I was going through some old photos and came across the below photo of Roy Langhans and me playing a Face-to-Face Football game at the 2019 APBA Convention. Roy is APBA royalty, without question, if there was a Mount Rushmore of APBA, his face would be on it. He is a first-class gentleman, who carries himself with grace and kindness. I will never forget the first time that I met him, it was at my first convention. These were still the days when there was only a baseball tournament at the convention and I am purely a football guy. I hear a voice behind me saying “Hey, Oguard” and I turnaround to see Roy introducing himself. He reaches in his pocket and removes this old football scoresheet from his college days and provides me the back story. It was hilarious and proved to be an excellent icebreaker because from that moment I felt at home.
The game that we played was between the 1993 Miami Dolphins and the 1993 New York Jets. Now, Roy is an original APBA Hall of Famer who is proficient in every game the company ever produced. He has Dan Marino and he opens up the first couple series with a “2-Tight End” formation and roasting me with screen passes. Needless to say, he had me reeling at first, but I have learned my lessons over the years from Greg Wells and adjusted accordingly. It was three hours of pure bliss!
Hopefully, the convention will resume next year and for those of you that never attended, I highly encourage you to do so.