APBA Pro Football Replays and More!

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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 original purpose for creating this blog was solely 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.

Of course season replays will always remain the focal point, however, it’s my goal and ambition to cover all aspects of APBA Football ranging from historical, solo tournaments, league play and the finer points of Face-to-Face play. To accomplish this, I’ve enlisted the help of the finest minds in all APBA Football. My team of authors have been former card makers for the game company, innovators, league commissioner, writers for the APBA Journal, and APBA Hall of Famers.

Site authors are Mr. Mark Zarb, Mr. Ray Dunlap, Mr. Dave Urban, Mr. Greg Wells, Mr. Phil Molloy and Mr. Scott Griffin. Site contributor is Mr. Doug Reese.

For any APBA Football related questions, feel free to contact me at oguard62@yahoo.com.

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Dan Flynn’s “Yards per Catch” Innovation

Mr. Dan Flynn is an avid APBA Football player who recently contacted me regarding a Yards per Catch (YPC) innovation that he created. His “YardsPerCatch” spreadsheet allows the calculation of YPC ratings.  It also includes the chart used to determine the adjusted yardages.  The system allows for a range of YPC ratings from -5 to 10.  These ratings when used with the chart included will adjust the receivers YPC to more closely match their actual YPC. Mark Zarb and I reviewed the innovation and provided feedback. After several back and forth emails, Dan was nice enough to provide me with the finalized YPC spreadsheet and his methodology behind creating the innovation to share with the community. The instructions for usage are inside the spreadsheet.

I would like to thank Dan for all his hard work and attention to detail in creating this fine innovation. A job well done!

Dan Flynn’s YardsPerCatchUpdate

Dan Flynn’s Methodology for YPC Innovation

Defensive Pass Interference Question

Q –  “What was the penalty for Defensive Pass Interference in 1968?  I’m having a semi old brain freeze and I’m thinking it was 15 yards and automatic 1st down and not spot of infraction foul?  (submitted by Donald Hall)

A – To the best of my knowledge the Defensive Pass Interference has always been a spot of foul penalty.  The NFL’s rules committee met back in 2018 and briefly considered changing it to the 15 yard penalty from the line-of-scrimmage that is currently used in college, but, ultimately kept it the same.  The NFL tends to create and support rules that reward passing.  And, they thought changing the penalty would benefit the defense disproportionally.  Consider, as well, the “Illegal Contact” rule that was put in place in 1977, significantly reducing a defender’s ability to harass a receiver, because he can now only make physical contact within five yards of the line of scrimmage.  Apparently, the powers-that-be in the NFL don’t want to go back to the “three yards and a cloud of dust” mentality!