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  1. And even if he’s okay when them being posted, they absolutely do not go in this thread. That’s not what it’s here for.
  2. I filed for divorce today. I’m basically fine with it, so no worries there. However, it is relevant here because my Adobe account is in my wife’s name, which means that I won’t have Illustrator unless and until I decide that it’s financially practical for me to subscribe. That won’t happen right away, so I’ll be stepping away from the AFA indefinitely (not that I’ve been particularly active recently). I have the next season simulated, and the designs are finished, so I may pop out the graphics and do the write up so I can get one more season up before logging out, but even that is still up in the air. This will be my last post for the time being, so no need for well-wishing or anything like that. I’ll see you guys later.
  3. Kansas City beat them to a title, but Tampa ahead in most other metrics. More wins, more playoff appearances, and they made it to a Victory Bowl faster. Nothing as clear-cut as a goat having been kicked out of the stadium, but fans have long wondered if the franchise is somehow cursed. No problem. Hold on, don't you normally end the season with a gif of a crow dejectedly drinking? Shouldn't you have one of a crow with champagne or something? The Saints throwbacks inspired the Crows look, so there is a good reason for it, lol. As for the Crows making a run of dominance... I doubt it. They were underdogs for a reason this year - they're a pretty good, but not truly great team. They do have a few bright young stars, most notably RB Dyron Battle (24) and rookie of the year WR Brent Haacke (22), but their core is old. This is particularly true of the linebackers that have been the heart and soul of the team. LOLB Minden Lincoln will be 35 next year, and both Adrian Doom and ROLB RIck Ortega will be 33. QB John Vessey is almost impressively middle of the road, and at 31 years old, isn't likely to get much better. I would expect them to be on the bubble of missing or making the postseason again, but I would think they're more likely to miss the postseason entirely than to repeat as champions (unless the Fountain of Youth is in Kansas City, which I guess isn't out of the question in the City of Fountains). That's probably going to be the only major design change this year, though there should be some minor ones. The Comets will rebrand in 1993 and the Grizzlies will do so in 1994, but those are the only big ones that are guaranteed in the next few years. You're definitely right about this being a wild offseason for the AFA. In fact, there have already been reports of major drama in Cincinnati. Reggie Hart's contract is up, and at 35 years old, he's expecting to sign the last big extension of his career. The Guardians, on the other hand, think he's past his prime and want him to take a much smaller contract to help them make one more title run before their window closes while also preparing for the launch of the salary cap in 1993. The two sides are extremely far apart, and it seems almost impossible that they'll reach a real extension. The Guardians could assign him protected status, but even that would only delay the issue by one year. At this point, it's more likely than not that Hart plays at least one more season in blue and silver, but there is a not insubstantial chance that he could sit out the year or even leave town as a free agent or part of a trade.
  4. Yep. I’ll fix it someday. I actually ran the numbers, and the Captains have a statistically significant pattern of failing to get it done when they’re good enough to be contenders. If you compare the average overall rating of each franchise, they’re the highest-ranked team that doesn’t have multiple titles (by a wide margin). Man, someday I’ll get through one round without making an error in the graphics. I haven’t done them yet, but it will get done while I’m working on the offseason materials. I’ll post the instructions along with the sigs.
  5. The Captains got off to a great start. After making some progress on their first possession of the game, they pinned the Crows deep in their own territory. Kansas City only managed to get out of the shadow of their own end zone before being forced to punt, and the kick was blocked by linebacker Danny Hardin, allowing Donny Minor and the offense to begin the drive just 13 yards from the end zone. They quickly traversed that distance, and RB Russell Fraizer pounded his way in for a touchdown and the first score of the day. Boston would add three late in the quarter, but a great kickoff return gave the Kansas City offense excellent field position, and just 80 seconds later, the Crows got on board with a 2-yard run by RB Dyron Battle. They quickly seized the lead in the second quarter, as CB Monte Ramirez picked off long attempt to WR Doug Baskin, which set up Battle’s second score of the day, and allowed the Crows to take the lead for the first time. Each team would tack on a field goal before the half, so when the third quarter began, the underdog Crows enjoyed a 17-13 lead. The Kansas City offense wasted no time in asserting its dominance, getting the ball first and then allowing the rushing attack to carry them down the field. Then, on 3rd and 2 from the Boston 4 yard line, QB John Vessey faked the handoff to Battle and rolled to his right, where he found TE Rollie Brown wide open. This made it a two-score game, though the Captains immediately responded with a seven minute, 86-yard drive of their own, culminating in a spectacular 14-yard touchdown reception by WR Scott Kimble, who managed to fight off two defenders to come away with the ball. Just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Captains took a 27-24 lead on an 8-yard reception by fourth-string receiver Jerome Hall. Seven minutes later, it looked as though they were on the verge of putting the final nail in the coffin, advancing deep into Kansas City territory. However, on 3rd and 3 from the KC 16, Minor was hit from behind as he threw by OLB Minden Lincoln (who spent the first three years of his career as in Boston before being taken in the expansion draft). The ball went end over end through the air, and MLB Adrian Doom made a diving pick at his own 1 yard line. The Crows would have to punt, but their defense held and they would get the ball back. Then, just before the two minute warning, Vessey took it into the end zone on a bootleg, putting the Crows back in front, 31-27. Knowing that a field goal wouldn’t be enough to secure a win or even force overtime, Minor came out and executed the no huddle offense to near perfection, advancing all the way to the Kansas City 28 without burning a single timeout. However, on 1st and 10, Doom anticipated a throw to TE Mark Asher across the middle, jumped the route, and picked the ball off at the 15. Minor was the only Captain who had a real shot at getting a hand on the linebacker. He dove, aiming for a shoestring tackle, but missed by inches. Doom took the pick to the end zone, his arms raised in celebration for the last 15 yards, knowing that with a 38-27 lead and 31 seconds left to play, he had just sealed a title for Kansas City (as well as MVP honors for himself).
  6. California’s biggest play of the day came early, when CB Alonzo Ewing picked off Donny Minor deep in Whales territory, almost certainly taking points off of the board. From there, very little would go right for the boys in blue, and the Captains were up 17-0 at the half. Despite showing some signs of life in the third quarter, advancing into Boston territory four times, they failed to make it into the end zone even once, and those drives ended with three field goals and an interception. This didn’t make the game much closer, as Boston did find the end zone once, and went into the final quarter leading 24-9. The Captains dominated in the fourth, as they tacked on 17 more point to turn the game into an absolute blowout and easily earn their place in their first Victory Bowl since the Eisenhower Administration. The play of the defense was particularly good, as they relentlessly harassed rising star QB Brian Olson, recording 5 sacks (two of which resulted in fumble recoveries) and 3 interceptions. This game was thrilling and tightly contested from the opening quarter, with four lead changes in the first half alone, the most dramatic of which came when Kansas City elected to keep the offense on the field on 4th and Goal from the 1 with 30 seconds remaining in the half, trailing 10-7. QB John Vessey kept it himself, and made it into the end zone on the sneak. The Crows took a commanding 21-10 lead late in the third with a 92 yard touchdown by RB Dyron Battle on a screen pass, but the Bobcats clawed their way back into it, scoring 10 unanswered points to make it a one point game with 3:40 to play. The sound was deafening as the Tampa defense took the field and forced a three and out while using their timeouts to only allow 11 seconds to run off of the clock. However, on the punt, Tampa’s Donny Craven slammed into punter David Olivia, drawing a 15 yard penalty and giving up a first down in the process. The Crows took advantage, and managed to run the clock down to 32 seconds before kicking a field goal to make it 24-20. Tampa was able to get into Hail Mary range, but their prayers went unanswered. FS Marcus King II came down with the ball as time expired, sending the Crows to their first Victory Bowl. Recently, the Victory Bowl has seemed to feature the same teams over and over again, with either Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Detroit making it to championship game in 7 of the last 9 years, and combining to win 6 titles in that span. Fans who were looking for a breath of fresh air will get it. This will mark the first time since 1954 that Boston has had a shot at the Victory Bowl, while the Crows have never made it before (leaving Miami as the only franchise without a Victory Bowl appearance). In fact, this will be the first time that the Victory Cup will go home to either city, as Boston’s lone championship came so long ago that the Cup did not yet exist at the time. Both teams are talented, but the Captains should have the edge. In fact, when comparing position groups between the team, the only area in which Kansas City is clearly superior is their receiving corps, while the offensive lines are probably about equal. The Captains are the better team in every other aspect of the game, and their secondary may just be good enough to neutralize rookie All-Star Brent Haacke and the rest of the Kansas City receivers. Boston wins comfortably, 28-14. This is Boston’s fourth Victory Bowl appearance. They lost the 6th to the Chicago Butchers and the 8th to the St. Louis Aces, but defeated the Guardians of Cincinnati in the 9th. Kansas City has never played in a Victory Bowl.
  7. And the other 3 didn't even exist back then (unless the new whales have the same history as the old whales do. The old Whales and new Whales do share a history, but you're right about the Victory Cup going somewhere new. Since 1984, the Victory Bowl has not only been repeatedly won by the same, small group of teams (with Detroit and Cincinnati alone claiming 5 of the past 6). They're evenly grouped geographically! Since 1984, all of the winners have been clustered in an area roughly centered around Columbus, OH. No team from more than 170 miles from that point has won a championship since the Cents did it in 1983. As a matter of fact, the Victory Cup will without question be claimed by a franchise that has never held it before. As you mentioned, of the four remaining teams, only Boston has a title (Kansas City doesn't even have a Victory Bowl berth), which they won in 1954. This was so long ago that the Victory Cup didn't even exist yet. It's been a long time coming.
  8. That... is weird. The writeup was the rough draft. The 35-32 score came from the scoring summary and is correct. There was a lot more going on in the fourth quarter than in the one I posted. I've updated it now.
  9. That one is because I screwed up when I originally did the simulation and the writeup. I accidentally put New Orleans in the wildcard round when it should have been Texas. I didn't realize the error until after I had written that. I switched the teams and their ratings while keeping the rolls for each game the same. Texas is a more talented team than New Orleans, so the TB-TEX matchup would have been close, while the TB-NO matchup was... well... not.
  10. The recap score was a typo. I've fixed it now, thanks for pointing it out.
  11. That... might actually work. There is already precedent for a such a trade in the AFA, too. When Tampa Bay was granted an expansion team, the owner was technically Tommy Danson. However, it was universally known that Danson and Wolves owner William Trotter would swap franchises if the bid was successful. Trotter was in poor health and needed to move to a warmer climate, while Danson was a lifelong Wisconsin resident and longtime Wolves fan. Definitely not. If Atlanta were to be granted an expansion team, Jackson would have no connection to it whatsoever. The contract only applies to the Rebels franchise. It's hard to say. That's certainly plausible, but there will also always be a group of people who know exactly what Rebels was meant to convey. There will likely always be some controversy over the name, though a new identity will certainly turn down the heat.
  12. 1991 AFA Quarterfinals For the first quarter and a half, this game looked more or less as most people expected. The Butchers jumped to a 10 point lead early in the second quarter, California struggled to slow down All-AFA RB Kevin House, and it seemed as though Chicago was well on their way to steamrolling the Whales. Even the visiting team seemed to know that they were outmatched, which led to some aggressive play calling when they found themselves facing 4th and goal from inside the one with three and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Still down 10-0, coach Cy Washington called for a QB sneak, but third year starter Brian Olson came up short. It wasn’t a total loss, however, as DT Jeff Vincent powered his way into the backfield on the next play and took House down for a safety. Things continued to look up for the Whales in the second half as they opened the third quarter with a touchdown (though failed to tie the game with a two point conversion). The Butchers answered with a field goal, but less than 3 minutes later, California stunned the crowd by taking the lead on a Jamal Fontenot touchdown run. They again went for two, this time successfully, to put the score at 16-13. The teams alternated kicking field goals in the fourth quarter, with the Whales putting up two and the Butchers one, and as the two-minute warning approached with the Butchers down by 6, the very real possibility that they could lose seemed to dawn on the team, and they engineered a fantastic 68-yard touchdown drive, retaking the lead 23-22 with 1:32 to play. The Whales offense came out to attempt to retake the lead, taking small chunks of yardage underneath the coverage as they tried to move into field goal range. Then, on 3rd and 6 from the Chicago 48 with just over 30 seconds remaining, Olson attempted a heave downfield to WR Bill Farmer. Safety Darion Hawks made a spectacular one handed interception, but instead of going to the ground and allowing the offense to end the game with a kneel down, he attempted to return it. Farmer slapped the ball out of his hand and fell on it at the Chicago 7. Moments later, California kicked a field goal as time expired, locking up an extraordinary 25-23 upset that blew the playoff race wide open. This game was followed by another equally thrilling, arguably even more bizarre contest. Things were odd from the start. Boston opened the scoring with a 68 yard punt return touchdown before their offense even took the field. There were three turnovers, with lost fumbles by Arizona RB Ernest Walter and Boston QB Donny Minor, as well as a pick in the end zone by the Firebirds. Things got even stranger after Walter redeemed himself with what should have been a game tying touchdown, only to see holder Ian Long fumble the extra point, pick it up, and fumble it again as he was clobbered by a large group of defensive linemen. CB Neil Thompson came around the corner, scooped up the ball, and took it all the way to the end zone. The AFA had adopted a rule in 1990 allowing defenses to score two-point conversions on PAT attempts, but this was the first time that the rule ever came into play, and the Captains took advantage as it gave them a 9-6 lead. Arizona tied the game at 9 in the second, only to give up a touchdown on the ensuing drive. However, a pair of touchdowns of their own in the third would give them their first lead of the day at 23-16. The Captains cut it to 23-18 on a safety when Arizona QB Bruce Rankins was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, and then, five minutes into the fourth quarter, they jumped back in front on a 15 yard touchdown reception by WR Scott Kimble. They went for two and came up short, giving them a one point lead. Arizona immediately answered with a touchdown (and failed two point conversion attempt) of their own, only to allow another Boston touchdown on the ensuing drive. After three failed attempts between the two teams on the day, the Captains finally managed to make the two point conversion, giving them a 3-point lead with 6:53 on the clock. The Arizona offense came out strong, advancing into the red zone before stalling after a dropped pass by RB Ernest Walter on 3rd and 8 from the Boston 10. They knotted the game up at 32 and forced a three and out, but were unable to get a first down themselves, and had to give the ball back to Donny Minor with one timeout and 1:31 to play. The Firebirds defense took a conservative approach, and Minor was content to pick up small chunks of yardage underneath. As Boston approached field goal range, Arizona became more aggressive, and paid the price. On 2nd and 7 from the Arizona 41, the Firebirds sent a heavy blitz at the almost comically immobile Minor. However, the quarterback stepped up in the pocket, and the defense ran past him. He hit WR Doug Baskin across the middle at the 22, and the shoe was suddenly on the other foot. The Captains ran the clock down, and with three seconds to play, the kicking unit took the field. The kick when through the uprights as the clock wound down to zero, sending the Captains to the semifinals with a 35-32 win. Both offenses got off to a slow start in a game that was expected to be a shootout, with the only points in the first quarter coming on a 42-yard Tampa Bay field goal, and New Orleans nearly recording a pick six early in the second that was invalidated by an offsides penalty. New Orleans would find the end zone first on an 8-yard run by RB Larry Campbell midway through the second quarter, but the Krewe taking a 7-3 lead seemed to light a fire in the Bobcat offense, and they put up 14 points in the last four minutes before the half. The Krewe, needing to seize momentum, opened the third quarter with a successful surprise onside kick. Over the next five minutes, the QB Manny Rowe threw a pair of long touchdown passes of 64 and 88 yards to put New Orleans back in front, 21-17. However, the rest of the game was all Tampa Bay as they laid down 24 unanswered points on touchdown receptions of 23 and 38 yards by WR Deacon Cross, a 38-yard field goal, and a 10-yard run by RB Wayne Lee, which put the score at 41-21 with 6:41 to play. The Krewe would add a touchdown in garbage time, but this still left them facing 13-point deficit with 16 seconds to play. They didn’t even bother attempting the onside kick, and Tampa Bay earned a spot in the Semifinals for the third consecutive season. The final game of the quarterfinals was a brutal defensive struggle between hated division rivals. Both teams squandered opportunities for points throughout the game, starting with a missed 45-yard field goal attempt by Kansas City early in the first, a red zone interception thrown by Milwaukee’s Lucian Desjardins in the final seconds of the first half, and a fumble at the Milwaukee 1-yard line by Crows RB Dyron Battle. Kansas City would score the first points of the day on a one-yard touchdown run by Battle with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter. As it turned out, that was enough to secure victory. The Wolves seriously threatened to score twice, the first came late in the second quarter, which resulted in the previously mentioned interception; and again late in the final quarter. Facing 4th and 1 from the Kansas City 6 just before the two-minute mark, the Wolves elected to go for it rather than take the field goal and trust in their defense to get the ball back (actually, they trusted the defense, but didn’t believe that the offense would be able to get this close to the end zone again). RB Stephen Hill took the handoff, but was met in the gap by LOLB Minden Lincoln, who brought him down inches short of the first down. Kansas City ran out the clock, earning them their first-ever semifinals berth. Semifinals Previews Boston Captains vs California Whales The 1991 Whales will already go down in history as giant-slayers for their upset against Chicago. Can they do it again this week? No. No they cannot. The Captains are a much more complete team than the Butchers were, and they will win this game comfortably. Boston 35-14. Tampa Bay Bobcats vs Kansas City Crows This is strength on strength as the Tampa offense goes up against the Kansas City defense. It’s a tough game to predict, but thanks to a weak regular season schedule and a subpar opponent in the quarterfinals, we remain skeptical that the Bobcats are for real. Kansas City 20-17.
  13. Milwaukee still owns the history and trademarks of the Metros, don’t they? So would it be accurate to say that they’ll basically go up against a team wearing their own throwbacks in the Holiday Classic?
  14. It was actually their first postseason victory since the 1978 Quarterfinals, when they beat Minnesota (who had to start their second string quarterback) 24-21 in overtime. In fact, this is the first time that they've been in the playoffs since the 78 season. Uh... somebody left a window open? Or I wasn't paying attention, and forgot that the Crows play indoors since the Chiefs play outdoors. One of the two. I won't say which one. Baseball's top league is the United League and hockey's is the National Hockey Association. The Rebels won't change their name (at least not this year), but they will definitely rebrand. Unfortunately, not. The language of the contract is strong enough that the team would have to leave the Atlanta market, not just the city proper, to get out from under that clause. The plan to nominally relocate without ever actually shifting operations to another location would also almost certainly fail in court, if Jackson chose to press the issue (and he's a litigious guy, so he probably would). Hart played pretty well, but he didn't have a lot of support. Andrew Gray, who anchored the center of the defensive line retired and without his presence the defense was pushed around a lot. Injuries also took a pretty big toll. The offensive line was banged up all year, and worse, Vic Meredith went down for the year with a knee injury eight minutes into the season. There were a couple bright spots - former Louisville Brawlers RB Arthur Ogletree played reasonably well (though he also missed several games due to injury), and CB Jason Carl had a breakout year, becoming the first defensive back that the Guardians sent to the All-Star Bowl in the Reggie Hart era. It will be interesting to see what they do next year, particularly if Meredith, who will be 35, can recover from a shredded knee. I believe Veras has already ruled that out due to the Destroyers having the Star Wars font. He did say rebranding of the Rebels rather than renaming so who knows? It's the Confederate imagery that is currently going with the name that seems to be the source of the objection to the Atlanta AFA Squad. Also, considering that the Internet is about to blow up around this time, I wonder how is the AFA going to utilize this new medium? Yeah, the Destroyers actually have direct ties to LucasArts, so it definitely won't be Star Wars related. They'll follow the NFL's model in regards to the internet - its' not a part of the story that I'm going to devote any time to, so just assume that the AFA's online presence evolved in a way early identical to the NFL's. You'll have to wait until the offseason to see the new Rebels, but it is possible that the new stadium ends up in the suburbs. The city government was actively hostile to a stadium being built within city limits when the team was using confederate imagery, but the state legislature was more than happy to chip in, so the suburbs were an obvious possibility. Marietta, Sandy Springs, and College Park were considered the leading candidates, though the upcoming redesign could shake things up. If they stay in Atlanta, it's 100% certain that the name stays while the identity goes, at least for now. Basically, the only way that the Holmeses could get away with a name change is if nobody with the standing to do so called them out. As long as Sy Jackson is alive (and he's only 59), it's virtually guaranteed he would successfully sue for breach of contract if they went for it.
  15. You guys are definitely jumping the gun on the new names for an Atlanta expansion that might never be necessary. The Rebels definitely aren’t moving to ABQ. It’s just way too small. They need a new stadium, and will likely go wherever they can get the better deal, but Atlanta (and Georgia) have some significant advantages over Louisville (and Kentucky). It’s a wealthier, faster-growing area with established fan support and less regional competition. Both the state and local governments have expressed interest in financing a domed stadium (though the city will only participate following a rebrand, which will happen this offseason). At this point, it’s probably around 60/40 or 70/30 that they stay put.