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7/04/2021 4:49 pm  #1611


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1964 NAAF Draft - Rounds 2-5

2nd Round

Jumping into the second round, the Steelheads would grab the first tight end of the draft with Jesse Butler to be a potential starter of the future. After Butler, a pair of running backs would go next. Halifax would take George Seahorse to add to their depth in the RB core, and the Victors would take RB Robert Jack. Indiana seems to be following the Blue Wings’ strategy from 1960 when they took RB Jimmy Golden and QB Charles Lemieux. 

The Blue Wings would take their OL next with Clancy Harrison at 15. Ahead of the 16th pick, the Steelheads would make a trade up to 16 to take Peterborough, ON native QB Leif Christiansen. They would give up veteran DL Eli McDuff and the 34th pick to make the move. 
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Montreal and London would follow up with OL. The Tigers took Keith Barker, who looked like a bit of a reach still with their first pick of the draft. The Royals would make an interesting pick in WR Colby Bancana, a WR that ended up having a rough final year in college, which turned a lot of teams away from him. It is a risky pick from Ottawa, but it could pay off if Bancana returns to his original potential. The final few picks were pretty solid with Long Island adding to their defence, the Gold Stars getting a future replacement for WR Sammy Moss in Doug Piva, and then the Tigers would take S Ezekiel Locke to close out the round. 

2nd Round Picks
12 - TOR - TE Jesse Butler - Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
13 - HFX - RB George Seahorse - Lowell, MA - ThisIsFine
14 - IND - RB Robert Jack - Lansing, MI - H-Town1141
15 - BUF - OL Clancy Harrison - Bowling Green, KY - Darknes
16 - TOR (from LI) - QB Leif Christiansen - Peterborough, ON - ThisIsFine
17 - MTL - OL Mathieu Roy - Moncton, NB - Kingsfan11
18 - LDN (from LOU via HFX) - OL Keith Barker - Guelph, ON - Kingsfan11
19 - OTT - WR Colby Bancana - Portland, ME - Stickman
20 - LI (from BOS) - LB Ed Krzano - Buck Creek, IN - Dan O’Mac
21 - PRO - WR Doug Piva - Framingham, MA - ItDoesntMatter
22 - LDN - S Ezekiel Locke - West Chester, PA - Dan O’Mac

3rd Round
The 3rd round would end up seeing teams start to reach for some players as they were looking for needs rather than pure talent. Toronto was an example by taking the local talent in WR Kyle Hatherley, and then the Victors and Raiders reaching for defensive linemen due to the lack of depth at the position in the draft. London would also reach for a London-born DL to close out the round. 

3rd Round Picks
23 - TOR - WR Kyle Hatherley - Toronto, ON - Wallflower
24 - HFX - LB Enzo Morello - Revere, MA - Darknes
25 - IND - DL Khalid Al-Amin - Riyadh, KSA / New York City, NY - QCS
26 - BUF - OL Randall Graham - Cleveland, OH - DireBear
27 - LI - DL Douglas Jackson - Columbia, MD - ItDoesntMatter
28 - BUF (from MTL) - DB Ike Vander Waal - Providence, RI - JamHeronArk
29 - LOU - WR Chad Anderson - Cambridge, MA - Wallflower
30 - OTT - OL Harrold Kera - Horseheads, NY - JamHeronArk
31 - BUF (from BOS via OTT) - LB Billy Frederick - Buffalo, NY
32 - IND (from PRO) - LB Lucas Gladwell - Loogootee, IN - Dan O’Mac
33 - LDN - DL Keith Gavelstein - London, ON - Darknes

4th Round
The 4th round would start to see more QB’s going with the Raiders taking QB Willoughby Sherman, a QB that put himself on the map after a surprisingly good senior year. Halifax would also take a QB in Jace Beleren, who some see as the more well-rounded of the two QB’s taken. 

4th Round Picks
34 - LI (from TOR) - OL Aaron Sharpless - Leominster, MA - ItDoesntMatter
35 - LOU (from HFX) - S Tom McDougall - St. Stephen, NB - ItDoesntMatter
36 - LI (from IND) - QB Willoughby Sherman - Scarsdale, NY - ItDoesntMatter
37 - BUF - DB Johnny Fairbanks - Rochester, NY - Kingsfan11
38 - HFX (from LI) - QB Jace Beleren - Cambridge, MA - Darknes
39 - MTL - DL Albert Kirk - Litchfield, NH - ItDoesntMatter
40 - LOU - DL Harvey Stephenson - Louisville, KY - ANDY!
41 - OTT (from LI) - TE Bobby Clark - Boston, MA - DireBear
42 - BOS - RB Virgil Caldwell - Boston, MA - JamHeronArk
43 - PRO - OL Eustace Cloudwell -Pittsfield, MA - JamHeronArk
44 - OTT (from LDN) - DB Anthony Poirier - Windsor, QC - Kingsfan11

5th Round
The final round ended up being more local picks and shots in the dark as teams were just looking to close out the draft. Providence would take one last QB with Joel Joeson at 54 before the Tigers would take DB Gord Honk with the final pick. 

5th Round Picks
45 - TOR - OL Winston Teddison - Chatham-Kent, ON - QCS
46 - HFX - DB Finnegan Pike - Plymouth, MA - ItDoesntMatter
47 - IND - WR Pablo Cordova - Sandusky, OH - Dan O’Mac
48 - BUF - RB Kelvin Terrell - Buffalo, NY - Osctheg
49 - LI - DL Abraham Evans Jr. - Nashville, TN - Stickman
50 - BOS (from MTL) - LB Kyle Essena - Louisville, KY - JamHeronArk
51 - LOU - S Chris Crosswell - Murfreesboro, KY - ProsecutorMilesEdgeworth
52 - OTT - LB Eric Dionne -Victoriaville, QC - Kingsfan11
53 - BOS - OL Alexander Updegraff - Wilkes-Barre, PA - ItDoesntMatter
54 - PRO - QB Joel Joeson - New York City, NY - QCS
55 - LDN - DB Gord Honk - Syracuse, NY - Wallflower
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7/05/2021 4:21 pm  #1612


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1964 Free Agency Part 2

PATIENT WIDE RECEIVERS FIND THEIR NEW HOMES
With several of the top WRs now off the board and teams have made their picks at the draft, the patient WRs would now find their new teams. The first would be WR Ben Roland who would make the decision to officially swap spots with WR Sammy Moss and head to Providence. Sammy Moss of course had signed with the Thunder, Roland’s old team. WR Darryl Duke would also join Sammy Moss in signing a 1-year deal with the Thunder. WR Benedict Spencer was a bit overlooked by a lot of teams with his age and smaller size being a turn-off for some teams. With that, the Royals would be able to slip in a bring in the veteran to provide some leadership to a younger WR core. 

BLUE WINGS ACQUIRE TINT FROM INDEPENDENTS
With the aging TE’s retiring from the Blue Wings, they were in need of a replacement. They would ultimately find their guy in Independent’s TE Tanner Tint. Tint has been with Boston for the last 3 seasons and has been quite food, however, Boston does feel strongly about the development of WR Ellis Lindholm’s younger brother, Tobias, and expects him to take over the starting job this season. In the end, they would send Tint to the Blue Wings for LB Aristofane Zuccaro. Zuccaro was taken 13th overall last season, but with LB Randall Lambert getting picked in the first round this year, they are willing to part ways.  
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SALARY CRUNCH LEADS TO SEVERAL TRADES
As the final free agents were being brought in, both Louisville and Toronto were facing some tough salary situations that would force them to make some late moves to get under. Toronto would have a fairly easy task, as they made a couple of small trades. The first was sending their backup TE Emmanuel Dorsey to the Raiders for undrafted DL Russell Lawrence. The Raiders were in need of a TE to back up Andrew Mathias and were willing to make the move. The second move was a pretty even trade with the Royals as they swapped offensive linemen. The Steelheads would send OL Calvin Forman to the Royals for OL David Alexander. The move looks to benefit both teams with the OL both being only 26-years-old.
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As for the Thunder they had some tough decisions to make since they had more cap to clear. They would make a couple of moves as well, starting with sending OL Cliff Strautzenberger to the Buffalo Blue Wings for the younger OL Sun Guanyu. Buffalo would retain some salary from Guanyu in order to make the trade work and warrant the higher value. The second would be a tougher trade to make with the Thunder sending over 26-year-old WR Denis Langlois to the Victors for WR LeRoy Krueger and a 1965 4th Round Pick. The interesting part of the trade was Krueger going back since he had only signed with the Victors a few days before the trade. However, Krueger would be okay with the trade since he had not settled in and well Louisville would be likely a more competitive spot. 
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RARE KICKER SWITCH BETWEEN OTTAWA AND PROVIDENCE
There wasn’t a trade involved in this situation, but both the Royals and Gold Stars would swap kickers through free agency. K Ira Foster was interested in exploring some more options like many of the other players in the league usually do. The Ottawa native was hoping to return to Canada if the opportunity came along. Fortunately, the Royals would end up deciding to move on from K Maurice Lafayette and would target Foster to replace him. Foster was thrilled to sign with his hometown team for the next season. Lafayette would end up taking over the spot with Providence to complete the swap. 

Remaining Free Agent Signings
4 - WR Ben Roland LOU -> PRO 2Y, $22,000
8 - WR Darryl Duke MTL -> LOU 1Y, $15,000
9 - WR Benedict Spencer PRO -> OTT 1Y, $14,000
11 - RB Eddie Thompson LDN -> LI 1Y, $14,000
12 - RB Don Gregson IND -> OTT 1Y, $13,500
17 - QB Terry Bourbon LI -> PRO 1Y, $14,000
21 - S Cal Clemmons IND -> PRO 1Y, $14,500


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7/05/2021 11:31 pm  #1613


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Even though this may be a bit late, but it's nice to see Super Max Tracy at the top of the draft board. Hopefully the Toronto crowds will be singing his name for some time to come. Should be interesting to see how he and the rest of my top picks will pan out, but hopefully Super Max will be up there with my other #1 pick, NEVILLE.

 

7/07/2021 7:31 pm  #1614


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NAAF Semi-Pro Partnership
It was announced during the offseason that the NAAF had decided to strengthen their partnerships with lower levels of hybrid football. Over the years, the Ligue de football amateur du Québec and the New England Regional Amateur League have become the biggest competitions outside of the NAAF that play hybrid football. The NAAF and the two leagues would be working together to try and help the two leagues create more revenue and grow the game. They announced that the two leagues would move from amateur (a level of league in which there isn’t salaries, only prize money), to a new level known as Semi-Pro. The new style would allow for an increase in revenue and pay for the players involved which would likely be standardized across the leagues. The most important part of this would be the ability of NAAF Reserve List players to be loaned out to Semi-pro teams for their 6-game season. 

The two leagues would be rebranded as the Eastern Canadian Semi-Pro Football League/Ligue de football semi-pro de l'Est du Canada (ECSFL/LFSEC) and the New England Semi-Pro Football Championship (NESFC)

The ECSFL would take the current 8 Quebec teams and add 2 Ontario teams, specifically the Toronto Brawlers and Kitchener Blue Tigers.
WEST
Toronto Brawlers
Kitchener Blue Tigers
Gatineau Rangers
Montreal Owls
Longueuil Larks

EAST
Sherbrooke Bulldogs
Trois-Rivieres Voyageurs
Levis Lions
Quebec City Knights (Chevaliers)
Quebec City Rams (Béliers) 

The NESFC was renamed to match the old New England Football Championship (the original league that used the McCallister Cup and originally contained Providence, Boston, and Hartford (Long Island). Several teams that have won the McCallister cup in their history are a part of the league (Cambridge Rovers, Manchester Blues (Blueshirts), and New Haven Scouts. It was much smaller than the ECSFL with only 6 teams:

NESFC
Cambridge Rovers
Portland Gulls
Manchester Blues
New Haven Scouts
Springfield Black Bears
Lowell Lancers

*This won't be a major part of the story, just a little bit of world-building.


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7/08/2021 4:46 pm  #1615


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1965 NAAF Expansion Decision and Announcement
With the merger with the OFU, the NAAF was looking for a 12th team to add to the league. As stated before, the league was looking for a financially viable candidate and had a stadium that was ready to be played at for the 1965 season. 

The Deliberation
The NAAF began their search with many of the cities that The Athletics had played at during the 1962 travelling season. Those cities included Hartford, CT, Springfield, MA, Portland, ME, Quebec City, QC, and Kitchener, ON. Kitchener was quickly discarded from a possible team due to the small size and the league’s previous time in the market. The other 4 cities were looked at quite carefully. 

The league would make some cuts shortly after to narrow down the options. Springfield was dropped due to a lack of a financially viable ownership option, despite having an alright stadium in Patrick Smyth Memorial Stadium. Hartford was the second dropped as the city still is not willing to build a new stadium, and Arnold H. Benson Park was no longer good enough to hold a team for the future. Quebec City and Portland would be looked at further. 

The one issue with the NAAF looking in the East was that the Long Island Raiders were hoping that they would be able to stay in the East Division instead of being moved back into the West. If either Quebec City or Portland are added, it would likely result in Long Island being stuck in the West Division again. With the Raiders’ hopes in mind, the NAAF looked for more candidates out west. 

They would look into several mid-western cities that would fit well with the Victors and Thunder. The top candidates in this area were Fort Wayne, IN, Toledo, OH, and Grand Rapids, MI. After looking at them, Fort Wayne would be determined as the best option due to having decent potential ownership and a big enough college stadium. Grand Rapids was still an uncertain market much like they were when they were considered during the 1957 expansion process, and would be dropped. Toledo did not have a stadium ready to go despite being a decently sized market. 

Ultimately, one of the biggest and closest options ended up being Minneapolis, MN. Minneapolis is one of the biggest markets that does not have a professional-level football team. The main reason for this was the mayor’s reluctance to build a new stadium. There is already the city's baseball stadium, however, it was built back in 1927 and it is the smaller size. The potential owner, Kris Mathieson, was still taking a chance on trying to get a team. The NAAF certainly would love to work with Mathieson, but they would like a new stadium in place to make the big jump over there. Mathieson’s attempts to get Mayor Brad Kennard and the city to approve a new stadium were unsuccessful. Kennard mainly stands by the belief that the current building is perfectly fine and does not see a reason to build a new stadium. 

With that proposal up in arms the NAAF turned back towards their other options. Over the final months of decisions, a final option would come into fruition and soon after commissioner Ryan Jameson would officially announce the decision. 

The Decision
“We are excited to announce that the 12th North American Association of Football franchise will begin to play in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1965.”

The announcement seemed to come way out of left field, however, the reasons for the move make too much sense. Starting with the official owner of the team, William Braddock. William Braddock, former Pittsburgh Hammers’ QB and father of current Independents’ QB Nathaniel Braddock, has become immensely interested in the NAAF. His initial frustration with his son’s decision to got to the NAAF instead of the ACFL had faded over the years as he slowly started to appreciate what the NAAF was doing. He has begun to believe that the NAAF is the better run of the two leagues. In the last few seasons, he has been looking for an opportunity to get involved somehow. The desire led to several attempts to get into the Independents organization, but had been unsuccessful thus far. Once the expansion possibility came up, he jumped all over it. 

As for the market itself, Pittsburgh does have the challenge of directly competing with the Pittsburgh Hammers, however, it may be a winnable fight. Ever since William Braddock retired, the Hammers have had only one good QB, and that was Angelo Medina who didn’t last long before heading to Buffalo in 1950. Since then, they have not had a .500 or above season. They have drafted several top-end QB’s that have all somehow flopped. Though that may have been due to the lack of talent around them as some went on to be good with other teams. Fans were getting very frustrated with the team’s lack of success. However, the ultimate turning point happened just a few weeks earlier when the last bit of hope in Pittsburgh was thrown away.

In the last couple of seasons, the team seemed to finally land an alright QB in Kenny Hodgson. He had been solid in the last couple of seasons, however, out of the blue the team traded the QB to the Boston Shamrocks. The move was a head-scratcher that infuriated the fanbase. There were some conspiracy theories that the ACFL, mainly Steven Van Fossen, forced the move, which only increased when the Richmond Lions made a similar move with Boston regarding a young RB. 

At this point, the fans were done with the ACFL. Even Pittsburgh’s mayor was done with it all. When Braddock came to him, he was more than willing to help secure a lease to use the Hammer’s Stadium, Riverfront Stadium of Pittsburgh. The second issue for Braddock was securing a financial partner. He didn’t have to go far as long-time friend and Hammers’ supporter and sponsor Bert Marshall of Marshall Steelworks was more than willing to help Braddock with the new opportunity. 

It was a perfect opportunity for the NAAF to grow the league. A team that was more to the west, with a stadium and financial support, and a vulnerable ACFL team. The situation feels very similar to both the Buffalo Blue Wings’ and Long Island Raiders’ dealings with the NYFL (prior to and during their merger with the ACFL). Jameson is very ecstatic about the new team and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the NAAF. 

Steven Van Fossen was asked about the NAAF’s move and was quick to reassure that everything would be just fine. “I’m not worried. Pittsburgh is a true American football market. The fans have stuck with the team through thick and thin, they will still win out. You will see over the next few years, the ACFL will pull through in both Pittsburgh and Boston.”

That is all that I have for now. The team’s branding will be revealed next offseason. 
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7/08/2021 5:28 pm  #1616


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Pittsburgh is a huge get, and will definitely help alleviate the travels for both Indiana and Louisville. Assuming the Hammers continue to be run poorly, getting a big city like Pittsburgh will only help the NAAF.


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7/08/2021 5:32 pm  #1617


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Pittsburgh huh? I was pretty confident it would be Quebec City or someone getting the expansion team, I'm surprised but happy to see the NAAF finally trying to take on the ACFL on their terms, rather then defending their markets from other leagues. I'm excited to see what Braddock and the city of Pittsburgh comes up for an identity. Theres still several colors I'd be more interested in seeing in the league, since the Athletics relocation, there's been no black primary uniform, there's never been a primary orange or brown uniform either. So maybe one of those get picked, a black and orange color scheme would go pretty nice with a steel industry inspired identity, however I doubt the team would go in that direction as the Hammers already have that covered, plus the Toronto Steeler-heads. Whichever way it goes I think it'll look good. What are the odds they actually pull a Toronto Steelheads actually and just merge with the Hammers some how and take that name?

Fantastic write up by the way!

 

7/08/2021 6:32 pm  #1618


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Excited to see a big American city join the NAAF! I think this is a nice get for the league and certainly puts the ACFL on its toes. As DP mentioned, going with a steel industry name might be too close to the Hammers, but I feel like it would be best if the NAAF essentially ignored the ACFL and just did what they thought was best no matter what. Either way excited to see the brand!


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7/08/2021 10:50 pm  #1619


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What a blow to the ACFL if Braddock and Marshall buys the Hammers and moves them to the NAAF


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7/11/2021 4:13 pm  #1620


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MyTeamIsDr.Pepper wrote:

Pittsburgh huh? I was pretty confident it would be Quebec City or someone getting the expansion team, I'm surprised but happy to see the NAAF finally trying to take on the ACFL on their terms, rather then defending their markets from other leagues. I'm excited to see what Braddock and the city of Pittsburgh comes up for an identity. Theres still several colors I'd be more interested in seeing in the league, since the Athletics relocation, there's been no black primary uniform, there's never been a primary orange or brown uniform either. So maybe one of those get picked, a black and orange color scheme would go pretty nice with a steel industry inspired identity, however I doubt the team would go in that direction as the Hammers already have that covered, plus the Toronto Steeler-heads. Whichever way it goes I think it'll look good. What are the odds they actually pull a Toronto Steelheads actually and just merge with the Hammers some how and take that name?

Fantastic write up by the way!

Thank you, DP!
I'm sure there might be a chance of purchasing the Hammers, however, I do think it will be tough task, as I doubt Van Fossen is going to be willing to let a team get bought out after the NAAF denied his attempts to purchase the Athletics. 

I do appreciate the thoughts about the branding, but I can't say much on that, but you will see soon enough. 

ZO82 wrote:

What a blow to the ACFL if Braddock and Marshall buys the Hammers and moves them to the NAAF

Like above, just don't think this would directly happen within the relationships between the leagues. 


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