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12 minutes ago, DeezNuts said:

So, how long til it begins

He just told you that he doesn't know. Chill. Other people have lives. 

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Regardless of how long this takes, this has been a fine addition to the AFAverse and whatever time is necessary to make the expansion council run smoothly is time that should be taken to do so.

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Real life has really gotten in the way of the NFA progressing over the last couple of months -- but I am here to let everyone know I am still dedicated to seeing this thing thru! The thread isn't dead, the expansion council is still coming! 

 

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**dusts off thread**

 

After a lengthy delay, the 1981 NFA Expansion Council is ready to meet.

 

Anyone who would like to participate is welcome to do so. You cast four, ranked votes. Your first vote is worth four points, the second vote is worth three points, and your third vote is worth two points, and the fourth vote is worth one point. The top four bids will receive new franchises.

 

A bio for your council member is NOT required, but is encouraged! If you chose to submit one please put it in the same post in which you cast your vote. In case you missed the previous post, the rules for the bios are in the spoiler below:

 

Spoiler

 

1. Your character is not a candidate for ownership, at least not in this expansion. Your character cannot have ties close enough to any of the candidate cities that it might generate a conflict of interest.

 

2. I may or may not write your character into the story. Either way, you do not continue to control them, unless you choose to use them again in future councils. Please do not continue to post updates as to what your character is doing as the story progresses. I will make that determination, and mention it if it is relevant.

 

3. Your character should be a reasonably prominent person. Essentially, make sure that your bio is somebody that the AFA would have a reason to invite onto the council.

 

4. It seems like most bios are business tycoons who want to eventually own a team. That's a pretty uncommon outcome, so I encourage you to mix it up a bit. Judges, members of the media, former players, etc. are all also good choices. If you want your character to be a former player, PM me to make sure that the story gels with NFA/AFA canon.

 

5. Please read the bids before you vote.

 

6. Your character should be a Canadian citizen and should not be a character you've used in any AFA expansion councils. I'd like to develop a new pool of characters to start building the story a bit further!

 

If you would like to see examples of good bios, here are some from previous AFA councils that stood out!

 

From the 1958 AFAEC (page 8 of this thread), see:

Henrik Ravitzky

Dan Szymanski

 

For the 1965 council (page 27), see:

Boots Callahan

Tommy Danson

George Calvert

 

For the 1975 council (page 103), see: 

Leo Landeros

 

 

Hamilton, Ontario

Ownership

Edward (68) and Herman (66) Neidrauer founded a small steel foundry on the shores of Hamilton Harbour in 1945. Over the next 30 years the brothers would create the countries largest 'Steel Empire’, which encompasses over 8 different subsidiaries; as well as two open pit iron-ore mines in Northern Ontario. The Canadian Steel Corporation, as the conglomerate is known, remains headquartered in downtown Hamilton at the Neidrauer Tower. The Neidraruer Family still owns the majority of shares and seems committed to keeping it in the family. Edward's son Michael (44) and was named CEO of the company last year and Herman's son Patrick (39) is the superintendent of Mining Operations. Herman's daughter Virginia (37) , however, declined to join the family business. She instead has become a popular vocal artist in Canada, and even sang the national anthem at the 1980 Dominion Cup.

 

Stadium Plans

Hamilton Municipal Stadium, the former home of the Badgers, is where the team will play its home games for the foreseeable future. A 32,500-seat outdoor stadium, located next to Neidrauer Tower in the heart of downtown, has been proposed. But both City and Provincial governments have yet to agree to terms regarding public funding. If the initial proposal is denied, the contingency plan involves a multi-phase renovation of Hamilton Municipal Stadium, which would still require some amount of financial support from the public as well. 

 

Commissioner Comments

Pros: 

+ Owners are financially stable

+ Owners are credited with bringing jobs and pride back to the city

+ Stadium plans are throughout and well supported

+ Provincial and local governments fully support the owners

+ Immediate rival for Toronto

 

Cons:

- Team is unlikely to bring any new fans to the NFA, simply redirect some support from the Dukes (who surprisingly strongly support this bid).

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Victoria, British Columbia

Ownership

Mickey Vaughn (62) is the CEO of Arthur Vaughn Limited, a food processing and distribution conglomerate that was founded in 1903 by his father Arthur Vaughn. Vaughn’s, Buyers, and Canada’s MegaStore,  all subsidies of Arthur Vaughn Limited, represent Canada’s largest food and drug retail businesses. 

 

Stadium Plans

Plans have been unveiled for a 27,324 seat outdoor stadium, which would be built in the heart of downtown. Construction could begin almost immediately, with the stadium being ready by opening day in 1982. 

 

Commissioner Comments

Pros: 

+ Owner is very diplomatic, extremely popular locally 

+ Stadium is small in terms of capacity, but will be one of the best in the CFA

+ Immediate rival for Vancouver

+ Potentially new NFA fan base 

 

Cons:

- Wavering support for professional football franchise historically

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Regina, Saskatchewan

Ownership

Joseph-Pierre Commandeer (71) is a French-Canadian businessman and inventor; globally he is known as the inventor of the snowmobile. With his invention he founded the worlds largest snow machine manufacture, Commandeer Inc., which is currently based out of Montreal, Quebec. Joseph-Pierre has been linked with the possible purchase of a couple professional football teams over the years, including most recently the Saskatoon Yellowheads.  

 

Stadium Plans

The team would play its home games at the Wheat Bowl, an outdoor stadium with a capacity of 22,437. Commandeer has already agreed to fully finance a hefty renovation project that would raise the capacity to over 32,000 within the next five years.

 

Commissioner Comments

Pros: 

+ Stadium renovation is entirely privately funded 

+ Wealthy owner who is committed to the City of Regina

+ Proven support for professional football franchise historically

+ Immediate rival for Saskatoon

 

Cons:

- Health of aging owner has been in question

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Quebec City, Quebec

Ownership

Gerard Artois (48) is the owner of La Vieille Bijoux (The Old Jewelry Shop), Canada’s luxury jewelry and specialty retailer. Founded in 1885, by Gerard’s grandfather, the company has marketed itself as an arbiter of taste and style by being a purveyor to the British royal family. La Vieille Bijoux  handcrafted the Windsor Cup and the Dominion Cup, as well as the championship rings for the NFA each of the past three seasons.

 

Stadium Plans

Provincial and several local governments have already agreed to finance the construction of domed stadium with a capacity of no less than 30,000 in the most populous borough in the city, La Cité-Limoilou.

 

Commissioner Comments

Pros: 

+ The NFA is already very popular in the city, even without a team

+ Proven support for professional football franchise

+ Immediate rival for Montreal

 

Cons:

- Apprehension regarding the ability of the owner to manage a team

- Concern over the financial stability of the owner

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ownership

Vincent Irving (41), is the heir to the fortune of a transportation magnate who holds a large stake in the Port of Halifax and the adjacent railways spanning into Quebec. The family has a reputation of being ostentatious and brash, which has negatively affected their image throughout blue collar Canada. With a promise of the highest payroll in the NFA, Irving, has also already promised that his team would win the Dominion Cup in their first season.

 

Stadium Plans

Vincent Irving, along with some funding from the city, have completed the construction of a 36,782 seat outdoor stadium in 1980 with hopes of luring both a professional football and baseball team to Atlantic Canada. The stadium is the most lavish in the league, and will without a doubt host several Dominion Cups in the near future.

 

Commissioner Comments

Pros: 

+ Stadium is already built, heavily financed privately

+ Well connected family that wields an enormous amount of influence 

+ Wealthy owner who is committed to winning

+ Only team in Atlantic Canada, large potential fan base 

+ High earnings potential for the league

 

Cons:

- Ostentatious and brash owner that does not play well with others

- Concerns that owner will not best represent the league

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Kelowna, British Columbia

Ownership

Dean Porter (57), is the elected chairman of the non-profit ownership group, the Okanagan Lake Football Corporation. The group is hoping to become the first community-owned Northern Football Association franchise in the leagues history. The idea is far from revolutionary although, as teams were nearly all community-owned prior to the CFA being established. 

 

Stadium Plans

The current football stadium along the shores of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, might be the most scenic football venue in all of Canada. But the seating capacity (just under 4,000) and lack of essential amenities means significant renovations would be needed to make remotely appropriate for an NFA franchise. The group has begun developing a long-term plan to renovate the stadium but nothing has been voted on, nor has funding been allocated. 

 

Commissioner Comments

Pros: 

+ Solid community ownership group

+ Ownership group has experience running football team

+ Proven support for a football team

 

Cons:

- No concrete stadium plan

- Small metro popultion

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Niagara, Ontario 

Ownership

Jonathan Belfour (46), is a real estate developer and heir to fortune of the largest Canadian luxury hospitality company. Despite potentially being one of the smaller metro populations in the NFA, Belfour believes he can capitalize on the falls being an huge tourist attraction. The team has already received commitments from 5,000 residents to purchase season tickets.

 

Stadium Plans

The ownership group is currently in working on an agreement with the city and provincial officials to build a new outdoor stadium with a capacity of no less than 25,000. It seems unlikely however for the stadium to be completed for the 1982 season, which then means the team would have to play at Community Park in St. Catharines. A small stadium (2,500) that hosts both junior league baseball and football, which would need to be expanded with temporary seating for the immediate future.

 

Commissioner Comments

Pros: 

+ Owner is financially stable

+ Potential to bring new fans of the NFA if the Buffalo Stampeders leave town

+ Proven support for team locally

+ Would benefit off the steady tourism industry of the city 

 

Cons:

- Young owner prone to act erratically

- Proximity to both Hamilton and Toronto 

- Until the Stampeders leave, if they even do, the AFA will likely strongly opposes the team

- Stadium plan is questionable 

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London, Ontario

Ownership

Nico Innocenti (38) is a youngest to graduate from the University of Toronto’s Engineering program (at age 16) . From there the young prodigy went on to receive a degree in Astrophysics from MIT. At just 23 years old he purchased his uncles pharmaceutical company, and secured the compulsory rights to become Canadians leading manufacture of both diazepam and tetracycline. Innocenti is now focusing on building his political career, with plans to run for political office in the near future.

 

Stadium Plans

The team will share J.W Little Stadium (7,500) with the Western Ontario football team for the 1982 season (with temporary seating added). The local government, the school, and Innocenti are actively work on developing a longterm plan for a stadium in London.

 

Commissioner Comments

Pros: 

+ Owner is youthful and financially stable

+ Owner represents the league well

 

Cons:

- Proximity to both Hamilton and Toronto 

- Stadium plan is in limbo 

- Competition with Western Ontario Mustangs decorated football program

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Lawrence Gainsborough is the British Ambassador to Canada and was one of the chief advocates of bringing the Bulldogs to London as he spend many an afternoon in Toronto listening to Bruins and Stampeders games on the radio. He began to fall in love with this American game and began to try to lay the groundwork of an American Football academy system in the UK albeit with minor success given the relative unknown of the game in the home isles. The arrival of the SFL was a wondrous chance and the Odin Cup along with the announcement of the Bulldogs saw interest in the game rise. Unfortunately with the SFL's collaspe and the relative..low competition now in Europe, he sees the NFA as the best possibility for British youth to play American Football, given the parallels to how an American would have trouble breaking through to the English Football leagues to a British youth playing in the AFA. Lawrence pledges his votes to the following Cities.
 

1. Halifax, NS: 

2. Quebec City, QC.

 

3. Victoria, BC. 

 

4. Hamilton, ON

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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!

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Sorry for dropping in unexpectedly, but I think I will throw my entrant into the fray:

 

Ryu "Ray" Shirizawa was born in Japan, and was immediately interested in law, being the son of a prosecutor in Tokyo. Extremely gifted in law, he passed the bar exam at age 18, and became known as "Kami Kara no Okurimono", which translates to "The Gift from God" in the prosecutors office. His skills in the courtroom and logic were uncomparable to any other, being able to string seemingly unrelated points together without effort. Then he decided to move to Canada and try his hand in international law in 1972. He was quickly made a Crown Attorney in British Columbia, and is a very great prosecutor to this day, taking cases in Vancouver. He went to a Seawolves game with a couple law buddies to celebrate him becoming a citizen of Canada in 1978, and fell in love with the game. He thinks getting into the Expansion Council is a great honor, and will be making his selections:

 

  1. Victoria, BC- Small, but modern stadium is a great plus to an already guaranteed new fan base for the NFA to enter
  2. Regina, SK- Owner health aside, past success and available stadium make the market ready for an NFA team to begin play
  3. Halifax, NS- Owner attitude aside, the Maritimes would make a perfect market for the NFA to bring in a team for 1982
  4. Quebec City, QC- The money could become an issue, but a market like this is too good to pass up on

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Randy Goldstein (Rusty Gold) a wealthy man from Edmonton who owns one of the biggest oil businesses in Northern Alberta has a huge fascination with the NFA and can't wait for the expansion committee to start.

 

1. Regina: Rusty loves a good Canadian interprovincial rivalry, watching Saskatoon take on Regina is something he would find fun to watch.

2. Hamilton: The Toronto area is one of the biggest in all of North America. Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga, Markham. With a stadium that is ready to play in right now. Why not Hamilton

3. Kelowna: Rusty would love to help out Kelowna with their stadium situation because he Loves the atmosphere of the city of Kelowna and he loves the view of the surrounding area.

4. Halifax: A wonderful stadium out east would set nicely for Vincent Irving who apparently loves the city of Halifax

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Alexander Page was born May 23, 1954 in Lewiston, ME. His family moved to Saint John, NB when he was 7 years old, and he holds dual Canadian and American citizenship. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and when he saw the first arcade games and video game consoles starting to gain traction, he decided to try it out. In 1977, he founded Fundy Games, which has quickly become one of the biggest names in the video game industry thanks in large part to the DreaMaster console and its first game, ROQ. He has fond memories of rooting for the Captains back in Maine, and has rooted for the both the Captains and the Maroons since he moved north.

 

Page's selections:

1. Halifax - With a huge fan base and a stadium already built, the Maritimes can deal with Irving if it means football.

2. Québec - Great sports town, and the rivalry with Montréal is too good to pass up in Page's opinion.

3. Hamilton - Again, the rivalry with Toronto is right there, and Hamilton is too big not to have a team.

4. Regina - Everything seems in place, including yet another instant rivalry. Page loves his rivalries.

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Black Raven (Qirniqtaq Tulugaq in his native Inuktitut) is not only one of the nation's greatest heroes in football, but also in overall Canadian culture, especially among his Inuit peoples.  Born in 1954 in Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories, Raven was part of the inaugural freshman class of Gordon Robertson Education Centre, where he attended the tryouts for the inaugural Huskies football team.  Not many people expected him to succeed because of his short stature, but once the ball was placed in his hands, he started to feel a certain swiftness which enabled him to make the team with flying colors and embark on his four-year career as a running back/kick returner with the Huskies, the name Black Raven becoming synonymous with athleticism and performance in the Territories.  Of course, the Raven saved his best performance for last with a miraculous kickoff return as time expired in the Northwest Territories Provincial Championship to lead GREC to upset Yellowknife's mighty Sir John Franklin Falcons and win the title for the Huskies.  

 

Said success only continued once Raven got his scholarship for the University of Alberta, leading the Golden Bears to continued success in CIS and all the way to the 1980 Canadian College Bowl against the Ottawa Gee-Gees.  Unfortunately, on Raven's first play of the game, he tore both ACLs on the Varsity Stadium grass in Toronto, effectively ending his football career for good.  As he was taken to the locker room, he asked the team doctor to tell the players that "my wings...are yours now."  That message was obviously sent loud and clear, as the Golden Bears felt his spirit through them and ended up dominating the Gee-Gees 40-21, bringing a third Varnier Cup back home to Edmonton.  

 

While his NFA dreams were dashed by that injury, Raven has managed to be a major factor in improving the game in the Territories, creating the Blackwing Foundation to develop the game of football from the Labrador Current to the Far North Pacific.  Raven also seeks to work with the NFA in the future on various ventures, his short-term goal being a possible exhibition game series to be played in the Territories.  He considers it an honor to join this council, as he will play a part in four new cities enjoying this vibrant game on their own.  As such, here are his choices.

 

1. Quebec City, Quebec - Here you have a city which loves and adores the game, a geographical location which not only promises a good rivalry with the Montreal Maroons, but also the northernmost city in the NFA thus far, and a glorious new domed stadium which will no doubt host some Dominion Cups in the future.  While there may be doubts about Gerard Artois' financial stability, that can all be solved by hiring people or (if all else fails) whenever he sells the team.

 

2. Halifax, Nova Scotia - It would bring a massive fan base (being the team for the entirety of the Atlantic Provinces), a ritzy stadium and a solid payroll.  As brash as Vincent Irving may be, this will only give the owners motivation to step up their rosters so they can beat him!

 

3. Hamilton, Ontario - Originally, it wasn't even going to be on his ballot, being too close to Toronto.  However, the fact that the Dukes are actually supporting this bid has alleviated this fellow's fears.  The Neidrauers are good, solid owners who will make sure this team remains a mainstay in Hamilton and a contender in the NFA for many years to come.

 

4. Regina, Saskatchewan - THE GUY INVENTED THE :censored: ING SNOWMOBILE...that wins it the tiebreaker for the last vote.

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Thanks for your participation thus far guys! When I get to a computer I'll make some comments on your expansion council members, really liking what I'm seeing thus far! 

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Robert Roy owner of the phoenix athletics group (basically Adidas )witch is based out of Montreal  and is  the main sponsor of the french gridiron league 

. Halifax - With a huge fan base and a stadium already built

2. Québec - Great sports town

3Regina - Everything seems in place

Hamilton 

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R.J. Burrus (born 1934) grew up in the small town of Oakville, Ontario, located halfway between Toronto and Hamilton. He played college football as a slotback/kick returner for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (1953-1956), where he made the all-Canadian team 3 times in 4 seasons. He would go on to play professionally for 12 seasons (1957-1968) in the now-defunct Canadian Football Association -- mostly with the Toronto Bruins -- where he was an 8-time CFA All-Star. After retiring from the game as a player, he established a chain of gyms throughout the Golden Horseshoe region called "RJB's Pro Fitness", which has since grown to become one of the fastest-growing fitness centre chains in Canada.

 

R.J.'s votes:

 

  1. Hamilton, ON
  2. Quebec City, QC
  3. Victoria, BC
  4. Halifax, NS

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1 hour ago, StaatsBrett said:

Robert Roy own er of the phoenix athletics group witch is based out of Montreal  and is  the main sponsor of the french gridiron league 

. Halifax - With a huge fan base and a stadium already built

2. Québec - Great sports town

3Regina - Everything seems in place

4 Halifax, Nova Scotia - It would bring a massive fan base 

Uhhhh, Halifax is on there twice bud!

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20 hours ago, Darknes said:

Lawrence Gainsborough is the British Ambassador to Canada and was one of the chief advocates of bringing the Bulldogs to London as he spend many an afternoon in Toronto listening to Bruins and Stampeders games on the radio. He began to fall in love with this American game and began to try to lay the groundwork of an American Football academy system in the UK albeit with minor success given the relative unknown of the game in the home isles. The arrival of the SFL was a wondrous chance and the Odin Cup along with the announcement of the Bulldogs saw interest in the game rise. Unfortunately with the SFL's collaspe and the relative..low competition now in Europe, he sees the NFA as the best possibility for British youth to play American Football, given the parallels to how an American would have trouble breaking through to the English Football leagues to a British youth playing in the AFA. Lawrence pledges his votes to the following Cities.
 

1. Halifax, NS: 

2. Quebec City, QC.

 

3. Victoria, BC. 

 

4. Hamilton, ON

 

19 hours ago, BengalSteve said:

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!

 

18 hours ago, RedfieldNick said:

Sorry for dropping in unexpectedly, but I think I will throw my entrant into the fray:

 

Ryu "Ray" Shirizawa was born in Japan, and was immediately interested in law, being the son of a prosecutor in Tokyo. Extremely gifted in law, he passed the bar exam at age 18, and became known as "Kami Kara no Okurimono", which translates to "The Gift from God" in the prosecutors office. His skills in the courtroom and logic were uncomparable to any other, being able to string seemingly unrelated points together without effort. Then he decided to move to Canada and try his hand in international law in 1972. He was quickly made a Crown Attorney in British Columbia, and is a very great prosecutor to this day, taking cases in Vancouver. He went to a Seawolves game with a couple law buddies to celebrate him becoming a citizen of Canada in 1978, and fell in love with the game. He thinks getting into the Expansion Council is a great honor, and will be making his selections:

 

  1. Victoria, BC- Small, but modern stadium is a great plus to an already guaranteed new fan base for the NFA to enter
  2. Regina, SK- Owner health aside, past success and available stadium make the market ready for an NFA team to begin play
  3. Halifax, NS- Owner attitude aside, the Maritimes would make a perfect market for the NFA to bring in a team for 1982
  4. Quebec City, QC- The money could become an issue, but a market like this is too good to pass up on

 

17 hours ago, ItDoesntMatter said:

Alexander Page was born May 23, 1954 in Lewiston, ME. His family moved to Saint John, NB when he was 7 years old, and he holds dual Canadian and American citizenship. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and when he saw the first arcade games and video game consoles starting to gain traction, he decided to try it out. In 1977, he founded Fundy Games, which has quickly become one of the biggest names in the video game industry thanks in large part to the DreaMaster console and its first game, ROQ. He has fond memories of rooting for the Captains back in Maine, and has rooted for the both the Captains and the Maroons since he moved north.

 

Page's selections:

1. Halifax - With a huge fan base and a stadium already built, the Maritimes can deal with Irving if it means football.

2. Québec - Great sports town, and the rivalry with Montréal is too good to pass up in Page's opinion.

3. Hamilton - Again, the rivalry with Toronto is right there, and Hamilton is too big not to have a team.

4. Regina - Everything seems in place, including yet another instant rivalry. Page loves his rivalries.

 

14 hours ago, MBurmy said:

Black Raven (Qirniqtaq Tulugaq in his native Inuktitut) is not only one of the nation's greatest heroes in football, but also in overall Canadian culture, especially among his Inuit peoples.  Born in 1954 in Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories, Raven was part of the inaugural freshman class of Gordon Robertson Education Centre, where he attended the tryouts for the inaugural Huskies football team.  Not many people expected him to succeed because of his short stature, but once the ball was placed in his hands, he started to feel a certain swiftness which enabled him to make the team with flying colors and embark on his four-year career as a running back/kick returner with the Huskies, the name Black Raven becoming synonymous with athleticism and performance in the Territories.  Of course, the Raven saved his best performance for last with a miraculous kickoff return as time expired in the Northwest Territories Provincial Championship to lead GREC to upset Yellowknife's mighty Sir John Franklin Falcons and win the title for the Huskies.  

 

Said success only continued once Raven got his scholarship for the University of Alberta, leading the Golden Bears to continued success in CIS and all the way to the 1980 Canadian College Bowl against the Ottawa Gee-Gees.  Unfortunately, on Raven's first play of the game, he tore both ACLs on the Varsity Stadium grass in Toronto, effectively ending his football career for good.  As he was taken to the locker room, he asked the team doctor to tell the players that "my wings...are yours now."  That message was obviously sent loud and clear, as the Golden Bears felt his spirit through them and ended up dominating the Gee-Gees 40-21, bringing a third Varnier Cup back home to Edmonton.  

 

While his NFA dreams were dashed by that injury, Raven has managed to be a major factor in improving the game in the Territories, creating the Blackwing Foundation to develop the game of football from the Labrador Current to the Far North Pacific.  Raven also seeks to work with the NFA in the future on various ventures, his short-term goal being a possible exhibition game series to be played in the Territories.  He considers it an honor to join this council, as he will play a part in four new cities enjoying this vibrant game on their own.  As such, here are his choices.

 

1. Quebec City, Quebec - Here you have a city which loves and adores the game, a geographical location which not only promises a good rivalry with the Montreal Maroons, but also the northernmost city in the NFA thus far, and a glorious new domed stadium which will no doubt host some Dominion Cups in the future.  While there may be doubts about Gerard Artois' financial stability, that can all be solved by hiring people or (if all else fails) whenever he sells the team.

 

2. Halifax, Nova Scotia - It would bring a massive fan base (being the team for the entirety of the Atlantic Provinces), a ritzy stadium and a solid payroll.  As brash as Vincent Irving may be, this will only give the owners motivation to step up their rosters so they can beat him!

 

3. Hamilton, Ontario - Originally, it wasn't even going to be on his ballot, being too close to Toronto.  However, the fact that the Dukes are actually supporting this bid has alleviated this fellow's fears.  The Neidrauers are good, solid owners who will make sure this team remains a mainstay in Hamilton and a contender in the NFA for many years to come.

 

4. Regina, Saskatchewan - THE GUY INVENTED THE :censored:ING SNOWMOBILE...that wins it the tiebreaker for the last vote.

 

2 hours ago, JH42XCC said:

R.J. Burrus (born 1934) grew up in the small town of Oakville, Ontario, located halfway between Toronto and Hamilton. He played college football as a slotback/kick returner for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (1953-1956), where he made the all-Canadian team 3 times in 4 seasons. He would go on to play professionally for 12 seasons (1957-1968) in the now-defunct Canadian Football Association -- mostly with the Toronto Bruins -- where he was an 8-time CFA All-Star. After retiring from the game as a player, he established a chain of gyms throughout the Golden Horseshoe region called "RJB's Pro Fitness", which has since grown to become one of the fastest-growing fitness centre chains in Canada.

 

R.J.'s votes:

 

  1. Hamilton, ON
  2. Quebec City, QC
  3. Victoria, BC
  4. Halifax, NS

 

These are all fantastic -- really interesting backstories. Looking forward to potentially writing some of these council members into the NFA story!

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3 hours ago, StaatsBrett said:

Robert Roy own er of the phoenix athletics group witch is based out of Montreal  and is  the main sponsor of the french gridiron league 

. Halifax - With a huge fan base and a stadium already built

2. Québec - Great sports town

3Regina - Everything seems in place

4 Halifax, Nova Scotia - It would bring a massive fan base 

 

Can I get a clarification as to what 'Phoenix Athletic Group' is? Thanks for the votes!

 

18 hours ago, Raptorman415 said:

Randy Goldstein (Rusty Gold) a wealthy man from Edmonton who owns one of the biggest oil businesses in the world has a huge fascination with the NFA and can't wait for the expansion committee to start.

 

1. Regina: Rusty loves a good Canadian interprovincial rivalry, watching Saskatoon take on Regina is something he would find fun to watch.

2. Hamilton: The Toronto area is one of the biggest in all of North America. Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga, Markham. With a stadium that is ready to play in right now. Why not Hamilton

3. Kelowna: Rusty would love to help out Kelowna with their stadium situation because he Loves the atmosphere of the city of Kelowna and he loves the view of the surrounding area.

4. Halifax: A wonderful stadium out east would set nicely for Vincent Irving who apparently loves the city of Halifax

 

Garth Erickson, owner of the Edmonton Drillers, owns actually the largest oil business in Canada. So I would probably change the backstory of Randy Goldstein to reflect that -- perhaps one of the biggest oil companies in all of Canada? Thanks for the votes!

 

Going to let the voting process continue for the next 48-hours (Tuesday Night?) or sooner depending on it more people are participating. 

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