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2/22/2021 10:20 pm  #1251


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

TigerFan93 wrote:

I'm also curious about something that I have zero issue with. Why was Ronald Kociba's hometown changed? I can assure you that Bad Axe, MI is in fact a real town (it's my home town) if that was the issue. Or maybe it's too far north to be in a local area of the league? I'd still like to know. Again, I have zero issue with it. I'm glad I created a first rounder (Peter Kinglsey) for the first time.

I changed it just to put some guys in bigger markets, a lot of people like throwing players into small towns which is great for variety, but that means there are less coming from bigger cities which isn't super realistic. I usually flip several from smaller markets into big ones, that just happened to be one of them. I do check to make sure places exist.

I will say, I always will change players to fit the story and as I need to just for what I feel is right for what I want to do.


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2/23/2021 7:09 pm  #1252


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1961 Free Agency Part 2 

Lang Lands in Montreal
The long-time Raider/Hawk WR Robert Lang found a new home in the Montreal Rouge following the draft. While it was rumoured he might land in Ottawa, they were quickly silenced with the Royals trade for WR Angus Stevenson. Lang would sign a 1-year deal in Montreal to give the Rouge a real strong WR core heading into next season. WR Derek Cross will lead the way with both Lang and WR Ray Lopez being able to support. Not to mention the Rouge just drafted WR Taylor Karis who is certainly going to make a push for touches this season. QB Gene Bishop is certainly excited about the WR core he is going to have to work with this season.  

Hot Rod Heads Just Down The Road, Joins Several Vets in Move to Thunder
The departure of RB Rodney Clark from the Victors was a little shocking, but what was more surprising was the time it took for Clark to make a decision on a new home. Ultimately, with just a month before training camps were to open, Clark would sign with the Victors’ rivals in the Louisville Thunder. The young RB will be paired up with RB Stavros Black and will likely split a lot of the touches as both are fit to be a starting back. However, Louisville was not finished with just bringing on Clark as they also brought in several veterans aiming to add experience to the young squad. WR Truman Harry, DB Victor Bean, and TE Duane Holloway all signed deals with the team. Truman Harry had previously spent some time with Louisville before he was traded to Ottawa a couple of years ago, Victor Bean is still hunting for a championship and hopes the Louisville secondary can get them there, and Holloway was looking for a fresh start after getting out of the Worcester turmoil. Louisville has quietly become a little more competitive this offseason and they could make a run for the top if things click.  

Boston Has New Face at Tight End
For many seasons the Independents have had TE Richard Stewart headlining the TE position, but he has not been as impactful as they once hoped. After suffering a season-ending injury early in his career, the TE had not fully recovered enough to reach his potential, so Boston finally sought out a new face. They quickly spotted their new piece in TE Tanner Tint who just recently left the London Tigers’ backup role. The 25-year-old is just about to hit his prime and looks pretty solid, many are expecting him to take over Stewart’s starting spot out of the gate. 

ACFL and GLFL Shift
Some young players from both the ACFL and GLFL made moves over to the NAAF. The most notable was WR Fred Summers who signed on with the Buffalo Blue Wings for 3 seasons. The 24-year-old had been playing for the Washington Americans and was not getting a great opportunity, which is suspected to be because of his skin colour. Summers decided to leave and was excited to join a young Buffalo team that hopes he develops into a strong WR for the future. S Gilbert Lopez moved on from the Cincinnati Centurions of the GLFL following the team getting a bright young safety to replace him. He found the NAAF was intriguing and decided to make the shift to the Victors. A pair of youngsters out of the Philadelphia Rebels, LB Ronald Palmer and DL Billy Melton would both join the Worcester Athletics for this season as well. It seems like more young players are looking for greater opportunities and seeing the NAAF as a strong option. 

Top 25 Free Agents
1 - QB Gene Bishop WOR -> MTL 6Y, $31,500-$34,000
2 - LB Rusty McVee LI -> PRO 2Y, $26,000
3 - S Shawn Jensen WOR -> PRO 2Y, $22,000 
4 - RB Rodney Clark IND -> LOU 2Y, $17,000
5 - QB Stanislav Ovechkin MTL -> BUF 2Y, $23,000
6 - QB Lee Rogers MTL -> IND 2Y, $17,500
7 - RB Johnnie Stafford LI -> IND 1Y, $15,000
8 - DB Jared Francis BUF -> PRO 2Y, $12,000
9 - RB Don Gregson LDN -> IND 3Y, $17,000
10 - OL Stanley Witt LDN -> BUF 4Y, $14,000
11 - WR Robert Lang LI -> MTL 1Y, $16,000
12 - DB Petr Westerburg OTT -> BOS 2Y, $12,000
13 - LB Benjamin Pittman LDN -> LOU 1Y, $13,000
14 - TE Tanner Tint LDN -> BOS 4Y, $12,000
15 - QB Caldwell Higgins III IND -> WOR 1Y, 17,500
16 - RB Tobias Graves MTL -> OTT 1Y, $10,000
17 - DL Clyde Dale BOS -> LOU 2Y, $11,000
18 - QB Andrew Sexton IND -> MTL 1Y, $10,000
19 - TE Duane Halloway WOR -> LOU 1Y, $7,500
20 - WR Truman Harry OTT -> LOU 1Y, $12,000
21 - WR Fredrick St. Pierre MTL -> BOS 2Y, $10,000
22 - DB Victor Bean LI -> LOU 1Y, $10,000
23 - DL Remington Hart MTL -> IND 4Y, $9,000
24 - LB Charlie Finster LOU -> PRO 1Y, $13,000
25 - QB Randy Sellers BUF -> BOS 2Y, $10,000 

Undrafted Free Agents
WR Johnny Starwood - Kalamazoo, MI - Rugrat -> IND
QB Jimmy House - Barre, ON - Wallflower -> LOU
DL Leoric Rensfeld - Toronto, ON - Darknes -> LDN
RB Neal Boeser - Waterloo, ON - JamHeronArk -> WOR
DL Barney Morton - Buffalo, NY - Stickman -> BUF
WR Troy York - Troy, NY - ItDoesntMatter -> LI
TE Ronald Orwer - Quebec City, QC - Sevsdast -> PRO
LB Cornelius Mayo - Somerville, MA - ItDoesntMatter -> BOS
TE Jean-Pierre Beaumont - Saint-Eustache, QC - Kingsfan11 -> OTT 


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2/26/2021 5:39 pm  #1253


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1961 Season Preview 

1961 Schedule
The Tigers and Raiders will open up the 1961 season with Ottawa and Boston facing off the next night to bring on some strong matchups out of the gate. QB Gene Bishop and the Rouge will open up their season with Bishop’s old team in Worcester. Canada Day will feature the Royals-Rouge rivalry, and the 4th of July will have the Independents host the Blue Wings. Labour day marks the other holiday with the Blue Wings hosting the Gold Stars and the classic Louisville-Indiana rivalry in Indy. The season will finally close out with the Gold Stars hosting the Rouge. 

Thursday Night Football
W5 - BUF VS LOU
W8 - IND VS BOS
W10 - OTT VS PRO 

Friday Night Football
W1 - OTT VS BOS
W2 - LI VS LOU
W3 - MTL VS PRO
W4 - IND VS BUF
W5 - OTT VS LI
W6 - LI VS WOR
W7 - WOR VS PRO
W8 - PRO VS LOU
W9 - LDN VS MTL
W10 - MTL VS LOU
W11 - MTL VS BOS 

Saturday Night Football
W1 - WOR VS MTL
W3 - LDN VS WOR
W4 - LDN VS LOU
W5 - WOR VS BOS
W7 - BOS VS MTL
W8 - OTT VS LDN
W9 - PRO VS BOS
W10 - BOS VS LI
W11 - LI VS LDN
W12 - BUF VS LI

Special Games
W1 - Kickoff - LDN VS LI
W2 - Canada Day - OTT VS MTL
W2 - 4th of July - BOS VS BUF
W11 - Labour Day - BUF VS PRO
W11 - Labour Day - IND VS LOU
W12 - Season Finale - PRO VS MTL 
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1961 Pre-season Power Rankings

1 - London Tigers 
1960 Record: 8-4 (2nd West)
1960 Result: Won McCallister Cup
Following their first championship, the Tigers didn’t make a lot of changes this offseason and they really didn’t need to. QB Riley Kiernan returns with his young weapons in WR Max Sutton and RB Clifford Russell. They still have the powerful D-line and feisty secondary that will certainly give the Tigers a great shot at repeating. The team did suffer a couple of losses in veterans LB Benjamin Pittman and WR Wilbert Benjamin. Pittman moved onto Louisville while Benjamin called it a career. They will be able to replace the two with youngsters in LB Dallas Dillard and WR Jack Duncan. The Tigers are looking like the favourites again and will be tough to dethrone.  

Captains
C - LB Aengus Lynch
A - QB Riley Kiernan
A - RB Clifford Russell* 

2 - Boston Independents
1960 Record: 8-4 (1st East)
1960 Result: Lost East Division Final

Pressure mounts in Beantown ahead of the 1961 season. After the last several seasons of falling short in the playoffs, the fans are going to be hungry to see the team get back to the championship game. QB Nathaniel Braddock has steadily grown over the past few seasons and now with a fresh new contract, he is the leader for the team to the future. However, this season he will have some help coming in on the back end with DB Petr Westerburg from the Royals and rookie DB Lawrence Ralph. They still have strengths in the WR core and LB core which will keep them in contention as always, the question is, can they finally make it happen when it counts? Only time will tell.

Captains
C - LB Brent Harper
A - WR Ellis Lindholm
A - QB Nathaniel Braddock*

3 - Montreal Rouge
1960 Record: 8-4 (2nd East)
1960 Result: Lost East Division Semi-Final

Landing the top free agent during the offseason will create buzz for any team, but when it’s a potential franchise QB, there is another layer of pure excitement about the team heading into the season. QB Gene Bishop certainly will have a lot of pressure on a Montreal team that is desperate to be truly competitive again. The Rouge did make a return to the playoffs last season, but they were far from taking home a title. With the addition of Bishop into an offence with plenty of weapons, (RB Scott Mallard-White, WR Derek Cross, WR Robert Lang, and TE Eli Grant, just to name a few) the Rouge could be flying all over the field this season. Their slowly developing defence, behind DB Quentin Xavier and S Garet deVale, will aim to be a big help this season as well. Montreal has the makings of a true competitor, whether they reach that level will likely depend on how Bishop performs in his new role.

Captains
C - OL Eugésippe Chalifoux
A - DB Quentin Xavier
A - LB Sam Fitzroy 

4 - Louisville Thunder
1960 Record: 7-5 (3rd West)
1960 Result: Missed Playoffs

Many teams made strong moves this offseason, and the Thunder were certainly one of them. The big one was easily the trade they made at the draft to acquire DL Tyrone Affalo and move up to pick OL Taylor Forbes. Both pieces look to be immediate impacts on both D-line and O-line. The team also brought in several veterans in LB Benjamin Pittman, WR Truman Harry, and DB Victor Bean, to add some leadership to the younger group. On top of that, they also added young RB Rodney Clark to pair up with RB Stavros Black this season which looks to be one of the better duos in the league. The big question will once again remain in the hands of QB Leonidas Dumont. The QB is in a contract year and will be looking to prove himself, especially after the Thunder brought in QB Christian Stewart to back him up this season. The Thunder looks strong once again, now can they turn that into success and a run at the cup.  

Captains
C - QB Leonidas Dumont
A - LB Silas O’Brien
A - DB Alexander Bradley 

5 - Providence Gold Stars
1960 Record: 1-11 (5th East)
1960 Result: Missed Playoffs

It is quite the climb up the power rankings for a team that finished at the bottom of the league last season, but when you add several game-changing pieces to a crumbling defence and return with a still strong offensive attack, you certainly can climb out of the hole quickly. LB Rusty McVee, S Shawn Jensen, and DB Jared Francis all come to the Gold Stars looking to get the team back on track and rebuild the defence quickly. They also will be getting help from the #1 overall pick DB Neville Falkner, who already looks like a stellar piece in training camp. The big story outside of the new additions will be QB Connor O’Rourke who is aiming for a rebound season after a pretty tough 1960 season. The veteran QB is hoping that with the help he can return to MVP form and finally get the Gold Stars over the top this season.  

Captains
C - QB Connor O’Rourke
A - DL Calias McDonough
A - OL Wilfred Gibson* 

6 - Ottawa Royals
1960 Record: 7-4-1 (3rd East)
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960 Result: Lost McCallister Cup

After many years of pure dominance, it is odd to see the Royals this far down the power rankings. It comes with both major concerns with the team’s ageing lineup and the other younger teams getting a lot better. However, as long as QB Jean Matieau and HC Joseph Curry remain with the team they are certainly going to be contenders. It is looking like a team that may rely more on its defence than in years past, but that should not stop them from being a strong team. 

Captains
C - QB Jean Matieau
A - DL Olaf Viktorsson
A - DB Uzzia Hayes 

7 - Long Island Raiders
1960 Record: 8-3-1 (1st West)
1960 Result: Lost West Division Final

While seeing the Royals at 6 is a surprise, seeing the Raiders below them at 7 is even more surprising. The Raiders, who have finished 1st in the West in the last three seasons, suffered the most from the league’s new salary cap. They would lose several key pieces (LB Rusty McVee, DL Tyrone Affalo, and WR Robert Lang), which brings a lot of questions to the team this season. Those players will be replaced by the less experienced crew of LB Deon Wiggins, DL Dale Rothery, and WR Tony Albano. The bit of good news for the Raiders is that RB Dareion Fields looks like he has recovered from his major injury from last season and should be back up to form this year. 

Captains
C - DL Vernon Spears
A - LB Elijah Goldwater
A - QB Lyle Painter* 

8 - Buffalo Blue Wings
1960 Record: 2-9-1 (4th West)
1960 Results: Missed Playoffs

Outside of the top 7, things get a bit dicey with the still rebuilding teams. The Buffalo Blue Wings will be about seeing a lot of young players from RB Jimmy Golden to DB Dean Hawkins. However, the most interesting spot could be at QB. The team is leaning towards starting veteran QB Stanislav Ovechkin out of the gate this season, but they have strongly considered giving second-year QB Charles Lemieux a shot out of the gate. It is very likely the young QB does get a shot at some point this season. The Blue Wings will be exciting to watch grow this season, but they are certainly a long shot from being true contenders this season. 

Captains
C - S Frazier Brooks*
A - OL Jean Mathieu-Baptiste
A - LB Lloyd Mathis* 

9 - Indiana Victors
1960 Record: 2-10 (5th West)
1960 Result: Missed Playoffs

The Indiana Victors are hoping that this season can bring a little more promise. The past two seasons have certainly been tough for the team. The good news is people still stand by the team and they seem to be finally heading in the right direction. The addition of 1960 OPOY RB Johnnie Stafford and RB Don Gregson certainly provide some experience in the backfield which can be a huge boost to the offence. However, their big question will be who gets starting snaps between QB Stanley Troyer and QB Lee Rogers. Both QBs have performed well in camp and both likely will have chances early in the season. The team seems to be leaning in Troyer’s direction, but Rogers continues to make his case and could mean both see the field in the opening game. It’s a year of experimentation for the Victors, but the hope is getting to a competitive spot soon enough. 

Captains
C - DL William Sanderson
A - DB Kelly Kirkland
A - RB Johnnie Stafford* 

10 - Worcester Athletics
1960 Record: 7-4-1 (4th East)
1960 Result: Lost West Division Semi-Final

The last team will leave a lot to be desired, while last season they were ranked 10 going into the season, but they also had a young Gene Bishop and several other key pieces last season that helped them reach the playoffs. The huge questions all over the roster don't spell good news for the Athletics. The QB battle is likely to go to QB Terry Bourbon out of the gate, but QB Caldwell Higgins III could also challenge for starting snaps this season. The team’s roster has been burnt to a crisp over the past several seasons and is leading to an even longer rebuild.  

Captains
C - LB Scotty Williams
A - OL Cliff Strauztenberger
A - DL Brayden Mills* 

Wallflower's 1961 Prediction
WEST
London 9-3 -y
Louisville 8-4 -x
Long Island 5-7 
Buffalo 3-9
Indiana 2-10

EAST
Boston 9-3 -y
Montreal 8-4 -x
Providence 7-5 -x
Ottawa 6-6 -c
Worcester 2-10

Playoffs
DSF
PRO over MTL
LOU over OTT

DF
BOS over PRO
LDN over LOU

43rd McCallister Cup
BOS over LDN


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2/27/2021 1:41 am  #1254


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

I think it’s Boston’s year to win it all as much as it pains me to say that. With the moves they made this offseason it’s a championship or bust season. I also think my Gold Stars have a chance to exceed expectations but being in an extremely competitive division doesn’t help them at all.


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2/27/2021 6:17 pm  #1255


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1961 Week 1
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London Tigers - 20, Long Island Raiders - 12 - Western Fair Stadium - June 22, 1961 - 7 PM ET - Weather: Clear
1st Q
7-0 LDN - RTD RB Clifford Russell
7-3 LI - FG K Henderson Schumacher
2nd Q
7-6 LI - FG K Henderson Schumacher
10-6 LDN - FG K Nimrod Handsworth
3rd Q
17-6 LDN - PTD QB Riley Kiernan -> WR Max Sutton
4th Q
17-12 LI - RTD RB Dareion Fields
20-12 LDN - FG K Nimrod Handsworth 

A close and defensive game between the Tigers and Raiders kicked off the season.
The Tigers' offence was strong as a whole finding the endzone twice, while the Raiders struggled to get the ball moving.
RB Dareion Fields was getting back into action and new OC Levi Bray was still working on some of his strategies so it seems understandable that the team would not come out with an explosion of offence.  

Ottawa Royals - 10, Boston Independents - 23 - Royals Stadium at Brewer Park - June 23, 1961 - FNF - 7 PM ET - Weather: Clear
1st Q
0-3 BOS - FG K Johnnie Berg
7-3 OTT - PTD QB Jean Matieau -> TE Jervonte Howell
2nd Q
7-10 BOS - RTD RB Kendall Morgan
3rd Q
10-10 OTT - FG K Maurice Lafayette
10-13 BOS - FG K Johnnie Berg
4th Q
10-20 BOS - PTD QB Nathaniel Braddock -> WR Paul Franklin
10-23 BOS - FG K Johnnie Berg 

The Independents came out to a strong start to their season with a huge win over the Royals.
The Boston defence came up with a big second half shutting down the Royals offence and coming up with a pair of turnovers. 
LB Brent Harper had a forced fumble and then DB Lawrence Ralph had his first career pick.
The Royals looked a bit flat and will need to work on some things ahead of their week 2 match against the Rouge 

Louisville Thunder - 35, Buffalo Blue Wings - 22 - Thunder Stadium - June 24, 1961 - 3 PM ET - Weather: Clear
1st Q
7-0 LOU - RTD RB Stavros Black
7-7 BUF - RTD RB Jimmy Golden
7-10 BUF - FG K Donald Brewer
2nd Q
14-10 LOU - RTD RB Rodney Clark
14-13 BUF - FG K Donald Brewer
21-13 LOU - PTD QB Leonidas Dumont -> WR Piers Key
3rd Q
21-19 BUF - RTD RB Jimmy Golden
28-19 LOU - PTD QB Leonidas Dumont -> WR Piers Key
4th Q
28-22 BUF - FG K Donald Brewer
35-22 LOU - PTD QB Leonidas Dumont -> WR Piers Key 

The Thunder came out with a hot start led by both QB Leonidas Dumont and WR Piers Key who combined for 3 touchdowns. 
Both Stavros Black and Rodney Clark made an impact as well, each rushing for a touchdown in the game.
RB Jimmy Golden had a strong start with a pair of touchdowns in the loss. 
DB Alexander Bradley did have a pick along with DB Jayden Mills, while Buffalo was not able to get anything on defence.  

Worcester Athletics - 24, Montreal Rouge - 30 - Worcester Stadium - June 24, 1961 - SNF - 7 PM ET - Weather: Cloudy
1st Q
0-3 MTL - FG K Arthur Kettinger
2nd Q
3-3 WOR - FG K Elvis Franklin
10-3 WOR - DTD INT DB Joe Robinson
10-6 MTL - FG K Arthur Kettinger
3rd Q
10-13 MTL - RTD RB Scott Mallard-White
10-16 MTL - FG K Arthur Kettinger
17-16 WOR - PTD QB Terry Bourbon -> WR Zachariah Pembroke
4th Q
17-23 MTL - PTD QB Gene Bishop -> WR Robert Lang
24-23 WOR - RTD RB Lawrence Sharp
24-30 MTL - PTD QB Gene Bishop -> WR Derek Cross 

It was a scary game in Worcester for the Rouge who would not be able to stay ahead of the Athletics squad. 
QB Gene Bishop struggled in the first half, but he was able to get going and toss a pair of touchdowns to give Montreal the win. 
DB Joe Robinson helped the Athletics a lot with the win, picking up an interception and taking it back to the house.
QB Terry Bourbon was alright in his first start with the Athletics throwing a touchdown, but he made his own mistakes throwing a pair of interceptions to DB Quentin Xavier and S Garet deVale. 

Indiana Victors - 15, Providence Gold Stars - 28 - Victory Stadium - June 25, 1961 - 2 PM ET - Weather: Cloudy
1st Q
0-7 PRO - PTD QB Connor O’Rourke -> TE Michael Bowman III
1-7 IND - Single K Ross Poindexter
4-7 IND - FG K Ross Poindexter
2nd Q
4-14 PRO - RTD RB Marcus Devonshire
11-14 IND - RTD RB Johnnie Stafford
3rd Q
12-14 IND - Single Ross Poindexter
12-21 PRO - PTD QB Connor O’Rourke -> WR Cedric Peterson
4th Q
15-21 IND - FG K Ross Poindexter
15-28 PRO - PTD QB Connor O’Rourke -> WR Christian Venegas 

The Gold Stars opened up by matching their win total from last season with a win over the Victors on the road.QB Connor O’Rourke had a strong performance with 3 touchdown passes and 275 Passing Yards.
RB Johnnie Stafford was able to do something for the Victors' offence scoring a touchdown. 
DB Neville Falkner did make an impact with his first career pickoff of QB Stanley Troyer, and DL Calias McDonough grabbed a forced fumble as well.  

Injury Report
DL Fred Webster IND - Day-to-Day
DL Tyrone Affalo LOU - 4 Weeks
TE Oliver Chandler WOR - Day-to-Day 

Players of the Week 
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OFF: WR Piers Key LOU - 3 Receiving Touchdowns, 176 Receiving Yards 
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DEF: LB Brent Harper BOS - 1 Forced Fumble, 11 Tackles 

Standings
WEST
Louisville 1-0
London 1-0
Long Island 0-1
Buffalo 0-1
Indiana 0-1 

EAST
Boston 1-0
Providence 1-0
Montreal 1-0
Worcester 0-1
Ottawa 0-1 

Power Rankings
1 - London -
2 - Boston -
3 - Louisville +1
4 - Montreal -1
5 - Providence -
6 - Ottawa -
7 - Long Island -
8 - Buffalo -
9 - Worcester +1
10 - Indiana -1

Week 2 Games
LOU (1-0) @ LI (0-1) - JUN 30 - Friday Night Football - 7 PM ET
MTL (1-0) @ OTT (0-1) - JUL 1 - Canada Day - 5 PM ET
LDN (1-0) @ IND (0-1) - JUL 2 - 1 PM ET 
WOR (0-1) @ PRO (1-0) - JUL 2 - 4 PM ET 
BUF (0-1) @ BOS (1-0) - JUL 4 - 4th of July - 5 PM ET


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2/27/2021 8:13 pm  #1256


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Off to a good start this year! What a game by Key!

 

2/28/2021 5:38 pm  #1257


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1961 Week 2 
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Long Island Raiders - 10, Louisville Thunder - 21 - Long Island Stadium - June 31, 1961 - FNF - 7 PM ET - Weather: Clear
1st Q
3-0 LI - FG K Henderson Schumacher
3-7 LOU - PTD QB Leonidas Dumont -> WR Truman Harry
2nd Q
3-14 LOU - RTD RB Rodney Clark
3rd Q
10-14 LI - RTD RB Dareion Fields
10-21 LOU - PTD QB Leonidas Dumont -> WR Piers Key
4th Q 

The Thunder came through with their second win of the season with Dumont throwing another two touchdowns in the win. 
Long Island still struggled on offence outside of a Dareion Fields touchdown, with QB Lyle Painter throwing a pick to S Johnny Berger.
The Thunder defence played really well and pretty much shut down all offensive attacks from the Raiders. 
The Raiders' defence was able to help a bit with DL Vernon Spears getting a forced fumble. 

Ottawa Royals - 13, Montreal Rouge - 17 - Royals Stadium at Brewer Park - July 1, 1961 - Canada Day - 5 PM ET - Weather: Clear
1st Q
3-0 OTT - FG K Maurice Lafayette
2nd Q
3-7 MTL - RTD RB Scott Mallard-White
3rd Q
10-7 OTT - RTD RB Alexei Volkov
10-14 MTL - PTD QB Gene Bishop -> WR Ray Lopez
4th Q
13-14 OTT - FG K Maurice Lafayette
13-17 MTL - FG K Arthur Kettinger 

A shockingly defensive game between the Royals and the Rouge ended with the Rouge narrowly escaping with a win.
QB Gene Bishop has been struggling in his new system, so the ball was in the hands of Scott Mallard-White for the most part, which did work in the end.
S Garet deVale had a big day for the Rouge bringing in a pick along with 5 tackles.
Ottawa has lacked their offensive might in the first couple of games and seems to be struggling to get going in this season; the loss marks their first 0-2 start since the 1949 season.
*Also that 0-2 start was at the hands of the Independents and the Rouge with both games also in Ottawa* 

Indiana Victors - 23, London Tigers - 29 - Victory Stadium - July 2, 1961 - 1 PM ET - Weather: Cloudy
1st Q
3-0 IND - FG K Ross Poindexter
3-7 LDN - PTD QB Riley Kiernan -> WR Jack Duncan
2nd Q
3-10 LDN - FG K Nimrod Handsworth
10-10 IND - RTD RB Johnnie Stafford
10-11 LDN - Single K Nimrod Handsworth
3rd Q
16-11 IND - PTD QB Stanley Troyer -> WR Alexei Dubois
16-17 LDN - PTD QB Riley Kiernan -> WR Benedict Spencer
16-19 LDN - 2PT RB Clifford Russell
4th Q
23-19 IND - PTD QB Stanley Troyer -> WR Silas Peyton
23-26 LDN - RTD RB Clifford Russell
23-29 LDN - FG K Nimrod Handsworth 

The Indiana Victors gave the Tigers a run for their money with a strong 2-touchdown performance from QB Stanley Troyer. 
QB Riley Kiernan would match Troyer’s performance with 2-touchdowns himself.
As for defence, London had a pick from DB Jackson Miles and a forced fumble from LB Aengus Lynch, and the Victors would have help from DB Kelly Kirkland and DL William Sanderson.
Kirkland’s interception would help lead to WR Silas Peyton’s touchdown which shows the defence getting a bit of a rhythm. 

Providence Gold Stars - 44, Worcester Athletics - 13 - New Providence Stadium - July 2, 1961 - 4 PM ET - Weather: Clear
1st Q
7-0 PRO - RTD RB Marcus Devonshire
14-0 PRO - PTD QB Connor O’Rourke -> WR Sammy Moss
2nd Q
14-3 WOR - FG K Elvis Franklin21-3 PRO - RTD RB Marcus Devonshire
3rd Q
21-6 WOR - FG K Elvis Franklin
28-6 PRO - RTD RB Marcus Devonshire
34-6 PRO - DTD INT DB Neville Falkner
4th Q
37-6 PRO - FG K Ira Foster
37-13 WOR - PTD QB Terry Bourbon -> WR Zachariah Pembroke
44-13 PRO - PTD QB Rigobert St-Hilaire -> WR Cedric Peterson 

The Gold Stars had a tough pill to swallow early in the second quarter with QB Connor O’Rourke getting knocked out of the game, however, the rest of the team was able to step up and help crush the Athletics 44-13.
DB Neville Falkner came through with his first career pick-6 which pretty much ended any ounce of hope the Athletics had.
St-Hilaire was solid in replacing O’Rourke, throwing a touchdown last in the game, and only having one interception to DB Joe Robinson. 
LB Rusty McVee and DL Craig White also came up with forced fumbles as well. 

Boston Independents - 25, Buffalo Blue Wings - 20 - Richardson Stadium - July 4, 1961 - 4th of July - 5 PM ET - Weather: Clear
1st Q
7-0 BOS - RTD RB Kendall Morgan
7-3 BUF - FG K Donald Brewer
2nd Q
7-10 BUF - PTD QB Stanislav Ovechkin -> WR LeRoy Krueger
8-10 BOS - Single K Johnnie Berg
8-17 BUF - RTD RB Jimmy Golden
3rd Q
11-17 BOS - FG K Johnnie Berg
11-20 BUF - FG K Donald Brewer
18-20 BOS - RTD RB Kendall Morgan
4th Q
25-20 BOS - PTD QB Nathaniel Braddock -> WR Ellis Lindholm 

The Blue Wings put up a strong fight against the Independents to close out week 2 of the NAAF season. 
Ovechkin was able to get to the endzone through the air this week finding WR LeRoy Krueger.
Boston struggled a bit against the Blue Wings, but after falling behind 11-20, Braddock would lead the team back on top for a win.
S Frazier Brooks would have a pick for the Blue Wings while DB Carson Scott and LB Konrad Aust would get turnovers as well for the Independents.  

Injury Report
OL Pete Brackenridge BOS - 4 Weeks
OL Sal Valcano BOS - 3 Weeks
DL Vic Harper BOS - Day-to-Day
OL Sun Guanyu BUF - Day-to-Day
DL Richard Blunt LDN - Day-to-Day
DB Herb Covington LI - 1 Week
LB Silas O’Brien LOU - Day-to-Day
QB Connor O’Rourke PRO - 5 Weeks
TE Oliver Chandler WOR - 5 Weeks
LB Harrison Bennett WOR - Day-to-Day 

Players of the Week 
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OFF: RB Marcus Devonshire PRO - 3 Rushing Touchdowns, 126 Rushing Yards 
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DEF: S Garet deVale MTL - 1 Interception, 5 Tackles, 3 Plays Defended 

Standings
WEST
Louisville 2-0
London 2-0
Buffalo 0-2
Long Island 0-2
Indiana 0-2 

EAST
Providence 2-0
Boston 2-0
Montreal 2-0
Ottawa 0-2
Worcester 0-2

Power Rankings
1 - London -
2 - Boston -
3 - Louisville -
4 - Providence +1
5 - Montreal -1
6 - Buffalo +2
7 - Ottawa -1
8 - Long Island -1
9 - Indiana +1
10 - Worcester -1

Week 3 Games
PRO (2-0) @ MTL (2-0) - JUL 7 - Friday Night Football - 7 PM ET
IND (0-2) @ LI (2-0) - JUL 8 - 3 PM ET
WOR (0-2) @ LDN (2-0) - JUL 8 - Saturday Night Football - 7 PM ET
OTT (0-2) @ BUF (0-2) - JUL 9 - 1 PM ET
BOS (2-0) @ LOU (2-0) - JUL 9 - 4 PM ET


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Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Glad to see deVale getting the nod with D Player of the Week! Additionally super happy to see Providence at 2-0, definitely a big improvement from last year but losing O'Rourke hurts a lot. Hopefully it all works out.


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Montreal Rouge - 27, Providence Gold Stars - 17 - Mount Royal Stadium - July 7, 1961 - FNF - 7 PM ET - Weather: Cloudy
1st Q
7-0 MTL - RTD RB Scott Mallard-White
2nd Q
10-0 MTL - FG K Arthur Kettinger
10-3 PRO - FG K Ira Foster
17-3 MTL - PTD QB Gene Bishop -> WR Robert Lang
3rd Q
17-10 PRO - RTD RB Marcus Devonshire
24-10 MTL - PTD QB Gene Bishop -> WR Derek Cross
4th Q
27-10 MTL - FG K Arthur Kettinger
27-17 PRO - PTD QB Rigobert St-Hilaire -> WR Sammy Moss 

QB Gene Bishop was able to get comfortable in the Montreal offence for their home opener against the Gold Stars, throwing 2 touchdowns in the win.
QB Rigobert St-Hilaire did okay in the starting role for the Gold Stars and was able to get a couple of touchdowns in the second half.
DB Quentin Xavier came up with an interception for the Rouge, and S Shawn Jensen had one for the Gold Stars. 
Both teams also had some fumbles with LB Sam Fitzroy and DL Dexter Barbarcos grabbed one each for Montreal and DL Calias McDonough had one for Providence. 

Long Island Raiders - 16, Indiana Victors - 19 - Long Island Stadium - July 8, 1961 - 3 PM ET - Weather: Rain
1st Q
3-0 LI - FG Henderson Schumacher
3-3 IND - FG K Ross Poindexter
2nd Q
3-9 IND - RTD RB Don Gregson
3rd Q
6-9 LI - FG K Henderson Schumacher
13-9 LI - RTD RB Dareion Fields
13-12 IND - FG K Ross Poindexter
4th Q
16-12 LI - FG K Henderson Schumacher
16-17 IND - RTD QB Stanley Troyer
16-19 IND - 2PT RB Don Gregson 

The Victors came away with a huge upset on the road in Long Island, after the rain messed with the Raiders. 
QB Lyle Painter lost grip on the ball as he turned to give the ball off to RB Dareion Fields.
The ball dropped and bounced off of Fields’ knees and then the back of OL Bruce Wesley. 
DB Malik Davenport would pick up the ball and would take it back to the Raiders 16-yard-line. 
The Victors would score on a QB sneak with QB Stanley Troyer a couple of plays later to win their first game of the season. 

London Tigers - 41, Worcester Athletics - 3 - Western Fair Stadium - July 8. 1961 - SNF - 7 PM ET - Weather: Partly Cloudy
1st Q
3-0 LDN - FG K Nimrod Handsworth
10-0 LDN - RTD RB Clifford Russell
17-0 LDN - PTD QB Riley Kiernan -> WR Max Sutton
2nd Q
24-0 LDN - RTD RB Clifford Russell
31-0 LDN - PTD QB Riley Kiernan -> WR Benedict Spencer
3rd Q
34-0 LDN - FG K Nimrod Handsworth
4th Q
34-3 WOR - FG Elvis Franklin
41-3 LDN - RTD RB Eric Sydney 

The Tigers torched the Athletics defence on Saturday Night Football, Kiernan passed for a pair of TDs and Clifford Russel took in the other two.
Their defence also played their part with 3 interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles. 
S Neil Graham, DB Richardo Salvador, and DB Jackson Miles had the picks, and DL Olympus Heights and LB Wilson Rockwood-Barnes had the forced fumbles. 
QB Terry Bourbon was terrible for the Athletics and was eventually benched in the 4th for QB Caldwell Higgins III who was able to get the team into field goal range late.
The Tigers also gave their backups a shot late in the game with QB Ollie Rogers taking over for QB Riley Kiernan. 

Buffalo Blue Wings - 13, Ottawa Royals - 25 - Buffalo Civic Stadium - July 9, 1961 - 1 PM ET - Weather: Cloudy
1st Q
7-0 BUF - RTD RB Jimmy Golden
2nd Q
7-7 OTT - PTD QB Jean Matieau -> WR Chester Bennett
10-7 BUF - FG K Donald Brewer
3rd Q
13-7 BUF - FG K Donald Brewer
13-14 OTT - PTD QB Jean Matieau -> WR Angus Stevenson
4th Q
13-20 OTT - PTD QB Jean Matieau -> WR Mackenzie Jones
13-22 OTT - 2PT QB Jean Matieau -> WR Mackenzie Jones
13-25 OTT - FG K Maurice Lafayette 

The Royals finally got a marker in the win column in a tough game in Buffalo. 
QB Jean Matieau, who had a career-low 1 passing touchdowns heading into the week, was able to cash in 3 times into the endzone finding all 3 of his WRs.
Buffalo had a strong first half but ran into some trouble in the second half with the Royals' defence picking it up a notch.
DB Mingan Oliver brought in a pick and LB Killian Reed had a forced fumble for the Royals. 

Louisville Thunder - 34, Boston Independents - 22 - Thunder Stadium - July 9, 1961 - 4 PM ET - Weather: Partly Cloudy
1st Q
7-0 LOU - DTD INT DB Alexander Bradley
7-3 BOS - FG K Johnnie Berg
14-3 LOU - RTD RB Stavros Black
2nd Q
14-6 BOS - FG K Johnnie Berg
21-6 LOU - PTD QB Leonidas Dumont -> WR Piers Key
21-13 BOS - RTD RB Kendall Morgan
3rd Q
24-13 LOU - FG K Theodore Provost
24-19 BOS - PTD QB Nathaniel Braddock -> WR Ellis Lindholm
31-19 LOU - RTD RB Rodney Clark
4th Q
31-22 BOS - FG K Johnnie Berg
34-22 LOU - FG K Theodore Provost 

The Thunder continued their hot start with another convincing win over the Boston Independents.
Louisville got the upper hand early with DB Alexander Bradley taking back a pick-6 on Boston’s opening drive. 
WR Piers Key continued his hot start as well catching his 5th touchdown of the season and Dumont’s league-leading 6th TD pass. 
Boston was able to get going late in the 2nd and early in the third, but it wasn’t long until the Thunder pulled away again.

Injury Report
TE Paul McDowell LDN - Day-to-Day
WR Ben Roland LOU - 5 Weeks
LB Leonardo Puig WOR - 4 Weeks
DB Wesley Scott WOR - 2 Weeks

Players of the Week 
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OFF: QB Jean Matieau OTT - 3 Passing Touchdowns, 223 Passing Yards
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DEF: DB Alexander Bradley LOU - 1 Interception, 1 Defensive Touchdown, 4 Tackles, 2 Passes Defended 

Standings
WEST
London 3-0
Louisville 3-0
Indiana 1-2
Long Island 0-3
Buffalo 0-3 

EAST
Montreal 3-0
Providence 2-1
Boston 2-1
Ottawa 1-2
Worcester 0-3 

Power Rankings
1 - London -
2 - Louisville +1
3 - Boston -1
4 - Montreal +1
5 - Providence -1
6 - Ottawa +1
7 - Indiana +2
8 - Buffalo -2
9 - Long Island -1
10 - Worcester -

Week 4 Games
BUF (0-3) @ IND (1-2) - JUL 14 - 7 PM ET - Friday Night Football 
WOR (0-3) @ BOS (2-1) - JUL 15 - 3 PM ET
LOU (3-0) @ LDN (3-0) - JUL 15 - 7 PM ET - Saturday Night Football
MTL (3-0) @ LI (0-3) - JUL 16 - 1 PM ET
OTT (1-2) @ PRO (2-1) - JUL 16 - 4 PM ET


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Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Yikes, London really took it to Worcester. Unfortunate to see Providence suffering without O'Rourke, hopefully we comes back just as good.


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