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Professional Football in an Alternate Universe: American Bowl Results

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6 hours ago, 8BW14 said:

Well, that's it for the AFL and I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts. Thanks for taking the time to have a look.       

That can't be it. We have three more divisions to get to.

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3 hours ago, RightGuard said:

That can't be it. We have three more divisions to get to.

Oops that was a typo lol. AFL North

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Love the Falcons! The colors go really well together, and they are used perfectly in the set.

Cleveland, Pitt, and Indy all look solid as well. No complaints for any of the teams, except I hope Indy adopts the throwbacks full-time.

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If you look at the Indianapolis logo shadow, it looks like the green lantern logo

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50 minutes ago, CheeseBurger22 said:

If you look at the Indianapolis logo shadow, it looks like the green lantern logo

Ha, I know! I noticed that when I posted it and I couldn't believe nobody had mentioned before.

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Here's the AFL Pacific teaser. At least two of them are probably pretty obvious.

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Los Angeles?

San Diego?

San Francisco?

Seattle?

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LA, San Francisco, SAN Diego, and Las Vegas maybe. 

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Besides the histories of each team, I would be interested in a chronology of which channels have had the privilege to carry AFL games.

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This is a good alternate universe league you have going here, I must admit! As for the Pacific, I’m guessing the teams are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and either Portland or Seattle. 

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On 10/5/2017 at 12:37 PM, 8BW14 said:

 

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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.    

 

 

 

 

I love these uniforms! the bear claw looks great on the sleeves, good work. 

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18 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

Besides the histories of each team, I would be interested in a chronology of which channels have had the privilege to carry AFL games.

I would definitely be open to working on that. I'm just not sure when it will be done but I'll start thinking about it.

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The Los Angeles Knights are one of the most popular teams in the AFL. They were founded by eccentric billionaire Henry Templeton and are the team of choice for the LA elite. The Knights were famous for only wearing yellow jerseys for every game for their first 14 years of existence, only adding a white option out of necessity. The Knights found most of their success on the field in the late 1970's an the early 1980's, winning back to back titles against the Kansas City Bulls. Until 1999, the Knights had worn a very sharp, traditional uniform in royal blue and yellow with a Knight chess piece on the helmet. Templeton passed control of his team on to his son in 1997 and by 1999, the Knights had new navy blue home jerseys and helmets with a custom number font and sword inspired striping. Yellow had been relegated to the alternate uniform. After years of poor play in the 2000's, Jaqueline Templeton forced her brother out of the controlling stake of the team in 2010 and promptly returned the yellow jerseys to their proper place as the primary uniform. A very popular move and possibly a hint at things to come, In 2015, the Knights brought back their uniforms from their glory days as alternates. The new throwbacks are very popular with the fans. Dante Williams, the Knights' free safety goes by "Hollywood" on the field and has been the heart and soul of the team since 2009.

 

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The San Diego Destroyers have been the doormat of the Pacific division for most of their existence since 1990. While the other three teams in the division have had periods of relative success since 1990, the Destroyers have managed to make the playoffs only two times. The Destroyers have a special relationship with the US Navy, which allows the Destroyers to use the same exact color code for their gray helmets as Navy vessels. The Destroyers run various promotions and goodwill campaigns for servicemen stationed in San Diego. The Destroyers wear rather sharp uniforms with traditional helmet and pant stripes. The numbers are styled after the ID numbers on the hulls of warships. The Destroyers made some updates to their wordmark for the 2017 season, but otherwise the team's logo and colors have remained pretty much the same since it was established.

 

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San Francisco plays in a beautiful stadium situated on San Francisco Bay with a beautiful view of the water. For a team established in the 60's, Gold is a rather unique singular nickname that was chosen as the winner of a name-the-team contest. Aside from the progressive nickname, the Gold wear fairly simple and traditional uniforms. Currently, they are actually the only team to wear mismatched home and away templates, something the team has done for most of its history. The alternate uniform with the shoulder loops and pick axe logo is a throwback to the Gold's inaugural uniforms, worn until 1968, when the current logo was adopted. The Gold are competitive behind "game manager" quarterback Aldon Jones. Many claim Jones has never lived up to his potential as a first round draft pick, but head coach Bill Crenshaw, loves his style of play.

 

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The perfect storm occurred to get the Thunderbirds in Seattle in 1975. Competing against an ownership group from Portland to be the team from the Northwest, the Tbirds won out when the primary investor in the Portland bid was convicted of federal tax evasion and the Portland bid fell through. The Thunderbirds chose the colors of navy blue, emerald green, and silverto represent the culture and colors of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle has always worn its primary logo front and center, taking inspiration from Native American totem poles. The Thunderbirds went through a complete uniform redesign in 2010 to coincide with the opening of their new open-air stadium in 2010. The new uniforms feature a darker gray rather than silver and modern striping and numbers. The redesign was also the debut of the "Emereld City" alternate jersey. The Tbirds have been on a tear since 2013, winning the Pacific each year and making two American Bowls, winning in 2015. 

 

Well, that's it for the Pacific. Thanks again for taking a look and you feedback is always appreciated. Stay tuned for the AFL West...

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2 hours ago, 8BW14 said:

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The Los Angeles Knights are one of the most popular teams in the AFL. They were founded by eccentric billionaire Henry Templeton and are the team of choice for the LA elite. The Knights were famous for only wearing yellow jerseys for every game for their first 14 years of existence, only adding a white option out of necessity. The Knights found most of their success on the field in the late 1970's an the early 1980's, winning back to back titles against the Kansas City Bulls. Until 1999, the Knights had worn a very sharp, traditional uniform in royal blue and yellow with a Knight chess piece on the helmet. Templeton passed control of his team on to his son in 1997 and by 1999, the Knights had new navy blue home jerseys and helmets with a custom number font and sword inspired striping. Yellow had been relegated to the alternate uniform. After years of poor play in the 2000's, Jaqueline Templeton forced her brother out of the controlling stake of the team in 2010 and promptly returned the yellow jerseys to their proper place as the primary uniform. A very popular move and possibly a hint at things to come, In 2015, the Knights brought back their uniforms from their glory days as alternates. The new throwbacks are very popular with the fans. Dante Williams, the Knights' free safety goes by "Hollywood" on the field and has been the heart and soul of the team since 2009.

 

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The San Diego Destroyers have been the doormat of the Pacific division for most of their existence since 1990. While the other three teams in the division have had periods of relative success since 1990, the Destroyers have managed to make the playoffs only two times. The Destroyers have a special relationship with the US Navy, which allows the Destroyers to use the same exact color code for their gray helmets as Navy vessels. The Destroyers run various promotions and goodwill campaigns for servicemen stationed in San Diego. The Destroyers wear rather sharp uniforms with traditional helmet and pant stripes. The numbers are styled after the ID numbers on the hulls of warships. The Destroyers made some updates to their wordmark for the 2017 season, but otherwise the team's logo and colors have remained pretty much the same since it was established.

 

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San Francisco plays in a beautiful stadium situated on San Francisco Bay with a beautiful view of the water. For a team established in the 60's, Gold is a rather unique singular nickname that was chosen as the winner of a name-the-team contest. Aside from the progressive nickname, the Gold wear fairly simple and traditional uniforms. Currently, they are actually the only team to wear mismatched home and away templates, something the team has done for most of its history. The alternate uniform with the shoulder loops and pick axe logo is a throwback to the Gold's inaugural uniforms, worn until 1968, when the current logo was adopted. The Gold are competitive behind "game manager" quarterback Aldon Jones. Many claim Jones has never lived up to his potential as a first round draft pick, but head coach Bill Crenshaw, loves his style of play.

 

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The perfect storm occurred to get the Thunderbirds in Seattle in 1975. Competing against an ownership group from Portland to be the team from the Northwest, the Tbirds won out when the primary investor in the Portland bid was convicted of federal tax evasion and the Portland bid fell through. The Thunderbirds chose the colors of navy blue, emerald green, and silverto represent the culture and colors of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle has always worn its primary logo front and center, taking inspiration from Native American totem poles. The Thunderbirds went through a complete uniform redesign in 2010 to coincide with the opening of their new open-air stadium in 2010. The new uniforms feature a darker gray rather than silver and modern striping and numbers. The redesign was also the debut of the "Emereld City" alternate jersey. The Tbirds have been on a tear since 2013, winning the Pacific each year and making two American Bowls, winning in 2015. 

 

Well, that's it for the Pacific. Thanks again for taking a look and you feedback is always appreciated. Stay tuned for the AFL West...

I really enjoy the back story for LA (especially the plot about their yellow and royal uniforms and how they’ve been restored as a throwback) the uniforms for San Diego and Seattle are well done and unique. I’m not blown away by the San Fran Gold but not every uniform should blow people away just like how real NFL teams do. I do think the Gold would look better with a matching template for the away uniform. Great job overall and I’m looking forward to the next set. So far i still think Carolina has the best unis in the AFL.

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Inspired by Veras' AFA with the San Diego nickname? Its different enough. I love all the logos. The LA uni set is great, but I looooovvvve Seattle! The unis the logo, wow. Great work!

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2 hours ago, Sedpredictsports said:

I really enjoy the back story for LA (especially the plot about their yellow and royal uniforms and how they’ve been restored as a throwback) the uniforms for San Diego and Seattle are well done and unique. I’m not blown away by the San Fran Gold but not every uniform should blow people away just like how real NFL teams do. I do think the Gold would look better with a matching template for the away uniform. Great job overall and I’m looking forward to the next set. So far i still think Carolina has the best unis in the AFL.

Thanks. I appreciate that. Like you said, SF is kinda ho-hum but realistically not every team in a league is gonna have kick ass uniforms.

 

13 minutes ago, Cardsblues02 said:

Inspired by Veras' AFA with the San Diego nickname? Its different enough. I love all the logos. The LA uni set is great, but I looooovvvve Seattle! The unis the logo, wow. Great work!

I actually had totally forgotten about his Destroyers. It just fits so perfectly for San Diego, I had to use the nickname. I'm glad you like Seattle, I like for the logo on the front of the helmet but I wasn't sure how it would go over. Thanks for your input

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Love the Knights whole look. Absolutely fantastic. Seattle's helmets are really creative and I love the UCONN style helmets

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