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Driveball Redux (1964 NDA/CDA regular season standings)

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21 minutes ago, TargetToad said:

With Johnson in the white house, I wonder if the eventual Vietnam army draft will affect the NDA/CDA

 

Unfortunately that's pretty much inevitable. With many American players likely going off to fight, the NDA/CDA will likely have to bring in rugby scrubs from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK, etc just to have enough to field the current number of teams.

 

When the CDA first launched, it had the luxury of being able to sign athletes who came back from the Korean War. Prior to that, the NDA was able to sign enough guys who returned from WWII to fill the original eight teams.

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1964 CDL Season

 

Vancouver was still pretty bad, but this year, the Ravens finally won for a change. In fact, their 17 game losing streak ended in week 8, at which point they'd win three straight to end the season.

 

The biggest drop off came from the defending champion Les Castors. The Frenchmen promised their fans a return trip to the Dominion Cup. But all that would soon be derailed by a mountain of injuries. Only the Ottawa Lumberjacks, who also qualified for last year's playoffs, had a bigger drop off from '63.

 

The most improved team this year would be the Hamilton Maulers, who tied the Trappers for first place in the East. A coin toss gave Montreal's English squad the tiebreaker.

 

Also improving from last season was Saskatchewan, thanks to an overhauled corps of forwards.

 

East

Montreal Trappers 8-2

Hamilton Maulers 8-2

Les Castors de Montreal 2-7-1

Ottawa Lumberjacks 2-8

Toronto Titans 1-9

 

West

Saskatchewan Stags 7-2-1

Winnipeg Aces 7-3

Edmonton Barons 6-4

Calgary Bighorns 5-5

Vancouver Ravens 3-7

 

Playoff teams in BOLD.

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Wow, Toronto sure had a rough season, to the point where they should probably change their name to the Titanics if they continue to struggle. 😆

 

Also, we probably won't know for sure until the late 70s-early 80s, but will there be a possibility of Driveball video games being made? Since Disney is a bit different in this universe for example, the gamer in me is also curious to see how the video game industry will shape up in this universe (Such as if the Sega Saturn sells better in North America than it did in real life). Anyway, I can't wait to see how the CDL Postseason and the NDA and CDA shape up for 1964!

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46 minutes ago, BengalSteve said:

Wow, Toronto sure had a rough season, to the point where they should probably change their name to the Titanics if they continue to struggle. 😆

 

Also, we probably won't know for sure until the late 70s-early 80s, but will there be a possibility of Driveball video games being made? Since Disney is a bit different in this universe for example, the gamer in me is also curious to see how the video game industry will shape up in this universe (Such as if the Sega Saturn sells better in North America than it did in real life). Anyway, I can't wait to see how the CDL Postseason and the NDA and CDA shape up for 1964!

 

Toronto's futility is nothing compared to Vancouver's 17 game losing streak.

 

Nintendo is still doing playing cards and toys at the moment.

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Meanwhile, Sega has been in the pinball machine business for a while. But Periscope, their first electro-mechanical game, won't come out for another couple years.

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As of 1964, The Walt Disney Company (known at the time as Walt Disney Productions) still has Walt (below) at the helm. This year, Disney has built a few attractions for the upcoming World's Fair in NYC.

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1964 CDL Playoffs

 

West Wild Card

 

Winnipeg 18 - Edmonton 9

 

Once again, the Barons posted a winning record but have yet to get over the playoff hump.

 

West Final

 

Winnipeg 21 - Saskatchewan 27

 

After coming up short last season, the Stags were able to record their first playoff victory in front of a raucous Taylor Field crowd.

 

East Final

 

Hamilton 27 - MTL Trappers 36

 

For the second time, Montreal will be represented in the Dominion Cup. This time, its the English Montrealers who will be cheering on the Trappers. All the fans of Les Castors can do is to hate-watch or root for the Trappers to lose.

 

2nd Dominion Cup

Saskatchewan 21 - MTL Trappers 45

 

Castors fans hoping to see the Trappers fall on their face were bitterly disappointed with the results of this year's Dominion Cup. And it wasn't even close.

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1964 NDA Standings

 

When the press let slip that the Monarchs would opt out of the final year of its rent deal with the Reds, most disgruntled Cincinnati fans stayed away. As a result, Crosley Field was nearly a ghost town when the Monarchs had home games. The final blow for Cincy was dealt by in-state rival Cleveland. It was in the final month of the season that the Mad Hatters' fans took over Crosley to watch their team demolish the Monarchs, one last time, 54 to 15. What began as a game the Mad Hatters needed to win to qualify for a wild card spot ultimately turned out to be the last Monarchs' home game.

 

For 1965, the Monarchs will finally move to Atlanta, where team owner Bill Bartholomay has been planning to move the MLB Milwaukee Braves.

 

Eastern Division

Philadelphia Brawlers 8-4

Miami Flamingos 7-5

Cleveland Mad Hatters 6-6

New York Heroes 5-7

Cincinnati Monarchs 5-7

Buffalo Lakers 3-9

 

Western Division

Oakland Squirrels 10-2

San Diego Admirals 9-3

St Louis Showboats 6-6

Chicago Gaels 5-7

Milwaukee Voyagers 4-8

Seattle Emeralds 4-8

 

1964 CDA Standings

 

Oddities: Roadsters full forward Dave DeBusschere was not the first athlete to play both Driveball and basketball, but he would eventually become the most famous to do so.

 

Citing declining health, Jaguars founder Spencer Holbrook, now 62, told the Los Angeles Times he would hand day-to-day operations of the club to his sons Peter (b. 1925), Charlie (b. 1932) and Warren (b. 1936).

 

Jacob Lieber, 65, will step down as the Washington Commanders' chairman of the board. In his place will come a 41 year old construction contractor named Abe Pollin. Lieber is unmarried and has no children.

 

Buzz Fitzsimmons (now 46), the Bay Area socialite billionaire who owns the San Francisco Dragons, has his eyes set on buying both National Periodical Publications and Walt Disney Productions, with hopes of merging both to form one entertainment juggernaut. Mr Fitzsimmons made his fortune as a member of a wealthy family that came to dominate the local fish-processing business with canneries in San Francisco, Oakland, Monterey and Santa Cruz.

 

The New Orleans Revelers reach the playoffs for the third year in a row, inflicting another dose of anguish on the fans they left behind in Denver.

 

Colonial Division

Detroit Roadsters 8-4

Pittsburgh Knights 8-4

Boston Unicorns 7-5

Minnesota Shockers 6-6

Washington Commanders 5-7

New Jersey Rogues 3-9

 

Frontier Division

Houston Marshals 10-2

New Orleans Revelers 7-5

San Francisco Dragons 6-6

Kansas City Rustlers 5-7

Los Angeles Jaguars 4-8

Dallas Metros 3-9

 

Playoff teams in BOLD.

 

Stay tuned for the playoffs for both leagues.

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