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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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