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.
Kirk and Kevin Weber, founders of “Double Take: An APBA Gaming Podcast” were kind enough to request an interview with me to talk APBA Football. It was a great time and I greatly appreciated being on their show.
Their podcast is available on all the major podcast platforms and apps. One would just need to search for Double Take: An APBA Gaming Podcast. The app I used to listen to the below episode was Anchor.
Both of these gentlemen are a class act who produce a first-rate product that I will listen to moving forward. Thanks again for the opportunity to be on your show!
On September 9th, 1969, Steve O’Neal of the New York Jets boomed a 98-yard punt at Denver that most likely will stand the test of time as the longest punt in professional football history. It most certainly will on all our tabletops unless the boards get revised.
Throughout my current replay of the 2015 NFL season, I am frequently amazed at these modern-day punter’s ability to “flip the field” with booming punts. In a game that I replayed yesterday between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons, Matthew Bosher of the Atlanta Falcons, booted a 91-yard punt. After reviewing all my replays, this punt stands as the longest to ever occur on my tabletop.
Professional football players are bigger, stronger and faster than ever before and the statistics over the years reflect that. In addition, rule changes have resulted in even more offense and scoring. Having replayed several seasons from a wide array of eras, the one area that has usually remained the same in overall production has been punting up until now.
I decided to do some research to see if today’s punters kick the ball farther or if it was just my imagination. First, I wanted to rule out that punter’s cards were not correctly calculated. The actual 2015 NFL league average per punt was 45.1 yards and my replay after 204 games is 45.4 yards per punt resulting in zero issue on card construction.
In the below chart, you will notice I used replay seasons from the past six decades and qualified punters from my 2015 NFL replay. The mean average for “long” punts was 62.6 for 1966 thru 2002. The mean average for my 2015 NFL replay is 72.1 which is 9.5 yards farther. Nearly a ten-yard difference is a big disparity and demonstrates what a weapon today’s punters are in the field position battle.
As my 2015 NFL replay gets ready for the Thanksgiving slot of games, I couldn’t help but think of the wonderful day my best friend, Mark Zarb, and I had together watching those games, enjoying Becky’s turkey and having a few drinks. It was a treat to be able to grill out a “cowboy cut ribeyes” on Black Friday but unfortunately I had to cut the trip short and fly down to Florida to deal with my ailing mother. The below picture was from the previous Thanksgiving.
I want to thank my friend and fellow APBA Football guy, Keith Medeiros, for reaching out to check on my welfare and see if I was interested in one of his great looking shirts that he designed. Of course, I had to have one and greatly appreciate Keith thinking of me. I’m unaware if Keith has a desire to go full production but I wanted to show off his shirts.
I will be departing for the APBA Convention so my 1993 NFL Replay and the daily “Legends of the Tabletop” cards will be on hold until my return. For those you who enjoy this great hobby, I highly recommend that you attend one of these events. To quote fellow Hall of Famer, Johnny Cochrane, “The APBA community is like family”.
I would like to take a moment and wish each and everyone of you a wonderful “Thanksgiving”! Enjoy being with friends and family. It’s my annual tradition to break out my APBA Football “Thanksgiving” shirt! Without question, my favorite holiday of the year. Great food, good drinks, three football games and of course, APBA Football on the tabletop.
It seems like yesterday that I was searching EBAY for some APBA Football cards only to come across a listing for a 1968 AFL/NFL APBA card set compatible with the modern football game created by some gentleman named Mark Zarb. Of course, being a life-long New York Jets fan, I couldn’t believe my luck. Upon receiving the card set, I noticed Mark Zarb’s contact information at the bottom of the introduction letter and reached out to him. How would I know that I just found my brother from another mother? We both are life-long, die-hard, suffering New York Jet fans with a passion for the realism of APBA Football.
While Mark was still selling cards, I purchased and eventually replayed the 1967, 1974, and 1981 seasons. When he got out of the business, he took a hiatus from the hobby for a couple of years but not from our friendship. We routinely communicated and eventually I convinced him to come visit me down in Huntsville, Alabama in March, 2014.
That visit was pivotal because it brought him back into the fold as a card maker and a replayer. Since then, he has carded and replayed the following seasons: 1972, 1981 (revised from original) and 1978. In addition, he carded and is currently working on replaying the 2010 campaign. In between numerous Thanksgivings and Iron Bowls, Jet games, innovation discussions, fine-dining, and countless Crown Royal and Tanqueray’s together, he found the time to card me 1985, 1969 and 1998 seasons for my replaying pleasure.
I find it only fitting, that my tenth full-season replay will be the 1968 AFL/NFL season. Just for clarification purposes, this will not be conducted with the original set that I purchased all those years ago. This is a brand new set based off of “lessons learned” from the eleven football seasons that Mark has carded and well over a 1,000 play-tested games which have validated the innovations and methodology that we employ.