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AltFL » The AltFL Season 2021 » 9/15/2021 10:06 pm

DireBear
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Chicago opens North Shore Stadium up to fans for the first time in over a year for their home opener this season. Rookie LB Micah Parsons will wear the classic home set of White, Red, and Tan for the first time as the Cyclones take on their division rival in Kansas City. For all home games, the Cyclones will be showing off famous landmarks in Chicago, this week brings us to Millennium Park to "the Bean", one of Chicago's most interesting landmarks.

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Football » Escalian Football League » 9/13/2021 9:20 pm

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16th Escalian Cup: #8 Ashonta Miners @ #4 Saint Blaise Angels

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Fort McLeod has seen some raucous crowds before in its short time in the big leagues, but it had never seen the hoards of Miners and especially Angels fans swarming into the stadium for the league’s biggest game. Saint Blaise, while they narrowly cruised through the playoffs, got stumped by the much more experienced Ashonta fanbase. On the first drive of the game, rookie DL Ollie Clifton pancaked QB Willis Lincoln and forced a fumble, which was scooped up by DL Calvin Stuart and taken back 34 yards to take the early 7-0 lead for the underdog Miners. The Angels were rattled for the rest of the quarter, getting held to just 1 first down in the first quarter and punting the ball away three times throughout the quarter. Ashonta had slightly better luck, with a long 11 play drive to cut away nearly 6 minutes of the clock, with former MVP QB Daniel Haumann dicing through the inexperienced Saint Blaise defense, leading the Miners down to the 2 before tossing a quick pass to WR Adolph Abel to increase their lead to 14 while the Angels began driving to end the first quarter.
END OF Q1: 14-0 ASH
That same drive the Angels started in the first quarter continued into the second, with RB Benny Baird carrying the team downfield intercut with a Lincoln pass to WR Donald Funk. Baird set up the Angels at the 5 yard line, where Lincoln threw one to WR Marcelos Paiva to put the Angels on the scoreboard for the first time all game. Ashonta got right back into action after that drive, with Haumann throwing up a dime to WR Clay Ewing on the second play of the drive for 47 yards to put their lead back up at 14. With a few punts in between, Saint Blaise had the ball again and wanted to make it a game and not get shown up by one of their expansion brothers. Baird carried the rock for a few plays, but he didn’t find the endzone on this drive. Instead,

AltFL » The AltFL Season 2021 » 9/09/2021 12:42 pm

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Sweet! The Cyclones are ranked low so if I do bad everyone will expect it, and if I do good I'll be exceeding expectations. I see this as an absolute win!

AltFL » The AltFL Season 2021 » 9/08/2021 12:14 pm

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Instead of releasing their entire schedule at once, the Chicago Cyclones will switch to unveiling their uniforms on a week-by-week basis. For the first game of the season, QB Matt Stafford will lead the Cyclones into Kentucky wearing their classic away combo of White/White/Red.

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Football » Escalian Football League » 9/01/2021 10:24 pm

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1975 Semifinals:

Ashonta Miners @ Norfolk Lumberjacks

After upsetting the #1 seeded Pirates the week before, the Miners got off to a rocky start against a raucous Norfolk crowd, giving them the ball after immediately going three and out. Norfolk QB Nathan Slezak took advantage of Ashonta’s sloppiness, and marched the ‘Jacks on down field to score 6 points on a pass to TE Henry Lane. The ‘Jacks’ drive stalled out the Miners’ momentum for most of the quarter, as they punted on their next three drives of the quarter, only getting past midfield once. Fortunately, the Miners did get some offensive momentum going with QB Daniel Haumann finding his receivers to eventually get past midfield and into scoring range, but their first quarter momentum ran out quickly after getting into scoring range and nailed 3 points to the scoreboard to at least keep the game within 1 possession.
END OF Q1: 7-3 NOR
Norfolk struck back quickly on their next drive, but could only muster another three points to ensure that they had a 7 point lead. Ashonta still had trouble on offense, as although they did manage to get into scoring range on both of their drives this quarter, they failed to reach the endzone both times but luckily put up 3 points both times to keep the game close. Slezak and company didn’t want to get upset by the Miners, so he ended up throwing a bomb to WR Milton Stuart for 87 yards to extend the Lumberjacks lead to 9. Ashonta tried to get one last drive going before the end of the half, but the clock struck 0 before they could get anything going.
END OF Q2: 17-9 NOR
The Lumberjacks continued their dominance over the Miners on an extremely quick drive led by a 34 yard run by RB Bruno Fontaine, and they looked like they couldn’t be stopped and would continue to steamroll over Ashonta. However, Ashonta’s front 4 stopped Fontaine just short, with DL Ollie Clifton forcing a fumble on third down to stop

AltFL » The AltFL Season 2021 » 9/01/2021 6:20 pm

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I swear I feel like I've always picked right behind the Galactics in most cases. Should be another exciting season nonetheless!

Football » Escalian Football League » 8/26/2021 5:23 pm

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Thanks everyone for the great response for the new format! I've been working on it for some time and figured this year would be the year to change it up.

Scratch: I can see what you mean about some of the text bleeding together, since for the most part the color schemes for the teams' presentations were copied over from my reference sheet. That will surely be fixed whenever I get around to doing the next season

QCS: The closest city to Charlotte would most likely be Orcaster, since I imagined it as a cross between Charlotte and Detroit. It's the auto racing capital of the country, and the home of the country's stock car and open-wheel racing series. 

With that out of the way, here's the quarterfinals!

1975 Quarterfinals

(just as a note the quarterfinals writeups are going to be shorter than the normal playoff writeups, which will return for the semifinals)

Ashonta Miners @ Wrauport Pirates

The Miners came into Port Stadium as the underdog, but they played like they were top contenders against the Pirates. Both teams traded TD’s on their first possession, with Ashonta scoring first with QB Daniel Haumann finding WR Marty Farmer on a short pass and Wrauport taking it slow with RB James Radcliff eventually punching the ball in to tie the game back up at 7. A string of field goals lead to a 19-10 Pirates lead by the end of the first half, but Ashonta put up 6 for the first time since the first quarter with another Haumann TD, this time on a bomb to WR Clay Ewing to put the game within 1 score when they entered the locker room for halftime. The Pirates offense continued to slow down in the second half, as they failed to score any points on their drive for the first time all game, punting it back to the Miners. Haumann pulled off some more playoff magic, leading Ashonta on a drive that was capped off with a slant to Ewing to put themselves in the lead for the first time all game. OPOY QB Stephen Calhoun struggled al

AltFL » The AltFL Season 2021 » 8/17/2021 4:03 pm

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Chicago, IL and New York, NY:

The Cyclones and Emperors have come to an trade agreement, pending commissioner approval. The Cyclones will receive DL Zach Sieler and WR Antonio Brown in exchange for the Emperors receiving DL Sam Hubbard and WR Nelson Agholor. 

Football » Escalian Football League » 8/07/2021 2:17 pm

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1975 Season

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North:
Preseason rankings had the Knights running the table in what seemed to be an unstable North. Kierport ran out to a 8-2 start to the year, with amazing performances by QB Arnie Kruger, who almost won his second straight MVP, and defensive all-stars LB Thomas Rowe and DB Jon Cole. However, a 1-4 run going into the final week put them into crunch time with two other teams in the North. One of those teams were the Mariners, who came back striking with a vengeance after a disappointing .500 season last year, with free agent acquisitions RB Phillip Lynch and LB Jim Hardin putting in solid performances to help the team enter week 16 with a 10-5 record and a win over division rival Saint Blaise at home would punch their ticket to a division title and the #3 seed. However, that Saint Blaise team was one of the biggest surprises all year. Something clicked within that team, with help from Breakout Player of the Year WR Donald Funk and ROTY runner-up Ryan Overton to push them over the edge and be one win away from sealing the division title on a three-way tiebreaker if Kierport were to win over the lowly Gatekeepers. Kierport would close out a close game against Hadley 13-9 to put themselves in playoff position. The Angels would come in and finally prove that they are ready for the big show, as they pummeled the Mariners 31-19 to clinch their first ever division title in their existence and their first winning season since 1970. With the division race so tight all year long, Hadley was mostly forgotten about. RB Terrance Cockburn, once the bright spot on the team, vastly underperformed on a team that still hasn’t moved past the retirement of QB Jack Reuter 2 years ago. Hadley may go into full rebuild mode while the rest of their division fights tooth and nail to get to the playoffs. 

East:
The 4 UFL teams weren’t expected to win very muc

Football » Escalian Football League » 7/18/2021 12:16 pm

DireBear
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Dan O'Mac wrote:

How did Ryan Overton get drafted at 39 AND 40?

Yeah, I caught that error on my end as well and fixed that just as you posted that. Thanks for the catch though!

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