One thing that I have not mentioned regarding this replay is that I am using three different timing methods in an effort to get plays right. The methods are based on the different methods I have used in each of my replays. They have worked great in getting overall average plays virtually spot on for each of my replays but it was always hit-or-miss regarding individual teams. For 1978, I have decided to do the following:
- Add the total average plays from scrimmage (Running plays plus pass attempts plus sacks) for both teams in question
- If the result is 132-133 plays, use APBA’s normal timing method – This is Method 1
- If the result is 126-127 plays, time all OB running plays greater than 5 yards and all pass completions greater than 9 yards as FULL plays (revert to normal APBA rules during the last 10 plays of half/game) – This is Method 2
- If the result is 121-122 plays, time all OB running/passing plays greater than 5 yards, all kickoff/punts with returns and all changes of possession after a turnover as FULL plays (revert to normal APBA rules during the last 10 plays of half/game) – This is Method 3
If the number falls between any two of the methods, say for example 129-130 plays, I use a combination of the two methods the number falls between. For 129-130, I would use Method 2 for the 1st and 3rd quarters and Method 1 for the second and fourth quarters. I always use the shorter method in quarters 1 and 3. In the rare instance where the play total is either greater than 133 or less than 121 I add or subtract plays from the first and third quarters.