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History of a Fictional Football League (1990 Postseason: 45th Victory Bowl)

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On 12/4/2018 at 4:01 AM, Veras said:

Good news!

 

They have a USFA team, the Birmingham Hammers.

 

You missed calling them the Birminghammers.

 

Kidding aside, this is an exceptional series and I remember events in my life based on when things happened in this league.  Is this the longest running fictional league in sports logos history?

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2 hours ago, n312rb said:

You missed calling them the Birminghammers.

 

Kidding aside, this is an exceptional series and I remember events in my life based on when things happened in this league.  Is this the longest running fictional league in sports logos history?

It was the first one, but I think the @hawkfan89 has had more seasons of his PHL than Veras has had for the AFA.

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I can confirm that “sunny and beautiful Hollywood, Florida” has never been sunny or beautiful on any time that I had the misfortune of being in the Miami area.

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21 hours ago, ChicagoOakland said:

Wow. What a classic. If anything else, I think Hudson has a little bit more fuel for his revenge fire...time for some fun in '91.

Also, it's been so great to see Reggie Hart's career develop over time. I think he's the most transcendent player in AFA history; I can only imagine the endorsements he's racking up right about now.

Hart is indisputably an all-time great and an easy first ballot Hall of Famer.  Winning that third ring puts him in a pretty exclusive club of quarterbacks.  The other members are William Klaidman (DET '61, '62, and '64) and Steven Taylor (WAS '75, '77, and '78), plus Charlie Kadlec (NY '46, '47, '48, and '50), James Thomas (PIT '58, '60, '63, and '66), and Ron Furness (PIT '66, '69, '71, and '76).

 

He's been truly transformational, as well.  Thanks largely to his success, Black quarterbacks are likely to enter the AFA in much larger numbers throughout the 90s than the did in the NFL.  On top of that, he has changed the way that people think about the quarterback position.  He's by no means the first dual-threat QB (Ron Adams, for example, was once a running threat, as well), but nobody has ever brought his level of athleticism to the game.  Look for scramblers to be much more prominent in the coming years.

 

12 hours ago, n312rb said:

You missed calling them the Birminghammers.

 

Kidding aside, this is an exceptional series and I remember events in my life based on when things happened in this league.  Is this the longest running fictional league in sports logos history?

Well, Birminghammers was the joke that I was going for.

 

9 hours ago, Dan O'Mac said:

It was the first one, but I think the @hawkfan89 has had more seasons of his PHL than Veras has had for the AFA.

Actually, one other person attempted it first, but it never went anywhere.  Before I started posting, I looked around to make sure that I wasn't going to be stepping on anybody's toes or anything like that.  I found one thread that was for a fictional sport, but it didn't really go anywhere.  If I recall correctly (and this was almost 5 years ago, so I may not), the author only created four teams and posted one or two seasons.

 

Also, you should definitely read @hawkfan89's thread.  It's very, very good, to the point that reading his work was one of the things that really kept me going (and focused on coming back to this) when I was not doing very well over most of this year.

 

9 hours ago, Magic Dynasty said:

I can confirm that “sunny and beautiful Hollywood, Florida” has never been sunny or beautiful on any time that I had the misfortune of being in the Miami area.

Really?  I've never been to Hollywood, but my wife has family in Delray Beach, and I loved Delray and Boca Raton when we were down there.  Except for the traffic.

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I was briefly re-reading some older seasons when I saw that Generals was almost chosen as the nickname for Atlanta, and that it might be a good name to go to if they decide to get away from Confederate imagery in the 90s (which is now). Is there still any possibility of that or would they more likely just go with different imagery?

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Any chance of updating the Google Map of AFA Stadiums anytime soon?

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Why does it always seem to be the case when Cleveland has a great team there always seems to be an even greater team? The 1980s Ghosts should have more to show for than just one Victory Cup, what makes it even worse is that their cross state rival is probably going to go down as one of all time great dynasties.

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I've continued working on the next season, and it's getting close to being finished, but I'm going to need to step down the amount of detail that I put in.  I'm thinking that I'll pare down some of the behind the scenes tasks related to roster management and offseason tasks.  The regular season and Victory Bowl writeups will probably look exactly the same, though I'm going to look at how to reduce the amount of time that I put into the postseason.  The playoff descriptions are both the most time-consuming and my least favorite part of the project, so I'll likely get a lot more flexible with how I write them.  Exciting games will still get some attention, blowouts may just get a sentence or two sentence.  "Team X managed to keep it reasonably close for three quarters, but Team Y's lead continued to inch up, and two unanswered touchdowns on the first two possessions of the first quarter simply put the game out of reach."

 

Edit: I also won't be simulating or writing about the USFA anymore.  It's just not worth the time.

 

On 12/11/2018 at 11:52 PM, Cardinal said:

I was briefly re-reading some older seasons when I saw that Generals was almost chosen as the nickname for Atlanta, and that it might be a good name to go to if they decide to get away from Confederate imagery in the 90s (which is now). Is there still any possibility of that or would they more likely just go with different imagery?

It's not entirely clear yet, but Generals would present a lot of the same problems as Rebels, in that there would still be an implicit Confederate connection.  If the team is going to change their name, they're going to move to something totally different.

 

On 12/12/2018 at 4:58 PM, JH42XCC said:

Any chance of updating the Google Map of AFA Stadiums anytime soon?

Done.  It actually is updated through the 1991 season now.

 

On 12/23/2018 at 5:22 PM, YungMan said:

Why does it always seem to be the case when Cleveland has a great team there always seems to be an even greater team? The 1980s Ghosts should have more to show for than just one Victory Cup, what makes it even worse is that their cross state rival is probably going to go down as one of all time great dynasties.

The Ghosts really peaked before the Guardians had managed to accomplish much.  They've been good enough to be contenders, even in an absurdly powerful division, but they haven't been all that versatile.  The running game has always been phenomenal with Ortuno and McCoy, and they've had an All-Star loaded secondary, but other than that, they don't have much going on.  They've never had a great QB (Therron Nikoloudis was athletic enough to cause serious problems for defenses who also had to worry about stopping Ortuno, but he was never better than above average overall), and their run defense has always been mediocre.  Basically, the 1980s Ghosts have been among the all-time greats at playing with a lead and milking the clock, but they struggle tremendously if they fall behind.

 

Honestly, the franchise that really took a hit was probably New York (and Houston, but they're a young team and will have many more chances, assuming they can maintain their roster once the salary cap kicks in).  It's unbelievable that they haven't won a title, and if their window isn't closed, then it's just barely cracked.  Of course, there is a kind of ironic justice in an extremely talented Imperials franchise was denied a title in an era when the Guardians won three, given that New York knocked off Cincinnati in each of the first three Victory Bowls.

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Looking forward to the more streamlined 90s.

 

Also, will the USFA's demise be mentioned in the 91 AFA off season post?

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2 hours ago, TheBigBuc said:

Like the NFL did in the 90s IRL, will there be an AFA Expansion in the 90s?

I think Veras mentioned that he would add 2 new teams to the AFA during the 90s.

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19 hours ago, Veras said:

I also won't be simulating or writing about the USFA anymore.  It's just not worth the time.

So basically, the USFA is dead.

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2 minutes ago, JH42XCC said:

So basically, the USFA is dead.

Shame. I like the USFA. Would be interesting to see how it will play out with the USFA going under and the aftermath.

 

Would any USFA team be adsorbed into the AFA? Personally I only see two teams joining if the AFA expanding.

 

Hey Veras, could you make a sig for the Californian Atoms please?

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2 hours ago, Matthew24 said:

Hey Veras, could you make a sig for the Californian Atoms please?

Speaking of which, have you forgotten about the LA Comets sig I asked for last month?

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Sad to see the USFA go but I understand the workload on you. Creating quality plots and storylines for the AFA is more important than having MORE football to simulate and write-up

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On 12/27/2018 at 8:35 PM, ItsSlothy said:

Speaking of which, have you forgotten about the LA Comets sig I asked for last month?

He probably hasn’t, it’s the holidays, give the dude a break, we’re all busy around these times 

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I posted that a month ago.

2 hours ago, BellaSpurs said:

He probably hasn’t, it’s the holidays, give the dude a break, we’re all busy around these times 

 

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I always post sigs right before I start the offseason posts. I haven’t gotten there since you made your request. I hope to within the next few days.

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