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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    For 1959, the Milwaukee Voyagers add their simple capital M to their new plastic helmets: C&C Welcome.
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    Preface: After reviewing my original Driveball thread, I now feel a reboot would be necessary. Pre-1948 history of the game: 1874: McGill and Harvard face off in a rugby game that most historians consider to be a major turning point for North American sports. On McGill's squad is James Creighton, who would go on to play a significant role in the evolution of ice hockey. Also on the McGill roster that May afternoon is Alexis DuBois, the man credited as the inventor of the Driveball game, but not necessarily the name. 1875: Creighton stages a demonstration of his hockey rules at a Montreal skating rink. Forward passing would be the invention of the Patrick brothers later on. 1876: Yale halfback Walter Camp begins to plant the seeds for gridiron football, sometimes referred to as "Gridby" (portmanteau of Gridiron+Rugby). 1877: Alexis DuBois (1853-1926), by then an assistant instructor for an affluent Montreal athletic club, stages a demonstration of what he dubbed "Mixed Rules Football." The game was played with 8 on 8 and scoring more in line with soccer. After the demonstration, Triston Arnold, who played soccer at another Montreal college, looked DuBois in the eye and said "Disregard Rugby. I find your new game far more exhilarating!" 1889-1930's: Numerous Mixed Rules Football leagues in Canada and the United States would come and go, often undone by gambler interference or financial woes. Also working against early leagues was the almost unanimous popularity of baseball in the US and hockey in Canada. In America, mixed rules ball was lower than the NFL, which in turn was dwarfed by MLB, college football, boxing and horse racing. The Mixed Rules Football Federation (MRFF), the first serious attempt at professionalism for Driveball, was formed in 1919. For a while, things looked bright for the game, but the 1929 stock market crash took the MRFF (pronounced "Murph") down with it. 1943: 26 year old Killian "Cubby" Dempsey, a young assistant coach for the Great Lakes Academy football team, was drafted and assigned to Australia. While he was there, he took out his film camera to document a game called "Austus," which combined Australian rules with those of gridiron. He was instantly reminded of that quirky game invented in Montreal that didn't quite catch on. 1945: Another tour of duty saw Dempsey serve in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. There, he witnessed Gaelic Football for the very first time. The GAA struggled to keep the game going because of wartime fuel and travel constraints. 1945-46: When the war finally ended, Dempsey returned to Chicago. No sooner did he arrive home that he picked up the Chicago Tribune and saw an ad placed by Arch Ward, who was then the paper's sports editor. Ward sought ideas for new leagues to employ men coming home and readjusting to civilian life. Dempsey presented his footage of Austus and Gaelic to an enthusiastic Ward. Both men would spend the next year and a half analyzing Mixed Rules' flaws and developing a more streamlined game. They renamed it "Driveball," in an effort to provide a name they hoped would be more memorable. They added a goalie, additional defensive players, the quarter and halfway lines and leather helmets. Ward was also instrumental in forming the All America Football Conference, which would later merge with the NFL. 1946-47: In the fall of 1946, and well into the summer of 1947, Dempsey conducted open tryouts for his new game. He also spent much of the time teaching the game to those that had been unable to hold down roster spots in other sports. Dempsey had the full support for this new venture from local soda pop heiress Mabel Reynolds (1916-2000), great niece of Alexis DuBois. On June 14, June 21 and July 12, 1947, the Chicago Tribune, thanks to Arch Ward's efforts, sponsored three test games at Soldier Field, which were met with thunderous enthusiasm. By early 1948, the National Driveball Alliance was born, set for a May thru July schedule. And that is where our story begins! Teams coming soon. RULES: FROSTY MUG CHAMPIONS (NDA) 1948: Cleveland Mad Hatters 1949: Chicago Gaels 1950: Cincinnati Monarchs 1951: New York Heroes 1952: Cleveland Mad Hatters 1953: Cleveland Mad Hatters 1954: Milwaukee Voyagers 1955: New York Heroes 1956: Chicago Gaels 1957: Philadelphia Brawlers 1958: Miami Flamingos FLOYD CUP CHAMPIONS (CDA) 1954: Dallas Metros 1955: Dallas Metros 1956: Minnesota Shockers 1957: Los Angeles Jaguars 1958: Pittsburgh Knights
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    BigRed's XFL Predictions (Washington added)

    Nice vintage design for the Potomacs. I wonder if the M in Macs can be flipped into a W for Washington and have the W/Wing combo be the helmet decal.
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    I believe these are the last Ivy League teams that needed to be finished. Here is the Cornell Big Red: And here is the Dartmouth Big Green...weren't they still the Indians at this time? C&C Welcome.
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    I'm gonna wrap up the Ivy League, and after that I'll just do programs that either don't have football programs, like Boston U for example, or have discontinued football later on.
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    National Gridiron League

    That Firebird one I think is Obiwantok's touch up of a concept from 11 years ago: http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/48378-birmingham-firebirds/?page=2 EDIT: But at this point, I don't really mind all that much.
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    Harvard: Penn: C&C Welcome.
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    Brown University Yale University
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    Added Air Force. Knew I was missing somebody. Anyways, Columbia's rolling out a pretty bland look for the debut of their Driveball program. C&C Welcome.
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    1960 NCAA Driveball Lineup IVY LEAGUE Princeton Tigers Harvard Crimson Yale Bulldogs Dartmouth Indians Columbia Lions Cornell Big Red Brown Bears Penn Quakers BIG TEN Ohio State Buckeyes Michigan Wolverines Michigan State Spartans Indiana Hoosiers Purdue Boilermakers Iowa Hawkeyes Minnesota Golden Gophers Wisconsin Badgers Northwestern Wildcats Illinois Fighting Illini BIG EIGHT Kansas Jayhawks Kansas State Wildcats Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys Nebraska Cornhuskers Iowa State Cyclones Missouri Tigers Colorado Buffaloes SOUTHWEST Texas Longhorns TCU Horned Frogs Texas A&M Aggies SMU Mustangs Texas Tech Red Raiders Rice Owls Baylor Bears Arkansas Razorbacks SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE (SEC) Alabama Crimson Tide Auburn Tigers Florida Gators Georgia Bulldogs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets LSU Tigers Ole Miss Rebels Mississippi State Bulldogs Tennessee Volunteers Tulane Green Wave Vanderbilt Commodores ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN UNIVERSITIES (AAWU) USC Trojans UCLA Bruins Washington Huskies Stanford Indians California Golden Bears METRO CONFERENCE Boston College Eagles Boston University Terriers University of Detroit Titans Marquette Warriors Houston Cougars Miami (FL) Hurricanes Pitt Panthers Rutgers Scarlet Knights Villanova Wildcats Xavier Musketeers INDEPENDENTS Notre Dame Fighting Irish Navy Midshipmen Army Cadets Air Force Falcons
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    Speaking of the Ivy Leagues, here is the first collegiate Driveball concept, the Princeton Tigers: C&C Welcome.
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    2018 NFL Season

    Was it the right call for the Bears to let Leonard Floyd keep playing even though he limped to the sideline a couple times?
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    AAF Helmet/Uni Tweaks

    Love the job you did on the Fleet.
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    2018 NFL Season

    Bears earned this one. Hard fought win. Rams might lose only one more game after tonight, but I'm still confident this was just an off-night for those guys.
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    2018 NFL Season

    @masterchaoss Only the 2nd loss of the year for the Rams. I'm sure they'll bounce back next week.
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    2018 NFL Season

    Yeah that took me years to outgrow that too.
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    2018 NFL Season

    No matter who wins or loses, it's just a game.
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    2018 NFL Season

    You want Doug Pedersen to throw away his career over one replay?
  19. Padres: Even though I've been wanting the Pads to bring back the brown/orange/gold for a while, the navy blue is okay, but reminds me too much of the Dodgers. Copper would be a good complement to the navy blue as a compromise. All those years I followed the Chargers till they left, I never liked how there was so much blank space between the bolt and the ear hole on the helmets. It always seemed like the bolt was intended to be more of a stripe than a logo. Something...anything...would've looked good in that empty space I am referring to.
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    Super Bowl Field Database - Super Bowl LII

    If the Rams use the helmet on their endzone, wouldn't the background be better if it was gold?
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    XFL Team Nicknames

    St Louis Scary Clowns Dallas Gunslingers Houston Drillers Hollywood Hogans NY/NJ Hitmen Seattle Psychos Tampa Bay Bubbas Washington Weasels
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    Awesome. Would this be considered a winter or spring sport on the collegiate level?
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    What year would be a good year for the first wave of colleges to launch Driveball programs?
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    Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

    For those who prefer a collegiate system, which universities would you like to see first? Also, would the 70's or 80's be a better time for a European tour?
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    The XFL may be making a comeback

    Kinda want to see Vinnie throw a fit when XFL players start expressing themselves...you know, like normal people.