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North American Markball League; A Fictional Sport & A Fictional History: 1969 Offseason, Expansion Team Designs Unveiled

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2 hours ago, ItsSlothy said:

Where can I find this Major League Hockey you have In your sig? 

Once you get 500 posts and have been on the boards for at leasts 6 months, there's a fantasy sports section open to the board members. 

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3 hours ago, NoE38 said:

Once you get 500 posts and have been on the boards for at leasts 6 months, there's a fantasy sports section open to the board members. 

I'm nearly there.

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3 hours ago, NoE38 said:

Once you get 500 posts and have been on the boards for at leasts 6 months, there's a fantasy sports section open to the board members. 

Thanks.

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1966 NAML Offseason

It was a busy offseason in the Markball world, here are some of the stories:

 

Toronto becomes first team to unveil new primary logo

A few weeks after the Urquhart Cup, word got out that the Nationals were holding a huge press conference at team headquarters. As all the press had settled in, Nationals president Nathaniel Simmons pulled away a cloth that was covering a board. as it came off, the press were shocked to see that the board featured two new logos prominently on it. Simmons explained that he felt it was time to embrace the team's nickname, the stallions. "This nickname has been a huge part of our history and we wanted to honour that" he said. The first new logo features a T in an oval resembling a ball, with three holes on either side of the T, slightly resembling a horseshoe. The second logo features a 3/4 view of a Stallion in the team's colours. Along with the new logos, the team announced a new away jersey, which saw the striping of the original away jersey removed, and the socks switched out for plain blue. The unveiling was met with mixed reactions. Some fans praised the switch, while others were disappointed with the switch away from the old logo, which had been used since the team's founding.

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Dragons unveil new away jersey

The Dragons also unveiled a new away jersey during the offseason. It was a surprising move, as they ditched the gold colour that was originally their primary colour for white. However, the gold is still present in the uniform.

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Inaugural Hall of Fame Class announced

With the Hall of Fame announcing its completion and opening during the 1967 offseason, the league announced the pantheon's inaugural class. Players include:

 

Leo Edward, FF, WAS

Grad Rox, F, PHI-BOS, Coach, BOS

Len Garey, FF, MCH

Andrew McCaig, GK, MCH

Harry Keener, DF, MCH

John Peters, F, CHI

Lester Gros, FF, TOR

Arnold Lejoscasa, FF, STL

 

NAML announces third international series

The league also announced that it would be holding an international two-game series between Canada and the US, to be held in Montreal and New York. This is the third time the league has hosted such an event, with the other two times being in 1949 and 1963.

 

Merle makes second big announcement and commissioner

Lastly, Peter Merle announced that the NAML would hold its first ever draft in 1968. For reasons unknown the league executives had been hesitant to implement the system, but they finally caved in once Merle took over the helm. With the announcement, each team hired several more scouts to go around the continent, seeking which players were the best fit for their teams.

 

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The season post will hopefully be up soon, but obviously, with exams coming up, school will be my main focus. We'll see what happens.

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42 minutes ago, TargetToad said:

I love the new Toronto Stallions logo.

 

Glad to see that this thread is getting a new post

To be honest, I think it's only a matter of time before the team officially changes its name to the Stallions. Fans have started to only refer to them as the Stallions, so if Simmons catches note, then it will happen.

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1967 NAML Season

 

Week 1 Scores:

St. Louis 27-60 Toronto

Philadelphia 29-38 Minnesota

Washington 40-41 Boston

Michigan 55-40 New York

Chicago 49-21 Los Angeles

Milwaukee 30-24 Montreal

 

Western Division:

  • The Crusaders continued their recent uprise, winning the West for the first time in their history with a 15-7-0 record. Bud Mahoney had a career year, winning the Len Garey Memorial Trophy by scoring 51 goals.
  • The Dragons also continued improving their play over the past few years, gaining home-field advantage in the playoffs for only the second time in their history. They finished tied for second at 13-9, but won against Minnesota on a head-to-head tiebreaker.
  • The Minnesota Walleye re-entered the playoffs after a brief one-year absence. Although their offense was slightly less productive than usual, the backend was their greatest strength. Edouard Wallace proved he was a capable starter, winning the league's best goalkeeper award.
  • The biggest surprise of the year was the 4-time defending champion Michigan Bandits, who missed the playoffs, a very disappointing way to end their historic streak. "It really is unfortunate." Said star forward Hugh Westbrook. "But we need to remember that this streak that we've been on had been historic and we should be proud of it. This is what we'll be telling our grandkids about."
  • In Los Angeles, it was a good year for the Guardians, but against the big 4 teams, they had no chance of making the playoffs, as they finished 9-12-1, good for 29 points. Coach Harry Sheehy said that it's "only a matter of time" before the Guardians can make the postseason for the first time.
  • In last once again were the St. Louis Gatekeepers. Despite decent seasons from much of their forward line, the defense was atrocious as they allowed almost 4 more total points on average than the next-closest team. They finished at 6-16.

Eastern Division:

  • Finishing first in the East and the NAML were the Washington Warriors. Led by the brilliant and mind-blowing Jim Gardenar, they cruised through most of their matchups with relative ease. Their record of 16-5-1 was their best since 1957.
  • The Falcons finshed in second with a 14-8-0 record, and showed they can compete with the best by winning 3 out of 4 games against Chicago and Washington, the league's top two teams. Jeremy Markson started regressing on his goalscoring, but still had a great year in terms of playmaking, helping create several great rushes and goal all year.
  • For the second straight year, the Boston Wolfhounds took the final playoff spot, finishing at .500 with an 11-11 record. Despite their core players aging and regressing statisically, the breakout season of Jimmy Staneck up front was the difference between making and missing the playoffs, and he helped them make it.
  • A new look didn't turn out to be what the Nats needed to get back into the playoffs, and actually looked like another curse at the start of the year, only winning 2 of their first eleven games. Ciril Vlasic, who was injured during training camp, returned in week 16 and was an exponential boost to the Nats' confidence, as they won their last 7 games with him in the lineup. Unfortunately, the huge hole they dug as the start of the year was too much to climb back out of, as they missed the playoffs by 2 points.
  • It was another disappointing year in New York, and it finally reached the breaking point for owner George Small, who announced that he was stepping down as owner and handing the reins to his son Ron. On the field, the play was sloppy and it showed in the standings, with the Knights finishing at 7-13-2.
  • However, the markball played the Paulies made the Knights look like Gods. No player on Montreal was consistent during the year, and whenever it looked like the Paulies were going to have a period of good play, they always played horribly. Fans were not happy, but management was staying put, much to their displeasure. Montreal finished 4-17-1.

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The 1966 NAML Awards were given to:

Chester Harland Award (League MVP): Frank Schermini, FF, MIL

Len Garey Memorial Trophy (Top Goalkicker)Bud Mahoney, FF, CHI (56 goals)

Benjamin Legrand Award (Best Goalkeeper): Edouard Wallace, MIN

 

Rivalry Cup Winners:

Colonial Trophy: Philadelphia (Won both games against Philadelphia)

St. Laurent Cup: Toronto (Won both games against Montreal)

I-94 Series: Milwaukee (Won both games against Chicago)

 

 

Notable Events:

  • The league announced prior to week one that the halftime break of all matches will feature a mini-game of markball, played by either amateur adults or children.
  • Newly hired Montreal coach and personal trainer Arthur LeForge became known as "The Sergeant" after announcing the grueling workouts and training he put his players through.
  • A squad of all-stars from the WMA, CML, and EML toured England, Ireland, and Australia in hopes to increase the sports' popularity in those countries.
  • After the Bandits missed the playoffs in the West while they would have made it in the East, several Michigan supporters lobbied to Peter Merle to either change the playoff format or move the Bandits to the Eastern conference, but to no avail.



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5 things:

1. Shouldn't Chicago have only 45 points, since they won 15 games instead of 17.

2. It's about time Michigan's reign ended.

3. Lol whiny Bandits fans trying to steal Boston's playoff berth.

4. Are there plans for expansion?

5. I'm picking the Walleye to win it all.

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3 hours ago, TargetToad said:

5 things:

1. Shouldn't Chicago have only 45 points, since they won 15 games instead of 17.

2. It's about time Michigan's reign ended.

3. Lol whiny Bandits fans trying to steal Boston's playoff berth.

4. Are there plans for expansion?

1. You're absolutely right, I've edited it. Thanks for the heads-up.

2. Pretty sure everyone outside of Michigan exhaled a deep sigh of relief when they were eliminated. It's given each of the playoff teams extra motivation this year.

3. This is what Michigan fans are known for. They're the most hated in the league because of things like this.

4. Merle stated he didn't want to rush things when he became commissioner, but he said it's guaranteed that there will be expansion in 1970 at the earliest.

 

3 hours ago, TargetToad said:

5. I'm picking the Walleye to win it all.

 

3 hours ago, Section30 said:

Here we go Walleye, back in the Playoffs!

Despite being the third seed, I see the Walleye as a real dark horse this year. When things click, they're almost unstoppable.

 

3 hours ago, Darknes said:

I want to trust the Hounds but I don't know if they can pull it off.

They've been unfortunately inconsistent over the past 10-ish years, but they did manage to make the East Final last year, so this isn't a completely unfamiliar situation for them.

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I just wanna start this post off by saying :censored: computers. This post was already to go but then it went unsaved, so I had to start all over again. *sigh*

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1967 NAML Playoffs

First Round

 

(W2) Milwaukee Dragons vs (W3) Minnesota Walleye

The two teams ran out onto Arnold Shannon Stadium before the game, completely unaware of the craziness that was about to unfold onfield. It all started 6 minutes in when Minnesota full forward Chris Garafalo kicked a point and goal within a minute. The Walleye added a couple of points, then Garafalo and Syl Yonker each scored, making it 15-0 11 minutes in. The Dragons were not playing well at all, and to make things worse, star defender Hugh Pettas left the game later on with an apparent hip injury. Minnesota took advantage of this, getting two great chances, but goalkeeper Ty Davidson deflected them away for points. Even with these plays to give the Dragons a chance, they couldn't complete a pass for the life of them. The quarter ended after Yonker scored his second, making it 21-0 after 1. In the first, the Dragons only held possession for a combined 90 seconds. To start the second, the Milwaukee faithful was hoping that the Dragon's awful play was only temporary, but After the Walleye added yet another goal and point in the first three minutes, any hope appeared to be erased. However, in the next minute, Daniel Sly got the Dragons on the board, deflecting a cross just wide, and drawing a sarcastic cheer from the fans. The play appeared to give Milwaukee a spark, but they couldn't capitalize on their chances, while the Walleye did on theirs, eventually making the score 31-1. With 5 minutes left, the Dragons scored on a lucky break when a Sly cross deflected off defender Calvin Black's arm and past goalie Edouard Wallace. At the half, Minnesota led 31-5. In the third, the Dragons were supposed to out strong, but once again, the Walleye dominated play from the opening jump-ball. Within the first three minutes, Garafalo, Yonker, and Bill Forcier all scored majors for Minnesota, extending their lead to 38. Now with virtually no hope of winning, several disgruntled Milwaukee fans started heading for the gates. Over the next 6 minutes, it would get even worse, as the Walleye got another point and Yonker increased his goal total to 5 as the Walleye led 52-5. For the rest of the quarter, Minnesota started playing weaker, and the Dragons, now looking for anything to go their way, took advantage, getting three points and a goal from Frank Schermini, and by the end of the third, they had cut the lead to 40. Everyone was expecting a slow and boring final quarter, but the fourth was anything but. 53 seconds in, Minnesota made it 56-12, and Black scored two points. Milwaukee responded with another goal from Schermini, and the game opened up. The Walleye got two more points as well as a goal from Garafalo, as they reached the 60-point plateau, all within the first half of the quarter. Sly converted a penalty to make it 64-20, then the two teams traded points. After another Minnesota point, Forcier kicked the Walleye's final goal of the afternoon, making them the first team in NAML history to score 70 points in a playoff game. Paul Winkler scored a late consolation goal for Milwaukee, and Garafalo kicked a final point to finish off the game, the highest-scoring (both for one team and combined score) in NAML playoff history.

Final Score: Milwaukee 33, Minnesota 71

 

(E2) Philadelphia Falcons vs (E3) Boston Wolfhounds

In the Eastern Wild card, it was a much less eventful afternoon. However, the visiting Hounds got off to a quick start, with Howard tremble scoring twice early, despite the roaring Philly crowd. Jeremy Markson managed to get a quick point back for Philly, but the Hounds came marching back down toward Philly's end and got a point of their own. At the midway point of the quarter, The Falcons got consistent possession for the first time, and they capitalized, getting two goals from Jeremy Markson and Peter Alger. Right after Alger's goal, Markson sneakily kicked a shot from outside the arc, hoping to catch Boston goalie John Portelli off guard. Unfortunately, Portelli managed to deflect it past the pointline, only getting a minor. In the final two minutes, Ridley Robinson was sent in on a breakaway and faked out goalie George Kane before scoring, giving Boston a 13-10 lead after 1. In the second, after a Boston point, Markson crossed the ball in, but it was deflected by Vinnie McClelland into his own net, tying the game. However, the owned up for his mistake right away, using his crazy speed to set up Virgil Karski, who buried the cross. The two teams traded points once again, and then Markson had another great chance to tie the game, but his shot missed high, putting Philly within 3 at the half. However, in the third, he got set up in almost the exact same place he did in the second, and buried it, giving Philly their first lead since the first quarter. After the two teams once again traded points, Alger increased the Philly lead to 5 after going on a weaving run through defenders, beating Portelli with a curling shot. Late in the quarter, Tremble got taken down in the arc, earning him a penalty shot. Unfortunately for him, his shot was weak, and easily saved by Falcons keeper Mitchell Afrimban. The Philly crowd was all over Tremble for missing it. Just one minute later, Markson also got fouled in the arc, giving him a penalty shot, much to the delight of the fans. Ironically, Markson's shot rang off the left post, giving Tremble an opportunity to give the trash talk right back to the Philly faithful. The score remained 25-20 for the Falcons after 3. The final quarter started with the teams exchanging points for what seemed like the thousandth time. After a long spell of slow play, Ray MacDermott deflected a corner past Portelli, giving the Falcons their largest lead of the day. The Hounds weren't going away yet though, as Karski received a perfect pass from Tremble to go in all alone, and converted. A Robinson shot right after just missed, making it 30-26. With 2 minutes to go, Markson converted a cross, seeming to seal the game. With one last shot to get something back, Tremble fired a shot from long range, and converted it, bottom left corner. Unfortunately for Boston, that would be all they could manage, as the Falcons advanced to take on their archrival Washington.

Final Score: Philadelphia 34, Boston 30

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Semifinals

 

(W1) Chicago Crusaders vs (W3) Minnesota Walleye

Columbus Stadium was packed for the First semifinal hosted by Chicago since 1956. Despite the crowd, it was the Walleye who opened strong, kicking two of the first three scores, which were all points. 2 minutes in, The Crusaders  broke out offensively, with Bud Mahoney and Andy Bonsaigh each scoring to make it 9-2. After another Walleye point, Bonsaigh punched in a corner, increasing the lead to double-digits. After trading points, Yonker scored the Walleye's first goal late. On the very next rush, Mahoney capitalized, restoring the 10-point lead after 1. The second started promisingly for the Walleye, who had possession of the ball for most of the first half of the quarter. Unfortunately, they only thing they had to show for it was a Bill Forcier goal. To make matters worse, The Crusaders score on their first two shots of the frame, Making it 26-12. Minnesota had several more opportunities to get something back, but couldn't beat goalie Tom Clark. In the later stages of the quarter, each team managed to get one point, and that would be all the scoring in the quarter, as the Crusaders led 27-13 at the halfway point of the game. In the third, the pace was still slow, but the Crusaders scored early to increase their lead to 18. There was a 10-minute period of slow play, then the Walleye finally broke through the Chicago defense. William Dockery, Forcier, and Yonker all scored within 2 minutes of each other, cutting the lead to 6. However, they couldn't get within a goal despite their best efforts, and in the late stages, a bad turnover by Calvin Black led to George Jovanovic scoring to get the lead back to 10. After 3, Chicago continued to lead, now by a score of 35 to 25. In the early stages of the final quarter, Walleye defender Matthew Christopher and Bud Mahoney were wrestling for the ball, when Mahoney fell to ground, seemingly covering his face, and claimed he was elbowed by Christopher, while in reality, he wasn't even close to being elbowed. Despite this, referee Jack Daubney went in Mahoney's favour, and ejected a furious Christopher, who had to be restrained by his teammates while leaving the field. As the game continued, the two teams traded points, then the Crusaders went all in offensively, and it worked. Mahoney scored twice and Jovanovic added another as the Crusaders made it 48-26. Bonsaigh added one final point for Chicago, and in the final minute, Forcier scored a meaningless goal for the Walleye. As the final whistle went, several Walleye players argued with Daubney over the call, but he stood his ground, and even reported Calvin Black for talking back to him. As for the Crusaders, with the win, they advance to their first Urquhart Cup since 1962, when they defeated the Hounds in LA.

Final Score: Chicago 49, Minnesota 30

 

(E1) Washington Warriors vs (E2) Philadelphia Falcons

The rivalry between the two teams was the main focus of this game, many neutral fans were hoping to see some fighting and even a full-out-brawl. The game started with the Falcons starting strong, as they scored the first two points of the game. After multiple misses by both teams, Jeremy Markson scored off a long shot, and bumped into a Warriors player during his celebration, causing a bit of pushing and shoving between the two teams. As the game resumed, play was slow, with no real chances until the 12-minute mark, when Jim Gardenar deflected a great cross from Blair Lucas, but the shot was saved and deflected by Mitchell Afrimban, giving Washingtn their first point. The rest of the quarter featured no score and several mini pushing matches, but no real fighting yet. Philly led 6-1 after 1. In the second, play started off slow, but 6 minutes in, Gardenar brought the crowd to their feet after going on a great run through several defenders before wiring a shot off the post and in. The two teams then traded points, then the first fight of the game happened when Charlie Casey of Washington and Robert Long of Philly got into a wrestling match over a loose ball, which escalated into a brawl between the two, with punches being thrown in both directions. The two players were ejected and given an automatic 1-game suspension for their actions. In the second part of the quarter, Alger gave Philly a 5-point lead with his first major contribution to the game, and Markson added a point to give the Falcons a 12-6 lead heading to the break. In the third, Philly got back to work early, getting a goal from Markson just 52 seconds in to increase their lead to 10. 4 minutes later, the Warriors had a flurry of chances, but couldn't capitalize. Fortunately for them, Philly couldn't ever properly clear the ball, and it eventually wound up in Cliff Jegou's hands, and he buried his first goal in 7 weeks. After a period of slow play, the two foes exchanged points, and the Falcons controlled the ball for most of the remaining time in the quarter. During these rushes, Alger kicked a point, and eventually scored with 30 seconds left, to make it 22-11 for the Falcons heading into the last quarter. In the fourth, the Falcons started off controlling play once again, but only managed a point. This seemed to awaken the Warriors offense, who went out and scored two goals over the next 5 minutes to cut the lead to one goal. Markson would come back with the ball, but his quick shot missed wide. However, this did make it a two-score game. 4 minutes later, Lucas would score to get within 1, and Gardenar added a point, tying the game. Soon after that, Gardenar was fouled on the edge of the arc, giving him a penalty shot. With the crowd on their feet, he barely beat Afrimban, but a goal's a goal, and the Warriors took the lead after being down by 12 earlier in the quarter. However, less than two minutes later, rookie Leo McNiven beat Gares from a tough angle, tying the game at 28 with under 6 minutes to go. Play was very tight from that point in, with every player hoping not to make a crucial error. Unfortunately for Alger, that player was him. He was unable to catch a pass from Markson, and the ball was scooped up by defender Daniel Bray, who rushed upfield, and spotted a wide-open Jegou, who buried his shot to give the Warriors the lead with 4 minutes to go. For the rest of the game, the Warriors didn't let anything get through their defense, and as the final whistle sounded, the team all got together in celebration of a huge comeback victory over their archrivals, and a trip to their first Urquhart Cup since 1963, and a chance to win it all for the first time since 1949.

Final Score: Washington 32, Philadelphia 28

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Bracket:

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Urquhart Cup Preview:

This year's Urquhart Cup will be played at the Wolfhounds' Boston Shore Stadium. Peter Merle announed after the second semifinal that Next year's championship game will be held at Philadelphia Markball Park, home of the Falcons.

Chicago @ Washington, at Boston, MA

Previous Playoff Game: 1957 Semifinals

Result: Washington 41-35 Chicago

This is one of the few matchups in the league with little history, as the two teams haven't really played a game of this importance against each other before. It'll be interesting to see if the clubs' relations will fall apart here. Chicago is looking for their first win since 1962, while the Warriors are looking for their first victory in 17 years, the longest drought of all teams that have won the cup before. Offense should be the determining factor here. 

Prediction: The Warriors will be the champions with a statement 52-32 victory.

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There's a lot of storylines to take in here. Milwaukee still hasn't won a playoff game, the Walleye score 71 points despite having an average offense, and the Warriors break the hearts of all Philadelphians with a crazy comeback. Hopefully the Urquhart Cup will have a great story as well. If that's the case, this might be one of the most talked-about playoffs in the league's history.

 

Any C&C is appreciated!

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1 hour ago, Section30 said:

So close Walleye...

Even though they still haven't been to the Urquhart Cup, the Walleye are on the right track. They've got a good group of young players, and if their development goes well, an Urquhart Cup is a very real possibility in the 70's.

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22 minutes ago, NoE38 said:

Even though they still haven't been to the Urquhart Cup, the Walleye are on the right track. They've got a good group of young players, and if their development goes well, an Urquhart Cup is a very real possibility in the 70's.

 

I can only hope

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1967 Urquhart Cup

Date: September 30, 1967

Location: Boston Shore Stadium, Boston, MA

Weather: 51°F (11°C)

Attendance: 27,880

 

Despite Boston being a combined 22 hours away from the two cities competing in the Urquhart Cup, the Boston Shore Stadium was filled to the rafters with fans. Surprisingly, the number of Warrior and Crusader supporters outnumbered the neutral Boston supporters. It was another heavyweight matchup like in 1966, with the two teams coming in with a combined record of 33-12-1, including both teams' respective playoff victories. 

 

As the referee started the game with a jump-ball, the pace was noticeably slow, with neither team wanting to make a crucial mistake early on. Each team had a decent chance on net in the opening 5 minutes, but the goalies weren't fazed by anything, and the game remained scoreless until the 7-minute mark, when Chicago forward Bud Mahoney hit a shot over the crossbar, giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. The Crusaders would hold the ball for a period of time after, and got more shots, but Washington goalkeeper Ambrose Gares remained strong. Just under 6 minutes after Chicago's opening point, Blair Lucas scored the Warrior's first point after his shot deflected off a defender and between the two right posts. For the next 4 minutes, play was slow, with no team getting any real chances. With 5 minutes left to go, the game finally got its first goal, when Crusaders forward George Jovanovich kicked a quick rolling shot that handcuffed Gares and went past him. The remaining 5 minutes of the quarter saw Chicago get more chances, but Gares continued to stand tall after his mistake. After 1, it looked like it was going to be a low-scoring game, and the Crusaders were looking like the better team.

After 1: Washington 1, Chicago 5

 

To start the second, the Warriors would have a few rushes and got some decent shots away, but couldn't beat Crusaders goalie Tom Clark. Eventually, Jim Gardenar, who was playing in his first Urquhart Cup, wired a shot, but it hit the post and went out, giving Washington a point. Washington continued pressuring, and got more shots off, but they couldn't get the lead. Eventually, Clark would save a shot from Gardenar, and the Crusaders struck back with a quick counter-attack that capitalized, with the goal coming from Nigel Knight. On the very next rush, Chicago came right back to Washington's end, and managed to get another point, and on the rush after that, Andy Bonsaigh wired one past Gares to make it 14-2. Chicago won the ensuing jump-ball, and the game appeared to be approaching blowout territory. However, Mahoney fumbled a pass, and rookie John Veliadi intercepted it for Washington, ran all the way down to Chicago's goal, and beat Clark with a booming shot. Just like that, the momentum shifted in Washington's favour. Just like the Crusaders had done to them, the Warriors won the next jump-ball, and Gardenar led a successful rush downfield, giving Lucas a fantastic pass for him to easily kick into the net. In just three minutes, Washington had gone from down 14-2 to within a goal of tying the game. However, the Crusader defense tightened up for the remaining part of the quarter, and Mahoney kicked two points before the half ended. After 2, Chicago had increased their lead to 6, but Washington was right behind them.

At the half: Washington 10, Chicago 16

 

Just 94 seconds into the third quarter, the Warriors continued with their forward momentum, with Cliff Jegou, who was quietly playing a terrific game, deflected a free kick past Clark to cut the deficit to two. Less than two minutes later, Lucas kicked his second of the night, giving the Warriors their first lead of the game. Seeing that their lead had vanished, the Crusaders started to get more offensive chances. Unfortunately for them. Gares wasn't letting anything get past him. At the 8-minute mark, Mahoney was fouled in the arc, and given a penalty shot. His kick was quick and accurate. but Gares read it all the way, and deflected it out for a point, much to the delight of the Warriors faithful behind him. On the ensuing kickoff, the Crusaders got the ball right back, and Bonsaigh had a great opportunity to score, but missed just wide, tying the game. After a small period of slow play, Lucas kicked a point, giving Washington the lead right back. Chicago tried to get something back, but the Washington defense, led by young centreback Max Jones, did their job well, not letting anything get to Gares. In the dying minutes, Gardenar kicked a point to make it 20-18. However, on one of the last rushes of the quarter, Chicago finally found a way through the Warriors defense, and a nice passing play was finished off by Mahoney, who was left alone in front of Gares. After 3, despite the great efforts by Washington, Chicago still held a slim 2-point lead.

After 3: Washington 20, Chicago 22

 

The fourth quarter started out slow, with the Crusaders being very cautious with their play, Eventually Mahoney got a decent shot on Gares, but he saved it, and gave it to Jegou, who ran into Chicago's arc, and tried to kick it to a wide-open Gardenar, but the pass hit the side of his foot, and was now directed at a surprised Clark, who couldn't keep it out. As the Warriors ran to Jegou to celebrated, he appeared as dumbfounded as everyone else. Despite the odd goal, Chicago responded on the next rush, as Mahoney squeezed one under Gares to take the lead right back. Then, the Crusaders showed shade of their dominance earlier in the game, as they scored again on the next rush, giving them their largest lead since halftime. Now with the lead, they tried to slow play down to run out the clock, and Mahoney kicked another point to make it 31-24 with 11 minutes to play. On the ensuing kickoff, Washington brought the ball down to Chicago's end, and Gardenar had a huge chance to potentially change the game, but he missed, and got a point instead. Chicago then went back to trying to run out the clock, but Washington's forechecking was making it hard for Chicago to even get a pass off. Eventually, Jegou used his strong body to rip the ball out of Mahoney's hands, and spotted a wide open Gardenar who didn't miss this time, putting Washington within 2. The next 4 minutes saw the pace become frantic, with Chicago trying to get an insurance goal, and Washington trying to take the lead. With 4 minutes to play, Washington received a punt-in, where Gardenar used his long range kicking skills to find Jegou. After a give-and-go with Lucas, he made a fake on a defender, and buried it low on Clark's right, giving the Warriors the lead. The tables had turned, and now it was Chicago trying to keep themselves alive. Unfortunately, they couldn't do anything in the remaining 4 minutes, and as the referee blew the final whistle, Washington went crazy, as they were the champions of the Markball world for the first time since 1949. 

Final Score: Washington 33, Chicago 31

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The Urquhart Cup MVP Award was given to Jegou, who was called a "difference-maker" by several of his teammates and opponents, and even commissioner Peter Merle after the game. "I didn't want to waste this chance for glory. I'm sure we all felt that way. We played our style and it worked." He told NBC after the game.

 

In the annual comissioner's post-game conference, Peter Merle had several things to announce, including the Canada-USA series in the offseason. "The games will be played in Late October, and the have the support of the NAML's stars, who will be playing." This game after several rumours that the players didn't want to play in the offseason and wanted to enjoy their time off, but this showed that the players still have a passion for the game. Merle also announced that 1967 would be the first year there would be an "Organized Draft". Teams will have 2 months to scout potential NAML players, and then they will be selected, starting from the last-place team and finishing with the first-placed team. Lastly. Merle said that expansion plans are "ahead of schedule" and that teams may even start playing as early as 1969.

 

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Washington is now the 4th team with 3 Urquhart Cup victories, joining Chicago, Philadelphia, and Michigan.

 

Any C&C is appreciated!

 

Commisioner's post-game conference

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Cmon Chicago. Gg Warriors, good game nonetheless. 

Exciting news from Merle! How are you gonna do the next expansion?

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14 hours ago, BellaSpurs said:

Cmon Chicago. Gg Warriors, good game nonetheless. 

Exciting news from Merle! How are you gonna do the next expansion?

This time, it's still gonna be only two teams added per year, but there will be two quick rounds of expansion, bringing the league to 16 teams by 1973, and each conference will have two divisions of 4 teams each.

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