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All-American Association Football League: 1906-1907 - Western Regional Division Announcements

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11 hours ago, zoads82 said:

What program do you use to sim these games?

It's a spreadsheet of my own devising.  Each team gets a strength rating based on the previous season's performance.  For each game, there's a random number generated for each team.  There's a multiplier for home field advantage.  Putting all three together gives the number of goals.  After that, it's all sorts of formulas and lookup tables to determine winners, to allocate the goals to the players in the lineup, to tabulate the results on a gameweek basis.

 

I can give each division or tournament some season-end results that I want, and I can let it simulate until those conditions are met.  Sometimes I do that, sometimes I let the results surprise me.

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12 hours ago, Goldengoose05 said:

It's a spreadsheet of my own devising.  Each team gets a strength rating based on the previous season's performance.  For each game, there's a random number generated for each team.  There's a multiplier for home field advantage.  Putting all three together gives the number of goals.  After that, it's all sorts of formulas and lookup tables to determine winners, to allocate the goals to the players in the lineup, to tabulate the results on a gameweek basis.

 

I can give each division or tournament some season-end results that I want, and I can let it simulate until those conditions are met.  Sometimes I do that, sometimes I let the results surprise me.

Thanks for the info, can't wait to see more.

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In the Consolation Match, the two Regional Division Champions squared off.  McKinstry opened the scoring with a free kick in the 15th minute.  Larsen answered for Indianapolis with a left-footed volley off of a cross from Bridges.  A poorly cleared ball in the Circle City penalty area allowed Jensen to sneak a low shot past Fletcher.  Paterson tied the game in the 68th minute after a melee in front of the True Blues’ goal.  The ball eventually landed at the feet of Chambers who tapped it in.  Bridges won the game for Circle City

 

In the Championship game, two longtime rivals squared off.  Brooklyn, by taking first in the Penultimate Division, would be returning to the top flight in 1906.  The Chimney Swifts had obviously claimed the Ultimate Division title, but they had also been crowned Football World Champions.  With that big target on Baltimore’s back, the Bridegrooms came out strong.  Patterson played a long diagonal ball behind the Chimney Swift defense for Glass to run onto.  The left halfback dribbled by goalkeeper Ray for the first goal. 

 

The setback seemed to awaken the Chimney Swifts, who pressed forward furiously.  Their efforts were rewarded a scant nine minutes later when McGee took a quick shot from the top of the penalty arc, beating a surprised Coffey in goal.

 

The Bridegroom defense fell into disarray, and Baltimore took advantage of it.  They left Inside Left Long open for Edwards to push through for a breakaway.  Long deftly maneuvered around Coffey to put Baltimore in the lead.  After that the vaunted Chimney Swift defense closed down every Bridegroom attack.  Baltimore was content to protect their lead, and Brooklyn never threatened again.  When the final whistle blew, Baltimore claimed the inaugural Columbia Challenge Trophy to add to their Ultimate Division title and Football World Championship.

 

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1906-1907 Preseason Announcements

AAAFL President Irwin gave his traditional preseason speech in Philadelphia to a packed crowd of newspapermen.  Irwin noted that the drawn out plans for a Western Regional Division had finally borne fruit.  “We will have a Western Regional Division this year. There will be six teams for this initial season, but we are in communication with many potential clubs up and down the coast.”  It is undecided if the Western Regional teams will participate in the American Football Association Cup, based on the prodigious travel distances involved.   Irwin did mention, however, that the West will be the site of this year’s Columbia Challenge Trophy.  “The Western champion will be the host.  The invitees will be the Ultimate, Penultimate, and AFA Cup winners.  It will be a showcase for our fans on the coast.”

 

Irwin also announced that there will be expansion in the Regional Divisions.  “We have three new teams in both the Eastern and Mid-American Regional Divisions.  We have four new cities being represented.  Two of the cities are already represented, but we will the fan interest is there to support another club in each of them.”

 

With regard to further expansion, Irwin laid out the following plans.  “We are working towards having 20 teams in each division.  We’ll get the Penultimate Division to 20 before we fill out the Ultimate.  We need to make sure that we have the best quality there.  And we will do it with the assistance of our friends in the American Football Association.”

 

AFA President Harold then took the stage.  “The AFA is now in the position to truly be the national body of association football.  We have worked with associations across the country to solidify a true nationwide system.  The AFA will be overseeing Sectional Divisions that will feed into the AAAFL’s Regional Divisions.  That will be the mechanism for teams to progress up the ladder, potentially to the Ultimate Division.  We’ll soon be releasing the details of the Sectional Divisions and what the promotion opportunities will be.”

 

Harold also mentioned that the AFA was in discussions with national associations around the world to form an official body to govern world football. “We have had very productive interactions with the associations of England, Scotland, Italy, Germany, and Spain in the operation of the Football World Championship.  We have secured the cooperation of France and the Netherlands for this operation, but we all see the need to have an official organization to oversee these types of endeavors.   We, of course, would love to have the United States be the seat of such a united football organization.”

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President Irwin returned to the podium to discuss the topic of derbies.  “Since the AAAFL’s earliest days, a number of derbies were marked with trophies between the competitors.  As the league as a whole has grown, those teams might not face each other during the regular season, owing to being in different divisions.  Additionally, we have clubs in neighboring locales that would be ideal for derbies.  As such, the AAAFL is instituting a program of ‘Derby Days.’  These will occur immediately after the conclusion of the regular season.  It will give more clubs the opportunity to end the association football year on a winning note.”

 

Irwin listed the longstanding derby competitions already extant.

 

Carnation Cup:  Cincinnati Scarlets lead the series 7-3 over Cleveland Longlegs

Big Apple Trophy: New York Fomorians lead the series 6-4 over Brooklyn Bridegrooms

Quaker Cup: Philadelphia Libbies lead the series 8-2 over Pittsburgh Privateers

 

Irwin then introduced the new derby fixtures:

 

Big Mug: Donated by breweries of Milwaukee, it is to be awarded to the winner of Milwaukee Brewmasters and Milwaukee Cream City FC.

Big Pig: Donated by the slaughterhouses of Chicago, it is to be awarded to the winner of Chicago Southsiders and Chicago West Side Kicks.

Capitol Cup: Donated by Sons of the American Revolution, it is to be awarded to the winner of Washington Insiders and Washington DCAC.

Clam Chowder Cup: Donated by Irish Charitable Society, it is to be awarded to the winner of Boston Shipwrights and Boston Gaelics.

Derby Derby: Donated by Churchill Downs, a hat-wearing horse trophy is to be awarded to the winner of Louisville Lt. Colonels and Louisville Racehorses.

Fly the Fort Flag: The winner of Minneapolis Millstones and St. Paul Boreads will be allowed to fly their team flag from Fort Snelling for a year, allowing all those who travel by it on the Mississippi River to see which club dominates Twin Cities football.

Gateway Cup: Donated by Anheuser-Busch Brewery, it is to be awarded to the winner of St. Louis Mounds and St. Louis Big Deals.

Liberty Ball: Donated by Pennsylvania Railroad Company, it is to be awarded to the winner of Philadelphia Libbies and Philadelphia Sports Club.

Sixth City Cup: Donated by local business community, it is to be awarded to the winner of Cleveland Longlegs and Cleveland Forest.

Star Spangled Cup: Donated by proprietors of the Roland Park Marketplace, it is to be awarded to the winner of Baltimore Chimney Swifts and Baltimore Bannerets.

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3 things:

1. How did you get the paper crinkle look for the Harvard newspaper

2. That Green Bay look is great.

3. That Scottish flag and wording inside the lowercase d for the United Albions is one of the best uses of a letter-logo for a sports team I've seen, even if the "United Albons" text actually being llegible doesn't fit for 1907 (but pretty please don't change that logo, it is my favorite of what you've done so far)

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9 hours ago, TargetToad said:

3 things:

1. How did you get the paper crinkle look for the Harvard newspaper

2. That Green Bay look is great.

3. That Scottish flag and wording inside the lowercase d for the United Albions is one of the best uses of a letter-logo for a sports team I've seen, even if the "United Albons" text actually being llegible doesn't fit for 1907 (but pretty please don't change that logo, it is my favorite of what you've done so far)

1.  I can't take credit for that.  I just found an old issue of the Crimson online.

2. Thanks.

3. Thanks again.  I'll keep it.

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