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1969 Branding

Introducing the…MINNESOTA SERPENTS
Kris Matheson was grinning ear-to-ear during the press conference to reveal the branding of his team. He first announced that the team would be named after the state prior to the conference by calling it the “Minnesota NAAF Reveal Press Conference”. Matheson first touched on the decision to go with a state name, stating that the decision was 1: to differentiate itself from the other Minneapolis team in the Minneapolis Black Bears, but 2: to represent both of the twin cities and the state as a whole. 

Matheson carried on with the reveal of the mascot. The Serpents. When Matheson was growing up, his grandpa, who was originally from Norway, told him about the Old Norse stories and mythology. Matheson was enamoured by the stories and, of course, was a big fan of Thor. When deciding on the team name, he wanted to pull from those old stories. He did wish that he could have called the team the Thunder after Thor, but of course, that was already taken. He had some other choices like Giants (Jötunn) or Ravens (like Odin’s Ravens), but he ultimately settled on one of the most feared beings in the mythos, the Serpent, specifically Jörmungandr (or the Midgard Serpent). Matheson loved the mascot, it was fierce and cool, as well as still having a connection to Thor, as the Norse God is prophesied to face Jörmungandr during the Norse Apocalypse, Ragnarök. 

Next, Matheson revealed the team’s logos. Here the team continues the Norse theme, taking inspiration from Norse artwork. The primary logo is a Viking shield with a stylized “M” placed on it in Blue, then a depiction of Jörmungandr is painted in green and white over top, making up the shape of an “S”. The serpent also features a classic Norse braid design that is featured in their artwork. The team also has an alternate logo featuring just the head of Jörmungandr. Silver is added to the scheme as the meta

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1969 League Meetings
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THE KANSAS CITY ISSUE
Conversations about how to manage the developing situation in Kansas City were at the forefront of the league meetings. However, before the conversations got into full swing, the league confirmed that the Minneapolis team would be joining the NAAF on schedule for the 1969 season. Kris Matheson was very much relieved to know he would finally get to see his team take the field.

The first of the solutions was to see if there were other suitable stadiums available for the Kansas City team to play in until the stadium is finished. The first option was to play at the University of Kansas City, which had a smaller venue. The issue with this solution was the stadium was not built to house the slightly larger field size with pavement and fencing at the back of the endzone, which was deemed unsafe by the players. If they wanted to use the field, they would need to perform renovations which wouldn’t be a lot, however, the University wished to have a full-on renovation if they were going to do any changes, which would be costly and there was no interest to continue to throw more funds into a different stadium. 

The second option was to turn to Omaha, Nebraska, the other strong option for expansion that KC had beat out. The city had the option to play at Major Nebraska University’s football field, however, the state and university had also taken a hit due to the drought as well. On top of that, Jacob Cross was going to need some help keeping the team afloat and the ownership group behind the Omaha bid did not want to invest in a team that would not ultimately be theirs. 

The next option that was looked at

AltFL » The AltFL Season 2022 » 8/05/2022 1:52 pm

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I know it's been a minute, but I will say I certainly prefer the boxing glove helmet. I just think it looks better in my opinion. Especially with Ben on the shoulder. But I will agree with QCS and idm and say if it can remain an alternate in the form of just the alt helmet or decal, then I don't think I have an issue with it.

Football » North American Association of Football - NAAF » 8/04/2022 6:22 pm

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Rugrat wrote:

Damn, that sucks. I would say KC could play at a temporary venue but are there any in this universe? Or any other possible owners that would step in to buy the team?

Stay tuned for the league meetings!

Football » North American Association of Football - NAAF » 8/04/2022 5:03 pm

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BREAKING NEWS - EXTREME DROUGHT PUTS KANSAS CITY NAAF TEAM IN JEOPARDY
During the summer of 1968, many parts of the central United States suffered an extreme summer drought. The heat and lack of rain hit the agriculture industry hard and left many businesses and farmers in tough spots. The most notable of the businesses affected was Powell Mills which was the primary financial backing to the Kansas City NAAF ownership group. Powell Mills had been the primary source of funding along with the city to help build the new stadium for the NAAF team, however, due to the drought, Powell Mills and the city had to pull funding, in mid-August. While there was an expected delay on the stadium’s completion, no one was expecting it to have completely stopped altogether since funding was pulled. The lead owner, Jacob Cross, had already spent a lot of his own wealth to help move the construction along during July and early August and was himself at a point of spending too much and the NAAF had already poured a lot of funds into Minneapolis’ new stadium. 

At this point, the stadium is only about 50% finished and will not be ready for a new team to play in next season even if funding is picked up again relatively soon. The NAAF is set to have its annual league meetings in the coming weeks and Kansas City will surely be the focus.

Football » North American Association of Football - NAAF » 8/01/2022 4:15 pm

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1968 Award Winners

Most Valuable Player - RB Max Tracy TOR
Tracy would easily win the league’s MVP award earning 75% of the vote. His dominance on the ground this season, carried the Steelheads to their second division title this season. Unfortunately, Tracy was unable to use his legs come playoffs, due to a late-season injury, but this season was one of the best. Tracy joins Jimmy Golden and Élisée Marchal as running backs who have won MVP awards.

Playoff MVP - DL Wayne Baxton HFX
The playoff MVP award was a difficult one to pick, as there were many players that performed well throughout the postseason, from DB Joe Robinson to QB Lyle Painter, or even DB Cameron Taylor or WR Shane Steadman, but in the end, Wayne Baxton continued to make a huge impact on the line. Causing a few turnovers and leading the playoffs in sacks. His play on the field often seemed to fuel the Mariners’ defence to continue to play at the elite level they had in all 3 of their games.

Offensive Player of the Year - QB Nathaniel Braddock BOS
Nathaniel Braddock takes home his second OPOY this season, winning with an 83% majority (with the votes for Tracy going to him). Braddock continues to show that he is one of the best in the game despite Boston’s shortcomings. His 25 passing touchdowns was a career-high this season. Braddock has still somewhat left a lot to be desired in his career despite his generational label coming out of the draft in 1958, but his second OPOY will certainly help his legacy.

Defensive Player of the Year - DL Bernhard Hartmann OTT
Hartmann takes home the DPOY for the first time in his young career and joins DB Neville Falkner as the only players to win the DPOY award in their second season in the league. The vote, however, was very close as Hartmann only had a 33% of the vote, only winning by a single vote. Hartmann has already become a stapl

Football » North American Association of Football - NAAF » 7/30/2022 6:00 pm

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50th McCallister Cup

Roster Moves
IND: S Clarence Sale - Injured Reserve -> Active Roster
IND: S Chase Penrod - Active Roster -> Reserve List

Halifax Mariners VS. Indiana Victors - Richardson Stadium - Boston, MA - October 6, 1968 - 6 PM ET - Weather: Cloudy - 12ºC | 54ºF
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Pre-Game
In the week leading up to the big game, an interesting story out of Halifax . Tickets for the 50th McCallister Cup were available at the box offices at Atlantic Stadium and many came paired with a ticket for a ferry to Boston. Boston owner, Benjamin Harris, was the one behind the task, helping his friend and owner of the Mariners, Elliot Hudson, to get his fans into the city of Boston. It certainly made the crowd in Boston quite loud in favour of the Mariners. Indiana fans did make the trip as well, but it was far less than the Mariners. There was even the audible sound of the classic “JAV! JAV! JAV!” chant as WR Jav Kerrigan’s name was called during team introductions.

1st Q
The Indiana Victors elected to kick the ball to the Mariners to start the game in hopes of creating some momentum with their defence and quiet the Mariners’ faithful. The strategy would appear to work with the Mariners’ only picking up 1 yard on their first drive. The Victors would get the ball and Tom Applewhite would take the field. Indiana’s first drive would end with WR Ed Edwards making a stellar catch over his head in the back of the endzone. The Mariners’ offence retook the field and once again were stuffed by the Victors’ defence. While Indiana failed to score on their second drive, they would have another s

Football » North American Association of Football - NAAF » 7/27/2022 7:45 pm

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1968 Division Finals

East Division Final - Ottawa Royals VS. Halifax Mariners - Royals Stadium at Brewer Park - September 28, 1968 - 7 PM ET - Weather: Mostly Cloudy - 13ºC | 56ºF
1st Q
The Royals’ return to the postseason started off pretty quiet as both their defence and Halifax’s were playing well to start. It would be Ottawa who was able to get into Mariners’ territory first, on a great play from WR Piers Key, who spun off a tackle to pick up 34 yards. K Ira Foster would trot onto the field to give Ottawa their first points of the game. Halifax’s offence followed suit not long after with a strong push into Royals’ territory to get their own field goal. The remainder of the opening quarter would be scoreless.
OTT 3-3 HFX

2nd Q
The defensive battle remained intact in the 2nd quarter. The Mariners would be the first team to start to make a push into the opposing territory. However, as they got closer to the endzone, QB Lyle Painter would take a risky shot down the field to WR Jav Kerrigan and it would come up intercepted in the arms of S Marc Bellecourt. Ottawa’s offence would take the field and look to get out of their own end, however, on their second play of offence DL Wayne Baxton would break around the O-line on a blitz and nail QB Tyrion Gainsborough with a brutal hit. The ball practically flew off of the flailing arm of Gainsborough and the Mariners’ blitz would swarm the ball and would come up with possession. The Mariners’ offence retook the field and would make quick work to score the first major of the day on a pass to WR Shane Steadman. The touchdown would be the lone score of the quarter.
OTT 3-10 HFX

3rd Q
The second half would see the Royals appear to make some adjustments. The offence was being quick and decisive with their plays. It would work well as the team continuously picked up enough yards to keep the drive alive. Unfortunately, their luck

Football » The American Football League » 7/27/2022 6:31 pm

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Glad to see you back up and running Dire. Quite an interesting first season, love seeing the Rivermen make a late-season push to keep things interesting. Tough seeing 3 teams struggle so much, however. I'm pulling for the Hawks in the final. 

Football » North American Association of Football - NAAF » 7/25/2022 6:32 pm

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Kingsfan11 wrote:

Damn, Buffalo lost. Oh well, I knew the streak of consecutive playoff wins had to end someday. On the other hand, Buffalo continues their streak of either losing their first playoff game or winning it all (I think, I could be wrong).

Yes, you are correct. Buffalo doesn't like to stick around if they ain't winning it.

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