points this time, and were never able to recover, going on to lose 28-14. That offseason Franklin Armstrong would be crowned as the first player to ever be awarded DSFL MVP twice, thanks to a season where he passed for 2805 yards and 18 TDs, and Wide Receiver Hugh Mongo grabbed himself OPoTY with a season statline of 1177 yards and 5 TDs, but neither of these things did much to lessen the pain of the Ultmini loss they had suffered.
Season 17 only saw more turmoil in the Pythons Front Office as before the beginning of the season both GMs, PSanchez55 and 124715 would step down from their managerial. Taking their places would be SabaDonutMan and Toasty as General Manager and Co-General Manager respectively, looking to do what the GMs for the past 2 seasons hadn't been able to, bring the Ultimini back to Portland. Their first draft class was an abnormally large one, allowing them to pick up lots of players for their first season. With their first pick at fifth overall they selected Jay Cue, a future ISFL Pro Bowler, who would be the next franchise quarterback for the Pythons, as Pythons legend Franklin Armstrong would be moving up to the ISFL to play for the Orange County Otters that season. The only other player of note drafted was future Pro Bowl Safety Mike Hockhertz in the seventh round. The quality of their draft was shown as they won their first 4 games of the season, scoring 143 points and allowing just 29 in that period of time. It would turn out to be a pretty easy regular season for the Pythons as they cruised to another division win, with an 11-3 record. Once again they would face the Kansas City Coyotes in the Conference Championship Game and another 10 point Pythons victory was the result, 27-17 the score. This would set up a rematch of the previous seasons Ultimini, and in heartbreaking fashion the Pythons lost by just the 1 point, as a result of a fourth quarter rushing touchdown by Luchadores Running Back Chase Osborn. Rookie Quarterback Jay Cue would go on to be crowned as MVP for the season, and for the third season in a row it was a Python picking up the DPoTY award, this time Cornerback Mervin Leonard. These awards did nothing to lift the spirits in the Python camp, still reeling after their third straight Ultmini loss, as they wondered if they were doomed to never win the trophy again.
The revolving doors that were Pythons management kept on revolving going into Season 18, as Toasty moved on from his post as Co-General Manager, leaving the spot open for Huskies311 to take the mantle. The Season 18 DSFL Draft was a relatively small class and the Pythons had just three picks in it, one of which was the first overall picks, used on Willie B. Hardagain. Their other two picks were used on Wide Receiver Sean O' Leary and Cornerback Kacey Dream. The season started off poorly as the Pythons lost 23-20 to the Tijuana Luchadores at home, but this was not a trend that would carry on throughout the rest of the season, as the Pythons would lose just two more games all season, in Weeks 5 and 9, in San Antonio against the Marshals and in Tijuana against the Luchadores, giving them their fifth divisional championship in a row and setting up yet another Conference Championship matchup against the Kansas City Coyotes. The 28-17 victory in this game meant it was their fourth Conference Championship Game victory in a row over the Coyotes, sending the Pythons to their fifth Ultimini in a row. They would be facing the San Antonio Marshals who had upset the 13-1 Luchadores in the SFC Championship Game, and they would be favoured heavily going into the Ultmini clash. Despite conceding the first score of the game the Pythons did not let that faze them and they managed to score 23 unanswered before the Marshals finally kicked a Field Goal with 4:48 left in the game, however it was too little, too late for San Antonio, and meant that the Pythons would be taking home their fifth Ultimini Trophy as a result. The season was made all the more sweeter when Jay Cue became the first player ever to be awarded MVP honours in back to back seasons, only increasing the feeling of ecstasy around the Portland camp.
Going into Season 19 off the back of the big win, everyone in the Portland camp was confident they could repeat last seasons feat, as they still had a quite the roster, strengthened by acquisitions in the Draft, including future Pro Bowlers Galf Wilf at linebacker and Venus Powers at kicker, among others. However the regular season itself got off to a very rocky start as they lost their first two games of the season, to the Luchadores, and the newly rebranded Minnesota Grey Ducks. They managed to get their feet on the ground and win 8 of their next 9 games, with a 2 point loss to the Grey Ducks in Week 6 being the only one. Unfortunately for the Pythons they ended the season how it began and lost their remaining three games, to finish with an 8-6 record good for second in the division, meaning they missed out on their first divisional championship in 5 seasons, a game behind Minnesota. This played on the Pythons mind going into the postseason as in a very narrow tie they lost out to the Minnesota courtesy of a game winning, walk off, Silver Banana Field Goal. This mean that Portlands five season streak of making the Ultmini was to be snapped, as the Grey Ducks would go on to defeat the Luchadores in the big game, giving them a trophy in their inaugaral season in Minnesota. In awards voting quarterback Jay Cue would fail to retain his MVP title, instead settling for OPoTY as former Python Kacey Dream would win it, having spent the season playing for the Myrtle Beach Buccaneers.
2035 once again signalled change in the Pythons as SabaDonutMan and Huskies311 moved on to make space for Baron1898 and KanakoTheSquirrel as General Manager and Co-General Manager respectively. The new GM pair had a large draft class at their disposal to help them in their initial season, and they made some solid picks to shore up their roster, including future ISFL Pro Bowlers HeHateMe PickSix and Osiris Firestorm-Fjord to name a couple. The season got off to a good start for the team, winning a tight game against the Coyotes, 24-23. Unfortunately for Portland, this was about as good as the season got, as they would lose their next nine games in a row, scoring more than 10 points just once in that timespan. They picked up just one more win in their final 4 games to finish with the franchises worst ever record, 2-12. It marked a dark day in franchise history as it meant for the first time in 16 years, since the first ever DSFL season, the Pythons would miss out on the playoffs.
Not only did Season 21 mean changes once again in the Pythons front office, as KanakoTheSquirrel stepped up to the role of GM and Air Crou took over as Co-GM, it also marked changes in the DSFL structure, as the league would expand to 8 teams, 4 teams a division. Out of the two expansion franchises it would be the London Royals joining the Pythons divison, the NFC North, and the Dallas Birddogs joining the SFC South. The draft that season, was a historically large one, with 271 prospects. The Pythons managed to make some great selections who would have impact on the league for years to come, such as Zamir Kehla and Tatsu Nakamura. The Pythons started out the season how they had finished the last one, losing their first two games, but settled in quickly to win their next two. Another loss and two wins meant they sat at a 4-3 record at the halfway point of the season, already bettering last seasons win tally. A strong end to the season meant the Pythons would finish with an 8-6 record, getting right back into the playoffs after their second time missing it last season. The playoffs did not bear joy for the Pythons however, as they got dominated on both sides of the ball against the Coyotes, losing 31-7.
Another season just meant more management change for the Pythons it seemed, as roastfuego came in to take over Air Crous role of Co-GMing the Pythons. The Pythons would have a reasonably successful draft, picking up future Pro Bowlers in Joseph Petrongolo and Videl-San The Pythons would not make the best of starts, losing twice to start off, inlcuding a 34-0 shutout loss to the Minnesota Grey Ducks, and by midseason they were sitting at 3-4. Things did not get much better for Portland as they won just two of their remaining seven, meaning they missed out on the playoffs, a solitary game behind the London Royals, who would go on to lose to the Luchadores in the Ultimini game.
Season 23 meant yet again more changes to who was in a management role in the Portland Pythons franchise, as qWest took over as Co-GM from roastfuego as he moved on to bigger and better GM jobs in the ISFL. The Pythons drafted well that season, snagging future stars such as Safety Joel Drake and quarterback of the future Sam Howitzer. The Pythons, looking to rebound off of last seasons playoff miss, did not have the most impressive of starts, losing their initial four games, but managed to pull it back somewhat, winning their next three to sit at 3-4 by midseason. That was about as good it got for the Pythons however, as they two of their last seven games, meaning that for the first time in the franchises history they would miss out on the playoffs in consecutive seasons. It wasn't all doom and gloom for some on the roster, as Safety Joel Drake won DRoTY, but their was a general down feeling throughout the franchise after these playoff misses.
The Pythons had the first overall pick in that seasons draft, which was a large one. They used that pick on Safety Davriel Lavigne, and also managed to pick up Dan Foster, Chuck Roth and quite a few others. Looking to rebound from their playoff misses they had a very on-and-off start, winning two of their first four games, and then three of their first seven. In weeks 8 and 9 they managed to record back-to-back wins, propelling them to a positive record, but soon lost that losing their next three. After another win and loss to end the season, it meant that they would have a 6-8 record, good enough to scrape into the playoffs, on tiebreakers past the Kansas City Coyotes. Unfortunately their return to the playoffs would not last very long as they were beaten 22-3 in the Conference Championship by the eventual champion London Royals. At awards night it was Pythons quarterback Sam Howitzer who would scoop MVP thanks to his 2559 passing yards and 21/6 TD to INT ratio.
Season 25 meant more change for the Pythons as long time GM KanakoTheSquirrel stepped down, along with Co-GM qWest, and RDBSouthPaw and FuriousPanda took over, as GM and Co-GM respectively. Their first draft was a strong class, one in which they drafted quarterback of the future LeBron James III in the first round, who would be taking over from Howitzer, along with quite a few other strong picks. They started the season strong, winning their first three games by a combined margin of 57 points across the three. Unfortunately for them they lost their next two before picking up another win, and then their next three again after that. They managed to somewhat pull their form back together, winning 3 games between weeks 10 and 13, but a loss in the final week of the season, in London against the Royals, meant they would miss out on the playoffs, finishing a game behind the Minnesota Grey Ducks.
The Pythons went into Season 26 with strong roster, looking to make it back to the promised land, the Ultmini. Their roster was strengthened thanks to draft day acquisitions such as Lawrence Miller and Kevin Morrison, along with quite a few other future DSFL Pro Bowlers. The season began well for the Pythons, as they won their first three games. After those three games it seemed the team had got a taste for winning, as they couldn't stop, winning 8 on the bounce before eventually suffering their first defeat in Week 9 to the Bondi Beach Buccaneers, 13-10. That would be their only loss of the regular season though, as they would sleepwalk to the top seed in the league with a 13-1 record. The team made hard work of their conference championship game against the London Royals, as it was a one score game right to the final play, an Anders Christiansen rushing touchdown, which gave the Pythons a 23-13 victory, and returned them to their first Ultmini since season 18. Unfortunately, they weren't able to go all the way and replicate season 18s glory, despite taking a 17-0 lead in the first half, they failed to score in the second, and allowed the Bondi Beach Buccaneers to beat them 20-17. From an awards side of the things there was some joy for Portland as LeBron James III was crowned MVP, but this did little to soften the blow of blowing a 17 point Ultimini lead.
More managerial changes were in store for the Pythons as zEagle1 took over the Co-GM position from FuriousPanda. His first class was a rather large one and he made some solid picks such as Xavier Walls and Stumpy Jones. Looking to go one step further than last season, the Pythons began the season winning their first three before the Royals dished them their first loss, 16-14. Two more wins and a loss meant that by the midseason point they were 5-2 and in poll position in the playoff race. The back half of the season would be even more successful for the Pythons as they would lose just one game, in Week 10 to the Grey Ducks, meaning they would have an 11-3 record going into the postseason. Unfortunately for Portland they would be eliminated in the Conference Championship Game by one of their oldest rivals, the Kansas City Coyotes, after allowing 10 unanswered points in the final quarter of what was a tied game. At the postseason awards LeBron James III would become just the second player ever to win consecutive DSFL MVPs, the first being former Pythons gunslinger Jay Cue.
Yet another season was met with more changes in the Pythons Front Office as RDBSouthpaw stepped down altogether, with zEagle1 taking on the Head GM role with Hordle as Co-GM. They immdediately got down to business that draft, picking up future top tier talents such as cornerbacks Suggs Upshar and Lip Gallagher, as well as quarterback Panda McKyle, who would be replacing franchise legend LeBron James III. Off the back of more playoff disappointment they looked to start this regular season strong. The opposite, however, was to occur, as they would come home from London losers in a hard fought battle. This did not dampen the Pythons spirit though as they would pick up 3 straight wins before losing again in week 5 to the Dallas Birddogs. This loss would be their last of the season up until week 14, the final week of the regular season, where the Coyotes would beat them 35-32. Their 11-3 record would only be good enough for second in the division, as the Royals would take first seed. In the playoffs they got off to a good start, opening out to a 17-10 lead before halftime in the Conference Championship. A scoreless second half for Portland however would once again equate to playoff disappointment, losing 23-17 to the Royals who would go on to win it all. The Pythons would have some success at the awards with Xavier Walls scooping DPoY after a historic season, but at this stage all the franchise was after was the coveted Ultimini trophy
Desperate to get their hands on the Ultimini trophy they hadn't seen in so long, and looked to help themselves do so by strengthening their ranks in that draft, making a number of strong picks, such as wideout Calvin Hobbes in the first, corner The Laz in the third, Tay Swizzle in the fourth among a number of other solid picks. These picks didn't show instant results as the Pythons lost their regular season opener, in a defensive battle, 10-9 to the Tijuana Luchadores, only scoring any points in the second quarter. They then managed to regain some form as they won their next two, before losing again, this time to the Coyotes in week 4. A win against the Buccaneers followed by another pair of losses meant Portland sat at 3-4 at the halfway point in the season. Three losses in their next four games meant that a three game winning streak to close out the season was not sufficient to clinch a playoff spot, as the snakes finished even with a record of 7-7, one game behind the Minnesota Grey Ducks. More managerial changes would be announced for the Pythons at the end of the season, as Hordle would step down to be replaced by LSUFAN.
Logos and uniforms
Legacy Era (2018-2037)
The original colors of the Portland Pythons were gold and black, and featured a logo with a black and gold python emblazoned on a black shield. The home jerseys were black with gold accents on the sleeves and a black collar. The away uniforms,by contrast, were white with a black color and gold horizontal stripes on the sleeves.
Modern Era (2038 - Current)
In the modern era, at the behest of their new general managers, the Python's updated their logo and uniforms. The general manager had this to say about the updated Portland logo: "Our logo now better represents the city of Portland and the branding as a whole. We took the 4-pointed star shape at the center of our logo from the flag of the city of Portland. The secondary star shape mimics that earlier influence while also alluding to the compass rose and to Porland's historic marine and shipping industries. The green color also comes from the flag, while the white primary color and the orange secondary color come from the scale coloration of the albino Burmese python. We're super excited to bring this new era to the team and to see this new logo on the helmets of the next generations of Pythons."
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Players of note
Portland Pythons roster
Portland Pythons individual awards
|DSFL Award Winners|
|2020||Jameis Christ (QB)||League MVP|
|2020||Jameis Christ (QB)||Offensive MVP|
|2020||Andreas Waiters (DE)||Defensive MVP|
|2020||Andreas Waiters (DE)||Defensive ROTY|
+ = min. 500 attempts, # = min. 100 attempts, ∗ = minimum 15 attempts
∗ = minimum 15 attempts, # = min. 100 attempts, + = min. 500 attempts
- "Portland Pythons Team Info". Official Portland Pythons Info Page. National Simulation Football League. Oct 20, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2018.