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5/03/2021 9:16 pm  #951


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

Just caught up, too bad my Stingrays got knocked out but it is what it is I guess. I have Pittsburgh and Houston moving on.


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5/04/2021 7:28 pm  #952


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

1972-73 Semifinals

1972-73 NFA Semifinals - Los Angeles Tigers at Pittsburgh Ironmen

Pittsburgh got here last year, and were minutes away from breaking their 9 year Champions Bowl appearance drought, which would give them a chance to break their 19 year Champions Bowl victory drought, which is the second longest in the NFA. This year they have the same chance, on the 20th anniversary of their last Champions Bowl winning season. However, fate would have it another way. Their opponents, the Tigers have the longest championship drought, winning one all the way 21 years ago, and losing in each of 4 next appearances. They’d get their fifth chance to make that magic happen again. They’d get out to an early 10-0 lead and never look back. Pittsburgh would make a run in the third, to cut into the 17-6 lead the Tigers had, but wouldn’t be able to catch up. QB Patrick James would throw another 2 touchdowns in the fourth quarter to quench any comeback embers Pittsburgh was trying to light and send the Tigers to their 4th Champions Bowl in the past 10 years. Pittsburgh would fall short as the 1 seed for a second year in a row, this time by a score of 31-13

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1972-73 NFA Semifinals - Colorado Cougars at Houston Explorers
Coming into this game, many thought Colorado was the better team, and predicted them to win despite being the road team and being on the road. They’re hot and coming off 3 straight impressive wins over Los Angeles, Milwaukee and then Texas last week. Whereas Houston barely got by Cincinnati and New York in weeks 14 and 15, but to their credit, did handle the Whales shockingly well last round. Unfortunately though, this game would go much more similar to those week 14 and 15 games rather than like last week. The first half would be close, with each team exchanging blows. Houston would briefly lead 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, but failed to score in the second, letting the Cougars go into half with a lead. Colorado would actually force a safety almost as time expired thanks to a well placed punt that left the Explorers within their 10 yard line. This was followed up with a forced fumble on RB Ollie Smith, which ended up in the endzone after slipping out of 3 players arms. So in a crazy fashion, the Cougars get the rare last second safety, putting them on top 16-10. Houston would once again take a brief lead early in the third when RB Ollie Smith avenged his fumble and put them up 17-16. But it didn’t last long. QB Lloyd Brown would take Colorado back down the field and they’d hit a lead stealing field goal. Houston would stop Colorado from scoring most of the second half, but wouldn’t take advantage of it. The final score was 22-17. 

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C&C Appreciated! It was a quick turn around, I'll have the Champions Bowl up within the next few days too, knock on wood.

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5/04/2021 11:04 pm  #953


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

Props to LA, it might finally be their year. Beating the defending champ and the #1 seed is impressive.


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Yesterday 9:01 am  #954


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

Even tough I don't think they'll win, go Cougars! Kick those little Tigers right in the butt!


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Yesterday 12:01 pm  #955


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

Those two cats don’t look very happy with each other. I like even more that Colorados logo looks like it is gazing up at LAs logo in the graphic.


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Yesterday 12:15 pm  #956


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

Go Tigers! Get your first championship in this feline battle of a championship match-up!


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Yesterday 12:40 pm  #957


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

Excellent!  The Tigers vs. the Cougars is a fun matchup to see.  I've got Los Angeles here, but Colorado would be a very nice pleasant surprise to see victorious!

Let the Kitty Bowl begin!


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Yesterday 5:03 pm  #958


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

Hopefully LA doesn't choke like last time


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Yesterday 5:14 pm  #959


Re: History of the National Football Association - 1972-73 Semifinals

Great couple of rounds! Love seeing the Cougars in the final, I'm going to be cheering them on.


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