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6/15/2021 10:33 am  #1581


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

You all misunderstand. I'm not being mean, I'm just suggesting that QCS deal with his trauma in an emotionally appropriate manner so that he can heal. Learn the difference

 

6/15/2021 6:58 pm  #1582


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1963 Award Winners

Most Valuable Player - QB Riley Kiernan LDN
Kiernan becomes the 3rd player in NAAF history to take home 3 MVP awards in his career. It took true leadership from Kiernan to help the Tigers recover from a horrid 1-5 start. He was able to lead the Tigers on a 6-game win streak in the second half to capture the West Division heading into the playoffs. While he may never be seen as better than the great QB Jean Matieau, he has certainly solidified himself as the second-best QB of his era. 

Playoff MVP - QB Connor O’Rourke PRO
While the Gold Stars would fall short of their first NAAF championship, QB Connor O’Rourke had a stellar playoff run. The QB threw for 10 touchdowns in 3 games over their playoff run. He was consistently the best player on the field as he tried everything to get the Gold Stars on top. A fantastic performance for O’Rourke and a well-deserved award.

Offensive Player of the Year - RB Scott Mallard-White MTL
It was a very close vote between Mallard-White and O’Rourke, but in the end, the Rouge running back was the stand-out choice. He led the league with 20 rushing touchdowns this season being a key piece for the league’s highest-scoring team this season. The 20-touchdown season is the first for a RB since Dareion Fields in 1959. Mallard-White would be just the 3rd player to take home a second OPOY award.

Defensive Player of the Year - DB Neville Falkner PRO
It’s another back-to-back winner at the defensive player of the year award with Neville Falkner taking home the award. Falkner has burst onto the scene with fantastic season after fantastic season. Many will be comparing him to Providence’s other great DB Lee Wolfe throughout the rest of his career, but he certainly seems up to the challenge.

Special Teams Player of the Year - K Johnnie Berg BOS
With the STPOY award being overtaken by Nimrod the last three seasons, it is refreshing to see Johnnie Berg claim his second STPOY award. The kicker has been one of the most consistent throughout his career but always seems to be a step behind the top kicker throughout the season. 

Rookie of the Year - DL Wayne Baxton HFX
Baxton quickly put himself miles ahead of any competition for the rookie of the year as he became an immediate impact on the Mariners’ D-line. His strong play would end up helping the Mariners to a 3-2 start this season. Baxton was one of the best DL this season, so the future certainly looks bright for the young star. 

Coach of the Year - Roy Aguirre LDN
Aguirre has a certain ability to just get a team to score. Even when facing all adversity, Aguirre was able to adjust and turn the Tigers around this season. The combination of Aguirre and Kiernan has been nothing but special in the last few years and they both deserve lots of credit for the fantastic rebound. 

Breakout Player of the Year - DB Lauri Hayha LI
It was a close race between Hayha, Karis, and Paisley, but the 1962 3rd overall pick was the narrow winner. Hayha seemed like a big risk pick last year since he was coming from a smaller school, but the Fin came through with a stellar sophomore year that saw him become a top DB in the NAAF. The Raiders have something special on their hands. 
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46th McCallister Cup Host - New Providence Stadium - Providence, RI - Capacity: 65,450
It was a heartbreaking loss in the 45th McCallister Cup, but the city of Providence will get to celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary with the 46th McCallister Cup coming to town. The league’s biggest stadium finally wins a vote after getting passed on a couple of times since their last host in 1953.
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1963 All-Stars

WEST ALL-STARS
QB Riley Kiernan LDN (6)
RB Dareion Fields LI (4)
OL Taylor Forbes LOU (1)
OL Magnus Gunnersson LDN (6)
OL Elliot Winterbottom LI (5)
OL Bernhard Altermann LOU (4)
OL Jean-Baptiste Desjardins IND (1)
WR Max Sutton LDN (4)
WR Ed Edwards IND (2)
WR Zachariah Pembroke BUF (2)
TE Christopher Gist (2)

DL William Sanderson IND (7)
DL Vernon Spears LI (7)
DL Olympus Heights LDN (5)
DL Lonnie Vincent BUF (3)
LB Scotty Williams LOU (12)
LB Dallas Dillard LDN (1)
LB Deon Wiggins LI (1)
DB Jackson Miles LDN (5)
DB Oliver Langstrom LOU (2)
DB Lauri Hayha LI (1)
S Johnny Berger LOU (4)

K Henderson Schumacher LI (3)

EAST ALL-STARS
QB Connor O’Rourke PRO (2)
RB Scott Mallard-White MTL (5)
OL Graham Chambers BOS (6)
OL Maxence Castex MTL (5)
OL Varo Giovanni PRO (2)
OL Ulysses Fairgrove PRO (6)
OL Ward Briscoe HFX (2)
WR Taylor Karis MTL (1)
WR Sammy Moss PRO (3)
WR Ellis Lindholm BOS (5)
TE Eli Grant MTL (2)

DL Wayne Baxton HFX (1)
DL Craig White PRO (2)
DL Olaf Viktorsson OTT (10)
DL Timmy Kerr LI (1)
LB Konrad Aust BOS (6)
LB Brent Harper BOS (8)
LB Sam Fitzroy MTL (1)
DB Neville Falkner PRO (3)
DB Cameron Taylor PRO (1)
DB Mingan Oliver OTT (5)
S Garet deVale MTL (3)

K Johnnie Berg BOS (5)

1963 League Leaders

Passing Touchdowns
1 - QB Connor O’Rourke PRO - 26
2 - QB Gene Bishop MTL - 22
3 - QB Riley Kiernan LDN - 21
4 - QB Nathaniel Braddock BOS - 18
5 - QB Jean Matieau OTT - 14

Rushing Touchdowns
1 - RB Scott Mallard-White MTL - 20
T-2 - RB Dareion Fields LI - 14
T-2 - RB Jimmy Golden BUF - 14
T-2 - RB Kendall Morgan BOS - 14
5 - RB Rodney Clark LOU - 12

Receiving Touchdowns
1 - WR Max Sutton LDN - 12
T-2 - WR Taylor Karis MTL - 9
T-2 - WR Sammy Moss PRO - 9
4 - WR Ellis Lindholm BOS - 8
5 - WR Owen Paisley PRO - 7

Interceptions
1 - DB Neville Falkner PRO - 9
2 - DB Jackson Miles LDN - 8
3 - DB Oliver Langstrom LOU - 7
4 - DB Lauri Hayha LI - 6
T-5 - S Johnny Berger LOU - 5
T-5 - DB Cameron Taylor PRO - 5

Forced Fumbles
1 - LB Scotty Williams LOU - 7
T-2 - LB Konrad Aust BOS - 6
T-2 - DL Wayne Baxton HFX - 6
T-2 - LB Dallas Dillard LDN - 6
T-5 - DL William Sanderson IND - 5
T-5 - DL Olaf Viktorsson OTT - 5
T-5 - DL Craig White PRO - 5

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6/18/2021 4:57 pm  #1583


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1964 League Meetings

OFU-NAAF MERGER PLANNING
Throughout the 1963 season, Ontario Football Union commissioner and Toronto Lakers’ Owner Jerry Anderson had been trying to put together a merger plan with the NAAF. It had been determined last offseason that the OFU was going to cease operations following their own 1963 season. The OFU and NAAF had started talks about merging the leagues to have some OFU teams join the NAAF. It was very likely that the Toronto Lakers and Hamilton Steelers were going to get in while the Toronto Brawlers and Kitchener Blue Tigers were likely going to fold or become amateur teams. The only stick in the mud with this proposal was Hamilton owner, Arnold Gibson. From the start, Gibson has been against the decision to fold, since it will likely kill the sport of Canadian Football. Both Gibson and Anderson were trying to work out ways for both sides to be happy and even still looked into how the league could potentially find a way to survive. However, the plans would have to be scrapped over the season as attendance plummeted in the OFU and rose in the NAAF. With both Ottawa and London finding success this season in the NAAF, fans were starting to gravitate to those teams more, especially in Kitchener for the Tigers. 

Anderson would move forward with the merger plans. The main proposal as stated before would see the Toronto Lakers and Hamilton Steelers join the league, however, as they were approaching the end of the season, Gibson decided to completely pull out of the whole ordeal. The longtime owner felt that his time to move on from the team was coming, and since the OFU was folding, it would be the perfect time to step down. The sudden decision would not make things easier for Anderson. He would have to try and find a new owner for the Steelers just to be financially viable. Unfortunately, there were no stable options available for new ownership. To make matters worse, on top of buying and running the team, Hamilton was likely needing a new stadium soon which was another big cost to an owner hoping to buy the team. Gibson was likely the only man who was able to keep the team afloat, and he was gone. With the tough situation, Anderson would decide to merge the Hamilton Steelers with the Toronto Lakers. The new team would receive a name change to try and please the Hamilton fans and honour the team which will come at a later date. 

OFU-NAAF MERGER
Anderson would arrive at the NAAF’s annual league meetings with the final merger proposal. The NAAF would absorb the Ontario Football Union and its players, the merged Toronto-Hamilton team would join the NAAF as a new team based in Toronto for next season. 

From that simple proposal, the NAAF would develop a plan to handle the team next season. First, the season would likely see a couple of extra weeks next season as the odd number of teams would mean bye weeks are necessary. However, they will still maintain the 12 game season. The Toronto team would be added to the West Division and the Long Island Raiders would finally be able to shift into the East Division to play closer opponents. 

As for the actual formation of the team next season, Toronto would get the first choice of players from the OFU teams to build their team from. They will also receive the 1st overall pick in the 1964 draft with Halifax receiving the 2nd overall pick. 
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ADDITIONAL NAAF EXPANSION
With the addition of Toronto, the NAAF was at 11 teams. The odd number of teams was not ideal for the league, so they would make the decision to seek out a location to add a 12th team to the league. The league will immediately start looking for options that are available in hopes of making a decision on a home by the end of the offseason. They will be looking for a financially stable owner and a ready-to-go stadium in order to have the team ready to play in 1965. 

ACFL
On the ACFL’s side, there have been some improvements coming from their new teams. Mainly Rochester who saw a fairly competitive second season with GM Dwight Gilbert finding a way to bring in some strong young talent. The fans have been supporting the team quite well, which means they are here to stay for now. As for the Boston Shamrocks, well, in 2 seasons, they only have 1 win to their name. The fans of Boston do not support the team at all. Some enjoy some football once the Independents’ season comes to a close, but they still don’t even fill half of the stadium. Steven Van Fossen has gotten a lot of questions about the team and why it hasn’t worked. The frustrated commissioner is still staying the course and believes as the team improves, they will start to see more people come out to watch exciting football. 

MONTREAL ROUGE
It was announced shortly after the end of the 1963 season that Montreal Rouge owner Jean Beaulieu had passed away. The longtime owner had been dealing with on and off illnesses over the last several years. His declining health led to the decision to bring in GM Virgil Gross and the rest of the newer staff to try and get one more championship before he passed on. While the Rouge did get to the 1962 McCallister Cup, they were unsuccessful in winning the title. 

Following the news, the Rouge would be handed over to Alvon Martineau. Martineau had been slowly taking on more responsibility as the likely successor. His father, Marc Martineau, was good friends with Beaulieu, and through that connection, Alvon got to learn lots under Beaulieu. Martineau would hold a small press conference, where he talked about some minor changes he wants to look into, while he wants to honour his mentor, he feels like there are things that can be improved on. His main goals initially will be to get this team back to the top of the NAAF, as well as giving the team a refresh brand-wise. While Montreal has a classic look, he feels like the team could use a refresh and they will be working on something over the next season or two. 


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6/18/2021 5:47 pm  #1584


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Exciting news! Sad to see the OFU go, but I'm glad the legacy of the league will continue with the new Toronto team. I expect the '65 expansion team will be in a pretty safe city, if only because of the quick turnaround. Something in the NAAF's relative stronghold of New England makes the most sense to me. Additionally looking forward to the Rouge's refresh, they've got really strong brand potential and I think Martineau can unlock that potential.


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6/18/2021 6:09 pm  #1585


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QCS wrote:

Exciting news! Sad to see the OFU go, but I'm glad the legacy of the league will continue with the new Toronto team. I expect the '65 expansion team will be in a pretty safe city, if only because of the quick turnaround. Something in the NAAF's relative stronghold of New England makes the most sense to me. Additionally looking forward to the Rouge's refresh, they've got really strong brand potential and I think Martineau can unlock that potential.

You stole the words right outta my mouth. Everything aside, it should be interesting to see what happens with expansion, i'd say there could be some more midwest teams but it seems like most midwest cities have a team in the GLFL or something like that.


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6/19/2021 2:16 am  #1586


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

As far as stadiums go, are there any available in Saint John's, Newfoundland? Would love to see a team called the Newfies take the field. That or Portland, Maine.


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6/19/2021 9:44 am  #1587


Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Enigmajones wrote:

As far as stadiums go, are there any available in Saint John's, Newfoundland? Would love to see a team called the Newfies take the field. That or Portland, Maine.

St. John's would be an interesting place to go, but not they certainly do not have a NAAF ready stadium. They just don't have the population. For comparison, the smallest markets in the 1960s are Halifax and London who have 225,000 and 220,000 people respectively, and St. John's in 1960 is only 63,000 (meaning the entire population could fit inside Providence's stadium). It's just too small to be able to host a team and Halifax would suffer if another Atlantic Canada team was put in place. 

As for Portland, they have always been in circulation as a rumoured destination for the NAAF. This started during the 1957 expansion process. They did host one of The Athletics games during the 1962 season at Bayside Park, their baseball stadium. So they are likely in consideration for this additional team. 


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6/19/2021 2:11 pm  #1588


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I will also make the final call if you want to send in players for this year's draft class. I will likely put that together in the next day or two. 


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6/19/2021 9:26 pm  #1589


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Maybe Detroit?


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6/20/2021 7:57 am  #1590


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Jayhawk wrote:

Maybe Detroit?

The problem with Detroit is that they already have a GLFL team. Maybe Toledo, Ohio would make a good candidate for expansion? Since it's close enough to Detroit and is in a state where the NAAF has no presence currently? But then again, Toledo could still be GLFL territory, not to mention they may not even have a big enough stadium currently for NAAF standards. Just my two cents. 

 

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