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Canadian Association of American Football (An Alternate History)

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This is a What-If concept series, so bear with me here.

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Timeline (WIP)

Pre-CAAF (1995-2006)

  • 1995: The CFL declares bankruptcy due to the falling Canadian Dollar, as well as the major debt accumulated by the failed CFL-USA.
  • 1998: CFL ceases operations, eight of the nine teams fold after public interest fades leaving Saskatchewan alone; Roughriders become a travel team.
  • 2000: Saskatchewan plays exhibition game using NFL Rules, dubbed the "Millenium Match", against Minnesota, the Vikings win 42-17.
  • 2001: NFL officials express interest in a Canadian Minor-Pro League, debates rage over a farm system. It is seen as a stepping stone to establishing American Football as a global game.
  • 2002: Green Bay visits Regina in the second game of the "Millenium Series", Saskatchewan is crushed 48-13.
  • 2003: Saskatchewan ownership and the NFL Commissioner meet with several NHL owners to discuss feasibility of new Canadian Football League.
  • 2004: NFL Board of Executives vote on Canadian Minor-Pro League after 3 years of meetings, it passes narrowly 19-13.
  • 2005: Saskatchewan Roughriders become first official team in the Canadian Association of American Football.
  • 2006: CAAF announces Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal as the first three expansion teams; Vancouver is named the Thunderbirds, Toronto revives the Argos, and Montreal becomes the Voyageurs. CAAF signs 5-year TV deal with TSN.
Testing the Waters (2007-09)
  • 2007 Season: CAAF's Inaugural Season, Saskatchewan dominates the season going 6-2 losing to Vancouver and Montreal, Montreal finished second going 5-3. Vancouver went 3-5, Toronto went an abysmal 0-8. Saskatchewan beat Montreal 37-28 in the first "Canada Bowl".
  • 2008 Season: Vancouver surprises the league going 6-2, splitting their season series with the Roughriders, Saskatchewan splits their season 4-4 losing to each team at least once. Out east Montreal went 5-3, beating Toronto 4 times yet again. Toronto registered a win against Saskatchewan, bringing them to 1-7. Vancouver wins Canada Bowl II 28-24 over Montreal.
  • 2009 Season: Vancouver & Seattle start their "Cascadia Cup" exhibition series in Seattle, Seattle wins 48-17. Montreal goes a perfect 8-0, while Toronto goes 0-8 again. Vancouver manages to go 5-3, while Saskatchewan goes 3-5. Montreal wins Canada Bowl III 34-28 over Vancouver.
Restoration (2010-14)
  • 2010 Season: League expands to six teams, adding a revived Calgary Stampeders club and the Ottawa Civics. Saskatchewan leads regular season, they go 9-3 losing to Montreal twice and Vancouver once, Vancouver obtains second place in the West going 7-5, while Calgary manages to go 3-9. Montreal leads the east again, they go 8-4, Ottawa made the playoffs going 6-6, while Toronto went 3-9.

    Saskatchewan beats Ottawa 42-38 to win Canada Bowl IV.

I'll update the Timeline above as I go, but first I'll release the Vancouver Thunderbirds

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FIELD

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Looks good so far, could we get a close-up of the Thunderbirds' logo?

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My complaint for the Vancouver team is, there is no correlation between the the logo and the local native art style, from what I can see. I am assuming you took the name from the UBC Thunderbirds (Canadian Intercollegiate Sports). The thunderbirds's only connection to the area is through the native art and tales.

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Seems pretty cool. Is this inspired by Veras' History of A Fictional Football League or did you make it up on your own?

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Looks good so far, could we get a close-up of the Thunderbirds' logo?

I got it from an OOTP Logopack I had lying around on my external hard drive, here it is thunder_001055_F4D727_83A1D1_001055_0010

as you can see it isn't the largest logo

My complaint for the Vancouver team is, there is no correlation between the the logo and the local native art style, from what I can see. I am assuming you took the name from the UBC Thunderbirds (Canadian Intercollegiate Sports). The thunderbirds's only connection to the area is through the native art and tales.

Unfortunately I am not skilled enough to make logo's from scratch, but I guess I've always associated Thunderbirds with the Vancouver region.

Seems pretty cool. Is this inspired by Veras' History of A Fictional Football League or did you make it up on your own?

Yes, I decided I should try my own fictional history, I enjoy creating alternate histories as well as sports. I also need something to do over spring break.

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My complaint for the Vancouver team is, there is no correlation between the the logo and the local native art style, from what I can see. I am assuming you took the name from the UBC Thunderbirds (Canadian Intercollegiate Sports). The thunderbirds's only connection to the area is through the native art and tales.

Unfortunately I am not skilled enough to make logo's from scratch, but I guess I've always associated Thunderbirds with the Vancouver region.

Well it is a fictional animal that was created by the first nations people of the Pacific Northwest. I would have liked to see an homage to the native style art in the logo, but given the explanation I see why not.

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Currently working on Saskatchewan, should have it done late this afternoon (I have to focus on homework, but it's hard to)

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good to know where it came from!

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Here are the Riders, I tried to keep as close to their classic look as I could

Fun Fact: In the CAAF Universe Tim Tebow was assigned to the CAAF by Denver in 2012, he currently is the Backup for Saskatchewan. Probably because during the 2013 Season he set the league record for most passes intercepted with 38 passes picked.

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FIELD

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Well it never looks like this as the CAAF plays during the same window as the NFL so usually looks something like this.

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Interesting history, but the concepts aren't there. Vancouver's jersey is just fill-bucket tool with another team's logo. Saskatchewan's are a downgrade. If you're gonna do something like this, I would like to see something worth while.

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Interesting history, but the concepts aren't there. Vancouver's jersey is just fill-bucket tool with another team's logo. Saskatchewan's are a downgrade. If you're gonna do something like this, I would like to see something worth while.

I admit I am not the best. Hopefully Ottawa will be better received, I am using the Sens' Peace Tower logo for them. I apologize if the concepts are brutal

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Its 55 yards in Canada

I explained it in the first post

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I realize this is just speculation and a background for designing logos & uni & naming teams and all that--and that can be fun.

But I have a big problem with one of the first things you mention in the post-

  • 1995: The CFL declares bankruptcy due to the falling Canadian Dollar, as well as the major debt accumulated by the failed CFL-USA.

That is so far from the truth.

the US expansion kept the league going--they got extra revenue from franchise fees and other means as well.

While the expansion didn't last long (3 Seasons) that they expanded helped the league--it didn't hurt it.

And the last season with the US teams was 1995--which ended late November.

Yes, you're speculating, but try to make it a bit more reasonable.

There are other times the league would have been in worse shape and made a better time to speculate your league.

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