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MISC.
  •  Owner History
  • All-Star Game

  • HISTORY

    March, 1988. Saskatoon. Fourth year finals in full swing. Thinking he has some time on  his hands after finishing a 30 page essay, Trav buys the fabled dice game...Sports Action Football. He brings it home and sets upon learning the rules with Neil and The Reg. Great game, they are hooked. Boser and Troy come over...over the next 72 hours a legend and league are born. Fueled by copious amounts of liquor, very little sleep and an almost inhuman ability to waste time,  Trav, Neil, Dean, Troy, Regan Herbst and Curtis Walz setup a league using Sports Action Football. Saskatchewan, BC, Edmonton, Toronto, Winnipeg and Hamilton are the charter franchises. The first season goes well. We learn that 9 and 3 are twelve and that 'penalty on the pass' is a terrible thing to hear. University ends and the start of the second season is delayed....

    Fall, 1989. Boser moves out to Vancouver, hooks up with Trav and once again they set up a league using Sports Action Football (DTFL). They play the 86, 87, 81 & 82 cards.  At the same time Trevor J. and Neil have set up a league in Saskatoon (NTFL). They play the 82 & 83 cards. Both leagues are based on the 8 team CFL. Again delays....

    Spring, 1992. Neil moves to Vancouver, hooks up with Boser and they start a league. Little is known about this league except that many games were played and very little was recorded. By the summer of 1994 all Sports Action Football games have ended. Many hours of throwing dice, swearing at the other guy, punching stats into the calculator and FUN, have come to an end. Everybody is scattered across Western Canada with no time to get together to roll dice.....Then Trav buys a computer....

    December, 1998. Trav decides it must be time to find a good online league. He decides on the GFL and joins up. Much is learned in this league. A great bunch of helpful guys... 

    The LFL began in March of 1999, Travis, Neil and Kelvin decided to create a 'league of their own'. Travis was elected the first commissioner and Neil Director of Operations. 
    The first season was played with 12 USFL teams and most games were played using LAN. Brad joined that first season as owner of the Birmingham Stallions. Trav's New Jersey Generals won the first Grail Game.

    Season 2 kicked off with 4 owners and all teams now using CFL names. Jody joined as owner of the BC Lions, our first 'non-luselander'. Trevor joined as owner of the Sacramento Gold Miners and Troy as owner of the Toronto Argonauts. We started playing games at WON and Kelvin became the Ass. Commish. Las Vegas became the first CFL team to win the Grail.

    Season 3 started with the college draft held using draftsock, lots of fun. Lots of growing pains this season as we added Dean as owner of Edmonton, Rob as owner of Hamilton and Jamie as the no show owner of Winnipeg. Jody quit because of time constraints. After figuring out the banned plays, Las Vegas won the Grail for the second time, 'First ever back to back'.

    Season 4. Once again we used Draftsock for our online drafts, we introduced free agents and salary cap. Robert joined as our first committed American owner of the Shreveport Pirates. Don joined as yet another no show owner of Winnipeg (problem franchise?). Part way through the season Trevor Fraser took over Hamilton and Doug Cook took over BC. Trevor belongs to the MLF. After a still-born merger attempt with that league Robert lost control of the Shreveport Pirates and Vernon, another MLF owner, agreed to take the team over. Right at the end of the season 'the kid' Jody came back and took over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Ottawa Rough Riders defeated Calgary 28-0 to win the 4rth Grail. Pretty much a soap opera but in the end, 12 teams with 12 owners.

    Season 5. As with the previous 2 drafts we used Draftsock for the college and FA drafts. We lost Cookie as the BC Lions owner during the preseason. The Cape Breton connection seemed to be solid. Expansion is on the horizon as we grow stronger and more experienced. After only one game we lost Vernon as the owner of Shreveport. We had a number of owners come and go through the year but in the end settled down with 2 experienced guys, Mike taking over Shreveport and Jason taking over BC. Calgary squeaked by Sacramento 17-16 to win their first Grail. Sacramento then went on to win the first World Bowl against the Major League Football champion. We now have 11 great owners....only time will tell what happens next. 

    Season 6. The season began as most other. FA draft, College draft via draftsock. One wrinkle we added was FA bidding wars....on a limited scale. Each team could bid on one player...worked pretty good. Once the season started Tyler joined up as owner of the Baltimore Stallions. So now we seem stable and full. There have been some applications for expansion teams. Thomas joined as owner of Montreal expansion team, test drove Hamilton for 2 weeks and quit. Expansion is now on hold indefinately. As the season wound down the playoff races heated up. Saskatchewan won its first grail championship over Sacramento.

    Season 7. The very beginning of this season saw  a revolving game of musical teams. Owners moved around the league to find divisions that "better suited them". Hamilton moved to Birmingham, Brad took that team over. Shreveport moved to Hamilton. Baltimore and Calgary switched teams so Tyler could play in the West. We held both drafts via draftsock and all went well. Part way through the season Brad, a 6 season vet, resigned as owner of the Birmingham Barracudas. A few games in Nick took Birmingham over. Jason Neves got lost somewhere online. Neil took his Saskatchewan Roughriders to there second straight Grail victory over the Gold Miners, yet again. 

    Season 8. We took an extended off-season before this season began. Nick moved to LA and was forced to choose between school and the league. Jody was removed due to not participating. Fortunately Brad returned as the 'Cuda's owner. Ken came on as the Lions owner. One more team moved, Baltimore to Montreal, hopefully this will turn them around. Part way through Curt took over the Bombers. Once again Neil led his Riders to the Grail and won his third straight ever over Mike and the Tiger-Cats. In the first ever All-Star game the South defeated the North 25-19 in overtime.

    Season 9. This season began with the Ottawa franchise dropping the name Roughriders and taking up the name Renegades. Trevor F was replaced by Brodie as the Montreal owner. Trevor will contiue to be the idea man for the league. Brodie was removed and Jay Tando came on board. Calgary and Hamilton faced off in the Grail. Hamilton came away with their first ever victory. Coached by Mike and Ian Tyson.

    Season 10. 10 years, who woulda? This season began with the addition of 6 defunct GFL teams. 4 GFL owners came over with the teams: Mike Harris (Jacksonville), Mike Sargent (Dallas), Brett Martin (Tennessee),Rick (San Fransisco), Trevor F and David filled out the new ownership. With 18 teams we were able to go with 2 conferences with 2 divisions in each. David and Rick quit before the season began. Nick and Conrad Gartner stepped into Pittsburgh and Montreal respectively. Nick was removed part way through and Dan Diston took over the Steelers. The Kidd, Part III, took over the 49ers. Brett baled without warning partway through. Dan was removed. Mike Ovell took over Tennessee and so the story continues. Dallas and Calgary met in the 10th Grail game, with Calgary winning it's second Grail, the first for Coach Scheidt.

    Season 11 began as the rest. FA draft, College draft (or as Scheidt would spell it. collAge draft). Dallas dominated the feild and on the odd loss, Threw his mouse around the room. In the end he prevailed over the 'Cudas for the first GFC Grail victory. Swingin' Wang joined up at the end of the season. 

    Season 12 - Dallas dominates again. Wins their second Grail. I think this may have been our first season with all teams full for the duration.

    Season 13 - This season kicks off on the 5th anniversary of the league formation. 5 years, 12 seasons, 30+ owners, ex-wifes, ex-girlfriends, ex-life. Welcome to the jungle.... After a hard fought year and playoff race Jacksonville wins its first Grail. The only team to be Grail and GFL Superbowl winners. We finished the season with another full slate of owners.

    Season 14 - This season kicked off with high hopes. 18 owners, 16 of them vets. Alas, things went off the rails 3 games in Tennessee, Arizona, Indiana and Jacksonville all had trouble playing games and we ended up with sims and subs... arghh. Dallas won their third Grail in 5 seasons. They beat Vegas who was finally back in the Show after 10 seasons. We're stripping down to 16 teams for next season. We'll see how that goes.

    Season 15-16 - We went with 16 teams for these 2 seasons. Neil beat Curt in the 15th Grail. Curt beat Trav in the 16th Grail. Kelvin and Mike Sargent quit after season 16. "The game has passed us by."  The Vegas and Dallas teams are dispersed.

    So now we enter season 17. We've readjusted the ratings to lower the sacks and up the offense. Stay tuned

    Season 17 went extremely well. The ratings changes turned out to be even better than we'd hoped. Calgary and Sacramento met in the 17th Grail with Calgary winning 31-30.

    Season 18. Kelvin's back. Who woulda figured. Jason Neves and the BC Lions win their first ever Grail. We're switching to one season per year. Winter only play.

    Season 19. Troy drops out part way through the season. One of the old timers is gone.... Calgary wins the 19th Grail.

    Season 20. Last year as an 14 team league. Another competative season. Calgary beats Ottawa in the historic 20th Grail. After the season is over Curt drops out and the Toronto and Winnipeg franchises are dispersed. Player ID numbers top 10,000 causing rafies to quit working.... tough to scout and tough to figure out. After some delay season 21 kicks off with 12 teams.

    Season 21 & 22. Droped down to a 12 team league. Calgary wins the Grail yet again, beating Jacksonville in the final. The next year sees a couple of first. Sacramento is the first team to run the table. They win all 14 games and the Grail. They beat Birmingham in overtime, another first. Also the Grail is officially 'lost' as Jason has disappeared, along with the Grail.

    Season 23. 12 teams again this season. Dan joined as owner of BC. He was an old vet of the fbpro wars so it was an easy fit. Trav recovered the Grail in Phoenix after Kelvin tracked down Jason. Saskatchewan beat Calgary kin the Grail game.

    Season 24. 12 teams again. Dan moved BC to Winnipeg. Jason returned to BC with the old Hamilton franchise. Don, another old vet, took over San Fransisco and moved them to Whiteland. Kelvin won the Grail. His Vikings beat Don's Dogpack in a tight battle.

    Season 25. So here we are. The historic 25th season. Seems like we may be the only online league left that plays H2H. Digging up old XP machines, its getting harder to keep it rolling. This was the year of the sim, and delays. At least 3-4 owners were lame ducks and it wasn't good. In the end the league had a great Grail final game with Jacksonville beating Saskatchewan to win their second championship.

    Season 26. I wasn't sure there would be a 26th season but here we are. Tyler has hung up his cleats but the rest of us are back... Jeremy Price played a couple games as Calgary and Jason was a noshow for BC. Birmingham won its first Grail, beating Minnesota in the Final.

    Season 27. We have contracted to 10 teams. Calgary and BC will be dispersed.


    Trav-Commish

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