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  1. Another awesome regular season in the books! Especially since the Guardians are a playoff team for once! Also, who are some of the candidates for the new AFA President once we get to the offseason? I'll keep my eye on Cincinnati and Baltimore once the playoffs are under way.
  2. I'm happy the Imperials are back in the playoffs! And the Guardians look like they can be playoff contenders with Reggie Hart under center too assuming they can get enough talent around him. The Bobcats making the postseason in their inaugural year was also a huge surprise. Can't wait for the postseason! Also, since the Suns look like they have the first overall draft pick, who are some draft prospects we can expect?
  3. Wow, talk about a surprising offseason! Reggie Hart in Cincinnati will be interesting, to say the least, and I was also surprised to see Eddie White get the boot from California, considering how to me at least, they were improving. Bring on 1981!
  4. Talk about a lot of upsets this postseason! Seeing as the Stingers have come up short twice in 1982 and 1983, I'll be rooting for them in the Lewis Cup Finals!
  5. 1981

    Ahh, the moment I have been waiting for! If I need to make any changes to my character's profile, then let me know. Anyway, here is my character bio and votes: Carol Michelle James (nee Sinclair) was born on July 20, 1938 in Red Deer, Alberta to Wayne Sinclair, a former hockey player, and Lillian Sinclair, a homemaker. As a child, Carol didn’t really care about sports (Despite being the daughter of an athlete), but she would often be seen in the kitchen, helping her mother cook. Soon enough, by age nine, Carol was already making her own meals, and at age fifteen, decided she wanted to open up her own restaurant. After graduating from the University of Saskatoon in 1963 with a degree in business, Carol returned home to Red Deer and opened up Wayne’s (In honor of her father), one of the finest restaurants in town, and would end up being so successful that more restaurants would open up in Alberta and Saskatchewan. One Wayne’s restaurant has even opened up in Western Ontario just recently. Although a savvy restaurateur, Carol’s love for Canadian football stems from her boyfriend from college, Marc James, who was a huge fan of Regina’s CFA franchise. The two would marry in 1965 and the couple currently has two children, Doug (Born in 1967), Lily (Born in 1970), and Richie (Born in 1974). Carol and her family are heavily into the NFA (With the Edmonton Drillers being their favorite team), and being a prominent businesswoman, she is excited to be part of the NFA Expansion Council. Without further ado, here are her votes: 1. Hamilton, ON: Although the Dukes already have a founding in Hamilton, they've got a financially stable ownership group in place, and if Toronto isn't all that opposed to this bid, then in Carol's opinion, it's the strongest one. 2. Halifax, NS: Although Vincent Irving rubs against Carol the wrong way, Halifax is in a region of Canada which could attract new fans to the league, and they also have a stadium already built, which is also a plus. 3. Victoria, BC: While their proposed stadium may be a bit on the small side, what Carol likes about this bid is that she has a lot of respect for owner Mickey Vaughn, as he seems like the type of person you would want to work for. 4. Quebec City, QC: While the owner is inexperienced and not as financially stable as other bids, Carol believes Quebec City's historical roots in supporting Canadian football teams and the NFA's popularity in the city will help carry the team. And those are Carol's votes. She wishes the expansion applicants the best of luck!
  6. And so the plot regarding the Metros' future in Dallas thickens... Anyway, another intriguing offseason as usual! I'm looking forward to seeing what the 1984-85 season brings!
  7. The Crows look cool! No complaints here. Also, I noticed the "Edwards" decal on the front view of the helmets. Coincidentally, I created a character for the most recent Expansion Council named Jimmy Edwards. While it's unlikely that the two are connected (My character was an ESPN anchor, not an equipment manufacturer), it does evoke the question if there will be any characters from the Expansion Council used in the offseason. There probably will, but of course, the Hurricanes' new uniforms are probably coming first. Either way, I can't wait for the new Hurricanes look as I said, as well as the 1981 offseason. Keep up the good work!
  8. I'm so happy the AFA is back! The Bobcats don't look too shabby either! Can't wait for the Crows and the updated Hurricanes look!
  9. I am pleased with what you have so far! I guess I'll root for the Knights for now, simply because I never expected orange and brown for a New York team. I can't wait for the rest of the teams, especially the Owls!
  10. Not often do I see college concepts, but this is actually quite intriguing! Combined with how much I am a fan of the AFA and PHL (Assuming this conference will be run similarly to those two concept leagues), I am excited for what you will come up with!
  11. Although I was leaning more towards the Centennials winning it all, I suppose in the end the Destroyers deserved to win when everything's all said and done. Can't wait for the expansion teams!
  12. 1981

    Hooray! I'm so glad the NFA has resumed! Anyway, it's been another subpar season for the Maroons, and I wonder if their next coach will be from the AFA ranks, since they would likely be more willing to adapt to the American rules. And while I'm happy the Yellowheads have improved, it would break my heart to see them relocate. Also, I'm surprised the Stags have improved greatly, but none the less, they're going to have their hands full in the Dominion Cup against the Seawolves, who appear to have a dynasty in the making. I will be pulling for Manitoba though. Looking forward to more!
  13. Alright, the AFA resumes at long last! First of all, congratulations to the Rebels for finally making the playoffs! Also, the Imperials have missed the playoffs again, so I have a funny feeling that their coach Joe Allison (At least that's what I remember) is on the chopping block. And I'm actually surprised the Guardians finished one game below .500! I know they still likely have a long ways to go before they're Victory Bowl contenders again, but still. Speaking of the Victory Bowl, I'll be rooting for Seattle in the playoffs, as I feel Rob Connery is due for a championship. Looking forward to the playoffs, Victory Bowl, and of course, the uniforms for the Bobcats and Crows!
  14. I've just been reading this topic recently, and I must say, this is actually an interesting alternate reality! It's also too bad that the Bengals haven't been to the Super Bowl yet in this universe, but maybe when the Marvin Lewis era begins, they can possibly go further? Looking forward to seeing the new expansion teams! Keep up the good work!
  15. Here's my Expansion Council Bio and Votes. Hopefully the backstory doesn't contradict with anything, but here I go: James Michael “Jimmy” Edwards was born on March 20, 1936 in Canton, Ohio to George and Hannah Edwards. George was a farmer, while Hannah would serve in the US Army during World War II as a medical officer. As a child, Jimmy was outgoing and friendly, as well as being heavily interested in sports, especially football. He wanted to play it when he grew up, but lacked the athleticism and size for the sport. However, when his mother returned from the war, she gave Jimmy a radio for his tenth birthday, and when the AFA began play a couple of months later, Jimmy would listen to games regularly and decided from that point on, he wanted to become a broadcaster. In 1958, Jimmy graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Communications, and moved to Cleveland to become a sports reporter and anchor for a local TV station to cover the Cleveland Ghosts. Over the years, Jimmy has been a well respected anchor with a keen sense of humor and knowing on the air when to be humorous and when to be serious. He married his college sweetheart Linda Phillips in 1963, and the couple has two children, Georgia (Born 1966) and Timothy (Born 1970). Jimmy was also hired in 1979 by the newly formed Sports and Entertainment Network ESPN to be an anchor for SportsCenter and cover the AFA, so his family moved to Bristol, Connecticut. He is quite excited to be part of an AFA Expansion Council and without further ado, here are his votes: 1. Newark, New Jersey: Although the Imperials would not be happy if this bid won, Jimmy feels that New Jersey has a lot of income over the years, and the New York area is big enough to support two franchises. Not to mention that Hal Jobson would be a nice breath of fresh air compared to more recent AFA team owners. 2. Kansas City, Missouri: Jimmy says that Kansas City is due for a sports team at this point, and after previous failures in past AFA Expansion Bids, that this is their best chance to land an AFA team yet due to Bill Kanter having enough intelligence as an owner (Although Kanter’s bombastic personality concerns him). 3. Tampa, Florida: With an AFA-caliber stadium already built, Jimmy is supportive of a team in Tampa, since they reside in a large enough market and Bill Trotter has experience as an owner. The only concern he has is Trotter’s age and health could mean that the team could be up for sale in a few years. And that’s Jimmy’s votes! He wishes all of the bids the best of luck!