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  1. Threadmarks: Chapter Thirteen, Part Five: The 2013 Federal Bowl & All Star Weekend

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    August 4, 2013: In the 2013 Federal Bowl, the Knights and Chargers fight to an immediate 28-28 draw, and neither side producing a touchdown after the first shootout period, leading to a decision to hold a second OT, which extends the score to 31-31 after midnight, and results in yet another fruitless shootout. The starters for both teams had to be pulled due to fatigue aggravated by the time played and the humid heat in the Citrus Bowl. The game is delayed until the following day, and each spectator receives a voucher, a ticket to the next day’s game, and a portion of their money back.

    August 5, 2013: The Knights defeat the Chargers after three overtime periods, 40-34, after Jimmy Garoppolo passes for five touchdowns, two interceptions, and 468 yards, earning him game MVP honors. The reaction to the game is mixed, with some praising it as the most competitive game in recent memory, and others calling it drawn out and an example of the league’s inexperience and lack of uniform rules.

    August 11, 2013: The FFL All-Star Weekend is held, and Jimmy Garoppolo wins the “QB Skills” competition, edging out Mark Sanchez by three points, while “Team Cornerback” faces “Team Wide Receiver” in the “Coverage” Competition, with “Team Wide Receiver” winning off of a high catch by the Mountainmen’s Brandin Cooks.
     
  2. Calcaterra Stuff About Politics (& Sports) Donor

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    Just wanted to add a note:

    The FFL planned to hold an All Star game, but due to concerns about injuries and the CTE crisis, they said that it was unneeded, although they said that they may hold a flag football game during the next All Star weekend. They are also seriously considering eliminating pads and helmets due to the idea that it will reduce injuries.
     
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  3. Threadmarks: Chapter Thirteen, Part Six: The Retirement, The Farewell Tour, & The 2013 FFL Draft

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    September 1, 2013: Peyton Manning announces the 2013 NFL Season will be his last and adds that he plans on winning one more Super Bowl, this year to be held in the Colts’ own Anthem Dome.

    September 8, 2013: The Indianapolis Colts defeat the Tennessee Titans in the Anthem Dome, 35-13, as Peyton Manning passes for four touchdowns and 343 yards.

    October 1, 2013:

    2013 FFL Draft, First Round:

    #1 Pick, Salt Lake Legion: QB Dak Prescott, Ole Miss

    #2 Pick, Orlando Apollos: DE Danielle Hunter, LSU

    #3 Pick, Buffalo Mountainmen: LB Deion Jones, LSU

    #4 Pick, Houston Roughnecks: CB Myles Jack, UCLA

    
#5 Pick, San Diego Chargers: RB Wayne Gallman, Grayson High School

    #6 Pick, New York Knights: WR Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State University
     
  4. Jim Smitty Lost in my mind

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    The FFL is drafting high school students? This should be odd to see if the FFL becomes a feeder league for the NFL or something else.
     
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    Right now, they don't adhere to the NFL's eligibility policy, and so they drafted Gallman, who just graduated. The thought behind these younger talents signing is that as they face little chance of getting drafted very high if they attend smaller or otherwise unsuccessful colleges, it would be better to instead get paid and have health insurance, while competing on a national stage, for at least three years after they graduate, at which point they could either continue with the FFL or declare for the NFL Draft, likely increasing their draft stock or at least paying them for their services.
     
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  6. TheMatthew25 Well-Known Member

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    I'm confused if removing helmets and padding would help out. Injuries will still happen even if you remove them. I'm honestly thinking of the A7FL YouTube channel on how it can be done but I doubt it would work out in the long haul.
     
  7. Jim Smitty Lost in my mind

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    Honestly I think their thought process is remove the helmets and pads people will not be going full power on their hits.

    IMO though the All-Star game is a waste, lets just get them together and have contest to see who is the best.
     
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    The issue is that the game itself would have to fundamentally be changed to mostly eliminate injuries, and this is thought to be one of the only ways to potentially save the game while still helping players.
     
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  9. Threadmarks: Chapter Thirteen, Part Seven: A Top Ten List

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    October 2, 2013: The NFL Network’s Top Ten Most Heated Rivalries Since 2000 airs, and goes as such:

    10. Giants v. Cowboys

    To start off our list is a classic duel between two of the NFC, and NFL’s, most historic teams. The storied NFC East foes saw their rivalry build up after Touchdown Tom Brady was drafted by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2000 Draft, and Drew Brees was taken by the G-Men in the first round of the 2001 Draft. The rivalry built as both teams became powerhouses and perennial playoff contenders, escalating with the Boys’ acquisition of trash-talking star wideout Terrell Owens, and the Giants’ hiring of the self-assured Nick Saban. It came to a head during the 2004 Season, when Tom Brady earned his nickname “Touchdown Tom” when he threw for seven touchdowns in a game, the first quarterback to do so in decades, and, a week later, Brees accomplished the same feat. The two forces met for a season-ending game in the Meadowlands, which was won by a single point by the home-town Giants, handing them the NFC East and the second playoff seed. The Cowboys went on a tear, shredding the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round, advancing the face, you guessed it, the Giants in the Divisional round. The thriller of a game would go into double overtime, only to be ended when Drew Brees made his iconic “dash” into the end zone. While this rivalry has since cooled along with the Cowboys win total, it’s safe to say there is still no love lost in this rivalry.

    9. Rams v. 49ers

    The classic LA v. San Fran narrative, the rivalry started off as a competition between the then-St. Louis Rams’ midwestern fanbase and the Niners’ silicon valley followers, but became so much closer to home when the Rams moved to Los Angeles and hired Pete Carroll, the former coach of USC, a rival school of San Fran favorite Stanford, to lead them on the gridiron. Possibly the most intense rivalry is the one between Rams CB Richard Sherman and 49ers QB Jason Campbell, which has blossomed since Sherman became one of the premier corners in the game, trash taking his way to the top. His memorable “You don’t got no trick plays” quote after twice intercepting Campbell is now the rallying cry for Rams fans every time they face the so-called “Boys From The Bay”. When the Niners face the So-Cal creatures, they are quick to remind them of the golden days of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young thrashing the NFC West day in and day out. The rivalry, featuring two teams on the rise, is clear to be one to watch.

    8. Patriots v. Stallions

    From the obvious US against Canada narrative to the old-fashioned AFC East hatred, what else is there to say about our number 8 entry on this list? Iconic moments from the first home defeat for the newly-christened Stallions to soon-to-be Hall of Famer Drew Bledsoe beating the then-Bills in the playoffs on his way to his only ring stick in our mind, and in the Stallions’ memory. The national aspect of it all, the New England Patriots against Canada’s team, really makes this one impossible to ignore, and we look forward to seeing many more matchups between these two enemies.

    7. Saints v. Falcons

    The heated rivalry has been around forever, but it has become especially interesting to watch the Falcons and Saints spar in the new millennium, with a barrage of intrigue and starting quarterbacks causing this one to become particularly noteworthy. Since the early 2000s, the defense-heavy Saints seemed destined to clash with the dynamic Michael Vick-led Falcons offense. The games between the two platoons were infamous for the carnage and human pain produced, and set records for the amounts of roughness penalties, and alcohol sold, in single games, records that hold to this day. After a dip in production from the Saints in the mid-2000s, the appearance of DE Mario Williams has led to several years of excellence from the men formerly known as the Aints. This was particularly harmful after Michael Vick couldn’t play, and the Falcons became one of the worst teams in the league. With the resurgence of the Falcons under reigning MVP Andrew Luck, we now know that there will be fuel for this fire for quite a while, and we can’t wait until we see the next meeting of these two southern powerhouses.

    6. Browns v. Ravens

    Of course, they’re on this list. The Ravens, formerly the Browns, have been feeling the scorn of the city of Cleveland since Art Modell relocated the team, and the Browns have been sure to avenge their pain. The two teams have been battling at the top of the AFC North for as long as we can remember, and both sides have never wavered, constantly trying to top one another and nearly breaking one another in the process. Even if the teams didn’t put too much into it, the fans would sure still care, as Cleveland resents Baltimore and Baltimore realizes that the Browns have probably cost them a Lombardi or two. It is one of the most extreme rivalries in the NFL today, and the animosity is so deep it seems to be a Ravens fan and a Browns hater are one and the same.

    5. Colts v. Falcons

    The Greatest Super Bowl of all time, Manning v. Vick, and the two most exciting prospects of their generations. These two cross-conference squads have a visible hatred of each other and can be counted on to supply drama and suspense whenever they oppose each other. Let’s not forget, the Falcons came within a touchdown of ending the Colts’ undefeated season, and it was Manning who ultimately proved that he was truly the best QB in the NFL. Now, it seems that the one meeting we are all anxious to see is the soon-to-come game between Andrew Luck, the most hyped prospect this century, and Peyton Manning, arguably the most hyped prospect of the last. Both men hail from football families, and now we see who is truly better.

    4. Packers v. Vikings

    The Packers have been spoiled with great quarterback play, going back to Bart Starr during the Titletown Era, and into the present day with four-time MVP Brett Favre and yearly Pro Bowl presence Jay Cutler. The Vikings fanbase, however, are proud to say that everything they have, they’ve fought for. The two teams share a state border and a frigid climate, as well as a division, but they couldn’t be more different. The Green Bay Packers have 13 world titles, and the Vikings haven’t won a world championship in their history. The Packers have been known for their quarterbacks, while the Vikings have been a defensive team since the great Purple People Eaters. The two have made it clear that they will do anything to beat each other, and will put their bodies on the line to secure bragging rights, and much more.

    3. Colts v. Titans

    Playoff spots, denied chances, and a shared love of Peyton Manning. The Tennessee Titans fans have been shown to be a rowdy bunch, one of the most active fanbases in the NFL, but they are yet to have a ring, which many blame on, of course, the Colts. One of the NFL’s best franchises, and the best of the 2000s and 2010s, the Hoosiers could have gotten a few more undefeated seasons in if it wasn’t for the Music City men, who have always found a way to make themselves a bump in the road. The Colts have won the AFC South every year since the realignment, stopping the formerly dominant Titans from a guaranteed playoff spot, which they routinely won as the top team in the former AFC Central division. The only real thing the two sides can agree on is that Colts QB and Tennessee Volunteers legend Peyton Manning is one of the greatest of all time, and even then, many Titans fans may balk at praising the franchise of their premier rival.

    2. Giants v. Eagles

    The bloodiest rivalry on this list, the Giants and the Eagles are notorious for their hatred, partially because of the geographic rivalry and partially because of both teams’ status as playoff contenders. It’s especially notable for the fan interaction, as there have been riots when the two teams face each other. The rivalry has become so big that pop culture has begun to recognize it, and it’s the focus of the feature film The Big Show, a comedy about a Monday Night Football broadcast gone wrong, which features the two fanbases literally going rabid. The two are at each others’ necks so much that small courts had to be set up at Eagles home games when the Giants are in town, and police have to be present when the Eagles come to Manhattan. Adding to this is the excellence of Drew Brees and the continuing force that is Donovan McNabb, and the tension between the two as the dominant quarterbacks in the division. While this rivalry is one for the ages, our top pick is inarguable.

    1. Raiders v. Broncos

    Who else? This is the rivalry that has defined the NFL since Aaron Rodgers became a superstar and the Broncos won the Super Bowl. Orange Crush v. The Autumn Wind, Big Ben v. AR12, and L.A. v. Denver. These two division rivals bring a new meaning to the word feud, and there is no denying that the Broncos and the Raiders hate each other intensely. The quarterback rivalry alone could make this a top ten rivalry, but the defensive play adds to the intrigue, as the two squads have drastically different reputations. While the Raiders defense has always been a group defined by the slogan “Just win, baby”, the Broncos have been known for their polished style of play. Both squads have defeated the other, and this rivalry has all the makings of a legend if it isn’t already one. We are all looking forward to how our number one entry will go on the future, especially when it comes to Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger.
     
  10. Threadmarks: Chapter Thirteen, Part Eight: Manning v. Luck, The Playoffs, & The 2013 NFL Honors

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    October 14, 2013: The Indianapolis Colts defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 49-42, as Peyton Manning passes for seven touchdowns and 502 yards, the first quarterback to ever throw for seven touchdowns twice in a career. The matchup is heavily anticipated, as the showdown is one between Manning and Luck, the two most praised prospects since John Elway in 1983, and two quarterbacks often compared in style and intellect.

    January 12, 2014: The Indianapolis Colts defeat the Miami Dolphins, 24-10, in the AFC Divisional round, in the Anthem Dome.

    January 19, 2014: The Indianapolis Colts defeat the Los Angeles Raiders in the Anthem Dome, 31-14, as Peyton Manning passes for three touchdowns and 303 yards, while Aaron Rodgers goes down late in the second quarter with a knee sprain after passing for one touchdown and 198 yards. The Colts will advance to face the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVIII, becoming the first team to play in a Super Bowl held in their home stadium.

    February 1, 2014: Peyton Manning wins the NFL MVP Award (5) and the Joe Montana Award (3), after completing a historic season in which he passed for a record 52 touchdowns and 5,403 yards.
     
  11. stratonascar The PFA Now Has 28 Teams Each in 2K2!

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    Oh My God, The Colts are going to host the Super Bowl at Home, And Maybe Peyton will go out with a Bang as the Indianapolis Colts could win a Super Bowl at Home!
     
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    Shame Peyton never got to play for the Broncos here, but at least he seems to have had an easier time in Indy.
     
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    And at least we still got Von.
     
  14. thekingsguard Founder of Korsgaardianism

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    And that one ring* with Big Ben.

    *So far?
     
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    you see that Calcaterra?

    You're readers are crying out for a Bronco dynasty!
     
  16. Jim Smitty Lost in my mind

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    Nope I'm not
     
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    And what they’ve gotten is pretty much parity. That is, of course, the 2000s. The rest of the 2010s will be dominated by four teams.
     
  18. Threadmarks: Chapter Thirteen, Part Nine: The 2013 Season Standings

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    2013 NFL Season Standings:

    NFC East
    Giants: 11-5
    F.C.: 8-8
    Cowboys: 5-11
    Eagles: 3-13

    AFC East
    Stallions: 11-5
    Dolphins: 11-5
    Jets: 6-10
    Patriots: 2-14

    NFC North
    Packers: 11-5
    Bears: 4-12
    Vikings: 5-10-1
    Lions: 1-14-1

    AFC North
    Browns: 12-4
    Ravens: 8-8
    Steelers: 3-13
    Bengals: 1-15

    NFC South
    Falcons: 12-4
    Saints: 8–8
    Buccaneers: 3-13
    Panthers: 3-13

    AFC South
    Colts: 14-2
    Titans: 11-5
    Jaguars: 4-12
    Texans: 3-13

    NFC West
    Rams: 12-4
    49ers: 10-6
    Seahawks: 4-12
    Cardinals: 4-12

    AFC West
    Raiders: 11-4-1
    Broncos: 11-4-1
    Express: 6-10
    Chiefs: 4-12
     
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    Could I spoil one thing I have in the future? I really can't wait to reveal it later on.
     
  20. God Emperor Truex Won't someone reply to this?

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    Only if it's not a major thing otherwise, make it vague as possible.
     
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