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  1. I like the 1-8 system because then there's a chance of having an actual divisional rivalry in the conference final. That would be a heck of a series.
  2. 1971 NAML Season Week 1 Scores: Boston 36-21 Houston Philadelphia 51-25 St. Louis Chicago 54-45 New York Washington 49-57 Michigan Toronto 22-35 Los Angeles Milwaukee 58-43 Montreal California 43-26 Minnesota Western Division: Fresh off of their first Urquhart Cup victory, the Minnesota Walleye continued their dominance, finishing first overall in the league for the first time in their history, with a 16-8 record. A key part to their success was their defense, led by Calvin Black, who won the Chester Harland Award for league MVP. The Walleye's defense, helped by the offseason addition of Larry Farrell. set league records for average goals and points allowed, helping them win lots of low-scoring games. Coming in second were the Milwaukee Dragons, who despite an aging core, improved their play all year, including winning 2 games at Minnesota. Joe Lapoers showed huge improvements over his rookie year, and critics predict that he will be a top 10 player in the league. The Dragons finished the 1971 season 3 points back of Minnesota, at 15-9. In third, the Los Angeles Guardians continued their rollercoaster ride in the standings, finishing 3rd for the 2nd time in 3 years, but this was after finishing dead last in 1970. Daniel Thorn was the team's leader up front, kicking a career high 73 goals. As well, rookie rover and 1st Overall pick Oscar Madigan showed flashes of brilliance at times, giving the Guardians a hopeful future. LA finished at 13-11, just a few Point differential points higher than St. Louis. In fourth were the St. Louis Gatekeepers, who came oh so close to their first playoff appearance since 1962. Forward Sid Bragg led the team in goals, and a breakout year from defenseman Joshua Fultz helped the 'Keepers to their first winning season in 9 years. They had a huge chance to clinch in the final week, but they lost in heartbreaking fashion to Michigan, making their point differential 22 less than the third-place Guardians. Coming in fifth was a big surprise, as the Chicago Crusaders had an off year. Bud Mahoney had his worst season statistically since his rookie year, only getting 30 goals. As well, the defense was awful at times, including allowing 70 points against in week 14. All this added up to an 11-13 finish by Chicago, their worst season since 1960. In sixth were the second-year Houston Comet, who finished at 9-15, their same record as in 1970. The Comet didn't have any standout players during the season, but their teamwork and passing, implemented by Coach Puck Jutton, was among the best in the league. This helped them win some games, but they still were too inexperienced to be a contender. However, analysts say that once they get one superstar player, they will be a force to be reckoned with. Finishing last in the Western conference were the California Quails, who started the year hot, getting victories over Minnesota and Milwaukee. However, star forward Gary Ayers suffered a fractured skull in a freak accident in week 3, sidelining him for the rest of the year. Fortunately, doctors said the injury wasn't career-threatening, and that he will be fine to play in 1972. The Quails struggled without him, going winless in the next 7 games, and finishing the year at 7-16-1. Eastern Division: Coming in first in the East was a major shock, the Toronto Nationals. After they looked like they were finally going to be a mediocre team, they skyrocketed back into first in 1971, led by young 3rd-round pick Jimmy Bjarnathan, who scored 67 goals, a rookie record. James Jogi, despite aging quickly, also played a big part in the Stallions' success, and Andy Kappert was a brick wall in net when he had to be. Toronto finished at 15-8-1, 1 point safe from second place. In second place was the league's other Canadian team, the Montreal Évêques. Led by the ageless wonder Nicolas Bartosh, who set another league record in goal-scoring with 84 goals, the Paulies bounced back after a disappointing 1970 season where they finished 3rd-last in the league. Amateur signing Laurent Sluce made headlines for his blazing speed, and caught opposing defences off-guard countless times. Montreal finsihed at 15-9, a mirror of their record the year before. Coming in third were the previous regular season champions, the Philadelphia Falcons. Even though they underperformed and didn't meet their huge expectations, it was still a playoff year for the P's, led by their young goalkeeper George Sovine, who has been called one of the most athletics goalkeepers the game has ever seen. As well, veteran centre Rudolph Lussier had a career year, and led the league in passing accuracy. Philly finished at 13-10-1. In fourth were the Boston Wolfhounds, who finished 5 points out of the playoffs at 12-12. In what was called their last season in a while to be a playoff contender, they failed to make the cut, as defenseman Vinnie McClelland and forward Howard Tremble had both hinted at potential retirement prior to the season. The two veterans played well, but the rest of the young team couldn't do their job well enough. Another big surprise came in sixth, the Washington Warriors. After Jim Gardenar tore his achilles a week before the season started, the Warriors knew it would be a tough road without the game's best player. Despite many people predicting the Warriors still being able to make the playoffs without him, they struggled off the bat, and once they had managed to find their game, it was too late, as they finished at 9-13-2, good for 31 points. Bandits fans were probably breathing sighs of relief after the season ended, because they wouldn't have to play in the east anymore. In their two years after switching conferences, the playoff-contending team played to a dismal record of 21-26-1. Hugh Westbrook was showing signs of aging, but new addition Lawrence Pearson had his best season yet, getting career highs in goals and total points. Michigan finished at 10-14. In last was an expected surprise, the New York Knights. Philip Cook, despite playing amazingly, couldn't get the Knights anywhere, as they struggled all year. Even when they won, it was close, as they didn't win by more than a goal all 7 times they managed 3 points. The Knights finished at 7-17. The 1971 NAML Awards were given to: Chester Harland Award (League MVP): Calvin Black, D, MIN Len Garey Memorial Trophy (Top Goalkicker): Nicolas Bartosh, FF, MTL (84 goals) Benjamin Legrand Award (Best Goalkeeper): George Sovine, PHI Rivalry Cup Winners: Colonial Trophy: Philadelphia (Beat Washington 2-1 in season series) St. Laurent Cup: Montreal (Beat Toronto 2-1 in season series) I-94 Series: Milwaukee (Swept season series with Chicago) Notable Events: St. Louis forward Patrick Fink competed at the 1971 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing 5th in the 100 yard dash, with a time of 9.53 seconds. The NAML bought and moved into a new, larger league headquarters, now in Downtown Washington, DC. In surprising moves, both Washington and Philadelphia fired their coaches during the year, due to poor performance. ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* Definitely some surprising stories here. Playoffs will hopefully be up later this week. C&C is appreciated!
  3. Sorry for the inactivity guys, Life's been busy and I haven't had time to work on this. However, I should be able to get the season post up sometime this week. I've already simulated the season, and I can say that this was a weird year standings-wise. Sorry for the inactivity again, This series is not dead.
  4. I honestly didn't give the Islanders a chance in the playoffs this year, but they've proved me wrong so far, and I'm loving it.
  5. I feel kinda bad for Mrazek because he played his ass off, especially with the two late saves.
  6. I like the idea of these, though I agree with the fact that the actual image should be raised. As for the abbreviations, I wouldn't use the airport code for all of them, since not all cities use them a lot. (Example: Toronto should be 416 or TOR instead of YYZ, Ottawa should be OTT instead of YOW). Great work though, and the designs look good.
  7. One thing I noticed last night for the Leafs, at least for the half of the game that I watched, was that they weren't letting the Bruins get too many grade A scoring chances. Especially in the dying minutes, their defense was miles better than it was at other points in the year. If they can keep that up, I think they have a legitimate shot at winning this series.
  8. The team doesn't have the logo anywhere on their jerseys at the moment, and if they ever do put their logo on the jerseys, it'll be like soccer clubs, at the heart. It shouldn't be too much of a problem.
  9. 1970 NAML Offseason: Part 2 Cleveland, Miami select team names Just like California and Houston had done two years earlier, The executives of the NAML's two newest franchises in Cleveland and Miami stepped up to the main podium at the NAML headquarters to announce their team names. First up, Cleveland's Part-Owner George Leonidas stepped up to the podium. "Since 1952, Markball in our city has only been known by one name: The Foresters. We believe that a name change would be blasphemous to our fans, so I'm proud to announce that we will be retaining the name. We are the Cleveland Foresters! He said emphatically. Many people, specifically the fans in Cleveland, were big fans of keeping the name. Next up was Miami's bid leader and inaugural general manager, Cliff Bull. "We like to think that a markball team in Miami will be extremely appealing to a whole new demographic in those of Hispanic descent, and we would like to draw them in with a name in their language. Ladies and Gentlemen, the North American Markball League's 16th team will be named the Miami Tortugas! Bull anticipated that there would be some backlash, but surprisingly, many people were big fans of the idea, although a vocal minority opposed it. Peter Merle stepped up onto the podium next, saying that he looked forward to the two teams' inaugural season in 1972. Gatekeepers unveil new, city-inspired logo In a surprise announcement in the middle of the offseason, the St. Louis Gatekeepers unveiled a brand new logo for the 1971 season. Replacing their circle logo is a new shield-like shape containing the iconic Gateway Arch making most of the outline, and the wave pattern from the city flag at the bottom. In the middle is a white fleur-de-lys, just like their old logo. The reaction was generally positive, but several people questioned the need for a new logo in the first place, as they had used the same design for their entire history. Bandits, Walleye make blockbuster trade With 3 weeks left in the offseason, Michigan and Minnesota pulled off one of the largest offseason trades in a long time, as they acquired young star midfielder and reigning Urquhart Cup MVP Award winner Lawrence Pearson in exchange for defender Larry Farrell and goalie Marc Andersson. The trade solves Michigan's biggest need, a bonafide star midfielder, while Minnesota's backend gets strengthened to one of the best in the league, on the heels of a season where they already led the NAML. Despite losing one of their best players, Minnesota was called the winner of the trade by the media. Bandits acquire depth in net As Michigan had given up their next goalie, the search was on for a new one. They weren't able to get any younger players, but they managed to hook up the ageless Charles Jamison, who played his 14th season in 1970. Jamison promised to hold down the fort as Michigan resumed their search for their next franchise goalie. 1971 NAML Draft held in New York Even though it wasn't the greatest draft class, the NAML Draft was an exciting time for the 14 teams, as they hoped they could find a diamond in the rough to be their next superstar. The first round selections of the draft were: 1. Los Angeles - Oscar Madigan, R 2. Boston - Michael Grewell, C 3. Montreal - Darryl Conner, R 4. California - Bradley Prier, R 5. Houston - Brandon Brzozogajski, W 6. St. Louis - Luke Schneider, GK 7. Michigan - Dixon Sargeant, FB 8. Toronto - Justin Nusbaum, FB 9. Milwaukee - Milton Loman, WF 10. New York - J.P. Walker, W 11. Chicago - Zack Ohno, WB 12. Washington - Sam Apiylic, F 13. Minnesota - Humphrey Whitehouse, R 14. Philadelphia - Gideon Suzuki, WB ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Now that the team names have been decided, it's time for the colour schemes. Cleveland will keep the forester colour scheme of Green and White, but I'm stumped on Miami. At first I wanted them to have Green as a main colour, but I'm not sure about having 3 different green teams already. Maybe have it as a secondary? Thoughts on that are appreciated. Any other C&C is also appreciated!
  10. Great work on the new identities! I can see versions of both of these still being used in the present day.
  11. I don't get how some people consider Poker a sport. Cards =/= Physical Activity.
  12. Once again, thanks for the suggestions! Here are each team's shortlists: Cleveland: Foresters, Forgers, Lakers, Railers Miami: Sharks, Pirates, Tortugas, Sols
  13. Are the fonts down below supposed to be part of the logos? If so, I would remove them, because they all look very corporate with the text underneath. I love Washington's logo. New Haven's is also an awesome design. Keep it up!
  14. 1970 NAML Offseason: Part 1 NAML Announces 15th, 16th Franchises For the 2nd time in 3 offseasons, NAML commissioner Peter Merle announced to the world the league's two newest cities, First off, he congratulated the top bid, from Cleveland. "Cleveland has shown unending, passionate support for the Foresters, and I'm sure that this will continue in the major leagues." Next up, he announced the second city, the group from Miami that finally became successful after two failed attempts to land a team in the Sunshine State. "Kudos to Mr. Bull and his group for never giving up in their quest to give the wonderful city of Miami a professional Markball team." Cleveland won the vote with 19 points, while Miami won a tiebreaker against Phoenix as they got more first-place votes, 3-1. Along with the introduction of the two new teams, Merle also announced another realignment for 1972, with the league breaking into 4 divisions, with an Eastern and Western Conference. Here's how they line up: Western Conference Eastern Conference Pacific Division Central Division Atlantic Division Northeast Division California Quails Chicago Crusaders Cleveland Boston Wolfhounds Houston Comet Michigan Bandits Miami New York Knights Los Angeles Guardians Milwaukee Dragons Philadelphia Falcons Montreal Évêques Minnesota Walleye St. Louis Gatekeepers Washington Warriors Toronto Nationals Once again, now that the cities have been chosen, I'll let you guys choose the team names. Cleveland was granted permission to use the Foresters name, but if you have any other ideas or input, that would be appreciated!
  15. I have a feeling the Canes are gonna pull another deep run out of their asses this year. They won't be beating Tampa though. Here's my bracket: