Okay, now for something entirely different that a typical post although I guess this could be considered somewhat of a “geeky” thing. You see, I love football, both college and pro but growing up in the early to mid-80′s I was also a HUGE fan of the United States Football League (USFL). Living in central Florida I went to several Tampa Bay Bandits games and got to see some great players like Herschel Walker and the core of the Bandits…Gary Anderson, John Reeves, Eric Truvillion and on and on. To this day I’ll still crank up some old YouTube USFL videos now and then to refreshen the memories. I was decimated and really ticked off when the USFL folded…great athletes and great games there.
Unfortunately no other alternative league such as the WLAF, NFL Europe, XFL or UFL has been able to recapture the greatness of the USFL. However as football is undoubtedly the top sport I think we are ripe for some type of other league to develop players. The only problem is garnering interest from current college and NFL fans. My proposal is for the NFL to create instant buy-in with a minor league of their own.
My proposal is 16 teams, each team owned/associated with one AFC and one NFL in close proximity to one another. Much like minor league baseball players (and coaches) would actually be under contract with their parent organization and could be called up or sent down during the season. Not only does this develop players, but also develops coaches and front officer personnel. Die-hard football fans would be interested as their favorite team would have players in development on the minor league team.
At one point I put together the whole league alignment for a fictional simulation league…yea, this is definitely in the geeky territory!
Hartford Brigands (New England and New York(N))
New Jersey Dragons (New York(A) and Philadelphia)
Richmond Knights (Baltimore and Carolina)
Toronto Talons (Buffalo and Detroit)
Birmingham Blazers (Jacksonville and Atlanta)
Little Rock Warbirds (Tennessee and Dallas)
Orlando Avengers (Miami and Tampa Bay)
Shreveport Wildcats (Houston and New Orleans)
Columbus Warriors (Pittsburgh and Washington)
Ft. Wayne Rhinos (Cleveland and Chicago)
Iowa Huskies (Indianapolis and Minnesota)
Louisville Skyhawks (Cincinnati and Green Bay)
Las Vegas Rustlers (San Diego and San Francisco)
Omaha Aztecs (Kansas City and St. Louis)
Portland Sharks (Oakland and Seattle)
Utah Grizzlies (Denver and Arizona)