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  1. Crap. Thanks for pointing it out. I could have sworn that this was the first place I fixed it when I corrected the master version. I’ll update it next time I’m at my computer. It’s a twist on a play I saw the Colts run once. Manning started walking toward the sideline as though he had called a timeout, and they snapped it directly the RB. If I remember right, it was a TD for Edgerrin James.
  2. That actually never occurred to me. I can’t believe I never noticed it.
  3. 1990 Wildcard Round After a battle for field position throughout the first 15 minutes, Boston finally advanced deep into Philadelphia territory in the waning seconds of the opening quarter. They pushed to the one, but the defense held strong, stuffing three consecutive rushing attempts, and the field goal unit took the field. K Chris Pelino was halfway to his position when he realized that he had forgotten his helmet, and sprinted back to the sideline to retrieve it. As he ran back out onto the field, P Rhys Scott, who served as the holder, took the snap. The trick play worked, and Scott easily slipped into the end zone, having caught the Railers napping. The Captains would never relinquish the lead. A pair of lost fumbles by former Imperial RB Markus Warner cost Philadelphia dearly in the second quarter, with the first coming at the Boston 33 and the second at their own 7, which set up a Russell Fraizer touchdown run to put Boston up 14-0. Fraizer would add another TD late in the third to extend the lead to 21. The Railers attempted a comeback, finally getting on the board with a touchdown pass from John LeBell to WR Vinny Eagle with 6:11 left to play, but it was too little, too late. The Captains won a solid victory, earning their second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals. Prognosticators said that the only way that Cleveland would be able to come away with a win would be to establish an early lead, and use their rushing attack to run out the clock. They were able to accomplish the first part of the plan, getting on the board first with a 7 yard touchdown run by the elusive James McCoy. Then, in the final minute of the opening quarter, they appeared to be on the verge of making it a two-score game when QB Sam Mundy was sacked at the Detroit 32, and coughed up the ball. Detroit seized the momentum after the turnover, tying the game five minutes later on a 15 yard pass from John Lewis to WR Ray Carroll. They would go on to take their first lead of the day 3 minutes before the half when the speedy WR Angelo Caro burned the defense for a 40-yard touchdown strike. The Detroit defense piled it on early in the third when CB Ron Pryce grabbed the ball after it had been tipped by WR Bob League, and made two guys miss as he took it to the house for a 53-yard touchdown. Cleveland managed to staunch the bleeding with a field goal late in the third, but a 2 yard swing pass to All-Star RB Johnny Hewitt gave Detroit a 28-10 advantage with 11 minutes to play, and the Gladiators coasted to the win. Quarterfinals Previews Guardians of Cincinnati vs Seattle Grizzlies This game will be a lopsided mess. The Guardians championship window may be closing, but their roster is full of living legends – they likely have somewhere between 3-5 future hall of famers on the team. Seattle has… Greg Benham, a draft bust who has already failed to make an impact in Kansas City and California. The Guardians crush the Grizzlies 35-10. Colorado Centennials vs Tampa Bay Bobcats All eyes will be on the matchup between Tampa WR Deacon Cross and Colorado CB Vic Ferrer. Generally speaking, the Bobcats have forced opposing defenses to pick their poison – stack the box to try to stop RB Wayne Lee, keep Cross in double coverage all day, or do both at let QB Bobby Davis pick apart the rest of the defense. The difference this week is that Ferrer is a true shutdown corner, and may be one of the few men in the league who can survive on an island with Cross. Tampa may have more young star power, but the Cents are the better-rounded team, and that will carry them to victory. Colorado wins, 27-24. New York Imperials vs Boston Captains This game could be an instant classic as one of the league’s most heated rivalries meet in January. New York QB Ron Adams will turn 39 this offseason, and doesn’t have a lot of gas left in the tank. Both teams will use this as motivation, as the Imperials try to get their leader an elusive ring while the Captains look to deny that dream to a player who has been beating up on them since 1976. On paper, New York is probably the better team, but they are entering the postseason after an extremely rough December, while Boston is coming in hot. The Captains pull off the upset, 21-20. Houston Hurricanes vs Detroit Gladiators This has blossomed into one of the best rivalries in the league (most fans wanted to see a Houston-Detroit Victory Bowl a year ago). Both teams could make a case for having the best set of “triplets” in the league. Detroit has won back-to-back Victory Bowls behind the trio of QB John Lewis, RB Johnny Hewitt, and WR Angelo Caro. Houston, meanwhile, has the best QB in the league in Tom Hudson, an absolute bulldozer in RB David Kennedy, and one of the league’s most exciting speedsters in WR Mark Ellison. Both teams also boast deep, talented defensive units. This game could go either way, but Detroit has generally gotten the better of Houston in recent years, and that trend will continue. Detroit wins 30-24.
  4. What's the glowing in the dark thing about? Boston fans are actually getting kind of optimistic. No more Krause? Adams in the last year or two of his career? Philadelphia is looking pretty good, but QB John LeBell is in his 30s already. The Captains could be the bullies of the northeast within the next few years. They're a young team with a lot of room to improve. This was QB Nick Horsley's first full year as a starter, and the offense needs to mature, but they have potential. The defense is actually already pretty good. Part of their problem is the same as Boston's - they are in an absolutely brutal division. They're probably a .500 team in an average division, and they'd likely have competed for a playoff spot. That just isn't going to happen when you go 1-7 in your division.
  5. 1990 Regular Season The 1990 season was, first and foremost, a farewell tour for Pittsburgh’s legendary head coach, Willie Krause. Krause, easily the greatest coach in the history of the game (and arguably the most iconic man in the history of American sports), entered the season with a career record of 396-196-20 over 41 seasons. To put that in perspective, no other coach has ever won 200 games, and a 12-win season would mean that Krause could end his career with 408 wins, matching the combined totals of Jimmy Bull, John Beaulieu, and Gus Koch, who are second through fourth on the all-time wins list. Even in rival cities like Boston and Philadelphia, where fans had been cursing his name since the Eisenhower Administration, the coach received thunderous standing ovations before and after each game. Unfortunately, the season was rough for the living legend, though he did break the 400-win mark in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in a week 12 rout of the New Orleans Krewe. Poor play on the road and a strong division saw the team quickly drop out of playoff contention, and with three weeks left in the season, the team sat at 5-8, leaving open the possibility that Krause could retire after the worst year of his career. However, after a players-only meeting in early December, the team rallied for their coach, stunning New York in week 15 (throwing the race for home field advantage into chaos in the process), crushing St. Louis on the road in week 16, and overcoming a 17-point second half deficit against Philadelphia in the finale to finish 8-8 and avoid handing Krause what would have been only the 8th losing season of his storied career. After the game, Krause gave an emotional speech, which left fans and players openly weeping. It took nearly two hours for the stadium to empty, as many remained in their seats, unwilling or unable to accept that the Willie Krause era had come to an end. The other theme of the 1990 season was redemption, as 5 of the 10 postseason berths were earned by teams who had missed out on playing in January the year before, including each of the top three seeds. The free agent-loaded New York Imperials entered the year as heavy favorites, and either held or were tied for first place through most of the season. Going into week 15, they were 12-1, two full games ahead of their closest competitors, with matchups at Pittsburgh (5-8), vs. Kansas City (7-6), and at Milwaukee (6-7), and had the top seed all but clinched. A surprise loss to Pittsburgh in week 13 weakened their grasp, and then a stunning 35-10 calamity against the Wolves in the season finale led to them squandering the chance to have the road to the title run through New York. Now with a poor December hanging over their heads, the team will enter the postseason with serious question marks. The league’s most competitive division was the North, as for only the second time in league history, every team produced a winning record in the same year. Much like New York, Cincinnati bounced back from a disappointing 1989 season, the Chicago Butchers improved from 4-12 to 9-7, while the Cleveland Ghosts and two-time defending champion Detroit Gladiators remained strong. All four teams were in playoff contention heading into the season finale, with Detroit hosting Cincinnati and Chicago traveling to Cleveland. Both games were thrillers – the Ghosts won 30-24 in overtime on a pick six by CB Kevin Rubin, earning a wildcard berth and eliminating the Butchers. Meanwhile, in Detroit, the Gladiators kicked a field goal to go up 27-23 with 1:21 to play, but Reggie Hart put together game-winning drive which ended with him diving for the pylon on a scramble as time expired. Over a chorus of boos from the Gladiator faithful, the officials signaled a touchdown, which sent the Guardians into the postseason with the number 1 seed while Detroit will host Cleveland in the wildcard round. The possibility of a Cincinnati-Detroit Victory Bowl has fans drooling. The drama surrounding this matchup became far more intense following post-game comments by Detroit RB Johnny Hewitt. “So what?” an aggravated Hewitt shot to reporters when asked about Hart’s game-winning touchdown. “He’s a punk who gets special treatment. He was down. That wasn’t no touchdown, but it don’t matter. We’ll beat them in January.” No team’s 1990 comeback was as complete as that of the Colorado Centennials, who inverted their 3-13 record in 1989 to go 13-3, while steamrolling their divisional rivals, earning the second seed. Houston similarly dominated the South as they have every year for the past half-decade. The Southeast was slightly more competitive in the early part of the season as the Tampa Bay Bobcats and Atlanta Rebels were neck and neck through midseason, but the Bobcats finished the year strong while the Rebels faded. Finally, there was the still astonishingly weak Western Division, whose five members averaged a dismal .363 winning percentage while going 9-31 against nondivisional opponents. The Seattle Grizzlies and San Diego Destroyers both managed to avoid a losing season by finishing 8-8, with Seattle earning the division title and the 10th seed on tiebreakers. Their prize? The chance to be humiliated on national television by Reggie Hart and the Guardians of Cincinnati. The remaining two wildcard slots both went to the Northeastern Division, as the 11-5 Boston Captains will head to the postseason for the third consecutive year, where they will go up against the 10-6 Philadelphia Railers who finally ended a playoff drought that has lasted since their Cinderella Victory Bowl run in 1973. Wildcard Previews Detroit Gladiators vs. Cleveland Ghosts The Gladiators have won back to back titles thanks to a great offense and a strong defense. Some of the key defensive players have shown their age over the past few months, but the offense is better than ever. Cleveland relies on the two-headed monster of running backs James McCoy and Jose Ortuno and a strong passing defense to win games. If the Ghosts are going to win, they need to claim the lead early, which will allow them to run out the clock with their rushing attack while also forcing Detroit into a one-dimensional gameplan. An upset here is possible, but everything would have to go right for the Ghosts. Detroit wins, 30-20. Boston Captains vs Philadelphia Railers The Railers return to the postseason is a result of excellent play from a small core of star players, including 10th year QB John LeBell and sophomore sensation LB Tikani Oliver. Boston, on the other hand, are much deeper and better rounded. The big question of the day will be whether or not the Captains can protect QB Jon Cliffe, who is one of the league’s least mobile passers. Oliver in particular may create a problem, with speed, agility, and burst unlike anyone else in the league at his position. If Cliffe can’t stay upright, he’ll crumble under pressure, just as he did against Houston a year ago. Railers win, 21-17.
  6. I think the Coal Fields might end up being a Lambeau sort of field, it'll be a Cathedral for the Game. It should be the the only home of the Miners *no matter how many times they've knocked out my Captains* It will either be something like that, or if it's replaced, the new stadium would be called The New Coal Fields. Also, as @officerpain138 suggested, they will obviously rename the road that the stadium is on in his honor. Yeah, that is in the top 3 in terms of randomly generated names. The other two that have stuck with me are Doc Payne, who was on the original Philadelphia Continentals, and C.J. Random, whose surname was created when the Random Article button on Wikipedia took me to the page for random. That is exceptionally likely to happen.
  7. I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. Three Rivers and Mile High carried those names until the days that they were demolished. The Mile High moniker even carried over to the new stadium. It would have been crazy to rename either one, just like it was crazy to rename Candlestick.
  8. Part of the reason that I wanted to start in the 1940s and watch the evolution of the league was to see how things developed organically. If I had just created a 2010s era fictional league, then they certainly would have been the California Comets and would wear black and neon green. However, the Whales had reason to make the name change first, and there are two other franchises that have a more probably path to that color scheme. It's interesting how some things didn't play out the way I expected them to. For example... I expected the Imperials to be THE team of the 1950s after struggling behind the more talented Guardians in the first few yeras of the league. Instead, New York won three of the first four, and hasn't won one since. They are among the favorites going into this year, but the league is extremely top-heavy right now. Detroit and Houston are both incredibly talented as well, and the Guardians should still have enough of a window to be a threat, even if they had a poor season last year. Also interesting: teams wearing blue or purple as a their primary color have won 10 of the last 11 Victory Bowls. This is after winning only one between 1968 and 1978. Teams wearing red as a primary color won 6 of the first 7 and 7 of the first 11, but haven't won one since. In fact, only three Victory Bowls since 1956 have been won by teams using red anywhere in their color scheme (Philadelphia in 1973 and Colorado in 1981 and 1983). So, is there a red curse? Finally, the late 1980s have been kind to teams with blades in their logos. Every championship since 1985 has been won by a team with a sword in their logo except for the 1986 Miners, who have a pickaxe. The trend could well continue, because (as mentioned above) Detroit and Cincinnati are contenders. Plus, would anybody be surprised if the Miners pulled one out of nowhere to send Krause out on top? The interesting thing is that the one step that they've taken to secure their future is actively groom Adams's eventual replacement. They took USC's Charlie Gardner in the 4th round of the 1989 draft. He has drawn comparisons to Reggie Hart (though that's probably just because they're both African-American former Trojans - Gardner lacks Hart's athleticism and precision, but has a stronger arm). Nobody outside of the organization has seen much out of him, but the team claims to be very happy with his progress so far. That's not implausible. They've changed their colors once every decade, but they've carried over one color each time they do so. They're due for a redesign, and already have the purple in place... The problem is that their stadium is called the Coal Fields, which is a name as iconic as Mile High Stadium or Candlestick Park. It would have to be something like The Coal Fields at Krause Stadium, which is... meh. He's definitely getting a huge statue out front. On top of that, several teams that will be hosting the Miners this year have already announced that there will be on-field tributes to The Coach, including Boston and Philadelphia, who have been brutalized by him for decades (Boston owner Louie Peltier has said, half-jokingly, that theirs will be entitled, "We Hate to See You Leave, But We'd Hate to See You Stay Even More."). The organizers of the 45th Victory Bowl have also said that there will be a literal on-field nod to Krause, but they have declined to explain exactly what that means.
  9. 1990 USFA Season The Louisville Brawlers entered the year as heavy favorites. They started strong, opening the season 3-0, including a win on the road against the defending champion Tennessee Commandos. However, their year was derailed when star QB Manny Rowe went down with an elbow injury and missed 8 weeks. The team went 3-5 in his absence, and barely managed to scrape by with a 9-7 record, causing them to miss the postseason for the first time. Into the power vacuum stepped the Commandos, who won out after starting 1-1, cruising to the top seed with a 15-1 record. Utilizing a team-first style of play, the team dominated their opposition with a fast, aggressive playstyle on defense, and mistake-free football on offense. The league’s other consistent power, the Oklahoma City Reapers also struggled, clawing their way to a 9-7 record and losing the Western Division for the first time, as the Utah Pioneers came out of nowhere to go 11-5 after winning a total of just 10 games in their first two seasons combined. Their leap was largely the result of an improvement in play by QB Kyle Nelson, who had a breakout year and joined Rowe and Carolina’s Lucien Desjardins on the list of the USFA’s elite passers. The Eastern Division was the most hotly-contested, with the Indiana Warriors and Carolina Cyborgs vying for first place. As the season wound down, it was clear that both teams would make the postseason, but the team that took home the division title would have a shot at a home playoff game, whereas the consolation prize was a trip to Memphis to face the Commandos. The race would come down to the final week of the season. Both teams came in at 10-5, but the Cyborgs held the tiebreaker. Indiana did their part, as Russell Montague, Jr. threw 4 touchdowns in a 38-3 trouncing of the Buffalo Wings, but it wouldn’t matter. The Cyborgs took care of business in their finale against the Brooklyn Privateers, and came out on top. The Warriors didn’t go down without a fight the following weekend at Tennessee. Indy MLB Michael Rollins had a career day, recording 17 tackles, 2 sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble as the Warriors held the Tennessee offense to just 10 points well into the final quarter. With just 3 minutes to play, the Warriors held a 14-10 lead when Montague inexplicably audibled to a pass on 2nd and 2. Tennessee LB Carl Britt picked it off and took it to the house, allowing the Commandos to slip into the Ultimate Bowl with a 17-14 win. The other semifinal matchup was even more exciting as the Cyborgs and Pioneers got into a shootout in which there were 10 lead changes. Carolina took a 3-0 lead on the opening drive, but Utah answered immediately with a touchdown to go up 7-3. The Cyborgs found the end zone 4 times throughout the evening (with Desjardins throwing for three and running for one), but each time the Pioneers answered with a TD on their own. The most dramatic of which came on 3th and goal with 22 seconds remaining. After failing to punch in the ball into the end zone from the 1 twice, the Pioneers sent a pair of defensive tackles into the backfield. 312-pound Steve Reed lined up behind 341-pound Jim Lewis. Lewis blasted a hole in the defense, and Reed rumbled through it to send the Pioneers to the Ultimate Bowl. Ultimate Bowl III was also hotly contested (which matched the weather – the heat index at kickoff in Orlando was nearly 100 degrees). Tennessee got on the board first with a Todd Liberty touchdown pass, but Kyle Nelson answered by throwing two of his own to put the Pioneers in front in the final minute of the first quarter. The Commandos nearly answered, driving as far as just a few inches from the Utah goal line, but Liberty failed to properly secure the ball when he attempted to sneak it in, and RE Jamal Scott ripped it from his grasp. With their backs to the end zone, the Pioneers used three downs trying to gain enough room to punt, and the Commandos would take advantage of the favorable field position by putting up a field goal just before the two minute warning, but as halftime came, the underdog Pioneers lead 14-10. A fumble recovery in Utah territory early in the third gave Tennessee an excellent chance to put themselves back in front, but the offense actually lost yards, and the 53 yard field goal attempt was blocked by CB Emerson Freeman. The Commando defense then bent but didn’t break, forcing a punt, which PR George Macy caught on a bounce and took it 92 yards into the end zone, giving the Commandos a 17-14 lead. However, the Pioneers struck back in the final minute of the quarter, when their speedy star wideout Marvin Simms, got behind the defense for an 83 yard touchdown. Liberty quickly led the Commandos back down the field and reclaimed a 24-21 lead with a 9-yard touchdown pass, but the Pioneers tied it at 24 with a 55 yard field goal on their ensuing possession. The tie would hold until, with just over a minute to play, Utah found themselves deep in Commando territory. Once again, they had struggled to pound the ball into the end zone, and so, on third down, Nelson faked a handoff, and then hit Simms on a fade in the corner. The officials conferred, and then ruled the play a touchdown, putting Utah up 31-24 with 1:09 to play. As the seconds ticked down, the odds turned more and more against the Commandos. Finally, with 17 seconds to play, Liberty took a shot downfield and was picked off by FS Jim Pine. The Pioneers had entered the 1990s on the heels of two miserable seasons and on the verge of economic disaster, but now they hold the Ultimate Cup, and the future of football in the Beehive State seems secure.
  10. It’s been almost a year since I did my research on that downturn, but I believe that the Northeast was hit particularly hard as well, which could be bad news for Brooklyn.
  11. Good catch on the anachronism. I'll fix that right away. He's not the only one - that linebacker corps is a force to be reckoned with. OLBs Minden Lincoln and Rick Ortega are sack machines, and Doom will be an excellent fit in the KC zone blitz scheme. LT is probably a fairly good real-life analogue for Doom's personality, but as far as play style goes, he more closely resembles Brian Urlacher - he's arguably the best coverage linebacker ever to play the game. I can confirm that at least one prediction here is correct, at least in the short term. Atlanta won't be going Star Wars, though. The San Diego Destroyers are already linked to Lucas Arts through their ownership team. Also, to be clear, I didn't say that the USFA was collapsing, just that some of the teams are in trouble. There is a serious lack of parity in the league, and some markets are doing well while others are struggling. That would certainly solve the problem, but the Jarvis family has owned the Comets for a long time and it is difficult to imagine them selling at this point. A+ pun, well done.
  12. Boston largely maintained the status quo. 1990 will be Sid Cryer's second year as head coach, and the team really looks like they could be contenders. They have solid players at every position group, and only a few major holes on their rosters. The big question is whether or not QB Jon Cliffe is the guy who can get them to the next level. He appeared to have a lot of potential in the mid-80s, but has been decidedly below-average over the past two years. Actually, there were rumors that the Captains explored trade talks with New Orleans for Donny Minor and the USFA's Louisville Brawlers for the contract rights to Manny Rowe. If there is any truth to either story, nothing came of it, but there is no question that Cliffe's play has put him at the lower end of the list of AFA quarterbacks, and he will be on the hot seat if he doesn't bounce back this season. EDIT: Actually, Boston's biggest source of optimism is probably what is happening in the division around them. With Krause and Adams winding down their careers, the Northeast will almost certainly be a far less brutal place to call home in the very near future. Also, I realized that I forgot to answer you Fabbro question. He's in Pittsburgh now, taking on a new job for the fourth consecutive year. He was head coach of the Stallions from 1976 - 1987 before being fired. He spent a year out of the league, doing some color commentary for college games before signing on as DC for the Captains in 1989. This year, he's headed back to the Steel City, where his job title will be Assistant Head Coach, and he will almost certainly get the top job a year from now.
  13. 1990 Offseason Coaching Changes More than 1 in 4 AFA franchises would see a change at the head coach position. Interestingly, many of the firings were of coaches who were part of the 1987 class of hires, with New Orleans’s Nelson Bursey, Chicago’s Chris Colville, New Jersey’s Bob Lussier, and New York’s Peter Langtree being let go after only 3 years on the job. The Stallions gave Danny Mouton even less time, dumping him after he led the team to a 4-28 record in two years. The Railers, Destroyers, and Centennials also decided to move on, with the latter coming as a particular surprise, despite the team’s 3-13 record. Head coach Billy Schlessinger had been running the team for 5 years, but had been around since 1978 as defensive coordinator and had earned two rings in Denver. Part of the motivation for the firings was the desire to hire Detroit offensive coordinator Joel Snow. The 35-year old wunderkind was the mind behind a prolific offense that had won Victory Bowl titles in his first two years. The Chicago Butchers won the Snowstakes, and proceeded to build an all-star coaching staff that included former Destroyers head coach Keith Shepherd as OC and the Alex Szczepanski (the great-grandson of the legendary Victor Szczepanski, who led the Miners to a title in 1949) at DC. The Stallions also made a bold move, hiring former Boston head coach Darryl Majors, a renowned roster-builder, to whip their young team into shape. The other hirings were largely unremarkable, with a combination of coordinators and college coaches filling the open jobs. Perhaps the most notable was Colorado’s choice of Houston OC Johnson Wray, who will look to add a Victory Bowl ring to put alongside the one he earned as a player for the Chicago Butchers in 1956 (to this day, he is widely considered to be the worst starting quarterback to win a championship). However, changes on the sidelines for the 1990 season took a back seat to an announcement from Pittsburgh. This will be the final season for the legendary Willie Krause, as the 74-year old future Hall of Famer will retire at the end of the year. The heir-apparent is Neal Fabbaro, who was hired as assistant head coach from Boston, where he served as defensive coordinator last season. Stadium News The Hurricanes said goodbye to Houston Stadium, and will begin play at the new ConocoPhillips Stadium downtown. Several other teams will soon follow in their footsteps. The Minnesota Angels will open a new stadium in Minneapolis in 1991, and the Gladiators will follow suit a year later. Interestingly, the Autodome will have to be demolished to make way for their new building, which means the team will play outdoors at The Big House in Ann Arbor for the duration of the 1991 season. Rather than build a new stadium, the Miners will see significant renovations to the Coal Fields over the next two years, and will remain in that building through at least 2003. Finally, the Captains signed a shorter extension, and will remain at Kenmore Stadium through 1998. Several more stadium deals are in the works, but two franchises are facing particular difficulties. The Los Angeles Comets have a lease at the Memorial Coliseum that expires after the 1991 season. The team believes that the lack of modern amenities renders it obsolete, while state and local officials have balked at the idea of constructing a new stadium when there are so many large sports complexes already in the area. The Atlanta Rebels also face a challenge, as Mayor Andrew Young has insisted that the team change their name and logos to receive any funding from the city. The more conservative state legislature, on the other hand, has expressed a willingness to help fund a stadium, with the likely result being that the team will move from downtown Atlanta into one of the suburbs, such as Marietta, Sandy Springs, or College Park. Their lease runs through 1992, but renewal isn’t an option. Their current home, Austin Stadium, was built to host baseball games, and with a capacity of just under 43,000, falls short of the AFA minimum of 50,000. Several members of the AFA Owners’ Council are openly hostile to the Atlanta franchise, most notably Milwaukee’s Tommy Danson, and it is unlikely that they could win a vote granting them an exemption. Player Movement The 1990 offseason marked the first year in which players could become unrestricted free agents, though few big names would move. Each team had the ability to protect five players, which severely limited the ability of stars to test the market. Next year should be more eventful, as protected status cannot be applied to the same player in consecutive seasons. Nevertheless, some very good players signed with new franchises. The New York Imperials were particularly active, signing a number of talented veterans in an attempt to load up for a Victory Bowl run before 38-year old QB Ron Adams retires. Former Guardian WR Avery Gonzalez will give Adams a solid number 2 option for the first time of his career, and they stacked the defense by luring 1988 All-Star DT Leroy Mulligan from the Whales and FS Doug Martin from the Miners. Their biggest signing, however, was CB Rick Roudebush, who will return to the AFA after spending two years out of the league. These moves show that the Imperials believe that they can win a title now, and that they aren’t overly concerned about the future. The salary cap will not go into effect until 1992, but the team would already be significantly over it. They seem to be going all in now, at the expense of their medium term future. The rise of free agency also led to a notable shuffling of the league’s quarterbacks. Dick Katz (NJ), Derril Punch (BAL), and Greg Benham (CAL) were not resigned, putting three signal callers with some history of success on the market. Katz, who lost the starting job to rookie Nick Horsley midway through the season, was the most accomplished of the three, and the Royals jumped at the chance to sign him. Punch landed in Los Angeles, where he will compete for the starting job with former number 2 overall pick Andy Stough. Benham moved up the coast to Seattle, where he will take over for the retiring Todd Mayo. The biggest news of the offseason, however, was not a free agent signing, but a trade. Baltimore MLB Adrian Doom, one of the league’s best defensive players, demanded an exit from his hometown team. After weeks of attempting to persuade Doom to stay, he was dealt to the Kansas City Crows, prompting public burnings of his jersey in Charm City. The Crows will receive a significant boost on defense, particularly when the acquisition of Doom is paired with the signing of former Florida Swamp Monsters FS Steve Curran, who narrowly missed two All-Star Bowls as a member of the Texas Stallions in 1986 and 1987. The rejuvenated Kansas City defense will make them a serious contender in a stacked Central Division. 1990 Draft Though not as deep as last year’s draft, the class of 1990 had significant star power at the top. The Stallions kicked things off by selecting Ken Leon (FS-USC) first overall. The hard-hitting safety is expected to be an immediate difference maker. The Colorado Centennials took Tom Peterson (WR-Virginia Tech) second overall, and the lanky possession receiver drew immediate comparisons to retired fan favorite Danny St. Mark. The California Whales then took Bob Foster (FS-Texas) at 3rd overall. Foster is a human highlight reel, and it was only his history of injuries that stopped the Stallions from taking the local favorite with the top pick. The quarterback class was unfortunately thin. George Lendzion (Ohio State) was the only passer selected in the first round, going to Baltimore at 6th overall. He will likely spend a year or two on the bench behind Katz before taking the reins of the franchise. There were a few interesting QBs available, however. Roman Harwood (West Virginia), the younger brother of Washington Wasps QB and 1987 first overall pick Troy Harwood, was selected 42nd overall by the Comets; while Edwin Li (Hawaii) who was taken in the 5th round by Milwaukee, became the first Asian-American quarterback in AFA history. USFA Several teams are struggling financially and could be in danger, most noticeably the Utah Pioneers and California Atoms. Louisville and Oklahoma City will enter the season as favorites, and this may be the last time the Brawlers have a shot at a title in the immediate future. Star QB Manny Rowe is in the final year of his contract, and is expected to jump ship to the AFA in 1991.
  14. Damn. I knew that wasn’t right when I did I, too. I’ll fix it the next time I have my laptop Thanks for the correction.
  15. This isn't one that I normally ask for feedback on in advance, but I'm not sure what to do with the Victory Bowl logo for this year. I know that I want it to be out there, because the Miami Suns are the host franchise. I want it to feature a sun, I want it to break the red, white, and blue logo tradition, and I want it to be somewhat rough around the edges. Here are three options that those thoughts have led me to. The font used is Matisse ITC, which is inspired by the great artist Henri Matisse.