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Professional Football in an Alternate Universe: AFL Pacific

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In an alternate timeline where the National Football League never came to fruition, the American Football League (creative, I know) became the premier professional football league in the United States. Founded after World War II, in 1946, the AFL was formed from the remnants of the Midwest Professional Football League and the Eastern Football Association. Spearheaded by the Chicago Lions owner, Rupert T. Anderson, the AFL originally consisted of eight teams spread throughout the Midwest and Eastern seaboard and added two more teams, to bring the league to 10 members in 1948. Initially, the AFL struggled, but in 1950, attendance began to pick up as football fans realized that the AFL was playing quality football and the League took off, going on to expand 9 more times until 2002, when it reached its current state of 32 teams.

Unlike the NFL, in our reality, the AFL does not have conferences. Instead, the league consists of 8 divisions: East, West, North, South, Pacific, Great Lakes, Atlantic, and Central. Each division has four member teams, which allows the 16 game schedule to break down like this:

6 division games (2 against each team)

4 games vs another division (yearly rotation)

6 games vs one team in remaining divisions (yearly rotation)

The playoffs are an 8 team tournament consisting of division winners, culminating in the American Bowl (once again, very creative). Playoff teams are seeded 1-8 based on overall record, head-to-head, and playoff points (sum of opponents wins), as a tiebreaker. 

 

Now that I have gotten through some basic background of the league, let's move on to the meat of the project, the teams themselves. As far as uniform standards go, the rules are very similar to the NFL. One alternate or throwback uniform is allowed to be worn one time during the course of the regular season, but never in the post season. No manufacturer's mark is allowed on the uniform either, but the league does have a single uniform supplier, Apex Athletics, this Alternate Universe's equivalent to Nike or Adidas.

 

The first division that I'll be presenting is the Great Lakes Division, home to three of the oldest teams in the American Football League.

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The Chicago Lions are one of the Charter members of the AFL and have been one of the most historically successful teams in the league. Having fallen upon hard times in recent years, the one bright spot in recent memory for Lions fans has been Randall Walker, perennial All-Pro running back and future Hall of Famer. The uniforms are a classic design in classic colors and have remained essentially unchanged for over 50 years, aside from an update to the logo in 2007. The Lions don't wear an alternate uniform and wear only one pair of pants.

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Another Charter member of the AFL, The Detroit Panthers derive their team logo and colors from the automotive industry. The Panthers sport a rather traditional uniform with simple striping and no embellishment. 

 

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The Milwaukee Chiefs wear black and orange and are represented by a Native American Indian chief on their helmet and a drum logo on the sleeves. the uniform features a consistent, traditional striping pattern across all elements and colors. The alternate uniform is a throwback to the uniforms the team wore in its early years with legendary Head Coach, Chip Hansen. Todd Wolters is the Chiefs' star veteran quarterback who lead the team to American Bowl Championships in 2009 and 2011.

 

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The Minnesota Bruins are the youngest of the teams in the Great Lakes Division, being established in 1977. The team recently removed its northwester stripe from the sleeves and added their iconic bear paw logo to the sleeves. Mark Denton is the Bruins star Middle Linebacker, one of the more popular players in the league, known for his mullet haircut and extensive use of eye-black.

 

Well, Tha'ts it for the Great Lakes Division. Thanks for taking a look and I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say. Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.    

 

 

 

 

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This is on par with Jon Bois. Pretty good. :P

seriously though, this is one of the best new fantasy league concepts out there, and I am very excited to see where this is headed. Honestly, my only gripe is the outline on the panthers wordmark. Make the thing black without an outline, and bam! 10/10

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My only complaint is red triangles. Maybe try to make them bigger.

 

Detroit is perfect

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Yay, another alternate universe football league! The Bruins are my favorite team so far. 

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This looks great so far. Detroit and Minnesota especially look good, will definitely be following this series

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Thanks for the positive comments so far. I appreciate it

2 hours ago, rjrrzube said:

Maybe it's my monitor, but the Detroit Panthers look like black and lavender.

The silver  is a little different, but I'm not seeing lavender, must be your monitor.

 

6 hours ago, Pava said:

My only complaint is red triangles. Maybe try to make them bigger.

 

Detroit is perfect

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Actually, that must be an old version of the logo because those little slivers of red aren't supposed to be there. I'll update the logo.

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Love this so far, can't wait to see more.

 

Very minor critique. I think that the keylines on Chicago and Milwaukee need to be thicker. They disappear on the helmet. 

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9 hours ago, osctheg said:

Looking good. I think bear paws might be a bit modern though.

These are all current uniforms, The Bruins just added the paw to the sleeves a few years ago

9 hours ago, rjrrzube said:

Love this so far, can't wait to see more.

 

Very minor critique. I think that the keylines on Chicago and Milwaukee need to be thicker. They disappear on the helmet. 

I appreciate the input, and you're probably right at very small sizes, but I don't thin it's a big deal.

I made a small update to the AFL logo by making the outermost red "stripes" a little wider and you can see it in the original post.

 

I also have a little bit of a teaser to give everyone a taste of what's to come:

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 Feel free to speculate on which of the blacked out logos represent those teams but I can't promise I'll tell you if you're right.

The AFC Central will be unviled sometime tomorrow, stay tuned...

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33 minutes ago, Magic Dynasty said:

The "SL" with the smoke is (I assume) the Salt Lake [City] Steamers? And the LV is the Las Vegas Bighorns or Rams?

I suspect that the SL will be for St. Louis and the steam paddle boats on the Mississippi River.

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1 hour ago, nick_crenshaw82 said:

I suspect that the SL will be for St. Louis and the steam paddle boats on the Mississippi River.

I agree, it will be StL. No reason for that team to be from Salt Lake City. 

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The Panthers look exactly like the Raiders to me, with the exception of the logo, of course.

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Great work so far, love each of the teams. The Panther's silver does look a little lavender to me, but the look itself is still good. 

 

As for the teams, Saint Louis Steamers or Steamboats makes sense, especially if the next division on the graphic is the AFC Central. Las Vegas is most likely the Bighorns. The H at the bottom strikes me as perhaps the Houston Cosmos/Saturns/Orbits or something space themed. I have a couple more less-educated guesses, and I'm about 90% I know some variation of what the far-left on the third row is, but I'm going to keep these to myself :P. Gotta give credit where credits due, though, cause these logos look great from the outlines. 

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12 hours ago, nick_crenshaw82 said:

I suspect that the SL will be for St. Louis and the steam paddle boats on the Mississippi River.

 

11 hours ago, Cardsblues02 said:

I agree, it will be StL. No reason for that team to be from Salt Lake City. 

 

My thinking was that St Louis normally has StL, not just SL. But thinking on it, you're probably right.

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The Cincinnati Hawks have traditionally been a middle-of-the-road type of team, finding success sporadically throughout the team's history. For much of the Hawk's history, they wore rather conservative and traditional uniform, but in 2012 the Hawks redesigned their uniforms and unveiled a new logo to coincide with the debut of their new, modern stadium. Many fans were skeptical of the new uniforms that seemed to follow some of the trends taking the college football world by storm. the wings spreading across the chest and sleeves, helmet wordmark, and blue jersey were a huge departure from Hawks' previous looks.  Coincidentally, Hawks running back Geno Simkins had a breakout season and helped lead the team to an AFL Championship.

 

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The Kansas City Bulls are the only team in the AFL to wear a helmet that doesn't feature the team's primary logo. The team's current uniforms debuted in 2002 and feature and updated helmet horn and horn stripes on the pants. The alternate uniform is a throwback to the Steve Green era, the most successful stretch in team history. The player featured on the jerseys is running back Oliver "CAT" Tyrell, a hard-nosed, downhill runner who epitomizes the Bulls nickname and earned his nickname by bulldozing defenses like a Caterpillar bulldozer.

 

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The Nashville Generals came into the league in 2002 as an expansion franchise along with the Las Vegas Rams. The team's current uniforms are brand new for the 2017 season. Although they are very similar to the Generals' original uniforms, the yoke piping has been removed, the sock striping was updated, beveling was added to the numbers to reflect the primary logo, and yellow was promoted to the primary uniform to play off of the recent success of the Nashville Predators hockey team.

 

 

 

 

 

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The St. Louis Steamers were established as one of the original expansion teams of the AFL in 1948. The current Steamers logo is an STL monogram with the L doubling as a smokestack, reminiscent of the steam-powered paddle boats that made their way up and down the Mississippi River. The shoulders of the red home and white road uniform feature a paddlewheel alternate logo with a fleur de lis in the middle. On the subject of the shoulder logos, the Steamers were the first team to add logos to the shoulders of their uniforms way back in 1968. Originally ridiculed, and very innovative for the time, the Steamers stuck with the shoulder logos and over the years, they have become a staple of the Steamers uniforms. The throwback alternate uniform recall the original uniforms to feature the shoulder logos in 1968. Lavar Johnson is the stereotypical diva wide receiver, making bold statements, doing wacky touchdown dances and making physics-defying catches, all while consistently racking up 100 catch and 1500 yards seasons in the prolific St. Louis offense led by All-Pro quarterback DeAndre Dawson.

 

That's it for the AFL Central. As always, thanks for taking a look and I would love to hear any and all feedback. Just for the record, I probably wont be making any updates to the logos until all of the teams have been unveiled because these are supposed to be real-world uniforms with flaws and quirks. Anyway, thanks again for your time.   

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I goofed, so the Sabres are now the Generals

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this is one of the best concept leagues that's been on here.

 

that Detroit Panthers logo is serious. Carolina Panthers should start using it.

 

keep it up.

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On 10/7/2017 at 10:22 AM, 8BW14 said:

Yellow was promoted to the primary uniform to play off of the recent success of the Nashville Predators hockey team.

Wait..... so there's a team

called the sabres

who use navy and gold

in Nashville

with the NHL existing. 

So you're telling me

that the Buffalo Sabres AND the Predators said "that's cool"? 

Also i love this series

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