National Football Association: An Alternative American Football Timeline

Chapter 01: Introduction
A word from our storyteller:
"Well, this should be fun. The CFL story is something I love working on for the site. I was shocked so many people loved it when I started it. To be honest, I honestly love writing but I wish I discovered this site a long time ago, like back in high school. While I lack in showcasing art for the story. I try to make up with a good story (give or take a mistake here or there). But lately, I been going through writer's block and the CFL AU story is sadly on hold till I can come back to finish the 2000's. So in the meantime, i was sitting on this alternative timeline of American Football (and by proxy Canadian Football as well) for some time and I finally wrote down a chapter or two. Unlike the CFL AU timeline, the training wheels are off so this will be fun to try out. This timeline doesn't have the NFL debuting in 1920. instead the American and Canadian games have different histories in their retrospective countries. So this should be fun. Without further ado, let's learn about the history of the National Football Association."

NFA
National Football Association​

The year was 1945, World War II was coming to a close and American Football was growing to new heights thanks to the collegiate game. Teams like Norte Dame from South Bend, Indiana to the Army Black Knights from Westpoint. College football was its own beast. The professional game was absent at the time. The previous football leagues that were professional died off thanks to the great depression of the thirties and when WWII started in the Pacific Coast, it ended the pro leagues outright. However, Arch Ward, inventer of the College Football All-Star game had plans.

Ward by late-1945 would gather eight businessmen in New York City to establish a new professional league. Originally dubbed as the All-American Football Conference, Arch Ward decided to redub the league to the National Football Association to give it more legitimacy.

Team Introduction:
Eastern Division:​
Washington Federals: Founded (1922)
Colors: Navy Blue, Green, White
Stadium: Griffith Stadium
Owner: Charlie Foxx

Founded as a Semi-Pro football team in the roaring twenties. The Federals played in Baltimore, Maryland for most of the team's history. At one point the team was to be dub the Baltimore Stallions, the team was sold to the current owner, Charlie Foxx, who was good friends with the Clark Griffith, co-owner of the Washington Senators of the MLB. Griffith would let the Federals play in Griffith Stadium so they can be admitted into the new league. They were members of the Eastern Football League

New York Football Club: Founded (1931)
Colors: Blue, White, Green
Stadium: Polo Grounds
Owner: Antonio Barone

Founded on July 4th, 1931 in Brooklyn. The NYFC was formed by Brooklyn Italians FC owner Antonio Barone as an attempt to bring American Football to New York City. Antonio Barone believes the team will succeed in the Big Apple and managed to convince the owners of the Polo Grounds to play their home games there. They were also members of the Eastern Football League before it shut down in early 1942 due to the war.

Philadelphia Minutemen: Founded (1945)
Colors: Red, White, Gold
Stadium: Franklin Field
Owner: Peter Harris

Founded with the league’s inception in late 1945. The Minutemen are the third professional American Football team in the city. Before them, the Frankford Bees and the Philadelphia Americans played in or near the city. The team is owned by Peter Harris who himself was a former player of both squads before the teams disband. The team will play in Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Rhode Island Beacons: Founded (1925)
Colors: Purple, White, Yellow
Stadium: Meade Field
Owner: Fred Ashland

Founded as a team in the New England Football Conference back in 1925. The team had its fair share of ups and downs over the years. Consider the underdogs of the new league for a reason. Playing in Meade Field at the University of Rhode Island, the team was named after the lighthouses on the New England coast. Despite the smaller stadium, the fanbase is passionate about the Beacons and rather die than see them fold.

Western Division:​
Pennsylvania Coal Miners: Founded (1915)
Colors: Yellow, Brown, Black
Stadium: Forbes Field
Owner: Garrett Smith

The oldest team in the state of Pennsylvania, let alone the league. The Coal Miners are named after the mine workers. Playing in Forbes Field gave the team some advantages over the other teams in the Ohio Football League before it shut down. The obvious thing was that the team had money and can spend it. Smith was also someone hard to deal with, despite being caring to kids. Former player, Harry O’Leary recalled an event where Smith fired a player who was abusive to his family. The two had a confrontation which the Ohio League didn’t like and both men were kicked out of the league. Garrett would file a suit against the league and would win. The Coal Miners would become the first established team to join the league.

Cleveland Spartans: Founded (1928)
Colors: Green, Grey, White
Stadium: League Park
Owner: Bud Williams

Originally owned by Jacob Miles. Former coach Bud Williams bought the team for 5,000 Dollars in 1940 and would play in Shaw High School Stadium on and off until the team was allowed entry into the NFA. Dubbed the Spartans. The team would hire the legendary Paul Brown from Ohio State as their first head coach. The team is moving to League Park, home of the Cleveland Indians of the American League when the NFA season starts. Williams hopes the team will be a success in the NFA compared to their time in the Ohio League.

Montreal Saints: Founded (1930 (As a member of Quebec Football League))
Colors: Blue, White, Gold
Stadium: Delorimier Stadium
Owner: Gene Snider

The league only non-US team. The Saints play in Delrimier Stadium in Montreal. Despite the fact that Saints are from Canada, Arch Ward allowed Snider to bring his team over from the QFL. Despite some backlash from the Quebec League, the NFA would continue onward with the Saints playing in their home stadium. Despite both the American and Canadian rules being a bit different. Gene Snider is ready to let the Saints march onward. The team name comes from Snider himself, as the saint was his nickname when playing baseball in Montreal.

Chicago Wildcats: Founded (1938)
Colors: Orange and Black
Stadium: Wrigley Field
Owner: Ernie Lewis

The last team to join, and the second youngest. The Wildcats are named after Ernie Lewis’s nickname back in Army. Lewis, a longtime friend of Arch Ward, was ready to bring his Wildcats into the new league. Playing in Wrigley Field, hosted its fair share of American Football over the years. Ernie hopes to bring top-level American Football to Chicago, or as he dubbed Chicago, “The New York of the Midwest”.

Arch Ward during an interview on CBS radio announced the league will play a twelve-game regular season and will conclude, at least for the first few seasons, with a championship game that will be hosted by the team with the best record in both divisions at the end of the regular season. With Ward and the eight-team owners and investors looking forward to a stable first season, the league might run into issues with a founding club's former home.

"Hope you guys enjoy this and maybe with this story I can get motivated to return to the CFL AU. Chapter two will be uploaded later. Till then, have a good day."
 
Chapter 02: NFA 1946 Regular Season and Championship
NFA 1946 Season
Standings:​
Eastern Division:
Washington Federals x
Philadelphia Minutemen
Rhode Island Beacons
New York Football Club

Western Division:
Pennsylvania Coal Miners x
Chicago Wildcats
Cleveland Spartans
Montreal Saints
x = Qualified for the championship game​

The first season of the NFA was a welcome surprise fo the fans. The NFA would play a 12-week season which would leade to a championship game between the best team of each conference. Since this was the first season, the league would retroactively dub it a soft launch. In the Eastern Division, the Washington Federals led by quarterback Cody Barns would fly past the Minutemen for the top spot in the east.

Meanwhile, the highly favorite Coal Miners would storm past everyone and be the first undefeated team in the history of the NFA. This isn’t surprising as the Miners had the best receiver in the league in Michael Young. Young would also the first player to sign in the league with African-American heritage and would win the league MVP reward.

Chicago and Philadelphia would settle in second place in their respective division. Rhode Island would have the best consistent sellouts in the league thanks to Meade Field. Despite the team having a losing season. The fans would support the local team no matter what. Cleveland would also wind up in third place but in the West. Paul Brown would look into staying another year with the Spartans despite some bickering between him and owner Bud Williams.

In the last place of the Eastern Division was the New York Football Club. With no real star players and the team being mostly of semi-pros. The team would only win two games in their first season of play in the league. While in the Western Division, the Montreal Saints would be challenged in all fronts. Mostly by the Quebec Football League themselves. The QFL would set up a team on the campus of McGill University known as the Montreal Royals. Despite them playing in a different league with a different football code. The Royals would win most of the games and the QFL would make it to where they should watch the Royals instead of the NFA Saints.

Secondly, the QFL and other Canadian leagues would go to the government to pass a new bill to protect the Canadian game and ban the more popular American Football in Canada. Only time will tell if the Canadian Parliament will pass it.

National Football Association
National Bowl
November 24, 1946
Forbes Field
Pittsburgh, Pensylvania

Washington Federals vs Pennsylvania Coal Miners
Washington 17 - Pennsylvania 24​

The first NFA championship game, dubbed the National Bowl, took place on a cold night in Pittsburgh. 25,000 spectators came to watch their hometown Miners take on the Washington Federals. Despite the Federals holding a strong lead after the first half. The Coal Miners would bounce back and win the first-ever Ward Cup in front of their fateful crowd in Pittsburgh.

The first season was a success for a soft launch. Attendance (outside of Montreal and New York) was strong enough for another season or two of fall-time professional football. The league would look into stabilizing their teams before they look into expansion, despite a few offers from potential owners.

[ Well that's chapter two. If I made any mistakes or anything, feel free to comment. I will reply as soon as I can. Till then, have a good day]
 
Chapter 03: 1947 NFA Regular Season and Championship
NFA 1947 Season

Standings:​
Eastern Division
Philadelphia Minutemen (11 - 1) x
Washington Federals (9 - 3)
Rhode Island Beacons (6 - 6)
New York Football Club (4 - 8)

Western Division
Pennsylvania Coal Miners (9 - 3) x
Cleveland Spartans (7 - 5)
Chicago Wildcats (5 - 7)
Montreal Saints (3 - 9)
X = Clinch Championship Spot​

The sophomore season for the National Football Association was a bit of the same as the first. The east saw the Minutemen clinching the Eastern Division title over the defending holder Washington Federals. Rhode Island and New York would again take the third and last place spot like the season before. Despite Rhode Island’s good improvement over last season with an even record, the Beacons would face some attendance issues from the late half of the season. New York, by this point, was facing steep debt and fans were rarely coming to the team game.

Worse yet. The New York Giants of the National League demanded the team improve or they will force them out of the Polo Grounds. In a meeting between New York F.C. owner Antonio Barone, NFA President Arch Ward gave Barone an ultimatum. Either improve the team or sell the club. Barone would get to work starting in the off-season.

Meanwhile, it wasn’t easy for Arch Ward to say the same thing to the Montreal Saints. The QFL Montreal Royals were outselling the rival team. Worse yet, the QFL along with other Canadian leagues managed to join forces to create the Canadian Football Alliance. The CFA was only formed to help get rid Gene Snider team and to ban American Football from being played in Canada.

“We are only trying to keep the game from going extinct. The CFA will be the home for top Canadian Football teams across Canada. No US teams will be allowed to play in Canada ever again while we are around.” Current CFA President Howard Kramer proclaims to the press.

The CFA will include the Montreal Royals of the QFL for its inaugural season. Only time will tell if the NFA will have to force Gene Snider to relocate the team to the United States.

National Football Association
National Bowl II
November 23, 1947
Franklin Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Coal Miners vs Philadelphia Minutemen
Pennsylvania 28 - Philadelphia 17​

The second National Bowl brings two teams from one state to challenge for the championship. For the first time in league history, the game was broadcasted on the radio through the DuMont Radio Network. DuMont would sign a five-year deal that also saw a chance to expand into the new media of television in 1950.

Despite the Minutemen having a better record over the Miners. The Miners would end up being victorious over the cross-state rival. Rookie RB, Eric Jones would receive the MVP honors for the game.

Days after the game, two things happened to the league. New York Football Club would be renamed the New York Aeros and would adopt a similar color scheme to the New York Rangers. The other was bad news for the Saints of Montreal. Due to high pressure from the new Canadian Football Alliance and fears of the Canadian Football Bill passing into office. The NFA forced Gene Snider to relocate his team to a new city. While talks for St. Paul, Minnesota was on the table. Gene decided to relocate the Saints to St. Louis for the 1948 seasons. However, due to travel costs and some issues with finding a stadium, the Saints would march onward to Minnesota before the season begins.

(Feel free to comment and like if you like what you read. Also, any critiques would be nice as well. Thank you and have a good day.)

(Fixed an error on my part, sorry for that.)

(Thanks @mrcubfan415 for pointing out the error I made with the Aeros. Thank you for helping me out.)
 
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Chapter 04: The 1948 NFA Regular Season and Championship
NFA 1948 Season
Eastern Division:
New York Aeros (10-2)
Philadelphia Minutemen (8-4)
Washington Federals (6-6)
Rhode Island Beacons (3-9)

Western Division:
Pennsylvania Coal Miners (11-1)
Minnesota Saints (7-5)
Chicago Wildcats (5-7)
Cleveland Spartans (4-8)

Eastern Division Roundup:​
New York Aeros: Something Arch Ward said made Antonio Barone want to improve his team. No longer the New York Football Club. The team became the Aeros during the 1947-48 Offseason. With that also came a new QB in lead the team with QB/Player Coach Darrin Manning shipped to Cleveland. In came Billy Evans who brought in some much needed life for the Aeros. With them only losing twice during the season. Billy Evans would prove to be the quarterback of the future of along with new head coach Louis Brown. Finally a team to watch out for in the Eastern Division.

Philadelphia Minutemen: Another team going though some changes. While keeping the best players of last season National Bowl contender. The team would bring in Safety Eric Watts from Boston College to help strengthen their defense which help them in the long run. Despite this the team was notable weaker in offensive as RB Terry Henderson would face a season ending torn ACL. RB Scott Cunningham would bring some life near the end of the season to grab a spot in the playoffs.

Washington Federals: Federals would survive being under 500 this season but would miss the playoffs. Star quarterback Roy Vincent had the worst season in the league as the team barely survive going under 500. Rumors started going around that the Federals might trade him after the season but were squash by team owner Charlie Foxx.

Rhode Island Beacons: Fred Ashland team of misfits failed to make the playoffs and would hit rock bottom this season. Despite trying to keeping things in check, the rumors of them moving to Boston became true and after the final game between them and Cleveland, which they would win 21-7, would pack their bags and head to Boston to become the Boston Braves. The name change was due to an agreement between the baseball National Leagues Boston Braves ownership wanting the team to tie into the team organization. The Beacons would be the last professional football team to be based in Rhode Island.

Western Division:​
Pennsylvania Coal Miners: Once again, the Miners would grab the Western Division title and make their way to the playoffs. Lead by wide receiver Harry Hamilton who lead the league with touchdowns. The Coal Miners were be a tough team to knock off in the NFA.

Minnesota Saints: A surprise to many in the NFA, the Saints came marching in. Despite trouble times in Montreal, the former Montreal Saints would grab the last spot in the NFA Western Division Playoffs with a huge win over Chicago. RB Kenny Rowe would prove to the tough player to stop once he gets going. Only the only thing stopping Minnesota from going to the National Bowl is the Coal Miners.

Chicago Wildcats: Ernie Lewis wasn't too happy with another losing season. He then fired HC Donald Turner after the season and was looking for a rebuild. Luckily for him, he grabbed former head coach Paul Brown from Cleveland (Read Below) and both men saw eye to eye. Fromer Norte Dame QB Andrew Patel would be sign to the team during the off-season along with University of Michigan WR Raymond Walsh to back up Patel. We have to wait to find out if the team will succeed or not.

Cleveland Spartans: Cleveland fall from grace this season. Owner seen enough and fired Paul Brown after the season. This would prove to be a bad idea in hindsight as he would sign with Chicago afterwards. The Spartans were in the dog house and only time will tell if the team can ever recover.


NFA Playoffs:
Philadelphia Minutemen vs New York Aeros
In a match between two different styles. New York would be the winner due to the genius of Billy Evans. Philadelphia couldn't compete at all.

Philadelphia 10 – New York 27

Minnesota Saints vs Pennsylvania Coal Miners
The Saint were riding high over their win over Chicago, but the Miners shut them up. Despite a close game. Pennsylvania would notch another win and will be heading back to the National Bowl.
Minnesota 14 – Pennsylvania 27

NFA National Bowl III
November 28, 1948
Forbes Field
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
New York Aeros vs Pennsylvania Coal Miners​

Playing once again on home turf for the championship game. The two-time defending champions would get a bit carried away. Enough for the youngster from New York to help lead the Aeros back in this. Despite this, the Miners would once again add another championship to their legacy but both teams would show respect to one another afterwards.

New York 21 – Pennsylvania 27
 
Definitely going to be watching TTL love a good grid-iron football TL. Any chance for the Cleveland Rams or LA Rams to show up? I am quite the LA Rams fan.
 
Definitely going to be watching TTL love a good grid-iron football TL. Any chance for the Cleveland Rams or LA Rams to show up? I am quite the LA Rams fan.
Whoa, didn't see this comment show up on my feed. Sorry @ANARCHY_4_ALL for the late reply.

This league is set where the NFL never existed so it a original story with original teams. So no Cleveland Rams or LA Rams here. Sorry.
Actually, thinking about it now. I should probably think of expansion soon for the NFA.
 
Chapter 05: 1949 NFA Season and National Bowl (Miracle in the Big Apple)
NFA 1949 Season

Standing:​
Eastern Division:
1. New York Aeros (13-1)
2. Philadelphia Minutemen (10- 4)
3. Washington Federals (8-6)
4. Boston Indians (5-9)

Western Division:
1. Chicago Wildcats (12-1-1)
2. Pennsylvania Coal Miners (10-3-1)
3. Minnesota Saints (7-7)
4. Cleveland Spartans (3-11)

Before the regular season, league president Arch Ward announced that the league will expand in 1950 with two teams. One team in both east and west. Grocery store magnet Peter Allen from Los Angeles was announced to be a team owner for the city. The team would be dubbed the Los Angeles Stars, named after the old Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast Football League of the 1930 and early ’40s before the team itself dissolved.

The other team has yet to be announced at the time of week one. Before the season started, the league expanded the schedule to fourteen games regular season instead of twelve games.

Eastern Division Roundup:​

New York Aeros: With a good freshman season as the Aeros, New York took advantage and soldier onward to another strong year in the Polo Grounds. At this point, the National League New York Giants were impressed by the fact that the Barone team made such a turnaround that they allowed them to stay in the Grounds as the second tenants. Coach Louis Brown and star quarterback Billy Evans needed another star player to help shape the team for championship glory. They then found Josh Danielson from the University of Maryland. Despite being signed as a cornerback, Coach Brown notice something about his speed and agility. Instead of letting him stay as CB, they tested him in as running back and he never went back to CB.

The Duo of Evans and Danielson proved to be the winning formula to send them to a thirteen and one record. Only losing to the revived Chicago Wildcats.

Philadelphia Minutemen: Surprising the Washington Federals once again to reach the playoffs. The Minutemen didn’t have much to celebrate this time around. The team is going through growing pains as Safety Eric Watts had a rough season for the Minutemen and it showed on the field. Despite this they still better than the Federals. RB Terry Henderson would get the worse of it and failed to reach his potential and was shipped off to Boston before season end. WR Jerry Young would have an impressive first season in the NFA after a stint in the CFA Toronto Dukes. Young, a Canadian athlete who left the Dukes after a dispute, would help the Minutemen reach the playoffs.

Washington Federals: Despite a winning season, the Feds failed to reach the playoffs and owner Charlie Foxx was not taking it anymore. Foxx would drop star Roy Vincent from the roster after the season ended and Vincent would walk away from the Federals soon afterward. Roy would later sign with Minnesota since he was born and raised in the state. Foxx would then sign QB Jimmy Wade Hill in the off-season. Hill, a standout from North Carolina, was eager to prove himself. Foxx also signs OLB Michael Holden, also from North Carolina.

Boston Indians: Despite being called the Boston Braves, Arch Ward would demand that the team be called something else to avoid confusion with the NL Boston Braves. Ward got his wish and the Boston Indians were born to a less than stellar debut. Despite this rough season, the Indians would sign Matthew Clark from UCONN and Terry Henderson from Philadelphia before the season ended. With that, they signed Strong Safety Blake Dawson from Boston University and Tackle Michael Marsh from Georgia Tech.

Western Division Roundup:​

Chicago Wildcats: The duo of QB Andrew Petal and WR Raymond Walsh with the leadership of Paul Brown sent the below-average Chicago Wildcats to the Playoffs for the first time in team history. Petal and Walsh were the best duo in the West and led the division in scoring. RB James Kelly also assists in the points department. Attendance also grew during the season to lead to a sellout in Wrigley Field.

Pennsylvania Coal Miners: The Miners would make the playoffs for the first time in second place in the West. Wide Receiver Harry Hamilton would help the team when they needed it most. Despite also getting the first tied game in the league history with Chicago. Nothing else really happened other than the team dropping to second place.

Minnesota Saints: With the first-year success past them, the Saints managed to stay at 500 despite not making the playoffs this season. Running Back Kenny Rowe still had a solid season for the most part.

Cleveland Spartans: With the loss of legendary college football coach Paul Brown due to pettiness. The Spartans fell to the worst record in the West and in the league. They were staying afloat due to Paul Brown but with him gone, the team fell apart as the players hated owner Bud Williams due to him cutting on players' needs. Arch Ward was paying a close eye on the situation and gave a stern warning to Williams. Williams knew that the team was doomed from the start and announced by end of the regular season the team will be sold to someone else. That, someone, was Garret Brookes from Buffalo, New York.

1949 NFA Playoffs:

Eastern Final:
Philadelphia Minutemen vs New York Aeros​

Philadelphia ran in New York like a train hitting a giant rock. The Aeros would pick up the win. Josh Danialson would score 2 unanswered touchdowns in a massive beating of the Minutemen.

Philadelphia 07 – New York 28

Western Final:
Pennsylvania Coal Miners vs Chicago Wildcats.​

Pennsylvania and Chicago once again went right at each other and this one was for all the marbles. Chicago coach Paul Brown was proud of his team at the end though as they dashed the Miners their fourth straight NFA National Bowl appearance.

Pennsylvania 21 – Chicago 24

NFA National Bowl IV
November 20, 1949
Broadcast on DuMont Television Network (1)
Stadium: Polo Grounds
Attendance: 19,000 (Estiments)

Chicago Wildcats vs New York Aeros​

DuMont went all-in with the television as they updated the deal with the National Football Association to include television and it showed. This was one of the first American Football game to be broadcast live on television. Despite this, the DuMont production for the game was rushed and a bit unorganized. The game would later be dubbed by fans as the “DuMont Bowl”. Another name for the game is the “Miracle in the Big Apple” for the fans in Polo Grounds.

New York was already seen as the favorites to win the game. Yet by halftime, the game was seventeen to three in favorite to Chicago. In the Aeros locker room, Louis Brown would then give the speech of his life to the players.

“We are a team, we are family. The fans here came to watch us win and by God and Jesus up there in heaven, we will stand tall and win this game for the people in the Big Apple!” - Louis Brown

That jolt of energy by coach Brown would be the difference-maker for a massive turnaround. Along with forced turnovers by Wildcats QB Andrew Petal, including a fumble. The New York Aeros would win their first National Bowl title and cement this team as “New York Very Own” Aeros.

Chicago 17 – New York 28​

In December, the league would reward both Peter Allen Los Angeles Stars as an expansion team. Arch Ward also announced that the sale of the Cleveland Spartans was approved and would relocate to Buffalo, New York as the Buffalo Bison. In January, the league awarded Charles P. Edwards as an expansion owner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His team was then decided to become the Milwaukee Wolves.

NFA Division Lineup
1950 Season:​
Eastern Division:
Boston Indians
Buffalo Bison
New York Aeros
Philadelphia Minutemen
Washington Federals

Western Division:
Chicago Wildcats
Los Angeles Stars
Milwaukee Wolves
Minnesota Saints
Pennsylvania Coal Miners

(Edit: 6/5/2020: I may a goof with Roy Vincent and had to make sure to correct it now while working on the next chapter. Also making a few grammar corrections and fixes.)
 
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CANADA, CANADA, CANADA, :extremelyhappy::extremelyhappy::love:, CANADA, CANADA, CANADA... Hey stop that, the author decides if wants west coast & east coast Canuck football teams into his sport franchise. 🤠🤠🤖
 
Chapter 06: 1950 NFA Regular Season
NFA 1950 Regular Season:

Season Final Standing:​
Eastern Division:
1. New York Aeros (12-2)
2. Washington Federals (11-3)
3. Boston Indians (9-5)
4. Philadelphia Minutemen (6-8)
5. Buffalo Bison (4-10)

Western Division:
1. Chicago Wildcats (11-3)
2. Minnesota Saints (10-4)
3. Pennsylvania Coal Miners (8-7)
4. Los Angeles Stars (6-8)
5. Milwaukee Wolves (5-9)

“The fifth National Football Association season begins in August between the two biggest cities in the United States. Los Angeles was led by quarterback Hayden Coleman to New York to challenge the defending champions New York Aeros. Hayden Coleman is also the first player of the NFA to be of African American descent, did decently but the team would struggle hard the “Mighty Aeros” defense and it shows in the score. 34 to 17 was the final score but it was a learning experience for the Los Angeles Stars and their young QB.” - New York Post

The three new teams made their debut this season. Los Angeles Stars, playing in the LA Memorial Coliseum, did the best out of the three teams that debut. Milwaukee would fall to the last place in the West despite having a good special team. Buffalo would suffer the most. The former Cleveland Spartans would suffer from poor performance. However, the attendance in the games for all three teams was very respectable.

Before the season began, the league adopted a new playoff format to allow a semi-final before the division finals.

In the East, the New York Aeros would once again walk away from the division. This time with still competition from the revamped Washington Federals and their new rising star Jimmy Wade Hill. Hill would have the best passing record in the season.

“I see a friendly rivalry between both New York and Washington quarterbacks. I have seen what they have to show and I am very impressed by their skills and knowledge despite being young. They are the shiny example of where this league wants to head for the rest of the 1950s and beyond” - Arch Ward

Another surprise for the season was Boston Indians making their debut to the playoffs. Led by QB Matthew Clark and former Minutemen Terry Henderson. The Indians would go past Henderson's former team and clinch the last playoff spot in the East. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Minutemen would find themselves outside looking in. The team is aging fast and only time will tell before a rebuild would have to start. Buffalo would find the last place their home despite good home attendance at the Buffalo Memorial Stadium. That something the team had that the Spartans didn’t have before. Fans.

The West was won by Chicago. Led once again by Paul Brown. The Wildcats would storm their way up to the top of the division. Minnesota also found new life this season. Former Federal quarterback Roy Vincent would find a heroes welcome for the Saints. Meanwhile, the Coal Miners were going through a bit of a tailspin with the new teams joining. Yet they find themselves back in the playoffs for the fifth season in a role. Los Angeles felt growing pains like Milwaukee. Despite solid performances from both teams with a valiant effort from the Wolves. Both teams would miss the playoffs.
 
Hello guys, just an update. I am planning on continuing this story but I will be doing a chapter first on what going on in the sports world first.

Also, I hope I don't get kicked for writing this since I created this story thread. If so then sorry.
 
Hello guys, just an update. I am planning on continuing this story but I will be doing a chapter first on what going on in the sports world first.

Also, I hope I don't get kicked for writing this since I created this story thread. If so then sorry.
Pretty sure you‘re in no danger of getting kicked, since you’re the thread author. :)
 
Suprised Minnesota, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Buffalo got teams before Detroit since Detroit is bigger than all those cities at the time (except for LA). It is also in the middle of the league footprint too.
 
Suprised Minnesota, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Buffalo got teams before Detroit since Detroit is bigger than all those cities at the time (except for LA). It is also in the middle of the league footprint too.
Detroit, in this timeline, is mostly a Baseball/Hockey town but they are eyeing a team for expansion. It may happen by 1954-55 season.
 
Chapter 07: 1950 NFA Playoffs New
1950 NFA Playoffs:

Eastern Semi-Finals:

Boston Indians vs Washington Federals​

Boston Terry Henderson has more to prove than to lose. However, Federals QB Jimmy Wade Hill had a bit more to give than Henderson has. Despite the close game, QB Matthew Clark was outclassed by the rookie from North Carolina.

Boston 17 - Washington 21

Western Semi-Finals

Pennsylvania Coal Miners vs Minnesota Saints​

Roy Vincent would be the key player for the Saints. The Miners were without their star receiver and it showed. The Saints would move onward to the Western Finals to challenge Chicago. For Pennsylvania, they would fail to reach the National Bowl for the first time since their inception.

Pennsylvania 10 - Minnesota 27

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Eastern Finals:

Washington Federals vs New York Aeros​

New York and Washington met in the regular season and had close matchups. This one was no different. Both teams gave it their all but in the end, Federals QB Jimmy Wade Hill thrown for 4 complete touchdowns in the game.

Washington 31 - New York 21

Western Finals:

Minnesota Saints vs Chicago Wildcats​

Roy was out of the game during the second quarter after a hard hit by a tackle by OLB Ash Philips. This would be a game-changer, as the Wildcats would win the game and challenge the Federals for the National Bowl title.

Minnesota 07 - Chicago 17

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NFA National Bowl V
November 19, 1950
Broadcast on the DuMont Television Network
Wrigley Field
Attendance: 25,000 (Estimates)

Washington Federals vs Chicago Wildcats​

DuMont would once again air the National Bowl game. The NFA all season has been a saving grace for the network and with DuMont growing, Pro Football is growing along too. Unlike last season, the broadcast was more professional looking and due to the growth of television, more people were watching this year than last year.

The Federals failed to win their games against the Wildcats all season. And. with Paul Brown leading the team, that wouldn’t change a bit here. Wildcats scored an easy touchdown after a botched snap led to a fumble at the Federals 25 yard line. That would prove to be the start of the downfall of the Federals. Despite some good offensive efforts by Washington, they were still inexperienced and it showed.

Chicago would win the game and the first of hopefully many National Bowls for the team. Despite this, Washington owner Charlie Foxx wasn’t too upset.

“This team is still very young and very green. Today wasn’t your time to shine, but soon. Things will get better.” Charlie Foxx said to QB Jimmy Wade Hill, who was upset by the loss.

Washington 28 - Chicago 42

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News Around the Sports World:
1950-51 season:​

MLB: Cleveland wishes they still had the Spartans, as the Indians failed to reach the postseason again after five seasons. Rumors spread of a possible name change for the team, possibly to the Cleveland Guardians or Cleveland Spiders.

The 1950 World Series was contested by the NL Pittsburgh Pirates and the AL Detroit Tigers. Tigers would sweep the Pirates in four games to win their third world series (1935 and 1945).

NHL: The NHL lost so many teams during the 1930s it surprises many that they are still around. Yet here we are. The Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup over heavy favorites Detroit Red Wings in a seven-game classic. The Leafs were led by Vezina Trophy winner Al Rollins at the net and despite a rocky start. Rollins would rebound and shut out the Wings in game seven in Toronto.

NBA: While still new, the NBA wasn’t completely new to Basketball fans. Former BAA team, Syracuse Nationals, defeated the New York Knicks in six games to win the title.

(thanks to @ANARCHY_4_ALL for the suggestion and for helping me fix a massive error on my part. I put Hill in Washington instead of North Carolina. Everything is fixed now, I hope. lol)​
 
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Glad to see this back with a new update. I love to see a good grid-iron football TL. A few minor nitpicks: I was a little confused on who the Federals and Indians QBs were from the first part. On the next part with the Washington Federals you revealed their QB's name. Maybe you should add his name to the first part too after mentioning him. Still not sure who Terry Henderson for Boston is? Also, you put DeMont once instead of DuMont.
Again though really glad you brought this back and I can't wait for the next season.
 
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