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The FLA (Football League of America) | 1946 Season | Boston Pirates, Washington Presidents Unveiled |

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Today I will be starting my first series on the boards; the Football League of America (FLA). In this timeline, the NFL went under due to WWII and many players going to fight in the war. The league lost enough revenue, and eventually started losing money, causing more than 2/3 of the teams to fold and the league to end with them (in 1943). After a few years of no professional football, a new league, the FLA, was started up with 8 original teams, split up into Eastern and Western divisions.

 

League Scheduling (1946-)

- Teams play 8 games each.

- Teams play each team in their division twice.

- Teams play two non-division games.

- There is a 4-team playoff at the end of each season.

       - East #1 plays East #2, West #1 plays West #2.

              - Semifinal games are played at the higher seed's home field.

       - Winners of each games play in the "FLA Cup."

              - The FLA Cup is played at a predetermined neutral site, voted on before the regular season.

 

The current year is: 1946-47

 

Teams

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Team Success:

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Eastern Division

Boston Pirates (1946-)

     Division Champs:

     FLA Cup Champs:

Brooklyn Kings (1946-)

     Division Champs:

     FLA Cup Champs:

Durham Bulls (1946-)

     Division Champs: 1946

     FLA Cup Champs:

Washington Presidents (1946-)

     Division Champs:

     FLA Cup Champs:

 

Western Division

Chicago Knights (1946-)

     Division Champs:

     FLA Cup Champs:

Cincinnati Emperors (1946-)

     Division Champs:

     FLA Cup Champs:

Dayton Pilots (1946-)

     Division Champs: 1946

     FLA Cup Champs: 1946

Pittsburgh Ironheads (1946-)

     Division Champs:

     FLA Cup Champs:

 

The templates I use for my uniforms are based off the templates at http://www.gridiron-uniforms.com. I made my own modifications to make them cleaner and better to use.

I use https://www.random.org/integers/ to simulate every game for every season. Right now its only 32 games, but that number will grow quickly as I plan to expand the league as soon as possible.

 

I've been working on the teams for a few weeks, and as of right now (July 12, 2018), I am near completion on the teams' logos and uniforms. I will hopefully have all 8 teams' finished and unveiled by the end of the week. 

 

Any C&C on the logos, uniforms, team names, etc. is greatly appreciates. ?

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Team: Cincinnati Emperors

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Colors: Dark Grey, Gold, White

Venue: Cincinnati Stadium

Capacity: 16,000

 

 

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The Logo: The team is known as the emperors because Cincinnati was named after Cincinnatus, a Roman Senator, and the Roman Empire was lead by emperors. Their logo uses an emperor penguin to display their nickname, as well as a football.

 

The Uniforms: Their uniforms were the FLA's simplest during the 1940's. They use no types for stipes, designs, or logos. They use a simple gold helmet with a gold/dark grey jersey, and dark grey/white pants.

 

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C&C is encouraged and appreciated.

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Now for the second and third teams!

 

Team: Dayton Pilots

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Colors: Blue, White

Venue: Orville & Wilbur Wright Stadium

Capacity: 14,500

 

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The Logo: Dayton is the birthplace of aviation, hence the name Pilots. Their logo is a D with an old-style plane flying through it.

 

The Uniforms: Dayton and Brooklyn are the only two teams in the 1940's who use a helmet stripe, and Dayton's is the wider of the two. Their jerseys use a single sleeve stripe and colored cuffs.

 

Reference Image

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Team: Brooklyn Kings

Location: Brooklyn, NYC, New York

Colors: Black, Gold

Venue: Brooklyn Field

Capacity: 18,000

 

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The Logo: Not much to say here, just a simple block-B.

 

The Uniforms: Brooklyn was one of two teams to use a helmet stripe, and the ONLY team to use a pant stripe in the 1940's. Other than that they're pretty simple uniforms.

 

While working on Dayton and Brooklyn I was able to finish simulating the 1946 season:

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The first FLA game was played between Dayton and Washington at Jefferson Stadium in Washington D.C, in which Dayton won 14-10. The Pilots took that first game success and continued it throughout the entire season, becoming the first Eastern Division champions at 5-1-2, and FLA champions.

 

Another big story from the 1946 was the struggling Brooklyn Kings. They ranked last in the league on offense, totaling just 6.5ppg for the season. They were also in the bottom half for defense, allowing 14.7ppg. Their best game of the year was a 13-13 tie at the Pittsburgh Ironheads in week 1.

 

In the first FLA Playoff game, the Durham Bulls beat the Washington Presidents 20-13 at Bartlett S. Durham Field in Durham, NC.

The Dayton Pilots defeated the Cincinnati Emperors in the second playoff game 23-10 at Orville & Wilbur Wright Stadium in Riverside, OH.

 

The Dayton Pilots defeated the Durham Bulls 18-14 at Brooklyn Field in Brooklyn, NY in the first every FLA Cup Championship Game. 

 

C&C on both Dayton and Brooklyn is encouraged and appreciated. :)

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Championship Banner for the division winners and champion I just made:

 

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This also gives a sneak peak at the Durham Bulls who  began working on today, C&C appreciated!

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Take the time to develop your story a little bit more. Maybe human interest pieces or the like to make us care about a specific team/player. I always love when someone comes up with new fictional leagues but it ruins it when there's little depth. Keep charging along ? #GoEmperors

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25 minutes ago, Tyrano123 said:

Take the time to develop your story a little bit more. Maybe human interest pieces or the like to make us care about a specific team/player. I always love when someone comes up with new fictional leagues but it ruins it when there's little depth. Keep charging along ? #GoEmperors

 

I’m planning on going more in depth with players/games/etc. starting in the 1947 season... the 1946 season I simulated was just to help me figure out how exactly I wanted to simulate. Glad you’re enjoying the series!

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Now here are the Durham Bulls. They are called the Bulls because Durham is known for a large bull statue located at their town square. Their unique color scheme comes from the Durham city flag.

 

Their logo is a simple bull's head:

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And the uniforms:

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Due to their crazy color scheme their uniforms look different from a typical uniform. The use a pale-yellow helmet, a blue jersey, and salmon? pants. The pants also have a double stripe using the 2 other colors.

 

C&C is appreciated, Boston is up next!

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1 hour ago, appleclock said:

The logos are a bit too literal for my liking. I do like the uniforms.

 

I agree, I don't really love super realistic logos myself... but that's how they were during this time period. The league will most likely begin the transition from old-style logos to more modern ones during the late-60's/early 70's. Thanks for the kind words on the uniforms!

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Now for the third and fourth teams of the FLA!

 

Team: Boston Pirates

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Colors: Green, White

Venue: Atlantic Field

Capacity: 12,250

 

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The Logo: A simple pirates' hat with a 'B' for Boston on the front.

 

The Uniforms: The Pirates' jerseys use a stripe that runs along the shoulders. They have plain-green helmets, and green/white pants.

 

Team: Washington Presidents

Location: Washington, D.C.

Colors: Red, White

Venue: Jefferson Stadium

Capacity: 16,750

 

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The Logo: A 'W' letter with 3 stars inspired by the Washington D.C. city flag.

 

The Uniforms: Washington's uniforms also are inspired heavily by the city flag. They use two belly-stripes, which come from the two stripes on the flag, as well as 3 stars on the sleeves, just like the logo. They top it off with a simple red helmet.

 

I also created the league's logo. It is a basic football shape with the letters 'FLA' in the middle. The eight stars symbolize the eight original FLA teams.

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C&C encouraged and appreciated! :)

 

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Somewhere down the road, the Presidents could use a touch of blue.

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I'm not sure about some of these markets.  Durham was a city of only 60,195 at the 1940 census.  Green Bay may have been slightly smaller at the time, but it wasn't a southern city with three major local college teams.

And as far as Ohio cities go... Cleveland, Columbus, and even Akron would be more realistic than Dayton.

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