[AH Fiction] The Game of Driveball

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by OldNavy1988, May 16, 2019.

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  1. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    None at the moment, unless you count two teams made up of US Army personnel that played a charity game at the Waldstadion in Frankfurt two years ago.
     
  2. Enigmajones Ours Is The Fury

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    Do you think, given its ties to Gaelic football, that Dublin should host a Driveball game? Or maybe even a Driveball-GAA match?
     
  3. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    Dublin will indeed host an exhibition. In fact, they'll be the first European city to do so. Boston Unicorns vs Chicago Gaels at Croke Park.
     
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  4. Enigmajones Ours Is The Fury

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    Just my idea for the rebel league, just some ideas for team names

    Global Driveball Alliance (Davidson/Murphy League)

    East

    New York Savages
    Jacksonville Sharks
    Birmingham Freedom
    Louisville Kings

    West
    Los Angeles Solars
    Utah Hornets
    Phoenix Fire
    Portland Beavers

    EDIT: Instead of Solons, which is very old fashioned, I'll go with Solars, which evokes the power of the sun and the heat in Southern California.
     
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  5. Neoteros Dux Mediolani

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    Driveball's similarity to Gaelic football might doom the game there however, I think that the best markets in Europe for it might be those countries where no similar sport is played and, inside those countries, those regions where the local sides do not have a lot of chances at doing well in their country's national sport. For example...

    Corsica - rugby is strongest in Occitania, and no Corsican side ever won the Ligue 1.
    Galicia - rugby is strongest in Catalonia, and Deportivo La Coruña's La Liga title is a few decades away.
    Grisons - rugby is not really a thing in Switzerland, hockey is quite big in the Grisons but Driveball's quite different from it.
    Luxembourg - small but rich country where rugby is a very minor sport, and that can't rival the bigger European sides in association football.
    Sicily - rugby did not really develop there, no Sicilian team's ever won the Serie A, the Sicilian-American community could introduce the sport there.

    And so on... these are very peripheral regions, however. Maybe Driveball could take the place of American football in some of the regions where the latter is relatively popular, like Germany.
     
  6. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    So basically, would Palermo be a good place for a Sicilian club?

    Any English towns where the local teams have never won the FA Cup?
     
  7. Neoteros Dux Mediolani

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    Since Palermo is the de facto capital of Sicily, it would; England already has rugby union in the south and rugby league in the north but, since professionalism was introduced to rugby union only in the 1990s, you could get away with having a team based in London; Denmark and Norway introduced professionalism in association football in 1978 and 1992 so you could plop a couple professional teams there, too.

    Bonn, Copenhagen, Luxembourg City and Oslo would make a fine northern conference, in my opinion; I put Bonn here because at the time it was the de facto capital of West Germany but didn't really have a lot going for it in association football or any other sport.
     
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  8. Threadmarks: The very first international games

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    January 11, 1970

    The war between the AFL and NFL was finally over. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings in a game that would retroactively be called Super Bowl IV.

    January 17, 1970

    The United Driveball Alliance makes its biggest gamble yet. This year, they have sent several of their marquee teams to Europe for a series of pre-season exhibition games.

    In 1955, the Boston Unicorns humiliated the Chicago Gaels in an exhibition that helped give Driveball a foothold in Florida, a state that had no professional sports franchises at the time. That single showdown cleared the way for the entry of the Miami Flamingos in the old NDA three years later.

    This year, the UDA hopes to gain a foothold in Europe. Of course, soccer juggernauts like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have gone on to field teams in other sports like basketball and field hockey. So it won't be too much of a stretch should Driveball be added to the multiple sport portfolios of said clubs and maybe a few others.

    The first game on the European tour was played on January 17 at Croke Park in Dublin. The Boston Unicorns and Chicago Gaels were obvious choices for the UDA's first game in front of an Irish crowd, as both clubs represent cities that still have extremely high Irish-American segments. The Unicorns and Gaels were tied at 30 apiece when Boston front pocket Brian Perry punched the ball past Chicago rookie goalie Hugh Monahan to win the game for Boston 36-30.

    The second was played the following day in Palermo, Italy at Stadio La Favorita. This time, it was the Cleveland Mad Hatters and New Jersey Rogues. Cleveland volunteered, as team owner Bruno Scarfiotti was the son of Sicilian immigrants. The Rogues volunteered to accompany the Hatters, as a demographic survey revealed a large number of their fans happen to be of Italian ancestry. The Hatters and Rogues played to a defensive struggle that ended with New Jersey winning 18 to 9.

    The third and final European game of the year was played a week later at London's Wembley Stadium. The Los Angeles Jaguars and New York Heroes were the teams showcased at Wembley. The choice of these two teams came down to TV money. It made plenty of sense to have two teams representing the biggest TV markets in the US playing in front of the biggest TV market in England. The game would not disappoint, as the Jags got the best of the Heroes in a high scoring 42 to 36 affair.
     
  9. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    The BosDome
    300 A Street
    Boston, MA
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    New home to the Unicorns (UDA) and Patriots (NFL).
    Opens August 1970.
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  10. God Emperor Truex The NASCAR guy here on AH

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    :eek:
     
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  11. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    Basically, it'll be in South Boston adjacent to the Bass River.
     
  12. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    The first team logo from the Davidson/Murphy rebel league has been leaked to the press...

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    The Anaheim 55ers, representing Southern California.
     
  13. alpal2214 Well-Known Member

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    And we have a Disney connection!

    I presume this league is just going to change sports history, not political or other cultural, correct?
     
  14. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    Actually, the Anaheim franchise is owned by someone else, so the connection is not direct.
     
  15. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    Rebel league teams unveiled so far:

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    Anaheim 55ers

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    Birmingham Magicians

    Six slots left.
     
  16. Burmy87 New Member

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    My proposal for the new league alignment.
    (EDIT: Had forgotten the Heroes played in Brooklyn already)

    EAST

    Birmingham Magicians
    Indianapolis Checkers
    Long Island Sounders
    Memphis Hound Dogs

    WEST
    Anaheim 55ers
    Phoenix Gila Monsters
    Portland Loggers
    San Antonio Defenders
     
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  17. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    The uniforms unveiled so far:

    Birmingham Magicians
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    Anaheim 55ers
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  18. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    The New York Emperors, the third rebel league franchise to be granted:
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    The Emperors have the choice of either Yankee Stadium
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    Or Downing Stadium on Randall's Island as their home venue.
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  19. TheMatthew25 Something, Something, On YouTube Now, Something.

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    I want to wear that jersey and I want the logo as my desktop wallpaper. XD

    Also, I doubt the Yankees would let a rebel league play in Yankee Stadium. Downing Stadium might be a better choice but it is an older stadium. Either way, I found my team to support in this new league.
     
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  20. BrianD From OTL or ATL depending on your perspective

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    When the World Football League started in 1974, the New York team's only option was Dowling Stadium. It was out of the way and difficult to get to and it contributed to the team moving mid-season south to Charlotte.
     
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