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

Jeff Hart’s “Detailed Score Card”

Without a doubt, one of the greatest tools for capturing an APBA Football game is the score sheet designed by Mr. Jeff Hart. I’ve used it for over ten years and wouldn’t dream of playing a game without. Denny Hodges (a.k.a. Zinnastone) used it as the template for his state of the art “Score and Store” system. My APBA Football brother and dear friend, Mark Zarb, recently sent me his score sheet from a thrilling NY Jets come-from-behind victory. The thing that struck me was how each of us customized this great works sheet to meet our individual needs. For example, Mark records his games in a cumulative manner (see below) where I record each individual play result and determine totals at the end of the game. I’ve said this many times before but it merits repeating, “Jeff, thank you for all that you have done for APBA Football.”  

Zarb Scoresheet










Perfect Gift

My wife surprised me the other day with the perfect gift. She noticed a TeeSprings.com advertisement of the below shirt on her Facebook page. TeeSprings.com allows users to design a shirt in their easy designer, set a price, add a goal and start selling. Once the quota of pre-orders is met, they will print and ship directly to the buyers. She not only purchased one but convinced others to do so to meet the quota.



Shea Stadium Inaugural Game

Mark Zarb carded the 1972 NFL season and is currently doing a tremendous job replaying this campaign. As a token of my appreciation, I had Shea Stadium re-created to mirror its appearance of the late 60’s and early 70’s. The above photo is overhead shot of his table-top moments before kickoff of the October 5th, 1972 game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets. If curious, the multi-colored charts are re-keyed from the Master Game booklet.

For most of the Jets’ tenure at Shea, they were burdened by onerous lease terms imposed at the insistence of the Mets. Until 1978, the Jets could not play their first home game until the Mets’ season was finished. For instance, in 1969, the defending Super Bowl champion Jets didn’t play a home game until October 20 due to the Mets advancing to (and winning) the World Series. This fact I’m quite aware of since I’m currently replaying the 1969 season. Mark’s game last night was the first one to be played on this field and what a game it was! I felt like a ten year old boy again listening to Merle Harmon call play-by-play each time I received an update via text.

I highly recommend reviewing Mark’s historical/replay synopsis, scoring summary, team and individual statistics of this game between two rival divisional foes.