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Driveball Redux (1958 Offseason)

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Embarrassing. Losing to a CDA team at the Orange Bowl. Well, sign me up for the idea of a NDA draft

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47 minutes ago, Ipapterotes said:

Embarrassing. Losing to a CDA team at the Orange Bowl. Well, sign me up for the idea of a NDA draft

Chicago wouldn't have lost if they had they been playing under NDA rules.

Also, I'd be all for a 1960, 2-league, draft (with at least 2 new NDA expansions, likely in Miami and some non-CDA western city/LA), leading up to a 1964 Merger, 24-team merger (assuming Neo is going by the AFL (American, not Arena) timeline anyways).

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17 hours ago, TargetToad said:

Chicago wouldn't have lost if they had they been playing under NDA rules.

Also, I'd be all for a 1960, 2-league, draft (with at least 2 new NDA expansions, likely in Miami and some non-CDA western city/LA), leading up to a 1964 Merger, 24-team merger (assuming Neo is going by the AFL (American, not Arena) timeline anyways).

 

With the Miami experiment proving successful, the city will indeed get top priority in expansion. As for western expansion, St Louis could get a team, but there's also Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, San Diego and maybe Oakland.

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2 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

 

With the Miami experiment proving successful, the city will indeed get top priority in expansion. As for western expansion, St Louis could get a team, but there's also Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, San Diego and maybe Oakland.

Well the NDA needs some teams in far-west (as in more west than Milwaukee) cities to compete with the CDA. Florida could help too in terms of getting the deep south on board

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The Chicago Gaels simplify their jersey sleeves for 1955.

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The Gales "CG" looks really similar to that Browns prototype. It looks better on a jersey than a helmet though.'65%20pre-season%20browns.jpg

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1955 Driveball Seasons

 

NDA

 

East

New York Heroes 10-4

Toronto Titans 7-7

Buffalo Lakers 6-8

Philadelphia Brawlers 5-9

 

West

Milwaukee Voyagers 10-4

Cincinnati Monarchs 8-6

Cleveland Mad Hatters 6-8

Chicago Gaels 4-10


Playoff teams in BOLD

 

After winning only twice last season, the Cincinnati Monarchs took advantage of more than a few balls bouncing their way. Age is slowly starting to catch up to the dominant team of the decade, the Cleveland Mad Hatters. Cincy acquired forward Abner Waters from the Heroes in the offseason to shore up an attack that failed to score points for much of 1954. While the Monarchs displayed vast improvement, they could only finish no better than second.

 

The Milwaukee Voyagers held on to the top spot in the West thanks to the heroics of second year captain Dwight Taylor. The Voyagers slipped in attendance behind the MLB Braves at County Stadium. However, the Braves are missing out on the broadcast revenue the Voyagers receive from WTMJ-TV.

 

New York held on to the top spot in the East for the second year in a row. For the first time, the Heroes and football Giants outdrew the baseball Giants in attendance at the Polo Grounds.

 

NDA Playoffs

 

East Final: The Heroes defeat the Titans in an 18-15 defensive struggle in front of the New York faithful.

 

West Final: Home field advantage works to the Voyagers' advantage, as they trounced the Monarchs 48-15.

 

Frosty Mug at County Stadium

July 9, 1955

New York Heroes 21 - Milwaukee Voyagers 18

MVP: Charlie Vernon (Heroes)

 

CDA

 

Colonial

Washington Commanders 9-3

Boston Unicorns 8-4

New Jersey Rogues 7-5

Minnesota Shockers 7-5

Pittsburgh Knights 3-9

Detroit Roadsters 2-10

 

Frontier

Dallas Metros 10-2

Los Angeles Jaguars 7-5

Denver Mountaineers 7-5

Houston Marshals 6-6

San Francisco Dragons 3-9

Kansas City Rustlers 2-10

 

The wheels came off for the Roadsters this year thanks to devastating injuries impacting their once-potent attack.

 

After winning only once last season, the Unicorns are a force to be reckoned with in the Colonial division, with only Washington finishing higher in the standings.

 

Frontier Wild Card at the Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Jaguars 27 - Denver Mountaineers 21

 

Frontier Final at the Cotton Bowl

Dallas Metros 18 - Los Angeles Jaguars 12

 

Colonial Final at Griffith Stadium

Boston Unicorns 30 - Washington Commanders 24

 

Floyd Cup at the Cotton Bowl

July 16, 1955

Dallas Metros 36 - Boston Unicorns 21

 

Fred Hughes and Otto Hirsch made a valiant effort for Boston, but their performance wasn't enough to stop Muggsy Russo and the Metros from winning their second straight Floyd Cup in front of the Dallas faithful.

 

But all the great plays in the 1955 Driveball season would quickly be eclipsed in the public's mind by something bigger:

 

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Glad to see the Voyagers are still a power...the Mug will be theirs again before you know it!

Also happy to see the CDA make such major moves too...that Unicorns win over the Gaels in Miami is going to be seen in that universe the way Super Bowl III is seen in ours.

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@MBurmy

There will be more exhibition games at neutral sites to help grow the game. But in the meantime, let's look ahead to 1956...

 

The Kansas City Rustlers make some uniform adjustments for '56.

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Unlike the NFL, the two Driveball leagues did not embrace the Lucite facemasks.

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Instead, as teams in both sports are currently phasing out leather helmets, there were simple cow catchers with the middle bar, like this one:

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A trio of ideas for Miami's NDA franchise, which will begin play in 1958.

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1) Miami Manatees

2) Miami/Florida Flamingos

3) Miami Tritons

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LOVE the Manatees name, logo & color scheme...but his tail could use some work, because it looks like a...

 

*cue Austin Powers missile reactions montage*

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*puts on monocle* As a Flordian, I am uniquely qualified to rank these looks

 

1. Flamingos: Simple, classic look that perfectly fits 1950s Florida's carefree and laid back attitude (And it Could easily be 90s-ed once that rolls around)

 

2. Manatees: The green is a bit too bright, and the tail and eyes could use a modification (no angry eyes, sharper tail), but still good.

 

3. Tritions: looks too similar to the CDA Denver Mountaineers logo, Doesn't really look like an M.

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I vote for Flamingos

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1956 Driveball Preview

 

St Patrick's Day 1956 saw the CDA's Los Angeles Jaguars maul the NDA's New York Heroes at Miami's Burdine Stadium. The following week, the NDA owners announce they have officially granted an expansion franchise to the city of Miami. Spearheading the ownership group are miniature golf tycoons Douglas (age 44) and Randolph Fenwick (age 41). Under Doug and Randy's leadership, Fenwick Bros Amusements has grown from one franchise in Miami proper, which opened in 1946, to 19 up and down the state of Florida with a 20th about to open in St Petersburg in August '56. With Driveball franchises being the cheapest to purchase during this era, the Fenwick Brothers pay an expansion fee of a measly $7,500, which will come out to much more in later years. The Miami franchise will play its home games starting in the spring of 1958 at Burdine Stadium, home to the annual Orange Bowl.

 

Not wanting to have an odd number of teams, the NDA will meet after the conclusion of the 1956 season to discuss where the tenth franchise will go. Adding a second Driveball team to Southern California would require the NDA to compensate Jaguars owner Spencer Holbrook should they intend to expand into Los Angeles proper. The NDA can still expand into SoCal in one of two ways. With Anaheim starting to wean itself off of orange and walnut groves thanks to Disneyland, the NDA could base their SoCal franchise over there. As of 1956, a temporary stadium will need to be built in the immediate short term while the city tries to build a permanent facility in hopes of luring NFL and MLB teams.

 

Another way the NDA could tap into SoCal would be to look further south to San Diego, a medium sized town already known for its zoo and naval port. Balboa Stadium, adjacent to San Diego High School and San Diego City College is readily available, as is the Aztec Bowl on the San Diego State University campus. A third possible venue, Lane Field, is out of the picture as the PCL Padres have declared the only home they've known the last 20 years to be incompatible with their revenue needs. A new Padres ballpark will be built in the city's rural Mission Valley district and should be up and running by 1958.

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April 5, 1956

 

The Miami Herald prints a prototype for the logo of Miami's NDA expansion franchise:

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In the second half of March '56, the Herald held a contest to name the new team. From over 2,600 submissions, the name "Flamingos" rose to the top.

 

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On Sunday, November 04, 2018 at 3:34 PM, neo_prankster said:

1956 Driveball Preview

 

St Patrick's Day 1956 saw the CDA's Los Angeles Jaguars maul the NDA's New York Heroes at Miami's Burdine Stadium. The following week, the NDA owners announce they have officially granted an expansion franchise to the city of Miami. Spearheading the ownership group are miniature golf tycoons Douglas (age 44) and Randolph Fenwick (age 41). Under Doug and Randy's leadership, Fenwick Bros Amusements has grown from one franchise in Miami proper, which opened in 1946, to 19 up and down the state of Florida with a 20th about to open in St Petersburg in August '56. With Driveball franchises being the cheapest to purchase during this era, the Fenwick Brothers pay an expansion fee of a measly $7,500, which will come out to much more in later years. The Miami franchise will play its home games starting in the spring of 1958 at Burdine Stadium, home to the annual Orange Bowl.

 

Not wanting to have an odd number of teams, the NDA will meet after the conclusion of the 1956 season to discuss where the tenth franchise will go. Adding a second Driveball team to Southern California would require the NDA to compensate Jaguars owner Spencer Holbrook should they intend to expand into Los Angeles proper. The NDA can still expand into SoCal in one of two ways. With Anaheim starting to wean itself off of orange and walnut groves thanks to Disneyland, the NDA could base their SoCal franchise over there. As of 1956, a temporary stadium will need to be built in the immediate short term while the city tries to build a permanent facility in hopes of luring NFL and MLB teams.

 

Another way the NDA could tap into SoCal would be to look further south to San Diego, a medium sized town already known for its zoo and naval port. Balboa Stadium, adjacent to San Diego High School and San Diego City College is readily available, as is the Aztec Bowl on the San Diego State University campus. A third possible venue, Lane Field, is out of the picture as the PCL Padres have declared the only home they've known the last 20 years to be incompatible with their revenue needs. A new Padres ballpark will be built in the city's rural Mission Valley district and should be up and running by 1958.

I vote for a San Diego NDA team.

 

Add in Phoenix plus and maybe another team deep south (San Antonio, Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, Nashville, or Memphis) or far west (Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake, or Sacramento) you have your 12 NDA teams to join the 12 CDA teams for Major League Driveball or whatever a likely eventual merged league would be called.

 

Also, I personally am more fond of the simpler Flamingos logo used in the team name vote.

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1 hour ago, TargetToad said:

I vote for a San Diego NDA team.

 

Add in Phoenix plus and maybe another team deep south (San Antonio, Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, Nashville, or Memphis) or far west (Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake, or Sacramento) you have your 12 NDA teams to join the 12 CDA teams for Major League Driveball or whatever a likely eventual merged league would be called.

 

Also, I personally am more fond of the simpler Flamingos logo used in the team name vote.

 

I'll give other users a chance to pick between San Diego and Anaheim before I'm ready to make it official.

 

Atlanta will indeed have a team, but it'll likely be 1966 at the earliest.

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