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  1. The 1991 and '92 seasons in the World League went as scheduled. The London Monarchs shut out the Barcelona Dragons 21-0 to win the first World Bowl in front of the London faithful at Wembley. The Sacramento Surge defeated the Orlando Thunder 21-17 in Montreal to win World Bowl '92. There was talk about shelving the World League to retool it without any of the North American teams, but the NFL owners ran in to resistance. The sports talk radio stations in Birmingham, San Antonio, Orlando and the other North American markets were dumbfounded by the amount of angry phone calls. Europe also had its share of angry fans calling to their local radio stations, especially in London where a few passionate Monarch fans express concerns that any time taken off to retool would hurt their team's fan support. After the backlash reached uncomfortable levels, the NFL owners voted 25 to 2 with one abstention to keep the WLAF open for '93. When the NFL announced it would expand by 2 teams for 1995, Memphis was in the running for a short while until potential owner and FedEx founder Fred Smith picked up the paper one day. The Memphis Commercial Appeal ran a survey that revealed a large number of Memphis fans were unwilling to pay hefty NFL ticket prices. Smith, who was to co-own the Memphis franchise with Elvis Presley Enterprises, offered to drop his NFL expansion bid in exchange for an expansion franchise in the World League. When the NFL owners agreed in August of '92 to keep the World League up and running for '93, Smith paid a handsome, generous expansion fee split among the WLAF teams already in existence. Smith chose the "Hound Dogs" as the team's nickname and the colors chosen were forest green and copper. Bidding is still open for the second expansion team that'll join the Hound Dogs in 1993. Among the bids are Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Paris, Milan, Mexico City, Omaha and a bid from Raleigh-Durham looking to revive the Skyhawks. WORLD BOWL CHAMPS 1991: London Monarchs 1992: Sacramento Surge 1993: Amsterdam Admirals 1994 Alignment EUROPEAN Amsterdam Admirals Barcelona Dragons Frankfurt Galaxy London Monarchs Scottish Claymores (Expansion) NORTH AMERICAN EAST Montreal Machine NY/NJ Knights Ohio Glory Orlando Thunder Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks (Expansion) NORTH AMERICAN WEST Birmingham Fire Memphis Hound Dogs Sacramento Surge San Antonio Riders
  2. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    World Bowl '94 June 5, 1994 Alamodome San Antonio, TX After three years of finishing second place or worse in their division, the Frankfurt Galaxy finally got a taste of the World League's biggest stage. For the Ohio Glory, it was to be the culmination of an upswing in their winning ways. Neither team was expected to make it this far in 1994. In fact, a lot of folks predicted Ohio to finish dead last in their division. Come June 5 at the Alamodome, and the World Bowl would see two teams making their respective first appearances in the championship game. With the TV contracts for both the World League and the NFL up for grabs, there was a possibility this could be USA Network's last WLAF broadcast, at least for a while. In the first half, the Galaxy dominated with a 21-6 lead at halftime, but in the second half, Ohio played catch up to stay close. A third field goal by Jorge Cimedevilla and a touchdown run by fullback Michael McClenton kept the Glory in the game, but they would need more. Down by 5 with a minute and a half to go, Greg Frey faked a handoff to McClenton and used play action to find Milt Stegall to put the Glory ahead 23-21. Frankfurt had one last chance to dance. Mike Perez pitched to running back Nathaniel Bolton, who then connected with Mario Bailey on a double pass to put the Galaxy in field goal range. With 5 seconds on the clock, Stefan Maslo booted it from 48 yards out, but his kick would sail wide right. Here was the scene in Downtown Columbus the next morning... TRIVIA: In the days before internet trailers and stuff, Disney would put out a double length TV spot for The Lion King during a halftime TV timeout.
  3. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    1994 Playoffs Archer's Last Hurrah? Ernie Stautner took the Frankfurt Galaxy into tiny Hughes Stadium in Sacramento for their semifinal matchup with the Surge. Questions lingered if whether this game would be the last World League game for the Surge's aging quarterback David Archer, who had been instrumental in the club's World Bowl triumph two years earlier. After a pass interference call in the endzone, Frankfurt gambled early, giving the ball to running back Tony Baker on three consecutive downs, only to be forced to settle for a field goal. Before halftime, the Surge rallied to make it 17-10. Then, in the third, Mike Perez connected with Mario Bailey and Mike Bellamy to regain the lead 24-17. The fourth quarter elapsed without any further points scored, and the Galaxy would advance to their first World Bowl. Final Score: Galaxy 24 - Surge 17 Glory at Last! The London crowd expected the Monarchs to overpower the Glory. At first, things looked good for the Monarchs, who led 20-10 at halftime. Then, Greg Frey led the Glory to a third quarter rally to tie the game. The fourth quarter lapsed with both teams tied. London would take the ball on the overtime kickoff, but would go three and out. Frey then marched the Glory the length of the field to the Monarchs' 20 to set up the game winning field goal by Jorge Cimedevilla. Final Score: Glory 23 - Monarchs 20 (OT) Stay tuned for World Bowl '94 in San Antonio.
  4. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    @BellaSpurs How do you like the series so far?
  5. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    So that makes Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Paris and Dublin the front runners. I'll make a decision sometime on Saturday or Sunday. Stay tuned.
  6. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    And do you have any suggestions for nicknames for both cities?
  7. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Expansion Bids for 1995... The World League will expand once again next season. Here is what the alignment will look like for '95... EUROPEAN Amsterdam Admirals Barcelona Dragons Frankfurt Galaxy London Monarchs Scottish Claymores EXPANSION A NORTH AMERICAN EAST Montreal Machine New York/New Jersey Knights Ohio Glory Orlando Thunder Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks NORTH AMERICAN WEST Birmingham Fire Memphis Hound Dogs Sacramento Surge San Antonio Riders EXPANSION B BIDS FOR EXPANSION A Dusseldorf Milan Paris Rome Dublin Stockholm Cologne Berlin BIDS FOR EXPANSION B Los Angeles Mexico City Portland Las Vegas Salt Lake City Albuquerque Shreveport
  8. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    1994 Regular Season Last year, Rich Gannon was able to keep the London Monarchs at .500 despite missing the playoffs. This year, Brad Johnson took over as quarterback, and Victor Ebubedike became the starting running back. In week 1 at Murrayfield, Victor ran around and over the defense of the expansion Scottish Claymores, scoring two touchdowns to give London a 24-10 victory. The expansion Scottish Claymores would eventually be swept by the Monarchs this year, dropping the new franchise down to third by season's end. However, the season was not without its moments for Scotland. Wide receiver Allen DeGraffenreid scored the first points in team history in the week 1 loss to London, while Gavin Hastings would go on to lead the league in punting. Bernie Kosar failed to live up to the hype in Scotland, throwing a costly interception in week 10. Jim Criner would bench Kosar in favor of Terry Karg, but the Claymores would lose their last four and miss the playoffs. The newly reborn Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks proved to be only slightly better than the previous incarnation, winning only a single game. Jeff Blake signed with the Cincinnati Bengals a week before kickoff, so the Skyhawks had to scramble quickly to find a new general. The thought they had one with Gilbert Renfroe, formerly of the Arena League's Detroit Drive. The Skyhawks' only win of the season came at the Horseshoe against the eventual division champion Ohio Glory, the team that replaced the original Skyhawks. After the Doug Flutie experiment failed, Jack Bicknell had no answers for the Barcelona Dragons downward slide. Almost nothing seemed to go right for the Dragons as they would win only three games. The team was sold midseason to John W Henry who hinted at possible changes for next season. The biggest dropoff from last year was the defending World Bowl champion Amsterdam Admirals. Many of their best players were signed to NFL training camps with Rocket Ismail, Dedrick Dodge and Garry Howe each landing NFL gigs. Dick Vermeil, who guided the Admirals to the championship in just their first season, was hired away by the Houston Oilers to replace Jack Pardee. Taking over in Amsterdam was former San Diego State coach Al Luginbill, and while the Admirals won only 4 games, he would instill an attitude he hopes will carry over into next season. The Frankfurt Galaxy finally made the playoffs, clinching a wild card with a win over the Scottish Claymores at the Waldstadion. Coach Ernie Stautner gave quarterback Mike Perez more leeway to call his own plays, and rookie wide receiver Mario Bailey made an immediate impact. STANDINGS EUROPEAN *London Monarchs 11-3 *Frankfurt Galaxy 9-5 Scottish Claymores 8-6 Amsterdam Admirals 4-10 Barcelona Dragons 3-11 NORTH AMERICAN EAST *Ohio Glory 10-4 Montreal Machine 8-6 Orlando Thunder 7-7 NY/NJ Knights 7-7 Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks 1-13 NORTH AMERICAN WEST *Sacramento Surge 11-3 Memphis Hound Dogs 8-6 Birmingham Fire 6-8 San Antonio Riders 5-9 Stay tuned for the 1994 playoffs.
  9. 8BW14's NFL Concept Thread: Vikings (3/15)

    Vikings look perfect.
  10. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    1994 Preview Phase 2 of the World League's expansion takes place this season, with the addition of the Scottish Claymores, and, after a brief hiatus, the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks. Jim Speros, a Virginia businessman who owned the CFL Stallions in real life, joins forces with a handful of Scots who wanted to bring the World League to their backyard. One of whom, a Glasgow sportswriter named Steve Livingstone. The Claymores would hire Jim Criner as the team's head coach. After that, the club would sign veteran quarterback Bernie Kosar and local rugby union hero Gavin Hastings to attract crowds to a newly rebuilt Murrayfield. Kosar was a crowd favorite in Cleveland, but his tenure with the Browns had ended in a messy divorce as Bill Belichick gave his job to Todd Philcox and later Vinny Testaverde. Felix Sabates who owns a minority interest in the NBA Charlotte Hornets, takes command of the resurrected Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks as original owner George Shinn elected to concentrate on the Hornets. It was unclear if the new Skyhawks would bring any players back from the original Skyhawks, but Sabates decided to go in a different direction. Larry Kuharich, son of former Eagles coach Joe Kuharich, was named the Skyhawks coach after Roman Gabriel declined to return. The Skyhawks would use most of their territorial draft picks on guys coming out of NC State, UNC, Duke and other Carolinian schools. One of whom, a Jets backup out of ECU by the name of Jeff Blake. Admirals in the NFL... Rocket Ismail, voted the World League MVP for 1993, suited up the following fall for Al Davis and the Los Angeles Raiders, proving to be a volatile passing threat along with Tim Brown. However, a quarterback controversy between Vince Evans and Jeff Hostetler doomed the silver and black in the postseason, turned away by Buffalo in the divisional round. The Chiefs' GM Carl Peterson, who was at Barcelona for the World Bowl, called up Garry Howe from the Admirals as part of a bigger trade with the Phoenix Cardinals. Howe would fill the shoes of Bill Maas at defensive tackle for KC. He would then lead the Chiefs to victory over Buffalo in the AFC Championship by helping shut down Thurman Thomas and forcing Jim Kelly to throw a costly pick. Dedrick Dodge, now with two World Bowl rings, added a Super Bowl ring when he rejoined the 49ers and picked off Joe Montana on football's biggest stage.
  11. A Dumb Yank's Take on Football.

    Very good. Keep them coming.
  12. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Thanks. How do you like the series so far?
  13. Awesome! However, I do think the Quebec uniform could be a nice update for the Nordiques if they still existed.
  14. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Just a quick heads up... On November 30, 1993, the NFL awarded its 30th franchise to...
  15. NHL March Madness - VOTING OPEN for Central Division

    A: Chicago B: Winnipeg C: St Louis
  16. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Here is a prototype for the logo of the 1994 World Bowl... C&C Welcome.
  17. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Yeah because I don't see Birmingham giving up the Fire without a fight, especially since they're doing pretty good at the moment. However, I must admit I'm not too familiar with the culture or history of Dusseldorf. They might end up with a generic name if they do get a team. Also, with Fox possibly getting in to the NFL mix, here are the bids for the different TV contracts: NFL (starting Fall '94) National Football Conference (Afternoons): CBS (incumbent), Fox, NBC, ABC American Football Conference (Afternoons): NBC (incumbent), CBS, Fox, ABC Monday Night Football: ABC (incumbent), Fox, CBS, NBC Sunday Nights (1st Half): TNT (incumbent), ESPN, USA Network, FX (Launching in '94) Sunday Nights (2nd Half): ESPN (incumbent), TNT, USA Network, FX (Launching in '94) WLAF (starting spring '95) Afternoons (Europe): ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC Afternoons (North America): ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC Primetime: USA Network (incumbent), ESPN, TNT, TBS, FX (Launching in '94) While this is going on, the thirtieth NFL team has yet to be awarded. With Memphis dropping out, here are the following bids: - Baltimore: Group A: Barry Levinson and Boogie Weinglass, Group B: Glazer family - St Louis: Walter Payton - Jacksonville: Wayne Weaver, Jeb Bush, Deron Cherry, all part of Touchdown Jacksonville! Two existing NFL teams are up for sale: Los Angeles Rams - Group headed by Dr Jerry Buss, Steven Spielberg and Magic Johnson. - Peter O'Malley, son of Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley. - Gene Autry, founder of the California Angels. - Philip Anschutz & Ed Roski. New England Patriots - Jeremy Jacobs. - Robert Kraft. - Yawkey trust. As for the possible sale of the Birmingham Fire: - John W Henry. - Art Williams, who owned the CFL Barracudas in real life. - A group led by Joe Namath and Bart Starr, both Bama alumni. If selected Broadway Joe will serve as CEO and Starr the GM. Here are the current World League owners: Amsterdam Admirals: Wayne Huizenga Barcelona Dragons: For sale Birmingham Fire: Gavin Maloof (franchise currently up for sale) Frankfurt Galaxy: Oliver Luck (named de-facto owner by Galaxy board of directors ahead of '93 kickoff) London Monarchs: Jon Smith, Mick Luckhurst (25%) Montreal Machine: Roger Dore NY/NJ Knights: Robert FX Sillerman Ohio Glory: John P McConnell Orlando Thunder: Raj Bhathal, Burt Reynolds (10%) Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks: Felix Sabates Sacramento Surge: Fred Anderson San Antonio Riders: Larry Benson Scottish Claymores: Jim Speros
  18. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    I might mix things up a bit.
  19. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    And here come the Scottish Claymores!!! C&C Welcome.
  20. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Here you guys go... Scotland will be next once I find a way to make their look stand out.
  21. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    @Gman13 You mean the Skyhawks? I'll get to that but first some news about the expansion going on in the NFL...
  22. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Here are the uniforms that were worn in the World Bowl this year...
  23. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Only for the stadiums that had a historical listing of the seating capacity, because that changes every so often when stadiums get renovated.
  24. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    Those are just the capacities of the stadiums.
  25. The World (League) According to Neo (World Bowl '94)

    You're thinking of the guy from the Chicago Enforcers of the XFL. Steve Avery who played in the World Bowl and fumbled played for the Birmingham Fire in real life... Ohio Stadium (Columbus) - 91,470 Meadowlands (East Rutherford) - 75,000 Legion Field (Birmingham) - 72,000 Citrus Bowl (Orlando) - 70,000 Alamodome (San Antonio) - 64,000 Olympic Stadium (Amsterdam) - 64,000 Wembley Stadium (London) - 63,000 Liberty Bowl (Memphis) - 62,380 Olympic Stadium (Montreal) - 61,000 Montjuic Stadium (Barcelona) - 42,000 Waldstadion (Frankfurt) - 61,000 counting the standing room in the endzones. Hughes Stadium (Sacramento) - 23,000