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General Discussion » Your Team Allegiance! » 3/14/2022 7:23 pm

NFL : Green Bay Packers. The Packers were the best team when I started watching in the 1960's.
MLB: Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. One team in each league. I live a ferry ride from Vancouver BC and when I was a kid the Vancouver Mounties were the AAA team for Oakland. Joe Rudi, Dave Duncan and Sal Bando played with the Mounties and were an integral part of the A's championship teams of 72, 73, and 74. As for the Cardinals - I like their history.
NHL: Vancouver Canucks. As a kid I liked the Maple Leafs (when there were only six teams). Where I live you either liked the Canadiens or Maple Leafs.
NBA: Brooklyn Nets. Steve Nash grew up three hours away and played in our town's high school gym. His team (St. Michael's University School) was ranked number one in the province, our team (Alberni District) was ranked number two. Before that it was the Seattle Super Sonics, then I stopped watching when they went to OKC.
MLS: played soccer as a kid but very seldom watch it. Vancouver Whitecaps I guess.
NRL (rugby league in Australia): Parramatta Eels
IPL (T20 cricket in India): Chennai Super Kings
NCAA: I really only watch softball so Washington Huskies. I'll watch March Madness sometimes so Indiana Hoosiers.

General Discussion » The AH Sports Enormous Gargantuan Realignment Thread » 2/06/2022 11:48 pm

I hope this meets the criteria for this thread. In an alternate-history-Canada the sport of rugby league is the dominant football code. Instead of the Canadian Football League it is the Canadian Rugby League Association.
In real-life Canadian football history this very well could have happened. Early on, what has become known as Canadian football was actually rugby union, but evolved over time to present day Canadian football. Before the transition from rugby union to Canadian football, with rugby union losing both players and fans, provincial associations in the Maritime provinces tried to keep the game of rugby alive by switching to the faster-paced rugby league, but it was too late, Canadian football took over and became the more popular sport.
So, let's say in alternate-history-Canada the switch to rugby league worked and overtook Canadian football.
I've been simulating the Canadian Rugby League Association since 2013 - the 2022 season will be the Association's tenth season of play. Here are the teams. A realigned CFL, if you will.

PACIFIC DIVISION
Fraser Valley Jets
Kelowna Magpies
Vancouver Bears
Victoria Oaks

PRAIRIE DIVISION
Calgary Dragons
Edmonton Yellowheads
Saskatoon Berries
Winnipeg Monarchs

CENTRAL DIVISION
Hamilton Steelers
Ottawa Rough Riders
Maple Leaf RLFC
Toronto Saints

ATLANTIC DIVISION
Halifax Tars
Montreal Maroons
Montreal Patrie
Quebec City Citadels

Writing Workshop » Schism in Soccer. What could the new game variant look like? » 1/14/2022 8:10 pm

A modified version of soccer with less players per team (seven versus eleven), a smaller field (70 yards x 35 yards), no heading of the ball, a hockey-like offside rule and smaller (2m x 4m) goals.
The offside rule, which is the major difference, is a modified version of ice hockey’s offside rule. If the ball is inside the attacking team’s offensive zone (25 yards), players can be anywhere on the field. If the ball is outside the offensive zone, players must have at least one defensive player (not including the goaltender) between the goal line and themselves. The ball does not have to precede the players into the offensive zone.
There is also a D-shaped crease which can only be occupied by the goaltender of the defending team.
I have been toying with this concept for quite some time. I will be trying to convince some local soccer teams to play by these rules and see what happens. In my mind, even with smaller goals, I think scores will be in the 5-2, 4-3 range, as opposed to 1-0, 1-1 etc. as is currently seen in soccer at the higher levels.

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