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  1. Wow, an exciting series! Definitely some good ones in recent years.
  2. What a tumultuous season! (And wow, did St. Louis fall off — American Players Football had to look kinda crummy after that.) Interesting to see how the earthquake prevented the season from collapsing, oddly enough.
  3. I picture them being many of the same publishers of the period (in fact, USFA '89 could easily be a Tecmo Bowl mod!). LJN did the NFL game that Road to Victory is supposed to be an analog to. We probably will see games on the Genesis or TurboGrafx-16 in 1990. Both consoles made their NA debuts in the summer of '89. Perhaps this is where we get our first named title, a la Joe Montana Football, as Sega uses sports titles to market itself in the US. Depending on who has the rights to the leagues in the early 90s, we also may see licensed titles using their broadcasters' name and likeness (not unlike ESPN Sunday Night NFL or ABC Monday Night Football). The idea of American Players Football is based on MLBPA Baseball, so that's also me gauging the temperature of things in the league. What I do for the league already is the TV rights side of things — so I don't want to take something on with a higher burden and level of detail required. You're not gonna see exclusivity here, no way at all. You might see EA titles, but there will always be other options.
  4. I said this a while back... Since we're in the summer of '89, and with competing leagues, here's what I'd say is happening. (Yup, I'm taking a crack at this.) AFA Football: Road to Victory (NES) was the first league-licensed AFA title, which released in mid-March 1989. It featured a league license, but not one from the AFAPC to use real players. With labor relations strained, it could be a couple years before one game has both. In fact, Road to Victory only features 16 teams out of 30 — St. Louis, which went to the Victory Bowl this year, isn't even in the game. There have been rumors of a competing title, American Players Football, being developed, but the gaming and sports presses aren't sure if this is a signaling tactic in the dispute with management or an actual title to be released so the players can test their licensing waters. (The rumors say that if there's a strike midseason, the game will get released then, but it may come out in the late fall if labor peace is achieved.) There are also a number of other American football titles that simply use city names and colors without either license. Road to Victory's primary competition this fall will be the first foray from the young league, the blandly titled USFA '89 for the NES, which released the same week as the Ultimate Bowl. USFA '89 features all of the smaller league's teams and players.
  5. I don't know if the wordmark is very 1989 for Philly, honestly... But the other changes are solid.
  6. Gotta say I'm not feeling the wordmark font or especially the font on the uniforms themselves... It's just way too all over the place.
  7. I still think they're not going to be around for the mid-90s...there's a nasty recession a-comin'.
  8. Mexican College Rebrands

    Holy cake, just what this board needed, Mexican college rebrands! It's worth noting that when you get to the private universities, they tend to keep the mascot the same across all of the campuses in their system, and some of these schools are national in scope. (Tec de Monterrey, I'm looking straight at you.) UVM is a private university, and I believe their other schools are also Linces. If you need any context, let me know. I probably could point you to defunct teams, older designs, or some of the odd splits (read: IPN's two teams, UNAM once had three) in Mexican CFB history. If you've ever gone on /r/cfb, I've done Mexico-related stuff as well as a three-part series in 2016 that was designed to be a quick intro to the long history of Mexican college football.
  9. "The Shank"! We have a playoff moment!
  10. There's your answer! (I imagine some of those new Sunday night games were good ones given how weird the league year was!)
  11. Yowza what a season! Funky stuff everywhere and the worst team 4-12? This has to be good news for a league now competing a bit for attention.
  12. Does Stacey on the Aces change from 53 to 54 every game or something?
  13. You've got the stripe improved enough where it makes sense. Good fix. Oh boy, now that's fuel for a rivalry...
  14. The sleeve stripe coloring on the black uniform probably should be changed (blue outside, white inside?) to retain color blocking and so that it doesn't look like an X-ray hand. Otherwise, solid, and looking forward to the USFA and AFA getting back into the rhythm of things. Also...Brutus Sands. Brilliant!
  15. Yowza. I need eye bleach for that set. I also really want to suggest not using Arial in the late 80s (it's in the logo). You can probably find typefaces that would have actually been common in the period. While Arial was around at the time, it certainly was not common until the 90s when Microsoft began bundling it with Windows.