Run Your OWN Pro Football League! With the 2012 FOOTBALL AMERICA Team Card Set for SECOND SEASON Pro Football Game!
Welcome to another season of Football America, SECOND SEASON Pro Football Board Game's classic fictional professional football league!
Football America was born in 2000 with the debut of PLAAY.com, as an "alternate universe" of pro football. The premise behind Football America is that it's sometimes fun for sports board gamers to play out an open-ended scenario, where you're creating your OWN pro football history, rather than re-creating it from what happened in real-life. With this set of Football America team cards, you arrange your league into divisions or conferences, create a schedule, and see what happens!
The 2012 Football America team card set sells for $18 postage-paid. That includes a league summary, an "instant Results" card, which allows you to gets results of games with a single dice roll, and a card containing ratings for about 100 "fringe" players, whom you can add to rosters as needed due to injuries or poor play. Everything you need to run your OWN football league, for under $20--that's a lot less than Jerry Jones paid! Here's a team-by-team preview of the 2012 season. NOTE that you don't have to use all twelve teams for your league, nor do you have to keep the teams in the cities to which we've assigned them...
CHICAGO: The leader of the Chicago offense for so many years, QB Mike Trocano, has retired, and first-round draft choice QB Steve Savardini is the heir-apparent. Savardini ran up big numbers in college playing in a pro-style offense, so much is expected, quickly. QB Randy Breaux was brought in from Golden Bay for some insurance. RB Sedrick Spinner can be counted on to provide another big year rushing, behind a better-than-average offensive line anchored by G Tevis Kendrick. Chicago lacks a big-play receiver, though and Savardini is likely to experience the typical rookie learning curve, so offensive production could be uneven. Defense has always been the hallmark of the Chicago FA club, and 2012 is no different. MLB Greg Olivea enjoyed an outstanding rookie season in 2011, and veteran OLB Tre Holton and DT Brandon Brown are two of the league's best run-stuffers. SS Ryan Patterson is the star of the secondary. If Chicago struggles in 2012, it won't be because of the defense. Projected Finish: 6-8.
DETROIT: As training camp begins, a number of familiar faces are missing. The most prominent absence is all-league QB Greg Carter, who will have shoulder surgery and is out for the entire 2012 season. Last year's back-up QB Serge Yarelian had already signed with New York, leaving the front office scrambling for a solution. After a whirlwind of phone calls, aging FA veteran QB Gary Zamberlin was talked out of retirement--the long-time New York signal-caller had called it a career after spending 2011 backing up QB Wally Williamson in New Jersey. Unfortunately, Carter's loss is not the only hole Detroit must fill in 2012, as the club experienced an exodus of talent in the free-agent market. The league's top tight end, TE Lavelle Hooks, signed a huge contract with Memphis. Orlando snapped up LB Ronson Riddick, C Jason Womack and star KR Erric Getty. Meanwhile, SS Will Sherman, CB Floyd Dixon and LB Braxton Eagleton have all retired. The cabinet isn't bare by ANY stretch: OT Wally Kleine and G Ray Isom remain among the FA's ellite, and the "Thomas Twins," WR Cardell Thomas and RB Trevor Thomas will give Zamberlin some weapons to work with. So will free-agent TE Roger Heller, one of Zamberlin's favorite targets in New York, who was signed to replace Hooks. Still, it looks to be an up-and-down season in the Motor City this year. Projected Finish: 7-7.
GOLDEN BAY: In the Bay Area, the buzz is "Here Come The Judge!" Flashy rookie RB Adrian Judge was chosen in the first-round, and is expected to make an immediate splash. A couple of rookie wideouts also made the final roster, WR Jamai Toney and WR Derek Holliday, both have good hands, size and speed. Last year's quarterback controversy has been settled, with fiery second-year passer QB Colt McCown establishing himself as the club's leader. He'll operate behind a solid offensive line, led by perennial all-pro G Todd Lee and emerging star C Aundrae Steptoe. On defense, the big news is a new defensive coordinator and a switch to a 4-3 alignment from last year's 3-4. Dominating LB Eugene Chang will take over as middle linebacker, and DE Marco Rodriguez was signed from San Antonio to add speed and power to the Golden Bay pass rush. The new defense is better suited to the people they have, but Golden Bay still needs some better people on defense, especially in the secondary. Kicking duties are well-manned, with K Shane Millitello and P Roger Palmer both returning. If the youth movement on offense gels quickly, Golden Bay could challenge for a playoff spot. Projected Finish: 6-8.
LOS ANGELES: It looks to be another division championship, and perhaps even more, for a Los Angeles club that is strong and balanced on both sides of the ball. On offense, the discussion begins with QB Matt Harrell, a smart, efficient, sensible operator whose strength is his ability to avoid mistakes. He's not a play-maker, but he's got people around him who are. WR Xavier Ellis and WR Andre Brennan are game-breakers and they're augmented by hulking good-hands TE Sen'Derrius Ross and dependable veteran RB Alonzo Curtis. Rookie RB Pierre Battle could be a big contributor, too. The O-line is anchored by OT Matt Washington, one of the FA's best. On defense, the talent is even deeper. CB Dontari Harper leads what is arguably the league's top defensive secondary, bolstered by the addition of top rookie CB Damian Williams. LB Kevin Seawright and DE Pat Durant are the "unstoppable force" pass rushers and DT Rodell Payton is the "immovable object" in the middle of an LA line that also ranks among the best in the FA. The kicking game is solid, with rookie K Mike Lipinski outshining K Aaron Jones to win the job, and P Reggie Alvarado bringing back his strong leg. If Los Angeles doesn't earn a playoff spot in your league, it will be a major surprise. Projected Finish: 10-4.
MEMPHIS: Memphis doled out the "dinosaur dollars" in free agency in an effort to get back to the playoffs in 2012. They signed the FA's best tight end, Detroit's TE Lavelle Hooks--a major haul--and lured all-league OT A. J. Motes away from Oklahoma City. They also landed a couple of offensive rookie stars who will contribute right away in RB T. J. Terry and WR Stefan Hall. Not as explosive or flashy as some of the other higher-profile rookie backs in the FA this year, Terry should nonetheless be productive and effective. Hall has blazing speed, and will pair with glue-handed veteran WR Titus Moy to give venerable QB Robin Yates lots of places to spread the ball around. Defensively, Memphis is solid against the pass, but still soft against the run. CB Derrick Rogers and CB Tyrell Smith are as good as any pair of corners in the league, and MLB Willie Condren is coming on strong as a signal-caller and run-stopper. But there's not much to boast about besides those guys, and the rest of the defense is mostly the same crew of defenders that took the field last year, with so-so results. The improvement on offense, though, might be enough to make the playoff plan successful. Projected Finish: 7-7.
NEW JERSEY: Expect another strong challenge from New Jersey for the FA title, with QB Wally Williamson leading the charge. Williamson is rapidly developing into one of the league's top stars, with a laser arm and a pair of strong legs. He found an immediate spark last year with free-agent WR Kaseem Casey, and the tandem provided plenty of pain for opposing secondaries in 2011. Expect more of the same in 2012. RB Martail Marshall is a top threat carrying the ball, and should be even more effective with new FB Davin Manis, signed from Golden Bay. Massive OT Tra Jackson (6-7, 340 lbs) and C Bryant Sutter lead a formidable offensive line. The defense is loaded with stars as well, with CB Tremaine Mack, CB Titus Butler and FS Trevor West battening down the hatches in the secondary, and LB Chris Page and DE Dre Lewis applying the pressure up front. A couple of untested rookies have earned starting roles--LB Braden Weeks and DT Vernon Ukwuoma--but there's enough veteran talent alongside to expect that these two will come along quickly. Projected Finish: 11-3.
NEW YORK: If last year was a struggle for New York, this year is shaping up to be a full-blown disaster. The club lost a host of players on defense to free agency, including BOTH starting safeties, FS Juwan Aaitui(Los Angeles) and SS Darrell McFadden(Portland). Pass-rushing star DE Marco Rodriguez defected to Golden Bay. If there's any good news, it's that perennial star MLB Mojo Jones continues at top speed, terrorizing enemy passers and firing up the players around him. New York picked up a couple of rookies in the draft who will have to be plugged right in as starters, DE Joey Okpro and FS Demetrius Lee. Another rookie defender, DB Jason Rutledge, will see plenty of action as a nickel back. There are many question marks on offense, too. QB Kurt Render won last year's QB derby by default, and still has much to prove. Veteran RB Lawrence Thomas was unable to get back to good health and retired. Rookie RB Teryl Gilchrist--a late draft choice--is penciled in as the starter. Gilchrist has good hands, and works hard, but lacks "burst" the top backs typically have. RB Hollis Munro will likely see a lot of action as well, he was signed as a free agent after being cast off by Memphis. OT Paul James is a decorated pass protector, but the rest of the line is nondescript. WR Malik Usamah is the only pass-catcher of note, and even he is known more for his speed than his hands. Placekicking is a bright spot, with K Danny Dixon able to bang them through consistently from 50 yards and in. But that won't be enough to save the season for New York. Projected Finish: 3-11.
OKLAHOMA CITY: A mostly-stable off-season in OKC means that much the same successful outfit will take the field again in 2012. RB Ronde Lincoln ran over, around, and through FA defenses in 2011, and "The Prairie Bulldozer" will be hard-pressed to match last year's production. But the pieces are in place to perhaps do so. The offensive line lost OT A. J. Motes to free-agency, so durable G Nick Burns will move over to LT to take his place. C Everett Teltschick is among the FA's elite, and G Rodderick Hardy moves the pile like few in the league do. G Aric Faolo won numerous college awards, and he was OKC's top draft choice, expected to start at the other G position. TE Keith Ola is likewise a run-blocking "hoss." QB Archie Graham provides veteran leadership and solid passing skills. WR Lamont Harper is a decent deep threat, when needed, which is seldom. However, the OKC defense has some issues that could derail the club's playoff drive, if Lincoln & Company can be slowed. The pass rush is feeble, and there's no one up front who can make the big play against the run. A couple of rookies could help: SS LaShaun Hill and LB Cam Little. But for OKC, it looks like their best defense is their ball-control offense. Projected Finish: 8-6.
ORLANDO: It's another rebuilding year in Orlando after a series of misfires resulted in the dismissal of last year's coaching staff. Rookie QB Jeff Fountain was a flop, and he's been released. RB McDermott Davis led a parade of players who either under-produced or couldn't stay healthy--he was cut, too. One of the few consistent players on offense, OT Trent Patton, decided he'd rather play in San Antonio. So there will be plenty of new faces when Orlando takes the field in 2012. The new passer is rookie QB Chuck Kent, a small-college star with gaudy collegiate numbers. In training camp, Kent found a kindred spirit in another rookie, WR Vincent Moss, and the two should create some pitch-and-catch thrills. RB Dario Kinney is promoted to starter, after showing flashes of promise as a reserve in 2011 and a strong 2012 pre-season. A couple of holes were expediently plugged with free-agent pick-ups, TE Chris Cox and OL Ian Grimes and C Jason Womack. The defense is stocked with a rash of rookies, the most promising of which is CB Caesar Sims. Sims is a raw talent, still learning the intricacies of pro defenses, but could emerge as a future star. Of the holdover veterans, LB Allen Ridge and SS Fred Hoage are the most notable, both well-regarded as run defenders. DT Bob Jenks and DE Roger Brannon were signed as free-agents, both have size and power. If the new coach can get this diverse group of players to play cohesively, they could put together a few upsets. Projected Finish: 2-12.
PHILADELPHIA: Last year's sub-par Philadelphia season could prove to be a blip on the screen, with the return of some key players and the emergence of others. CB Yasser Brooks returns after missing the entire 2011 season with an injury--he's not 100%, but you'll get glimpses of his former brilliance. The incomparable CB Vincent Brown mans the other corner, a probably future FA Hall of Famer. DT Derrick Nix and DE Rich Madsen are quality linemen. The biggest news on defense, though, was the signing of free-agent LB Darius Wilkerson. Wilkerson was one of the "plums" of the free-agent crop, a complete player and true game-changer. He instantly elevates the Philly defense to being potentially one the FA's best. The Philadelphia offense won't be considered in that category, but it does have some solid players, with the potential to be quietly productive. QB Max McGuire is an established veteran, RB Antwan O'Neal is a tough, respected ball-carrier and WR Pat Miller catches anything and everything that's thrown his way. C Nick Bloom and G Randy Bookman lead a capable offensive line. Philly opted for a fresh start in the kicking department, waiving aging K Ross O'Hallohan and streaky P Mike Larsen, and replacing them with rookie K Brandon Ackerman and free-agent P Rich Konieczny, respectively. Projected Finish: 10-4.
PORTLAND: Last year, Portland took a couple steps forward. This year, it's more like one step back. The defense looks suddenly old and tired, with CB Kory Canada, FS Anthony Warren and DT Zack Barnes among a group of Portland players showing signs of a drop-off in ability or desire, or both. A couple of free-agents were added to the defensive mix in hopes of freshening things up, the most prominent being pass rushing DE Tisa Umenola, picked up from Orlando. CB Jerome Small is a quality player, but the rest of the defense is average at best. On offense, last year's wave of free agents produced mixed results. OT Tom Wisniewski turned in another of his routinely stellar seasons, but QB Stu Barton and TE Ryan Barnett weren't the big producers Portland had hoped for. All will return in 2012. RB Imani Macklin was mostly ineffective, and was cut, so RB Anthony Moreland will be counted on to shoulder the bulk of the ball-carrying duties. WR Paris McCullough is dependable, though somewhat slow-footed. The playoffs seem unlikely, though not completely out of the question if Portland can stay healthy and catches a couple of breaks. Projected Finish: 5-9.
SAN ANTONIO: The club has finally parted ways with QB Cary Sutherland after many years of up-and-down play, and QB Adam Davey, picked up last year as a free agent, has been handed the starting job. RB Wynel Griesen, a rookie last year, will be challenged by this year's top draft pick, RB Eric Dasher. WR Kerry Jefferson is gone--Jefferson was given big dollars last year as a free agent, and failed to produce. WR Spencer Ryan has been promoted to starter. The offensive line will have three new starters: OT Trent Patton, signed from Orlando; C Greg Christy, another free-agent pickup, from Philadelphia; and G Ed Porter, who spent last season on the bench but reported to camp in top shape and had an outstanding pre-season. Defensively, things are more settled. DE Travis Lowrey is a feared pass rusher, and he'll be even more effective this year with the addition of DT Mike Welton, signed away from Los Angeles. Long-time CB Eric Philyaw came to camp overweight and several steps slower, and was released, but the other three starters in the secondary are back, and look solid: FS Maurice Lewis, SS Jeroy Wright and CB Chris Carter. Second-year CB Charles Waters steps up to take Philyaw's place. K Crispo Carrera is sharper than ever, and could be the FA's top kicker--he's got distance and accuracy. This club won't dominate, but could produce enough close wins to sneak into the playoffs. Projected Finish: 7-7.
The 2012 Football America team card set will provide an entire season of open-ended "what's gonna happen NEXT?" fun and excitement, and sells for just $18 postage-paid! NOW AVAILABLE! Questions? Just e-mail us!
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SECOND SEASON's FOOTBALL AMERICA League was created back in 2000 as a thirteen team league, with franchises awarded to Birmingham, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco (Golden Bay), Los Angeles, Memphis, New Jersey, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, and San Antonio. The 13th franchise was un-named, with the location of the team up to the individual gamer.
In 2001, we offered a league update, in individual card format. Each player was given his own card, with all necessary game data, and the set came with a set of position cards, on which the cards could be placed when playing the game. We introduced a new crop of rookies and free agents who replaced exisiting veteran players who "retired" or were waived out of the league. We offered similar card updates in 2002 and 2003.
When PLAAY Games returned iin 2009, so the the FA, this time with twelve teams. The un-named team was eliminated, and the Birmingham franchise was moved to Oklahoma City. We've continued to update the league, this time with updated team cards rather than individual player cards. Rookies and free-agents are indicated on the cards by symbols. The 2012 Football America Team Cards will be available in July. Though not listed on the order menu, past FA seasons are available, just contact us for details.
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