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Well, that VB was interesting. 

 

I'm glad Portland lost and looked thuggish in the process. I'm guessing their nationally-televised behavior won't win them very many fans, and that's more fans heading to a team that would probably dominate it's local area (CO,WY,UT,) as well as being surrounded by opponents with less history (AZ,POR,SEA,CAL) 

 

In fact, i'd be willing to wager the Centennials are the most popular AFA team in the West, what with their environment and track record of success.

 

And speaking of the Cents, what's their plan for the offseason? Tear it down and trade up for a franchise QB, or reload for one last run with Blitz's boys?

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1 hour ago, Asterix777 said:

Well, that VB was interesting. 

 

I'm glad Portland lost and looked thuggish in the process. I'm guessing their nationally-televised behavior won't win them very many fans, and that's more fans heading to a team that would probably dominate it's local area (CO,WY,UT,) as well as being surrounded by opponents with less history (AZ,POR,SEA,CAL) 

 

In fact, i'd be willing to wager the Centennials are the most popular AFA team in the West, what with their environment and track record of success.

 

And speaking of the Cents, what's their plan for the offseason? Tear it down and trade up for a franchise QB, or reload for one last run with Blitz's boys?

Asterix,

 

I actually do think the Cents being the West's most popular team is a possibility (the Whales I could see as the other possibility and maybe the Comets due to having a large market despite performing poorly recently). I believe though out of the teams in the west the Cents would have a greater national spread in their fan base compared to other western teams. Success does help a lot, and I do agree that Blitz is also a marketing and national icon - other past players such as St. Mark would have been marketing/national icons as well. 

 

P.S. I really love your profile pic - Asterix is an awesome comic book series!

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3 hours ago, Asterix777 said:

I'm glad Portland lost and looked thuggish in the process. I'm guessing their nationally-televised behavior won't win them very many fans...

...either that or they just became the AFA's version of the Raiders; the team for the rebels and burnouts of the world.

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1 hour ago, ChicagoOakland said:

...either that or they just became the AFA's version of the Raiders; the team for the rebels and burnouts of the world.

 

holy crap dudes you have no idea how down for this I'd be

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2 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

 

holy crap dudes you have no idea how down for this I'd be

 

Funny thing is, I actually brought up that idea with Veras at one point.

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27 minutes ago, FDW said:

 

Funny thing is, I actually brought up that idea with Veras at one point.

 

If any city is able to represent that free-spirit style, it's Portland. 

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1 hour ago, Asterix777 said:

 

If any city is able to represent that free-spirit style, it's Portland. 

Yeah, I came to that too, extrapolating from how berserk RL Portlanders are for the Blazers and Timbers. 

 

And IMO, The Dragons first Victory Bowl looked an awful lot like The Raiders first Super Bowl: getting blown out by a legend on his last legs.

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I finally simulated the 1987 season last night.  I usually have the next simulation run by the time I start posting the playoffs from the previous year, so I'm a bit behind, and there may be a slight delay, depending on how much time I have to write this week.  That being said, three teams will undergo design changes this year, and they're all more or less done.  Arizona is going with a radically different look (logo and uniform), and will be the first AFA team to go heavily BFBS.  San Diego will add a secondary logo, tweak their colors, and make some uniform changes.  Tampa Bay will make a minor uniform change.  All three will also adopt a new uniform template, which includes shorter sleeves and a lighter material (it's no coincidence that all three play a lot of warm-weather games in the early part of the season).  I'll start posting them tomorrow (or maybe late tonight, depending on whether or not I actually get any sleep).

 

On 9/21/2017 at 3:44 PM, neo_prankster said:

As of this year, what are the current AFA ballparks?

 

Does Anaheim already have a stadium should Disney base their USFA team over there?

Anaheim and Indianapolis both have professional baseball franchises, and the USFA teams most likely make their homes in those stadiums.  The Buffalo and Charlotte franchises will play in publicly-owned stadiums, Buffalo Stadium (former home of the Stampeders) and American Legion Memorial Field, respectively.  I've already mentioned that Salt Lake City has a USFA-ready stadium, The Beehive.  The remaining teams will play in college stadiums.  Legion Field in Birmingham, Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, and Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.  Two of the three that are still up in the air will also play in stadiums most closely associated with college football.  The Florida franchise will most likely play at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, with the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville as a backup possibility; and the Northern California franchise will play at either Spartans Field in San Jose or Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.  That only leaves the Brooklyn/Connecticut franchise, which will probably either join Anaheim and Indianapolis in playing at baseball stadiums, or just go to the Yale Bowl in New Haven.

 

On 9/21/2017 at 4:49 PM, Asterix777 said:

In fact, i'd be willing to wager the Centennials are the most popular AFA team in the West, what with their environment and track record of success.

 

And speaking of the Cents, what's their plan for the offseason? Tear it down and trade up for a franchise QB, or reload for one last run with Blitz's boys?

On 9/21/2017 at 5:52 PM, Goran The Man said:

Asterix,

 

I actually do think the Cents being the West's most popular team is a possibility (the Whales I could see as the other possibility and maybe the Comets due to having a large market despite performing poorly recently). I believe though out of the teams in the west the Cents would have a greater national spread in their fan base compared to other western teams. Success does help a lot, and I do agree that Blitz is also a marketing and national icon - other past players such as St. Mark would have been marketing/national icons as well. 

 

P.S. I really love your profile pic - Asterix is an awesome comic book series!

The Cents definitely have a national profile right now.  You mentioned Blitz and St. Mark as widely-known figures, and they aren't the only one.  Two of their linebackers are likely hall of famers (Bob Jonas and Paulie May), and LT Justin Alexander will be a first-ballot addition to Richmond when he chooses to retire.

 

The Grizzlies are probably the biggest competition for most popular team west of Minnesota for a number of weird reasons.  They also (until recently) had a lot of nationally-known players - Rob Connery and Julien Guggenheim being the most obvious examples.  Connery is widely-loved, and a lot of people wanted to see him win a title.  They did very will during Connery's tenure, but unlike Colorado, didn't win a couple of titles, which would have won them as many haters as new fans.  In fact, their only Victory Bowl title came in 1970 against the Miners, and beating Pittsburgh on the national stage is a good way to win fans.  Working against them is the fact that they share the PNW with Portland, and the fact that a lot of people were not happy about the fact that they traded Connery.

 

As for Colorado's offseason plans - they're not ready to rebuild yet.  Blitz isn't what he used to be, but he's still very dangerous, and the defense has several potential All-Stars left:  May, Jonas, DE Mark Nymeyer, SS Brian Bolden, and maybe even DT Steve Waddell.  The team is old, and not the preseason favorites anymore, but nobody is counting them out.

 

On 9/21/2017 at 4:49 PM, Asterix777 said:

Well, that VB was interesting. 

 

I'm glad Portland lost and looked thuggish in the process. I'm guessing their nationally-televised behavior won't win them very many fans, and that's more fans heading to a team that would probably dominate it's local area (CO,WY,UT,) as well as being surrounded by opponents with less history (AZ,POR,SEA,CAL) 

On 9/21/2017 at 8:29 PM, ChicagoOakland said:

...either that or they just became the AFA's version of the Raiders; the team for the rebels and burnouts of the world.

On 9/22/2017 at 12:41 AM, FDW said:

 

Funny thing is, I actually brought up that idea with Veras at one point.

 

It's sort of hard to draw a strict comparison between the Raiders and any particular AFA team.  Coach Jim Wise is the person who most clearly embodies that attitude (and wants that kind of player), but he's bounced around so much that a lot of teams could claim that mantle.  He spent 8 years as a defensive line coach and defensive coordinator in Minnesota, 9 years running the show in San Diego (though they've tried to distance themselves from him), and now he has been in Tampa since 1985.

 

The Angels probably try the hardest to maintain that image, with CB Scott D'Angelico being probably the clearest example.

 

Portland is kind of odd.  Their offense is largely composed of undersized players, and they're often derided as being soft or a finesse team, but their defense is just the opposite - safeties Steve Thorpe and Harry Marx are known as the Crash Brothers, for their almost recklessly aggressive play style and bone-crushing hits.  When I think of their defense, I think more of the 1980s Detroit Pistons than the Raiders (though I admit I might be splitting hairs there).

 

Their behavior in the Victory Bowl was seen more as petulant than thuggish, though.  A 270 pound defensive tackle slamming a 180 pound punter to the ground after a play in garbage time was received more like a childish temper tantrum than anything else.

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Sorry I haven't been posting much, but while I'm disappointed by the Guardians being dethroned as AFA Champions, I have mixed emotions about the result of the past Victory Bowl. Seeing the Miners win it all isn't really all that new, but at least Rob Connery can call himself a champion at long last. 

 

Also, on an unrelated note (Mostly thinking ahead regarding the next AFA Expansion Council), do any real life video game companies such as Nintendo, Sega, etc. still exist in the AFA universe? While we're on that subject, will the USFA have any expansion councils as well? I'm looking forward to seeing how that dynamic plays out the most!

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I'm looking forward to the 87 season. Even though I am sure my two teams will not do anything special. I know you said this draft is really weak, but anything in particular NY/NJ will be looking for?

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*waits in anticipation of Destroyers' mini rebrand*

Also, I'm sadly disappointed the USFA Bay Area team didn't feel like going to Berkeley and using California Memorial Stadium.

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Looking forward to the new USFA. Next season should be a ton of fun. Maybe the Griz can make the playoffs and make it an even better season.

 

Sad to see the 'birds goin BFBS. Will they have a new black logo??

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The Birds going BFBS might work well depending on how it's implemented. I'm open to this change. 

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Yeah, I'm kinda surprised by all the Firebirds hate. While it may not be the ideal look for them, I think it could definitely work, and I for one am excited to see how Veras goes about this.

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I've got quite a bit of work to do tonight, so I probably won't have time to reply to the previous comments at the moment, but do not fret - I haven't forgotten you.  I just wanted to get the first off season design change up.  So here are the new Arizona Firebirds:

 

Old Logos:

1974_arizona_firebirds_by_verasthebrujah

 

New Logos:

1987_arizona_firebirds_by_verasthebrujah

 

The Firebirds have been around for a little over a decade, and have had pretty limited success.  They did make the Victory Bowl in 1977, losing 21-13 to Washington, but other than that, they've never really made much noise.  Moreover, most of their first generation key players are no longer with the team (DT Keith Zang is the only player who as been with them for their entire history, and he is mulling retirement).  They have a new franchise QB in Bruce Rankin, who was the first pick in the draft a year ago, and this just seems like an appropriate time to change their look.

 

As was the case with their original Desert Sunrise uniform, they want to be bold and modern.  That entails switching up their color scheme to be darker and more serious, which includes dropping the orange and adding black.  The new primary is meant to look more like an explosion than the rolling fire that the original resembles.  They didn't replace the profile secondary, instead opting to just use a close up of the bird's face.  The wordmark is Diogenes, by Apostrophic Labs.

 

Old Uniform:

1978_arizona_firebirds_uniform_by_verast

 

New Uniform:

1987_arizona_firebirds_uniform_by_verast

 

This look was largely inspired by the late 70s/early 80s Vancouver Canucks.  Where the old one was bright and curvy, this one is dark and rigid.  The leftmost set will be worn at home games, while the rightmost set will be worn during most away games.  The white pants are for early season games in hot-weather cities (and given that they travel to Houston and Dallas every year, they're fairly likely to make use of them at least once each season).

 

Probably the most distinctive feature of the set is the number outlines (you may have to zoom in to see the detail), but they are far more complex than most other teams in the league.

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Considering that the legend of a Phoenix being reborn is that it comes from a pile of ashes, going BFBS makes sense if the team is trying to market itself as an up and coming team. 

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Although I liked the old logo and uniforms, I actually really like the new Firebirds' logo and uniforms. A nice change of pace.

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