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Alternate Super Bowls II

Posted 12-11-2010 at 04:38 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-19-2010 at 05:20 PM by TommyJohn

A few weeks ago I posted an entry entitled "Alternate Super Bowls" which matched up the losers of the NFC and AFC Championship games from 1966 to the present. I present Part II-in which I give the match ups between NFL champions and champs from other leagues that existed at various points in football history. Let us just assume that the NFL played nice with these leagues, cut them into a piece of the money pie, and allowed them to share the wealth. Yes, of course. George Halas sez: "&^%$#@! )(*&^!@#$%^&*(*&^&&^%%$##@@#$#@#$!!!!!!!!!"

I will start with previous incarnations of the AFL, and will move to the AAFC, the AFL from 1960-66 and the WFL and USFL. In those cases I will take the NFL champ from that same season (eg. the the Steelers won Super Bowl IX in January of 1975 to be the 1974 NFL champions, so they would be the ones to "play" the WFL champion).

1926: NFL and American Football League I:

1926: Frankford Yellow Jackets vs. Philadelphia Quakers

Note: The Quakers actually did play an NFL team-they played the New York Giants in December of 1926 in an exhibition game. The Giants, 7th place finishers that year, walloped the Quakers 31-0 in front of a crowd of 500. The AFL disbanded after that game.

1936-37: NFL and AFL II

1936: Green Bay Packers vs. Boston Shamrocks
1937: Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Bulldogs

Note: The 1937 Bulldogs went 8-0-0. They are the first pro football team to go an entire season undefeated (actually the 1934 Bears were, but they lost the NFL title game). Whether or not they threw champagne parties until 1972 is not known.

1940-41: NFL and AFL III

1940: Chicago Bears vs. Columbus Bullies
1941: Chicago Bears vs. Columbus Bullies

1946-49: NFL and All-American Football Conference

1946: Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns
1947: Chicago Cardinals vs. Cleveland Browns
1948: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns
1949: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns

Note: The closest that football would come to a true "Super Bowl" before 1967 was Opening Night of 1950, when the NFL Champion Eagles squared off against the four-peat AAFC Champion Browns, who had joined the NFL after the folding of their league. This was to send a signal to the wimpy Browns and their technical coach and pretty QB and others that they were playing with the big boys now. The Browns prevailed, 35-10.

1960-65: NFL and "The" AFL, pre-Super Bowl

1960: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Oilers
1961: Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Oilers
1962: Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Texans
1963: Chicago Bears vs. San Diego Chargers
1964: Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills
1965: Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills

1974: NFL and World Football League

1974: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Birmingham Americans

1983-85: NFL and United States Football League

1983: Los Angeles Raiders vs. Michigan Panthers
1984: San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Stars
1985: Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Stars

The NFL has been without a serious competitor since the demise of the USFL. More than likely it won't ever have any more challenges. The NFL has placed teams in just about every city in which a competing team from a different league was placed. I don't see any more AFLs or WFLs forming in the near future.
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