IBM Big Blue
Established1976
Based inTsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Head coachKevin Craft
General managerShinzo Yamada
LeagueX-League
DivisionX1 Super
Colours    
Blue, black, grey, and white[1]
Division titles2, (2001 and 2015)
Websitehttp://www.bigblue-football.com/

The IBM Big Blue are an American football team located in the Tsukuba, Ibaraki. They are a member of the X-League.

Team history

Seasons

X-League Champions (1987–present) Division Champions Final Stage/Semifinals Berth Wild Card /2nd Stage Berth
Season League Division Regular Season Post Season Results Awards Head coaches
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1997 X2 Central 3rd 3 2 0
1998 X2 Central 3rd 3 2 0
1999 X2 Central 3rd 3 2 0
2000 X2 Central 2nd 4 0 1
2001 X2 Central 1st 5 0 0
2002 X1 East 5th 1 4 1 Matoba
2003 X1 East 6th 0 5 0 David Stant
2004 X1 East 4th 2 3 1 David Stant
2005 X1 Central 3rd 4 1 0 David Stant
2006 X1 East 3rd 4 2 0 David Stant
2007 X1 Central 3rd 5 2 0
2008 X1 Central 3rd 5 2 0
2009 X1 East 3rd 4 3 0 Lost 2nd match (Panasonic Denko) 7-49
Lost 2nd stage match (Obic) 14-44
Shinzo Yamada
2010 X1 East 2nd 6 2 0 Won 2nd match (Suita) 42-10
Lost 2nd stage match (Obic) 27-55
Lost final stage match (Panasonic) 28-31
Shinzo Yamada
2011 X1 Central 4th 3 4 0 Won 2nd stage relegation match (Fuji Xerox) 70-14
Won 2nd stage relegation match (Meiji Yasuda) 38-8
Shinzo Yamada
2012 X1 Central 3rd 4 3 0 Lost 2nd stage match (Panasonic Impulse) 17-34
Won 2nd stage match (Nojima Sagamihara) 48-17[2]
Kevin Craft (ROY) Shinzo Yamada
2013 X1 Central 3rd 4 3 0 Lost 2nd stage match (Panasonic) 24-55
Won 2nd stage match (Kashima) 56-35[3]
Shinzo Yamada
2014 X1 Central 2nd 6 2 0 Won 2nd stage match (at Asahi Soft Drinks) 37-10[4]
Won 2nd stage match (at Lixil) 38-10[5]
Won Final stage match (Lixil) 69-54[6]
Lost Japan X Bowl XXVIII (at Fujitsu) 10-44
Shinzo Yamada
2015 X1 East 1st 4 3 0 Lost 2nd stage match (at Obic) 26-34[7]
Won 2nd stage match (at Asahi Soft Drinks) 37-20
Shinzo Yamada
2016 X1 East 2nd 6 3 0 Won Quarterfinals match (at LIXIL) 37-16
Lost semi-finals match (at Fujitsu) 26-28
Shinzo Yamada
2017 X1 Central 2nd 7 3 0 Won Quarterfinals match (at LIXIL) 51-31
Won Semifinals match (at Panasonic) 31-24[8]
Lost Japan X Bowl XXXI (at Fujitsu) 23-63
Shinzo Yamada
2018 X1 East 2nd 8 2 0 Won Quarterfinals match (at Elecom Kobe) 34-23
Won Semifinals match (at Panasonic) 24-17[9]
Lost Japan X Bowl XXXII (at Fujitsu) 18-35
Kevin Craft
2019 X1 Super 5th 6 5 0 Kevin Craft
2020 X1 Super 7th 0 3 0 Kevin Craft
2021 X1 Super 4th 3 3 1 Lost semifinals match (Panasonic) 31-38 Kevin Craft
2022 X1 Super Div. A 2nd 5 2 0 Lost quarterfinals match (Elecom Kobe) 25-35 Kevin Craft
2023 X1 Super Div. B 2nd 5 2 0 Won quarterfinals match (Nojima Sagamihara) 24-21
Lost Semi-finals match (at Panasonic) 23-47
Kevin Craft
Total 110 68 3 (1997–2023, includes only regular season)
15 14 0 (1997–2023, includes only playoffs)
125 82 3 (1997–2023, includes both regular season and playoffs)

Current import players

Jersey # Name Position Years with the team Alma Mater Achievements
#6 Christian Onyechi DE 2023–present Colorado State
#40 John Stanton[10] TE 2012–present St. John's (MN) 5x All X-League Team member (2013–14, 2016–17 & 2021)
#37 Logan Stewart DB 2023-present Colorado State
#10 Victor Viramontes QB 2023-present UNLV

Former Import Players

Name Position Years with the team Alma Mater Achievements
James Brooks DE 2014–22 Arizona State 4x All X-League Team member (2014–17
Michael R. Taylor Jr. LB 2022 Florida All X-League Area Team member (2019)
Jhurell Pressley RB 2022 New Mexico
Jason Smith WR 2021 Auburn
Herbert Gamboa LB 2020–21 Montana All X1 Super Team member (2020)
Kevin Craft QB 2012–20 UCLA ROY award (2012), 2x All X-League Team member (2012–13)
Charles Tuaau DT 2017-19 Texas A&M–Commerce
Rykeem Yates DT 2016 Nevada All X-League Team member (2016)
Demetrius Eaton DE 2015 Northwestern
Tuika Tufaga DT 2014 Hawai'i
Jabali Miller CB 2012-2013 San Jose State
Albert Griffin S 2010-2013 Lindenwood
Rocky Pouta-Alo FS/RB 2007-2008 Indiana State
Ian Sample WR 2008 Hawai'i
Jon Giesel OG 2005 California All X-League Team member (2005)

See also

IBM Big Blue (rugby union)

References

  1. ^ "X-League profile, IBM Big Blue". April 17, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Marantz, Ken (November 11, 2012). "IBM runs wild over Nojima". xleague.com. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Marantz, Ken (November 11, 2013). "Craft's aerial barrage lifts IBM to 1st-ever win over shell-shocked Kajima". xleague.com. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "IBM overcomes sloppy start to knock off Challengers". xleague.com. November 11, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Ikezaka, Hiroshi (November 16, 2014). "IBM Big Blue pound Lixil Deer, qualify for X League playoffs". japantimes.co.jp. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Marantz, Ken (December 3, 2014). "Craft throws for 9 TDs as IBM wins in shootout, advances to 1st Japan X Bowl". xleague.com. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Ikezaka, Hiroshi (October 31, 2015). "Obic outplays IBM in second-stage opener". japantimes.co.jp. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "IBM takes down unbeated Panasonic in seesaw semifinal thriller". xleague.com. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Marantz, Ken (November 25, 2018). "Flash News: Defending champion Fujitsu, IBM set up rematch in Japan X Bowl". xleague.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz (October 8, 2013). "Stanton finds niche in Japan as tight end, teacher". japantimes.co.jp. Retrieved February 28, 2016.