Welcome to the home of The Football Chronicle (hereafter referred to as “TFC”). TFC will use an as-yet-undetermined simulation game (like Draft Day Sports Pro Football) to create a pro football league with fictional players in a historical framework. In a similar vein to The Baseball Chronicle, using fictional players removes expectations and allows the players’ careers to evolve in a dynamic way unshackled to “that’s unrealistic – Player X should be much better/worse” type of reactions.
So what is TFC? Here are the main points:
- A simulated football league using the latest version of whatever sim engine is ultimately chosen for the league.
- Players will be completely fictional though some may be modeled after specific real life players – and this will only be known to the commissioner.
- The league will be a solo project that will eventually (it is hoped) become an online league.
- Due to the major changes in the game through the early years, the transition to an online league would likely take place some time after 1950 when the NFL game started to resemble what we see today.
- The commissioner will never run a team in the league, allowing for complete impartiality (and allowing for stepping in to handle teams when and where necessary on a temporary basis).
- The league will begin with the dawn of the American Pro Football Association (APFA) in 1920 (the name was changed to the National Football League in 1922) and progress from there
- The plan is to include the “secondary” leagues that added teams to the NFL – the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) and of course the American Football League of the 1960s. The two previous “American Football League” entries of the 1920s & 30s will likely be skipped.
If you are interested in following along, please do. When the time comes from the switch from solo project to online league, the commissioner will post here and accept sign ups.
Thanks! Now let’s tee it up!