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    Here we go. I am going to rebook AFL history in this thread. This is going to be more of a simulation than anything else but there will be some interesting twists that I will wait to reveal. For now I wanted to give a brief history lesson about what the AFL was and how we got to where we are at the beginning of this story. The story of the AFL is a very interesting one that is well worth reading about even if you are not particularly a fan of American football.


    The story of the American Football League goes back to the 1958 NFL Championship game and the rise of Television in America. The 58 NFL Title game between the Colts and Giants was the first big primetime NFL game aired nationally on TV, and the game was an overtime thriller. The NFL boomed in popularity after the 58 Championship. There was a bidding war for the Chicago Cardinals franchise between several different want-to-be owners from cities all over the US, with a group in St. Louis winning the rights and moving the Cardinals to town in 1960. One of the men that tried and failed to buy the Cardinals was Lamar Hunt out of Dallas Texas. Hunt organized all of the other want-to-be owners that also tried to buy the Cardinals and he put together the plans for the alternate league. The Dallas Texans, Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Titans, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, and Boston Patriots would become the bedrock teams for the AFL and would begin play with their first season in 1960. The league struggled to compete with the established guard NFL but they managed to survive because of their counterculture presentation that was more fitting with the era compared to the more traditional NFL. The AFL brought a lot of innovations to the game and would eventually get a major television rights contract that secured the financial future of the league. By the mid 60's a bidding war broke out between the AFL and NFL over talent coming up from college. A Monday Night War type of scenario erupted between the NFL and AFL and it pushed the sport into the stratosphere of popularity in the USA in the 60's.


    The bidding war over talent led to an eventual meeting that set the plans in motion for a merger between the two leagues. The two leagues agreed to have the "NFL vs AFL Championship"(would later be called the Super Bowl) champion vs champion game set for the end of the 1966, 67, 68, and 69 seasons, then the merger would finally go down before the 1970 season. The NFL Champion Green Bay Packers destroyed the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl and would follow it up with another dominant victory over the AFL Champ Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II. The AFL was generally regarded as the inferior league compared to the NFL. This perception would change with the 3rd NFL vs AFL Championship game following the 1968 season, and this is where this project starts, Super Bowl III, the AFL Champion New York Jets are heavy underdogs up against one of the greatest teams in NFL history, the NFL Champion Baltimore Colts. The showdown is set, and the cocky young Jets quarterback Joe Namath has boldly guaranteed victory over the unstoppable NFL Champs...


    Joe Namath and his Jets shocked the sports world by following through on his guarantee to take down the NFL Champions in what was the biggest upset in sports history at the time and still to this day. The Jets would defeat the Colts 16-7 in what was a defining watershed moment that gave the AFL the legitimacy needed to make the upcoming merger work.


    This is where the reality stops and the fiction starts in this universe. The Jets still beat the Colts as they did in reality, but it's what happens immediately after the game that sets this alternate reality into motion....
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    The professional football world was truly turned upside down with Super Bowl III. Nobody gave the AFL a chance against the NFL. Joe Namath had big brass balls to guarantee victory over the Colts, but sure enough he carried that swagger onto the field and the David took down the Goliath. After the game in the post game press conference Joe Namath took it even further when he hoisted up the World Championship Trophy(was named the Vince Lombardi trophy after he passed away in 1969). Namath said that this was for all of the NFL greats that paved the way for him, Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Don Hutson, Steve Van Buren, Curly Lambeau, George Halas. Namath paused for a moment, looked at the trophy and then said..."They can all kiss my ass" before tossing the trophy to the ground. Namath pulled out the AFL Championship trophy that the Jets had won the week prior and said that it was the new official World Championship of pro football...




    News reporters swarmed Joe as he retreated and undressed, relaxing on a chair as he told them that he refused to be a champion for a dead racist league that is stuck 50 years in the past. Joe Namath told the press after his shocking move that this was the beginning of a new era, the era of the American Football League... and they didn't need the NFL... The merger is off!


    Shockwaves were sent out across the professional football world. Rumors flew about Namath's words. NFL owner Pete Rozelle spoke on the evening news and was very angry about the situation. Vince Lombardi told the Green Bay newspapers that Joe Namath's disrespect to the game was uncalled for and that the Jets victory over the Colts was a fluke!




    Just 1 week after Super Bowl III AFL president Lamar Hunt held a press conference and backed up Joe Namath's claim, announcing that the AFL has decided to back out of their planned merger with the NFL set for the 1970 season. Hunt told the media that the AFL had too much momentum and the owners felt that there was no reason to give that momentum away to someone else. NFL owners and officials were outraged. Pete Rozelle responded to Lamar Hunt's press conference and fired shots at the AFL with some derogatory claims, saying that the AFL will not last without the merger and that the Jets win over the Colts in Super Bowl III was indeed a fluke.


    By the preseason of 1969 lawsuits and countersuits were filed by the AFL and NFL as a legal battle broke out. Both leagues went on with the 1969 seasons as planned and how they went down in real life, nothing on the field is changed here in this alternate reality, not yet. As a matter of fact Super Bowl IV is still on as planned and scheduled, it's going to be the 4th AFL vs NFL Championship, only this time there is so much more on the line after what happened with the AFL backing out of the merger, Super Bowl IV is life or death for the two leagues now, a battle of control of pro football in one single game. An added layer of context is that Lamar Hunt's own Kansas City Chiefs would win the AFL Championship and would go on to represent the league against the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, who were 12-2 and had the most dominant defense in NFL history up to that point. The Vikings owners were among the original owners that bid for the Chicago Cardinals and founded the AFL after failing to purchase an NFL team. The NFL made the Vikings an offer to join and the owners would jump over before the start of the first AFL season in a swerve/doublecross. Now 10 years later here the Vikings were representing the NFL vs the AFL's Chiefs... Super Bowl IV was set...


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    Super Bowl IV Final Score:

    Kansas City Chiefs 23
    Minnesota Vikings 7


    The American Football League delivered a crushing blow to the National Football League in Super Bowl IV when the Kansas City Chiefs destroyed the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson was awarded the MVP award and the AFL Championship trophy was hoisted in the air by the Chiefs in the dressing room after the game. The Vikings traditional NFL power style was a weak match for the AFL's advanced offence run by Hank Stram. The AFL over the past decade has been a testing ground for new ideas. The Chiefs ran the table and won a second strait Super Bowl title for the AFL, proving that the AFL was on equal footing with the NFL as the premier league in pro football.


    All of the AFL owners were present for the game and delivered a joint press conference afterward stating that they were united against the NFL and that the merger is not going to happen. The AFL vs NFL Championship game was only originally signed up through the 69 season, the future of the Super Bowl is uncertain going forward. As it stands both the AFL and NFL are set to play separate schedules in separate leagues in 1970, there is no merger, nobody knows if there will be another Super Bowl, the war rages on in courts. Welcome to 1970 motherfucker...

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    March 23rd-29th, 1970


    The NFL holds a press conference with commissioner Pete Rozelle announcing that the NFL will continue on with their 1970 season without any relationship with the American Football League after the AFL breached their end of the merger deal and went back on the reparations money they were set to pay the NFL franchises that their aggressive talent raid has hurt. There will be no Super Bowl or any NFL vs AFL World Championship, instead the NFL Championship Game will be held between the two best NFL teams at the end of the 1970 season.

    The AFL responded just six days later with a press conference of their own. AFL commissioner and founder Lamar Hunt hosted the press conference with Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Davis told the press that the AFL had the NFL right where they wanted them and that there was no reason to pay reparations to the NFL teams as originally agreed upon. Al Davis closed his speech saying "There will be no compromise with the NFL, this war is not over". Lamar Hunt took over the press conference and said that the AFL would continue on through the 1970 season and that the AFL Championship at the end of the season will be the true World Championship of professional football, citing that the last two Super Bowl's proved that the AFL was not only on equal footing with the NFL, but the AFL was better than the NFL. Lamar Hunt said that the NFL had grown stale and was stuck in their ways, while the AFL revolutionized the sport and will continue to push it to the next level as they are in negotiations with ABC for a Monday Night primetime weekly game!


    May 22nd, 1970


    ABC announces the debut of AFL Monday Night Football starting with the 1970 season airing primetime games on a weekly basis for the first time. The NFL looks to counter the move by signing a deal to go head to head on Monday Nights with the AFL but Networks scoffed at the idea and negotiations never materialized.


    June 30th, 1970


    Courts rule in favor of Lamar Hunt and the AFL in their battle for the rights to use the term "Super Bowl" for the AFL Championship game. The courts awarded Hunt the rights since it was his idea in the first place. The AFL announced shortly after the victory that the Super Bowl would indeed live on, with Super Bowl V being set for the conclusion of the 1970 season between the two AFL Conference Champions. The NFL issued a statement shortly after the loss in courts saying that they will go head to head with the AFL's Super Bowl with their NFL Championship game at the end of the 1970 season.


    September 3rd, 1970


    The NFL loses one of it's all time legends when Vince Lombardi passes away at the age of 57 after a struggle with cancer. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced shortly after Lombardi's death that the NFL Championship trophy would be named after him in his honor. Weeks later it was announced that the NFL Championship game would now be called the "Vince Lombardi Memorial NFL Championship". All AFL and NFL games on opening day of their 1970 season held a moment of silence to honor one of the true icons of the sport...



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    1970 AFL Standings




    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 11-3
    New York Jets 6-8
    Houston Oilers 5-9
    Buffalo Bills 4-10
    Boston Patriots 4-10


    Western Division
    Cincinnati Bengals 10-4
    Oakland Raiders 9-5
    Kansas City Chiefs 8-5-1
    San Diego Chargers 5-8-1
    Denver Broncos 5-9


    1970 AFL MVP: Daryle Lamonica(QB-OAK) 184 of 377, 2,716 yards, 24 tds 13 ints


    AFL Playoffs
    NY Jets 0 @ Cincinnati Bengals 21
    Oakland Raiders 21 @ Miami Dolphins 14


    vs


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Bengals 3 10 0 0 13
    Raiders 14 3 7 14 38


    Super Bowl V MVP:


    Daryle Lamonica(4 TD passes)


    1970 Pro Football News and Notes


    The AFL made huge strides in their war against the NFL in the 1970 season, the biggest blow being the launch of AFL Monday Night Football on ABC, which proved to be a massive ratings success unequaled by the NFL. AFL became the talk of the pro football world with a more colorful, wide open style of football, with more action and more personality compared to the NFL. The NFL would go head to head with the AFL Super Bowl with the 1970 NFL Championship game but it turned out to be a disaster as the Cowboys and Colts played a very sloppy game that was riddled with turnovers and mistakes. Sports writers penned the NFL Championship game as "The Blunder Bowl" even though it came down to a dramatic field goal finish, the AFL Champion Raiders were praised for being a better overall team than the NFL's Colts, winning their AFL Championship game in much more convincing fashion, washing away their bitter defeat to the NFL's Packers in Super Bowl II back 3 years ago.

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    1971 Pro Football Offseason News & Notes



    Jim Brown comes out of retirement to sign with AFL's Oakland Raiders

    Just 2 days after being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, the man that many believe to be the greatest player in NFL history has announced that he will be coming out of retirement at the age of 35 years old to sign a 2 year contract with Al Davis' Oakland Raiders. The news took the sports world by surprise and generated massive publicity for the AFL as a huge coup for the renegade football league in their ongoing battle for superiority with the established NFL.

    Houston Oilers steal NFL MVP John Brodie, All Pro Tight End Mike Ditka from NFL

    Houston Oilers outspoken owner Bud Adams made huge moves to sign away the NFL's leading passer and MVP from the 1970 season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie. Adams also fired a strike to the upstate rival Dallas Cowboys of the NFL by signing away their tight end Mike Ditka. Brodie's 5 year contract was reported to be for $3.2 million, one of the biggest contracts in the history of pro football.

    AFL wins bidding war for top draft picks of '71

    The war for top draft picks in the 1971 draft was won by the AFL as the Denver Broncos outbid the New Orleans Saints to sign star quarterback Archie Manning out of Mississippi. The Cincinnati Bengals signed away power running back John Brockington while he was negotiating to sign with the NFL's Green Bay Packers. The Boston Patriots signed quarterback Jim Plunkett after drafting him 1st overall in the AFL draft.
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    1971 AFL Standings




    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 11-2-1
    Houston Oilers 7-6-1
    New England Patriots 6-8
    New York Jets 4-10
    Buffalo Bills 2-12



    Western Division
    Kansas City Chiefs 10-3-1
    Oakland Raiders 8-5-1
    Cincinnati Bengals 6-8
    Denver Broncos 5-9
    San Diego Chargers 4-10



    1971 AFL MVP: Otis Taylor(WR-KC) 57 receptions, 1,110 yards 7 tds


    AFL Playoffs
    Houston Oilers 0 @ Kansas City Chiefs 56
    Oakland Raiders 17 @ Miami Dolphins 22


    January 16th, 1972 Tulane Stadium New Orleans, Louisiana
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    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT OT2 F
    Chiefs 13 0 7 7 0 0 27
    Dolphins 0 10 7 10 0 3 30


    Super Bowl VI MVP:


    Larry Csonka(24 carries, 92 yds, 1 TD)


    1971 Pro Football News and Notes


    The turning point in the war between the NFL and AFL came on January 16th 1972 as the AFL's Super Bowl went head to head with the NFL Championship Game. The Chiefs played the Dolphins in the AFL Super Bowl game while the Cowboys took on the Baltimore Colts in the NFL Championship Game in a rematch from "The Blunder Bowl" last year. The NFL Championship game unfolded as The Blunder Bowl 2, with no offensive touchdowns scored in the entire game. Johnny Unitas threw 3 interceptions as the Colts were shut out 17-0 by the Cowboys, with 2 of Unitas' interceptions being returned for the only touchdowns of the game. Ratings dropped as the NFL Championship Game went on because viewers were switching over to the AFL Super Bowl, which turned out to be unquestionably the all time greatest football game in pro football history. The Dolphins and Chiefs battled into double overtime in a long and exciting back and forth affair, with Miami claiming the AFL title on a field goal deep into the 2nd overtime.

    Jim Brown's return to pro football with the AFL's Raiders in 1971 generated tremendous hype but Brown was limited to only 6 games due to a hamstring injury. Brown ran the ball only on a limited basis, running the ball 48 times in 6 games for 171 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Outstanding performers in the AFL in 1971 consisted of AFL MVP Otis Taylor, wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs who racked up over 1,000 yards receiving to help the Kansas City Chiefs win their division title. Quarterback John Hadl of the San Diego Chargers threw for 3,075 yards and 21 touchdowns, the best passer in the AFL or NFL. Outstanding young rookie performers included Patriots quarterback Jim Plunkett, who took a beating playing behind a busted offensive line but still managed to throw for 19 touchdown passes, second most of any AFL quarterback. Another strong rookie performance came from AFL Rookie of the Year John Brockington, power running back who ran for over 1,300 yards for the Cincinnati Bengals. Floyd Little of the Denver Broncos also ran for over 1,100 rushing yards while outstanding receivers in the AFL included Paul Warfield of Miami and Fred Biletnikof of the Raiders, both catching over 900 receiving yards in 1971.

    Outstanding AFL defenders included Ken Houston of the Oilers who brought down 9 interceptions, most in the AFL. The two best defenses in the AFL and perhaps all of pro football in 1971 belonged to the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs fielded 8 AFL All Pro's on defense in 1971, including stands outs such as Curley Culp, Emmitt Thomas, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell, and Buck Buchanan. Miami's defense was led by Manny Fernandez, Jake Scott, and Nick Buoniconti.
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    1972 AFL Standings




    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 14-0
    New York Jets 8-6
    Buffalo Bills 5-9
    Houston Oilers 4-10
    New England Patriots 3-11


    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 10-4
    Kansas City Chiefs 8-6
    Cincinnati Bengals 8-6
    Denver Broncos 7-7
    San Diego Chargers 2-12



    1972 AFL MVP: Mercury Morris(HB-Mia) 1,000 yds, 12 tds


    AFL Playoffs
    Kansas City Chiefs 10 @ Miami Dolphins 14
    New York Jets 10 @ Oakland Raiders 27


    January 14th 1973 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
    vs


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Dolphins 7 0 7 7 21
    Raiders 0 0 7 0 7


    Super Bowl VII MVP:


    Jake Scott(1 int, 1 TD)


    1972 Pro Football News and Notes


    The tide of the AFL vs NFL war began to turn in the AFL's favor in 1972 as they dominated the NFL in the television ratings and live gate attendance numbers across the board. The stamp on the season was the AFL's Miami Dolphins stating their claim as the undisputed best team in professional football with a perfect 16-0 undefeated record, capturing their 2nd Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Trophy in a row. Due to the disaster ratings collapse in the head to head between the AFL Super Bowl and the NFL Championship Game last year the NFL chose to hold their Championship between the Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins on Saturday, with Washington defeating the defending NFL Champs 20-6 to capture the Lombardi trophy.

    The big story in the AFL other than the undefeated run by the Dolphins was the return of the AFL's biggest star, "Broadway" Joe Namath. Namath suffered a string of injuries that kept him out of action for most of 70 and 71 but he returned to prime form this year, leading all quarterbacks in the AFL and NFL in passing yards with 2,816 and touchdowns with 19. Second year quarterback Archie Manning of the Denver Broncos had a breakout year finishing in second place behind Namath in passing yards with 2,781 and touchdown passes with 18. Archie and running back Floyd Little led a resurgence in Denver, helping the Broncos finish with one of their best seasons yet. OJ Simpson of the Buffalo Bills led the AFL in rushing yards with 1,251

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    1973 Pro Football Offseason News



    AFL talent raid assault on NFL continues

    After a relatively quiet off-season in 1972 the AFL struck the NFL by signing away some of their best players prior to the 1973 season, the main one being the 1972 NFL MVP Larry Brown being signed to the New York Jets. One of the NFL's leading receivers Gene Washington was signed by the Denver Broncos. The San Diego Chargers signed two of the all time greats from the NFL in legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas and pass rusher Deacon Jones.

    Poll suggests Americans prefer AFL over NFL

    As if the gap in television ratings weren't enough evidence, a recent poll found that more than half of the USA prefer the AFL over the NFL when it comes to pro football. Many believe the rise of the AFL to the #1 pro football league is due to their more colorful personalities and a more wide open action packed style of play on the field.

    AFL adds overtime to regular season games

    The AFL followed through on the announcement that all regular season games in 1973 would get an additional overtime period if the game ends in a tie after 4 quarters of play. Overtime has traditionally been only for post-season games.

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    1973 AFL Standings

    1973 AFL MVP: OJ Simpson(HB-Buf) 2,095 yds, 13 tds



    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 13-1
    Buffalo Bills 11-3
    New England Patriots 3-11
    New York Jets 3-11
    Houston Oilers 2-12

    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 10-4
    Cincinnati Bengals 10-4
    Denver Broncos 8-6
    Kansas City Chiefs 7-7
    San Diego Chargers 1-13


    AFL Playoffs
    Cincinnati Bengals 17 @ Miami Dolphins 21
    Buffalo Bills 16 @ Oakland Raiders 28


    January 13th, 1974 Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas
    vs


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Dolphins 7 3 10 7 27
    Raiders 0 0 0 14 14


    Super Bowl VIII MVP:


    Larry Csonka(145 yds 2 tds)


    1973 Pro Football News and Notes


    The Miami Dolphins AFL dynasty continued with their 3rd consecutive Super Bowl title, defeating the only team to score a victory over them in the past two seasons when they took down the Raiders in a rematch from last year's Super Bowl(The Raiders defeated the Dolphins this regular season). The Minnesota Vikings crushed the Dallas Cowboys 27-10 over in the NFL Championship Game to win the Lombardi Trophy. The stand out performance in all of pro football was the emergence of "The Juice", OJ Simpson, putting in one of the all time greatest single season performance of any athlete in the history of any sport, breaking the all time pro football rushing record with an unheard of 2,095 rushing yards. The Patriots Jim Plunkett led the AFL in passing with 2,550 yards. The Denver Broncos continued their ascension with the triple threat offense of Archie Manning, Gene Washington, and Floyd Little along with an improved defense helping the worst team in AFL history to their first winning season.
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    AFL expands to Seattle, NFL counters with new team in Tampa

    Lloyd W. Nordstrom was announced to be the new president of the AFL's new team set to begin play in the brand new Seattle Kingdome in 1976. The NFL countered by stealing away the ownership group out of Tampa led by Hugh Culverhouse. Culverhouse was negotiating with the AFL but made a surprise announcement back in April that the new Tampa Bay Buccanneers would play in the NFL starting in 1976.

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    I'm loving this Shin. I loved your ECW and UFC, and even though this isn't as in depth as ECW, I think what I've read so far is as good as any fantasy football posts I've seen. So much drama and story, I've no idea where you're taking it from here but I can't wait to see what's next. Please don't forget the 80s Bears because there NFL though the rest I'll let you skip. I've got to ask where you got this idea and how you're coming up with this? It's genius. Is any sim? Or just change on history?

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    1974 AFL Standings

    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 11-3
    Buffalo Bills 10-4
    New England Patriots 7-7
    New York Jets 6-8
    Houston Oilers 6-8

    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 12-2
    Denver Broncos 8-6
    Cincinnati Bengals 7-7
    Kansas City Chiefs 5-9
    San Diego Chargers 4-10


    1974 AFL MVP:

    Ken Stabler(QB, Oakland) 2,469 yds 26 tds



    1974 AFL Playoffs
    Denver Broncos 21 @ Miami Dolphins 27(OT)
    Buffalo Bills 20 @ Oakland Raiders 34




    January 12, 1975 Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
    vs


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Dolphins 7 3 6 10 26
    Raiders 0 7 7 14 28


    Super Bowl IX MVP:


    Ken Stabler(4 td passes)


    1974 Pro Football News and Notes


    The Raiders vs Dolphins rivalry of the AFL emerged as one of the premier rivalries in all of sports, with the Raiders stopping the Dolphins 4th consecutive Super Bowl with a lob from Ken Stabler into a sea of hands for the Raiders go ahead touchdown in final seconds of Super Bowl IX. The Raiders were eliminated from the AFL playoffs by the Dolphins in 1971 before being blown out in both Super Bowl VII and VIII by Shula's Dolphins. The Raiders scored their revenge in another instant classic AFL Super Bowl that will go down in the books as one of the best ever. Over on the NFL side the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings to capture the 1974 NFL Championship in an uneventful 16-6 defensive stalemate.

    The major news story that unfolded through the 1974 season was the financial decline of several NFL teams, with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints being the worst off in major debt. This as AFL attendance and television ratings continued to climb in 1974, with Monday Night Football hitting new marks on ABC. After the end of the season Hugh Culverhouse attempted to go back on his deal with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers to join the NFL in 1976. Culverhouse went running back to the AFL but the AFL declined any request to renegotiate. After the NFL Championship game and AFL Super Bowl the NFL filed a massive anti-trust lawsuit against the AFL.

    Outstanding performers in the AFL in 74 included MVP Ken Stabler, who threw 26 touchdown passes to help the Raiders to an pro football best 12-2 record, eventually getting them past the powerhouse Dolphins in the Super Bowl with a heroic comeback for the ages. Stabler's best target proved to be wide out Cliff Branch, who caught over 1,000 yards receiving as the top wide receiver in pro football.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franchiser View Post
    I'm loving this Shin. I loved your ECW and UFC, and even though this isn't as in depth as ECW, I think what I've read so far is as good as any fantasy football posts I've seen. So much drama and story, I've no idea where you're taking it from here but I can't wait to see what's next. Please don't forget the 80s Bears because there NFL though the rest I'll let you skip. I've got to ask where you got this idea and how you're coming up with this? It's genius. Is any sim? Or just change on history?
    Thanks man. I got the idea from the AFL Full Color Football miniseries documentary. I was intrigued by the fact that there were a lot of people that worked for the AFL going into the NFL merger in 1970 who felt like the AFL was doing the wrong thing. Al Davis was against the merger in real life back then because he felt like the AFL had the NFL on the ropes and that they gave all that momentum to them. So much of what made NFL so popular after the merger came from AFL, the Super Bowl brand was an AFL idea(Lamar Hunt), Monday Night Football came from AFL's deal with ABC, so many of the more exciting teams and players came from AFL, etc. I just kinda thought about what would have happened if they changed their minds and backed out of the merger. What if the AFL vs NFL in the 1970's turned out to be like a Facebook vs Myspace type of thing where everybody stopped giving a fuck about the established brand and all jumped onto the new hot thing. I've got some big things in store starting with the 1978 season. I'm going to change the format up a lot starting with 1978 and going into the 1980's with drafts, detailed roster info and maybe coming up with some type of sim for every game on the schedule. I'll start figuring out some of the details once I get past 1977. Thanks for reading.
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    1975 AFL Standings

    Eastern Division
    Houston Oilers 10-4
    Miami Dolphins 10-4
    New York Jets 8-6
    Buffalo Bills 6-8
    New England Patriots 3-11


    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 11-3
    Cincinnati Bengals 11-3
    Denver Broncos 6-8
    Kansas City Chiefs 4-10
    San Diego Chargers 4-10


    1975 AFL MVP:

    Ken Anderson(QB, Cincinnati) 3,169 passing yards, 21 touchdowns



    1975 AFL Playoffs
    Cincinnati Bengals 21 @ Houston Oilers 17
    Miami Dolphins 10 @ Oakland Raiders 20







    January 18, 1976 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
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    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Bengals 7 3 3 17 30
    Raiders 6 14 14 0 34


    Super Bowl X MVP:


    Ken Stabler(4 td passes)




    1975 Pro Football News and Notes

    The biggest story on the field in pro football was the dominance and wild popularity of the AFL Champion Oakland Raiders, winning their second consecutive Super Bowl title after vanquishing the rival Dolphins in the playoffs, signifying the birth of a new dynasty of silver and black. From owner Al Davis to Head coach John Madden, quarterback Ken Stabler, wide outs Cliff Branch and Fred Biletnikoff, offensive linemen Art Shell and Gene Upshaw, defensive backs Jack Tatum and Willie Brown, all pro defenders Otis Sistrunk and Phil Villapiano, the Raiders were a wild group of renegades and cast offs that captured the hearts of America when they fought off a fierce fourth quarter comeback attempt from Ken O'Brien's Bengals in the Super Bowl in Miami.


    Over in the NFL another dynasty took it's place as the Pittsburgh Steelers won their second consecutive NFL Championship Game, this time defeating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in what has been called one of the best NFL Championship Games of all time. The debate raged on between Pro Football fans, who was better? The AFL's Oakland Raiders or the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers? Who would win a game between AFL and NFL Champions? Many pro football fans yearned for the return of the AFL vs NFL format of the first 4 Super Bowls. Both AFL commissioner Lamar Hunt and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle made it clear that the NFL and AFL would never work together again as the anti-trust lawsuit raged on in courts going into 1976.

    Elsewhere on the field the Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Ken Anderson emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in pro football by winning the AFL MVP title. Bills running back OJ Simpson remained one of the best and most popular stars in the AFL by running for over 1,800 rushing yards. The New York Jets sold out all 14 games in 1975 both at home and on the road with Joe Namath returning to prime form, with dual running back threats in fullback John Riggins(1,000 yds rushing) and Larry Brown. The Houston Oilers emerged as one of the top teams in the AFL in '75 with charismatic new coach Bum Phillips putting together a strong defensive team led by star linebacker "Dr. Doom" Robert Brazille and wide receiver #00 Kenny Burrough being the top receiver in pro football with over 1,000 yards receiving.

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    Federal Injunction Clears Pittsburgh Steelers Move From NFL to AFL

    Never in the history of sports has America ever seen anything like the ongoing war between the NFL and AFL pro football leagues. The biggest shot was fired when the Pittsburgh Steelers, defending back to back NFL Champions, made the move to leave the NFL to join the AFL starting with the 1976 season. The NFL did anything and everything they could until the judges ruled that the Pittsburgh Steelers were losing money by playing in the NFL and were free to leave for the AFL due to a loophole in Art Rooney's original deal with the NFL back when the Steelers joined the league back in 1933. The move is a crushing blow to the NFL and the biggest coup yet for the AFL. The announcement followed the ruling that the Steelers vs Raiders super match would be set for opening week of the 1976 AFL season, now pro football fans were going to find out who truly is the best team in the sport. The addition of the Steelers and expansion Seahawks gives the AFL 12 teams, with the plan to be to keep the current 2 division alignment, placing the Steelers in the Eastern Division and the Seahawks in the Western division. The AFL is also expected to swap the Oilers and Bengals from Eastern to Western divisions.

    AFL Signs Historic TV Deals With ABC, NBC, CBS

    The NFL was dealt yet another crushing blow when Lamar Hunt announced that a landmark new television deal has been signed with the AFL and all 3 of the top television networks in America. The deal is set to televise all AFL games for four years starting in 1977, with ABC winning the rights to 16 Monday Night Football games on primetime every season(along with the AFL All Star Game), CBS winning the rights to all Eastern Division games, and NBC winning the rights to all Western Division games. CBS won the rights to Super Bowls XIV and XVI while NBC won the rights to Super Bowls XIII and XV. Industry sources considered it the largest single television package ever negotiated.

    NFL Loses Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against AFL

    Things went from bad to worse for the NFL prior to the 1976 season when the judges ruled against their anti-trust lawsuit against the AFL, ruling in favor of the AFL's countersuit instead that ordered the NFL to pay the AFL's legal fees for the last 2 years. The ruling along with the AFL signing away the NFL's television deals kickstarted a series of events that had rumors swirling that the National Football League was in serious trouble.

    Atlanta Falcons Declare Bankruptcy, Suspend Operations Indefinitely

    The lack of revenue and elevated player salaries hurt the NFL's lower tier teams the worst, with no team suffering more than the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons declared bankruptcy and returned their franchise back to the league. The NFL held a special draft for the rights to the Falcons roster of players. The Falcons failure in the box office and eventual folding further fanned the rumors that the NFL was in serious jeopardy, with multiple teams in major debt and headed in the same direction as the Falcons. The failed Tampa Bay expansion franchise, the folding of the Falcons, and the move of the Steelers to the AFL has the NFL dropped down to 14 teams for the 1976 season, with plans to realign back to the 2 division format they used prior to the 1967 realignment.

    Seahawks Outbid Saints for #1 pick Lee Roy Selmon

    The AFL expansion Seattle Seahawks landed a huge signing when they outbid the NFL's New Orleans Saints for the #1 draft pick, defensive tackle out of Oklahoma, Lee Roy Selmon. The move couldn't come at a worse time for the Saints as they struggle on the field and in the box office after losing their #1 pick Archie Manning to the AFL's Denver Broncos a few years ago. The Saints move to the brand new Superdome in New Orleans was marred with political corruption charges and insider trading scandals that have rocked the front office of the team.
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    1976



    1976 AFL Standings

    Eastern Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 12-2
    New England Patriots 10-4
    Cincinnati Bengals 9-5
    Miami Dolphins 5-9
    New York Jets 3-11
    Buffalo Bills 2-12

    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 13-1
    Denver Broncos 9-5
    Houston Oilers 5-9
    San Diego Chargers 5-9
    Kansas City Chiefs 4-10
    Seattle Seahawks 2-12



    1976 AFL MVP:

    Ken "The Snake" Stabler(QB, Oakland) 2,737 yards 27 touchdowns



    1976 AFL Playoffs
    New England Patriots 21 @ Oakland Raiders 24
    Denver Broncos 7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 44







    January 9, 1977 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
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    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Raiders 3 14 7 0 24
    Steelers 0 7 0 0 7


    Super Bowl XI MVP:


    Ken "The Snake" Stabler(2 td passes)




    1976 Pro Football News and Notes

    Football fans dreams came true when the two best teams in the sport clashed on opening day of the 1976 AFL season, the defending 2 time NFL Champs in the Pittsburgh Steelers clashed with the defending 2 time AFL Champion Oakland Raiders in a brutal, hard hitting confrontation that seen Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann knocked unconscious by Raiders' defensive back George Atkinson. The hit generated a ton of controversy and put Swann out of action for 2 weeks with a severe concussion. The Raiders would defeat the Steelers 31-28 on opening day in one of the most watched AFL games of all time. The two teams were on a collision course for an epic rematch at Super Bowl XI in front of over 100,000 fans in the Rose Bowl, in the most watched sports event in the history of television. Ken Stabler tossed 2 touchdowns to pull the Raiders past the NFL powerhouse Steelers 24-7, proving once and for all without a doubt that the AFL is the superior pro football league. Over on the NFL side their NFL Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams was completely overshadowed by Super Bowl XI as the Vikings defeated the Rams 24-13.

    The Steelers fell short of the AFL title in the Super Bowl but proved to be a dominant force in the AFL, allowing only 138 points, a new AFL record for points allowed. The Steelers defense was led by Jack Lambert and Joe Green, along with Jack Ham, Mel Blount, LC Greenwood, the Steelers shut out 5 of their opponents and had 8 games where they held their opponent without a touchdown. The Steelers struggled at times on offense as Lynn Swann, Franco Harris, and Rocky Bleir all suffered injuries, with both Harris and Bleir missing the Super Bowl.

    The Patriots and Broncos surprised everyone in the AFL in 1976. The Patriots turned things around after their 3-11 season last year and emerged as one of the best teams in the AFL in 1976, coming out on a tear that seen them shock the defending NFL Champion Steelers with a 30-28 victory, followed by a stunning 48-17 win over the Raiders the very next week. The Patriots went on to the playoffs where they lost their rematch against the Raiders after a controversial roughing the passer penalty called against the Patriots in the final minute of the game set Ken Stabler up to put it away with a last second touchdown pass for the Raiders. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Patriots fans but the future is bright in New England. The future also burns bright for the Denver Broncos as their defense emerged as one of the best in the AFL, along with an offense revolving around Archie Manning, Otis Anderson, and Gene Washington the Broncos had another winning season in 76 but were thoroughly destroyed in their playoff meeting with the Steelers.

    Other stars that shined in the AFL in 1976 included arguably the greatest player in the history of the AFL in OJ Simpson, who ran for another 1,690 rushing yards in only 13 games in 1976. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson threw for 19 touchdowns in leading the Bengals to a 9-5 winning season. Rookie Lee Roy Selmon and quarterback Jim Zorn kickstarted a brand new era in Seattle with the Seahawks in 1976, while the sun began to set on another era in that of the most popular AFL superstar, the hero of the American Football League, "Broadway" Joe Namath, who struggled with injured knees and threw 16 interceptions in his 8 starts in '76.
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    1977 Pro Football Off-Season News



    New Orleans Saints Fold, NFL On The Ropes

    The future of the NFL looks grim after scandals, corruption, and a mountain of debt has forced the New Orleans Saints to throw in the towel shortly after the conclusion of the 1976 season. This comes one year after the NFL's Atlanta Falcons went bankrupt and ceased operations, as well as the dissolution of the planned expansion team in Tampa Bay that fell apart due to money issues. The NFL's best team, the Pittsburgh Steelers jumped to the AFL prior to the 1976 season, shortly afterwards the AFL signed historic exclusive television deals with all of the major American broadcast stations, leaving the NFL without a network. The loss of the Steelers, Falcons, Saints, and Buccanneers and the failed legal battle against the AFL has many speculating how much longer the NFL can last. Some experts are predicting that the NFL could go belly up by the end of the year. As the NFL declines, the AFL is more popular than ever, with new records being set last year for live gate attendance and television ratings.

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    This is pretty damn amazing. I'm reading it. I just have no idea how to comment on it other than "GREAT JOB!"


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    1977



    1977 AFL Standings


    Eastern Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 10-4
    New England Patriots 9-5
    Cincinnati Bengals 8-6
    Miami Dolphins 8-6
    New York Jets 3-11
    Buffalo Bills 3-11


    Western Division
    Denver Broncos 12-2
    Oakland Raiders 12-2
    Houston Oilers 8-6
    San Diego Chargers 7-7
    Seattle Seahawks 5-9
    Kansas City Chiefs 2-12


    1977 AFL MVP:

    Lyle Alzedo(DT, Denver Broncos)



    1977 AFL Playoffs
    New England Patriots 9 @ Denver Broncos 30
    Oakland Raiders 24 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17(OT)







    January 15, 1978 Astrodome, Houston Texas
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    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Raiders 3 0 0 14 17
    Broncos 7 0 7 7 21


    Super Bowl XII MVP:


    Bill Thompson(2 int, 1 td)




    1977 Pro Football News and Notes

    The biggest news on and off the field as the death of the National Football League, a story that unfolded throughout the season as rumors ran rampant about ownership transitions and teams moving, defaulting on their leases. The failure to find a new TV deal left the NFL out in the cold, the AFL raiding NFL team rosters drove the player salaries up to the point that the struggling teams could not afford to make payroll. Rumors picked up that the NFL could possibly be taking the 1978 season off before moving to a Spring season starting in February 1979. The rumors were nothing more than rumors as the news broke shortly after the NFL Championship Game that the league was done, that a deal was in the works for the AFL to purchase most if not all NFL trademarks, assets, and property rights(along with the film library). The AFL vs NFL war was officially over, to the victors go the spoils of war, long live the AFL.

    As trouble brewed for the NFL a new phenomenon hit the AFL in 1977 in the form of the Denver Broncos' "Orange Crush" defense, a dominant stifling defensive unit that battered AFL offenses in '77. The Broncos defense bolstered a strong offensive team led by quarterback Archie Manning, running back Otis Armstrong, and wide receiver Gene Washington. The Broncos stole the division away from the Oakland Raiders and went on to deny them of a 4th consecutive AFL Super Bowl Championship by taking them down in the Houston Astrodome.

    Over in the NFL the 1977 NFL Championship game will go down as one of the greatest games ever played as the Dallas Cowboys beat Bert Jones' Baltimore Colts 35-34 on a last second touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to Cowboys rookie Tony Dorsett, the final game in NFL history, the end of an era...
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