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North American Markball League; A Fictional Sport & A Fictional History: 1966 NAML Season

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1957 NAML Offseason

 

The NAML offseason began with the devastating news that Len Garey had finally succumbed to his battle with Polio at the age of 45. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce that our very own Leonard Garey has passed away this morning. Len played his heart out every single game, and has been recognized as one of the game's first elite players. I extend my deepest condolences to Leonard's family, and the Michigan Bandits. Len may be gone, but we will certainly never forget him." Commisioner Urquhart said hours after being informed of the tragedy. Garey is currently the NAML's all-time leading goalscorer, with 346 career goals. The league announced almost immediately that the leading goalscorer award would be renamed the Len Garey Memorial Trophy.

 

In terms of team moves, two players announced their retirement from the league. Cecil Bonnom announced he was done after 13 seasons in both the EML and NAML, and Chicago's John Peters announced he was hanging up his cleats after 15 seasons of work. Philadelphia will now need a pure goal-scorer up top, and Chicago's will need a new heart-and-soul player.

 

Once again, there were no major trades announced, but St. Louis announced that both Arnold Lejoscasa and Howard Tremble had been re-signed for 8 years each. Lejoscasa and Tremble are one of the league's elite attacking duos, but are still looking to find the Gatekeepers a pathway to success.

 

There was one jersey change, with Montreal shockingly changing their popular Away jersey to have a new look. The stripes on the sleeves now go vertically down the centre of the shirt, with the team's full logo adorning the centre. While fans were unhappy at the change, over the next few weeks, it proved to be popular in Montreal, with several fans knitting their own personal jerseys.

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I've already simulated the 1958 season, I should hopefully have it up this week or next. 

 

Once again, thanks for reading!

 

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1958 NAML Season

The NAML kicked off its 12th season in Michigan, with an emotional game between Michigan and Boston. the NAML announced prior to the game that all proceeds from the game would be donated to Len Garey's family. The Bandits put up an inspired performance, thrashing Boston 60-35. The other Week 1 matches included a 2-point victory for Montreal over Chicago, a tight 41-39 win for New York over Milwaukee, a surprising 17-point St. Louis win over Philadelphia, and a 60-46 barnburner between Toronto and Washington, with Toronto the victors.

 

The Bandits were hoping that this would be their year, so that they could win in memory of Garey. They got off to a great start, winning 5 of their first six games. After falling to 6-6 through twelve weeks, they seemed to become a different team. Andrew McCaig was almost impossible to solve, Harry Keener was a monster in the backfield, and the rest of the defense was almost effortlessly stopping rushes, helping the Bandits win 7 of the remaining 8 games. They finished 4th, with a 13-7-0 record. In St. Louis, the 'Keepers finally looked like a playoff team, with the newly resigned Arnold Lejoscasa and Howard Tremble being amazing up front, and even though their defense wasn't great, the "Daunting Duo" as they were called, would always get St. Louis back in the game. Unfortunately, late in the year, Tremble got a dislocated shoulder, ending their bid for a first-round bye. However, St. Louis would clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 1954, finishing 5th with a 12-8-0 record. In Philly, the P's were looking to finish first for the 5th straight year, but after losing their first three games, albeit by small margins, things weren't looking good. However, they would go on fire for the next 10 weeks, winning all their games. Through that streak, unknown forward Jerry Markson scored an astonishing 34 goals and were in second place through 13 weeks. They would lose their swagger near the end of the year, but still finished with a respectable 13-7-0 record. Patrick MacKenzie was dominant in the midfield as usual, and Markson won the first Len Garey Memorial Trophy with 58 goals. In New York, it looked like this would be the year where the Knights broke out. Owner/Coach George Small had grown in his knowledge of the game over the summer, and it showed with his players, as they roared to a 5-1 start. During these weeks, Leonard James was magical at the back end, breaking up sure goals at the last second. Sid Belmont was also great in net, and everything appeared to be going right, until week 7 James suffered a gruesome lacerated ankle injury that made several players and fans visibly sick. He was obviously out for the year, and the Knights couldn't keep up with the other teams without their heart and soul. New York ended up winning two more games, but that was it, as they finished 7-13-0, 8th in the league. Sadly, this was the Knights' second-best regular season record in their history, behind their only playoff appearance in 1951. In Boston, the Hounds just never got going, only winning consecutive games once. Despite great years from Ridley Robinson, Vinnie McClelland, the offense wasn't good enough, tied for last in the league. However, the Hounds showed promise in the last three games, beating and closely losing to three playoff teams. Boston finished 7th with a 7-13-0 record.

 

In Chicago, it was a year to forget. The team that had won the Urquhart Cup two years earlier and made the semifinals last year just fell apart and was never able to get it back together. After losing their first five games, it was clear that there was something wrong. They managed to defeat Boston in week 6, but couldn't keep up with the other teams, despite having a full, healthy roster. In an attempt to fix the situation, owner Avitus Rayne hired former player Ben Bones as coach. With Bones, the Crusaders won two of their next three games, and they looked to be getting back on track. They played better for the last few games, but only managed to win one more. Chicago finished bottom of the league with a 4-16-0 record, the worst in their history. In the capital, the Warriors were looking to build off of their Urquhart Cup appearance the year before. They played solid for the first half, but only had a 5-5 record to show for it. In the second half of the year, their play started to drop off, and despite having a record below .500, Washington managed to make the playoffs in the final spot, with a 9-11-0 record. Carmelo Dunn had his best year of his career, and he was given a starting position for the first time, making himself the first African-American player to start a game. In Montreal, the Paulies were hoping that Simon Girard could stay healthy and help them to their second playoff appearance. Fortunately for them, their prayers looked like they were answered, as Girard led Montreal to their best start ever, at 6-4-0. However, they did even better in the second half, with every player playing together and well. Richard Porchery was amazing at breaking up chances, and Denis De Félix was a consistent goalscorer. The Paulies had their best finish yet, finishing 2nd and getting their first ever bye with a 14-6-0 record. In Milwaukee, The Dragons appeared to be starting to crawl out of the basement, but weren't breathing any fire yet. They started off well at 3-4, but went through one of those slumps where everything that could go wrong went wrong, resulting in a 9-game losing streak. They were finally able to lift their wings with consecutive win over Chicago and Philadelphia. the Dragons would avoid finishing last for the fourth straight year, instead finishing 9th at 5-15-0. Finally, In Toronto, the Stallions were quick out of the gate, with offensive explosions in the first two games. After a disappointing loss to Boston, The Nats, led by Theo Krakowski, became the class of the league, winning nine straight games. Ambrose Gares was great in nets, letting the Toronto offense do their thing. After stumbling for a bit halfway through the year, Toronto would lose only one more game for the rest of the year, and finished in first for the first time in their history, at 16-4-0. Krakowski's effort both offensively and defensively earned him the Chester Harland Award.

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The 1957 NAML Awards were given to:

Chester Harland Award (League MVP): Theo Krakowski, FF, TOR

Leading Goalkicker Award: Jerry Markson, FF, PHI

Benjamin Legrand Award (Best Goalkeeper): Charles Jamison, PHI

 

Rivalry Cup Winners:

Colonial Trophy: Philadelphia (won both games against Washington)

St. Laurent Cup: Montreal (won both games against Toronto)

I-94 Series: Milwaukee (Split series with Chicago, outscored them 72-44)

 

 

Notable Events:

  • Surprisingly, Chicago won the consolation series, defeating Milwaukee in the final.
  • After a spectacular effort during a Hounds win, the Boston Herald proclaimed Vinnie McClelland as "Mr. Markball." There was some backlash, but Most of the league didn't see it as much of a big deal.
  • A friendly match between Players from Ontario and New Jersey was played in Trenton to generate interest in the sport there. Unfortunately, only 5,000 fans showed up to watch Ontario win 40-31.
  • In a game between Milwaukee and New York There was some confusion over whether or not Dragons player Gerard Palmer had earned a free kick as he was fouled when second quarter time expired. New York had left the field to go back to the locker rooms thinking the half was over, but the referees allowed Palmer to take his kick without any opposition on the field. Palmer nailed his shot, and it counted.

Playoff Preview:

(3) Philadelphia Falcons vs (6) Washington Warriors

Previous Playoff Game: 1957 Urquhart Cup Final

Result: Philadelphia 51-23 Washington

It doesn't matter if it's the Urquhart Cup or a meaningless regular season game, if these two play, there will be bad blood. This one will most likely have more ugliness than usual, since Washington wants their revenge from last year's final. There should be a big brawl here, and definitely some suspensions. Al Sokker has been dormant for most of the year, he should break out in an emotional game like this. Expect lots of goals from Markson. This kid has been on fire, and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Prediction: The Warriors complete the upset and advance to Toronto with a  51-50 win.

 

(4) Michigan Bandits vs (5) St. Louis Gatekeepers

Previous Playoff Game: 1953 Semifinals

Result: Michigan 30-26 St. Louis

Even though the Bandits are hoping to win it this year for Garey, St. Louis will not take any chances this game, making the playoffs for the first time in 4 years. This one should also be emotional, and Michigan will have their hands full with the Daunting Duo. Expect to see some clashes, but nothing too major. Harry Keener is on track for a great game, and so is Andrew McCaig.

Prediction: Michigan will not get knocked out early and will win, 45-25.

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Nothing much to say about this one. I'm really looking forward to simulating Philly and Washington, they always have good games.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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Wow the Canadian teams had really good years! Could the Nationals or les Eveques bring the trophy back to Canada?

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15 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

Wow the Canadian teams had really good years! Could the Nationals or les Eveques bring the trophy back to Canada?

Even though they are they top two teams, there's an aura of uncertainty over Toronto, who are supposedly under "House's Curse" since 1952. The curse made by former coach David House after being fired, saying that Toronto will not win another Urquhart Cup until Him and both his sons has died. However, team owner Jack Joyner is confident that the Nats can win their second cup. In Montreal, even though it's their 5th year, their teamwork is outstanding, and to me, I feel like because of the curse, they have a better chance of winning than Toronto.

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1958 NAML Playoffs

First Round

(3) Philadelphia Falcons vs (6) Washington Warriors

Coming into this one, the Falcons were heavy favourites, but Washington was looking for revenge for the previous year's Urquhart Cup final. Despite the game starting off at a fast pace, there was no score until a Washington point 8 minutes in. the Falcons would storm back with two goals from Jeremy Markson, and would hold onto a lead for the rest of the quarter, leading 16-5 after 1. In the second, tempers started to flare, but no brawls would occur. Defense would prevail during the quarter, but three points by the P's helped extend their lead at the half. The third would see strong defense from both teams again, but Lawrence Sanderson would give the Warriors some hope three minutes in. Unfortunately, Charles Jamison stood tall, allowing the Falcons to score two points, and take a commanding 21-10 lead heading into the fourth. Early in the final quarter, Patrick MacKenzie scored a goal, that looked to be the nail in the coffin. However, only 12 seconds later, Al Sokker would respond with a goal of his own, cancelling out MacKenzie's strike. That goal would kickstart the Warriors, who at one point forced Philly's lead to just three points. However, the comeback fell short as Markson kicked a late goal, and celebrated enthusiastically, which led to a game-ending brawl, and a couple of suspensions for the P's in the semifinals. The final score was 33-26 for Philadelphia.

 

(4) Michigan Bandits vs (5) St. Louis Gatekeepers

Windy Park was packed as supporters of both teams watched to see who would advance to face the first-place Nationals. The visiting Gatekeepers got off to a quick start, already having a 5-0 lead 2:30 into the game. the Bandits would get a goal of their own, but the 'Keepers Daunting Duo would strike back, and St. Louis would have an 11-6 lead after 1. To start the second, both teams would trade goals twice, and along with two points from Harry Keener, the score was 19-17 for the 'Keepers. After the lead was cut, Lejoscasa and Tremble ignited, combining to score three goals in just over three minutes, giving them a commanding 32-18 lead at the half. In the third, the Bandits, who were kicking at a measly 33% accuracy, had Archie Rimmer miss a wide open net, getting one point instead of four. Lejoscasa would put more salt in the wound, scoring seconds later. The Bandits did eventually kick a goal, but the 'Keepers lead was still growing larger, now 39-24 after 3. The fourth quarter had little scoring, with the first point being scored by Michigan almost 10 minutes in. Later on, the Bandits would once again miss a sure goal, putting an end to a frustrating night. Tremble would get what looked like the game's last goal, but a St. Louis foul on Rimmer as time expired gave him a chance to take a free kick with no time left. Unlike his previous chances, he would get the goal, but it was meaningless, as St. Louis advanced to Toronto with a 44-30 victory.

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Semifinals

(1) Toronto Nationals vs (5) St. Louis Gatekeepers

Canada's Field was filled with fans, confident in their team's chances of advancing to the Urquhart Cup. However, it appeared as though the visiting 'Keepers had other plans, gaining an 8-0 lead 9 minutes in, with goals from Sidney Garnett and Lejoscasa. the Nats would finally get past the usually mediocre St. Louis defense 11 minutes in, with a point from Theo Krakowski. St. Louis would end the quarter with a point of their own and another goal from Lejoscasa, leading 13-1 and shocking the Toronto crowd. In the second, the Nats would finally get their first goal, courtesy of forward Henry Alfaro. Toronto's dangerous offense would begin to wake up after, getting another goal and point to cut the deficit to three. Unfortunately, right after a chance to take the lead, Lejoscasa would receive the ball and spot Tremble who buried it. the 'Keepers would add two more points, and led 19-10 at the half. Early in the third, the Toronto crowd was roaring, hoping the Stallions could ignite, but it seemed to motivate St. Louis more than the home team. Lejoscasa scored twice and Leroy Gamon potted one, giving the 'Keepers a virtually insurmountable 21-point lead. Late in the quarter, Toronto's offense started revving, but goalkeeper Phillip Owens stood tall, only allowing a goal and two points on 12 shots. St. Louis led 31-16 after 3. The third quarter was low-scoring, with no goals scored. St. Louis would get two points in the quarter, and eventually won 33-17, advancing to their first Urquhart Cup since 1949. Meanwhile, with the loss, Toronto fans were starting to question whether House had actually placed a curse on the team, and if they would ever win the Cup again.

 

(2) Montreal Évêques vs (3) Philadelphia Falcons

The city of Montreal was crazy heading into this one. One report predicted that Stade Centre-Ville would be filled to 180% capacity, or 81,000 people in a stadium built for 45,000. The game started quickly, with the score already 6-1 less than two minutes in, thanks to a goal from Markson. Simon Girard would get Montreal in the game with a long-range goal, much to the delight of the fans. However, a late Falcons goal gave them a 6-point lead after 1, giving Montreal some work to do. However, in the second, Girard and Denis De Félix would score and add a point, gaining the lead for the first time. The P's would get a point, but a goal by Art Drury would increase the Paulies lead to 19-13 at the half. In the third, both teams would find their offense, and the play would go back and forth. MacKenzie would score, cutting the lead to 1. A few minutes later, Girard would restore the 5-point lead, but the P's would respond with a goal of their own, and another goal by Markson gave them the lead back. Eventually, the score was all knotted up at 27. In the final minute, Girard, knowing that the last point in the quarter, even if it wasn't a goal, would be a huge momentum booster, would run up to the pointline and get a point with 5 seconds left, giving the Paulies the lead. In the forth, Monteral got the momentum Girard was hoping for, increasing their lead to 11 points with 8 minutes to play. In the final minutes, the Falcons gave everything they had but only managed a goal and a point, and had the comeback falling short, losing 38-32. With the win, Montreal headed back to the Cup for the second time.

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Urquhart Cup Final Preview:

The Urquhart Cup will be held in Toronto, at Canada's Field. The Stadium holds 60,000 people and will be hosting its first championship game since the 1951 final, won by the Bandits.

 

St. Louis @ Montreal, at Toronto, ON

Previous Playoff Game: N/A

This game is interesting, since it is the first time since 1950 where both teams have not previously won the cup, nor faced each other in the playoffs. While Montreal has the better record, and edge in the season series, Arnold Lejoscasa knows that this will be his best chance at finally winning the Cup for a long time, so he isn't gonna waste it. This could honestly go any way. Montreal's defense will have to be prepared for the daunting duo, because if they aren't, they will get lit up. St. Louis' defense should also be well prepared, since they know they aren't the strongest in the league.

Prediction: The 'Keepers will finally get their cup, winning 40-35.

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Definitely wasn't expecting this matchup. the two teams without cups end up meeting each other in the final. I think St. Louis has the power to pull off the upset, but Montreal won't back down since they have the experience in playing in this game before. What do you guys think? Any C&C is appreciated.

 

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My prediction is that Montreal will win in a high-scoring affair. Lejoscasa will be man of the match in a losing effort.

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15 minutes ago, Goran The Man said:

My prediction is that Montreal will win in a high-scoring affair. Lejoscasa will be man of the match in a losing effort.

 

I concur, plus Montreal could be on its way to becoming a model franchise in the NAML.

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11 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

My prediction is that Montreal will win in a high-scoring affair. Lejoscasa will be man of the match in a losing effort.

Lejoscasa will almost certainly be the best player on the field. He knows that this will most likely be his last chance at the Cup,  so he'll put 200% effort into this one.

 

10 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

 

I concur, plus Montreal could be on its way to becoming a model franchise in the NAML.

I would say they already are a model franchise. 2 Cup appearances in their first 5 years is pretty darn good.

 

I have the Cup final simulated, but I may not be posting for a while yet, I'm recovering from surgery at the moment.

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1958 Urquhart Cup Final

Date: September 20, 1958

Location: Canada's Field, Toronto, ON

Weather 62°F (17°C), Overcast, Light Breeze

Attendance: 61,284

 

Canada's Field was filled to capacity for the 12th Urquhart Cup, contested between the Montreal Évêques and the St. Louis Gatekeepers. Both teams were looking to win their first Cup in their second appearance in the game. The crowd a 60-30-10 split between neutral Toronto supporters, Montreal supporters who made the 6-hour train ride to Toronto, and 'Keepers faithful.

 

Off the bounce, it looked like the match would be high-scoring. Right away, Howard Tremble had a great chance. but Marcel Marille deflected it over the crossbar. Arnold Lejoscasa had another good chance, but the ball hit the side of his foot, going wide. After these few chances, the game died down a bit, with few chances, and no score until 8 minutes in, when St. Louis defender Ignatius Auer misplaced a cross, curling it past the pointline, and giving St. Louis the first lead of the game. That point seemed to energize both teams, and the pace picked up once again. Less than two minutes later, Montreal forward Wes Fisher, who was injured for most of the year, beat Phillip Owens with a towering shot, and giving the Paulies their first lead. After that strike, the pace would continue rising quickly, with St. Louis this time breaking through the Montreal defense, and Lejoscasa finishing the run with a perfect strike, giving the 'Keepers the lead back. After another St. Louis point, bench forward Nicolas Bartosh would capitalize off a free kick, increasing the lead to 6. Late in the quarter, the Paulies started pressing hard, and were able to get a goal from Simon Girard before the end of the quarter, cutting the lead to two after 1.

 

After 1: Montreal 8, St. Louis 10

 

If the fans thought that the first quarter was low-scoring, the second was even more so. The quarter started the exact same way as the first, with St. Louis getting chances, but Marille standing tall. Girard would get an amazing chance to give Montreal the lead off a corner kick, but goalkeeper Owens would somehow get a hand to the ball and trap it. After a defensive stalemate from both sides, 7 minutes into the quarter, St. Louis goon Sidney Garnett, best known for getting under people's skin and not for his playing abilities, would receive a pass, get around Montreal defender Richard Porchery, and hit a perfect strike into the left side of the net, restoring the 'Keepers 6-point lead. Garnett would quote after the game; "Even the ugly goons have skills". Another defensive stalemate would take place after, but St. Louis would catch a break after Jack Wilcox shot was mishandled by Marille and rolled past the pointline. To end the quarter, both teams would get more chances, but the goalkeepers stood tall, saving shots from free kicks, corner kicks, and even penalties. The final scoring of the quarter would be a deliberate point from Montreal forward Roger Ermitte, hoping to ignite his team for the second half, after only having 9 total points in the whole first half

 

At the half: Montreal 9, St. Louis 15

 

The third quarter started eerily similar to the first two, causing fans to groan, expecting another dull, defensive quarter. However, the first point of the quarter was scored only three minutes in, with Bartosh deflecting a corner kick past the pointline, increasing St. Louis' lead to 7. Later, Montreal would try to respond with a goal, but Owens would only allow Montreal to get another point. St. Louis looked to take advantage of Owens stellar play, starting several intimidating rushes, two of which were put home by Wilcox and Lejoscasa, increasing the lead even more. With the now double-digit advantage, the 'Keepers started focusing on defense, and preventing the Paulies from getting any momentum. They were successful until the dying seconds, when a desperation tackle by Bartosh on Ermitte in the penalty arc was deemed to be a foul, giving Montreal a penalty shot. Ermitte would bury the opportunity, putting Montreal within 9 heading into the final quarter, and giving them some hope.

 

After 3: Montreal 15, St. Louis 24

 

The offense the fans had been waiting for all game finally was delivered in the fourth, with Montreal riding off of their late penalty, dominating the ball for the first part of the quarter. Wes Fisher, who had been relatively quiet since the first quarter, would score twice, from a free kick and a fantastic run, putting the Paulies within 1 with just over 15 minutes to go. It looked like Montreal, with their momentum, would be able to pull off the comeback. After winning the bounce, Montreal would storm down the field, and the ball would find Fisher once again. He would shoot it right on target, but once again, Owens' hand would somehow trap the ball right before it crossed the line, and Montreal couldn't get their lead. St. Louis would bring the ball up the field, and Lejoscasa was able to score a point, making the lead 2 points. That sequence would ignite the 'Keepers, especially Lejoscasa, and they would start another rush, this time finished by Tremble, who was uncharacteristically quiet up until that point. Right off the bounce, the 'Keepers were unstoppable once again, with Lejoscasa eventually scoring from a free kick, getting his third of the game. Montreal would lead a rush after, but could only get a point, making it do or die for them. Unfortunately, with under 6 minutes to go, a cross punched in by Tremble would end Montreal's hopes at the title. Girard was able to get a late point, but that was all they could manage, and St. Louis were the Urquhart Cup champions for the first time, becoming the last original 6 team to win the title.

 

Final Score: Montreal 25, St. Louis 37

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Final Bracket:

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The Urquhart Cup MVP Award was given to Lejoscasa, for both his leadership and performance in the game. "This has been my dream since I first became a fan of the sport, I still can't believe that I've done it. I was crying when the game ended, that's how happy I am at the moment." He told reporters following the game.

 

St. Louis is the 7th team to win the cup, and the last of the original six to do it. 

 

In the annual commissioner's post-game conference, Urquhart said that the timeline for expansion has been finalized. "We will be meeting with gentlemen interested in hosting teams in their cities in choice this summer, and we will hold an expansion council in the 1959 offseason, to welcome two new clubs into this wonderful league."

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Coming into the playoffs, the 'Keepers were the last team I'd expect to win it all, but I guess they defied the odds. It will be interesting to see how they fare next year, with Lejoscasa starting to exit his prime.

 

I'll have the offseason post up soon, hopefully within a week.

 

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I have a question for markball, if the ball hits the crossbar or the side of the posts between the goal and reflects back, is it play on like in soccer or is it awarded a point like in Australian rules football?

 

(Note that in Australian rules football for the ones who do not know the sport, there is no crossbar with the goals)

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9 hours ago, BellaSpurs said:

Good job Keepers! Any ideas for the expansion cities?

The general idea is to expand west or southeast. California is pretty much guaranteed at least one team, and I have some other ideas for the expansion council, but I'll wait till then to announce them.

7 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

I have a question for markball, if the ball hits the crossbar or the side of the posts between the goal and reflects back, is it play on like in soccer or is it awarded a point like in Australian rules football?

 

(Note that in Australian rules football for the ones who do not know the sport, there is no crossbar with the goals)

The rule is play on, like in soccer. I'm not really a fan of that rule in the AFL, so I decided to change it for this.

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Been watching from the sidelines, but loving every minute of it. As for expansion, I am impartial to Kansas City.

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1958 NAML Offseason

Right away, two days after the Urquhart Cup, the Bandits made headlines when they traded rookie Florence Demblarmes to his hometown Évêques in exchange for fellow rookie Dominic Abrams. both players were highly scouted heading into the season, and while they're still getting used to the game, their ceilings are high.

 

Later on in the offseason, there was another major trade, with the Knights trading follower Warren Saureighaney to the Warriors for forward Carmelo Dunn. Saureighaney is a dependable asset for the Warriors, and will be a big addition to their midfield, while Dunn has been improving up front every year, but was placed under the shadow of Sanderson in Washington. Knights owner George Small, who had been accused of racism in the past, welcomed Dunn with open arms, saying: "He's a fine young man. Mr. Dunn will be a welcome addition to the team with his talents. I firmly believe that no matter what race you are, you deserve to play Markball."

 

In terms of retirements, Andrew McCaig one of the league's elite and most consistent goalkeepers, opted to end his career, after playing with the Bandits for 16 years. "I think it's time to let the next generation take the reins. I know that they will be great." He said to the media. 

 

Other than these events, the offseason was mostly uneventful. Behind the scenes, However, commisioner Urquhart visited several different cities that were generally interested in getting a team. While we didn't name them specifically, he noted that he was "Extremely impressed" with two of the cities visited.

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These next few posts are going to be quicker than normal, mostly since I have lots of free time on my hands, and so that the expansion council can get here faster. With that being said, here's the season post!

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1959 NAML Season

The NAML kicked off its first week in a new, different fashion. Instead of all teams playing on the same day, There was one game per day for the first week. In week 1, Michigan handily defeated the Knights 49-29, the Falcons defeated the Crusaders 39-26, the Nats outlasted the Hounds 27-20, the Dragons upset the defending champion 'Keepers 39-24, and the Paulies edged out the Warriors in a 51-48 barnburner.

 

The Falcons, who were denied a fifth straight regular season title in 1958, Looked like they would get it back early on, starting the year with 5 straight wins. Patrick MacKenzie was a force in the midfield, making it hard for other teams to pass him. Charles Jamison also had a fantastic year in net, winning the league's best goalkeeper award. After back-to-back losses in weeks 6 and 7, the P's wouldn't lose consecutive times for the rest of the year, helping them finish first for the 8th time in the league's 13-year history. The P's finished with a 15-5-0 record. In Washington, newly acquired Warren Saureighaney unfortunately injured his ankle, missing the first 6 weeks of the year, while the Warriors start sluggishly at 2-4-0. When we came back however, the Washington midfield was dominant, helping the Warriors win 8 straight games, including two against their archrival Falcons. Other bright spots for the Warriors included Lawrence Sanderson up front as usual, and defender Jack Ennis, who had a breakout year in the backfield.  Washington would finish the season in second, 3 points behind the Falcons, with a record of 14-6-0. In St. Louis, the 'Keepers were looking to get right back to the Urquhart Cup final, and hopefully be a top seed instead of having another unlikely run. Despite losing their first game, Arnold Lejoscasa and Howard Tremble would get back to business, terrorizing other teams' backfields. However, around halfway through the year, Lejoscasa would fracture his hip, leaving Tremble to guide the rest of the forwards. Amazingly, Lejoscasa would return in the final week of the season, and help the 'Keepers defeat Chicago, and securing themselves home-field advantage in the first round. St. Louis finished 4th, with a 10-8-2 record. In Boston, it was a different story. Similar to the Crusaders the previous year, they just couldn't get it together. Injuries, poor play, and other unfortunate circumstances would hit the Hounds hard, with Boston only getting their first win in week 7. Unfortunately, they would go on a 7-game winless run right after. Boston would get their act together later on, but they couldn't close out games. One of their only bright spots during the year was Christopher Patton, who led the Hounds to a surprising victory over Washington late in the year, and was starting to emerge as a star. Boston finished last for the second time in their history, with a 3-17-0 record. In the Motor City, the Bandits were looking to take the next step into being contenders again, but with the retirement of goalkeeper and team leader Andrew McCaig, it wasn't going to be easy. However, despite a mediocre start, the Bandits would only lose consecutive games once all year, and amazingly never lost a game by more than 9 points. Harry Keener and forward Hugh Westbrook were the team's leaders during the year, with Keener helping the back end stay strong, and Westbrook leading the league in goalscoring. Michigan finished 3rd with a 13-7-0 record.

 

In Montreal, the Paulies were expecting a rough start after their second Cup defeat, but it wasn't as bad as originally thought. With Denis Girard and Denis De Félix, Montreal was able to stay even for the first half of the year. After winning in weeks 11 and 12 and improving their record to 7-5, Montreal would unfortunately go on a 4-game losing streak they could never recover from, and would ultimately miss out on the playoffs by 3 points. The Paulies would finish 7th with a 9-11-0 record. In New York, it the same unfortunate scenario once again for the Knights, after a promising record the year before, they couldn't get it together once again. After starting 0-3, there wasn't really any hope for the Knights. Despite their terrible record, Leonard James and former Warrior Carmelo Dunn would instantly find chemistry, boosting the Knights offense. But all throughout the year, the midfield and defending was atrocious, leading New York to a 6-14-0 finish, 9th in the league. In Milwaukee, the Dragons finally enjoyed success. After starting at 2-4, Willy Trenhue and goalkeeper Laurence Blemsoon would lead Milwaukee on a 6-game winning streak, including a massive victory over the Falcons in Philadelphia. Trenhue's season performance would earn him the Chester Harland Award as league MVP. The Dragons would cool down after, but wouldn't give way completely, giving the Dragons their first ever playoff appearance, finishing 5th with an 11-9-0 record. In Toronto, it was a weird year. The defending regular season champions would start off 2-5, and would then tie against St. Louis. two weeks later, The Nats would get their second tie of the year, this time against Chicago. another two weeks after that, Toronto and St. Louis would meet again and tie again, making the Nats the first team in NAML history to have three ties, barely halfway through the year. Toronto would use these three ties to their advantage, eventually securing the final playoff spot with an 8-9-3 record, three points ahead of Montreal. In Chicago, the Crusaders would have the opposite season of Toronto, they got off to a good start, and were comfortably in a playoff spot halfway through the year. Unfortunately for them, a Basil Goddard injury would be a huge blow to their back end, and Chicago would only muster two more wins all year, and would finish 4 points out of a playoff spot, at 8-11-1.

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The 1959 NAML Awards were given to:

Chester Harland Award (League MVP): Willy Trenhue, FF, MIL

Len Garey Memorial Trophy: Hugh Westbrook, FF, MCH

Benjamin Legrand Award (Best Goalkeeper): Charles Jamison, PHI

 

Rivalry Cup Winners:

Colonial Trophy: Washington (won both games against Philadelphia)

St. Laurent Cup: Montreal (Split series with Toronto, outscored them 107-95)

I-94 Series: Milwaukee (Split series with Chicago, outscored them 73-67)

 

Notable Events:

  • The Knights would win their second consolation series, defeating Boston in the final.
  • Prior to the year, the Bandits were almost forced to play home games in another location after the NAML got into a dispute with Detroit's city council.
  • The NAML would promote the lower level Eastern, Central, and Western Markball leagues throughout the year, with teams from those leagues facing off at NAML stadiums.
  • Washington and St. Louis would have a large brawl in week 10 after a low tackle by Sidney Garnett on defender John Beaumont, which led to several suspensions and injuries.

Playoff Preview:

(3) Michigan Bandits vs (6) Toronto Nationals

Previous Playoff Game: 1957 First Round

Result: Michigan 42-34 Toronto

With these two teams facing off for the second time in three years, both should know what to expect from each other. Toronto's attack and passing are their most dangerous weapons, and Michigan has all-around strength. It's tough to predict what the score will be, but we know that this match will is almost guaranteed to be a close one. Expect a little physicality, but there shouldn't be anything too rough between these two.

Prediction: Michigan will advance to the capital with a 38-33 victory.

 

(4) St. Louis Gatekeepers vs (5) Milwaukee Dragons

Previous Playoff Game: N/A

The defending champion gatekeepers definitely have the better team on paper, but Milwaukee will be looking to make a statement in their playoff debut. It will be hard for the Dragons to breathe their fire, but if they can do the virtually impossible task of stopping the Daunting Duo, then Milwaukee will definitely have a chance at the upset. Expect a Clark Street Stadium filled to the rafters here, since St. Louis fans are finally starting to show the 'Keepers their support.

Prediction: St. Louis will advance in a 54-45 thriller.

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Definitely an interesting season, I'm kinda sad Montreal couldn't make it back, but I'm certain they'll be back one day. I'm really interested to see how the Dragons do, beating the defending champs in their playoff debut would be a huge accomplishment.

 

Any questions on the sport, the write-up, the timeline, or the simulation are appreciated.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Have there been any rumblings of a rival league popping up anytime soon?

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Welcome to the playoffs dragons! Wouldn’t be surprised to see them get knocked off pretty easily though. 

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