APBA Pro Football Replays


I’ve used the APBA Football Master game to replay several seasons.  The Master game provides the “ebb and flow” of an actual contest and allows the “coach” the opportunity to deploy multiple personnel packages to mirror today’s game or the single platoon system of yesteryear. On numerous occasions, I’ve matched team records and have come extremely close to replicating team and individual statistics.

My purpose for creating this blog is to present my current and previous replays, offer “method of play” alternatives, share innovations, provide tools for evaluating individual cards, post links and informational tips to assist with preparing for and conducting season replays.     

For any APBA Football related questions, feel free to contact me at Oguard62@yahoo.com.       

 APBA Football Cover

Running Back Allocation

There is an old saying in the retail business “Change it up!” and that’s what I periodically due to keep the game fresh and interesting for me. I’ve recently changed how I designate which player is carrying the ball on a called run play. For what seems like an eternity, I always picked the running back, type of run, and adhered to the rule of not allowing a player to have more than two consecutive rushing attempts. Now I use the dice range calculator to determine running back allocation numbers for all players, excluding quarterbacks, who actually had a carry during the season. It’s invigorating to call a run play and not know who the runner is and type of run that will be executed. It also increases realism by allowing a runner to have more than two straight attempts.  Computer generated dice rolls (excel spreadsheet) determine the runner and type of run. For dual purpose backs (15-16-17) a dice roll of 11-33 will indicate an inside run and 34-36 will be an outside run. For the 60-40 backs (runners that look like dual purpose backs but have either a 4 or 6 at PR 22, 33, 44, etc.) a dice roll of 11-44 indicates an inside run and 45-66 would be an outside run. Outside (5-6-7) runners run exclusively outside while inside runner (4-6-8 ) run only inside.

“Mark Zarb” Replays

When the name Mark Zarb comes up, the first thing most folks think of is APBA card maker and rightfully so. As good as he is carding sets, he is equally skilled in conducting full season Football replays. His attention to detail is remarkable and his game write-ups are second to none. I’m honored to add a “Mark Zarb Vault” widget to my site (directly beneath “Top Posts & Pages” widget) that will allow fellow hobbyist to enjoy his efforts.

Super Bowl IV

Super Bowl IV Ticket

The 1969 AFL/NFL replay is coming to a close.  The Oakland Raiders will represent the AFL after upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs in the Championship game.  The Dallas Cowboys went to Memorial Coliseum and beat the Los Angeles Rams to advance to Super Bowl IV.

The game summary will be posted on APBA Between the Lines forum.


Super Bowl IV

“The Unveiling”

At the conclusion of my 1969 AFL/ NFL replay, I will replay the 2010 NFL season using the official APBA set and the Master game booklet.  The replay will consist of 256 regular season games, ten playoff games and Super Bowl XLV. I will be using all of the innovations outlined in my “Method of Play” to increase playability and statistical accuracy.

To kickoff this season, I’ve replayed the exhibition game between the New York Jets versus the New York Giants.  This game should have been dubbed the “Unveiling”. It was the unveiling of the “New Meadowlands Stadium”, the New York Jets “Ring of Honor”, Victor Cruz, key free agents, and Eli Manning’s head after his helmet got ripped off.


Jets-Giants Preseason

1969 “Interdivisional” Playoff

In 1969, the final year of the independent AFL, a four-team playoff was held, with the second-place teams in each division playing the winner of the other division in what were called the “Interdivisional” playoffs. These playoffs were not, and are not considered to have been, “wildcard” playoffs since the two best non-division winners did not automatically qualify. (Had the 1969 playoffs been true wildcard playoffs, the Western Division’s third-place team, San Diego, would have qualified while the Eastern Division’s second-place team, Houston, would not have.) The 1969 playoffs were only the second time a major professional football league allowed teams other than the first place teams to compete in post-season playoffs (the other instance being the All-American Football Conference’s 1949 four-team playoff).