1965: Manhattan Rushers, Pittsburgh Steeldogs, and Birmingham Ironers from the World Association of Football form the American League with the West Virginia Lumberjacks, an independent team made in 1940 by off-duty coal miners. In the new league's first year, West Virginia wins its only championship until 2011-12. 1966: At Manhattan's request, the Brooklyn Royals form. Also, the Louisville Racers are founded. 1976: After 10 years of no expansion, the AL welcomes eight new teams for the 1976 season in the Boston Rebels, Philadelphia Liberators, Washington , Atlanta Buzzards, Illinois Cornbelters, Minnesota , Columbus , and St. Louis . 1980: Philly relocates to Charlotte and becomes the Navigators. 1981: A league that never started, the National League, merges with the AL. The six teams of the NL are the Dallas Coursers, Houston , Philadelphia Liberators, Memphis Express, Denver , and Seattle . 1985: Atlanta packs up for Milwaukee, and the Charlotte Navigators bolt for Las Vegas. 1990: Los Angeles Titans are founded, along with the Atlanta Thunderbirds, Oakland , and Tampa Carnivores. 1998: Miami finally gets a team, named the Blazers. 1999: The league decides to expand to Toronto. It is a great success, even though the team's best record came in 2004 at 8-8. 2004: San Diego Admirals are created. 2009: The minor league team Portland Wolves are asked to join the league. They accept the offer. 2010: WV went 6-10. 2011: WV goes 13-3 under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. In the ALDG against Louisville, Alex Smith throws a 27-yard falling backwards touchdown to Jimmy Graham as time expires to win 34-32 over the Racers. Then, in the ALCG, with the score knotted at 17 in overtime, Roby fumbles twice, the second time recovered by the Lumberjacks after a field goal block by West Virginia. Alex Smith throws a 23-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin to send the team to the Champ Bowl against LA, who has Aaron Rodgers, Steven Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Wes Welker, , Aaron Hernandez, Troy Polamalu, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Courtney Roby set Champ Bowl records for most receptions and receiving yards, as West Virginia won 28-6.
Manhattan had the Greatest Show on Turf in 1999, but the next year Kurt Warner stunk, and at the trade deadline dealt him and Issac Bruce away to the Miami Blazers. Ben Roethlisberger, his eventual replacement, won the Champ Bowl in his rookie year of 2004. When Brooklyn had Brett Favre, in 2007, the two teams squared off. Favre threw 5 interceptions in 2 1/2 quarters, and Bruce Gradkowski, the rookie, eventually led a game-winning comeback over the Rushers, capped by an 81-yard touchdown as time expired to Brandon Stokley.
In Miami, Warner looked like his old self, and led his team to the playoffs. However, in the NLDG, he threw 3 picks, and one other one was dropped. He resigned with the Blazers for one more year, 2001. He stayed like regular season Kurt Warner, and Miami made the Champ Bowl, but lost 17-14. He then signed with Boston, and since he looked bad again, he was benched until 2007.
In 2008 Favre left Brooklyn for Minnesota. In his first year there, his team made the NLCG against the Atlanta . The score was 27-27 with under 2 minutes to play, but a Favre TD, fumble recovery TD, and goal line TD after an interception in that short time span had the final score at 48-27. In the Champ Bowl, Minnesota was down 27-24 with 57 seconds left. Favre led his team on two plays to the 14 when Cedric Benson scored a touchdown with 31 seconds left to make the score 31-27. On the first play from scrimmage for Philly, their quarterback throws an interception, and Brett Favre becomes the second consecutive starting quarterback to win a championship with his second team. Kurt Warner did it the year before with Boston. In 2009 however Minnesota finished 5-11, so in the offseason they cut Cedric Benson and let Brett Favre sign a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Deckers. He was extremely inconsistent, and Vegas finished 8-8.
The Birmingham Ironers have had 3 perfect regular seasons, in 2006, 2007, and 2009. They lost in the Champ Bowl each time, the final one by the score of 52-17. In 2008 and 2010 they were 10-6 and lost in the ALDG, but in 2011 they surprisingly flew down to 2-14. Reasons were a Peyton Manning off year and possessing the worst ranked defense in the FLA.
In 2006 they played Oakland, who had brother Eli on them. They won 20-17 on a last second Adam Vinateri field goal. He next year Boston faced them. Kurt Warner was their quarterback. After a helmet catch by David Tyree, Plaxico Burress caught the game winning touchdown with 35 seconds to play. Then, in 2009 the Los Angeles Titans were their opponent. It would end up being Donovan McNabb's last game as a Titan.
2006 was when the San Diego Admirals went 0-16 thanks to Matt Leinart and Week 16 replacement Daunte Culpepper. They drafted Jamarcus Russell first overall the next year, and went 4-12 even though Fred Jackson was great, even though he stunk the year before.
In 2010 Louisville won the MLF championship.
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