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    2018 NFL Season

    It's as if this year's games are being played in Bizarro world... Patriots are struggling. LA has a team again...OK two teams, but still... Oh yeah, and the Browns came back and WON on Thursday night.
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    2018 NFL Season

    Jags look fairly decent with the white shirt and teal pants combo. Still could use a touch of gold somewhere. Anyways... Rams pretty much win the popularity contest against their crosstown rivals...for this year at least. It's as if the Chargers purposefully want to play second fiddle to the Rams like they did in 1960. To see Tom Brady lose in such an uncharacteristic way...I dunno what to tell you guys.
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    2018 NFL Season

    When was the last time Miami went 3-0 till today? Also, Bolts miss the extra point, Rams up by 1 in the Battle of Los Angeles.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1941 Finals

    Mavericks did great this year! Now that we are in the offseason, here are some movie recommendations for 1941: And of course, there's this...
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1941 Finals

    Duluth and South St Paul should be interesting. It'll be interesting to see how many teams will be able to survive the war years.
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    Notification Alert: NHL Unveils 2019 All-Star Game Logo

    Clip art for an All Star Logo? Downgrade from last year.
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    Alliance of American Football - Team Names and Logos

    The Apollos are the best of the first batch!
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    Alliance of American Football - Team Names and Logos

    Any clue of what logo could be San Diego's?
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    Driveball Redux (Washington Commanders tweaks for '55)

    Don't worry. The Chiefs will be part of this universe as scheduled.
  10. 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 FLOYD CUP CHAMPIONS (CDA) 1954: Dallas Metros
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    Driveball Redux (Washington Commanders tweaks for '55)

    Yeah they did but now things could play out differently for MLB.
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    Driveball Redux (Washington Commanders tweaks for '55)

    With the A's staying in Philadelphia, the Rustlers of the CDA get to keep Kansas City all to themselves, at least for another year or two.
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    Driveball Redux (Washington Commanders tweaks for '55)

    AUTO DEALER BUYS A'S, VOWS TO KEEP TEAM IN PHILADELPHIA Fears of Philadelphia's American League team deserting the City of Brotherly Love were all but vaporized last week. The sale of the Athletics from the Mack family to local automobile dealer John Crisconi was approved by six of the eight American League owners with Connie Mack's son Roy and Baltimore Orioles co-owner Clarence Miles being the key swing votes. Attendance and on-field performance for the A's had been deteriorating since the club's halcyon days with players like Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove. As the years went on, it was becoming more and more evident that Connie Mack's better days as manager and owner of the franchise were behind him. Crisconi will have a tough road ahead of him, with the National League Phillies being four years removed from a season in which outfielder Richie Ashburn led the Phils to a two game lead over the Brooklyn Dodgers to grab the NL pennant. Shibe Park, home to both of Philadelphia's baseball teams, is an aging facility and the city is scrambling to woo both teams with a more modern replacement. Apart from the Phillies, the NFL Eagles and NDA Brawlers have each surpassed the A's at the gate. Television, which the Mack family was reluctant to enter, could be a new revenue stream for the A's under Crisconi's ownership. At this moment, the Phillies are in negotiations with KYW-TV. The A's meanwhile are in talks with WCAU. The Sporting News; November 1, 1954
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    infrared41's Best and Worst - NFL 2018 Week 2

    How about these uniforms for New Orleans and Cleveland?
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    Alliance of American Football - Team Names and Logos

    Anxious to see the full logos!
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    Driveball Redux (Washington Commanders tweaks for '55)

    Fixed the Brawlers record. Southeast could be a possibility, but that'll likely wait. Whenever I've tried to come up with fictional leagues over the years, I usually have 1966 as the first year of any teams in the Deep South. Especially since that was when the Braves, Dolphins and Falcons established themselves over there in real life. Also, there's still a chance Philadelphia can keep the A's from leaving, but I might need more info on the groups that were trying to buy the team before Arnold Johnson swooped in.
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    Driveball Redux (Washington Commanders tweaks for '55)

    For 1955, the Washington Commanders make some changes to their home and road jerseys: C&C Welcome.
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    2018 NFL Season

    All of a sudden, this song comes to mind...
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    2018 NFL Season

    Rams shut out the Cards. Anyone surprised?
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    2018 NFL Season

    On a scale from one to ten, how would you guys assess the Rams' clock management so far?
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    Driveball Redux (Washington Commanders tweaks for '55)

    1954 NDA Season While the CDA exploded onto the sports scene, the NDA tried as much as they could to soldier on. The NDA sneered at the CDA, and the CDA sneered back. However, with many top NDA players having jumped leagues, some sportswriters predict a collapse of the NDA could be imminent. The Milwaukee Voyagers, who quietly changed the spelling of their name last year, finished 1954 with the best record in their history. Dwight Taylor, a rookie forward who played running back at the University of Wisconsin, led the charge for the Voyagers. The Buffalo Lakers make their second playoff appearance in three seasons, thanks in large part to a generous amount of depth in their attack. Spearheading the Lakers attack is forward Nolan Ruffins, who one year ago, was a quarterback at Purdue University. Unable to make an impression on NFL scouts, Ruffins, like many misfits before him, was grateful for a new life in the relatively young game of Driveball. EAST New York Heroes 12-2 Buffalo Lakers 11-3 Toronto Titans 5-9 Philadelphia Brawlers 4-10 WEST Milwaukee Voyagers 9-5 Cleveland Mad Hatters 7-7 Chicago Gaels 6-8 Cincinnati Monarchs 2-12 *Playoff teams in BOLD. East Semifinal at the Polo Grounds Lakers 36 - Heroes 33 Nolan Ruffins recorded two critical assists that helped thrust the Lakers into the Frosty Mug with just 10 minutes left to play. First was an assist to Kenneth Wright to tie the game at 33. The next assist was to Dennis Stephens, who kicked the winning 3 point over to put the game away with just two and a half minutes left. West Semifinal at County Stadium Voyagers 21 - Mad Hatters 15 Dwight Taylor had plenty of help in this game. The Voyager defense proved to be dependable in clutch situations. Milwaukee goalie Vernon Stallings made several key saves to that protected the Voyagers' lead in the first half, but one would-be save was controversially taken away from him. Early in the second half, Vern jumped up to stop a would be over, but a questionable call against his Voyager teammate Archie Ruth set up a tying over by Cleveland forward Bill Frick. With the game tied at 15 apiece, much of the second half was dominated by defense, until Dwight Taylor made an assist to Clint Kelsey to set up the winning six point goal. Frosty Mug at War Memorial Stadium Voyagers 12 - Lakers 9 The 1954 Frosty Mug proved to be another defensive slugfest. The low scoring in this year's championship game was pointed to as a reason for the rival league's adoption of the thirty second shot clock. Vernon Stallings of the Voyagers and Larry Pence of the Lakers were spectacular between the pipes, but there could only be one winner. A late defensive foul called against the Lakers helped set up Dwight Taylor's three point over to win the game for the Voyagers.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    Am I the only one who likes the new purple pants for the Ravens?
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    Discrim's Australian Football Concepts

    Awesome!
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    Driveball Redux (Washington Commanders tweaks for '55)

    1954 CDA Season The inaugural season of the Continental Driveball Alliance began on the evening of April 2, 1954 at Kezar Stadium. It was there that the Los Angeles Jaguars would suffer their only defeat of the regular season at the hands of the hometown San Francisco Dragons. Both teams would eventually go down different paths as the season wore on. The CDA would introduce the 30 second shot clock to Driveball, along with a four quarter time structure. Sixteen minute quarters making for a 64 minute game, rather than the NDA rule of 35 minute halves for a 70 minute game. Both would prove beneficial towards making games run faster. George Bianchi, formerly of the Cleveland Mad Hatters, joined the Los Angeles Jaguars for what was then the richest contract in a young game that was enjoying rapid growth. He was not alone. Bernie Berman and Corky Liebowitz, both of whom journeymen in the NDA, found greater stability for their careers in the CDA. Berman joined the Washington Commanders, with head coach Jackie Ulrich hoping Berman can bring veteran leadership to DC. Liebowitz, a native of Newark, joined the Rogues, hoping to disprove the New York Heroes, who released him under questionable circumstances. The standout rookie for the CDA is Dallas Metros forward Muggsy Russo. After being cut by the New York Heroes without playing a single minute last year, Russo's stock rose to astronomical levels in Dallas. In his first game at the Cotton Bowl, Russo accounted for the first points in Metros' history, a six point goal that flew past the Marshals' slow-to-react goalie Bert Gilmour. FRONTIER Los Angeles Jaguars 11-1 Dallas Metros 10-2 Houston Marshals 5-7 Denver Mountaineers 4-8 Kansas City Rustlers 4-8 San Francisco Dragons 3-9 COLONIAL Detroit Roadsters 8-4 Pittsburgh Knights 8-4 Washington Commanders 8-4 New Jersey Rogues 7-5 Minnesota Shockers 3-9 Boston Unicorns 1-11 Colonial Wild Card at Forbes Field Pittsburgh 24 Washington 18 Colonial Semifinal at Briggs Stadium Pittsburgh 30 Detroit 15 Frontier Semifinal at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Dallas 27 Los Angeles 18 Floyd Cup at the Cotton Bowl July 10, 1954 Muggsy Russo proved he could hold his own against George Bianchi and the Jaguars, but the Dallas Morning News' beat writer doubted Russo could hold the weight of the Metros' attack all by himself. Another rookie forward, Jim Hummel, lifted the Pittsburgh Knights past Washington and Pittsburgh in the playoffs, but the Driveball prognosticators warned fans that Pittsburgh's attack lacked the depth that Russo was blessed with in Dallas. The Floyd Cup was donated to the CDA by Allen Floyd, a fellow Texas oilman who happened to be a distant cousin of Houston Marshals owner Cotton Leavelle. After Dallas guard Finn O'Bannon was whistled for a defensive foul, Pittsburgh scored first. For most of the first half, it was a back and forth affair with the Knights taking a three point lead at halftime with an over by Irving Shapiro to make it 18-15 in the Knights' favor. In the second half, Dallas made all the right adjustments and shut Pittsburgh out in the third and fourth quarters. Muggsy Russo provided some key assists to Clyde Young and Frankie De Witt to put the game out of reach for Dallas. 27-15 would be the final score, as the Metros hoisted the Floyd Cup in front of the hootin' and hollerin' Dallas faithful.